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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Temperature Blanket- Let's Get Started

I have been wanting to complete a crocheted temperature blanket for a few years. Before hand I was a bit intimidated by the daily need to stitch a row for an entire year. Well after completing a year long goal of running/walking 2,017 miles in 12 months I knew I could accomplish this task.

The New Year is in just two days so have to get everything ready and organized to make this year long goal a success. I did my research on how others did their blankets. I didn't want to make this overly complicated or overly expensive with too many yarn colors to choose from.

I decided on doing 12 to represent the bitter cold and the heat that Montana brings us each year.

These above are the colors I chose for my blanket. I wasn't too fond of the reds and purples that most used to represent the temperatures. I wanted to be able to look at the blanket at year's end and not want to tuck it away somewhere unused because I didn't like the colors it was made of. I am more of a neutral kind of girl. Earthy colors. I added the blue tones because every time I think of the bitter cold that we are currently experiencing here in Montana (-12 right now) I think of icicle blues.. So thought that was fitting.

Most have done single rows representing the days high. I plan on making granny squares of each day to represent that days high temperature instead of single rows. I think the blanket will come out better in the end and more eye appealing.

I have found a neat chart where I can log my daily highs so I can make my granny squares once a week so I am not tied down to doing it every single day since I work a full time job and homeschool my youngest still.

You can venture over to Magnolia Tree website to check out their downloadable chart so you too can get started in the New Year..

I purchased two skeins of each color and wrote down each color and lot # in case I need to purchase more. Now just need to find a really nice basket to stand the yarn I am currently using upright so I can easily get to it each week.

Are you making a temperature blanket in 2018? Would love to hear from you on your ideas! Happy New Year!

New Year = New Goals

2018 is just around the corner. This time of year allows me time to reflect on the past year and look to the new year. This has definitely been an eventful year for me and my family.

2017 Recap:

  • Signed up and accomplished 2,017 miles in 2017.
  • Trained and completed my first ever half marathon
  • Watched my oldest son graduate homeschool high school
  • Got a job at Hobby Lobby to set up store to then get offered Assistant Manager and Home Décor Dept. Lead
  • My DD23 got deployed to Dubai for 6 months with the Air Force
  • My oldest son became an adult
  • My youngest son turned 16
  • Hitting my goal weight after 3 years of working towards a healthier me through fitness/food
  • I was diagnosed with Hydrosalpinx and will undergo an outpatient surgery beginning of year

This is me on the right before I ran my half marathon in May. On right is me 3 years ago, miserable with my weight gain. Weight loss and fitness goal achieved this year

Looking ahead to 2018 I have thought of some goals I had in mind to focus on. I have purchased a Commit30 planner/journal that will help me accomplish these goals. This awesome journal/planner breaks down each goal into 30 day commitment challenges. Something that is very doable instead of focusing so hard on a 12 month long goal which seems overwhelming at times.

 I have used many planners in the past, even tried to design my own. With my busy life now that I work full time and still homeschool my youngest, I didn't have time to design my pages and then actually use them so I got discouraged and didn't even try. This planner is set out exactly how I need it. 30 day increments to tackle the goals I set forth.

2018 GOALS:

My year long goal is to read the bible in chronological order. I am not going to put an absolute date to finish before end of year. Just to read it in chronological order until complete.  I have read the bible in its entirety 3 times through the Bible in 90 Days. I now would like to read it in the order of time. I already own this wonderful study bible so now I picked up a reading plan as well as the journal below so that I can be faithful in the Word this year.

With my Bible reading goal this year, I want to make God more of a priority in my life. This means weekly church services. I have let that slide due to my working full time now and only having Sundays to run errands and get household things done. This past month I have rearranged my schedule so that my grocery shopping is now on Monday evenings after work and laundry is Sunday afternoon-evenings. It's time to bring God back into my life and to make him first. To do this I've purchased this wonderful Sermon Notes journal since I love taking notes on Sunday mornings. It helps me remember what was said and I can reflect when I return home on that week's topic or discussion.

That was my spiritual goals this year.. Let's move onto my physical goals.. I accomplished my half marathon and running/walking 2,017 miles this past year. What is in store for me this year?

Weight lifting and virtual races. I have been following Flex It Pink on Facebook. A company that sends monthly boxes to motivate women to get physically fit. I have joined in their virtual races in the past but decided this is the year to commit to their monthly boxes. This one above is their sneak peak for their January box. You still have time to sign up for this. Ships January 5th at

Virtual races is what I found this year while on Facebook. There is so many different companies out there that support runners and walkers to set a goal and achieve it. You get a beautiful medal, race bib and in some cases a shirt too. These challenges have really helped me be a better runner. I have never been a competitive runner so our local races have always been a bit intimidating. These 'races' allow me to run wherever I want, whenever I want and for how long I want. Most are a 5K/10K race or you can do a half marathon on some too. I have 4 races lined up for December that are Christmas themed that are now on hold since I have to have surgery on January 2nd to remove my fallopian tube due to Hydrosalpinx. After recovery these races will be done along with the others I've posted above. All ready to be earned!

Weight lifting is my ultimate goal for physical fitness. Since I focused heavily on running all the miles this past year I have neglected weight lifting because I didn't have anymore time in the day to devote to it, even more so once I started working full time.

On January 15th, I am taking part with Beach Body 80 Day Obsession Challenge. 80 days of daily workouts to build muscle. 80 days to jumpstart my weight training goals and to ultimately finish my full body transformation.


I have had making a temperature blanket on my bucket list for a couple years. Since I was down this past week without work tending to my pain, I crocheted my youngest son a blanket for his 16th birthday. I got such pleasure in creating this special keepsake for him and he loves it. This allowed me to remember this bucket list goal to complete a temperature blanket so I have collected 12 different colors to represent the weather for 2018.

Downloaded a year long chart where I add the high temp each day so I can keep track of it. I plan to make granny squares to represent each day instead of a row. This will challenge me a little more and will make a nice colorful, larger blanket at the end of the year. The chart will allow me to make the granny squares once a week instead of once a day since I will be working full time this year.

I am excited for this coming year. A lot to achieve and accomplish but they are all great goals and things I absolutely look forward to.. I plan to blog more this year journaling my accomplishments and my journey..

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 29, 2017

One Word 2018

It's that time again. A new year is fast approaching and time to do some reflecting and looking to the future.. In 2017 my One Word was DETERMINED. I posted about it HERE

This past year I was determined to complete things. I ran my first ever half marathon in May. I completed 2,017 miles (running/walking). These two things were a one time accomplishment.  The half marathon was a bucket list idea for the past 4 years and so blessed that I was able to complete it. A five month training commitment. As for running/walking 2017 miles. That was a huge milestone to complete this. An entire year commitment. In the past I ran no more than 650 miles in a year so this was HUGE. I don't plan to sign up again in the coming year. Running/Walking 2,017 miles was a huge undertaking. All my spare time went into cardio with running and walking. 5.5 miles a day for 365 days. My goal in the coming year is to focus on health. Weight lifting and muscle building with running as something to do for fun. I have started running with virtual races online. I run a 5k or 10k here at my house on my own route, log the miles and time on their website and I get a really fancy medal! This has been the best motivation to better myself as a runner.

I have been choosing a ONE WORD since 2011. I love having a word to focus on for an entire year. This year I was putting some thought into what word I wanted to choose for 2018. It took me literally 5 minutes to think this one up. A record for me..


I chose this word after purchasing a 2018 planner Commit30.

This year, my goal is to commit but in smaller portions and that's where this new planner will benefit me. It's designed to break down goals and new habits in 30 day increments. 


  • Commit 30 days at a time to make healthy changes
  • Commit to building muscles instead of focusing on cardio and running as sole fitness options
  • Commit to more virtual races that help me be a better runner for own personal goals
  • Commit to reading the Bible. I would like to read my Chronological Bible in One Year.
  • Commit to healthy food choices by doing the I Quit Sugar detox then onto a Whole 30 month to help get me back to eating right with working full time
  • Commit to saving as much money as we can for house updates and savings account
  • Commit to my health, to return to 100% non toxic, chemical free items in home and personal care items
  • Commit to dating my husband at least twice a month. Something fun that will help us build our relationship after 20 years of marriage
  • Commit to returning to church weekly now that my schedule at work is back to being consistent
  • Commit to focusing on date nights with my boys because my time with them is coming to a close shortly. One is already 18 and the other just turned 16.
  • Commit to using this blog more as a journal, sharing my life, family, faith and hobbies.
These are just a few things that have come to mind while typing this post. I am sure there is more areas that I will COMMIT to in the coming year.

I welcome the New Year and embrace the possibilities of God's grace and faithfulness.

Do you have a ONE WORD for the upcoming year? Would love to hear it in the comments below..


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Love Being Creative

I started working at Hobby Lobby back in June. I was part of the store set crew that put everything together from the ground up, until Grand Opening Day which was back on June 26th. That week I was offered the Assistant Manager and Dept. Manager position for Home Décor.

This job has been a true blessing to me. I am not talking about pay, but a creative outlet for me. I have been in a kind of funk for several months prior. Mainly as my children are getting older, (graduated my 2nd child back in May) I was finding that staying home full time was difficult. After letting go of making greeting cards a few years ago, I really haven't found a creative outlet to do in my spare time. I do love to cook, bake and run but I felt like I was missing something.

When I got hired, I had no preconceived ideas on whether I would stay on after the store was set. I figured if I did they would offer me a part time job and I would have something extra to do. During store set they place you in a dept. and as the store gets merchandise you start to learn all about that dept. so you can familiarize yourself with the merchandise. At first they placed me in the Paper Crafts Dept. At my interview I expressed my knowledge of almost 20 years working with paper crafting products. I thought that would be a nice fit.

Day 2, we were standing at our morning meeting and the lead asked who was really good with attention to detail and I quickly raised my hand. Raising my hand changed my course forever.. and I am so glad I did. I was introduced to two lovely ladies that taught me the simple things on setting the store.. BUT, these two ladies were dept. managers for the Home Décor Dept. Each day I came to work, they took me and trained me instead of going to Paper Crafts. By the end of our set, I fell in love working in this dept.

They offered me a full time job as the co-lead for this dept. as well as Assistant Manager and I was surprised and super excited all in one. Home Décor is one of the biggest depts. in the store so there is two of us that co-lead. She is also the other Assistant Manager in the store. I am blessed to work alongside her which makes going to work even more pleasurable.

Now 6 months later I couldn't be happier to work for this wonderful company and to work in this very creative dept. I am not just stocking shelves and ordering with daily merchandise but I get to be creative. The company sends us a LOT of one time shipment merchandise to sell. These items don't have permanent homes. As one of the leads for this dept. it's our job to make creative displays to sell these items.

That's where the FUN begins.

There really isn't a time where I have nothing to do. As you can see above this is just a few tables I have designed to display this one time shipment merchandise.

I am on my feet moving all day long and I LOVE IT! God has truly blessed me with this job. Not many can say they love their jobs.. I do! Best decision I have ever made was to step foot into that open interview day and fill out that application.  Now 6 months later, I still feel the same way!

Thanks Hobby Lobby for trusting me to do a good job! I am truly blessed!

Baby Turns 2...

I never pictured myself a dog person. Thought I could happily go through life without one. Then came Rosie. I was toying with the idea of getting a dog. Small one of course since we don't have a fenced yard and a lot of room for it to run around the house. Hubby shared his memories with having a mini dachshund growing up so we started looking at that breed type.

After deciding we would look for a pure bred mini I started scouring the internet for puppies for sale. The same day we decided to get a dog, I saw an ad for 3 mini dachshund puppies, 8 weeks old ready for a new home. 2 boys and 1 girl. We set up a time to go take a look.

Before leaving, I showed my hubby the picture of the female since we were looking for a girl dog. He took one look at her and said if we get her, I want her name to be Rose. I said what about Rosie. He said okay.

We went to see her and we instantly fell in love. She acted so much like her Mommy. Docile, loving and submissive. We took her home and she became our forever family. She just turned 2 on October 1st. We brought her home 2 years ago on December 4th.. I can't picture our family without this cute ball of fur. She has wrapped her little personality, and loveable nature around my heart forever!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy
by Tracie Peterson
Heart of the Frontier Book 3

About This Book:

As Oregon Territory teeters on the brink of armed conflict, one woman strives for peace.
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another.

At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away?

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.

My Thoughts on This Book/Series:

I have loved each of these three books in this series. Getting to know each sister throughout all of them as they leave off where the others have finished. The first two books we get to know the two oldest sisters, in this book we get to know the youngest, Mercy. Her compassionate heart even after tragedy as a youth shows how you can take a bad situation and still learn to love and live.

Mercy decides to take a long trip to help a family friend with a hard pregnancy. Not knowing the true history of this family and their daughter, Mercy makes it there and settles in. She meets Adam, the brother in law to Eletta. Adam thinking she will cause more trouble than help, he keeps his distance at first. When Mercy comes across more tragedy, her faith is put to the test. Can she overcome another obstacle and will she find love and forgiveness in her heart? This series was a delight to read and look forward to reading Tracie's next book series.

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

I have received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

The Wellness Revelation Review


The Wellness Revelation
by Alisa Keeton

An 8 Week Journey...

What would it take for you to make a change?

Weight loss can be a very self-focused endeavor. Perhaps you have struggled with your weight your entire life, never feeling at peace in your body, riding a roller coaster of emotions as you watch numbers on a scale go up and down. Maybe you’ve been keenly aware throughout your life of both obsessing over your body and neglecting it. Friend, do you have a hard time loving the skin you are in? Does loving God and others often feel like more of a chore than a joy?

The Wellness Revelation will challenge you to get fit by seeking God first and foremost. God wants to free you from what weighs you down and keeps you from your marvelous purpose. In these pages, you will learn how to live well both physically and spiritually so that you are best equipped to love and serve others from a whole heart. The Wellness Revelation will change the way you love God, yourself and others.

Each week in this eight-week journey includes a teaching, weekly fitness training assignments, Bible study, 8-week workout calendar with video workouts, small-group questions, suggested food list, and more. Each will encourage you to love God, get healthy, and serve others and will provide you with the tools to spread the gospel with courage, confidence, kindness, and freedom.

It’s time to make a change from the inside out.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Are you looking to lose some weight? Find healthy habits to get into better shape physically, & spiritually?  I highly recommend this book. The Wellness Revelation is designed to help you renew you, from the inside out. The book is designed to be done over an 8 week period.

Each week you will read, respond, renew & relate.

Read the given information
Respond by taking an action
Renew by answering questions to help you
Relate by applying what you've learned during that week.

This is designed for you to lose weight with the focus on God, scripture and actually putting into action all that you've learned and prayed over.

An 8 week journal that can be printed is in the back alongside a workout calendar to follow.

You can also go to her website and sign up to get her 7 Day Detox emails to help motivate and encourage.

Learn more about Revelation Wellness by watching this video here

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
by Carolyn Miller
Book 3 Regency Brides Series

About This Book:

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series. We meet Miss DeLancey in Book 1 and hear about her life throughout each book. Now we get to focus much on her in this book which I was happy to read. I had a slight fondness for her character. She seemed very immature in her thinking as I learned about her shortcomings from Books 1 & 2. She was consumed by scandal and struggled to become better. As she meets someone in a chance encounter can she pick up her life and actually find happiness? Maybe even love? I have loved this series by Carolyn. an absolute delight to read.

About the Author:

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Day 3-4 October Unprocessed

Days 3 and 4 were very productive with some easy to make dinners and one dessert/snack. I am trying new recipes this month hoping to spur my taste buds to try new things and ingredients. Lately with me working full time we've been rotating through about 10-12 different meals so it's been pretty mundane and boring. I just found out that my hours will be lightened up for the next couple weeks. No more overtime so I will be having more time to be in my kitchen.

So with no further ado, I made these yummy muffins with some leftover bananas I had. Trying to stick with the try new recipes approach I found this delicious Banana Oat Muffin recipe that uses less flour than the original banana muffin recipe I usually use and instead of sugar it uses brown sugar. Only 177 calories per muffin and with the oats, it's filling and kept me satisfied all the way until lunchtime without the need to snack in between.

You can make these delicious Banana Oat Muffins yourself by visiting this link HERE to get full recipe. I added a cup of chocolate chips to add a little sweetness to them. I used 60% Caco and not semi sweet.

I did a traditional dinner for Day 3. Made turkey tacos with all the basic toppings. Green Onions, Lettuce, Tomato and light on the sour cream and cheese. I added steamed zucchini for a side dish and served on a whole wheat organic tortilla.

Tonight's dinner: Day 4 I wanted to try homemade sloppy joe's. I dislike using the canned sauce as it tends to have nothing but added yuck and of course it's all processed so it's a no go. This sloppy joe recipe was not only delicious but was super simple to make. The time consuming thing here was just browing the meat. Add all the remaining ingredients, simmer to warm and served it on my homemade hamburger buns. You can get the recipe for the buns HERE.

Sloppy Joe recipe can be found HERE with all the ingredients and step by step instruction.

Tomorrow's meal will be a crockpot dish as I work late. Look forward to sharing on Day 6.. See you then!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Day 1-2 October Unprocessed

Day 1 and 2 of our month long journey returning back to eating unprocessed full time. I didn't realize how much I missed cooking from scratch and baking healthy real food.

With working full time these past 4 months I have let this slip, but no more. I am super excited about using this month to help me commit back to eating this way. 

Here is some of the food I prepared for day 1 and 2.

Homemade no knead sandwich bread. You can find the link to the full recipe HERE

I made my own hamburger buns. You can find one of my previous posts which includes the recipe HERE.

With the buns I made a Greek Veggie Burger w/ Feta Cucumber Sauce. You can find full recipe HERE

For snacks for the family I made homemade fig bars. These are a huge hit at my house. I posted about these previously so you can find the recipe post HERE

For mornings I decided to make some nutritious muffins that are filling. I am trying not to snack every time I take a break at work. With my previous breakfast choices I was always hungry within a couple hours. These muffins are filling.

You can get full recipe HERE

Day 2 we had Avocado Chickpea Wraps. These were delicious and so easy to make. You can find full recipe HERE

Looking forward to sharing my next couple days here soon.. Stay tuned..

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October Unprocessed 2017

October Unprocessed
I am super excited about participating again with the October Unprocessed Challenge. My goal with this for the month of October is to detox sugar out of our diets and to return back to unprocessed meals.

Over the past few months with me working full time I have allowed more premade or simplified meals back into our lives. I am not happy with this at all and this challenge gives me the motivation to rethink food, our meal planning and diet.

Over the next month I am looking to journal meals I have chosen and the family loves and to share some tips and ideas that help our family to return back to unprocessed. Having a busy schedule now with full time work, homeschooling my last and taking care of house, family and dog shouldn't be an excuse to eat poorly. Health, fitness and food has been a priority for me for years now and I need to continue to make it my mission to eat right, exercise regularly and to be the best I can be.

Stay tuned!

PS. You can still get in on this awesome month long challenge. Commit one month to unprocessed! Click HERE to take the pledge!

Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson Book Review

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Beloved Hope
Book 2 Heart of the Frontier Series
by Tracie Peterson

About This Book:

Shackled by Her Past, One Woman Searches for Healing, Forgiveness, and Love
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family's flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn't tell her story.

As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?

My Thoughts on This Book:

Starting where Book 1 left off, we now follow Hope, Grace's sister. Hope struggles with healing form the tragedy at the Mission that took place 2 years earlier. Nightmares and feelings of insecurity. After giving up her baby and trying not to relive the past, it all gets stirred up again after the knowledge of the trial of those responsible with the massacre and the personal horror she went through.

Hope struggles to find ways to let go of her anger even after all have moved on. As she meets Lance a military soldier that is there to help with the trial, she finds it hard to resist a friendship with him even though she would rather be left alone. Will her past always define her, or can she move beyond it with love in her future.

You don't want to miss this series and can't wait to read the final book. Pick up a copy today...

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh Book Review

Just Look Up
by Courtney Walsh

About This Book:

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home—a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work—something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along—if only she’d just look up.

My Thoughts on This Book:

A charming story about Lane Kelley, an interior designer living in the big city of Chicago having to return to her hometown because tragedy struck her immediate family. Even though she longs to see her brother heal, she can't handle the disappointment of her family and the memories of her past childhood that haunts her. As she reconnects with her family friend Ryan, she finds herself rethinking her life and her priorities. Is there more out there than her career for her? As she spends all her time focusing on her job and no social life, is love a possibility?

Ryan struggles with his past as well. A father that was drunk growing up and an absent mother. As he works through his haunted past can he too find love and share a life with Lane? You will love this delightful story by an author I have grown to admire.. Pick this book up today. You won't regret it!

About the Author:

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright. Visit her online at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

We Are Now Down to One..Homeschooling The Last

This is a bitter sweet post to share. I graduated my 2nd child back in May so this Summer has been planning our homeschooling adventure with just one left in the nest. My 15 yr old son. It has been difficult at times to think that I only have one left to homeschool and just 3 short years left until I graduate my last.

I allowed my son to choose what he wanted to learn this year. In years past they didn't seem to care which way I went so I decided for them. Since he is the last and only left, I wanted him to feel more in control of his education and not just Mom's idea!

He is looking into some sort of hands on job field when he is done with high school and is looking into attending college if what he ultimately chooses requires it. So Math, and science are two important subjects he needs to be focusing on. Here is his upcoming Sophmore Year: 2017-2018 curriculum..


Saxon Geometry Homeschool Kit



Exploring Economics Textbook (2016 Release)   -     By: Ray Notgrass

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1st Semester

Notgrass Exploring Economics has a literature addition this year so we will be using that for his English credit for the year.


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2nd Semester

He has shown real interest in our Constitution even more so after the highly publicized election and the way the country is going today. I am very happy to see him interested in this subject.


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We are still undecided on his electives. He has been interested in cooking lately so we may dabble in this for a semester and give him a home ec credit if he wants to continue.. We will see! He also likes woodworking and mechanics. He has been helping his father with our vehicles and is something he is interested in as a career option so this will definitely be a hands on elective for him. The joys of homeschooling is flexibility and the delight in education..