Archive | May 2012

Why I Want To Be…..

 

 

4.) If you had to choose a Disney princess to live the rest of your life as…which princess would you choose and why?

 

This was a question poised to me courtesy of Mama’s Losing It blog. I had to call my Daughter , HoneyBear, to come help me. 🙂 She picked Cinderella. Her reasoning (in her own words):

  1. She lives in a big, pretty mansion
  2. She’s in love with a very handsome Prince
  3. She gets a Fairy Godmother.

Such wisdom. I would love a big house, maybe not a mansion but one big enough for a library (wait, I guess that’s the Beast’ mansion he he) . However I already have my handsome prince but it is still nice  for an 9 yr old to dream.

Now, a fairy godmother would be heavenly!!  Someone to pop in now and then and “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” away my worries. Or when I need a new dress. Or even someone to have a cup of coffee with when I ma bored 🙂

 

 

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Dime Store Magic

I almost didn’t make the deadline for this review. I had this book for a couple of weeks but the first few pages were very dry and not very appetizing. Then when I realized I had a week left, I started to panic a bit -gotta read the book.

Then Kelley Armstrong pulled through. After I got through those few boring pages she worked her magic and wrote a wonderful, full, intriguing book -again!!

Excerpt**  Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations- the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge- an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil… and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder- and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.**

In the last book ,Stolen, Paige’s mother had died and she was asked to raise Savannah.  Paige is also a member/leader of the Coven of Witches. Unfortunately the Coven is very much a “try not to draw too much attention to ourselves and all will be well”  attitude. I agree with Savannah that it is very boring :~ I mean your a witch! Just cause humans don’t like you and would consider you a threat doesn’t mean that you can’t learn “dark” magic.  I think dark magic totally depends on the person. Some people are dark and would use it for evil. Whereas people like Savannah and Paige would use that dark magic for defence.

I feel in love with Lucas Cortez too. At first I was so frustrated with Paige when she wouldn’t even listen to him. But I understand the animosity between witches and sorcerers!  I also feel that is so wrong that Paige relied on stereotypes. Sorcerers are considered “evil” just cause the majority are. But Lucas was a lost soul, a drifter. He wanted to change his own fate and yet his name always proceeded him. I am so glad that Paige decided to trust him.

Nast Cabal is Savannah’s daughter. I am going to spoil it for you but he gets killed at the end. I actually felt sorry for him. He finally gets to know his daughter and then it gets taken away from him -or rather he gets taken away by death. :~ I didn’t really read anything that had him being a bad guy -other then he was a Cabal. He seemed to be a nice guy just doing his sorcerer duty.

Overall a great book!

Shepherding A Child’s Heart

I am always on the lookout for parenting books. Especially Christian parenting books. I might not buy them but just to read the excerpt in the back or flip through a few pages to see what they have to offer.  You see, my Hubby and I have a distinct set of parenting ideas we stick to already and I try to find books that help me accomplish that. 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell is one of those books. I saw Shepherding a while back and then again a few days ago. So I bought it.

WOW! That is all I can say. Normally a Christian parenting book doesn’t affect me. This one though cut me to the core. I never realized I had so many issues (or rather I knew but thought them safely hidden) that would come boiling to the surface. I don’t like this book. I don’t like, what I felt, was extreme Christianity. I don’t like absolute authority. I have always felt there is a fine line between talking with your kids and getting them involve in their own lives. Letting them be the miniature people that they are. Verses what I say goes. I am the parent,  just listen and obey.

I am going to give you my review now. ** If I offend anyone please accept my apologizes but know that this is truly how I feel about this book and life itself.   🙂

REVIEW

When I  first saw this book, what drew me was the title : Shepherding a child’s heart.  One of my ideas as a parent is to get to the heart of my children. I am always trying to get them to talk with/to me. I want them to honestly tell me what they are feeling. I want miniature people in my house not little robots that obey my every whim. So I though this book would help me guide my child’s heart in an honest, godly direction.

The first few chapters really spoke to my heart.

“The only safe guide is the Bible” pg xvii (intro)

“The parent is the child’s guide” pg xix (intro)

“The heart is the control center of life. Parents often get sidetracked with behavior. If your goal in discipline is changed behavior, it is easy to understand why this happens. The thing that alerts you to your child’s need for correction is his behavior. Behavior irritates and thus calls attention to itself. Behavior becomes you focus. You think you have corrected when you have changed unacceptable behavior to behavior your sanction and appreciate.” pg 4 I like these quotes. How often do we focus on the “you are being bad” instead of why are you acting this way.   “We demand changed behavior and never address the heart that drives the behavior” pg 5

Then he brings in God.

“Everyone is essentially religious” pg 20

“All people have God’s clear revelation of truth, but wicked people suppress the truth. In the language of Roms 1, your children either respond by faith or they suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” pg 20

“They are subtle idols of the heart” pg 22

These are some of the quotes that spoke to me. Our children need God. Our children have a heart of their own and they eventually need to find God, and what God means to them. I guess I don’t believe in immersing children in religion. I believe that we should let our children know there is a God, that he created the world, that he has a set of love letters, rules, and laws meant to govern us, Then when they children are older they can choose themselves which direction to take.

The next chapter: “You’re in Charge” is when it really gets on my nerves. I have come to the realization that I have a problem with authority. I don’t like someone ruling my life completely, letting someone tell me how to live my life, or who to visit or not visit. That kinda hits a nerve with me.  We are free creatures under God and I believe God has given us a world in which to live. Yes, there may be restrictions and things we ought not to do but that is a person choice and his alone to make. That is between a person and his God. How does this tie into children? Children are free people. Children have a right to decide things, They have a little mind and should be allowed to use it. Parents are there to guide the children. Make them realize that some things in life are not good, that there is a path to take in life, that we must get along with others. And that is why reaching their hearts are so important.

“If you are going to shepherd your children, you must understand what makes them tick” pg 33

Anyway I could go on and on about this book and maybe I’ll write more in a later post but for today this is all. This little book has a few gems of wisdom in it but overall it is way to extremist Christian for me.

A New Me – Conclusion

I have taken part in the 5Weeks -5 Disciplines-5 Challenges over at Women Living Well. I have done all 5 weeks, and completed all 5 challenges. Being the procrastinator that I am, here is my conclusion to everything:

  1. Body. Challenge:name a healthy habit and stick to it. I wanted to drink more water and as a result have been feeling so much better. My moods have been slightly better too.
  2. Time. Challenge:priorities and making a list. I have seen what my priorities are. Seems some of my priorities are ones that should be in the background and some of the ones I should be doing are lacking. Therefore I have made a list. Am I doing it? most days yes!
  3. Spirit. Challenge:spend time with God before anything else. This I am still sadly failing. BUT on a plus side, I have bought a few new Bibles(rather then my KJVs), an ESV, and NIV. Also I have bought a Child Training Bible or CTB and will be participating in a Bible study of sorts throughout the summer!
  4. Mind. Challenge:eliminate one unnecessary thing out of your life. This was the hardest challenge for it dealt with keeping your mind uncluttered, and sometimes that means your surroundings. I have cleaned my bedroom (and kept it clean) so when I sleep at night it is a haven. I have been keeping my surroundings fairly clean in order to have a peaceful environment.
  5. Work. Challenge:work with eager hands. I put a twist on this challenge.  Seeing as how I am always busy anyway (or at lest it feels that way) I wanted to work with  the children. Our children require work on our part. The just don’t grow up left to their own devices.  We need to work on them -their attitudes, socialization, responsibility. These things we need to teach them. It is easy to say “go play while mommy does this” but to involve them is so much harder and requires work on our part.  Am I still working with and on my children? Everyday.

Alone -review

Alone (Detective D.D. Warren, #1)Alone by Lisa Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had me gripped in it claws from the get go.What starts as an ordinary domestic fight, escalates to a hostile situation and police shooting.

That’s where it gets tricky. The wife in question had a violent kidnapping/rape trauma past ans is now unstable -or so it would seem. Her son is always sick and the husband a violent drunk. Her in-laws are wealthy, influential people with a secret to hide and will stop at nothing to get their hands on their grand-son.

The middle of the book is a lot of he said/she said. Well is she crazy, did the judge do it, who is right / who is wrong.

It all works out in the end. A very good read. *warning -this book contains adult language. No scenes though just eluding to.*

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A Demon Made Me Do It -review

A Demon Made Me Do ItA Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It was fun and enjoyable.

The main character(s) Liora/Lucky have a complicated existence. Liora exists during the day and Lucky exist at night. One is a human and the other is a demon. Both live in the same body.

The other main character is Kieron. He too is a half demon. The girls fall in love with him cause he is all handsome and sexy and charming. Normally I don’t really like love-stories where the main characters fall in love right away but being seeing as how they are demons, it works.

The story line was very simple but intriguing. However, I did find the ending was a cliffhanger. Not overly but enough to make you want to continue the story.

I think this book would be good for older/more mature teens seeing as there is only one minor scene. Otherwise a good read!

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Story Telling Music

5.) List the songs that tell your life story (so far). (inspired by Moments That Define Life)

1) Intervention The Arcade Fire

Working for the church
While your family dies
You take what they give you
And you keep it inside
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, “We’ll go at it alone”

** With the chance of sounding bitter (which I am not) but having come out from a religious origination and being hurt this one

really speaks to my heart. I love God with all my heart but as for man-made religion, it’s just not for me right now.**

2)Secrets by One Republic

I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
‘Til all my sleeves are stained red

From all the truth that I’ve said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I’ve been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that will light those years
Sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away

**This one speaks to me because I don’t want any secrets in my life.

I want my life to be an open book that people look at and know exactly who I am.

I want my husband to know exactly who, what, where, and why I do things.

A marriage can’t last if there is no trust. If there is no open heart communication.**

3)We Are Young by Fun

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

**This is such a fun song. I know it has a totally different meaning then my life but

the above lyrics speak to me. I am young. So I am 30 yrs old, have been married 11 yrs, and have 3 children the oldest who is 9.

Tonight, I am young! I am going to enjoy life to the fullest! I will set the world on fire with my passion, and love for my family!

Together, my family and I can burn brighter then the sun when all else fails and everyone leaves!**