Apr 17

Review and Giveaway: Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone is a book I recently read…it’s also a new movie coming to theaters this June!

I have always been fascinated by history – not dates and numbers, but by the stories.  Stories of my ancestors, of different cultures, lands, and so much more.  When I was given the opportunity to read a true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War, I knew I had to take it. And I’m so glad I did.  The book is well written, engaging, and emotional.  It’s a pretty easy read, and will make a fantastic movie!  I will definitely seek out more stories from Tracy Leininger Craven.

730531_1_ftcAbout the author:

The author, Tracy Leininger Craven, loves history and the stories of those who have left an indelible impression on our country’s heritage. She is also inspired by the testimony of God’s faithfulness through seemingly impossible circumstances. Her stories of real people come alive and serve to inspire a new generation of readers.
In her free time, Tracy loves to be outside enjoying God’s creation with her husband David and their three children.

About the book:

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest.  That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre. The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware Tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

As I mentioned, Alone Yet Not Alone is coming to theaters this June.  I am really excited!  If it’s as good as the book, it’ll be a fantastic film!  You can reserve tickets HERE.

You can view the official trailer:

In addition to the excitement of the movie coming out, I’m also very excited to announce a giveaway for the book.  You will get the chance to read it yourself before it hits theaters!  Pretty awesome, right?  If you are a fan of historical novels, this giveaway is for you. :)  Best of luck!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  The opinions shared are mine alone.




Apr 17

Thoughtful Thursday 04/17

“Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


This quote definitely seems true to me!  Keep going, ESPECIALLY when the going gets tough!

Apr 15

Wordless Wednesday – Autism Awareness


A few fun memes I’ve seen over the years that many of us Autism parents can relate to:



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Apr 13

Autism Awareness Month and a Giveaway – The United States of Autism Blu Ray/DVD

As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness month.  You probably also know that my son is on the Autism Spectrum.  We’ve been involved in adventures we never would have dreamed since he received the diagnosis.  For one, I’ve gotten involved politically, which is something I NEVER wanted to do…but when you live in a state where the rate of Autism is highest in the nation, and insurance companies in that same state have the option to deny coverage for individuals on the spectrum, well, you get involved.

We’ve had the chance to spread autism awareness through social media (mainly facebook and twitter) and through the more standard medias.  It’s scary and exciting to share our story for local news stations, and although we were pretty heavily involved media-wise last year, we’ve enjoyed laying low this year.

One of the most unique opportunities we had was to be a part of the documentary, The United States of Autism.  The filming took place nearly 4 years ago, and last April the film was screened all over the US!  It recently came out on DVD/BluRay.

Here’s a little more info about the film and those behind it:

  • The United States of Autism was the only film featuring the full autism spectrum that qualified for consideration at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

  • Richard Everts The United States of Autism is a road trip, specifically an 11,000 forty-day journey in which the filmmaker crisscrossed the country to speak to individuals, families, politicians, doctors and other relevant figures about this serious issue that has reached epidemic proportions….the film delivers many profoundly emotional moments in its filmed encounters with those affected by the condition… Ultimately, the film succeeds in its admirable goal of putting a human face on a disorder that many of those who lack a personal connection to it fail to fully comprehend or, in the worst cases, tolerate. –The Hollywood Reporter

  • Director Richard Everts and his wife, Sugey, who co-produced the film, have a son with Autism.  They have created a foundation in his name, The Tommy Foundation, which has received numerous awards.  They offer multiple services to individuals on the spectrum, as well as their loved ones.

PrintIntrigued?  You can purchase the BluRay/DVD Combo pack HERE.  You can also screen the film at your local school/educational event this month.  You can GO HERE for more details.  In addition, one of our lucky readers will WIN the BluRay/DVD combo pack, which includes over 35 minutes of extended interviews, and behind the scenes!

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Apr 13

Menu Plan Monday – 04/14 – 04/20

The weather is finally warming, and along with it, my motivation.  It’s insane to me how much the weather affects my mood!  Last week the weather was almost perfect, and it totally helped to have had the opportunity to listen to the online presentations during the Mom Conference.  With those two factors, I’m feeling ready to conquer the world!  So, I’m making a menu plan. :)  (Priorities, food first, then maybe I’ll get to conquering.)  As usual, I’ll be eating gluten free, so the dinners will all be that way.  The kids have gluten options for breakfast and lunches at school.

Here’s the plan:

Breakfast – we will have these options to choose from:

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes

Cold cereal – Chex and Cheerios

Scrambled eggs with cottage cheese

Toast, fresh fruit (right now we have oranges, tangerines, grapes and apples)


Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Salad – any kind I can make



Monday – Potato Chowder

Tuesday – *Parmesan Broiled Tilapia, Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Wednesday – BBQ Grilled Chicken, Smashed Potatoes, Corn

Thursday - Leftover night

Friday – Breakfast for dinner (Bacon, hashbrowns, fruit salad, etc)

Saturday – Out to eat

Sunday – *Crockpot Cheesy Chicken

Apr 10

Thoughtful Thursday 04/10

220px-Brian_Tracy“Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process of achieving it.”

    Brian Tracy 

Apr 08

Wordless Wednesday – Spring Break

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Apr 03

Thoughtful Thursday 04/03

ImageProxy.mvc“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”

Napoleon Hill

Mar 27

Thoughtful Thursday 03/27

“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”

Channing Pollock

Mar 25

Wordless Wednesday March 26

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