Monthly Archives: September 2010

Oh Happy Day

Three things that made me smile today:

  1. My friend Stephanie coming over with a sackful of clothes and chatting with me.
  2. Trying a new painted face on myself and screwing up royally….yes it made me smile, and laugh in fact.  No, I can’t bring myself to show you the picture. :-)
  3. Munchkin making my bed for me because she wants it done “right”.

Hope you had a good, happy day!

Book Review: Your Money God’s Way

I recently had the opportunity to read the book Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater.
Book description:
“Amie Streater…delivers a powerful message of common sense and biblical wisdom that today’s churchgoers desperately need.” – Dave Ramsey
Readers discover the seven “counterfeit convictions” that keep them broke and encounter proven plans for getting out of debt, building wealth, and finding financial peace.
Money habits. Where do they come from? Can you pinpoint when you started shopping to feel better, why you can’t usher grown children into financial independence, or why saving for the future is a priority in theory but not in practice?
My review:
This book is FANTASTIC.  I’ve read a lot of money books, and I tend to like them, but this one is different.  For one, it’s the first that I’ve read to use a word that I feel is so crucial to living responsibly:  STEWARDSHIP.  
In addition, Amie shares her no-nonsense advice to managing money while sharing biblical stories that help to explain the importance of being responsible stewards to the money and resources God has given us.  She’s a refreshing author, humorous, and as I said before, no-nonsense.  I loved this book and look forward to using it for reference many times over.  FIVE STARS!

*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received a free copy of the book from Book Sneeze to review.  These opinions are mine and mine alone.

Oh Happy Day…

Three things that made me smile over the weekend:

  1. Watching my Buddy Boy get up in church and say a scripture for the class to repeat.  It’s hard to imagine that only 9 months ago he really didn’t have any words!
  2. Making cookies for 3 of our neighbors, and seeing how excited the kids were to share.
  3. Munchkin begging me to cut her hair, and then LOVING the new ‘do!!  (Phew!)

What make you happy?

5 Things Challenge 9/26

Welcome to the 5 Things Challenge for the week of September 26!
Here’s how I did last week:

  1. Deliver a car-ful of stuff to DI. – YES
  2. Go through pantry and food storage and find items to donate for this weekends’ food drive. -YES
  3. Can the peaches and cherries I’ve been given; can the tomatoes I’ve harvested. – YES, and I’m DONE!!!
  4. Continue on Christmas notebook. – YES, bought one gift.
  5. Aerobic workout at least 3x this week, weights at least 3x this week. – Um….NO

The plan for this week?  Here ya are:

  1. Register for the PTA VP Legislative meeting…yeah, I told the PTA last year that I could no longer be on the board, so they made me the Legislative VP.  I love the PTA, and what they do for schools, but I have to laugh because I’ve always joked about it being a black hole, and apparently I’ve been sucked in!
  2. Go to community council training meeting.  Did I ever tell you that I’m not good at telling people “NO” when they ask me to do things? :-)
  3. Volunteer at my Buddy Boy’s school.
  4. Go visiting teaching.
  5. Relief Society planning committee meeting…oh my gosh, am I a glutton for punishment?  

Seeing all these meetings and volunteering going on, I no longer feel guilty that I don’t do enough service.  Okay, not true, but I can’t deny that I’m shocked.  I didn’t realize I’d said yes to that many things, and frankly, this week is gonna suck!   Ha ha, that’s what I get!  :-)

Have a great week!

Book Review: The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris

I recently read the book, The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris.  
“Luke Sullivan just wants to reclaim the money stolen from his father. One stagecoach heist later, his pockets are full and he’s one feisty mail-order bride richer. Only problem is, she was on the way to marry his bitter enemy–and she doesn’t take kindly to her ‘rescue.'”
Based on the description of the book, as well as the cover, I expected nothing more than a cheesy romance novel.  I have to say I was pleased to find that there was more to the story.  Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a romantic story, but it was done well.  It was nice to read a “chick flick” type book and be entertained without worry of inappropriate dialogue, love scenes, etc.  This book kept me immersed and engaged throughout it’s entirety, and while the storyline was quite predictable (aren’t most love stories?), it continued to keep me interested and even quite excited!  I had a hard time putting it down. This was an easy read; perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon of just relaxing, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something simple yet enjoyable to read.  I give this book 4 stars.
*I have received no monetary compensation for my thoughts.  I was given the book free of charge by Bethany House in exchange for my review.  These opinions are mine and mine alone.