Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: A Killer Among Us by Lynette Eason

The third book in the Women of Justice series, A Killer Among Us follows hostage negotiator Kit Kenyon and her partner Noah as they hunt down a serial killer. While trying to figure out the clues he leaves behind, Kit and Noah are also trying to figure out their feelings toward each other. What they have yet to discover though, is that the killer is now hunting one of them too!

As this book is the third in the series, I think I would recommend reading the other books before starting this one. I had read book two but it still took me a while to remember who everyone was since it has most of the same people in it. I did enjoy the story, but like the last book in the series, I was able to figure out who the killer was pretty early on - but that did not detract from my enjoying it. It is a little stretching that so much trauma happens within the same family, but if you look past that, it's a good read.

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cloudy Day Blessings

I didn't take any pics this week - so all my pics are from today :-)

Eóin was thankful for the clouds today. In fact this morning he looked outside this morning and said "Quick - lets go outside before the sun comes out!" Crazy child!

I am also very thankful for safety during the tornadoes that seem to be so bad all around us, but have jumped over our area each time so far.

And now the pictures.

Our Big Tree! 
I don't even feel like we live in a city :-)

Fun Outside

The Sandbox - hours of fun!

Indestructible Flowers 
(I cannot understand how they still bloom after my kids pick them and smoosh them every year)

This Picture has double thanks
1 - Drinking From a Big Boy Cup
2 - Washing Machines!!!! 
(I am NOT thankful daddy bought red kool-aid)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Great Dad Giveaway!!!!

Ok - I am not giving away a great dad, but I am giving away a book on being a great dad :-)

Project Dad is a humorous and practical guide book written by a dad to other dads. Todd Cartmell’s warm and engaging style will have fathers laughing from the first few pages, and gives doable hands-on advice for becoming a better dad.  This book will make an excellent Father’s Day gift!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with either a favorite memory of your own dad, your husband being a dad, or what you think makes a great dad.

When I think of my own dad, I think of an example of a hardworking man, who always took care of us. I think of doing math homework at the kitchen table until all hours, and even though he never did the way my teacher told me to - somehow we came up with the right answer! In fact we used to joke about marking it on the calendar whenever he didn't know something :-)

When I think of my husband being a dad - I think of his sense of fun. He really knows how to get in the mind of little boys and make them laugh!!! A good example is this VIDEO we made last week.

So let the memories begin - I'll randomly pick a winner next Friday.

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a copy for myself and one to giveaway!!! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Book Review: A Heart Divided by Kathleen Morgan

The Caldwell and the Wainwright families have been fighting each other for 20 years. But it seems that lately, Sarah Caldwell has noticed that her father's unrelenting pursuit of vengeance has taken a much uglier turn that usual. Worst of all, his latest plans include using Sarah herself as part of the plan.
Unfortunately, his plan goes south with Sarah is placed under house arrest at the Wainwright ranch as an accessory to robbery.  With Cord Wainwright keeping a close eye on her, Sarah has no choice but to accept her circumstances and make the best of them. What she does not expect is to feel such a part of this family that is nothing like what she expected, especially Cord himself.

I thought this was a really sweet Romeo/Juliet type story set in the old west. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching them grow in their trust of God and each other. It moves quickly and keeps you turning the pages until the very end.

Thank you so much to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunny Monday Blessings

I haven't posted my thankful list for a while but I have been writing them down and taking pics so some of these are a few weeks old but I'm still thankful for them :-)

Little Helpers

A New Cousin!

Family Game Night

Goofy Boy

Warm weather for grilling


Packages in the Mail

Pajama Parties with Grandma

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

The kids and daddy were playing this game for ages last night. I really wanted to capture their giggles on video - I may have gotten carried away ;-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another Great Read by Siri Mitchell

I really enjoyed the last book I read by Siri Mitchell, so I was very excited to see another of her novels appear on my list of books up for review. And I was not disapponted!

A Heart Most Worthy follows the story of three seamstresses living in Boston in 1918. They are each so very different from each other, although they have one thing in common - they are Italian. The book follows each of the women as they face their past and family traditions, and try to forge futures for themselves during a time when life for immigrants in America was anything but easy.

Although it took me a while to get to know everyone in each of the girl's lives, I found it was worth forging through the first few chapters to delve into a wonderful story. It is filled with history, and I learned a lot about life for immigrants during the time period. It takes a while for all the threads of the tale to wind together, but once they do, they create a rich story that you will be glad you took the time to read!

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book for review!