Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge ~ March

This month's reading challenge theme is Encouragement...choose a book to read that is inspirational, a self-help, or a religious book.  I chose "More than the Tattooed Mormon" by Al Carraway.

This is actually my second time reading this book.  The first time I read this book, I read it very quickly because my kids wanted to read it and I wanted to be able to have a conversation with them should they have any questions.
This second reading was slower and I enjoyed Al's story even more.  Al's story is about her conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and more.  It's a story of faith, courage, strength and prayer.  I agree with Brad Wilcox, PhD..."Al shares her story with frankness and passion.  She fills each chapter with memorable insights and true wisdom.  But this book isn't really about Al.  It is about God and you! It is about the transformation that is possible for all of us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

I highly recommend this book to my friends and family.

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book in 2016 for my personal reading.  The author did not ask me to review this book and I did not get any compensation for my review.)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Inspiration...

My friend shared this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it here...Enjoy!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

5 Things Friday - Random Favorites

This is a little late as I have been sick these past few days and I realized that today is now Saturday.  So in no particular are my five favorite random things:

1)  Chocolate!  Need I say more :)

2)  Autumn...the colored leaves are spectacular in New England and the high humidity is gone.

3)  Gettysburg National Park...standing on hallowed grounds and realizing that men died where I stood was one of the most overwhelming experiences I have ever had.

4) favorite farm animal. 

5)  Puzzles...I could spend all day putting together a puzzle. 

What are your random favorites?

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Scripture Sunday

"If ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you." ~ Alma 32:27

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pi(e) Night

Tonight was Pi(e) Night for our ward.  It's a fun night of pizza, pies and fun science experiments.  Watching the excitement in the eyes of the younger kids makes the night enjoyable.  Our kids helped out with some of the activities and also had fun visiting with their friends.

Don't forget...Pi day is 3/14  :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Orphan Keeper ~ review

"Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States.  It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India.  Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.
Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, and make him part of their family.  And his story might have ended there had it not been for the persistent questions in his head:  Who am I? Why was I taken?  How do I get home?  
More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past.  Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late?  And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues?" (this portion taken from the inside of the jacket cover)

The Orphan Keeper by Cameron Wright is a novel based on a true story.  I became interested in the book when I watched this short documentary over a month ago:

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be very moving.  From watching the documentary, I knew some of the back story and knew that reading the book was going to be different because it is a novel.  If you want to go on a journey of finding oneself, this story is for you.  An interesting fact:  Taj and I went to the same High School and we are from the graduating class of 1990.  I didn't know Taj very well in school, but I do know that he was popular among all the students. 

(Disclaimer:  I was not asked to give an opinion of this book by the author.  The opinions are my own and I was not compensated by anyone.)