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.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What are you reading?

This year I am participating in a reading challenge and this month's book is Persuasion by Jane Austin.  Well...I have not been able to get a copy from our library and so I decided to read something different...

I am currently reading God, Guns, Grits and Gravy by Mike Huckabee.  So far, so good :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow, Snow, Snow

It's snowing!!!
It has been a long time since we had a good snow storm...and today, we finally have one.  This is going to be wonderful for the wells around here...

If only I had a picture to show you what it looks like outside...lots of fluffy white snow :)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Scripture Sunday

"And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led."~ 1 Nephi 17:13

Legend by Eric Blehm ~ Review

Portion from the back cover ~ "On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team was covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungle of neutral Cambodia.  What the team didn't know was that this section of jungle concealed a major enemy base.  Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundreds of North Vietnamese Army soldiers.
Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, hearing the distress call, jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone.
What followed would become the stuff of legend in the Special Operations community.  Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft and ran through withering enemy fire to orchestrate an extraordinary defense and rescue of the nearly decimated team.  During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel, yet he persevered in his efforts until every survivor was out of harm's way."

My thoughts ~ This is an incredible story of bravery and heroism.  Reading the detailed accounts that took place on May 2, 1968 opened my eyes to what took place in Vietnam.  Just reading about that one battle, I have a greater admiration for our soldiers and what they went through.  Thank you to Eric Blehm for this amazing true story of Roy Benavidez.  Thank you Roy Benavidez for your service and sacrifice. 

If you want to get a glimpse of what happened in Vietnam, I highly recommend Legend: The Incredible Story of Green Beret Sergeant Roy Benavidez's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines. 

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book and the opinion I gave was not asked of me by the author)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Beautiful Timp

How I miss seeing this mountain in person.  Growing up, I would see this beautiful mountain every single day.  One of many things I miss about Utah.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Busy Month

January was a busy month, especially with work.  A lot of prep work for the town budget, warrant and town report. Oh yeah and prepping the W2's and 1099's.  Seems like everything hits all at once.

I was actually ahead of the game this time until I came down with a pretty darn good cold that knocked me off my feet for about 3 days. Thankfully I was able to meet all the deadlines for January!!!

I am looking forward to catching up on other work related items during this month...prepping for the annual audit, finishing up the retirement audit and helping with finalizing the town report. 

January was also a little busy for the kids.  They started their lessons after a long Christmas break.  Nick studied and learned about WWI (his choice) and Sam tried a bit of unschooling.  They both kept up with their daily reading, scripture reading, vocabulary and science (world of chemistry for Nick and researching sharks for Sam). 

We had several piddly snow storms throughout the month of January which triggered calls for Scott to help plow for the Town.  The extra income helps, especially this time of the year...heating fuel bills.

That about wraps up the happenings of January...busy and productive :)