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The Artist’s Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall

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I loved this book from the very beginning. Sometimes it’s not that interesting to read about someone else’s life. But this one was a quick read. I started it in an evening and didn’t stop until it was half over. Alex has had tragedy in her life. It was hard for her to get through. But with God’s help, she learned to get past her past, and live a full life.

It’s so sad to read of Alex’s trials with her father. Being from a wonderful family myself, I cannot imagine feeling so rejected and unloved. But as life goes on, she learns to deal with it. Having a great husband and kids, a loving mother, and friends to support, she finds love in other places. Most of all, she is able to know that her Heavenly Father loves her, even if her earthly father was a great disappointment.

I really loved this book. It shows so much emotion that women face, and although my circumstances are very different from hers, I could still relate to many of her emotions and insecurities. It really encouraged me, and it was a great read!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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For my birthday this year, my hubby really surprised me! For a few months, he would sit on the laptop and not let me come near. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got a clue and guessed right, although I didn’t really know until my birthday! He made a beautiful blog book for me. It had my entire blog (minus the posts where I popped on to say I was too busy to blog!) complete with pictures. It was so pretty and thoughtful!

The very last page of the blog said that my husband took me to the symphony for my birthday, and out for a day of shopping! Score big time! I have wanted to go to the symphony for all our married life. {I know it’s not really that long!} I was so happy, I cried!

I was thrilled!

We went to Cincinnati’s Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 22nd.

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It was so beautiful and dreamy! We sat in the Gallery in section O and I was surprised how well we could see!

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The conductor was also the violinist who did the solos. It was amazing to watch him play. Then for the last two pieces, he conducted. I just love to see professionsals in their element! Of any kind!

The last piece was by Mendelssohn. It was incredible! To see about 60 stringed instruments in perfect sync! I was amazed!

Me and the man who is so good to me!

DSCN4597Inside the Hall. It was built in the 1800s, and is SO amazing.

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The cute bag I bought in the gift shop:

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It made me love and appreciate classical music even more. So much so, that I’m implementing it in home school this year. Just to introduce the kids to it, and help them to respect it. We will play a piece and do a special activity along with it. And read books about the composers. I hope they will love it!

After the concert was over, we had a wonderful lunch at Red Lobster, and did some major shopping!

I love my husband and am so thankful for him. It’s always nice to get away and spend time together without answering 20-questions-a-minute!

Here’s to being 29… forever! ๐Ÿ˜€

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You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

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This book was very encouraging from the first page. Holley seemed like a friend sitting down to chat with you about your life! She helped you discover what it is that you believe God wants you to do, the desires of your heart, your motives behind your goals… and your true dreams.

To me, this seemed more like a commission to do what God wants you to do, how He wants you to do it, the way to serve God with all your heart. She dispelled the fears that we are not good enough to serve God. We are His, He has given us desires, and the talents to carry them out!

A few subjects she touches on:

  • Overcoming your fears
  • Stop sabotaging yourself
  • When your dreams go wrong

She finishes out the book with stories of ordinary women who followed God’s heart and the dreams He put in theirs. They did amazing things in God’s strength, and as Holley says, I can too! I really enjoyed reading that through Christ’s strength, I can serve Him and I can make a difference!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionโ€™s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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I Have a Dream…

The other day, I was upset about something small. I don’t even remember what it was. It seems to be happening more often. I have trouble handling my emotions. So, I decided instead, to dwell on blessings. I thought of all the dreams I’ve had throughout my life that have come true.
  • The first dream I thought of was being able to play the piano and sing at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was a teenager, my piano teacher was awesome. I still love and respect her greatly for her influence in my life. She could play so beautifully … and sing at the same time. I thought, “If I could just sing and play at the same time, I would be so happy!” You see, when you’re young, it takes a lot of coordination. It took a long time to develop that. When I was about 14 or 15 years old, I played and sang my first song in church! It was very special day for me. Click here if you’re wondering what I sang. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Lord put that dream right in the palm of my hand, and has allowed me to sing pretty often, ever since that day.
  • When I started college, I quickly became aware of the college singing groups that traveled and sang every summer. I thought it would be so wonderful to do that! What an opportunity! So as a freshman, I began to dream… and I started praying that if that’s what God wanted me to do, that He would open the door for me. During the spring of my sophomore year, I was chosen to represent the college in the Southwest Trio! It was an amazing experience. I got close to those I traveled with. The Lord taught me many things during those 10 weeks! What a fun time, what a dream!
  • When I was 14 years old, I really began to desire God. I often thought I would love to marry a preacher, but I didn’t think I was good enough for God to give me that! Little did I realize at that time, that God uses ordinary people! I am just a person… a person married to a preacher! We have been able to serve the Lord in local churches for 6 years now! And we’re praying for His will for the day that we will be in the pastorate. God made my dream come true! Not only did I marry a preacher, I married my best friend. I married the man I had pictured as Prince Charming since I was a very little girl, putting sheer curtains over my head for a veil, and carrying plastic flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • There was a time in my late teen years that I started wondering if God would give me children. I didn’t think I deserved them, and in the back of my heart I had this horrible feeling that I never would have any. In the early years of our marriage, we did have a hard time having children. We tried for over a year, only to miscarry. Then, it was another whole year before we had a little one on the way. I was terrified for months! I just knew we couldn’t have this little one either! But we did, and have had no problems since then! I thank God for my beautiful 3 children! I always dreamed of being a Mommy… with my matted hair baby dolls.
  • Renting is fine, but buying is better. “Can you please give us our own house?” I used to pray. We have been in our cute little house for almost 2 years now. I have painted and planned. I have made curtains and bought pillows. I have arranged furniture and sanded floors… in my own house! It is the Great American Dream, and God made that dream a reality for us. We have our own house that we have made a home!
  • Just in these last couple of years, my musical dreams have grown. I have been playing arranged offertories for church for the last two years. The Lord has REALLY helped me. I make mistakes every Sunday, so there’s not too much risk of being lifted up in pride! But this last year, I believe God put in me the desire to arrange some of my own music. So my awesome computer-brother found a great music program for me, and I have written four of my own arrangements. That really was a dream come true! I never thought I could do that, and I’m so thankful the Lord chose to give me that dream!

It’s amazing how much the Lord has given me. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, when I am sleep-dreaming, I’ll be in this imaginary world. I remember one dream in particular. I was shopping and found this amazing ring on the clearance rack. (Of course it was a dream because jewelry isn’t on a “rack.”) It was marked down SO low and I bought it. It was so pretty and sparkly. I held it up in the light to see it shimmer. I remember how thrilled I was in my dream. I held up my hand to look at it and realized I was awake now, and it wasn’t real. There wasn’t a sparkly ring on that finger. It wasn’t real. But every day, I look at my blessings and those dreams are real! I want to remember to thank God every day!

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