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Man in the Making by Rick Johnson

“As your son grows toward manhood, you can instill in him the values and character traits he will need to succeed. Highlighting famous men throughout history and the character trait that made each an outstanding model of manhood, parenting expert Rick Johnson gives you strategies to help mold your son into an honorable man. Johnson describes the lives of men such as

  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Benjamin Franklin

…and more,” reads the back of the book.



Mr. Johnson has a very unique approach to this book. I love how he uses specific people and shows their character, and then follows through how each man learned the character trait and used it to succeed in life.

I must say, right off the bat I was disappointed in the introduction when Mr. Johnson said, “…I did not discuss [in this book] developing faith or spirituality within your son. Again, not because I do not believe it is vitally important, but because I wanted this book to be one that will reach parents of all faith walks and belief systems. I wanted the focus to be on raising sons to become good men, not necessarily ‘religious’ ones.” So, I felt like he shot through everything in which he preceded this comment. He said faith is vitally important, and was very visible in each of these men’s lives. Also, as a Christian, I am not at all interested in raising my sons to be “good,” but to be “godly.” So, that said, on to the positive!

I really enjoyed reading super-short biographies of each of these men who greatly impacted history. It was amazing to see how far some of them came, and how they “beat the odds” and made a difference in the world.

I was particularly interested in the chapter on Compassion and Empathy, highlighting the life of George Muller. In this chapter, the author tells us that he believes hunting is one of the greatest way to teach sons about compassion, and appreciation for life. Think about it, many boys today never set foot in the woods. They spend their days playing violent video games. These games create a very false perception of life and death. Because young men may never see what real life is like, and what it’s like to take it, they become more violent. But let the boy shoot a deer or a squirrel, and see it die. It will help him appreciate life, and see a true picture of what happens when you shoot a gun, or a bow and arrow.

I also really loved the chapter about David, and how he was a Warrior-Poet. He was such a tough man, doing battle, killing thousands. But all you have to do is read through the Psalms and you see his tender side. It is not bad to let boys participate in the arts, or in music. It is good for them. They need to create, and learn that it doesn’t mean they are sissy. But let them be rough-and-tumble. The book mentioned that society has become so feminized that often in schools, instead of two boys scuffling on the playground, they are forced to go to their superiors (usually a woman), to solve the problem. Not that we want to encourage them to be violent! Or to be bullies! But let them grow up to be men!

I think a really, really good point of this book is that the author points out that neither men, nor women are superior in our culture. God set man as the head of a home, and the pastors of churches. But women have seen such a need to be equal, that they have gone completely overboard! They make masculinity out to be brutal and uncaring, just to make women look better. But really men don’t have to be downgraded to help women feel more equal. Both contribute greatly to life, family, and society in many different ways. Don’t make boys think it will be bad to grow up and be a man.

This was a longer review than I usually write. I really feel there was a LOT of good content here that would benefit any parents of boys!

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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A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher



This is Book 3 in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series for girls ages 8-12. It is the second in the series I have read. I have enjoyed the simple fun the children have in both volumes I have read.

Lily is the oldest of four children in an Amish family. She has all brothers and life seems so unfair in her young life. I have to laugh at her distress over things that seem so silly. But then I think back to her age, and realize that most “small” problems were larger than life to me, as well!

Lily is growing up and changing. She is upset when her teacher announces she will be getting married, and will no longer be teaching. She has a misunderstanding with her cousin, her best friend, and the two are constantly disagreeing on the character of Aaron Yoder. The schoolhouse burns down, and Lily mourns her very own box of 64 crayons that perished in the fire.

These chapters are short and cute. It would make great reading aloud with families. Lily learns so many lessons about obedience, jumping to conclusions, and simple kindness. This volume is filled with morals we all want our children to learn.

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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The Artist’s Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall

Artist's Daughter  Press Release

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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Eva, Sweet Eva

Eva, sweet Eva



  • 20 Months old in a few days
  • Has learned about 10 new words this month, including “no.” She can whine, too. “NoooooOOoo, MooooOOmmmy.” 🙂 Other words are yes, good girl and uh-huh (with a whole-body nod)
  • Can get out of bed by herself, which Jackson nor Timothy learned to do
  • Looks funny when she tries to give kisses
  • Loves to sing (in bed instead of falling asleep)
  • Throws her head back in despair, and sometimes her spine just can’t hold her up… when she doesn’t get her way. Also throws herself in the floor sometimes (oh dear!)
  • Loves to climb (see below)


She’s our cutie pie and we all love her! She keeps us on our toes, on our knees, and in a constant smile!

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Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson


An excellent book for moms of littles, this book was so hard to put down! The authors take you on a precious journey of encouragement from start to finish. Sarah Mae writes to you that she understands because she is where you are! Sally Clarkson’s part is to tell you she has been there, and you will survive! She has great advice and practical tips, being the “older woman” with the experience. And at the end of each chapter, there is a link or a code to scan with your smart phone, with a video to give you a little extra insight.

Before the first chapter was over, I had already cried and been encouraged so much! But it didn’t stop there. Each chapter was filled to the brim. The fact that God gave your children to you, and gave you to them, helped me greatly. I am exactly the mom that God wants my children to have, and God will give me the strength to raise them.

Being Intentional

What are some goals you have for your children? What do you want your family to look like, and accomplish 10 years from now? We can’t control everything, but if you have specific ideas of what you want for your family, set goals, and be intentional today to work toward them.

Get Help

Women aren’t meant to go it alone. Even if you have a wonderful husband supporting you, which I do, you still need someone else who understands. Don’t wait for them to find you. Go find them! Find other moms who are in the same stage of life and encourage each other. Seek an older woman who has already raised her children. She can help you like no other.

Let the Lord Be Your Formula

Like me, many moms want the “perfect formula” of what to do. Though you desire one, you also know it is impossible! Every child is completely different, and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, everything changes again. There are so many advice books and blogs. Each person will tell you something differently. And though you can get some good advice from others, ultimately don’t worry about how others think you should raise your children. Let the Lord guide you. Spend time with Him in His Word and learn to follow His heart. He is the best Father, and He can teach you to be the best mother.

I could go on and one. Basically, if you have small children at home, this book is for you!

“Motherhood is such a high calling that it should come as no surprise for it to be fraught with stress, difficulties, and challenge.” ~ Sally Clarkson

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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Romans 3:10

Verse #2 for 2013, heading down that Romans Road:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10

This one also has a Scripture song. We just started it tonight, and the boys pretty much know it. So, I think we will go faster through this one than John 3:16.

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John 3:16

This year, we are going to do our best to memorize 50 verses as a family! This will be word-perfect quoting by the oldest three of us! Timothy is 3, and can probably learn about 98% of them too, I’m just not going to stress about him. 🙂

Verse #1, the most important verse in God’s Word, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After working on it only 2 times, Jackson almost has it! It’s amazing what little minds can learn.

Also, another thing we are going to do to help is learn Scripture songs that go with the verse we are working on. Bible Truth Music has an amazing collection of Bible verse songs! You can listen to them on Spotify, or go to their website:

Join us and learn 50 verses this year!

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“…whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Yesterday, my husband and I were out together. You know, that rare time alone.

We were Christmas shopping for our children. Later in the evening, we checked in to a hotel. We went to check out the fitness center. The tv was playing. That was the first I knew of the precious children and teachers who were killed. It’s so, so sad. I cannot imagine being one of those parents, looking at the presents wrapped for their 6-year-old daughter, already under the Christmas tree. I imagine them remembering the night before when she picked up that gift and shook it, trying to guess what was inside.

I don’t know the details of the shooting, and I don’t want to know. I didn’t read anything about it until just a few hours ago. I read the post that listed all their names and birthdates.

It broke my heart.

It made me feel like a shallow Christian. What am I doing for eternity? It is God that these people need. Not just the victims, but the shooter. He needed Christ. He needed the gospel.

So many are saying, “Teachers need guns!” No doubt it would’ve stopped today’s tragedy! I wish they had been armed!

But what about reaching the heart? What about reaching the lost and broken before they “snap?”

What can I do? How can I help do my part to see that the gospel reaches the hopeless?

I turned to the Psalms. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).

I want everything I do in this life to be prospered by the Lord. I want Him to give it His blessing. I want Him to give it a little nudge that gives it more power! I want to raise my children to serve God with all their hearts!

How can I prosper like this? How can God use me? Verse 2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

As we read God’s Word, it transforms us. It gives us confidence when we are timid, words when we are speechless, boldness when we are afraid. If I live in His Word daily, He will make me just what He wants me to be!


As I thought on this, I asked the Lord to show me where to apply this! Immediately He brought to my mind a new ministry I am going to head up this coming year. I am so excited about it! It is a great opportunity to reach people! It is for young mothers. What better place to work than with those who are raising the next generation? I am praying that souls will be saved, and that these young women will determine to raise their children as they cling to the Word of God. I pray their children will grow up to live for God and love others, not hurt them!

May God forgive me on those Saturday nights when I dread the next morning. May He forgive me when I complain about not having enough money for things I want. May He especially forgive me when I complain about my messy house… at least my children are safe in their beds.

May He use me and help all I do for Him to prosper!

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Sweet Leggings

My Eva girl in sweet leggings. I love her. I just love to dress her up. I love her bows and frills. I love her 23 hours a day! There is that one hour in the middle of the night when “like” is a better word than “love.” But seriously, I know she is growing so fast, and will soon outgrow her night feedings. Pretty soon, she’ll start pulling off her headbands. Pretty soon, she’ll be under my feet when I’m busy.
I’m glad she’s still little.
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Independence Day

Sunday night, we ventured out to the race track, where we had been told were great fireworks! And they were great! We enjoyed them. The boys loved them. We sat with our neighbors, and our kids played together. It was a sweet time…

Monday morning was our town’s annual cute little parade. It was lots of fun. The boys were really getting into the candy this year. 🙂
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