The 25 Books I Read In 2017

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Every year, I join the Goodreads Reading Challenge – picking the number of books I’d like to read during the year. For 2017, I wanted to try and read 12 books. I am on book 25 now & I’d like to share them all with you. From Mara Wilson to Stormie Omartian, I stayed up late & surpassed my goal!

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Spring Book Reviews

Portrait Revolution: Inspiration From Around the World For Creating Art In Multiple Mediums and Styles, Julia L. Kay (Pimpernel Press Limited, 2017)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: I greatly enjoy art books – they make great coffee table books & it’s of course always a bonus if my family learns something from it. I loved seeing the different mediums used for portraits & the art was wonderfully handpicked. My favorite part of these books is how I can pick my favorites & hopefully be able to find a large print of it to hang in my home.


Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the works of Lysa Terkeurst so I started with Unglued. I guess that was the wrong choice – perhaps I don’t struggle enough with controlling my emotions – but I don’t feel any different after reading it. It didn’t move me in anyway or gave advice for myself. Perhaps I’ll pick it up again in a few years & give it another go, but for now, it just wasn’t the right time. I won’t give up on Lysa though…I’ll pursue another one of her publications to give an accurate review.


The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian (Harvest House Publishers, 1996)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Prayer is and has always been the biggest struggle in my walk with the Lord. The only prayers I was taught as a child was the Lord’s Prayer & a few short memorizing prayers like “god is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food…”. I picked up this book because I want my views on prayer to change. I wanted to learn how to pray better. I wanted to get into a habit of praying. And what better way to start than with my marriage?
I didn’t know what to expect going in…but the 5 star reviews on here and Amazon speak for themselves. This book is wonderful. Obviously I still need to work on my praying & when praying alone, my prayers sound nothing like the ones in this book…but it’s a great start. There were a few things that didn’t apply to me or my marriage – things we don’t struggle with or things that we’ve already discussed (like our roles at home) – but overall it was extremely helpful in showing me how to pray & how important it is to pray for your husband. If Stormie wrote additional books, I’m going to read those as well.


Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm, Sarah Menkedick (Pantheon Books, 2017)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: Menkedick is a fantastic writer – the vivid descriptions of her life feel as if I’m right there with her. However, I guess I’m not one for essay/prose type books. I felt it was harder to follow compared to a regular nonfiction. But this is just my personal preference.

Aubade: Wake Up!

Wake up! Shouts the rooster
for dawn is upon us.
Wake up! Chirps the bird,
for my breakfast is waiting.
Wake up! Blooms the flower
for the sun blesses me with warmth
Wake up! Yips the puppy
for I must investigate the outdoors
Wake up! Drips the coffee
for it’s time to awaken your body.
Wake up! Squeals the child
for I”m hungry & the world has yet to be explored.
Wake up!
for sleep misses out on a new day.

(Aubade Poem for the 2017 Poetry Challenge)

When God Made You

This Sunday, our sweet 5 month old will be dedicated to the Lord (Luke 2:21-40). When “F” is old enough to understand Jesus & all His glory, we will encourage him to pursue baptism. As baptism is a personal, public decree of believing & surrendering your life to God, we do not feel that babies need to be baptized (that’s a whole other post). My baptism was not special to me because I don’t remember it & I didn’t have a choice. At a later time, both my husband and I plan on getting re-baptized, but for now, we are just focusing on getting our son dedicated.

Anyways, to mark the special occasion, we wanted to gift our baby with a small gift as a way to remember this special day.


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I Am Wild & Free

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Our Anthem

The world may tell us we’re too much and never enough.
But we can walk wildly in who God created us to be
and rest freely in the work Jesus did for us.
We do not have to be confined or conformed
by cultural expectations.
We are unchained from our past and unafraid of our future.
We choose compassion over comparison.
We love without condition, without reserve.
Our eyes are on God, we hold nothing back,
we run fast & strong, we do not hide our light.
We aren’t wild and free for our sake alone, rather we sing life,
hope, and truth over the world with abandon
– just as our God sings over us.
We are wild and free. And we are poised to
do mighty things, in Christ alone.

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