Monday, March 26, 2012

Love of Friends

It is the hardest thing to say goodbye to someone you love, especially friends. My heart is so sad and heavy as our friends Bryan and Katherine will be leaving Vegas. We have had some special memories with them and had an amazing time last night hanging out as a family.

Bryan and Kath, you will be missed!

All the girls in our group!

The boys of the group, minus my hubby, I'll have to photo shop him in later!

Amanda, with Bryan and Katherine, playing at the park, watching the kids spin! :)

Thank you Lord, for friendships that never end even when we are far apart!

Part One

Need You Now, Part One
By: Beth Wiseman

Part One of Need You Now By Beth Wiseman, is very engaging from the first page! I can’t wait to read the rest of the book to find out what happens.

I knew there would be obstacles in this story, just based on the title. I was prepared. However, going into a book, you never know what obstacles there will be. It seems that by the time Part One is finished, the obstacles are just starting to come to light and really take focus. I can tell that this book is going to lead us to the everlasting grace of God and the reliance of Him in our lives!

Darlene, her husband Brad, and three children move to Round Top, a city an hour and a half outside of Houston. Brad is a tax accountant and the story opens on his busiest season, tax time, ring a bell? J Darlene has been a stay at home mom since her children were born and is itching to do something productive so she takes a job as a teacher’s aid at a school for special needs. As she gets more involved with her job, it seems she becomes less involved with her kids.

I am looking forward to reading the next part. I don’t want to give away too much in Part One, you will have to read for yourself to see how the characters develop.

I received the first half of Beth Wiseman’s book through Booksneeze for my honest thoughts and opinions.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Papa Moose-ism #3 and #4

So it has been awhile since I have posted a Papa Moose-ism...but that doesn't mean I haven't thought about my daddy every single day. Some days it has truly been so hard. Anyway, here are two good ones:

#3: Always lock your car from the inside, don't use your key fab.
#4: Always carry cash with you wherever you go. (This one I hardly ever listened to, but my Daddy would be happy to know that I think have I have about $12 in my purse right now!)

Love you daddy!

Loved It!

The Wedding Dress
The Wedding Dress
By: Rachel Hauck

I loved The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck and did not want to put it down! Unfortunately, I had to work so reading it straight through was not an option.

Charlotte is the owner of a bridal shop who is engaged to be married after knowing her fiancé, Tim, for about two months. She is unsure of a lot of things and simply goes up the mountain to think. Unfortunately there is an auction going on and she gets roped into seeing one of the items, actually she gets swarmed and is unable to get away. She ends up bidding on an old trunk from 1912 without even really realizing what she is doing. When the trunk is delivered she has no idea what to do with it or even how to get into it because it is welded shut. Besides this, her fiancé is not too happy with her frivolous purchase.

The story begins to unfold when she is finally able to get the trunk open and finds a perfect wedding dress dated to 1912. With nothing but a satchel in the trunk she wonders where it came from as well as the story behind this unusually well preserved dress. Charlotte and her friend Dixie, along with Tim, now her ex- fiancé, follow the clues to find the hidden message behind the dress. In the end, Charlotte finds love in more ways than one.

I am definitely a sucker for love stories but the way that Hauck wrote this book and intertwined the history of the dress from 1912 to present day is wonderful. Like I said I did not want to put the book down and I was excited to see the how all the pieces of the puzzle came together.

I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for my honest thoughts.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dawn Comes Early
Dawn Comes Early
By: Margaret Brownley

Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley was a fun story set in the West on a Cattle Ranch. Kate Tenney, from Boston, is a writer, but not just any writer. She writes dime novels and when she chose to write a scene that some thought was too “riskay” her book was banned, and frankly, so was she. So, she applied for a job in Cactus Patch Arizona to be a heiress to a cattle ranch. When Kate first arrived she meets up with Cactus Joe, an outlaw, trying to be like the famous Jessie James. Kate finally gets to the ranch with the help of Luke Adams, a handsome blacksmith. Notice the word handsome, yes, this is a love story! At the ranch, Kate learns from the cowhands what needs to be done and how to do it, but her learning comes with spills and dumps, from her horse that is.

Kate finally begins to feel comfortable at the ranch, but also keeps bumping into Luke Adams. She knows that in order to own the ranch she must never marry and she tries to keep her eyes set on her prize. But, the Lord, always the Lord, has different plans for her.

Read this fun romance, and you will not be dissapointed. One underlying message that is always a joy to read is this: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” says the Lord.

I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for my honest thoughts and opinions.