Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Messy Blogger's Update

I've tried to write this post three times today. For some reason, I am having trouble with my words this week. 
I'll be honest, it's been crazy. I have dealt with more roller coaster emotional moments this week then I have in a little bit. Trying to figure out how to balance my emotions and figure out how to get work done around stuff has been rough. I would love to sit here and tell y'all that I had this all perfectly together (I'd like to be able to tell that to myself) but we're all messy people here, so I don't think y'all mind. 
So some interesting things have happened that I haven't gotten the chance to talk about so I'm going to tackle some of those happier subjects first. 

1. I got a laptop. Up until now, I have been working on my moms and brothers laptops, and it worked out really well. But, I finally saved up enough and I got myself a refurbished HP Pavilion which is was so much better then I expected. I went a little above what I had wanted to pay for it, but that's because I found one with way better graphics than most and literally everything I had ever wanted in a computer. So yeah, I'm really loving it. My only problem is I haven't gotten Microsoft Word yet, which I use all the time. So yeah, I've got to get that ASAP. 

2. And probably what is going to be most peoples favorite (I don't blame you if it is): My family got a puppy. We've been looking into getting another dog because my awesome Luke is getting a little older and we want him to train our puppy. So we found an Australian Shepard puppy online and went and picked him up. We named him Ascari (Uh-scar-e). He's already been picking up a lot of Luke's behavior, which is so fun to watch. =D I'll do another post about him with a lot more pictures, I promise. 

Here's a rather goofy photo of Ascari who has a love of plopping down on peoples feet.

So yeah, that's a couple fun things in life lately. I don't want to ramble much longer, but I did have one more thing to add. I pray that I have never come across as saying I have a perfect life. But if I have, I'd like to take a moment and apologize. I have recently been faced with how rough it can be when someone is posting about only the good things in their life. We all know everyone is flawed, but it's hard to tell when they're only posting the good stuff about their life. 
I am a deeply messy blogger who has more problems then I care to count, the one I'm pushing up against the most right now is a bad attitude. 

I'll be posting more on what I've been learning this week on Friday, and hopefully next Monday I'll have some awesome puppy photos up for y'all. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Recovering from Last Week || Libester Questions

 Hello. Since there was such a crazy week full of posts last week, today I'm just answering the questions from a Libester tag. =) Rebekah from Read Another Page tagged me.

What blogger would you like to meet in person?
Oh, Kate Willis from Once Upon an Ordinary, if I had to choose just one.

Do you review books you read?

Yep! I try to do at least a small review for every book I read.

What is your favorite thing to do in summer?

Swim, and take walks down the road. Unfortunately, Summer is poison ivy season, so I can't take as many walks in the woods as I would like, but I love being outside.

Would you consider yourself more of a fall or spring person?

Spring! I love spring so much. All the flowers and warm weather is the best. I also like fall a lot.

What are two things you can’t stand in books?

Love to hate relationships, and insta-love. Yeah, just plain nasty.

Do you listen to music while you write or read? If so, what kind?

Nope. I am a reader who loves complete silence. One of my favorite times to read is right before bed when the whole house is silent.

What is your favorite blog to read?

There are too many amazing ones to just choose one, but I would say A Purpose and a Promise and Once Upon an Ordinary are two of my favorite.

Have you ever met a favorite author in person? If so, who and when?

I have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few authors, but some of my favorites have been Kelsey Bryant, Abigayle Claire, and Jessica Greyson. (also I live with this author, who happens to be one of my favorites of all time) All of them are even more delightful than their books.

Do you usually run out of money because you bought books?

No. I would have at one point, but I realized what a bad habit it was to just spend all my money on books.

Do you wear socks when you go to bed?


Have you ever helped in a political campaign before?

Nope. I am not into politics at all. =P

Are you enjoying fall?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Five Fall Favorites || Top Five Books so Far

Today is the last day of Five Fall Favorites. While I've had fun hanging around with y'all it's time to wrap this up with my favorite books of the year so far. So gather in the barn and scroll onwards! 

Kiera by Kate Willis 


This beautiful book was probably my favorite that I've read all year. It's got amazing characters, themes, and goodness I could go on about this book forever. 

Before Amen by Max Lucado 


I've already mentioned this book but that's because it's amazing. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

Yeah, I've mentioned this one two. I have never read a book that made me understand bible times as much as this one.

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller


This Jane Austen style book captured me from the first page. The main character was a great example of a strong, yet feminine, woman. 

Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur


This may be a kids book but it was heartbreakingly beautiful. It got me to thinking about my motives behind things and wanting to be a better friend to those around me. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Five Fall Favorites || My Favorite Military Books

Welcome, take a seat on the bench and let's dive into my favorite military books. I'm not a huge fan of this type of book, but I did manage to find five that I loved.

Brothers-in-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot


This is one of the most tear-jerking, amazing books I've ever read. I never read a book that focused so much on a brother relationship and it was amazing. 

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas


This is one of the most underrated classics. Filled with amazing descriptions and great character is doesn't get much better than this. 

A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton 


This short, but deep story really hits home. I actually teared up, which I rarely do at books.

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin


An amazingly realistic view of war with some of the most realistic characters I've ever read. Talk about someone who nailed that relationships are messy. 

I Don't Dance by Jesseca Wheaton 


Yes, this is the second by Wheaton, but I told you I don't read many Military stories, didn't I? While this book mainly focuses on the relationship of the main characters, the romance not got overwhelming. 

Hop over to Read Another Page to enter this giveaway! 
Here's what it includes: 

Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris
Kiera by Kate Willis
There Was Always Laughter in Our House by Sarah Holman
Love Needs No Words by Faith Potts
Bound by Victoria Lynn
A Five Fall Favorites mug (designed by Rebekah Morris, created and donated by Salsa and Tea)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Five Fall Favorites || My Favorite Contemporary

Alrighty, we've got bushels of awesome books today! This is my personal favorite genre, contemporary! 

Dear Mr Knightly by Kathrine Reay 


This is my all time favorite book and I will never get tired of it.

Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire 


This is one of those books that makes you feel like you've met all the characters in real life. It inspires compassion, and loving those who aren't the easiest to love. 

Kate's Innocence by Sarah Holman 


This combined my favorite author with mystery, suspense, and amazing characters. What's not to love? 

Journeys of Four by Rebekah Jones 


I get something new out of this book every time I read it. It is incredibly powerful, and full of great life lessons. 

Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliot 


This is one of those beautifully realistic books that makes contemporary fiction so beautiful. This author brought a realistic point of view on sibling relationships.

Hop over to Read Another Page to enter this giveaway! 
Here's what it includes: 

Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris
Kiera by Kate Willis
There Was Always Laughter in Our House by Sarah Holman
Love Needs No Words by Faith Potts
Bound by Victoria Lynn
A Five Fall Favorites mug (designed by Rebekah Morris, created and donated by Salsa and Tea)