Category: Life as we know it

Tori’s Song

This beautiful post was written about Tori and I want to re-post it on our blog so we will always have it ❤️

Heart & Altar

Such fragile moments these gifted breaths. Each one surmounting the miracle of the one before while in careful awe and anticipation of the one that comes after. Or at least that is our hope, our expectation. We take if for granted and long forget to cherish the divine sweetness filling our lungs: the wind of mercy; this breath of Heaven. But what of when we linger and cling to each heartbeat. savoring every infinitely tiny nuance of mortality in the face of that which thrives in the silence and void of our laughter and joy, our peace, our happiness, and most of all, our faith?

She told me her story a few weeks ago. Cheyenne Bennett is a good friend of mine offering her occupation as a gift to the elderly imparting within them the immeasurable gifts of respect, honor, and love. During one of those phone conversations traversing countless…

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Book Review: The Adventure Bible for Toddlers

The Adventure Bible for Toddlers is a fantastic first Bible! I chose to review this as I am a brand-new parent and want our daughter to experience the Bible as early as possible.

The Bible highlights the key stories in the Bible and presents them in toddler-friendly language with plenty of colorful illustrations. It’s a board book, so the pages cannot be torn easily, which will allow your toddler to enjoy the book in their own way.

The titles of the stories are fantastic as well: my favorites are Daniel and the Lions’ Den – “Drooling Lions” – and Jonah – “Fish Food”.

I can’t wait until our daughter is old enough to start looking at books – this will be the first one we show her. It’s so important to teach our children the Word of God early on, and this is a great way to start.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Fearless Hope by Serena B. Miller

Despite the fact that I live less than thirty minutes from a large Amish community (Lancaster County, PA), I had never read any fiction about the Amish people until I was asked to review Fearless Hope by Serena B. Miller. If all of Ms. Miller’s books are as wonderful as this one, it certainly won’t be my last!

From the time I picked up the book to the time I finished it, it was nearly all that I could think about. I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters, the plot and the mysteries within it even when I wasn’t able to read the book. The characters were so well-developed that I felt like I knew them personally and, because of that, I became emotionally attached to them and their adventures and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. There are so many great lessons throughout the book, as well, and it gave me a lot to think about.

Here’s the synopsis from the back of the book:

When Hope Yoder loses her husband, she is left trying to support her two small children—and one on the way—any way she can. She ends up taking a job as a part-time housekeeper to the English man who has bought the farm that once belonged to her family. 

Logan Parker is a bestselling crime fiction writer from New York City who accompanies his fiancée on a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, but the trip takes a strange turn when he sees an Amish farmhouse for sale. Intrigued by a strong sense of familiarity, he enters the house and is overcome with a feeling of deep peace. He’s never been to Ohio before, but something in this house feels right, and he purchases the farm to use as a writer’s retreat. Something about the peacefulness of the house frees him the crippling writer’s block that threatens to ruin his career, and something about the quiet Amish woman who comes to clean his home makes him less and less excited about returning to New York and the woman he is supposed to marry. 

Slowly, Logan and Hope are drawn together, and when they discover that they share a strange past, they must decide how that affects their future. Will Hope overcome her fear of embracing love again?

If you love fiction, you will love this book. This one has it all: mystery, romance, history, loveable characters, and great moral lessons. It will be released on April 8th, so pre-order your copy today!

I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest review.