“WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN”, Novellas by Goyer, Putman, Sundin


I gave this book a 5 star as all the stories were heart-warming and fun.

Sarah Sundin tells the first story with the introduction to the Turner family in Indiana. Grandma Louise plays a sweet and needed lady with the stories played around her adult grand-children. It is the day of Pearl Harbor and hearts are broken as always in war-time. Abigail is working her way through college when she is set up with a blind date. Fate has it for her to meet him in another way besides the blind date and what a surprise. They are both drawn into each others family by a mystery in his hometown. But then there is Pete, the brother pilot who is hoping to be home for Christmas. Christmas has been different since the loss of his brother. But he makes it and finds a little girl standing in front of a department store window by herself. Quite grown-up for a small girls with braids, he rescues her and takes her home on the bus. He is in for a surprise when he meets her mother. Lovely sister, Merry, wants badly to help on the war front. She becomes a nurse and is sent miles away from Lafayette. She left home with a broken heart but grows spiritually and emotionally as she reaches out to the injured at a hospital near Germany. She has hard days but never loses her hope for the future. Can’t tell anymore as the stories are too sweet! You need to read this one before Christmas!

This book was given to me by Water Brook Books for review. These opinions are my own. Mary Young Robinson, Boise, ID (less)

To Everything A Season, A Book by Lauraine Snelling, Reviewed


Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 4.41.20 PMIf you are a fan of Lauraine Snelling and if you have enjoyed the story town of Blessing, North Dakota, you will certainly enjoy this book. No 1 in the “Song of Blessing” saga, Trygve Knutson is grown and working hard for the future of his community. Far Haaken, one of the main characters in the Red River Valley stories, is getting older and his wife is very concerned about some symptoms he is having. Both daughter and daughter-in-law are physicians, but although his wife would like one of them to check him over, there is thought that this would be strange and unacceptable to him. In Chicago, Illinois, there is a young nurse in training who has been selected to go to Blessing to continue learning under the two women doctors before graduating. It is a struggle to leave her ill mother and other siblings that she has been helping to provide for. But, God is in control as He intervenes in making the plan work for her family. After Miriam arrives in North Dakota, she sees many new things for the first time in a small town. But her heart is still pulling her back to her mother in the city. Will she ever be able to trust God and see her future anywhere else beside Chicago? She gets on the train to return when she hears her mother may be dying, but will she ever come back? Someone is waiting to find out.

This book was provided to me by Bethany Books for review. All opinions are my own.

So, Where Do You Fit?


Screen shot 2014-11-15 at 12.52.04 PMSo, you could be ANY age and be in this crowd, couldn’t you? Football seems to be popular at any age, any sex, or education level. I bet you there’s a baby tucked in there somewhere nestled near its Mom or Pop or maybe GranPop.

Lately I have been trying to determine where I fit in the world. I am over 55 (under 100) but I am partially Disabled. In my mind some days I feel 16 but sometimes I feel 80. I look in the mirror and think, well, I’m no spring chick but I am not shriveled up either.

So when I hear people talk about the elderly, seniors, middle-age, I am looking for my place. I have heard some people call me and my over 70 husband elderly. That doesn’t fit a man who hikes over 100 miles most years in the mountains of Idaho with Goats. And with my dark hair and flair for dress, it really doesn’t suit me either. Nevertheless, I have to admit I am growing older.

I was reading an article in a sample magazine this week that I received and while finishing up a particular story I saw near the end a chart naming age groups. Now I get it. This might not be the only list but it was good enough to help me understand why people use the group names that they do.

The group of ages 18-29 are the “Millennials” @ 35%. The group of 30-48 are “Busters” @49%, then my group are 49-67 called “Boomers” @55% (we get blamed for almost everything!). And then coming in last is the… “Elders” from 68-Methuselah @63%.

But we both know that this is only based on age, not activity, looks or medical details. I am willing to put you in an Optional group like “Brillant” if you will put me in an optional group like “Creatively Young” (my maiden name).  After all, we are all in this together, with families of all ages with unique gifts. Please don’t call me elderly until I am dead. Thank you.

 

 

 

MIRROR VS WHAT GOD SAYS TO US


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Psalms 139:14 ESV

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works and my soul knows it very well.”

God formed our personal existence. Inside and out, he made us. Modern culture has brought us to dissatisfaction in many ways. Causing us to doubt our creator, we fuss about our outside appearance, question how smart we are, and worry about our future health issues. Why didn’t we have a petite little nose, bright sky blue eyes or unnoticeable ears?

Body image is what you see in the mirror when looking at yourself. How correctly are you seeing yourself? What is your basis? The world? God? Are you healthy? Do you try to take care of your own “temple”? If we look with spiritual eyes as well as physical eyes, we may learn to look at ourselves a little differently than the world does. We shouldn’t be looking for the culture’s term of “perfection”. God made all of us perfect in his own sight.

Here is where we must go back to faith and trust. We should trust that God knows the best for us and we should have faith that He works through us to be our best in everything. Did you ever think about how hard it would be for one of us to be God and make every decision in the universe? Only a supreme God with perfect wisdom could even begin to do these things. And I am so glad! I sure wouldn’t want that job.

When I allow my faith to droop, I also allow my choices to be cloudy. And off kilter. Rationalization kicks in and I reason things out to suit myself. I may not be honest in my assessments. This side of glory we cannot fully understand ourselves or all about our Christ.  We have to trust Him in His sovereignty. He is wonderful and our soul tells us so through the Holy Spirit!