I’ve had a summer cold. And I’ve even been too tired to knit. But I can read, and read I have been! And I’ve found the nicest series of books!

If you’ve been in my home, you know I have a lot of amish art and figures. I love the simple lines but also the simple life style has always appealed to me. Over the years my friends have read amish stories, but I’m not really a love story person (unless it’s Jane Austen) so I hadn’t really paid much attention.

Lately I’d been in a true crime bender and needed something to clear it out of my mind. I stumbled upon this series by Karen Anna Vogel which incorporated two things I loved, Amish and knitting! And then as I read the books, the characters were reading Jane Austen and Anne of Green Gables! 

But the books are more than just a sweet diversion, there are some great character lessons and truths. I plan to buy physical copies of these books just so I can lend them to friends and family. 

Have you read this series? What did you think? Doo you have any suggestions for similar books?

Linking up with Miranda’s Random 5 on Friday – let me know if you join too!

  1. Our oldest came home last night and so far we are having a good time together! Maybe this last incident was really what it was going to take. I hope so because I am praying really hard for this kid!  
  2. Reading one of the books from my list and it is really making me think – so much that I’ve been thinking more than knitting or blogging – you know I’m serious then!  But it explains so much about how people work! Not sure who recommended this book to me – but THANK YOU!! The book is called “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control” by Heather Forbes, check it out if you have kiddos or family who have dealt with trauma (it affects everything they do!).
  3. As you might have seen on Facebook and Twitter, Hubs and I joined a local health club for their aqua classes.  We’ve gone to two classes so far and had a blast (well, I have…he’s adjusting!)  I love, love, love anything in the water.  And, regular exercise is so helpful to my frame of mind!
  4. Next week is the last 4 days of school for my 2 youngest kids.  And, it sounds like it will be fun!  But I still wish they could just be home next week!
  5. I am finishing up week 4 with the Hello Morning gals and it is making such a difference in my day-to-day life.  It is so great to wake up before the sun, sip some coffee and just enjoy the quiet Bible reading time before the family is up.  Then I can greet them with a smile and a plan for the day! If you need to make a change, give it a try!  You won’t be sorry!


For several years I haven’t been to do much reading. Maybe it was the mental space required to keep going that simply didn’t allow new thoughts to enter my brain and stay there or maybe it was the fact that I was falling asleep as soon as I got into bed.  Either way, if it wasn’t Agatha Christie or some little bit of fluff, it just wasn’t getting much attention.

But now I’m wanting craving reading time!  And, between my Kindle and my iPad, I have quite a queue of good books to read!  Here is a list for me to keep track of what I want to read!

  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control – volumes one and two, by Heather Forbes
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, (reread) by Tedd Tripp
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart, by Tedd & Margy Tripp
  • Adoptive Parent Intentional Parent, by Stacy Manning
  • Hope for the Weary Mom, (reread by Stacey Thacker & Brooke McGlothin
  • What’s It like to be Married to me?: and Other Dangerous Questions, by Linda Dillow
  • Forgotten God, Francis Chan
  • Erasing Hell, Francis Chan

So, this might take longer than my Summer will allow!

What are you reading? Got any book recommendations I should consider adding to my list?

Today I learned…

  • My brain doesn’t understand Saturday.  I guess when you wake up all week at 5am, my brain and body just keeps doing it.
  • My dogs don’t understand Saturday.  The minute they hear the microwave warming up my coffee, they start barking to go outside.
  • My youngest doesn’t understand Saturday.  She woke up an hour earlier than her normal waking time!  WHA?!
  • My youngest can’t look at a book without asking me tons of questions and sharing it with me.  (but I was a good mommy – I listened and explained and was patient. Where is my gold star?)  Tomorrow I will have an audio book or a video (and head phones) on my iPad ready for her to enjoy if we have a repeat.
  • I can do about a 5 second plank (#helloexercise) lol oh well, I tried and will keep trying!
  • Learned tons about doing my own Bible study via the book “Savoring Living Water” from QuenchBible.com   Some of it was old stuff, a few things were new concepts but it all refreshed my soul!  I needed that this morning – even if it was interrupted by walruses, sea lions, hammerhead sharks and sea stars! 😉

What have you learned today?

Last night I was reading the Urban Servant blog, and she recommended a book.  I instantly  bought it!

Yes, seriously.

I’ve been so encouraged to keep doing what we are doing after finding Urban Servant’s blog.  So, when she said that this was the book she could have written and “It’s seriously the best thing I have ever read on embracing the challenge of raising RAD/FASD/PTSD kiddos.” I knew it would be an encouragement to me!

51AWg9S6KWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX285_SY380_CR,0,0,285,380_SH20_OU01_Yes, I borrowed this image from Amazon – linked to this book – $9.99 on Kindle, $17.99 if you are a true book lover who hates trees! 😉 LOL

This doesn’t seem to be so much a new way of thinking for us, but validation of what we are already trying to do!  Which is so helpful!  We tried to do what the experts told us and that was a disaster that we are only now feeling we have left behind us (please Lord!).  This book is saying the same thing our hearts were telling us was necessary for our kiddos!

If you are an adoptive parent, foster parent or caretaker of an adoptive child – regardless of the circumstances of the adoption – please consider reading this book! I don’t think you will be disappointed!