Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's been a busy day but fun. My Mom came to take Caleb birthday shopping, and Titus and I met them for lunch. Then Titus and I went to Kohl's. I had a $15 off coupon plus 20% off. I found a couple things for myself and a suit for Titus with a gift card I had for him.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ time with my husband eating and talking. It seems time goes so fast, and the days are over before we know it. I've been glad for the moments we've had to talk and be together. Our schedule sure has changed in the last three months!  We are getting used to it though, and I'm thankful for our marriage and our bond.

~ my big boy making supper for us. He made biscuit pizza bake and corn on the cob. He made Daddy some banana pudding for dessert too. He cleaned up too.

~ our baby boy trying to move around. Really?  We thought he was doing this on accident, but as we watch him we can see him using his legs to push himself across his blanket on the floor.

~ our enjoyable relaxing time away last week. I hope we can return to the little cabin, it was so peaceful.

~ buying school supplies. I love shopping for school supplies and have a stash in a box in our office that I keep stocked of things we use often. I love buying extras to donate too when they are on sale this time of year.

~ all the people at our church who love on our baby boy. He went to his cradle roll Sunday morning class a couple of weeks ago for the first time, and those ladies were so sweet and loving to him. I know he will love it and learn so much from them. Everyone at the church just loves him!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's a hot Thursday here in Texas!  There is so much bad news and negativity everywhere you look. Take time to focus on your blessings instead of the negativity.

What are you thankful for?

Here's my list....

~ having a husband who supports me and helps me.

~ my big boy have fun out fishing. He was so excited to go, and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of his and entire and one of his catches!

~ seeing our baby boy learn new things. It seemed like a switch was flipped, and he just started rolling over to his belly Saturday. It's so cute. He does it pretty much all the time now. Also he's cute grabbing at his toys I hung on his car seat.

~ air conditioning in the heat along with cold water.

~ fresh squash, tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe we've bought and been given. That's one of my favorite parts of summer!

~ friends who call randomly to check on me.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thankful Thursdsy

Marsha's Musings

I guess it's been a pretty normal week. We've been home just enjoying the days of summer and not having much planned.

This week I'm thankful for....
~ my husband taking care of things like vehicles to the shop.

~ reading at night with my big boy. We had gotten out of the habit after Titus was born and now have started again. I chose a book called Fish in a Tree which I saw recommended on a blog. It's a good story, and we are both enjoying it.

~ watching my sweet baby boy have fun in his bath. He loves taking a bath and gets excited about it apparently. He kicks and kicks his legs and just seems to enjoy the water so much.

~ lazy days of summer. It's been nice to not have to be anywhere at a certain time most days.  And getting to do little fun things with my boys like going to the library and stopping at a bakery for cookies/cupcakes and another day for froyo.

~ money in savings for unexpected expenses. We've had a couple of those situations this summer, and I'm glad we can pay for it.

~ finding a place to go for our vacation. I usually plan a vacation in April or May but did not this year  since I had a baby then!  I figured we'd want something closer to home this year instead of traveling to another state like we did last year. I am looking forward to it and think we will have a nice time relaxing and being together.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer.  Her books have all been enjoyable, and this one is such a great read.

About the book:
A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts. 

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim? Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

My thoughts:
I loved the characters and story line of A Worthy Pursuit. Charlotte and Stone are both such strong, no nonsense type main characters. Their relationship changes throughout the book as they get to know one another. The children are so unique, and I appreciate the way Charlotte mothers them even though they are not her own. 

I read most of this while feeding my new baby, and it was hard to put the book down!  There was plenty happening to hold the reader's attention.  I liked the ending and would love to see more about these characters. As I finished I thought how this could be a great movie.

Be sure to check out this book. If you like historical fiction, you will love this one!  

This book was provided to me by Bethany House publishers for my review. Thank you.

Learn more at Karen Witemeyer's webpage and find more books to enjoy!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It has been a very wet week here.  There was lots of flooding around us. The water has filled up the lakes after a very long drought.

This week I am thankful for...
~ having an attentive husband who loves and appreciates me.

~ my big boy being so helpful and loving to his little brother.  I was feeding Titus and sat him up on my lap when he was done eating.  I heard him making some noises and looked down and found a big "surprise" oozing out of his diaper onto my lap.  Caleb ran to my aide.  We got Titus partially wiped off and Caleb moved him to a changing pad while I went to the bathroom to change.  I called out and asked Caleb if Titus was okay, and Caleb said he's fine.  I came back to the living room to find Caleb kneeling beside a freshly diapered Titus.  Caleb had changed him on his own.  I told him that about made me cry, such a sweet thing for him to do.  He's changed Titus before, just not a dirty one. Caleb said he wanted to surprise me.  It was so sweet and a memory I definitely want to remember.  

~ all the smiles we get from sweet baby boy Titus.  He is so sweet and makes the cutest sounds to talk to us.

~ safety for friends and family during the flooding.

~ a fun 4th with my boys and also that we got to see family over the weekend.

~ working on birthday plans this week with my big boy!  He has been working on the invitation.  His birthday is in August. He always chooses a theme for the party. This year is outdoors/hunting/fishing.  He always comes up with cute ideas.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings
How is it the beginning of July already?  Summer is going so fast, it will be "back to school" time before too long.

Here is my thankful list for this week...

~ my husband having a day off of work on Friday. We have a lot to do at home, and I'm glad he can be here.  I had forgotten he was off so it was a fun surprise!

~ my boy having fun at my Mom's house.  He helped them tear down their old porch and start rebuilding it, which he really enjoyed.  He trimmed some branches away from the roof which he thought was fun.  They roasted marshmallows too and went swimming.

~ the smiles of others when they see our baby boy.  Everyone says what a cute baby he is and how much hair he has.  He brings many smiles to others.

~ being able to take naps when Titus does.  Some days I feel so tired and am glad I have been able to rest.  I get grouchy without sleep!

~ reading time while I feed Titus.  I will post a review soon of A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer.

~ enjoying the days of summer. I love being home with my boys.

Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Love Letters

I have read many books by Beverly Lewis and recently finished another one called The Love Letters.

Marlena is staying with her grandmother during the summer after the death of her grandfather.  She enjoys being with her grandmother but also looks forward to returning home to her family and beau Nat.  Marlena is asked to care for baby Angela Rose, the daughter of her sister Luella (who left the Amish faith) when Luella is in the hospital.  Marlena feels the baby will only be with them a short time.  They have a difficult start together, but Marlena quickly becomes attached to the baby girl.  What will happen to baby Angela Rose when Luella dies and her father is overseas in the war?

Marlena has a lot to deal with internally as she is at her grandmother's home.  She attends a Mennonite church which Marlena attends while she is there.  Her beau who is Old Order Amish, however, does not approve of this.  Marlena feels torn with the new things she is learning and the things she has been taught her entire life.

Another character of this book is a young man nicknamed Small Jay.  He lives near Marlena's grandmother. Small Jay befriends a man he finds living in an old mill. Their friendship is a big part of this book as well.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to you.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I am appreciative of the extra time they gave me for this review with the recent birth of my son.

Have a day of blessings!