Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When I Fall in Love

I have (finally) finished When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren. It took me a while to finish because of everything going on lately. The book was a fabulous story that I recommend to you. I've read others by this author and enjoy her characters and writing style. This book is "a Christiansen family novel."

About the book: 
Come home to the Christiansens—where faith and family meet real life.
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Maxwell Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.
Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet. 
My thoughts:
Grace and Max grow close through their cooking classes. I liked both of these characters and wanted them both to make the "right" decision about their relationship. I could see them growing in this story. Grace was very fearful at the beginning and it was a stretch for her to even leave her hometown for this vacation. It was nice to see the changes she experienced throughout the book. 

Others of the Christiansen family are included in this book, and I am looking forward to see what happens with those characters and their problems in future books. I liked how these characters were weaves into Grace and Max' story. 

Another plus of this book was the setting. It was fun to read about the sights and foods of Hawaii. 

I hope you will check out this book and others by this author. I look forward to the next release in this series. 

Thank you to Tyndale Blog Network for sending this book to me for my review. 

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Summer is winding down for us.  We have one more week off and school will be starting the following Monday!  Next Thursday we will have "Meet the Teacher." 

We've had a nice week including celebrating Caleb's actual birthday on Tuesday. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being helpful in getting things ready for the party.  He made a large "Duck Commander Buck Commander" sign for us to hang.  He helped get the house ready too.  I appreciate him. 

~ having a 10 year old son!  He is a joy! His party and actual birthday day were fun for us all!

~ getting the truck paid off.  :)  Now we only owe on the house.  I am thankful.

~ family we got to see at Caleb's birthday party. 

~ enjoying time at home, not doing much, just enjoying it! 

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To my 10 year old....

Ten years ago today our lives were blessed with you our 8 pound baby boy.

I am so thankful for the gift of you and the blessing you are to me and Dad as well as the others around you.

It has been a joy to watch you grow up and learn and try new things. You always amaze me!

It is hard to believe you are already a 10 year old.  We've enjoyed remembering together the day you were born and meeting you for the first time. What a happy day that was!  I'm so glad we can celebrate you today.

I have always liked the song "Masterpiece" by Sandi Patty. I feel this second verse is so accurate.

Verse 2:
And now you're growing up
Your life's a miracle.
Every time I look at you,
I stand in awe.
Because I see in you
a reflection of me
and you'll always be my little lamb from God.
And as your life goes on each day
how I pray that you will see
just how much your life has meant to me.
And I'm so proud of you
what else is there to say
just be the masterpiece He created you to be.

I love you!

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten years later

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about a decade and how quickly that length of time passes. As I think back ten years, there have been so many changes for me and our family. You see, tomorrow our boy will turn ten years old…two hands….a decade!

Today I'm over at Laced With Grace sharing "Ten Years Later. "

Join me there to read the rest of my thoughts.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Crocheted Items!

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life. 

Welcome!  These crocheted items have been made by my Mom.  If you have an idea of something else you would like (including other colors or sizes), she can do that too.  She likes to try out new things and is very creative! 

She gives away most everything she makes!  These are some of her latest creations and wanted to see if anyone wants to buy something she has made. 

Baby Items: 

Baby heart headband 

Baby headband 
Bear lovey, $35

Sports themed afghan, $30

Penguin star shaped afghan, $25

12 point afghan (other colors available), $25

another 12 point afghan (variegated yarn, so beautiful and colorful! hard to see the colors in the picture)

Corner to corner afghan, $35

Smaller lapghan, $20

Brown ladies shawl, $15

Dark green ladies wrap, $15

Small bags:  $12   (unlined, other colors available)

Dish rags:  $2.50 each or $4/pair  various colors

If you are interested in these items, please leave a message or send me an email at preciousmoments2004 at gmail dot com.  If you have other ideas of something you want, let me know that also.  Thank you for looking! 

Have a day of blessings!

Thankful Thursday

It's been such a nice week for us as we have prepared for Caleb's birthday party. We have gotten a lot of things done. Tomorrow we are going to decorate. I hope I've remembered it all and have what we need!

This week I'm thankful for:

~ having a husband who loves me and makes me laugh.

~ having our wonderful boy and looking forward to celebrating him over the next few days!

~ watching old birthday videos. It was neat to see our boy as a little 3 year old again!  And I got this year's video finished for the most part. I need to copy it today.

~ going to the library with my boy. We always find something to borrow. I also love that my boys knows how to search for and find books. This is a good skill to have in my opinion.

~ having a successful collection at our church of items to donate to needy children for back to school.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Today we remember the due date of our first child.  That child would be 11 this year.  Even though it has been 11 years, I know I will always remember this day because that first pregnancy and first baby was such an important part of my life and our marriage.  So much about me changed as I see it looking back.  I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful that God gave us that time of pregnancy and the dream I had before the miscarriage. 

When I think of this day, I will always remember our first baby and feel thankful.  I think there will always be a little sadness in my heart.  I know over the years the feeling of the sadness has changed.  But there is always the thoughts of wondering about all the things we never got to do or experience with that baby. 

Also, my heart is continually filled with thankfulness at the way God blessed us one year later with our son. 

I saw this quote and I thought it was fitting for today: 

 I am forever changed
for having known the gift that was you.
I miss who you were,
who you would have become
and who I was going to be,
but I am a better person for having known you,
if only for a moment.
Author – Unknown
Have a day of blessings!