Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday




It's another hot Thursday here in Texas!  I'm thankful for the A/C and being inside.

Today I am thankful for...
~time with my husband the past few days.  Also I'm thankful he took off work to be with me at my conference for school board last week.  

~ seeing pictures of my boy at camp this week.  His smile makes me smile.  I know he was sad it was his last time to go to White River as a camper.  

~ my little guy always giving me big hugs when I'm leaving or coming back. And also through the day.

~ getting back to quilting today.  I have missed it so much! The past couple months have been so busy.  Earlier in May we were working on the tshirt quilt for Caleb for graduation.  Now I"m finishing up some little projects I had started.    

~ lunch with a friend this week.  She surprised me with a picture of our family from our Alaska trip.  

~ getting my toe nails painted.  I went for a summery look!  




Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's been a really long time since I've participated in the Hodgepodge...mostly because MAY and Senior Year!  I have time to jump in today.  Here are my answers....

1. Something you learned from your father? 
Several things come to mind.  One thing I learned was the value of daily Bible reading.  I saw him live this example and remember him telling us how important it is to be in the Word when he was my Sunday School teacher.

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What's something you love to eat that calls for onions? They aren't my favorite, must have item but they are okay.  I will get them on burgers when we eat out sometime and then depending how many are on there I might pick off some of them if it's too many.  I like them raw on burgers.  Onion rings--I like them, I don't get them often but I do enjoy them.  When we have nachos at home I love to have onions on top.    

3. It's officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)...your favorite and least favorite things about the season?  My favorite thing about summer is having the boys out of school and that we have a different schedule and all that includes....library trips, snow cones, sleeping late, trips, reading a lot...
My least favorite thing about summer is the heat.  It isn't enjoyable to be outside in the day time so I'm thankful I can be in for the most part and we have a/c.   

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

~ trips with my family....We went to Wet-n-Wild many times and some times we would meet my aunt and cousin.

~ bowling and snowcones with my cousin (different one than mentioned above).....She would stay with us while her Mom was at work.  When I started driving, we would go bowling because we got a pass for a free game every day of the summer in a packet from the school.  Then after we would get a snowcone.

~ camping at the state park.

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can't stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat...choose a 'hot 'phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.
Beat the heat.....We've talked a lot about the heat lately.  When we were in Alaska they told us it was a heatwave for them.  The temps were in the upper 60s/low 70s.  Very different from our Texas heat wave we are having now.  It was 106 before we left and has been in the upper 90s and 100s mostly.

So we are staying in where it's cool to "beat the heat."  Snow cones and ice cream are fun too!  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We went to Alaska at the beginning of June to celebrate Caleb's high school graduation.  It was a dream he'd had for many years.  We weren't sure it was going to happen but so thankful it did.  We had an amazing time....fishing (3 of us got seasick though! so that made it memorable), kayaking, hiking, floating by glaciers, and more.  So many memories together and we all want to go back.




Have a day of blessings! 

 Bethany

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Book: The Sweet Life




About the book:

Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she’s on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought).

Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she’s not about to let her only child suffer alone–even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month.

Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town’s tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything’s better with ice cream.

Her exasperated daughter knows that she’s the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother’s impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn’t get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don’t they?

Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod–a place where dreams just might come true.


My thoughts:
When I read the description of this book and saw the cover, I knew I would enjoy it.  And I was right! I enjoyed seeing the relationship between main characters Dawn and Marnie and how both of these characters grew throughout this book.   I don't guess I'd ever realized or thought about all the steps involved in making yummy ice cream and all the factors that must be considered.    

Another fun thing was we were on vacation while I was reading this book.  And we found a fun little ice cream shop that made me wonder if it was similar to the Main Street Creamery.  We love ice cream and always make a point to stop to get ice cream when we are on a family vacation....like every night we find an ice cream shop.  It's a fun little tradition we have.  

This is another good story from Suzanne Woods Fisher, and I look forward to the next book in this series. There is a sneak peek at the back of this book for book #2.  I'm glad I'll get to visit the Creamery again as well as these characters.  

#thesweetlife

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads for my honest review.  Thank you.


Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Board Book: Love You S'more



About the book:

Embrace the puns in this charmingly campy board book about two raccoons who insist they are the one who loves the other "s'more."

Love, puns, and s’mores are three of life’s greatest pleasures. In this little board book, two competitive raccoons declare themselves to love the other "s'more." The fireside banter crackles with puns, and the silly competition heats up until they finally realize that with all that love, everyone wins. Outdoorsy and camping-loving families will love this book, as will anyone looking for a new way to express “s’more” love to someone in their life.

My thoughts:
Isn't summertime for camping?  And camping means s'mores! 

This is a cute board book with two cute raccoons as seen on the cover.  I like the fun illustrations and rhyming text.  Little kids will enjoy the back-and-forth banter between the raccoons.  I'm not sure that kids would notice this, but I noticed that they are wearing different colored handkerchiefs which helps tell them apart.  Also, you can figure out which raccoon is talking by the color of the text.  

This book is appropriate for toddlers and early elementary aged children.

I received a copy of this book from FaithWords for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Thankful Thursday

We are home from our vacation!  We flew back in early Friday morning. It was an amazing trip filled with so many good memories. Everything was so nice….the weather, the activities, the time together. I’m so thankful we got to have this time. 

This week I am thankful for…
~ laughing with my husband. Boy did that feel good to just laugh!  

~ the smiles my big boy had on the trip getting to do things he enjoyed and picked for this special trip to celebrate his graduation. I love the pictures I got of him smiling. 

~ my little guy helping out with chores around the house and being willing to serve. 

~ being able to go to a dedication ceremony with my aunt for a brick she had donated to the hospice center in my uncle’s memory. 

~ having a/c. It’s been so hot here. They told us in Alaska they were having a heat wave. It was 70. Very different from what we were used to here. 

~ our wonderful trip to Alaska. 

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Thankful Thursday

There are so many things to be thankful for today!  We’re heading home from vacation. I’m so thankful for this time and the memories made. 

~ my husband being able to take off work from his new job for this trip. 

~ my big boy enjoying the trip, our conversations, and his interactions with his brother. 

~ the excitement on my little guy’s face from all the new things he saw and experienced. 

~ our travel agent planning this trip and including the things Caleb wanted to do. (It was his dream for his graduation trip to go to Alaska.)

~ beauty of God’s creation and the cooler temps. 

~ the time together with the four of us and the safe travel we’ve had. 


Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for...

~ 21 years of marriage to my husband today!  The past year has been different for us with many emotions and changes for our family with our senior.  I'm thankful for him and our marriage and the growth we've had together.

~ being able to hand my son his diploma at his graduation.  It was a special moment that I know I will cherish and remember forever.  And I love the pictures that were taken to capture the moment too.

~ my little guy being home for summer!  He told us Tuesday his thankful was the normal routine with Mom.  He liked going on errands with me.  And he was helpful!

~ finding books to borrow at the library.

~ new shoes for me and my husband.

~ seeing family for Caleb's graduation.  We ate supper together after and then had a party for him Friday which turned out great.  I'm thankful to get some rest too after all that (we stayed at the lock in grad party as chaperones too....it took a few days to recover).

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany