Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sophomore Year?!?!?

I've often been told {during high school especially} that sophomore means "Wise Moron". I'll admit that I'm just the tiniest bit skeptical of that, but I can see where such a definition might come from. Well, I'll be a sophomore in just a week and a half! I head back to Bob Jones University on August 27th. I'll be starting right back into work at Bob Jones Academy, as both a late stay assistant and a teachers' aide, although this year I'll be working with second grade. I will surely miss my first grade teachers, but I'm ready to get to know the second grade teachers and my fellow 2nd grade aide, Heidi. I can't wait to see all my friends and get back into the swing of things. Still a little ill with you Miss Sharon! I miss my Dragon sisters and can't wait for rush and induction, which will be incredibly fun! I get to take French class this semester and I'm totally stoked! Two of my closest friends will be my roommates! Which will be nice, since I can't tell you how many times I fell asleep in their room last semester :D We're going to FaceTime this Monday, and I'm excited to work everything out for the year! {Love you Meggy and Даша!} Then in {Why did my font size change????} early October baby Nikolas Dietrich will come! I can't wait to meet him, although it will probably be Thanksgiving before I can! Also in October, one of my wonderful friends is getting married, and I'm so excited to come home for their wedding! I hope everyone is going to have as wonderful a fall as I am! Let me know in the comments what big plans you have! 

{PS I had a ton of fun this summer, and was so grateful to see this wonderful friend twice!}

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Waiting-On-Wednesday: An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M White

I can't wait to get my hands on this! Roseanna M White always gets me right in the feels!!!!
Coming NEXT MONTH!!! Real Soon! {But actually I'm getting mine sooner since I won a giveaway! WOW!!! So Awesome!

With Danger Creeping Ever Closer,
Do Their Dreams Still Matter?

Once London's top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war, including keeping an eye on a talented engineer working as a clockmaker. But not until he rescues the man's daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly dreamed and worked for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end their engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clock repair with her father, she can't help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 England plunges deeper into war, the race is on for any technological edge, and Evelina's father's ideas have captured the attention of many--perhaps too many. As danger seems to encroach from every side, it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Not My Will by Francena H Arnold

Eleanor's secret love for Chad could mean losing her inheritance and giving up a lifelong dream. Should she follow her own carefully laid plans to be a scientist---or marry the man she really loves? Originally published in 1946, this inspiring story continues to spark fresh discussion about choosing God's will over our own.

This book gets 5 big, bright, beautiful golden stars.

1: I've wanted to review this book for ages, but I needed to read it again first, because I wasn't sure but that I'd leave out something important. It's a book you can't forget reading, not that you'd ever want to. In fact, if you read this book, and at the end you say "I wish I'd never picked that up" then there is something wrong with you that I can't fix.

2: In my memory, this book stands out as the one that had me doing the "slow, leaky tears" thing for chapter after heart-wrenching chapter. There's something special about the first time you read it. This second time, there were fewer tears, just because I knew the end of the agony. (Mind, I don't say no tears, because at one point I was afraid my brother would hear me from the other room, with my little choking sobs.) There is a tenderness and a conveying of sorrow in this book, one I can't describe with much accuracy but which is very much real.

3: Mother Stewart is one of my favorite literary characters, probably ever. I can't get enough of her, or her love toward Eleanor.

4: The title of this book is Not My Will, but the subtitle is really a one-sentence summary of the whole sad, yet satisfying, story. "How much will surrender cost?"

5: Honestly, seeing exactly how wonderfully God worked and maneuvered things throughout the whole story is enough to have you in tears without the sadness. It's a blessing of a book. And if I don't stop now I'm going to sound like a ranting sap, as if I didn't already. Oh..... I'd let the book speak for itself if I had any inkling that you'd read it.

(Can you see where I got scared and backed off before I gave away multiple show-stopper spoilers there? Oh, my, though. I can't say enough good things about this book, and I wish you'd read it.)

Is this my all-time, couldn't live without it, favorite ever book? POSSIBLY! There's a VERY strong probability. Now excuse me while I go pick this up again, and relive the joys and sorrows. <3

(Oh, ummm.... I gave this a romance tag under the labels, but it isn't really a strictly romance. Honestly, Christian and Classic are the only two labels that truly define this book. There is so much in here but it's not easy to pin down.)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

I've ventured into the set of books that focuses on the courtroom side of the justice system...and I loved it!

"Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust. 

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right--but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?"

While I've read plenty of books that center around the FBI, DEA, various PIs and police officers, even medical examiners, the courtroom is not a place I've frequented. Boy, is that going to have to change! I love seeing how lawyers, and even judges, work. Rachel Dylan hit a home run on that front! The spine-tingling, what's-happening-now, can't-blink-or-I-might-miss-something that I love from a fresh view-point! While there was some strong hinting at some strong language, overall a decent read in that respect. The characters were well placed and many-faceted. In fact, I had trouble putting my finger on the real rat until POSSIBLE SPOILER the safehouse blew up. And then... Then I knew! But I will admit, there were some REAL plot twists that Sherlock Holmes himself wouldn't have seen coming! I mean... GIRL!!!! You got something going on here! I can't wait to get my hands on the others in this series. 4.5 Stars.

Matlock meets incredible plot in this Atlanta Justice series.

Thanks to Bethany House for hosting the giveaway for this book!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: The Long-Awaited Child by Tracie Peterson

"A child of my Own. Flesh of my flesh..." That is the deep yearning that fills Tess's heart. Despite years spent under a doctor's care and advances in medical technology, she and her husband have discovered their options have been exhausted, leaving them with arms empty, long-held dreams shattered.

A unique opportunity arises in the form of a young pregnant teen desperate to free herself from her misguided decisions. Drawn together by their mutual needs, Tess and Sherry see a solution in what the other offers. But what appears to be an ideal agreement soon tests the fragile threads of Tess's fledgling faith....

The answer is very different from what they were expecting...."

Well, this has been on my TBR list for longer than I can remember, and I finally got to read it. I loved it. I'm not sure what I expected from this book. I just... Well I love books that have to do with adoption and of course that was this book through and through. I loved that aspect. This book is very emotion packed. Definitely the way to get me. But it was so short. Less than 300 pages, which makes me feel a little jipped when I think of it. I enjoy getting to know the characters over long periods of time and there were multiple months skipped at a time here. I just felt like I didn't have enough bonding time with these characters ;) I wish there was more of Brad and his feelings. And Tess could have been a little nicer. Sherry could have had more POV... That being said, I would point out that this book had me guessing for most of the way. I went back and forth on how the ending would go. I didn't cry... but I would have. It was a very good book that has me begging for more. 4 stars for this sweet book. Definitely worth the read. I'm glad it's joining my other books on my Tracie Shelves!

Monday, August 6, 2018


Congratulations Lief! You've won the Tracie Peterson giveaway!

Thanks to all who participated!

I have so many more ideas for giveaways so stay tuned for more coming your way in a couple months.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tracie Peterson Bundle Giveaway!!!

It's time! I know I've been anticipating this giveaway, and I hope you have been as well! Please feel free to share! Enjoy and good luck! {Click the link below the image!}

In this Giveaway you'll have the chance to win:

Tracie Peterson's A Beauty Refined
Love One Another Notebook
2 Ghiradelli Chocolate Bars
Coloring Book