There goes the diaper…

My almost-2-year-old son (Grayson) has been undressing himself periodically around the house.  The problem is that he is also taking his diaper off!  He somehow gets my attention (whether this is purposeful or not I am not certain) and then it’s a mad dash to catch him and get his diaper back on.  He thinks this is hilarious and I admit it is kind of hard not to smile at his mischievous antics but who wants to clean up toddler pee/waste all around the house?!  The other day while he was watching his daily television program, Sesame Street, I took the opportunity to be productive and folded clothes in my bedroom.  When I came back a few minutes later he was sitting in an empty 3×2 clear plastic bin, where his blocks are stored, completely naked watching tv.  Tell me this phase will end soon!

Women of Faith 2011 Kansas City, MO Preview

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to be a Book Sneeze blogger for the Women of Faith conference in Kansas City, MO on November 4th and 5th, 2011.   I will be tweeting live from the event and will follow up with another blog post after the weekend is over.  I have been to a few Women of Faith events and there is just nothing else like it.  It is a time for reflection, tears, and laughter.  The speaker/entertainment line-up for this event includes Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Lisa Whelchel, Sandi Patty, Brenda Warner, Mandisa, Amy Grant, Deborah Joy, and Andy Andrews!

For more information on the line-up and registration go to:

http://www.womenoffaith.com/events/2011-events/kansas-city/

Women of Faith events are refreshing and encouraging.  It is a very special worship experience.  I hope to see you there!

Untamed, Lisa Harper

The idea that our view of Jesus isn’t big enough, is quite plausible, in relation to who He really is.  We tend to get a little too comfortable with how we compartmentalize God at times.  Untamed by Lisa Harper encourages us to remember the many personality traits of Jesus in the gospels and that only He can wildly free us from sin.

I enjoyed the personal life application lessons Lisa shared throughout the book.  They were relevant and interesting to read.  I felt like she really shared part of who she is.  Sometimes in her explanation of Jesus’ or the disciples’ behavior she would compose thoughts she perceived the person may have been feeling.  I really didn’t like this addition as it is too subjective when referring to God’s Word, in my opinion.  She creates this type of prose throughout the book.

While Lisa has a unique writing style that encompasses personal storytelling and Biblical truths I find the devotional and questions following each chapter a bit weak.  There were times I had no idea what kind of response the question was intended to prompt and others that I didn’t feel the questions were worthwhile to contemplate.  I did, however, enjoy the extra tidbits she included throughout the book that further explained cultural relevancies or history that we might not know about just from reading scripture.

I expected to be changed by the words in this book and I wasn’t.  I don’t recommend this book for anything other than the purpose of pleasantly passing time.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

A Vision of Lucy, Margaret Brownley

The year is 1882 and we are in a small town in Rocky Creek, Texas.  Our leading lady is Lucy Fairbanks and she aspires to be a photographer for her local newspaper.  She tends to be a bit unintentionally risky in her photographic endeavors which make for great gossip material around town.  Lucy is kind, loving, determined, and a chatterbox.  Lucy had me laughing by the end of the first chapter.

We soon meet David Wolf.  He’s everything you want in a hero except a bit secretive.  David is back in town for his own reasons which will eventually affect every major character we meet.  David’s presence rattles Lucy in a way she has never before experienced.  It isn’t long before circumstances cause both of our main characters to drastically reconsider what God’s plan is for their lives.

Our author, Margaret Brownley, included several hot topics in her story such as mail-order brides, the suffragette movement, racism/inequality, and politics.  Her characters are captivating and somewhat mysterious at times.  There are several suspenseful scenes and the romance is beautiful.  I was so enthralled with these characters that I read the book in 2 days.  If you enjoy historical romance, this is a book for you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Soothing Blue

 

I love blue paint with white accents in ANY room.  This is kind of a strange looking bathroom (what we can see of it) but I love the blue and white!  I found this on Olympic Paint’s website but couldn’t pin the picture to pinterest so here you go…

Chicken Ranch Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast strips for stir-frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 small red, yellow, or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons bottled reduced-calorie ranch salad dressing
  • 2 10-inch whole wheat, tomato, jalapeño, or plain flour tortillas, warmed*
  • Salsa as desired
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat ‘ cheddar cheese

Directions:

  • Sprinkle chicken strips with chili powder and garlic powder. Coat a medium nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken and sweet pepper strips in hot skillet over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and pepper strips are tender. Drain if necessary. Toss with salad dressing.  You can also bake the chicken and then cut it up.  I did this and then just added the seasonings (forgot to add them beforehand) and then heated with the sweet pepper in the skillet for a few minutes.
  • Divide chicken and pepper mixture between warmed tortillas (trusty microwave). Top with Salsa and cheese. Roll up; cut in half OR eat like a taco/fajita.