Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Much better this week! Now that my classes are done it feels like I have a ton of extra time on my hands and of course, I kind of do. 🙂 It was nice being able to everything on my list for a change! So here’s how this week went…

1.Continue reading  the gospel of Mark five minutes per day. (Spent some extra time reading and finished the gospel! Now on to Luke!)

2. Pray the rosary each day with Andrew.

3. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

4. Work on the e-book I’m writing. (It is a book on prayer and it will be F.R.E.E.!)

5. Participate in the Clutter Busting Challenge. (Perfect timing since we are moving in mid-June and I want to get rid of as much as I can to make the moving as easy as possible.)

6. Karate lessons for Andrew.

Here’s what’s up for this coming week:

1.Begin reading  the gospel of Luke five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day with Andrew.

3. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

4. Continue editing and re-working e-book  on prayer. (It will be offered for free on my site.)

5. Continue participating in the Clutter Busting Challenge.

6. Begin website changes. (Will be changing the color scheme and look of the blog. I feel like it needs an update. 🙂 )

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

So, last week was pretty much a bust. It was busy, especially getting ready for Andrew to receive his First Holy Communion on Saturday, so I didn’t get pretty much anything done on this list – except pray the rosary and the house cleaning challenge. Here’s hoping I get back on track this week…In any case here’s my list from last week:

1.Continue reading  the gospel of Mark five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day with Andrew. (Got the rosary in but most often NOT with Andrew.

3. Work on speech project and prepare for final exam in biology. (I didn’t even look at my biology this week. Yikes!)

4. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

5. Work on the e-book I’m writing. (It is a book on prayer and it will be F.R.E.E.!)

6. Participate in the 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge.

Here’s what’s up for this coming week:

1.Continue reading  the gospel of Mark five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day with Andrew.

3. Practice and present speech project and prepare for final exam in biology.

4. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

5. Work on the e-book I’m writing. (It is a book on prayer and it will be F.R.E.E.!)

6. Participate in the 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge. (This is winding down. I’m hoping there will be another 30 day challenge in May!)

7. New semester of karate lessons for Andrew begins.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Book Review: An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen coverAn Amish Kitchen is actually a collection of three short stories: A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long, A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston and Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman. Although I’m not familiar with Kelly Long’s writings, I’m a fan of both Amy Clipston and Beth Wisemann so I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book.

From the book description:

“The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania always brings a brisk change in the weather. This time also provides unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for healing herbs and flowers, but longs for love to bloom in her life. The next-door neighbor’s oldest son Abram comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until an incident threatens to end their growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”

My thoughts:

I enjoyed all three stories. They were charming and engaging with realistic characters I could relate to and appreciate. Was the plot/storyline predictable? Yes, in usual Amish fiction fashion, but it doesn’t take away from enjoying the story and it doesn’t keep you from getting involved with the character’s lives. And all three stories give the reader different glimpses into Amish daily life.

I have to say that of the three novellas, I think the first one, A Taste of Faith was my favorite. I so loved watching Fern and Abram’s relationship change and blossom. I will definitely be checking into more of Kelly Long’s books. 🙂

Besides the sweet stories, An Amish Kitchen has some extras at the end of the book. One is a study guide (which is typical in Amish fiction) and then a bunch of recipes. The one set of recipes are recipes for medicinal treatments and the second set are food recipes. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but they look good!

If you are a fan of Amish fiction you will enjoy these stories. I give An Amish Kitchen four (4) stars.

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