Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 18, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week for Sunday Snippets. Come join us over atRAnn’s place and share your own posts from the week. Here’s mine:

Weekly Goals

An Open Invitation to Ministry (helping to spread Kathleen’s post)

Theological Thursday: The Assumption of Mary

Book Review: Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Question of the week:

RAnn is starting a new feature to Sunday Snippets. Each week she is going to post a question of the week for all the Sunday Snippets participants to answer (answering the question is completely optional). She is beginning the series of questions by asking everyone to introduce themselves.

I always feel funny introducing myself. I’m not a particularly exciting person or lead a very exciting life, but here goes. My name is Carol D’Annunzio. 🙂 On August 22 my husband and I will be married 10 years. We have one son, Andrew, whom we homeschool. He is eight years old. We currently live in NJ near the shore.

I am a “cradle-Catholic” but didn’t take my faith seriously until my late teen years. I spent nine years discerning a religious vocation with a group of sisters (the Little Sisters of the Poor). It was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for my time there even though it became clear I was called to marriage and family. Last summer I went back to college full time to finally finish my bachelor’s degree in English. I hope to finish by the spring 2015.

My hobbies include reading, writing, knitting, cooking, crafting and learning new things. I have a  good eye for detail and enjoy proofreading. I hope to offer proofreading services sometime in the future. I also have an Etsy Shop where I sell printables such as bookmarks, gift tags, etc.

As for blogging, I had a few different blogs over the years before beginning Simple Catholic Living in May 2010. What I love most about blogging is the many wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet over the years, including everyone who links up at Sunday Snippets.

That’s about it. 🙂




Book Review: Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Letters to Katie

From the book description:

Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.

Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since the two were children, but he’s never returned her affections.

Now Johnny is trying to forge a new life for himself by purchasing a farm and building a business of his own. But times are tough, and he soon learns that he can’t take anything for granted—especially Katherine.

Before Johnny has the opportunity to tell Katherine his true feelings, she’s struck by a serious illness. While Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor comes back into her life, claiming that his letters speak of a history and a future for the two of them.

With the two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so torn. But will the solutions to both Johnny’s and Katherine’s problems lie in places neither one has ever considered?”

My comments:

In many ways, Letters to Katie is a typical love-inspired Amish novel, complete with the expected happy ending, which isn’t a bad thing. That’s generally what I want in an Amish novel because I read them specifically for light reading after a stressful day or when I’m not in the mood for “heavier” reading. And I got that with this book. It was just the right amount of light reading I was looking for in this book.

At the same time, Letters to Katie isn’t a typical love-inspired Amish novel, especially in the way the characters interacted with each other. This too isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Another reader might not even notice. However, for me it took away from the story. I am no expert in the ways of the Amish by any stretch of the imagination, but the way the characters spoke sometimes and acted toward each other seemed decidedly “un-Amish” somehow. The thing is, if pushed, I couldn’t pinpoint an exact sentence or scene that was “un-Amish-like” but the overall tone and certain words or expressions threw me off. it made it harder for me to really get into the story, particularly in the beginning.

However, once I got past that hurdle, the story is really good. Katie is an endearing character and I rooted for Johnny as he struggled to maintain his horse farm. And I loved Cora and her feisty ways in spite of myself. 🙂 I love reading the transformation of various characters when I read a novel and this book was no exception. I loved watching Johnny grow from pride to faith and humility. You know, Katie may be the heroine of this book, Johnny was my favorite character (can you tell? 🙂 )

And all in all the plot was rather engaging. Yes, the outcome was exactly what I expected but there were a few twists to the story and so even though this wasn’t the best love-inspired Amish novel I’ve read, it was worth the read. I would recommend this book to other Amish novel readers.

I give this book three (3) stars.


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Weely Goals

Set Goals

It was a weird week. I felt like I was spinning my heels and didn’t accomplish much. I didn’t get in hardly any prayer time. That was my fault, though. I was off schedule and overslept more than not which turned my schedule upside down.I did cross a few things off my list, at least:

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Read Letters to Katie and write review.

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (Well, I have several home-school printables created that I need to upload. I will be doing that today, hopefully.)

5. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

6. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

7. Revamp and prepare our homeschooling curriculum for the fall.

8. Start school with Andrew.

Here’s what’s going on this week. I hope I have a better week!

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading Letters to Katie and write review.

4. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop.

5. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

6. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

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!