Friday, March 7, 2014

Where Courage Calls {Book Review}

Still no word on my poor computer so still using Mom's computer and my phone for quick check-ins. 

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*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the book.

I received this book from Bethany House a while ago and I decided to finish the book I was currently reading before I started this one. Then I got sick and my reading slowed down considerably. Now I'm reading much more and once I started this book it took me no time at all to read. 

I have read almost all of Janette Oke's books so I was excited to read her newest book which she wrote with her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. In her "The Canadian West" series, we follow the life of Elizabeth Thatcher. In this book, we hear the story of Elizabeth's niece, also named Elizabeth, who is called Beth.

Teacher Beth Thatcher leaves her family to teach in a coal mining town in Western Canada. This woman, who is used to many luxuries in her Toronto home, has to learn how to live in the more primitive living conditions of Coal Valley and teach the children of the town. Before Beth arrived, there had been a terrible mining accident in which many of the men were killed. Most of the children she teaches are fatherless and very poor. As she gets to know the children, the women, and the few men in town, she sees their needs and tries to help them as best she can.

As with all of Oke's books, she adds scripture and lessons to learn in her stories and there are never inappropriate parts or words to skip. I was easily drawn into this story and I felt like I got to know the characters well and was a little disappointed when I got to this end of the book.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Quick Update

First of all, a health update. After two weeks of pain, two visits to the ER, a couple visits to the doctor, and multiple tests, I've been diagnosed with a diseased gallbladder (with no gallstones). I have an appointment with a surgeon next week and hopefully we can get that bad boy out very, very soon. The pain is still present but manageable. In the meantime, I'm on a totally fat-free diet since eating fat makes the pain worse. 

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My poor computer is at the computer doctor. When I took it in, they estimated it would take three (THREE) weeks. ACK! I've been borrowing Mom's for a few minutes here and there and also checking the important stuff on my phone. I'm hoping they get to it before the estimated time.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Photo-a-day Challenge: Outtakes

I've had so much fun with this challenge! In fact, I think I'm going to do another photo-a-day challenge in the summer. This time, I had several ladies join me in the challenge. They are:

Mom (Cheryl) @ Thinking About Home

During the photo-a-day challenge, you've seen the one best photo I've taken of each theme. Below, are some of the fails I've captured this month... 

Pinky looked so sweet until she opened her eye and gave me an evil look.

I achieved my self portrait with the help of a mirror. In this one, the camera 
shifted in my hand before I was able to snap the picture. 

This boy never likes to get his picture taken so if he 
catches me, he always tries to cover his face.

I think I forgot to change my camera setting for this one.

Kind of self explanatory here. Pinky didn't want to keep 
her eyes open when I took her picture.

*** I might be taking a short blogging break. My computer got a virus and until it's fixed I won't have as much access to a computer.