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I have been a stay at home mom since Oct 31st 2006. My children started school in 2008, so I decided it was time for me to go back, too. I have been a full time student for over two years now, and it seems like I am learning about more than just my schoolwork.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

God's Little Princess

I decided to be unselfish this time around when I picked my newest book from booksneeze.com. I got How to be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh. The subheading says, "Royal Tips for Manners, Etiquette, and True Beauty".

Can you guess who I got it for?

I decided to let her provide most of the meat for this review. I read it, don't get me wrong, but who better to review a book for little girls, than a little girl?

Before I gave her the book, I flipped through it and jotted down my initial impressions. First and foremost, as most parents know, getting a kid to listen to you is like asking a fly to sit still. Ain't happening. My hope is that this book drills into her brain the things that go in one ear and out the other.

That's always a plus in my book.

There's no appropriate age listed on the book, and my daughter is 8, which I would say is the youngest age for this book. There's some comments about clothing (never let your bra strap show) that are obviously meant for older girls, but I bet even 40-year-old's would get something out of this book.

There are fun crafts, recipes, project ideas, games, quizzes, even a list of websites that the proper princess should frequent. Chapters cover important topics for every pre-queen, such as wardrobe, accessories, poise, dining, party planning, manners, and many more. Bible verses that correlate with the chapter's topic are sprinkled throughout the book. The overall message is God's love.

I would definitely recommend this book to any girl or woman in need of some positive reading. There is nothing wrong with it, in my opinion. In fact, I would probably offer it up for loan, but I have a feeling a little girl would be very upset with me...

Less than a Month

There is less than a month left of school, and I am at that point where I get overwhelmed EVERY semester. What I really want to do right now is to curl up with a good book and zone out, but alas, I have homework that needs to be turned in. So I procrastinate by talking to you, of course. Actually, I think I am going to go for a run.

Be right back...

I love how a run can energize you. Since I don't drink coffee, I think I need to do that more often.

OK, time to get this over with so I can get back to English 109. It doesn't help that I have a lot of things on my plate right now. Easter is over, which removes the weight that the Elk's Lodge egg hunt and the Easter play at church put on my shoulders. I have completed my proofreading class, and I am one test and two assignments away from completing my math class. I am going to be cutting it close with my English assignments, but I will pull through. Photography is almost done, as well. Just a couple more nights in the darkroom, and my portfolio will be complete.

I have so many thoughts running through my brain that I feel like the starting line at a marathon. I was considering taking a summer course (I only have 25 more credits left before I'm done) but I am going to use the next few months to do the things I have been neglecting. Knitting, sewing, and crochet projects that are waiting to be done, housework that keeps getting put off, and book reading that I am dying to do.

But wait. I have surgery coming up. (Nothing serious, just a kidney stone.) Houses to clean. (Get's me gas money for my little car.) Girl Scout events to participate in. (Those I am looking forward to!)

The kids have church camp the beginning of June. They're already remembering last year and all the fun they had. I am very blessed to be able to give them that experience. I'm sure we will be having a VBS as well. While they are learning about God, I will be with the other girl scouts at our sleepover--I gave Emma the choice, and she picked church camp. Rob's birthday is at the end of June. He either wants to go bowling or go to the pool, he can't decide. Four days before that, I will be 'celebrating' (I use that term loosely) the 3 year anniversary of my Mom's journey to heaven.

July looks promising, however. The 4th is the only event in my calendar at the moment. There will be a girl scout event at some point, but we haven't decided on that yet.

August begins another school year. My hope is to get enough girls in the White Mountain Lakes area to start our own troop out there. There are a lot of families who aren't involved in that sort of thing simply because of where we live. I need at least 4 more girls (5 for a troop, counting Emma) to get us started out there.

So. Twenty-five credits left, then I will have an AA in Applied Sciences, Administrative Information Services. Let's hope financial aid holds out one more year, and then I'll be done.

Enough whining. Time for homework. I'll have a couple new reviews coming out soon, too.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Couples Who Pray

Time for my latest installment of booksneeze.com review. My new book is called Couples Who Pray, written by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt.

This dynamic duo travels the country, sharing their stories and the stories of many other couples. Many of these stories are in the book, which is divided into three sections. The first two chapters are devoted to the benefits of intimate prayer, the third, fourth, and fifth chapters give detail to taking the challenge, and the last 5 cover different factors that cmay come into play when completeing the challenge.

What is the challenge? Forty days of intimate prayer between spouses. Taking five minutes a day to pray with each other. Of course, the idea is that after 40 days, you just keep going. As the back cover claims, "WARNING: This book will change your marriage!" Please note, for the purposes of this blog, I am just reviewing the book, not the challenge itself.

The personal stories are enlightening and give a real world insight to the solutions that help repair many a marriage.The questionnaires at the back of the book, which are available online, are a tool that each person uses to gauge the change brought about by the challenge. The second appendix is a list of bible verses that apply to different situations couples face.

Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5. It has definitely convinced us that daily prayer as a couple is important.