Wednesday, 21 November 2012

I just was cleaning up Word Documents and seeing which book I would like to read next for Booksneeze and realized that I had never posted the review of:

Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg
I had a hard time getting engaged with this book. It did make one look at their life and the WANT for more. It helped me see where I get some of my cravings from, way to help me overcome some of these cravings and how to redirect others.
It helps you to see the relationship with God and how you perceive it and if your cravings are because of a lack of connect!
It was a good read once I was able to get into it.
Reflection and forethought are indeed brought forward in this book.


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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Amy Clipston Books: Win autographed copies of all of my books!

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Friday, 13 April 2012

Amy Clipston Books: Win A Season of Love & Reckless Heart!

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Memory...

In terms of my memory, the one that seems to be failing me and I am only in my 36th year of life! What will I be like when I am 70 Lord willing I live to that age!

 It is funny what once you take for granted can become something of the past in such a split second. I was the one that people counted on to remember names, numbers, directions, just good old information. Since the motorcycle accident my short term memory just does not process the same and drudging items out of the long term memory can sometimes be a dubious task.


So as each day goes and I work on the items I am supposed to, to help learn new ways of doing things it humbles me to think of all the "things" I took for granted prior to this accident.

Like the fact that I never had to work to attain good grades, that skills came very naturally to me. That I could multi-multi task...now I am left to cope with the grief over losing these such abilities and teaching myself new coping and managing strategies and skills. I look fine on the outside, albeit a little extra pudgy as to previous to the accident. People that didn't know how highly I functioned would see nothing wrong with my brain, aside of the forgetfulness and word finding at times. I however have to learn to live with a different brain than I once had. The Doctors keep telling me had I not been "a high functioning person" I probably would not even care or potentially notice the deficits I have.

Sometimes being the perfectionist has its benefits, sometimes it has its downfalls. I have not decided which it is for me yet, as I have been told that by way of my perfectionism and stubbornness that is the reason I have made the leaps and bounds I have in my recovery!

 I myself like to think it is my prayer's being answered!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

NEED YOU NOW by Beth Wiseman
A can’t put down novel revolving around the trials and tribulations of raising a family in a big city with it the wealth of influences and the potential benefits of relocating a family to a small town. Can moving your family from the city to the country be the answer?


The need for mothers/wives to feel appreciated and needed and the special place they hold within the family as the homemaker versus their role as a provider outside the home. The reward the lady of house can feel by feeling needed.


The story makes one reflect on their own family especially when they have children in and around the same age. It opens one's eyes to the life of a teenage girl going through a huge change and the pressures they feel within family life and life in general and often their inability to be heard when they are crying silently for help.


Leaves you thinking about temptation and the reality of what it could do to you as a person and you in your relationship with your husband and God. It makes you put faith in God and think about the power of Prayer. How friends can make us remember what is important to us and the role in which God takes in our lives.


It is a great story of family ties, friendships and the need for companionship, how being truthful always in every aspect of our lives with everyone is the only way to live a good, clean, honest fulfilling life.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Pinecraft in all it's glory!

Last week was spent recuperating from a long drive to Florida and back and the conclusion of my son's hockey season. This week I can reflect on my most amazing time spent in Pinecraft, Florida.

Pinecraft (as taken from wikipedia.com): Pinecraft is a small neighborhood community of approximately 3,000 Amish and Mennonites. It is situated near the intersection of Bahia Vista Avenue and Beneva Road in Sarasota, Florida, USA. It serves as a winter vacation spot for many Amish and Mennonites from Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

So my love for the culture and the fact that Sherry Gore loving mother, cookbook author & magazine editor as well as Katie Troyer - papparazi to the Amish and Mennonites both live there were huge drawing cards.

While there we (my family and I) got to meet both Sherry and Katie and both are just delightful people, there is not enough time in a day to spend with either of them. Sherry and Katie have such a wealth of knowledge of the life and lifestyle of the Plain community in Pinecraft.

Life moves at a slower pace than I am accustom too, which was nice as we were on holiday. It was wonderful to see all Plain People milling about in front of Big Olaf's Ice Cream or being served a delicious meal by a Plain waitress at Yoder's.  Having a scrumptiously delicious buffet at Troyer's or just enjoying pizza on the patio behind Big Olaf’s, you were among Plain folk. Never once did you feel like you couldn't look for fear they would think you were staring. Never once did you have to look hard to see a Plain person.

 

It was so enjoyable seeing these large....and I mean large....a young couple with 7-8 children walking along the sidewalk, or better yet on bicycles and tricycles with children in baskets on the front and the back!!!! Children, parents, grandparents all walking along the side walk. It was so refreshing to see FAMILIES on vacation and enjoying each other.

Sherry and Katie both gave me a quick lesson on how they distinguish where each other is from in terms of; Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana etc. The different head coverings, apron's, colour's/prints etc! All too much to get a grasp of in such a short time! I remember the black Aprons are Lancaster! Then there was something with the head covering ribbons being a different colour....for the life of me I can't remember!

Regardless it was a trip worth repeating over and over again. I would like to visit in the summer to see what is referred to as the "ghost town". Next winter I will be making a return trip and hopefully it will be a MUCH longer stay!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Book Review for Healing is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them (Paperback) This book is daunting when you first grab a hold of it. It is thick, the introduction is LONG but once you put that all aside you soon realize how good the book is.
It causes you to reflect and move forward, to HEAL. This book is great for getting over past hurts and learning how to not allow things to hurt you in that way again.
It has true stories in it which make it nice to allow you to see what and how others have had things in life that hurt them too.
A good read and once you get into it, it is hard to put it down.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Amy Clipston Books: New contest: Win Book & Doll!

Amy Clipston Books: New contest: Win Book & Doll!: It's time for a new contest! This week one winner will receive each of the following items: An autographed copy of my new book, A ...

Friday, 17 February 2012

Perseverance

Each day is a new day that’s what I have to tell myself! I have been struggling the last few weeks with increasing depression and the need to have some control over my life and recovery.

In my distorted thoughts I am not sure why this road to recovery is taking so long. That said I have learned many lessons from my readings of the Amish Life. They seem to have a much better understanding of life’s trials and tribulations. They are not of the same mindset we seem to be in English Society that is one of INSTANT gratification! I have been dealing with the fact that I am not able to go to work and that has been my goal since the accident. I had thought I would be back to work by December of 2010, 3 months after the accident. Little did I know I would not even be walking by that point! Then I was sure by Spring 2011 once again little did I know I would be just learning to walk again. Move forward with goals constantly being set for my return to work till the present and I am trying to come to terms with the fact that I will get back to work when I am ready and not before then and when that is only our Heavenly Father above knows.  I am learning to put all my trust in him and he will guide me in the direction of which my life is meant to go!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Amy Clipston Books: New contest for THREE winners!

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Amy Clipston Books: Ready for more goodies?

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Sunday, 22 January 2012