Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer

Okay, here goes.  I don't know that I am the best book reviewer ever, but I do love to read and I do enjoy finding new authors.

I think this was the first book I have ever read by Anne and I think I would read more of her books.  It was a pretty typical Christian romance in which hero and heroine are in love, then have a fallout from irreconcilable differences, and then of course in the end, they both are willing to sacrifice and fall back in love and live happily ever after.

However, I will say that the development of Sadie Sillsby, the main character, was well done.  At the beginning of the book, Sadie was the assistant matron at the Raystown Home.  This was a home for abandoned or orphaned children or as a temporary home for children whose parents were in a financial hardship and couldn't afford to raise their children.  Her dream was to become matron which she does shortly into the book.  But, as it turns out, she really doesn't have the makings of a matron--she has no head for numbers, misses working with the children and makes a poor decision of who to hire for her assistant. Her whole goal for becoming matron was to override her past.  She had been brought to the Home as a little girl; rescued from prison where she had been living with her mother who was in jail for being a prostitute.  She wanted to prove to the world that she could be something regardless of what her mother had been.  She needed to go through being a matron to realize that her worth was not in what she did, but in who she was and in believing in Jesus for her value and not the world's recommendations and standards.

So overall, I did the think the book was well-written.  It was definitely a light and fluffy read, but a good reminder that it is more important to BE who God created us to be, then to DO to please the world and make a good impression.  That is bound for failure eventually.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Miscellaneous Thoughts and a Good Book Suggestion

I just found this post.  It somehow got saved under drafts rather than published, so it's a few weeks outdated. 


This came in the mail this week.  I don't know if you can see it all, but there are four books, a journal, some note cards, a pack of dry-erase markers, shampoo & conditioner, brownie mix, dried apricots, fruit straws, 2 kinds of tea, 3 microfiber sponges, flax seeds, some samples, little note paper, $50 gift card to Red Robin, $5 gift card to Starbucks, instant coffee, ginger-orange marmalade, and a few other things I probably missed.

I won the July Extravaganza Give-Away from moneysavingmom.com .  It feels like such a gift from God--like He knew the odds of me really winning were very small, but He also knew that it would be a big boost to my somewhat stressful week and so He picked me to win.  I really like that thought. It makes God feel like such a personal caring God, which I know He is.

If you are looking for some good summer reading, allow me to recommend A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling.  It's quite a good book.  She was one of the student leaders during the Tiananmen Square Massacre back in 1989.  I was really clueless about that whole thing until I read this book.  I am not quite finished with it yet (have a couple chapters left), but I have really enjoyed it.  The purpose of the protest by the students was to try and bring about a little democracy.  It was never meant to turn violent and certainly wasn't intended to bring about the massacre that it did.  The students didn't fight back as they left the Square, but the tanks rolled over them anyway.  It tells her story of coming to America, becoming a Christian and then founding an organization to put a stop to the One-child policy and the gendercide prevalent in China and even India and other countries.  It was very eye-opening and very interesting and easy to read.


I'm Back and Rambling like Normal

So once again I am at work and a little bored today.  I am waiting on a baby to arrive and I have to be honest, I wish it would get its act in gear and get with the program.  This is Wednesday after all and is supposed to be my afternoon off.  Last Wednesday I was here for 14 hours instead of 4 and this Wednesday is threatening to be a repeat though not as many hours, hopefully.

Just a few things to keep in mind again when you are having a baby: (by the way, so far we have the model couple here):
- Even if you think you know everything, try not to ask questions in such a way as to make the nurse get her dander up.  She loves to take the time to answer questions, but she does not appreciate feeling on the defensive when the questions are asked in such a way as to make the nurse feel inferior like she may or may not know what is going on.
- If you want a labor coach and you don't know if the nurse will comply, then bring your own.  Don't ask the nurse if she is a good labor coach.  She will be tempted to say: "No, I most certainly am not because she may not feel like rubbing your stomach and speaking kind soft words to you for the next 5 hours straight."
- If other people in the room want to chat, let them.  I know you think you are the only person on the face of the earth right now, but reality is you aren't.  And it most certainly won't hurt you to try to get your mind off of your circumstances and your pain and your problems and listen to some normal conversation.  If it really drives you nuts, then block them out and picture yourself by a lake with a gentle breeze blowing and good book and a glass of wine.  Now, I don't advocate wine, but I think that would be the ticket to fully distract yourself.
- If you want olive oil to be used, bring your own.  The doctor's wife is gracious, but that is asking a lot to ask her to donate from her kitchen supplies for your personal needs.
- If you go against your midwife's advice, then probably don't ask to invite her to your labor.  Likely that is going to cause a little unnecessary tension and puts the nurse in a tough spot to try and gently explain that your midwife is a little territorial and it probably would just be for the best if you don't have your midwife here.

Another thing that is not very nice to ask the nurse:  Don't ask her if she has any children and then when she says no; don't say in a condescending tone of voice, "But you have been married for awhile haven't you?"  These things are personal and not to be discussed with patients.  Yes, I know you are now wondering and likely assuming that maybe the nurse can't have children or doesn't want them (Shame Shame).  Hopefully, you won't your own conclusions and spread them as fact.  That's the best I can hope for I guess.

On a totally different note, I love free things and one way I can get free books is by reading books and then blogging about my thoughts on them.  So you will need to bear with me as I blog a few posts about books I read.  The first book will be "A Home of Her Own" by Anne Mateer.  I think all that information is right.  I should be finished with it before too long.  It was a decent book in the way of fiction books.  I like fiction books-I will unashamedly say that.

Well, I shall move on now.  To what?  I am not certain.


Friday, September 20, 2013

More Doctor's office thoughts

I'm in the mood to blog right now--unfortunately I am at work as well.  This may be a little mod-podged as I move from patient to blog and back to patient, but this way, I likely will not forget what it is I want to blog about.

Okay too busy, scratch that.  Catch up with everyone later. SORRY!!!

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy by Dorcas Smucker (It's Giveaway time)

Ah yes, this was just what the doctor ordered. I've wanted to review Dorcas' last book or two and was always too chicken to ask, b...