Monday, June 7, 2021

Title Tuesday: Fiction Book Review System

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week!
This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews.
Let's jump in.

I know that I have some new readers migrating over from facebook and instagram. Welcome y'all! I thought I might use this time to give you an idea of my rating systems and how I score fiction books. Keep in mind that this is only for fiction reviews. My nonfiction review system can be found here. 

If you want to check out all the books I recommend or do NOT recommend then friend me on goodreads!








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  • I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you.
  • You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook and Instagram
  • If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!
  • Are you an author looking to have your book reviewed on Goodreads and AmazonContact me for a review!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Title Tuesday: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. Let's jump in!

Book 2 of the #cursebreakerseries did NOT disappoint! 

Check out my review of book 1 here.

I LOVED this book. 

I finished it in just two days which is a huge deal when you have four kids under six. 

I sacrificed serious sleep for this book.

I adore Commander Grey and his commitment to doing what is right and honorable. His character just explodes off the page. He is so noble and dedicated to integrity. It is phenomenal to see a character written in a way that upholds masculinity and honor. 

Lia Mara is... complicated. At parts I really disliked her character. I couldn't believe her opening scenes! It was hard to take. However, In the end she redeemed herself. 

Again, I don’t want to give anything away but I didn’t like Rhen in book one and I REALLLLLY disliked him I’m this book too. So his character arc just isn't working for me. 

I am loving the depth of development for Harper’s brother Jacob as well. I do wish we heard more from Noah. I feel like that would be helpful in understanding the workings of the kingdom and their world to hear more from the periphery characters in the book. As it stands the world that they inhabit is really unclear and kind of murky which makes following the story a little difficult. 

So overall I liked this book more than the first one. 

A solid 5 star book, one that I would enjoy reading as a stand alone even if it wasn't in this series!


 
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  • I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you.
  • You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook and Instagram
  • If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!
  • Are you an author looking to have your book reviewed on Goodreads and AmazonContact me for a review!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Title Tuesday: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews.

Today I am going to be reviewing some fiction. I LOVE fairytales, mythology, and folklore. So naturally when I heard #acursesodarkandlonely was a retelling of beauty and the beast I had to check it out.


Let me start by saying that I LOVED parts of this book. I thought the twist on the beast was phenomenal. And the enchantress? Oh my goodness what a great villain.

The characters are dynamic and interesting.

*I LOVE that this book contains a protagonist that has what many would call a “handicap”. I also love that they address it and it is mentioned throughout the book. I think that makes Harper one of my top ten favorite female characters.

*I do have to say that I detest Prince Rhen. He is a lying, scheming, jerk if you ask me. I really can’t stand his lack of character in most instances. I don’t feel like he had any real growth through this book. I’m hoping that will change in the next book in the series.

*And can I just say that I ADORE Commander Grey? He reminds me of other stand-by-your-man sidekicks in literature like Samwise Gamgee, Murtagh Fitzgibbons, and Peta Mellark. I hope to read a lot more of him in the next book.

The reason that I only gave it three stars is because I had the HARDEST time getting in to the story early on. It took me over a month to finish this book. I think that was largely due to the fact that I just really don’t like Rhen. #sorrynotsorry


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  • I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you.
  • You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook and Instagram
  • If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!
  • Are you an author looking to have your book reviewed on Goodreads and AmazonContact me for a review!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

One Year Later: 10 Positive Things About Staying Home

One year ago today our family started social distancing and staying home. 

We made the call early, before it was required, because I was expecting Emily and nobody knew if or how Covid could impact a developing baby. It was hard. In fact due to this choice we lost some of the few Pennsylvania friends we had made since our move. 

We have now spent 365 days in which we have zero social interactions except with our closed circle of people (that included my mom, our next door neighbor family, and a single soldier). 

No movies, no museums, no parties, no in-person-church, no in-person-grocery shopping, no play-dates, and no trips out of state to see family.

And it was absolutely worth it. 

I know that the pandemic has been hard and awful. But I don't want to write off an entire year of my life as bad. So I am writing out 10 positive things that happened for our family while we made the choice to social distance so that in years to come I can look back and remember all the positive things that came from spending a year at home together.
  1. We slowed life WAY down by cutting out all the unnecessary stuff that we have allowed to fill our calendars in the past.
  2. We read a TON of books together as a family.
  3. We taught the kids about boundaries.
  4. We did a great job of maintaining those boundaries even when it wasn't easy or fun.
  5. We hiked a minimum of 2 miles almost every single weekend... with three and then four small children! 
  6. We talked about loving like Jesus by doing the hard things to protect others (like their great grandmother) from illness.
  7. We did a lot of science experiments with the kids and got to see how they think and solve problems. I can say that 100% would not have been able to squeeze that in prior to the shut downs.
  8. We read a TON of books together as a family, discussed them, and inspired the kids to write their own. 
  9. We talked a LOT about rules and authority with the kids when it came to government imposed limits and masks. 
  10. We spent a lot of time in prayer together as a family. We prayed for friends, family, leaders, scientists, and medial staff. 

I notice that all of those sentences started with "we". Our family spent the last 365 days together. So yes, the pandemic is incredibly hard. 

Having a baby during a global pandemic was one of the most challenging things I have ever faced. Wearing a mask during a C-Section was awful y'all! The uncertainty during the postpartum phase was REALLY HARD.

Being stuck at home was sometimes boring... but we did it. 

I am proud that we made the choice to stay at home and to wear a mask when we go outdoors.  

We will continue to make those choices until vaccines are readily available and the community at large can be safe. 

We will do that because we want to be like Jesus.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day

According to the website the goal of this particular day of awareness is to "Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality."

In light of that, I thought I would share my favorite books about women who have greatly impacted the world. Keep in mind that I am a Christian so almost all of the books come from that perspective.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What Does a Mom Do?

When I ask what a mom does, I don't mean all the tangible things like laundry, dishes, baseball practice, and mopping the floor. While those are all important, I am talking about something infinitely more important. 

What I mean is, what are the things that a mother does that bring extra life to her family? 

There is an old Jewish Proverbs which says, "A mother understands what a child does not say".

I don't care what kind of mother you are, what your parenting philosophy is, or how you became a mother. Once you are a mom you have the ability (if you put down your phone and turn off the TV) to listen to the deepest longings of your children's hearts.



In my home you can periodically hear any one of my kids asking for "mommy magic". 

I wish I could give you a clear definition of what that is, but I really can't because it changes every single day based upon the needs of my family. 

Here are a few things mommy magic has been in our home:

  • painting snow with real paint
  • putting Christmas lights in their bedroom
  • playing shaving cream with food coloring
  • playing their favorite song loudly in the car with windows rolled down
  • having a candlelit dinner... just because
  • playing in mud and getting absolutely filthy
  • picking up pretty rocks on a walk and displaying them proudly around the house
  • jumping in rain puddles for the purpose of getting soaked
  • baking cookies together at seven in the morning and then having cookies and milk for breakfast   
  • a vase full of beautiful flowers that you picked together on a walk. 


As moms we have the incredible opportunity to learn and understand our children in a way that almost no one else ever will. It a HUGE responsibility but it is also an incredible gift! 

Moms make magic so that we can answer the tiny unheard (and often unspoken) needs of our children. 

Sometimes the worst behavior (especially in small children) is caused because they feel left out and unseen. Ephesians 6:4 tells us, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” This verse makes me think about how our heavenly Father ALWAYS meets us where we are with love and compassion. 


For young children (and older children often!) love is letting them be children, allowing them to be silly, loud, and messy. God never fails to grant us mercy after a hissy fit or grace despite our shortcomings

He grants us rainbows after storms and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). 

Lets do the same for our children. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Hey Y'all

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet. 

Thank you for your patience, emails, and check-ins on social media. It really did my heart good. 

I took about nine months off of writing anything at all and almost two years off of writing anything of real substance beside book reviews. A lot has happened for our family in the last 18 months so let me give you the cliff-notes version:  

  • we PCSed (moved for all you non-military) from San Diego to Philadelphia, 
  • my husband started a masters degree & sports medicine residency, 
  • I had a miscarriage, 
  • 2019 ended,
  • we fostered a working dog
  • I found out I was expecting again, 
  • the pandemic started, 
  • my husband started K9 Farr Fitness,
  • the world seemed to shut down, 
  • our daughter Emily was born,
  • we got our new dog MJ,
  • 2020 ended,
  • my husband started studying for board exams,
  • today we hit the one year mark of choosing to staying-at-home because of the virus

Of course any one of those things is challenging but to have all of them happen in 18 months? 

It has been a bit of a whirlwind. 

We have had marriage struggles, health scares, political unrest, social unrest, but most of all? 

Most of all we have had Jesus and I am so incredibly grateful. The last two years forced growth from me as a child of God, mother and wife that wouldn't have happened otherwise. 

Some of you may have noticed that things look a little bit different around my blog and social media lately. I have dropped the Forgiven Former Feminist moniker. 

I realized that while the name was catchy, it wasn't Christ-like and it didn't give me the scope to write about all the things I want to. I felt like everything had to be geared towards feminism and that left out things that I am really passionate about like: 

  • homeschooling
  • books
  • time management
  • pornography and sexual integrity
  • Army life
  • body image
  • fitness
  • home management 

...and frankly anything else that comes to mind. So, I have essentially re-branded to just my name across social media and here on the blog. I plan to write about anything and everything that I am thinking. Some things may really resonate with you while other things don't. That is totally fine, part of being an adult is learning how to get along with people you disagree with.  

So on that note, I am going to sign off for today. 

I can't wait to share more with y'all soon!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Military Life: I Will Not Stress

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Military Monday: He is a Soldier

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Military Monday: Toll Fare

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.