Monday Brings Mermaids

Monday Brings MermaidsAre you looking for a good book to read?

Do you like fantasy as much as I do?

Or maybe you want to change genres to spice things up a bit for your leisure reading?

Well, then I have just the book for you!  It is called Fire of the SeaMonday Brings Mermaids and it was written by one of my very special friends, Lyndsay Johnson.  Her book is being released TODAY!  I’m about to buy my copy.  Lyndsay sent me the first chapter to review last June and it is already published!  The fact it went through the editing and publishing process so quickly proves it to be a winner to me!  Besides, who doesn’t like mermaids and romance?  The following is the synopsis you will find on Amazon.

Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted. Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love. Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves. But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.

Lyndsay also has THE BEST book trailer video I have ever seen:

Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson (Book Trailer) from Lyndsay Johnson on Vimeo.

Get your copy today by clicking the link below.

After I order my copy I will be taking my Son, the middle child, to get his driving permit.  Yikes!  Oh the grey hairs having 2 children driving will produce.  Wish me luck and PRAY HARD. Monday Brings Mermaids

Books Bring Joy,

Start Your Own Family Book Club

You know it amazes me where I receive inspiration.  Recently while showering I came up with a super great idea.

Here’s the deal.  I’m always looking for good wholesome recreational activities for our family.  I’ve also been wracking my brain over ways to engage my kids in other activities on their own which don’t consist of TV and computer games.  Hopefully this idea will help.

Start Your Own Family Book Club

I introduced Family Book Club on Monday during family night.

This is what we did:

1. We talked about books which are for ages 9 and up. {since our youngest is 9}  I looked up some books I thought would be appropriate for all of us to read. {resources further in post}  We read the reviews for each book.  The 2 older kids chose suitable books they came up with on their own.

2. Each family member wrote their book choice on a piece of paper.  The papers went into a bowl.

3. We all rolled a die to see who could draw/choose a paper out of the bowl.  The highest number won and drew a paper out of the bowl.

4. My youngest won this time and she ended up drawing her book.  It was completely random.  Next month she will not write a book choice on a piece of paper nor will she be able to draw a paper.  This way everyone will have the opportunity to choose a book and draw a name.  It makes it completely random and in my ‘book’ (no pun intended) FAIR.  When everyone has a chance to have their book read we will start over again.

5. We set a date for our family book club: February 25th.  I plan to have a treat that some how goes with the book.

I found some really good resources online for finding books by ages:

  • Author James Patterson has a wonderful site called Read Kiddo Read.  The site is incredibly easy to navigate through with the following categories:

Start Your Own Family Book Club

I also found an article from USA Today where they interview James Patterson.  I was surprised to find out he hated to read when he was young.  We have that in common.  I also hated to read when I was young.  He explains what he did for his kids to encourage a love of reading.  It is an excellent article worth your time to read.  It’s called Inspire Your Kids To Read.

“It’s the parents’ job to find books for kids that they’re gonna love.  A lot of parents don’t get that.” James Patterson

****Don’t forget you can always find an audio version of books for you and your kids.  This is how I read most of the time.  You can read more about how I do that by clicking here and here.

Now, let me tell you that my 14 year old Son was not happy about this idea.  He says he’s not reading the book. “It’s too girly.”  Honestly, this is no surprise to me.  He likes to give us grief so we’ll see what happens.  However, I’m looking forward to being able to talk about the characters in the books and have teaching opportunities.

Here’s the book we are reading this month:

Want to join us and start your own Family Book Club?

 

Who would be interested in maybe a link up party where you share your family’s book of the month?

Read On,

Children’s Prayers

In case you haven’t seen these online yet:

Childrens Prayers

Source

He hears our prayers,

A Mom Makes A Home

I’m continuing my list of one thousand gifts…not of gifts I want, but gifts I have.

I am writing them down, one to one thousand.

22. Grateful my internet was repaired!

23. New music!  Loving the group Tanlines.  Listening to their album Mixed Emotions right now.  I heart their All Of Me song…great beat and makes me feel happy.

24. Time spent with my Mom & oldest Daughter on Saturday.

A Mom Makes A Home

25. The beautiful handmade quilted bed runner my Mom gave me as an early {3 weeks} Birthday gift.

A Mom Makes A Home

26. Time doing crafty stuff in my craft room. It’s been neglected lately and craft therapy is wonderful.  The creative side of me was having withdrawals.

27. Kids back in school brings some much needed uninterrupted time for me.  Let’s face it, who likes to listen to their kids quarrel all the time? Not me!

{good thing they’re so cute! ;)}

A Mom Makes A Home

28. Opportunity to learn & grow spiritually by giving a talk and teaching a lesson at church yesterday.  With that being said, glad it is over…double duty is exhausting. A Mom Makes A Home

29. Youngest saw this new art plaque I bought and said out loud, “This is true.”  The little things like this make my heart melt.

A Mom Makes A Home

Check out that awesome price!

30. When my husband calls me beautiful.

31. Having far away friends come for a weekend visit.

A Mom Makes A Home

32. Listened to another awesome fantasy book: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.  It’s part of the Bloodlines series.  Just finished it & can’t wait for the next one!

Joining:

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Gifts Bring Joy,

Tuesday’s Ten Family Quotes

Tuesdays Ten Family Quotes

  1. “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
    ~ C.S. Lewis
  2. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
    ~ Mother Teresa
  3. “You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
    ~ Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society
  4. “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”
    ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  5. “Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.”
    ~ Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  6. “To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.”
    ~ Thomas S. Monson
  7. “The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”
    ~ Erma Bombeck
  8. “No matter how old we get, we never outgrow the need to belong, to feel needed, or to be important in someone else’s life.  We never stop craving hugs, words of praise, or demonstrations of appreciation.  Families must continue to fill those needs, with just as much passion as when our loved ones were children.”
    ~Lorle Campos
  9. “I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.”
    ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, “Identity Crisis,” M*A*S*H
  10. “The surprising simple secret to a great family life is the power of traditions.”
    ~ Lorle Campos

Happy Tuesday,

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Today is the last day of school.  I’m at the hair salon using the Word Press app while my color is processing.

I wanted to feature my youngest’s 3rd grade teacher today.  I’ll call her Mrs. L.  She has been a phenomenal teacher for my daughter this year.  Many days A {Daughter} would hop in the car and excitedly tell me about something she learned.

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Mrs. L's wrapped gifts

In appreciation, we gave Mrs. L one of my favorite music albums ever.  It’s called Anchor by Mindy Gledhill. You see, we gave her Mindy’s Christmas album for Christmas.  She liked it so I thought we should share Anchor with her as well.  The title inspired me to think about how Mrs. L is an anchor to her students.

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Mrs. L was the runner-up in our school district for Teacher Of The Year last year (for the whole district.)  I was thrilled to have her as my girl’s teacher this year. A talks about how kind & nice Mrs. L is.  I have seen an amazing jump in my Daughter’s desire to read.  Not only that, she has better confidence in her reading.

Mrs. L was nominated again this year for Teacher Of The Year.  I just knew she would receive the award.  She definitely deserves that honor & recognition.  I was looking forward to telling everyone how A was in her class the year she got the award.  Shockingly she was not awarded the title of Teacher Of The Year.  My Daughter & I are very disappointed. Teachers Are Like Anchors

This has weighed heavy on my mind, probably more so than Mrs. L, knowing her.  She is super sweet & laid back.  So I made a special gift for her to open today, the last day of school.  It is a plaque that says, “Mrs. L, our Teacher Of The Year 2011-2012.”

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Teachers Are Like Anchors

The class! {sorry I cut off the girl on the left}

I’m extremely grateful for all my kids teachers.  They have such big hearts with lots of patience!  However, I want Mrs. L to know how grateful I am for her.  In our minds she is Teacher Of The Year! Teachers Are Like Anchors

Teachers Are Like Anchors

Above {middle} is Mrs. L with A on the first day of school. Isn't she pretty, too? :)

Teachers bring JOY,