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Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Favorite Supporting Characters


The theme of this week is -

Who are your favorite supporting characters?

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My favorite supporting characters are the whole gang from J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  All of them: the cops, the friends, the whatever-you-want-to-call-Summerset. I not only love the way Robb writes the characters themselves, but the way the friendships and relationships have evolved over the years.

Kid Quotes (9/16)

B: Why’s it called Star Trek?
J: Because they’re trekking through the stars.
B: What’s trekking mean?
J: I…don’t know.

Blake and I were walking out of the library.
B: There was eyeball sticking out of the ground back there.
Me: I kind of doubt that. Would you like to go back and show me so we can see what it is?
We walk back to see a paper eye stuck to the concrete. The type that’s a black circle inside a white circle, that’s used for crafts.
B: See? An eyeball.
Me: Well…that’s an eyeball stuck to the ground. Not exactly the same thing as an eyeball sticking out of the ground….
‪#‎notasgross‬ ‪#‎wordsmatter‬

B: Mama, next time you make pancakes, make it with a little less pan and a little more cake.
I know he got that off something, but he was so serious when he said it.

Jack, following mention of a hyperencephalogram on Star Trek: What’s a hyperosexologram?
Me: Not what you said.
(It’s this.)

B: Jeffrey made a frown at me.

B: I’m practicing my manners for when Grandma and Papa get here. I have to say “crap” instead of “dang it”.

Me: Grandma and Papa will be here tomorrow.
B: Yay! I want to see it…but I can’t make it be that….
I suppose he’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see…tomorrow.

Blake was watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD and yelled, “Mama, this one has grown-ups!”
“What? It has grown-ups?”
Jack jumps in, “Well, that was a long time ago. That was before they passed the law prohibiting adults in Charlie Brown cartoons.”

Filed under Discussions I Never Imagined I’d Have With My Kids:
Why, when using a chair in a fight, one must swing it from the side or over one’s shoulder rather than poking it at the other person as if he were a lion to be tamed.

B: Mama, do you only use the doorbell if you’re an intruder?
Me: Visitor, son, not intruder.

J, watching the beginning of a YouTube video: Awesome! It’s a Longhorn ad! You can’t skip a Longhorn ad!

Somehow, Jack’s request that Blake fix him a sandwich turned into Jack getting the leftover pizza out for Blake and Jack fixing himself lunch. Not sure what happened here….

Celebrate Yourself with the Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge

Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge

Hosted by Living, Learning, and Loving LifeCabin Goddess, Tea with Dee, Living This Moment, and Teachable Scotts Tots Homeschool.

For one day, we want to drown out negativity and celebrate the beauty and pride of women.

These days it seems that some people want us to be ashamed of being women. They want us to believe that we’re less: less intelligent, less important, less human. There is so much negativity out there. For one day, we want to flood the internet with positive messages about women.

Join the #selflovechallenge, and share three positive things about yourself. If you don’t have a blog, share on Facebook, Twitter, a favorite email loop (as long as they don’t mind off-topic messages), or just write it on a Post-it note and put it on your bathroom mirror. You can also share on our Facebook page. (There are only a couple of “rules”. You can pop over to the announcement post to see those.) Continue reading Celebrate Yourself with the Celebrating Womanhood #selflovechallenge

Kid Quotes (9/8)

The boys were arguing about whether Blake had told Jack something. Since I heard Blake tell him, Jack lost this round.
B: Jack, you have horrible memories!
I…don’t think that’s what he meant to say….

Blake’s playing a game and yells, “I have the power!” à la He-Man.
Suddenly, I don’t know what year it is.

B: There’s always one embarrassing moment in your life.

B: Did you know the less you complain in quicksand, the slower it will go?

Blake wanted to snuggle as he falls asleep and I told him I wasn’t ready to snuggle yet. (He doesn’t always sleep with me, and I had already started my study time when he climbed into my bed.)
B: Why do you have to have Bible time, anyway?
Me: Because it’s important that we learn and keep reminding ourselves what the Bible says.
B: Well, snuggling is important to me.
(He got his snuggle time, of course.)

Book Review: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

Wildflowers from Winter About the book
Title: Wildflowers from Winter
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Release date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 293
Where I got the book: Free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review


Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring.

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built the life she dreamed of during her teen years in a trailer park. An unexpected interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa.

Determined to pay her respects to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of five hundred acres of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. When Bethany is left the land, Evan must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace that she’s not even sure exists? Continue reading Book Review: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

September Kindle Fire Giveaway

September $229 Giveaway

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It’s time for September’s $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.

We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229.

Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! Continue reading September Kindle Fire Giveaway

Kid Quotes (8/25)

Blake walked up to me holding his finger. I couldn’t see any cuts, bruises, or marks.
B:Mama, when I push on my finger it hurts. See?
I see him push. I don’t see it doing anything.
Me: Then stop pushing on it.
Now he’s happily playing Minecraft. Because the only reason his finger was hurting was that he was squishing it. Am I the only one who has noticed that genius and common sense don’t often reside in the same people? I have the same kinds of issues with Jack.

B: Is three-ten the same as two-seventy?
Me: Um…what?
J: Just say you don’t know. (To B) Mama doesn’t know.
Me: Hang on. I want to know what he’s asking….Can you explain what you’re trying to ask? Because either you’re not asking what you think you’re asking, or the answer is no.
B: There’s sixty minutes in an hour, right? So 3:10 is technically 2:70.
This boy…

B: Why do we even have tongues? For lollipops?
Me: So we can talk and so we can taste….
B: And so we can lick people.

B: My hair is sweating.

B: Fifty plus fifty is one hundred.
Me: Yeah.
B: Six plus six is twelve.
Me: yep.
B: So sixty plus sixty is a hundred and twenty.
Excellent reasoning skills, but can you turn down the smart a little, kid?

B, grinning: I’m cute, aren’t I?
Me: You’re adorable. Come here.
He snuggled up to me, and I told him: You’re cute and smart and sweet….
B: And once again, adorable.
He’s modest, too.

B: They made it harder and annoyinger.

J: Hey, I know! Let’s conga!
I must have made some sound.
J: What? We can’t conga?
Me: Sure. Why not?
A minute later, J: Oh, wait. I don’t know how to conga.
Me: Well, then I guess that’s a no, isn’t it?

The boys are playing hide and seek.
B: I know you’re hiding somewhere!
Me: That’s usually how it’s done.