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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Sweet Things: 11.10.13

I hope that everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving!

Its been a while since I've done a Saturday Sweet Things roundup and I started this one several weeks ago, but here are some of the wonderful things I've found on the internet lately...

This post from Anne Marie Miller puts into words some of the struggles I have had the past year and a half or so. Its been an interesting time in my life and I have a lot of things to work through with what I'm finally processing.

This post from my friend Brenda is exactly how I feel about writing and my hopes and dreams. Maybe one day...

This post from HuffPost is a good reminder that people prey on our emotions. She is a too feministic for my tastes, but her point is a good one. I would like to add that it isn't just men who manipulate women's emotions, but other women do as well.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Its Turkey Day 2013

There are many things that I am thankful in my life. I have tried to do a "Week of Thanks" in the past and haven't managed to blog every single day to make that happen. Last year I didn't blog about Thanksgiving at all and y'all it's my FAVORITE holiday.

I love Thanksgiving because it was always a special family day for us growing up. When I was four we moved to Maryland and it was a thirteen or eighteen hour drive (one way) to get to either set of my grandparents. Consequently, we only went when we could go for a week or longer. When I was twelve we moved to South Carolina and we would go to see family in Florida for Thanksgiving. I loved those trips. 

Thansgiving Day, no matter where I was, started with the Macy's Day Parade. I would (voluntarily!) get up in time to watch the parade with my dad. My mom would get up and start cooking. Inevitably my brother would get up an hour or so before the parade ended and want to watch football. Sometimes we changed it, sometimes not. We would all eat breakfast. Once we were old enough to help, everyone would have at least one dish that they fixed for the big day. Once I left home for college and I would return for the holiday I would help my mom in the kitchen from the time the parade ended until the meal was ready.

We haven't been able to go to my parents for the holiday for the last several years, so we spend it with family here. Its still fun and we always have a great time. 

So anyway, things I'm grateful for in no particular order:

Family, Friends, Miniature Pinschers, a job, food, my home, freedom of religion and freedom to worship. 

Those who are without a parent, spouse, sibling, child this holiday because they are somewhere defending our freedom. 

A church that believes in helping the helpless. 

A God who chose to save the world through His Son.

And so much more.

I hope that this special day finds you warm, with family or friends or both, happy and loved. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay is a fantastic read. I really couldn’t put it down. The story is about Samantha Moore, a grown-up foster kid. Sam has been given the opportunity to attend Grad School at Northwestern University on a grant. The only stipulation is that she must write letters to her benefactor, the anonymous Mr. Knightley.

When Sam was growing up she found solace and friendship in literature. The characters from books by Austen, Dickens and Bronte were her nearest and dearest companions. Consequently, Sam quotes them more often than any normal person should. This has made it difficult for Sam to find her place in the world and find real people to share it with. She explains all of this and so much more to Mr. Knightley as she finds it easy to bare her soul to him. Meanwhile she starts dating for the first time and starts to get out of her comfort zone with her classmates.

I really enjoyed this book and felt drawn into Sam’s story. While I haven’t read as many of the classics as Sam has I enjoyed learning more about the stories through her eyes. There were lots of different parts of Sam’s life covered in her letters but it never really got jumbled or confusing. It was a fairly quick read as the different plot lines moved along fairly quickly. Overall this book was light and engaging. It made me both laugh and cry and I highly recommend it to you.

Also, because the story is told through letters it makes a great vacation read. None were too long and you can read just one or two at a time. In fact, I was excited to have a book like this to read while waiting on my car to warm up in the mornings, but I ended up having a couple of hours to kill and read most of it then.

I hope you enjoy!

This book was provided to me through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Life Lesson #4

The words "Thank you!" are not said enough. If someone does anything for you, literally anything, say, "Thank you!"

You are going to hurt their feelings by saying it. If you don't say it you're looking at 50/50 odds of hurting them. Just say it, what do you have to lose?

Life Lessons are quick bits of real life that I feel should be public service announcements. Have one to hare? Leave it in the comments.

Life Lesson 1, 2, 3

Monday, November 4, 2013

Life Lesson #3

This is related to lesson number two, but I felt it was important enough to mention on its own: When driving with only your flashers on, your turn signal is irrelevant.

Life lessons are quick bits of real life that I feel should be public service announcements. Have one to share? Leave it in the comments.

See Lesson 2 here.