Monday, May 20, 2019

Military Monday: The Silent Ranks

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, May 13, 2019

Military Monday: Leaving Your Heart

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.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Title Tuesday: Too Many?

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. 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 page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!



Monday, May 6, 2019

Military Monday: ETA 2 Minutes

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.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Title Tuesday: Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. 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 page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

Hello! In honor of my daughter's first birthday (ok, this post it a little late) I want to share a very special book with you called Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess: Growing the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Little Girl by by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting. 

I am going to cut straight to the chase... I adored this book. I loved almost everything about it. After having two boys less than 16 months apart, I have lived in a world full of bugs, trucks, dirt, and sword battles. When our little girl came along I was unsure exactly of how best to foster her heart in a  way that honors and glorifies God. With all of the ridiculous influences (I'm looking at you Beyonce and Amy Schumer) out there for young women, what does it take to help a young girl be feminine, kind, and God honoring? Hanna and Whiting give honest real life example and simple explanations without mouse ears or consumerism. I absolutely LOVED at the end of each chapter where they had the "toolbox" portion for how a dad could help his little girl as she learns to be a godly woman. 

Overall, I give Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess: Growing the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Little Girl by by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting a solid A+. If you have a young daughter, niece, or granddaughter this book would be incredibly useful. I would also recommend that anyone who regularly works with young girls (teachers, coaches...) take a look at this book and keep it available for ideas when a young girl is struggling while in your care. 

Title Tuesday: Always

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. 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 page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!



Monday, April 29, 2019

Military Monday: So God Made 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.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Title Tuesday: Dear Daughters

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. 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 page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

So, I am so incredibly excited about today's book. I have been waiting for almost a WEEK to share this book with you... are you ready? The book is Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation by Susie Davis.

Let me start by saying that Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation is a beautiful book just physically. It has a lovely cover and the colors are soft and feminine. It has a page where you can write who presented this book and the date. The end of each chapter has pages lined softly so that the reader can take notes on the feelings that each chapter created and the action steps that you need to take.


For the overall content? I could not get enough.

If you are a frequent reader of Title Tuesday then you know that I don't usually care for devotional style books, but this book truly isn't like that. Dear Daughters actually feels like Susie Davis sat down at her kitchen counter and jotted down a letter of her thoughts to me about our last phone conversation. (No, I have never met her, but I SWEAR she makes it feel like I hang out at her house every day!) She tackles real life issues in an honest and no-nonsense manner. She writes like a true Titus 2 Woman to another woman and it was all theologically sound without any fluff.

Overall, I have to give this book an A+ and then some extra sparkle points. Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation by Susie Davis is probably the best book I have read in 2019. I literally CRIED while reading some of the chapters. I would STRONGLY recommend it for any military spouse that is away from home and family. (She doesn't discuss military things, it just speaks to the military wife's heart REALLY WELL.) I will be purchasing multiple copies of this book to give to my friends. If you are female, you need this book. If you work with or love a female, read this book to understand the struggles that women are facing and how to care for them. Susie Davis knocked this one out of the park!


Monday, April 22, 2019

Military Monday: Land of the Free

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.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Title Tuesday: More for Mom

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. 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 page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

As we approach Mother's Day (it is just four weeks away y'all) it is pretty normal for people to rush out and purchase books for moms. I was recently given the opportunity to review More for Mom: Living Your Whole and Holy Life by Kristin Funston and I was thrilled to get a chance to find a new book that could inspire and encourage women raising children. Today I am going to share my thoughts with you.

I have to admit that I am not in love with this book and in fact I had a really had time finishing it.

The first two sections of the book read about like every other Christian book for mothers. God gave you these kids, He will give you rest. Even the moms that seem like they have it all together really don't. You don't need to do more, you need to take care of yourself... and the like.

It is all pretty familiar.


To be completely honest, the book started going downhill for me when I read in the introduction where Funston says that "We're moms after all. We basically run the world". Sorry, nope. Sure, motherhood is busy and difficult (I have three children under 4 years old, I get it!) but the phrase "we run the world" is a feminist mantra that you can hear from the likes of Beyonce and AOC. It is also SUPER disrespectful of the dads involved in the world. I'm not about to let that idea that we moms "run the world" weave its way into my narrative. Words and phrases mean things and we need to be cautious of what it is that we are intentionally or unintentionally endorsing with this catchy little phrases.

The thing that solidified my poor opinion of this book was in the middle. I so desperately wanted to revel in the chapter called "Come Alive". That portion of the book alone is almost enough to have me give the book an A review. The thing that held me back from loving it is Funston talked more about coming alive meaning you can go on vacation once or twice a year and retire comfortably (Funston 121). I am constantly saying that it isn't enough to just survive, but that is because I believe that everything that we have should go towards telling people about God's love and training them to tell others. Our salvation wasn't paid for so that we could retire comfortably.

Overall, I would say this book is a mediocre B. It isn't dangerous to theology or to morals so it doesn't warrant a C rating. But it is familiar and somewhat lackluster. This book won't inspire change, but rather it read like a bunch of mini motivational blog posts put in one book. The portions of it that are off putting to me wouldn't be off putting to most people. I am hyper focused on living for Jesus, not just quoting scripture. I wouldn't rush out and purchase this book for Mother's Day.