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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

If you need a good historical fiction book, this is it. I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with each character. The author wrote such a moving story that depicted the time so well. It’s hard to read sometimes, seeing how people were treated, but it’s enlightening and a wonderful story. If you’re looking for a happy-go-lucky read this isn’t it. It’s full of sadness, tragedy, and death. But it also holds joy, love, and hope. I loved this book so much and want all of you to read it. 

I’m off to the library to get another book tomorrow. What should I get? 

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Fly Away

I’ve started this book for my book challenge! I went to the library and was browsing around looking at all the different books. I walked shelf after shelf, stroking the different books, flipping stained pages in worn novels when I remembered my favorite author: Kristin Hannah. Her books have always spoken to me and have always captured me completely. So, I went to her section in the Fiction shelves and found this book. It’s a sequel to Firefly Lane, which I LOVED! 

It’s full of sadness and will bring tears to your eyes! The way the author writes is just real and authentic and wonderful. You should definitely check this book out! But read Firefly Lane first! 

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Saturday!

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2017 Official Book Challenge

I FOUND ONE.

The perfect book challenge for this year! I am soooo excited to start this challenge. Reading is so fun for me. It relieves a lot of stress and I love feeling in a different world or situation. I get a lot of people asking me how I have time to read during school. My answer is this: I make it a priority. Everybody has priorities. For some people it’s school work. I spend a lot of time doing school work. I also make it a priority to read the Bible, but reading is also a priority. I need a good book to read at all times. It’s just my thing. But sometimes I don’t know where to go or start. My wonderful friend, Lauren, introduced me to an awesome website that can be found here and the 2017 book challenge she has started!

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I AM IN LOVE! I can not wait to start and actually have already found a series to read to check off one thing in the Growth challenge! I love how there are two options. One for fun and one for growth. I love a challenge, and I’ll definitely be working on both.

You should definitely join me in this challenge! We’re going to use the hashtag #mmd2017bookchallenge When you read a book and check it off the list, let us know! Make a blog post, or comment on this post! If you are interested in doing this challenge with a group please comment ON THIS THREAD and we can work something out.

I love books and reading and challenges. ❤

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Top 5 Favorite Books

Guys. I love books. I ALWAYS have. From when I was super little to now, I have always loved finding a good book to read. There is nothing that can compare to sitting down with a solid, real book in your hand, turning the pages as you go.

I wanted to start a little blog chain. I’m going to share a list here of some of my favorite books. Here’s the fun part: I’m hoping that y’all will create your own lists! Comment the link to your post so I, and everyone else, can see what books you’re loving, and we can experience the love as well!

1) Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis

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This book is monumental! It really challenged how I view other countries, children, and even Jesus. The author of this book moved to Uganda and adopted 13 children! How crazy! The book walks you through her journey and it truly moved me to tears a few times. Definitely a must read!

2) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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This book is ridiculously sad. If you love to cry and cry and cry read ANY of Kristin Hannah’s books. This particular one is about two best friends and their life together. It goes through their high school lives, college lives, relationships, families, and just their entire lives together. I couldn’t put it down and I know you won’t be able to as well.

3) True Colors by Kristin Hannah

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Oh my word. This one surpasses Firefly Lane for me. This book is so amazing and is more a love story and it’s full of justice, hatred, love, passion, and so on. This book I also could NOT put down. This is about three sisters whose mother dies (in the first chapter, so I’m not ruining anything) and it just breaks their family. The youngest falls in love with the ranch hand, and you can see where it’s going from here. It is SO good!

4) All the Harry Potter Books

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Truly, people do not understand just how amazing these books are. My own mother STILL, after years of me pleading, who is JUST AS MUCH of a book fanatic as me, has still not read this amazing series. Every one of them is great in it’s own way. The story line is amazing, the characters and their development over the seven books is perfect. The events and ways that J.K. Rowling writes the novels is just amazing. Seriously, if you haven’t read these yet, do yourself a favor and do it now!

5) The Twilight Series

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Do not judge me. I have a thing for fantasy novels. But only Twilight and Harry Potter. I have tried to branch out, but no other series has ever compared. Nowadays, I am loving inspirational books and biographies. (Magnolia Story was FANTASTIC) However, I read these books in middle school and I read them over and over again and I will always have a special place for them. Both this series and Harry Potter were welcome times in my middle school years where I wanted to escape. They allowed me to do so! I can still read them, too, and they are still just as great.

 

Here is my list of books. It was super hard to come up with five books as I read a lot. These were the ones I thought of first and that have had a lasting impact on me. These are ones I can truly read again and again. 

Now I want to see your lists! Please comment the link to your post so we can all go enjoy your list and find new books to read!

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One Minute Cookie in a Mug!

So recently I’ve fallen in love. I crave something sweet and can never find exactly what will hit the spot. 

But I found it! A one minute cookie in a mug! Usually these things aren’t very good, but this recipe is great and to die for. So here it is just for you! 

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon (pinch) of salt

1 egg yolk

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1-2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Microwave butter in a mug until melted, 30 seconds to 1 minute. With a spoon, mix in sugars, vanilla extract and salt until well-combined. Mix in egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen. Mix in flour. Fold in chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 40 seconds, or a maximum of 50 seconds. Serve warm (maybe even with a dollop of ice cream).

From: 

http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/05/1-minute-chocolate-chip-cookie-in-a-mug.html



Make sure to share with your friends. You want them to enjoy this. Because it’s AWESOME. 

Hope y’all had a great Wednesday! 

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My Worst Fear Happened

Today, I had my worst fear happen.

I didn’t realize it was my worst fear.

And yet, when it happened, my face turned hot and read, and I got dizzy for a moment at the words coming out of this seemingly nice ladies mouth.

Let me walk you through the story…

Today I was working. A normal day for me. A lady walked in the door and proceeded to just walk past the front desk. I asked, “Are you going to sign in?” I thought I had a smile on my face or just looked curious. She said, “I’m a guest.” She was alone, however. I asked, “Of who? Are they here?” She said, “No.” I then explained that she needed to go to desk instead of walking on by so we could look her up and track her visits. It’s our policy. And I also said I would need her license, as this is also policy. She said, “Okay”. And then it happened.

She asked, “Is this a christian facility?” I figured it had something to do with me just having to stop her and I replied, “Yes. This is just policy. I’m just making sure we’re doing the right thing.”

And she replied, “Well all of the other girls here are super nice, but you have a terrible attitude.”

My face flushed. I got really hot. I was, at first, hurt. I had not meant to seem rude at all. I simply was doing what I have been taught to do. I just wanted to make sure she wasn’t using the facility when she shouldn’t be.

I told her, “I was sorry, I didn’t mean to if I seemed that way, I was just trying to do my job.”

She gave me her license and went on her way.

After hurt, I was angry. “How dare she. I WAS nice. I was simply doing my job!” I asked the girl with me if I seemed rude and she said no. I told other people, craving replies that I was in the right. (Which I do not want from you for reading this post. I just want you to hear what I learned.) I desperately wanted to cry and pray but had to continue working.

I got in my car after work and I rethought the situation. I prayed this prayer.

“Lord, I truly did not mean to seem rude. I pray that if I did that you would help me to recognize this and fix it to be more like You.”

Because here’s the thing. Maybe, I was rude. I truly didn’t mean to be, but maybe my face looked it. I have to remind myself that not everyone is trying to cheat the system. Do I think she was right for calling me rude after 30 seconds of me asking her to just stop by the desk when coming to the Y? No. But I am glad she did, because I want to make sure, 100% of the time, that I am not being rude to anyone. I desperately want to make sure I am treating people the way Jesus would treat them. The first thing I want people to know about me is that I follow and love Jesus. This woman did not think that. And that is what really hurt. I also do not EVER want to get an authority complex and get pleasure from being OVER people. I want to recognize everyone as a human being. Who knows what she had been through today? Or who knows her past experiences?

I felt such a wave of rejection after this moment. I dislike people disliking me. Especially over something I had no idea I was doing.

But this will help me be more aware of how I act towards people.

I want to be Jesus to EVERYONE. I know I am not perfect, but I want to strive to be like Jesus EVERY day to EVERY one. Regardless of race, age, gender, or any other factor.

This lady will be getting a big ole smile from me from now on. And maybe she will change her mind.

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Run, Run, Run! 

I ran today…of course. I know my challenge ended awhile ago but I just can’t seem to QUIT running. I feel gross if I don’t do it once a day. Crazy? Or awesome? Pretty awesome and a little crazy I would say. 

So today I wanted to run outside SO bad. Running on the treadmill is fine but I just like outside so much better. The fresh air, the changing scenery, the feel of actual pavement or dirt under your feet. It’s also nice that you’re actually moving. 

So, I really wanted to go outside. But it was gray and rainy looking. What if it rained on me? What if I got too tired halfway through? I was honestly scared because I hadn’t run the route I run outside in awhile and I wondered how I would do. 

I went. 

I ran 3 miles in 31 minutes with an average pace of 10 minutes and 10 seconds. I ran the loop TWICE. That’s pretty great for me. And honestly I never used to run the route twice. I felt like I could have kept going but it was getting dark. 

Running is so great. I love it. It’s so hard and tough but you feel much better when you push through and accomplish a goal. 

What do y’all do that makes you feel accomplished? What is a goal you would like to meet?