Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Reading Goals & Challenges

Books Read In 2016:
  1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray
  2. First Impressions: A Firebird Ficlet (Firebird, #1.1) by Claudia Gray
  3. Jocelyn's Story by Cassandra Clare
  4. Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson (Audio)
  5. Night Study (Study, #5) by Maria V. Snyder
  6. The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1) by Richelle Mead
  7. The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
  8. Orphan Black: Helsinki #1 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  9. Orphan Black: Helsinki #2 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  10. Orphan Black: Helsinki #3 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  11. Welcome To Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward
  12. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
  13. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1) by Cassandra Clare
  14. Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson (Paperback)
  15. Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver - Review
  16. The Mother God Made Me to Be by Karen Valentin
  17. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray
  18. Orphan Black: Helsinki by Graeme Manson
  19. Orphan Black: Helsinki #4 (of 5) by Graeme Manson
  20. Orphan Black: Helsinki #5 (of 5) by Graeme Manson

Reading Challenges Completed:

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Nicki has read 10 books toward her goal of 25 books.

So that's 20 books, 3815 pages, and one reading challenge completed in 2016.

I'm aiming for 10 books in 2017 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2017?


Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: The Mother God Made Me to Be

The Mother God Made Me to Be by 

The Mother God Made Me to Be by Karen Valentin
A contributor to Guideposts annuals for ten years, Karen Valentin's narrative pieces about her journey to marriage and motherhood and then to single motherhood have resonated with readers. Here she collects the longer versions of her pieces and adds many new ones.

Karen lived an adventurous single life but longed for a family of her own. After years of maintaining her vow of purity and waiting for a man who shared her Christian faith, she fell in love with her best friend and co-worker. They married. She bore two sons. They divorced.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Licorice Allsorts Crochet Scarf

Planned colour pooling is trending at the moment and many projects using this method have popped up on social media. When this scarf by Laura @ Over The Apple Tree appeared on Facebook I knew it was time to get on board.

If you have never heard of this method before, prepare to be amazed. You'll never look at variegated yarn the same way again!

Planned Colour Pooling - Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding ~ Chapter 10: The "Good Mom" Movement

Welcome to Book Club!

YOU are a good mom - Becky Thompson.

In this final chapter Becky discusses our feelings of inadequacy and failure, and the belief that we are not good enough, which we often have playing on repeat in our minds.

We've all been there.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding ~ Chapter 9: The Father's Love for a Momma's Heart

Hope Unfolding Chapter 9 - God Loves You Just as You AreWelcome to Book Club!

...the very same God who formed galaxies and raised the dead to life knows your name and thinks about you. He does. He thinks about how you feel and the deep desires of your heart. He longs to have a relationship with you where you trust him fully and believe that you are accepted by Him - Becky Thompson.

In chapter 9 Becky discusses the love God has for each of us. It is a love that you don't have to earn and that you wont ever lose. God loves you just as your are. His love is unconditional and permanent.

God delights in your presence. He adores you - Becky Thompson.

Sometimes we focus on our failures, the ways that we have messed up or ways that we feel we are lacking, and we believe that we are not good enough for Gods love. Sometimes we believe that God couldn't love us. However, Becky reminds us that we don't ever need to feel like we are not worthy of God's love. His love for us is based not on who we are, but rather who he is and who we are in relation to him.