Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Bee Keeper's Son

I'm not usually an amish fiction fan, but this book intrigued me because of the bee keeping written into the story line, and also I felt the need for a mental vacation. I usually read for information, and even if it's agrarian, which I love, it's still mentally taxing. This book was refreshing. In fact, I fell in love with Phineas King. The character development by Kelly Irvin was fantastic.
I had a hard time putting this novel down and read it in less than two days, which, given my hectic days, tells you I certainly did immerse in the story and escape. I really got emotionally involved with the main characters. The Beekeeper's Son was well written and enjoyable.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased, online, written review.
Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation.
Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from the tragic accident that claimed his mother’s life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?
Deborah can’t get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his fraa. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas—hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars—she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn’t sent for her.
As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that haven’t turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gott’s plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Apparently we do some things really well around here: coffee and football. Go Hawks! 
I'm so excited we are going to the Super Bowl AGAIN!!
Russell Wilson is so right: God is good all the time!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Bible Winner!

PopGoesNappy you are the winner! Please email me with your name and mailing address! daily walkin farm@yahoo. Com

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The NKJV Note-Taker's Bible & Scripture Art

I got this wonderful NKJV Note-Taker's Bible from the publisher (Zondervan) for free in exchange for a free and unbiased written review. I own several journaling type and wide margin Bibles, so I have plenty for comparison. This version is the hardback which is obviously not gorgeous, but for Bible Journaling (follow the link for my Pinterest page) it's fabulous because you can do all sorts of lovely things with the cover and create something beautiful and personal.
Because I already have several I will be giving this one away. I'm a member of the Journaling Bible Community on facebook, where I get inspired with the artwork of others and where I have seen many ladies journaling on notebooks because they don't have the funds for an appropriate Bible, so I'd love to gift this. Leave me a comment with your favorite Bible verse and my 4 year old will choose a winner's name randomly on January 10th and announce it here. I'll have the winner send me an email with their address so I can mail it off ASAP.

Let's take a peek inside.
You can see the generous, unlined margins, which I feel are ideal for the art if not the notes.
The font is a little bigger than most of these type Bibles and the page is unencumbered by notes, etc. on the bottom of the page so there is room for artwork and your notes there as well.

Here are the stats:
  • Deluxe wide margins for note takers
  • Complete New King James Version text
  • Double-column text for easy reading
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon marker
  • 8-point text size
  • 9.75" x 6.75" x 1.00"

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 928
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0310434130
ISBN-13: 9780310434139
Text Layout: Double Column|Wide Margin
Text Color: Red Letter

The back dustcover below. The front cover without the cover above.
As I wrote earlier, I think this is an ideal option of Bible for those who would like to design their own artistic cover.
My favorite things about this Bible are the cleaner pages and the larger font. I highly recommend this Bible as a great choice for artwork as well as just personal study and note taking.
I'd love it if the margins were a tad bit wider, but that's just me.

~My Bag of Goodies~
This is my all-time favorite journaling Bible but it's no longer published. I use this for study. It's also a NKJV- which I'm particular to for studying.
You can still buy one for a large sum of money from a 3rd party, but really...? Bible journaling is getting quite popular and with good reason- it's a beautiful way to meditate on the Word and to many, like me, it's a form of worship, so there are lots of choices in Bibles for this now.

I adore the clever back pocket in this Bible! I have keepsakes in here.

Just for fun I'll show you my fabulous Thirty One zippered organizing tote. I love that these can be personalized for only $7. There are tons of pockets.
 I no longer sell them but my cousin still does. Here's her website.

I love this Pocket-a-Tote! I have several.

And just for fun here's what's inside of it: I have been slowly stocking up so I'll be ready to start this month. Up until now I haven't had the time with 2 two year olds and a 4 year old, homeschooling the 15 year old and then the horses, goats, etc. oh my!

My sweet husband ordered this small, pretty ESV Journaling Bible for me for Christmas, and it's the one I will do artwork in this year. The font is pretty small for these mature eyes, it's a lovely Bible though and the one I asked for because I plan on filling it and gifting it to my grand daughter on her 16th birthday. Each grandchild will receive one of my journaling Bibles, Lord willing.
This one has great lined margins but not every art addition works with lines.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bring On Some Changes!

All in all its been an exhausting several years but I've learned a lot. I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions but this year I am planning quite a list. I have a number of things I want to change. One of the things I'd like to change is my health. I've been burned out and exhausted for so long I don't remember what it feels like to feel good.

Right now I'm on a green and purple smoothie fast for two weeks. I also started yoga and walking again. When the weather is better and I have more energy I will start my Couch to 5K training again. I'd like to lose 20 lbs. by April and my 46th birthday as a gift to myself and my husband. As a reward for making it through the 2 weak smoothie fast I am gifting myself these: 

Rock Revival jeans. Age is in our heads, right? I live in jeans and boots and my closet is a happy place for me ��

For years I haven't had time for myself or my husband and older kids. My new mantra is "do less accomplish much more". I got it from "Jesus Calling" which we love in my family.
I'm all set to start Bible journaling too. Have you heard of this? Man, I love Pinterest! Taking a journaling Bible and doing artwork in the margins is a beautiful way to worship and meditate on the truths in the Word. I write all over my Bibles anyway and this will just be a more thoughtful way to record things for me. I'd like to finish several of them to give to my grand babies.

Here's an example by Karla Dornacher. I am obsessed! I won't be as artistic as her but I am still looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. Cathartic!

Another thing I have resolved to do is become a football fan- specifically a Seahawks fan. This started out for my husband but the last couple games have been so exciting I'm getting hooked! Sherman, Wilson and Lynch!!

Since I am retiring from fostering babies I will finally have time to ride my horses. They have sat all but untouched for at least 3 1/2 years. They are fat and sassy. No bueno. Danger isn't something I crave!

I have learned quite a lot about setting limits and boundaries. So here's to 2015 being a year with a bit more rest, recreation, laughter and worship of Jesus!