Posted in For-Sale

For Sale: Clothing

Note: There were more in this post, but most of the clothing was taken. The jumper is still available though.

Okay, more things to share, and this time it is some clothing! I have pictures too :)

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Jumper Dress:

size large, possibly size 10 maybe? The dress is 100% cotton flannel-like material, made in Nepal, the tag says “J.G. Hook”. It is a black and white checkered pattern, and really quite comfortable :) Oh, and it has pockets, which is always a bonus in my world! The side has a zipper, but honestly, I didn’t realise that until now, because it blends in so well!
Depending on the person, the dress is about ankle-floor length.

Asking Price: $2 (plus shipping)

And that is all for now. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! And if you know anyone looking for this stuff, pass this on please! :)

Posted in Books, For-Sale

For Sale…Dear America Books/ Royal Dear America books

Hello all!

I have been going through my humongous stacks of Dear America and Royal Dear America books, trying to pass along the ones that are not ‘necessary’ or are ‘excess’ to my collection. It’s true that I have loved this series, and I would often buy whatever copies of them that I could find because I loved them – the look, the stories, the history. But it has come time to get rid of some of them and so I have cut my collection in half and now offer YOU some! They’re all good, don’t get me wrong; I just don’t need them all.
I took pictures of the stack I am getting rid of, but alas my camera has chosen to be fickle again and won’t upload them, so I’m afraid you’ll have to get by with just the titles and pictures off google if I can manage that.

If you are interested in any, or multiple (or all!) of these books, just comment w/ your email address (it won’t be published) and we can figure out the price of it – I’m definitely not asking much at all; I just want to pass these along. And then if you are interested in some, I can send you pictures of the books you want so you can see the condition of them. And if you have any questions, please do ask. :)

Here is my stack:

Royal Dear America books:

“Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, – Egypt, 57 B.C”


“Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, – Korea, A.D. 595”

“Elisabeth: The Princess Bride, – Austria-Hungary, 1853”

“Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, – England, 1544”

“Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, – Austria-France, 1769”

“Kaiulani: The People’s Princess, – Hawaii, 1889”

Dear America Books:

“A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, – Gonzales, Texas, 1836” (this copy has library sticker on the spine)

“Valley of the Moon: The Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros, – Sanoma Valley, Alta California, 1846”

“A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl – Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859” (Also has library sticker on spine and the cover is a little rough)

“I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl – Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865”

“The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West – Utah Territory, 1868” (This has remainds of a library sticker on spine)

“My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl – Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880”

“West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi – New York to Idaho Territory, 1883” (This has library sticker on spine, as well as remains of the library barcode on front)

“Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl – New York City, 1903” (Has library sticker on spine and the edges of the cover are a bit rough)

“Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North – Chicago, Illinois, 1919”

“My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck – Long Island, New York, 1941” (Library stickers on spine, the cover is a bit rough)

“Where Have all the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly Mackenzie Flaherty – Boston, Massachusetts, 1968”

Dear America, My Name is America (the boy journals):

“The Journal of Joshua Loper: a Black Cowboy – The Chisholm Trail, 1871”

“The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier – Virginia, 1863”

“The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp – California, 1942”

“The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps -Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968” (This is the older brother – fiction – of the Dear America, Molly Mackenzie Flaherty, “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?”)

Journal of PS Flaherty

Okay! So that about sums it up. I actually have more books to pass along that I might get around to posting at some point, but I can only say God-willing on that, because I don’t know :)
Please let me know if any of these titles interest you!

Posted in Blogging For Books, Book reviews, Books, Reviews

Blogging for Books Review: “Fortress of Mist” by Sigmund Brouwer

Here is the most recent book review…I had written it like a week ago, but haven’t been able to post it yet. However here it is now.

Title: Fortress of Mist, 2nd book in Merlin’s Immortals series
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Review source: Blogging For Books

My review:
I will be very honest in my review of this book: I really was quite disappointed.
I will allow that I have not read the first book in this series (though I did try; the book wasn’t available in any libraries near me), so maybe had I read the first, it would change some of my opinions, but not all.
I felt like this book never truly ‘got-going’. I kept waiting to feel engrossed in it and just for something to make sense. Unfortunately that never really happened.
However, there were two thing that I did like.
First was that I was impressed/intrigued by Thomas’ battle tactics – the part with the arrows, that is.
And Second, the character, Gervaise has some good qualities and potential. He shows wisdom, but unfortunately, he was not in this book a ton.
I do understand that perhaps the intention of the author is to make it an on-going series, so you need to read all of them, but in my opinion (and keep in mind, all of this really is only *my* opinion) each single book should at least show some sort of clarity for the reader, and encouragement as well. Especially from a Christian author.
Another thing I was not keen on at all was all of the ‘secrets’ involved. That part made me uncomfortable. It all seemed rather ‘dark’, even those who I assume are the ‘good-guys’. There is a fine-line between Fantasy and Sorcery. Anything that gets on that fine-line makes me very uncomfortable. I know sorcery wasn’t necessarily included in this book (I think it is warned against in the book, but not overly clear about that), but there was just a lot of cloaked-darkness I thought, and I didn’t like that.
So yes, I was not really impressed with this book. I was expecting something like “The Knights of Arrethtrae” and it obviously wasn’t that, but even that aside, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it at this stage.
I would love to hear others thoughts on this book if you have read it as well as the series :)
I also thank Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book!

Note: If you’d like to rate me review, go here: Thanks! I appreciate it! :)

Posted in animals, Random babblings, update

Just a Bit In Between

Hey there =)
I figured I’d try to do a little bit of an update in between all these reviews I seem to be doing ;) I actually do have one more book review to post as soon as I finish the book. (Technically, I should have read and reviewed this book weeks ago, but haven’t…oops)
So, we’ve been kept very busy around here.
Mum and I have begun canning in smallish batches; just as the tomatoes are ready. We’ve done diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce so far, and today we’re going to freeze more grapes, and hopefully get some more spaghetti sauce done if time allows.
We also began the process of butchering chickens a week or so ago, but only did 19 because they kept getting smaller, so we had to wait till they got bigger =/ Now they are a bit larger, and Dad says he wants to get them all butchered tomorrow, God-willing.
School has started, but not for us…or rather, Noah…It seems weird not to have to do school. I am still actually going to continue some studies (80% to learn and 20% to keep me occupied while Mum does school with Noah… ;))
Oh and in between life (ha ha) Mum and I have watched “Persuasion” (1995 version!) and Jane Eyre (with Ciaran Hinds). I love both of these movies. They are so good =)
Recently Dad and I re-did my mule and donkey’s stall/inside area. He cleaned it out with the bobcat which was such a blessing, because there was no way I could’ve pitched all that manure by hand. I had gotten so behind back in March/April when I came down with the cyst. But now it is all nice and clean out there, and I’ve been keeping it clean every day. We built the pen with pallets which work really nice. We had to cover the side with chicken-wire though, because Adora (my beautiful mule) is a bit stressed from all the change and chews on the wood. We didn’t cover the pallets on the closest side because we didn’t figured we’d need to since that is where their water-buckets hang, but Adora has so kindly chewed Miss Kitty (the mine-donkey) a window…*cringe* Miss Kitty really does like to peak her head out though. It’s rather humorous, but a bit of a bummer that Adora is chewing so much. We certainly don’t want her to chew a door for Miss Kitty…!

Well, shortish as this was, and picture-less too, I must be going. I have to get chores done, and then begins canning/freezing. Ta-ta :)

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Reviews, Tessa Afshar

Book Review, “Harvest of Gold” by Tessa Afshar

Another book review! Of an excellent book! :)

Book Title: “Harvest of Gold” – #2 in Harvest Series
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: River North


I can’t describe how excited I was when I heard back from the publishers that I could review this book. I was even more excited when I received the book in the mail – I think I squealed about it the entire day, and after! I am, dare I say, Tessa Afshar’s biggest fan. I adore her books. They have all made such impact on my life.
This is the sequel to Miss Afshar’s “Harvest of Rubies” (excellent book!! Read it, do) and thus it is the continuing story of Sarah and Darius.
I was very pleased with this book, and it is so well-written. Just like the other books of Tessa Afshar’s! :)
“Harvest of Gold” is about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, and what is cool, is that in this book part of it is written from Nehemiah, the cup-bearer to the King, and also the one in charge of the rebuilding of the walls, point of view. To be honest, I wasn’t sure at first if I’d like Nehemiah’s part, because I was so used to Sarah’s. But I was delightfully surprised! I really enjoyed his parts in the book as well.
With each book of Miss Afshar’s, I am continually amazed – each book awes me even more!
The ending of this book is like, the best possible ending. The last few chapter are just amazing. There were parts that had me in tears! Miss Afshar has the ability to bring me to tears through all her books :)
However, I would recommend this book for older readers, rather than younger, as it deals with minor intimate marriage concerns. 17 and up would probably be my age recommendation.
That aside, I really enjoyed this book, and there are many valuable lessons in it. It is a book I will read again and again.
I’m pretty sure I could rave about her books all day long :) She is most definitely one of my very top favourite authors!
As I said, this is the sequel to “Harvest of Rubies”; you could possibly read this on its own, but I believe it is much more enriched when you’ve read the first one before this one. That way you understand a lot more and it has more depth and meaning.
Truly, this is an excellent book!! I am so thankful for the chance to read and review it. Five plus star book! :) (My Mum agrees with me that the books are excellent – she’s read them all too!) =)
A big thank you to the publishers, as well as Tessa Afshar!!

Posted in Book reviews, BookCrash, Books, My Abba Father, Spiritual beliefs

BookCrash book review: “Priceless Stones”

Book Title: Priceless Stones; 42 days of Hebrew Promises for Kingdom Living
Author: James Revoir


I received this book free through Book Crash, a free program that allows you to read their books in return for an honest review.
This book is a gem, truly. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, as most devotionals I’ve read are rather surface-y, but oh wow! I am awed, amazed and thoroughly encouraged by this one! The book goes day-by-day devotionals, starting with a verse, and the Hebrew root word that can be translated in the back of the book. Each day devo is only about two-three pages long, but so packed with Godly insight. I was sold for it on Day Two :) There are ones that bring me to tears, challenge me, up lift me, and of course, encourage me, as I stated.
Through my walk with Christ, I have learned many, many things, and one of those is the importance of repenting, prayer (obvious), and declaring. Declaring what He has shown me, declaring I am new in Him, announcing and declaring I am His. There are so many examples of announcing and declaring, so I won’t get into all of them, but that is an important part of my faith. And I was SO thrilled and excited when at the end of each devotional, the author has a “Declaration” section after the prayer! I will also say, I was so excited about him including a prayer at the end of each too, and not only that but they are such godly prayers, so chock-full of foundation and…oh it’s just wonderful.
I’m going to give you an example from the book:
Day One is titled “He Alone Empowers Us to Love Him”, it has a Hebrew word, then gives Deut. 6:4-5 for Scripture, then proceeds through the (amazing) devotional. At the end, is the prayer, that truly does express ones heart very well, and then it is the Declaration, and that begins like this: “I declare that by faith, my love for God is all- consuming everyday. By the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I daily choose by an act of faith to love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might…” etc. The rest is really, really good too. Every single one of them are. This is not just a surface devotional that you read quick and forget about it the same day, it is a book to feed our hunger for God. I am thoroughly impressed by this book, and love it. I have learned much from it, and it has lifted me up on days when I was down. It has reminded me of my Abba Father’s extreme care for me. It teaches me to grow even when it’s hard.
There are convicting days in this devotional, I will ‘warn’ you. They don’t just let us be comfortable, these probe us to search our hearts so that we may be pure before our Lord.
Again, I love this book, and give it the well-deserving 5 stars. My entire family and I enjoy this gem of a book!

Thank you, Book Crash, for allowing me to review this book!