Christianity, Poetry

God is Carrying You!

this is my favorite poem in the world. i read it every night before i go to sleep and every morning when i wake up. i also carry it in my wallet. i want to get footprints tattooed on my foot with the words "i carry you".

I was just pondering about a time in my life where me and my family were going through a hard time. It was really hard at one point it was very stressful  to me because me personally,l I had never went through something like that before.

Just seeing how me and my family has made it over is just overwhelming because I was at times saying “Lord where are you?”, but he was standing right there all the time. He had confidence in me and my family like He had Job in the Bible knowing that we WOULD overcome. Sometimes it seems as though He is silent but he has your raging sea under control because He knows you WILL come out victorious on the other side. He knows what is waiting on the other side because He’s already been there!

You as person may go through things and then you discover that strength you need to carry on in the hottest of the battle. You can rejoice because that is only by God’s grace and mercy  alone and we can’t do it by ourselves. The Devil may have a chance to kick and punch everyday but God is always going to be the Champion because He CAN’T be defeated and if you have HIM on the inside, YOU CAN’T be defeated no matter what you may go through or are going through! God has the last say so! I’m Glad to know that Jesus is carrying me just like how the poem says above because on this journey I need Him to lead the way because only  through Him alone can I make it! 🙂  And by His grace I am going to make it!

Have a very blessed weekend!

(Poem from Pinterest)



Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Uncategorized

Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thompson (Book Review)


Grace's Pictures (Ellis Island #1)    My Book Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About Grace’s Pictures:    Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her. Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.          



I had been looking forward to reading this book like forever! I seen the cover and I wanted to read it right away! The cover is very vibrant and beautiful.
Thankfully I did get a chance to win this book plus three other books from Onto Her Book Shelf. You can check out her blog  in the link below.  She has so many wonderful reviews you can check out there so I encourage you to go check it out! I was so excited!

So, I had never read any books by Cindy Thompson before and I’m always looking forward to reading from new authors.
I did enjoy reading this story and I was very interested with the story plot because it was different from the usual. I think that there’s really not a lot of books that are based off of the lives of immigrants who came to live in America. Also the story is set in the early 1900’s in New York .
I really liked how Grace,the heroine. was of Irish heritage. I wish that I could have an Irish accent instead of my southern twang! I love Irish accents because they are so beautiful! Okay,okay back to the book.

“Grace’s Pictures” was very insightful about how people used photography back then which was very interesting. I also did like Grace’s story how she tried to make a life in America. The hero Owen, had a very interesting story to read about as well.
My only problem with this book is that in my opinion it was missing something. I can’t really pinpoint what it was but maybe it needed more conflict in the storyline with the characters. I don’t know but it really needed more and that’s just my opinion. I really loved the plot because she was from Ireland trying to make it in America and the storyline was different from what I would regularly read. I do like to give authors at least 2 or 3 more chances before I stop reading their books completely so I am looking forward to reading more books from this author. Have you read a good book lately?

Happy Reading Y’all!!

I won this book on Onto Her Bookshelf  for a giveaway some time back. You can visit her blog here  !

Movie List 2014

Movies Anyone?

Hello everyone! How’s this summer been for ya? I know mine has been very HOT and I try to stay close to the AC you know what I mean?!? LOL!   I have been on a long hiatus if any of you have noticed. I have a lot on my plate for this summer so I’ve been busy with that but also I’ve read some good books and have been storing up reviews so that I can post them to my blog. I will try to have some interesting posts to be posted whenever I can get them typed up!

But anyway, I wanted to compile a list of my favorite movies that I’ve either enjoyed in the past and also some movies that else might enjoy. I really love to watch a good movie that I can watch over and over again and still be amazed by the movie all over again. A good movie to me is the next best thing to reading a good book. 🙂 I always like try to go online to find a very good movie that’s not against my standards but I can’t hardly find them because either they are boring or they’re just not something I would watch at all!  I do a lot of re-watching films that I really enjoy and that usually helps until I a new movie comes out.

I will try my best to divide it into categories so you’ll be able to find a good movie in a certain category. Another thing that I would let you all know is that I’m a very BIG advocate of clean movies whether it’s a Christian Movie or just something that is common sense and has a good movie plot as well.
So here it goes! I’m very excited about this! If you have watched a movie that you really enjoyed you can just leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know! I like to watch good movies! 🙂  (Pics from Pinterest)

I love the epics like Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis and some new movies that have come out as well in this category.
Ben Hur
2.The story of Ruth
3.The Ten Commandments
4.The Greatest Story Ever Told
5. Jesus of Nazareth
6.One Night with the King
Chipmunks Corner: One Night With The King - Esthers Wedding Gown
7. The Last Sin Eater
8.In the Beginning
10.Amazing Love
12.The Nativity Story
The Nativity Story - Joseph & Mary
13. Escape
14. Bella
15.David and Bathsheba(1951)
16.Quo Vadis(1951)
17.The Prince of Egypt
18.Time Changer
19.Joseph King of Dreams
20.Joan of Arc(1999)-Leelee Sobeski
21. God’s Not Dead(2013)

"God's not dead. He's surely alive. He's living on the inside. Roaring like a lion!" -Newsboys


Period Drama & Series
I love Period Dramas! It’s also a plus when it’s a series as well! Do you have a favorite period drama?
1. Little Dorrit
"Little Dorrit" - Claire Foy and Matthew Macfadyen
2.North and South
North And South! Watched it again this morning. I will never stop loving you, Thornton! <3
3.Anne of Green Gables
"Anne & Gilbert  from Anne of Green Gables - I had the BIGGEST crush on Gilbert Blythe when I was 10 - seriously, huge." Uhh.... I still have the biggest crush on Gilbert Blythe.
4.Wives and Daughters
5.When Calls the Heart (the movie)
6.When Calls the Heart (series)

I love how he said the other first...making sure it was ok to say this.
8. Pride and Prejudice(2005)
9.Pride and Prejudice(1995)

Pride and prejudice    The Bennet family from the B.B.C's 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and prejudice".
10.Sense and Sensibility(1995)
11.The Woman in White(1997)
12.Turn of the Screw
13.Northanger Abbey(2007)
14.Great Expectations
15.Anne Frank
16.Hidden in Silence(1996)
19.The Inheritance(Louisa Alcott)-(1997)
20.Little Women(1994)

Which Little Women Character Are You?
21.Little Women(1949)
22.Love Comes Softly and the Love Comes Softly Series
24.The Magic of Ordinary Days

the Magic of Ordinary Days.  Release Date: January 30, 2005. Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
25.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(2008)
26.The Hiding Place
27.Lark Rise to Candleford
28.Hidden Places(2006)
29. Our Mutual Friend(1998)
30.Wind at my Back(series)

31.The Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

32. BELLE(2014)

Belle (2014) Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.,,


Comedy and Family Friendly Movies
My Favorites has the star on it! Enjoy!
1. Bedtime Stories *
Mirror Mirror Eiko Ishioka costumes
3.National Treasure 1*
4.A Bug’s Life*
5.Seven Brothers and Seven Brides*(Definitely a favorite)
6. Nanny McPhee*
7.It’s a Wonderful Life*
9.Ella Enchanted
I love the disney movie "Enchanted"!
11.Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring
-The Two Towers Return of the King
13.Around the World in 80 days*
14.Alice in Wonderland(Disney)
15.James and the Giant Peach
16.The Lion,The Witch and the Wardrobe*
18.The Princess Bride*
The Princess Bride
19.The Diary of a Wimpy Kid* (part 1 and 2)
20.The Odd Life of Timothy Green
21.Gifted Hands
22.The Confession
23.The Shunning
25.Astro Boy
27.The Little Princess
28.Sarah,Plain and Tall
29.The Princess and the Marine
30.Stuart Little 1&2 (Part two you have to be careful with esp. if you have little kids in the room.)


Other Movies – Just Because….
1. The Count of Monte Cristo
2.Roman Holiday
4.Mulan 1
Disney's Cinderella A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes in Purple  by Foreverwars
6.A Tale of Two Cities(1935)
7.The Three Musketeers
8.The Grapes of Wrath
9.Anna and the King(both the animated and the one with Jodie Foster)
10.The Greatest Game Ever Played
11.War Horse
12.Journey to the Center of the Earth(2008)
13.The Miracle Worker(1962)
14.Finding Nemo
15.Nicolas Nickelby(2001 & 2002)
16.The Old Curiosity Shop(2007)
17.Cheaper by the Dozen(1950)
18.Oliver Twist(1933)
19.Kung Fu Panda
Kung fu panda. Love this quote
20. Ratatouille
21.Night at the Museum
23.Princess Diaries(1 and 2)
The original Princess Diaries....THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGANGEMENT.  Director: Garry Marshall.  Year: 2004.  Cast: Anne Hathaway, Callum Blue, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo
25. Pollyanna
26.A Tale of Despereaux
27.The Emperor’s New Grove
28.The Lion King
Ahhh the lion king
29. Monster’s INC.

30. The Croods

31. Tangled

I get back my satchel, you get back a mother-daughter relationship based on mutual trust, and voila! We part ways as unlikely friends. :)


What are some of your favorite movies? 🙂  I’m always looking for a good movie so you can just leave the suggestions on the bottom if you wish. Of course I’ll try to keep this post updated. Okay bye! 🙂

(Pics from Pinterest)

Book Review, Uncategorized

Tree of Life by Ginger Monette(Book Review plus Author Interview!)-Jane Austen Inspired

Tree of Life ~ Charlotte & the Colonel: A Pride & Prejudice Companion Story.

My Book Rating:5 out of 5 stars

~Book Synopsis~

Darcy’s attachment wasn’t the only one smouldering beneath the surface that Easter at Hunsford…

On the verge of proposing to his cousin Anne, the gritty Colonel Fitzwilliam discovers his beloved childhood friend Charlotte living less than half a mile away, married to the odious Mr. Collins.

A harrowing battle escape a year later leaves the colonel with a life-threatening injury that plunges him into despondency. But three words from his doctor lead to a profound spiritual encounter and launch him on a journey to become more than just the second son of an earl.

Suddenly finding himself responsible for Rosings estate, he is forced to wrestle with his affection for Charlotte while struggling to learn lessons of trust and forgiveness—lessons which have far reaching implications for family and friends.

Just when he thinks Charlotte may be within his grasp, a summons to Waterloo changes everything.

In this compelling companion to Pride & Prejudice, follow the forging of a man’s character through waiting, war, a woman, and three simple words.




“Tree of Life” was my first real Jane Austen variation so I was very excited to read it. I’m truly grateful to the author for writing this book because now I’m very excited to begin reading more Jane Austen variations. Hooray for Jane Austen Fans!!If you love reading Jane Austen’s work and variations this is the book for you!
At first, I was very apprehensive because I was like who can beat Jane Austen!! But I really enjoyed “Tree of Life” because the author gave life to the characters and also the plot was very interesting. Her writing is very entrancing and engaging and I read late it into the night. The story flowed very nicely and there was a lot of what if’s in there which was very good!
The story is mainly about The Colonel and Charlotte from Pride and Prejudice. Also more couples from Pride and Prejudice are included in the book as well like Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth. I’m glad that she used some of the minor characters from Pride and Prejudice and gave them a story as well.I wasn’t sure how she would be able to pull off the the story between the Colonel and Charlotte but I was really blown away about how the story went. She did an amazing job!
The Colonel as we all know is Mr. Darcy’s cousin and some things happen to him along the way as the story progresses and unfolds.
Charlotte’s story on the other hand, was very insightful. It was really good to know her thoughts and how she felt about certain situations that unfolded in the book. The book goes into detail from her impromptu marriage and beyond which was really intriguing.
To me the Christianity theme wasn’t too preachy and I was amazed at how she could fit Christianity into the story. I also do admire how she handle the romance really well because that was another thing that I was apprehensive about. Me being a christian single DOESN’T want to know all the details! I remember a while back just picking up a Pride and Prejudice variation to read randomly not knowing any better and what I had read I was appalled and I didn’t get far into the book.  That book went right back to the library! I do admire when authors keep the romance clean especially with regency novels.
Another thing that I liked about this book was that she kept the original language that Jane Austen used in her books which was very good. That’s one of my pet peeves when an author changes the language from what people in a certain time period would have spoken like.
The only thing that I had a problem with was that there were some curse words in the story and I really prefer whatever I’m reading to not have curse words. They could be taken lightly sort of because the character who said them hadn’t surrendered to Christ yet so she really portrayed what a person without a dedicated life would be like. The character was converted later on though so in a way that could be understood because Peter in the Bible did curse before his conversion and after that he was a changed man.
All in all, I was overly pleased with this book. The author had put in so much dedication when she was writing this book and that is another thing about an author that I really admire. I really enjoyed it and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading any book that Ginger Monette would write. I can tell from her book that she is a very promising writer! Brilliantly done!





~Author Interview with Ginger Monette~


Q: You are a new author. Tell us a little about yourself.

A: Over the last eighteen years I have immersed myself in family and homeschooling my three children. Along the way, various interests captured my attention—sewing, decorating, and reading quality children’s literature with my children. But surprisingly, I rarely read adult fiction. In our school lessons, however, I discovered a love for historical fiction. It gives us an emotional attachment to the events of history which makes them memorable. Six years ago I began working at The Homeschool Room, an educational consignment store in Charlotte, NC. I do curricula consulting on the side.

Q: So what lead you to write a JAFF story?

A: Because P&P is a staple of high school literature, we sell a lot of copies at the store. My colleagues could not believe I had not read the book or seen the DVD. My boss lent me the 1995 & 2005 versions of the movie, and in short order I became a Janeite—reading up to three novels a week. I just could not get enough of Lizzy and Darcy! Then I branched out with period drama and nearly had a fit when I watched North & South. Not normally one to swoon, Richard Armitage as John Thorton makes me swoon…but that is another topic.

Some time in the summer of 2012, I got an idea for Charlotte to meet Colonel Fitzwilliam at a ball and could not seem to stop the ideas from coming. Although I had done quite a bit of expository writing, I had NEVER written fiction—not even in high school! I thought I might try to pass the story outline on to a ‘real’ author, but it was for me to do.

Q: Can you talk a little about your writing process?

A: I vividly remember the day in mid-November 2012, when I sat in my bedroom chair, laptop open, and tapped out the first words of the story—a battle scene part-way through the book. Immediately I was hooked on the whole writing process and often spent ten hours a day blissfully sculpting scenes. Being a methodical person, I was surprised that I wrote the book like a patchwork quilt—a scene here a scene there. My daily walks with my dogs proved to be an excellent time to daydream plot.

But I can’t say I did it alone. I had begun emailing an outstanding Austenesque fan fiction writer in England who is also an avid history buff. She offered to help me. We emailed every day for months with fascinating discussions on everything from the role of horses in Regency England to the layout of a Master’s dressing room. I had five other outstanding betas as well: two are Austenesque authors, two have expertise in grammatical editing, and one lent her knowledge of the military.

Q: Did you face any challenges along the way?

A: Yes. Because I was striving for historical accuracy, I spent a lot of time searching for answers to get the details right—the kind of plate an officer would eat off of while in the field, details of confinement, the Battle of Waterloo, and on, and on. In the end, there were still some unanswered questions like, how much did one of those country estates cost back in 1815? (What little was found indicated perhaps as little as twelve to twenty-five thousand pounds.)

I also had difficulty balancing my writing obsession and my responsibilities to my family. I don’t believe I fared too well in that department…

Q: Miss Austen did not fully develop either Charlotte or Colonel Fitzwilliam. Was there anyone that inspired you in fleshing out those characters?

A: I believe an army colonel repeatedly exposed to bloody battles would be more gritty than the movies’ portrayals of Colonel Fitzwilliam. My Richard Fitzwilliam was inspired by Russell Crowe’s authoritative Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander. However, I retained the Colonel’s jovial, playful characteristics we all know and love.

The idea of a doctor being a key figure in the story also came from that movie, although my Doctor Scott is not the embodiment of Dr. Maturin. Charlotte is actually somewhat a revelation of my own thoughts and feelings.

Ann de Bourgh, who plays an important role in Tree of Life, was inspired by the sweet Melanie Wilkes from Gone with the Wind. While writing for Lord Matlock, I envisioned the actions and speech of Donald Trump.

Q: Because your story is a companion to Pride & Prejudice, can we expect any overlap with canon?

A: Yes, but from a different point of view. We see the Meryton Assembly through the eyes of Charlotte Lucas. Several chapters tread atop the nephews’ visit to Rosings. The same events look very different when interpreted by others.

Though it is not overlap with canon, many of the mysteries of canon are solved—like how did everyone know Darcy was worth ten thousand a year at the Meryton Assembly? Who wrote the sonnet to Jane Bennet when she was fifteen? And what heartbreak led to Charlotte Lucas being yet unmarried at twenty-seven?

Q: I understand this story has a spiritual element as one of its themes. Can you talk about that and any other themes?

A: One reviewer pointed out that Tree of Life does not really contain a villain. She is right. The conflict all stems from life itself: the confinements of the era’s social protocol, war, and the sort of inner questioning and turmoil we all deal with in our process of maturing and deeply loving another.

As for the spiritual, the Colonel is plunged into the depths of despair as a result of a serious battle wound, bringing him to question his role and value in life. He has a quiet but profound spiritual experience ignited by three simple words that cause him to view life from an entirely different perspective and change his values.

Another theme is how our actions, intentional or unintentional, influence the lives of those around us. There are also recurring situations of “what goes around comes around.” Ironically, a stone is a thread woven throughout the story. And there is one final theme that is related to the title, but you will have to read the story to discover that one.

Q: How has this writing experience affected you?

A: Profoundly. The Colonel has many “ah-ha” moments in his evolution as a character. I can’t tell you how many times in my own life I needed to relearn those lessons. My person is changed because of elements of the story.

In addition, I am amazed at how real all the characters have become to me. Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, Doctor Matthew Scott, and others are as real to me as any factual historical figure like George Washington.

And I am surprised how much I love writing! If someone had told me ten years ago I would write a novel, I would have laughed aloud.

Q: So, do you have any plans for another novel?

A: Yes! I am knee deep in research for my next novel (probably split into two) set during World War I. In part one/book one, tentatively titled Darcy’s Hope ~ Up From Ashes, Elizabeth is a nurse near the Western Front in France, and Darcy is an army captain. It will take place after Darcy’s visit to Rosings, but Elizabeth does not read his letter… In the tense atmosphere of war, there are plenty of opportunities for his affection to smolder while she continues to interpret his every action through her prejudicial lens. Anyone excited about the new BBC mini-series “The Crimson Field” about at the Front will probably enjoy this as well.

Part two/book two, tentatively titled Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, will be set at the home of George and Emma Knightley’s descendents. Like Downton Abbey Donwell will house a convalescent home for injured soldiers, with Hartfield serving as a hospital.

It is a steep hill of research to climb—a new era with its own social mores, life in the trenches, and all the ins and outs of medical care for the wounded. Telephone/telegraph plays an important role as well. All these require meticulous researched. Currently I am devouring war diaries at a frantic pace as it is utterly fascinating. It is purely coincidental that I am undertaking this project in 2014, the centennial year of the war’s outbreak.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

A: Yes. Tree of Life has some unique features. First, I am unaware of any other stories that pair Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam. I think it is also rare that one of its themes is spiritual.

I like to compare the novel to a corkscrew. It starts on the surface and goes down, down, deeper and deeper. By the end, it will hardly resemble the story of the first few chapters. My hope is that readers will be savoring the characters and story long after they’ve finished the last chapter.

You can read the first three chapters here  and purchase your copy in Kindle or paperback. (Also available on other worldwide Amazon sites.)


Okay, I hope you all liked this review and interview and be sure to check out Ginger Monette’s books because you won’t be disappointed!   I’m really looking forward to her new book and when the cover comes out I’ll be sure to post it here on the blog.

Happy Reading Y’all!!!


*I was asked by the author to review this book and I did not receive any compensation in  any way. All opinions are entirely  my own.*



Christian Fiction, Jane Austen Fan, Uncategorized

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano (Book Review)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)
A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano
My book rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women’s suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn’t need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.

Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton’s sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit’s end.

When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can’t be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love



I really did enjoy reading this book! It was pure enjoyment and I was laughing most of the time at the certain situations in the book. I had read the first book in the series some time ago and I had been anticipating on reading this book because I’ve heard so many good things about it.

I like how the author added that extra spunk into Arabella’s character because it really made the book stand out really well. Being that Arabella was into feminist rights movement back in the day was very interesting as well. I love to read about the women long ago who went against the odds of what they were allowed to do. Women like Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton,Florence Nightingale, and Abigail Adams are my personal favorites. 🙂 It was very hilarious how Arabella got herself into so many scrapes and the drama that went on between her and Laurie was very funny.

The hero,Theodore, really reminded me of Mr. Darcy which is like super awesome. I can’t get enough of Mr. Darcy for REAL! Mr.Darcy is one of my favorite heroes of all time!. *sigh*

To me I felt that Laurie was like the good sense that Arabella should have had. These two characters were like the total opposite with Theodore having good sense and Arabella being the radical which was very entertaining to read about.


Overall,I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is a Jane Austen fan or if  you love to read period era novels. This book is a keeper! It’s fun,full of excitement,adventure,and to top everything off it has some awesome suspense! I can’t wait to read the third book in this series,”A Talent for Trouble”.

Last but not least, the book cover is spectacularly pretty! 😉

Happy Reading Y’all! 🙂