Beloved & Freedom – Blog Tour

Hey guys! So Faith & Kaitlyn are doing this great blog tour! Enjoy reading about these books! 

The first book is Freedom by Faith Potts 

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Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out. 

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace? 


A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?

My review:

The book was super fun to read and caused me to want to cry in certain parts because of how emotional some of the characters got! I would recommend it for readers 13 and up as it would get a little intense and did involve emotional soldier scenes and many of the characters talked about suicide.

My rating? 4 stars…the writing was awesome and I felt like the main characters really connect some of our day to day feelings.

In the end, I really suggest you read the book though I recommened it for teens and up as there is many references of suicide.

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The next book is Beloved by Kaitlyn Krispense

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Life without love is hopeless.

Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.

Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

My review: The beginning of this book was awesome! The middle was EVEN better! The ending……well……I’m hoping there is a sequel to this book as the ending was abrupt and too short. I loved the book…..don’t get me wrong and I would rate this book 4 1/2 stars as the writing was excellent and clear. The writer was great at keeping things, not at all confusing which made it awesome to read. 

I read this book over a period of days as I didn’t have time to sit down and just read it through but I think it would take about 3ish hours to read if you don’t get distracted doing other things.

I would recommend this book for teens and up as it does have many references of suicide. 

Andddd just what you all have been waiting for……………..there is a giveaway for these awesome books! So check out the link below and sign up! 

Click here to sign up for the giveaway!

See you guys soon!

200 Followers! + A Giveaway!

Hey guys! So to change up today…I’m posting twice! So check out this awesome giveaway Rosy’s Writings is having 🙂

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Hey everyone! I am really excited about this post, because I have some fun things to share with you all today!

For starters… I have 200 followers, the current count being 206!! When I first started my blog, it was my goal to get 30 or 40 followers… I never imagined I’d ever have 200! So thank you to all of my followers! 😀 I have enjoyed blogging so much the past almost-four-years! 😀


And now for the part of this post that I’m most excited about…

I’m hosting a giveaway!!!!!!!! 😀

I’m very excited about this, lol! 😄

Aaaand what am I giving away? 🙂

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  1. Twin Arrows – An awesome book by Kate Willis!

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2. A Cute photo album!

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3. A Small notebook (Not lined)

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4. A set of five cards with envelopes. They have Jeremiah 29:11 written on them! ❤

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5. Three pretty winter themed envelopes

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6. Aaaaaand…

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And the Winner is…………..

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Hey, guys so on Wednesday, I started the celebration of my blog anniversary and I told you all about the fun giveaway! I just want to thank all of you wonderful people for entering my giveaway…..it’s been super fun!!

I’m so excited to share with you the winner of my giveaway! So as not to torture you to lonnnngggg………

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You know…………I really do love this “torture” thing!

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Congratulations Rosy and Gracie Marr for winning the giveaway!!

Change of Schedule!

Hey guys! The giveaway is going so great…..but I just found I have to go somewhere till sometime Monday…….sooo you won’t know you won till Monday afternoon/evening. I’m super sorry guys, but I want to thank all you awesome people who’ve entered! The giveaway will still go on till Saturday so please if you haven’t entered…….GO DO IT!! Also, I want to wish you all a great Labor day weekend (we don’t really celebrate it but I know some do). 

 

Just a reminder, I’m going on a trip meaning…..1. I can’t moderate your comments. 2. I also can’t answer any questions you may have. 3. I’ll have pictures to share with you when I get back. 4. You get to be in more suspense longer (also so do I)!!!!! 

 

See you guys soon!

1 Year Anniversary for Photos by Abby Rose!

Hey guys…..that’s right! Photos by Abby Rose is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tomorrow!!!! I’m super excited!! So I have so many things to get to so…………..let’s get started!!

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First, off I wanted to share all the countries that have visited my site over the year (the number of visits from each country is between brackets)…

United States (6,580), Argentina (368), Mexico (329), Canada (34), China (29), United Kingdom (27), India (18), South Africa (13), Germany (13), Japan (9), Australia (8), Poland (7), Spain (5), Malaysia (4), Russia (4), Philippines (3), Italy (2), Sweden (2), Czech Republic (1), Cameroon (1), Singapore (1), Ecuador (1), European Union (1), France (1), and Brazil (1).  

I thought that was kinda cool….mostly cause I only know people in the US and Mexico!

Next, I wanted to share how many posts, comments, likes, etc…

107 posts, 1,048 comments, average comments per post 17, total likes 556, average likes per post 7, total words 34,666, average words per post 631, views 7,472, visitors 1,334.

Spam comments? I deleted most of my spam comments due to the fact they made no sense and I don’t want to share most of them……to sum it up they basically consisted of “people” telling me how casinos work and how to gamble……..if you think my blog has anything to do with those two topics PLEASE let me know!

I think it’s so cool how I can have all these cool records about the year! 

Now some amazing news for ya’ll………………….

46 followers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that might sound silly for some of you who have 1,000 followers…..and I know I’d have more but I’m super picky and I get rid of followers who have more than 5,000 followers (unless I know them) because I feel like they can’t be very personable with their followers and the blogs they follow. I also get rid of the people I don’t know AT ALL….or just have very inappropriate blogs.  But guys for the ones who do follow me or read my blog I’m extremely appreciative of you! I’m so thankful to have such an awesome following!!

I also want to thank two of the most amazing followers who’ve been with me the WHOLE year! Laura – Beautiful Things & Julia – Lit Aflame. You’ve both been dedicated followers and have really encouraged me along the way! Thank you both so much!!!

 

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A Giveaway!!!!!!

This giveaway is small mostly cause I haven’t struck that gold mine yet……..but please enter!!!! Only if you are out of the U.S. please don’t enter because I currently can’t afford the shipping to other countries (but hopefully next year I can open it up to everyone)! Anyways check out the giveaway below and enter!

The giveaway involves A blue notebook, 2 packs of stickers, a six-pack of gel pens, an owl magnet, annnddd a 10 dollar amazon gift card (note: the gift card will be digital)!

 

Click here for the Rafflecopter link

I’ll be announcing the winner on Saturday (August 31)!!! So please enter between now and then! 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award Pt. 3

Hey guys! So Ezra from Ezra’s Everything Spot nominated me again for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m super excited to answer these questions so let’s get started! Also please read to the end of this post for a very special announcement!!!!

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RULES:

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo

2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

 

Ezra’s questions (his questions are in bold): 

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do? Probably making some wood project or cooking!
  2. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Hmm…I think Ireland or Paris would be really cool!
  3. What’s your favorite subject? I’d have to say History (though music would be my first pick……someone told me it isn’t a “subject”!
  4. Can you speak a foreign language? I can do sign-language….sorta! So no I can’t speak ANY FOREIGN language.
  5. If you could have 3 superpowers what would they be? Flying, invisibility, and the power to be able to speak any language (including dog language)!
  6. How long can you hold your breath? 58.30…SO close! (I just tested myself and I couldn’t believe myself guys)! What about you guys?!
  7. Do you think it is necessary for schools to teach cursive? I think they should teach kids to be able to read it at least! I know how to read it and how to sign my name…beyond that point…….uhhhhhh!
  8. What’s your favorite book in the bible? I know this sounds cliche but I really enjoy Psalms and Proverbs.
  9. What’s the longest you’ve ridden in a car without stopping? About ten hours 🙂
  10. What’s your favorite method of travel (car, plane, train, bus, etc.)? Plane….but I’ll take car rides as well! 
  11. What’s your favorite continent (besides where you live)? Probably either Europe or Australia! 

 

My Nominees:

Soldier Girl Stories

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Life Without a Latte

Lit Aflame

A Storynerd’s Life

And anyone else who wants to do the tag! 

My questions for ya’ll:

  1. What’s your life verse?
  2. What’s something you would want to be remembered by?
  3. Do you prefer soda, coffee, or tea (water is a given)?
  4. Are you allergic to anything?
  5. Who is your favorite movie producer & also a favorite movie?
  6. What song applies to your life?
  7. Swimming or skating?
  8. Are you a morning person or a more of a night person?
  9. What’s the best way to start a day in your opinion?
  10. Have you ever climbed a tree…if so what was the last time?
  11. Would you rather give gifts or get gifts?

 

Special announcement……..next Wednesday (28th) I will be posting something REALLY important so make sure you check that post out……..

See you guys soon!

Happy Birthday!

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Hey guys! So my mom’s birthday was recently…..so I want to give a shout out to her for not being only the most amazing mother but also for keeping our lives together when we are all acting crazy! She can multi-task more than anyone I know……I mean how does one person: work (with my dad), homeschool, clean, make food, keep ahead of the bills, AND stay sane the whole time! Aren’t moms great??!!!!

This post is of the flowers she received and the icecream cake I made for her. So……let’s get started!

 

 

 

 

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The flowers my family got her!
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SO pretty!!
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My grandma gets my mom roses every year for her birthday!

 

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*sigh* I love the way roses look!

 

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Aren’t they so cool!?
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Heath ice cream cake – the border is heath candy bars and the 49! is made of kit-kats.

 

Winnie just got a Therapy Dog vest and it looks great on her! We’re now working on her not barking and behaving better when were out.