Friday, April 6, 2018

My President

I'm not one to talk politics; publicly or privately. It seems like those kinds of conversations never go anywhere good. There's not very many things that people can universally agree on. And, that's okay. It takes all kinds. Well, maybe almost all kinds!

Absolute Requirements

I think there might be a few things we can all agree on. The president should be human. No space aliens allowed. Right?

The president should be a grown up. There could be some wiggle room in the exact age, but I don't think anyone would argue that a toddler should be in charge of anything!

I also think the president should speak English (that rules out toddlers too!). Our country doesn't have an official language, but English is spoken by most people, so the president should definitely be able to communicate that way.

The president should be alive. I know zombies are all the rage in movies and TV right now, but I don't think the undead would make good leaders.

Preferred Qualities

Here's where we might have some disagreement. In my opinion, the president should be intelligent, both academically and emotionally. This person needs to be able to think deep thoughts and understand complex concepts. The president should also be good at reading people, understanding what makes them tick.

The president should be someone who is willing to consider lots of differing viewpoints. I highly respect people who are able to make decisions that are best for the others and not necessarily the best for them personally. It's like when a parent really wants the last cookie, but lets their kid have it instead.

The president should have life experience. Privilege is hard to recognize if everyone around you has had similar experiences and backgrounds. The president should be someone who has interacted with lots of different kinds of people all over the country and all over the world!

The president should have a good moral compass. I won't advocate for any one specific belief system, but I believe that the leader of our country should have a basic respect for life and human dignity. I understand that these concepts themselves can come into conflict from time to time, but if our leader is acting with compassion for people over love of self or money, then I would be okay with that.

Our president should also be humble. It's a high profile job, but I don't think it should be done for the glory of it. I think it should be a job for someone who truly wants to serve and make the country a better place.

Find me this person, and I'll join the campaign team!!


This has been a Secret Subject Swap. This week 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
Cognitive Script
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
The Blogging 911
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Climaxed
My Brand of Crazy

My subject was "Who would you like to see as President of the US and why?" It was submitted by The Blogging 911.

The Great Escape (The Secret of the HIdden Scrolls, bk 3)

To abide by FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

We just celebrated Easter, one of my most favorite times of the year. The sequence of the stories we hear at church is very comforting to me. There is a strong reminder throughout the whole season that God has a plan and will always care for us.

I recently had the chance to read a new book that came at the perfect time. It's a children's book (the only kind I seem to have time to read lately!) called The Great Escape. It's book three in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series. Siblings Peter and Mary, along with their dog Hank go on amazing adventures back through time to visit biblical events and solve mysteries. Think of it as Magic Tree House meets the Bible.

In this adventure, Peter and Mary travel back to ancient Egypt. They meet Pharaoh's daughter and are served by the slaves in the palace. They also encounter Moses, who has come to Pharaoh to plead for the freedom of the Israelites. The story stays true to the story of the plagues, the Passover, and the Exodus.

Henry also read the book when I was done. It was fun listening to him excitedly exclaim about events he knew of from the Bible. It was also a good starting point for some well-timed discussions about Passover and the Old Testament.

You can see the first two books in the series on Amazon: The Beginning and Race to the Ark, as well as newly released The Great Escape. You can also try to win your own copy right here!



The Great Escape

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Colors and Numbers in the Bible Board Books

In order to abide by FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review. The links below are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. 

I've got two new board books to tell you about today! These come from the Museum of the Bible and WorthyKids Ideals.

The set includes
  • Colors in the Bible: “Take a colorful tour of favorite Bible stories! Little ones will learn their colors as they discover green trees in the Garden of Eden, orange lions in the den, and the red flames of the burning bush. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this colors primer will captivate curious toddlers.” (board book; ages 2 to 4)
  • Numbers in the Bible: “Take a number-filled tour of favorite Bible stories! Little ones will learn their numbers as they discover one big ark, five smooth stones, and seven priests carrying seven trumpets. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this numbers primer will captivate curious toddlers.” (board book; ages 2 to 4) 
Both books have brightly colored pictures and a brief sentence with a Bible citation. They are just the kind of book to take to church for your little one!

You can order them on Amazon or win them for yourself below!


Colors and Numbers in the Bible

Monday, March 12, 2018

If I had a MIllion Dollars

I had a very nice three day weekend. I was mostly unplugged for it. Friday was my Spring Break and my mom came up to go shopping with me for my birthday. It was also the day I was supposed to participate in a Secret Subject Swap and I totally forgot!! Sorry guys! My brain has been on overload lately.

Nevertheless, better late than never, right? So here we go!


My “Secret Subject” is: You have one hour to spend a million dollars. What do you spend it on? It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com.

This might be tough. I've certainly spent lots of fictional money in the past, but I don't think I've had such a strict time limit. There are some things that just take time to figure out! All is not lost, though. I would never turn down a million dollars! I'll just make some hasty decision!

First, I'd buy a house. Most things in the neighborhoods we want are out of our price range, but with this money and time limit, I'm sure I could find something suitable and just buy it outright. Heck! It might not even be currently for sale!! I'm guessing that would take about half the money.

Next I'd buy Ken a truck. He loves his Jeep, but he still misses having a truck. I'd have to pick out something quick though, so I hope I can properly remember all the prerequisites! While I'm at it, I'd stick a nice canoe in the back. Or is it a kayak? What the heck, I'll get one of each! There goes another $100,000!

Our new house is going to need a lot of new furniture. I'll bet I could spend at least another $100,000 on couches, bedrooms, a new TV or two, and other furnishings. Do they sell self-cleaning kitchens??

I've got $300,000 left! Can I put it in the bank? If it has to be spent, I'll buy three college educations for the kids. If I prepay now, it'll save money in the long run and I won't have to worry so much about paying for their schooling.

That's it! I spent it all in less than an hour! I don't think I'll regret any of these hasty decisions. What would you buy?!


Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 8 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
The Lieber Family Blog http://thelieberfamily.com
The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
The Blogging 911 http://theblogging911.com/blog
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
Climaxed https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com
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