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Becoming Gertrude by Janice Peterson

Sometimes, you read a book because you're familiar with someone they're connected with. Case in point, Eugene Peterson and Janice Peterson. Having read excerpts from the Message and several other books from Eugene, I was curious as to what Janice would have to share. I'm so glad that I took a peek.

In Becoming Gertrude, Janice Peterson shares not only what we can give in friendship to others but also a reminder of the things that we receive. In today's culture, it's very easy to become disconnected or to believe that reading updates about one another's life on a regular basis means that we are connected. The hardships, struggles, difficulties in friendship are discussed in this small book in a way that encourages the reader to reach out of a place of safety to increase their circle of friendship in real ways.

Right from the beginning, the purpose of the book is clearly stated as friendship and not mentorship. The relationship put forth in this book is not one …
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Plan to Enjoy updates

I have had so much time to think lately. And I keep running back around to the question "Is what you're doing taking you where you want to go?" And there were a few things that ended up being no they were not. And some were yes and no. Plan to Enjoy has fallen into that yes and no category. No earning money while sharing about our meals is not taking me where I want to go in my life. So I've stopped charging. Yes, you read that right, you can get a weekly email with meal ideas for free. I love sharing what we're eating or have eaten. So go over to the Plan to Enjoy page and sign yourself up! Within that, I've also turned off the Instagram and Facebook business page for Plan to Enjoy. For the moment, there still is a Facebook group that goes through monthly themes.


I also discovered that there will no longer be a Tyndale Blog Network this year. They're moving towards their reader program. Which for me means, no more access to free books to review. I'm…

Love Week 4 of Sunday Advent Devotional

We made it to the final week of Advent! Hope you've enjoyed this devotional! Let us know in the comments what you're thoughts are.


Joy Week 3 of Sunday Advent Devotional

hard to believe that the third Sunday of Advent is right around the corner! Here's the devotional on Joy!


The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

I've been following Joshua Becker's blog for a few years and have read all the things and even put them into action. I was excited to be able to read his room-by-room guide for minimizing your home.

The Minimalist Home systematically goes through every space in your home, including the garage and yard, and talks about how to minimize them. Becker has put thought into which spaces should happen first for the biggest impact and encouragement. Because even though it's wonderful to have a minimalist garage, it may not be the best place to start and get the whole house done.

Our home has been trending towards minimalist in nature for a while now. And I'm happy to share with you that this little book helped us take a few more steps in the minimal direction. I loved all the checklists for the different areas. As well as the facts about living space and stuff consumption sprinkled throughout.  The Notes section is full of great resources for further reading as well.

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Peace Week 2 of Advent Sunday Devotional

It's week 2! This week, we take a crack at peace. Let us know if you're using these and what you think!




Inspire for Girls The Bible for Coloring & Creative Journaling

The Inspire for Girls Bible is a perfect introduction for younger girls into Bible Journaling. The Bible contains devotionals for young girls as well as plenty of art to color and space to capture personal thoughts about the scripture.
The design does a good job of being feminine without going overboard with the color pink. My teenager said that it has a nice ascetic but it's a bit large. I would agree that this particular bible is not for traveling so much as finding a cozy corner where it can live with supplies and be a part of a regular quiet time.
The devotionals and notes will age well as they are based more on scripture and life application than they are on the trials and tribulations of tweens. Which is a huge bonus in my opinion, because it doesn't mean that it will necessarily be found collecting dust as they enter into the teen years but will be a companion that will find them returning to time and time again.
My personal complaint is that I love coloring with marke…