(Well, well. Would ya look at me? Posting FOUR days in a row – not bad. Maybe I should take blogging 'breaks' more often. :P)
Hey all! Monthly highlights time. :) Yep, that's right – my mountains are turning that beautiful spring-green! :D The downside to that? Allergies... Meh.
I didn't read an outrageous number of books this month. I didn't write an outrageous amount of words. But...I did stay caught up in school. (Always a plus. Your welcome, Mom.) Honesty, I don't know what I did the month of April. I didn't read, I didn't write, I didn't blog, I didn't find any new movies (well, one).
Let's just move on to the post, shall we?
~ I got a super sweet card from a friend and it totally made me my day. :)
~ I spoke Spanish with a Scottish/Irish (not sure) accent with The Kid. ;) "Bueno Noches, mate!"
~ thought up corny sayings like... "If all else fails, bite your nails through the intense moments." I honesty have NO idea where that came from... xD
~ Turkey season 'happened'. Meaning Dad and Tucked got up/are getting up at absurd times of morning to go traipsing off through the woods, heavy-laden with guns, decoys, calls, and a blind. *shakes head* I just don't get it.
~ By chance I saw a friend I had not seen in forever. So nice to get caught up on each other!! ^_^
~ I blamed Chris Tomlin for a change in my WIP. (It's all your fault, mister. All. Your. Fault.)
~ I went to the theater to see God's Not Dead 2 with my mom and another mother and daughter from church. IT WAS AMAZING!!! :D
~ I finished my vintage-y dress. *collapses* I think it took me longer to add the 'decorations' than to actually make the dress. A vintage photoshoot is coming soon though! I pwwwomise!! :)
~ I moved into a homeless shelter... Okay, okay, before everybody freaks out, it's not a real homeless shelter. But that's what I'm calling it. ;)
This isn't a really good picture, but you can at least tell that two beds and all our stuff is in there. XD The summer kitchen has became mine and Tucker's new living quarters. Because, I mean, we can't really live in this...
~ Hearing THIS conversation between my dad and brother...
Tucker: Dad, what are you doing?
Dad: Don't worry about it.
Tucker: Are you eating ice cream in the middle of the night?
Tucker: Do you do this often?
Just for the record, he was eating ice cream but it wasn't the middle of the night. :P
My favorite songs this month were...
Prodigal by Sidewalk Prophets -- Wonderful song AND music video. :D
The Lost Get Found by Britt Nicole -- Amazing song and I LOVE the music video of this too.
Guilty by Newsboys -- The song from God's Not Dead 2.
From the Ground Up by Dan+Shay -- This song is so GORGEOUS!!!! It's going to be played at my wedding, folks. ;)
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey
More Than You Think I Am by Danny Gokey
My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust
Overcomers by Mandisa
Soar by Meredith Andrews -- I love this song oh, so much. It's just so fabulous and encouraging!! ^_^
Writing...? Remind me again what that word means? ;) Okay, I'm sort of kidding. But seriously...writing was just so pathetic this month. :P A goal I made last month for this month was to finish One Certain Story...well, that didn't happen. It like went out the window...like around the middle of the month. -_- May, perhaps?
April Word Count: 7,410
Stories Finished: The Crystal Door Knob Writing Contest ~ Entry
~ I was a beta-reader for Katie Grace's fabulous novel, Song of the Desert. I'd never really beta-read before, but golly did I love it. ^_^ And the book was amazing so that *might* have had something to do with it. ;)
~ I participated in Bethany's The Hobbit read along. I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm working at it. :P
As far as a book haul goes, I got 7 books this month. Three were free, and the others were $3-$4 apiece! :D Talk about a happy bibliophile!!
Cherish by Vicki Courtney -- Review to come.
Journey to Love by Amanda Tero -- Giveaway win, review to come.
The Gift for all People by Max Lucado -- Review to come.
I got four books from our library bookstore this month. They're all WWII...they're all amazing...they're all beautiful...they're all in perfect condition. Y'all, I'm just so happy!! *hugs books*
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Just LOOK AT IT. It's soooo perfect. I nearly squealed, right there in the library (you know, that place where you're supposed to be quiet) when I found this beautiful hardback copy of Unbroken. I was so happy!! :) I almost, almost bought the paperback copy at Barnes & Noble awhile back. Now I'm so glad I didn't!! ^_^ I can hardly wait to read this book!
The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
Like Unbroken this book is in PERFECT condition. The inside of the dust jacket says $50...I got it for $4. B-) #superhappybooklover
And would ya look at the back cover??!?! If that does not scream WWII I don't know what does. Gaaaahhh. It's just so fabulous. *shrieks*
An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw -- $4
Arms of Deliverance: A Story of Promise by Tricia Goyer -- $3
I've read/finished 9 books this month. Looks like a pathetic number to me, but I'm now over halfway done with my goal for this year so that's AWESOME!! xD
They Called Her Mrs. Doc by Janette Oke
If He Lives by Sarah Holman -- Review HERE.
Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer -- Review HERE.
Paralyzed Dreams by C.B. Cook
Heart to Heart: Meeting with God in the Lord's Prayer by Rachel Starr Thomson -- Review HERE.
A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke
The Letter by Willowy Whisper -- Review HERE.
My favorite book was probably A Bride for Donnigan or The Letter. But all of these were splendiferous! :D I'm absolutely loving Janette Oke's books this year.
I usually don't include this in my monthly wrap-up (mainly beacuse...what if I leave something out?), but there were several lovely posts this month (as always) so I'm going to mention a few. ;) (A FEW! This is not all the wonderful posts. :P)
America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee -- Jesseca writes remarkable posts on our country and military, and freedom, and...ahhhh, just go read it. ;)
Bethany wrote an amazing three-part series on why Christians can believe in the Ressurection. :) -- Part One, Part Two, & Part Three
The Bunny Slippers -- Emily shared her wonderful short-story The Bunny Slippers. It's so fabulous!
Go read them allll!!!! XD
Why are you reading this? You shouldn't be here!
So. After y'all get back from reading those *points above* let's talk. How was your April? (I've saw several month highlights posts around. My comment is coming, friends!!! :D) Did you write down some life happening throughout the month so you didn't forget them for your post (if you do monthly wrap-ups)? Have you read these books? Do you like the new blog look? Have your saw God's Not Dead 2? Would you like me to stop asking questions now? Fiiiinnneeee.
Thanks for reading, you awesome peoples!! :)