Sunday, August 19, 2018

Book Review ~ God in a God-Forsaken Land


by Gene R. Stark
ISBN: 978-1633571235

In this historical fiction book - God in a God-forsaken Land - based on the true story of Pastor August Hertwig, you will take an unexpected adventure through the wilderness of Western Minnesota as he follows God's call to minister to the German immigrants that have settled there.  Be prepared to reflect on your own walk with God as you live through the joys and blessings, sorrows and hardships, as well as the faith and doubts that are found throughout the pages of this book.  Gene R. Stark has written a wonderful book that will challenge your faith as well as open your eyes to just how blessed you really are.  

This book was written from a first-person point of view, so it reminded me a lot of reading someone's journal, and it also helped in making the dialogue realistic.  If you like adventure and you like to read first-hand experiences of how God works in the lives of His children, this book is for you!  You won't be disappointed as you ride the stage coach across the prairie and through the woods, encounter hoards of mosquitoes and locusts, or while traveling on horseback through the harsh winter conditions and other unexpected occurrences - and all with one main goal in mind: spreading the light of the Gospel across the barren land. 

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Joanna's 1st Birthday Party

Josh's family came up from Wisconsin for Joanna's party, and my parents also joined us on Saturday.  We had such a fun time celebrating our precious little girl, and I'm so thankful for the laughs that were shared and the memories that were made!

We went with a ladybug party theme which was so much fun to decorate for...



...and the happy little birthday girl even had an adorable ladybug dress from Twirly Delights


We all enjoyed some good food together...





...before opening up some super fun presents!! Her facial expressions in some of these pictures are priceless <3














And then, of course, the part that everyone looks forward to the most is just how the birthday girl is going to eat her cupcake.  Obviously, she thoroughly enjoyed it ;)







We finished out the afternoon with more great fellowship and tons of laughs over the "Hearing Things" game!! :)





These next two pictures aren't the best quality, but I can't help but share them because Joanna was totally hamming it up for the camera, and we couldn't stop laughing :)



But I am so thankful to the Lord for my little family and for how much God has blessed me!  They are a treasure, and I am so thankful for every moment we can share together <3  God is so good!


Love,
Heather

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, Precious Girl!

One year ago today we welcomed our sweet little Joanna into our home, and what a year it has been!!  She has brought so much joy with her, and we can hardly remember what life was like without her.  Her smiles, giggles, and belly laughs are contagious, and her love for snuggling is the best!  God has truly blessed us with this little treasure, and it is our prayer that He would help us to raise for Him.

Joanna Tamsin Lindsey ~ 8lb 14oz ~ 20.5" long
I love thinking back on all the details of the day she was born, and I'm so thankful for the wonderful memories of our home birth with our amazing midwife.  She was the best :)  Josh and I wouldn't have had it any other way, and we still talk about how glad we are that we opted for a home birth. It truly was a sweet and wonderful experience.  God is good!


We have made so many wonderful memories over the past year that we treasure.  Yes, there have been the hard times and the sad times, but the blessings far outweigh the trials.  There are so many fun moments behind these pictures, and it was so fun to go through my several thousand - lol - photos, and pick some to share with you! So, without further ado, enjoy the rest of the baby spam :)


 

Watching Josh as a daddy has melted my heart a million times over.  And the bond he and Joanna have with each other is so special to see <3  I just love these two so much!

 


And being given this humbling privilege of being a mommy is something I would never trade for anything.  Just the thought that God has entrusted this little life to us and seen fit to make us parents to Joanna is overwhelming.  I thank Him daily for this blessing <3













That double chin!  All the heart eyes!!


Can we just say that painting an entire house, fixing some stuff up, and moving with a three month old is - cough, cough - interesing?  Lol!  She was a little champ, and did so well, though by the end of  her watching me painting 9 hrs a day for an entire week created some meltdowns by the time we were done haha.  She still cries when she sees a paint roller.  It's ok, Joanna, Mommy cries just thinking about one :P




That poochy lip!  She wasn't ready to be done lol





She is such a Daddy's girl!!  I have lots of favorite pictures of her, but this one has a special place in my heart :)...







Ocean City, NJ <3










This one is one of my all-time favorites :P...
Lol!
And then there's our "official" one year old!! I just love this girl!

 Happy birthday, Joanna!! Mommy and Daddy love you so much :)  You are such a blessing to us.  Lots of hugs and kisses, sweet girl! <3

 Love,
Mommy and Daddy