Friday, April 12, 2013

I love April vacation! :-)

I decided I would take a few moments to write a quick update on what's been going on for me lately. It's been a busy past couple of weeks... well, actually saying a busy past couple of months would probably be more accurate..! :-)

As I sit here on Friday night and reflect back on my day, it has been different than my typical Friday because it's the first day of April vacation. Instead of going off to my classes at Voc at 7:30 this morning, I was able to sleep an extra hour, then get up and go about my day a little more leisurely than usual- meaning, I had time to eat breakfast s-l-o-w-l-y (unlike the usual rush to leave for school) and then spent most of my morning working on a project for class, making a very detailed poster about peaches, and had the ability to take my time on it. It was great! Making posters is one of my favorite assignments, and so I had fun just giving attention to all the little details of it. The only problem was that I had about three times as much information than I had room on the poster for, so I had to nix some of the info and be creative about how I arranged the rest on the poster. :-)

This evening as I babysat my 4 younger siblings, I wrote and posted 2 book reviews. I am part of a couple different blog networks, and I have several books on my list of need-to-review-soon's. So if you want to check them out, the two I reviewed this evening are Learning to Love by Heidi and Rolland Baker, and Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris.

Currently I am busy with preparations for my exchange trip to Japan this summer. I just found out about 2-3 weeks ago that I'll be staying with my friend Manami for the second half of my 2-month-long trip. My family and I hosted her in 2009, and I am so excited to see her again after 4 years!

Also, I am really looking forward to my family's vacation next week. This will be a combined senior class trip for Max and I, and we're going out West for about a week. Counting down the days!!! :-)

Well, 'tis getting late. Hope you all have a great rest-of-the-evening and a wonderful weekend!


Review: Humbe Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris

I ordered this book to review because I have read other books by Joshua Harris and thought they were really good. Humbe Orthodoxy was not a disappointment either. I was surprised to see how tiny the book was, but there is a lot of food for thought in its pages.

Joshua Harris discusses orthodoxy- what it means, what it is, and what it looks like- and discusses how we can live out orthodoxy in a humble way. There were a lot of things that I had never really thought about before concerning orthodoxy, and this book was insightful and interesting.

The material in this book was stated in a clear and concise, easy-to-understand way. It was well-written. I look forward to reading more of this author's books.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah- I received this book through their Blogging For Books program for free in exchange for writing this honest review. Please rate my review below using this scale: 1=awful, 5=awesome! Thank you!!!

Not a great book, but it was pretty good.


While I had a bit of trouble getting started reading it, I do like books such as this one that share stories of God’s love at work and in action. This book did almost seem like more of a devotional because of the end of every chapter where there was Scripture, spiritual insights and encouragement.  

Three things that made an impression on me from this book:

1. A quote-“Love is as simple as stopping for the one in front of you.”
2. Whatever I do for “the least of these”, I am doing for Jesus.
3. God is MORE than big enough to do great things through you.

One thing I didn’t like was that I wish there would have been more stories about their work with the people in Mozambique and maybe less of the “devotional” parts.

If you like true stories or missionary stories, you may enjoy this book.  

Thank you to Chosen Books and Baker Publishing Group for giving me a free copy of Learning to Love in exchange for my honest review.