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A Simple Amish Christmas

ImageI was lucky enough to finally get the chance to sit down and read A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman. I read this as a part of the Abingdon Press Christmas Blog Tour. 

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Here’s a synopsis written by Vannetta Chapman about A Simple Amish Christmas: 

Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind? Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of Rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.

I really enjoyed finally getting a chance to open this book up. Earlier this month I reviewed a book The Christmas Quilt that comes after this one, so it left me yearning to know the back story behind Annie. In A Simple Amish Christmas Annie goes away on Rumschpringe and while away receives her RN. During her time away from the Amish, Annie is staying with her aunt and lands a job at a local hospital. When Annie’s dad gets hurt in an accident she goes home to care for him. Throughout her stay at home Annie ends up spending a lot of time with a man who is helping take care of her dad as well. Does this turn into a romance? Does she spend her trip home trying to prove she is able to take care of her father on her own? These are questions that you get to find the answer to throughout this awesome book. I was so excited for the ending, even though I had some hints thanks to the second book. 

I would absolutely recommend this, as well as it’s counterpart!

You can find a link to an excerpt: here or you can just head on over & buy a copy! 😉

 

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Bitty Baby Giveaway!

Today is your lucky day, because it’s a Bitty Baby Giveaway!! 🙂

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I am so happy to be partnering with some awesome mommy bloggers for this American Girl Bitty Baby doll package giveaway!

She has dark skin, textured black hair, brown eyes

This Bitty Baby doll is just waiting for your little girl to bring her home for cuddles and playtime. She’s 15″ tall with dark skin, textured black hair, and brown eyes that open and close. She has a huggable cloth body, and her head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. Bitty Baby arrives with:
A small American Girl outfit including jeans, red sweater, red shoes, and bitty baby snowflake dreams book

A small American Girl outfit including blue top and bottom, red shoes, and winter wardrobe book
A small American Girl doll backpack and turquoise blue knitted blanket

Bitty Baby Doll dressed in pjs with her Teddy Bear

So hop on over to raffle copter and enter away 🙂

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Fancy Blogger

Sooooo… As you all can see my blog is anything but fancy. I have decided that blogging is something I am really enjoying and want to pursue to along with my studies. I know it takes some money to get started, and that is okay!

What I am actually blogging out today is the fact that I need help figuring out how to do all the steps I need to in order to make myself a self proclaimed fancy blogger.

I host with wordpress and pay for a domain name, but I would like to switch to self hosting. I would also love to create/plan/design an amazing layout that I really love. Photo Bug Mama describes me, but my website does not one bit!

If any of of other bloggers have any advice, and would be willing to take the time to email/talk me through this whole process that would be great!

Thanks in advance to everyone who comments giving me any advice at all!

xoxo Jenni

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Weather, Work & Classes winding down…

Today is one of those days where I juggle homework, real work, and my family.

Classes this semester are winding down, which means most of my big projects are due. Luckily, my internship has finished for the semester so that means a little bit less stress. I would say that I’m not stressed out at all, but that would be a bold face lie! I am literally going crazy hoping I finish this stuff in time. I think I am stressing, because I always put the kids needs first before my homework. I know they feel the absence when I am at school. The result is me spending my weekends smothering them with attention instead of smothering my school work with attention. Yesterday, Penny and I even snuck in a Build a Bear trip to get her bear surgery and a new dress. I mean we all made gingerbread houses before my work shift.

My work shift starts at five and I plan to be there until around 10 or 11pm. That is unless this storm that’s coming our way doesn’t totally kill the business. For the sake of Christmas, I am really hoping I can get at least 5 tables before the ice sets in. The only plus to the fact that power may be out would be that people would most likely come out to eat. Padonia Ale House where I work is actually only a couple minutes walking distance from a ton of apartments and townhouses so when it snows, the people come out to drink and eat. This is a very good thing for me tonight and tomorrow night. 

As far as the weather forecast for Maryland, I always check in with Foots Forecast. This is the update they have on their webpage this morning: “

TIMING & PRECIP TYPE: Start time will may be as early as 9 AM for some, but generally will be from 11 AM-3 PM for this region from south to north. Precipitation will initially be in the form of snow mixed with sleet. 
  • The transition to freezing rain will be from south to north as well beginning in the mid afternoon and covering most of the region by the evening. Finally the transition from freezing rain to plain rain will occur when surface temperatures break the freezing mark, occurring from SE to NW. 
ACCUMULATIONS:
  • I-95 and Metros: Coating-2” of snow/sleet, followed by a glaze-0.2” of ice
  • NW Suburbs & rural areas: 1-3” of snow/sleet followed by 0.2”-0.4” of ice “

If you want to know more about the weather and live in Maryland, head on over and check that forecast out! 🙂

 

So although I’d love to sit around and blog, I have to get up and get going on an Inquiry Project along with some Language and LIteracy INTASC papers with artifacts. This means a total of 4-6 hours of work within the next 2 days, not including my studying for finals…ahhh..

Wish me luck!!

-Jenni

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The Christmas Quilt

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Today I bring to you another book from the Quilt of Love series called The Christmas Quilt written by Vannetta Chapman. This book is part of the Abingdon Press Christmas blog tour as well!

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“Babies have their own schedule. But so does God. Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.”

I have to admit, I wish I would have read A Simple Amish Christmas before this book as I found out after that this is the sequel. I absolutely loved this book though! The idea of the holidays and babies just seem to go together so well. The author really helps you feel the bond between best friends Annie and Leah. The descriptive language helps the reader to really try and relate to the story.

When Leah goes into the hospital early, the way the quilt brings them even closer together was written so well. I enjoyed seeing how the quilt highlighted not only their joy, but their pain as well.

I don’t want to reveal the ending for everyone, so I won’t go into a ton of detail, buttttt the ending was my favorite part. Having not one special experience, but two! The love was truly felt through this book. The love of friends, as well as, the love of family.

If you want to read more, you can find an excerpt from this book  here … although I strongly suggest you go out and add this to your collection!
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A Wild Goose Chase Christmas!

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I am so happy to be a part of the Abingdon Press Christmas Blog Tour! Today I will be highlighting the book A Wild Goose Chase Christmas written by Jennifer AlLee.

Below I included a brief synopsis of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas written by Jennifer AlLee herself, in addition to a link where you can go and read an excerpt of the book!

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“Upon her grandmother’s death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure. Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the “treasure map,” they’re determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren’t enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt. What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?” 

Here is a place where you can go to read an excerpt from this awesome book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a touching read that really emphasizes the true value of family. I loved how this book didn’t make the family aspect seem picture perfect, yet highlighted that some families go through.

Throughout this book, Izzy goes on a journey after her grandmother dies and she moves into her house. She finds all about the historical significance the quilt brings along with her family.

The fact that her brother, along with her mother only seemed to come around for the holidays when grandmother was alive and their interest in fortune seems to strain their relationship.

Oh, and I can’t forget the underlying story of the museum man. Is he only in it for the quilt or is true love blooming between him and Izzy?

I highly suggest you add this to your library this Christmas season!

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