Wow. This is New Year’s Eve. The last post I will ever write in 2018. 😨 Can you believe it? So much has changed! This year has been wildly amazing and Next Year promises to be just as amazing.💚
On the Blog in 2018, I:
// Wrote at least 1 post every month! (That’s a feat! I missed 4 months in 2017!)
// I wrote 67 posts this year! Here’s the break-down:
January 6 February 1 March 1 April 2
May 7 June 6 July 7 August 5
September 9 October 6 November 9 December 15
That means I’ve written 104 posts in three years. WOW! ☺
// Published my third book in my Battle for Heritage Series! 📘
// Started a subscription to my blog!
// Participated in 4 book releases! (Counting my own 😉)
// Started doing blog tags!
// And participated in blog events!
I started a writing series and finished it. I asked for feedback from my subscribers and got a response! It’s been an amazing journey and I treasure each of you for joining me!
And now, let’s get into our monthly Wrap-Up!
We had a more relaxed month, as it is harder to get meetings in December, but we were able to visit several of our supporting churches and give them updates on our ministry! ⛪ Plus, we were able to put on a Christmas play for the church I grew up in. We did Christmas on the Air by Majesty Music and we had so much fun! I was Joanne/Sheep, lol! 🐑 Loved my part 😉
This month was kinda crazy! We had the Country Christmas Train event, where I give tours of a Civil War Plantation House, give out FBN information, and sell my books! 🚆🚂 📚 It’s so awesome getting to meet people and tell them about my stories! Of course, we celebrated Christmas and got to gather with both sides of the family! 🎄❄My sisters came down and we all had a blast! The last of them are leaving today ☹
I am still working on A Song of Home, but I am very pleased with how much it has changed this year! It’s actually turning into a story! I am getting somewhere!🖋💻
Well, as can be expected, most of these books are Christmas books. 😉 Lets see how many I actually read this month…
1.Unto Him by Rebekah Morris 5 Stars
This was an adorable story written from a little boy’s perspective. It teaches about the spirit of Giving and how when we give to the least of these, it’s just as if you have giving to God. The only thing I wasn’t too crazy over was the fact that this family said they were having Christmas since they couldn’t afford gifts. The main family didn’t present that, but I do think there should have been a more clarification that Christmas isn’t about the gifts.
2. Red Boots by Kate Willis 4 Stars
This one was so cute! I really enjoyed it, but I do think it needed to be a little longer. Again, it focused on the spirit of giving, which was a nice theme! And who doesn’t like red boots?
3.Christmas Delays by Rebekah Morris 5 Stars
You can read my full review here, but this book is just so sweet! Read it, even if Christmas is over!
4.Strange but True Civil War Stories by Nancy Clayton 3 Stars
Okay, so I gave this one 3 stars because I would have marked a couple of stories if it were my book, but otherwise, it would have gotten a 5 star review! I loved this book so much! Aside from the three stories (I’m pretty sure it was just three…) I think this book would be a great read aloud for children of all ages. It tells stories from both sides of the war and steers away from why the war was fault, making it easy to enjoy all the stories no matter who you agreed with! If you want to read it but want to know about the questionable content first, please contact us and we will be glad to inform you 😊
5.Christmas Quilts by Rebekah Morris 4 Stars
This book was adorable! I loved it so much! It really had a nice cozy Christmas feel and had a sweet plot line (loved the brother/sister relationship!) The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star review was a reference to stockings and someone saying “Ho Ho Ho.” Nothing personal if that doesn’t bother you, it’s just something I don’t prefer, lol! And I loved how she intertwined a little know Christmas song through the story! So good!
6.His Law is Love by Rebekah Morris 4 Stars
Another good one! And I promise, I didn’t just read Ms. Morris this month! I just happened to have a lot of her books on my TBR, lol! This book gently dealt with prejudice against Indians in the old west. Having some Indian in my blood, it hit home for me. We are all made in the image of God and the color of your skin doesn’t change that. That is the message of this story. And the 26 Rangers! AHHHHHHHHH! I’ve got to read more about these guys!
7.The Land of Cotton by…Me!
No, I will not rate my own book, lol! But yes, I finally got through the reread. Why is it so hard to read your own writing! I keep questioning why I wrote this or why I decided to go that direction with the story, lol! Please tell me I’m not the writer who feels this way…
8. Left to Die by Ivy (Hailey) Rose 4 Stars
This book y'all. My heart was so sad and happy and oh! I was in an emotional turmoil! This book so vividly shows the orphan situation in China and it's so heartbreaking! The two reasons this book lost a star was because the scriptures were not King James and there was some mild romance. It was a little more than I prefer, but not the worst I have accidentally run up against ;)
9. Muslin Mystery (Patchwork Mysteries #3) by Vera Dodge 4 Stars
This is such a charming series so far! While this book had a situation that was a little intense for me, it was beautifully written and ended so wonderfully! I didn't like a few comments that seemed to say it wasn't our business to correct people on their spiritual view. While I don't think the best way to win someone is through debate, I do think it is our responsibility lovingly share the Gospel. Other than that, it was a lovely weaving of mystery and a Grandma who knows how to pray!
10. Nancy Drew Diaries: A Nancy Drew Christmas 3 Stars
This should be sold as a young adult book. There were two words that didn't belong in a children's book and the climax was way too intense. Sorry, it was marketed to the wrong group. I did enjoy a lot of the story and I hope to edit our copy to make it enjoyable for our family, but there was no sense in calling this a children's book.
11. O Come All Ye Faithful by Faith Blum 3 Stars
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, though one of them didn't quite make sense to me. I probably just read it too fast. My Favorite story was the first one, about the Christmas Truce in WWI. I like parts of the second story, but the talk about the boyfriend and the use of a different version of the Bible turned me off. I enjoyed the Christmas setting of these stories and even though I read it New Year's Eve, it made Christmas last that much longer for me!
There were three other books I read, but they weren’t my cup of tea, so, I really don’t want to mention them here. This doesn’t mean they were bad books, they just weren’t my thing. There was only one I didn’t like because of content, the other two were just hard to follow.
There was one other book that I read that I'm really not sure about yet...I feel like I need to read a little more by this author before I make a verdict on her series. There are elements I do like, but there are a few things I question.
Let’s take a look at December’s goals and see how I did…
1. Get to November with my A Song of Home Revisions YES! I’m in December!
2. Post a blog every week (Plus participate in something super fun...more on that Dec. 14th!) Check!
3. Read at least 5 books! (The Land of Cotton being one of them!) Check!
4. Make Peppermint/Chocolate cookies with my younger siblings. (These are so good, y'all!) Check, although the younger ones opted to watch, lol!
5. Finish gift wrapping. Check!
6. Read some Christmas stories to my siblings (And myself!) Unfortunately, I didn’t get to read them a Christmas story (we did read another book!) but they loved the 12 Days of Christmas in North Carolina book I gave them! And I did get to read several stories to myself, usually before everyone got up or after everyone went to bed. Our life is crazy busy y’all!
7. Take time to reflect on the Reason for the Season. No need to get too caught up in the commercialism! In spite of the busyness, I feel like I actually did take the time to reflect and enjoy the season and remove myself from commercialism! So, Check!
8. Do a Christmas craft with the little ones. Well, not a craft, but we opted to play some fun board games, listen to Patch the Pirate and just hang out, which was nice!
January…the new year! Here are my goals to start off 2019…
And here are your writing prompts of the month!
One last thing. I want to make sure everyone understands that even though I post articles from time to time about the War Between the States, from Southern perspective, I am by no means trying to make people uncomfortable, divide and conquer, or trying to force you to believe the way I do on the subject. (If you would like more information on why I support the South, you can see this post.) It has never been my intent to hurt anyones feelings and if I have, I am so sorry! I have many friends in both the North and South, and I actually have quite a large readership in the North! It is not my desire to make anyone uncomfortable, but rather proud of the Heritage God has given them! Thank you so much, subscriber, for bringing this to my attention! Please know that any posts on the subject in the future are based on my personal research and are not meant to hurt anyone. I, likewise, will try to be more careful in the way I present my information henceforth!
That pretty much wraps up this post…my last post of 2018…*sobs*
See you on the other side of 2019!
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