Author: Hanna

Loving Luther, Book Review

Loving Luther by Allison Pittman Germany, 1505 In the dark of night, Katharina von Bora says the bravest good-bye a six-year-old can muster and walks away as the heavy convent gate closes behind her. Though the cold walls offer no comfort, Katharina soon finds herself calling the convent her home. God, her father. This, her life. She takes her vows—a choice more practical than pious—but in time, a seed of discontent is planted by the smuggled writings of a rebellious excommunicated priest named Martin Luther. Their message? That Katharina is subject to God, and no one else. Could the Lord truly desire more for her than this life of servitude? In her first true step of faith, Katharina leaves the only life she has ever known. But the freedom she has craved comes with a price, and she finds she has traded one life of isolation for another. Without the security of the convent walls or a family of her own, Katharina must trust in both the God who saved her and the man who …

The Promise of a Letter, Book Review

The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay. Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long. Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional—strange, even—Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single. But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the …

Updated (Unconventional) Vanity Tour

Quite awhile back I’ve done room tours of my space but since it’s been awhile I thought it would be fun to do an updated look at a little bit of my area. So today I’m sharing my very unconventional vanity and a few products that I’ve gotten recently that I wanted to spotlight. Starting with the wooden box everything, that’s actually a recycled pallet DIY I did a few years back. Inside I keep a lot of winter clothes and shoes so they aren’t taking up space in my closet. On the side I keep all my electronic beauty things from my laser hair removal tool (that sort of works) to my curling iron. While this isn’t all my makeup I keep the things I use the most in this clear acrylic box and the skin care products I use in the red bag. The bag was actually a gift from Kinzd. It’s waterproof and big enough to put all my skincare and makeup travel essentials. You can get one HERE. On the left …

Giveaway:Comet TV Solar Eclipse

This month, on August 24 to be exact. The Moon Throws Shade! Yep, it’s the Solar Eclipse! The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. And Comet TV is here to celebrate it.  They have an awesome guide for you to check out here: http://www.CometTV.com/eclipse/ Not only that though, but they’re doing a Comet TV “When The Moon Throws Shade” prize pack right here for you guys! Included is 1 – “Total Solar Eclipse” Collectible First Day Issue Stamp – Straight from the USPS this is the official commemorative first day issue stamp. 1 – Comet USB Charging Bank – Do you want to snap a selfie and oh no, you only have 10% power left? Fear not, Comet has you covered. This awesome charger is the perfect save for any emergency situation! 1 – Comet Embroidered Hat – An official Comet TV hat is perfect for any ensamble. It will protect you from the sun, while you look more stylish and awesome than you already are! 1 – Comet Cooler …

What Color is Your Parachute 2018, Book Review

What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles 2018 Edition, A Practical Manual for Jon-Hunters and Career-Changers With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world’s most popular job-search book updated for 2017 tailors Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers. In today’s challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t. This revised and updated edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job. My Thoughts: I’ve actually read at least one other version of What Color is Your Parachute but somehow in the blog move I must have …

The Soldier Who Killed a King, Book Review

The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion. Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness. Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death. If you’ve heard the story of Passion Week so often it’s become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus’s humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ’s resurrection changed history, one life at a time. My Thoughts: I want to start by saying I absolutely …

A Very Thankful Prayer, Book Review

A Very Thankful Prayer, by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Natalia Moore Every day I wake up with a happy, thankful heart. From watching the leaves fall to picking pumpkins from the patch, from sharing a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones to learning how to give—there’s so much to be thankful for! Join these adorable animals as they say a prayer of thanks to God, who gives us every good thing. Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a bestselling author who for the past 20 years has written everything from children’s books to gift books to thousands of greeting cards. She is the writer behind the bestselling Really Woolly® brand, with nearly 1 million books sold and an ECPA Gold Award–winning Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers. Bonnie has won a Retailer’s Choice Award for her book I Love You Head to Toe and also several Louie Awards for her work in the social expression industry. Her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running, and sunshine. She lives and works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio. Natalia Moore studied illustration at …

Ready for Autumn Outfit + Makeup Inspiration

*Giveaway at Bottom of Post I know we still have a little ways to go before Autumn starts but I’m for sure looking forward to it. Lately we’ve had a lot of cooler weather, at least for August, and I’ve started pulling out my sweaters and hoodies. While I love the summer, as far as my attempts at modest dressing Fall is a whole lot better. But anyways here’s my Autumn Look inspiration. I went with a super casual and comfortable outfit that still has some really cute pieces. Sweatshirt – While I’m really guilty of wearing tons of athletic wear, this sweatshirt is a bit of a step up from that. It has a more square cut (that’s super trendy) and a neutral color that feels a little dressed up. Jeans – Per usual I went with a pair of high waisted skinny jeans that are flattering on so many body shapes. Plus it’s great with a looser top. Hat – I know it seems a little strange to wear a baseball cap when …

The Physics of Everyday Things, Book Review

The Physics of Everyday Things, by James Kakalios The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day About the Book: Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.   Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS?  In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted. Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled …

Floral Dress + Black Wig at Holiday Park

Sometimes it’s amazing how one little thing can change your look so much and that’s exactly how I feel with this outfit! It was a whole lot of fun playing “dress up with such a different look! While I did do a little bit different with my makeup (mostly just a heavier hand and darker) that was really just to keep from being completely over powered by the wig. So here are a few photos from the day! Oh and if you think this area looks familiar that might be because you’ve seen another #ootd with this backdrop, High Low Dress in the Rain. Although these photos were actually taken WAY before those, both at Holiday Park, I kind of misplaced this set for awhile.  It’s too bad because that day we were actually able to spend a little bit of time at the park on the trails, even making it back to the stream towards the back. For my outfit I’m wearing a simple dress that came from Amazon. I think it was only like …