The Blessing


A few years back author Wanda Brunstetter wrote a short series of books about an Amish Women that decided to give quilting lessons.  (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, The Tattered Quilt, and The Healing Quilt).  In this series, Emma Yoder decides to begin teaching quilting to anyone that would be interested in learning.  It was a story line that I enjoyed, as it was fun to see how the seemingly unrelated people all became friends and were able to help each other out.  Now Ms. Brunstetter is doing it again but this time it is Emma’s niece Heidi Troyer that has decided to offer cooking classes.  This time instead of being an older lady whose children have grown, Heidi is a young Amish woman that longs for a family.  While she has been married for many years, she and her husband have not been blessed with a child.  Heidi decides to start offering cooking classes to take her mind of off her barrenness and also to give her something to do.  The Blessing is about her second class and the students that have signed up for this class.

I enjoyed reading about this new class of students and how Heidi is able to not only teach them how to cook but also helps them deals with situations in their lives.

A side benefit of the series is that the recipes that Heidi teaches during the 6 weeks of classes are included in the back of the book.  I can’t wait to try some of these.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  Can’t wait for the next book in the series.


June Recap

Well, June didn’t go quite as well as I wanted it to go.  Looking back at my post to begin the summer, I said that my number one goal was to get over the cold.  I ended up spending most of June not feeling well and fighting a cold/respiratory illness and some gastronomical problems. I will spare you the gory details.  Needless to say, I didn’t feel like getting much done.  I did manage to make two trips to Madrid Iowa and the 4-H camping center, one trip to Des Moines to drop off a child and then a 5 day trip to Houston with my husband.

The first goal on my list was to read.  I did manage to read 7 books this month.  Would have preferred more, but hard to read when you don’t feel well.

  1. Become the Inspiration by Kurt Kreiter
  2. Patterned After Death by Elizabeth Lynn CaseyTakin
  3. Taking on Twins by Mollie Campbell
  4. Promises of Love by Juliette Duncan
  5. Haley’s Hangdog Holiday by Tamie Dearen
  6. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 
  7. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Scan_20170702Patterned after deathHaleys hangdogPromises of Lovetaking on twinsthe crossoverThe Uncommon reader


The Bold book was for one of the book clubs I signed up for.  I am really enjoying the information and discussion from this book club.  This is for the Book Love book club hosted by Penny Kittle’s Book Love Foundation. I haven’t added too much to the discussion yet, as I just got home from Houston a couple of days ago and didn’t have internet access while we were there.  Trying to get caught up with everything.

My second goal was crafting time.  Once again not much accomplished with this one, when you don’t feel well and are running to the bathroom every few minutes, well need I say anything else?   Managed to get a few scrapbook pages done, but not much.

Goal three was to declutter.  That never happened, nor did goal four filing.  The pile is still sitting on my file cabinets and desk that need to be filed.

My 5th goal for the summer really is for this month and that is to write more.  I have signed up for Teacher’s Write camp and that begins June 10th.  Hopefully, I will find the time to work on that one this month even with the fairs.

The 6th and final goal was/is school related.  I did manage to get one of my classes completely ready to go on Canvas and also created a vocabulary list for each unit on Quizlet.  I have also gotten some stuff done on my Interactive Notebook for Language Arts 10 but still have lots to do for this one.

Let’s hope that July is a more productive month, even though there are two fairs during this month.  During county fair time, NOTHING else gets done.  I am happy to barely survive during those weeks.