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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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He ate and drank the precious words His spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, Nor that his frame was dust. He danced along the dingy days, And this bequest of wings Was but a book. What liberty A loosened spirit brings.
Emily Dickinson

Photo Contest!

I have entered the below picture into a Photo Contest hosted by Irishragamuffin's Lil Sister.  
The theme is emotion, and when I read the post, this was the first pic that came to mind.  It is of my grandparents on our annual camping trip last August.  You see, we have this certain spot that h…

What's in a Name?

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Greek, Russian, English, Spanish, Ancient Greek
Pronunciation:ah-nah-stah-SEE-yah (Russian), a-nǝ-STAY-zhǝ (English), a-nǝ-STAS-yǝ (English), ah-nahs, TAH-syah (Spanish)

Meaning & History Feminine form of Anastasius, which is the Latinized form of the Greek name

To Ponder

Psalm 139:23-24
"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.   See if there is any offensive way in me;  lead me in the everlasting way."

Psalm 86:11 "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth;  give me an Undivided Heart that I may fear Your name."

What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  mak-si-MIL-ee-ǝn, mak-si-MIL-yǝn

Meaning & History
Variant of Maximilian, which comes from the Roman name Maximilianus, derived from Maximus meaning  "greatness" in Latin.

[Sorry, I had to put a pic of Maximus!]

Gender: …

New Blog Design!

A HUGE thank you to the lovely Storyteller for designing my blog!

I am so incredibly happy with the new look, as for the past few months I've been looking for the perfect template anywhere and everywhere (I didn't really want to purchase one).  And guess what?  She does everything for FREE!…

What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation: YOO-jeen, yoo-JEEN

Meaning & History
English form of the Latin Eugenius, which is derived from the Greek Eugenios, which is taken from the Greek eugenes meaning "well born."  Bearers of this name include several saints and four pope…

Happy Valentine's Day!

Greetings, my friends!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Last year, and maybe the year before, I posted a letter on the Maidens blog describing what we know of the life of Valentine, a Christian martyr and saint.  Using what research I found from various websites I put together a brief account of what co…

Snippets of Story

This is my first entry to the Snippets of Story, hosted by Katie from Whisperings of the Pen.  I've wanted to do this for a little while and at last I have the chance!  Snippets is just a way to give you, dear readers, a taste of what I've been up to in my writings.  And, hopefully, have y…

What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  JAH-shǝ-wǝ, JAW-shwǝ

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Yehoshu'a, meaning "YAHWEH is salvation."  Joshua was the given name of one of the twelve spies sent to Canaan under the orders of Moses, as recorded in the …

Anything New?

Hello, dear readers!  Welcome back!

For those of you involved in the 100-4-100 Challenge, hosted by Go Teen Writers, how goes your story?  Even if you are not participating in the challenge, what's up in your adventure?  I love hearing the various plots of young writers and seeing the creativit…

What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  MIE-kəl (English), MI-khah-el (German)

Meaning & History
Derived from the Hebrew name Mikha'el, meaning "who is like God?" - a rhetori…

Go Teen Writers

This is kind of a last minute decision, but I've decided to do it!  I signed up to accept this 100 words for 100 days challenge hosted by Go Teen Writers (even though I'm no longer a "teen").  This challenge is for all ages!  And I believe it will give me the motivation I need to…

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