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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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If Trees Could Speak. . .

I have a new poem to share!  This came to be, simply because of a remark one of my sisters made.  She brought up the subject that if a tree could speak, just think of all the stories it could share.  Well, that immediately brought to my mind the Ents of Tolkien's world.  But that's not exa…

A + A Friday!

Feeling pretty good with the sling.  Right after you say, "I'm a ninja!" it hits you smack on the face.  And everyone saw it.  Needless to say, there was a LOT of laughter.This isn't so much awkward as it would be TERRIFYING to me. . . Doing your daily early-morn workout a…

Book Review | Storm Siren

Storm Siren
Storm Siren, #1
Mary Weber

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Genre:  Fantasy Fiction, YA
Released:  August 2014

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare.  Yes.  Look. You don’t want me.  Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could …

In the words of Fripsky von Ciggatron, "Do tell!"

Life happens.  Ya know?  Because obviously, I've been absent ALL week long.  *bawls*  And *sobs* I've missed another A+A post!!  Gah.  You should be used to this by now.  :]  So here's just a little hullo of my happenings, or if you get technical with me, my, um, EXCUSES. . .

Firstly, t…

Liebster Award!

This post has been in the drafts for WEEKS.  Agh, I'd simply forgotten about it. . .  Heheh. . .

I'm not sure how many times I've received this award, but it makes me feel loved to have lost count!  Thanks goes to Bethan, from Think. Read. Write. Dream., for awarding me. :]

- Post …

What's in a Name?

It's been many a day since I've posted a set of names.  And so, while my batch of bread is rising, I thought it was as good a time as any.  :]

I think I've mentioned one of my most effective ways to find names is to read the end credits of movies. Have I?  Well, if not, I guess I just…

A + A Friday!

Texting while mowing. . . (What? I listen to my tunes when mowing the yard.)  :]Skimming channels and discovering that two different ones have bath re-do commercials on at the same time.  O_oWhen your sunburn/tan-line does not match the neckline of your blouse.Being the first person in line…

Spread the Love! Giveaway Shout-out

Welcome back, friends!  
This is a shout-out for fellow blogger and friend Ashlee Willis, who has a special on her debut novel The Word Changers.  I have yet to read it, but am looking forward to doing so.  
Follow through this link or click the image below and you can enter the giveaway!  


A Word, Guv'na?

elf 1828 Webster's Dictionary
noun  plural: elves 
1.  A wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an imaginary being which our rude ancestors supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind.  Hence in Scottish, elf-shot is an elf-arrow; an arrow-head of flint, suppose…

Give Me Tomorrow

Wrote a new poem yesterday.  :]

For the days I fail You For the Words I ignore For the missed opportunities For the trials in store Grant me strength! To live for You and show A dark world Your Hope-- Lord, give me Tomorrow.

Poem written by me, Sarah Dake.  Photo via Pinterest.

A + A Friday!


When a handsome stranger asks if he could give you his number "just in case." Then you feel bad, because you had to say no and he left really fast.  And, of course, your mother has to relay the whole thing to EVERYONE.When a kitty nibbles your toes.Turning quickly in a store and s…

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