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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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A Time for Everything. . .

Too many times, and all too often, we take for granted the little things in life.  But it's the little things that make life worth living.  :]

I thank my God for. . .
Warm water. Fuzzy socks. Laughter. Dance. Poetry. A kitty in my lap. Chai Tea Lattes. Sisters. My brother. Mum and Dad. Funny friends. Far a…

What's in a Name?

Welkom, mijn vrienden! Which means, "Welcome, my friends!" in Dutch.
So. . .
Can you guess where these set of names hail from?  :]

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Dutch, Limburgish
Pronunciation:  BRAHM

Meaning & History
Dutch and Limburgish short form of Abraham, which means "father …

Beautiful Books #2 | A Link-Up

Hosted by Sky, from Further Up and Further In, and Cait, from The Notebook Sisters, (inventors of Beautiful People) it is designed with NaNoWriMo in mind.  But it is not required that you actually participate in NaNo in order to link-up.  While I do not take part in NaNo myself, I still look forwar…

A + A Friday!

This post is a compilation of two weeks. . . Heheh.  :]


When two horses and a goat randomly run in view of the kitchen window.  O_o (They had been missing from a neighboring farm; don't worry, the owner found them!)Locking eyes with a stranger in another car and holding their gaze as yo…

Poetry! (from the Giveaway entries)

Hello, peeps!  I've been thinking of this since my giveaway ended, and out of all the entries, four precious ladies added their own poetry.  I've requested and attained their permission to share them with you here.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I!


What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Jewish, French, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  EE-than (English)

Meaning & History
Means "solid, enduring" in Hebrew.  This was the given name of a wise man in the Old Testament.  After the Protestant Reformation it was occasionally used…

"Man has blood enough to power his brain or his brawn, not often both at once."

I have survived the week, guys!  Yes, sirree.  And my first day of work.  :]  But alas, I've missed yet another A+A post.  Tut, tut, oh dear. . . 
However, good news (for me): I am officially an employee of LifeWay Christian Bookstores! And my first official day was today--and a busy …

Book Review | Secrets of Sloane House

Secrets of Sloane House
Chicago World's Fair Mystery #1
Shelley Gray

Publisher:  Zondervan
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Christian, Romance
Released:  July 2014

One woman's search for the truth of her sister's disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.

Rosalind Pe…

What's in a Name?

Here are some names of the Elvish sort, dearies!


Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Elvish
Pronunciation:  THAHL-ee-on

Meaning & History
Elvish name for Bijan, meaning "hero."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Elvish
Pronunciation:  air-oo-DESS-sah

Meaning & History
Elvish name for…

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February Snippets!
Here are some Snippets from last month.  These hail from my WIP Safia and another project I'm …
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near the brokenhearted;  He saves those crushed in spirit.  ( Psalm 34:18) > > >…
In the Midst of Despair [A Prayer]
Have you ever had one of those down days?  Where you feel like everyone and everything is against …
What's in a Name? || Surnames Edition
Good evening, y'all. It's the third week of AUGUST. O_o I'm picking up on my Name post ra…