Book Review: Love No Matter What

I chose to review Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With
because I am a mom of teens. Simple as that. Ok, not so simple… one of my teens is 18 and I spent the 6 months before she reached the age of adulthood wondering if I had done a “good job”.  The more I thought about it, the more I remembered that no matter what I did or didn’t do, my daughter would have to make her own choices…just like I did at that age. So, when I saw this book in my list of choices to review a few months after my daughter’s birthday, I thought it would be a good one to read to see if my opinions were the same as the authors.

The topics covered in the book range from the types of decisions our children make that we don’t agree with, common mistakes parents make (and yes, I was guilty of a few of these!), how to really be “cool” parents, who to share your parental struggles with, and more. The topics were good and gave a lot of insight BUT sometimes it was confusing to read about the particular families involved.  The author would name mom, dad and child and tell about their struggle in one chapter and then bring them back up again a few chapters later…it made my mind jumbled!  Maybe if she had included a chart with each family and their main struggle or even just said “Jessica’s parents handled this problem this way…” I might have been able to handle it better.

I did like the fact that she included her adult daughter’s perspective on some of the issues.  The author is clear that she was not the perfect mom.  She had some struggles with her daughter Katie and in this book, they discuss some of those and how they worked through them or are still working on.

As for those opinions…were they similar to mine?  Yes, mostly.  There were a couple of things that I don’t totally agree with but that is ok.  It may be because I have not faced some of the issues mentioned and so my opinion is irrelevant.  You always hear people say “if that were my kid, I would…”  well, you really don’t know WHAT you would do in that situation and neither do I.

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Pill Take Back


The 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Atoka Police Department, and Tipton County Sheriff’s Office will be TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS on Saturday, April 27th 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m at Atoka City Hall & Tipton County Criminal Justice Complex

Here is the press release from the office of

 District Attorney General D.Michael Dunavant 


Tipton County, Tennessee – On Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Atoka Police Department, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to either the Atoka City Hall at 334 Atoka-Munford Road, Atoka, Tennessee, or the Tipton County Criminal Justice Complex at 1801 South College Street, Covington, Tennessee.

Prescription drug abuse in this country is an epidemic.  You could be partly to blame without even knowing it. With pill abuse at record levels, addicts are looking in as many medicine cabinets as possible – maybe even yours.  We can help.  On Saturday, April 27, 2013, DEA and its partners nationwide will operate collection sites in your community where Americans can turn in their unused, unneeded, and expired prescription drug medications – no questions asked.  This is a free, anonymous service that will help keep your home safe and could save lives.  Prescription drugs treat illness and alleviate pain, but they should only be used when prescribed by a doctor.  Unfortunately, these medications often end up in the wrong hands.  More than 70 percent of people who abuse these medications say they get them from family or friends. Many users of street drugs like heroin start with abusing painkillers. Don’t be an unknowing source.  Don’t harm the water supply by flushing your medicine down the toilet. Strengthen your community and make your home safer by participating in this national initiative.  For more information and to find a collection site near you, visit

Local law enforcement agencies like the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Atoka Police Department, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, are proud to participate with the DEA in this important public safety initiative, and will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Catching Up

     Since my hand started feeling better and I have a moment to sit down, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with you all.  Not that it is 100% better, but at least I can use it.  I am still seeking medical help for it.  In fact, yesterday, I had a nerve conduction study and EMG.  The nerve conduction wasn’t too bad but the EMG…well, let’s just say, I didn’t enjoy it at all!

      This is the year of special birthdays for the men in my family. My oldest son turned 16 in January, my youngest turned 13 in February, and this month, my husband will be 40.  Lots of celebrations for these awesome guys!

     Although I no longer have little ones at home, I have been serving on the steering committee for the new Tipton County MOPS chapter. We just started in January and are growing! We’ve had new moms attend each meeting, which is encouraging.  My daughter is helping in the Moppets, the class for the preschoolers, and she loves it.  We will have a booth at the Atoka BBQ Fest on April 6th to pass out info and sell baked goods to help raise funds for our chapter. Please be sure to stop by and say hello!


 My husband and I are taking PATH Classes at Youth Villages to prepare to foster/adopt and that requires a couple of nights a week away from home.  This is hard physically, because we are tired from being on the go all day already, emotionally because of some of the issues we hear about that these children go through, and mentally because of the massive amount of paperwork we have to fill out. The ultimate goal is to help a child and so we know that in the end, it will all be worth it.


 I was blessed to serve on the Memphis Women’s Discipleship Walk last weekend.  Those are always fun!  I always leave the campground tired but in a good way.  To see the changes that take place in all of the women’s lives in those 3 short days is just amazing. If you have never experience this life changing weekend, I highly recommend you do so.  The dates for the next walk will be posted as soon as they are set.


 My term as president of Junior Auxiliary of Tipton County is coming to an end which means I have lots of paperwork and reports to prepare for National Association of Junior Auxiliaries and things to do to get my chapter transitioned and ready for next year.  Emotionally, I am excited for change but will miss being actively involved in this great organization which I have given 6 years of my life to.  The last big event that I get to be a part of as an active member is the JA5K & Kids Fun Run which is going to be on April 6th.   You can register to participate by clicking on the link or on the image below.377709_10152040337927203_823734084_n


 The Tipton County Relay for Life is quickly approaching and that means that the other committee members and I are in hyper-drive to get everything finalized for the big event…PLUS we have added something new this year that we are super excited about.  We are having a Paint The Town Purple Parade in Covington on May 4th!! If you have a group that would like to participate or are interested in sponsoring, please click on the link or image below for information and application.625613_10151579975947704_1610828444_n

 I guess that is all for now… I am sure there is more but I need to get ready for our family night.  Since life has been crazy busy lately and we had nothing on the calendar tonight, we have set this night aside to just be together.  These are the moments I love the best.  Have a great weekend y’all!

Book Review: Faith Leaps


     I “met” Alyssa online a couple of years ago and have followed her ever since for a few reasons. One is because her website has a lot of purple (which I read in the book is her favorite color! Woo-Hoo!) but mostly because everything she does is what I want to do…I want to be Alyssa when I grow up!  HA HA.  No seriously, she truly inspires me to go for what God has called me to do and especially so in this book.

     She takes you step by step on how to take something you are passionate about and use it to make a profit.  As I read it, it was like she was telling me “Christie, you know all of this…now do it!”  I have been too scared to step out and go for what God has called me to do.  Yes, I have made baby steps but have jumped back into the boat numerous times because I was unsure…I didn’t trust my ability and I definitely didn’t want to get wet!  Well, I am not going to allow my lack of certainty keep me from doing what I know I am supposed to be doing.




     God’s timing is always perfect and I truly believe that He allowed me to review this book so He could show me what I can do. These dreams He has placed in my heart have been dormant for too long and it is high time to get them out and get going. One chapter in particular, I will be using to make a checklist (yes, I do love my checklists) of ideas to help me get to where I am supposed to be.

     The book officially launches TODAY and in celebration, Alyssa is hosting a launch party on Facebook and a fantastic special PLUS bonuses on her website if you order TODAY!

     If you are serious about taking a Faith Leap and doing something that God has called you to do, then I advise you to read this book.


Book Review: Stumbling on Open Ground




I chose to review Ken Mansfield’s Stumbling on Open Ground: Love, God, Cancer, and Rock ‘n’ Roll because of the topic…Cancer.  I thought it would help me to as co-chair for the Relay for Life of Tipton County better understand some of the things the survivors I work with go through.

Ken was the American producer for the Beatles so most of the the “Rock ‘n’ Roll” facts he mentions in the book are before my time so I didn’t recognize a lot of the names but it was neat to get a glimpse of the behind the scenes stuff that happen in the music business.

The author’s wife, Connie, actually opened up each chapter with her thoughts and then he would give his.  It was interesting to see how each situation was looked at differently by the individuals.  Even though only one of them was going through cancer treatment, they were both affected but in different ways and it was heart breaking to read how it did.

For someone who is going through the scary journey of cancer, this book might be just what they need to read.  It is honest and points out that God is bigger than Cancer, no matter what the outcome.

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Do Not Disturb

I love my smart phone.  It keeps me connected at all times.  I can do anything I need and stay in touch with everyone about various projects I am working on…but sometimes, I just need to get away.  I want to be able to enjoy family time without having to respond to an email about budget reports, a text about women’s ministry, or questions on one of the MANY Facebook pages I manage so I will put my phone on airplane mode for a few hours.  Well, this weekend, I decided that I was disconnecting Saturday evening and would not reconnect until this morning.   I hung a virtual Do Not Disturb sign…


I didn’t look at any of my emails…didn’t Tweet, stayed off of Pinterest, no texting…The only person I sent a text to on Sunday was my mother to let her know that my phone would be turned off so if there was an emergency, she would need to call my husband’s phone.

It was nice to have that break away from the busyness of my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my life and all of the activities I am involved in but my brain just needed a break…some time to just relax and enjoy the day.  It was really a mini vacation that I needed.  I feel that by doing this, I was more mentally prepared for this week.

I challenge you to turn off your device for a couple of hours a week to see how free you feel.  Enjoy!

Painful Post

It pains me to type this post…no, it really does!  You see, I have somehow managed to injure my left hand and am now sporting this lovely contraption


I initially strained it on December 21 and it wasn’t getting any better so last week, I told my husband that since more than a month had passed and it was still sore, I might want to get it checked out…but I didn’t make any effort to contact a Dr about it until I hurt it more on Tuesday.  I was buckling my seat belt as a passenger in my friend’s car and I felt something pop and my wrist started burning.  I called the Dr the next day and went in on Thursday.  He said that nothing is broken, I have mild carpal tunnel, and apparently have some tendon damage that requires me to “rest” my wrist.  He gave me a cortisone injection…OUCH…and put this brace on me.  I am still hurting and have little strength in that hand. I can’t pick up much of anything with my left hand.  Fixing my hair isn’t easy,unloading the dryer is painful, hold my phone on the left side is impossible, and Typing is torture!  One handed…peck…peck…peck…AUGH!

Anyway, I am just telling y’all this in case you have wondered where I have been and why you haven’t seen much of me online lately.  Please pray that this heals soon so I can get back to my regular life.

We WILL still have the Fantastic February Facebook party…I just have to figure out how I can keep up with the typing that night.

Book Review: Hope Springs

I received a copy of Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate to review in June and I don’t know why but I didn’t get a chance to read it until this week.  I have to tell you, the timing was perfect not only because the story starts off on December 23rd, the same day I started reading it, but also because some of the issues the characters dealt with are things I have been personally struggling with lately.   God knew that it wouldn’t have affected me this way in June so He allowed it to be put aside until it was time.

The story illustrates the beauty of how God works in the lives of His people.  It is set in a small town that has two main places of worship, a church for the black families, and one for the white families. They are friends but don’t ever “join together” except for funerals until one of the ladies starts a Bible study at a local diner and women from both churches start attending.  They call their group “Soul Sisters”, which I loved because that is the name God gave me for our Women’s Sunday School class for the exact same reason that the author gave for the reason the group chose the name, because we are all sisters in Christ and are connected by our souls.

There are so many characters and relationships that it often get confusing as to who goes with who and where they fit in but thankfully, the author included a family tree at the front so I could flip to it and check.  In the end, this is a very important key to the story line so don’t neglect using it.

I love to read Christian fiction but in my opinion, many are overly sappy and often leave me feeling like I want to gag on the super sweetness and “perfect lives” of the characters but not this one. It was REAL. It would be a good book for a group of women to read and discuss together. I will definitely be recommending it to my friends.

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Giveaway: Jesus Calling

This year, I have been reading the Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence Daily Devotional book and really love the way it’s written. It seemed like some days, the words were JUST FOR ME!  A few months ago, I decided to try the free trial of the app on my Android phone…loved it so I upgraded to the paid version. Now, no matter what, I have my devotion with me wherever I may be.

As I was sipping my coffee and reading today’s devotional, I did like I often do and I shared a copy of part of the reading on my Facebook page.  While I was typing info in, I thought “Hey, you should make this your end of the year giveaway!” So, I am 🙂

The winner will receive their choice of a hard copy of the book OR digital version for their mobile device.

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Magnificent Monday

We had a magnificent Monday!  The kids got their school work done early and since I love seeing my kids working on their assignments, I often take pics of them while they do.  Today, I snapped a lot of my middle child, who usually avoids my camera or makes goofy faces.

Here he is working on his Geography lesson.  He had to use various resources to fill in a worksheet from The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide from Bright Ideas Press.


We both found it rather interesting that in the 1999 Scholastic Almanac, it showed the US Corporation with the highest revenue was General Motors but looking up the same information online for 2011, GM was not even in the top 10. Things sure have changed in a few short years huh?

And this is him doing his Algebra.  He is doing SO well with the program we are using this year and I am very proud of all he has done so far.

As you can see, we do school all over…at desks, on ottomans, outside, at the kitchen table, in the car…wherever! Learning happens in a variety of places.

We recently read about Leif Erikson  in All American History and one of the suggested resources in Illuminations 4 is the video Vikings: Journey to the New Worlds.  I was disappointed that I couldn’t find it on Netflix BUT was happy to see that Hulu had it so we watched it today. I bet it would have been amazing to view this movie at the IMAX like it was made for but unfortunately, it isn’t one of the film options in my area right now.  Be sure to check out this film if you are studying Leif Erikson. I don’t have a picture of us watching it but I wanted to share the info anyway.

Thanks for reading about our magnificent Monday…hopefully we’ll have a terrific Tuesday tomorrow!