Book Review : The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

TurquoiseFirst things first, ARE YOU A FRONT YARD PERSON? That is the question you will need to answer as you read Kristin Schell’s book The Turquoise Table.  In the Turquoise Table Kristin takes us on her journey to build community in her Texas town.  She chronicles he ups and downs  of being front yard people  as they began doing every day tasks at the turquoise table.  She gives practical advice on how to stock a simple basket to grab and go as you go to sit at the turquoise table , like crayons, coloring books, a can of mixed nuts, plastic cups and a water pitcher.  BUT Kristin ALSO includes family tested recipes at the end of each chapter !!  The chapters are short and sweet.  They get right to the point and there are many testimonials of others as they have embarked on their turquoise table journeys.  It was an easy and encouraging read that really makes the reader feel as though you can accomplish what is a seemingly scary risk, but with ease Kirstin melts away fears and doubts!

I  had heard about the turquoise table movement through blogging friends over the last few years but I had not been to Kristin’s Blog   or read anything official concerning the concept.  And even though I had never read anything by her I had decided that my carpenter hubby was going to make some picnic tables for our outdoor space, I new one of them would bee painted TURQUOISE!!!!

When I saw I had the option to review Kristin’s Book I knew I just had to and it did NOT disappoint.  I couldn’t stop reading!!!  Each chapter addressed different ares the Turquoise table touched in her life…even the table wearing out…WHILE SHE SAT ON IT!!!   Did I mention she was on camera as it happened?  SOOOO FUNNY!  The turquoise table has changed her, her family, her community, TEXAS and many around the world…no I am NOT kidding!!!   Being a front yard person may not be my personality type, BUT Im certainly going to give it a whirl!!!

This is definitely 5 star rating plus some!

Thanks BookLook Bloogers for giving me a free copy of this book to review and not expecting anything in return!

Happy Homemaker- 4-24-2017


The weather:::

The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous today…I can’t wait to sit outside and read! This makes me oh so happy!!

On my reading pile:::

The Best Yes (for Bible Study)

I Am (book review)

Unglued (my own reading)

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::

Family Affair

Tiger Cruise

On my TV:::


On the menu for this week:::

Monday-Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Veggie

Tuesday-Pulled Pork with Mashed potatoes and veggie

Wednesday-Pasta and salad

Thursday-Taco Salad

Friday-soup and sandwich

Saturday-meatloaf and mashed potatoes and veggies

Sunday-chicken and pasta salad with veggies

On The To-Do List ;;

clean bathroom cabinets (declutter)

Shelves on the back of our bed needs cleaned

upstairs desk needs cleaned

fold and put away laundry

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::

These are what I was working on…

Now to move onto the apartment.  I am working on creating some vinyl work with my cricut for our ministry apartment

Happening this week:::

Hubby has meetings coming out his ears,

it’s our last week of regular awana

And we have Ladies Bible study this week  YAY!!!

Looking around the house:::

Things are looking pretty good, though we have a laundry problem, though its related to what we think is the pump in the washing machine being fried  (UGH)  hubby ordered the new part and hopefully I will be back in business before the end of the week 🙂

From the camera:::


Our #3 man-child dressed in  Pop-Pop’s WWII uniform.  We got a chance over spring break to visit hubby’s grand parents who are both in their 90’s and who have been married for over 70 years…What a blessing Mimi and Pop-Pop are!

What I’m wearing today:::blue Jeans, navy blue hoodie and sneakers

One of my simple pleasures:::

Sitting out back enjoying the sun, the view, a good book and a cup of coffee!

Bible verse, Devotional:::

I just read day 49 in I Am by Michele Cushatt and on that day she talks about having faith that moves mountains.  we sometimes struggle when we have faith that something happens and it doesn’t.  and then she points us to Jesus, the beholder of perfect faith, and yet, God does not answer his prayer for the crucifixion to pass from him…..her response to this is the answer wasn’t in moving the crucifixion mountain, but in the giant stone that covered his grave  and him walking out ALIVE.  . He overcame death, that is a far bigger mountain, and sometimes we have to walk through a valley to get to that much bigger mountain….wow…just wow (this is not a direct quote I just paraphrased it)

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BOOK REVIEW: A Spectacle of Glory A Spectacle of Glory God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day By Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby

 A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory
God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day
By Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby
Published by Zondervan

Joni Eareckson Tada is well known for her testimony as a quadriplegic and her many talents including her skillful writing ability and A Spectacle of Glory is no different.  Joni artfully communicates God’s truths through this small little devotional book that packs quite the truth punch.    Even though each day is a relatively short devotional, it is jam packed full of  meet you right where you are   truths that are applicable to our each and every day lives.  Whether you are a person in the midst of struggles or you are a busy mom running errands this tiny book fits right into your purse backpack or briefcase and can be read in your free moments.   it also gives you scripture reading that you can read all or portions depending on your schedule and can be easily continued throughout your day.

I really enjoyed the encouragement this book brought as I laid in bed battling illnesses for 3 weeks and I had a personal struggle that kept me awake at nights.  it brought light into a dark spot and encouraged me to keep moving forward.  I love the ability to tuck it into almost any bag and have it with me wherever I went.  however with that comes one major downfall….FONT SIZE! .  This is huge for me since I am visually impaired however  that seems like such a very small detail in light of the fact that this book brought such encouragement.    I would like t encourage you that no matter the season you are in whether it be  crazy busy, stressful or just plain dark, this book will shed light to the darkest of times.  I give this book a  5 out 5 stars.  You can find this book and others by Joni on Amazon by clicking HERE

Id like to give a big Thank You to BookLook Bloggers for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.  In no way  is there compensation for a positive review. and this post contains NO affiliate links!

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Book Review: Angel In My Room by BettyCollier


Angel in my room

Angel In My Room by BettyCollier is the Biography of Lillie Hopkins who lost the baby who had become her everything.  When the baby dies, she becomes inconsolable.  She feels as though her life is over and struggles with deep depression.  she talks about seeing her baby and having a conversation with God, in which she cannot decide to live or die.  Upon returning home she  is helped by a few people including her brother and another dear friend.  as she grows out of this horrible experience she then passes the grace and love shared with her during her hard times to those who then need it..  It is an encouraging book of hope and how you can rise out of the valley of despair and still touch and impact lives with love and truth.

I enjoyedAngel In in my Room.  It is a fast read and keeps you engaged.  I found it to be encouraging.  Though some of the circumstances are far fetched at times, we must remember that the Bible is specific, that Angels existed before man was created so therefore humans cannot become angels.  Does that then mean that she didn’t experience some sort of miracle NO.   This is one woman testimony, we have truth in scripture, So I can only say that one piece.  outside of that it was a gripping touching story and she is able to take the pain she endured and turned it into something absolutely beautiful as she encouraged others through their struggles as well.  It was powerfully written and the author did a fantastic job telling this woman life story.   I give it a 3 1/2 stars.


Happy Homemaker Monday 2/29/2016

Let’s start off with a Big Ole’ HAPPY LEAP DAY!!!

What are you doing with you “extra”  24 Hours  today?

Me I’m Blogging…YAY!!!!!

It’s been a while…a rather long. Hard while, and while we are still feeling the effects of exhaustion stemming from a very traumatic event we are in a whole new normal and a very exciting time in our lives.

I know I have mentioned it briefly over the last year, but our story really is coming…I PROMISE!

So on with my Happy Homemaker post!!

On the weather front:   Rainy, wet, and very SPRING like…That’s saying a lot since we live in upstate NY (and  it’s FEBRUARY  29th)

On my bedside table: nothing really

On my TV: Fuller House (more  on my take on this later)

On the menu for tonight:Million Doller  Spaghetti Casserole found on this site here 

On the menu for this week:

Monday: Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole & Salad

Tuesday: Chili and Biscuits

Wednesday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Bake and Veggies

Thursday: Taco Salad

Friday: Meatball Subs

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: For the fellowship dinner cookies, for evening meal we will have something simple perhaps leftovers…if there are any !!

On my To Do List:

  • Cancel Netflix
  • Deep clean Kitchen cabinets
  • deep clean and re-organize the school room (did you catch that a hint of a new adventure)
  • craft room organized
  • kids clothes sorted and organized
  • Linen closet sorted organized and decluttered

There is a bunch more BUT this is plenty for the week!

New Recipe I tried last week:I didn’t.  last week was TOO crazy for new!

In the craft basket:  Home organization items, a bathrobe and a baby gift for a certain very anticipated niece and cousin!

Looking forward to:: Wednesday date night with my dear Husband !!

Homemaking Tip for this week: enjoy your space, make it  what you love.  OWN IT!

Favorite photo from last week:


Lesson learned the past few days:  from yesterday actually I planned  a meal for 8 adults and 6 kids.  What I got was 8 adults and 9 kids….can you say 5 loaves and two fishes….everyone ate until they were filled! THEN THERE were leftovers!!

On my Prayer List:

  • 5 little girls
  • unsaved friends and family
  • a teen growing leaps and bounds in her faith with Jesus
  • a sick little boy in our house
  • my children
  • my husband

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses

Ephesian :4:1-6  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (NIV

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