Monday, April 21, 2014

A Redleg in Blues

Last weekend my parents came to visit and stay with the girls so that Bryan and I could attend a military ball.  The local field artillery association hosted a Saint Barbara's Ball for all the redlegs in the Kansas City area.  It was so nice to get away for a day and night without the kids.  It's somewhat of a tradition in the field artillery for the women to wear a red dress to St. Barbs.   For the second ball in a row, I rented a gown from Rent the Runway.  The zipper on the dress was a little wonky, but otherwise I was very pleased with it.    
The next morning we wanted to have a great breakfast so we went downtown to Succotash which is one of the best breakfast spots in KC!  Bryan ordered The Kitchen Sink and I had the Peachy Swedes.  I also enjoyed one of their fresh squeezed juices and got a piece of their 8 layer citrus cake to go.    


As soon as we got home on Sunday, Bryan had to clean up and put on his dress blues again.  He and Marlie had a date to attend a local Father-Daughter Banquet.  It is so sweet to see how excited she gets about dressing up to go on a special date with her daddy.  



She said "Take a picture of me doing a silly face!"




Thursday, April 3, 2014

Restless by Jennie Allen

I was seeing some buzz online about Restless and Jennie Allen so I was very excited when BookLook gave me the opportunity to read this new book!


I believe so many people feel like they are going through the motions of life rather than really living out each day with a passion and a purpose.  Jennie Allen encourages and inspires you to find that purpose and pursue it.  If you're not sure what that is, Restless even provides "worksheets" to help you determine the gifts God has given you.

I am glad I read Restless and would definitely encourage others to read it - especially other ladies in the same season of life as myself.  I enjoyed Jennie's style of writing and could easily relate to her life as a wife and mom to young children.  Although the worksheets weren't something I would typically do, I think other readers would appreciate how the activities can help them figure out their gifts and calling.  The book did inspire and encourage me to continue to pursue what I feel God is calling me to do during this season of my life.  One of my favorite themes of the book was how Jennie Allen challenges us to act now rather than wait for a more convenient season of life.  I also like that Jennie recommended reading certain portions of the Bible and shared other scripture regularly throughout the book.    

You can purchase your own copy of Restless here: http://www.thomasnelson.com/restless.html

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