Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Book Review: The Brothers: The Great & Terrible Series

The Brothers, The Great and Terrible SeriesI LOVE GOOD BOOKS. (Of course, who doesn't?)
This is one of those. One of the good ones.

I just finished this novel The Brothers by Chris Stewart. Its the first book in a series called The Great and Terrible.
Its a fictional account of the war in heaven before our mortal lives here on earth.

I truly believe that we are NOT mortal beings having spiritual experiences, but we are spiritual beings having a mortal experience. This book tugged at my spiritual heartstrings. What a great feeling I had after reading this book.

Great entertainment (LIKE THIS BOOK) makes you feel better after experiencing it!

My heart was pulled in several directions during this novel. Chris tells the story in such a realistic way. I felt like it was actually how the events took place, and I loved getting a glimpse into heaven for a couple hundred pages. Who knows, maybe he was inspired to write it for that purpose!

It was an intriguing, fast, and wonderful read. I recommend to everyone!
The Idaho Falls library has a waiting list for book #2. Must be a popular series! Great job to Chris Stewart for pulling me into his story and keeping me there.

Here is the description from and link to Amazon:

In the time before Creation, before so many of the children of God turned away from their Father and walked knowingly into the dark, there was a choosing, a sifting, a contest of ideas and a battle for souls. In that great premortal war, each of us learned the first lessons of life: The great ones may fall. The wicked can change. The weak and the foolish can become the strongest of all. And the battle between good and evil is the same regardless of the time or place. 

The Brothers is the first novel in a new series by national bestselling author Chris Stewart. The Great and Terrible takes us from the beginning of time to the final hours of the last days, revealing the greatest secret of all: The children of God can defeat the adversary, for we have fought him before.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What's with that eye?

I always wondered "WHY does Owen do that with his left eye?"
After going through some pictures today, I found the answer.

Do you think our kids destined to be little clones of us?

Pinto in July - The Ford Clan

I LOVE visiting Pinto, UT. Its a little cabin community, with inhabitants usually on holiday weekends in the summer.
I didn't take a lot of pictures this trip, I wanted to be involved in my vacation, not behind my camera lens the whole time. Do any of my fellow photographers feel this way sometimes? I didn't get pictures of everyone. Bummer! But oh well, I wasn't on the clock. haha
Activities this year included:
    -relaxing in hammocks
    -watch Kate "ALMOST" walk. Seriously, she is so close.
   -riding Uncle Dave & Aunt Korrie's 4 wheelers (BIG SHOUT OUT TO THEM!!! THANK YOU)
   -shooting a few arrows with the kids
   -tying a quilt for Kendall & Kira's family.
   -decorating clipboards - fun craft idea mom! (they kinda look like these clipboards)
   -sleeping in a tent with my 2 kids, we opted out of sleeping in the beautiful red cabin this year.
   -eating yummy food and eating lots of treats

Kira & Scotti are hard at work on their clipboards.
Grandma betty has the CUTTEST craft paper and ribbons.
Kendall and Kira working on the quilt.
Almost everyone was involved in making the quilt in some way. I even saw Dillon with a needle and yarn at one point. What a stud.
This was such a fun activity to do as a family, and knowing it would be keeping
Kendall & Kira's family warm this winter made it ALL the more FUN!
In case you are wondering, I had to hand the camera to Brian and say "take a picture
of me doing this, I want to remember I was here too". HA!
That's the only way I get in pictures these days.

They are best friends. REALLY. Its So. Darn. Cute.
Owen loved waking up and realizing he was still in the tent.
Kate is ALMOST one year old and ALMOST walking!!!
She likes being one of the "Big Girls".
These two were the BEST babysitters ever.
I never had to worry. Thanks girlies.

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