Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review: Praying For Your Future Husband

Like most girls, I would like to, someday, get married. And also like most girls, I sometimes stop and wonder who my future husband is, what he is like, and where he is at that exact moment. So when I saw the book Praying For Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart For His by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer available for review, I figured it would be something worth my while to read.

I remember, even as a young child, praying that God would be with my future husband, wherever he may be, and keep him safe. But that was about the extent of those prayers. Of course, when you are young, you aren’t really too concerned with who you are going to end up marrying when you are old, anyway. At least I wasn’t. But as you get older, you start to think about it more. And you start to care more about the type of person you will someday pledge the rest of your life to. And that is where this book comes in.

Throughout the book, Robin and Tricia not only share personal stories about their own lives and their own relationships with their husbands, but they devote each chapter to a different trait that you should pray for in a future husband as well as traits you should pray for in yourself so that you will be ready for Prince Charming when he comes along. For example, Chapter 4 talks about praying for patience. When it seems like it is taking forever for Mr. Perfectly Imperfect to show up on your doorstep, pray for patience to wait for God’s perfect timing and His perfect guy for you. In addition, pray that he will have patience to wait for you as well. This is just one example of a topic that the book discusses. And with 13 chapters in the book, I assure you there are more little gems.

One of the coolest things I found in this book is that they gave a list at the end of the book of 52 scriptures to pray for your future husband – one per week, for a year. I think this is a great idea.

I did feel like this book was geared more towards the high school/young college-age crowd, but as a single girl in her mid-20s that is waiting on her future husband, I did still find it to be a good read and worth my while. I would recommend it to other girls in the same situation as well.

I received this book for review from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was required to give an honest, and not necessarily positive, review. Thanks, WBM for the opportunity to read this book!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Little Night Music Photoshoot

I had the opportunity to take pictures of the next show at the theatre, A Little Night Music. Check 'em out!





Friday, June 17, 2011

Unsinkable (Abby Sunderland) Review

She Is Unsinkable!

I recently had the opportunity to read Unsinkable by Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old girl who attempted to sail non-stop around the world alone and unassisted. When I first saw this book available for review, I was quite excited to get the opportunity to read it. Although I do not know Abby personally, we share a common thread in that we are both alumni of the same high school, and I know several people who are personal friends of hers. I followed Abby’s journey while she was on it, via her blog and various news sources.

And I obviously wasn’t the only person in my family eager to read the book… soon as it arrived, my dad started flipping through it, and I didn’t get it back until he had read the whole thing. And as soon as I got it back, my mom came and found it and read it….so I didn’t get to start reading it right away. But once I started it, I was in for an adventure.

With Abby’s trip came lots of criticism…criticism of her, criticism of her parents, and criticism of pretty much anything people could think to criticize. One thing I particularly liked about this book is that she addressed a lot of that media criticism and shared how things weren’t actually how the media portrayed it.

The book is told from the perspective of the narrator, Abby and those who rescued her. This allows the reader to truly get a variety of perspectives on Abby’s trip.

Through this book I learned about Abby’s strengths. I learned about her perseverance and how she did not want to stop, no matter what. Abby’s trip did not go as planned, by any means. She had to re-start her solo-round-nonstop attempt from Cabo San Lucas shortly after starting out from Marina del Rey. Then she had to make the very difficult decision to pull into Cape Town, Africa. Through the book I learned what a struggle this was for her. Abby felt like she was admitting defeat, but eventually she realized that it was for her safety that her team was advising her to stop and make some crucial adjustments to her boat.

Then there was the story of when Abby was trapped in the Indian Ocean and how she really was afraid that she would never be found and rescued. She knew the chances were extremely slim. But she refused to give up hope.

Although I had little criticisms of the book (for example, I think the writing style could’ve been better, but since Abby was only 16 or 17 at the time of the book’s writing I can’t complain too much!), overall it was a great story of Abby’s adventure sailing around the world. She really is unsinkable! If Abby gets the opportunity to try again to sail around the world, I hope she can make it all the way non-stop. :)

Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publisher’s BookSneeze program for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Most Recent Brush With Fame....

I haven't had too many brushes with fame.....

I sold bread to Dennis Franz and made small talk, completely unaware (at the time) who I was talking to......

I shared the stage with Patty Duke when she had a special part in one of the songs in a concert when I was part of the youth orchestra.....

And yesterday I passed the this guy in the hallway.....

I was supposed to get to meet him, but he left before I was able to do so....but I saw him a couple times walking around and passed him and his wife in the hallway....that was super cool! :)

That's my most recent brush with the rich and famous....... :)

Project 365: Days 155 - 163

Day 155: I went to a BBQ and bonfire at a friend's house. We went for a nice long walk on her property. It was beautiful!!!

Day 156: Missed

Day 157: My dog Cody (yes it is sideways for a reason. He was just lying there looking so cute!).

Day 158: Skipped

Day 159: This is a basket that we are auctioning off at work as part of our blind/silent auction. It has some yummy chocolates inside!

Day 160: Opening night of the Wizard of OZ! Here's some of my co-workers, ready to hand out tickets at Will Call and sell concessions.

Day 161: Skipped

Day 162: Someone brought this awesome Tin Man to the theatre for display during Wizard of Oz. He is perfect!!!

Day 163: The munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Such a cute group of kids and they are doing a spectacular job!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hello, Blogging Buddies!

Hello Blogging Friends!

I just wanted to say that I may seem, as far as this blog is concerned, like I fell off the face of the planet. But in all reality, I have just been so busy with work that I haven't hardly had time to think, let alone post on my blog. So hang tight, I'll be back soon to update it some more. I'm getting some good pictures to share and I should have some time here in a couple weeks. :)

Thanks for visiting the blog!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Wizard of Oz

I got to take some pictures today of the cast of The Wizard of Oz and I got permission to share the pictures with you! :) Click on them to make them bigger. Enjoy!






Project 365: Day 153

Day 153: I work for a local theatre, and we are doing The Wizard of Oz this summer! The season kicks off next week so today they had a press photoshoot. I got to take pictures as well so that we had some pictures to use too! Here's a picture of Dorothy and Toto in Kansas before the show turns to color. I can't wait to see the show! :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Project 365: Day 41

Day 41: Yes, this is an old picture. But remember how I couldn't find the picture taken on February 10, that I knew I had taken? Well, tonight when I was moving pictures off my computer and onto my harddrive, I FOUND IT!!!!!! :)