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And better than my greatest dreams I have a new gown, and pinned to the gown, as obviously, as noticeable as possible, is my new gold brooch given to me by the King of England himself.

That is the second sentance in the book that I am reading by Philippa Gregory, The Boleyn Inheritance, from the point of view of Katherine Howard at Greenwich Palace in 1540.

Hard to believe that the things that we take for granted were the greatest of pleasures during that era. They did not have the abundance of clothes that we all seem to have nor were there places to just go pick something out. Everything was made by hand by a seamstress. Incredible.

Today is John 3:16 Day…I did not even know that there was a day for that…honestly I thought everyday was a John 3:16 Day but I guess there is one day devoted to that verse.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV, John 3:16) A plan for salvation for ALL people of the world. Every last one of us. Amazing. Not sure if I could give my one and only son to save everyone else. I don’t think that God even really had to ponder his plan. It was foretold in the Old Testament and it came true in the New Testament.

I guess my point is that a sentance is a powerful thing…regardless if it is about getting a new dress or giving up your most precious creation, there is so much power in the words.

We need to heed our sentances sometimes. Words can be more powerful and more dangerous than a sword and even more costly.


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It is amazing the impact a book can have on your life. You read a book and it can change your whole outlook on a situation or circumstance in an instant. Books can open our eyes to so many wonders that the world has to offer.

When asked what book has the greatest impact on my life I would have to truly say the Bible as a whole but certain Books within the Bible have had an even greater impact at different times. I enjoy the newness of Genesis and the trials of Exodus. I have always liked the story of David, a man with sin but of God, with sin and he still is able to find favor with God. I love that part.

I could probably name a great quality or theme in every book of the Bible but I won’t do that.

I will tell you that there have been many books that I have read over the years. I remember a book I read in either 5th or 6th grade called The Westing Game, I loved that book and read it until it fell apart. As I got older I read so many books that I have never kept track and I should have then I could have avoided reading some over again by mistake. I read a LaVyrle Spencer story called Morning Glory set in the south in the early days of WWII. That was another book that I read until it fell apart.

Lately I have been reading historical fiction, specifically set in the Tudor Reign of England. These are characters that you love and hate all at the same time. The books I have been reading are based on basic fact with the day-to-day details being fiction. I am not sure what it is about these books unless I just needed a break from the mysteries and such that I had been reading.

I have gotten the kids really reading again. My daughter is reading The Princess Diaries and my son is almost done with Prince Caspian then he will start the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I love having them read…reading will take them anywhere they want to go and beyond.

Live Forever

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The topic of the day was if you could live forever would you? why or why not? Well I can honestly tell you that I would not want to live forever. It is bad enough, for our own sorrows, that we lose people that we love through the natural course of progression but live past everyone I know, including my children, would not be ideal.

I would much rather live a long life full of love, sorrows, good times, bad times, then to live past all those in my life. I would love to grow old with my husband, children, and grandchildren than live forever. We all will live forever in the stories that we pass down from generation to generation as well as in the hearts of those that we have personally touched and nurtured. That would be perfect for me.

I have been able to share stories with my children that were passed down to me from my great aunts and my grandparents, so those same people live on in our hearts and memories as long as we share the tales we were told. I love recounting the great aunts tales of the Great Depression and how those stories made me feel as a child. I have shared these same stories with my children and she lives on in their hearts as well.

The best way to prolong our own livelihood is to share our stories. Think of where we would be if history was not recorded? The oral and written history lives on in the reader after the teller is gone. The Diary of Anne Frank was just the writings of a young girl during a very trying time but she lives on because of her writings and experiences. Laura Ingalls Wilder also lives on in the stories she wrote of her childhood. Moses lives on in many different types of stories as well as movies because his life was recorded. All of these people will continue to live long after I am gone because their own stories were shared over and over again.

That is how I would want to live forever…