GOD's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
(Psa 32:7 MSG)


one thousand gifts #212-226

continuing where i left off a few weeks ago...

#212 autumn
#213 weekends away
#214 mall shopping (something I don't get a chance to do often!)
#215 new clothes
#216 crab legs dinner at Red Lobster
#217 a compliment from someone you don't know
#218 addiction:  Pinterest
#219 time to knit
#220 books
#221 even better--free books! :)
#222 smiles
#223 laughter
#224 having a craft in mind and finding the supplies for making it
#225 a wake-up light to get me up in the morning (should have had one YEARS ago!!!! love it!)
#226 my newest CD:  Fireflies and Songs by Sara Groves

that's all for today.  see you next week! 


Free Book Friday! {for Kindle}

If you've been following my blog, you may remember that I got my Kindle as a Valentine's Day gift from my hubby. So that means I've had my Kindle about 8 months.  And did you know I haven't purchased a single book or anything for it?  It's true!  We haven't spent a dime beyond the initial Kindle purchase.  At least, not yet.  And I've got hundreds--yes, you read that right--of books already!  Plus a few games too. All for FREE!

Last weekend, I was visiting with a friend and we were talking about our Kindles and what we like to read, etc. When I told her that everything I have on my Kindle was free, she asked if I could send her some book suggestions once in a while. 
Well, because of that conversation, I've decided to try a weekly "Free Book Fridays" on my blog.  I'm sure I won't get to it every week...if you've been following my "Multitudes on Mondays" you know I don't always have time to blog.  But I'll try and do this on a relatively regular basis for my friend (and others) who may be interested. 

I ♥ Kindle!

So if you have a Kindle {or an iPad, laptop, or other device with a Kindle ebook reader/app} then I hope to point you in the direction of some of the currently FREE books that are available--ones that either sound good to me or that I've already read and enjoyed.  I'm not going to write book reviews for every book--at least that's not my plan.  I'm just going to make a list and it will be up to you to check them out and decide which ones you'd like.  {And if you don't have an ebook reader, you can always check with your public library for a paper copy instead!}

Oh, and another thing:  I read a variety of book styles/genres.  But the majority--by far--of books fall into the Christian fiction category.  Just so you know what to {mostly} expect.  

Before I start my first list, if you want to check out the entire list yourself, the Kindle eBooks FREE COLLECTIONS on Amazon.com is where you want to go.  From that page, you can choose either "limited time promotional offers" or "most popular classics." 

Okay!  So this first book on my list is the first Kindle book I checked out from my public library (I love that our library system is so up-to-date even though we're a small town and not near a large city!)  Embers of Love by Tracie Peterson

Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist is one that I'm currently reading. 

If you're looking for a Bible to read on your Kindle, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version and The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition are both good free ones for Kindle.

I'm so excited that they're offering Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos for free again!  This is one of the first books I read on my Kindle (actually read it out loud so my husband could enjoy the story with me). We both really enjoyed it.  I like the author's sense of humor as well as his take on our tendency to make Jesus fit our needs/desires instead of seeking who He really is.

Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) by Lorena McCourtney is a funny little mystery story.

And Stuck in the Middle (Sister-to-Sister, Book 1) by Virginia Smith is another one I liked.

If you like fantasy stories, you may enjoy The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) by Catherine Cooper.  It's supposedly written for kids (very reminiscent of the Harry Potter series as far as genre goes).  Although I liked it myself, I don't think I'll let my almost-12-year-old read it quite yet.  Of course, the same thing goes for Harry Potter, so maybe that's just me.

Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King, Book 1) by Karen Hancock is an excellent book that I already owned a paper copy of before I got my Kindle. In fact, the entire series is one of my faves!  So I was pretty excited to have a free copy of the first book for my Kindle.

Of course, there are many more free books available for Kindle--and quite a few of them even look like good reads. But today's list are all current limited-time offers that I've already read (except for the one I'm currently reading but it's pretty good so far).  I think that's a good place to start.

Don't forget--these ebooks might not be free for very long.  So get 'em while you can!

Happy reading!


one thousand gifts #206-211

206. beautiful fall weather
207. the first night of Bubba's last year of Awana (our club only goes through 6th grade)
208. cheering on the Panthers as they played another good soccer game (even though Bubba’s team lost)
Bubba's the 2nd kid from the right (in the white & black)
209. a new furry friend who just showed up on CJ’s birthday—she’s a beautiful calico, very scrawny, but extremely friendly.  we haven’t seen her in the neighborhood before, so are thinking she was dropped off at the corner near our house.  if she is someone else’s cat, i hope they don’t mind that she seems to have adopted us!
"our" new kitty--Bubba named her Stacie
210. celebrating CJ’s 5th birthday with family
the birthday boy
opening gifts
211. corn maze fun

castke themed maze with 2 scavenger hunt-type games for the kids to play

which path to take? 


we made it!

king of the hay stack in mid-jump

we're ready for the hayride

Hope you all have had a "gift" filled week too!