Parenting Books {From My Perspective}

Parenting books from a non-parent perspective? Yep, folks! That’s what I’ve got in store for you today. I realized I’ve been reading a fair amount of them over the years, so I gathered them all together and made a vlog.

Have you ever read a parenting book? And if you have, are you a parent?

Women of Purpose {Review}


Find it on:

Why I Choose This Book: 

I had the honor of meeting Miss Sara this past Christmas and we were talking about books. When she mentioned she was looking for reviewers, I jumped at the chance. Sadly, life got crazy and so I’m rather late posting the actual review, but I’m excited to finally be sharing it with you!

What I Thought of the Book: 

I went into the book with some pretty high expectations and I was still blown away. This book took me a long time to read because it was one of those books that simply can’t be rushed. I had to savor the words, re-read paragraphs, and just let the musical tones of the book seep into my soul. I normally chow through books, reading them without taking time to really process what’s going on, and then I sit back and ponder the story after I’m done. But I couldn’t do that with this book. Instead, I only read a couple of pages at a time, letting the volumes of thoughts and feelings marinate before moving on.

Miss Sara has a wonderful way of weaving words together until they don’t simply sound like sentences, but like you’ve stepped into a musical symphony of rest. Her writing is encouraging, uplifting, direct, loving, honest, and very real. The way she shares her life is sometimes vague, but you can tell she’s not holding back – instead, we get to see the real struggles she’s gone through, hear about the real victories, and understand as we learn from her that hope is always within our grasp.

Each and every woman on this plant has purpose – we have purpose because we are created in God’s image, and He has a plan and reason for our lives. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, because God created us each uniquely, which is pretty amazing.

Miss Sara posted on Facebook soon after her book was released talking about how one week she was at a book signing with people celebrating her books, and the next she was back home scrubbing the bathroom and cleaning the house. And she said that the “menial tasks hold just as much meaning for me as the more exciting ones. Because when life is lived with Christ, purpose comes not by WHAT you do, but for WHOM you do it.” That, my friends, is the message of the book, and it’s very powerful indeed.

This book was truly wonderful and I’m thankful to have read it. I recommend it highly. Y’all should really check it out. (This is the time for graduation, and this would make a great graduation gift!)

*I’m thankful for Miss Sara for giving me an e-copy of this book to review


What I Did on Vacation

Outside the birds are singing, the grass is growing, the breeze is slow and light, and best of all, I’m home.

It feels so nice to once again be able to sit down at my computer, blog, and start out my morning in a routine way. In just a few minutes I’ll be packing my lunch, heading over to cut grass at the retreat where I work, and then leaving for the afternoon shift at the coffee shop. When I get home I hope to work on my current WIP for the 100-for-100 writing challenge that started yesterday.

In case y’all didn’t know, I just got home from vacation. A vacation that was filled with salt air, family time, resting, reading, and possibly most importantly: No computer. When I first got there I felt like it had been a mistake to not bring my computer along, but after a few days, I was delighted with my decision and therefore break. In fact, I feel like the time actually went faster without being able to work on my writing – and that really surprised me.

The first week there I did a lot of activities with my family, as well as trying to catch up on some of the sleep I’d been putting off as I tried to get everything ready for vacation the week before.

I’d taken four physical books with me, plus my phone with provided me with unlimited reading. By the time my vacation was over halfway over I’d only read three books: One physical book, and two on my kindle. It was about that time that I decided to get some real reading done, as well as resting more. I bowed out of a few activities (mostly because I was tired, reading was just a bonus), and buckled down on the reading. In the next six days, I read seven books – completing the physical ones I had brought with me, reading a four-book kindle series, and then two more separate books. It was a rewarding way to finish out my time off.

In addition to reading and family adventures, some of my other highlights from vacation included: Watching the sunset from out in the ocean, visiting a coffee shop with my mom, going to a dentist that was far less expensive than ones here in Ohio, staying up until 4:00 am playing cards with my brother and Dad. Then staying up again until 4:00 am playing the same game with them a few nights later – and then sleeping for an hour and a half before waking up to watch the Royal Wedding on my phone. (And of course, taking a bunch of screenshots – as I told my family, I felt like I was the Royal photographer, looking for the perfect shots.) Getting coffee at the airport with my sister, being able to take random naps, late walks on the beach, delicious rice and beans with the fixings, and the list goes on.

And now, off to work I go. See y’all later!

What I Listened to While Blogging:
This is Home (Haha, and I just realized how fitting this is.) 
Where I Blogged:
In my office with the windows open, birds singing, all gloriousness surrounding me
Fun Fact:
My lawnmower’s name is Chadwin 
Question of the Day: 
Are you going on vacation this year?

Rapid Fire Book Tag {And, Home!}

People! I got back from vacation this morning at 3:00. Thankfully I filmed this vlog before I left, so you can watch me being all crazy while trying to film before leaving two weeks ago. 😉

(This is perhaps my favorite vlog I’ve ever done, simply because it shows you more of my sporadic side because I was in a hurry and highly distracted.)

Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday my boss texted to give me my schedule and asked if I was ready to get back to work, and I wasn’t. I replied that I would be by the time I got home.

This morning, my last full day on vacation, I woke up at 5:00 with my mind running rampant with ideas of what I wanted to/needed to do when I got home. Since it was too early to text anyone about projects I have on my plate back in Ohio, I began composing the texts in my head. As I tried to drift back to sleep I kept seeing various things in my head – the small garden I want to plant, the seeds as I drop them into the holes, the laundry I didn’t have time to get out of the dryer before I left, exactly where in my room I want to move my CD player to….

Today I’m enjoying one last day of vacation before heading back to normal life. (Whatever that is…) I went out and watched the sunrise this morning. I’m about to leave to have quality time with my mom and sisters. I plan to hop, skip, and dance through today enjoying it thoroughly and soaking it all in.

Then tomorrow? Tomorrow I’ll head home and jump into summer with vigor.

Nonfiction Book Recommendations

Yo, folks! Hey! I’m having a great time on vacation. So great, in fact, that I plum forgot to post this yesterday. 😆

I’ve been having fun sharing pictures on Instagram, so if you don’t follow my story but would like to see more, you can head over there. (I’m lydia_reads)

Last week I had fun filming my nonfiction book recommendations vlog. After I started gathering books for filming I was amazed at how many I wanted to share with y’all, and had to cut the list down to keep the vlog short.


Go Teen Writers

Ever since I was in my late teens I’ve been a part of an amazing online writing community called Go Teen Writers. Over the years I’ve stopped doing quite so much with the group since I am in my mid twenties after all, but I still find it a great place to connect and learn.

Miss Stephanie, the founder of Go Teen Writers recently asked me to guest post on the blog, and I was honored to do so. You can check out the post – which went live today – here.

This week I’m on vacation, and as you can see it’s delightful. In fact, I’m swinging in a hammock with the palm fonds rustling above me as I write.img_2737-1

For this vacation I decided to do something very strange for me: I didn’t bring my computer. Last year when we were on vacation at the same location my computer was stolen, and I was amazed at how much more restful the time was when I couldn’t work. Normally I’m trying to balance rest time, family time, and work time, with the work always looking me in the face, reminding me of how much I have to do.

My family life has various changes happening over the next few months, so I knew this trip was going to be extra special for me. Therefore I wanted to be able to focus all my time on my family (and resting) instead of using it as a time to catch up with writing work which is what I usually do on vacation.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Monday!