Aug 25, 2015

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

  • ISBN-10: 0152047190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047191

Over the past year I  have seen this book pop up over the blog  world and kept meaning to check it out from the library to read. Well,  a few weeks ago I did and  what a treat it was to read!  

Someone once told me that a really good children's book is one that engages not only children but adults as well. Miracles on Maple Hill  by Virginia Sorensen fits right into that category.

The story is about Marly, a young girl and her family, her Mother (Lee), her Father (Dale)  and her older brother Joe. Marly's father has just returned from war and is having a difficult time re-adjusting to city life and family. He's not the same man he was when he went off to war. 

Marly and her family are very worried for him and in an effort to help him, they all decide to spend the summer at Marly's great grandmother's home on Maple Hill.  Once there,  the family finds healing, miracles an so much more!

This book  a delight to read! Ms. Sorensen wrote a lovely story of family, friendship and miracles.  What touched me most is the emphasis  of  getting back to nature and a simpler way of living. The theme of greeting the day with an open heart and mind and finding miracles in the simplicity of productive days, friendships and nature.

This would be a wonderful read aloud book for younger children and a read alone book for older ones. I'd recommend it for ages 7-10 and to kids of all ages!

Aug 18, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday (on Tuesday)

Tuesday ~ August 18, 2015

On the Weather Front: 

Sunny blue skies

On my bedside table:

On my TV:

Cedar Cove 
Heartland - season 7
Paul Blart Mall Cop  - family movie night

On the menu this week:

Chili Spaghetti
Slow Cooker pot roast
BLT sandwiches
Baked fish, green beans and creamy mushroom rice
Baked chicken, roasted potatoes and green bean salad
Tuna Casserole with salad

On my to do list:

Sorting coupons and weekly grocery shopping
Cleaning and organizing the refrigerator
Cleaning and organizing the kitchen 
Finishing up a project for work
Search the web for some fall knitting or crochet projects

In the craft basket:

I finally finished up my gift bowls for the holiday season. My youngest son's favorite color is orange so I think he'll be pleased with this ~ especially when it's filled with goodies!

Looking forward to:

Fall ~ the crisp fall scent in the air, the gorgeous fall colors and the crunch of leaves when you walk on them.

Things that make me happy:

I love the colors of this yarn (Gumdrop by Red Heart) so much that I saved the clippings while I was working on a project and stored them in a mason jar. Just looking at these beautiful colors makes me smile and brightens my day! 

Homemaking Tip for the Week: 

None this week.

Lessons learned the past few days:

Tell those you love how much you love and appreciate them today ~ don't wait till tomorrow.  

On my prayer list:

Some things that God has placed in my heart


Have a wonderful week!

Aug 10, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015

On the Weather Front:
Sunny skies and triple digit heat.  I'm dreaming of a rainy, cool day. :)

On my bedside table:
I just finished reading a wonderfully inspirational book ~

On my TV:
Cedar Cove


Checking out some more of the upcoming PBS programming ~ there's some great shows coming soon! I'm definitely interested in watching Home Fires

On my dinner table tonight:  
Greek salad, homemade bread, fresh fruit 

On my to do list:

Meal planning for the rest of the week

Grocery shopping

Family movie night

In the craft basket:
On hold this week as we enjoy some end of the summer family fun.   

Looking forward to:

Picking up and reading the books waiting for me at our library


Upcoming holiday season later this year ~ I have to like to start planning now or before I know it, I'm running behind and trying to catch up! 

Homemaking Tip for the Week: 

Homemade Refrigerator Freshener @ Simple Living at Home.

Lessons learned the past few days:
 I still have a lot to learn and I'm choosing to do it with joy!

On my prayer list:


I don't know about the noble part but I really need to recognize and be grateful for all I have in my life.  

Favorite photo:
I didn't get a chance to take any pictures this past week.  I've been focused on organizing old photos for my next scrap booking project so I'll post one of my favorites of our dog Eddie ... 

Is it Monday already?

Wishing you all a great week! 

Aug 5, 2015

Simple Joys ~ Extraordinary Moment

I was organizing some old photos and came across this one. I thought it might put a smile on your face and in your heart.  It sure did for me! 

Two snuggling kitties in my son's bed ...