Wordless Wednesday: Party in the Park

Birthday Party: LadyD Books

 Wordful Wednesday

There's something peaceful about having a party in the park for boys and girls to run around, enjoying pinatas, games, bubbles, food and rolling around the grass. It was a wonderful party for kids and adults, especially for our grandson. Awhhh, to be "3"!

Pinata: LadyD Books

 Have you found some special places to hold a party? Did you choose a theme?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Book Review: Eat Your Peas Faithfully

Eat Your Peas Faithfully

Eat Your Peas, Faithfully Simple Truths and Happy Insights
By Cheryl Karpen
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Mama always said, “Eat your peas. They’re good for you!" These peas are sure to be your favorites! If you’re looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire that special someone in your life, look no more! Eat Your Peas® Faithfully is a 3-minute read with a forever message. Small doses of Godly wisdom and simple truths are graced with delightful hand illustrations to transform anyone’s glimmer of faith into bright shining beacons of hope. It’s a wonderful keepsake and reminder that they are loved—by God and you!

My Review

The book had me at the very beginning when I read, "If you ever need someone to talk to...I promise to be there for you..." What a wonderful message of love.

Eat Your Peas Faithfully makes a beautiful gift book for young girls on up to adulthood that shows that you really care. The pages have rich quality content by author Cheryl Karpen, with beautiful artwork by Sandy Fougner on lovely textured paper that looks like wallpaper. On the cover, you’ll read, “A 3-minute forever book.” I found myself re-reading some of the passages because the advice was so good to hear… just as eating peas are very good for you to eat!

The book is filled with encouragement, good advice, inspiration, and hope. Inside, you'll find spiritual insights, along with scripture.

* You have a purpose
* God has a plan
* Don't worry
* God's love never changes. WE CHANGE.

I LOVE this book and I’m planning to get another copy for a special someone.
5* rating. A very affirming and nurturing book. I especially like the 3 P's of Living Faithfully and the Circle of Faith.

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." Prov. 3:3

I received this book for free from Booksneeze, a bloggers book review program.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are my own and the Federal Trade Commission requires me to tell you all this to comply with 16 CFR, Part 255.

 Eat Your Peas, Faithfully: Simple Truths and Happy Insights

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Quote It: Spring

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 "I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden."  ~Ruth Stout
Garden of Tulips and Narcissus
Garden in South Korea
Pink Magnolia Blossom
Branklyn Gardens: Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Ruth Stout (June 14, 1884-August 22, 1980) was an American author best known for her "No-Work" gardening books and techniques.

For more information, visit Ruth_Stout

Also, you'll find free gardening sources for kid's gardens at http://barefootbooks-ladyd.blogspot.com/ 

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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The Friday 56: Jobs For Teenagers

Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56. *Find any sentence that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post below in Linky @ http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com. It's that simple.

 My Friday 56:

"69% of business owners who created a business plan said that it was a major contributor to their success."
-- Carol Topp

I am really enjoying this book and can't wait to post my review on this one. Stay tuned! :)

More of Page 56 from Starting a Micro Business.

"Start by asking for advice from your parents, an accountant, a current business owner and potential customers. They can help you with pricing decisions and give you marketing ideas as well; their input will be invaluable to you. Listen to their suggestions as wisdom, not criticisms of your ideas. They want you to succeed."
I wish this was available when I was a kid. I definitely will be passing this book along to my 3 grandsons when they are older! 

Starting a Micro Business

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Wordless Wednesday: A Favorite Chair

Granddaughter: LadyD Books

 Wordful Wednesday

I LOVE the opening line, "My mother worked so late at the Blue Tile Diner that Grandma and I fell asleep in our big chair waiting for her." A Chair For Always, written by Vera B. Williams is close to my heart because I am a Grandma and indeed, I have a favorite chair. My granddaughter learned to roll-over. Ah yes, gravity. Way to go baby!

Have you read this book? The inside flap reads:

"There are some things that Rosa just knows. She knows that she can't wait to meet her new baby cousin, due to be born at any minute, right upstairs. She knows that she will grow up and move away and maybe go to college, and perhaps even become the president of the United States. And she knows that the chair -- that wonderful, beautiful chair, the chair for her mother -- will always be there.


Just the way it is. Covered in velvet with roses all over it, ready, for who-knows-what new adventure..."
 You will find the depth of feeling in such a simple 5* children's book

Here's one review:

“Soft, brightly colored gouache art…affectingly captures the close bond among family members as they celebrate a new arrival and an old friend: Rosa’s treasured chair. The bustling scenes of family life that stuff the pages of this warm intergenerational story should prove irresistible.” (Publishers Weekly )

A Chair for Always

Do you have a favorite chair?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

My Family from WiddlyTinks.com

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Picture Window Books Series

The amazing road to reading begins with Read-it! Readers. These beautiful books are easily aligned to a variety of reader's skills. 

I just finished reading Max Goes to the Barber and Max Goes to the Recycling Center. The illustrations by Mernie Gallagher-Cole are cute. This is a cool book that is easy to read. My grandson loves the part when the barber combs Max's hair.

Product Description

During a visit to the barber, Max gets his hair cut and combed.

About the Author

Adria Klein has been writing books for children and teachers for 20 years.  She has written more than 80 books for young readers. She likes to write about real world experiences that help children learn. Adria currently lives in southern California and teaches teachers about reading and writing instruction. She likes to read as much as she likes to write, and particularly likes to read and write with her grandson, Max.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140483060X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404830608

 These two special children's books present basic topics and objects using high-frequency words and simple language patterns.

You will find more games and puzzles, heroes and villains, and authors and illustrators at:

 Read-it! Readers: The Life of Max-Max has a busy life—lots of places to go and people to see. A diverse group of children will make friends with Max and join his adventures in this delightful series. Improving early reading skills happens naturally with Max.

Max Goes to the Barber (Read-It! Readers)

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Quote It: A House Without Books

 "A house without books is like a room without windows."
 -- Heinrich Mann

LadyD Books is participating in this weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

If you would like to follow along, here's how it goes:

Welcome to Quote It!
Please feel free to grab the button and create your own post.
Add as many quotes as you wish, from whomever you wish. It can even be lyrics to a song.
Just tell us who it is. Anonymous welcome too.
And please leave your link.

I LOVE this quote by Mr. Mann... What quote have you discovered along the way that has moved you? Ah, yes... it's Saturday. Have a great weekend!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Friday 56: Thriving As An Artist in the Church


Grab a book, any book. 
Turn to page 56. 
Find any sentence that grabs you. 
Post it. 
Add your (url) post below in Linky @ Freda's Voice.
It's that simple

Cover of "Thriving as an Artist in the Ch...Cover via Amazon  

My Page 56:

"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house."
-- Proverbs 24:27

The author, Rory Noland, goes on to say, "In other words, make sure you're in a good place financially before you buy a house so you don't go into a mortgage that's beyond your means."
If you're wondering to yourself... what does this have to do with music? 

Well, earlier the author explains about a young lady who was in the ministry with her mom and dad and that they had divorced when she was very young. She and her mom had financial hardships since the dad was not providing child support. Eventually, her dad ended up leading worship in an out-of-state church. You can imagine the dissonance such a situation would create for any young person. She asked the author, "How can my dad lead worship and neglect his own daughter? "... The author said he didn't know how to answer.

I'm enjoying the book. Here's a bit more information on this one.

Product Description

An excellent resource for both individuals and arts ministry teams, the book includes slice-of-church-life scenarios, group discussion questions, and personal action steps.

From the Back Cover

• Great for individual or group use
• Includes provocative discussion questions and practical action steps
• Features four-color art plates and literary quotes

It’s not easy being an Artist in the church.
But whatever your passion—music, visual art, drama, dance, writing, technical arts—you can not only survive, but thrive. And the rewards far outweigh the pressures of weekly services, artistic differences, and relational conflicts. After all, where else could you consistently make a contribution of eternal significance, experience deep community with other artists, and grow closer to God as a result?

Thriving as an Artist in the Church is a practical guide, full of wisdom and pastoral guidance, that will help you surmount the obstacles and flourish in your ministry. It’s packed with examples, discussion questions, personal action steps, and mega-doses of encouragement. Most important, it tackles the real-life issues every artist in the church has to deal with:

• Sustaining passion • Developing key relational skills

• Dealing with rejection and failure • Cultivating confidence

• Resolving artistic differences

• And much more!

Written by an artist for artists, this book will help make your ministry experience sustainable and life-giving so you can fall in love with the church all over again.A composer, songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church.

Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help for You and Your Ministry Team (Willow Creek Resources)

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Book Review: My Name Is Not Alexander (Love It)

My Name Is Not Alexander


Product Description

Just How Big Can a Little kid Dream?
Who is your hero?
Alexander takes a rip-roaring historical adventure! Through his imaginative journey, Alexander discovers how great men become heroes: the roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle, a strong leader is also the most peaceful, and sometimes, being brave about what makes you different will not only help you break records, but inspire others.
Join Alexander as he learns how these remarkable men changed the world and encouraged him to find the hero within himself.
"Clever text and exuberant illustrations makes this book a perfect way to introduce kids to historical figures."
-Deborah Underwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Quiet Book
Recognition for My Name Is Not Isabella:
Praise for the award-winning My Name Is Not Isabella
"Perfect for kids who are constantly imagining what they want to be when they grow up."

My Review

I just finished reading the best picture book, Jennifer Fosberry's new book, My Name Is Not Alexander. It's an easy read with much humor and an excellent example of how dialogue moves the story line along and gives the reader details into the main character. http://www.qondio.com/how-to-write-dialogue

In this particular children's story, Alexander does not like his name. Funny thing is that I didn't like mine because it has 3 syllables and my hubby did not like his, so his mother called him "box car!" Well, the book begins with Alexander deciding one morning that he wasn't really Alexander but that he was indeed, Theodore Roosevelt "the greatest, grandest president who ever was!"

Alex's father plays along with his son's pretending in a very patient, loving way. With each page comes laughter and a warm heartfelt ending. Not only is this a great "Point and Seek" book for little ones because of the wonderful pictures by Mike Litwin with a teddy bear on every page but towards the back of the book, the older reader will find 2 educational pages of "Men Who Changed The World." (Men who Alexander imagined they would be.) It is fun for kid's to learn new things.

My Grandson LOVES this book. It is brilliantly written by Jennifer Fosberry and creatively drawn to enhance this charming storybook by Mike Litwin. I love the cover art and especially Alex with his red hair.  5* read, plus a GREAT addition to your library. I highly recommend this sensational, wonderful book, with great, nurturing lessons throughout. Encouraging dreams is #1 with me and my family! 

Thanks to LibraryThing for the opportunity to review this marvelous book. LOVE it!


Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children' book writer. After working in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area to read, write and try to get out of housework. She lives with her husband and three children and finally got a puppy.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402254334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402254338
My Name Is Not Alexander

    “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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    Wordless Wednesday: Spring Ahead

     Wordful Wednesday

    Not only did I remember to "Spring Ahead" and set my clocks forward an hour but much to my surprise, I found many of my Freesia bulbs popping up with their sweet fragrance, along with my Azalea, majestically in bloom. Indeed, in other parts of the States, there is hope that Spring is around the corner and just ahead for many!


    Their elegant form and long vase life endear them to anyone who arranges flowers, professionally or otherwise. Freesia is most famous, however, for their intense sweet citrusy perfume, which can envelop an entire room. If fragrance is your thing, these blossoms are guaranteed to delight. 

    Freesia flowers open in sequence along arched stems, providing a long blooming period. Their thin, spiky foliage, typical of many South African natives, blends well with plants that have a fuller silhouette. Blooming freesias provide some of Mother Nature's best aromatherapy.


    Many parts of the country can experience up to 9 months a year of flowers.
    Plus these new Azaleas are evergreen, not deciduous. So when you do see foliage in the winter, it's rich and vibrant. The Azalea has long been a hardy and versatile plant. Traditional varieties bloom once or twice a year with abundant flowers. They look good for a few weeks, then spotty or bare for many months. Encore Azaleas bloom thick with long lasting colors to choose from. Plus they are hardy and easy to grow. Use them where ever you need a hedge, ground cover or just want to add some color.
    Azaleas blend perfectly in modern or traditional gardening atmospheres.

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    “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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