Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer

This poignant sharing of one family’s traumatic forgiveness of their daughter’s killer was heart-wrenching; yet uplifting.  To walk the journey of these parents, who were faced with the ordeal of knowing and forgiving their daughter’s killer made this reader question her own ability to forgive.  Why do I hold on to past hurts?  This book presented a revived outlook on forgiveness, with the Biblical context that can truly ensure that forgiveness can and will happen.  I particularly liked the final interview with the guilty party…who admits that this was a grievous mistake, but who has changed and grown through the process.  Thank you for sharing your story!

Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Hair Care Line

I was chosen by Influenster to test and report on the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Hair Care Line.  I was sent the Shampoo, Conditioner, and Oil treatment products.  All products were sent free of charge in exchange for my unbiased opinion and review.

The Shampoo was a bit runny, and thin in consistency.  Light, pleasant scent.  Great lather.  Good cleaning of hair and scalp, while providing moisture.  I was able to easily run my fingers all the way through hair (roots to ends) without any snags (typically can only do this after conditioning).

The Conditioner was of normal conditioner consistency.  Light, pleasant scent.  Provided good moisturization.

The Oil Treatment is versatile.  It can be used before shampooing to protect hair, after washing/before styling as an extra moisturizer, or as a final style enhancer.  Thus far, I have used it before shampooing, which may have helped the knots work out of my hair.  This was a bit confusing the bottle did not specify application to wet or dry hair before washing.  So I tried with dry hair…next time will be with wet hair.  I also want to try the other two application methods.

Overall: Love the product, will probably purchase.

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Book Review: The Restaurant Critic’s Wife

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife

Fantastic read. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. The writer truly brought the reader into the main character’s life. The main character was down to earth, and faced many of the common struggles married women encounter with the quest to balance one’s work and personal life. I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Devotional Review: Beautiful Me

Beautiful Me: Believing God’s Truth about You by Stasi Eldredge

Fantastic read! Provides devotional thoughts for women of all ages. The devotionals are short, pithy, and has a strong Biblical basis. Best feature: book addresses that small, nagging voice within all women; regarding our self worth.

This is a new devotional that I was privileged to review (for free) from

Update on Doctors Visits

This past week involved visiting two doctors.  I saw pain management, who advised another bursa injection for the bursa on the upper part of my affected leg.  Then I saw the surgeon who agreed to move forward with the recommended injection.  The injection is scheduled for Friday.  I truly hate needles.  I should be used to them by now, but I can honestly say they freak me out.  If you have a moment to pray for me, I would truly appreciate it.

New Year: New Goals

This post is a little past due, but needs to be shared nonetheless.  This New Year provides many opportunities, which I will attempt to share here.  My main goal for this upcoming year is to regain my mobility.  Other goals for the upcoming year are to read and review more books, knit more, and complete my MBA with the Leadership cognate.

My journey of regaining my mobility has been a rough one thus far.  I was injured about three years ago, and the diagnostic process was quite lengthy.  I finally had surgery on July 8, 2015 to fuse my SI joint.  I had no idea how rough the recovery process would be.  I was nonweight bearing for over two months, then moved to a walker.  The walker made me impressed of the little old ladies who use them, the walker was a energy sapping venture.  After the walker came a cane.  Now, I am slowly building up my stamina.  Currently, I can walk about 2-3 aisle of the grocery store, then its back in a wheelchair for the rest of the trip.    Currently, I am awaiting a followup appointment with my surgeon to address my heightened state of pain.  My goal in this area of life is to be able to walk without pain, get off the pain medications (narcotics and muscle relaxers), and be able to drive again.

Reading, I absolutely love to read…just about anything.  I am a reviewer for and get to preview and review upcoming books!  I am hoping to get more reviews done this year.

Knitting is my natural pain management tool.  It keeps my hands and mind busy, so I do not focus as much on my pain.  This past Christmas I gave away 3 full sized blankets to my niece and nephews.  I am hoping to make some more blankets this year.