The Joy of Children

Let's set the stage: It's the middle of May and I'm going home in a week or two. I've filled out over a dozen applications and I am in serious need of a job. I've been a part of a website called where I can find kids to babysit, but I'm not really sure if this is what I want. I love my nephews and niece and I love my Pastor's kids and I have fun when I'm around kids, but is this what I want to do all summer? My mom keeps telling me that I probably won't like it, so I look for other jobs. Days pass and I realize that I seriously just need a job. A lady posts about her 15 month old named Connor. I messaged her back and we struck up a conversation.

Fast forward a month and here I am, watching Connor a few days a week and actually enjoying it. I also hang out at my Pastor's house enough to know his kids pretty well. On top of that, I still have my nephew Stephen at my house and his little sister Jasmine a couple days a week. Through all of this, I have learned something about myself that I never knew.

I love kids.

I don't love kids enough to want to teach small children, but I've realized that I do, in fact, want children because they bring joy to life and light into even the darkest of days. Children are innocent and playful; they are honest and still not corrupted by the world.

I decided to look up some Bible verses on children and found that Psalm 127:3-5a is my favorite. It is an inspiring passage.

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! 

Question: How have the children in your life rewarded you today?  

Posted by Jane | at 6/27/2011 02:21:00 PM | 2 comments

Forbidden: Initial Thoughts

I just finished the first novel penned by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. It is called Forbidden. I received the Advanced Readers Copy of this book as part of the Share the Love Campaign. The book is set to release in September.

Unfortunately, until September is closer, I cannot say much about this book. However, I do have a short paragraph that I posted on Facebook which I will share here. I will just say now that members of The Circle and lovers of Elyon will be forever captivated and changed by The Books of Mortals.

Without further ado:

I was once a member of The Circle, driven by the love of Elyon and drinking deep of the waters of Justin. Now, I have been awakened to the fact that I am a Mortal. I am very much alive and the Sovereign rules my my life. Never did I imagine that I could ever love a book as I did Books of History Chronicles...I have now experienced it. Ted and Tosca are a force to behold. May the Books of Mortals series live long.

Thank you, Ted and Tosca, I am forever indebted to you both, yet again.

Watch for my review as September draws nearer. 

Posted by Jane | at 6/09/2011 01:50:00 AM | 2 comments

The Curse of Captain LaFoote Review and Giveaway

As part of the blog tour for The Curse of Captain LaFoote, I am posting an author bio of Eddie Jones as well as presenting the opportunity to my readers to win a pirate party kit. This is my first ever blog tour and I do hope to take part in many more in the future.


Ricky Bradshaw has never sailed the Caribbean Sea, searched for buried treasure or battled pirates on the deck of a Spanish Galleon. He’s never fallen through the floor of Davy Jones’ locker or watched an old fisherman morph into a porpoise. All Ricky knows is his lonely life with his widowed mom in a tiny apartment overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. But all that changes on a snowy Christmas Eve when Ricky’s apartment building burns down and he suffers a seizure, falling into the chilly waters. Suddenly Ricky finds himself thrust into a world where there is surprising beauty on every island, danger around every corner and great honor and glory ahead of him—if only Ricky can summon the courage to survive the curse of Captain LaFoote.

The Author

EDDIE JONES has authored four non-fiction books, one young adult novel, and written over a hundred articles that have appeared in over 20 different publications. He is co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries and a contributing writer for,, Common Ground Christian NewsThe Ocracoke Observer, and  Living Aboard Magazine.  He’s a three-time winner of the Delaware Christian Writers Conference and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Boating Writers International. Eddie sails, surfs and writes in North Carolina. For more information see:

My Review
Being my first pirate book, I found it was disappointingly much like many other pirate stories. Although, this one had a bit of a twist to it. Ricky Bradshaw, a teenager suffering from epilepsy, falls into the Chesapeake Bay after his apartment sets fire. After a chat with his pink bathrobe-wearing neighbor, he awakes on a raft with a dog in the middle of the ocean. What follows in the next 200+ pages is the pirate adventure that he had only ever dreamed about. Set sail with Ricky as he fights pirates, drowns multiple times, and finds the girl of his dreams; I did, and I have no regrets.
Overall, I'd say this is a good book for any youth--and specifically boys--to sit down and read through. It spurs good, clean imagination and carries readers to other worlds. While the 250 pages were a quick read for me (just a few hours) it is a good way to get kids to sit down and read a book that doesn't look so intimidating.

Giveaway Details

The only requirements for this is that you leave a comment with your name before Friday, June 3 and you could win all you need for a PIRATE PARY!
  • 8 invitations
  • 8 - 9" party plates
  • 8 - 9-oz. cups
  • 16 luncheon napkins
  • 16 pc. blue cutlery set
  • 1 red plastic table cover
  • 2 rolls of streamers, 1 blue and 1 red
  • 12 each of blue and red balloons
  • 2 pkgs. of confetti, 1 blue and 1 orange
  • 4 yds. deluxe creepy cloth
  • 12 pirate swords with eye patch
  • 72 pirate tattoos
  • 8 dessert plates
  • 16 beverage napkins
  • 8 treasure chest-shaped filled treat boxes
  • 1 10 ft. pennant
  • 12 child-size pirate hats
  • 1 photo door banner
  • 1 piñata and toy & candy asst.

I recieved this book free of charge through an opportunity from Kathy Carlton Willis Communications. I was asked to post an honest review, whether positive or negative. My opinions are my own.

Posted by Jane | at 6/02/2011 02:19:00 PM | 0 comments