Jennifer Peel, Author

If you’re on the search for an incredible Christian Romance author, look no further.  Jennifer Peel is amazing.  I have read every single one of her books (to date), and cannot wait for her next book to be available.  Her writing style is enticing.  The stories flow so easily and you get so involved with every character.  You laugh, you cry, and you feel the frustration that sometimes takes place.  I can’t even pick a favorite book of hers, because I fell in love with each and every book she has written, so far.

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To learn more about Jennifer and her books, check out her website.

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Getting to Know Christi

Christi is a very dominant, strong-willed person.  She likes things to be in perfect condition and likes structure.  She shows a strong front, but behind this front she is a soft, caring person who is very sensitive.  She doesn’t like to fail, and works hard to accomplish any challenge thrown at her.  Her soft spot has to do with children and animals; she will fight tooth and nail to protect them.  Often times you will find Christi being serious, but she can be very goofy, too.  There is usually not a dull moment when Christi is around.  She can be very creative and adventurous, too.

Some of her many interest include the following:

  • Trains
  • Old Cars
  • Elephants
  • Favorite Colors are Yellow and Purple
  • Favorite Flowers are Sunflowers and Daisies
  • Music (Mainly Christian, Country, Classical and Instrumental)
  • Movies (Christian, Romance, Suspense and Comedy)
  • Reading (Suspense/Mystery, Romance and Christian Romance)
  • Road Trips/Scenic Drives
  • Board Games/Card Games/ Puzzles
  • Sports (Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball)
  • Cleaning/Organizing/Decorating
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Coloring in her Adult Coloring Book
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Animals (Especially Cats, Elephants, Rodents/Small Animals)
  • Watching TV Shows (Heartland, Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Friends, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Reba, Last Man Standing, Pretty Little Liars, etc.)
  • Looking to get back into Playing the Cello and the Flute
  • Favorite Seasons are Fall and Spring
  • Favorite Holidays are Christmas and Easter

Denise Grover Swank, Author

Last year I set a goal for myself to read 100 books in a year, which I achieved well before the year had ended.  I found a book series that I fell in love with and became a bit obsessed with.  This series was the “Rose Gardner Mystery”, which is written by Denise Grover Swank.  There were plenty of nights where I should have been sleeping, but I simply could not put the book down.  Every spare minute was spent on reading book after book.  This series “ended”, but then branched off into two new series, “Rose Gardner Investigations” and “Neely Kate Mystery”.  If you’re looking for an incredible series that brings you deep into the stories where you actually feel like you are living the life as Rose Gardner, this is the series for you.  These stories give you love, suspense, mystery, heartache, etc.  There are so many twists and turns in every book.  You may think you know what will take place next, but then something changes and takes you to a whole new theory.

I also recently finished another series by Denise Grover Swank called, “The Wedding Pact”, which I would definitely recommend.  It branched off into another series, which is called, “Bachelor Brotherhood”.

After I finished the “Rose Gardner Mystery” series, I read another series by Denise Grover Swank which was way different from the types of books I am used to.  This series is called, “The Chosen”.  I love Denise’s writing style, she has an incredible way to keep you hooked.  Even though this series was different from what I normal would read, I was still hooked and wanting to know how it would end.

So again, if you’re looking for a new author, check out Denise Grover Swank (especially the Rose Gardner Series!).  To learn more about Denise, follow this link to her website.   If you have already read some of Denise’s books, please tell me what your thoughts were.  Did you get hooked, too?

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Lists and More Lists

I am the type of person who enjoys making lists.  I have always been an organized person.  I always had my movies in alphabetical order, books in alphabetical order, etc.  Everything had its place and purpose.  I create lists about basically everything.  I have a sense of satisfaction when I can cross things off my lists.  I feel accomplished.  Jason, on the other hand, is not an organized person, which is completely okay.  He can handle things being out-of-order and not perfect.  I guess, in a way, we kind of balance each other out.

One of my sisters loves to tease me because of all my lists.  She says I need to loosen up and just enjoy life.  She is similar to Jason in the manner of they are both more laid back individuals.  They kind of go with the flow and let life happen.  I tend to get worked up if I don’t reach my goals or complete all the items on my list.  I don’t like to feel like I failed by not completing tasks.  Jason and my sister would be perfectly content with having items not checked off their lists.  They would simply get to those tasks another day, and if not, then oh well.  Last year my sister and I started a goal to read books.  She had a goal of reading one book a month, and I decided to read 100 books in a year.  First thing I did?  Created a list of books I wanted to read.  Then as I completed books, I created a list of books completed.  Then a list of books I wanted to read.  The lists kept growing, and they continue to grow.  My sister joked and said I was taking the fun out of reading by having my lists.  I liked the challenge of having the lists and crossing things off my list.  Then as the year 2016 was ending, it was an amazing feeling knowing I could cross off my 100th book and even exceed my goal by reaching 106 books in one year.

During this adoption journey, you can bet your bottom dollar that I have lists.  I have lists of items that need to be taken care of for the fundraiser event we are planning.  I have lists of vendors we have.  List of people and organizations that have donated items.  Lists of items that need to be gathered for our application and home study process.  Lists of things I still want done around the house.  Lists, lists, and more lists.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I like my life organized and planned out.  I like to be in control of things.  So you can even further imagine what it was like when my life wasn’t going according to plan.  I created lists of things I wanted accomplished before we started a family.  I checked items off one by one.  When the time came where we were “ready” to start a family, it was very frustrating that nature wasn’t letting things happen.  Now I can sit back and laugh (a little).  While I was creating these lists and planning my life, God was probably laughing away.  God has our life planned out for us.  No matter how hard we try, we can’t change what his plans are for us.  We just have to trust and have faith.

I have always wanted a big family, and have actually thought about the idea of adopting many times, well before I even met Jason. After Jason and I met, I told him many times that I want a house full of kids.  I tell this story all the time, but I will share it again in case you never heard it before.  We went through our marriage counseling, and the Pastor asked us how many kids we both wanted.  Right away my response was “At least six!”  Jason quietly replied, “I don’t know.  Maybe two.”  I countered his response with, “The lowest I can go with is four”. This story cracks me up.  No matter how hard I try to plan things out, things just didn’t work the way I wanted.  But, this does not mean the doors have been shut for us.  We can hopefully still have the family we wanted.  Whether it’s one child, two children or the full six that I always wanted.  I’m so excited to meet our future children and bond with them in a way I can’t even imagine.  Yes, I have a list of personality traits or hobbies that I do look for when reading all the children’s profiles, but it does not mean I would say no to a child that doesn’t “match” with my list.  I am beyond curious to see what child(ren) God places in our lives.

So, are you more like Jason and my sister, or more like me?  Anyone else obsessed with lists?