Book Review: Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge

Flash was an irresistible donkey with gigantic ears and a deafening bray. Yet this was the very animal that God used in the life of Rachel Anne Ridge to teach her valuable life lessons. Who knew that a stray donkey could make such an impact on a family, but that is exactly what happened.

One night, as Rachel and her husband were driving home after a long and discouraging day at work, they came upon this stray donkey in their driveway. In a split second, a decision was made that would change the rest of their lives.  Instead of ignoring the animal and continuing on home, they choose to help find its owner and allow it to live in their pasture until then. It seemed simple enough to lead a donkey to a pasture, right? Wrong! Like any donkey, this one had a mind of it’s own and going to a pasture was not in the plans. This simple act of helping had turned in a battle of the wills! Eventually they were able to pasture the the donkey and search for it’s owner.  But as days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, and no owner was found, this donkey became a fixture in their family and they decided to name him Flash.

Flash was not even an adult donkey but had trust issues with humans.  However, with patience, gentleness and love, Flash learned to trust his new family. He became a daily sounding board for Rachel and her concerns as she cared for the donkey. It was during this daily “chats” that Rachel learned so much about herself. Life just wasn’t about serving herself but also serving others.

This heartwarming story was charming and was just a great book!  This book was easy to read and is appropriate for older kids to read.  I found the book difficult to put down each night. If you are looking for a heartwarming story, this book is for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Accomplish Your Goals! Free Printable To-Do List



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As a mom of a large family, I know how difficult it is to feel like you accomplished something at the end of the day.  That is why my husband and I use a to-do list.  Every night, we write down on the list, the things that need to be done the next day. Then in the morning, I know what needs to be done, I can show the kids my list and we all can head in the same direction. After the day is over, I can look at the list and see that I did actually accomplish something even if it did not feel like it.  Sometimes, life can be taken over by the tyranny of the urgent and we forget where we are headed every day.

We have personally used these to-do lists for over five years. It changed the way our lives were run. That is why I created this Free Printable To-Do List.  I want you to have access to this tool that has helped us so much!  After printing out the to-do list, just cut it into thirds. This helps save on paper and ink costs.  We take our list to our local printer and have them print up 100 sheets and then they cut them for me. It’s worth the money to save me the time.

Free Printable To-Do List

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Easy Newborn Crochet Dress Pattern



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I thought that after making my last knit sweater, I was done making any projects. However, after giving birth to my daughter, my hands felt idle during all of the feeding sessions.  One night I was browsing Pinterest and found an easy newborn crochet dress pattern that I liked. I tried my hand at crocheting during feedings and it worked great!

I made some modifications to the pattern to suit my tastes and yarn. I love how it came out! It was super easy to make and came together very quickly. You can find the original pattern HERE.

I put a long sleeve onesie underneath the dress. I also made a simple crochet headband that matched the dress but I forgot to use it for the pictures.

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