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Wondering Wednesday #11

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, hosted by Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

How early do you start celebrating the Christmas season?

In my childhood, the Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving. We would purchase our tree (it always had to be a live tree), my dad would put up the outside Christmas lights, and my mom and brothers and I would decorate the tree and put up lights inside the house. Oh, we’d also hang our stockings (handmade by my mom) and bring out ALL our Christmas records (yes, records … I’m old). My favorite was our Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Special record. It was fun times.

As an adult, I actually hate holidays. Like I full-on truly dread them. My parents got divorced when I was 11 and holidays became awful times in my life. Perhaps it’s different for kids whose parents divorced amicably, but for the knock-down, drag-out divorce that occurred in my childhood, holidays became the absolute worst days ever. Having to leave one parent for another, knowing that one parent was alone on the holidays, worrying the drop off from one house to the next was going to be filled with fights and tension — I hated it all. And, unfortunately I’ve never been able to overcome these feelings because holidays are still tension-filled days where I have to fake the happiness. Sorry this answer is so depressing!

Some of you reading this are saying, “Wait, don’t you have a child? She doesn’t get holidays?” The answer is, “Yes, I have a kid and she gets all the holidays, cheer and all.” My daughter gets the Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving celebrations and Christmas presents and New Year’s celebrations and 4th of July fun because she deserves to be a kid who gets to celebrate life and fun and blessings. We do not begin our celebrations as early as I did when I was a little girl, but my daughter does get it all because I want her childhood to focus on Jesus and family and fun and love and blessings.


What about you? When do you start celebrating Christmas?

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Wondering Wednesday #10

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, hosted by Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

What is one non-reading goal you’ve set for 2020?

I’m not a goal setter. I’m a to-do-list maker. So this question is a little difficult for me to answer. Suffice to say, I do have one spiritual goal that I have been working on since I was a little girl — to not be fearful.

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I’m a scaredy cat. I have been since I was a child. I also have OCD and dreadful, fearful, fatalistic thoughts are a symptom of my OCD. Yay for me! I have to work VERY hard every day NOT to succumb to fear, and I am only successful when I spend time with God. Every single day I make sure to spend quality time with Jesus. Missing a day is not an option for me. If I miss time with Jesus I feel weak and vulnerable and open to the fear. But when I read my Bible and pray, I feel God’s peace and power to make it through another day. God truly is my shield.


What about you? What’s one non-reading goal you have?


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #9

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, hosted by Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

Do I live in a rural or city setting?

I live in a city called Palmdale. We are north of Los Angeles, California. Palmdale is one of the cities located in the high desert in Southern California.

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Palmdale is called a city, but it’s not really a city. We are too spread out to be a city. We are more like a rural suburb. We have a lot of farming out where I live, specifically alfalfa farming. We are also famous for our poppy festival. If we get enough rain in the fall/winter/spring months our hills transform from brown nothing to an effusion of bright floral colors. It’s gorgeous.


What about you? Are you a city-dweller or do you live in a more rural environment?


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #8

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


So, I accidentally answered the wrong question last week because I have no idea what day it is. This week I will be answering last week’s question. 🙃 😉

Last week’s question was:

How does your family typically celebrate the 4th of July?

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When I was little, my family would pack into our car and drive to whatever location was doing big fireworks that year. I’ve celebrated 4th of July at the local high school (they have 88 acres of land and an abandoned plot of land behind the school — plenty of space to blow up fireworks safely), the local mall, and even down at Santa Monica beach. My family has been all over the place to see fireworks!

When I was around the age of 7 or 8, my family started to go camping every first week in July. We would meet up with my aunt, uncle, and their four kids and camp up in the majestic Redwoods in Northern California. We would stay in a place called Standish & Hickey State Park. It is one of the MOST wonderful places on earth. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a place to camp with your family.

I later found out that my parents and my aunt and uncle chose to go camping every year during the first week of July to purposely avoid the fireworks craze. As an adult, I totally get wanting to escape the fireworks. They can get a little crazy sometimes.

As an adult with my own 8-year old, we usually stay home for 4th of July. Typically, my husband works 4th of July night so it’s just me and Bella, but this year he stayed home to celebrate! My daughter and the neighborhood kids had a blast (pun intended)! They set off safe and sane firecrackers and sparklers. They played until 10 pm. It was fun to watch the joy on her face. This may have been one of my most favorite 4th of July’s to date!


What about you? How did you spend 4th of July this year?


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #7

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

What did you do during the summers as a kid?

So, my answer is going to be pretty boring. When school got out for summer I didn’t get to do much as a kid. Sometimes we would go camping with my Aunt and Uncle up in the Redwoods in California. Those were AMAZING times.

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We often didn’t have a lot of money come summer time, though, so I did what I do best — I read lots and lots of books. I figured if I couldn’t physically go to all sorts of adventurous places I would go to amazing places via my stories. Back in the 80s and 90s, Pizza Hut used to do a reading program called Book It! Depending on how many books your read and logged, you could earn all kinds of pizza prizes. I LOVED IT! I would always read the highest number of books so I could get a free personal-sized pizza just for myself. You see, I have three brothers so getting a free pizza all to myself was quite the reward.


What about you? How do you spend your summers as a kid?


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #6

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

What did you think life would be like after high school, and how is it the same or different today?

Well, this is a loaded question!

What did I think life would be like after high school? Honestly, that was so long ago I can’t rightly remember. I knew I was going to college to become a teacher. Accomplished that and have been a teacher for 15 unique years. I thought I would meet someone in college, fall in love, get married, and have oodles of kids. Didn’t meet anyone in college because, as it turns out, “men” in college are actually stinky party boys, which turned me off faster that you could say, “Hey!” I didn’t meet my husband until I was almost 29 years old! And, I only have one excellent child, not the oodles I mistakenly prayed for as a youngster. It turns out having children is tough work. LOL!

Does my life live up to my high-school-me expectations? I would say that life is WAY better than anything I could have imagined. I attribute that to my faith in God. Starting each day with God by my side allows me to see the million seemingly-insignificant things that are really huge blessings in my life. Boy, am I one blessed woman and I cannot thank God enough. Every day, His mercies are new. Every day, I wake up next to my handsome husband and get to see my pretty daughter’s face. Every day, I’m blessed to have my needs met, excellent friends who have my back, and a job that not only allows me to pay our bills but also allows me to utilize the talents God has gifted me. And, everyday I get to work at my little blog ministry. I would say life is quite amazing!


What about you? How do you see life since high school?


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Wondering Wednesday #5

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

Who was your favorite musician or band when you were a teenager?

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Depeche Mode is the greatest band EVER! I adored them when I was a teenager and I still love them to this day. It’s all about Dave Gahan. No one sounds like him.

I truly love every Depeche Mode song, but my favorite is Precious. In case you’ve never heard the song, I’ve included the official video so you can enjoy!

What about you? What is a band or musician you loved as a teen?


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #4

Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

Can you tell me about your family?

I love my family. I’m biased, but I think I have one of the BEST!

My husband and I met 11 years ago, February 2009. I was traveling with a few of my teacher friends for a conference and we decided to go to an Outback Steakhouse for dinner the first night we got into town. Robert was our server at the restaurant. I told the ladies I was sitting with that I was going to marry him. They laughed. This October, Robert and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary! And, as I type this, today (5/31) is our 11th anniversary as a couple. I’m a firm believer that when you know things, you know things. When I saw Robert, I just knew he was the one God wanted to be my husband.

Robert and I have one daughter, Isabella. She is 8 years old and one of the great loves of my life. She came into this world three months early at 29 weeks. She was 2 lbs., 12 ozs. and almost 16″ long when she was born on April 22, 2012. She is my miracle from God. If you met her today, you would have NO idea that Bella was a preemie baby. She’s bright, precocious, creative, and so, so kind. Bella has a heart as big as Texas. Being her mother is one of the BEST jobs I’ve ever had.


Make sure to visit Jessica’s blog site to check out other bloggers’ responses to this week’s question!

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Wondering Wednesday #3

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Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

Do you have any pets?

I do! I have two dogs. Pawly is a German Shepherd and Freddie is a wire-hair Jack Russell Terrier.

What about you? Do you have any pets?

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Wondering Wednesday #2

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Welcome to Wondering Wednesday, a new series I am joining thanks to Jessica at A Baker’s Perspective.

When you visit your favorite book blogs you learn a lot about books, but you don’t really learn that much about the bloggers who work tirelessly to get you that book info. The goal for Wondering Wednesday is to give you insight and a new perspective on the people behind the blogs you love.

We hope you enjoy learning about us bloggers. If you have a specific question for us, please click HERE. Make sure to join us each Wednesday as we respond to your questions.

If you are a blogger and would love to join Wondering Wednesday, check out Jessica’s blog for more information.


This week’s question is:

What is your favorite thing to do besides reading?

This is going to be a really boring answer, but my favorite thing to do besides reading is watching TV with my husband. I love stories and I will get them one way or another! If I’m not reading, and all my chores are done, then I love to sit with my husband on our couch and watch hours of TV. What I love the most is the conversations we have because of the shows we watch. We have had some seriously good talks borne out of TV show topics and themes, and I really cherish those moments.

Here are some of my FAVORITE TV shows to watch:

  • The Golden Girls
  • The X-Files
  • Prodigal Son
  • The Closer
  • Bosch
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Grace and Frankie
  • The Orville
  • Justified
  • American Housewife (if you really want to know my personality type, I 100% am Katie from this show!)
  • The Masked Singer
  • Dateline
  • 20/20

There are more shows I love to watch, but I don’t want to bore you with a list a mile wide. Instead, I want to turn the question on you!

What is your favorite thing to do besides reading?