Book Review: Issym

I’m a writer. Not yet a published author though. I have friends who are incredibly talented authors, and it gives me a particular thrill when one of them is published! They have accomplished something incredible that I still only aspire to! I’m amazed by the hard work and the sheer amount of time that they invest in writing and publishing a book. And I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of their book!

I’ve just finished reading a book written by a friend of ours, and as soon as I put it down, I knew that I had to write a review on my blog! The book is titled Issym and was written by Jessie Mae Hodsdon.

Do you remember the imaginative play that you engaged in as a child? What if the fairy-tale world created in the mind of a child really did exist somewhere? That’s exactly what happened to Rachel and Seth, the two main characters of the story. Now teenagers, they find themselves unexpectedly in a world whose existence they can’t explain. A world populated by beings they themselves imagined. Before they can even begin to grasp that fact, they are caught up in the struggle between the inhabitants of Issym and the dragon Smolden and his army of followers. Rachel and Seth just want to go home, but they may be forced to choose a side in the coming battle.

Issym is a fantasy book in the same genre as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit. Teenagers are the intended audience, but it is an enjoyable read for both younger and older audiences. Written in an easy-to-read, yet always interesting style, Jessie’s book appeals to a wide age-range. The plot is solid, and the characters believable. Fantasy and sci-fi are two genres where a good, Christian novel is hard to find. I’m happy to say that with the publication of Issym there is one more good, Christian fantasy novel out there to choose from! The only thing that I did not enjoy about the book, was the realization that I have to wait for book two to be published before I can continue reading the series!

Jessie Mae Hodsdon is an author whose works I will follow with great interest, not only because she is a friend, but because she is a talented author!

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of Issym, you may visit the Issym website, and click on the “Order Issym” tab at the top of the page. If you have tweens or teens in your house, I highly recommend this book for them. You might just want to consider buying two copies though, since you will definitely want to read it yourself!

Daybook for March 22nd

Outside my window… The gray sky seems somehow appropriate.

I am thinking… about the loved ones who I miss.

I am thankful for… hugs and kisses from three precious kids.

From the kitchen… perhaps some baking later this week.

I am wearing… pink PJs and an alpaca sweater that was a gift from a dear friend.

I am creating… a knitted shawl.

I am going… to rest today.

I am reading… Saving Sailor still. Perhaps I’ll make some good progress this week.

I am hoping… that healing comes quickly.

I am hearing… the kids happily playing with blocks in the living room.

Around the house… it’s been nice to have my husband home most of the week.

Pondering these words… “God never makes mistakes, and His timing is always perfect.”

One of my favorite things… having a sister.

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Note to my readers:

My personal life has taken an unexpected series of ups and downs the last few weeks, and though I don’t have the heart to do it right now, I hope that in the next week or two I’ll be back to more regular posting, as well as doing the story a week again.

Think the Tooth Fairy Will Visit?

I do have a story to post, but it will be later this week. I had a tooth pulled today and it sort of tuckered me out! Munchkin wants me to put it under my pillow so that I can get money for it. Does the Tooth Fairy have an age limit?

Daybook for March 15th


Outside my window… Sun! I actually can hear the snow melting when I go outside!

I am thinking… that it must be universal for the little brother to follow his big brother around and attempt everything that he does. Sometimes with mixed results!

I am thankful for… the chance to take my two little boys outside to play this morning! They had so much fun!

From the kitchen… strawberry cream cupcakes, with real strawberries on top.

I am wearing… gray knit pants, pink t-shirt and pink fleece jacket.

I am creating… baby sweaters at the moment. I know that I need to finish my Olympic sweater, but I’ve also got several baby sweaters to finish in the next few months!

I am going… to try to enjoy some time outside with the kids every day this week.

I am reading… Saving Sailor at the recommendation of my sister. So far I’m really enjoying it.

I am hoping… that the kiddos’ colds clear up soon.

I am hearing… my boys watching Auto B Good and munching on some cereal.

Around the house… the coal stove is running less and less as it warms up.

One of my favorite things… is dreaming about what flowers I might plant outside with Munchkin this spring. We both can’t wait for the flower garden to be in bloom!

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PS – I know that I’ve been rather missing from my blog quite a bit lately. Please bear with me, I intend to be back to more regular posting soon. J

Daybook for March 1st

Outside my window… SNOW!?!

I am thinking… that this will be another rough week.

I am thankful for… two little guys that snuggled up on the couch with me to watch figure skating yesterday.

From the kitchen… fresh batch of madeleines in the oven.

I am wearing… pink pajamas and a pink fleece jacket.

I am creating… the great Olympic sweater!!! Still…

I am going… to avoid going outside today if at all possible.

I am reading… about the Stamp Act.

I am hoping… that I got all of the stray bits of eggshell out of the madeleine batter last night…

I am hearing… relative quiet, at least for our house!

Around the house… SNOW! All the way around the house!

One of my favorite things… beautiful wood or bamboo knitting needles.

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Daybook for February 22nd

Outside my window… a bit more snow from yesterday and a gray sky for today.

I am thinking… that since Camo has not stopped crying since he woke up, it will be a LONG day…

I am thankful for… headache medicine.

From the kitchen… I’m thinking that I’ll make something today involving chocolate.

I am wearing… jeans, white tee and a pink fleece jacket.

I am creating… a sweater for the Olympics! (Just don’t ask how much progress I’ve made.)

I am going… to try to get a fair amount of knitting done today.

I am reading… the sweater pattern, and that’s about it for the rest of the week.

I am hoping… to survive this morning with the screaming toddler and finish my sweater this week.

I am hearing… a moment of blessed quiet!

Around the house… I still have things of Mom’s that need sorting through.

One of my favorite things… the sunshine that JUST started peeking through the clouds!

A few plans for the rest of the week: MUST FINISH SWEATER!

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Missing a Tooth

Munchkin lost her first tooth yesterday!

She recently turned 5, and I guess that it’s about time for her to start losing the baby teeth. I had no idea that she even had a loose tooth, so it took me by surprise! Auntie Joyce was visiting and Munchkin got up from her nap and started talking to her Auntie. That’s when Joyce noticed the missing tooth. She asked Munchkin when she’d lost it since I hadn’t mentioned it to her. Munchkin admitted that Mommy didn’t know about it because she had just lost it. She tossed the tooth across the room because she was afraid that we would be upset that she had lost a tooth! Joyce and I had to carefully look over the floor to FIND the tooth! I used to think that it was weird that Mom kept my old baby teeth, but I get it now.

I laughed and explained to my daughter that it’s OK when your teeth come out on their own, but that she should not try to pull them out herself! She matter-of-factly told Auntie that there was no tooth fairy. That it was Mommy and Daddy who would exchange a tooth under the pillow for money. She assured us that it did not hurt when the tooth fell out, which made me feel better!

It seems like we just got through with teething, and now we are starting on the teeth falling out bit. I guess that I sort of forgot about the fact that they would lose their baby teeth sooner or later! Just goes to show that parenting is full of the unexpected.

This reminded me that I still have a tooth that needs to be pulled. I wonder if anyone would swap it out for money if I stuck it under my pillow…


Survived 5th birthday party. Stop. Good time had by all. Stop. No visible progress made on knitting. Stop. Too tired to write actual post. Stop. 🙂

Beautiful Blogger Award


Steph over at My Life in Crumbs bestowed this honor upon me! And I am truly honored that she sees my blog as one worth reading.

Now, I am to share seven things about myself before passing the award on to another friend.

  1. Quite a few years ago, my parents gifted me with a telescope. It’s likely older than I am, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for even the Hubble Space Telescope! I saw Jupiter and her four largest moons through that telescope on my 18th birthday.


  2. I read Hamlet for the first time when I was in Jr. High. I found an old paperback copy of it in the attic and fell in love with the writings of Shakespeare. I still think that Hamlet contains one of the greatest love poems in classic literature.


  3. I love taking walks in the pouring rain with no jacket or umbrella. The harder it’s raining, the more I love it! I’ve yet to be struck by lightning while walking in the rain.


  4. While reading part of the Christmas story aloud at church when I was MUCH younger, I made the mistake of reading “the House and lineage of David” as “the House and lingerie of David.” My parents were mortified, and I will never live that one down. (Why I am admitting perhaps the most embarrassing blunder of my life in a public forum is beyond me. I’m sure that I’ll regret it later…)


  5. I like to buy organic and whole-grain items whenever possible. However, I do not by anything low-fat or fat-free. Nor do I do artificial chemical sweeteners in any form.


  6. When nothing seems right with the world, I bake. When I need to clear my head, I walk over back. When I’m tired, stressed, and just need a quiet moment, I make a cup of tea. When I miss Mom, I write…


  7. I never really understood the significance of God sending His Son to die for us… until I had a child of my own. That Easter, looking down into the face of my beautiful six-week-old baby girl I realized that while I might offer my own life for the sake of another, I’d never offer hers. That kind of sacrifice, that kind of LOVE, is beyond the grasp of this human mind of mine. I am unworthy of this divine gift that I’ve been given. And I am utterly grateful that God does not love as I do.


    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39


With that done, it is now my turn to nominate a friend’s blog. I thought about it for a bit and decided to nominate Kim over at Asiaramblin. Her blog has been a lovely glimpse into her life in Asia with her husband and their adorable little ones! I hope that you visit it and enjoy it as much as I do!


Once again, a big thank-you to Steph for nominating me. And thanks to everyone who takes time out of their busy days to read my humble ramblings!

Nor Things to Come…

Happy New Year? Not exactly… Eventful perhaps.

December 30th ended with me discovering that our waterbed mattress had split a seam. This brings to mind images of a tsunami raging down the hallway, but in reality, it was only a ¼ inch long split. It was enough to soak the edges of my bedding and leave just a bit of standing water under the mattress. I spent the night draining the waterbed.

Since patching a split seam is rather ill-advised, I picked up a replacement mattress and safety liner on New Year’s Eve. I was incredibly thankful that the two together cost me only $88! I rang in the New Year filling up my waterbed for 5 minutes out of every half-hour. Between the itty-bitty water heater, and a temperamental pressure tank, it was the best I could do. Shortly after midnight I finished filling it and put clean (and DRY!) bedding back on my newly-filled waterbed. Unfortunately, it will take a few days for the water temperature to return to the 90-something degrees that it needs to be for us to sleep comfortably. If you try to sleep on a waterbed that is not warm enough, you WILL FREEZE! So, the futon is our home for a few nights.

Add to that the irritation of having a completed blog post that I was unable to post for a few days, pending technical resolutions from the IT staff here at I must say, being married to a first-rate computer technician has its perks!

2009 was a year that I would not wish to repeat. 2010 has started out on a bad note. Still, it’s nothing catastrophic, and I am thankful that things are not as bad as they might have been. At least none of the bedframe was ruined by the water leak. How does that quote go? “From the day that you’re born, until they take you away in the hearse, things are never so bad, that they couldn’t be worse!” Perhaps I shall adopt that as my motto for the year. I can find something to be thankful for in everything. Put another way…

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38 & 39