Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

June Bookshelf: What I Read in June

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway Dear Readers, After a busy June, July is buzzing by quicker than I would like. We unplugged last week, spending time with family, celebrating good news and being together. I thought I would read more, instead, I found myself soaking in memories. Simple days of being together, sharing stories, desserts (oh yes!), copious amounts of coffee, and laughter.  Let’s get to my bookshelf and what I read in June!  Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde This was a sweet story, similar to A Man Called Ove. Older, homeless woman picks up a teenager whose life has come unraveled due to circumstances beyond her control. The characters are complex and interesting, with a story urging you to turn the pages. Be prepared for laughter and tears. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for a light, summer read!   The Dry by Jane Harper The Dry was Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club pick, stretching my typical reading. I was quickly drawn in and loved the book! “A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.” Amazon  It begs to be said Jane Harper is a sweetheart! I will read her books based on her personality alone!   Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson I bought this book based on...

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Blessing in the Ordinary

“Blessing is found in cupped and opened hands. Blessings are sown in open hands.” Blessing In The Ordinary & Mundane Five Minute Friday “Thanks is what multiplies the joy and makes any life large, and I hunger for it.” Ann Voskamp -One Thousand Gifts Happy Friday Dear Readers! Today finds me in the midst of packing, sorting medications, and reassuring Lola she is traveling with us (in the back seat much to her chagrin-I. Mean. That. smile). Today was the day I had planned to unplug, taking a week of Sabbath rest. Can I tell you how much I...

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Rhythms of Quiet: Mountains, Family, & Grace

“The rhythm of sitting on swings does good work, a reminder that we are tethered even as we sway.” Emily P. Freemon-Simply Tuesday Dear Readers, This month has found my heart beating somewhere between my stomach and my throat. We’ve been juggling the unholy hard with unfolding grace. I wake each morning, coffee in hand, and listen to this song. Begging, crying, for a faith that says, “Even if you don’t I will still choose You.” The stories, the words are lodged deep in my soul to be shared later. What I can tell you now is this, “He is faithful.” He is faithful when the answers seem all wrong or don’t come at all. He is faithful in the good and the bad. He is in the fire with us and never leaves us alone. When faced with the unholy hard, He walks with us. And when we can no longer walk, He will carry us. We are preparing for a trip to the mountains. We’ll enjoy a week of rest and time with family. We’ll breath in sweet mountain laurels, drink coffee outside, and just be. There’s a time for this, the just being. A time to refresh and refill ourselves. Time for rhythms of quiet and rest. They’re will be lightening bugs and we’ll turn the clock face down. I. Can’t. Wait. I’ve packed a stack of...

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Steady: What Keeps Me Steady

Steady: Five Minute Friday What Keeps Me Steady When The Ground Wavers  “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”  Brené Brown Happy Friday Dear Readers! Two weeks into retirement our days look different. There’s no longer a frenzied pace to run errands, make...

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Generations Left Behind: Have We Given Up?

“When you are old you can look back and see yourself when you are young. It is almost like looking down from heaven. And you see yourself as a young woman, just a big girl really, half awake to the world.” Wendell Berry-Hannah Coulter  Dear Readers, Have we given up too soon? Generations gathered for a family wedding a few weeks back. Dark clouds hovered on the horizon. My precious family processing unwanted news. We gathered as we always have when storm clouds come near. Days before I packed my bag, folding my weariness into my sister’s van. I...

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