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As Munchkin’s graduation date quickly approaches, we’re spending time wrapping up her high school studies and planning for her graduation party. I’m searching for meaningful gifts that I believe will help her in the future. When I graduated (many years ago), I received a variety of different “for the graduate” books, and I enjoyed reading the different quotes and words of wisdom contained within.
Max Lucado has taken the traditional words of wisdom and turned them into something a little more special. This book, while perfect for the graduate, can be used for anyone starting a new journey, a new adventure in their life.
The book is broken down into 5 different sections:
- God’s Plan for the Journey of Life — A Road Map for Success
- Stop, Look, and Listen — Good Habits for a Good Journey
- A Fork in the Road – Deciding Which Way to Go
- Dangers and Detours Ahead — Slow Down, Avoid Disaster
- Two Is Fine Company — A Friend for the Journey
Within those sections, you’ll find words of encouragement and wisdom presented in a conversational style. Key points are highlighted. I could definitely see writing these sayings, quotes, verses onto post-it notes or notecards as reminders throughout life’s journey. Knowing me, I would probably make some sort of graphic and print it out. In fact, I may make some post card sized graphics for Munchkin and print them onto card stock.
The end of the book has a place to write down a personalized prayer for the book owner’s life. It has a journal for recording 3-month goals, 6-month goals, 1-year goals, 2-year goals, 4-year goals, and lifetime goals. It also has a place to record the steps taken towards reaching each of those goals. Finally, there is a spot to record favorite scriptures, quotes, poems, and sayings.
Let the Journey Begin Book Details:
Graduation is a time of excitement and uncertainty. For graduates the question is, will they face the future with or without God? Let the Journey Beginrepack is filled with godly wisdom, encouragement, and guidance from bestselling and trusted author Max Lucado for students about to embark on new steps in their life journey. Graduates will be reassured that they are not alone—God is with them every step of their way.
This bestselling book will include thirty-two additional pages of new content, all consisting of excerpts, quotes, and scripture as well as an updated interior design to appeal to a new generation of graduates. Included are pages for personal goals, favorite verses of scripture, and prayers.
About the Author:
Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift—a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. He serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. Max and his wife Denalyn have three grown daughters and two son-in-laws.
Let the Journey Begin Details:
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718030494
- ISBN-13: 978-0718030490
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Retail Price: $14.99
- Digital Editions also available
High school graduation is such a milestone event in a child’s life. As a parent, you want to find a gift that marks the occasion in a special way. When I was given the opportunity to receive a watch from JORD, I knew it would make the perfect gift for Munchkin. You know that when you’re giving a gift for a big occasion, you also want the packaging to be just so. Well, maybe that’s just me. lol! When the package arrived, I was immediately impressed with the lovely packaging of the watch. It came in the gorgeous wood box which slid open to reveal the watch. Talk about an excellent first impression!
I debated whether or not to give Munchkin the watch right away, but it was so pretty that I couldn’t wait. I thought it was really cool that JORD will size the watch for you based upon your measurements. Since many of the watches are men’s watches or unisex watches, it’s a nice service to offer. If you don’t have them size it for you, you can also take it to a jeweler or if you have the proper tools, make the adjustments yourself. Without any links taken out of the watch band, it actually fit Daddy’s wrist, but it can easily be sized down to fit both my wrist and Munchkin’s wrist. (My wrist is slightly smaller than hers.)
Munchkin loved the look of the wood watch. It was unique which, of course, is totally her style. We both liked the fact that it’s not over-the-top fancy, so it can be worn with casual attire. At the same time, it’s classy enough that it can easily be worn with dresses or even formal attire.
It’s a little larger than something that she would normally wear, but it fit comfortably and looked great on her wrist. She said it looked classy and timeless. A wood watch is definitely something that not everyone is wearing around. Of course, she doesn’t wear it when she’s working with the horses or doing other activities that may end up damaging the watch. She says that is probably the only thing she doesn’t like as she is used to wearing waterproof watches that don’t require much thought about what she does while wearing them. These watches are okay for some splashing but definitely not for dunking in water.
At first, she wasn’t sure if a wood watch would be comfortable, but she quickly found that it was really comfortable. In fact, it was easy to forget that it was on while going about daily activities. To me, the watch looks like a cross between a watch and a bracelet. Because the band can be adjusted (with tools), you can wear it tighter like a watch or a little looser like a bracelet.
Daddy was impressed with the craftsmanship on this wooden watch. The details are truly beautiful. It even has the date (day of the month) on the watch face which was something new for Munchkin. This Ely watch has a black face which really complements the color in the natural wood grain of the watch. It has a smaller face which makes it work well as a woman’s watch.
With all of the beauty in this watch, one of the features that we liked the most is the clasp/buckle. You simply press on the buttons on either side of the watch band to release the clasp. It is sturdy, secure, and easy to use which we all love. In fact, Daddy said he wished his watch had this type of clasp.
The JORD wood watch ended up being the perfect gift for Munchkin’s high school graduation.
Wood Watches by JORD
Week 3 is in the books. It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually made it through the entire 21 Day Fix program. While I’m still not able to do the entire program without some modification, I am definitely in better shape and feeling stronger. I’ve decided that I’m going to do another session as my new goal is to be able to make it through the complete program without modification. I’m not sure how long it will take, but it will be interesting trying.
This week, I added some heavier weights to some of the sessions. Previously, I was using the 2 lb. weight as my light weight and 3 lb. weight as my heavy weight. I’ve now changed it so my 3 lb. weights are my light set of weights and my new 5 lb. weights are my heavy set of weights. I’ve also added additional stretching exercises during the day as I needed to try to get some of my flexibility back.
D gave me a new yoga pad that actually has some padding to it. The new mat has really helped make the various exercises easier on my joints, hands, knees, elbows…. He decided on the fold up pad rather than a pad that rolls up. I really like the choice that he made for me. I love how supportive and encouraging he has been all throughout this process.
The Raptor Team – Meet Falcon
Name: Salvatore Russo
Rank: Warrant Officer
Specialty: Expert in Ops/Intel
Weakness: Anger, Temper
Strength: Loyalty, Passion
Physical Characteristics: Latino/Italian Heritage, Muscular, Inverted Rifle Tattoo on Bicep
Other: Known as the team “daddy”
Sal “Falcon” Russo is an intense individual who struggles with demons from his past. His ability to focus on the task at hand and gift for strategy make him a natural warrior.
As a member of the Rapid Fire Task Force, I received a review copy of this book.
A Closer Look at the Book:
Falcon is the third and final book in the Quiet Professionals series. If you’ve read Raptor 6 and Hawk, you know that you’re in for an intense ride. It was difficult waiting for this book to be released because I needed to know what happened to the Raptor team. I was interested in seeing how things would play out between Falcon and Cassie as things certainly did not look good towards the end of book 2. This book sheds more light on why Falcon and Cassie have such turmoil in their relationship. The team definitely had a rocky road ahead of them.
Ronie has done it again with this intense, fast-paced military novel. You do not want to start reading this before bed because you will not want to put it down. The twists and turns, betrayals, suspense, love, hate, and action will keep you turning the pages to the very end. The characters are well developed. You’ll find yourself both loving and hating Falcon as his character doesn’t easily fit into a tidy little box. Falcon is yet another excellent book that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.
Ronie has this wonderful giveaway for a signed copy of Raptor 6, Hawk, and Falcon, plus an Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Backpack!
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Falcon Book Description:
Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands.
Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks.
As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.
About the Author:
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction.
Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Falcon Book Details:
- Series: The Quiet Professionals (Book 3)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: SHILOH RUN PRESS (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162416319X
- ISBN-13: 978-1624163197
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Retail Price: $13.99
- Digital versions also available