Looking Back on 2012 – The Maple in my Backyard

004 (4)I love trees.  I love to take pictures of tress.  I love to climb trees, really high when I was young.  I love to sit under trees.  I love to look up into trees.

Trees have a few meanings to me.

First, trees are God’s creation.  Made gently by His loving hands.  They are such lovely and beautiful giants on this earth.

I also feel that God is showing us how He wants us to be.  Like a tree.  We start out small and weak in our Christian journey, which is called life.  If you are fed the right food, you will grow mighty and strong.  The right food is The Word.  When you grow mighty and strong, your roots grow deep into the ground.  Giving you the strength to stand tall when you need to stand up for something.  They also allow you to bend when the time is right to.  You’ll grow thick and strong limbs.  Limbs help to provide shade and relief to those on the ground.  Up in the limbs is home to many creatures.  A tree is always available to help others.  No one is turned away.

The picture above is my own photo.  Please do not copy the photo and use it as your own.


My New CafeMom Profile

DaintyD’s profile page – CafeMom – Mozilla Firefox.

Do you have a CafeMom account?  If so, here is where you can find me.  I used to have a profile there.  I went by Daintydecker.  I couldn’t get into my account because it was so old, so I had to make a new one.  I’m starting all over.  But I’m thinking, I might just start designing tags again.  I have already started collecting new ones!  In fact, the tag I’m using below is a brand new one that I just got tonight!Image


Danielle’s 2013 Reading Challenge

This year, instead of running through the alphabet, which by the way, I’ve never made it through all of the way, I thought it would be fun to go through the letters of my name.

What I plan to read is listed below.  I will be updating this list as I read the books so you know when I’ve read them.

D – Dreams and Relationships by Nicholas Heyneman

A – The Americas by Daniel J. Boorstin

N – Natural Flea Control

I – The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

E – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

L – The Littles go to School by John Peterson

L – Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

E – Edible History by Cassandra Cookson

D – Declutter by Ava Connor

E – Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas Ph.D.

C – Contend Earnestly for the Faith: A Survey of Christian Apologetics by Phil Ferndandes Ph.D.

K – Kill the Clutter by Heather Lane

E – An Elementary Study of Islam by Mirza Tahir Ahmad

R – The Rising by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins


January 2013 Reading Challenge List

January 2013 Reading Challenges & Link Up List « We’re Duck ‘N’ Chicks – Mozilla Firefox.


Wild pic isn’t it?  That’s how I look when I get new books!

Here is my intended reading list for January’s challenge:

  • Celebrate President’s Day – The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
  • Birthday Book – A Collection of Stories by Jack London
  • Who’s Got the Blues? – The Blue Hill Farms Guide to Basic Chicken Keeping by Kim Hamilton
  • Bringing in the New Year – Proverbs of the New Testament: A Relevant Study of the Book of James by Lara Velez, Founder of Moms of Faith
  • Snowy Days – Working in the Northwest Woods by Dennis Willard

As you can see, I have quite a wide variety of books that I like to read.  All of these are books that I have on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet.  I did look through my TBR books and I didn’t have much that matched there.

I am so excited to start this!  Only four more days!!  Now to choose which one to start first!


January 2013 Reading Challenges & Link Up List

20110212_7I love a challenge every now and then.  Don’t you?!  I also love to mix a challenge with my hobbies.  Reading challenges are a great way for me to be able to do that.  I’ve been searching for a good challenge to do, but didn’t really find any ones that I was really excited about.  I thought it would be more fun to make up my own and maybe have some people join me.

The rules are very simple.  You can read any book to fill the list.  It doesn’t matter what genre or how it is printed.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve read it before, as long as you DO read it again.  Books read for the January challenges must be started in January, not something that you were previously reading.  You can read a book that falls into more than one category and get it counted for that.  You may also use books that you are using for different challenges.

Don’t feel pressured to do them all!  Choose what you feel is right for you.  What sounds like fun?  What do you think you can accomplish?  Are you challenging yourself?

After you’ve checked out the list, you can link up with us and share what you will be reading.  At the end of the month, I will post a post for us to share our progress.

So what are you waiting for?  Get those lists ready and link up with me!  Don’t leave me doing this journey alone!

  • Celebrate President’s Day – Read any book that has anything to do with a President of the US.  It can be about a president, a president’s name can be used in the title or the same as the author’s name or the setting of the book in Washington DC.
  • Birthday Book – Find an author that was born in January and read a book written by that them.  Here are a couple links to help you out: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/january-author-birthdays        http://lookingglassreview.com/books/authors-illustrators/birthdays
  • Who’s Got the Blues? – Find a book with the word BLUE in the title.
  • Bringing in the New Year – Read any book that talks about New Years, making resolutions or has the word NEW in the title.
  • Snowy Days – Snow or anything to do with snow on the front cover.  Ex. snowman, skis, snowflake, etc.

Please leave your link to your reading list in the comment section so I can follow your blog and reading journey!




Reading Challenges

20110212_7In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I would like to do some reading challenges for this coming year.  I have decided on doing a few different ones.  The best part?  I thought it would be fun if you could join me!

I am thinking that monthly or even seasonly challenges would be fun to do if they were kept short.  Yearly long ones would be neat to do also.

I will be starting a challenge or two on January 1, 2013.  Be sure to watch for them!  I will be posting a couple of them today so that you can start getting your list ready if you’d like!