Orphanology – Rather ironically, I had never heard of this book until the girl babysitting for us while we took our adoption classes loaned it to me, and now it’s my very favorite book on taking care of orphans. But it’s not just for those interested in adopting, it’s all about how we as the church of Christ are obligated to step up to the plate and take care of needy children and it gives some practical ways of doing that (and not just by adopting).


Shepherding a Child’s Heart – If I were to recommend one book on parenting this would be it. The whole concept of going to the heart issue has been a goal of mine and Cameron’s with Gracia, and now with Little Dude, it’s been a reminder again of how just outward obedience isn’t enough.


Choosing to SeeI already gave my 2 cents on this book, but I will again. :) Mary Beth Chapman’s (wife to singer Steven Curtis Chapman) openness about her struggles with whether or not she was good enough to adopt really hit home with me and encouraged me.


Too Small to Ignore – Even though I can’t say I agree with everything in this book, the main premise of how important kids are really was a challenge to me, and to hear Wess Stafford’s  own personal story of abuse made it even more real. And did you know he was the president of Compassion International?

What great books have affected your life?

*These are all linked to my Amazon affiliate links, but if you don’t want to buy them see if your local library has them!

Taco Meat - My New Favorite Baked Potato Topping

You may have noticed on my menu that I have baked potatoes with taco meat as a meal. Usually when we have baked potatoes we top them with chili, but I decided to try it with some taco meat I froze and cheese, sour cream, and cilantro. So that’s what we had a couple of nights ago, and I really liked it, in fact I think I liked it more than chili. And it makes for a very frugal meal, as potatoes are really cheap and so is my stretched taco meat! :)

What’s your favorite baked potato topping?

And on a different note, you may have noticed the books from Amazon on the right side of the screen. Those are books that I have read and highly recommend. I want to put some more up soon, but I plan on only recommending books that I have actually read and really do like. Here’s a little summary of the books:

  • The Tightwad Gazette – I own the first one, but like borrowing the complete one from our library. It has all kinds of frugal ideas, recipes, and concepts. If you read my blog much, you’ll see I really like Amy Dacyczyn!
  • Miserly Moms – This book is full of money saving tips and I really enjoyed reading it.
  • More with Less Cookbook – This cookbook was put together by the Mennonites. It has lots of great recipes, but also has info on things like eating healthy.
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart – This isn’t about frugality or anything, but I recommend it to any parent! I’ve read it twice (and I almost never read books more than once). It goes deeper than just getting your kids to act right, but it focuses on the right heart attitude. And it’s very Biblical.


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