Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Favorites

May was an interesting, roller coaster of a month.

Births. Deaths. Marriages. Sicknesses. Pain. Prayer requests. Missing Burma. My best friend booking an airline ticket to come visit me. Actual roller coasters (Silver Dollar City). The whole enchilada.

I just wanted to share some of my favorites from this past month. Some happiness, if you will. :)


A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
Every reading member of our family, in the month of May, read a missionary biography. 'Missionary May', we called it, and most of us really enjoyed the challenge. Mine was the longest of the to-read books, at 379 pages, but I really was intrigued to find out what the always-unpredictable Ms. Carmichael was going to do next. On a mission to China, she ended up in Japan. Then Ceylon. Then India, where she lived out the rest of her life. Not many people alive today, Irish or not, have the backbone to do everything that lady did, and it inspired me to quit putting limitations on my truly all-powerful God. I mean, can you, with no job nor income, build up a compound large enough to hold hundreds of children, almost as many workers, and feed and clothe them all, to boot?! I recommend it to all, but especially those who are new to reading missionary biographies. Elisabeth Elliot did a fantastic job on linking events together, so there were no confusing time leaps or vague filler paragraphs, as you sometimes find in other missionary biographies.  

Stay in the Castle by Pastor Jerry Ross
I read this a few years ago, but I pulled it out of a box last week, and read it again. It's still good!! Even for my not-a-big-reader ladies out there, this one is a must-read! And only 24 pages, so don't sweat it!


Southern Gospel Classics
These three CDs have been rotating through my CD player all month long! I love the variety of styles by some of the Southern Gospel greats like The Blackwood Brothers, The Speers, and The Oak Ridge Boys, among many others!

The Snyder Family Band
When we saw them on the schedule at Silver Dollar City over the weekend that we were already there anyways, we had to stop by for a show! Just something about their last name that clicked with us, or something... Let me just say that there's a good reason they have a strong 5 star rating on Amazon. You should look them up! They're on Spotify, too! Bluegrass with some of the best acoustic guitar you will ever hear!

Surrender by Amanda Tero
I was blessed to be able to work with Amanda Tero this past month on proof-reading her sheet music for her new Late Intermediate Solo book, Surrender!  If you are a church pianist (or not, and just enjoy the sound of beautifully-arranged hymns), this one is for you! I want to say that my favorite part of Amanda's music is how much the melody of the hymn is highlighted. While Dino definitely has some fancy ideas, more often than not the hymn gets lost in the mix. Not the case for this sheet music!! Also, I've been known to spend upwards of $15-20 on a solo book that I'm interested in. Surrender is reasonably priced so anyone is able to afford to play beautiful music- as it should be!!


YouTube Mandolin Lessons From MandoLessons
I have learned so much from these videos!! Being a self-taught musician (well, in some of my instruments, that is) is not always easy, but MandoLessons make my days a litter brighter. :)

Peanut Butter Cheesecake
My oh my. This stuff is heavenly. I could easily eat two pieces right now. And I wouldn't even feel bad about it because it's sugar-free and super low in carbs!

Well, those were just some favorite things from May! I hope you find something from this list to love, yourself!

Shoutout to the lovely Rebekah Joy at for inspiring the post!

What did you love about May?

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  1. I love the More Radiance blog! And I had no idea you played mandolin! lol Oh, and I totally agree about the Dino arrangements. I have three of his books, and they do get a little complex! I prefer something more simple as well, where the melody doesn't get lost ;)

    1. Haha! I'm full of surprises!! ;)

      I really think you'd love Surrender! Amanda is an absolutely amazing pianist! All of the songs from the music book are on her YouTube channel, as well. :)


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