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Thrills and Chills: Living on One Income with 6 kids. Ep 39 Blue Skies and Green Pastures with Paula Adams

Living on one income with six children has been like a very long roller coaster ride, much scarier than we expected at times, and lots of fun at other times, with some screaming, puking and laughing along the way. Sometimes I am amazed that we have survived the ride! Then I say a prayer of thanks. In this episode I'll share our story of how God made it work.  We own a house instead of renting. We learned how to stay on a budget. We buy used items and accept hand-me-downs. I cook our meals at home most of the time. We drive older vehicles. My husband is handy and resourceful and does all the home repairs. We don't spend much on luxuries. We keep and use things for a long time. God has intervened and helped us in unexpected ways. I did babysitting and other odd jobs. We give back to the church and charity. Blog link here https://blueskiesandgreenpastures.com/2021/07/20/thrills-and-chills-how-we-raised-a-large-family-on-one-income/ — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/blueskiesandgreenpastures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blueskiesandgreenpastures/support
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I buy books and sometimes I even read them!

I’ve been super busy , who isn’t , but I did get to read a little this weekend. For some reason I haven’t started Thunderstruck by Neal Shusterman (second from top) yet even though I am looking forward to it. I think I’m worried it won’t be as good as the first book, Scythe. I did finally start Free Outside by Jeff Garmire, a book about his Triple Crown hike in one calendar year. I ordered it directly to support him and it is actually well written. But then the mailman brought State of Fear by Michael Crichton and I had to see what it was like. The writing is not nearly as good as I expected, but the plot (environmental wackos) is interesting. It’s on the top of the pile because I plan to read it today.

I also have three other books under these that I haven’t started yet. The Jesse Ventura book was an impulse buy. Seemed like it might be good to have for the future, you know , when censorship increases. Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcey is a book I ordered new and still haven’t read . The subject matter is good , but I have such limited leisure reading time that I keep setting it aside for more escapist stories , like Scythe. And the bottom book , Jacob The Liar by Jurek Becker ,I found at Goodwill. It’s a Holocaust story . I’ll get to it when I’m in the right mood.

What’s on your nightstand or end table ? Do you have trouble getting a little time to read ? How do you decide which one to read ? Share in the comments! Happy reading ! Click my affiliate link below to find your next book!


  1. Ha! I always read before bed. Always. I’ve been doing a monthly wrap up of books I’ve read, including where I got the recommendation from. I put books on a goodreads TBR and I read them in order of highest ratings with over a thousand reviews unless I really want to read a book. I also read books for book clubs, both IRL and influencer types

  2. Oh nice pile o’ books there PK. I loved Jacob the Liar, I read that a while back. Currently I’m reading, A Princess Remembers. And I have up next Be Water My Friend by Bruce Lee’s daughter, 1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann (I’m a history buff). And Nomadland, I want to read the book before I see the movie on Netflix.

  3. I read a bunch for work and while the pandemic was raging I had a lot of time for it. Now that our church is meeting again and that soon, I hope, I can do home, hospital and nursing home visits there will be less reading time during the course of the work week. That said, outside of what I’m reading for sermon prep I usually have three books going that are work-related. Right now they are The Great Concern by Edward Pearse, The Pastor’s Ministry by Brian Croft and Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed by Herman Witsius. They are all outstanding and I try to read 1-2 chapters from each per week. In the evening I read for fun. Right now I am reading Life and Death of the Salt Marsh by John and Mildred Teal. It is a conservation book that I’ve had in my library for years adn figured that it was time to read it and send it down the road somewhere. When reading for fun I have a fondness for history, biography and fiction. For the past year I have alternated my reading for pleasure with working my way through two other projects, the Works of John Knox (six volumes) and the Works of Stephen Charnock (five volumes). I’ve alternated a section of Knox or Charnock with something else and in this way I have got through 9 of the 11 volumes. Truthfully, they fall into the work-related category but there seemed no other way to get going on them. And Charnock, while a slow read, is so, so good. Life is too short to read bad books and at my age I’m trying to make better choices!

    • Amazing list. Your congregation will be blessed, I’m sure . All that healthy reading must be making your hair grow ! That’s quite a braid . 😁

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