Monday, September 30, 2013

City Life VS. Country Life

 I have lived in the same yard from birth until now.  Notice I didn't tell you how long but just my entire life.  While it is not as country as I would like for it to be, it is still NOT the city life.  I have family and friends alike who are always telling me that they had rather live in the city for different reasons and then I have to share my reasons of why I had much rather live here in the country.
So now I am going to share a few things with you, my readers of my perspective on the country life.

In the city you have all kinds of ordinances from noise to cutting your grass.  I know here in NC they will fine you if you don't cut your grass, so even of you are on vacation you must keep your grass cut or have someone to cut it for you.  In the city there is public transportation that helps for a lot of people and in some cases depending on where you live in the city, some places are within walking distance.When you rake your yards or have excessive yard waste, no problem, you just put it all on the curb and eventually the city will come by and pick it up. 
These are all great reasons to live in the city, however I can't help but believe that there are just so many more reasons to live in the country.

In the country life on the weekend if I want to have a party, I just have it.  There is no one around to hear the noise and complain.  If someone gets a little excited and fires a shot gun, no problem, you just put it away for safe keeping, but you don't have to worry about the law showing up.  If I go on vacation and miss a week of cutting my grass, no problem it is still there to be cut when I get home.  I rake my leaves, and then I burn them.  The fire acts as heat when we are all sitting around, and the smoke deters the bugs away.  No we don't have any public transportation, and you can't walk to the Doctor's office, but we tend to enjoy the company of friends riding with us when we go into to town.   Here are 2 videos that shows how I truly feel about the country life. 

In the city you must keep your dogs chained, in the house, on a leash, or have a fenced in yard or animal control will fine you, and possible take your pets to doggy jail (AKA the pound).  In the country I can let my puppies run free, have ducks, and enjoy the sound of a rooster in the early am.
To some this doesn't sound enjoyable but I would not have it any other way.
Do you prefer the city or the country life?  Why?
Share a story, picture, or even a video of what makes where you stay the best.
I always enjoy reading my readers comments, what they think about my posts.

Can't forget about in the country going to find that local pond and fishing, even if it is just a little fish.  It is much more about the time spent with your family, and friends than anything!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It Review & Giveaway

About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. 

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? 

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.

My thoughts:
I received a copy of Grace unplugged and Own it for the purpose of this review, all opinions are mine and are not of anyone other than myself.

Grace Trey is the 18 year old daughter of the one hit wonder Johnny Trey.  Johnny Trey had the musical career of a lifetime but gave it all up because he found he couldn't live that lifestyle and be part of Jesus' life.  Now, Mr Trey is the Music Pastor at his church and his daughter Grace is one of the lucky few that is given the opportunity to be part of the group.  Johnny, already having lived the rocker lifestyle, enjoyed things a little slower with much more meaning now.  Grace however, enjoyed playing her music fast and loud.  She just couldn't understand why her father always wanted to play the worship songs so slow?  Why not speed things up a little?

That is the into to the book Grace Unplugged, and only the first few chapters.  As I was reading I would find myself thinking about things that my parents would tell me to do or to not do, and asking myself why?  Why, did they say we shouldn't do certain things?  As an adult I now know the reasons behind my parents answers.  It isn't that they don't want you to have a good time, and enjoy life.  It is that they want you, their child to be safe, happy, secure, and living for God.  I don't want to ruin the book by telling you too much about it, so I will leave here for now.

That is the background to these 2 books, Grace Unplugged and Own It.  You tell your children that they can be anything that they want to be, but in reality we do have stipulations in it.  We obviously want the living for God and doing what is right, but at the same time we want them to be happy, and enjoying life.  My Daddy always told me that if I was going to sing, to sing for the Lord.  No matter what decision I made, to always put God first.  If we put God first in our life and base our decisions around putting God first, then the outcome will be positive.  

In Grace's life  would be a rock star yield her more happiness, or even more money?  Possibly more money, but even I am not sure if she would be any happier.  I know as a young adult I lived for me and I did not put God first, I was happy for the moment but I was not really Happy.  Since I put God first, I have seen changes in my life.  If I told you that everyday of my renewed life was the best its ever been and that I have not had any bad days, that would not be truthful.  The truth is that I have had some awesome days, and I have had some trying days.  

This is a great book and soon to be released (Oct. 4) in theaters.  It is a great story not only for us as parents, but also a great story for your young adult and teenagers to read.   The best news is that I have a copy of Grace Unplugged and Own it for one of my readers.  All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions,

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