A Heart Pocket History,

Back in 2014 Mom made me a skirt. She used upside-down huge blue jean legs for the main part and a pair of darker blue pockets for pockets. To make the skirt longer and prettier she added a pink ruffle to the bottom and matching pink hearts on the pockets.

At P’s graduation, just after it was made

I loved it. I wore it all the time, so naturally the ruffle wore away super quickly.

Thankfully the rest of the skirt was still good, so it was a matter of a few minutes to change out the ruffle. This time I cut up a skirt I had made years before in a sewing class. It was a lovely ruffle.

Second-rendition-of heart-pockets
Pardon the ugly face. At a family reunion, after falling in a river.

This ruffle lasted longer, but the day came that it could no longer serve. Unfortunately I have no pictures of what happened next to this skirt. I was wearing it one day when someone mentioned I had a whole in my skirt. I was expecting it (I had been wearing the skirt year round for four years), so sad as I was I retired the body of my skirt.

The pockets were still good though as was the ruffle so I made a new skirt body and put them onto it.


Sadly though now one of my pockets has a hole in the bottom, so when this wears out I will only have pictures and scraps. I love this skirt and I’m glad that I put reminders of it on my blog. It’s been a staple for a long time.


The Land I Lost By Huynh Quang Nhuong

This was a very interesting book, in my opinion. Usually when I read about cultures I know little about they are tales of Christians surviving persecution, missionaries coming in, the first real contact with Western Civilization, or all of the above. I frequently read about learning the new language, figuring out how to write it down for the first time. Adapting to a new culture. That sort of thing.

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
As per usual this cover comes from Goodreads

It was so different and interesting to read about a character that came from the culture. It was so strange to read about a culture that has had for a very long time it’s own writing system and school system, even though to me it seemed as strange as cultures with only recent contact.

Was the story a little gruesome at times? Yes.

Did it have horrifying tales of Monkey See Monkey Do? Yes.

Do I recommend it to any one over the age of ten? Yes.


Also feel free to check out my Instagram to see my actual copy of the book.

The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court Marshal, And Forty Year Imprisonment In North Korea – Charles Robert Jenkins

As per usual for book cover this comes from Goodreads

Honestly the main thing I didn’t like about the book was the subtitle. ^ It sounds like the court marshal happened before the forty years, when really it was after. This is by no means the only book I found the title to be annoying. I recently read a book title Hiking Westward, in which they did no hiking. Also the book Six Months To Live was more poetic than the truth. But it isn’t a really big deal.

The book starts  by explaining the authors childhood and young adulthood. It’s a fascinating reminder of how much America has changed.

Then he gives an explanation of how and why he deserted.

As the story progresses you get to see just how crazy and awful North Korea truly is. It is a world without sanity, not just a world of cruelty.

My first thought was that this book reminded me of Captain America, but for a shorter amount of time, and like not fictional. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it reminded me of The Man Without A Country which you can find here or there.

If you want to find out what I thought about the mention of sex in this book look no further than this.

Spoiler Alert: The S Word

I finished a book this past Tuesday and (spoiler) I thought it was great. I plan on doing a full review on Sunday. I wrote a short five star review for it on Goodreads saying I thought anyone who could read and was interested should.


Then I remembered there is a small scene where the word sex is thrown around like five times. I thought  “drat, I bet most people would not like that scene,” so I added a comment to my review.


Then I thought about it some more. I finally came to the conclusion that any child old enough to read the Bible themselves. (especially if they have had most of the Bible read to them before) is old enough to read that book, because


There are certain scenes in the Bible that need no added dramatization from Hollywood to make them R rated.


A Barn In Science

I was looking up how to convert square feet into acres when I noticed that one of the options for area was Barn. I’d never heard of a barn being an unit of measurement so I looked at it. For the record I was looking up how much land we own, the answer is around 2.02343e+31 barns*

Italy, Landscape, Scenic, Sky, Clouds

Images from pixabay.

When talking about day to day measurement, if you have e in your number you probably are using an extraordinarily small unit of measure. Which is true in this case. A barn is basically the cross section of a uranium nucleus. Otherwise known as basically no space.

Part of the reason it was named a barn was, it like many other atomic bomb related had to sound like they had absolutely no relation to the subject. Also when you get down to the subatomic level of comparing things the uranium nucleus is really big, like the proverbial side of the barn.

Nebraska, Farm, Landscape, Barn

Maybe I’m interested in barns because P is a nuclear physicist, or possibly the reason is because it’s a cool, simple, and rare word. I don’t, but I did find it very interesting.

If you want to read more about it check out Britannica or Wikipedia.

*Note on the record, in more common terms we have less than half an acre.


“At The Abyss”


This book is long. Maybe I think that because we read it out loud, but it took forever to finish. All gripes about the length aside, I really enjoyed it.

I learnt so much history from this book. It talked about how the cold war started and who were the first spies. I was totally shocked to learn when the Berlin Wall went up. I don’t know, but I just had never really heard the year for that event. Maybe I’ve always glossed over it, but……

It is written by the Former Secretary of the Air Force, he started being in the political circles by the end of the tales.

In each chapters it tells the full story of an event or problem, then the next chapter will talk about something else, so it is really hard to understand how the events interacted with each other.

I would say, this is probably a book only history buffs are going to be really interested, because it is not a single person’s story, but a full history of the Cold War.

This is how I know so much history, 2018 MDIS American History class.

Those Who Broke The Norm

Last week I wrote about how missionaries are just people who let God guide them. This was brought to mind by a visit to my Mom’s Dad. This week we got an interesting book out of the library and it called to mind that you will take after your parents and so will your kids.

Unless you ask God to use you so much that your families atrocious habits don’t get passed on. Like my Dad’s parents did. On my Dad’s side my great grandparents were the sort of people I would rather not know about. There were divorces going back generations being “common” for these people even when it was a huge deal.

When my grandparents met both of them were on the route to become successful Christians. They decided to get married, have kids, and go into the missions field. (this is the point of the post where I could start name dropping like you wouldn’t believe)

Sadly they too eventually divorced, but only one of their kids did. (and I believe he stayed on good terms with her) There may have been marital stress, but no said our family was angelic. Their grand kids are married and have kids. Not all my Aunts and Uncles may be Christian, but they are all great people.

My grandparents turned their families future around by doing Gods will. They left a family that was part criminal and mostly awful, and made a family I am very proud to call mine.

I may not know them all super well, but I know we share some amazing ancestors.