Book nook: Femine Appeal by Carolyn Mahoney






Hello fellow readers:

For this week’s book I have recently finished reading Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahoney. This falls within the genre of Christian non-fiction. Sorry guys, this one is for the women.

Ms. Mahoney based this book on Titus 2. (KJV)

1  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2  That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

This book consists of nine chapters that relate to the character and actions of how Christian women should live through their faith. It talks about the seven virtues of a godly woman. Chapters focus on topics from loving our husbands and children to self-control and submission.

In our ever increasing business of our lives we often forget that not only is the outside looking to us as Christian examples, but also members of our immediate and extended family. Are we setting biblical examples for our daughters and sons? Are we setting examples to our Christian friends and our non-Christian friends?

This would make a great study for a women’s Bible study. At the end of the book there are study questions that corespond to each chapter of the book.

Have you read this book? What non-fiction book are you reading now?

Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

Thank you everyone for your responses on your favorite books and authors. Most of those that responded with their favorites, I am familiar with.


For this week’s book review, I chose the genre of fiction. I have recently finished reading Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock. This book falls within the categories of religion, Christian, and suspense.

The main character is a young woman who has given up the life of a lawyer to become a full time investigative blogger after the murder of her boyfriend. She uses her blog to help convict those who she feels may be acquitted of their crimes as was the man who murdered her boyfriend.

Only when the tables are turned does she realize the power of the words she writes and their effects on others. She begins to question herself, whether or not she has been instrumental in wrongly convicting innocent people,  and her fragile faith during this time.

It is with the help of her sisters and her boyfriend’s brother, that she again turns to God for help and finds her faith along with love.

I highly recommend this book along with others written by Terri Blackstock. I would list her among my favorites in the genre of fiction. I have read several of her books including the Cape Refuge Series and the four books she co-authored with Beverly LaHaye.

*I have received no compensation for this post. All comments and opinions are mine.

Who am I?

How often do we hear about someone, good or bad, and immediately conjure up that person’s image. We do that when we read books or after we talk to someone we have never met in person.

How many times have you read a book and visualized the characters in your mind? Then the book becomes a movie and the people they cast are nothing like we imagined. Does that let you down or change your perspective of the character?

Several years ago I talked to my father’s wife on the phone several times before I actually met her. In my mind I envisioned her looking somewhat like my mother had. When I did come face to face with her for the first time I was taken aback because her appearance was nothing I had perceived it to be. I guess you could say I was disappointed because I was expecting someone entirely different than who I met.

So, after reading a few of my posts, what have you concluded my appearance to be like?

This is the most recent picture of me. What is the differences of what you thought and what I actually look like? Don’t be too harsh.


20 things about me


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Perilin Creations

All of us have unique details in our lives that make us who we are, different than anyone else. Today I am going to give you 20 things about me.



1. First, I am a child of God, a born again Christian. My faith is very important to me.
2. I married very young. I graduated from high school is May of 1974 at the age of 17 and was married 3 months later, 2 weeks before my 18th birthday. We are still married today.
3. I had my first daughter in 1976 when I was 19.

4. I am the mother of 3 girls and one boy.
5. My husband and I have 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Our first great-granddaughter is due next month.
6. Even though my parents had made their home in Columbus, Ohio, I was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. My mother had been visiting her mother at the time of my birth.
7. I lived with my parents in Fairbanks, Alaska as a young child. This is where my younger sister was born.
8. I have one younger sister and one younger brother.
9. My mother died at a very young age. I was only 10 at the time. We, my siblings, my mother and I, we’re living with her parents at the time. We continued to live with our grandparents after her death.
10. I started college, part time, the month before my youngest turned one.

11. I graduated from college in 1992 cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in English education.
12. I worked as a substitute teacher for 5 years before getting my own classroom.
13. I began teaching a severe behaviourally handicapped class in 1997. I am still working at the same school.
14. Today I am teaching a multi-handicapped class at the same school.
15. I earned my Master’s degree in special education in 2000.
16. I also went on to earn a one year certificate in Deaf studies and sign language.

17. One of my daughters and her 3 children live with me and my husband.
18. I enjoy reading, crafting, photography, travel, and sewing. Check out my Facebook page, Perilin Creations.
19. My favorite TV show is Dancing with the Stars.

20. My favorite dog is a Pomeranian. I do not have one right now, but hoping to get a white one after I retire. (About 3 years)

That’s all about me. Now what about you?

What’s in a Name?



Have you ever looked up the meaning or origin of your name? I know I have on multiple occasions. We have all played the silly, but fun name games as children and maybe as adults. Many of us continue to participate in name games as we get older (just for fun). Try out What Your Name Says about your Personality? for kicks.

As I was researching this post I happened upon a post by A Cup of Jo in which she talked about a person’s name determining their personality.  She had found a website, First Name Meanings, that seemed to hit the nail on the head so to speak.  I began looking up the meaning of members of my family and of course myself. It seemed eerily accurate in many of the names of my family and myself.


For my granddaughter, Shyla, her name fit her to a “t”.  She likes “movement, speed and travel.” This tiny 8 year old is never still for a minute. We just returned from a shopping trip where she danced, hopped, and sang her way through every store.  She likes an adrenaline rush.


Dylan, her 10 year old brother, on the other hand likes “peace and quiet, solitude  and the sweet safety of their homes.”  Not only does he like being at home, he wants everyone at home with him or he worries about them.



Zayden is the baby, 14 months old, and after a little more research I settled on associating his name with that of Zayd on the list. What youngster at this age does not like “freedom to indulge in the pleasures of this world.” His environment is all new to him and he is out to conquer it all.

So the big question for me was what does my blog’s name mean? First. let me explain how I came up with the name. My maiden name is Perry, my first name is Linda, hence Perilin. Because I began by sewing and creating things I choose Creations. See my facebook page.  After delving into the meanings of my two names I have come to the conclusion that my blog, or me, is industrious and wants to shine and be admired.


What about you? What does your name say about you? And is it accurate?

30 Day Blog Challenge



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I have been constantly studying about blogging for a few months now. Believe me, this is more complicated then it seems. I am still trying to figure out how to ad Google Adsense, find sponsors, and overall monetize my blog. On top of that I want to publish blogs that are helpful and relevant to your lives. So I have jumped in to sink or swim.

I have always enjoyed writing although the last several years it has taken a back seat to my full time job as a special education teacher, wife, mother, and grandmother. Even though we are now grandparents and great-grandparents, we still have little ones in the house. We are currently helping our daughter raise her 3 young children. This leads to a very full and busy life.




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Where has all my time gone?



Do you ever ask yourself this when the day is done but the items on your to-do list seemed to have multiplied since its conception? Of course I have. I can’t remember the last time I actually completed everything on that unyielding piece of paper.

I’m sure I am not the only person who has wished for more hours in the day. However, I want to be specific about this. I want those 2 to 3 hours put in the middle of the afternoon or even mid-morning. That way I can still get up and go to bed at the same time. (Lol) If they were put in the evening I would probably lose them to extra sleep.

Seriously, though, everyone has the same hours, minutes, and seconds allotted to them. Why is it then that as I read though other bloggers’ posts it seems as if they are able to accomplish so much more than I can in the same amount of time. Time management, organization and dedication is what I have found to be the answer. What about you?

Tips that help me

1. Weekly and daily schedules:

I have written to-do lists for the week and for the day.  There are even some things that are planned months in advance. What is it that I want to get done? These items must be prioritized. What is the most important thing on the list. I have to remember to boil the eggs for deviled eggs tonight before finishing the chapter in the book I’m reading. Allot time for everything. Yes, even your leisure activities.  Use a planner or a calendar. I keep both, a paper calendar and the one in my phone, and a planner.


2. Plan ahead

I can remember when I was in college and the professors would pass out the new syllabus; I would feel so overwhelmed with the amount of work in front of me for the semester. Only by attacking it in bits and pieces was I able to complete everything. Attack today and this week’s chores in the same manner. Chop up the larger tasks into more manageable bits. Don’t forget to break it up on your to-do list. Things such as shopping trips for clothes, groceries, gifts, etc. are centered around paychecks.  I also try to schedule in sewing and crafting when there are not a lot of extra activities happening. Those planners really help with this scheduling.

3. Go with the flow:

Even the best laid plans often go astray. This is an abbreviated version of an old proverb meaning that things we can’t foresee will and can happen. If something unexpected comes up and really skews up your beautiful, well-thought out schedule, don’t worry. Just add it to the next day’s list. We need to be flexible with our plans and expectations of what we are capable of getting accomplished.  Sometimes we just seem to think that we can accomplish more in 24 hours than is physically possible. Get what you can done and don;t sweat the rest. Add it to tomorrow’s list and re-prioritize. Go with the flow.

How do you manage your time?

Two More Completed


The week before Thanksgiving I attended the Ocalicon conference in Columbus, Ohio. This was the third consecutive year that I have went to this conference.

RcdRLjKeiAlthough the main focus for this conference is autism, I have continually been able to bring back new ideas and knowledge for all of the students in my special education classroom.

The past two years I have went by myself, but  this year my oldest daughter, who is a Licensed Worker, also attended. The three days we were there were filled with workshops and speakers for both of us. She was able to earn CEU’s in her field as was I. (Her picture is to the right.)
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My favorite part of the conference is learning about new technology that can be used in the classroom, especially the use of IPads.

This conference allowed me to check off number 29 on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.


Merry Christmas

I also recently marked off number 92 on my list. I have been working on my husband’s family history for two years. I purchased a nice leather bound family history book for him as my Christmas present to him this year. I can’t wait until he opens it.


Fall is here!


 It’s here. This is my favorite time of the year to decorate. I love the fall colors, scarecrows, and turkeys. The smell of pumpkin scented candles in the air. Most, if not all of my decorations came from the dollar stores. I am a full time teacher and contrary to popular belief we do not have money to throw around.


Some of these things I have had for several years and some I collect at the end of the season. I made the wreath a couple of years ago. It will hang on the door until it is time to put the Christmas wreath out.


After Halloween I will remove the Jack-‘o-lanterns and replace them with turkeys. I have a couple of new ones that I bought last year right after Thanksgiving.. These decorations will stay up until it is time to put up Christmas decor. Wait until you see it. I have been collecting for many years.


Decorating for the holidays does not have to be expensive. Practice patience and save what you have.

Only to us.


We all have those days when we say it would only happen to me. Well, last week my family experienced one of those mornings that could only happen at my house.

I’m sure all of you who have kids and jobs outside the home know how chaotic mornings can be. Our house is no exception. First, my husband leaves the house. It often becomes a contest between us to see who is going to get the bathroom first. If our youngest grandson awakens during this time, he wants his Papa’s attention and I get first dibs at the restroom.

I have another half hour after he leaves to finish my preparations for departure. I wake up my daughter so she can get the two other grandkids ready for school. This usually takes her around an hour.

On the morning of our story, she sent the oldest out to start the car. He came back in to let her know the keys were locked in the car. First disaster. Luckily she had left the windows cracked and was able to use a coat hanger to unlock the doors. Now she was rushing everyone to get in. Dylan opens the back door and informs his mother he cannot get in because the cat that has adopted us was having kittens in the back seat. Apparently, she had locked the car when she slipped in through the slightly opened window.


The cat had just had the first kitten when I got the text at work. I suggested she call my daughter-in-law to get the kids and take them to school. When she took the kids in to sign them in Dylan tells the secretary that he has a good reason for being late today. “I’m an uncle”, he informed her. At that point his eight year old sister pipes up and says,”And I’m a grandma!”

The poor secretary.