5 Attention deserving Loves

The very first book I remember falling in love with was Mandy and the Secret Tunnel. I received the book when I was in the 4th grade. It was a birthday present — one that I still have to this day! I often think about the mother that grabbed the book as a quick thought because her son had a birthday party to attend. She’ll never know what kind of an impact she had in my life.

Before Mandy, I read books like Nate the Great, Amelie Bedelia, and a number of other children’s books but Mandy is what really hooked me.

Mandy and the Secret Tunnel

I’ve never met anyone else who’s read the Mandy series so here it is in a nut shell — Mandy is a Christian Nancy Drew. Yep, that about sums it up.

I’ve read many of the Nancy Drew books — I even own a few early copies — but Mandy holds a special place in my heart. Because of her, I consume mystery books like water. Actually, I probably consume them better than water because I’m terrible at drinking water. 🙂

Today is Valentine’s Day. The day of loooove. ❤

Valentine's Day

Sure, I could share with you some sappy story about my husband or I could tell you about how much I love this product or that one. But I don’t want to. Today, I want to share the love. I want to tell you about five things I love that don’t often get the attention they deserve.

1.That kid’s mom Book Shelf

I don’t think I ever met his mom but his name was Seth. I remember he was very excited because I showed interest in his gift. Now, whenever I open a new book, I think of her and I picture Seth in 4th grade with his excited face sitting on my parent’s living room floor.

Do you like reading? Who introduced you to the magical journeys you could take with a book? When’s the last time you sent a little love their way (even if they may not know it)?

2.The Unfollow Option on FacebookFacebook

Shh! Don’t tell all my “Friends” that I’ve unfollowed most of them. Actually, I don’t think I really care if they know. I’m not ashamed of the fact that I disagree with much of their far reaching political views, anti-vacc propaganda, or hate-filled posts.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. They can post what they want, when they want. But that doesn’t mean I have to consume it all the time. Thank goodness for that unfollow option!



Sometimes the number of options available to me makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed. I worry about making the wrong choice and having to face terrible consequences.

However, when I put things into a broader perspective, I realize how blessed I am to have choices, options, and the stresses of having to decide. There are people all over the world who are trapped by circumstance but I am not one of them.

On this day of love, I want to quit hating my options and show some love to the fact that I’m free to make choices! Woo hoo!

4.Dry Shampoowoman-586185_1920

I know I went from super serious to dry shampoo but ’tis the way my brain works. 🙂

Since starting with VIPKid more than six months ago, I realize how often I didn’t do anything with my hair unless we were going somewhere. I would shower and immediately pull my hair into a messy bun. It would sit for a day or two until I showered again.

Now that I’m seeing people (even little ones) every day, I think about my hair more frequently. Dry shampoo allows me to skip a daily shower and still feel presentable.

5.You! Thank you!

Without you, I would be writing into the empty void. When you like, respond, or follow, I am spurred on with new thoughts. I think about what it was that you responded to and I want to do more. Thank you for joining me in this little corner of the interwebs. Thanks for letting me use words like interwebs. 🙂 Haha!

I love that you’re here. I appreciate you and the time that you give to me and these words I share. I’m sending you a little more love and a few extra prayers today! Thank you for being here.



3 thoughts on “5 Attention deserving Loves

  1. Stephanie, I started following your blog yesterday and I really like it. I am a brand new blogger on here. I liked hearing about the Mandy series. I can’t believe I missed it as a kid. I loved your recipe for ham and gouda soup and I can’t wait to try making it! I’m a Christian, and I agree with you totally on avoiding the negative content… I have unfollowed all the blogs WordPress automatically signed me up for, and I am so blessed I found you to follow. I read that you do VIPkid… Do you have to teach in the middle of the night?? I almost interviewed for that. I am a former teacher, and I am home now due to health reasons. Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you anytime. Take care, Elizabeth Busk


    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for following. I appreciate the love. Good luck with your own blogging journey. You look like you’ve got a good thing started. I was sorry to read about your medical woes — it sounds like it really sucks. I’ll be praying that the doctors can figure things out quickly! As for the Mandy series, I could never find it anywhere but at one specific church library and bookstore. Amazon does sell it though! Haha! With regards to VIPKid, I love it! Being on the east coast, I don’t have to teach in the middle of the night but I teach pretty early sometimes. My day starts about 5 and I teach from 6-9 am during the winter. China doesn’t do daylight savings so during the summer it looks a little different. The pay is good and I set my own schedule. Some people teach at night or morning and night I but prefer just mornings. As long as you can set a pretty consistent schedule (even if it’s just an hour a day) and plan when you need to take off for medical appointments in advance, it’s a good job. I too am a former teacher and I much prefer this! I get to spend my time with my students and not attending another meeting. Haha! It’s not for everyone. As with any job, there are things that are bad but I feel the good outweighs the bad. I would certainly recommend it. Here’s my referral link if you want to give it a go — https://t.vipkid.com.cn/mkt/landing/personal?referralToken=7afbabfb9b8b659a6a86f7acb3801cc6&refereeId=20938824


      1. Stephanie, thank you so much for your response! Thank you so much for your prayers. I am very grateful. God is good! Also, thank you for the link to vip kid. I am not sure if I will apply but it was great to hear more about the program and what it’s like. It must be a very rewarding experience. I loved your blog on change. Write on, sister, you are making a difference. 🤗

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