Category: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Reflections

Posted February 4, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Reflections, Wanda E. Brunstetter / 0 Comments

Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.
In ‘The Celebration‘ by Wanda Brunstetter, Velma is an interesting character.  She’s a little bit different with a harder edge around her.  With 4 children, two whom have left home and a truck driver husband whose crusty edge is even harder she brings an interesting perspective to the story.  Velma believes that it’s best to let our children learn life’s lessons from their own mistakes.  Do you agree with this philosophy?  Why or why not?

I can’t help but think that if all parents subscribed to this philosophy to some degree then we would have less ‘adults’ that don’t know how to be adults.  Think about yourself, even as a hopefully responsible adult, and how often you can be told that something is a bad idea but you do it anyway.  If adults need to make the mistake (sometimes multiple times to truly get it) then how can we expect any different from our children?  That doesn’t mean we don’t protect our children from situations they can’t yet understand.  I wouldn’t give a toddler a penny so they can learn from the mistake of swallowing it.  If you tell a child ‘don’t touch that, it’s hot, it will burn you’ at some point they are going to touch it.  We know it’s hot.  We know it will burn.  We know burns hurt.  They may know that because we have told them a million and twenty times but they can’t really learn it until they experience it.  Hopefully in a minor way.  Our children, young and old, are going to make mistakes that will forever alter their lives.  We can’t make every single choice for them and buffer them from every possible contingency.  I truly believe that if we relax a little (where it is feasibly safe to do so…don’t had a toddler a penny people!) and know that little hurts now can prevent big hurts later our children will be more balanced because of it.

Your turn!  Do you a believe that it’s best to let our children learn life’s lessons from their own mistakes?  Share in the comments below.
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BOOK REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I’m gonna be right upfront and honest here.  I didn’t get the entire cookbook but a sampler of the cookbook.  What I did have access to though makes me want to own the entire thing.  Not that I necessarily follow recipes (once, I’ll give it once before I start fizzyfing it if I like it).  But I like recipes.  I like the promise that a new recipe holds for Fizzy’s Kitchen.  I like the idea that someone has created something that I want to cook for myself or the Minions. I loved that this cookbook starts with telling about all the students that took Heidi’s class (including her and Lyle).  A brief bio and their favorite foods were a cute addition to this collection that really does tie the books together.  The recipes from the books are also included with this cookbook as well as many others.  I also loved […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I was a little leery when I sat down to read this book over my weekend.  I’ve talked to a few readers who struggled with the book.  Mainly the sheer number of characters but a few other smaller things as well.  If you have ever read one of my reviews you know that if you give me more than one character I tend to get confused.  Heck sometimes one is too much unless they are named Janet (shhh, don’t tell anyone my real name m’kay?).  As a rule sitting down to read Wanda is relaxing.  Her simpler writing style with uplifting messages of love and hope are perfect when things are weighing.  A book I can get lost into for an hour or two.  I was nervous starting this one after some, not all, of the feedback I’d heard. I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes, there are a load of characters.  […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Going Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: Going Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Before I even talk about this book let’s talk about the setting.  Living in Southwest Missouri my entire life (I was born in Springfield) I am familiar with the local Amish communities.  I’ve moved just a bit north of Springfield and enjoy visiting the local (smaller) Amish community in Dunnegan.  Mainly, the bulk foods store (hello spices!) and the bakery (hello extra pounds!).  There are a few small communities in this rural area of both Amish and Mennonite.  This book was set in a much larger community near Seymour which is south of Springfield.  When Mom and dad rebuilt the barn, or as I call it My Inheritance, they hired Amish from this community.  It was refreshing to read about things that I am so very familiar with between the shows in Branson and things around Springfield (Bass Pro Shops and Fantastic Caverns – can you believe I’ve lived her […]

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Anticipated Reads Winter 2018

Anticipated Reads Winter 2018

With the new year comes new books.  New books just fuels the need to read all the books.  In the quest to read all the books I’ve compiled a short list of books that I’m looking forward to releasing.  I have to add the caveat that the Minions of Mischief have created a delay for my Winter list since Meme Christmas always happens on New Years Eve and I am a procrastinator that somehow bought the lie I told myself that I could work while they were here.  Yeah..um about that.  It’s a day late but that’s OK.  Enjoy! I’m going to break them down over the next three months as I comb through books coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Trust me, this is no where near a comprehensive list! January 2018 Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse […]

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