19Apr

Strongs Girls can wear bonnets, too!

Posted by in Christian Girls, Easter, fashion, Karla Akins, Strong Girls, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Just because you’re a Strong Girl doesn’t mean you don’t like to feel feminine and wear pretty things! Sometimes I wish Easter Bonnets were still in vogue. I love hats. And I’m one of those girly girls that loves frilly things as well as bling and glamor. My style runs from the Bohemian to the Classic tailored to romantic frills. Depending on my mood, that’s how I’ll dress. I thought you’d have fun gazing at some of these bonnets. Easter Parades...

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18Apr

Vintage Easter

Posted by in Christianity, Easter, Karla Akins, Uncategorized | 2 comments

As you may know, I love vintage postcards and graphics. Here are a few for you to enjoy and laugh at and wonder what on earth they were thinking when they made them. You could print the ones you like to use as place cards at your Easter table. Although, I must say, I had a difficult time finding any cards that exuded the true blue meaning of the Resurrection of Christ. With the exception of the lamb, which I suppose, could kind of be pertinent. Didn’t anyone celebrate with Christian symbols back in the day? Which one is your favorite? I...

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17Apr

Erica’s Edition: Homesick College Student

Posted by in College, Erica Graphman, Intern, Karla Akins, Uncategorized, writing, Youth | 0 comments

With almost three years of college under my belt, I never thought I’d say I’m homesick. Last weekend was Little Sibs Weekend at Manchester, and even though my brother is older than the age they allow sibs to come he still came to stay for Friday and Saturday.  My mom dropped him off to me on Friday afternoon and she brought me some awesome giraffe cups (my favorite animal!) from their spring break trip to Minnesota. The plan was for my dad to pick him up Saturday evening. What I didn’t expect, though, was to get a call from my grandma saying...

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09Apr

Interview with H2 TV host and author, Scott Wolter of America Unearthed

Posted by in America Unearthed, Ancient North American History, Author Interviews, book reviews, books, history, Karla Akins, Scott Wolter, TV shows, Uncategorized, writing | 9 comments

I’ve been a follower of Scott Wolter’s research for about ten years. My fascination with his work began with my interest in the Kensington Runestone and my belief that it is a genuine artifact and proof of a Nordic presence in North America before Christopher Columbus. Scott has written two books that deal with his research of the stone, The Kensington Runestone: Compelling New Evidence and The Hooked X. (I have all of Scott’s books, but am the proud owner of two copies of The Hooked X. One of them is autographed.) His...

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04Apr

My response to the Noah movie :::eyeroll:::

Posted by in Karla Akins, Movies, Uncategorized | 6 comments

I love the story of Noah in Genesis. I love it so much that I named a son for Mr. Noah. I also wrote a chapter about Noah in a compilation entitled, What Really Happened in Ancient Times. I know a little about the guy. So, when the movie, Noah, came out, I thought it would be great to go see it. I didn’t expect it to be accurate. Hollywood rarely gets it right (if ever). I did, however expect to be entertained. I wasn’t. In fact, not only did the film get the story completely wrong (no exaggeration) it was also boring and...

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03Apr

Erica’s Edition: On Being a Nerd

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Today’s post is brought to you by intern, Erica Graphman. Take it away, Erica! Every person has that one thing they consider themselves an expert on right? Like I’m talking nerd-level expert. I actually looked up the definition of nerd on dictionary.com and discovered that a nerd is “an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.” (The first definition was really mean). I mean I would consider myself a nerd on a couple different spectrums (funny side note: I almost just capitalized...

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02Apr

World Autism Awareness Day

Posted by in autism, books, Christian Non-fiction, Christianity, Karla Akins, Nonfiction, writing | 0 comments

I believe in confirmations from the Lord that I’m on the right track. And lately, with the hardships my family has experienced, I needed a little boost of confidence. Today is Autism Awareness Day. It’s a very special day for me because I am a Mom of twin adults (age 19) with autism. And it’s also a special day because I received my contract from Beacon Hill Press to write my proposed book, Pie in the Sky: A message of Hope, Healing and Hallelujahs for families living with autism. You might call it a coincidence that the...

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01Apr

April Fools Day

Posted by in April Fool's Day, Christianity, Holidays, Karla Akins, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I don’t care for pranks as a rule. However, I admit to being party to a few. But I can honestly count on one hand the number of high jinks I’ve participated in. The worst prank played on my husband and I was when so-called friends put Vaseline all over our van’s door latches. I had my arms full of young twins and Eddie’s hands were full carrying stuff. It was late. We were tired. We didn’t find it funny. The Bible has a lot to say about fools. There are at least 93 scriptures referring to the fool. You can read...

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31Mar

The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey–4.5 stars

Posted by in book reviews, books, Christian fiction, Karla Akins, Suspense, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Billy Coffey is the author of four novels:  Snow Day (2010) Paper Angels (2011), When Mockingbirds Sing (2013) and The Devil Walks in Mattingly (2014). From his website: “When you’re raised in small-town Virginia by a redneck father and a Mennonite mother, certain things become ingrained. And when you marry a small-town girl and have two small-town kids, all you want to do is pass those ingrained things along. Like believing the best life is one lived in the country enjoying the pleasures it provides—summer nights beneath the stars,...

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29Mar

Strong girls read

Posted by in Christian Girls, Education, Karla Akins, Ministry, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, Youth | 4 comments

God never intended for women to be dumb. That’s a mankind idea, not a God idea.  Societies and cultures of the past and present have treated women as chattel–property to be owned and kept ignorant. But you don’t see that in the Bible. Jesus exalted the woman. He treated her as an equal. (There’s an excellent article about this here: Jesus Friend of Women.) Why would God give women a brain if they weren’t to use it? One of my favorite stories is the one in the movie, Yentl. It’s about a young Jewish girl who...

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