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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

Something I Believe In…

While running in the early morning, I’ve been listening to some talks on tape and it has been such an uplifting experience. In particular, this one talk had a deep impact on me. The speaker was stressing the importance of filling our days with things that we truly believe in. “Truly believe in…” This phrase kept echoing through my mind, over and over again. Have I enlisted myself in a cause that I truly believe in? Aside from being a mother and wife, what am I DOING with my time that is a ‘worthy cause’? Of course, I am in school online, and being involved in my church and community I find ample opportunities to serve… but as I got to thinking about this, I was reminded of a website that I had stumbled across almost a year ago. It is called Rated Reads.

I am the MOST avid of all readers. I have a goal to read 100 books this year and I am on #79. In my pursuits to be entertained by GREAT books, I have stumbled across my fair share of smut. It is frustrating to be totally engrossed in an otherwise perfectly good story, and then, be utterly blindsided by vulgarity, violence, language or sexuality. It ruins the story for me, and oftentimes I have to put it down despite my desperate curiosity to know the ending. I told Nate about my searches for a censoring website online that would categorize books according to content. I couldn’t find one. “Eventually I’m going to make my own website…” I told Nate. The only predicament is that I would therefore need to read EVERYTHING, including the smut, ┬áin order to have all books rated on my future website. THAT was disheartening apart from the fact that it just seemed overwhelmingly impossible.

But one day… I found it. Rated Reads fell into my lap and gave me both a way to censor my own reading picks, but also to display my findings and write reviews and ratings for the books that I read myself. This will be SO great for when someday, my kids need books to read that I haven’t read before. It feels good to be involved in such a great ’cause’. Big thanks to those who started this amazing project, and thank you for letting me be involved in it.

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Heidi - Luisa! I sometimes stalk you on your blog cause I love it! I wanted to tell you – check out local library and ask if they have NoveList. It’s a Reader’s Advisory database that my company sells. Shameless plug, mayhaps, but it’s a great tool for finding your next read or author read-alikes.

Kathryn - Oh sorry. lol it did work the first time

Kathryn - I don’t think my comment worked! I love good clean reads. My blog is, and I also use to check ratings
Thanks for the Rated reads tip!

Kathryn - Oh, I’m definitely passionate about reading good clean books. I have a whole blog about it! =) I don’t read the bad books though; I only post the clean ones. But I am thankful for those who do read the bad books and post the content rating. Thanks for the tip on Rated Reads. I’ll definitely use that one.
I also use Reading Teen Parental Reviews
My blog is Clean Teen Fiction

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