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A Christmas Miracle Comes to Holy Nativity – Book Review

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Ken Regan has a great story-line here and weaves a very good story, only it lacks depth and finesse. The premise is that the pastor who has failed at several assignments gets one last chance. Holy Nativity Church. During the time he is there, they realize the church is broke and to continue they must raise enough money. Add in a love story with the token single mom and the church-members that are very negative and you have a story found in any town in any church…
Even though I found this book to be just like every other romance book around, it does have its moments. It is fun and filled with moments of laughter, also moments of great insight. I just didn’t find it consistent with either..
If the book had been just a bit longer and had a bit more time to develop[, I believe this could have been a fantastic little book!

 

 

 

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My Own Mr Darcy – Karey White – Book Review

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in My Own Mr. Darcy, Karey White writes a very enjoyable, stand a lone book that has a tie in to Pride and Prejudice. One of my favorite books. 16-year-old Elizabeth goes to see a movie that she doesn’t want to see. She becomes obsessed with Mr. Darcy in the movie, Pride and Prejudice that she vows that her “friend’ will only be a Mr. Darcy.
Of which, she bases her entire dating career around. She must find “Her Own Mr. Darcy”

After years of trying to find her Own Mr. Darcy and coming up empty, Elizabeth’s roommate, challenges her to the next person she dates, to give him ten dates That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. She meets and dates a few times the person that is right for her, Chad. However, she just hasn’t figured it out yet. In the meantime, she meets “her Mr. Darcy” handsome, rich, Bookstore ownder Matt. She follows her dream of what she thinks a man should be, and ends up disillusioned, because Matt isn’t Mr. Darcy after the chips fall. he is not nice, arrogant, and all in all, nothing like Mr. Darcy.
While Elizabeth has this dream, does she throw it all away to find true love, or does she continue on her path with finding “her own Mr.Darcy”My Own Mr. Darcy

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1117235892

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A Christmas Gift For Rose and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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Through adversity, Rose finds love.

Rose finds Family

Rose finds Rose.

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When an Amish woman learns the truth about her heritage, her life shattered. She had already lost the love of her life when he went off to war.

Amish men just didn’t do that. Rose couldn’t get past the point that he was at war, regardless of whether he was on the front-line or a medic. Her reasons for turning her back on Jonathan end up being her heritage. Rose tries to deal with her identity and the loss of the life she always thought had.

When faced with adversity Rose learns that family is more than the people you are born too. She also learns that family is more than blood.

Rose learns life lessons

In those lessons Rose finds adversity, Rose finds friendship, Rose finds true family and Rose…

Finds Rose.

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What a sweet story this is of community, faith, love, family and living God’s command of love your neighbor!

The faith that Rose finds in herself, her family and Jonathan, the love of her life, are all renewed with the spirit of Christmas.

The Christmas gift she finds is herself.

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My thoughts

I loved how the story intertwined among the War and lets you know how hard it was for people to live during that time. Really gut wrenching honest. A young woman questions her entire existence and you cannot help but start “cheering for the home team” Rose’s emotions are all over the place in this book and when I read it the first time, (when it first came out) I was in love with this book and the feelings of family and home, and community.

The next time I read it, I couldn’t connect with the book. Then I realized that it was my own doing because of my issues in my family. This is a book that makes you think and think hard about your family

It makes you want to have that ideal family life!!! Does that life ever really exist? For the young woman in this book, you find that it —  read the book to find out what Rose does and how she handles her emotions and feelings and how she comes to terms with her life during this time!!!”

Go here for the giveaway -  A Christmas Gift For Rose

 

 

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Silver Bells; A Timeless Romance Anthology – Book Review

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Silver Bells is a collection of 6 short stories by 6 different Authors.  It is part of A Timeless Romance Anthology.  The stories include:

A Fairy Christmas by Lucinda Brant                          3 Stars

A Christmas Promise by Sarah M Eden                   3.5 Stars

Twelve Months by Heather B Moore                         4.5 Stars

A Fezziwig Christmas by Lu Ann Brobst Staheli      3 Stars

A Taste of Home by Annette Lyon                             5 Stars

My Modern Girl by Necca Wilhite                              3.5 Stars

 

Each story is a stand-alone piece of work *this is very important to me when I am reading an anthology

You can pick up the book, know exactly who each character is and what is going on in the book

 

In A Fairy Christmas - Kitty was alone in the world, however lived in an amazing lifestyle with the family that took her in.  She knew exactly who she wanted to marry.  The story goes through the drama of a young woman – who is an orphan in love with a man who has it all and is in a family’s home that treats her like family.  Expect to laugh, cry,… you name the emotion, you are going to feel it through this story

A Christmas Promise – Sean has to travel to a city that he has never been to before and in doing so, he must take a feisty group of horses.  Upon landing in that new city he will hire on as a new stable hand. He winds up in very bad weather he ends up in a disaster and lost   Maeve  helps him on his way and find what he needs both in his job and in love.

Twelve Months – This precious story tells us about friendship, good and bad; love that should be, love that is and love that will be.  The author brings us a precious story of a friend a wife, a friend that died and a little baby boy.  How much love can one man have for a baby that isn’t his after the death of his friend?  His friend’s wife, and her mourning and the new love that is to come

A Fezziwig Christmas – Father’s Christmas Ball.  What the young girls are looking forward to, the men are dreading and the parents are enjoying!  While two best friends that work in the father’s counting house have acquired their apprentice jobs one has acquired one Father’s daughter, and one win’s the heart of the other through a happenstance of misfortunes to one arrogant soul, and the other friend steps in to win the heart of the other daughter, or does he?

A Taste of Home – this story was my favorite of all 6.  When the story begins, Claire is on her way home to see her family and is on a train ride with the boy, now a young man, Will, who has teased, bullied and made fun of her, her entire life.  As they make their way to their home town.  Claire and Will do get along and actually have some civil conversations on the train ride.  Then when they get there the unthinkable happens.  Claire’s father is NO where to be found.  After much waiting and panic and becoming extremely upset, Claire realizes her fairytale Christmas isn’t going to happen. So because they are forced to make other arrangements and have other plans, Will and Claire end up spending Christmas together in a hotel.  Definitely not you’re “Fairytale Christmas”.  Although the love of Claire’s life gives her everything a Christmas to remember should be about.  Who is that love of her life?  Where does everything come from, and how special can that Christmas be, although in her heart, she feels like it is ruined

My Modern Girl – After lading her dream job as a clerk in Macy’s Department Store, Margie wants to prove to Henry that she can make it in a big town.  That she is mature enough to be on her own.  Being a Modern Girl is everything she has ever dreamed of, so when things start going wrong.  Margie frets that she will make it.  Can she do it or do her plans change when she realizes that maybe her life plans are not what they seemed!

I loved this anthology and I usually never read romances.  The Christmas stories made them sweet, these 6 authors made them good!  I loved this book and every story in it.  I can imagine myself brought back to the time period and to the era.  What a great job of writing and combing these six stories the authors did!

 

 

 

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Christmas Series – Where Treetops Glisten Review and GIVEAWAY!!!!

Where Treetops Glisten.  Three Stories of Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

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Three amazing authors collaborate on this Novella.  Three stories, written by Cara Putman, White Christmas, Sara Sundin’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, all focus around the Turner Family and their relationships intertwined with community of Lafayette, IN and how they each reach out to God to get through each event and the surrounding circumstances of World War II and Christmas

In Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner, a college student, who has been deeply hurt during her early life by being bullied throughout her early life.  Abigail works at the Glatz Candy Factory and has a chance encounter with a very hard-working Jackson. Jackson is in serious trouble and Abigail knows her high-powered attorney father, can help.

In I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sara Sundin, brings Abigail’s brother, Pete Turner into the story.  Pete is a fighter pilot home on furlough from the European Theater of World War II, Sundin, introduces Grace, a long time family foe of the Turner’s and the victim of bullying during her early years.  Grace is also the mother of Lenny, a very mischievous girl who Grace is raising by herself.  Grace meets Pete again through circumstances.  Pete and Grace’s history proves to be one of extreme drama, as they get to know each other again, Sundin weaves a great story of resentment, God’s grace and accountability as they learn about each other again.

The last of the three, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer, follows Meredith Turner “Merry”.  Even though Meredith works as a combat nurse and is in the Netherlands, God plants Merry firmly in the face of her past.  Through hurt, broken dreams, and a broken heart, Meredith deals with the struggles of her heart’s desires, God’s plans and her own broken heart that she has closed off to anyone.

The entire Turner family is woven throughout all three stories.  Their faith in God, helps them realize that they can always depend on God and his faithfulness.  They know God’s plans are real life truths Turners also believe in Gods Mercy and Grace.

During the season of Christmas when people inherently believe in miracles, can the Turner Family go through each struggle and continue asking God’s guidance and wisdom.  Can they get through each family event, knowing that The Miracles of Christmas are their amazing truth?

Each author weaves their stories around this tightly knit family.  The attention to detail for the facts of history during World War II and a timetable that stretched across all through stories. Also the evolving of each character makes Where Treetops Glisten a very heart inspiring story of what was going on in the United States, the world and our military and military families during World War II.  This novella also brings spiritual and emotional encouragement to the reader through each story

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http://www.triciagoyer.com/fiction-in-the-works-wwii-friends-cover-reveal/

FREE RECIPE CARDS

these are just some of the recipes found in the book. They are made available free for you to print

recipe cards

Click here:  Where Treetops Glisten_recipes

FREE BOOKMARKS

you must print on both sides of paper and then cut out each one or if the don’t quite line up, print on separate pages and laminate together  
I printed on Card Stock and Laminated them.  These are the verses that are in Where Treetops Glisten

Bookmarks Thumbnails

Bookmarks

AND FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!   Click on the link below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Disclosure
of Material Connection
I received this book from the author Tricia Goyer
in exchange for an honest Review
I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the
Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 :

Christmas Series – Where Treetops Glisten Review and GIVEAWAY!!!!

Where Treetops Glisten.  Three Stories of Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

WTG

 

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Three amazing authors collaborate on this Novella.  Three stories, written by Cara Putman, White Christmas, Sara Sundin’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, all focus around the Turner Family and their relationships intertwined with community of Lafayette, IN and how they each reach out to God to get through each event and the surrounding circumstances of World War II and Christmas

In Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner, a college student, who has been deeply hurt during her early life by being bullied throughout her early life.  Abigail works at the Glatz Candy Factory and has a chance encounter with a very hard-working Jackson. Jackson is in serious trouble and Abigail knows her high-powered attorney father, can help.

In I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sara Sundin, brings Abigail’s brother, Pete Turner into the story.  Pete is a fighter pilot home on furlough from the European Theater of World War II, Sundin, introduces Grace, a long time family foe of the Turner’s and the victim of bullying during her early years.  Grace is also the mother of Lenny, a very mischievous girl that Grace is raising by herself.  Grace meets Pete again through circumstances.  Pete and Grace’s history proves to be one of extreme drama, as they get to know each other again, Sundin weaves a great story of resentment, God’s grace and accountability as they learn about each other again.

The last of the three, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer, follows Meredith Turner “Merry”.  Even though Meredith works as a combat nurse and is in the Netherlands, God plants Merry firmly in the face of her past.  Through hurt, broken dreams, and a broken heart, Meredith deals with the struggles of her heart’s desires, God’s plans and her own broken heart that she has closed off to anyone.

The entire Turner family is woven throughout all three stories.  Their faith in God, helps them realize that they can always depend on God and his faithfulness.  They know God’s plans are real life truths Turners also believe in Gods Mercy and Grace.

During the season of Christmas when people inherently believe in miracles, can the Turner Family go through each struggle and continue asking God’s guidance and wisdom.  Can they get through each family event, knowing that The Miracles of Christmas are their amazing truth?

Each author weaves their stories around this tightly knit family.  The attention to detail for the facts of history during World War II and a timetable that is stretched across all through stories. Also the evolving of each character makes Where Treetops Glisten a very heart inspiring story of what was going on in the United States, the world and our military and military families during World War II.  This novella also brings spiritual and emotional encouragement to the reader through each story

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Go Check out all the things the authors have pinned during their research for  Where Treetops Glisten 

http://www.triciagoyer.com/fiction-in-the-works-wwii-friends-cover-reveal/

FREE RECIPE CARDS

these are just some of the recipes found in the book. They have been made available free for you to print

recipe cards

Click here:  Where Treetops Glisten_recipes

FREE BOOKMARKS

you must print on both sides of paper and then cut out each one or if the don’t quite line up, print on separate pages and laminate together  
I printed on Card Stock and Laminated them.  These are the verses that are in Where Treetops Glisten

Bookmarks Thumbnails

Bookmarks

AND FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!   Click on the link below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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I received this book from the author Tricia Goyer
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I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the
Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 :

Christmas Series – A Christmas Gift For Rose #GoyerChristmas And an ANNOUNCEMENT!!

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE BY TRICIA GOYER

Author: Tricia Goyer
Again welcome to my Christmas Series focused on #GoyerChristmas.   A Blog series about the Christmas books of Tricia Goyer.  My Review will be coming on Sunday as well as a Giveaway

A Christmas Gift for Rose, Tricia Goyer
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Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?
Don’t miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer’s first Christmas novella.
Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Tricia’s website.

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USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at http://www.TriciaGoyer.com.
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Christmas Series – Where Treetops Glisten Music and an ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

 

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This is a medley of music from Where The Treetops Glisten.

Come back tomorrow for my review of this amazing book AND A GIVEAWAY!!!  The giveaway goes live at 9 am!  

There is so much love wrapped in this book, I cannot wait to share all about this treasure by Tricia Goyer, Sara Sundin and Cara Putman!!!

 

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in the meantime, here is the press release about this gem of a book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2014 PRESS RELEASE

Curl up in front of the fire with the perfect Christmas read Trio of award-winning authors unite for holiday-themed World War II-era love stories
Seattle: Three of the most beloved Christian authors of World War II-era fiction have come together to gift their readers with the new Christmas release, Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook Press/September 16, 2014/ISBN: 978-1601426482/$14.99), a collection of three Christmas novellas.

Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin invite readers to turn back the clock to days gone by as they listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow and get to know the Turner family. Each of the three siblings is forging their own paths in their own love story filled with the wonder of Christmas. Hailing from the heart of America in Lafayette, Indiana, these characters will never be the same as the reality of America’s involvement in World War II hits incredibly close to home.
The collaboration was unique and enjoyable for the writing trio. “We started in the brainstorming phase, throwing out character and family ideas and making them mesh,” explains Sundin. “The collaboration was challenging since our stories are more tightly connected than in most novella collections, but it was a lot of fun.”
In Putman’s White Christmas, college student Abigail Turner loses a beau to the war and is skittish about romance, until a young man with a serious problem needs her help. Pete Turner, a former fighter pilot in Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. In Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner (or “Merry” to those who know her best) is using her skills as a combat nurse in the Netherlands. She’ll have to face the deepest kind of betrayal a world away from her family, but that could be precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The unsettled World War II era may not at first glance seem like a backdrop for love to flourish.

 

Will the Turner family be able to absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for their futures even in such a tumultuous time? “There’s a freshness and sense of wonder to Christmas,” Putman says.

The idea that God would send His Son to earth as a newborn is an incredibly humbling thought. Combine that with great music, tradition and the love of family, and it becomes a magical time where almost anything seems possible.”

Readers will be able to feel the crunch of newly fallen snow under their feet as they get caught up in these stories of love and loss set against one of the most pivotal times in world history.
All three authors are available for interviews to promote the release of Where Treetops Glisten. To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Advance Praise
“Goyer, Putman and Sundin bring us a collection that is a heartwarming mix of romance, inspiration, courage and history set during WWII over several Christmases. The authors capture this time with nostalgia and tenderness. Expert pacing, beautiful language and brilliant description are the highlights of this collection that will tug at the hearts of readers.”
~ RT Book Reviews
“These are three wonderful Christmas stories filled with period details that1940s fans are sure to love and with characters whom readers will remember long after they close the cover. I laughed and cried with each new story. All three were wonderfully woven together to make a cohesive whole. Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman and Tricia Goyer are sure to make your Christmas a little brighter.”
~ Liz Tolsma, author of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection
Where Treetops Glisten is a hometown World War II book that captures your heart with its charm. It made me wish I could experience Christmas in that era. Highly recommended!”
~ Colleen Coble, author of Seagrass Pier

About the Authors

TriciaTricia Goyer is the bestselling author of more than 45 books, including fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. A popular blogger, Goyer contributes to a number of homeschooling and Christian parenting sites. She and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, AR, and are the parents of six.

 

 

Cara Putman

Cara Putman, the award-winning author of 19 books, including Shadowed by Grace, graduated high school at 16, graduated college at 20 and completed  her law degree at 27. She is a lecturer on business and employment law to graduate students at Purdue University and also practices law. Putman is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Krannert. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana.

 

 

Sara SundinSarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.
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Messy Beautiful Love – Review

Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages

By Darlene Schacht

Published by Thomas Nelson

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Darlene Schacht, who writes at Time Warped Wife, has written an amazing book of love, regaining trust, power of praying for your marriage and just simply believing in you, your spouse, God and your marriage, definitely not in that order.

Messy Beautiful Love, is about the author’s own story and steps that they took to rebuild their marriage through God’s eternal mercy and grace.  It’s about cleaning up YOUR messes, GOD’s way.

I cannot say enough about this book as a wife, a daughter of Christ and a person that has divorced and has troubles in their marriage (but really who doesn’t)

With the book, there is a 31 day prayer challenge that goes along with it that can be found here 

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this book has given me hope, in my personal walk.  However, for the public, it offers, life suggestions, real life challenges, to real life issues.  Not just what that “Proverbs 31 wife and Corinthians 13 Love says”  Love is Messy, Love Hurts.   Love can also be one of the most beautiful things in this world that a man and woman share.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone that is struggling in a current relationship, a relationship that needs closure, or a relationship that needs to be reevaluated.  Married or not.  The information in this amazing little book is so Godly and truth filled that I have read it 3 times, already and am fixing to start it again.

Each chapter has scripture, prayers, and every chapter has a challenge at the end.  Schacht talks about surrendering your relationship to God and in doing so, you find complete joy in experiencing Love as He intended.

This book is available in print, Kindle, Audio and many other ways.  

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Sara Sundin – Cheer for the Children – Tips to Give a Military Kid a Merry Christmas

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Buy a copy of Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin from your favorite retailer, and pick another WaterBrook Multnomah book FREE from the approved list of available titles: Where Treetops Glisten, The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons, Radical by David Platt, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson, and Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer. We will match one for one, up to five books per order and address, while supplies last. You must purchase your copy of Where Treetops Glisten from a retailer between November 11, 2014 and November 26, 2014 (11:59pm PT) and FILL OUT THE FORM by November 26, 2014 (11:59pm PT) in order to receive your free book(s). The free book(s) will be shipped separately from your purchased order and will arrive by December 19, 2014. Open to U.S. residents only with a valid U.S. street address. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

go check it out here to finish reading all about it and enter your own options to purchase your books on Sara Sundin’s blog

or here on Tricia Goyer’s blog

 

Christmas Series – Tricia Goyer – Author Highlight

I am going to be doing a series over the month of December from Tricia Goyer.  I will be having giveaways, printable resources like recipe cards, bookmarks etc, book reviews and lots of stuff about her Christmas books and even some of her non Christmas books.  Get ready to spend the month getting to know Tricia, and enjoying her books! I know I sure do! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her books, getting to know her as a person, not just as an author and reading some of her latest books.  I pray that you will be just as excited as I am to read and enjoy this truly gifted author!
Tricia writes about Amish Life, WW!! and Parenting as well as other subjects.  She wrote the novelization for Mom’s Night Out, Writes for Guideposts and has many other irons in the fire. Here is the Media Release for Where the Treetops Glisten.  Tricia’s newest Christmas Book. This is one of the books I will be giving away starting The day after Thanksgiving!  Be ready!!!
 
 

Meet Tricia

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Tricia the Author
Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.
Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.
Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.
Tricia’s contemporary and historical novels feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research. Tricia speaks to groups interested in these eras, with the intention of preserving and honoring the memory of the men and women who served.
She is a beloved author of Amish fiction, as well, writing the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series. Tricia is currently working on The One Year Book of Amish Peace: Hearing God’s Voice in the Simple Things and a true Amish story co-written with Ora Jay and Irene Eash (contracted to release in 2013 and 2014 respectively).
Tricia is also the visionary force behind the new website, Not Quite Amish. Inspired by the writing process of her Amish releases, she wanted to create a community where Amish and simple living experts can become contributors. Launched in the fall of 2012, the Not Quite Amish lifestyle blog features daily posts about recipes, repurposing, simple style, beautifying your home, sewing Amish proverbs, and more. In addition to having more than fifteen regular contributors, readers are also encouraged to submit ideas, questions, and posts for topics they’d like to see written about.
In addition to Not Quite Amish, Tricia also posts regularly at her personal blog and is a contributor to other family and homeschooling blogs, such as The Home Educating Family, The Better Mom, Allume and MomLife Today. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com.Throughout the past ten years, Tricia has been interviewed by numerous national TV and radio programs and magazines.

More about Tricia’s Ministry
In addition to writing and family time, Tricia enjoys sharing Jesus’ love through volunteering and ministering to others. Her vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers, and wives. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging them to do extraordinary things with God’s help.
Motivated by her own experience of being a teen mom and the women who were supported her, Tricia has a heart for mentoring teen moms and their families. Before moving to Arkansas, Tricia co-founded Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana. She currently leads a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group in inner-city Little Rock.
Tricia has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS International Convention, Hearts at Home, and Allume conferences. She speaks to groups around the country about families, writing, research, and the world of publishing.

Tricia also cherishes being able to minister in the Czech Republic on regular missions trips. The Goyer family also leads children’s church every week.
As a part of her vision to reach real women about real life and real hope, Tricia hosts a weekly internet radio show, Living Inspired, where she interviews Christian authors and artists.

Tricia at Home
Her love of writing and the awards and accolades she has received cannot compare with her greatest joy: her family.
Tricia and the love of her life, husband John, are the parents of six and grandparents of two. There is always fun and adventure at Goyer home, and Tricia’s grandma is right in the middle of it, having lived with Tricia and John for the past several years. Friends and fans can keep up with Tricia’s regular updates via her Facebook fan page.
Tricia homeschooled their oldest three children through high school and will be starting the school process all over again with the youngest three! The Goyers make their home in Arkansas.

Short Bio
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com  and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at http://www.triciagoyer.com.

An interview with Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin Authors of Where Treetops Glisten

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Three of the most beloved Christian authors of World War II-era fiction have come together to gift their readers with the new Christmas release, Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook Press/September 16, 2014/ISBN: 978-1601426482/$14.99).
Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin invite readers to turn back the clock to days gone by as they listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow and get to know the Turner family. Each of the three siblings is forging his or her own path in his or her own love story filled with the wonder of Christmas. Hailing from the heart of America in Lafayette, Indiana, these characters will never be the same as the reality of America’s involvement in World War II hits incredibly close to home.

Q: How did the three of you decide to collaborate on a collection of novellas together? 

Cara: I’d written in a couple of novella collections and loved the collaborative aspects. Writing is often solitary, but when you’re working on a collection with other writers, you have fun opportunities to work together. I asked Sarah and Tricia if they’d like to work together because I love their World War II stories, and I love their hearts. I also thought this was a sneaky way to get to know them better. It’s so fun now to have a book we’ve written together!

Tricia: The coolest thing about Cara approaching me is that I highly respect both Cara and Sarah for their writing abilities and their love of World War II. There aren’t many people I know who enjoy both of these passions, just as I do, and it was easy to say YES!

Sarah: When Cara invited me to participate, I was thrilled. We all liked the idea of using one family’s experience over the course of the war to tie the stories together.

Q: What themes run through each of the stories in Where Treetops Glisten to tie the book together? 

Sarah: In all three of the stories, someone is overcoming grief or loss, and someone is dealing with regrets of the past. Strong themes of healing and reconciliation and hope run through each story. Giving is also a crucial element, which is appropriate for Christmas stories!

Tricia: I also love the use of Christmas songs from that era. The title, Where Treetops Glisten, may be very familiar to readers. Also each novella is named after a popular Christmas tune from those years!

Q: How did the three of you work together to make sure there was continuity between the three novellas?

Sarah: We started in the brainstorming phase, throwing out character and family ideas and making them mesh. Since I’m the nerdy chart-maker of the trio, I made a timeline and a character chart we could use for reference to keep details straight. Also, we bounced ideas off each other throughout the writing process: “Who would Abigail have in her wedding party?” “Does this sound like something Pete would do?” “What would Merry be feeling at this time?” We shared our rough drafts to make sure the details and personalities rang true. The collaboration was challenging since our stories are more tightly connected than in most novella collections, but it was a lot of fun.

Cara: Sarah is the spreadsheet queen. Seriously! After our conference call, Sarah had character and timeline spreadsheets ready for us. We stayed in contact and used those spreadsheets to keep the details straight.

Tricia: There were also many emails that flew back and forth with questions like, “What year was Pete born again?” and “What was so-and-so doing in 1943?” It was fun figuring out this family and these characters together. And then once we figured out the information, Sarah put it in her spreadsheet!

Q:Each one of the three siblings in the books has to chart his or her own path. How is the love of their family a support system for them, even as they make their own life decisions?

Sarah: Pete’s always seen himself as the black sheep of the Turner family — but as a much-loved black sheep. His family was there for him during his wild youth, and they’re there for him when he returns from his combat tour drained of hope and joy. They offer wisdom and humor and encouragement.

Cara: Abigail has keenly felt the shortness and unpredictability of life. Because of it, she’s afraid to chase her dreams or really dare to dream. Her family provides the support and stability to try even when life is something she can’t safely manage.

Tricia: Meredith (Merry) is the wanderer. She is the one who moved to Florida to attend nursing school as soon as she graduated from high school. She’s the baby of the family, and she’s always tried to prove herself. Yet as the years go by, and as Merry finds herself serving as a nurse in Netherlands, she realizes the place she wants to be the most is home — back with the family she loves.

Q: The three novellas are all titled after a Christmas song that became popular during World War II. Can you share a little of the history behind the songs and how they became a part of the book?

Sarah: Since so many great Christmas songs debuted during World War II (“White Christmas” in 1942, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in 1943, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in 1944), I’ve often thought those songs would be a fun way to connect a novella collection, so I suggested it to Cara and Tricia, and they liked it too.

Cara: I loved the idea of using the Christmas carols to connect the stories. So many of those songs are a big part of Christmas even today! But we still had to figure out the rest. Christmas carols alone wouldn’t be enough for three stories to come to life. Once we were all on board, we had a conference call to figure out the rest.

Tricia: I used my song title, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as an inspiration for my character too. I have a friend named Merry who was born on Christmas . . . so I used that for my novella! Meredith is nicknamed Merry, and her name plays into the story; that song makes its way into the novella too!

Q: World War II was a tumultuous, uncertain time. Why pick that era as the backdrop for a Christmas story?

Tricia: I love World War II, and I always loved chatting with Sarah and Cara about World War II. Our purpose is to remind readers of the importance of family, of home and of togetherness. Even in a time of war we can remain strong because of the love of God and the love of those we serve.

Sarah: Because World War II was so tumultuous, I think Christmas became more important. In the Christmas songs of the era, you hear a wistful nostalgia for white Christmases, for home, for mistletoe kisses, for merriness, for a time when your troubles would be out of sight. The holiday reminded people of home and hearth — exactly what they were fighting for.

Q: What sparked your interest in this particular historical time period?

Cara: I love the way this particular generation came together in a big way to fight a world-size problem. Everybody made sacrifices — sacrifices of even the most basic ‘needs’ like coffee and sugar. And everyone did it. If you talk to members of this generation today, they still insist they didn’t do anything special — yet I think it was heroic.

Tricia: I first became interested in World War II while traveling in Europe with two friends. We went to Mauthausen concentration camp, and I was overwhelmed with the stories. I ended up interviewing more than 100 World War II veterans, and then I started writing World War II novels. It’s been a passion of mine ever since I
stepped in that concentration camp. I’ve written other genres, but deep in my heart I’m thankful to be back writing about World War II!

Q: What kind of research did you do before writing your story?

Cara: Because I live in Lafayette, I didn’t have to travel anywhere for research. I already had a friend’s house in mind I thought was the perfect home for this family. Still I had to research details like where the heroine worked, how McCord’s/Glatz makes candy canes, etcSarah: For me, this was a refreshing change. I usually have to do great gobs of rather technical research, but not for this story. I already had a good base of Home Front research, so I just had to research Lafayette — and that was fascinating.

Tricia: Since my novella takes place in Belgium I studied a lot about the field hospitals at the time and the nurses. I also have a friend who lives in Netherlands who shared her uncle’s story with me. He died as part of the resistance. I’m thankful for the foundation I had of my other World War II novels. I enjoyed building upon that.

Q: Did any of you have a special tie to the book’s setting, Lafayette, Indiana?

Cara: Well, I actually live in Lafayette. One of my very good friends owns a historic home near downtown Lafayette, and I’ve known for years it would be the perfect home for a heroine. So when we set the book in Lafayette, I asked Ann if we could use her home. Since I wasn’t sure if anyone else would get to come to town to visit, I sketched out the floor plan and uploaded it to Pinterest so Sarah and Tricia could refer to it — reinforcing why I went to law school and not art school!

Sarah: Oh, my favorite part! I had the privilege of spending a couple of days in Lafayette, staying with the delightful Putman family. Cara — and her four children! — took me all around town. One of Cara’s friends graciously loaned us her home to serve as the Turner home, and she let us traipse through, sketching floor plans and taking pictures. We visited the Alcoa plant, the bridge over the Wabash and the charming downtown area. Driving around the area where I knew Grace would live, we saw the cutest Victorian — for sale! Since I figured they wanted people to look inside, I walked all around, peeked in the windows and took dozens of photos. I also spent a few hours at the local library going through 1943 phone books and newspapers — a treasure trove. And of course, we had to sample the wares at McCord’s!

Tricia: I was honored to travel to Lafayette to speak at a banquet, and Cara was a wonderful hostess while I was in town. We toured downtown and visited McCord Candies (and grabbed a soda there!), and we also visited some antique shops, which really gave me a feel for the area. Cara drove me around to see the home of the characters in the book. It was a delight to see the town come to life!

Q: Each of the characters in this book has to overcome not only personal obstacles, but also cultural conditions he or she has no control over. What lessons can we learn for our own times from their stories?

Tricia: The issue of “cultures” comes up strongly in my novel. Before the war, Meredith had fallen in love with a man from Germany. After Pearl Harbor, he abandoned her and returned to Germany, breaking her heart. Old and new feelings crash within her as their unit prepares to enter Germany. Meredith also cares for German soldiers who are brought into their field unit.
The lessons I hope the reader walks away with is that our nationality is only a part of who we are. Our family situations, and our faith, also make us who we are.

Q: Even just looking at the cover makes the reader want to curl up in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. What did you do to get in the Christmas spirit as you penned your story?

Cara: I visited McCord’s and watched the staff make candy canes. I also listened to a lot of Christmas carols.

Sarah: That was challenging since I wrote the novella in the summer. In California. But I had brainstormed and outlined the complete story at Christmastime the year before when I was in the Christmas mood. While writing the rough draft, I just had to think cold. And I did hum “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” while I wrote.

Tricia: I listened to wonderful Christmas music on Spotify, and I turned up the air conditioning!

Q: One thread that ties all of the stories together is the siblings’ grandmother. What do they learn from her lessons of wisdom and faith that help develop their own choices?

Cara: Grandma was such fun to write! She was feisty but with a deep love for her family. She provides the perspective of time and experience to each of the siblings — yet in a different way to reflect their unique journeys.

Tricia: I loved including a “grandma” in the story since my Grandma lives with me. I love the unconditional love and snippets of wisdom that come from the older generation.

Q: What is it about the Christmas season that engenders such a strong feeling of warmth and love?
Cara: There’s a freshness and sense of wonder to Christmas. The idea that God would send His son to earth as a newborn is an incredibly humbling thought. There’s also the cleanness of fresh-fallen snow that always makes me think of what Christ did on Calvary. Combine that with great music, tradition and the love of family, and it becomes a magical time where almost anything seems possible.

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Tricia has released 7 books as well as numerous blog posts, articles and radio shows.

2014 Releases

** Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom, How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. (January 2014) FIND OUT MORE
** An Amish Garden, co-written with Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman and Kathleen Fuller (Thomas Nelson, March 2014) FIND OUT MORE
** The Kissing Bridge, Book Three in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series (Zondervan, April 2014) FIND OUT MORE
** Moms’ Night Out, the novelization of the movie (B&H, April 2014) FIND OUT MORE
** Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss, and Leaving the Amish, the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. (Zondervan, May 2014) FIND OUT MORE
** An Amish Second Christmas, (Zondervan, September 2014)
** When Treetops Glisten, a WWII novella, (Thomas Nelson, October 2014)

Be sure to check out Tricia’s Historical, Amish, Contemporary and Non-Fiction books pages,
or download a bibliography of all her books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am so excited for you and have prayed over you and your family when you watch this movie!

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Five Minute Friday – Still

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every week there are a group of people who just….write… 5 minutes, 1 topic, lots of places. and link it up!

If you would like to join, or to get more details, read all about it here!

This weeks prompt is still…

I haven’t written for #FMFriday in a while.  However, for some reason, today I felt the need.

I know God has called me to be still in my life and there are WIDE OPEN reasons for me knowing this.

1) being without a car

2) my health is not doing well

3) the focus on trying to pay off bills

4) and just the plain and simple fact that HE has placed me, right where he wants me.  Sitting at home, studying HIS word even more. My husband has a new job and he is home everyday.  After almost 30 years of driving a truck over-the-road.  We are in reality, having to learn to live with each other.

God has firmly planted me in our home and there are really no questions asked about it.  I hate it, and I am miserable.  Honestly, and God is forcing me to be still (I am really complaining here) While God is working right straight in my face with this, I have fought tooth and nail to get past it and find a way to “not be at home”  I hate staying home, especially being alone.  I am just not good when I am that way, because I tend to shrink inside myself and if I don’t get out and about, I will hibernate and never leave…

That hasn’t worked very well for me.  Argue with God and see what you get LOL

So in my anger, God pushed even further.  He did whatever it took to make me realize that this is right where I need to be for this season in my life.  I don’t know why, I may never know why, but I do know for a fact this is a God thing.

While I have fought it, God has put things right in my lap.  I was too blind to see.

So here are somethings that I have prayed about

a second car, better health, a way out, finances, and my marriage.  The enemy is pushing me also.  Isn’t that funny how they can both push you at one time and it sometimes is quite obvious, but then sometimes, you really have to seek the face of Jesus Christ to know that THIS IS HIM.

He want me to be a better person, to become fully His.  No compromises, no second guesses, no arguing.

To do that, I have to be still.

Jer 29:11, says that I know the plans for you… I am so thankful that HE has my plans in HIS hands, because I know I would mess them up like I have been.

I was so restless tonight and I finally just got up and read my Bible and God called me to James 1.  I LOVE the book of James.  and he tells me that when I have trials and tests, I need to be thankful for them.

Be blessed, and no doubting.  Isn’t that an awesome thing for Him to tell us… NO DOUBTING!

Fully, 100%, trust Him, no matter where He leads us and in that, He will see us through to a better way.

I have done the 30 days of thanks with a group of women, and I am so blessed that God has called me to write, because I know that no matter what, he is in control.. HE IS IN CONTROL!  What a blessing that is, because without Him where would we find ourselves?

I know for me, being still is right where He wants me for now and then He can anchor my soul!

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MercyRule DVD and a Giveaway

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this movie is one of those movies that you can just sit down, and watch for a quick pick me up, if you look at the content, instead of being a

critic of the way the movie was made etc.

CAMFAM made a full disclosure at the beginning of the movie stating

 

“Our family is always on the lookout for an exciting new movie to watch together on ‘movie night.’ We look for something fun and inspiring, something that builds our faith in God and our strength as a family. But instead of waiting for a great new movie, we made one! Mercy Rule is one the most exciting movies we have ever been a part of and we are so excited to share it with you.” – Kirk and Chelsea Cameron

 

The movie tells the

1. Moral and ethical struggles of a family and business.  

2. A young boy’s moral and ethical struggle of his place on his baseball team.

3.   A marriage and the moral and ethical struggle that is found daily in a marriage where partners struggle every single day to fight off Satan’s toehold.

That being said, I LOVED the character of Pops even though he was not visible, he was a very important character of the movie. I have taken some of the things he said and

actually journaled them! Pretty awesome insight.

“Winning is not as important as fighting on the right side.” – Pops

“You got a problem with someone? Doesn’t matter who they are, you man up and go eye to eye.” Pops

My favorite quote from the movie, while not from Pops, is this

“You should always want the best guy out there, even if it isn’t you.” – Coach

isn’t that so true.  To do anything well, you MUST be a team player. 

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I was very pleased with the aspect of this movie based on Kirk’s disclaimer right at the beginning, that this was something his family did, because they couldn’t find

something to watch as a family.

While I agree, that it is a basically clean movie, the references to smoking and alcohol would be something I would have to explain to the littles of our crew. The older crew

would get it, and understand that talking about it and doing it are two totally different things,

This movie was not a movie to bring people to Jesus, it was a movie made for a clean activity for a family and this fits that guideline except for the two things I mentioned.

The story line presents a family in need of re-evaluating their own morals and ethics after Satan has attacked them in different ways. Their ways of handling things are so structured, almost exactly alike, it would have been neat to seen two different points of view, but that may have been confusing in a 90 minute movie also.

The DVD also includes a small question and answer booklet and that was great seeing the “behind the thoughts of the making of the movie”

So for me and my family, based on the fact that it was made for a “clean entertainment” I was pleased with this movie and will show it to the older crew of my bunch. Thank

you again for your faithfulness to family

 
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It’s Christmas In November!!! and A Twitter Party

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WHAT: a Twitter party celebrating Christmas with Tricia Goyer

W\HEN: Tuesday, November 11th at 7pm CST

WHERE: On Twitter.com. Use TweetChat.com to easily keep up with the party. Make sure you’re following @MeghanTucker &

@TriciaGoyer and use the hashtag #GoyerChristmas to join in.

**What’s a Twitter Party? Find out more HERE**

 

We’re partying with Tricia Goyer tomorrow 11/11/2014 at 7 PM CST and I want to personally invite you to join us as we begin

celebrating Christmas. Who

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Deceived Book Review – Irene Hannon – Updated

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Okay, I went back and picked the book up and kept going.  I was greatly surprised at my first reaction.,  Irene Hannon puts the words down on paper to give you such a thrill in the world of stolen IDs, murder and so many other crimes.

While Kate knew her son as alive, she was still trying to maneuver a new “normal” for herself.  

That new normal became her way of life for a few years until one small act of kindness rocker world, in a way she never though existed.

As Kate struggles to come to terms with new information about her family, she also finds friends, new love and a faith that never waivers.

What a great read from Irene Hannon.  This book is part of a series, and I was given book three to review, and I will be picking up the other books to read, so I can catch up on the series.


my original post and review:

Not impressed with this book at all. I am not sure if it was from the fact that I hadn’t read the first two, or just couldn’t follow it. There was a LOT of jumping around to me from character to character, and for me. this was a distraction from the real story line.
I LOVED the intro story-line and how it was gripping and so suspenseful, but then, you get into inter workings of relationships and there” is no real “thrill” of the story.
I am on chapter 10 and am putting the book down for now. I just can’t follow it enough to make sense of it. I may try to pick it up again as soon as I can, but for now, this book is going back on the shelf.
I am so sad, because I was looking so forward to this book. Maybe reading the first two books in the series would help.
t is probably me, because again, I have so many memory issues and the jumping around for me was very distracting, however, again, I loved the thrill of the main story-line at the beginning

I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing for an honest review.

 

 

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Panic Attacks – What I Wish People Knew – reblogging from a friend

The man that wrote this, suffers from panic attacks.  He gets it.  He understands.  

I thought this was one of the BEST things ever, written about “What I Wish People Knew”

Here we go.  Thank you Jason for being so open and honest along your journey.

I know you get it!!!  

That makes it so much easier to be able to share, knowing that someone out there, totally

understands it.

(re-blogged with permission)

Here is his post from

MEtopia

What I Wish People Understood

I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I never dreamed it would be this hard. I’m not sure it’s supposed to be. In fact, I’m not sure of anything anymore. People keep saying, “It will get better.” But, it isn’t and that makes me think I’m doing something very wrong. I’m not the teacher I thought I’d be. Not even close. I’m becoming the teacher I swore I wouldn’t be. No, it’s not getting better at all and for someone like me, that spells disaster.

There are things I wish I could make people who don’t suffer with chronic anxiety and depression about those of us who do. I wish there was something I could say or do to make them realize that we react differently to most things than those fortunate enough not to suffer. People like me, who fight this awful monster, feel things differently. We see and hear things differently. We understand and process things differently than virtually anyone else. A situation which a non-sufferer might be nothing more than an inconvenience or an annoyance might literally be a life-altering turn of events. Minor setbacks for most are major pitfalls for us.sad apple

So, if all of that is true, then what do you need to know? What do you need to do or say? How can you help? The short answer is, you can’t and please stop trying. When people like me hear people like you say things like, “It will get better,” that only makes us feel worse. You see, when things are supposed to get better and don’t (and they often don’t), it makes us feel like we’re doing something wrong. Remember what I wrote before? I know you mean well and that you’re trying to help, but please understand that you’re not.

The other thing you need to know and understand is that, to me, my reaction is perfectly logical and normal. I understand that in your mind I should be able to simply brush off difficulties and let things pass. In your mind, when people say and do things that hurt me, I should be able to simply let those things slide “like water off a duck’s back.” But, it doesn’t work that way for me. I wasn’t born with that switch in my head that allows me to turn feelings, thoughts, and emotions on and off like a lamp. My brain doesn’t work that way. I take everything — EVERYTHING — personally because, to me, everything IS personal. It’s the way I think. It’s the way my heart works. Should I change that? Maybe, but as yet, I haven’t figured out how.

It’s not getting better. It’s just not and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon. Please stop telling me it’s going to get better. I know you mean well, but you’re not helping. Please stop telling me to “be positive” or “look on the bright side” or “be grateful that [I] have a job.” Of course I’m grateful to have a job. I never said I wasn’t. But, I’m stressed beyond belief. I’m working myself sick and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. All you’re doing when you say those things to me is making me feel like I’m doing something wrong.

We’re different. We respond to things differently. Please accept that and save your judgment.

Book Review – The Gratitude Journal – A 21 Day Challenge

 

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The Gratitude Journal 21 Day Challenge

The Gratitude Journal: A 21 Day Challenge to More Gratitude, Deeper Relationships, and Greater Joy (A Life of Gratitude) [Kindle Edition]

I love the way Shelley has put this little book together this wonderful little book on gratitude

Hitz gives you so many resources for keeping your own journal and they are amazing.

Starting on day one, you are give a devotional/story that goes with each days thought of gratitude, but also an application to apply it to your daily life.

 

There are two ways to apply this challenge.

1) is to follow Hitz’s daily gratitude and journal for every entry under each day that Hitz wrote about each day and apply the application to your life.

2) you can also start your own journal using the resources applied or use your own resources, write about your own blessings and gratitude,, and use those as your devotional and application within your life.

While this book pops a very powerful punch in many examples of gratitude. It also give you so many ways to make it your own.
“Having a heart for thankfulness and gratitude are the opposite of self-pity and a complaining spirit” – Hitz writes

Instead of being thankful overall for all the big things. Like God thank you for all these blessings, get power in being thankful even when you don’t feel like being grateful

One of the things that really caught my attention are these comments about  “optimism/pessimism”

1) see the cup half empty – pessimism

2) see the cup half full – optimism

3) see the cup brimming over – gratitude and believing that God will meet your needs

For a very quick,  easy way to handle a 21 day challenge, this book brings a lot of information, resources and ways of finding your cup brimming over

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The Prayer Box – Book Review

5.0 out of 5 stars The Prayer Box, September 25, 2014

 
 
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The Prayer Box

Lisa Wingate is a phenomenal artist with a “pen” in hand so to say. The Prayer Box is just a very good book

It leads you on the path from a mom of two, a teenager and a preteen, running from a very difficult, past with a very powerful, abusive person.

As she is hiding out, she just wants to lay low, not be noticed, not be seen, but eventually she gets right into the thick of things with a character that you would never expect and her relationship with that character, becomes enthralled in protection and love… The Character is a house.

She falls in love first with the owner, who is also her landlord, then with the home itself and whatever she can do to protect it after the owner passes away

The book, set on the outer banks of North Carolina, gives you intrigue about failed relationships, new relationship with people who are trusting and loving and caring, especially when you have never had those kinds of relationships before. It teaches Tandy Jo, how to trust, love and heal.

The Prayer Box also goes through the history and healing of her failed relationships with her children.
Also new relationships that are surprising even to Tandy Jo.
While family is a very important aspect of this book, it’s not really about the nuclear family, it’s about failed relationships (again) and then standing up for yourself, and seeing yourself through the readings of a journal that spans an entire lifetime.

Being part of a life that is gone, but then reading through the journal, helps Tandy heal, love, accept and eventually stand up for what is right and good, in her community and in her personal life.  Something that she hasn’t ever done before because of who she was with and her pattern of destructive ways.

 

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This book is about healing, healing for a single person, a family,  a town and love for self and others, but mostly for trust in those same things.  

I strongly recommend it and based on my first and only reading of Lisa Wingate’s writings, I will be seeking a LOT more!!!

 

 

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Max Lucado – Before Amen

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple PrayerBefore Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

http://www.amazon.com/Before-Amen-Power-Simple-Prayer/dp/0849948487
I am thoroughly enjoying this book by Max Lucado (I think I have enjoyed every one of his books)
I received an advance copy for the promise of my review.

Lucado describes himself as a prayer wimp…(do you doze off when you pray, think about what bills you are going to pay, that status on Facebook, the neighbors dog digging in your yard etc.)
anything that would distract you from being able to stay focused on God and the conversation you are having

You speak, He listens, He speaks, you listen. This is prayer in its purest form.
God changes His people through such moments.

What a way to break you down to make you understand what prayer is about.
You speak, He listens, He speaks, You listen.

I cannot wait to get further into the book to finish it to be able to finish my review!

I am enjoying this book so far and it is one of Lucado’s better books!

As always, I was completely refreshed by Lucado’s Book, Before Amen.  This little book, packs a powerful punch for you and in so few words, lets you know, that so many people have problems praying at times and even Jesus had to go out on His own to pray.  So remember as you say your prayers, that you aren’t alone in your prayer wimpiness, and all you have to do is believe in God that HE WILL answer your prayers.  Have faith, genuine faith, that you believe  exactly what you are saying.

One of the many statements that just draws you into this book is “Jesus Never Refused An Intercessory Request.  Ever!!”

How awesome is that?  Seriously, I mean, just HOW AWESOME!!!!

 

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Giveaway – The Vessel Project

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Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC) partnered with The Vessel Project to offer the LPC Fall Kindle Giveaway.
LPC is making it easy to enter this giveaway. You could literally have hundreds of entries. You can enter to win a 7″ Kindle Fire HD loaded with 20 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas eBooks.n enter and win.

Go check them out and enter to win!

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God’s Answered Prayer Manifested Right Before Your Eyes

I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who was praying for us this week, and let me tell you about how God worked in our lives this week and how HE manifested his miracles in our lives!!!!

I had a screw in my foot that I had NO clue about and then also stepped on a hair clip that I was trying to get out of the package, dropped it, tripped and stepped on it. very fluke, it went through my shoe, as did the screw, and the screw I didn’t know about, so I had no clue about how long it had been there, I found it when I went to wash my tennis shoes. We went in wound care app. Dr’s appt on Wednesday and they explained to me and then told me to expect possible surgery because the screw had hit the bone, and I was placed in the hospital on major IV antibiotics..

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Okay, back to the prayer warriors, on Thursday, they told me that there was a no surgery expected, but 6 weeks of Long Term Care on IV Antibiotics,to the tune of 700$ for supplies and medications…
We prayed, others prayed, we knew we couldn’t afford the 700$, I KNEW I couldn’t go 6 weeks Long Term Care, because of my dog, and because of my claustrophobia, etc, and I just cried and prayed all day, because it just could not happen God knew my fears, He KNOWS my fears
The next morning, they came in and said, just 2 weeks of IV antibiotics at LT Residential Care (I said Thank you God) God was answering Prayers, left and right,,,I know he was answering prayers!!! So I sent out another prayer message and messaged my friends on FB, and after many prayers between my husband and I on Friday, we wake up on Saturday to Dr K coming in on saying you can go home, with NO IV antibiotics, this has all been Staff Responsive and as far as I’m concerned you can do this with just Bactrim,, Nothing IV! It’s all good!!!

No IV’s, NO Long Term Residential Care, , it’s just me, my pills, and home health care.

Did I say nothing.  Oh how much I was blessing God and saying thank you and the cost of this 5.15$   Yes that’s right (out of pocket)    I am sure there is more, but that’s the other of pocket costs.    I am just so in awe of all of those of you who prayed, and who were praying 

two people I must mention because they don’t know me.. they don’t know me from Adam.  But they prayed for me faithfully, every single day  Tricia Goyer and Kendra GIllilan…….  I just cannot thank you ladies enough

To Main Street Baptist Church as alway, you are my rock and my home.  I thank you so much for all the prayers, the love and all the tests, emails, calls and love you all send!

To all my friends!  Amber, Celeste, Heather, Theresa, Mitzi,   God bless you all.  you all are the bomb and I love you so much

To my family!!, oh my goodness, I can’t even do this without you!!!  thank you so much

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The Memory Jar – Book Review

I LOVED this book, there are just no other words to describe how much I enjoyed this book.

Filled with a certain suspense, a great amount of love for others, and God, what more can you ask for in a book?  The Memory Jar has all that and more.

Tricia has a way with spilling words on the page, that make you look inside yourself and think about what would you do, what could you or what should you do. (Although I don’t like the word should and it’s a negative word) in this aspect, she’s bang on.

Not to spoil the ending or anything, but let’s just say many heartaches in memories sometimes, and those memories when used to help others, can be a negative turned positive.  Even if YOU are the one they help.

I love the idea of a Memory Jar also.

here are some great ideas for your own Memory Jar  http://www.pinterest.com/fenotavel/memory-jar/   One of my goals is to do this with the younger set of my grandchildren, that I affectionately call the “littles”  However, they aren’t quite so little anymore as the youngest informs me..

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The Memory Jar – Tricia Goyer

 

The Memory Jar follows Sarah along her path of broken dreams, completed dreams, broken hearts, love filled hearts, and an experience that shatters her heart. Through the memories of her friend, the dreams of her future, and the promise of her heart being healed, Sarah, finds love, adventure, and finally a mended heart.
Tricia Goyer weaves through the lives of Sarah and her family and her friend Jathan and his family.

http://www.pinterest.com/triciagoyer/seven-brides-for-seven-bachelors-series/ Check out Tricia’s Pinterest Page here on the entire series

Loved this book by Goyer. Will be reading the entire Seven Brides Series)

I’m currently reading The Promise Box and cannot wait to review it!!

The Promise Box – Tricia Goyer

 

I have not been compensated for this review in any way!

Go check them out here!

 

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Grandparents Change

I have had the privilege of caring for 4 of my grandchildren this week since Thursday morning, and we have been in VBS this week so we have had a LOT of time together.  I asked for this pleasure, I begged for it, (because I had been sick) and my son was (rightly so) scared of leaving the kids with me, and me getting sicker..,.  I LOVE my children with all my heart.  They are the most amazing children in the world.  They have the most amazing children in the world.  My SWEET beautiful, talented, gifted, brilliant, smart, helpful, mischievous, (did I say amazing) grandchildren.

Knowing that I was 100% responsible for their well-being for this period of a time, and with their parents so far away, terrified me in a way, I was never terrified as a parent.  I was confident as a parent, I was strict, I was over strict (with one) and too lazy with the other, and just down right, flat-out wrong

I found myself, very “un”confident, very second guessing, very “guilty” about every word, every action, every reaction, and every choice that was made.  Was it right, was it wrong, did I screw them up forever, did I do something special that they would always remember, or could they just have fun…  (they didn’t 100% of the time) and ya know what… That was OKAY.

I don’t have to make everything perfect for my grandchildren all the time, I don’t have to be “on” 100% of the time, 100% of everything being, going, doing, planning, playing, talking and or that Disneyland grandparent (without the benefit of Disneyland)

i CAN BE OFF AND IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.  I can apologize and let them realize that I am not perfect (trust me, they knew it anyway, but I was clueless) and that life sometimes with grandparents will be NOT fun and games, and NOT about doing something “fun” or “planned” or whatever…..

It will be rules, and it will be discipline and it could be hard… But it can still be fun…  and that’s okay….

I hurt each one of them’s feelings in some way this weekend, somehow.  I made them obey (oh my gosh) and they even had to help at home, and  shocker, I know, they even back talked (Brian and Amilia, please don’t freak out, because that’s NORMAL for children to do, and while it’s not necessarily the norm for parents) it’s okay as their grandparent to let it happen.  Because that’s how they stand up for themselves, become independent, have a voice…sometimes, it’s okay for them to be wrong, and it be okay… (with me) I need to remember that they aren’t little adults, they are KIDS, with KID feelings, KID emotions and KID hearts. (even the teenagers)   (Just please know these kids aren’t disobedient) they are KIDS!!!)  It may seem like they are being just unruly and whatever else, but please know that it is JUST the opposite!!

Those hearts, so big, so amazing, and they LOVE their grandparents (all of them, we discussed YOU ALL this weekend) and that all of their grandparents are super grandparents.

I get to be in their lives more than most and for us, it is a routine, Church, Library days, every week something fun (at least once) and they are part of a routine with me, and they are AMAZING!!!   They have learned to give my insulin shots (I can do it, they choose too) they help with my oxygen and my wheelchair and, oh my gosh, there is NOT enough words that I can say to say to them, thank you…. for being so amazing.

You 4 kids have helped me so much this weekend, not just “physically” but emotionally and spiritually and in ways, that you may never know.

I have realized, exactly HOW HARD it is for your parents and realize that they are incredible, awesome parents,  (even when I think they are too strict)  Because sometimes strict is what is necessary to teach.

I cannot express my love for these 4 kids (and the rest of them) in words.  There are no words.

But know, that you have taught Memaw so much in such a short little time, that I pray, and I am praying hard that each day with you from here on out will be incredibly different.  Not necessarily different in things we do, but different in expectations of your behaviors.

I expect you to back talk, I expect you to “have wiggles” and suck the water bottle in ’till it scrunches, and to fight with your brothers and sisters, and argue with me, because

that’s what kids do… 

doesn’t make it right, but it makes it okay…

and discipline (the right way) isn’t a bad thing, trusting you that your choices and your actions are okay…..  And knowing that because you have a life with God, you are going to still make bad choices, but that you already know when you have done something wrong.  You KNOW, because you have that conviction of God’s heart.

I have also learned that way too much, is WAY too much…. Down time, is a good thing… Just sitting around reading a book and not being “on” is okay… (well, I knew it was anyway) but the “entertainment factor” is changing.   I do NOT have to entertain you 100% of the time that I am with you…. YOU can entertain me, with your strength and your wisdom, and your choices (because you all make awesome choices most of the time) and your just being who you are.

Who you are, is, my SWEET beautiful, talented, gifted, brilliant, smart, helpful, mischievous, (did I say amazing) grandchildren, this also goes for the rest that weren’t with me this weekend.  I think you all are so awesome and all the above too…

Just know that there are gonna be some changes.   You may not like some of the changes coming up, but just know that the changes in me are gonna be there.  Because you all deserve the best.

 

2 Timothy 1:13-14  “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”

 

God has blessed me with these amazing grandchildren, and I am so honored to be their grandparent…   I pray that he can give me the strength, and the wisdom to do what is right by these amazing children.  (a couple that aren’t children, but teenagers)  They DESERVE the most amazing life ever!!!!  Don’t even think that there will be more things  more things happening and more “going”  (it will probably be less) and that there will be more discipline, just different discipline.  No more of the thinking you have to be perfect all the time, but more of the knowing that you will be kids and going to be some things happen that well, you probably need to be disciplined for.  But know now that the discipline, probably will not like any discipline you have ever received before.  I’ve tried, but I know I am very inconsistent, and I will promise you that God will bless our relationship 100% more than he has already has and because of that, things will change…

Yes you must have manners, yes you have to not hit your brothers and sisters, and yes, you even have to clean up after yourself, that doesn’t change.

You do get to have fun, you do get to know that when you mess us, that it’s going to be okay.  You do need to know that no matter what you do, I am never going to stop loving you.

No matter what you say, I will NEVER stop loving you.

I didn’t think it was possible to love you any more than I already have, but I do.

Thank you for this wakeup call….

Memaw needed it.

Thank you again, Brian and Amilia for being the BEST parents for these children.  I am so proud that you are the parents of my grandchildren and honored that you trust me enough.  I pray that you will see the change also, NOT in the kids, because they are and have done exactly what they should have done, being kids and learning about life.

They are awesome, and you both have done an incredible job raising them.

Isaiah 46:4  “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

What a promise.  HE will rescue me.  I am so ready to be rescued!  Oh yes, God, please rescue me, please take me to a place that only you can.  I NEED to be rescued from myself.  From that grandparent that sees everything as “if you show them fun, they will love you” to the grandparent that if you show them love, they already love you… I don’t have to show them fun, I have to show them respect.  and love.  That’s IT, with those two things, then the rest will come.

God please give me the love, the understanding and thank you for the blessing to be the best grandparent I can for these children, because they deserve the very best.  I thank you every day for them and for the gift of their beautiful lives!  Thank you so much for gifting me with their parents also.

Here are some pictures from our week.  I didn’t get many, but here’s couple!

Five Minute Friday – Bloom

Bloom

1. the flower of a plant.
2 flowers collectively: the bloom of the cherry tree.
3. state of having the buds opened: The gardens are all in bloom.
4. a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.: the bloom of youth; the bloom of Romanticism.
5. a glow or flush on the cheek indicative of youth and health: a serious illness that destroyed her bloom.

Bloom

 

I have always heard, “Bloom where you’re planted” or something like that.  In other words, do what you need to do, right where you are, with what you have, and let God take control.

For me, that is very hard.  I am a control freak.  I want to be in control of every single aspect of my life, my homes life and what is happening around me

Imagine my surprise when God gifted me with a, a couple of broken legs when I was two and several surgeries after that till I was an adult, a husband with leukemia, a son with asthma, couple of serious illnesses, a very ADHD child and a sister that completed a suicide.

Just a few life interruptions that have been blessings in the long run, if I stop and look at them long enough (*except my sister’s suicide)

It’s all been in how I looked at them, and if I let God “Bloom me where I was planted.

I have had to change MY ways of thinking and realize that no matter what, God is in control, of every single, minute detail.  Not the ones I want to give him, but EVERY single detail.

Bloom where you’re planted, in spite of broken legs, and hurt joints and many surgeries, keep going, keep playing basketball, keep playing tennis, and keep on running… Bloom

Bloom where you’re planted in spite of a husband that had leukemia.  Greet each day as a new day, and make friends with the families on the floor, ask how they are doing, what do they need, what can I do, do you need to talk.   Bloom

Bloom where you son is in the hospital with asthma/pneumonia at such a young age, treat the nurses to pizza at night, ask them about their life, ask caregivers about their lives, do they need anything, can I help take some of the load off of you because I am here and won’t be leaving….Bloom

Bloom in a school where my son was having a very huge difficult time. He spends more time in the principal’s office than he does in class…. Bloom…. Bloom because you KNOW he is a good young man and he has been labeled bad, and if someone would just take the chance to know him, love him, challenge him, and get to the real young man that he was,

Bloom when your sister is so mentally challenged that she wants to kill people, that she sees demons, that she finally is so unsatisfied with her life, and thinks there is absolutely no going back, she takes her life.  In doing so, you know she is at peace for the first time in many years, however, you also know that your parents have lost two children early and for them, it is the worst day of their life, and for you, still you know she is at peace, but the pain hurts.  Physically she is gone.  Emotionally she is healed.,

 Bloom :), blessings…. Bloom where you are planted, right where you are, with what you have.

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Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday


this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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Five Minute Friday – Exhale

Exhale

1.to emit breath or vapor; breathe out.
2. to pass off as vapor; pass off as an effluence. verb (used with object), ex·haled, ex·hal·ing.
3.  to breathe out; emit (air, vapor, soundetc.): to exhale a sigh.
4.  to give off as vapor: The engine exhaled steam.
5.  to draw out as a vapor or effluence; evaporate

Exhale

Whew….hmmm…..ahhhh… no matter how you do it, exhale relieves the carbon dioxide from your body.  In other words, poisons.

and equating that with exhaling, when you breathe, good goes in, bad goes out, so relieving yourself of all the toxins, is a great thing.  Required to live and required to get through a day.

So expunging poison from your body, like sin, is a way to cleanse your soul.  When you ask God in your heart,, he expunged satan from your heart.  Your want to only take in good things should prevalent in your soul, good friends, good reading, good TV, good websites, great music

Those things don’t come naturally though.  Because of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we are born sinful.  Every Day, the first breath you take each morning, you sin….

Isn’t it incredible that we have a Lord and Savior that can take away that sin.  He collects our tears, he washes us clean,..  By reading His word, we have a guide to be able to live a life that has the ending of the lifetime.

have you read Revelations?  Have you read the Bible?

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I am going through the Bible this year and have been so blessed to reread things and really understand what He is talking about, because my faith is stronger, I understand.  To me, that gives me so much joy that I actually “know” what it’s saying

He tells us not to worry, not to fret, not to be prideful and to let Him guide your life.  In doing so, you can EXHALE and rejoice in the truth, that God sits in Heaven and will be coming back for us one day!!!

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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The Day of Tears

Ever have one of those days, where everything that possibly could go wrong did.  Do NOT lie to me and tell me you haven’t, because there is just no way, every day you have is perfect.  It just doesn’t happen

However, it all depends on how you look at it.

I’m blessed, I KNOW I’m blessed.

Again, I am so blessed beyond measure and I KNOW, I am blessed.

One more time, I am so very blessed, and I know that I have a God who reigns on High and will give me the tools to do everything that ever changes my way of thinking!!!

See it’s all in how you look at it.

Let me roll back about a week and a half.

I found another diabetic ulcer on my foot.  Not the one that usually gets them, but the other one, so that was strange in and of itself.  I went to church last Sunday night though and I could NOT get it to quit bleeding out.  It ruined a perfectly good pair of shoes, and let me just say, I’m glad our carpet at church us red. (seriously)

That’s how much it was bleeding.  So I try to get in to see the dr and I get told that it will be two weeks, and well I was so frustrated because this particular person on the other end of the phone didn’t listen to me at all, that I just hung up and decided to call back for the nurse.  I finally get her on the phone and she says, well it’s going to be two weeks.  I say one more time, You DID hear me say I have a diabetic wound?  I don’t know what was going on in their office, but it must have been something very serious, but she just abruptly said, I’ve got to go, and will call you back soon. <~~~ First lesson to myself, that I know I am blessed.  i was saying prayers for whatever/whoever was happening in the clinic and that everything was okay.

She did, we worked it out and he would see me on Thurs because I had an appointment with my PCP on Wed and at least it would already be started being treated.

My granddaughter ends up sick and I give her my appointment <~~~~ there is another reason that I know I am blessed.  My sweet baby had a double ear infection and was in a good bit of pain.  So glad she was able to get in to see the dr quickly and hat she got some meds and was on her way to healing.

I get to the wound care clinic and they do my A1C and when the dr comes in, he is furious with me.  First, apparently I missed an appointment, my A1C had jumped about 3 points, and several other things.  But I know I’m blessed.  Really!  I do KNOW it

So go ahead to today, after a grand holiday with my family and friends and great fireworks and the most incredible fried fish I have ever had (thank you Brian and Hale) and just a great evening of being with grandkids,kids, sister, etc.

Life is so good.  We went to church, cleaned a lot over the weekend, and just had a fantastic time.  Paul had a 4 day weekend for the FIRST time in we can’t remember (we really seriously tried to figure it out, and we are figuring, July 4th of last year when we went on a short vacation)

anyway, fast forward to Monday morning.  I have a nurse visit and a million phone calls to make.  So I start on the phone calls, etc and the nurse gets here and re dresses my foot, but I had already started feeling down and having myself a good old-fashioned pity party.

I finished up the day, with chores etc, from my bed with the dog and by the end of the day, I am in serious tears.

I mean serious tears.  Sobbing crying, <~~~~  I don’t know why, other than I was feeling sorry for myself.

Then I got word of a good friend who fell and broke his ankle in two places.  A man who does so much for the community in so many different ways, and I thought you dingaling, think about, you still have so much use of your foot, why are you crying, you have a beautiful family to dote on, why are you crying?  Your life is pretty dadgum good!!! WHY are you crying?

I honestly can’t tell you why I was crying.  I don’t know.  I do know that after more than a few minutes and along talk with God, I was thinking to myself, how trivial.  How much have I neglected to see in my pity party.  The sunshine, the sunrise, the sunset, my flowers growing, going outside to watch the dog play, being “in” the world, and not just cooped up in my bed feeling sorry for myself.

God tells us, do everything with a cheerful heart.  I know he doesn’t mean, plaster a fake smile on your face and go through the motions, He means, have love in your heart, a smile on your face, and let Him rule your thoughts to get you through the hard times.

I’ve heard so much bad news today, a HS friend’s cancer has spread, a baby died because her parents left her in the car in the heat, a man was bitten by a shark, the uprising in all the foreign countries, our border collapse and the problems that are facing the border agents and just on and on and on.  And here I am crying for who knows why?

When you are so down that you lose control of yourself and the only recourse is that pity party.  Have it.  A good cry is worth so much.  Just remember though, that in that pity party, you MUST realize that you have a Lord and Savior that rules over your and that you are the child of the ONE TRUE KING!!!

How on earth can that NOT put a smile on your face?

I know I will have more bad days.  Those bad days may come sooner than later.  <~~~~~But I have so MUCH to be thankful for and I am so incredibly blessed, because I know that I have a God that loves me, He lives in my heart and He will heal my wounded heart, my wounded spirit and my physical wounds

This song, came to my heart today, and I love the words,

Jesus, He meets you where you are, He heals your secret scars

Can you imagine the  day of tears that Mary felt, or the disciples.  The sadness, the weariness, that feeling of dread.  KNOWING that Jesus was going to be crucified on the cross.  That sadness, but oh what sheer joy we find in that empty tomb.  The empty tomb!!  Oh what a blessing it is, to know that MY SAVIOR lives, and that He loves… He loves so much, that He collects my tears. He gathers them up, he keeps them for me, and I know HE heals my wounded heart…

.I am so incredibly blessed that I never have to fret, and in fact He tells me to let Him do that!  Let Him take my worries, my sadness, my tears…The tears I can throw away and praise HIM <~~~~because I am blessed..


Friend of a Wounded Heart - By Wayne Watson
Smile, make 'em think you're happy
 Lie and say that things are fine
 And hide that empty longing that you feel
 Don't ever show it, just keep your heart concealed
Why are the days so lonely?
 I wonder where, where can a heart go free
 And who will dry the tears that no one's seen?
 There must be someone to share your silent dreams
Caught like a leaf in the wind
 Lookin' for a friend, where can you turn?
 Whisper the words of a prayer and you'll find Him there
 Arms open wide, love in His eyes
Jesus, He meets you where you are
 Jesus, He heals your secret scars
 All the love you're longing for
 Is Jesus, the friend of a wounded heart
Joy comes like the the morning
 And hope deepens as you grow
 And peace, beyond the reaches of your soul
 Comes blowing through you, for love has made you whole
Once like a leaf in the wind
 Looking for a friend, where could you turn?
 You spoke the words of a prayer and you found Him there
 Arms open wide, love in His eyes
Jesus, He meets you where you are
 Jesus, He heals your secret scars
 All the love you're longing for
 Is Jesus, the friend of a wounded heart
He meets you where you are
 Jesus, He heals your secret scars
 All the love you're longing for, all the love that you need
 Is Jesus, the friend of a wounded heart
The friend of a wounded heart


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Five Minute Friday Lost

Lost

 
  1. no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
  2. no longer to be found: lost articles.
  3. having gone astray or missed the way;  bewildered as to place,direction, etc.: lost children.
  4. not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time, or labor;wasted: a lost advantage.
  5. 5. being something that someone has failed to win: a lost prize.
 

Lost

 

I never really sat down and thought about what this word really means until tonight.  “Lost”  I’ve lost my keys, lost my glasses, lost love, lost a family member, I’ve lost a game.  But what have I really lost?  Most of these things are tangible items.  Items that can be replaced.  Except for a family member, I think these things can be replaced and or made better…

Losing a loved one, is well, irreplaceable,

I have never been so lost as knowing that my parents are both gone.  I remember a few weeks after my mother died, I was in the grocery store and needed a recipe, I went to the phone (this was before cellphones) and picked up the phone, dialed the number to my home that I great up in, where she always answered the phone, and there was no answer.   I just slumped down right in the grocery store and that’s when I lost it.  Not at the funeral, not the day she died, but there in that grocery store, sitting on the floor, holding the phone, bawling my eyes out.  I LOST my mom and I needed her.  I needed her a lot.  She was always my rock, always my go to person.  Her and I may have fought like cats and dogs, and not gotten along well, but she was always there no matter what.

That was a constant that I could always remember.

Mom was, well mom.  Strong, (when you lose two children before you, that makes you strong) she loved our God, (her faith never faltered) she was “Mom”

I know that for me, I want to immolate my mother’s personality, her love for giving to others, and her strength.  I pray that the love I lost and the person I lost, will live on in me.  It’s not that I would ever compare myself to her, because there is no comparison.  She was/is my rock,  I thank God every single day for the gift He gave me, when I was born to her.

Having a strong mom, with a strong-willed child, isn’t it amazing how he knows… He knows that the mother I needed wouldn’t back down, would be the person that I needed to stand strong and be able to stand up to my wilfulness… I thank God every day that He gave me her,

After life circumstances, I know that having a mom like I did isn’t a rare thing…

Thank you Lord for this gift, thank you for helping me understand that I didn’t lose a mom, I gained a legacy.

I love you mom

My Beautiful Mom

 

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Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

 

 

 

 

this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

 

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Identical The Movie

I am invited to a screening of this movie The Identical

I am so excited!  First because it’s the first time I have ever been invited to a special screening premier

But 2) because the movie looks to be phenomenal

I seriously can not wait to get started in this movie!  The review on PluggedIn is not up yet, however here is the

synopsis from the movie webpage The Identical

THE IDENTICAL

Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins.

One of the boys becomes the most famous rock ‘n’ roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry.

Ryan is encouraged by his wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous brother!

A timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption. A captivating journey about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition.

STARRING: Erin CottrellAmanda CrewBrian GeraghtySeth GreenAshley JuddJoe PantolianoBlake Rayne, and Ray Liotta

DIRECTED BY: Dustin Marcellino

PRODUCED BY: Mark G. MathisYochanan MarcellinoMatthew Dean Russell

DRAMA, 107 Min, 2014

Featuring over 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino including: “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight”

The Official Trailer

Confessions of A Prodigal Son

The movie –  Confessions of a Prodigal Son was just a dream when I first heard about it about 2 or 3 years ago

Nathan Clarkson shared at a Mom Heart Conference in Dallas, TX with the people in attendance about his goal of getting this movie, from idea to theater, that tells the modern story of the Prodigal Son.

Nathan wrote this movie, and worked with this movie from the beginning and is asking for help to get 250,000 people to be interested in this movie, just like they did with Soul Surfer and God’s Not Dead that Kevin Sorbo, was in.  Kevin Sorbo, from God is not Dead–is the father of the prodigal son 

Well, here is the FIRST OFFICIAL trailer for the movie!  

 

It just came out today and has been so successful in getting people interested in it, YouTube couldn’t handle all the traffic!!!  That has since been fixed and the trailer is showing and you need to go check it out!

We MUST keep movies like Confessions of a Prodigal Son, God’s Not Dead and Soul Surfer in theaters, however, we have to let Hollywood know that you want these movies.  Go check out the trailer here

 

 

Then please go like the Facebook page of Confessions of a Prodigal Son and share it where ever you can, whether it be in a Blog, FB, Twitter, Instagram, Path, LinkedIn, Google +; whatever floats your boat!  Just SHARE!!!!

 

 

More Links

http://www.confessionsofaprodigalson.com/

http://www.itakejoy.com/#sthash.rzkVcd3Q.dpuf

http://nathanjclarkson.wordpress.com/

http://nathanjclarkson.com

http://nathanjohnclarkson.com

https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsOfAProdigalSon

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nathan-Clarkson/234656049945107

The enemy Will NOT win

Today has been one of those days where it seems like the enemy is doing everything he can to keep from

sharing/showing God Not going into detail bit let’s just say

DEVIL YOU STINK!!!

You are NOT mightier than my God

You are NOT mightier than my faith and

You are NOT mightier than my marriage

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Thank you so much God for helping me stand firm and sid in your preaence. Help me continue on a path

of being a passionate follower of you

A true follower of you

I know I am redeemed and I just cry out to you for you to fill me up with your spirit

Satan’s lies are powerful, but God’s truth is even stronger.

My prayer is this: on the days when you feel unlovable and ugly and you doubt why anyone would want you… those days when you feel like a failure as a mom or a wife… the days when you can’t get your finances in order and your checkbook just won’t balance… the days when your past slinks up beside you and reminds you of people who have hated you or laughed at you… the days when your friends have stopped calling or are too busy to notice you… the days when someone does something horrible to you and takes advantage of you… or the nights when you can’t sleep because you don’t know what tomorrow brings and you’re afraid of really screwing up…

On those days? Come back to these truths. Read them out loud if you have to, no matter how silly you feel doing so. Remind yourself that your worth does NOT lie in your friends or your finances or your marriage or your past. You are worthy of being loved just because of His love for you. Above all else, you are His. Never forget.

the above is from http://sixgoldencoins.blogspot.com/2012/01/who-god-says-i-am.html

she says exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it!!  Elizabeth is a great writer and probably has no clue who I am, but I love to read her blog!!!

 

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Five Minute Friday – Hands

Wow, what an extraordinary prompt, now, for me.  There are some things going on in our family that just bring you back to who you know is in control.  No questions asked.   That is God.  I KNOW without a doubt, my life is under His control and I know that HE controls my family.

It has taken so much to be 100% faith filled, without a doubt, no questions asked.

I pray to Him daily, for so many reasons, but these are just a few..

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Just so many reasons, our hands are the way to express our feelings and emotions and love for someone

God has blessed us with hands, to say I love you, express joy by clapping, anger with a clenched fist, but what more can there be, but holding hands to express love for each other… Just like Jesus gave us so much love not by holding our hands, but by so much more sacrifice to have nails hammered into his hands for us.  For our loves, so that we would never have to undergo that same kind of torture.

Isn’t that the best, final expression of love?  

From the top picture to the very last picture, each one expresses so much love in and of itself….

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what mercy that He gives us every day by giving us the freedom to love, to hold, to nurture, just like He did that day on the cross!

Thank you for your sacrifice

 

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

 

this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community
 
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Five Minute Friday – Nothing

Nothing

None, Nada, NIl, Zich, Nine,

Nothing

There’s nothing else to be said about nothing… It is nothing.  It isn’t anything, it is Nothing….

God has blessed me with a huge family, lots of friends and lots of acquaintances.  I am so

incredibly blessed.  

So why is there this feeling of nothing roaming around in my head.  

Because I let the enemy control my thoughts.  When he controls my thoughts, instead of God,

I feel worthless,

disgusting, useless, nothing..,,

But I have this amazing friend, this amazing friend, that took everything, so I have to do

nothing… except love

Him, Worship Him…spread HIS news, tell others about HIM.. that’s it….  that’s all He asks of us.,

Follow the Ten Commandments

Follow Him

This gives me so much courage to know that I am NOT nothing!!

I am everything with Him

He gives me everything because I love Him and trust Him and because I respond… to His

commands, His wants….,

Sometimes God says wait, and I must be patient, sometimes, He says move, and I move,

sometimes He carries

me and I am blessed, but most of all, He loves me…. 

I Corinthians 15:10 says “But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace”

 

Isn’t that such an amazing thing, “For whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his

special favor on me”    Beautiful, amazing words, that tells me that to God, I am loved and that I am everything

to Him

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

 

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community
 
 
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Best EVER Caramels

These Caramels… L Frances out of Appleton,  Wisconsin are the most

amazing caramels I have ever tasted

caramels (1)L. Frances Caramels

These caramels, are soft, chewy, they don’t ever have that hard side

to them, and kind of just melt in your mouth.

I have only found them at CVS on their counter by checkout…

However, I will be ordering some.

Calories in L Frances Caramel thank you to MyFitnessPal  If you are on

a diet, check out their website.  It is AWESOME!

 
Nutrition Facts
L Frances – Caramel
 
  1. Servings: (copied from Myfitnesspal.com)

Calories

60

Sodium

0 mg

Total Fat

2 g

Potassium

0 mg

Saturated

0 g

Total Carbs

10 g

Polyunsaturated

0 g

Dietary Fiber

0 g

Monounsaturated

0 g

Sugars

0 g

Trans

0 g

Protein

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

   

Vitamin A

0%

Calcium

0%

Vitamin C

0%

Iron

0%

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values maybe higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

as long as you don’t go nuts and eat like 100, you will get a tasty, sweet, wonderful treat.

here is their contact information

and I promise, I will be ordering some!!

Contact Us
To Contact us by Phone, Fax, or Mail:
Customer Service Hours are:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Phone: 920-955-2000
Fax: 920-955-2002

Mail:
L. Frances Caramel Company
2500 North Lynndale Drive
Appleton, WI 54914
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I received nothing for this review, but wishing for a bucket of caramels <3

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FIve Minute Friday Close

Close

close
 [v. klohz; adj., adv. 
verb (used with object), closed, clos·ing.
1.to put (something) in a position to obstruct an entrance, opening, etc.; shut.
2.to stop or obstruct (a gap, entrance, apertureetc.): to close a hole in a wall with plaster.
3.to block or hinder passage across or access to: to close a border to tourists; to close the woods topicnickers.
4.to stop or obstruct the entrances, apertures, or gaps in: He closed the crate and tied it up.
5.(of the mind) to make imperceptive or inaccessible: to close one’s mind to the opposite opinion.
6.to bring together the parts of; join; unite (often followed by up  ): Close up those ranks! The surgeonclosed the incision.
7.Electricity to complete (an electrical circuit) by joining the circuit elements: The circuit was closed sothe current could be measured.
8.to bring to an end: to close a debate.
9.to arrange the final details of; to conclude negotiations about: to close a deal to everyone’s satisfaction.
10.to complete or settle (a contract or transaction); consummate: We close the sale of the house nextweek.
11.to stop rendering the customary services of: to close a store for the night.
12.to terminate or suspend the operation of; to halt the activities of: The epidemic forced authorities toclose the schools. The police closed the bar for selling liquor to minors.
13.Nautical to come close to: We closed the cruiser to put our injured captain on board.
14.Metalworking. to reduce the internal diameter of (a tube or the like).
15.Archaic. to shut in or surround on all sides; enclose; cover in: to close a bird in a cage.

Close

so many meanings… Close to you, Close to God, Close the door, they closed the circut, etc, etc.

God being close to me is my redeeming quality.  I am so blessed and so thankful that I have a close relationship with

God.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not near as close as I want it to be.  However, He loves me, He protects me, and HE is my

saving grace.  Without His grace and mercy I would be nothing, absolutely nothing.  I thank HIM everyday that He is

never changing because I know I am, I know I am unworthy and such a worm.

He brings me up, He makes me His, because I give my heart to Him alone.

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God’s Love Is Closeness

God’s love is drawn to us that want Him.  He will never move, never leave.  You just desire.  Tell Him.  He knows, but

you tell

James 4:8 says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

 

I found so many other verses about this very thing.  If you want to read them click   here

God desires us to ask him.  His need to be wanted is so passionate and He is a jealous God.

The devil will do whatever he can in any role he can to make you think that you don’t need God or have a close

relationship with God.

But you do.  It’s his WILL, His DESIRE, He loves us so much, He wants us for eternity.  Are you close, do you desire to be

closer still?  Read your Bible, Pray, find a Home Church, Talk to Him, just like a friend.  Have a

conversation.  Outloud!!!

I try to live this every day. Be closer to God

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)
So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:
Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url
http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community
 
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Guest Post – Lisa Jo Baker – & Giveaway

Updated on Monday, May 13, 2014

Winners of the giveaway

Lindsey B

and

Randy F (2)

Congratulations to both of you for winning and participating!  

I appreciate your willingness to share your story and my blog!!!

Have a very blessed day!!

I have the honor of introducing my very first real guest post today from my new friend Lisa-Jo Baker… When I started this journey of promoting her book launch for Surprised By Motherhood,  I never dreamed, I would blog, tweet, post or pin as much as I have about one thing.  That one thing is Surprised By Motherhood … This amazing book by Lisa!   She thought my thoughts, felt my feelings, and said what I’ve wanted to say about motherhood but my story is a little different and you can read that here

In honor of Mother’s Day, I got to choose one of the blogs I liked the best that Lisa had written and add it as a guest post here.  So here is the post of Lisa’s that was near to my heart….Also I get the opportunity to give you the chance to win one of these amazing book-plate, signed to anyone you want (just the book-plate)

(Giveaway is at the end of the blog)

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How do you measure meaning in the life of a mom?

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Is it in diapers changed?

Loads of laundry folded?

Dishes washed and stacked and put away?

Is it in temper tantrums soothed, fevers treated, number of steps walked to rock babies back to sleep?

What about all those dentist appointments and chocolate chip cookies baked? Is it in cups of tea poured and

teddy bear tea parties attended? In baby dolls lost and found and lost again?

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Do we measure a year in developmental milestones or growth charts or good behavior sticker sheets? Do we

count all the time outs and spills and failures and starting overs and regrets and missed opportunities and

nightmares and wanting to run home to our mothers?

Or maybe it’s in how we’re learning to tell the truth about motherhood? Or get over our mom guilt?

Do we count it in new grey hairs and wrinkles and pounds? Do we judge it on the clothes we couldn’t wear

this year because despite our best efforts they still don’t fit us?

Do we judge ourselves on whether our kids finally, finally potty trained or if they can spell their names?

Is it in secrets whispered between bunk beds and hearts tenderly opened and offered – all six years worth of

learning how to be human. Is it in hearing your daughter lisp, “I wuv you, mama” or your son try to monkey

hug you four times in a row?

Is it in early morning commutes to daycare drop offs or vacation days spent in the pediatrician’s office? Is it

in mascara-streaked cheeks and moments spent quietly crying in the ladies’ room at work when we missed

their field trip?

Is this year still penalizing us with working mother’s guilt or do we measure the grace we’re learning to give

ourselves?

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Maybe it’s all of this and all of this adds up to a handful of loaves and fish that we didn’t think would be

enough.

Not enough of us to go around.

Not enough of us to handle the growth spurts and teenage years and best friend break ups.

Not enough of us to manage to single parent for the months he was deployed or on the road for work or

simply walked out.

Not enough at midnight and not enough at 4pm when no one wants to do their homework and there’s still

no plan for dinner.

Not enough when he’s screaming how much he wishes he had a different mother and she’s trying to sneak

into that skirt you’ve told her is too short when you’re short on patience and grace and no parenting book

could have ever prepared you for this.

Not enough meal planning and not enough gas for all those car pool runs and not enough hair to pull out

on the all out, full on crazy days.

Not enough patience in the galaxy for the mornings all 14 pairs of socks he tries on he throws over his

shoulder and declares too uncomfortable.

Not enough time to juggle the OT appointments and the taekwon do lessons and the scrubbing off the

bathroom stains.

Not enough romance or good days or courage.

But here’s the thing – you’re not the first “not enough” and you won’t be the last.

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And what you thought you couldn’t give, Jesus gives thanks for and breaks and multiplies and there is just

enough for today.

And tomorrow.

And at 2am.

There He is again, singing over you as you sing over sick babies and breaking your heart into bits and pieces

of holy, sacred sacrifice.

More than you could have known.

Measuring your year in all the broken, ordinary glory. Heaped high.

A sacrifice of praise.

Your making and unmaking and remaking.

Immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. He measures out to us.

And He is always enough.

 

{To see the video reminder of why mothers are braver than they know, click here}.

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This guest post comes with love from Lisa-Jo Baker to our community in celebration of Mother’s Day. If you

haven’t already – treat yourself, your mom, your sister, your BFF or your grandma to a copy of her new

book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom. No matter what stage

you’re in when it comes to motherhood, we promise it will encourage. And remind you that you are braver

than you think.

The Giveaway

*In honor of Mother’s Day, Lisa-Jo is giving away a signed book-plate to three of my fabulous blog readers

(she will personalize them with a name of your choice). To enter, leave a comment telling me your best

memory of your mother and we will announce the

winners this Sunday, Mother’s Day.

 For an extra entry share this blog post and giveaway via twitter

and come back and comment that you Tweeted  and come back and comment, or share it on Facebook and come back here and comment that you

posted on Facebook or Pin the book-plate Image and come back and comment that you pinned.  That’s 4 different comments, so you have the

opportunity for 4 (four) entries.   The Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org

 My favorite memory about my mom, is that in spite of being crippled for life in 1964 and losing two children, she always had a kind word to say to everyone, always gave everything she had, to anyone that needed it and always, I mean always was willing to share God with anyone who would listen

My Beautiful Mom

 

 

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Five Minute Friday – Friend – April 25, 2014

Friend

friend
noun
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?

Friend

 

I don’t have many friends, as in super close, tell all, bust a gut friends.  I have 3 exactly, My sister, Amber and Celeste.

The rest of my friends are great and I love them, however, they are more acquaintances.  I am sheltered, in my views on friendship, because I’ve been hurt so very much.  I won’t/don’t open up to anyone.   Deep.  I may tell the surface.

I however, will listen to anyone.  I feel honored when someone trusts me enough to open up with me.

Thank you God for those that trust me.

I pray that I will learn to trust more.

 

Wow, never realized how much this subject hurt so much until I talk about it. When you have been hurt by two very close friends, in the  same way, you tend to shut down.  You keep it all to yourself, you never know who you can trust, so you trust no one.

I pray again, that God will teach me to trust and to learn to be a better friend.

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here starting at 10pm EST on Thursday night and all through Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast.

It’s easy to join in, just:

  1. Check what the prompt is on my blog.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. {And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post}
  4. Link over here and invite friends to join in.
  5. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ }
  6. Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of my Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  7. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky.
  8. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky.
  9. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

- See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/#sthash.WaDv6ivl.dpuf

 

 

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Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)


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Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

 

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

 

 

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There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″, $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash.

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Five Minute Friday – Writer – April 4, 2014

Writer

a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as 
an occupation or profession; 
an author or journalist.a clerk, scribe, or the like.`
a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing:
 an expert letter writer. (in a piece of writing) 
the author 
(used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,”“my,” etc.):
The writer wishes to state….
a person who writes or is able to writea writer in script.

Writer

I am not a writer.  Never profess to be.  However, I love to write.  Hmmm… What does that make me?  A wannabe author, a wannabe journalist, a wannabe writer…..  I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Tomahawk when I was in high school.  I also wrote for our annual “The Chief”  .  God blessed me with the ability to talk… a LOT, so now I am trying to do less talking and more writing and get my thoughts down on paper. I journal.  I write everything .   This comes from years of having a doodling habit.  I was/am always writing something.  Whether it be drawing a page of squares, or doodling the names of my family.  Or whatever else, I dream up in my head.I have a love for writing,  I only wish I could write so much better.  Another passion I have, is for journals and pens.  Getting new journals to me is like getting the best present ever!!! I love to go through and choose new journals so that I can write more.  These are two of my latest that I am absolutely in love with.  They go everywhere with me photo (3)

 I also love pens, markers, gels, highlighters , crayons, art pencils, etc.   These are just a few of what I have and carry with me all the time!
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 Being able to share this love of writing and drawing and doodling with my grandchildren, makes me incredibly happy.  We spend hours on end, drawing and coloring and writing.  They have to learn a new verse for our Children’s Program at Church called Kingdom Kids  One of the ways we learn, is to write and rewrite the verse  That makes learning and teaching so easy. God has given me a gift.  Not the gift of writing but the gift of love of writing.
I know I don’t write grammatically correct.  I kind of write like I talk.  East Texan!! I couldn’t draw a picture of anything if I traced it on the paper for me. But oh how I love to write, journal, journals, pens, drawing, tracing, Spirograph, tracing.  It doesn’t matter, as long as there is a pen, a pencil and a piece of paper, I will write.
I dream of a day that I should have collected every story my son David  wrote…   Now he was a writer.  A good one at that.    He wrote stories and tales, and sports articles, etc  He wouldn’t let me save them.  When he was in Boot Camp, they took his journal from him.  I pray he never looses his desire to write. How I long to be like him and be able to create from a simple word, write from an idea and then simply, get published, BECAUSE you are good enough!Fotor040492452
Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:

Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.

Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.

{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url

http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it

Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

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Surprised By Motherhood Review

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My #SurprisedbyMotherhood journey is anything but pretty.  Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE my children. They are the love of my life!

I am so honored to be their mother.

However, getting here, has been a journey of pain, agony, illnesses, hate, bitterness and then seeping out to being a helicopter mom, over-protectiveness and then just pure respect and love.  Loving being their friend as adults

The back story.

I was born to two parent that absolutely adored me!  However, they lost two children, one at the age of 8 in a car accident and the 2nd at the age of 28 to a completed suicide.  My parents loved the two of us remaining, however, they also were very depressed (mom) but oh how she loved God.  She put her faith in Him and she lived, knowing that it was #GodsPlans

My dad however, while a great dad, great provider, was hard to love.  He didn’t show love, he didn’t show affection.

Mom and Dad both ended up crippled for life from the car accident, but they both worked their tails off to give for us and give my remaining sister and me everything we wanted and needed and then our kids also.

So while I had role models, their model was not a true identity of who they were.  It was tainted. By life, by circumstances, by death, mostly..

Okay fast forward to me being 21.  I married the first person that asked me.  I thought I was in love with him.  We fought constantly, we fought hard.  He was a great provider, and when we did get along, we were fantastic.  However, we ended up pregnant and then it was only downhill from there.

We split up with my oldest son was 3 months old I went home for several years. “Let” my mother raise my son, except when convenient me to be a parent.   His Granny was the person he loved, he went to, and he looked up to as a parent.  Not me.  I was a passerby, they while I was there almost every day.  I didn’t take an active role in raising him.

That soon changed.  My mom was older and tired.  So she said no more, to me.  This was the best thing that ever happened to me.  When Brian was 3-year-old and being abandoned by his father and had been by his mother except hen convenient for them, we realized, hmm how many emotional issues does he have.  Hyperactivity (yes at 3) and as he grew, we also knew he was obsessive compulsive and oppositional (gee wonder why mom) and then dyslexic.

During this time from 3-5 for him, I also married again, got pregnant again (I will talk about that soon) and Brian was ecstatic, He had a parent that gave him the time of day.  I moved out from my parent’s home and soon had to parent.

I learned hard and fast, just how hard it was.

Okay back to the pregnancy.  When I found out I was pregnant again.  I cried, literally sat down and cried, because I did NOT want a 2nd child.  I couldn’t put enough time into the first one, much less a 2nd one.

Also during that time, I ended up divorced again.  *after only 6 months

David was sick from the get go.  Born a month premature, also with lung disease.  Born with sores all over his body from my water having broken early and not knowing it.

On the day of his birth Dec 21, I was alone.  I had gone to a routine apt and they said we are taking him now, Scared, terrified actually (way before cell phones) I tried to reach my parents, my mom was gone to the zoo with all of her grandkids, and my dad working, and I finally reached him.  By the time they did the C-section and I recovered, my aunt, my sister-in-law were there.  They told me how beautiful he was, red hair blue eyes.  Etc.  But it was Christmas time, and this particular hospital NICU was on a different floor.  I was not allowed to leave the floor without someone with me and he was not allowed to come up without someone with me (because of the C-section) I finally got to see my son after 5 days.  (His daddy never showed up, because he never received the message that I had given birth)

Finally get to come home from the hospital, and let me just say that a newborn a 5-year-old hyperactive boy and I was given out.  I made very bad choices in my life and not even a prayer to God for help, guidance and/or love I was lost totally.

By 6 weeks., David had pneumonia twice already and then ended up in the hospital.

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This was my wake up call.  To hear my baby in another room screaming from spinal taps, and IV’s and whatever else they did to him, I realized I had to wake up, be a parent and realize that my children needed to come first.

Then I get sick, with a devastating skin disease (yes there are those) and ended up with blood poisoning and was alone again and not able to parent right.  My oldest son, was my lifesaver, he took care of David, took care of me, and took care of our home.  He was amazing but just too much to be given to a then 6-year-old.  But by this time my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

So in a period of 6 years, I got married, had a baby, divorced, sister completed suicide,  married, pregnant, divorced, had a baby that was in NICU and then a baby that was seriously ill, I ended up seriously ill,  and a mother terminally ill then got REMARRIED (to the 2nd one again) and mom died, then…,. Husband was diagnosed with leukemia.

For several months on end, my children again had no parent with them. They lived with relatives again.

 

Okay, fast forward 20 plus years.  I am now the mother of 4 (my husband had two) and I am trying to be the best parent I can be.  I am in their life, I am madly in love with them, and I am so proud of their adult lives and enjoy my children.  They are such a blessing to me.

After years of learning disabilities, basketball games, cub scout and boy scout meetings and camp outs, and playing in the dirt, learning new things, struggling with chemistry, struggling with life choices, etc., my boys and daughter are the 4 blessings God has gifted me with that make my life so amazing

Then add in the 9 grandchildren.

I am so extremely blessed that my children still love me.  I have broken the cycle that we were in as a family.

I am continually amazed and #SurprisedbyMotherhood

Because as the mother of adult children, I can honestly say that I am so proud and so in love with those 4 Gifts from God.

I cannot even put into words how much I love them

 

Now the book Lisa-Jo Baker’s book Surprised by Motherhood, teaches that all moms will be #SurprisedbyMotherhood.  It’s what you get out of it, then give back that IS the gift.

Always He knits together what is separated, fractured, to create wholeness

I am encouraged by this book, but even more encouraged by the Gifts from God of motherhood, separation, reconciliation, and wholeness

It wasn’t pretty by any means, in fact it was downright dirty,

But now it’s whole, we have our issues, we have problems, we love deeply, but we love

Here is the trailer for the book Surprised by Motherhood.  I give this book 5 stars… IF I could give more I would!

 

Thank you Jesus for the gift of Tara, Brian, Paul and David.  Thank you for the gifts of my parents and for the gifts of teaching me what wasn’t right.

I may not can change what happened in their lives, but I can change what happens In THEIR kids’ lives to be that loving, kind, Memaw, that the kids can run to and take sanctuary is my #surprise

Because God gifts eternal forgiveness I know I can’t make it right, but I am forgiven.

 

Please get your copy of Surprised by Motherhood and know you will be blessed forever.  Your life will change from the words written on the pages there.  I have learned that no matter how messy it was, now it’s blessed by God and being a mom/Memaw is all I ever want to do

Purchase your copy of this book here

http://lisajobaker.com/surprised-by-motherhood/#

 

Get your sample of the first three chapters here

Sample Chapters

 

(copied from Lisa-Jo Baker)

Top 10 reasons moms are saying you should read this book:Because you need something to read when you are locking yourself in the bathroom for some quiet time – Angie click to tweet

  1. It’s a heart-to-heart from a friend who “gets it”- the hard, the hurt, and the heights of this mysterious messy miracle called motherhood. – Katie click to tweet
  2. Because no matter how old you are or how old your kids are, it still feels pretty fantastic to have someone tell you that motherhood (and you) deserve a medal, a superhero cape, and likely, a chocolate sundae. – Rebekah click to tweet
  3. Because it’s a reminder you’re doing holy work & also it’s OK to cry a bit when they get out of bed AGAIN.  – Alia click to tweet
  4. Because sometimes you need your friend to sit you down and tell you that what you’re doing right now – all of it – will build the love in our kids. – Andrea click to tweet
  5. Because it’s better than fried chicken. – Kate click to tweet
  6. Our mothering either comes from our own mom’s or in spite of them – Lisa-Jo’s journey is a beautiful combination of both. – Susan click to tweet
  7. Because Lisa-Jo really gets it… she gets the whole loving your kids and at the same time wanting to throw yourself on the floor and throw a tantrum of your own. – Julie click to tweet
  8. Because Mom’s need a guidebook, to go with their afternoon chocolate, while waiting in the school pick up line. – Kashoan click to tweet
  9. Because in my crazy, try harder life, I need a reminder that I really don’t want this mothering thing to be over. – Lori click to tweet

- See more at: http://lisajobaker.c
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Awaken DFW

Watch Priscilla here explain what Awaken is.

https://vimeo.com/86633838

Date: April 8, 2014
For information and registration click here. (registration is now closed, but I have ten more tickets. Just fill out the form below and we will make sure you receive a ticket. Thanks)

(Location)
First Baptist Church Dallas
1707 San Jacinto St
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Please send me your contact information and I will get you a ticket, or you are more than welcome to go with us and the group we have.

Five Minute Friday Mighty

Mighty

Big, strong, powerful

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Perfect descriptions for God

Isn’t His love for us so might, so powerful, so big, so strong.

Oh my, I just get so overwhelmed with tears when I think of how He died on the cross for me.

He came , he lived and he died.

That was His purpose. So I would have eternal life.

God gave me all of His mighty love in the form of His son Jesus Christ and I just can’t help but cry

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Offering by Paul Baloche
The sun cannot compare
The glory of Your love
There is no shadow in Your presence
No mortal man would dare
To stand before Your throne
Before the Holy One of heaven
It’s only by your blood
And it’s only by your mercy
Lord, I come
I bring an offering
Of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves
The praises that I sing
Jesus may you receive
The honor that You’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to you

 

all of this is through His MIGHTY Grace and Mercy

 

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

 

(this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just:

Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.

Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.

{And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post} Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url

 http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ } Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it
Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

Happy Birthday In Heaven Daddy

3-22-1931 my amazing dad was born to Johnny and Pearl Bates.
One of 5 kids and a mischievous, rambunctious young man
One story I’ve always been told is that daddy let his horse out just so he could meet my mama!!
So many more like this!!

Mama and daddy met through the horse then eventually wound up married.
Had 4 kids. Two of which are in heaven with him! As well as my mom!!

Dad was one of the strongest, giving men I know. He would give you the shirt off of his back and the last dime in his pocket

He was strict, very strict but oh how I loved that man

Happy birthday up in heaven daddy!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY I LOVE YOU

St Patrick’s Day Giveaway

http://vesselproject.com/st-patricks-day-giveaway-win-a-kindle-loaded-with-26-free-ebooks/#comment-826

http://vesselproject.com/st-patricks-day-giveaway-win-a-kindle-loaded-with-26-free-ebooks/

Enter to Win LPC St Patrick’s Day Giveaway

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How would you like to win a Kindle with 26 free ebooks?

I think I would be as close to heaven as I could get here on earth!!

I am so excited about this giveaway!

Go put your entries in.  Time is almost up!!!

Truck Pictures with Prices

1999 Dodge Ram V10

we will not sell the truck outright – I am disabled and will not pull anything.  You must do it all, so bring your tools!

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Please make me an offer if you don’t like the price.  Everything is negotiable

Pictures are as follows (if you click on the picture it will open up to a bigger picture)

The Transmission is good on this as well as some other parts under the hood, I personally couldn’t get it open so you will have to come look at thos

Back Seat Door Panels Lights Mirrors Receiver Hith Side Bar Side Steps Tailgate Tires

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Chrome Gas Cap 15.00

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ARMREST 15.00

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ALL THE SEATBELTS ARE AVAILABLE 30.00 FOR ALL 6 OR 10.00 EACH

 

Five Minute Friday – Crowd

Crowd

Noisy, Many, Jumbled, People, – Scared

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I despise crowds.  I get very anxious, start having palpitations and get very subdued, then end up in a panic attack usually.  Now this is a crowd where I don’t know anyone though…

Church, Sporting Events, that kind of thing, I am okay.  But put me in a crowd of people (to me, a crowd is two) and I literally lose it.  Yes I am agoraphobic.  

Let me stay in my little home all day long, order everything I need from the internet, go out to church, anything for my kids or grand-kids and dr’s appts (which send me over the edge also)

Crowds to me are the enemy.  They take me to a deep, dark place, that I have no control over, no matter how deep I breathe, no matter how much I count, no matter how “zen” I get.

Okay, now you know I am agoraphobic and get panic attack.  What do I do?

I pray.  The ONLY way I could get through anything scary to me.  Crowds, Elevators, Heights, Going Under Anesthesia.  Anything like that….  The unknown.

Aren’t we so blessed that God is a safe place, known, he loves us. 

I know for me, without God, I would never live through any of this….

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday

this is from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Blog that explains FMF)

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party).

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

Your words. This shared feast.

It’s easy to join in, just:

  1. Check what the prompt is on my Lisa Jo Baker’s Blog.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. {And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post}
  4. Link over to Lisa’s blog and invite friends to join in.
  5. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url  http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ }
  6. Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of Lisa’ Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  7. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky.
  8. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky.
  9. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community

 

 

 

Best Hot Sauce Ever

when I was in school, we HAD to take 2 sciences.  State Texas said we did.  Yes, only two!

I took Physical Science one year then took Biology.

I hated everything about my Biology class, the subject matter, (pun intended) dissecting, experiments, the time of the class (right after lunch) blech., can you imagine.  eating lunch, then going to dissect a frog.,

Everything that is but my teacher.  Mr. Larry Chambless

He was an incredible teacher.  Funny, quiet, reserved, Christian.

I never really realized what a great teacher he was till I was out of his classroom.

He also made the BEST hot sauce I’ve ever had.

Mr. Chambless’ Salsa recipe1 32oz Hunts Tomato Sauce

2 – 16oz stewed tomatoes

Small Cilantro Bunch

2 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 medium onion

2-4 pickled jalapenos

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp pepper

Blend ingredients together. Enjoy.

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Tyndale Rewards

Want to earn your way to free Bible(s) or fiction books?

Go check out http://tyndalerewards.com/

 I am almost 1/2 to getting one of the Bibles I have saved for!! 

Can’t wait to get it in soon!

 

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