Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thy Word

Thy Word
Based on Psalm 119:105 by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid,
And think I’ve lost my way.
Still, you’re there right beside me.
Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near;
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.

I will not forget
Your love for me and yet,
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus by my guide,
And hold me to your side,
And I will love you to the end.

Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near;
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
And a light unto my path.
You’re the light unto my path.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A little of this, some of that

I have a little of this and a little of that going on this week in The Crafty Dad and Daughter land. We're prepping for nine shows for September - December plus getting a booth in a store locally.

I need to update the website, but I have more photos up (or going up next week) on the Facebook page.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Lynette doesn’t remember that tragic day her mother died, but her nightmares plague her and remind her of her unraveled family. When Lynette’s family’s tragic past begins to resurface, can Nick help her remember the things she can’t? Add Catherine West’s new book, The Things We Knew, to the top of your must-read stack. Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.


(Thomas Nelson, July 2016)
A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.
But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.
But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.


Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

Find out more about Catherine at

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Janine Mendenhall’s ‘Starving Hearts’ Prize Pack Giveaway

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine's blog.

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(Heritage Beacon Fiction, May 2016)
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage.
She yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .
Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.
Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter’s faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?


Janine Mendenhall teaches teens English, of all things! Sometimes she sleeps, but most nights she reads, writes, or watches movies like Pride and Prejudice and claims she’s researching her next book. “Splickety Love” and “Splickety Prime” have published her flash fiction. She and her husband, Tom, live in North Carolina where they and their two golden retrievers help gratify the needs of their five children and two cats.
Find out more about Janine at

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What’s really keeping you from enjoying a better marriage?

Part 2 of an interview with Rhonda Stoppe
Author of If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy

“If my husband would change, I’d be happy” and “I’m falling out of love with him” are among several common myths that lead women to search for marital happiness in all the wrong places.

In If My Husband Would Change, I’d be Happy (Harvest House), author Rhonda Stoppe shares, with candor and humor, how to enrich the relationship between husband and wife (even if he doesn’t change). Along the way readers will find many helpful stories and real-life examples from other couples and discover:

  • How to deal with unfulfilled longings
  • The secret to keeping your husband’s attention
  • 10 keys to a happy marriage

Q: What is the biggest problem with believing our partner is responsible for our happiness? Where should we be looking to find happiness?

We are all created to long to find our happiness and significance in relationship. Every happily-ever-after princess story affirms this longing in our hearts. But we were made to find true joy and worth, not in relationship with another person, but in relationship with our Creator.
In the Garden, sin stole away the intimacy with the Lord we were created to enjoy. In our sinful state, we look to a person to do for us what only God can do. When we look to our husbands to make us happy, we are asking them to be our god. When we surrender our hearts to Christ and spend the rest of our lives learning to love Him with all our being, we will enjoy true happiness and will learn to love our husbands — and our children — with His perfect, selfless love. And we will have no regrets.

Q: How would you respond to the wife who is beginning to believe she married the wrong person or would be happier married to someone else?

God created you with a need to be loved and feel significant. But He never intended you to fulfill those desires through marriage. Rather He wants to fulfill the longings of your heart with Himself. The problem is that sin stole mankind’s desire for intimacy with the Creator. And now, because of your sin — and mine — we focus on self and struggle with self-worship. In this state of self-love, you are susceptible to think, “I deserve to be happy. I would be happier with someone else.” In this vulnerable state, when one relationship fails to make you feel complete, there is a temptation to replace it with another — and often yet another.

The only way to guard against having a distorted sense of love and self-worth is to have a healthy personal relationship with Jesus. When you determine to find your joy in Christ, you will be set free from looking to others to fill the void only God can satisfy.

Q: What are some of the other myths about marriage you explore in the book?

I address ten myths wives believe about marriage. A few of the highlights include:

- I’ll respect him when he earns my respect
- If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy
- Our marriage would be better if bad things would stop happening
- More money equals less stress
- All he wants is sex when you long for romance 

Q: A term sure to ruffle feathers with some women is “unconditional respect” for her husband. From a Christian perspective, what does this mean within a marriage?

Just as deeply as wives long to be loved without condition, husbands desire to receive unconditional respect from their wives. And it is God who made us with these unique longings. Women tend to nurture and mother the people they care about. But your husband doesn’t need a mom. He wants a wife who believes in him, relies on him and celebrates his accomplishments.

When a man feels disrespected by his wife he tends to pull away and not show her the love she craves. And when a wife does not feel loved by her husband she will respond by being disrespectful to her husband. All it takes is one person in the marriage to make the first move toward meeting the other’s God-given need. My husband and I have watched failing marriages be turned around when a wife determines to obey God’s mandate to show her husband unconditional respect.

Q: Does humor play any kind of role in a healthy marriage? If so, how?

Remember when you were dating? How did you spend your time together as a couple? I imagine your courtship hours were spent talking, laughing and playing together as a couple. While the talking and listening you experienced likely filled your romance tank, laughing and playing together would likely have ranked number one on your husband’s romance chart.

Why is it when we get married, we take off our playful hats and put on the “there’s work to do” hat? I know there is a lot of work that needs to be accomplished — especially after having children — but don’t forget the importance of a home filled with laughter. When was the last time you laughed out loud at a joke your husband told, even though you knew what the punch line would be? Determine to grace your husband with your laughter. In turn you will raise children who enjoy laughing. Your home will be characterized as a place of joy to your kids. And they will want to bring their friends home to enjoy your laughter as well. Laugh out loud. You won’t regret it!

Q: Explain what you mean when you write, “The key to loving your husband does not lie in how well he measures up to your expectations but in how well you love God.”

In Mark chapter 12, Jesus said the ultimate priority of life is to love God with all of your being. When you do so, you will find yourself enabled to obey the second greatest commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). In this case your neighbor is your husband. I am confident pursuing intimacy with God was the most important influence in transforming my marriage, and that can be true for you too. When your love for God is right, He will help you love your husband for who he is and not who you wish he would be.
When wives learn that the secret to their happiness is not found in how their husband measures up to their expectations, they have discovered the first step toward building a no-regrets marriage.

Q: What are the three steps to a happy marriage?

1)  Realize that the longing you have to be happy and valued can only be satisfied in a relationship with your Creator.

2)  Seek godly mentors to help you learn to love your husband the way God intends for you to love him. Look for women whose marriages have grown more loving throughout time — marriages you want to emulate — and then make friends with those women. Spend time with them as a couple. Ask for help.

3)  When you make the priority of life to love God with all of your being by knowing Him through the pages of Scripture, and spend time in prayer, you will have discovered the secret to loving your husband with God’s perfect love. When you love with God’s love you will enjoy a marriage that reflects true joy and happiness.

Q: Why is it important for young married couples to have older couples in their lives as mentors?

As a young bride, I knew I was not the wife I had hoped I would be. I would buy books about being a better wife, but I soon learned the books did not have the power to change me. My husband and I were in youth ministry, so I looked to the marriages of the parents of the teens for help. The Bible calls the older women to teach the younger how to love their husbands and their children, so I asked women with marriages I wanted to emulate to be my Titus 2 mentors. What I learned from these women transformed my marriage and my parenting.

In answer to God’s mandate to be a Titus 2 mentor, I now write and speak to help women build “no-regrets lives.” Imagine if you had your own personal marriage mentor. In If My Husband Would Change, I’d be Happy, I pass on the biblical principles toward a happy marriage I learned from these Titus 2 women.
Make friends with couples who have their hearts set on eternity and learn from their example. In one of the chapters, readers will find a list of eight insights to a happy marriage that I learned from these godly mentors.

Q: Each chapter contains wonderful love stories. Which one is your favorite?

There are so many wonderful love stories woven through the pages of If My Husband Would Change, I’d be Happy: Spurgeon, George Mueller, Priscilla & Aquila. But I think my favorite (besides mine and Steve’s love story that is all through the book) is the story of the Apostle Peter and his wife on the last day of their lives together, as it was observed by the Roman historian Eusebius.

“The blessed Peter, seeing his own wife led away to execution, was delighted, on account of her calling and return to her country, and that he cried to her in a consolatory and encouraging voice, addressing her by name: ‘Oh thou, remember the Lord!’ Such was the marriage of these blessed ones.”

Can you imagine the final moment between Peter and his wife?  How their eyes must have communicated volumes to each other as she was marched toward her execution? What courage she must have received to hear her sweet husband proclaim, “Remember the Lord!” as she was escorted along the path to her death. Did Peter’s words remind her that in a few moments the Lord would be waiting to receive her into His kingdom?

Learn more about more about If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy and Rhonda Stoppe at, on Facebook (RhondaStoppeLiveDeliberately) and on Twitter (@RhondaStoppe).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Enough is enough! #bachelorinparadise

Tonight's dramatic new episode of Bachelor in Paradise. Some of these people need to be weeded out. Ashley needs to be really sent home and no one let her come back.

It's morning, and everyone is talking about Izzy. Everyone thought she and Vinny were the tightest couple there, but Izzy wants to see if anything is there with Brett.

Here's Carly in her infinite wisdom reminding viewers that she was caught off guard way too late last year with Kirk.

Vinny goes and finds Izzy to have a heart to heart. He thought they were on the same page, but the look on her face is saying, "oh, please." Izzy said she was on the same page until Brett, a guy she doesn't know, walked in. Now she thinks maybe they weren't after all. Now they are both crying. Everyone on this show cries. Vinny tells her that he is going home. She wants him to stay. Let's see if the crowd talks him into it. 

Izzy loves him and thinks he deserves more than what she just did. 

He does get in a car and leaves. 

Evan believes now that they have all witnessed the first big break-up, things are getting real. Josh and Amanda tell Izzy they are there for her. Jared reflects that this could happen to any one of them.

The next arrivals are actually Jade and Tanner, there to show them how love in Paradise can work out. 

The two love birds hope others can find the same happiness that they did. They are going to talk to each couple and see how they are all doing. The couple they think has the best potential to make it last after the show will get the date card they have.

First up, Carly and Evan. I still think Carly lost her mind, and I liked Carly. She tells them the two of them are different than her relationship was last time. She's been way more cautious. Tanner observes that Carly is trying really hard to like Evan because Evan really likes her. Nice observation Tanner. I don't think she really likes him either.

Then, Grant and Lace. They haven't had an official date that wasn't a double date. They talk about Grant having already said, "I love you," while Lace isn't ready to say it yet. It's very obvious they aren't in the same place right now. The two talk more when they get through with Jade and Tanner and it is awkward. She's not convinced they should be together. Grant wonders if their fate is the same as Izzy and Vinny's. 

They ice past Carl and his twin. I seriously can't keep them straight. Emily, right?

Next, Josh and Amanda come up for air long enough to have a conversation. Amanda explains he was the first to arrive (so was Jade), she dated Nick first, then connected with Josh. Tanner points out Josh beat out Nick again. Josh and his big smile talk about how great Amanda is. Josh begs for a date. Tanner thinks he's putting on too much. Jade shrugs.

Nick and Jennifer take their turn. Their whole four-day relationship. Nick talks about how before he had intense feelings though he realized it worked out for the best. He's approaching it different this time. 

Jared and Caila go to talk to Jade and Tanner while Ashley tells the camera how much she hopes they don't get the date card. Jade says they are glad to see the two of them together because they looked like such a good match on paper. Caila says it's working out so far. They talk about their horseback date. It's only been four days they have been together. It seems like a lot longer than that. It's been four episodes. 

Ashley goes to talk to Jade and Tanner by herself. Jade asks what her biggest hope and her biggest nightmare this would be. Her biggest fear, of course, is Jared ending up engaged. Ashley tells them she thinks Caila is a fake and that Jared is more into her than she is to him. Sabotage. 


The date card goes to Jared and Caila, hoping that they will fall in love where they (Tanner and Jade) did.

That night, Jennifer wants to know what Nick is thinking. She notices a wall today. Nick didn't think there was a wall. What does the woman expect after four days? 

Ok, so the date. Caila in her voice over says she's ready for Ashley to go if she's going to try to mess everything up. Jared brings up Ashley and assures her that though they are friends, that's it. He isn't interested in Ashley and doesn't want her hindering things. It's raining, so they seek shelter. No, wait, they decide to strip to their underwear and go swimming. Or wade out in icky water. 

Ashley is back at HQ whining and crying to herself. "Oh, I'm so not sexy and ugly and wah, wah, wah."

The next day, Carly and Evan are chatting by the pool. Carly thinks they are still very friend zone and that even exudes zero swag. She needs him to try to be sexy. That would scare me, quite frankly.

The twins find a date card. They read it in unison, "Evan - Choose a woman to join you for an ancient ceremony."

Evan turns to Carly and asks him to go with him. He thinks Carly wants him to be chill. He can probably put more enthusiasm in it.

As they walk up to the location of their date, it's a village and the natives perform a ceremony to release negative energy. Carly says it's right up Evan's alley because he loves weird stuff. As the drums are beat and the smoke floats up in a really small brick hut, they are urged to tell the truth. He loves that she accepts his crazy. (She's trying.)

Carly is impressed with how he looks at her, like she is the most beautiful girl in the world. She says she falls for him more every day. They poor steamy water on each other.

Back at the house, Ashley is still obsessed over how she could make out with Jared's mind. For some reason he talks to her amidst the group. He needs to run. Ashley tries to plant seeds of doubt about Caila's sincerity in his mind. Jared runs upstairs to talk to Caila. Caila starts to realize Ashley tried to get to Jared by saying that he may be more into Caila than Caila is to him.

Caila has had enough. She was friends with Ashley before, but isn't going to let her get in middle of what she's trying to have with Jared. Caila is like, "quit trying to get in middle." Ashley is like, "Jared may always trust me more."

I wish they would get in an actual cat fight.

That's it for the week!  There needs to be more rose ceremonies. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Go home! No, you go home! #bachelorinparadise

So, I get in from having dinner out with my parents and sit down to start Bachelor in Paradise forty minutes late so live Tweeting is out. That's ok. One less thing to pull my attention away and I can fast forward through the commercials.

Suddenly, my head starts to ache. It must be the mere thought of watching. I'm into self-inflicted torture, obviously.

Tonight starts with Ashley I aka Ash Kardash crying her eyes out because Jared's just not that into her. Jared has his head in his hands, probably crying himself. Ash is going on about a glimmer. Jared angrily asks, "so why did you come?"

"To get over you."

Jared is ready to go home, letting her know that this is unfair to both of them to have to go through all this. Ash tells him that every time he walks out of a room she misses him.


Jared tells Ash Kardash that he likes Caila, he's been as blunt as he can, he cares for her, but not romantically.

"Are you sure you're never going to care for me more?"

Will he go home to escape Ash or will he stick around to get to know Caila. He tells Caila, "don't worry about Ashley. I want to be here for you."

Now she's laugh crying saying she'd rather be in a body cast than watch Jared with Caila. Whether it's edited in or not, you can hear crying in the background. It's so annoying.

Finally, we get attention away from Ash, we see the twins doing their Riverdance routine.

Now, on to Carly and Evan. Carly says something about her boobs might possibly fall out at some time. She realizes that she had been pushing him away when she shouldn't have. She doesn't mind kissing him so much anymore. Or she just wants a rose and she is faking it, just like he faked his injury last week. He just admitted it to the camera in his interview.

Carly proclaims it an odd rose ceremony. Daniel is pretty much the only one with a rose up for grabs. He's going to let the women come to him. Sarah does come to him with a half birthday cake she made for his half birthday.

After licking her frosting off her fork, Sarah asks Daniel if he wants to lick frosting off of her. In what my third grade kids at church would say, he burns her by saying, "it depends on if you took a shower."

The twins don't want to leave, so they are going to have to work some magic. They don't think they can top the cake, so they debate which of them has to kiss Daniel in an effort to save them both. Haley draws the short straw. She has a look on her face that isn't convincing when she says she wants to get to know him more. Haley says she would ask him out if she got a date card and to prove her interest, gives him a quick kiss.

Ash is still crying. Now she's crying to Jorge. He looks like he'd rather pass a kidney stone. Daniel goes to talk to Ashley, ay. (So Canadian.) He tries to give her a pep talk. He's also crude in his interview to the camera about why he wouldn't mind getting with her.

Daniel comes back, squeezes in between the twins, and Sarah says, "you know what would be nice from a guy that likes me? That he would come sit by me."

He doesn't move.

Finally, it's rose time!

Ash wants earplugs so she doesn't have to hear Jared's words. So immature.

  1. Grant is still with crazy Lace.
  2. Josh and Amanda (GO HOME TO YOUR KIDS!)
  3. Nick and Jennifer (That's her name, right? I still don't remember her.)
  4. Vinny and Izzy
  5. Evan and Carly
  6. Jared chooses Caila.
  7. Daniel is up last, and everyone is waiting to see if he's still playing around. Is he good with Sarah? He went on a date with Ash. Haley kissed him. He picks Haley, and by extension Emily. 
Sarah should have stuck with Christian last week. Wrong move. She needs a man not on this show to accept her instead of sticking her neck out on Paradise. She rides off in tears.

Ash Kardash loads up in her car. She ugly cries the ugliest cry and makes awful noises. She asks the driver to stop the car. She can't leave like this. 

Ash walks back in. Nick groans. No one is excited, to say the least. 

"Tonight I had a conversation that should have been had a long time ago... Would you all let me have a second chance to come back with an open mind?"

The look on Josh's face is hilarious. The twins say, "yes." Everyone joins in agreeing. 



The next day, Nick isn't buying what Ash is selling. She needs a guy to come.

In walks Carl. I have no memory whatsoever of Carl, and neither does anyone else. They say he's from Andi's season. All the women think he's hot. I'm old, I guess.

Emily is convinced he is her type. She tells him she is the only one who has not gone on a date. Carl doesn't even read the card out loud. Emily has done his convincing.

Next, Brett shows up with a lamp, just like he did on Andi's season. I didn't remember that, but thank goodness for clips from the past.

Now everyone thinks he is hot. Even Izzy who has Vinny. Brett talks to the guys with his date card in hand. Brett was interested in Caila and tries to decide if he's going to make a snag. He asks Caila to talk. (Jared looks defeated immediately.) Brett asks Caila if she came in with any expectations or wanting anyone in particular to be there. As a hairstylist, he likes her hair. 

Ash tells Brett to ask out who he wants to ask out. She thinks if Brett asks Caila out, she might get Jared's attention. Jared sees this coming when Brett makes the invite official. He can't make it off set fast enough. 

Caila does want to talk to Jared before they go. He admits that he doesn't want her to go on the date with Brett, but it's up to her to make the best decision for her. Caila decides she wants to stay and hang out with Jared. Whoops, no, she changes her mind. She wants to go on the date after all. 

No, I was wrong. She goes back to the bar and tells Brett she thinks she wants to stay here. "Wanna talk?" So, she goes off with Brett and tells him she is unsure. She's back to wanting to go. Then, she swings back the other way again. 

Everyone listening is confused. 

Jared asks Carly if he deserves all of this. After all, he went out with a few girls last season and broke it off every time.

So, the double dates... Emily can't remember her date's name. A fun time seems to be had by all on the dance floor. Then a booze cruise. 

Nick and Carly talk about the Ashley/Jared/Caila situation. Suddenly, I think Nick and Carly should be a couple. 

Ashley tries to comfort Jared while Caila is away. "How can I distract you?" Like a novel, she thinks she can gain the love of the guy who isn't into her. 

The date... Emily and Carl are getting their dirty dancing on. Caila isn't enjoying the the cruise. Brett starts to think that she is not only not into the cruise, but isn't into him either. She tells Brett she thinks she may have made a mistake. 

Upon their return, Caila wants to talk to Jared. Ashley thinks Jared is going to get dumped. Caila just wants to not have pressure on herself. Caila says she wished she had stayed behind and got to know him better.

Ashley is crushed. Again. The whole, "how can people be so close yet not able to be together," bit which she's done numerous times during this one episode. 

Later that night, one of the twins, Haley this time? I still can't tell them apart. Anyway, Haley is talking to Brett about how weird Daniel is. The two may end up together. 

Next to arrive is someone else no one remembers, Ryan from Kaitlyn's season. Even Ryan knows he isn't memorable. He arrives with a date card and goes off with Jared to talk about what's going on. Ryan was looking for Sarah (sorry, she left) and Haley. Jared talks him into talking to Ashley saying their personalities fit. Jared must not be the friend Ryan thought he was. 

Ryan does talk Ashley off to talk, and all she talks about is how obsessed she is with Jared. Ryan figures out what Jared was trying. He walks away from that conversation and goes right up to Haley to see if she wants to go on the date. Daniel calls Ryan a "silver fox," and is none too happy that someone is swooping in on Haley. (Yes, there is some silver in his beard, but that's it.)

Haley is glad to get away from Daniel. They have a horse date. This is brand new for her, but Ryan knows what he's doing. Haley may be in love already.

In other news, Grant is realizing how much he is really falling for Lace. He's going to take her on their own special date. He arranges for a couple's massage. Then, hot tub time. He drops the L word. After all, they practically live together now. Happy tears from Lace. She's not quite to the love point yet though she is falling for him.

Meanwhile, Vinny thinks he and Izzy are strong. Izzy has certain doubts, especially with Brett on the scene. The barber vs. the hair stylist. Later in the evening, Izzy pulls Brett off to talk. After talking, she pulls off Vinny for a conversation. She tells Vinny her heart kind of flipped when she saw Brett and wants to be honest. She doesn't know how she feels. Vinny may be in tears now. 

The next morning, Vinny is crushed and about to start crying when someone rubs his back. (Carly, in her ever present wisdom, thinks it's shady Izzy might change her mind just based on a guy's looks.) Brett and Izzy barely talked, and no one has broken anyone up yet. Vinny is ready to leave. He wants some closure. He hunts Izzy down and asks to talk to her in the treehouse. 

And with that... it's to be continued until tomorrow night. 

Except closing out the show with a blooper of Carl talking to the wrong twin about their date.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Unto Thee Oh Lord

Unto Thee, Oh Lord

By Charles F. Monroe
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

(women echo)
Unto Thee Oh Lord,
Do I lift up my soul.
Unto Thee Oh Lord,
Do I lift up my soul.

Oh my God, (women echo)
I trust in Thee, (women echo)
Yea, let me not be ashamed,
Let not my enemies triumph over me.

(women echo)
Yea let none that wait,
On thee be ashamed.
Yea let none that wait,
On thee be ashamed.

(women echo)
Remember not,
The sins of my youth.
Remember not,

The sins of my youth.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

No concept of time

If it weren't for the temperature outside, sometimes I wonder if I know what time of the year it would be. Other than the office being so stinkin' hot, summer means nothing to a childless person for the most part.

Yet, I hear it's back to school time. ;)

This weekend in the crafty studio I painted a letter for a friend's classroom. Yes, it's blurry. Way to go go phone camera.

It's this time of year I think back to 15 years ago when I tried teaching. It did not go well. Sometimes I still have nightmares. 

Back to fall... I also worked on more pumpkins with fall phrases. Thankfully we had a big weather break here in Texas and it has felt more like fall. I wish it would stay that way.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ace Collins’ ‘Service Tails’ Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack

Fall in love with these remarkable service dogs and their stories of courage, faith, and loyalty in Ace Collins' new book, Service Tails. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

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(Abingdon Press, August 2016)
Heart-tugging true stories of the courage, faith, and loyalty of remarkable service dogs.
Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.
Ace Collins


Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.
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