Sunday, January 25, 2015

Awesome God

Live from the Red Sea, it's "Awesome God!"

Awesome God

By Rich Mullins
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!

Friday, January 23, 2015

I wouldn't mind going into hibernation

I don't think I have talked about the debacle at my house over the past few weeks.

The week of Christmas I noticed a wet spot in the carpet behind the shelf that holds my TV in my bedroom. It sits at an angle, so I saw behind it one morning while straightening my hair.

I didn't see anything wet in the bathroom on the other side of the wall, so I kept an eye, and a towel, on it.

I had been watching it, and feeling around my dresser to make sure no other carpet was wet. By Sunday, there was wet carpet alongside my dresser. I pulled the dresser out and it had been wet behind it.

It took days to track down a plumber who would come out. Finally, on Friday (the day after New Year's) a plumber came out and determined it was a leak in the toilet seal. However, they didn't have a wax ring and had to come back the next morning. (So much for sleeping in.)

Meanwhile during that week, we had to get the dresser out of there. It had started to mildew on the bottom and the fake wood veneer was peeling off on the ends. It set for several days upside down in my dining room until I finally dragged it out to the sunroom until I can do something with it. I think Dad is going to spray paint over some of the mold or something. I really don't know. You can see water damage on both ends and all along the front and it irks me.

What that means is that I have six drawers from the dresser spread around. One drawer sits atop my chest of drawers, two in my closet, and three stuck under/tucked around the edges of the bed in my guest room. Two are in the closet because they had been in the floor, and I almost broke my foot one night in the dark after getting up to go to the bathroom.

So back to the plumbers. They came out. Fixed the seal, and went on their merry way.

I called and scheduled the carpet cleaners to come out and clean the floor.

Two days later, I noticed my carpet was wet again. There was also water coming up from underneath a tile in the bathroom. That was something I'd only seen once before they had come out.

I had to cancel the carpet cleaners because I still had a problem.

When the plumbers came back out again, they didn't think it was trapped water from before though they assured me there had been a ring leak. (I think the ring got loosened for another reason - not that Dad hadn't set it right when he fixed the time.)

They really started looking for the leak, and pulled back my carpet. They then realized there has also been a leak in the wall for who knows how long. So, they said they had some jobs to finish and would come back.

I heard not a word for two weeks. I had to keep the carpet partially pulled back to keep it dry.

It wasn't until they finally came back earlier this week that I turned by bed a different direction, up close to the wall so they'd have room to work. Tuesday they came over and put the hole you see in the picture above in the wall to fix it.

I've had to lean folded tables against the wall to try to block out cold air this week. There's a guy coming by 9:30 tomorrow morning to fix the hole. (So much for sleeping in.)

I think I'm just going to have to keep my bed turned until the carpet cleaners come on Thursday. I'm going to make sure my wall gets patched, and I have a chance to paint it after the texture dries, before they come out.

Who knows what I'm going to do about the dresser, and when I'm going to do it. I'm so ready to put my house back in order.

And let me tell you, the crazies have been out in full force at work this week. I can't even share all of that. I'm so very glad it is Friday.  I'm ready to go into hibernation, but don't know when I'm going to get around to that.

It's all a matter of perspective though. Hole in the wall, moldy furniture, the need for a vacation... None of that compares to the horrible week a friend of mine has had. She's had to deal with far worse than I have. Far worse.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank goodness I find it relaxing

This week has been on the nuts end of the spectrum, so I sure am glad I find crocheting to be stress relieving.

Of these projects here though, I made three of them while on the youth retreat last weekend. One item had been on the list to make for a while, and my mom claimed one for herself. She asks all dramatic about, "oh, you finally made one for me." All she had to do was ask.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cindy Vincent’s The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues

Will Buckley and Bogey, cat detectives, be able to crack the case of the stolen statues? Find out in Cindy Vincent’s The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues, the third book in The Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers series.

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{More about The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues}

Buckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next big case with the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency to be their most complicated ever! It all starts when someone hides a mysterious package in their Mom's antique store - in the middle of the night! Of course, the boys find it, and put it in a nice, safe place, until they can open it . . . and, find the rightful owner. But that's when a whole bunch of suspicious people show up in St. Gertrude, and every single one of them seems to be after that package! Holy Catnip! Plus, everything happens just when a priceless, jeweled statue collection goes on display at the St. Gertrude Museum. Missing from that collection are two jewel covered cat statues that disappeared almost a hundred and fifty years ago. But soon Buckley and Bogey wonder how long those statues will stay missing. Because this is one case that really keeps them on their paws! From a trip to the Museum, and to an old church for the Blessing of the Animals; and from dinosaurs to diamonds, they end up dodging shady suspects the whole time. It sure helps to have their friends with them, especially when the bad guys make a beeline for boys. That's because it becomes very clear, very quick -- the priceless cat statues aren't the only cats those crooks are after! Holy Mackerel! 

{More About Cindy Vincent}

Cindy Vincent was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She holds an M.A.Ed, and is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper books, the Daisy Diamond Detective book series, and the "Cats are Part of His Kingdom, Too: 33 Daily Devotions to Understanding God’s Love." She lives with her husband and the real, live Buckley and Bogey, who run surveillance on her house each and every night. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New from Quilts of Love | A Stitch in Crime Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. Thea's first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens... with far worse results.


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ASIC ElliottNew from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series
Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!
Thea James has accepted an assignment as co‑chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.
Mary‑Alice Wentworth, a much‑loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick‑off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?
When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary‑Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.


Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night‑owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

There should be a jar for kisses

What craziness will Farmer Chris face tonight? Will Ashley S. survive another week?

This week may be more interesting than last week with the Jimmy Kimmel in middle of the dates. The previews have the women calling Chris on all of his kissing. You go girls!

The show opens with Jimmy Kimmel waking Chris up one morning. He's not quite sure what to think being woken up in this manner. While he shakes himself from a deep sleep, Jimmy wanders over to the mansion to greet the "sister wives." Jimmy claims he's going to take each woman to the fantasy suite to try them out for Chris.

Jimmy institutes the "Amazing Jar." Every time a woman says "amazing," they have to put a dollar in the jar. He has a point. The word is overused.

Jimmy and Chris Harrison leave the ladies to read the first date card.

"Dear Kaitlyn -- You and Chris are about to join an exclusive club. Sweeping views, vaulted ceilings..."

When they head out on the date, Chris has no clue where they are going. Their limo pulls up at Costco. Well, you do have to have a membership.

A note from Jimmy includes a shopping list. They are supposed to be cooking dinner for Jimmy that night, so need to be prepared. And buy enough ketchup to fill a hot tub. They buy tables, chairs, an office chair per Jimmy's request. Shopping is a very normal life activity, so you might as well make the best of it.

They find themselves squished up in an inflatable contraption and some kids roll them down the aisle. I'm surprised a massive make-out session didn't ensue.

Kaitlyn enjoys the normalcy of the date and thinks cooking together is romantic. I would think it would be a chore. While they are waiting for Jimmy to arrive, they sit around and chat. And kiss because this is Chris who kisses everyone. (At least Juan Pablo didn't do that.)

Once they really get caught up in their make out session, Jimmy arrives. Jimmy quizzes Kaitlyn which is probably a good way to learn more about her. She's dated a farmer before.  He even sits between the two of them at the table and asks uncomfortable questions revolving the fantasy suite and sex. They try to make jokes, but at the root are probably uncomfortable.

Back at the mansion, another date card arrives

"Britt, Jillian, Becca, Tracy, Mackenzie, Kelsey, Amber, Ashley S., Juelia, Samantha, Nikki, and Carly. Are you ready to meet some really party animals? Best regards, Jimmy."

Carly has not had a date yet and is sure this one is going to be AMAZING. Insert dollar into jar. 

Back on the date, Jimmy pulls out the date rose. Chris starts this sappy speech, only to be interrupted by Jimmy. Chris throws out some AMAZINGs and owes the jar some money. He does manage to ask her to accept the date rose. They end up finishing their make out session in the hot tub minus ketchup. Oh, there's Jimmy on the other side of the hot tub. Proof the whole show is staged.

Evidently, while everyone else goes about their daily activities, Jillian is working out all day every day. Just another way to intimidate the others. She's kind of scary. After that strangely timed look into Jillian, we arrive on the group date.

Jimmy introduces the women to some insane version of the farming Olympics. Jillian is ready to compete (and her butt is always sticking out of her shorts - black box again). The first round is shucking corn.

Jillian is the first to finish her corn and move on to the chicken round. The women have to get an egg from the chicken coop and break it into a frying pan without breaking the yolk (which disqualifies Mackenzie).

Six women make it to the goat milking stage, where they not only have to get enough milk to fill a jar up to a line, they have to drink it. Carly is the first to the chug her milk. Kelsey has to gag hers down.

The next round is shoveling a wheelbarrow full of manure. Then the first four who finish have to chase and catch a big.

Carly is first. (The other competitors were Jillian, Kelsie and I'm not really sure. I don't recognize the back of her head yet, but I think it was Samantha. It could have been Nikki.) UPDATE: It was Nikki. She liked a picture I posted on Instagram with a #bachelor hasthtag and had her own pic up from the segment.

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Part of Carly's prize is to pose with Chris for a recreation of Grant Wood's American Gothic painting. The artist was from Iowa, and it's a big deal in Iowa. (I saw huge statues when I was there.) It depicts a farmer and his old maid daughter. However, most people think it is husband and wife. Knowing it isn't husband and wife --- and people in Iowa probably know it --- I think ABC should have done their research.

The evening portion of the date can't even get started before Carly pulls him off to talk. She is not going to miss her opportunity to talk and get her kiss.

When Amber gets her chance to talk, she asks him to dance and pretend it is their wedding dance. They kiss too.

And he kisses the next girl... In his speech to the camera, he says that's what he's there for and will take advantage of the opportunities.

Mackenzie no longer feels special, assuming she got the first kiss on the first date. I don't know why you're so sure of that Mackenzie... I'm pretty sure you were NOT the first one in the house to kiss him. Britt took care of that on the very first night.

When Mackenzie has her turn to talk to Chris, she decides to be blunt and ask why he is kissing everyone. He hem haws a little trying to come up with an answer.

However, Britt is a little confused about how she feels about it knowing kissing Chris doesn't really make you special.

Becca thinks she is having a special moment before hugging him. She tells him she'd like to kiss him, but doesn't want to rush anything.

Back at the mansion, since Whitney didn't get a date last week (who would want to hear her voice for a whole date?), she is one of 5 hoping her name is on the next card.

"Dear Whitney... Today is going to be fun. No whining. XO Jimmy"

Ironic card given the sound of her whiny voice. 

At the end of the group date, it's time for the rose. Chris says AMAZING a couple of times, getting a ding sound effect each time. Becca gets the rose. It seems all the aggressive moves by Kaitlyn backfired on her.

The next day, Chris and Whitney are wearing matching pink to enjoy their day at a winery. Whitney asks what Chris is looking for in a woman. A girl who can roll the cob. He asks if she knows what that means. It's a go with the flow and shoot the breeze kind of person.

Behind them, a wedding is starting. She decides she wants to crash it and catch the bouquet. YOLO! she claims. He's more nervous about crashing than she is. It's broad daylight at that point, so they must have just been setting up at the time. That evening, they have changed clothes, bought a gift and show up at the reception.

Nervous that someone might recognize Chris, they make up a story that they have already filmed the show, and the two of them are now engaged. They fake like they know the happy couple and dance the night away. After the awkwardness of talking to people, they appear to have had a terrific time. When is Jimmy going to show up on this date?

The amazing bell rings a lot. Someone owes the jar some money.

Whitney, of course, gets the rose. She plans to invite Nick and Shannon to their wedding.

Jimmy Kimmel is back in the next scene, showering with Chris in the outdoor shower, so I really don't understand why he didn't show up at the wedding.

Jimmy does his best Chris Harrison, telling the women there will not be a cocktail party tonight. Instead there will be a pool party today.

Ashley I. is upset that she doesn't get to try out her Kardashian look at the party tonight.

When Chris arrives, they all become obsessed with his abs. Kaitlyn describes it as sharks on a sea lion.

Juelia wants to pull Chris away to talk more about her situation and her husband's suicide. She goes into lots of detail. It's very awkward. I'm not sure why she goes into so much detail, but he handles her well.

Britt gets all touchy feely with Chris and won't let him talk for sticking her lips all over him.

Jade feels behind the game. She is because I forgot she was there. She asks him for a tour of his house. Jillian decides to follow them and wait in Chris' hot tub.

Jade confesses that she doesn't have a big personality like some of the others, so she hopes that doesn't hurt her. Side note: her heels are ridiculous, especially for her bikini. While Jillian is out waiting at the hot tub, Jade and Chris try to jump on the bed and have their make out session.

Ashley I. also claims to not having the clingy, bold personality, so she decides to hunt him down, and brings some friends (Megan and Mackenzie). When Jillian says she just started her time, the three wander off to wait. After a little while, they come back to try to run Jillian off.

Ashley gets way too upset about Jillian and starts crying about it the fact Jillian won't share and leaves.

Mackenzie comes back and updates the rest of the women on Jillian the hot tub hog. Then, Chris comes back and asks about Ashley. Ashley promptly leads him up stairs and away from everyone to talk on a balcony. She starts some kind of odd hysterical crying. He doesn't really know what she's talking about, but says he found it to be awkward with Jillian too. It isn't long before she is putting the moves on him. She isn't half as inexperienced as she says she is. She does a 180* in nothing flat and is convinced they have the best chemistry.

After a while, Chris Harrison arrives overdressed in a suit to announce it is time for Chris to prepare for a rose ceremony.

Jimmy adds a few words of wisdom before the ceremony begins.

There are 15 women hoping for roses -- other than the three who have already received one (Kaitlyn, Becca and Whitney).
  1. Jade
  2. Samantha
  3. Juelia
  4. Mackenzie (who thought she might have been going home)
  5. Kelsey
  6. Britt (who wasn't first tonight for a change)
  7. Megan (who was afraid he had forgotten about their first date)
  8. Carly
  9. Ashley S. (where was her crazy tonight?)
  10. Nikki
  11. Jillian (we have to see her black box covered butt for at least one more week)
  12. Ashley I. (on confidence level 9 going in, but sweating it out in the end)
Going home are Amber, Trina and Tracy. (The latter two sure didn't stand out.)

Next week, it looks like there may be surprises. I think Ashley S. passes the crazy baton to Ashley I.

Sunday, January 18, 2015



By John W. Thompson; © Kruger Organisation
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

(girls echo)
Oh Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You.

It was you Lord, who sent the Savior
Heart and soul Lord, to every man.
It is you Lord, who knows my weakness,
You refine me with Your own hand.

Lead me on Lord, through my temptations
You refine me from within
Fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit,
And take all our sins away.

Lord teach Your children, to stop the fighting,
And start uniting, all as one.
Let’s get together, loving forever
Sanctuary, for You.

And when He comes with shouts of glory
And our work on earth is done
O, how I long to hear Him saying,
“Faithful servant well done.”

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

A weekend out of town

A weekend out of town sounds glorious, doesn't it?

With 20 something junior high and high school kids...

Ok, so maybe not so glamorous. Just hope that it doesn't take next weekend to recover from this one!

I'm headed out to be a responsible adult the church youth retreat! Catch up with you soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ever wonder what it is I do?

People never are exactly sure what it is that I do for a living.

They know that I have a home office, but I don't think people realize that I do get dressed, go up to the office and actually work 8 hours a day.

And for that 8 hours, what do I do?

If you've ever wondered, take a look at this guest post I wrote over at Life is Story

You can also find out more about my job and Litfuse by clicking here!