Thursday, October 31, 2013

Snow on the Tulips “Amazon Reader Pack” Giveaway from Liz Tolsma!

Liz Tolsma is celebrating the release of her novel,
Snow on the Tulipsby giving away an
Amazon Reading Pack to one lucky winner. 


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  One winner will receive:
  • A $50 Amazon gift card
  • Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 18th at Liz's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Liz's blog on the 18th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox! Just enter your email address on the left sidebar of her blog.)


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A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.
The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.
When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their  lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.
As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.
She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.
Liz Tolsma

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Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there’s always something going on at their house. She’s spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. She’d love to have you visit her at www.liztolsma.com.
Find out more about Liz at http://www.liztolsma.com.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tricia Goyer to partner with Zondervan to host 50 Christmas parties in one day

 

Unique launch of Christmas title allows book clubs

across the country to connect with author


Tricia Goyer and Zondervan (a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing) have teamed up to offer a unique promotion launching her latest novel, A Christmas Gift for Rose (ISBN: 978-0310336785 / hardcover / $15.99). Goyer has invited her readers to sign up to help her host one of 50 Christmas book club brunches to be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Fans can sign up to participate via Goyer’s website (www.triciagoyer.com/book-club-rose/) by November 5, and 50 winners from across the country will be selected from entries received. While Goyer certainly cannot be in 50 places at once, she will be joining all of the parties live via Skype with a special Christmas greeting. A part of her message will include sharing ideas on how guests can join together to impact lives in their communities this Christmas.

Winners selected to host parties in their homes will be provided with a kit that will allow them to share Goyers books with their book club, reading group, friends and family while celebrating the holiday season. The party kit each winner will receive includes: 
  • A special hostess gift
  • A copy of A Christmas Gift for Rose
  • A pack of books that will include copies of Goyer’s The Memory Jar, The Promise Box, a sneak peek excerpt of forthcoming The Kissing Bridge (the first three releases of the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series) and Christmas Stories by Max Lucado
  • Recipe cards, bookmarks and signed bookplates from Goyer to share with friends
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose discussion questions
  • A Gathering & Giving handout
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose trivia game to play during the party
  • Simple brunch recipes
  • Details about the LIVE webcast message to broadcast on December 7th during the brunch

“We are so excited that Tricia wants to offer readers a chance to participate in a Christmas Brunch Book Club party. The holidays are the perfect time to be with those who have a special place in your heart, and we appreciate Tricia looking for ways to connect with her fans all over the country this holiday season,” states Laura Dickerson, marketing manager for Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

“When I sat down to write A Christmas Gift for Rose, I thought about the message I wanted my readers to take with them after turning the last page. That message is as we discover our true selves, we also begin to understand God's plan for our lives,” explains Goyer. “I've been living out this message for the last decade as a writer and true stories inspire me — stories from World War II veterans, stories from Amish friends. In A Christmas Gift for Rose I was able to combine these stories.”

About A Christmas Gift for Rose

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 as she prepares to marry, she’s thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on 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?


This Christmas novella takes place in 1946, right after the end of World War II. My grandma Dolores has told me a lot about those years. Many times she's told me about what it was like living in a boxcar, only having one dress, and eating simple foods, yet still never feeling full,” explains Goyer. “It was important for me to step back into this time in history and share about the struggle and sacrifice. Why? As we understand our past and the challenges of others, it helps us appreciate what we have even more. It also makes us consider what we can do to help those around us . . . just as the Yoder family helped Rose.”

About the Author


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 35 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.comTheBetterMom.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, launched 
www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Win a “Beloved” iPad Mini from Robin Lee Hatcher!

Robin Lee Hatcher is celebrating the release of
her latest novel, Belovedwith an iPad Mini giveaway! 

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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 15th. Winner will be announced November 16th at Robin's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin's blog on the 16th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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Diana is ready to begin a new chapter in her life—until the husband she believed dead reappears at her engagement party.
Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word from him in years, Diana’s infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.
But when Tyson returns, claiming to be a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom.
He agrees with one condition—she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.
Robin Lee Hatcher

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Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.
Find out more about Robin Lee at http://robinleehatcher.com.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Just One More Thing Before You Leave Home

Welcome to the blog tour for the Gudgel’s helpful resource for parents, Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home. The Gudgel’s wrote this book from their own experiences helping their three children successfully leave home and begin life on their own.

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This is the book we wish our parents gave us.
Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is a packed guide to help young adults enter life on their own. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live., It’s perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they’ll reference for years to come.

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David and Bernice GudgelDave & Bernice Gudgel are committed to walking intentionally with God and helping others do the same. Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused her adult life on raising three kids and leading various ministries in the church where people can connect with God and each other. Dave is a pastor and teaches for Walk Thru the Bible.
Find out more about David and Bernice at http://davidandbernice.com.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Search and sing

This week's lesson outline was not age appropriate for the younger kids, so we did scripture races, searching for verses to better figure out where to find book/chapter/verse in our Bibles. Following each verse that was read, we sang a song that went along with what was being talked about.

We moved through them slow and didn't get through them all, so I have some left for the next time I need to do something like this. (If you want my list, I'm willing to share.)

Last week, we practiced "Thy Word" and I told them we'd sing it for video this week.

They don't like looking up verses in Psalms. Our NKJV Bibles in the room have big initials at the first of each Psalm instead of big chapter numbers like every other book. Finding Psalms 119:105 was the equivalent of torture.

I've not actually watched the video because you're going to hear my voice on it in spots. I was helping them stay on tune (or track-I don't know if I was on tune exactly) and I hate hearing myself.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

What has to be the world's worst job

You know what I think must be one of the world's most frustrating, stressful, thankless jobs, at least at this point and time in history?

Being a customer care representative on the www.healthcare.gov AKA Obamacare website.

Think about it. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is having problems on the site. Very few people that I am aware of are happy about having to sign up for it. Couple with angst about having to sign up with technical difficulties. Everyone is going postal, and no one can help.

It's not that I am pro-Obamacare, but complaining about it doesn't change anything for me, my individual self. I have to suck it up and accept it and try to work with it until the powers that be dictate something else. That's how I'm going into it. I just want it to work so that I can move on with my life and find out whether or not I'm going to have to re-do my budget to be able to pay for new coverage.

I've had people on Facebook personally tell me not to try to chat or call the 800 number. I thought I would just try to get farther today after stalling out Sunday afternoon. I could get no further, so I just thought I would ask a simple question and try to see if there was any use in trying.

Basically, my customer care person had to give me a pre-written answer about technical difficulties. She suggested I try the 800 number, but I told her I'd just hold out a while longer.

It's not the representative's fault, so I tried to be kind. She could have been faking her LOL (not once, but twice), but maybe, just maybe, I brought a smile to her day. After all, she has a thankless job.


Friday, October 25, 2013

An emcee at a Halloween party for seniors

My life has come down to becoming an emcee at a Halloween party for senior citizens.

My parents were invited to a couple's house for a Halloween party. Dad asked me to come along because this couple (who are in their 80s) are known for playing 42, and my mom doesn't play.

There was an interesting combination of people there. I, of course, was the youngest, my mom was the next youngest and it steadily increased from there.

The hostess then recruited me to help lead the games for the evening. First, it was a trivia game on 50's and 60's pop culture where everyone had to fill in the blanks. After that, we played the gossip game, AKA Telephone. I had to pick the two sentences that were whispered around the room. One in each direction. Let's just say when playing this game with a bunch of people that have hearing aids, or need hearing aids because they cannot hear out of one or the other ear, what gets around to the end is majorly skewed. More so than usual. At one point, I thought my mom was going to have a bladder control incident from laughing so hard at what my dad whispered in her ear. It was said that the moral of the story was that this is how gossip gets spread and how it is so wrong as it goes from one person to the other. The irony of this moment is that some of the people in the room are among the biggest gossips ever.

That was followed by handing out poems about old age.This is when the night felt like a nightmare and reminiscent of something that would happen at my Grandmother's house at Christmas. The part we have all now protested.

Then, four couples took part in the Newlywed Game. Complete with questions to couples in their 80s about what size pants the men wore and what they liked to wear to bed. I skipped having them answer the latter question out loud because I simply could not handle the truth.

It was a bizarre experience. Very bizarre.

About 9:00 we were allowed to have desserts. At 10:00 most everyone left, but my parents and I stayed to play a game of 42 because we could.

I really, really, really need to find my own social life. Really. Seriously.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Eating lunch with the squirrels



I don't know all the reasons why (I know a couple), but this week has been extremely frustrating and stressful when it comes to work. I haven't had a week like this in I don't know when. Just a perfect storm of factors, I guess.

I usually don't stop for a lunch break. I'll grab something and bring it up to my desk. The past two days, I have taken a break. I've taken my lunch to the sunroom and watched the squirrels. In fact, today, I came downstairs, put on my walking shoes, blasted my guilty pleasures music to deafening levels on my iPod and walked a mile. Then, I had lunch with this squirrel.

Here's something else I don't know... why the squirrels in my neighborhood have been extremely loud the past week or two. Yes, squirrels can be loud. They chatter very loudly when they are annoyed. They've been having arguments with the very loud blue jays, evidently.

Another seemingly random fact, there are no squirrels in Australia. Australians find them fascinating.

Yes, I know, my blog has become extremely boring. I apologize.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Neta and Dave Jackson's Derailed



Last week I finished my latest "non-Litfuse, for my own reading pleasure book." Every once in a while I do get those in between other books I am reading for and from work. Today's featured book Derailed, book 2 in the Windy City Neighbors series by Neta and Dave Jackson (thank you Worthy Publishers).

About Derailed:

What's it going to take to get him back on track?

After marrying Estelle, the love of his life, ex-cop Harry Bentley's apartment feels too cramped, especially since he's now raising his grandson. God seems to provide the perfect solution - a two-flat that would also provide an apartment for his elderly mother. But when plans go awry, Harry has to go back to work as a detective, receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train and raises suspicions about his own son's involvement in a major drug cartel.

It feels like God keeps switching signals - left, right, stop, go? Each time Harry thinks he's following God's leading, his plans get derailed and he's left frustrated, wondering why God isn't helping out.

Perhaps the only thing going right is he and Estelle are getting to know their new neighbors . . . but discover a block so disconnected one woman almost died unnoticed. Determined to make a difference, Harry and Estelle begin reaching out to their neighbors one plate of cinnamon rolls at a time.


About the authors:

Husband and wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are authors and/or coauthors of more than one hundred books which have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta’s award-winning Yada Yada series and their Trailblazer Books – a 40-volume series. They live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where Grounded is set.

For more about Dave and Neta and their books, visit: www.daveneta.com


My take:


What I like is that in this series you get more than one point of view regarding what is going on with the story line. In other words, you don't have one narrator throughout the entire series. We also get visits from old friends we met in Neta's other series.

What I don't like is that Derailed covers the same time frame as Grounded, so you actually know a good bit of what happens before you get to it. SPOILER ALERT if you didn't read Grounded... skip down until you see me typing in bold again if you don't want to see this. For example, I kept waiting for Harry's mother to die since I knew she wasn't going to make it much longer. I also knew he was going to run into Grace on the train and some of the blanks make sense.

You can join me again...

Personally, I think I might enjoy it more if the second book picked up where the first one left off or if you heard from more than one character per book. The Jacksons started doing the same kind of thing with parallel books with the Yada Yada House of Hope series (Neta) and Yada Yada Brothers (Harry Bentley series written by Dave), but I think it may have worked better then because it was two different series instead of one.

For some reason, it just wasn't what I expected. And Harry seemed different somehow. I can't put my finger on exactly what since it's been a while since I read the last Harry Bentley book.

With all of that said, I'm most certainly going to keep reading the series. I want to find out what happens with all the characters in the neighborhood and old friends from series past as well!


Want to know more about the first book in the series, Grounded? Check out my review by clicking here

About the Windy City Neighbors series:

In case you are new to the series, this is how Dave and Neta describe it (straight from their website):

If you're familiar with The Yada Yada Prayer Group series, House of Hope series,
Harry Bentley novels and Lucy Come Home, and most recently the SouledOut Sisters books—all of which revolve around a colorful cast of characters from different cultures and walks of life in Chicago—you may have been one of the readers crying, “No, no! Don’t stop! We want more!”

So, as the familiar litany goes: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue . . .”

We’re doing “something new”! As a husband-wife writing team, we are creating a new series called WINDY CITY NEIGHBORS about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. Grounded, the first novel in the series, introduces Grace Meredith, a contemporary Christian artist whose life is falling apart (“something blue”!). But we’ve also “borrowed” a few favorite characters from previous series (Harry and Estelle Bentley) who move into the neighborhood and … well, the “old” neighborhood may never be the same!

And something else that’s new! The series employs an innovative storytelling technique we call “parallel novels”—each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Grounded welcomes you to Beecham Street—a typical isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.

Book 3 will be Penny Wise... release date TBA. 

I received this e-book from Worthy Publishers via NetGalley.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Piecing together the big picture of God


Children’s Ministry director Valerie Ackermann
equips parents to grow their child’s faith at home

The most important thing parents can do for their child is to pass on the greatness of who God is and what the Christian faith is about. However, parents often feel ill-equipped and unprepared to do so. As a director of children’s ministries, Valerie Ackermann has observed that most churches focus on developing their own programs but direct very little attention to helping parents talk about faith to their children at home where they spend the majority of their time. To address the missing pieces in a child’s faith development, Ackermann has written The God Puzzle: How the Bible Fits Together to Reveal God as Your Treasure (Higher Life Publishing / October 15, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1-939183-19-4 / $19.95), an easy-to use workbook that parents and children can explore together.

Some parents may believe their children are learning everything they need to know about God and faith in their Sunday school and church programs. However, children are only in a Bible-class setting an hour or two each week. A majority of a child’s life is spent at home where they have the greatest opportunity to see examples of the Christian life put into practice. In fact, the Bible tells parents of the importance of study with their children: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV).

“Kids from Christian homes are scoring badly on Bible-college entrance exams because what we have been doing isn’t working,” explains Ackermann.  “Not only that, but too many kids are walking away from the faith when they reach young adulthood because they can’t put the pieces they’ve been given together.  They have too many disconnections and don’t see Jesus, His perfect plan and love for us at the center of every part.  They also don’t see how all that really connects to every part of their life.”

The God Puzzle is composed of 36 lessons that cover the Bible from beginning to end, showing how the entire Bible fits together as one seamless story. Each lesson points to Christ and what it means to have a personal relationship with Him. Although written in simple language a child can understand, parents can benefit from the lessons as well, whether they know very little about the Bible themselves or are longtime Christians who simply need help putting together everything they need to teach their children. The full-color lessons are easy to present, structured, and ordered in a way that the lessons build on one another, yet have the depth and structure of a theology textbook.

A family can choose to do a portion of a lesson daily, to complete a whole lesson in a longer session once a week, or whatever pace fits their family best. The lessons are designed for children ages 7-12, and the entire family can participate together, as long as the child has his or her own copy of the book. Each lesson is interactive and requires personal responses from the children, including matching, fill-in-the-blank, puzzle completion and answering questions in their own words. No preparation is needed beforehand, and the only other supplies needed are a pencil and a Bible. The God Puzzle can not only be used in a family devotional setting, but as a great resource for daily use in a homeschooling setting.


About the Author

Valerie Ackermann has a desire to see parents equipped to teach their children about God at home because there is simply not enough time in Sunday school alone.  Seeing the need for a resource that was both theologically deep, yet written in language that speaks to a child and explains the Bible and God in a step-by-step process, she wrote The God Puzzle.

Ackermann was born and raised in a small prairie town in Saskatchewan, Canada. She graduated with a BA in Theology from Briercrest Bible College where she met her husband, Chris.  After living in Saskatoon for a year, they went to work at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California. The Ackermanns later moved to Fairfield, CA where they started attending Parkway Community Church where Val would eventually join the staff as Director of Children’s Ministries.  She has held that position for almost 10 years.

As the Director of Children’s Ministries, Ackermann is involved with overseeing volunteers, planning and developing programs, and facilitating the classes for Sunday school. She also teaches her own class every Sunday and loves staying in the classroom and on the front line with the kids. 

The Ackermanns are parents of two active young men who their mom describes as operating at 100% boy plus some.  When not working, Val loves to paint pictures and walls, drink lots of coffee, feed the backyard chickens, grow vegetables and basil everywhere she can, drive to Canada in the minivan, spend time with her husband and boys, family and friends, and be in the wide open outdoors of God’s creation. 


Learn more about The God Puzzle and Valerie Ackermann at www.leadmetoGod.com or via Facebook (LeadMeToGod) and Twitter (valackermann). 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gunpowder Tea - Mark your calendar for “Tea with Margaret Browley”

Margaret Brownley's latest release,
Gunpowder Tea, is receiving high praise,
and she's celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway
and a "Tea with Margaret" Facebook party!

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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea with Margaret" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 7th. Connect with Margaret and friends for an evening of book chat, prizes, and get an exclusive look at Margaret's next book!

So grab your copy of Gunpowder Tea and join Margaret on the evening of November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 11/7!


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In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom—an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.
But she isn’t the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.
The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers—and their lives—depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

Margaret Brownley
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Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this–except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.” So that’s what Margaret did. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book “Grieving God’s Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing” has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her “Brides of Last Chance Ranch series.” Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
Find out more about Margaret at http://margaretbrownley.com.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The wise man, I am not

Ok, I admit it. We should practice more before I turn on the camera. I really thought about it today thinking this would almost be a given. "The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock."

They don't sing it very often so I should have used my better judgment, but I'm not the wise man.

One child even called it a baby song as to why he/she didn't know it. The point is, for 3rd and 4th graders, it shouldn't be. They should know it without being reminded what comes next. We're going to work more on my song cards. 


Notice - Peyton is wearing the dress we went shopping for yesterday.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I accomplished 1 out of 3

Yesterday, I posted about three things on my to-do list for this weekend. Today, I did one.
Wallpaper and Obamacare got knocked off the list for today. Milk and toilet paper outranked the other two to win.

After Paige's volleyball game, she and Dad assembled my mug shelves that had been on the walls at my old house into a free standing structure. Paige put one mug on the shelf before we left to get Peyton at a friend's house.

Peyton had nothing to wear to church at her dad's house now that the weather has turned cooler, so I told her if we could stop staring in her closet, I would take her to buy something for tomorrow.
I will remember this day before ever suggesting that again. I wouldn't call her a good shopper. At least not a decisive one. I convinced her to get the dress in the picture, but she didn't really like it. She found an outfit to wear tonight at a show she and my parents are going to. That was an accomplishment.

After I went to the grocery store and got something to eat because I was almost (scratch the almost) sick by 4:30 since the only thing I had eaten all day since my Special K breakfast sandwich, I arranged the rest of my mugs. They had been all stacked up on the hutch shelves. That was in between watching Extreme Couponers. I don't see how those people stock pile given the fact I couldn't even find a cup of cherry yogurt that hadn't expired. Seriously had a date of 8/20 and today is 10/19. Maybe it takes them 10 hours to shop in order to check expiration dates.

Now, I need to read over my lesson for in the morning. No time for that other stuff. Maybe the insurance website tomorrow. Or not.



Friday, October 18, 2013

Procrastination... and you wouldn't blame me

This weekend may end up with me facing all the things I've been putting off. Things anyone would procrastinate in doing.

Like going to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store, but I can only go without buying milk and toilet paper for so long. My fridge is getting near empty. I've drank all the Coke Zero from the mini fridge in the office. All I have to eat for breakfast now is cereal, but I don't do well with dry cereal for breakfast.

I had planned to go tonight when I got off of work, but I had to finish some things up, and at 7:00 I was over the thought of it. I didn't want to go in the dark. That's mostly just an excuse.

Since October 1, I have been putting off logging on to the Obamacare website. My health insurance ends at the end of the year like many others who face the same fate due to the Affordable Care Act. I pay quite a bit now, and the letter I was sent in the mail says that there's a possibility it will be less expensive.

I hate dealing with all things insurance, and I just know my income is going to barely be into a more expensive bracket or something like that. I just simply don't want to know how much I have to pay. I've put it off saying, "they have to take me and as long as I do it by December 15..." or "the site isn't even working anyway."

However, I need to face the music and see how bad it is going to be. I dread it. And who wants to do that on a weekend anyway. I'll do it after I finish some other things tomorrow afternoon.

Tomorrow morning, Paige has a volleyball game, her last of the season. I really want to see it, so it probably will divert me from finishing the stripping the rest of the wallpaper in the bathroom. Again, I just need to bite the bullet and get it finished. I know you are tired of hearing me moan on and on about it. Someday it will all be down, I will have the walls textured, and it will be painted. Someday.

Anyone want to take bets on what all I actually do this weekend?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Paige and Uncle Si have in common

I'm not sure if you caught Duck Dynasty this week. In the latest episode, the gang in the duck call room introduced Si to YouTube.

What I found hilarious about this is that he watched some, if not all, of the same videos that Paige and Emily were pulling up on YouTube at my house a couple of weekends ago.(Unfortunately, there isn't a clip of him watching the videos.)


Videos such as...



Si did not mention this one because the episode may have been taped before this video became popular. I had never heard of "What Does the Fox Say?" until they were over, and I've heard about it every day since.


At the end of the episode, Si decided to make an instructional golf video to put up on You Tube. Another thing Si and Paige have in common are the skinniest legs known to man. I need to tell her that when I see her this weekend. Seriously! Look at his legs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Praying for Your Addicted Loved One


 
prayingforyouraddicted-bloggerbuttonWatching someone you love self-destruct hurts. Sharron Cosby's Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 provides ninety devotions of strength, hope, and encouragement to families coping with addiction. Realizing you’re not alone in your struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-to-day challenges.

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Praying for Your Addicted Loved One
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Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts.

Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 tugs at the reader’s heart in 90 days of candid devotions aimed at offering strength, hope, and encouragement to families in the throes of living with an addicted family member. Families get left behind in the recovery process, but their support is crucial. Realizing you are not alone in your family’s struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-by-day challenges. Reflection prompts and spaces for journaling encourage the reader to pen their thoughts on the verses and devotions. Each day’s entry ends with a prayer.

The Cosbys, a middle-class family, lived the nightmare of addiction with their son for 18 years. Their lives were turned inside out and upside down as his dependence on painkillers escalated. The descent into a living hell challenged their faith as the addiction claimed more and more control. Sharron’s middle-of-the-night reading of Jeremiah 30 and 31 changed the course of their lives and restoration became a reality.
The overall message of Praying for Your Addicted Loved Oneconveys hope to families caught in the addiction cycle. The various stages of the disease: abuse, recovery, and relapse, take their toll. Hopelessness grabs a family’s heart and wrings it out with each slip of clean or sober time. The verses in Jeremiah 30 and 31, the foundation of the book, offer the promise of restoration and redemption.
90 in 90 reflects the 12 Step model of an addict attending 90 meetings in 90 days. While your loved one attends meetings, you will read a daily devotional to lend spiritual support to your addict.
“Today I pray for other lost addicts to find the hope of recovery. I pray the families reading this book will continue to have hope that an addict—any addict—can stop using drugs and find a new way to live. If there is one thing I can say to family members it is, never quit fighting. There is always hope. With hope, I—a once hopeless dope addict—am now a dope-less hope addict.”  ~Josh Cosby

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Sharron Cosby is married to Dan, a Certified Addiction Professional, and together they have three adult children and five grandchildren. She works for an international charity by day and writes by night. Her passion is to share God’s message of hope, strength, and encouragement with families living in the shadow of addiction.
Find out more about Sharron at http://efamilyrecovery.com.