Showing posts from June, 2014

The Bachelorette has mussels in Brussels, and the guys gang up on Nick

This week's episode of The Bachelorette is the crucial week prior to hometown visits. Of the six men left, two men will go home crying that they will not be bringing Andi home to meet their families. Andi and her men are now in Belgium, and the men are amazed at the latest hotel in Brussels they get to stay at. Again, I ask, other than the cast of The Shark Tank , who can afford to stay at these places? Oh, how I love Andi reading the teleprompter facts about Belgium because outside of Europe, no one knows much of anything about Belgium, or many other places they visit. The guys do think Brussels may be the most beautiful place they've visited so far. Prior to the date card arriving, my disdain for Nick continues to grow. He's such a snotty, egotistical thing. And I don't find him that attractive actually. He's not a very masculine guy, in my opinion. He wants a one-on-one, and he doesn't care that he had one last week and has spent more time with her than


After a small class two weeks ago, most of the kids were back this week. Therefore, we tried "Hosanna" again since they weren't there when the three did so well. I like having a full class. :)

The rest of my time in Atlanta

There's something about my flights home these days. On Wednesday night, my flight was delayed two hours. At one point it was estimated at almost three hours late due to rain. It's come to the point of "just get me home!" But, before we headed home from ICRS, three of us Litfuse chicks checked out a little more of Atlanta. The upcoming movie release , Mineral, is currently being filmed downtown, and we got held up as they were doing aerial shots. They had light rigs on some corners (like at the Hard Rock) and streets blocked off.  Scroll down for Christine's picture with John C. Morgan, the George W. Bush impersonator. Her day was made! I keep forgetting to show my dad the picture I took of Darryl Strawberry. It's kind of a joke. I'll spare you the story of the drunk guy I talked to across the tracks of the Marta on the way to the airport. Amy and Christine were ready to gag me and never let me speak to anyone else again. I almost gained a

A Mother’s Secret | Kindle Fire giveaway from Amy Clipston

Don't miss the newest offering in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from Amy Clipston , A Mother's Secret .  An unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. The only thing in her way is the shame she’s been carrying for half of her life. The novel received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was chosen as a Top Pick. Amy is celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway. One winner will receive: A Kindle Fire Books 1 and 2 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, A Hopeful Heart and A Mother's Secret . Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 6th. Winner will be announced July 7th on Amy's blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Amy's blog  on July 7th to see if you won. {MORE ABOUT  A MOTHER’S SECRET } Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her

Karen Barnett talks about Out of the Ruins

An Interview with Karen Barnett Author of Out of the Ruins Whether because of grief, guilt or a feeling of inadequacy, many of us find ourselves pushing God away during the time we need Him most. Abby Fischer, the heroine in Karen Barnett’s new novel, Out of the Ruins (Abingdon/May 6, 2014/ISBN: 978-1-4267-8057-8/$14.99) , comes face to face with grief and anger that causes her to question her faith, something the author herself has done for similar reasons. Q: How do you decide the setting — both time period and location — for your stories? When and where are readers transported to in Out of the Ruins ? Out of the Ruins takes place during the San Francisco earthquake and fires of 1906. The inspiration for the novel struck when I was watching a documentary on American Experience about the earthquake. Survivors who had experienced the disaster as children were interviewed, and I remember thinking, “What must it have been like to walk the streets during such an epic e

Quilts of Love | RIVAL HEARTS

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Rival Hearts , by Tara Randel . Who doesn't like a friendly competition, every now and then? You'll be sure to love this fun tale of unexpected competition between two people forced out of their comfort zone. Celebrate June's release by entering to win a summer camping kit (grill, tent, and camp chairs) from Quilts of Love. One winner will receive: A Coleman grill, tent, and camp chairs A Promise in Pieces  by Emily Wierenga A Stitch and a Prayer  by Eva Gibson Rival Hearts by Tara Randel Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 13. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog . S pread the word—t ell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or  TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. ### {MORE ABOUT  RIVAL HEARTS } They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost? Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have be

A Season of Change treats readers to a story where two very different lifestyles intersect

An interview with Lynette Sowell, Author of A Season of Change   “ I believe there aren’t any circumstances God can’t use and work something beautiful from. Whatever the pain, loss or unseen curveball that comes our way in life, it doesn’t limit God.” This belief that God often works in unexpected ways is one of the main themes author Lynette Sowell explores in her new book, A Season of Change (Abingdon Press/May 20, 2014/ISBN 978-1426753558 / $14.99) . In the first novel in Sowell’s new Seasons in Pinecraft series, readers are introduced to retired circus performer Natalie Bennett as she searches for the dream of her heart: a family of her own. When she meets Amish widower Jacob Miller at a Sarasota hospital, she is drawn to his family and their simple ways. Q: It isn’t often that we see an Amish story that also involves circus performers. Tell us how these two worlds collide in A Season of Change . One thing I discovered when looking at Sarasota outside of Pinec

The Bachelorette: Liar, liar, pants on fire!

This week's post is coming soon! I'm out being social rather than being in a hotel room watching the show. Stay tuned! I honestly am ready to watch it after this preview! Keep reading! I finally got the post up! So, this week we head to head to Venice. If I had a snowball's chance of getting cast, I'd go on the show for the travel. Yeah, right! Who am I kidding? I wouldn't make it past the first rose ceremony. As soon as she arrives to meet the guys, Andi announces that the first one-on-one date starts right then without a date card. Everyone expects it to be Cody since he is the only one who hasn't had a one-on-one among the men still left. Surprisingly, it's Nick. Cody believes he's the pet dog among the group, being drug along.  However, Andi has her reasons -- a method to her unpopular madness. After some tension last week, she has to see if anything is still there with Nick. He got the first impression rose, but she's n

Meanwhile in Atlanta

I'm in Atlanta on business at the International Christian Retail Show. Other than getting things ready and working in the media room, here's what we (me, Amy and Christine) have been up to so far. The porch at Pity Pat's Porch.  Christine and Amy The porch Church turned music venue Centennial Olympic Park In Olympic Park CNN Center and the Omni Hotel Olympic Rings Ferris Wheel! 20 stories high! Alan Robertson and his mama Miss Kay Phil!!!

Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for $5!

Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)!   For a limited time, you can join HERE for only $5 (regular monthly membership costs $15 for up to six users)! Families will be able to stream the Adventures in Odyssey library, plus listen to exclusive new monthly episodes.  Busy families will find 24/7 access to the content through the Odyssey Adventure Club mobile iPhone app. Children can also read daily devotions, interact with hands-on activities and view video documentaries featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the Adventures in Odyssey stories. Parents can feel confident their children are safe on the Odyssey Adventure Club website — Focus on the Family staff will be monitoring all comments before they’re publicly posted. (Created for children ages 8-12.) A portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club mem