Showing posts from January, 2015

One day, when it's warm...

One day, not too long from now, it's going to get warm. I'm not looking forward to it because I would rather the weather be cool, but when it does happen, you're going to miss these posts. It was around 80 a few days ago, and since it got warm, a bunch of teenage girls decided to go play sand volleyball at the new Sonic... in their bikinis.  For crying out loud! Cover it up. It's January! I don't want to see you in middle of the summer out there flaunting your stuff while ordering my Route 44. I sure don't want to see you in January.  Headband for softball player. Headband with flowers you can switch out. My first time doing arm warmers... or wrist warmers, technically.

Strengthen Your Marriage with Deb DeArmond’s New Book

What’s the secret for hanging on to the happily-ever-after feelings from the day you said, “I do”? It could be as simple as four little words: I Choose You Today .   Be sure to grab a copy of Deb DeArmond 's latest release and find out how you can make the declaration “I Choose You Today” a regular part of your marriage communication. Deb is celebrating the release of her book with a Facebook author chat party on February 3rd .   Along with the February 3rd author chat party, you're invited to participate in two marriage-strengthening challenges: one beginning February 1 and the other beginning in March. Don't miss out on this opportunity to build your relationship with your spouse and enter to win some prizes along the way! The Valentine's Challenge: February 1 – 28 Tell your spouse "I Choose You" every day of the month. Sign up online at and receive a free downloadable February calendar to mark off the days of the chal

New Romance from Kathryn Springer and Kindle Fire Giveaway

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's   The Dandelion Field .  The handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning?   Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway! One grand prize winner will receive: A Kindle Fire The Dandelion Field Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th.  Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog .   {NOT ON FACEBOOK? ENTER HERE .} {MORE ABOUT  THE DANDELION FIELD } (Zondervan, January 2015) This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn’t need a man to fight her battles. After Raine’s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that

New from Elizabeth Camden | ‘Beyond All Dreams’ Kindle Fire Giveaway and Author Chat Party

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release,  Beyond All Dreams .  From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures? Elizabeth is celebrating the release of  Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17. One grand prize winner will receive: A Kindle Fire One copy of  Beyond All Dreams Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17.  Winner will be announced at Elizabeth's 2/17  Beyond All Dreams  Facebook author chat party . RSVP to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes! {NOT ON FACEBOOK

Relief for weary parents of a special needs child

New book delivers hope and encouragement from someone who’s been there Some studies report as many as one out of every four families in the U.S. has a child with a special need. Parenting is stressful even when a child doesn’t have a physical, mental or emotional difficulty. One can imagine the stress on special needs families. Laurie Wallin meets these parents right where they are in her new book, Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family (Kregel Publications/January 27, 2015/ISBN: 978-0825443398/$13.99). Wallin strives every day to live out her message for families: that no matter the challenge, in Jesus they can have joy and confidence. Get Your Joy Back is full of biblical insights and practical strategies to help parents recognize and shed the resentments that leave them spiritually, emotionally and socially drained. Wallin sugar-coats nothing but addresses issues with honesty, humor and — above all — hope. As

Send them home! Send them home! (to the tune of Let it Go!)

I sure hope this week's episode is more interesting than last week's. Last week almost put me to sleep. There has got to be more than kissy kissy kissy all night long. Great for Chris. Boring for the rest of us. The previews at least offer hope. The show starts off with a visit from Chris Harrison. This week, Chris is getting help from his three sisters as to who is going on this week's one-on-one date this week. The first date card, however, is a group date card. "Megan, Kaitlyn, Ashley S., Ashley I., Juelia, Samantha, Mackenzie, and Kelsey. Let's do what feels natural..." The suspicion is that they have to go without make-up. However, most get all the more fixed up. Four girls pile in a convertible with Chris while Megan drives the other four around. They are all going to be windblown by the time they arrive to their date at a lake. They have a private beach all to themselves. Another bikini day. Thank goodness Jillian is back home so we don&#

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!

I can!

In between the other things I had going on today, I got this order made! I thought painting was going to be somewhat therapeutic since I had not lettered anything in a while. It would have been if my markers were participating. Something else I can do... texture better than the guy who "fixed" the hole in the wall. That was yet another ordeal -- getting the wall fixed before I needed to head out to Peyton's basketball game out of town. The guy left to let the wall dry before texturing it. He said he would be back in 45 minutes. I finally had to leave. Two hours and 45 minutes later I hear from him while I am in a gym with no phone reception. I'm so ready for all this mess to be straightened out. I can do it! But I hear a drip in the bathroom again.

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

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.

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. Join Cindy, Buckley, and Bogey in celebrating with a “jewel” of a giveaway! Click here to enter! One grand prize winner will receive: A Sentiments bracelet One runner-up will receive: A Bella Perlina charm bracelet One runner-up will receive: A complete set of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers Enter today by clicking the graphic above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/8.  Winner will be announced February 9th  here . {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 - i

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. Enter to win a Kindle HDX! One winner will receive: A Kindle HDX A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog February 9th. {NOT ON FACEBOOK? ENTER HERE .} Enter today and spread the word—t ell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning . {MORE ABOUT  A STITCH IN CRIME } New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams! Thea James has accepted