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The Bachelor: Matt: Week 8: The Fake Hometowns

It's Hometowns tonight on #TheBachelor 🏡🌹 — The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) February 22, 2021 I had to end up working Monday night, so I didn't get to watch and blog like I usually too. I was disgruntled that I was on a deadline because A) Monday night is the one night I try to get done with work, dinner and on the couch at 7:00 and B) because if I didn't do it Monday, I'd have a heck of a time motivating myself to do this blog post otherwise.  Let's just say I know myself well.  On Tuesday night, I had a softball game, and here it is Wednesday, I worked until 7:30, cooked dinner, ate and am dreading starting this at 9:00. I'm also kind of just over all things The Bachelor right now. I haven't read it all, so I can't really make an educated comment, but my news tab on Facebook is full of angry Bachelor cast members. I really think the whole franchise may implode soon.  Also, who can keep track on if Clare and Dale are on again

I Will Call Upon the Lord

 This was one of the last videos I recorded pre-COVID right about a year ago. I Will Call Upon the Lord By Michael O’Shields I will call upon the Lord,  (women echo) Who is worthy to be praised  (echo) So shall I be saved from my enemies  (echo) Chorus The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock, And let the God of our salvation be exalted. (repeat) Jesus Christ who died for me,  (echo) And He took away my sins  (echo) I will live with Him for eternity  (echo) Chorus I will call upon the Lord…  (end in unison)

Sometimes You Find Your Roots Where You Least Expect Them

The d ebut novel from Amanda Wen shows  the beauty in God’s plan for our lives For readers who can’t decide if they would like to pick up something historical or contemporary for their next read, debut author Amanda Wen offers them the best of both worlds in her new release. Roots of Wood and Stone ( Kregel Publications/February 2, 2021/ ISBN: 9780825446689/$15.99) is a warm, beautifully written split-time novel that will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations. Sloane Kelley was abandoned at birth, and while she wants more than anything to learn more about where she came from, her family roots remain a mystery. As curator of the Sedgwick County Museum of History, Sloane has dedicated her life to making sure others can connect with their history. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact, after all, the museum has a few on display and

An Interview with Jennifer Deibel about A Dance in Donegal

  Today, Jennifer Deibel shares more about her new book, A Dance in Donegal . Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to get a copy of your own! Debut novelist Jennifer Deibel spent six years on the Emerald Isle and fell in love with the sights, sounds, smells, and language of the lush country and its colorful people. Now she brings her love of Ireland to the pages of her historical romance novel, A Dance in Donegal . In the summer of 1920, Moira Doherty decides to fulfill her deceased mother’s wish for her to leave Boston and teach in her mother’s home village of Ballymann in Donegal, Ireland. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about a scandalous family reputation abound and threaten not only Moira’s new position but also her life. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of unlikely friends, including a handsome thatcher named Sean, to help clear her family name before it’s too late. As she seeks to n

I Will Think Twice Before I Say I Want it to Snow Again

I just thought that last month we had a big Texas snow . It was pretty much melted and gone the next day minus a snowman .  But not this time. When the snow melted five weeks ago, I looked ahead on Accuweather to see if it was predicted that we might get any more, and let me tell you, nothing like this was anywhere close.  The freezing temps and rain nearby started on Thursday. Peyton was supposed to have a playoff game that was postponed because of the roads. It was rescheduled for Friday, but in a town that could be treacherous to get to and from if freezing rain started, so I didn't make it. I did, however, make a run for enchiladas before I got frozen in. On Saturday, it started getting a little nasty here. On Sunday morning, there was a layer of ice on the roads and a light dusting of snow. These pictures are Monday morning. Part of the town was out of electricity. Some of town was out of water and the rest had really low water pressure until they got one of the water treatmen

The Bachelor: Matt: Week 7: The One Where Half of Them Go Home

So, the way we left it last week, Heather had just arrived in her rented minivan and strutted right in to interrupt Matt and Pieper.  Matt laughs at Heather and her arrival, and tells Pieper he needs a minute. Matt welcomes her and gives her another hug. Some of the women know who Heather is, and some do not. Abigail knows all about who she is. Heather tells Matt that Hannah Brown thought that Matt would be a good match for Heather. Heather evidently went to Hannah's house and Hannah told Matt all about Matt and blah, blah, blah. Why this whole conversation didn't happen before Matt started taping seems suspect. Extremely fishy. Matt says Hannah knows him well, what she has to say means a lot to him, but he needs to think about it.  Heather wanders into the room where the other women are. They start grilling her asking her what she is doing there. Jessenia asks if she's ready to be engaged in two weeks. Chelsea asks if she was on another season. When Heather says she was, J

Hosanna on Another Snowy Sunday

We had ice this morning, so we were all virtual/streaming when it came to worship this morning. Two of the last six Sundays have had snow!  So, here's another throwback video! We actually closed out worship with this song this morning. Hosannna by Carl Tuttle Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest Lord we lift up Your Name, With hearts full of praise, Be exalted Oh Lord my God, Hosanna in the highest. Glory, Glory, Glory to the King of Kings Glory, Glory, Glory to the King of Kings Lord we lift up Your Name, With hearts full of praise, Be exalted Oh Lord my God, Hosanna in the highest.

Reviewer sign-ups open for Dusk's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller

  I'm so excited to be launching a new Regency series! Sign-ups are now open for Dusk's Darkest Shores  by Carolyn Miller! This is the first release in the Regency Wallflowers series from Kregel. The tour dates will be April 20-May 11. I'll be sending out emails about who made the tour around March 5. When I send out all the details ahead of the tour, I'll have a Q&A you can use, we'll be doing a giveaway (more details to come) and will provide you with all the tour materials you will need. I'll also have a form for you to submit your tour links.   Click here to claim your copy!

The Bachelor: Week 6: Matt: Another One Bites the Dust

Let's just right in, shall we?  All of the women are waiting for what they call the two-on-one between MJ and Jessinia. MJ is the last member of the Mean Girl Tribe as one of the women puts it, and it's time to go. The rest of the women want their time at the cocktail party and hope this whatever it is ends quickly. Matt arrives and tells them this is not the way he planned this evening. They need to get to the bottom of what is going on. He asks to talk to Jessenia first. She doesn't THINK she has anything to worry about. She tells Matt that MJ lied to his face the other night. She was in cahoots (my word) with Victoria. MJ says she loves to preach by example, but she's the one that started the division.  I'm not sure if this is the route she should have gone. It usually backfires on both sides.  Meanwhile, MJ is in the other room having an emotional breakdown. I'm going to say it's fake though.  Also, MJ's dress looks like a 90 year old man's suit