Friday, August 29, 2008



Thursday, August 28, 2008

Checking in...

I am welcoming the breeze this morning. It's nice to be able to cool down after being so hot hot hot these past few weeks. I would have enjoyed summer much more being cool.

We are all ready for school around here. The kids have actually been asking to go back since school let out in June, so that has been a bit trying. They are super excited to see their teachers and get back into the swing of things.

Currently I am doing a "cleanse" for a test and not really enjoying it.
I am not allowed to eat-only drink clear fluids and to pass the time I have been reading cookbooks and doing up several months of menus in advance. That is mean. Perhaps I'll just take a nap:)

Steve and I had the chance to get away to Montreal for a weekend with some friends and had a great time. No kids. It was both strange and good. Everywhere I looked I thought of how the kids might like something, BUT it was glorious not to have to chase them around or end the night early or fret with them in a restaurant. The greatest facet to the whole weekend was adult conversation....or listening to Steve. Ha ha ha ha. Just kidding. Thanks Grammy and Grandpa!

Well I am off to drink more water. Gag.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Twice Loved

Avon Inspire (July 22, 2008)


Lori Copeland


Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren. They are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995 after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has more than 95 books published including Now And Always
and Bluebonnet Belle.


Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode into the area and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.

Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, Copper and Audrey, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is handsome sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Twice Loved, go HERE

My Thoughts:

This is a great read. Lori Copeland Dives right into the action and doesn't waste any time painting out a flowery scene. She hops right into the story and gets you hooked from page one. A terrific old time love story...without the smut.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This and That

Just when I think the heat is gone and Autumn is here, there is more heat. Bah! can't last forever, can it?

We've been enjoying ourselves in spite of the heat. This past week the four of us took a quick trip up to Kingston and stayed with friends. What a good time that was!

Now we are home and Steve's parent's got in last night.
The kids have been coming out of their skin waiting for this visit.

This week we have roofers coming (hopefully) to put on a new roof and
then we'll be all set for the winter with no leaks.

I found about 100 canning jars on for $10!!!! Yes that is a good deal.
And...I've knocked on a few doors to ask for fruit from people's trees and one lady told me to come back to get her peaches when they have ripened. Hurray!
And I am always looking for more of course....

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

House Of Wolves

Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)


Matt Bronleewe

Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.


A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

If you would like to read anexcerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE

My Thoughts: This book captured me. The writing is intense, fast paced and takes you places you could not imagine on your own. The imagery was brilliant and colourful, so vibrant. Not your traditional fluffy romance.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Cheap Gas!

Who doesn't love a good bargain? I just had to share this one when I found it.
Of course the coupon I linked to is for Ontario, but if you are elsewhere then you can just go to the website and get your own city's coupon.
Steve's pickle:


My pickle:

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Emma decided to "decorate"

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

All Through The Night

(Bethany House - July 1, 2008)


Davis Bunn


Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in fifteen languages. His audiences spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include My Soul To Keep, and Full Circle . A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write.


A loner, trying to forget. A community--and a woman--who need for him to remember...
Broken relationships and unfulfilled promises scatter themselves across Wayne's past like burned-out craters. His background in military special-ops is something he's trying to forget. But when he gets himself sweet-talked into helping a quirky group of seniors who've been scammed, he discovers it will take a lot more than muscle and nerve. Breach a conman's high-security estate to recover stolen money? No problem. Become part of community? Love again? Not on your life.

A lawyer with her own painful past is intrigued by Wayne and asks him to take on another unusual case--Tatanya's wealthy employer believes he's been visited angel? Did a messenger from God in a pinstripe suit truly bring a divine warning, or is this merely another cruel hoax? Tatanya is willing to trust Wayne with her boss's life, but she's not sure she's ready to trust him with her own wounded heart.

With a financial analyst's skills and a warrior's tenacity, Wayne races to unmask dangerous forces hiding behind a corporate veil. But he will need all his resources--and then some--against an unseen enemy bent on destroying his fragile bid for a second chance at life...and love.

All he wanted was to put his past behind him. But now it's the only thing that will save them...

If you would like to read the first chapter of All Through The Night, go HERE

My thoughts: This novel is not the page turner I expected it to be. However, I have to give credit to Davis Bunn. He is a very clever artist. It will be interesting to read other works of his.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Thank You Jodi!

My dear dear friend Jodi over at Organized Chaos
created this lovely new look for me. She is amazing and can dream up all sorts of lovely creations.....
Thank you Jodi!

Monday, August 04, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Tyndale House Publishers - July 9, 2008)


Chris Fabry


Chris Fabry has a variety of titles to his credit including At the Corner of Mundane and Grace, Spiritually Correct Bedtime Stories, Away with the Manger, The H.I.M. Book, and The 77 Habits of Highly Effective Christians. His latest work is a collaboration with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye.

Chris has recently completed the final book in the Left Behind The Kids series, available Fall 2004. Readers of all ages have followed the lives of Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and the others. Now read how their exciting stories culminate in book 40 of this beloved series. Dogwood is his first adult fiction.

Chris and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children and make their home in Colorado. Chris has worked in Christian radio and now enjoys narrating audio books as well as writing. He believes his career as a husband and father is the real evidence of God's grace in his life.


In the small town of Dogwood, West Virginia, Karin has buried her shattered dreams by settling for a faithful husband whose emotional distance from her deep passions and conflicts leaves her isolated. Loaded with guilt, she tries to raise three small children and "do life" the best she can.

Will returns to Dogwood intent on pursuing the only woman he has ever loved--only to find there is far more standing in his way than lost years in prison. The secrets of Will and Karin's past begin to emerge through Danny Boyd, a young boy who wishes he hadn't survived the tragedy that knit those two together as well as tore them apart.

The trigger that will lay their pain bare and force them to face it rather than flee is the unlikely figure of Ruthie Bowles, a withered, wiry old woman who leads Karin so deep into her anger against God that it forces unexpected consequences.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dogwood, go HERE

My thoughts:
This book carries with it so much emotion and feeling. I started into the book thinking it would be a light easy fluffy read. It was one that could not be put down. I had to know if the characters would survive their turmoil. Tumultuous, twisted and in the end a surprise. A lovely entry for Mr. Fabry into the world of adult works.