Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve ?

Apparently it is already Christmas Eve and no one told me the time seems to go into warp speed when you have kids. Or perhaps they did and I just wasn't listening...that is entirely possible;)

To update you on the happenings of our lives lately: Our van has been found, but not returned to us as of yet. It still sits at the repair shop being repaired. And most likely will stay there until the end of the month. However, the gracious and kind gentleman at the shop took pity on us and loaned us a courtesy car until our van is done! Happy happy day! That is a miracle in and of itself. We'd had a rental car, but maxed out our allotment so had been car-less up until yesterday. It is very painful having to rely on others. I am VERY thankful for all the help we have received (with rides etc) but I so despise being an inconvenience. Just don't like it. So now hopefully, we are almost normal again. Oh...and I had the option of which car to choose at the repair shop for our courtesy vehicle-big or small. I chose small:) You should see Steve behind the wheel. LOL.

Emma is SOOOOOO enjoying the break from school. Poor little duck just needs a break every now and again. Her favorite thing to do over the break? Rolling in the snow in the yard. The is bliss to her. It's like she doesn't even feel the cold, she is too happy and excited with playing to feel it. I love standing at the window watching.

Oliver has been counting the days. Yesterday he must have gone to the calendar a thousand times to check if the day had changed without him knowing it.
I am glad for his sake that he doesn't have to wait much longer.

The kids and I played games and laughed so hard yesterday. We ate treats and had a lot of fun just doing family stuff. Not rushing around like crazed maniacs. I love this non rushed feeling. Calm.

Steve (and all the other blessed posties) have been working their little tails off.
Truly dedicated workers in that business. The alarm here has gone off a few times this week around 4am for Steve to get an early start. Grog.
It'll be nice for him to have the day off tomorrow.

Happy Christmas to you all!
Cherish those around you:)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Book Review


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Where Do I Go?

Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)

by

Neta Jackson



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

They're trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.

It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. While Neta has Where Do I Go?, her husband Dave has written Harry Bentley's Second Chance.



ABOUT THE BOOK

A story of seeking-and finding-God's will in unlikely places.

Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree, spirited young woman she was when she married her husband fifteen years ago. But when the couple moves to Chicago to accommodate Philip's business ambitions, Gabby finds the chance to make herself useful. It's there she meets the women of Manna House Women's Shelter; they need a Program Director-and she has a degree in social work. She's in her element, feeling God's call on her life at last, even though Philip doesn't like the changes he sees in her. But things get rough when Philip gives Gabby an ultimatum: quit her job at the shelter or risk divorce and losing custody of their sons. Gabby must take refuge, as in the song they sing at Sunday night worship: "Where do I go when there's no one else to turn to? . . . I go to the Rock I know that's able, I go to the Rock."

Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “Exquisite characters coupled with God's mercy and love emanate from each page.”

Publisher's Weekly adds, “Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series ... promises the same.... The book's dramatic ending ... leav[es] readers eager for the next installment in the series.”

To read the Prologue and first Chapter of Where Do I Go?, go HERE

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thoughtful

December usually brings about a time of reflection for me.
What have we done over the year? What do our hearts look like
going into the new year? Have I done enough, loved enough, laughed enough?
Have I shown enough gratitude?
Perhaps yes to all of the above, but ultimately I can always do more.

These past few weeks have been busy and I am so looking forward to the holidays.
Even in the busyness, there has been so much joy.
Normally we are run ragged by now, but not this year.
Tonight I stayed in with the kids and we decorated a gingerbread house
and gingerbread men (Thanks Krista Jefferson!).
It wasn't mass chaos rushing rushing rushing.
We were just hanging out and eating the candies and getting muck all up our arms having a ball. Good times.

My son makes my heart seize when he prays these days.
Lately he has been praying for the homeless, that they
will have a warm place to stay and food to eat.
Also he's been praying that "people are not too greedy
getting too much stuff because then there won't be anything
left for anyone else."
Cute and yet it speaks volumes! My goodness! He's only 5.

Emma loves school, but she is sure looking forward to the
holiday. I can't believe what they teach is grade two now!

I am excited for the coming weeks.
There are some good things happening:)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Book Review


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Engaging Father Christmas

FaithWords (October 30, 2008)

by

Robin Jones Gunn



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawaii.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE

Warm and cozy to sit down with for the holidays. Just that kind of book that makes you think of winter and Christmas with family and warm fuzzies. A great little read!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Free Coffee

At Cinnabon

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Quills And Promises

Barbour Publishing, Inc (May 28, 2008)

by

Amber Miller



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my 30's, married the love of my life in July 2007, and live in beautiful Colorado just east of the Front Range of the Rockies, but I love to travel and visit new places. Ultimately, my dream is to own horses and live in a one-level rancher or log cabin nestled in the foothills of the mountains. For now, I will remain where I am and do what I love—design web sites and write.

Amber's very first book, Promises, Promises, released in February 2008. It's a historical fiction set in Delaware during the Colonial period and the Great Awakening. The other 2 books in the series are this current one, Quills And Promises (July 2008) and Deceptive Promises (December 2008). In 2009, they will be repackaged for a state set entitled Delaware Brides. She has also sold another series set in historical Michigan during the Industrial Revolution. The 3 books in that series will begin releasing in May 2009 and will be repackaged in 2010 as Michigan Brides.


ABOUT THE BOOK

-- Separated from Madison when he leaves to fight the French and Indians, Elanna Hanssen must choose between her heart and her head, especially when Madison's integrity is questioned. --

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not until thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Innocence paired with wisdom beyond her years. With these traits, Elanna Hanssen unwittingly captures the attentions of Major Madison Scott. Her honest desire to understand the war fascinates him, and he resolves to get to know this perspicacious young lady better. When his military duty separates them, they begin a correspondence, cautiously baring their hearts to each other. Elanna has never known emotions like this before, but she is drawn to the integrity she sees in her major. When a local news reporter questions the major's credentials and activities, however, will she allow her heart or her head to rule? Can true love grow over such distance and around such obstacles?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Quills And Promises, go HERE.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Technology is amazing!

We received Oliver's new FM system yesterday from the hospital.
I thought the hearing aides made a difference, but this, this is a
stunner! I don't have to raise my voice at all. I can even whisper
IN ANOTHER ROOM.
Of course I have been playing with it;)
Last night I was upstairs and Oliver was downstairs. I spoke into
the microphone and said "Oliver if you can hear me say 'ding dong'".
He said "Ding Dong!" with gusto.
This morning when I dropped him off I left it on and got outside the school...
then said "Bye Oliver I love you!"
I am not sure if he heard me or not because his teacher's system may have intercepted mine-or mine may have gone through the gym like his teacher's has before. LOL. I don't know. I am sure the novelty will wear off, but for now I am excited because it is another step up for my boy...and a connection that we have:)
He can't turn me off, only I can. Poor little guy.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Book Review


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Perfect Day

FaithWords (October 22, 2008)

by

Lauraine Snelling



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.

Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, go HERE


My Thoughts: Some books I pick up and have to really force myself to get into them, but not this one. I found myself teary eyed just reading the jacket (which I normally try not to read because I always feel that they give too much away).
I can not imagine the emotions that must have taken place between the two women.
This book is saturated from beginning to end with goodness. Love it!