Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Online Quilt Show

I am so excited!! 
Every year about this time my friend Sharon over on Hobbies on a Budget does a very cool online quilt show. No getting out to weather the cold, or the crowds, and it doesn't cost anything. You can browse from the convenience of your home while sitting in bed or on your couch drinking your hot cocoa or coffee. 
She has some amazing quilters, both professional and non-professional, display their quilts and tell the stories behind them. 
A few years ago I participated by sharing a quilt I made for my mom with photos of our family. 
Go HERE to read about it.

I am not a big quilter, although I do really enjoy it, when I get a chance to do it. 
Last year I made a quilt for my daughter's boyfriend, and hope to enter it in the quilt show this year. 
This past November/December I made a t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine. It turned out really pretty, not just your typical sew-all the t-shirts together type quilt. 

I hope you'll come back the beginning of February to join many others as well as myself for the upcoming show!! And if you have a quilt you have made or maybe someone has made for you, I hope you will enter too. You don't have to have a blog, just head on over to Hobbies on a Budget and drop Sharon an email with your story and a picture of your quilt. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris - A Review

His cover is blown. Now his enemies are on his heels and closing in.

Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton--the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from Christy Award-winning Lisa Harris will leave you breathless.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Who Is Jesus? by MaryAnn Diorio - A Review

"Does Jesus give tummy aches when you’re bad?"
"Does he get mad at you when you’re naughty?"
"Does he laugh at you when you fall down?"

Award-winning children’s author Mary Ann Diorio, who holds a doctorate of philosophy, draws on her experience as a mother, grandmother and teacher to tackle these tough questions in a heartwarming way in her new children’s book, “Who is Jesus?”

Helping parents, grandparents and caregivers answer many questions kids ask, “Who Is Jesus?” is a delightful and uplifting read that helps children come to know Jesus as love personified and as someone who cares about them and loves them with a perfect love.

“Children ask tough questions that can be particularly challenging to answer,” Diorio says. “Questions like, ‘Does Jesus love me when I mess up?’ and ‘Did God make me sick?’ The goal of this book is to help answer these questions from the truth of Scripture, presented in an engaging and relatable way that young toddlers can understand.”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Awakening by Tracy Higley - A Review

Kallie Andreas is a mystery, even to herself. 

Seven years ago Kallie woke up in a New York City museum, injured and traumatized. Alone and unclaimed.

Despite her shattered memories, she's worked her way into a position as assistant curator in that very museum, and now she wants nothing more than to pursue funding for her project--assembling pieces from the ancient Minoans.

But then the blackouts start. Lost time, stranded in terrifying danger, frantic visions that can't be real. A threatening phone call may be nothing more than paranoia and madness. Or perhaps not.

It's time to start seeing her psychiatrist more often.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:18-19
Maybe things are a little stressful right now, finances are tight, the weather is cold and can get a bit depressing - unless you love winter - someone you love is sick...
Remember, God's Word is full of comfort that will delight our souls. Spend some time in His Word!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Torn Asunder by Alana Terry - Review

Torn Asunder is the newest suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry. Torn Asunder is the story of Hannah and Simon, two North Korean refugees who sneak back into their country to serve as underground missionaries. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Simon and Hannah learn that staying together won't just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.

Monday, January 5, 2015

My One Word for 2015

A few years ago, I found a blog that encouraged readers to choose one word to define their upcoming year.
I took the challenge and for the last few years have chosen a word each year to try to learn about and live by.
Several of my words have included Meekness, Focus, and Intercession or Prayer.Wordle: Untitled
Can you guess this years??

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Can't Believe Its Over

I can hardly believe this year is over! 
But I am also excited about beginning a new year. 
I haven't set many goals for the new year other than just walking closer with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as selecting my ONE WORD for the year!  
(hopefully an upcoming post on that one)

As far as my blogging goes... It needs a lot of work, I know.  Because in spite of the fact that I enjoy it immensely, I have to remind myself that I CANNOT always do it all, as I would like to think, and it is mostly just a hobby.  I need to work on prioritizing better as I often tend to over commit - although not on purpose. My eyes are just sometimes bigger than my reading time and ability as it has been of late. I have gotten so far behind on my reviews, I am embarrassed.  I will definitely be working on getting that back on track in the new year, so if yours is the book, I have yet to review - please forgive me.

The past couple of months, other than my family, my main focus ended up on a quilt project I was working on. (Along with all my other obligations - sewing and alterations are kind of a side job of mine and something I very much enjoy doing) A friend of mine had some of her daughters T-shirts from the years she played ball in school, and wanted to turn them into a quilt as a gift.

After quite a few hours of exciting and challenging work this is how it turned out. 
I am so excited!! But I cannot take all the credit. She picked out her own mix of colors and patterns and also decided on what pattern she wanted. But I love the way it looks and so did she.