Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate

From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?

This book is available on Amazon and Deeper Shopping

Monday, February 8, 2016

My Intentional Mondays

Do you know when I write my best posts?
In my mind, while I am in the shower, washing dishes, walking or when I am laying in the bed at night almost asleep.... Yeah... Any time or place when I cannot get to the computer to type what my brain is composing. Then, when I do sit down to write... the words don't flow, I forget what I came up with... etc...etc...
Sooooo.... What you see is what you get... (smile)
I am seriously thinking of getting myself a digital voice recorder that I can carry around with me. But do I want to get caught speaking my thoughts out loud? In a quiet room, it would be awkward, and even more awkward to play back myself. On the street, someone might think I'm nuts. And I don't suppose those recorders are water proof for the shower, nor that my family would appreciate me talking to myself when they are trying to sleep. I will have to come up with a better plan.

Well, since I had what I was going to say all figured out, until I sat down to write, I will just have to wing it again.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber Including a GIVEAWAY

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

 Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles  . . .

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures by Carol A. Brown

 Strange creatures are popping up all over the place on Farmer White's farm! What is a little pig supposed to do? Does she have to be polite? Should she just ignore them? And what if they're scary? How can you tell the difference between dangerous, or just different? That's what Sassy Pants has to learn when she wanders off by herself in places she isn't supposed to. But sometimes she learns the easy way, and sometimes the hard way. Which one will it be this time? And will she learn what's right in time to stay safe? Follow along with Sassy Pants and Friends, as they try to figure things out.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr

Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #8)Master Hugh, Kate, and their children attend the Midsummer’s Eve fire. The next morning Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the Church of St. Beornwald, and moments later is summoned. Tenants collecting the ashes to spread upon their fields have found burned bones.

Master Hugh learns of several men of Bampton and nearby villages who have gone missing recently. Most are soon found, some alive, some dead. Master Hugh eventually learns that the bones are those of a bailiff from a nearby manor. Someone has slain him and placed his body in the fire to destroy evidence of murder.

Monday, February 1, 2016

High School Memories - T-Shirt Quilt

This past year I had a blast making a T-Shirt Quilt from some High School Sports T-shirts and Jerseys. I made this quilt for a mother was giving her daughter and son-in-law for Christmas. We used a combination of both of their t-shirts from the sports they played and mixed them up to make this beautiful quilt incorporating their school colors. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Intentional Mondays

Every month this year I have a new verse to go along with my word for the year, to keep me focused on living Intentionally. January's was Ephesians 5:15-16.
My February verse:
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Philippians 4:12-16 The Message

How was your week??

I loved the weather this week!
It was like a breath of fresh air, warmth, and sunshine (most days anyhow).
What a gift from above. That is one things I enjoy about the state we live in. Even if we do get cold weather, it doesn't last forever. We usually get a little break before the next bout of cold hits. Thank you, Lord! He knows how I feel about the cold.

I spent quite a bit of time this past week, researching our family history. It has been a very interesting experience. I was blessed to have won a gift

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Stitches - Zipper Bedding

For Christmas, my youngest daughter asked for "Zip-it" bedding. She had seen numerous commercials on TV about this cool bedding that you can make your bed in a "flash" with and no "fuss" involved. Easy, peasy!!
Well, after checking  the reviews and the cost of the bedding, I decided it really wasn't worth the money. The reviews for this particular brand were not very good from what I could tell. So I decided to attempt to create my own.

Here is what I came up with:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

With This Ring? An Enjoyable Collection of Proprosal Tales

Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!
Cover Art
Love isn't always a fairy tale, and it doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. 
Join Karen Witemeyer,  Regina JenningsMary Connealy, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. 
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. 
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Ladybug Buddies Incredible Skydiving Adventure

Get ready for the LADYBUG BUDDIES as they head out on their Incredible Skydiving Adventure! No ladybug has ever flown so high or gone so far from the pop shop before, but they are trying to find out what it really means to be a buddy. That's what they think, anyway. Except it's a lot harder than they thought it would be. And it isn't long before they get into trouble they can't get out of. Not all by themselves. Or, can they?

Available on Amazon

About the Author:
After a career in the Coast Guard, and many years working with youth programs, Jason Graham knows a lot about being a buddy. The Ladybug Buddies Adventures had their beginnings as bedtime stories which he told to his own five children.  He is also a Wilderness Expert at the Widerness School Institute, and a contributor to their popular Backpack Survival Guides. Jason is in the hiring process to work withYouth Dynamics in IdahoHe figures it is his best option to impact kids in a positive way through the outdoors. He enjoys hearing from readers, and you can get in touch with him by contacting him on his website: Graham Family Ministries

FTC requires me to disclose that I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was provided and I am not required to review it positively. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Intentional Mondays

This week was a bit off kilter for me. Holidays and snow days threw my schedule off a little. But it was also a good week for making memories, playing in the snow, taking beautiful pictures, and enjoying my kids. As well as, getting a little extra housekeeping done such as organizing my sewing nook which tends to get out of hand quickly when I am working there. I even had time to work on some of the Bible covers I am making.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday Stitches - Bible Covers

For Christmas, I made my youngest a Bible Cover to go along with her new Bible - the NKJV faithgirlz Bible .

I didn't purchase anything special for this Bible cover, I just used my scraps.  But if making your own, it takes roughly a yard of fabric.

It is made in rag-quilt style by sewing pre-quilted blocks together, then fraying the edges by snipping, washing and drying.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick

He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport. After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student, Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare. 
Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game and the woman he loves.
Available on Amazon

Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she has been a Genesis Award double finalist and winner over several years. 
You can learn more about her and connect via her website http://candeefick.com/

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus - A Kids Devotional

Written for children 6-10, the Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; A Believe Devotional for Kids is part of the national church-wide program led by bestselling author Randy Frazee that shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus, with 90 devotions from the Old and New Testament.
They know the story of the Bible, but do they know what it means?
This 90-Day devotional, written by Oak Hills Church pastor Randy Frazee, is part of the church-wide, ground-breaking Believe campaign and encourages children to follow the footsteps of Jesus. Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; A Believe Devotional for Kids shares the message that the more you believe, the more Jesus can change you from the inside out to become the best person you can be.
As children ages 6-10 walk through 90 devotions from the Old and New Testament—they’ll complete a journey that will