Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunflower Serenade by Tricia Goyer is the latest installment in the Home to Heather Creek series by Guideposts.
The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. Sam is skeptical about it, especially since his friend Jordan is visiting from San Diego. What if Jordan tells everyone back in California that Nebraska is boring? As Sam struggles to impress his old friend, Christopher is hard at work getting Toby ready for the fair's dog show, and Emily finds herself wrapped up in winning a blue ribbon with a new hobby. But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using heather Creek to film a country star's new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?
You don't have to have read the previous books in the series to fall in love with Sunflower Serenade. Tricia's compelling storytelling and skillful prose brings these characters to life.
For more information on Guideposts Home to Heather Creek series you can visit their website here.
Kaye Dacus does it again! With Menu for Romance she brings us another sweet love story, this time between Meredith Guidry, a party planner and Major O'Hara, a chef. These characters grow separately and towards each other through the story.
After eight years of unrequited love, Meredith Guidry makes a New Year’s resolution to find someone new and end her single status before the year’s over. Executive Chef Major O’Hara has foresworn relationships, knowing he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his. But when it seems he’s about to lose Meredith Guidry to another man, he realizes he must concoct a MENU FOR ROMANCE to win her back.
You can purchase this book at Barnes & Noble.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I've been blogging for years on a different site. Thought I'd pull some posts from over there and share them here. Just some funny stuff that's happened in my life over they years. Here's the first one. Enjoy.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Spinach SaladWe went out to lunch today at a local restaurant that was featured in season two of Alton Brown's Feasting on Asphalt. Pie Town Stompin' Grounds looked like a fun little local place and we looked it up online last night, perused the menu and decided to give it a go.
I suppose I am somewhat of a picky eater. I try to eat natural foods and I'm pretty conscious of what I put into my body. I ordered the spinach salad and asked for no croutons and no dressing. Easy order I think.
In a while the food came to the table and my salad was covered with bacon dressing. The waitress put it in front of me and said, "Oh they put dressing on that, didn't they?"
I said, "Yes, I wanted no dressing and no croutons. I don't want the bacon either."
She was a little "not all there" to begin with and apparently this request put her over the edge. She got all blank and said, "No bacon?"
I said, "No bacon, no dressing, no croutons. Just vegetables and the egg."
My family is happily eating away.
Several long minutes later the waitress came back and said, "We're out of spinach, can we give you the salad on regular lettuce?"
My family is now half done eating.
I said that was fine.
My. Salad. Never. Came.
Spacey girl met us at the counter when we got up to pay. Wayne said, "She never got her salad."
She said, "Yeah. I know. Sorry."
Wayne asked her to be sure she took it off of the bill. She just said, "Yeah. I won't charge you for that."
Unbelievable. If it's going to happen it'll happen to me.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage by Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey is one of the most insightful and yet hysterical things I've ever read. The self-proclaimed "two sexiest fat men in America" include in this book, top ten lists written by their wives on things that their husbands to that get on their nerves (soooo funny!) They dissect the marriage vows in a way I'd never thought of eg: In sickness and in health:
In sickness: He gets a mullet haircut.
In health: He publicly repents for the existing mullet and burns all photos.
In sickness: She has a credit card addiction.
In health: He uses the credit cards for target practice.
I'm telling you, there is some funny stuff in this book. The best part though is the bonus CD that's included inside the back cover. Apparently these two have a radio show (which I've now found online) and this CD includes eleven segments from it.
While not all humorous, this book has some serious sides too. It encourages couples to respect each other, continue to go on dates (even has some ideas about that) and to generally care for each other. This book will go on my bookshelf as one of my favorites.
This book is from Thomas Nelson and you can purchase it at Amazon.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I know I've said in the past that I'm tired of Amish fiction. But Cindy Woodsmall does Amish fiction unlike anyone else. And she's done it again! The Hope of Refuge has taken everything I thought I knew about this genre and turned it all upside down. This is one great book. It has kept me on the edge of my seat (I know, Amish and on-the-edge-of-my-seat seems like an oxymoron....LOL) and keeps me coming back for more.
You can purchase this book here.
You can purchase this book here.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Been thinking a lot lately. It seems that some people have the same problems over and over. They react and over-react the same way in response to these problems.
At what point do you look in the mirror and realize that maybe you are the problem?
Just something I'm chewing on.
Woodhouse Family Welcome Home! by Kimberley Woodhouse follows the Woodhouse family through several years of their children's illnesses and diagnoses. It also follows their ministry through several states and shows how God works through all situations and how He brings true joy to those who trust in Him.
This is an amazing little book and had me crying in both heartache and joy throughout.
It also chronicles how God took care of them when it seemed as though they had lost everything through Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
Very encouraging read, one that I highly recommend.
You can purchase it here.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In the everyday stretch and squeeze of motherhood, Tricia Goyer often feels smooshed by the demands of life. In Blue Like Play Dough, she shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own. As her story unfolds, Tricia realizes that God has more in store for her than she has ever imagined possible.
Sure, life is messy and beset by doubts. But God keeps showing up in the most unlikely places–in a bowl of carrot soup, the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon, a woe-is me teen drama, or play dough in the hands of a child.
In Tricia’s transparent account, you’ll find understanding, laughter, and strength for your own story. And in the daily push and pull, you’ll learn to recognize the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.
You can read an excerpt of the book here.
Using her own experiences as a teen mother, and leader of today’s generation, Tricia’s vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers and wives through her educational and inspirational speaking, workshops and books. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging extraordinary things with God’s help. Tricia expresses real life, real hope, for real women.
Tricia is the author of 20+ books and has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Guideposts for Kids, Focus on the Family, Christian Parenting Today, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005.
In her fiction novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historical stories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research.
Each of her World War II and Spanish Civil War novels tell the inspiring stories of engaging characters—and a God whose hand is evident in the landscape of history and the obstacles of ordinary lives.
Tricia speaks to groups interested in these eras, with the intention of preserving and honoring the memory of the men and women who served.
She also speaks and conducts workshops for teens around the nation, and offers programs to assist teens and teen moms through Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, which she founded. Tricia is a frequent workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Convention.
You can purchase the book on Tricia's website here.