Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Countdown Is Over~


My Hannah is at home with her camera~ I miss this girl so much 
and I am excited she came home to take care of her momma!

I have been so blessed today by emails, text and phone calls from friends~ many of you. Thank you for praying for me. I believe in the power of prayer.  I believe God hears and answers prayer. It means the world to me to know that you are praying for me.

The wait is over and tomorrow morning I will be trusting God as I go into the operating room. I mean after all ~this is where the rubber meets the road. In the midst of uncertainly I am trusting God's will in allowing me to walk through this valley. God never promises that there will never be storms that rage and valleys to walk through but He does promise to never leave us or forsake us. I know this to be true because He has proven himself to me time and time again.

I will be back soon~ thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the well wishes and mostly your prayers. I covet each and every one of them!


Philippians 4:6-

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I'm Really Afraid~



Are these not the cutest little super heroes? I am about to wrap up my time with my sweet babies and head back to Missouri. My plan was to spend this week having fun ~ and I did. I so enjoyed spending the week with my kids. 

I am returning home to face surgery next week and I am scared.  I am afraid of the surgery~ I have never been put under. And that "C" word is causing even more fear.  I wish I could say I was full of peace at this moment in time but I have researched hours and hours and caused myself more concern. Maybe blind trust is better than knowing all the facts.  

 I know that God uses our circumstances to shape and mold us ~develop our character and make us more like Him so we can be used by Him. I just hate it when fear comes to paralyze and steal my peace. I sort of feel like pulling the covers up over my head and staying there. I know God is in control and I can face the future without fear. I know that He is my security and He can calm the storm in me. 

Proverbs 3:24-26

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

When I am weak~ He is strong! Tonight I am praying for peace and that I will let my faith be bigger than my fear. I am praying that I can do this with grace.  I am afraid but I am going to put my trust in God. 

Psalm 56:3

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

When we pray God's angels set up a circle of protection around us. So when we are feeling scared we should be prompted to pray. And when we pray we can be reassured of the Lord's presence. And if He is with us~ we can face our fears.

Psalm 34:7King James Version (KJV)

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

God's promises are true. They comfort us ~ they reassure us~ and they challenge us to
 live like we really know this to be true.  Now after preaching this sermon to myself I am praying that sweet sleep awaits me. 





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christmas At Rose Hill Farm Book Review~ Christmas Is Just Around The Corner!


I have probably read and reviewed 50 or more books this year. I will admit sometimes I may skip over a line here or there or even skim read it if it does not grab my attention. Let me tell you right up front I did not miss one jot or tittle of Christmas At Rose Hill Farm.

 I have long been a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher~ she has even stopped by here a time or two. I love her style of writing and she just has a way of holding your attention from the beginning to the end. I know when I pick up one of her books I am going to be carried away to far away places. This book has to be my favorite book of the year.

I was captured by the sassy Bess from the first time I opened the book. She is planning her wedding as she is preparing to put her roses to rest for the winter. She will soon be leaving Rose Hill Farm to move to her new home with Amos. Amos is a wonderful Amish man ~ gentle and kind~ even the greatest catch. Yet ~ why does the world turn upside down when Billy Lapp returns home and walks into her greenhouse?

 I love that the book has rose history~ Christmas ~ romance and the unknown Christmas visitor all in one book. This is one book you do not want to miss this Christmas season.  I rate this book off the charts! I absolutely~  loved this book.

You did it again Suzanne~ Great Book!





Join best-selling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm will charm readers into the holiday spirit.
Suzanne is hosting a “Christmas Rose” iPad bundle giveaway and a nation-wide Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch in November. Enter the giveaway below and sign up to host a brunch HERE.
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TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • A Rose-patterned iPad case
  • A Rose-patterned phone case (for any model phone)
  • A Christmas wreath
  • A set of Christmas hand-towels
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Five second place winners will receive:
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 28th. All winners will be announced September 29th at Suzanne’s blog.
rosehill-brunchbuttonHost a Christmas at Rose Hill FarmBook Club Brunch! This fall Suzanne is inviting book clubs across the nation to throw a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch. Sign up here between now and September 29. If you’re selected as one of the 50 hosts, you’ll receive a copy of the book plus two other Revell titles (give them away as party prizes or door prizes or keep them for yourself), a complete party kit, and a discount code to purchase copies of Christmas at Rose Hill Farmfor your book club at a discount. Suzanne is also encouraging each book club brunch to collect non-perishable items for their local community shelter. She will be making a donation to her favorite charity (helping abused women and children) for every brunch that meets their goal. Click here for more details and to SIGN UP!

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY AND BE SURE TO VISIT SUZANNE’S BLOG ON THE 29TH TO SEE IF YOU WON ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES! (OR BETTER YET, SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOGAND HAVE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX!)

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{MORE ABOUT CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL FARM}

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm || (Revell Books, September 2014)
Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn’t who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It’s time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy’s cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos’s wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can’t forget Billy.
When a “lost” rose is discovered at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. Get in, identify the rose, and get out. That’s his plan. The only catch is that he’s having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose, and he can’t get those tropical blue eyes of Bess Riehl out of his mind.
As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy–and Amos, too–that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.
Suzanne Woods Fisher

{MORE ABOUT SUZANNE WOODS FISHER}

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi
Find out more about Suzanne at http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adventures Bible for Toddlers Book Review~



It is never to early too start teaching our children the stories in God's Word. This little book is wonderfully illustrated.  It is thick and sturdy for little toddler's hands. It contains 10 of our favorite stories: Creation, Noah's Ark, David and Goliath and the birth of of Saviour ~ just to name a few. Each story is told on a little child's level~ beautifully done. 
What a great way to win our children's hearts for Jesus. This would make a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer~ which is exactly what I plan to do with this copy.

I rate this book 5 stars. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description

The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.
About the Author
Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All's Fair In Love and Cupcakes~ And A Chance To Win A Kindle



I have been reading this fun book while soaking up the last few minutes of summer.  This is not my typical style of book but I could not resist that cuter than cute cover. 

Poor Kat has been stuck in her Aunt Maggie's Bakery forever. Every day it is the same ~ vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Never anything new just the same of- more of the same. She is just dying to try her crazy creations on the customers in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Only her her aunt refuses to let her toss things up.

Lucas ~ her forever friend is the only one who believes in her. And he loves her unusual combinations like her Raspberry Lemon Torte Cupcake. Well in fact~ he loves more than her cupcakes but he is afraid that friends are all they may ever be. 

When he enters her in a cook off show everything changes. If you love the cooking war shows ~ this book is for you. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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cupcakes-400-clickDon’t miss Betsy St. Amant’s latest fiction release, All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A “sweet” tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible “sure thing,” St. Amant’s novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.
Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party!
One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle
  • All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the Love & Cupcakes” Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a “sweet” book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!
So grab your copy of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAYTELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 18TH!

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{MORE ABOUT ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES}

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes
Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.
Betsy St. Amant

{MORE ABOUT BETSY ST. AMANT}

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.
Find out more about Betsy at http://www.betsystamant.com/.

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