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 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. 


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!)


All's Fair


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


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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Homemade Frosted Pumpkin Hand Soap~

This smells heavenly. ~  It makes about a gallon for just pennies!

1 bar of Dove soap
1/4 cup of Borax
1/4 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
4 cups of water

Grate a bar of soap with a hand cheese grater. Add to an old pan. ( so you can whisk it good) Next, add  the water. Melt until it is totally dissolved. Slowly add Borax and Washing Soda. Cook on medium heat until it thickens like frosting~about 10 minutes.

Cool quickly ~ I cooled on my porch. As it cools keep whisking it. It will become very thick. Add enough hot water slowly after it cools until it reaches the consistency you wish.

 I added Frosted Pumpkin scent and food coloring. You could use natural scents or leave as is if you like.

I buy all my scents form Natures Garden Candle Supplies online.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Lesson From Down Under~

I have a sweet blog friend~ Ann in Australia~  who has become a dear friend. You can follow her most days on Facebook under Grace My Table  (Just click that link) which is her new business.  I am already counting down the days because her daughter is coming to America for a holiday (as she would call it) and she will be coming here to stay for a few days. I am already concerned about what I can show her. I am so excited. Although ~ I am apprehensive that this "Show Me State" has anything as grand as all the beauty and exotic creatures they have in their own backyard. We are going to have a ball. I am already trying to plan our time together. It will be great fun having Michaela! 

One of the things that attracted me to Ann's blog was she is a homeschool mom who loves God with her whole heart. I love hearing about her koalas and her pythons in her back yard. I love hearing about her fancy cooking ~ which is much different than ours. But most of all we have become good friends across the miles~ sort of kindred souls.  I will visit her one day~ that is a promise, Ann!

A while back I was reading a Daily Bread and it talked about two of my dear friend's animals that are indigenous to Australia. I have seen pictures often on her blog of such ~ kangaroos and emus. Because of their body shape and the length of their strong tail they rarely move backwards. They can move along bouncing forward but can't shift easily in reverse. Both animals appear on Australia's coat of arms  as a symbol that the nation is to be ever moving forward and making progress. Kind of neat ~ Right!

I have held close to my heart what the Apostle Paul told us about how to approach this life of faith as a follower of Jesus. You see ~ he was a man who had tortured and put to death many Christ followers. That is until the day he had an encounter with Jesus ~ himself. When Paul invited Jesus into his heart he found forgiveness, mercy, and grace. I am sure he had to preach this sermon to himself so often and I am so glad he recorded it for me to remind myself oh-so-very often that it is wise to learn from the past but we are to be moving forward~ making progress just like the beautiful Australia. 

Philippians 3:13-14King James Version (KJV)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I plan to move forward today~ never reaching back. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Here Comes Fall~

 Happy Friday~
Today the temperatures are cool and I am trying to get motivated to get my fall decorating done. 
I will be heading to see my grand babies in a week and when I return home I will be having surgery. I am so excited to see my Texas family and Hannah will be coming home to take care of her momma. 

This is a re-post from last year to inspire me and maybe you too. I love this time of year but I am honestly  having a hard time this year with a cloud hanging over my head. I am going to get my worship music on and do my best. Trusting God one step at a time.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend.  Blessings ~ Carrie

          Everyone must take the time to sit 
and watch the leaves turn.
-Elizabeth Lawrence

I Love Fall~ I am so ready for some cool days~ apple cider and pumpkins. I also tend to think about organizing life this time of year but most importantly I work on recommitting to my devotion time with God. I so need it~ don't you?

F~Fellowship with Christ

The most important thing we can do in life is to have a strong relationship with God. Life is hard ~ I need God. Without Him I would be pushing through doors I should never go through and chasing my own foolish whims. I need His wisdom~ guidance and direction each and every day.

Romans 6:12-13 

 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Psalm 119:11 

 11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Colossians 3:16 

 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

A~Abiding in Christ

In order to abide in Christ, I need not only be in the Word constantly but I need to be in obedience with what He wants from my life.  Life is more peaceful when I am in harmony with my Creator.

"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 1 John 3:24

L~Leaning on Christ

We do not have to walk through this world alone. We don't have to survive in our own strength. We can lean on Christ. We can let Him fight our battles so to speak. And~it sure seems like life is full of battles. 

Life is much sweeter when I'm following my leader. (I just love that song.)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."    Psalm 46:1

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."    Psalm 91:1,2

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."   2 Corinthians 12:10

L~Loving and Living For Christ

We should love Christ because He first loved us. He loved us so much that He gave His life in order for us to have fellowship with Him. He died to take away my sin and give me eternal life. It is only right that I should give Him my life and live according to His will and plan ~not according to my own agenda. 

"Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." Romans 12:11

"Serve the LORD with gladness..."  Psalm 100:2

Fall  is such a wonderful time to refresh our relationship with God. As it brings us cool invigorating weather it can also bring us a close relationship with the Lord. It truly will revive our souls and bring us joy for our journey. 

Now don't we all need His crisp and invigorating power breezing through our lives. 

Happy first day of Fall!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Goodnight Ark~ Children's Book Review

Laura Sassi tells this story we all love to tell to our children in a cleaver kid- like way. She does it set to rhyme. What a cute story. Noah gets all the animals on the ark two by two as we all know from the Biblical account but this story as a little twist. The animals begin to hear the pitter ~ patter and the storm scares them all right into Noah's bed.  Doesn't that sound familiar to any parent. Such a cute story.

 This is such a sweet bedtime story and this copy is going to one of my little grands for Christmas. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for any child on your list.   It is a large hard back book with beautiful and bright pictures. Jane Chapman did a wonderful job illustrating each and every line.

I have been provided this book by Thomas Nelson for my honest review. I rate this book 5 stars.

Easy~ Pumpkin Painting On Canvas

I am so excited for Fall~ I love welcoming in a new season. I had been scrolling through Pinterest looking for inspiration when I stumbled across this painting and I followed the trail back to an amazing blog.

I could not wait to try this painting! It was so easy and fun to do. I found the step-by-step instructions on Jennifer Rizzo's blog. Wow~ does she have some amazing stuff. I am a new follower. Click here to get the instructions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"It May Be Cancer"

Psalm 46:1

 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Do you ever feel like you wake up somewhere you don't belong? Last week My Brian and I walked into the Cancer Treatment Center at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. You just couldn't miss the bright big letters announcing where you were as you walked through beautiful big french doors. As we walked through the grand entrance I could not help but think why am I here?

 As I looked around the waiting room ~ it was filled with ladies from all ages with sweet faces underneath shiny bald heads and beautiful scarfs. Many were wearing wigs but all were toting a sweet smile of some degree. Somehow they seemed to be conveying~  "I am so sorry you are here."  I had seen the same sympathy expression the day I walked out of the building where my testing had been done. They were not allowed to tell me what they had found of course until my Doctor gave me that me that dreaded call. But I could read their faces~ the same face that read, "I am sorry." 

 As I began to study each face in that waiting room some  had no hair at all and some had a spiky do going on ~ I begin to think why not me? I am no better than any lady here. I begin to silently pray for those I did not know. I began to pray for myself. 

CANCER~  such an ugly word that none of us want to hear. I am not sure mine is cancer until it is removed from my body and put under a microscope but all the ladies in the waiting room that day had already been told ~"You have cancer" NOT "You may have cancer." 

I will admit I am afraid. I will admit I am so vain. I confessed to God for  EVER complaining about my baby thin hair. I will admit I am not looking forward to a major surgery. I will admit I don't want to trust a Doctor that I have never met before in my life. 

Yet~ I am a person of faith in a STRONG GOD! I am weak but He is strong! I am not sure I have total confidence in this Oncologist. But I am sure I have total confidence in MY GOD.  I am not sure I can do this in my own strength but I have total confidence in MY GOD'S STRENGTH. He has never once left me or forsaken me. 

This morning I am finding comfort in this verse~

Genesis 16:13

 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

This is Hagar crying out to God. She was a slave that was abused and misused  for some other's selfish desires. Sara and Abraham were mean to her. Yet~ she cried out to her God and said, "You are the God that sees me." God knew where Hagar was that day Sara kicked her to the curb. And mine and your Bible tells us that God heard her~ He answered her. Hagar called Him ~ El Roi. She was the first person to call God that.  El Roi means - the God who sees me. 

God's eyes were on me when I walked into that Canter Treatment Center and if I have cancer or not ~ He is not caught by surprise.  Grace has brought me safe this far and with grace, I will carry on. 



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