New Year's Eve 2009

It's New Year's Eve already, can you believe it? It's funny how as you get older, time seems to move faster.

Tonight we will be spending our New Year's Eve hanging out at home. My hubby will probably be doing a bit of work down in our basement. Then we'll be playing some games like Scene It! or Uno. And watch New Year's Rockin' Eve with the ball drop. My son loves being able to stay up until midnight and toasting with sparkling cider (although I drink sparkling grape juice because I'm not a fan of cider). He may also be wearing his snuggie as he is this morning. Seems he doesn't want to take that thing off!

If you're at home like I am, check out the New Year's Eve twitter giveaway @ The Bear Bunch. Mommy Bear is giving away prizes like Mary Kay and Discovery Toys. The winners will be announced at midnight to ring in the New Year.

So, what are your New Year's Eve plans?

Wordless Wednesday: USPS Priority Mail

priority mail

cat in a box


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Noah Built An Ark But I can't Find One at Walmart

We had a great Christmas filled with games, cookies, presents, Christmas movies and lots of love. I thought that we'd get through this holiday without incident.

Or so I thought.

The day after Christmas, Santa's mischievous elves decided to play a nasty trick on us. We were out spending a gift card and running a few errands. We came home, watched some more of our favorite t.v. show 24 on DVD, and then my hubby innocently walked down to the basement.

Next thing I knew, he was yelling up to me "Honey, there's water in the basement!"

He must have been joking, right? We've lived in this house over 2 years and it has been completely dry.

I didn't believe him, so I walked downstairs and walked into the basement and stepped into about 6 in. deep of water. I splashed around through it still in disbelief. Our basement was flooded.

We had 2 straight days of rain and snow melt and our sump pump decided to quit on us. We don't know when it started, but the damage was done.

Back out to Sears for some parts for the shop vac. Out to Home Depot for a part for the sump pump. Off to Walmart for some clean up bags and a mask for taking out the dry wall. Bye bye to my Christmas gift card. Too bad they don't sell arks at Walmart. It might have saved all of our stuff.

We lost scrapbooks, high school memories, photos, all of my teaching files, boxes of stuff and my basement office is now in shambles. No more carpet, flooring, or cabinets and counter space. The dry wall has to be removed up to a certain point and the cabinets and counters taken out because the carpet was installed first rather than after the shelving was put in.

It's 3 days later, and my hubby is still trying to rip out everything so we can start bleaching for mold. We can't afford to pay someone else to do this. The rest of our house is a mess because we've had to move what we could save upstairs and haven't figured out where to put it.

I'd like to ask Santa's elves to take back their little gift. Or to provide us with a time machine so we can go back to when the water started and prevent it. But I can't. So maybe I'll ask Walmart to start making arks. Think they will listen?

New Year Coming & A New Look


rainy day blog design

Welcome to the new and improved Attic Girl.

You may have noticed that my design changed over the Christmas holiday. I am incredibly excited about my new look! I have wanted something original for quite a while, and now I finally have something that I love! And it's a perfect way to start off a new year.

Huge thanks go to Emily Joy from Rainy Day Blog Design. She took the idea I had in my head and made it come to life. She is an incredibly talented young lady who also has great tutorials for blogging. Stop by her site and let her know what you think about my new design.

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Merry Christmas My Friends!


I will be spending time with my family over the next few days. I will be back on Monday to talk about my new design! I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and loved ones!

An Irish Christmas Blessing

The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.

Wordless Wednesday: It's a White Christmas

Here are some photos of the Blizzard of '09:


These are our Christmas candy cane lights marking the path to our front steps glowing from underneath the snow!


Our dog Oreo wasn't sure what to make of all this snow. This is the most she's ever seen!


View from our front porch

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Teaser Tuesday: Dear John By Nicholas Sparks

teaser tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"I think my dad was happy. I phrase it like this because he seldom showed much emotion. Hugs and kisses were a rarity for me growing up, and when they did happen, they often struck me as lifeless, something he did because he felt he was supposed to, not because he wanted to."

pg. 9 Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

What are you reading? If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.

Fall Into Reading 2009 Wrap Up


I can't believe that it's already Dec. 21st and I have come to the end of my first reading challenge with Katrina at Callapidder Days! Wow, that sure flew by fast! I'm glad that I started a short list for my first challenge. I have been very busy these last few weeks.

My Original List:

The Transformation by Terri Krauss
Texas Heat by Debra White Smith
Take Two by Karen Kingsbury
Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury
Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

Did you finish reading all the books on your fall reading list? If not, why not?

No, I wasn't able to finish all the books on my list. I was on the waiting list at the library for Take Two and Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury. My turn on the list still hasn't come around yet.

Did you stick to your original goals or did you change your list as you went along?

Yes, I stuck to my original goals to finish the books on my list.

What was your favorite book that you read this fall?

My favorite book that I read was Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall.

Did you discover a new author or genre this fall? Did you love them?

I discovered Cindy Woodsmall's writing and most definitely have fallen in love with her writing style.

Did you learn something new because of Fall Into Reading 2009 – something about reading, about yourself, or about a topic you read about?

I learned that I need to schedule time for reading. I am often so busy on the computer doing business stuff, tweeting, blogging, etc. that I just haven't found time to read as much as I would like.

What was your favorite thing about the challenge?

My favorite part about the reading challenge was being able to set some goals and try my best to follow through on them. I have never tried this before and I think it gave me a lot of motivation!

Want to find out how others did in the Fall Into Reading Challenge? Stop by Katrina's blog. You may find some new books you'll want to read!

Aloha Friday: What's Up For The Weekend

writing prompts, blogging prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

I'm feeling pretty zapped. Antibiotics are really draining. This weekend we are supposed to do Christmas cookies and Christmas light watching, so hopefully I will be up to it. Then there's the snow we're expecting on Saturday that weather forecasters are saying might be up to a foot. I will have to stay inside while my kiddo and hubby go out to play, which will be hard for me to do.

My Question For This Week: What are your weekend plans?

Matthew West Free Download of the Christmas Story

One of my favorite things at Christmas is listening or reading about how it all began: a humble stable, a young woman, her husband, and the birth of Jesus. For me and my family, that is the true meaning behind Christmas. Not the presents under the tree or the time that we spend together (though those things are fun), but the celebration of our Savior's birth.

Want to share the message of Christmas with your family and friends?

Matthew West, Christian recording artist and author of 101 Ways to Give This Christmas Away is offering a free download of the Christmas story from the gospel of Luke, read by the singer himself.

Go to http://www.thechristofchristmas.com/ to get your free download. You can use it as a family listening experience, include a link in your Christmas E-card, embed the file into your Facebook page or website to play automatically, or send it through a text message to play on your phone.

the christ of christmas

This information was provided to me through Tyndale Publishers.

Wordless Wednesday: Sun Bathing


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Teaser Tuesday: Becca By The Book by Laura Jensen Walker

teaser tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"Kailyn's one of those disgusting morning people. She bounds out of bed at seven a.m., all bright-eyed and squirrel-tailed, humming and dancing around like some Disney princess with a halo of happy bluebirds twittering around her head. Good thing I'm a pacifist. Otherwise, I'd blast those stinkin' bluebirds to kingdom come."

pg. 12 Becca by the Book by Laura Jensen Walker

What are you reading? If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.

A Hop Skip & A Jump & Some White Hot Chocolate From Starbucks

This weekend I pretty much stayed attached to the couch. I have come down with the ick. The nose blowing, coughing, fever, achy, can't get myself off the couch kinda ick.

In honor of said ick, my hubby was kind enough to go to Starbucks and get me a nice hot drink to soothe my throat. I have never had Starbucks before. Gasp! I'm not a coffee drinker, so I've never been interested. But when I found out they had hot cocoa, I knew that this was the perfect time to try me some Starbucks.

My hubby bought me the White Hot Chocolate. Can you say WOW! This hot frothy thing became my new best friend. Hot chocolate with white chocolate and vanilla syrup and topped with whipped cream. Worth every single calorie! I actually felt a little more human after drinking it. Perfect for taming the ick if only for a few minutes.

Oh, and by the way, I was this week's featured blogger on Lynn's Meet 'N Greet Monday. I'm so excited I nearly coughed myself back onto the couch!

Hop on over and check out my interview and Lynn's awesome blog.

midday escapades

Bloggy Blog Designz Giveaway


Bloggy Blog Designz is having ANOTHER Holiday Giveaway!!! Last week every entrant won something, so they decided to do it all over again! They are giving away blog designs and all kinds of goodies. Plus ALL entrants will receive 20%off their purchase through the end of the year! Be sure to check out their website for more information, or to enter yourself. Take a look at their portfolio and packages to see what you want for Christmas ;) With 6 giveaways this week, who knows whats in store for next week?
The first 5 entrants will receive a $10 giftcard. The giveaway will close on Dec. 13th, so be sure to have your posts done and comments left by midnight! Good Luck to everyone! We are so excited. Merry (early) Christmas!

Aloha Friday: Christmas Sweaters

writing prompts, blogging prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

I was blog hopping the other day and saw a very funny post about tacky Christmas sweaters. Jenny @ Simply Delightful Designs discussed tacky Christmas sweater parties and showed some great Christmas sweaters that made me laugh. You'll want to hop over and see her post as well as check out her great blog designing skills!

So, confession time. I own a Christmas sweater that others might consider tacky. I've even worn some of those reindeer antler headbands and light bulb necklaces when I was in the classroom. But I think it's playful and fun and what would Christmas be without a tacky sweater?

My Question For You This Week: Do YOU own any tacky Christmas sweaters? What do you think about them?

Check out CafePress Customizeable Christmas Ornaments (Review)

christmas ornaments, gifts

I love decorating our Christmas tree! We have lots of special ornaments collected over the years. Some of our favorite ones are Baby's 1st Christmas, Our First Christmas Together, and ornaments I received while I was teaching. Ornaments are a great way of sharing family memories!

Amy at BSS Media and Cafe Press were kind enough to offer me the opportunity to make 2 of their personalized porcelain Christmas ornaments. I was very excited about this, as I have purchased a few Cafe Press items in the past and had a great experience!

(When I was getting married I created some cute t-shirts for myself and my hubby-to-be. One of them was similar to this shirt:)
Personalized T Shirts

The process was very easy for me to do. Whether you have a lot of computer experience, or a little, it is very user friendly.

Step 1: Choose your design. There are nearly 30 styles you can choose from.

customizable ornaments

Step 2: Upload your photo. (It may take you a bit of time to choose the right one) Once you have it uploaded, you can use the edit design button to fit your photo into the design. There are arrows which allow you to increase or decrease the size and move the position. There are also some designs which allow you to insert text such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays 09."


Step 3: Preview your ornament. This shows you what it will look like on your tree. And the cute red ribbon comes with it for hanging on the tree.


Step 4: Add your ornament to your cart and proceed with checkout. The ornament costs $12 plus shipping. This may seem a bit pricier than other ornaments, but this is a unique item that you will cherish in your home or will make a great gift for your friends and relatives.

Want to make your own personalized Christmas ornament? Click here.

CafePress also has a specific ornament designer they have created for their partner Autism Speaks. Cafepress will give an additional 10% of revenue from these ornament sales to Autism Speaks, dedicated to helping kids with Autism. This is a different designer tool with different templates which can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/designer/ornament/index.aspx?theme=autism.

If an ornament is not on your gift list, you can also find other unique items at CafePress. Right now, they are having a special promotion: $9 special tees!


Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift certificate to purchase two ornaments in addition to receiving 15% potential commission for the purchase of any ornaments through this review within a 30 day period. The opinions shared are my own and have not been swayed by the receipt of said compensation.

Wordless Wednesday: Snow

We got a bit of snow this past weekend. It was mixed with rain, but it was a good enough dusting to play in. Now it's all melted and Mr. Frosty lost his head. But it was pretty while it lasted!

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also link up here and share your post.

A Very Merry SITSmas to You

Have you heard about the SITS girls? These lovely ladies make blogging fun. They came up with this fun idea to share special holiday photos and visit each others' blogs. And there are some prizes to boot! Stop by and see what all the fun is about!

cookie baking

My hubby & son making our favorite sugar cookies

sugar cookies

My favorite is the angel

christmas gifts

Last year Santa brought me my favorite: Gilmore Girls on DVD! I wonder what he's up to this year?

I will leave you with one of my favorite Christmas songs:

Merry SITSmas everyone!

Great Giveaway at a Blog To Brag About

A Blog to Brag About
Huge Giveaway:
Join the fun!

Is your blog in need of some bling? Stop by Jessica's 6 weeks of giveaways. She is giving away the following:

Weekly Prizes:

--One Standard Package ($40 value!)
--One Premium Package ($50 value!)

--1 Custom Button
--1 Custom Signature
--5 Custom Sidebar Titles

I've Been Tagged for Some Christmas Fun

Kristin at Whole Lotta Mama tagged me in this fun Getting to Know you game. Kristin is a stay at home mom of 6! She has a wonderful site dedicated to educating women on domestic abuse. Drop by her site and show her some love!

Ok, on with the game...

Instructions: Simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them. Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Top 10 Christmas, and the blog that you were tagged by. (You can participate even if you were not tagged)

Have you started your Christmas shopping?
Yes, and I'm pretty much finished. Things are tight this year so we're keeping it simple.

Tell me about one of your special traditions.
One of the traditions I have always loved in my family is staying up til midnight on Christmas Eve and getting to open one present. It adds to the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning!

Are you a Black Friday Shopper?
Nope! I'm not a morning person, so there's no way I'd go out at the crack of dawn. Plus, I hate crowds, long lines, and crabby shoppers. But if there is a super duper deal, I might send my hubby out for it (tee hee).

When do you put up your Tree?
The first weekend in December that we have my son; I have joint custody

Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?
We usually stay at home for Christmas.

What is your funniest Christmas memory?
My mom & step-dad came over one Christmas and stayed in our rental townhouse before we moved. For some reason, my mom couldn't sleep and rearranged most of the kitchen before I got up. She also cleaned and it took a long time for us to be able to find anything.

What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?
I love Home Alone. My son really likes it too! Plus, when he does the "face", he kinda looks like Macaulay Culkin.

Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?
LOL I am the last person to ask about baking things. I'm not the best cook. But my hubby helps us make sugar cookies every year and they are delicious!

Fake or Real Tree?
We get a fake tree. The real ones smell great, but the needles drive me nuts and the pets try to eat it. The fake one is less maintenance.

What day (as a mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
It depends, because I don't always have my son on Christmas Day. I panic usually the night before we celebrate together and try to cram everything in. I hate wrapping!

Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Depends if I have my son on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day that year. But I am usually wrapping the day before I have him.

What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
When we are all in our pajamas opening presents together and having a special Christmas breakfast.

What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Crafts? What are those? lol I'm not very crafty. But when I was teaching, I used to love making crafts with the kids during our Christmas parties.

Christmas music. Yes or No, and if yes What is your favorite song?
I love Christmas music! My favorite songs are "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer", "All I Want for Christmas is You," and "O Holy Night."

When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
I'm finished! Woohoo!

I'm tagging:

Molly @ Book Reviews by Buuklvr81
Emily & Elyssa @ Daughters of the King
Too Many Hats
Kelli @ Three Boys & A Dog
Brooke @ Wee Shananigans

This fun getting to know you game started at Top Ten Christmas.

Aloha Friday: Twitterpated

writing prompts, blogging prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

Ok, I have a confession to make. I have become addicted to TWITTER. Shocking, I know! I have joined a couple of twitter parties this week, entered some great giveaways, and made some new twitter friends. And just like McDonald's, I'm lovin it!

So my Question for This Week Is: Are you twitterpated and if so, what's your Twitter handle so I can follow you? (I gotta feed my habit!)

P.S. I'm atticgirl76

April Showers Blog Design Giveaway

April Showers Blog Design is having a HUGE giveaway and celebrating her OPEN waiting list that starts January 1st! April not only does blogs - but also invitations, announcements, calendars, cards, business cards, custom illustrations, and so much more! Just by pasting this paragraph on my blog I'm a winner! www.aprilshowersblogdesign.com

Time Out For Theta Mom Thursday

Yes! Heather is back with another Theta Mom Thursday after transferring her blog over to Wordpress. Missed you Heather!

This was my week:

I've been working like crazy trying to advertise our store. Looking at blogs and drooling over their cool designs. Tweaking my Christmas theme on my own blog. Taking the dog out. Watching my hubby slave over our Thanksgiving meal at home.

(Wait, you say, your hubby made the Thanksgiving meal?? Yep! Because he's the most awesome hubby a girl could have! Oh, and I was afraid to poison my family with the turkey so it was better that he cooked.)

I spent a few days cleaning the house because I hate it when you have people over and your family can see dust bunnies and who knows what else lurking around. I tried to get caught up on all the laundry as well.

After all this "busy-ness" I chose to exercise for my time out.

I spent 20 minutes on my ellyptical and made my legs feel like sticks of concrete. Then I went and ate a snack because for some weird reason I'm always ravenous after I work out. I had a couple of chocolate covered cherries. Which probably defeated the purpose of the workout, but why not? It's my time out and I'll eat if I want to.

What did you do for yourself this week?

Wordless Wednesday: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

These photos were taken during a day trip to DC with my in-laws at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Art by Brian Jungen made out of baseball gloves

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Maize display with dancers

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Another View of the Maize display

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Fantabulously Frugal: You Deserve The Best Giveaway

Fantabulously Frugal: You Deserve The Best Giveaway

You will want to check out this awesome giveaway from Fantabulously Frugal. She is giving away the following prizes:

Gift #1:
Here's what's included (starting in the top left corner):

* $50 Gift Certificate to BeautyTicket.com
* Warm Vanilla Sugar Triple Moisture Body Cream from Bath & Body Works
* Lint-On-The-Go-Sheets from GO-GIRL
* Gucci Buckle Sunglasses
* Voluspa Yuzu Rose Bubble Bath Candle
* Pencil case from Etsy seller Made by Hank stuffed with little goodies
* Paper Source note cards
* Gold leather Kate Spade passport case
* Gold Amrita Singh twisted hoop earrings

Gift #2:
Here's what's included in Gift 2 (starting in the top left corner):

* $50 Gift Certificate to OutfitAdditions.com
* Paper Source note cards
* Tom Ford Fiona Sunglasses
* Dancing Waters Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works
* Silver Amrita Singh twisted hoop earrings
* Voluspa Yuzu Rose Bubble Bath Candle
* Lint-On-The-Go-Sheets from GO-GIRL

Gift #3:
Here's what's included in Gift 3 (starting in the top left corner):

* Lint-On-The-Go-Sheets from GO-GIRL
* Vera Bradley Paper Weight
* Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit
* Paper Source Note Cards
* Voluspa Yuzu Rose Bubble Bath Candle
* Coin Purse from Etsy Seller Made by Hank
* Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask
* Sparkling Sage Open Teardrop Earrings

Want to win one of these gift sets? Head on over to her blog. You have until Dec. 14th to enter. And don't forget to tell her that Shelly @ The Attic Girl sent you! Good luck!

Teaser Tuesday: Gingham Bride by Jillian Hart

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"'I'm here to help you.' It was the deepest truth he had ever known on this earth, a commitment that bound him as surely as God was in the heavens. 'I'm going to make sure you are never frightened like that again.'"

pg. 129 Gingham Bride by Jillian Hart

What are you reading? If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.

Share Your Thanksgiving Celebrations


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at home this year. It started off with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. One of my friends' and former co-workers' daughters was in the parade on the Macy's star; she was with the Towson University marching band. It was so neat to see a local group in the parade!

Later, my sweet hubby cooked turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and stuffing. For dessert, we had some Mrs. Smith's pumpkin and apple pies. They were delicious! Afterward, we watched Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl. My son loves those movies.

On Black Friday, my in-laws came to visit. We avoided shopping madness and had a fun lunch at one of my favorite restaurants Cheeseburger in Paradise. Then on Saturday, we went to Washington, DC and toured some museums and monuments.

Here is a photo from the WW II Memorial:

What did you do over Thanksgiving? Share your story by linking up or leaving a comment below.

Shop Donny Dixon's Attic Cyber Monday


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Happy Thanksgiving!

The weather outside is gray and foggy, but inside it smells like turkey and there's lots of love! I just want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for my family, my friends, and all of the wonderful people I have met through blogging.

Wishing all of my readers safe travel and a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! I will be spending time with my family for a few days, but I will be blogging again on Monday.

Wordless Wednesday: Thanksgiving Wishes For You


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Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest

Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie!

This past weekend I posted my book review for the Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana blog tour.

I'd also like to let you know about this awesome contest to go along with the tour:

The authors, Tricia and Ocieanna, have put together one humdinger of a contest for this blog tour! Enter the Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest and WIN a perty Montana Gift Basket!

To enter, simply fill out the entry form (http://www.triciagoyer.com/contest.html ), (then tell 5 or more friends about the contest)! The winner will be announced December 14th, just in time for an old-fashioned Montana Christmas. Giddy-up!

The Winner of the ‘Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie’ giveaway will receive a fantastic Montana Gift Basket, including:

*Winter fleece throw

*Huckleberry chocolate bar

*Paula Dean candle

*Burt’s Bees gift set

*Wild Huckleberry taffy

*Montana stationary notebook

*Montana greeting card set

*Montana ball cap

*Montana apron

*Montana refrigerator magnet

*Charlie Russell 2010 Montana Calendar

Head on over to enter and good luck!

Passing Down Some Award Love

It's been a busy couple of weeks so I'm a little late on posting these. But a HUGE thank you goes out to my blog friends who have given me these awards!

I received this Lemonade Award from Stina @ Woman & Mom. This award is all about attitude & gratitude.

I'd like to pass this award onto:

Molly @ Book Reviews by Buuklvr8
Emily & Elyssa @ Daughters of the King

You'll want to check out these great book blogs!

Another big thank you goes to Rondi @ WAHM Resource Site who gave me the Scribbler Award.

The rules are as follows:

1. Each Superior Scribbler must pass the award on to 5 deserving blog friends.
2. The Scribbler must link to the Scribbler who gave him or her the award.
3. The Scribbler must display the blog and link to this post, which explains the award.
4. The Scribbler must add his or her name to the McLinky list on that blog post (see #3).
5. The Scribbler must post the rules on his or her blog.

I am passing this award onto:

Jasmine @ Far Above Rubies
Kari @ A Giveaway Addicted Mommy
Jennifer @ Rundpinne
Angie @ My Four Monkeys
Jessica @ Muthering Heights

I hope you will visit each of these ladies' sites. They are amazing bloggers!

Friend Makin Monday: Thanksgiving Edition


This week's Friend Makin Monday is all about Thanksgiving:

1. Turkey or Ham?

Definitely turkey!

2. Favorite side dish.

Stuffing; MMMMM!

3. Favorite dessert.

Apple pie

4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?

Nope! I don't like getting up that early and fighting crowds. You should save time and shop online! All the cool kids are doing it. (And you can find FREE shipping at my eBay store on many gift ideas to boot!)

5. If so, what's on the top of your list?

I'll be spending Black Friday with family. Not sure what we'll be doing but it'll be fun because it's with my favorite people!

6. Going out of town or staying close to home?

Staying home this year

7. Hosting or helping?

It's just me, my hubby & my son so it's pretty low key.

8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

9. What do you do after dinner?

We'll probably play a game or watch a holiday movie.

10. What are you most thankful for this year?

I am thankful for my husband who is the most loving and supportive spouse you could ask for. I am also thankful for a wonderful son who blesses my life every day. And I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ without whom I would have none of these blessings in my life.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Head on over to Amber's blog and see how other friends are celebrating.

FIRST Wildcard Book Tour: Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss #Sponsored

book tours, book reviews, christian fiction reviews, christian fictionIt is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

Summerside Press (December 1, 2009)
***Special thanks to Amy Lathrop of LitFUSE Publicity Group for sending me a review copy.***


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Tricia Goyer was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference "Writer of the Year" in 2003. Her book Night Song won Book of the Year from ACFW in the Long Historical Fiction category. Her book Life Interrupted: The Scoop On Being a Young Mom was a Gold Medallion Finalist. Tricia has written hundreds of articles, Bible Study notes, and both fiction and non-fiction books.

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Ocieanna Fleiss is a published writer and has edited six of Tricia Goyer's historical novels. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. Connect with Ocieanna on Facebook!

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Summerside Press (December 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935416294
ISBN-13: 978-1935416296


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The sound of little girls’ voices and the sight of the sun streaming through the tall, second-story window of the Open Door Home for Destitute Girls, a privately owned orphanage on upper Manhattan, told nineteen-year-old Julia Cavanaugh that the day had started without her. Julia, an orphan herself, now running the place for the owner, brushed a strand of dark hair from her eyes. She submitted to a second yawn as a twelve-year-old girl hopped onto her bed.

“He’s gonna ask her to marry him, don’t you think, Miss Cavanaugh?”

“Oh, Shelby.” Julia wiped the sleep from her eyes and smiled into the freckled face staring eagerly at her. “Give me a moment to wake before you go asking such things.” Julia stroked the girl’s cheek, her heart seeming to double within her chest with love for the youngster.

The embroidery sampler she’d fallen asleep working on still lay at the end of her bed. She picked it up and eyed the image of a small house she’d copied from Godey’s Lady’s Book. Above the house, she’d stitched the words Home Sweet Home in fancy script. Gazing around the broad room lined with small metal cots and bustling with little-girl chatter, Julia noted the embroidered pillowslips, carefully pressed—albeit dingy—curtains, and dandelions smiling from scavenged jam-jar vases. She’d done her best to make the room pleasant for the girls—and herself. She glanced at their faces and smiled, gladly embracing her role as caretaker.

A less-than-subtle “ahem” from Shelby reminded Julia she’d been asked a question. She glanced at her young charge, still perched on the end of her bed. “What did you ask?”

“Finally.” Shelby eyed her with mock frustration. “I said, do you think they will get married—Mrs. Hamlin and Mr. Gaffin? Haven’t you noticed the way they look at each other?” Shelby’s cheeks hinted of red. Her golden hair was already fixed in a proper bun, her hands and face washed, and her simple dress clean and pressed despite its patches and stray threads.

“Shelby Bruce.” Julia shook her head, as Shelby’s two-year-old sister Beatrice wiggled onto Julia’s lap with a squeal. Julia planted a firm kiss on the top of Bea’s head.

“Married? I don’t think so,” Julia continued. “Mrs. Hamlin would’ve told us—told me—if she was being courted. Mr. Gaffin’s just an old family friend.” Julia wondered where on earth the girl got the notion that their headmistress wished to marry.

Although they have been spending a lot of time together. Julia pushed the thought out of her mind as little Bea shuffled to a stand, planting her pint-sized feet on Julia’s thighs. “Fammy fend!” She pointed a chubby finger at her older sister, Shelby.

“All right, Bea.” Julia plopped the toddler on the floor and swiveled her toward the small bed she shared with Shelby. “Time to straighten your bed.” Then Julia eyed the twins. “Charity, Grace, would you two virtuous girls fetch fresh water for the basin?”

Shelby pushed away from the bed, wrinkled her brow, and thrust her hand behind her as if to support her back—a perfect imitation of their middle-aged headmistress. “Now where did I put my spectacles?” Shelby clucked her tongue as she waddled forward.

Laughter spilled from the lips of the girls around the room. Encouraged, Shelby scratched her head. She plopped down on her bed then hopped up again as if surprised, pulling imaginary spectacles from under her rump. “Oh!” she squealed. “There they are.”

The laughter grew louder, and Julia pursed her lips together to smother the impulse to laugh along with them. She planted her fists on her hips. “That’s enough. All of you know what must be done before breakfast.” The girls’ laughter quieted to soft giggles hidden behind cupped palms as they scattered to do their chores.

Shelby lingered behind, her form now straight and her eyes pensive. “Maybe she forgot to tell you, Miss Cavanaugh.” The young girl gazed up at her. “The way they look at each other—it’s like my ma and pa used to, that’s all.”

Julia folded a stray sandy blond curl behind the girl’s ear. “Don’t worry, my sweet. If Mrs. Hamlin was getting married, we’d be the first to know.”

Julia hoped her own gaze didn’t reflect the sinking disquiet that draped her. Mr. Gaffin was a rich world traveler. If there was any truth to Shelby’s suspicion, Julia couldn’t imagine he’d let Mrs. Hamlin continue to work with orphans. Perhaps they’d get a new headmistress.

Or maybe the girls would be separated, moved to new homes…

If Mrs. Hamlin got married, all their lives would be radically changed. And if Julia had to leave the orphanage, she had no idea what she would do. Julia swept that painful thought away and steadied her gaze at Shelby. She couldn’t hide her true feelings from this girl. Julia took Shelby’s hand and answered as honestly as she could.

“I don’t think she’ll get married, but if she does, God will take care of us, like He always has.” Julia lifted her chin in a smile. “And really, Mrs. Hamlin may be forgetful, but no one could forget that. I sure wouldn’t.”

Ardy, a shy Swedish girl, removed her dirty sheets from a small bed and then approached, taking Julia’s hand. “Don’t ya think you’ll ever be gettin’ married?”

“Actually, there is something I’ve been wanting to tell you all….” Julia leaned forward, resting her hands on her knees.

The two girls eyed each other in surprise, and Shelby’s brow furrowed.

“Come closer.” Julia curled a finger, bidding them.

“What is it?” Shelby asked, her eyes glued to Julia.

The girls leaned in. “I’d like to tell you…that there’s a wonderful man who’s asked me to marry him!”

The squeals of two girls erupted, followed by the cheers of nearly three dozen others who’d been quietly listening from the stairwell.

“There is?” Shelby reached forward and squeezed Julia’s hand.

Julia let out a hefty sigh and giggled. “No, you sillies. Well, at least not yet. Someday. Maybe.”

Shelby pouted “But you said… ”

“I said I’d like to tell you I had a man. I’d sure like to, but of course since I don’t, I’m happy to stay here with all of you.”

The girls moaned.

The squeak of the front door down on the first floor of the Revolutionary War–era home-turned-orphanage drew their attention. They waited as Mrs. Hamlin’s familiar chortle filled the air, along with a bash and clang of items—hopefully food and supplies that she’d picked up.

“Julia!” Mrs. Hamlin yelped. “Julia, dear, where are you?”

“Coming.” Julia hurried down the stairs to help the older woman.

Julia neared the bottom of the steps and paused, trying to stifle a laugh at the sight of the twinkly-eyed woman sprawled flat on her back. Scattered boxes and bags covered the donated rug.

“Mrs. Hamlin! What on earth? Why didn’t you get a steward to help you?”

“Oh, I didn’t want to be a bother.” She cheerfully picked herself up. “I was in such a hurry to show you all what I’d bought. And to tell you my surprise. Such a wonderful surprise.” Julia eyed the boxes and noted they were from R.H. Macy & Co. More than a dozen boxes waited to be opened, and she couldn’t imagine the cost.

“I found just what the girls need, and on sale!” the headmistress exclaimed.

What they need is more food—vitamin drops, too—and maybe a few new schoolbooks. But Julia didn’t dare say it. And somehow God’s hand of providence always provided.

“New clothes, I gather. That is a surprise.”

“But only half of it, dear.” Mrs. Hamlin rubbed her palms expectantly. “I also must tell you my news. The best news an old widow could hope for.”

Julia followed Mrs. Hamlin’s gaze toward the idle youngsters who’d gathered on the staircase to watch. Her eyes locked with Shelby’s, then she quickly looked away. “News?” The muscles in Julia’s stomach tightened.

“Girls,” Julia shooed them away with a wave of her hand, “you know better than to eavesdrop. Off to chores with you. We’ll have breakfast soon.”

The girls started to scurry off, but Mrs. Hamlin halted them with her words.

“No, no,” her high-pitched voice hailed. “Come back. This news is for all of you.” They circled around her, and she tenderly patted their bobbing heads.

“What is it?” Julia wasn’t sure she’d ever seen Mrs. Hamlin’s cheeks so rosy or her eyes so bright.

“I’m getting married!”

My Review:

Julia Cavanaugh, an orphan herself, is in charge of girls at the Open Door Home for Destitute Girls, a privately owned orphanage in Manhattan in 1889. Julia finds out that the headmistress is getting married and sending her on a voyage with the girls on an orphan train to the west. She plans to deliver the girls safely to their destination and return, but when she arrives in Lonesome Prairie Montana, a surprise awaits her. The headmistress has arranged for Julia to be a "mail order bride" to a miner in town. Thus begins a journey of another kind for Julia that will test her faith.

This not only tells a good love story, but also sheds light on what it was like to be a woman in the west from a Christian's perspective. It reminded me of the Love Comes Softly series by Jeanette Oke. If you love history and enjoy reading stories about the west, you will enjoy this book!