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Family-Friendly Entertainment

Great Easter Basket Printamentals Giveaway!

3/31/09
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Five Minutes for Mom is having a great giveaway! You can enter to win this gift basket from Printamentals. They are giving away their Ducky Easter Delight
to one Five Minutes for Mom Reader, a retail value of $51.98!

This contest ends on Friday, April 3rd. Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 4th. To enter, visit Five Minutes for Giveaways and leave a comment.

If you don't win, you can still order any of Printamentals' baskets and get 10% off by using coupon code blog10 at checkout!

I could eat nothing but meatballs for a year

3/30/09
It's Plinky Day!

bucatini and meatballs by stu_spivack
I absolutely love Italian food. I could eat lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, pasta salad etc. until I turn pudgy and can't roll out the door!

Love Comes Softly Series

3/27/09
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I read the Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke when I was in high school. It is a great series that tells the stories of several generations in a family who were pioneers in the Canadian west. The books in the series are: Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise, Love's Long Journey, Love's Abiding Joy, Love's Unending Legacy, Love's Unfolding Dream, Love Takes Wing, and Love Finds a Home.

The first book, Love Comes Softly, tells the story of Marty Claridge who moves out to the west as a newlywed only to find that her husband Aaron dies from a sudden accident and she is alone. A widower named Clark Davis offers to marry her and give her a place to stay and with the the option of leaving when winter is over. In exchange, he asks Marty to be a mothering influence for his daughter Missie.

I don't want to spoil this book for you, so I won't give anymore details. But it is a wonderful story of God's provision through tough circumstances and is an incredible love story.

These books have been made into movies by the Hallmark Channel. They are directed by Michael Landon Jr., whose dad did the Little House on the Prairie Tv. Series. I absolutely loved the Little House on the Prairie show growing up and am not surprised that I now love this movie series!

The latest movie to release is coming up on the Hallmark Channel on April 4th called Love Takes Wing. Here is a preview:



I am excited to see this new installment of the series! If you want to learn more about Janette Oke's books, click on the Janette Oke web site. To find out more about the Hallmark movies, go to hallmarkchannel.com




Disclosure:  This was not a compensated post.

Family Friendly Reality Tv

3/25/09



Are you looking for t.v. shows that you can sit down and watch with your kids? It seems hard to come by lately. Many shows I have tried to watch with my 9 yr old even though they are G or PG rated, still have language or something in them that I don't want my son to see or hear.

For example, Sunday night we sat down to watch The Amazing Race and I was surprised to hear so many cuss words from the contestants. We have watched this show since season 13 because it's fun to see all of the places they travel to and learn new things about other cultures.

In my house whenever someone uses a word that is inappropriate, we say "that'll cost you a quarter." I try very hard not to use any bad words, especially cuss words, around my son or anywhere else. Now and then he will catch me saying something that he thinks is a bad word and will keep track of how much money I owe.

During The Amazing Race , my son kept track of all the bad words and ended up with a total of around $5.50 (25 cents for every cuss word). I was pretty surprised! I hadn't expected that this show would have so many inappropriate words. And even more surprising is that my son was able to pick up on all of them, and keep a running tally, and that detracted from the enjoyment of the show. I remember growing up that they would bleep out those words and I never thought anything of it. Apparently, now you can say all kinds of words on t.v. and they won't bleep them out. It's just sad that they feel it's appropriate to accept anything on tv and don't think about the little ears that hear these words.

That is why I try to watch shows on TLC like Jon & Kate Plus 8, 18 Kids & Counting, Little People Big World, and their recent one, Table for 12. These are family friendly reality shows about unique families,people with multiple children, and different things that they do together. Many of these shows depict families doing service projects with their kids and I think they are a great example for little eyes and ears watching at home.

I don't have to worry about inappropriate words or seeing adult situations when we watch these shows together. And it's great to have a peek into other family's lives and see that they are dealing with the same things that my family does.

The newest show, Table for 12, is about a family with TWO sets of twins and a set of sextuplets who are four years old, one of which is a special needs child with CP. It shows their every day activities and what it's like raising so many children. I had to laugh when I saw their police officer dad get pulled over for speeding in their van after dinner. It just shows how "normal" they are. They aren't perfect, but as parents they do their best every day to raise their kids with love and learning from life's little mistakes.

You can find out more about these shows on TLC.

Multiple Blessings

3/23/09
Kate Gosselin

If you are stopping by on the Ultimate Blog Party 2009, welcome! Thanks for dropping by my page! All other visitors, you can find out how to join in the fun and win great prizes at Five Minutes For Mom.

Here are my top three prize picks:
Beginner Baby Blog #22; Target Gift Card
Agoosa.Com #21; Target Gift Card
A High and Noble Calling#68; Christian Book Distributors Gift Certificate

If my top picks are already chosen, I'd also like (in this order): #11, #13, #36, #45.

Feel free to leave me a comment. You can also visit my store through this link (or by clicking on my Ebay widget): www.donnydixonsattic.com


One of my favorite shows is TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8. I enjoy watching how this couple deals with having a set of 8 year old twins and 4 year old sextuplets. I have been a fan of the show since I saw their first documentary on TLC.

They now have a book for fans of the show. Multiple Blessings describes their story of how they went through fertility treatments to build their family and their faith through the many challenges they encountered.

I admire any mom who can keep her sanity when dealing with the challenges of raising multiple children. I only have one myself, and keeping up with working from home, daily cleaning, laundry, being a mom taxi, helping with homework, catching up with friends, and finding time for my husband is enough to keep me busy. I can't imagine adding onto that the added stress of having 7 more children, a t.v. show, and a book touring schedule.

Kudos for Kate Gosselin! No matter how many negative comments are out there on the web, Kate is a hard working mom who deserves our respect. I highly recommend this book to any mom!

The Party Continues

3/22/09


Thanks for stopping by my page! I am a recent work-from-home mom who co-owns an Ebay store with my hubby. We sell new and gently used name brand clothing, shoes, accessories, and other unique items. I enjoy reading Christian fiction, blogging, talking to friends on Facebook (recent addict) and spending time with my family.

This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party. This is a fun way to connect with other women and to win some great prizes! You can visit Five Minutes For Mom to see all the details and find links to other great blogs!

Here are my top three prize picks:
Beginner Baby Blog #22; Target Gift Card
Agoosa.Com #21; Target Gift Card
A High and Noble Calling#68; Christian Book Distributors Gift Certificate

If my top picks are already chosen, I'd also like (in this order): #11, #13, #36, #45.

Feel free to leave me a comment or to Sign My Guestbook. You can also visit my store through this link (or by clicking on my Ebay widget): www.donnydixonsattic.com


I am having a blast at this year's Ultimate Blog Party 2009! I am meeting new people and enjoying reading new blogs that I may not have stumbled upon otherwise. It's so much fun to see all of the different layouts and read different writing styles of moms of all ages and from different places. Being a newbie to the blogging scene, I am learning some great tips and getting lots of ideas!

If you have not hooked up with the party, you can find out more here at Five Minutes For Mom. You can meet new moms and have the chance to win fun prizes!


It's officially spring, and I can't wait to go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine today! Yesterday, my hubby and I went to the park with our dog to get all of us some much needed exercise. We walked the park trails, but it was still chilly enough to need a jacket and the wind was a little nippy. Today, it is supposed to be near 64 degrees so I am hoping we can stay at the park longer.

I love walking along the trails and looking for signs of spring. We have seen a lot of robins and new buds on the trees and shrubs. The park has a small farm with animals; the goats have new kids that were frolicking playfully and were very amusing to watch yesterday. It's as though the world is waking up from a small slumber and is stretching and yawning, ready for a new day of surprises. It reminds me of God's amazing and creative hand stretching out to show me His love and renewal. I am so thankful for the change of seasons and the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2009!

3/20/09
Ultimate Blog Party 2009

blog party

Thanks for stopping by my page! I am a recent work-from-home mom who co-owns an Ebay store with my hubby. We sell new and gently used name brand clothing, shoes, accessories, and other unique items. I enjoy reading Christian fiction, blogging, talking to friends on Facebook (recent addict) and spending time with my family.

This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party. This is a fun way to connect with other women and to win some great prizes! You can visit Five Minutes For Mom to see all the details and find links to other great blogs!

Here are my top three prize picks:
Beginner Baby Blog #22; Target Gift Card
Agoosa.Com #21; Target Gift Card
A High and Noble Calling#68; Christian Book Distributors Gift Certificate

If my top picks are already chosen, I'd also like (in this order): #11, #13, #36, #45.

Feel free to leave me a comment or to Sign My Guestbook. You can also visit my store through this link (or by clicking on my Ebay widget): www.donnydixonsattic.com

Karen Kingsbury's Take One Contest

3/19/09
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Have you heard about Karen Kingsbury's latest contest? If you answer all of these trivia questions correctly, you will be entered in a drawing to win a 15 book library of Karen's books-the entire Baxter series plus Take One-, along with a signed Karen Kingsbury totebag!

* All New Take One Trivia Contest
1. Bailey chose a song from what musical for her audition to be in Indiana University's Scrooge?

2. What's the name of the movie Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan produced?

3. What food item did movie star Rita Reynolds demand so she would stay on the movie?

4. What emotional event happened to Cody at halftime when he returned to Clear Creek High for the homecoming game?

5. What did Cole think his Grandpa John Baxter said when he said "immediate family" at the Baxter family dinner?

6. What TV show interviewed Chase Ryan toward the end of Take One?

Rules
Answer all six questions correctly and email the answers to Contests@KarenKingsbury.com and write Take One Trivia in the subject line!

Answers must be submitted no later than March 31!
One winner will be selected randomly from all the correct entries.

You can purchase the books here on Amazon:


Sunflowers

3/16/09


This is my favorite Monet painting of sunflowers. I just love sunflowers! They are so happy & cheerful and they help me be in a better mood. The rain we've been having lately makes everything look so gloomy and gray. I've felt so cooped up lately it's starting to make me a little stir crazy.

I see a few signs of spring approaching and can't wait until the flowers start to really bloom! Soon I will be able to spend more time outdoors; taking walks, going to the park and having picnics, visiting the zoo with my son, and walking our dog.

Rachel Ray Show

3/13/09
I love watching the Rachel Ray daytime talk show. Not only do you learn new recipes, but you also find out some other interesting info.

Today on her show, she had the "Human Lab." This is where she brings in guests to try out products and see how they rate.

The Human Lab for today was about eye issues; puffy eyes, dark circles, and crows feet. Rachel's guests were 3 news anchors. Each anchor tried out a different product that claims to help with these problems.

Interesting enough, none of the products tried actually worked on the eye problems. One of the products was a silk pillow case that claimed to make your skin more "glowing" and youthful and to take care of crows feet and wrinkles. The anchor thought her skin did seem to be feeling better, but thought the pillow worked more on reducing hair breakage. I found that to be very funny; how could a pillow case claim to change your skin so drastically that you no longer have lines or wrinkles?

Now that I've passed the thirty mark, this topic has become more interesting to me. Who knew that I would be so fascinated by those little lines that are starting to appear near my eyes?

If you enjoy watching shows about "girl stuff", then Rachel Ray is quite entertaining!

How Many Books Have You Read?

3/10/09
Jane Austen


I got this from Camy Tang. While I have seen other lists, I thought I'd do this one as well. There are some of my favorites on this list, both adult fiction and children's fiction. I'd love to see a list of children's fiction classics!

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.
5) Another one: put a # by those you've started but not finished.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X+
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X+
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X (read some of the series with my son)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper LeeX
6 The Bible X+
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X+
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X+
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X+
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (does seeing the movie count?)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X+
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X+
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll X+
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame X
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X+
34 Emma - Jane Austen X+
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen X+
36 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
38 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X+
40 Animal Farm - George Orwell
41 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
42 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
44 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
45 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery X+
46 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
48 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
49 Atonement - Ian McEwan
50 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51 Dune - Frank Herbert
52 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen X+
54 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens X
57 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
58 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck X
61 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
62 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X+
65 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
66 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (seen movie)
68 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
69 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71 Dracula - Bram Stoker
72 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett X+
73 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74 Ulysses - James Joyce
75 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath X
76 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77 Germinal - Emile Zola
78 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79 Possession - AS Byatt
80 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens X+
81 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
83 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (love the movie)
84 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X+
87 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
88 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
92 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93 Watership Down - Richard Adams
94 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas X
97 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl X+
98 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo X+
99 A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett X+
100 Twilight series - Stephenie Meyer

X (read) = 36
# (not finished) = 0
* (plan to read) = 0


How Many on this list have you read?

Excerpt of Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth

3/8/09

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Here is an excerpt from Chapter one of Mary E. DeMuth's new novel Daisy Chain:

Chapter One
Defiance, Texas

It had been thirty roller-coaster years since Daisy Marie Chance forced fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper to fall in love with her. He’d obliged her, dizzied at the thought ever since. It had been that long before Jed could walk through the ruins of Crooked Creek Church, a butterfly flitting a prophecy he never could believe, even today. It was Daisy’s singsong words that gave the butterfly its bewitching manner, those same words that strangled him with newfound love. For years, he wished he’d had an Instamatic camera to capture the moment he fell for Daisy, but then entropy would’ve had its way, fading and creasing Daisy’s face until she’d have looked like an overloved newspaper recipe, wrinkled and unreadable.

Thing was, he could always read Daisy's face. Even then. She’d looked at him square in the eyes that day in 1977, in the exact same spot he stood now, and declared, “Your family ain’t normal, Jed.” And because lies came easy to him, he’d thought, of course my family’s normal. Anyone with eyes could see that. Daisy said a lot of words, being a thirteen-year-old girl and all, but these didn’t make much sense.

Thirty years later they did. They screamed the truth through the empty field where the church used to creak in the wind.

For a hesitant moment, enshrined in the ruins of his childhood, Jed was fourteen again. Filled to the brim with testosterone and pestered by an orange and black tormenter and Daisy's oh-so-true words.

"Your family ain't normal, Jed."

He watched the butterfly loop above the organ, never landing, like it had a thing against church music. Or maybe dust.

He sat on a rickety pew.

“Jed?”

He clasped his hands around his ears, hoping Daisy’s words would run away. He hummed "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."

She put her nose right in front of his. He felt her breathing, smelled her Juicy Fruit breath. “You in there?”

He swatted the air between them, hoping she’d disappear. “Yeah. Quit bothering me.” He looked at his watch. Six fifteen. Time to go.

“But your face.” Daisy sat down a Bible’s throw away.

Jed touched his swollen eye. “Yeah? So? What about it?”

“It looks like it hurts.” Daisy scooted closer. She reached her arm his direction.

He inched away.

“The truth, Jed. How’d you get that shiner?”

He watched the butterfly. “I was stupid. Ran my face into a corner.” Thirty seconds had ticked. The watch clicked like a stopwatch, pestering him.

“Faces don’t mess with corners, Jed.”

“Mine did. Chasing Sissy around the house. She said it wasn’t fair because I was bigger. She tied a bandana around my head. I ran after her blind.” Another well-told lie, almost as good as Hap’s stories from the pulpit. Six sixteen. Time to go.

Daisy shook her head. Her long blonde braid whipped back and forth like a tire swing over a swimming hole. She hated bangs, something her mom, Miss Emory, knew, but hacked away at them a few weeks ago anyway, leaving them a crooked mess. Daisy still steamed about it, but her only protest was two yellow clips with smiling daisies pulling the jagged bangs away from her forehead.

“I love you, you know.”

Jed’s face warmed. “Would you quit that please? There’s no room for talk like that.”

“Why not? This is church, right? Aren’t you supposed to say love in church? Besides, you know what street I live on.”

Jed rolled his eyes. “Love Street.”

“That’s right.”

“I don’t see how that makes any difference”

“It makes every difference. It’s destiny, what street you live on.” Daisy turned away from Jed, pulled her braid to her mouth. She bit its stubbled end and groaned like she was gritting teeth. Her angry noise.

The monarch flew in circles in front of Daisy, as if it were trying to lift her mood by dancing on air. It lit upon the pew between the two of them, wings folded up toward the ceiling in prayer.

Daisy bent near the monarch, but the butterfly didn’t flinch. “It means something, sure enough,” she whispered.

“What’s gotten into you? It’s tired, that’s all. And it happened to sit down right there.” Jed pointed his finger at the motionless butterfly.

With one tentative hop, the monarch left the dusty pew for Jed’s dirt-stained fingernail. It seemed to study his face while the sun shone through its papery wings. It flapped once and then flew clear away, out one of the abandoned church’s broken stained glass.

They sat in pew four listening to doves calling each other.

Jed checked his watch. Nearly twenty after.

“It’s a sign. Jed Pepper, you’re going to change the world. You’ve been chosen.”

“You’re frustrating.” Jed stood.

“Am not.”

“Are too.” Jed scatted the air with a wave of his hand, as if doing that would erase the words Daisy spoke, an aerial Etch-a-Sketch.

He walked Crooked Creek Church’s middle aisle backwards, like a sinner unrepentant, while Daisy chattered away. Part of him wanted to leave her behind for good, but another part wanted to listen to her forever and a year. He’d welcome her words to fill the silence of his home.

“Hey Jed?”

“Now what?”

“You be careful.”

“I will.”

“Promise?”

“Did anyone ever tell you you’re a pest?”

“Mama does. Every single day. Should I add you to the list?” Her voice got that empty sound whenever she spoke of Miss Emory—a longing for something her mama couldn’t or wouldn’t give her.

He considered his answer. Daisy’s mama scatted her like she was an interrupting fruit fly half the time. He didn’t want to treat her the same. “No, never mind. Forget I said it.”

“I’m a good forgetter.” She smiled.

He couldn’t help but smile in return. “I gotta go.” If he ran, he’d make it.

Daisy stepped out into the aisle, hands on hips. “I’m going to marry you someday. You wait and see.”

Jed rolled his eyes. Girls.

“I’m going to put on a long white dress and you’re going to wear a fine suit. We’re going to tend birds. I can’t live without ‘em.”

A dove shot through an open window, looping frantically through the church, flying crazy-winged out where it came from in a flustering of wings against window pane. For a moment, everything was silent. Dead quiet.

“God’s been here,” Daisy whispered, looking haunted-eyed at Jed.

He looked away.

She tapped him on the shoulder. “And when we’re married, we’re going to have six kids—all girls. Want to know their names?” This time her eyes spelled mischief.

“Not hardly.”

“Petunia, Hollyhock, Primrose, Begonia, Dahlia, and Buttercup.”

Jed leaned against the back pew, eyeing the door of escape. “Sounds more like a garden than a batch of kids.” He knew he should leave, but Daisy held some sort of annoying girl spell over him.

“Very funny.”

“I need to head home.” Jed turned. He untied the back door, hitched closed with baling twine. He’d come in the side way, through a low window, and was going to leave proper this time. Besides, it was the closest way to escape Daisy’s sentences. Next thing, she’d be talking about perfume or how smooth babies’ skin was or going on about the butterfly’s hidden meaning. Anyone knew he wouldn’t change the world. Not today at least. He’d be happy to make it through one day.

Daisy followed him. “You going to leave me here alone? I traipsed all the way from town to come here.”

“It’s not like we don’t meet here every single day. You’ll be fine. How many times have you walked home from here? A thousand? Two?”

“It’s a long walk.”

“For crying out loud, Daisy, this is Defiance, Texas. There’s nothing to be afraid of. Besides, you’ve got God’s eye for protection.”

She looked away, didn’t say a word while seconds ticked away. She took a deep breath, then let it out. “You’ll regret it.” The western sun shone through the church’s broken-out windows brightening the left side of Daisy’s face. She looked almost like an angel, that is, if angels had braided hair and prattled on and on.

“See you later,” he called over his shoulder.

Jed shut the church’s back door, knowing Daisy preferred crawling out of the church like a fugitive. Ever since she read a book about Anne who holed up from Nazis, she’d taken to hiding and sneaking. He tied a rope around the doorknob and a piece of wood sticking out from the doorframe, securing the door.

He faced his world in that moment, let its significance and fury sink into his heart. Would he change the world? Hard to say.



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Karen Kingsbury's Like Dandelion Dust

3/4/09
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Karen Kingsbury
Have you heard about Karen Kingsbury's book, Like Dandelion Dust, being made into a movie? Here is the story from the movie's official website:


Jack and Molly Campbell (Cole Hauser, Kate Levering) are right where they want to be, enjoying an idyllic life with their six-year-old son Joey (Maxwell Perry Cotton), and the close family and friends who live in their small hometown just outside of West Palm Beach, Florida. Then the phone call comes from the social worker the Campbells never expected to hear from again. Three states away in Ohio, Joey's biological father (Barry Pepper) has just been released from prison. He is ready to start life over with his wife Wendy (Mira Sorvino) but not without their son.

A judge's quick decision deals a devastating blow to the Campbell family: Joey must be returned to his biological parents.

In the days that follow the ruling, Jack & Molly Campbell have a desperate and dangerous thought. What if they can devise a way out? They could take Joey and simply disappear... LIKE DANDELION DUST.



You can check out the Like Dandelion Dust Facebook Page

Here is the link to the book on Amazon:




And here is a behind the scenes look at the movie:

Looking for Clothes That Fit?

3/3/09
Sometimes going clothes shopping can be very aggravating. I don't know about you, but I try to avoid shopping at the stores whenever possible. It's hard to find a parking spot. Sometimes you have to circle around several times like a jet plane coming in for a landing, and yet you are still disappointed when some other person takes your spot! Then you go into a store that is lit with 1000 watt light bulbs spotlighting all of the things you wish to keep out of the limelight.

Then there are those dressing rooms. It seems they keep them hotter than Hades to make you sweat out your shopping choices. When you put on the clothes, it's like you already had a 30 minute work out or a long session in the sauna. And then you end up seeing that you need to try on about a dozen different items because you can't find one that fits or looks right.


Just when you think you've made it to the promised land, you get in a long line with only one cashier. What you thought would be an easy shopping trip ends up being a 2 hour marathon. Ever been there?

Why go through all that aggravation? Save time, and shop online! You can find the brands you love in the size that you need and have it purchased in merely minutes. And better yet, they bring it right to your door. No parking lot battles, no bright lights and hot dressing rooms, and no waiting for the lines to move.

Check out www.donnydixonsattic.com

Snow Day 3/2

3/2/09
winter weather
Today we had our first big snowfall of the year! I loved the snow! I loved to watch the flakes as they floated down from the sky. I loved the sting of the cold on my nose. I loved to watch my son make snowballs and snow angels and snowmen. Even our dog loved romping around in it, though she hates to get her paws wet when it rains. After an hour of playing in the backyard, we shoveled the driveway and the sidewalk and I cleared off my husband's car. My son had a little snowball fight with our neighbors in front of their house. Then we went inside to defrost. There's nothing like warming up with a mug of hot cocoa and mini marshmallows. MMMMMMM. It was a fun day!

Addictive: Facebook Games

3/1/09

I am sitting at home comfy in my PJ's and robe on Facebook on a Sunday afternoon. This Facebook Farm Town game can be kind of addictive. I created my own little virtual farm from an invite a friend sent to me. And now I check my crops every little chance I get and enjoy looking at virtual sheep wandering around my field! Crazy how a little thing like that can take up so much time.

Even my son is sitting here watching my crops and humming along to the tune of the music.

Where do people come up with these things? Where does one find the time to create a virtual farm in their mind and sit and plot out the computer codes to virtual dogs, sheep, cows, and chickens? Ever wonder these things? My mind often wonders.

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