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Not Me Monday: 1, 2, 3 Am I Dead?

8/31/09
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It's that time again, when we confess to all the things we did not do this week.

My carefully scheduled week of planned out bedtimes and early set alarm clocks did not turn out to be one roller coaster ride. I did not spend 3 nights in a row waking up out of a sound sleep, nor did I hit the alarm clock each morning and re-set it to an hour later, forgetting that this is back-to-school time. Nope, not me! I always make sure we get on back-to-school time at least two weeks before school starts!

I did not wake up one of those nights to hear my sweet hubby counting in his sleep "1...2...3...". The second of those nights I did not hear my wonderful hubby mumble in his sleep and then chuckle loudly as though he had just heard a funny joke. And of course, I did not hit then push said hubby over and tell him to stop having conversations when I'm trying to get some z's!

Another of those nights we did not get yet another thunderstorm that made the power flicker off. My adorable hubby did not come out of the bathroom and tell me that he was thinking to himself "Am I dead?" when everything shut off at once (lights, t.v., air conditioner) and the room became pitch black and eerily quiet. I did not laugh at my hubby hysterically and tell him that he's a dork. Because I am always a considerate and loving wife and would never tease him and then post this on my blog for everyone to read.

No, not me! What did you not do this week? Head over to MckMama's blog for more Not Me fun!

Aloha Friday: Cellular Woes

8/28/09
writing prompts, blogging prompts

Don't forget to check out my book giveaway of Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner here.

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.

My sweet dog chewed up my cell phone about a month ago to the point where it was nearly coming off it's hinge. But it still worked until last night. I was talking on the phone with my hubby, got interrupted by my son for a couple of minutes, and had to hang up. When I went to close the phone, it completely came off the hinge and went black. Dead. As a doornail.

Mind you, this is my SECOND cell phone to die in this manner. My first cell phone had a little antennae and I left it on the table in the living room for a few minutes to cook dinner. When I came back, the antennae was all chewed up. And yet, it still worked for a while....

There is nothing like going to the Verizon Wireless dealer and telling them the dog ate your phone. And then having them ask when you are due for an upgrade and then find out that it isn't for another six months. Every phone in the place had some great deal for a NEW contract...$19.99, $29, $0 FREE after savings....but if you already have a plan, what is your cost to buy a replacement phone?

$199-$299!!!!!

So, needless to say, I am without a cell phone. Luckily, my in-laws have a cell they kept when they upgraded and said we could use it. They can mail it to us, which will probably take a few days. In the meantime, I feel like a girl who has left her purse on the Subway. I can't text, I can't call, and I don't have a home phone. No connection to the outside world except the internet.

My Question For This Week is: What would you do without your cell phone? Would you pay $199-299 to replace it?

If you are participating in Aloha Friday, link up below so we can commiserate.

Business Cards from U Printing Giveaway at Mission Mommy

8/27/09
blog giveaways

Kimberly at Mission Mommy is hosting a giveaway for business cards from U Printing.

Here is what you can win:
(2) PRIZE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE

* 500 Business Cards
* Choose size: 2x3.5”, 2x3”, 2x2";
* Choose paper: 14pt cardstock (matte or gloss coating) & 13 pt cardstock uncoated
* Choose Color: (4/4) Color both sides; (4/1) Color 1 side , B/W backside; (4/0) Color 1 side, black backside

If you are looking for a way to advertise your business or blog, head on over to Kimberly's site and enter.

Back-To-School Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner


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Summary (from Publisher):

A vivid story of a private grief, a secret painting, and one woman’s search for hope.
Still mourning the loss of her family in a tragic accident, Lillian Diamon finds herself drawn back to the Rose House, a quiet cottage where four years earlier she had poured out her anguish among its fragrant blossoms.
She returns to the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley in search of something she can’t quite name. But then Lillian stumbles onto an unexpected discovery: displayed in the La Rosaleda Gallery is a painting that captures every detail of her most private moment of misery, from the sorrow etched across her face to the sandals on her feet.

What kind of artist would dare to intrude on such a personal scene, and how did he happen to witness Lillian’s pain? As the mystery surrounding the portrait becomes entangled with the accident that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Lillian is forced to rethink her assumptions about what really happened that day.
A captivating novel rich with detail, Rose House explores how the brushstrokes of pain can illuminate the true beauty of life.

Author Bio (from Publisher):

Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Ruby Among Us. Originally from Oklahoma , she now lives with her husband and three children in Wyoming , where she serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation’s board of directors.

You can purchase this book at Random House. And you can find out more about this author at her site. Tina Ann Forkner also has a blog where you can find book reviews and giveaways.

My Review/Thoughts:

I was disappointed that this book was not available at my library. When I finally got my hands on a copy of Rose House, I was very excited! This is a beautiful story about dealing with tragedy, learning to forgive, and love. Tina Ann Forkner's descriptions in this book are poetic and lovely. She vividly paints pictures of what is happening down to the last detail so you feel like you are there. I highly recommend this book!

Giveaway:

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Random House, I have been given an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post (along with an email address so I can contact you) telling me why you would like to read this book. This is mandatory for entering.

To Earn Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each; if not done correctly it will not count):

1. Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
2. Add my blog button (leave a link telling me where it is located)
3. Blog about this giveaway with a link to my blog
4. Follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs
5. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave a link from your twitter status, this may only be done once)

You may enter until Thursday night September 3rd at 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be announced Friday September 4th.

Wordless Wednesday: Pictures from DC

8/26/09
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Smithsonian Castle
Washington DC, national monuments
Capitol Building

Washington DC, national monuments
Washington Monument

DC monuments

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.

Back To School Blog Tour: Knit for Love by Beth Patillo



Beth PattilloThis week is the Back-to-School Fiction blog tour. The second book on the tour is The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Patillo.

Summary (from Publisher):

Once a month, the six women of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society gather to discuss books and share their knitting projects. Inspired by her recently-wedded bliss, group leader Eugenie chooses “Great Love Stories in Literature” as the theme for the year’s reading list–a risky selection for a group whose members span the spectrum of age and relationship status.

As the Knit Lit ladies read and discus classic romances like Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice, each member is confronted with her own perception about love. Camille’s unexpected reunion with an old crush forces her to confront conflicting desires. Newly widowed Esther finds her role in Sweetgum changing and is surprised by two unlikely friends. Hannah isn’t sure she’s ready for the trials of first love. Newcomer Maria finds her life turned upside-down by increasing family obligations and a handsome, arrogant lawyer, and Eugenie and Merry are both asked to make sacrifices for their husbands that challenge their principles.

Even in a sleepy, southern town like Sweetgum , Tennessee , love isn’t easy. The Knit Lit ladies learn they can find strength and guidance in the novels they read, the love of their family, their community–and especially in each other.

Author Bio (from Publisher):

RITA Award-winning Beth Patillo combines her love of knitting and books in her engaging Sweetgum series. Pattillo served churches in Missouri and Tennessee before founding Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program.

You can purchase this book online at Random House. And you can find out more about this author by going to her site. This author is a fan of Jane Austen, so if you are like me and are a Jane Austen addict, you will want to check out her site!

This book is next on my reading list.

Happy Reading!

Custom Blog Layout Giveaway at April Showers

8/25/09


Looking for a new blog design but aren't technically savvy? Check out April's blog design giveaway!

April is giving away three custom blog layouts with:
Header*
Background
Menu Bar (up to 7)
Sidebar Tiles (up to 7)
Button
Signature

Head on over to April's blog and tell her Shelly sent you (we both will get an extra entry if you do!).

MckLinky Blog Hop: Time To Laugh

This week's theme from the MckLinky Blog Hop is to post your favorite joke, video, or photo.





I found this funny video on YouTube and thought I'd share it. Tell me what you think.

To join in on the blog hop fun, add your link below.


Thank You

8/24/09
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Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the blog makeover contest! I came in second place to Stephanie. I may not have won a blog makeover, but I had fun entering. I appreciate all of you who voted for me. And congratulations Stephanie for your win!

Here is the link to the results: The Thrifty Home


Back-to-School Fiction Blog Tour : The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper



This week is the Back-To-School Fiction Blog Tour. The first book on this tour is The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo.

kathleen y'barboSummary (From the Publisher):
The future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent–especially as she’s supposed to go back to New York and marry another man.

As Gennie adapts to the rough-and-tumble world of 1880s Colorado , she must decide whether her future lies with the enigmatic Daniel Beck or back home with the life planned for her since birth. The question is whether Daniel’s past–and disgruntled miners bent on revenge–will take that choice away from her.

Author Bio (From the Publisher):
Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and young adult books, with more than a half-million in print. A graduate of Texas A&M University , she is currently a publicist with Books & Such literary agency.

You can purchase this book online at Random House. And you can find out more about this author by going to her site.

Happy Reading!

North! Or Be Eaten Giveaway Winner

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Thank you to all who entered this week's giveaway! The winner of North! Or Be Eaten is:

Comment #6: Baba

Congratulations Deborah! I will be emailing you today.

Aloha Friday: Crank It Up!

8/21/09
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.

It's Friday, and I'm thinking about jamming to some great music! There's nothing like some rockin' tunes to end the week!

Here is a video from one of my favorite bands: Thousand Foot Krutch



My Question for This Week: What are some of your favorite bands/songs?

If you are participating in Aloha Friday, link up below so we can visit your blog.


Hope everyone has a great weekend!

I'm a Finalist for a Blog Makeover! Please Vote!

8/20/09
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I am so excited! I am 1 out of 4 ladies who were chosen as a finalist in a blog makeover contest from Jen's blog at A Thrifty Home and Thais over at Olivina Design House. I am hoping to win a $70 blog makeover so I can be as fabulous as some of the other blogs on the block!

Please head over to A Thrifty Home and vote for me. You will find the voting poll on the right hand side of Jen's blog underneath her profile description. You can also head over to Thais' blog to see all of her great blog designs! Thank you Jen and Thais for this opportunity and good luck to the other 3 ladies!

Wordless Wednesday: Patience Grasshopper!

8/19/09
Don't forget to check out my book giveaway this week: North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson; Young Adult Fantasy Fiction. Click here.


My son & I found this big grasshopper on our back deck the other day. He wanted to try to catch it, but I wanted to take photos first. The grasshopper ended up jumping off the deck and running for his little life. But not before I caught these!

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For more Wordless Wednesday fun, visit Five Minutes for Mom.


Random Tuesday Thoughts: Doggies on Treadmills & Sword Swallowers?

8/18/09
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I am sitting here trying to stop myself from coughing all over the screen. Seems that I am having a bad asthma day. Must be poor air quality, bad pollen, or something outside that has gotten to me. Guess I will be taking my Advair twice today or else I'll be walking my dog on someone's treadmill instead of going outdoors. And since I don't know anyone who has a treadmill I can borrow....that doesn't leave me many options.

Summer is almost over. Hooray! I must admit, summer is not my favorite time of the year. I do not like heat & humidity. I am originally from New England and would love to have a blizzard right now! Mind you, I do enjoy the time I get to spend with my son at the pool, taking day trips to the beach by a lake, and going to free summer movies at Regal. But I am ready for some colder weather! Bring it on!

In another week, I am hoping to visit the Renaissance Festival. It's an annual tradition that started when my friend first took my son & I years ago. I've loved it ever since! My son loves the jousting and seeing the human chess game. My favorite performer is Johnny Fox the sword swallower. He is hilarious and a bit crazy too!

Renaissance Festival

August 2008

You can find out more about the Renaissance Festival here.

So what are your random thoughts today?

North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson Review & Book Giveaway

8/17/09
I received a copy of North or Be Eaten for review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary From The Publisher:

andrew petersonReaders thrilled to the phantasmagorical adventures in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Book One of the Wingfeather Saga. Now in Book Two, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, mom Nia, ex-pirate grandfather Podo, Peet the Sock Man, and trusty dog Nugget flee north to rebel headquarters.

Their escape brings readers to the very brink of Fingap Falls , over the Stony Mountains , and across the Ice Prairies, while villains galore try to stop the Igibys permanently. Fearsome toothy cows and horned hounds return, along with new dangers: a mad man running a fork factory, a den of rockroaches, and majestic talking sea dragons.

Andrew Peterson’s lovable characters create what FantasyBookCritic.com says made Book One “one of the best fantasy novels in a very long time,” and Book Two contains even more thrills, exploring “themes universal in nature, ranging from the classic good versus evil, to the importance of family, and burdens of responsibility.”

Author Bio From The Publisher:

Andrew Peterson is the author of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He’s also the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of ten albums, including Resurrection Letters II. He and his wife, Jamie, live with their two sons and one daughter in The Warren near Nashville , Tennessee . Visit Andrew’s websites: www.andrew-peterson.com and www.rabbitroom.com.

You can purchase this book online at Random House.




My Review/Thoughts:

I gave this to my 10 yr old son to read, and he absolutely loved it! He said it had lots of adventure and cool characters. There were all the ingredients of a fun story: medieval weapons like bows and arrows, sword fighting, and mythical creatures. Although this was the second book in the series, he did not have any problem getting into the story and figuring out the characters. This book was kid tested and mother approved! If you have a tween or a teen who loves fantasy fiction with a Christian perspective, they will love this book!

Giveaway:

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Random House, I have been given an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post (along with an email address so I can contact you) telling me why you would like to read this book. This is mandatory for entering.

To Earn Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each; if not done correctly it will not count):

1. Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
2. Add my blog button (leave a link telling me where it is located)
3. Blog about this giveaway with a link to my blog
4. Follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs
5. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave a link from your twitter status, this may only be done once)

You may enter until Sunday night August 23rd at 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be announced Monday August 24th.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.

Back To School With Famous Footwear Giveaway

8/16/09


5 minutes for momFive Minutes For Mom is hosting a great back to school giveaway event August 14-28th! Famous Footwear is hosting this particular giveaway:

two $25.00 gift cards to give away to ONE lucky reader

So head on over to Five Minutes for Mom by clicking on the button above and check out their great giveaways!


Aloha Friday: Yummo!

8/14/09
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.

In the summer, my favorite summer foods are any kind of salad: pasta salad, potato salad, garden salad, club salad, egg salad, tuna salad, or chicken salad. They are so yummy!

My Question This Week: What is your favorite summer food?

If you are participating in Aloha Friday, link up below so we can visit your blog.



Candid, Clever & Cost Effective: My Grandparents Rock Giveaway

8/13/09


Looking for cute gifts for your grandparents or child's grandparents? Kimberly at Candid, Clever & Cost Effective is giving away a $50 gift certificate to this great site called My Grandparents Rock! Find t-shirts, hoodies, onesies and all kinds of cute items! You can enter until August 26th. So head on over and check it out!

Wordless Wednesday: Cows & Chocolate Equal Hershey's

8/12/09
Here are some photos from when my hubby & I drove up to Hershey, PA and went to Chocolate World. The cows were all along the ride and kept singing "Hershey's chocolate...." so by the end it was stuck in your head!

Pennsylvania attractions


Hershey's


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hershey pennsylvania

chocolate world tour

For More Wordless Wednesday fun, visit Five Minutes for Mom.

Old Navy Sale at Donny Dixon's Attic

8/11/09
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Save 10% off our already low prices on Old Navy jeans, skirts, capris & more in Juniors, Misses, Plus, Maternity and Men's sizes at Donny Dixon's Attic this week through Monday August 17th. We offer FREE shipping on all of our clothing items! We also have a 99.9% Feedback rating so you can expect great customer service! Stop by our Attic Today!

Here are a few of our items on sale:

MckLinky Blog Hop: State Park Fun

Here are some of my favorite photos of our trip to Cunningham Falls State Park. We swam at the lake and took a hike up to the falls.

Maryland

Catoctin

Catoctin, Thurmont

Cunningham State Park

State Parks






Not Me Monday: When It Rains....Get a Bucket!

8/10/09

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It's that time again, when we confess to all the things we did not do this week.

Last week was not a difficult week. I did not find out on my wedding anniversary that my step-dad passed away after only finding out a few weeks ago that he was sick with cancer. I did not have to postpone our anniversary celebration. The next day for our anniversary "re-do", we did not wake up to find that our fridge stopped working and that all of our food in the fridge and freezer was spoiled. We did not lose over $100 in groceries and get frustrated because the funds were lacking to replace most of it. We did not have to use our anniversary gift ($$) to pay for the fridge repairs or spend all day waiting around for the repairman who ended up being an hour over the designated 4-5 hour window only to spend FIVE minutes replacing a tiny part.

We did not have to reschedule our "re-do" celebration. I did not spend a lot of time feeling just a bit sorry for myself. Nope, not me!


I didn't miss my munchkin who I haven't seen in 9 days. I did not think about the nice weather we had for the pool or how we could have been doing this or that. But I did hope he was enjoying his visit with relatives. And I do look forward to seeing him when he comes home!

And I did not realize that even though things can be difficult, sad, and frustrating, God was there holding my hand and getting me through it. I can choose to look at the things that are not going right, or I can choose to look at the things that are going right and be thankful for them. I am thankful for a loving, caring husband who has been (and continues to be) my best friend these past 3 years. I am thankful for a wonderful 10 year old boy who gives my life so much joy. And I am thankful for every minute that we can spend together in our beautiful home. Yes, I am!

What did you not do this week? Head over to MckMama's blog for more Not Me fun!


Hope Of Refuge Giveaway Winner

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Thank you to all who entered this week's giveaway! The winner of Hope of Refuge is:

Comment #7: Michelle

Congratulations Michelle! I will be emailing you today.

Technorati List Mom Bloggers Club

8/7/09

Here is an updated list of links to some great blogs from the Mom Bloggers Club:

Updated July 13th
http://www.dominiquegoh.com
http://www.golfersmom.blogspot.com
http://jeanstockdale.typepad.com
http://annettepiperjewellery.blogspot.com/
http://momcooks.net
http://brainfoggles.com
http://conniesview.com
http://mychroniclife.com
http://mickeyfanatic.com
http://table4five.net
http://mainfo.blogspot.com/
July18
http://www.atticgirl.com
http://artsnark.blogspot.com
http://table4five.net
http://momreviews.net
http://momcooks.net
http://www.myleahrose.com/blog/
http://www.ageorgiaangel.com/blog/

July 24
www.whenwelisten.blogspot.com
http://poshmomdiary.com/
http://www.hereallalong.blogspot.com
http://dominiquegoh.com/

Aug 1

http://www.anutinanutshell.com
http://www.thetamom.com/
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/
http://annettepiperjewellery.blogspot.com/2009/07/some-housekeeping...
http://lusciousdeals.blogspot.com
Aug 7

www.amymusings.com
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/2009/08/linking-love.html
http://www.thetamom.com/2009/07/mbc-technorati.html


Tina Ann Forkner's Mid-Summer Reading Sweepstakes




I just stumbled upon this great giveaway! Today is the last day to enter Tina Ann Forkner's Mid-Summer Reading Sweepstakes on her blog!

Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Rose House and Ruby Among Us. I have been looking forward to reading her books. As a matter of fact, I am going to be reading Rose House this upcoming weekend! If you are
looking for a new author, check out Tina's blog.

tina ann forkner


You can enter by clicking here.

Here is the list of prizes:


FIRST PRIZE:

If Tomorrow Never Comes, by Marlo Schalesky
Maire, by Linda Windsor
The Silver Sword, by Angela Elwell Hunt
A Gathering of Finches, by Jane Kirkpatrick.
Rose House, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)
Ruby Among Us, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)Never the Bride
Saturday’s With Stella, by Allison Pittman
Dear Mom, by Melody Carlson
Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight, by Karen Linamen
The Friends we Keep, by Sarah Zacharias Davis

SECOND PRIZE:

Captain’s Bride, by Lisa T. BergrenThe Other Side of Darkness
Tomorrow’s Treasure, by Linda Lee Chaikin
Rose House, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)
Broken Angel, by Sigmund Brouwer

THIRD PRIZE:

The Other Side of Darkness, by Melody Carlson
The Night Watchman, by Mark MynheirRose House
Rose House, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)
Ruby Among Us, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)

FOURTH PRIZE:

Never the Bride, by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge
Sisterchicks Go Brit, by Robin Jones Gunn
Faking Grace, by Tamara Leigh
Ruby Among Us, by Tina Ann Forkner (autographed)


Aloha Friday: What are You Reading Right Now?

writing prompts, blogging prompts

Don't forget to check out this week's giveaway: Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall


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.

One of my favorite things to do is to cuddle up on the couch with a good book. I love to read! Right now, I am reading several books. I switch back and forth between books often. Books are like potato chips; can't read just one! Soon I am going to start Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner for an upcoming Back to School blog tour.

My Question This Week: What are you reading right now?

Things I love Thursday: IMAX Fun & An Angel To Boot

8/6/09


Mom BlogsI love movies! So when I saw that Five Minutes for Mom was hosting a giveaway for free IMAX tickets a few months ago, I jumped at the chance. We haven't been able to see a movie at the theater in quite a while because it is so expensive. I was super excited when I found out that I won two IMAX tickets!


We waited a bit to use them because we wanted to take my son with us. I expected to pay for an additional ticket when we got in line. But then, a sweet woman came up to my husband and asked if he wanted an extra ticket. She said that one of the people in her group canceled and she had an extra ticket to give away. So off my husband went and came back with a ticket for our son! It was such a sweet gesture and meant so much to us since money has been very tight lately!

We loved seeing the IMAX movie. The IMAX sound was awesome and the screen quality was just crazy. The first bit of the movie was in 3D, so all of us laughed at the goofy looking 3D glasses. My son & I especially looked funny because we had to put them on top of our regular glasses. But it was well worth it! There's nothing like the 3D experience!



Thank you Five Minutes for Mom for helping my family have a fun time at the IMAX movie! And thank you to the angel who donated an extra ticket too!

How about you? What are you enjoying this week?

For more Things I love Thursday, head over to Sarah's blog 8 Muddy Boots.

Wordless Wednesday: Water Art

8/5/09
Don't forget to check out my latest book giveaway, Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall, here


king's dominion

Taken at King's Dominion

For more Wordless Wednesday posts, visit Five Minutes for Mom.

Marie-Madeline Studio Happy Scrappy Quilt Giveaway

8/4/09


I don't know about you, but I love quilts, especially when the weather gets cooler. I stumbled upon this great giveaway over at Marie-Madeline Studio:

"You heard that right, folks... we're giving away a quilt!!

A beautiful, machine quilted, twin-sized, happy-scrappy quilt made by us from some of our favorite Jennifer Paganelli fabrics! Now, how's that for some fun news? Measures 66 3/4" x 90". This happy-scrappy (our official title for the pattern we invented!) was made with new fabrics and freshly laundered when we brought it home from our quilting lady. The fabrics featured in the giveaway quilt are from ModGirls, Bellbottom, Basics, Flower Power, Dance With Me, and Pretty Please!"



So head on over to Marie-Madeline Studio and check it out! You can also check out their Etsy store.

Review & Giveaway: Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall

8/3/09


Summary(from the Publisher):

cindy woodsmallRaised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake , Pennsylvania , and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.

Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose–or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything–including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?

Author Bio(from Publisher):

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.


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You can purchase this book online at Random House.

My Review/Thoughts:

I have always been curious about Amish culture so I was excited about reading this book. I really enjoyed this story! The characters are very dynamic and complex. Cara comes from a very different background, having had to fend for herself on the streets of New York after being raised in foster care. Ephraim comes from a very tight-knit community of Amish who have rules that cannot be broken without strict consequences. Cara brings her daughter to the Amish community in desperation with the hope that she will find some clues to her family, and the two develop an unlikely friendship that leads to Ephraim having to make a very difficult decision: help this woman and face shunning, or turn his back on a person in need.

The Amish culture is woven throughout this story, including Amish phrases. You will have to look at the back of the book and refer to the list of German words to translate, but it is not very distracting. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy reading about the Amish!

Giveaway:

Thanks to Multnomah and Random House, I have been given an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post (along with an email address) telling me why you would like to read this book. You may enter until Sunday night at 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be announced Monday August 10th.


Blue Like Playdough Giveaway Winner



tricia goyerThank you to all who entered my first book giveaway last week! The winner of Blue Like Playdough is:

jacks013

Congratulations Jackie! I will be contacting you today for your information.

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