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Family-Friendly Entertainment

Celebrate Hogmanay with Disney Pixar's BRAVE

12/31/12
Do you celebrate the New Year at home with your kids?   The past couple of years we have stayed at home and just watched the ball drop on t.v.  We're pretty low key with a tot at home.

If you're looking for some fun ideas to occupy your kids, check out how to celebrate a traditional Scottish Hogmanay from Disney Pixar's BRAVE (read my review of the movie here).  

Scots encourage good luck to come through their door on the last night of the year by cleaning up around the house, hanging charms in doorways, and singing "Auld Lang Syne" from Scottish poet Robert Burns. 

I think my favorite idea is getting my kids to clean up around the house, how about you?  (Maybe a little bribery will motivate them to lend a hand.) 

You'll find some more ideas below.  Not only are they fun, but your kids will learn more about another culture's New Year traditions.

Happy New Year to all of my readers!  Wishing you health, happiness, and God's blessings in 2013!




Download Celebrate Hogmanay In Your Home


Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post.  I love this movie and wanted to share this info. with my readers.

Tricia Goyer's 2013 Fiction Launch Team

12/28/12

Goyer Fleiss Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, AlaskaIf you follow me on facebook or twitter, you've probably seen me mention this, but I am thrilled to finally announce here on the blog that I am on Tricia Goyer's 2013 Fiction Launch Team!  This means I've been selected to be a cheerleader of sorts for one of my favorite authors.  You'll see me sharing Tricia's latest releases here on the blog and all of my social media platforms.  There will also be some behind the scenes info. such as research on each novel, Q&A's, blog hops, and even some fun giveaways.


To ring in the New Year, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska, co-written with Ocieanna Fleiss,  releases Jan. 1st 2013This is the third Love Finds You series book that these friends have written together.  

About the book:

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancĂ©, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.
In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

I'll have a review coming up for you next week, but in the meantime, here's a video showing you some of the gorgeous setting:









If you want to pre-order the book, Ocieanna and Tricia both have offered a signed bookplate as a gift to you!  Simply send an email with your preorder info. and address. 

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Goyer Fleiss Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska



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Tricia Goyer:

Website  http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/

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Twitter  @triciagoyer


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Website  http://ocieanna.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocieanna-Fleiss/205697752806581

Twitter  @ocieanna


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Stay tuned for a review and upcoming giveaway hop of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska!


Disclosure:  I am participating as part of the Tricia Goyer 2013 Fiction Launch Team. I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to review.  For more info, see my disclosure policy.

Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful Sneak Peek

12/27/12
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 Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.

Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with a screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen are serving as executive producers. 

“Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.





I remember watching  "The Wizard of Ozwhen I was growing up.  I distinctly remember being afraid of the flying monkeys, but loving the adventure that Dorothy embarked on along the yellow brick road.  I was also a bit envious of Dorothy's red ruby slippers.  (Don't you wish you could click your heels and return home whenever you wish?)

We watched it recently when it was on t.v. in HD and I was amazed at the quality of the film compared to when I saw it growing up.  Technology sure has come a long way since it was made!

This next adventure in Oz from Disney looks very promising!  Have you seen this trailer on iTunes yet?  






Doesn't this look magical?  Are you eagerly awaiting its release like I am?



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Disclosure:  I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  I posted this information from Walt Disney Studios for my readers' enjoyment with permission from the PR company.

Day After Christmas Snow {Wordless Wednesday}

12/26/12


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{12 Pearls of Christmas} Tracey Eyster

12/25/12
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!




We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer.... 


*** Does It Even Matter?
By Tracey Eyster

Every day, day after day, for twenty years I have been immersed in the task of mothering. No one told me before I was handed that swaddled bundle how all-consuming the role of motherhood was going to be, or how my heart would be forever altered.

My heart is swollen from the love that has grown there. A deep love that’s swelling has come at a cost.

The cost of daily dying to self as I choose to serve the needs of my children and my husband—to grow a family with the end in mind.

Thankfully I was taught by those older and wiser than me that the building of image bearing children requires intentionality and purpose by two loving, connected parents who are willing to work together for God’s purposes.

Even when we don’t know the outcome or exact purpose God has in mind for our children—our willingness to put in the hours and to be yielded to His direction is our gift to the Father.

This Christmas I have had a new and odd wondering that I have been contemplating, a question that has never before occurred to me.

Who built the manger?

Did he think the task was too menial?

Was he weary and tired from the task?

Did he want to build something more grand?

Did he dream of working in a way that would bring him glory and attention?

Did he wrestle with the assumption that what he was putting his time and effort into was not for a grand purpose?

How could he know the plans God had for that little manger?

The Savior of the world was going to rest there and do great things.

Psst . . . Mom, do you see it?

The Savior of the world has the potential to rest within that which you are building . . . to do great things.

Take care to put your time, talents, and energy into building well.

***
Tracey Eyster is the happily-in-love wife of Bill and the fun-filled mom of two teens, and she is devoted to her family and is happiest when making memories with them. In 2008 she took her passion for speaking into the lives of moms and created the ministry of MomLife Today. She is passionate about momlife and is amazed at God’s blessing of allowing her first book Be The Mom to come to fruition. She enjoys connecting with moms through her personal blog at www.bethemom.com, and on Facebook or Twitter @MomBlog

 
Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog.

{12 Pearls of Christmas} Carla Anne Coroy

12/24/12
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!




We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer.... 

*** Just Like Mary
By Carla Anne Coroy

Mary. Amazing Mary. Mother of Jesus. We marvel at her simple, faith-filled acceptance of God’s will for her life. There’s so little written about Mary in the Bible. We know almost nothing, really, about this woman that God chose to parent His Son.

Many have speculated about the exact age of Jesus’ mother. How old was she, really? What would it have been like to be greeted by an angel—and told you would become pregnant by the Spirit of God?

I wonder about other things sometimes, though. Like if she had morning sickness, or gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Was she overdue, or was baby Jesus born right on time? Did she mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real thing before labor really started? Was it a fast labor or did Joseph have eighteen hours to get that place into birthing readiness?

Most women who have ever given birth to a child have shared pregnancy stories. Everyone’s story is unique and interesting. Surely Mary’s was, too!

Then there are the stories of potty-training and conversations on how to get the baby to sleep through the night. Did Mary bounce Jesus on her knee while sharing recipes with other young moms?

We cannot find answers for these questions in Scripture. And as interesting as it might be to share pregnancy stories with Mary over a cup of coffee (maybe in heaven?) and get her tips on potty-training, we really don’t need to know any of that to love the Son she bore.

But Mary’s example raises questions about me and my own life that get under my skin.

Am I the kind of woman God will choose to be part of His plan? Do I trust and love my God enough to give faith-filled answers like she did? If there were just a few paragraphs written of my life for future generations to read, would those words reveal a heart of willing submission to God?

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)

God has not asked me to carry the burden of His Son in my womb. There are other burdens He is asking me, and you, to carry instead. Are we being the women He needs for the part of the plan we’re living in now? Am I saying to Jesus today, “May it be to me as you have said”?

During this Advent season, let’s prepare ourselves to be used by God, filled with faith and anticipating His grace—just like Mary.


***
Carla Anne Coroy is a Christian speaker and blogger, and the award-winning author of Married Mom, Solo Parent. She ministers to a wide audience through her website and blog at www.carlaanne.com. Carla Anne has served full-time with organizations such as Youth for Christ and Crown Financial Ministries, and is currently developing mentoring resources for women and an international mentoring organization for youth. She also serves as a staff writer for the online magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women and is a spokesperson for Faithbuddy.com. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children.
 
Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog.

{12 Pearls of Christmas} Tricia Goyer

12/23/12
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!




We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer.... 


*** Christmas Mourning
By Tricia Goyer

As I sat in our living room last Christmas morning, there was a pile of presents under the tree. A smile filled my face, just thinking about the joy and laughter that would fill the house in a few hours when we gathered around to hear the Christmas story, worship Jesus, and open presents.

That morning as I thought about the celebration of our Lord's birth, my mind was already busy unwrapping. No, I wasn't thinking ahead to presents. Instead, I was unwrapping the many memories of Christmas that I carry on my heart.

I remember sitting at the kids' table in Grandma's mobile home, laughing and goofing around with my brother and cousins. I remember the doll house my Grandpa made when I was seven and the loving care my grandma took to decorate it.

I remember the boom box and banana clips from high school and my first Christmas with my son Cory not long after I turned eighteen. Cory was only six months old, but the greatest gift God gave to both of us that year was John—my soon-to-be husband and Cory's soon-to-be daddy.

There are memories of the kids acting out the Christmas story and Goyer family gatherings in which forty of us would eat in our cleaned-out and heated garage because it was the only place big enough to set up tables and chairs for everyone.

I also will never forget the first time I celebrated Christmas in California with my biological dad and the four sisters I didn't know growing up. I had a happy heart that day, being with people I didn't know well but who amazingly looked and acted just like me. How cool is that?!

As I write this, there are faces going to be missing around the tree, to be sure. There's always a sense of missing when the people you love are far away. And that's when Christmas Morning becomes Christmas Mourning. I'm thinking of my mom, dad, siblings, in-laws, and friends, wishing I could fill me house with their faces, their smiles, their laughter. I'm sure you understand.

It's so easy to center Christmas around the baby who God sent, but we cannot forget the purpose for His coming. Jesus' mission wasn't just about the manager, the angels, and the swaddling clothes. His purpose was to offer himself so that we can spend eternity with Him and those we love.

The greatest gift is one we've yet to open. Salvation comes to our hearts when we whisper a prayer of faith and relinquishment—when we give up the right to ourselves.

Like a beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, the best part of the gift is still to come. My mind is anticipating the unwrapping. I can only guess of the joy and laughter to come!


***
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of four, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

 In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. 

Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog.

{12 Pearls of Christmas} Charissa Steyn

12/22/12
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!




We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer.... 

*** The ADVENTure Awaits You!
By Charissa Steyn

God loves keeping us in a place of joyful expectation for what is next. He has mastered the art of surprise. Much to my dismay, God rarely ever lays out steps 1-2-3 for me to see. Maybe you’re like me and you’re a planner. You need time to prepare yourself for what is coming, the unknown grips you with fear, and it’s hard for you to simply enjoy a surprise.

It’s difficult to understand why God doesn’t like to reveal more of His mysterious ways, but I have a feeling it has something to do with faith. I am quite sure that if I knew everything that God had planned ahead of time my response would be, “No way God!”

But maybe we need to be a little more like Mary when it comes to faith. The angel reassured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you…” (Luke 1:30)

Did you get that? You have nothing to fear _________ (fill in the blank with your name) God has a surprise for you!

God invited Mary into the ultimate season of joyful expectation. He took her on the most miraculous adventure of birthing His son!

Instead of hesitation, Mary stepped forward, “Yes . . . let it be with me just as you say.” (Luke 1:38)

Instead of cowering in fear, Mary celebrated in faith, “I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened—I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten. . . .” {Luke 1:46-48)

As the Christmas season is upon us, I can’t help but wonder what surprises God has wrapped up for us under His tree of life? What gifts does He want to reveal to us this year?

Like Mary, let’s face the unknown, the mystery, the surprises of God with a quiet, yet confident YES!

God wants to show you the impossible can become possible, the supernatural can become natural. We don’t need special qualifications, just joyful expectation.

May you accept the invitation of Jesus in this truly ADVENTurous season and embrace all the marvelous, mysterious surprises He has for you along the way!


***
Charissa Steyn is a God-adventurer. She believes everyday holds exciting undertakings that usually involve risk, but always draw us closer to the Father’s heart. Originally from Seattle, she now lives in Cape Town with her South African hubby, Michal and their son David. Together they are doing their best to lead a simple, yet dangerous life of love. Learn more about Charissa at her blog.

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog. 

Nuby iMonster Feeding Set Makes Mealtimes Fun

12/21/12
It's hard for me to believe that my baby girl is becoming more independent.  She has been feeding herself, trying to dress herself, and has been expressing her opinions very vocally (most with a resounding "no!"). 

Meal times have certainly changed as well.  The Attic baby is a picky eater, which can often be a challenge.  What she likes to eat differs from one day to the next.  Anything that makes meal time fun and more interesting increases the chances that she will actually eat what is presented to her.  (you moms of toddlers know what I'm talking about, right?)

 
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The iMonster Feeding Set definitely fits the bill.  This set includes a toddler plate, bowl and utensils (1 fork and 1 spoon).    Aren't these monster features just too cute?

I like that these are microwave safe and easy for little hands to hold.  A bonus is that they are also top-rack dishwasher safe (a great time saver!). 

The spoon shape is good for my daughter to scoop with and can be used for righties or leftiesShe tends to lean towards her right hand but will switch off and on.  She is still practicing using the fork; she hasn't quite mastered that yet.  It can be a bit tricky.


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The great thing about this plate is that it isn't too flat that food falls off.  I love how deep it is and how much food it holds.  Baby girl really loves the monster with three eyes and huge teeth.  We often pretend that the monster has her food and she needs to get it from him and gobble it up.  Sometimes this will get her to try new foods, and sometimes not.   But it definitely brings the fun to meal times.

The bowl is great for snacks and fruit.  The base is a little small so you have to watch that it doesn't tip over.

I love the creativity of the Nuby brand!  They definitely have an eye for cute and unique designs.

If you're looking to switch things up with your meal times, you will definitely want to check out the iMonster feeding set.

Where to Purchase:  in store or online at BuyBabyDirect.com for $12.99


Giveaway:

Thanks to Nuby, one of my readers will win an iMonster Feeding Set.

Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  If you do not fully complete the entries, your entries will not count.  



This giveaway is not in any way associated with, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 1/7/13 at 12:01 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery. 

Want to know more about Nuby?  Find out about the latest products, great info., and giveaways from other Nuby Mommy bloggers too.

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Disclosure:  I am writing this post as part of the NUBY Mommy Blogger Program.  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  For more info, see my disclosure policy.



{12 Pearls of Christmas} Julie Lessman

12/20/12
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!




We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer....


***
When God Wraps a Present . . .
By Julie Lessman

We’ve all heard the adage “it’s better to give than receive,” but never have I agreed more than the year I was engaged to the love of my life.

It was truly a Christmas to remember—spiced egg nog and snickerdoodles and shimmering presents unwrapped in a circle of love. Of course, we all ooohed and ahhhed over each gift opened, one at a time, reveling in the glow of excitement for giver and recipient alike.

And then it was my turn. Everyone waited while I tore into a small box, anticipation fairly shimmering in my fiancé's eyes.

“Do you like it?” he asked, grinning like a little boy when I unearthed a very pretty silver watch.

No. “It’s beautiful,” I said with a shaky giggle, slipping it on and holding it up for everyone to admire. I quickly gave him a sweet kiss on the lips. “Thank you so much, babe—what a perfect gift!”

Perfectly awful, that is. You see, when you are a twenty-eight-year-old Type A career woman who is very set in her ways, there are just some things you have to buy for herself—books, costume jewelry, purses … a watch.

All right, yes, I’ll admit it—“high maintenance” is my middle name because heaven knows I’m one of the most particular people on the planet, especially when it comes to watches. They have to be digital, waterproof, have a day and date window, an alarm, chronograph, second hand, both silver and gold metal to wear with either silver or gold jewelry, stretch band skinny enough to fit my wrist . . . and a GPS. Okay, I’m pulling your watch chain on the last one, but you get the picture—NOT easy to find, especially with numbers big enough for someone blind as a bat.

So, yes, I faked it, of course, thanking my soon-to-be husband for the “prettiest watch I had ever owned,” because it was—I just didn’t like it. But did I “fake it” with God? Uh, no. I went straight to His throne in prayer and begged Him to help me love this watch because the man I loved gave it to me and I just flat-out didn’t want to hurt his feelings. I even went so far as to write the prayer request on a piece of paper and put it in my Bible so I could “wrap” it in prayer every single day, which I did.

Until the fateful moment years later when my husband used my Bible one day and found the note.

“You don’t like your watch??” he says, confronting me with hurt in his tone while his eyes flicked to the pretty watch on my wrist.

“What are you talking about?” I asked, somewhat confused.

He held up the note. “You told God you hated it in this note I found in your Bible.”

Uh-oh . . . BUSTED!

“Oh, babe,” I said with my brightest smile and a quick kiss on the lips. “That was then and this is now. It’s perfect for me, just like you, and I absolutely love it.

And you know what? I did!!
***

Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was ACFW’s 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Winner of 14 RWA awards, she also appeared on Booklist’s 2010 list for Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and has just released her 7th novel, A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story. 

You can contact Julie at her website, on Facebook, on Twitter at @julielessman, or read excerpts of her favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of her books at http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/.


Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog.

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