This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, June 8, 2007

Song and Scripture

Psalm 89:1-6

1I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

2For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.

3I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,

4Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

5And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

6For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

This is a beautiful Psalm. I recommend looking up the rest!




I Will Sing of The Merciesof The LORD Forever

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:
I will sing, I will sing.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD.

With my mouth will I make known
Thy faithfulness, Thy faithfulness.
With my mouth will I make known
Thy faithfulness to all generations.

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD.

Music by James H. Filmore

Favorite Ingredients Friday--Pesto Cheesecake

Shameless Book Giveaway Promotion Edition--Mary Alice's Pesto Cheesecake


I have to tell you when I read the name of the recipe in the press release promoting this book, I said, "Huh???" Because I am very eloquent like that.

I just couldn't wrap my cheesecake loving brain around a cheesecake that was not sweet and traditional.

But then I got the book, and I read the recipe and the light in my brain went on, and I said, "Ooooooooohhhhh." More demonstration of my extensive vocabulary.

But now that I get it, I am just waiting for a chance to try this out. I have a get-together coming up with five of my oldest friends and I think that will be appropriate given this was served to the group of friends in this book.

So without more babbling...the recipe:

Mary Alice's Pesto Cheesecake (from Crime & Clutter by Cyndy Salzmann)
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 large eggs
1/2 cup prepared pesto
paprika and basil (to sprinkle on top)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Rub 1 tablespoon butter over bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

3. Mix bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons grated cheese. Coat pan with crumb mixture.

4. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, ricotta, remaining Parmesan, salt and cayenne pepper in large bowl until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Transfer half the mixture to medium bowl. Mix pesto into remaining half.

6 Pour pesto mixture into prepared pan. Smooth top. Carefully spoon plain mixture over pesto mixture, and smooth top. Sprinkle to of plain mixture with paprika and basil.

7 Bake until center no longer moves when pan is shaken, about 60 minutes.

8 Transfer to rack. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate.

9. To remove from pan for serving, run a small sharp knifearound sides to loosen cheesecake. Release pan sides.

10. Transfer to platter. Serve with crackers.

The book is one of set of five that is being given away. The winner will be drawn Sunday and hopefully listed Sunday night at the latest early Monday morning. Check here for the rules and specifices .

Many thanks to Overwhelmed With Joy for being the gracious hostess of Favorite Ingredient Fridays. There are so many neat recipes to be found at her site (and at all the sites of the ladies who are participating) so, go! Visit! Cook fun and tasty things!!

Fair Game

MYSTERY & MAYHEM AT WORLD’S FAIR

Best-selling Novelist Carol Cox Releases Fair Game

Dinah Mayhew couldn’t foresee the mystery and danger that would soon enter her life when she became a file clerk for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Neither could Seth Howell, the man whose eyes reflect a romantic interest mirrored in Dinah’s heart.

But the arrival of Dinah’s cousin could be the frost on their romantic bloom.

Cousin Gladys is on the prowl for love and she’s looking in all the wrong places. Upon her sudden, inexplicable disappearance, Dinah and Seth begin searching for answers, only to find themselves trapped in a maze of secrecy and deception. Will they live to expose the truth or find themselves facing the point of no return?

CAROL COX is a native of Arizona whose time is devoted to being a pastor's wife, mom to her grown son, and a homeschool teacher to her young daughter. She also serves as church pianist and youth worker. She is involved in her local historical society and plans to write more historical inspirational romance in which her goals are to encourage Christian readers with entertaining and uplifting stories and to pique the interests of non-Christians who might read her novels.

This is one of five books in the giveaway this week. Don't forget to leave a comment for this post or any one of the other review posts & link back to the rules post. I will draw a winner's name Sunday (check in the evening or Monday morning) to win all five books. Great summer reading to be sure.

Book 1: Gone with the Groom
Book 2: Crime and Clutter
Book 3: Veil of Fire
Book 4: Bygones

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Bygones

CAN A WOMAN RETURN TO HER MENNONITE ROOTS AFTER SHE'S BEEN AWAY TWENTY-FIVE YEARS?

Kim Vogel Sawyer's Bygones

After being shunned by her parents for marrying someone outside the Mennonite community, widow Marie Koeppler left her childhood home and never looked back. It was too painful. Now, nearly twenty-five years later, she's stunned to see her former beau walk through the doors of the truck stop where she waitresses. He brings unexpected news.

Marie's aunt has died, and to everyone's surprise, she's left herhouse, belongings, and café to Beth, Marie's daughter. But there'sone catch. To receive her inheritance, Beth must come and live within the Mennonite community for a period of no less than threemonths. Beth determines to live there so she can pay her mother back for all the sacrifices Marie made for her growing up.

Marie returns with Beth to help her adapt to the Mennonite lifestyle and finds more than her lost beau waiting for her. It isn't long beforeshe finds herself wanting to remain. Beth, however, finds herself living under a shadow of suspicion when homes are broken into and antiques are stolen. Loyal to her daughter, yet missing the simplistic lifestyle, Marie is once again faced with a heart-wrenching decision.

Kim Vogel Sawyer has written two novellas for Heartsong Presentsand the popular novel Waiting for Summers Return. She writes gentle stories of hope, offering her readers encouragement. Bygones is the first book of the Sommerfeld Trilogy.

I went ahead and read at least two chapters out of each book yestersay. Let me say it was HARD to put each one down. They are so very different, but all so very easy to get lured into. So if they end as well as they start they will be very good reads.

Also it looks like I will have a new book giveaway next week. Just a single book this time. And it looks good. Again a totally different perspective. I really like variety. More info to come.

This is one of five books in the giveaway this week. Don't forget to leave a comment for this post or any one of the other review posts & link back to the rules post.

Book 1: Gone With the Groom
Book 2: Crime and Clutter
Book 3: Veil of Fire
Book 5: Fair Game

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Visit Wordless Wednesday HQ for Other Wordless Wonders.

Veil of Fire

HISTORICAL FIRE PROVIDES BACKDROP FOR MYSTERY
Marlo Schalesky Paints Compelling Word Picture in VEIL OF FIRE

Hinckley, Minnesota is going up in flames and a mysterious “being” sets up camp at the edge of town in Marlo Schalesky’s May 2007 release, VEIL OF FIRE. Coping with the loss of loved ones and belongings is hard enough, but Hinckley citizens are also encountering a monster. Or is it a ghost? Something didn’t burn up in the fire and Hinckley folks aren’t quite sure if that’s a good thing or bad.

Marlo Schalesky uses the facts from the worst firestorm in Minnesota history—the fire of 1894— as the backdrop for VEIL OF FIRE. Her lyrical prose is woven deftly into the harsh reality of a fire that consumed 400 square miles and killed 418 people in just four hours. Hinckley of today still isn’t sure what or who the monster was that the fire left behind. Perhaps, though, Schalesky’s story can solve that mystery once and for all.

Schalesky is the author of four books and a regular columnist for Power for Living. She has been published in Focus on the Family, Decision, Moody Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, Discipleship Journal, and others. In addition, she was named 2001 Writer of the Year at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference.

This is one of five books in the giveaway this week. Don't forget to leave a comment for this post or any one of the other review posts & link back to the rules post.

I've received all five books now and I am just wowed. It is so tempting to just sit down and start reading with no stopping. But people around here like to have clean clothes and eat. What is UP with that????
I did start Veil of Fire last night. Wow...(articulate there, hmmm...) it grabbed me in the first sentence. Always a good sign.

I am going to do something I never do, tomorrow while the boys have their last baseball/PE class I am going to start all five books at the same time & read at least two chapter of the other four books--just to give you a heads-up. But I think it is all going to be fantastic. But then I am going to have to choose which one to keep going on.

Book4: Bygones
Book 5: Fair Game


Oh!! And a heads up--Karen, Mommy of Three, is giving away the very same books too. But she is doing it a little differently. So...go visit Karen, get her take on the books and double your chances!!! These books are just made for summer reading.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday--Mom I'm Bored Edition

I don’t know that boredom is a summer issue in our home—oh it’s an issue, I just don’t know that it is limited to summer. As homeschoolers I think it could be a daily issue if allowed to be when we are—you know, actually home.

I think routine is a good thing in beating boredom. Routines can be changed often so they don’t become ruts, but a dependable framework is a good boredom beater. We school year round, taking mini-breaks, never longer than two weeks. After two weeks without some structure we all (even me) start falling apart and getting whiney. So that would be my first suggestion. Have a flexible schedule so that children know what to expect.

My boys don’t use the “bored” word often around me. Partly, I am sure, because I offer to give them something to do (work related) when I hear that word. Our issue seems more to be a narrow scope of what is the best entertainment. What I hear most often is, “Mom, can I use____?” Fill in appropriate electronic, passive equipment. So what is my answer? It varies.

For our question the first answer is most often, “No.” followed by silence on my part. And then, inevitably I will hear, “Well, what can I do?” And I offer several choices. My first is always reading. Sometimes I don’t offer the choices as much as recommend that they browse and decide on their own. Sometimes (sorry) I am a bit sarcastic and suggest a nap—I’d love one!!

Another suggestion is don’t over-schedule summer with activities. Allow a lot of free time to explore. I think kids are often just used to being dependant on a grown-up to tell them what they will do next. Creativity, the opposite of boring, involves thinking independently and if someone else wanted to do it for me all the time—I’d let them too!! It takes some getting used to thinking creatively, though. Some gentle (or forceful) nudging might be needed to start. We have two time consuming activities during the summer. One takes up four weeks for three hours each morning, during that time, other school work is limited. The second involves a week trip to visit family and a county fair. My sister homeschools her children and we make field trips a staple and it is a highlight of our summer—exhausting, but fun. But the rest of summer is light school, and much delight-led learning and free time, lots of free time. There is nothing wrong with a child laying in a hammock or in the grass and doing “nothing.” It is during those times of “nothingness” that many problems are pondered, growing is considered, or stories are created. Nothing is wrong with a little nothing.

My last suggestion is live with a few messes. My house will never, never grace Better Homes and Gardens or Martha. And it is small, incredibly small. But a friend did tell me she thought my house was comfortable. I’ll take that as a compliment. It is obvious my house has children in it. Part of that is because as they’ve grown I’ve left more and more things accessible to them. Books, games, toys (too many toys), art supplies, musical instruments, dress-up clothes. There’s a table set up in the yard for dinosaur dig kits, sports equipment to use. Inside the only limit to musical instruments is the time of day—we live in a duplex and drums are off limits after 9ish. Unless I want to wait on them things must be accessible. I think I will trade a spotless house for a little freedom—for all of us. Clean up is required at the end of most activities, but I’ve tried not to micro-manage that and appreciate honest hard work and true efforts.

I do have some activities planned, but I have learned to be flexible and realize that my boys just might have a better plan.

That’s what works for us. For more Works For Me Wednesday ideas visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.

This is a book giveaway week here!! My post with the rules and links to reviews is HERE!

Time Travel Tuesday--Memories with Dad Edition

Memories of Dad

Annie’s taking us down Memory Lane again, this time to visit memories of our fathers. I am late, but the topic has sat in a corner of my brain and been visited and re-visited today. Relationships with our parents always hold so much impact.

My father is the oldest of seven children. Only three are living today. He was on his own at sixteen and still finished high school. I found out as a grown-up he had been offered a college scholarship that he turned down. He is a hard worker and while sometimes offering a gruff exterior, he has one of the most tender hearts I have known.

My dad used to let me stand on the truck seat by him and shift the gears. He used to take me fishing—even after I threw in a good rod and reel because I caught an eel. My dad worked a lot and he worked hard. He was often at work and I remember being resentful of that. I didn’t get that he was trying to provide the stable home that I was fortunate enough to grow up in. I was kind of snotty about all his work for a long time. For that I am truly sorry, because it is time that cannot be reclaimed.

When I found my husband he seemed to be the antithesis of all that my father was. Somehow after nearly fifteen years my husband appears to have so much in common with my father it is disconcerting. But it is a good thing. My husband has grown into a man that wants the best for his family, like my dad, and like my dad does what he can to make that happen.

My dad always made sure I had the best equipment or shoes that he could afford when I played sports. He played sports, but I know money was tight—so I imagine he didn’t always have the best. He taught me to play golf. He taught me to play cribbage and I taught my husband that game. When my dad traveled for work it often brought him to the town I went to college in and lived for a while after. He always stopped and took me to a nice dinner if he could. Shortly after college and a failed relationship my parents called me on the phone one night. I was an emotional trainwreck. My father packed a change of clothes, got in the car and came and stayed the night, making sure his little girl was going to be okay.

Grown-up memories include him telling my husband, "No refunds." before our wedding, helping us move on a Christmas Eve. Making sure I had heat in a rat-trap house. And one of my favorites was when my niece (the first grandchild) was born, my sister asked my dad to watch baby Poo-bear. Sis says she put Baby in Grandpa's arms as he sat in an easy chair. Apparently my father sat there and didn't move the whole time Sis was gone!!! He didn't want her to wake up. It was sweet.

Dad’s always ready with advice and ready to let me do things my own way and pick up the pieces when I fall on my face. He’s helped people out quietly in any way he could. I remember in high school a boy I knew coming over to see my father and Dad sitting out and talking to him because he was gong through some rough times with his family. A former police chief told me it was because of my father that the police department got bullet-proof vests.

I could go on, but I’ve sniffled and snuffled my way through this long enough. Don’t get me wrong, my father and I have had some real doozeys for fights, and some really hurt feelings and we’ve both been human more often than not—but I think I’m pretty blessed to have the Dad I do. Thanks Annie for the chance to be reminded.

Visit more Time Travelers at My Life as Annie…That’s what I’m off to do.

Crime & Clutter

NEBRASKA HOUSEWIVES STUMBLE INTO CRIME FROM 1960s
Cyndy Salzmann’s Friday Afternoon Club is hip deep in Crime & Clutter

“When life gets sticky, dip it in chocolate,” say the six feisty members of the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) whom fans of Salzmann’s first book, Dying to Decorate, fell in love with. Luckily, the FAC always has plenty of chocolate on hand. At one meeting, the dog was poisoned with chocolate. (She survived,thankfully, although the carpet wasn't so fortunate.) Another time, they decided to highlight their own hair, resulting in pumpkin-colored stripes. But while carpets can be cleaned and hair color restored, this coming April, the FAC girls are about to find themselves in the middle of a sticky situation with ominous consequences.

Club member Mary Alice keeps a perfect house, cooks perfect meals, and documents everything about her perfect world in her coordinated scrapbooks. Therefore, everyone is astounded to learn that she's hiding a decrepit 1963 Volkswagen mini-bus that she refuses to talk about. It doesn't take long before M-A's secret is out. She's a flower child, born on a commune to hippie parents. The van is all M-A has left of her father. But as the gang helps her sift through the junk, they stumble upon a deeper mystery.

Set in both the present day and the turbulent 1960's, Cyndy Salzmann takes her readers along on a journey filled with as many twists and surprises as there are recipes and household tips. The novel is full of hints such as how to create a sweet-smelling house using vinegar, baking soda, and soaked cotton balls. It even has recipes ranging from Vegetarian Lentil Stew to Pesto Cheesecake. And, of course, there are chocolate recipes enjoyed by the FAC girls.

Cyndy Salzmann is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the author of three nonfiction books on home management, one of which focuses on getting rid of clutter. She speaks nationally on the topic of home management and has a weekly radio spot airing on Moody station WDLM. Her novels celebrate life while making her readers laugh at the dilemmas faced by millions of modern women.

This is one of five books in the giveaway this week. Don't forget to leave a comment for this post or any one of the other review posts & link back to the rules post.

With a title like this, the book has to be a winner! I know all about clutter. My house is so cluttered it is a crime. Actually this book arrived today and looks just wonderful. I have a copy for me and for the winner!!

Book 1:Gone With the Groom

Book 3: Veil of Fire

Book 4: Bygones

Book 5: Fair Game

A Few Wedding Planning Tips

This week has kind of a wedding theme going in my mind since Gone With the Groom was our first book for review for our book giveaway. I've already shared my wedding and now I'll throw out some money saving tips. I know most everyone who reads here is already married, but many of us know someone, sibling, friend, relative...or could it be a child (??) with an upcoming wedding.

There have been some great tips in the comment sections by readers too!! And some rather humorous anecdotes.

My suggestions:

Base your budget on reality. Our wedding was planned and paid for mostly by us. We did recieve a few thoughtful gifts from friends and a surprise gift from my parents—they paid for the catering—we had planned for it, but it was a total blessing.

While it is your “special day” remember it is only one day and the marriage lasts (hopefully) forever—thousands and thousands of days. Keep perspective.

Give yourselves plenty of time to plan. Three months was pushing it a bit. But we did it!!

Think about five years, ten years, twenty years down the road. Ask yourself how important certain details will be to you then. Do you need fifteen different cake flavors? Do you need the photo package with 300 photos? What will you do with a $20,000 dollar dress the day after?

Do as much work as you can yourselves.

Get as many recommendations for the things you cannot do from others who have recently used services.

Look for a florist who is more about the flowers than the overhead. My florist was recommended by a friend. She was based out of a grocery store. I have a friend now who is an amazing florist and she works out of her house.

Beautiful invitations are lovely, but aside from a few saved and scrapbooked most will be tossed aside after awhile. This is a good place to be thrifty.

Ask friends for help. My friend allowing me to use her home was a gracious gift. And I did not expect anything else from her.

Can you have your dress made? What about the veil? My sister made my dress and the bridesmaid dresses. I made my veil. All three dresses and veil totaled less than $150.

Can you limit attendance? Or have a light buffet in the middle of the day vs. a sit down dinner?

Do you really want 20 attendants?

When in doubt laugh. This is a once in a lifetime event.

Don't forget to check out the other books this week for review. At the end of the week the five books will be given away to one lucky winner. Here are the rules.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Gone With the Groom

FICTION MIRRORS REALITY IN GONE WITH THE GROOM
Thompson’s Bridal Mayhem Mystery Series Continues

It’s all over the news. Three company executives of the maker of the powerful painkiller Oxy-Contin pled guilty to misleading the public about the drug's risk of addiction, according to a federal prosecutor as well as a company representative. Was Janice A. Thompson listening from a closet when she penned Gone with the Groom?

The conflict of a big drug company deception is just one of the riveting themes interwoven through this novel — and could be why the groom is missing.
The best laid plans of brides and men go awry when Annie Peterson’s future son-inlaw Scott disappears. Have pre-wedding jitters caused Brandi’s fiancé to take flight, or are more sinister forces at work? Annie puts her super-sleuth powers to work, feverishly racing against the wedding day clock to find her daughter’s missing fiancé.
Has Scott been silenced by the big pharmaceutical company for which he works? Perhaps his disappearance is the handiwork of Otis, Scott’s sneaky dad. But then again it could be the shady wedding photographer or even a sideshow of the political campaign of Scott’s mother.

Will Annie solve the mystery and recover the missing groom in time for the couple to say their wedding vows? Find out in Gone with the Groom.

Author Janice A. Thompson lives in the Houston area. In 2004, her two oldest daughters both received proposals within weeks of each other. The weddings came off without a hitch! Janice has since coordinated weddings for friends and is thrilled to incorporate many of her adventures into her novels.

This is one of five books in the giveaway this week. Don't forget to leave a comment for this post or any one of the other review posts & link back to the rules post.

Wedding Day

Since the first book I am posting this week included in the book giveaway is a bridal mystery and since June is the month to marry in, I thought I would share some moments from my wedding—even though I didn’t get married in June.

My last Time Travel Tuesday post for Annie talked about the first date with my husband. And I shared how quickly we were married. We really wanted to have a nice little wedding, emphasis on the little and really we weren’t rolling in the dough.

My sweet friend was gracious enough to loan us her lake house (well her only house—but it is on a lake) for our wedding. I had my heart set on an outdoor wedding!! But it was in October. Where we lived it was kind of hit and miss what weather you could expect in October. One day would be glorious with the blazing leaves, the next would be frigid and you would be bundled up. But we naively pressed on with our plans.

My sister made the wedding dress and the two bridesmaid dresses. My sister is nothing if not determined. She knew she could get them done. Well she got hers done and my friend’s (who was loaning the house—the other bridesmaid) done. And she was working on mine. And working on mine. I really did not pick a complicated dress. But it had ribbing in it and she had never done that before. And I often wasn’t there when she wanted to do a fitting. So she used herself as a model. Which was all well and good for the most part, but at that time my sister had a few more, eh-hem, curves than I did. So the dress was a little more…endowed than I was. But it was beautiful. Especially when it was finished—which was a few hours before the wedding.

My parents, God bless them, catered my wedding. My father was running a deli at that time and had catered hundreds of weddings (with much larger budgets, though) but he said he could do it. My mother made not only the wedding cake, but a groom’s cake with chocolate butter cream frosting—my future hubby’s only request.

One thing we were extravagant about (I thought) was the photographer. I wanted good pictures and I didn’t want to make a guest take photos. Almost fifteen years later I don’t know if I would do that part the same way again. My photographer took over half of our budget—I am thinking honeymoon would have been better. We actually did take a few days—but on a very limited budget.

So anyway…two days before the wedding my friend C., who was hugely pregnant and due any day called with a request. Her husband, a marine, was called on to fill a duty slot that night. Could she come and stay at my house? Well sure, but my parents were there, my sister lived there, and (no I’m not advocating it, but that’s the way it was) my honey lived there, too. So it was a two bedroom duplex. Sure! Let’s play sardines before my wedding. My parents took my sister’s bed, honey and I slept on the floor, and C. and my sister took my bed. Somewhere around 2 a.m. the sweetest voice (my friend C. had such a soft, sweet little voice) said…”Julie…I think my water broke in your bed.”

Well hubby to be said, “Holy (explicative)!!!” and the race to get her to the hospital was on. My parents still snicker about that adventure to this day. We called C.’s husband, who said as soon as someone could relieve him he would meet us at the hospital, we threw clothes on, and away we went. The short of it is that C. delivered her sweet baby the day before my wedding.

That was an eventful day. It snowed. Remember I had an outdoor wedding scheduled??? My dress wasn’t done. The coffee urn to be loaned never materialized. The suits for the groomsmen needed picked up. The house needed a complete cleaning, including windows, the tables for the food and the cake itself had to be set up, and…I don’t know what all else. I just remember driving around running errands in the SNOW!!! Sigh.

Well, even though we were living together, my hubby-to-be and I agreed we would be old-fashioned and not see each other until the ceremony. So I stayed at my friend’s house—the lake house, with her and two other of my close friends. And her cat. Skat, Skat the cat from Hades. I slept downstairs with my wedding cake terrified that Skat would climb the cake in the middle of the night. He was adventurous like that. But he didn’t. And the cake survived. And so did I.

The next day dawned beautiful, the flowers were gorgeous, my dress was finished, people showed up and one of my most embarrassing moments ever occurred. On my way to walk up to my future husband and the minister I got my veil caught in the rain gutter. So the first vision of loveliness seen by my darling was me, yanking my veil with both hands and laughing hysterically. The rest as they say—was history. We said, “I do.” We did. And here we are almost fifteen years later.


Menu Plan Monday

When we decided to homeschool our children I thought that meant staying at home. Silly me. But this is a week where I only have to get in the car one day!!! It’s a holiday around here. Next week we will be driving five days a week for four weeks, so I am going to be enjoying this. We will probably still keep it simple though. Seems the easiest for the whole crew. So without further ado, this week’s menu.

Monday—Grilled chicken breasts, asparagus, and rice
Tuesday—Spaghetti pie, bread, and salad
Wednesday—our only day out, Rotisserie chicken from Sam’s, veggies and bread
Thursday—Surprise party for a friend’s 30th. Her hubby is going to be earning some brownie points for that!!
Friday—Grilled turkey burgers, tomatoes and corn

Visit Menu Plan Monday’s hostess, Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie. What a great place for ideas.
This week I will be giving away a set of five books. Check here for details.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

I am so grateful for this last week! The chance to recover and rest was much needed. While the house hasn’t seen the benefit of it yet, the health situation around here has improved some. We have one more week of limited group activity so we can continue to heal and relax.

An evening with an old friend, just some one on one girl talk presented itself. It was with much gratitude to my husband for allowing me a night just to be gone from the daily “Mom duties” for a few hours.

When I returned home, I was grateful to find that my little guys had a great time—but still cared enough to say, “Mommmmeeeee!!! I missed you!!” and deliver several hugs & kisses. It’s nice to know they like me.

I am grateful for companions who care enough to walk with us on this life’s path and will share their imperfections as well as their wonderfulness.

I am grateful for “the roadmap” for when the way is confusing, when we have choices, when we need comfort. It is so awe inspiring that our God knew ahead of time what we would need and provided for us.

Grains of Gratitude is a meme for Sundays started by Christine at Brady’s Bunch. It is a nice quiet start looking back to give the new week a great start.

What are you grateful for?

Look!! Books!!

As I said the other day, Glass Road Publishing has offered me 5 books to give away. They are Christian fiction. One lucky winner will receive all five! You’ll be set for summer reading.

The rules are simple: 1) Post one note on your blog linking back to this post about the book giveaway. 2) A new book will be listed with a review each day, Monday through Friday, June 4-8, visit me at least once during the week to 3) Leave a comment on at least one of the review posts.

4) Just for fun—not really a rule, the first book is a June bride mystery. So try to think of good tip for saving money when planning a wedding or something funny that happened at your wedding. I will be sharing my most embarrassing wedding moment and some frugal tips tomorrow in a separate post. I would love to hear about your wedding. What made it special, or anything you would be so wonderful to share.

I will draw a winner’s name next Sunday, June 10 and send out the books as soon as I get them. I am still waiting to receive them, so we might have to be a bit more patient. They all look worth waiting for!!

Book 1: Gone With the Groom
Book 2: Crime and Clutter
Book 3: Veil of Fire
Book 4: Bygones
Book 5: Fair Game