Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is about what I am most thankful for as we are starting November. This post will be an emotional one for me, so please, if I sound like I’m rambling/blubbering in this post, it’s because I am probably ugly crying. The first thing that I am most thankful for is my mother. She is no longer with us, having passed away completely unexpectedly in 2014, but I am thankful every day for the 32 years I was blessed to be her daughter. During those 32 years, she taught me about unconditional love, what it’s like to love Jesus and that books can be the most wonderful escape from the stress of the world. She taught me that a mother’s love is the best thing in the world, and that a mother can be more than a mother, she can be a best friend. She taught me that sometimes life is full of heartache, but with a little prayer and a lot of love it can be overcome. I’m thankful that God chose me to be her daughter and loved me enough to give me 32 of the best years of… Read more »
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Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is about the most important things in my life. Not people like friends and family, or books and the Bible, or my 4 furbabies. Those are already at the top of my list of importance right below our loving God. Today it’s about what else I feel is important in my life. The first of the five most important things, is my job. My job is something that I take seriously and enjoy doing it. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to help provide for my kiddos and our furbabies. I truly enjoy being a CNA and it brings me great joy to see the smile on my client’s face when I show up to take care of her. Second, my Wizard of Oz collection. I know, it’s a silly thing to be important in my life, but it is. My mama and I shared a love of the movie and eventually I fell in love with ALL things Oz, thus my collection. It started with the collector’s edition magazine and went on from there. It is our mutual love of Oz that had me starting this collection, and I… Read more »
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin Expected Publication: February 2018 Pre-Order: Amazon Betrayal as deep . . . Love as mysterious . . . As the sea before them. In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans. As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved. The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life in… Read more »
Today I’m featuring something a little different. I’m posting my “memory playlist”. What’s a memory playlist, you ask? Well, when I’m reading books, blogging, walking or simply cleaning, I like to listen to music. I have a few playlists on my iPad/iPhone, but the one that I listen to the most is my “memory playlist” I call Mama’s Songs. Why do I call it that? Well, simply put: it’s my mama’s favorite songs. Years ago, growing up, my mom and I used to listen to country songs together and some of them were perfect for mother’s and daughter’s so we would “dedicate” songs to each other. We loved doing that. It always let me know that my mama was my best friend and my protector and we could always depend on each other no matter what. So, my playlist consists of those songs. My playlist also consists of all her favorite gospel songs. She loved the Gaither Vocal Band and The Statler Brothers. Those were always on HER playlists. You may ask why I have a playlist with my mama’s favorites on it. You see, my mama passed away unexpectedly on June 10,2014. We don’t know why, other than a… Read more »
Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from Home All Along by Beth Wiseman. Here is the first line: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Beth Wiseman is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I fell in love with her Daughters Of The Promise series and I will be a forever fan! What’s your first line? Leave me a comment below and then visit the home of First Line Fridays at Hoarding Books to see all the other awesome participants.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish . Today’s TTT is about our book boyfriends/girlfriends. This one is going to be hard because I tend to fall in love with all the book boyfriends! But, here goes, in order of absolute favorite to almost absolute favorite! Julie Lessman’s Cluny McGee from A Hope Undaunted Julie Lessman’s Sean O’Connor from A Heart Revealed Candace Calvert’s Scott McKenna from Disaster Status Candace Calvert’s Logan Caldwell from Critical Care Julie Lessman’s Collin McGuire from A Passion Most Pure Mary Connealy’s Rafe Kincaid from Out Of Control Mary Connealy’s Clay McClellen from Petticoat Ranch Karen Kingsbury’s Landon Blake from Remember Courtney Fassler Walsh’s Ryan Brooks from Just Look Up Lori Wick’s William Jennings from The Proposal These sweeties and all their hunkiness just make me swoon! I love their secretly tender hearts and all they believe in. I hope that you will join us in Top Ten Tuesday for more great postings each week by visiting the topics here!
Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick. Here is the first line: Love came later, when his words reached out to catch her as she fell, offering a cushion of comfort that held her and began the healing before she even knew the depth of ache and loss she carried. I’ve only read one or two other books by Ms. Kirkpatrick, so I’m excited to give another one a go. It looks like a good read! Here’s more about the book: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick Published: September 5th,2017 352 pages Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers… Read more »
Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller. Here is the first line: Leanna Chupp clasped her hands behind her back as her Rollerblades glided against asphalt. I love Kathleen Fuller’s Amish novels so I’m always excited about a new release by her! Here’s more about the book: The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller Published: August 15th,2017 320 pages A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay. Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long. Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her… Read more »
Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart Here is the first line: Francine Howard stepped off the bus into another world. I’ve only read one or two of Ms. Gabhart’s books, so I’m excited to read this one and see what it’s like. Here’s more about the book: These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart Published: September 5th,2017 256 pages Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII’s end writes to tell her he’s in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life. When Francine’s and Ben’s paths… Read more »
Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from My Heart Belongs In Ruby City, Idaho:Rebecca’s Plight by Susanne Dietze. Here is the first line: The dimming afternoon sky outside the stagecoach window was thick with flat-topped clouds, but the reverberating crack was no clap of thunder. The books put me in mind of my collection of Love Finds You In series. Those are some fun books and these look like they are too! Here’s more about the book: My Heart Belongs In Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Susanne Dietze Published: May 1st,2017 256 pages Is it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy. Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take… Read more »