Saturday, December 27, 2008

Please be in prayer...

Some of my friends lost their 11-year-old daughter yesterday. Some sort of infection (they still don't know what it was). It happened so quickly. As I lay in bed last night, unable to sleep, I thought about how we're never guaranteed anything. We could die at any time. We could get sick at any time. We could be in an accident at any time.

And it made me think about what's most important to me. As we approach the new year, a time of setting goals and reflecting on the past year, I encourage you to look at what's most important to you. Look at what you think God really wants you to worry about. What does God want you to focus on? What really matters in this lifetime?

And would you please pray for the Hurdle and Costello families? Only with God's help will they be able to walk through this.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

From the Tippens' household to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas!! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends as you celebrate Jesus' birth.

I'm posting on the Faith blog on Thursday. I've asked everyone to share their favorite gift that they gave this year (not received). I hope you'll stop by and share yours!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Linore Rose Burkard

I'm pleased to offer you a chance to win a book I've been hearing a lot of buzz about. Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard. I've had a chance to start it, and I love the humor!
As Linore says on her website, she writes inspirational romance for the Jane Austen soul. Her books include:

*Fast-paced adventure and falling-in-love .
*Humor, and all the Regency atmosphere you could want.
*Feisty heroines who aren't afraid to fall on their knees to pray .
*Twists and turns when you least expect them .
*And happy endings made in Heaven .

*Romance you can share with your mother, daughter, sister, or friend (and don't forget Grandma).

I hope you'll leave a comment for a chance to win this book. I'll draw a name late Monday. Please either leave an email where I can contact you or check back later to see if you won!

Linore Rose Burkard lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. She homeschooled her children for ten years. Raised in New York, she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.
Ms. Burkard wrote Before the Season Ends because she could not find an Inspirational Regency Romance on the bookshelves of any store. "There are Christian books that approached the genre," she says, "but they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I finally gave up looking and wrote what I was looking for myself." She has begun four other works of fiction in the category, and also enjoys writing articles, reading, parenting, family movie nights, swimming and gardening. Visit her at

Friday, December 19, 2008

Connealy Crunch

Mary Connealy shared a recipe with me, and I thought I'd pass it along. She (and others who've tried it) say it's wonderful! You'll have to let me know if you make it.

Connealy Crunch

2 pound package Almond Bark (melted)
Melt in microwave 1 ½ minutes. Stir. Melt 1 ½ minutes. That should be enough. You might need slightly longer. Almond bark doesn’t lose its shape when it melts so you have to stir it to see if its enough. Add:
3 C. Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal
3 C. miniature marshmallows
3 C. Rice Krispies
3 C. mixed nuts
Spread out on waxed paper. Let cool. Break into bite sized pieces.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Getting Organized

Whew! Getting organized is quite a job for me. And I tend to put it off, because I already know what's in each of my piles! :) But today I took a couple of hours to put things in notebooks, to file research material, to file receipts. (Well, not file. More like cram in my tax folder.)

It's nice to have a little more room to work!

Okay, if you're an organized person, I'd love to hear suggestions for how you do it! And if you're more of a piler like I am, I'd love to hear how you try to stay semi-organized.

Missy--who's really happy her son arrived home this evening!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Come by Thursday! The Second Day of Christmas...

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two sparkling gems....

Come by the Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog. I'm posting Thursday about sparkling gems--specifically how my husband proposed to me. :)

And don't forget to comment to be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas on the Craftie Ladies of Romance Blog!

Come take part in the 12 Days of Christmas celebration starting Tuesday on the Craftie Ladies of Romance blog. It's the new group blog I'm on with some Steeple Hill Love Inspired authors. And we're doing an updated 12 Days of Christmas--a song Margaret Daley created.

Leave a comment on the Craftie Ladies blog between Tuesday and Christmas and be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!!


Saturday, December 06, 2008

Steal that Christmas Ornament!

This is the season of Christmas parties and events. This past week, I got together with several friends for our annual ornament exchange and dinner. We always have such a fun time. And when it gets down to the ornament exchange, we draw numbers. We go in order, and when it's your turn, you can either pick a gift under the tree or "steal" from someone else whose ornament you've been coveting. :) I guess I should be ashamed to say that I've kind of got a reputation. I'm one of the ones who isn't afraid to steal that perfect ornament! And one of my friends, Amy, isn't afraid either. We can both get, shall we say, competitive. Of course, there's strategy involved, because once an ornament has been stolen three times, it can't be taken again.

Even with just 10 people there this year, I bet we took an hour to get through the exchange. And this year, I was the victim! (Maybe payback time??) I lost the first 3 or 4 ornaments I opened! But I had the best number. Number 1. I got to go first--and then once again, last! So I got my favorite ornament back from the thief who had taken it from me (pictured here--a glittery elf shoe). :)

If you've never tried this game before, I hope you will! It's such a hoot. And it can be even more fun with white elephant gifts, which we do at our church staff Christmas party each year. So more to come on that party in the upcoming weeks... :)
What party games do you enjoy at Christmas?


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas Shopping in Hard Economic Times

I hope you'll stop by the F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I'm sharing ideas on how to find inexpensive Christmas gifts and on how to squeeze every last drop of joy out of the holiday. I hope you'll stop by!

And don't forget to visit my new group blog, The Craftie Ladies of Romance!


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

New Blog! Craftie Ladies of Romance!

I'm part of a new group blog, The Craftie Ladies Of Romance. It's a group of Steeple Hill Love Inspired authors, the sister blog of The Craftie Ladies of Suspense. We've officially started now but will be having a 12-Days of Christmas focus and contest starting soon. I hope you'll come by each and every day!

Participating authors:

Missy Tippens
Debbie Clopton
Janet Tronstad
Lyn Cote
Lenora Worth
Linda Goodnight
Margaret Daley
Patricia Davids
Pamela Tracy
Valerie Hansen