Saturday, November 29, 2008

Home Again

We're back from a wonderful trip to my parent's house in Kentucky. It was so nice to go home! The trip seemed too short, though.

I did have time for lunch with my college roommates on Friday. I hadn't seen one of them in 3 years! We had such a good time catching up and acting like we're still about 20 years old. :)

Would you believe I forgot to take another single photo?! So I don't have any of my family. I will say it was an interesting holiday visit with my mom and her broken foot and broken wrist! Since she usually does most of the Thanksgiving cooking, it turned into a group effort with my sister and I trying to keep my mom and dad out of the kitchen as much as possible. And though we didn't do all our normal feast, we did have the basics--turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, deviled eggs and pumpkin pie. (In case you noticed the lack of "color," it's because we forgot the vegetables!) LOL

All in all, we had a great time together relaxing, talking, watching old movies on TV--and lots of football. No crowds, no shopping (other than to run in Walmart for a football) and no Internet or work. Just a great time with family.

How did your Thanksgiving go?


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I wish you lots of time with family and friends. And after all the stress I've been hearing about, I wish you a PEACEFUL, relaxed time. :) Also, for those traveling, I wish you a safe journey.
And now I want to share a recipe with you. My hair stylist told me about it yesterday, and I made it this evening. I think it's just about the best cake I've ever made. I know it's the moistest and most tender. So enjoy!!
Pecan Pound Cake
1 box yellow cake mix with butter
1 can pecan icing (the one I found was the pecan/coconut for German chocolate cakes)
4 eggs
1 c water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Preheat 350 degrees
Grease or spray a Bundt cake pan (I used real butter)
Dust the buttered pan with powdered sugar (instead of flour) [I had never heard of this and it made a gorgeous texture on the cake!]
Combine water, oil, cake mix and can of icing. Then mix in eggs one at a time with electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 1 hour. Let cool about 20 minutes, then dump out of pan onto plate.
Voila! Yummy! And it's heavenly served warm!

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Have a Winner!

Belinda has won the copy of The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional. Congrats!

And now I have to tell you I'm so excited. My college freshman son is on his way home!! For the first time since he left in August. I can't stop smiling!! :)

The turkey is thawing. I have a new cake recipe to try. And I'm going to buy groceries tomorrow. I'm looking so forward to this holiday. I may be strange, but I always love Thanksgiving more than any other holiday. And this year, with our oldest being away, it's going to make family time that much more sweet.

I hope each of you has fun plans ahead. I'd love to hear what you're going to be doing this week!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional

I'm pleased to introduce you to a new devotional book today. The authors have provided a copy that I'll be giving away in a drawing from among those who leave comments. Please leave contact information in case I draw your name! The book looks fabulous! If you don't win, I hope you'll get your own copy.
The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional (Tyndale) is the latest book from friends and coauthors Cheri Fuller and Sandra Aldrich. Not only does the text provide a deeper connection to and enjoyment of God and His Word, but it is a wonderful opportunity for today’s busy women to connect with each other as they discuss the short daily devotions and the “To Ponder” questions at the end of each week’s section. Perfect for small groups or two girlfriends meeting over coffee, the devotional also is appropriate for those who prefer individual study.

And now, an interview with the authors...
What can women gain from The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional?

Sandra: The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional is designed for today’s busy woman. Each of the 365 devotions are on one page and contain a daily Scripture, short devotional thought from either Cheri or me and end with an honest prayer and an insightful quote. At the end of each week are questions to ponder individually or talk over with a friend. But beyond the friendship connection is our heavenly Father’s invitation to know more about Him and His living Word.

Cheri: One of the benefits of our One Year devotional is it provides a vehicle to discover your natural rhythm for drawing near to God in a personal and regular way. For right-brained people like me, the structure helps me stay in God’s Word day by day so my roots can grow deeper in Christ. Being a lover of people, I also enjoy exchanging ideas and discussing how a certain verse or story spoke to me, and the weekly questions are ideal for that purpose.

What’s the biggest challenge to women developing friendships today?

Sandra: Lack of time. And a lack of a sense of community. Today’s women have daily to-do lists as long as their arms. It’s difficult to concentrate on deepening friendships—or even developing them—when our idea of fun is crossing items off that list. Also, those endless lists make us feel alone even in a crowd. Women need each other, but often it takes special effort to form those connections.

Cheri: Recent research shows that 30% of Americans are lonely and often feel isolated. The more hectic life gets, the more we need friends and the encouragement that comes from relationship with God and our sisters in Christ. Our hope is that reading The One Year Women’s Friendship Devotional will energize your spiritual life and your friendships.

Another major challenge we face as women is taking care of so many people that we neglect ourselves and become irritated or burned out. Taking time to refuel spiritually and emotionally is important and the benefits ripple out to our children and family members, job, and all the people our lives touch.

What are some of the topics covered?

Sandra: The 52 weekly themes cover many issues of a woman’s life, including career challenges, the power of encouragement, joyful living, hearing God above life’s roar, when your childhood family is toxic, faith building, avoiding overload, attitude adjustments, finding your spiritual pathway, dealing with stress, wading through grief, telling and hearing truth, making a difference, dealing with Christmas frenzy, a fresh-brewed prayer life, freedom from fear, and reaching a hurting world.
What parting words do you have for your readers?

Cheri: Remember that God loves to hear your voice, just as you love to hear the sound of your kids’ or loved ones’ voices—not just once a week on Sunday but throughout your days. And every time we open his Book, the Bible, there’s a gift, a promise, or a truth that will help us learn to live abundantly no matter what we’re facing.

Sandra: Because of the shed blood of Jesus, we have the incredible privilege of stepping directly into the Presence of our heavenly Father through prayer. Years ago, a woman asked the great preacher G. Campbell Morgan if she should pray about everything or just the big things. Morgan answered, “Dear lady, pray about everything. After all, what could possibly be big to God?” I love that. And I love knowing we do not pray to air.

The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional provides connection in this fragmented world—connection to other women and, most importantly, connection to our heavenly Father. The quickest way to order it is through For more information about Cheri Fuller or Sandra Aldrich visit their websites at or And remember: the heavenly Father is just a whisper away.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've been tagged by Debby Giusti from the Craftie Ladies of Suspense blog! I'm supposed to tell 7 random facts about about reading.

1. When I'm on vacation, I plow through books like you wouldn't believe. I usually take a huge canvas bag full of books and go through them all. (My poor family!)

2. While on vacation, I love to read down at the beach! It have a beach umbrella and comfortable low-slung chair. I read a while, doze a while, read a while.... You get the picture. :)

3. Of my three children, only one loves to read like I do. The other two can take it or leave it (although my daughter loves to write like I do).

4. I've always loved to buy the kids books--ever since they were babies and got their first cloth book. Once in elementary school, my son had to count all his books for a math assignment. He counted 1500!! And yes, I have a box full ready to give away right now.

5. Right now I'm reading two books. One I keep in the house: King of Sword and Sky by C.L. Wilson. The other I keep in the car for sitting in the carpool line and eating out by myself: Single Sashimi by Camy Tang. I'm loving both of them!

6. I have a hard time reading guilt free. I'm usually thinking I should be writing. But sometimes at night I'll take a break and give myself permission to read without feeling any guilt. :)

7. And since Debby tagged me, I want to say that I love reading her books! So exciting!

I've Now Seen It All

Well, I can officially say that I have now seen it all.

I've been amazed, horrified, even, by spying drivers of cars applying mascara, reading a newspaper and even holding an operating laptop computer. But this morning on the way to school, I actually saw a guy brushing his teeth. Brushing his teeth!!

Now, please tell me how you'd do that. Bring along a spit cup?? Or just swallow the toothpaste? Bleck! Gag!

So... is there anyone out there who would admit to doing this? If so, I'd love to hear how you managed it. :)


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Love that Lasts Forever

Love that lasts forever. Well, maybe not forever. But almost.

I went to a funeral on Saturday for a gentleman in our church. He was 93 years old and had been married to his wife for 71 years. 71 years! That's longer than some people even live.

I thought a lot about this as they helped the widow into the funeral home chapel and down the aisle while we all stood. I don't know if this is just a southern tradition or if others do it all over the country. But as the family enters the church or chapel, they ask us all to rise. Just like in a wedding.
So I was reminded of weddings. And started thinking of the couple, married for most of their lives. And of how difficult it would be for the wife. When my husband visited with them, she kept saying she didn't want to let her husband go.

That's a lasting love. Love that carries you through 7 decades. And that's the kind of love I want. I want to celebrate a 70th anniversary with my husband. (Goodness, what gift do you give for a 70th?!)

That's also the type love I want to write about. I want to think of my characters having their happily ever afters and growing old together. And of them being so in love that they don't want to let go.

If you're married, how long have you been married? I'll celebrate 23 years in June. :)


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursday--Editor Melissa Endlich in Seekerville!

Please stop by Seekerville and visit with Steeple Hill Editor Melissa Endlich!

Preparing for Advent

I wanted to go ahead and let you know about an upcoming event for Advent. I'll be taking part as well! I hope you'll stop by each day.

Join Christian Bookworm Reviews as we celebrate Advent and countdown to Jesus’ birthday. Each day an author will share a special Christmas memory or Christmas excerpt from their book.

Participating Authors:
Please stop by each day and leave a comment for our participating authors.
Day 1 – Cara Putnam
Day 2 – Lena Dooley
Day 3 – Susan Page Davis
Day 4 – Darlene Franklin
Day 5 – Tamela Hancock Murray
Day 6 – Megan DiMaria
Day 7 – Robyn Bayne
Day 8 – Rhonda (rcwriter)
Day 9 – Michelle Sutton
Day 10 – Marilynn Griffith
Day 11 – Vickie McDonough
Day 12 – Lynette Sowell
Day 13 – Robert Elmer
Day 14 – Joan Hochstetter
Day 15 – Linda Hargrove
Day 16 – Linore Rose Burkard
Day 17 – Missy Tippens
Day 18 – Tiffany Amber Miller
Day 19 – Dee Stewart
Day 20 – Sharon Ewell Foster
Day 21 – Robin Jones Gunn
Day 22 – Lauraine Snelling
Day 23 – Marcia Ramsland
Day 24 – Irene Brand
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Working on Line Edits

Once again, I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth! I received my line edits for my second book, His Forever Love, last week. I need to mail them back to my editor this week. They're going pretty well, but I'm trying to stay off the Internet to get them done! :)

I've been keeping up with the Gratitude Project, if not online, then at least in my life, by trying to make sure to be thankful every day. I hope you'll join me in this, either on my blog or at Susan Wiggs' blog.

Also, I sure would appreciate prayer for my mother. She fell yesterday and broke her left wrist, broke her right foot, and cracked her elbow. She's in a good bit of pain and will have surgery tomorrow to put a pin in her wrist. She said she feels most sorry for my dad, though! He's having to help her around, and she's really off balance.

Thanks for the prayers!


Monday, November 03, 2008

The Gratitude Project

While I was on Facebook this morning, I found out about a project author Susan Wiggs is doing between now and Thanksgiving. I love her idea and will be taking part! She wants everyone who joins in to post 3 things they're grateful for each day. You can post on her blog comments section or can keep private or on your own blog. I may post here on occasion but will probably join in on her blog as well.

I hope you'll join in! I think being grateful can change our outlook, change our lives.