Here is a Christmas in July post for ya. These are some signs that Dixie painted last winter. She made the redbird one for our Mother. She likes redbirds and decorates the dining room with them.
We haven't had much of a go with our Christmas in July link party. I know y'all have some Christmas posts so why not post the link and share them with us?
Happy weekend y'all!
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Grace loves to cook and dreams of opening her own catering business, only she didn't get in to culinary school. Grace has always been a homebody and is content at staying at home and working at the local pizza place. After she caters her older brother's, Darek, wedding, her family surprises her with a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii! It's not just a vacation though, it's a three week cooking course. Eden wants her to cater her wedding Hawaiian style so Grace doesn't see a way out of going to Hawaii.
Max, a pro hockey player, has enjoyed attending the Hawaiian cooking school for the past three years. It's the only vacation he gets and he thoroughly enjoys it. He has especially been looking forward to this year because he needs to get away. He has been struggling with what the future holds for him and is always afraid of letting people get close because of it.
Jace, Eden's fiance, has asked Max to "babysit" Grace. Max is not too keen on the idea, rather hates it, but feels he owes Grace's brother, Owen.
Grace has always said that she will only give away her heart once and for a lifetime. She finds her one and only, but she doesn't know if he will accept her love.
Meanwhile, Raina, a girl who works with Grace, is getting to know the Christiansen family, especially the men. At first she thinks they're all Class A jerks, until she meets Casper. They soon find themselves working together and enjoying it. Then all of a sudden Raina withdraws herself and Casper can't figure out why.
This is the third book in the Christiansen family series and I hope they keep coming! Although Grace is the main character of this book, she is not overpowered by all of the characters. Every character was so ingeniously and creatively incorporated.
In Grace and Max's story they learn to forgive, have faith, trust God and to reach out.
I really enjoyed this book. There were some things I didn't agree with but it was still a good read. I didn't want to put it down and was sad when it ended. I can't wait for the next one! Please hurry! :)
Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver are rival magazine editors, but they work for the same publisher. Molly is in charge of a magazine she designed called, "Quilter's Hearts". Ben is responsible for "Outdoor Adventures. Their boss, who possesses an unorthodox style of management, comes up with a competition between Molly and Ben. The winner will be the editor of his newest magazine called, "American Legend". The competition is to have Molly and Ben enter each others world. Molly must learn to kayak and Ben to quilt. Ben has to produce a well-made finished product and Molly a kayaking competition. Molly is not the outdoorsy type and believes her seniority at the magazine should speak for itself. Things get a little sneaky and underhanded as the competition heats up.
Who will come out as the winner? And will they give in to their attraction and fall in love? Or is a position more important?
"Rival Hearts is a different kind of book, but a different good. It tells us a great deal of Molly's adventures when she was kayaking, but leaves us in the dark about Ben's try at quilting. I was pleased with the unusual twist at the end.
The place is Rosey Corner, Kentrucky. It's the end of World War II. The four Merritt sisters, three by birth and one by love, when she was found on the Church steps, are looking forward to the future.
Evangeline or Evie, as she is called, anxiously anticipates her preacher husband, Mike's, arrival. But Mike has changed. He doesn't want to be a preacher anymore. Evie is not happy at all when she learns sh is going to be a mother. She would rather purpose a career. Can she learn to love the baby she is carrying?
Victoria, Tori, has a bittersweet reaction to the end of the war as her husband, Sammy, won't be coming home. Only nineteen and a widow, she's left to raise their daughter, Samantha, alone. But someone doesn't want her to be alone. Can she open her heart to another man?
Kate, who married her Jay in a hurry before he shipped out, and she wants children. But her husband wonders if they really know about being married and raising kids. Will Kate get her wish?
Then there is Lorena, who at age five was left one the Church steps by parents who loved her, but couldn't afford to keep her. Her mother tells her to say her name out loud, each night before going to bed to remind her that she loves her and is thinking about her. But Lorena doesn't understand why they kept her seven year old brother. Was it because he was a boy? She is loved in her adopted family and she loves them. But still, a fourteen year old girl gets lonely for her birth mother. With such an usual last name, as Birdsong, she should be able to find her. Shouldn't she?
Each sister must learn to trust in God to guide their lives and allow Him to be in control.
This is a tender and heart-touching story about a family and how World War II affected and changed their lives. Set in a small home town in Kentucky, you feel yourself being drawn into the Merritt family and how they place their faith in God to help them through each day. Many tears were shed as I sorrowed with them. But their trust in the Lord helps them triumph over the problems. An excellent and well written book, which I couldn't put down.