September 15, 2014


All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes || (Zondervan, September 2014)
Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

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"Nowhere To Turn"
Lynette Eason

All Danielle Harding wants to do is keep her son safe from her abusive husband.  So when her husband suddenly dies, she thinks that she and her son are finally safe.  However, after her husband dies things suddenly go from bad to worse.  Someone is still our to harm Danielle and her son except this time she doesn't know who it is or why they are after her.

Adam Buchanan is an employee of Operation Refuge.  His job is to protect innocent people from being harmed.  The day Danielle walks into his office everything changes.  He does his best to keep Danielle and her son safe, but somehow whoever wants to kill keeps finding them.

Can Adam keep Danielle and her son safe?  Will they ever figure out who is after them and why?  Find out in this exciting book.

I had never read anything by Lynette Eason before, but I love mysteries, so I thought I would try her book.  I was not disappointed.  From beginning to end she kept my attention.  I could not put the book down once I got into it.  If you love suspense, mystery, and a hint of romance, then this book is definitely for you.

Read more about the book here


September 11, 2014


Hey y'all,

How are you this fine September day?  Doing well I hope.  Do you remember what happened 13 yrs. ago today?  It started off as any other day, but ended as a day America will never forget.

I remember...I was in my homeroom waiting for my homeroom teacher to come in, he was always late, but he had a legitimate excuse this time.  He comes in to the class and turns on his little t.v. he had mounted on the wall and showed us what was going on.  He was the only teacher with a t.v. in his classroom so we were the first students to see what was happening.  After homeroom, the whole school went to the chapel and they showed us the terrible reality on the projector screen.  I didn't understand.  I didn't know what a terrorist attack was.  I didn't think things like that happened in America.  I was naive.

Now I know what a terrorist attack is.  I found out things like that do happen in America.  I'm not so naive anymore.   But I still don't understand, nor will I ever.

Many people turned against God that day.    I hope those that turned against Him will find their way back and forgive Him.  He wasn't the terrorist.  He didn't blow up all those people.  He didn't take away people's loved ones.  The terrorists did that.  Could God have prevented it?  Of course.  But He didn't.  Just like He didn't prevent His Son, Jesus, from dying on the Cross.

Many people turned to God.  I have heard many testimonies of people who trusted Jesus as their Saviour because of that day.  I have also heard testimonies of people who gave their lives back to God because of that day.   Then there are the one's who'd already put their trust in God and were living for Him, but this day made their faith in Him stronger.

America had a rude awakening that day - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  But God is still God.  He still saves.  He's still gracious.  He's still merciful.  He's still everlasting.  He's still all powerful.  He's still in control.  And He still loves you!  Let's make our faith stronger each and every day.  Don't wait till a tragedy happens.  It might be too late.  Have you trusted Jesus as your Saviour?  If so, then do you know God as a person?   Don't just know Him as your Saviour, know Him as your friend.  He loves you like you were His only child and wants a personal relationship with YOU!   Make God your friend.  TODAY!   He's the best Friend you'll ever have! 

What were you doing that horrible day?  What do you remember about September 11, 2001? 

SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 6, 2014

Hey y'all,
Here is this weeks "Saturday Sevens".  See if you can figure out what all of these verses/pictures have in common.  (besides the obvious, they're from the Bible) This weeks should be easy.  Comment below if you figure it out!  :)

1. Nahum 1:7
Nahum 1 KJB

2.  Psalm 46:4
Psalm 46:4 KJB 

3.  Romans 8:31
Romans 8:31 KJB  

4. Psalm 46:10
Psalm 46:10 KJB 

5.  Psalm 71:1

6.  II Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:17 Christian Wallpaper  

7.  Isaiah 40:31

Happy weekend!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bible verse wallpapers are from here.  

September 5, 2014

Hey y'all,

How ya doin'?  Hope you had a good week and welcomed September with open arms.  I'm glad that Fall will be here soon and the cooler weather will hopefully be joining it!  Dixie and I aren't huge fans of Summer, we prefer the "sweater weather".  

So here are some things we've enjoyed this week.  Hope you'll share a couple of things from your week as well. 

1.  Free Domino's pizza! (our sis won some for us through MLB.  Thanks sis!  )
I use to very much dislike Domino's pizza, but it somehow tastes a lot better than it use to from years ago. 

2.  Spiced Pumpkin Pie wax melts! 
These smell sooooooooooooooo good!  I went through every Fall scent Wall Mart and these were the best.
3.  Going to Golden Corral with my family.  I haven't been there in forever and love their salads.  

4.  While at Wal Mart sniffing out the wax melts, I also got a cinnamon candle.  I kinda' went scent happy! :)

5.  Getting "When Calls the Heart's" a "Telling Silence" on DVD.  It was on sale at Lifeway.  It took me a while to realize that you get two episodes for one!  I was so excited.  But even more excited to find out they're putting out the whole 1st season together on DVD through Amazon.  It won't be out until November, but that's just in time for Christmas!  :)

Happy weekend!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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September 3, 2014

Susan May Warren

John and Ingrid Christiansen have found themselves at a new stage in life.  Empty nesters.   John couldn't be more excited and looking forward to rekindling the fire with Ingrid.  On the other hand, Ingrid couldn't be more depressed and disappointed.  She misses all of her children and misses being a mother.  Not only that, but she and John don't seem to know each other anymore.  

John has this great idea of going to Europe for Christmas and renewing their vows in Paris.  He has all the money saved up, he just has to figure out a way to tell Ingrid about his surprise.  He thinks everything will work out, until Ingrid volunteers them to be in charge of the live Nativity.  

Then enters Romeo.  Their 16-year-old nephew.  Daughter of Ingrid's estranged sister, who is in treatment. Ingrid agrees to help her sister out, even though they haven't talked in sixteen years.  John hates the idea, but Ingrid has already made up her mind and is getting attached to the teen quickly.  John on the other hand doesn't seem to want anything to do with him.  

John and Ingrid couldn't be more at odds with each other.  Then Butterscotch, their 16-year-old dog gets sick and needs emergency surgery, which of course is paid for out of their savings.  

With Christmas quickly approaching and no holiday spirit between them, John and Ingrid have to learn to let go of hard and bitter feelings in order to have a Merry Christmas.

This novella of the Christiansen family series, focuses on John and Ingrid, the parents.  They are both trying to cope with their new empty nest and trying to figure out how to relate to each other.  Their relationship had been growing apart, but they didn't seem to realize till now.  

Evergreen was a very delightful and enjoyable book.  At times it seemed to remind me a little of "The Great Christmas Bowl", also by Susan May Warren, but that's not a bad thing.  Since this book is focused on John and Ingrid, we get to know them more.  They have struggles and heartaches too.  They must learn to get past them and forgive each other, as well as open their hearts to others.  

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any Susan May Warren fan.  Evergreen is perfect for reading anytime, but it does make you want to snuggle up under the covers with some hot chocolate.