Books & Resources

They Almost Always Come Home- Giveaway

Recently, I featured a review of “They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti. This week, her book goes on tour at many blogs and I have several fun features to share with you. Right now, you can get the Kindle edition of the book free at this link: They Almost Always Come Home ____________________________________________________________Cynthia’s Storyby Cynthia RuchtiTen years ago, my husband almost didn’t come home. His canoe adventure with our son Matt soured on Day Two when Bill grew violently ill from what we presume was either pancreatitis or a gall bladder attack. He’s an insulin-dependent diabetic, so any […]

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What Frustrates Your Pastor?

How close is your pastor to burnout? Or how far past it is he? Do you know what frustrates him? Perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about what your pastor and his wife need to keep them going in ministry. I’ll admit that I spend more time thinking about my own needs and how my church meets them than I do about what my pastor needs. I just finished reading a review copy of a book that made me think. Statistics from the book:  ~ 80% of pastors believe being in pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families ~ 70% […]

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Dark Glaze Faux Finish

Recently, I showed you how I faux finished two large cabinets in a white glaze. I got on a glazing roll and did some other furniture. This time, dark wood grain glaze. I have a set of end tables and lamps that we received as a wedding gift in 1989, and I decided it was time to update. Besides, the finish was in rough shape. I think it looks a lot better on this picture that it did in person. The lamp has a brassy base that has become discolored. Again, making it look outdated. There are faded and worn […]

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Book Review – Allon

Due to the storm, our internet was down for quite some time today and I nearly missed posting this review. Today, blogs all over the internet will be featuring this brand new book. If you’ve ever wondered why I feature so many book reviews, it’s because I participate in what’s called a blog tour, where a book is featured on many blogs all on one day.  Book Review- Allon by Shawn Lamb I read and review a lot of books, and every so often I struggle with a review. I love to write and I want to support my fellow […]

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Finishing Touches For Cabinet Makeover

When I finished the cabinet makeover, I decided that I needed to add a few more touches. After all, if the men who live in my home thought it was primed rather than glazed to perfection, guests might think the same. Although, I’m sure most of my guests will have more imagination than my sons. Anyway, I decided to make the cabinets match my faux fireplace.  So, I got out the stencils and stenciled the same design on the doors. There are 2 pieces to the stencil which gave flexibility to make it fit right.  But that wasn’t quite enough. […]

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Faux Finished in Whitewash

In one of my earlier What Would You Do? features, I posted pictures of some of my dated 80’s and 90’s furniture that I would like to update.  You gave me your terrific ideas and I took them all into consideration. It’s time to unveil the changes! In this first post, I’ll show you what I did with the two cabinets. They started out looking like this:  I thought the golden pine finish was a little bit dated, and I thought the pieces might be a little heavy for the room. I thought about making them dark like my TV […]

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Pursuing Your Dream- Part 2

This week, I talked about dreams. Sometimes something we didn’t plan gets in the way of pursuing a dream. Perhaps it’s an unexpected accident that leaves you caring for a loved one, or maybe it’s an illness that saps your energy. For some, it’s the loss of a spouse. For others it’s caring for an aging parent. Whatever the roadblock, it isn’t easy to see a dream slipping away.  Recently, I read a novel by Sally John that reminded me how rewarding it can be to fulfill a dream and how painful it can be to lose sight of a […]

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Comfort in Times of Loss

None of us can avoid the reality of grief. At some point in life, we lose someone who is dear to us, and we wonder how we will go on. For some, the grief is brief, or so it seems on the outside. For others, the grief is deep and long-lasting. If you haven’t lost a loved one yet, you probably know someone who has. What did you say? What did you do? Did you wonder if you were saying and doing the right things? This week, I finished reading a book that helped my perspective on grief. Best selling […]

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The House that Cleans Itself

Spring Cleaning Help Does your house clean itself? Mine doesn’t. I hate cleaning house. Well, it isn’t that I really hate the actual cleaning part, but I hate that it gets dirty again so quickly. For example, recently I spent a good part of a day cleaning, doing laundry, and baking. Then my two boys arrived home from school along with three teen boy friends. Within thirty minutes, there were shoes by the back door, crumbs on the floor and the Better Homes and Gardens scene was over. Worse than keeping a house clean is keeping it organized. I consider […]

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Book Review- More Amish Fiction

Two weeks ago, I told you about a book I was waiting to receive for review. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on it. If you’re a fan of Amish fiction, you’ll be happy to know that in addition to Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, Wanda Brunstetter, and Beth Wiseman, there are other authors who will satisfy your craving for a bonnet fix, Mary Ellis included. Never Far From Home by Mary Ellis Emma Miller is restless. She’s torn between the life she’s always known and the life she’s never experienced. Growing up Amish, Emma hasn’t had much contact with the outside […]

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