Books & Resources

How Do You Celebrate Craft Month?

March is National Craft Month. I know, sometimes the national months and days get out of hand. There is something on every day of the month. March includes a lot of other national celebrations too. For example it is: Irish American Month Music in Our Schools Month National Frozen Food Month National Nutrition Month National Peanut Month National Women’s History Month Poetry Month Red Cross Month Social Workers Month I like to think of every month as National Craft Month, since I have way too many craft hobbies. However, it’s nice to have a reason to celebration something. So far, I’ve […]

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Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

Breaking the Clutter Habit If you had thirty minutes notice for unexpected company, how ready would your home be?  Would you have to conceal an embarrassing amount of clutter? I’m familiar with the mad clutter dash. I sweep the papers from the dining table into a laundry basket and stash it in any of four or five hiding places I would rather not reveal to my readers just in case any of you might be future house guests of mine.  Several days later when it’s time to pay the electric bill, I spread all the papers back out on the […]

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What to Do When When You Don’t Know What To Do by Cloud & Townsend

Michelle’s February Book Review Blitz- Book #7 Have you ever been confused wondering which direction you should take? Life decisions can be difficult. Sometimes, it seems impossible to understand what God would want you to do and distinguish that option from all the others.  If you’ve ever been on a trip, you know that it isn’t fun being lost with no landmarks for guidance. Anxiety sets in as other cars whiz by and you’re in the wrong lane to get on the proper street, or is it the proper street? Several loops around the block and suddenly you can’t tell […]

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Sneak Peak at Never Far From Home

February Book Review Blitz #6 Ready for some more “bonnet” fiction? I’m waiting for my complimentary review copy of Never Far From Home to arrive, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the book on the day the book promotional tour begins. Here is a link to the book trailer on You Tube:  Would you like to know more about how an author researches a book such as this Amish fiction? Author Mary Ellis shared some of her secrets on her blog. She said, “Since Never Far from Home—Emma’s story—involves sheep, one morning I […]

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Urban Amish? Debut of Plain & Simple Series

Ever Heard of “Urban Amish”?  February Book Review Blitz #5 ABOUT THE STORY  Jayne Tate is an investigative reporter for a major daily. When her editor demands she take time off to grieve the death of her father and get her writing back up to par, Jayne instead follows her instincts. She’s certain there’s a story to uncover about the Amish, but where to start? An initial interview with the intriguing owner of an Amish furniture store opens the door for Jayne to live with the Amish family he left behind. What she doesn’t yet know is that her journalistic […]

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Painted Laminate Counter Top

The Tale of An Ugly Kitchen When I moved into my house, I inherited a pretty ugly lovely kitchen. There were mismatched counter tops on both sides and the older part was stained and warped.It was really blah. That was easy enough to fix, so I ordered new counter tops and my prince husband installed them for me. I took the doors off the ugly mismatched cabinet and made it my cooking area. But the room wasn’t finished yet. There was this other counter top that was part of a built in china cabinet /peek-through to the dining room. Replacing […]

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The Country House Courtship

February Book Review Blitz #4 Have you ever been so sure of the direction you wanted your life to go, but then unexpectedly, your desires change? I remember when I planned to be a career nurse, I’d send my children to the hospital daycare, and my husband and I would make loads of money. Then mid-pregnancy with my first son, my desires totally changed. I became a stay-at-home mom and eventually a freelance writer and speaker. Who knew?   I just finished reading The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard and elements of the plot reminded me of my major […]

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Thin Places of My Own

This week, I hosted Mary DeMuth’s Thin Places on the blog. I’ve been thinking more about those times when heaven is so real in the mundane of life. My first writers conference was a thin place for me. I went there, unsure of what God wanted me to do with my life. Unsure of whether I ought to call myself a writer. I attended expecting to learn the craft of writing. What I learned was something much more valuable. I arrived as an insecure stay-at-home mom but by the end of the first day, I sobbed in my room as […]

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Never Say Never

February Book Review Blitz #3 Another Grand Prize Chance!- See below I’m having so much fun with all this reading! It’s winter—the perfect time to snuggle in and read. This week, I read Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate. About the Author: Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Drenched in Light, A Thousand Voices, and A Month of Summer. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family […]

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Thin Places

February Book Review Blitz #2 Have you ever been in the midst of a terribly difficult situation, yet you could see God at work? You’ve experienced a thin place. In her book, Thin Places,  Mary DeMuth describes a thin place as a place where heaven and the physical world collide, a place where everyday life meets eternity. It’s about finding a glimpse of eternity amid the messiness of life and feeling God draw near.  In this moving memoir, Mary presents a story that would seem devoid of God’s presence, of an existence where He has abandoned and turned His face. […]

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