Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The last thing she expects to find in cowboy country is a new leading man. Still, she can't help but imagine handsome rancher Jeremy Buchanan in the role.
Unfortunately, Jeremy's been burned by Crystal's type before. Or has he? Every time he thinks he knows her, the multi-faceted woman surprises him. Will the reluctant pair allow their hearts to guide them, or will their common stubborn pride keep them miles apart?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Reluctant Cowgirl, go HERE
Friday, April 17, 2009
Lucky for me, to quench this love of Amish fiction, I was able to read The Secret by Beverly Lewis last week. This is the first book in her new series "Seasons of Grace." The Secret tells the story of Grace Byler, a young Amish woman who feels trapped by many secrets around her. In the recent past her mother has begun distancing herself from the family. Her father seems to ignore what is happening. And her grandparents know something they aren't sharing either.
Intervowen into the story we meet Heather Nelson who is as modern a girl as we can imagine right down to the love of her iPhone. While a grad student at the College of William and Mary, Heather receives a diagnosis that changes her world. Not sure what to do, she seeks to return to Lancaster County, a place she and her mother visited.
I would encourage anyone who loves to read this genre of fiction to pick up this book. Read how Beverly Lewis interweaves the stories of these two families as they all search for God's hand in their personal lives and in the events going on around them.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Secret, go HERE
To pick up a copy of this book for yourself, click here.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
- Crispy Salmon
- Vegetable Pita
- Shrimp and Grits
- Veal Flank Steak
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
I am tired...of feeling so far away. I feel like I am so far away from everyone who has had such an impact on my life. I miss my family like mad. I miss my friends like mad. I think spending an extended weekend back home in "God's Country" has brought all of the homesickness back. Or maybe I never fully experienced the withdrawal when I moved and now the emotion gets to me. A lot lately.
I am tired...and that makes me grouchy. I wish I weren't grouchy. Just like I wish I weren't tired. But I find it hard to sleep some nights because I have all of these emotions rolling around in my head.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
I am tired...of feeling like I don't give God what He deserves. I am failing Him miserably at this point in my life. And that exhausts me as well. I know I need to spend more time with Him. I know I need to petition Him to show me where I am to be serving Him now.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
I am tired...of being out of shape. I really need to work more on working out. Yes, it would benefit my physical body but it would also do wonders for my mental health as well.
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
But of all these items only one is within my control completely. I can choose to find my rest in God. I can choose to turn to Him when the frustrations of life are getting me down. No matter where I live He is there with me. If it doesn't seem He is there, it's because I shut the door on Him. Not because He walked out on me. And my body is His temple. The church is not a building. The church is the people. And I am a person. And I am reminded again as we celebrate Easter that He would have sent His Son just for me. Just for me and my life drama. And I am thankful. So I will put my hope in the Lord. He will give me the rest and the strength to carry on. And if I focus on Him, these other items will lose importance and focus in my life. Because I will give them to Him. And He will hold them for me. And He will guide me through them. And He will give me rest.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Above is the awkward shot of the before. Sorry it's not clean but I don't roll that way. If you want clean you'll need to go visit a museum. Not the home of someone who works for a living. Thanks for being such undestanding blog readers and friends.
First I hung a curtain rod. Brilliant, I know, but that's just how I roll.
Note: It was daylight when I started, but it's now dark. This was obviously done a few
Below is the pattern. The khakis match my couch and the reds to with my accent pillows.
And speaking of accent pillows, I have two lovely ones in the matching fabric. Don't you just love how the pillow displayed itself so well in my Hollywood chair? (There's a story there for another post.)
Thanks for taking a tour of the transformation of "awkward nook that really doesn't have a name between the entry and the living room across from the kitchen." Eventually I hope to have a bench under the window to sit upon and tie my shoes/store awkward things/give the space a purpose.