It’s Beginning. . .!!!


We are well into the time of year when Christmas stories are abounding! I have many to read and review, so scattered amongst my blog postings, there will be CHRISTMAS stories!!


Sometimes kids can really surprise you. Yesterday, our granddaughter, that we’ve pretty much raised, did just that.

We made a quick run to the store for one or two necessities when she asked her grandfather for a favor. She didn’t say anything to me, so I wasn’t aware of what was going on. She came out of the store with several bags which I assumed had items in them for her…I was way, way off.

She had noticed two people at two different places near the store that had signs that said, “HUNGRY. WILL WORK FOR FOOD,” or words to that effect. She also noticed one of the gentlemen had a dog. With those thoughts in mind she went into the store, and with her own money, bought non-perishables for the men and pop-top type cans of dog food for the dog. She then delivered the food to each man and to one dog.

She kept saying, “It just breaks my heart, I can barely stand it and there’s nowhere around here for them to go and get shelter. It’s too easy for them to become

You try to raise your kids right, with empathy, respect and lots of other important nouns. Most of the time it seems like it goes in one ear and out the other, or alternately there are arguments followed by the silent treatment. But then..then, there are times when they bowl you over with what incredible, wonderful, giving, thoughtful and caring young people they are turning into.

I’m not saying all this to brag, I’m saying it because it gives me faith in young people and a lot of happiness with her.

Wise Words Wednesday

PS Thank you, everyone, for the prayers and thoughts for my nephew. He’s doing much better. He’s able to talk in sentences, some! Plus, they are discussing removing the tubes from his head! PTL!!! Thank you, Lord, so very much.

I feel this has been a true miracle! The quote above is a great reminder that even small things are miracles. Sometimes, that’s easy to forget.


Prayer Request

(If you are squeamish, you may not want to read the following.)

Please be praying for my nephew. He is 32 years old and has a condition that causes heart and blood pressure problems, to include strokes. (Last year, he had open-heart surgery, due to a ruptured aorta.) He had an aneurysm earlier this year, which caused a stroke. A little over a week ago, he had a brain bleed. Things seemed okay, and he went home. Late last night he started exhibiting signs of a stroke – slurred speech, loss of function on his right side, etc.

He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors felt they could help with the brain swelling he was experiencing by drilling three holes in his skull to drain the blood. However, after two times, they realized it wasn’t working as expected and they needed to do more. Therefore, they removed a portion of his skull.  There are now multiple tubes in his head to continue the draining.

He is in ICU and is able to communicate some, which is FANTASTIC. However, he still has a long way to go.

Thank you to everyone. We greatly appreciate your kindnesses and prayers.

Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin

Sandra Ardoin’s newest novella, Unwrapping Hope, introduces us to Phoebe Crain, her 5-year-old daughter Maura and Spence Newland.

Phoebe’s mantra could easily be “once bitten, twice shy.” She was deceived and mislead by a smooth-talking rich man. When she feels she’s being pursued by Spence Newland, she goes to extraordinary measures to remain aloof and sometimes even rude.

I can relate to Phoebe’s hesitance where Spence is concerned. She’s hurt and bewildered by her previous betrayal; she doesn’t want to set herself up for more duplicity.

I enjoyed little Maura so much. She had such sweet, abiding faith, and nothing dissuaded her from what she believed to be true, a story her mother told her about princes and princesses.

Unwrapping Hope is the perfect book to read curled up in your favorite chair while sipping your favorite hot beverage. Even though it is a novella, it is very well-written, and the characters feel authentic. I could just see myself as Phoebe’s friend, along with her mother, and how fun it would have been to spend a day with them and Maura!

Unwrapping Hope is based on historical fiction set near Christmastime. However, it’s not really a Christmas story.  The novella portrays love, faith, healing, forgiveness and God’s love for His children in every season.

I received a copy of the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

She chose the wrong man once. Can she trust her instincts now?

Phoebe Crain, an accomplished pianist, lives in near poverty to protect her five-year-old daughter from scandal. When Phoebe receives a handcrafted cigar box by mistake, her desperation to give the child something special for Christmas drives her to suggest a trade with Spence Newland, a man she views as no more principled than her daughter’s late father. But the more time she spends with the department store heir, the more Phoebe struggles to keep up her guard against him.

Spence believes the cigar box will help him gain a reclusive investor’s financial support for his proposed five-and-ten-cent stores, demonstrating his ability to manage the family fortunes. Yet he hesitates to bargain with a widow who mistrusts him for no apparent reason…until he meets a charming little girl at the train station who awaits the arrival of a prince.

Will a betrayal in Phoebe’s past and Spence’s unraveling plans derail their hope for happiness and keep a child’s fairy tale from coming true?