Taciturn Tuesday

I am going silent for a while.

Even though I don’t have access to TV channels, the internet is FLOODED with the violence in Ferguson. I cannot handle all of it; my PTSD and memories rush to the forefront of my mind. For my own sanity and for quietness within my family I declare an unknown number of days to be taciturn days for me.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and don’t let the turkey get away!



Felicificative Friday

Meaning of Felicificative:  Tending to make happy   -which is what the awards have done for me!

Today’s award came to me from http://newcreationsministries.wordpress.com/. Thank you so much, Ellie. Ellie has written a book, can’t wait to read it! There are some very interesting and life-changing stories on her blog, visit her soon!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  • Nominate (up to if you’re new to blogging) 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 other facts about myself:

  1. I could read forever! I generally read Christian Romantic Fiction (that’s what my Mom got me started on at a very young age!), but I enjoy almost all genre’s (as long as they are clean, i.e., little to no profanity, no sex, especially explicit sex scenes).
  2. I have started writing several books but haven’t finished one yet!
  3. I really enjoy cooking and baking, and even more so now that my g’daughter enjoys it and joins me. I think it is one of my ways of expressing love to those I love.
  4. My blog has become a great instrument for me to meet new people. I like a lot of my fellow bloggers and would have never met them had I not started blogging. For that, I am truly thankful!
  5. Mornings are a ROUGH time for me, UGH. I think this is mainly because I am sick to my stomach almost every morning and because I am, I dread getting up.
  6. My family is very important and special to me, we have weathered some unbelievably rough times, but we’re still here as a family!
  7. The Lord has truly and richly blessed me. Something I sometimes fail to appreciate, but He never ever fails me!

Now to nominate other bloggers, each of these fellow bloggers have touched me and my life in some way, and this is just a small way of saying thank you for having started this journey, too.

And my, oh, my too many more, but I enjoy all the ones I’m following, you can check them out at the sidebar!!

Thankful Thursday

I have been nominated for blog awards on different occasions. I originally thought I wouldn’t accept them (for a variety of reasons). After much thought and some kind counsel from fellow bloggers, I have decided to accept, so today I decided to accept them!
The first has the following rules:

1) Link back to the one who nominated them
2) List rules and display award
3) Share seven facts about themselves
4) Choose 5 to 15 blogs to nominate

A) I was nominated for “One Lovely Blog Award” by http://seeingdeep.wordpress.com/ (this was some time ago, please accept my apologies, vacillating and thanks!). I really enjoy her blog.  She has such faith-filled and uplifting observations.
B) See above!
C)Hmmmmmm. My life is very similar to seeing deep’s:

1) I was moved around a lot when I was younger-I lost count at 60 (all before I was 19!). We lived in almost every state between Georgia and California and back again.
2) For a few years, when I was young, we were migrant workers, picking cherries in the c-c-c-cold pre-dawn mornings of California.
3) I have visited almost every state except for Alaska and Hawaii, along with Mexico.
4) I have three beautiful children whom I dearly love and one very special granddaughter.
5) I LOVE, love, love to sing (my singing leaves a lot to be desired, but it doesn’t stop me as long as I’m not in a group!). I also enjoy a very eclectic taste in music.
6) I have fibromyalgia and severe arthritis, which causes me lots of pain, especially in the winter.
7) I struggle mightily in my Christian walk and faith, but I keep on pushing. I am continually and gratefully reminded of God’s love, forgiveness and constancy.

D) I nominate the following:






Because this has taken me the better part of the morning and most of the afternoon to post (WP decided for some reason  it didn’t like my words and/or my formatting and it changed everything I wrote on numerous occasions and tries) I will accept my second award tomorrow. Plus, truthfully, too, it is very hard to choose which to nominate as there are so very many great blogs!


Monday’s Meanderings

Today, cyberspace must be feeling about like I do, not wanting to do anything!

I have tried to post comments-it laughed. I retried-it laughed harder. I thought surely three times was the charm-it guffawed!

I give up. Sigh.

It doesn’t help that for the last three days I have been in lots of pain. My fingers, knees and toes are swollen and my back aches.

I am trying to keep a stiff upper lip and all that but after trying to post another comment and not being able to, I give up. Cyberspace wins today.

Belly laughback

Friday’s Fiction

The Amish Christmas Quilt contains three novellas written by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, and Jennifer Beckstrand.

A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant, by Charlotte Hubbard, introduces us to Mary Kaufman who is pregnant and widowed. She is caring for her late husband’s two children when she begins to experience labor. Having never had a baby herself, she is not prepared when the labor becomes so intense.

Determined to reach her Aunt Miriam’s for help, she barely manages to pull her buggy to the shoulder of the road where she passes out.

Seth Brenneman, a furniture maker, is finishing a Christmas order when he hears a dog’s loud, insistent barking.  He sees the buggy and realizes the dog is trying to get help.

Little did he, Mary, her new babe or her 2 stepchildren realize how much the rescue would change their lives.

Christmas on Ice Mountain, by Kelly Long, focuses on the love Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp have found. Only one MAJOR problem-their dads have been feuding since before they were born.

They secretly make plans to wed and meet with their Bishop for permission to marry, hoping to bring an end to the feuding.

How can they solve the dilemma of the feud and get their fathers to put the past behind them? In addition, things are even worse when they become stranded together in a snowstorm!

Anna Helmuth, the local matchmaker, sets A Perfect Amish Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand, in motion.  Anna knows Dottie Schrock is the perfect match for her grandson, Gideon Stutzman.

Gideon no longer lives near his grandparents, so Anna needs a reason to lure him back. She hatches the perfect plan-tell him he needs to help his grandfather with his new snowshoes.

To complicate matters, Dottie, a perfectionist, has no room in her life for Gideon. Learning Gideon was coming, she somewhat rudely informs him by letter that he need not arrive at his grandparents until after Christmas.  After all, she reasons, he would spoil her perfect plans for the perfect Christmas for her family.

A delightful set of stories, The Amish Christmas Quilt is sure to be a favorite to anyone who enjoys Amish and Christmas stories.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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