Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Scapes

Summer is my favorite time to enjoy the landscapes and colors we miss through the midwest winters. Here are a few of my favorites from Indiana:
Thunderheads!
 Warren Dunes
 Water Irises
 Cut flowers from our gardens!
 Campfires in the backyard!
Oh, and last year I enjoyed a massage on the back patio to the sounds of the birds and water fountain!
I love summer sanctuaries, what are yours? 
What summer scapes do you love?
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Today's Throwback Thursday harks all the way back to 2002. Here are my two munchkins on the first day of school. (As you can see, we home-schooled.)

Heather is in fifth grade, and James is in first. You can just catch a glimpse of my cat (Pookie--yeah, I know, don't judge.) in the lower left corner, too. 

Heather has graduated from college, and James graduated from high school earlier this month. Where did the time go?

What is your favorite memory about the first day of school? For me it was all the new school supplies, especially the new box of crayons.





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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Life Is Hard, But God Is Good

For some reason this week, God has laid Psalm 57 on my heart. I needed the reminder that life is hard, but God is good. You see, when things are going well, I can easily get this backwards. I start thinking that LIFE is good. But when things begin to unravel--as they inevitably do--I am taught anew that GOD is the one who is good, my refuge, my source of mercy and protection. God is glorious, the one who steadies my heart and keeps me by His power.

When I read this psalm aloud, my heart is made steadfast, my soul glories in God who is so good. 


Psalm 57[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.
I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[c]
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.
I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.
They spread a net for my feet
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.
My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth

Life is hard, but God is good.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summertime Fun, Writing & Romance

My husband left me. To Guatemala. On a missions trip. So I have a week off to lament my husband's departure and go on the adventure of single parenting. So Laurie came to rescue me. My sweetheart crit partner is a beacon of light in a lonely week where this work-outside-the-home would be a tad loss at what to do with the littles. So Laurie flew in from Oklahoma with her little, AG, and we are having a party complete with ice cream, double stuffed oreos, princess dress up, bubbles, and swimming! Poor Peter Pan is the only boy, but he's surviving by trying on princess shoes, tiaras and he's rocking the Sofia the Princess amulet necklace. (Daddy will be so proud).

It's VBS all week, so we're taking the kiddos there for some healthy Spiritual dosage and disappearing for a few hours to write and chat romance for our novels. Then whisk the kiddos away to bed and more late night writing and rom-coms.

It's a rough life being on vacation and having a girl party. Seeing friends is so heartwarming when your right arm was cut off and flown to Central America.

So what's your favorite thing to do with your girlfriends? How do you survive the woes of a missing spouse?





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Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday's Devo--Just Enough

It's been one of those weeks that taps your reserves, and you find out God gives you just what you need. This is short and sweet, because this scripture on my flip calendar says it all for my week!

May you all have a blessed week.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: Truth Be Told, by Carol Cox

One of the things I really like about Carol Cox's writing is that so much of her story is character-driven. Less narrative and descriptive and faster paced with character conversations, getting into the character's head, and the thrust of adventure that is riddled throughout her stories.

There is an element of suspense in Truth Be Told which I also really like. It sets itself apart from other historical romances because Amelia and Ben's story is diving into the world of subterfuge, mystery, and the adventure of uncovering wrong doing.

While I found the villains to be predictable, the story in itself was a fast drive through excitement and detective-like sleuth-work. It's a good read, with some fun twists and turns and two very likable main characters!  I recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance with some kick in the pants action.


About Truth Be Told: 
When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father’s newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father’s revealing articles about Great Western Investment Company’s business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father’s statements.
Determined to find the truth, Amelia goes through her father’s notes and begins to interview members of the community. She can’t seem to shake Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who’s been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company.
The more Ben and Amelia learn, the more Amelia’s father’s claims appear to be accurate. In fact, the situation is probably worse than he realized. Even Ben is beginning to wonder if he’s become a pawn in the workings of a corrupt empire.
But Great Western isn’t about to stand for a female reporter and one of their own men bringing down their lucrative schemes. Working against time, and uncertain what danger lurks around the next corner, Ben and Amelia set out to reveal all they’ve discovered, before Great Western silences them for good.

If you're reading a historical romance with suspense--do you like the action more than trying to figure out who the "bad guy" is? Or do you want the bad guy to catch you by surprise and be super hard to figure out?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday - President Lincoln




Today's Throwback Thursday is a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln. In a couple of weeks, I'll be journeying to the Land of Lincoln and visiting the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. I'm very excited. History museums are the BEST!

I'm particularly fond of Abraham Lincoln and am eager to learn more about the man and his presidency. Presidents Washington and Lincoln were the first presidents I can remember learning about as a child.

The first presidential election I can remember was Ford v. Carter in 1976. I was in third grade.

The first presidential election I could vote in was the Bush v. Dukakis election of 1988.

Richard Nixon was president when I was born.

So, who was president when you were born, what was the first election you can remember, and which presidential election was your first as a voter?



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Stages of Life


We did it. There were days (weeks...months) when I thought we might never make it, but we did.

My son, James, has graduated from high school. He's the younger of my two children, my baby, the last one.

I am now officially no longer a home-school mom. No more grading assignments, setting assignments, giving tests, ordering curriculum.

He's done. Graduated. Finished.

I suspect the reality of all this will hit me harder next fall when he's at college and for the first time in a lot of years, I'm not dragging myself out of summer mode and into school mode.

At the moment, it feels like relief and accomplishment. Later it might feel like loss and regret.

Today, I'm in full summer mode. Sleeping in a bit later, staying up a bit later, enjoying my flowers and writing fiction and drinking iced tea.

How about you? Are you in summer mode?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Community of Service

One thing you find as a writer who also has a pile of other commitments to do, is how to eek out writing time in between normal life. With two little ones, this can be a challenge, and also a horrible drain on my family if I'm not cautious and careful. It's a hobby with deadlines, and that can be tough.

This is when I find blessings in the weeks when things are especially stressful. Sometimes, the community, the Body of Christ, rises to the challenge to help me out. Like Monday night when one of the guys from my husband's youth group played with Kokomo Jo on the playground at the softball park while I feverishly wrote on my phone. Yes. Sometimes you write on any platform you can find. Or when, my Admin. Assistant baked my lunch for me in the toaster oven so I could have a warm lunch while I wrote over my break.

It got me to thinking...how are we aware of how we can bless other's lives? Do we look for opportunities to make someone smile, give them some spare time, take a burden off their hands for even a moment?

I want to be on the lookout this week. To serve, if even in a small way.

How about you? What are your thoughts on receiving or giving in community service?

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Thing About Parenting

The thing about parenting is...it's a weird balancing act not too different than faith.


The weekly trek to church is not too unlike the end of each day of parenting when you lay your head on the pillow and wonder if you did okay.

Should I beat myself up with guilt-ridden regret for all the mistakes I've made along the way? Will there be forgiveness for the subtleties I've missed that turn out to be essential and a little too late for a redo? Did I care too much about the wrong thing? Not enough about the right thing? Were we too hard on the minors and not big enough on the majors?

Or did I get side-tracked by a to-do list, fooling myself into thinking if I just did all the right things, it would be enough for the right combination of parental success? Just the right scrapbooks? Ball games? Grades? Teachers, and schools? Did we push hard enough, or too hard? Was the timing right, or did we miss our lines?


Because, like with faith and parenting, there's no equation other than the one King David found. Sure, he was a master in the flubbing-it-up department. He pretty much had it in the leadership department. He had a following, plenty of friends. Lots of responsibilities to prove himself with.

But none of those mattered in the end. It wasn't a guilt ridden faith, or a to-do list faith that grabbed God's attention. It was his heart tug. His willingness to fall flat on his face, to make himself prostrate before God. He laid it all out. The good. The bad. The mess-ups. The strengths. But mostly he faced the weaknesses in his heart and laid them before his FatherGod.

And if we can do that one thing as a witness to our children, if they can learn that one thing--how to surrender their hearts--then they can walk out onto the stage of life and be okay no matter what happens tomorrow.

Psalms 16:1 - 16:11

Psalms Chapter 16
1 (Michtam of David.) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 [O my soul], thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou [art] my Lord: my goodness [extendeth] not to thee;
3 [But] to the saints that [are] in the earth, and [to] the excellent, in whom [is] all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied [that] hasten [after] another [god]: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant [places]; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Report: Raptor 6, by Ronie Kendig


Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Talk about intense military fiction. This is the kind of fiction that leaves you with well-bitten fingernails and a serious need to learn some self-defense. The characters were engaging from the moment they marched onto the page. Captain Dean Waters was tough, Special Forces hard, and yet our heroine Zahrah finds her way through his shell. I loved Zahrah. She knows in her mission, believes her mission and has nerves that are stronger than mine. 

Kendig holds nothing back in this novel. Not only is it an entertaining ride, it will also stretch you as a reader. Some parts are gritty, raw, and uncomfortable. But it's war, and Kendig isn't afraid to reveal it in its injustice, horror toward females, and the desperate need to hail our American heroes for the sacrifices they make. 

Raptor 6 is a salute to our nation's heroes and to the men and women who fight for our country behind-the-scenes with no pomp nor circumstance. SALUTE!


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About the book: 

His mission.
His team.
Captain Dean Watters keeps these parts of his life in laser-like focus. So when hackers threaten both his mission and his team, Dean's Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Ten military super-secure computers are missing-which if opened, would give America's enemies a blueprint of US military intelligence. Failing to stop the hackers isn't an option.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. She's also a target. Her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hackers' deadly game. They're coming for her, and Dean and his team must stop them.
Before the team can get to Zahrah, she disappears. Now Dean must race to rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror on millions across the globe. But to do so, Dean will be forced to crack open the steel box around his heart-a move that might come at the highest cost.

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Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction.
Ronie can be found atwww.roniekendig.com and onFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.







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