Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Don't you just love mornings when you CAN sleep-in, but end up waking at 6 am anyway? Ugh. When that happens, I usually just get out of bed so I don't wake up Mr. C. I tend to toss and turn when I am trying to get back to sleep like that, and it never fails to wake the poor guy up. He worked until 4 am Wednesday night/Thursday morning so he has been exhausted.

I would go in and work on some scrapbooking projects, but I don't want to wake the kidlets. Brendan's room is directly below my little studio, and Katie's room is across the hall from it. Cocoa Daisy is doing an online crop this weekend and I am attempting to play along. I have a few friends who design for them, but I haven't spent much time on their message boards. The ladies seem like a fun bunch so I am excited to have a weekend to crop at home, yet with friends. ;)  I have purchased one of their kits before and LOVED it, so I just signed up for a 6-mo. subscription. Go check them out!

Have a wonderful Saturday!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Creative Team Call at Ormolu!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous week. There are some exciting things going on at Ormolu right now. First, Kaitlin has some AMAZING new releases coming out soon. I don't know how she does it. Every time I think she cannot possibly top herself, she does. I think these new designs may be my very favorite yet.

Ormolu is also looking to add a few new Creative Team members for the summer! Go check out the announcement at the Ormolu Blog . I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy being a part of this group - they are all so wonderful and supportive. So get your applications in - the deadline is next week!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Funny


Don't forget your Starbucks today!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson


I first heard about Stephanie Nielson and her Nie Nie Dialogues after her accident a couple of years ago. She was still in a coma so her sister was posting updates to her blog. I checked back about once each week to see her progress, and I was thrilled when the news came that she had awakened. After that I would pop in about once every week or two, but I honestly just didn't keep up with her very much after she began writing again. So, imagine my surprise when I ran across this book in Target one day. I picked it up and looked at it, but didn't buy it. A few days later I went back and decided to purchase it. Apparently I am a voyeur and I can't resist reading about other people's lives.

For those of you who are unaware of who she is, Stephanie and her husband Christian were nearly killed in a plane crash in Arizona. She was burned over 80% of her body. He broke his back, and several other bones. They both nearly succumbed to their injuries. This is the story of their life before, and after, the accident.

In all honestly, I was not much of a Nie Nie fan. I stopped reading her blog because she was always advertising something. Don't flame me - I was sure she was a very nice person, it was nothing personal. I just see enough commercials when I turn on the TV, I don't want to see them on  blogs and Facebook pages. But after reading this book, I am a HUGE Nie Nie fan. You still won't find me stalking her blog or anything, but I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading her story.

This book was incredibly inspiring. I loved reading about her marriage, and how they kept the romance in their lives, and how she cared for her children. She had such a joyful life and it was tragic how it nearly ended.

But then you get to read about how they rebuilt everything. It was charming, and sweet, and lovely. She shared her heart. She shared her pain. She shared her insecurities. It was a beautifully written story and I could not put this book down until I had finished the last page. I was touched and inspired. In a nutshell: You need to read this book.

This is not like my typical book reviews - I did not receive this book for free. I am not gaining anything with my review. I do not know Stephanie Nielson, nor anyone in her family. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fluffy


The blog has been lacking personality as of late. 
It has been mainly fluff, and not much else. 
My mother has some relatives that didn't like some things I've written.
They have misinterpreted my intent, as well as my words.
Both on this blog, as well as on my Facebook page.
This has been confusing and frustrating for me.
I don't think I write about controversial issues.
I don't use anyone's name, or say who they are or where they live. 
I also am not a mean or vindictive person.
I love deeply.
My purpose is never to rattle anyone's cage. 

With that being said, I want to explain two thoughts:

1) NOTHING written on this blog is ever written with the intention of hurting anyone. EVER. I write about personal things sometimes because I've lived in certain conditions and situations, and I have overcome a lot of pain in my life. I know that the experiences I've survived give me an insight that not everyone has. I share some of those experiences (without giving names) in order to help others. I also write this blog as a journal for my children to read someday. I don't get many comments to my posts, but I have received many emails from individuals who were touched by something I wrote. 

2) This is my blog. My space. If you don't like what is written, you don't have to visit here and read it. Period.

So, I think I'm going to get back to MY blog. 
MY thoughts.
MY words.
As always, you are more than welcome to share the journey with me.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Thankful Thursday


I am VERY thankful that Sean and Landry have been here all week!

I am also thankful for:
Easter - and the sacrifices He made for me.
Spring Break with the kidlets.
Warm, sunny weather.
Watching The Masters with Mr. C this weekend
and remembering our trip there last year.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher



Against Shannon's wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?

When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she's certain she'll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though the South is still gripped in civil war.

Wells Fargo driver Matthew Dubois isn't sure the lovely Shannon belongs in Idaho Territory either, but he is a desperate man. His widowed sister is dying and leaving her young son, Todd, in his care. Matthew wants to return to driving coach for the express company soon—so he'll have to find a wife to look after the boy when he's away.

Shannon is determined not to lose her heart to a man who is neither a Southerner nor a gentleman. But love stakes its claim. Now, will her heart survive learning the truth behind the courtship?
I requested the ebook version of this Women of Faith novel and read it rather quickly. It was an easy read and kept me entertained throughout. I will say, however, that I did not find the main character very likable. I found Shannon to be spoiled and rather rude, which put me off somewhat. For a minister's daughter, she seemed to lack the character traits one would expect, particularly for the time period. She did grow more mature as the story progressed.  The other characters in the book were interesting and enjoyable. Although this was set during the civil war era, there was more focus placed upon gold mining in the west than the war in the south.  All in all, it was a fairly good read.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255