Archive for September, 2013

Cassie’s Wedding Dress

September 28, 2013



I’m kind of making myself take time to read. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. And I have a couple of more books to review by Clare Revell. By the end of the week I’m too tired to work as much anyway. So here is my review of Ms. Revell’s “”Cassie’s Wedding Dress”.




hard time Cassie was once a horse jockey, but an accident brings her back to her parents and dear brother. In the beginning, Cassie has a hard time accepting the fact that God still loves her and wants what’s best for her. But when she reconnects with Jack, her brother’s best friend, she starts to rethink that decision. Jack was the only guy she has ever really dreamed of.




But Jack is now a pastor and a widower with a daughter to take care of. Can he understand Cassie’s questions about God? Sure, losing his wife to cancer because she refused to have the recommended “termination of pregnancy” so she could get the treatments she needed. Jack is convinced that God has a reason for everything He does.


But questions arise when the pastor starts dating again.


I loved this book. I love how Ms. Revell combines romance and suspense. Find this book at White Rose Publishing.

Memories of an old friend

September 24, 2013

This is prayer week at my church, so what that means is that we are going to pray each evening. And so I’m trying to get everything done that I want to get done by the time we eat dinner.


I have had several people say that I should write my autobiography, but I think I am going to do different vignettes about my life on this instead, at least for now… Anyway, my family has homeschooled for almost two decades. But I went to preschool since I was two. Mom wanting wanted me to make friends my own age. I went to Head Start and things like that. Once I got into real school, I had a personal aide that would help me. These aides would help me write my answers as well as feeding me and taking me bathroom. One aide stands out because we remained close friends by mail, and yes, I do mean good old snail mail, for years after that. I used to go to her house for a couple of days some summers. My letters to her became something of a journal. We were very close. My aide used to walk closely to the Lord, but sadly she turned from Him. And when I tried to help her see the light, she stopped writing. It still makes me sad to think about.

More memories

September 19, 2013

My group got cancelled for tonight. And tomorrow my sister Hannah and I are going to my sister Olivia’s because my niece is having a birthday party, so I’m excited about that. And of course, I will not want to work while we’re visiting, so I am going to do this now.


Christmas wasn’t really Christmas until my aunt Cindy and my cousins got there. Okay, I need to explain something here. My parents were from a small town, and my grandparents still lived about ten minutes away from each other. And so on holidays, we would do a celebration at both places, which as a kid I thought was awesome…


I used to love staying with Mom’s parents without the rest of my family. When no one else was around, my grandparents place was a quiet place to read or watch tv. When Cindy was there, my grandparents’ place was full of life and laughter. Holidays were times of lots of good food, games, and just enjoying being together.


Cindy’s husband got into state politics. And the summer he was running for Attorney General, I got to attend several of the functions. It was a lot of fun, even if it was busier than our usual summer trips. Being in my grandparents town, most the area was strongly for my uncle.


I think I am going to go hang out with Hannah and watch something.

My favorite aunt part 1

September 17, 2013

I’m at a point with my business [Family Trips Inc] where there is always something that could be done. I still have lots of training to go through. My website needs a good bit of work. Kind of thought I was at something of a standstill this afternoon, and then I listened to training. I have a lot of resources to explore… I’m reading some for fun, but usually it’s just catching a few minutes when I can’t do anything else. But I’m committed to writing this blog even if ideas are hard to come by. I’m rethinking working through the Lazarus book mostly because I don’t want to always be discussing how hard life can be.


So today I thought I’d share some about my favorite aunt… I’m starting to learn about cruises and all these exotic trips. But personally, my favorite vacations are to see people not places. When I was young, we used to go to see my grandparents in Virginia at least twice a year, sometime in the summer and Christmas. My Aunt Cindy lived in Virginia but not in the same town as my grandparents. But she and her family would try to come to town whenever we were visiting… Summers we used to love going to the pool together. We usually had tea parties. Sometimes everyone would go see a movie together. Cindy always said she was my favorite and I was hers. We used to go to breakfast just the two of us.


I think I’ll write more about this Friday. I’m tired.

Memories of 9/11

September 14, 2013

I am trying to get through everything I’d like to do today, and having problems deciding what to write about. But I think I am going to write about my thought from September eleventh, 2001. I know I was working at Goodwill Industries. On the whole, I did not enjoy that job much. I was doing data entry for them, and occasionally they would let me branch out and do other things. But my office was in the back and I had little interaction with other people. I don’t think I had talked to anyone that day, and must not have been listened to the radio, because I do not believe I knew anything at all until Mom came to get me and said something big was happening.


There is a military base near our city. And our church has a great military ministry. So those first few months, we had so many friends leave to take their place in the war. I’m very thankful to say that amazingly everyone I know has returned. Thank the Lord for that.


Sorry if this is short. Just trying to get something posted.


September 10, 2013

My group is going to meet tomorrow instead of Thursday this week, and with the time I’m putting into the business I think I’d be wise to go on and do this tonight.


I think, as Christians, most of us have favorite bible stories. I don’t think I can choose just one favorite personally. I love the stories of Abraham, Joseph, and I especially love the story of Hannah receiving Baby Samuel after years of longing for children. I would love to read a historical novel based on Hannah’s life.


But at the same time, there has always been a special place in my heart for the story of Lazarus’s story. I mean, Lazarus was dead. Very few people have gotten out of that predictament throughout history. Surely that was the end of the story, wasn’t it? Sure, Jesus was a personal Friend of theirs. But He hadn’t rushed to their sides like they had believed He would. Lazarus had died despite all their prayers and everything else they had tried.


I saw a book on this story free on Amazon, and I think that is where I want to go next.

SugSugSuggestions when we go through times of suffering

September 7, 2013

I’m trying to wrap everything up for the week. And I am going to go on and apologize up front if something doesn’t come out exactly right. I’m really tired. I guess I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished for the week. There is more I would like to have done, but it can wait. Hopefully. this week I am going to get a start on my marketing campaign.


I haven’t gotten books to review lately. I’m reading some when I have short breaks, but anyway. So let’s get back to Alcorn’s book. We’re near the end of this book, but I do have other nonfiction I would like to go through. So I’m not too worried about what to do with this blog. Anyway, Alcorn asks the question. “What can we do to more fully embrace God’s purposes in our suffering?” the first thing is we should look to God for our comfort. And one way to do that no to remember the Lord’s promises. “He is not a man that He should lie” keeps running through my mind. I have no idea where that verse is though. We are also to anticipate God’s rewards. Jesus promised that in heaven there would be rewards for those who suffer in this life. We are also to pray about everything that we’re going through. Talking things through usually helps. And in prayer, we are talking to the one who knows everything that there is to know. And finally we are to help other people that are suffering. When we have problems, it’s sometimes easier to stay in our own little worlds. But sometimes it helps to reach other.

God uses everything

September 4, 2013

Trying to set up your own business can be lots of fun and lots of work at the same time. I am truly enjoying everything that I’m doing. And I run out time and energy before I run out of things to do. Okay, I must confess that my family is hooked on this show called, “Once Upon a Time””and we’re watching at least a show or two each evening.


I think I am going to go back to Alcorn’s book, “If God is Good”. Alcorn starts talking about baking a cake. Personally, I can’t think of a cake that I don’t like. But the ingredients to a cake? Have you ever tasted those? Take baking powder, for example. It’s disgusting! It certainly does not taste like cake, but it’s a very necessary ingredient in a cake. And in the same way, God can take hard things and turn them into good.


I kind of was given an example of that last month. Twenty years ago my family and I went through a painful church experience. We were ultimately asked to leave the church. And each August I kind of remember that whole ordeal. But I absolutely love the church we are in now. And looking back on that hard time made me even more grateful for where we are now.