Saturday, May 6, 2017

Book Review My Name is Resolute

Just popping in to share a good book.
Actually, an amazing book! 
One that I was so sad to end. 

Taken from Goodreads
"The year is 1729, and Resolute Talbot and her siblings are captured by pirates, taken from their family in Jamaica and brought to the New World. Resolute and her sister are sold into slavery in colonial New England and taught the trade of spinning and weaving. When Resolute finds herself alone in Lexington, Massachusetts, she struggles to find her way in a society that is quick to judge a young woman without a family. As the seeds of rebellion against England grow, Resolute is torn between following the rules and breaking free. Resolute's talent at the loom places her at the center of in incredible web of secrecy that helped drive the American Revolution."

Let me know if you have read this or if you will. 
I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

It's a Big Honor!

Well, here we are. 
It is March, and I'm saying the same thing ... where did the month go? 
At least I can say that I have been busy. 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I announced that I
have been honored by being selected for the Ambassador Team for Documented Faith.
This is a fun Bible Journaling product line sold by Adonit (a craft company). 
It was originally designed and developed by Artist Stephanie Ackerman her blog is here.


I will be showing you more later!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Unavailing the 2017 Lit-N-Latte Bookclub Reading List

Holy COW!
How can it already be almost the middle of February? 

Before we get to far into the year I wanted to share the book club reading list.
Let me know if you decide to read along. 

Lit-N-Latte Bookclub

2017 Book List

January: My Name is Resolute - Nancy E Turner
February: Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
March: Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
April: Denial - Deborah Lipstadt
May: Cold Sassy Tree - Olive Ann Burns
June: This Road We Traveled - Jane Kirkpatrick
July: The Source - James Michener
September: A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
October: Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
November: Eighty Days - Matthew Goodman
December: The Christmas Town - Donna Van Liere

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Santa Claus, Jesus and Being Shy

Funny name for a blog post but sometimes things just hit me different than everybody else.  Here is a perfect example.

Sunday our pastor preached an awesome sermon on Hebrews 4:14 -16 and 5:1-4. 

Here is the scripture, check it out:

4:14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptation, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God's gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed [to act] on behalf of men in things relating to God, so that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with the spiritually ignorant and misguided, since he is also subject to human weakness; 3 and because of this [human weakness] he is required to offer sacrifices for sins, for himself as well as for the people. 4 And besides, one does not appropriate for himself the honor [of being high priest], but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
                                                                                                        from the Amplified Bible

Okay, so the point that our Pastor made was that we should, and have every right, to approach Jesus with great confidence! He even gave a great impression of George Jefferson's confident strut. 

It was a great visual!  

Friends, that IS exactly how we should approach Jesus. 

So here is where my twisted part comes in... 

The whole time that he is telling us how we should be so confident in how we approach Jesus I am remembering how I would approach Santa Claus when I was a kid.  Maybe it was because we are just coming out of the Christmas season and possibly it was because I spent 12 hours on Saturday packing Christmas away.  Anyway, I was probably about 6 or 7 and so painfully shy and timid that I would stand in line and anxiously wait, but when it was finally my turn I would have to be coaxed and encouraged to step forward, knowing that if I didn't I wouldn't be able to tell him what I wanted.  I wouldn't get the Santa hug and it would be a whole year before I would have a chance again.  And yet, I was still too awestruck to move. 

Meanwhile, the kid behind me couldn't wait! He ran right around me and took a running leap into Santa's lap. Laughing and giggling and talking with Santa like they were old friends. I was mortified and even a little jealous.  He got the opportunity and the Santa hug.  Even at that young age, I fully understood embarrassment and hurt pride. Why was I such a baby?! 

Friends this is the problem with the "Santa Claus" Jesus. 
Pray to him when you want something. 
Pray to him when you feel good about where you are. 
Once I get my act together, then I'll go to church.
Everything is good now and my ducks are in a row, so I can approach Him. 

That's not how it works. 
We don't have to wait in line for our forgiveness.
We don't have to worry that the mercy or grace will ever run out.
We don't have to worry that we will miss our opportunity!

I am so grateful that we have the perfect High Priest that we can run to. He understands us and loves us before we even realize how much we need His love.

 Draw near to Him!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year - New Bible Journal

Well, it's time.

I have loved and journaled in this bible for the last 2 years.
But after almost 300 entries, it's time.  It doesn't seem like a lot,
however, I was finding that I would go to a page to do an entry and it was already
journaled in. It was getting frustrating. So, I spent a good long time looking for a 
replacement. This one will probably be shelved so that I can use it for reference.

This is what I purchased. I am already moved in and using it. 
It has proven to be a good investment. I can tell already that I am going
to LOVE it!

It is slightly smaller.

With a beautiful natural leather cover.

This gives you an idea of the size.

 The English Standard Version is my favorite. I love the 
faint lines in the margin and the color of the paper.

Here is the box it came in (just incase you want to purchase it).

This is the Crossway SKU

The Lifeway Christian Book Store SKU.
I did get it on sale for $82.99.

And here is the title page that I worked on New Year's Eve. 
I'm  put my contact info on the title page after this picture was taken.

I wanted a page that was a reminder of what is important.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017! Nice to meet you!

Fun Book Club Party Idea

Hello My Friends!

Happy New Year!

There! I acknowledge right up front that I know that Christmas has past. 
Ugh! Honestly, I miss it already. 

But! At any rate, I was able to host a very fun little 
soirĂ©e for my Lit-N-Latte Girls and I wanted to show the pictures off. 

So here they are!

Truly this theme could very easily translate into a January/Winter theme.

I always purchase all the books for the year. Sorry, but we love the covers and actually holding the book.  Many of the ladies use e-readers but any true book lover still loves the feel of a book in the hand and the turn of a page.

So with that in mind, it certainly helps to come up with a centerpiece.  The only thing that I added was my Father-in-Law's old typewriter, Christmas teacups and some vintage Christmas post cards.

It is also very easy to use your party favors. I gave each gal a Starbucks ornament.

We usually go pot luck, but I also supplied a hot cocoa bar.

This year I included a the White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix from the Safeway Select line.
You guys! I'm telling you! Short of making real cocoa in a double boiler... 
it just doesn't get any better. 
It is the best mix I have ever tried. I offered both the white and regular cocoa.

The party was a success.
We chatted about favorite reads this year, favorite of all time reads, books that are coming out this year,
books that are coming out in movies this year, must see movies and many, many other classic bookworm topics. (we all wear glasses)

I hope you had a lovely Holiday Season!
I can't believe how fast it went.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Snow Balls In the Desert

Working on a fun little craft project.

Who doesn't like a project that you can finish in 
a single afternoon?

How about simple pom pom garland?
I am currently (like as I finish this post) working on one for the
entertainment unit. But I finished this one earlier this week and
thought I would share it with you.

 I got my inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed
Love her style.

The stars are from Target. The pom pom garland is
really the only different thing that I did this year. 

I do love it. 
Kinda looks like snow balls in the desert. 

The stars are a tiny bit glimmery, but still pretty primitive.

Same centerpiece.

Anyway... let me know if you make the little garland. 
Its totally fun and easy. 

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Tale of Two Tables

It was the best of tables. 
It was the worst of tables......

Just teasing!

I thought that I would share my thanksgiving tables today.
Maybe it will inspire. As you can see, nothing formal. Just a 
little fun and fancy. 

We are having 10 for dinner. 
Sadly, we don't have a table for 10. 
So we will have to do 4 at one table and 
6 at the other.

It's not optimal, but it works.

This is the table for 4 (obvs). 
I used the buffalo check napkins that I got from 
the dollar spot at Target. I love them so much that
I bought enough for 16 plus pillows and tea towels.
Paired with the orange and brown they look so country.

This is the table for 6 (duh).
I wanted to do something totally different this year 
with the colors and I really like how it turned out.

Shades of amber, teal and beige.

There's those white pumpkins.

The centerpieces for both tables were purchased at Hobby Lobby.
All of the fall stuff was 80% off.
They are just simple silk flowers and stalks.

I filled in with the white pumpkins. 

Most everything is set. 
House is clean
Veggies are all prepped and chopped

Tomorrow I will put the turkey in at about 9:00
Then work on the rest

What's on the menu:

with stuffing and gravy
Cranberry sauce
Au Gratin potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Broccoli casserole
Corn Succotash (copy cat Cheesecake Factory recipe)
Dinner rolls

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Oatmeal Pie
Cherry Pie

What's on your menu? 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!