Friday, May 29, 2020

A pocket full of love

Yesterday we got to see our little grandchildren for the first time in almost three months. They were so excited to see us.

Hubby talking with Lilly and Andrew through the screen door.

Aren't they precious?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Stay With Me - Book Tour and Giveaway



On Tour with Prism Book Tours

ABOUT THE BOOK
Stay with Me
(A Misty River Romance #1)
By Becky Wade

Christian Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 5th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers

Loving her is a risk he can’t afford . . . and can’t resist.

 When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents’ past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge mountains to chase down her family’s secret. However, it’s Genevieve’s own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of an historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she’s worked so hard to hide.
Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He’s spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. Yet, can he bear to turn her away right when she needs him most?

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 My Review

Stay With Me by Becky Wade is another heart pounding,powerful, sweet romance that will capture your attention. This is the first novel in the new Misty River series.

Popular Bible study author and motivational speaker Genevieve Woodward finds herself in a stranger's guest house. When Aussie Sam Turner finds her, he wants her out! But Gen finds a way to persuade him to let her rent the cottage, and even with all his walls up, Sam finds his heart melting. 

Becky Wade has written a beautiful story about two troubled people, who find themselves in life's situations as they face the struggles of pain and loneliness. There is so much going on in this story that captures your heart and attention. This story tackles some serious issues. Gen is haunted by flashbacks about being one of the Miracle Five, five teenagers who were trapped by an earthquake and were the only survivors. Always wanting to appear "perfect" she hides her battle with addiction.

Sam's feelings of guilt and regret comes from his worst failure and surviving life in isolation is all wants. But when he learns Gen's secret he cannot abandon her. He only wants Gen to follow his rules. No more pills, get counseling, and don't fall in love with him. Sam is a great hero.

This story is one of hope, love, redemption and forgiveness, with a hint of a mystery. Ms Wades ability to use words to magnify the depth of feelings surrounding the struggles of addictions gives place to the very real problems many face today. And the relationship between Sam and Gen blossoms and blooms as their struggles draws them together.

Becky Wades books have always captured me, as she has a way of bringing her characters to life in such moving ways, flaws and all. Her characters are well crafted, honest about failures and find value in forgiveness and second chances. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. Good clean contemporary romance.

Definitely a 5+ rating.

A special thanks to the author/Prism Book Tours for a copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Other Books in the Series

Take a Chance on Me
(A Misty River Romance #0.5)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 97 Pages
February 25th 2020
 When baker Penelope Quinn steps in to help her brother’s family through a medical crisis, she’s forced into close proximity with charming Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price.

Penelope has one iron-clad dating rule—she does not date airmen. Months ago, she relaxed her rule with Eli and immediately lived to regret it. After a long deployment, he’s now back in Misty River and, to her dismay, she finds him just as tempting as always.

Eli’s spent months thinking about funny, feisty, creative Penelope. He once leveraged his focus and drive to become a pilot, his childhood dream. Now he's set on leveraging that same focus and drive in order to convince Penelope to give him one more chance.

This romantic prequel novella introduces readers to the quaint mountain town of Misty River and a brand-new series from Christy-winning author Becky Wade!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cutter power

When I started making quilts for the Hands2Help challenge, I made 5" blocks from fabric I had on hand.

 I like the way this one turned out so I went on and made second one.

This one is more for a baby boy. With my Accuquilt GO! cutter, I am able to cut 5" squares so quickly.


By cutting a 5 1/2" strip, there is very little waste.
Another one in the works!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.

May God continue to protect and bless the United States of America!
Wishing you a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

You are my Sunshine

I've been busy finishing up quilts for the Hands2Help challenge. When I finished quilting this quilt, I thought it looked a little plain. So I added the words and hope that it gives courage and hope to the recipient.





Sunday, May 17, 2020

H2H Parade of Quilts

Today we are sharing a Parade of Quilts for the Hands2Help challenge. Some of mine still need the borders sewn down, but this is what I have made for this worthy cause.




I liked the way this one turned out that I made another one with boy type fabrics.
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

On a Coastal Breeze



On a Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher picks up where On a Summer Tide leaves off.

Three Sisters Island and the Grayson family are at the center of this novel. Maddie Grayson has hung her counseling shingle in the basement of the church office. When the new pastor parachutes in, Maddie is shocked to see it is the one person she hoped to never see again.  Ricky O'Shea, who taunted and tormented Maddie through out her young life.

There is a lot going on in this book. Not only is Maddie battling her own fears, but with the return of Rick, old anger and hurts fill her thoughts. Rick on the other hand, has apparently changed. Wanting to make restitution for his wrong doings of the past, but can Maddie move past her anger and trust Rick to have really changed?

There are a lot of emotions that come into play with the story of the Grayson sisters. Maddie seeming the more sensitive sister, brings out the many facets of feelings between her sisters Cam and Blaine. Learning from their many mistakes and moving forward. The story was well written, characters full and well developed.

 I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

What I have been doing.

Ok, so I've been working on quilting my charity quilts for the  Hands2Help challenge. I ran into a little problem with my Sweet Sixteen and have been on the phone with them. Twice!

My sweet daughter brought home this lovely bouquet of flowers for Mothers Day.

And I was so excited when she gave me this cookbook!

Oh wow, there are so many recipes that I want to try. Yum!!

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Psalm for Mama



Wishing each of you a Happy Mothers Day, whether you are the nurturer, or have ever been nurtured by a special lady in your life. May this day bring some sweet memory to cherish in your heart.

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"Psalm for Mama"
Forgive me for the times I may have hurt you. Hear the song of love in my heart.

I do not remember the times I drank from your breasts, or the times I slept in your arms, or the times you sat beside me as I tossed with fevers.


I do not remember them, but I know those times existed. I have experienced those times with my daughter who will also not remember them.


I now understand things only mothers understand.


And at night, when I bend over and kiss your granddaughter, I sometimes feel your love in the room.


I only hope.... you can feel mine too!

(Terry Helwig)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Forever in my heart


"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together,
keep me in your heart,
I'll stay there forever."
Winne the Pooh
Diana Grace
5/9/53 - 9/26/04

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A bargain is a bargain

You know over the years I have always tried to share when I find good prices on things we as quilters use. Several years ago, I shared about using your 50% Joann's coupon at Michael's for batting.

I found another source and it might even be a better buy.

Batting at Hobby Lobby is $4.99 a yard. With my 40% off coupon, it came to $3.00 a yard. Which made me very happy.

They also had lots of fabric, which is almost non-exisitant in my area.

Here is what Joann's looked like.

Top row is all the cotton they have left.

And take a look at Walmart!

I sure hope everyone is making masks with all that fabric. Or could it be that the suppliers from Asia have stopped shipping? Does anyone know?




Saturday, May 2, 2020

Let's Make Baby Quilts

Finishing this baby quilt for donation.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Encourage


These days seem long and hard. Social distancing has taken a toll that most of us never realized could affect us so deeply. The whole month of April has pressed down and left us away from friends and loved ones. I know it was hard for me, as my birthday went by with no acknowledgement. 

The truth is, we need people. My hubby and I love to have people over for dinner. But of course that has been put to the wayside. These are our people. The ones we love and lean on, walk along side with, in this journey called life. The people we trust with our darkest secrets and share our wildest dreams. 

How many people really open up when they are hurting? Yes, we can send a text or email to someone to keep in touch, but sometimes it is nice to get a note or letter in the mail. It's like a little visit. We need to encourage one another and send a word of comfort. It makes it more personal to think that someone took the time to write a word of encouragement and support.

Perhaps you know someone who is home bound, even before the stay at home order. Or a widow or widower who is facing these times alone.. Do you know, many people in nursing homes never have a visit from family members or friends? How sad is that?

Can I challenge you to find someone to encourage? Take a few minutes out of your day to bring sunshine to someone else? You may find your friends need a little more encouragement on an average day than they do on their birthdays.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The story of the egg scale

 As we are sitting out these last days of Stay at Home, I thought I would share a story that I posted years ago on my Hospitality blog
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On a trip to South Carolina my daughter and I went to several antique shops. Between the two of us, we found several vintage thingies that we added to our collection of old stuff.

But for today, I wanted to share about something that I had never seen before. It was a vintage Farm Master Egg scale from Sears Roebuck & Co.

We first saw this scale in a little shop in Florence. I thought it was so interesting, but passed it up. At $12, it was more then my usual thrifty spending habits.

We picked up a few business cards at this particular shop, and headed out in search of more bargains. We landed at the Thieves Market, which was a huge warehouse, packed to the gills with stuff! And guess what? They also had a vintage Farm Master Egg scale. But the price was not $12. Oh No!! It was marked.......... $48! Whoa!

Now here was something that I had never seen before, and now I've run into it twice, with a $36 price difference. Boy, now I was wishing I had picked up this little gem.

With our prizes in hand, we headed back to the hotel for a night of rest, so we could venture out again the next day.

Georgetown SC is a historical landmark town. We've never visited there before, so we thought we would take a buzz through this little town. And low and behold, there was an Antique mall. Guess it wouldn't hurt to take a browse through.

And yes, of course you know what I am going to tell you. Here it was again! The Farm Master Egg scale. But wait! What's this?? What did you say the price was?? But it is in such poor condition!!

I called my daughter over to take a look. Surely my eyes were not seeing the price right. Oh, it is?? You mean to tell me this egg scale is..... it is.......

$78!!!!!

Auugghhhhhh!!!!!

Now I have been thrift hunting for a lonnngggg time, but I cannot ever remember finding something with such a huge (scalping) I mean difference. A difference of $66 from the first one that we saw!

So you know what we did?? Yep, we jumped in the car, and we drove back to Florence! We not only found the egg scale for $12.00, but my daughter found several other items while we were there.

So what is the moral of this story?

Buy it when you see it the first time :-)

Monday, April 27, 2020

A Gilded Lady

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Elizabeth Camden has done it again. A Gilded Lady is the second book in the Hope and Glory series. And what an interesting story she has written.

The White House. Who doesn't become enthralled with the inner workings of the Presidents home. And in this story, Caroline Delacroix is secretary to First Lady Ida McKinley. She is classy, efficient, out spoken and strong. She is able to handle the irritability of Mrs. McKinley, and yet walks by her side as a calming voice to the anxious First Lady.

Nathaniel Trask is a most interesting character. He reluctantly hires on to protect the President, and his sense of duty carries him to provide security in the most dangerous situations. As we follow along with the President's tour of the country, and the tragedy that followed, I found it difficult to put the book down.

The blossoming of their relationship was a beautiful tale in itself. Camden has a way of using words and mind pictures that draw you into the story. She is a master story teller, with thorough research of history. Although Caroline and Nathaniel are fictional characters, you could almost imagine there certainly were some people that filled these positions.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hands 2 Help Check In

Today is check in day with the Hands2Help challenge. I still need to quilt some of the tops, but here are some that I've been working on.


This one is quilted and I'm doing the last of the binding.

Happy Quilting!

Bread for the Journey

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A little kindness goes a long way


Wishing you a happy quilting day!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Hadley Beckett's Next Dish


Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner


I loved it!  Hadley Beckett's Next Dish was a delightful fun loving story about two chefs, competing for the prize. As you know many cooking shows are based on competition. And Oh what a ride this one is.

Hadley Beckett is smart and spunky. She wields a dessert dish like it was a sword. Making her way to the top, which is no easy feat for anyone, she proves she can win against one of the top chefs. When Max Cavanaugh pitches a fit after his loss, degrading Hadley along the way, he is relegated to 'anger management'. But Max wants a come back. Can Hadley trust the self absorbed bad boy? Pitched together for a once in a lifetime adventure, will Max's change be enough to win Hadley's trust.

Absolutely a great read. Entertaining, hilarious, totally enjoyable.I'm off to find other books by Bethany Turner.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Frozen

I've been working on quilts for Hands to Help but along the way I thought I would make a little quilt for my granddaughter.

She loves all things Disney, and when I found this Frozen fabric on clearance at Walmart, well, it was a no brainer.


I am going to piece the backing and quilt it up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How are you spending your days?

Ok so there is only so much quilting you can do, and then well, you need to do something else ;-) So let's do a run down.

Gardening





Reading


Baking


Cooking


Catching up on movies







Crafting

 
So tell me, how have you been spending your stay at home days?