March 13, 2013

A Cast Of Stones - Review!

I began reading this book to my children... it was to become a nightly ritual of one chapter before bed time. I have to admit that the plan failed.

After the first night and the first chapter, I couldn't wait to read more!

I stayed up that night and the following night reading page after page, never wanting to put the book down.

I loved watching the main character, Errol, grow and mature from the lowly orphan turned town drunk to (well,you have to read the book) as the story unfolded.

All he wanted to do was earn some coin to buy himself more ale when he accepted the challenge of delivering a message to the towns hermit priest. After being shot at by screaming arrows and poisoned within a day he realizes he may have taken on more than he bargained for. Despite him wanting things to just go back to the way they were before he accepted the task - his life would never be the same.

From the places he visits to the characters he encounters along his way... Errol never has a dull moment during his journey. A journey I'm glad I was able to take along side him.

I finished this book in about two days... I'll have to find another book to try and read slowly with my children now.

This book is the first of a trilogy - and I can not wait to read the next books!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review without prejudice.


January 25, 2013

Five Minute Friday - AGAIN

Again: GO

Here I am AGAIN… waiting on God to provide.

Here I am AGAIN… Trusting in God.

We’ve been here before, my husband hasn’t worked in almost a year and our savings have dwindled to nothing.

We’ve been here before, waiting on the provision and guidance of our Lord and Savior, completely trusting in Him.

I’ve been here before… feeling complete peace and joy throughout the midst of the storm.

I’ve learned through the years I’ve been on this earth that people may fail you… people will fail you… you may fail yourself… but God will never fail you, He will never forsake or abandon you… He will give you your manna of strength daily so you may overcome whatever situation you find yourself in… Again.

I praise His name… Again.



October 30, 2012

Her Daddy Was Killed By a Drunk Driver

Sunday, October 21 when Mark and Sarah left their baby girl Sophie with an aunt to walk a few steps down the road to the store, they never could have imagined it would be the last time he would see his daughter. On the walk back from the store Sarah and Mark were ran over by a drunk driver. Sarah escaped with scrapes and bruises, but the accident claimed Marks life. 

Little Sophie is only a year old, she will never remember the love her father had for her... but thank God they left her behind, I don't want to imagine what could have happened had her father been holding her on the walk back. 

This family lives right next door to me, and my heart breaks for their unnecessary loss. I felt like I needed to do something... but what can you do? 

The only thing I know I'm good at... I began to sew.

I made little Sophie a name quilt... I quilted a heart at the top and stitched her daddy's name in it. I stitched a second heart near her name and placed her mommies name in it. I'm waiting for a picture of her daddy holding her and I will place it on the back of the quilt as a label, in memory of her dad.

These are the new quilts I now offer in my Etsy shop... the ones with a personal prayer hand written on a piece of muslin and quilted in with the batting. So each time this little girl wraps up in the memory of her daddy.... she's wrapped in a prayer. 

Please keep this little girl and the family of her dad in your prayers. 

I thank you. 


October 26, 2012

Personalized Name Quilts - with a prayer inside!

The newest item available in my shop... and I just LOVE the way they turned out.

It's a personalized name quilt with a prayer INSIDE the quilt!

Each quilt has a custom, personalized prayer hand written on a piece of muslin and sewn in with the batting. You can receive comfort knowing that each time your little one wraps in the warmth of this quilt, they are also being wrapped in prayer. If you do not wish to have a prayer in your quilt, I can substitute it for your own wishes or sentiments.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing

I can accommodate almost any fabric request! If you know someone looking for a beautiful quilt for their little one, send them to me! 


October 22, 2012

My Great Great Grandmothers Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

If you are looking for a simple, yet yummy, hot chocolate recipe that will feed a group... boy do I have one for you.

Everyone who tries my great-great-grandmothers homemade hot chocolate asks me for the recipe. It's not overly chocolaty, not too sweet, it's the perfect warm me up on cold days, especially with a plate of biscuits or beignets! mmmm MM!

This is one of my families recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

Hot Water
3 Cups of Sugar
5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 or 2 Cans of Pet Milk (or cups of milk)

  1. Fill a pot (or crock pot) with water, as much water as you want hot chocolate, and put to boil (or cook if in crock pot).
  2. Meanwhile, In a mixing bowl blend together 3 cups of sugar and 5 Tbsp of cocoa powder.
  3. To the sugar mixture add 1 or 2 cans of pet milk depending on how large of a pot you are making (or 1 or 2 cups of milk, but pet milk really makes the cocoa) I would suggest starting with one can, and if you think it needs it, add the second.
  4. By this time the water should be heating up, add the sugar, cocoa, pet milk mixture to the water and let it heat up all together for 5 or 10 minutes (this may take longer if using a crock pot).
  5. Pour into cups, top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy!
See! Super Easy and oh so yummy!!

What's your favorite go-to family recipe for these chilly days approaching?