Saturday, December 06, 2014


We've been keeping busy, as always. :) I thought it was about time for another little update, so as usual, it will be short and sweet, but enough to give you a taste of what we've been up to!!

Our little 2 year old cutie is now the proud owner of a pair of glasses! She actually really seems to like them, so I'm assuming that means they help her see better. (She got them because she was crossing her of now, the eye-crossing is gone, so we are hopeful that the glasses will help her!!)


Kira and her baby doll - who is also wearing glasses!!! :)

We took a little trip to the Science Center and it was SUPER fun! Here they are in a giant "bubble machine" trying to make a bubble surround them!!

Emily got to see if her hair would stand up straight! :)

We also got to watch a 3-D movie at the Imax...I haven't been to the Imax since I was a teen and have never been to a 3-D movie so it was quite fun!

Tate, puppy-sitting a puppy for some friends of ours. The puppy looks pretty big in this picture, but she actually wasn't that big yet. :) He loves getting to puppy-sit every once in a while, and it's the perfect solution for us, since he wants a dog, and we are never going to get one. haha. :) So, this way he gets a taste of what it's like to have a pet dog, and gets to enjoy playing with her every once in a while.

Friday, November 07, 2014


 November 2 - the first snow. At least it waited 2 weeks longer than last year! :) Even though I could do without snow for...well, pretty much for the entire winter I think, our kids were SUPER excited. When the snow first came, they did their best to scrape up any snowflakes they could to make snowballs, you can see, there was not a lot to scrape up at the start...

But that all changed overnight!! By morning there was plenty of snow to make huge, heavy snowballs with. Tate built this solid "fort" was more like a big pile of snow to stand on. I think he used up almost all the snow in our front yard to make it. ;)

Kira had to get in on the action too...she was trying to help shovel, but I think she was actually shoveling snow ON the sidewalk instead of off of it! haha.

And this little cutie stayed inside and hung out with me. :)

Monday, November 03, 2014

Saved by the Fireman ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Saved by the Fireman
Love Inspired (October 21, 2014)
Allie Pleiter


Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The "dare from a friend" to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom's Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.


Building their future

Charlotte Taylor isn't good at playing it safe. Reeling from the sudden loss of her job and her beloved grandmother, Charlotte knows buying a dilapidated cottage in Gordon Falls isn't exactly practical. Especially since she just hired the one man who may love the property more than she does to help renovate it. Volunteer firefighter and part-time contractor Jesse Sykes can't stay mad at Charlotte for very long. Though she snatched up the home he'd planned on purchasing, Charlotte's dreams are big enough for both of them…if only she'd let him in. Charlotte promised she'd never fall for a first responder, but is it already too late?

Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town

If you would like to read the first chapter of Saved by the Fireman, go HERE

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilted by Christmas ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Quilted by Christmas
Abingdon Press (October 21, 2014)
Jodie Bailey


A note from the Author: Well, I’m a regular ol’ person. Who just happens to write. A lot. Probably more than I should. I firmly believe that God created me to be a writer. From the time I learned how to string letters together into words I’ve been making up stories. Believe me… I have a very rich imagination. I used to think I was weird; now I know God just put me together that way. I can’t even watch commercials without expanding them into stories in my head. I am humbled and honored all at the same time that God looked down from heaven on me and said, “Jodie, do what you love.” Wow… how awesome is that?

I have always loved to write. I have stories that I wrote when I was in first grade. I used to sit at my grandmother’s yellow electric typewriter for hours, banging out my own little stories. When I was eleven, she bought me a typewriter of my own (It was 1984, okay?) and I would write and write on it. I wrote stories out by hand, and they ran to hundreds of pages. I got my first computer when I was eighteen, and the first thing I did was write a story on it. I wrote for school. I wrote for fun. I wrote for my friends. I’d get them on the phone and make up stories for them. (I earned the nickname “Dreamweaver” for that one. Nobody calls me that anymore, but it still stands as the coolest nickname I ever had.)


Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches. When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Quilted by Christmas, go

Fall, Smiles & a Salamander :)

We have a new addition to our home....yes that IS a salamander...Dad found it crossing the street and brought it home to a very happy boy! He eats earthworms...Tate does all the care-taking of this pet! ;)

Tate and his salamander - named Silky (for his silky feeling skin)!

 Enjoying the awesome fall weather we've had this year!! And holding up the biggest of the sunflowers that we grew...they got planted a bit late, so we'll try again next year!

He's full of smiles these days - even a giggle or two if you're really lucky!!


More fall fun - playing in the leaves!!

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