Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Little Update :)

Summer has been going GREAT so far! We just finished several weeks of holidays visiting family back home, and now we're getting back to a (kind of) regular routine around here. :) Here's a few pictures to make this post more interesting! :) :)

She's finally got enough hair for a ponytail (sort of! haha). She keeps asking me to do something with her hair, so this is what we came up with...I think it looks pretty cute. ;)

Me...8 months pregnant. Four weeks (or so they say) to go. I'm hoping to last at LEAST 2 more weeks from today...need to get 2 weeks of swimming lessons in for the older kids before baby decides to join us here. :) Everyone wants to know how I'm feeling? I'm feeling like I'm 8 months pregnant. hah! In other words, pretty good...but slow and a little more tired than normal.

Enjoying the kiddie pools in our backyard. :)

Emily's "flying jump" into the pool! That slide serves as much more than simply a slide these days....

She's ready to go swimming for sure! :)

Tate's a great big brother. He fed his little sister her lunch that she was having trouble getting down...and as you can see they both thought it was highly entertaining and plenty of fun. :) Can't wait to see him as a big brother all over again when this next little one joins our family!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Hope Deferred ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hope Deferred
HopeSprings Books (July 1, 2014)
Elizabeth Maddrey


Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who loves a good happily ever after.

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of computers, math, and organization steered her into computer science at Wheaton College, she always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. This continued through a Master’s program in Software Engineering, several years in the computer industry, teaching programming at the college level, and a Ph.D. in Computer Technology in Education. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity.

She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.


Christian fiction for women.
Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?
June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they're desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hope Deferred, go HERE.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Missing Front Teeth :)

Isn't he handsome with those missing front teeth! I love's so cute...or handsome I guess I should say! :) He was proud to have pulled the 2nd one out last week!!

A Place in His Heart ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Place in His Heart
Revell (June 3, 2014)
Rebecca DeMarino


Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.

As the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.

Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips.

Rebecca grew up listening to her mother’s family lore of a great-grandfather from generations ago. Barnabas Horton sailed from England in the 1600’s, to Long Island, N.Y., on a ship called The Swallow. In 1999, after she found Horton Point, L.I., on a map, Rebecca and her mother made the journey to see the lighthouse named after their ancestor.

The legend goes that Barnabas brought a slab of blue slate with him from England, and had the epitaph he wrote himself engraved on it. The blue slate still exists in the Old Cemetery in Southold, L.I., with the Bible verse, “He being dead, still speaketh.” Much information was found about Barnabas, but none of his wife, save a mention in his will.

Her mother passed away in 2005, but Rebecca returned to Southold many times, drawn by her Puritan roots and English heritage. Each time she wondered about her ninth great-grandmother, a young woman who married a widower with two young boys and then followed them for the wilds of Long Island, leaving behind her home and family. What were her dreams? Her motivations? Her fears?

Rebecca’s historical romance novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, debuts with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House, in June of 2014.


Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of A Place in His Heart, go HERE.

Rebecca is hosting a Giveaway worth over $300.00 in prizes. There will be 8 winners! Scroll to the bottom of the post HERE to enter!!!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Loving the Summer-y Weather!

It's been an exciting month around here! Two birthdays, some HOT weather, lots of fun outside...and we're another month closer to adding baby #5 to our family!! Here's a few photos to 'capture' the going-ons of the past month or so...

Jenna...4 years old now - and proud of it! Her wish was a balloon cake, so balloon cake we had!

Wasting no time in climbing the one tree in our backyard! :)

Our 2 older girls - yep, they could be twins if you went by looks!! But really are 2 years apart!

The weather was so hot last week that we put the hose/sprinkler under the trampoline and let the kids cool down that way!

Kira...she decided it was time she took on the chore of wiping the table after supper. She watches big brother do it almost every day, so I guess she figured that she knew how to do it too! Was super cute!

Emily's the birthday girl this time...6 years old now! She wanted a "horse cake" this year. :)

Helping me plant the garden! We're not quite done yet, but almost!

We raised some caterpillars into butterflies this spring...and then released them. Here's Emily releasing one!

A Stitch and A Prayer ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch and A Prayer
Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
Eva Gibson


(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.


After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life. But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.

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