Afraid to Change?

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The truth is that sometimes those things or people we love are not good for us. Some can be very toxic. I lost a lot of things that God showed me were very toxic to not 0nly my life but to the lives of my children. It has been over two years since God started stripping away those things and people from my life and the children and I are so much happier and have more peace in
our lives without all the drama and bad relationships. Yes, it was painful at the time… But two years later…We have been so blessed in all the ways that the Lord wanted us to receive from him, all those things that are better for us. Change can be a scary thing… It can be downright heart wrenching… losing loved ones and dear friends… losing a home… losing a spouse…
Sometimes losing those you love makes you see just how strong you really are and allows you to focus solely on the Lord and your relationship with him. Losing things is less painful… but when you look back and see those toxic people still complaining, telling stories that are outright lies (to make themselves look good) you can really see just how toxic they are and shake your head and thank the Lord for the freedom he has given you in Him. Because your vision is so much more clear physically, mentally, and spiritually. 2018/2019 has been two years of cleansing for us. A year of growth. A year of working at being debt-free, which I am getting closer to each month. I have paid off certain debts and seen my credit score drop to 0, LOL!!! And in the last 3 months paid timely payments on things needed watched it jump back up to 554 and thought that is not a great score, it’s far better than zero. And someday it will be better than it has ever been in the last 19 years…

I am reminded of a verse that says

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Every weight, everything that holds us down, holds us back, and yes those sins no matter how small or how big, so that we can move ahead in life, in love and do so patiently. If anything is hindering you from your walk with the Lord… then that thing or that person is toxic for you and I challenge you before the new year even starts, lay it aside, so you can focus on the Lord.

Let 2020 be a year of more cleansing, growth, and freedom!

In our own lives and or our nation…

Blessings

Linda Marie


Welcome to Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly 40th Anniversary Takeover Tour + Giveaway!

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Celebrate 40 years of Love Comes Softlyby Janette Oke with this Takeover Tour and Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Love Comes Softly #1
Author: Janette Oke
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical/Frontier Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2019 (orig. 1979)

First published in 1979, Janette Oke’s beloved classic launched a new wave of inspirational fiction and inspired and captivated readers with its endearing story of loss and love. Adapted for television in 2003 by the Hallmark Channel, it went on to become one of their most watched films ever. Millions have laughed, wept, and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances threw them together, suddenly and unexpectedly, on the frontier prairies of the late 1800s.

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She ventured west with the man she loved, but in one day her whole world had crumbled around her…

Nineteen-year-old…

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Our Home: Updated 9/23/19

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This has been a 10-year battle to save our home from bank fraud. A battle that our lawyer believes we can win… As many of you know I am being a single mom and have disabilities due to an accident I had in 2001 that damaged my back and my neck. This has been our home for 13 years and really the only home my three youngest have known. So far the court has stopped the sale of our home 4 times and then ordered this stay on the foreclosure sale, but as per the law set this moderate undertaking required by law
when someone applies as a poor person to wave the fees for the filings. If they had set this as a monthly payment, I could have done this alone, but since they asked me to do a one lump sum ($7200), it’s far harder for me given my income and needing to pay bills.

 I have prayed and I am praying for answers and for a miracle. These last 3 years have been very hard on the children and I as we fight for our home and face losing it. Many of you already know our story over the years, but those of you who are new may not. Its been a struggle, but one I am not about to give into, to do so would be to me showing a lack of faith. All I know is my God is Able and I am standing…

 

Update: 9/23/19

Currently, we’re still living in the house, although it was sold July 2nd of this year. There should be word from the court soon as to the appeal on ownership issues and there is so much even that I didn’t know that I am just here living my life and trusting the Lord in all of this.  I was finally approved and found medically disabled by Social Security, so I will be getting SSI and this will help us to make ends meet.  Having been disabled since 2001 in a car accident that broke my left leg in 3 places and gave me back & neck damage. At my husband’s request then, I didn’t apply for SS, probably the first mistake as I was in a wheelchair for 10 months and then had to learn to walk again. Since then I have not been able to do work that would support us. (myself and the children) Mark doesn’t live with us due to his own issues with mental illness. (Not going to feel shame for saying so) Mental illness isn’t great to deal with, The person suffering or the person trying to care for them when they have psychosis dementia and don’t know who you are at times.  That is another whole post in the future.  After 17 years together and apart… I told him he needed help when he got violent in the home. No one should have to deal with Domestic Violence and No one has any excuse for causing fear and heartache in another person.  Over the years have tried many businesses in Direct Sales & MLMs and finally, after it never panning out, I quit trying that and just continued to devote my time to Prayer, Bible reading and Book Reading & Reviewing. I can tell you that God has been nothing but Amazing this past year and a half! Always going beyond anything I could imagine would happen. And right now I know he has a plan and His perfect will is all I am seeking in everything.  I can see His Hand in my life and He has blessed me in ways, that I knew were just His doing.  Someday maybe I will write/blog about those things…  This week even being granted the SSI and Doing what he has called me to do! Him making a way for me to help us and others! Even the things we have had to part with, we have given to those that truly needed it.  That part still floors me. Leaves me in tears of blessing and gratitude. Just so thankful for each thing he shows me, gives to me and helps us with.

 

 A Little History

2006 Bought this Home

2008 Went to TN for the winter

(we couldn’t afford the propane heat, hot water & cooking. Mark said he couldn’t work)

2009 Told by the Bank they were going to foreclose, so we had tried a short sale and asked for a modification on the loan as our income decreased sharply

2010 Bank of America threatens to foreclose and were given permission to sell the house and then for whatever reason, never did, claiming they had paperwork to file.  In the meantime from 2010 – 2013 Kept saying they would work on a modification with us. Never sent real papers to use to fill out and kept saying we were $100 short monthly from getting a modification. We had LawNY working on this case on our behalf.

2013 They sold the Mortgage to Lakeshore Mortgage Services who let M&T Bank service the loan.

2015 Bank of America comes back and tries to foreclose on our home and doesn’t really own the mortgage they sold. Yet M&T never comes even when asked to by me, to bring their lawyer in court and tell Bank of America to stop their trying to steal a house they don’t own.

2017 Bank of America is still trying to steal the house and M&T does nothing.  We go to TN almost yearly to see my son and grandkids. Sept 2017 we come home to the house being full of MOLD… We pay $900 for mold testing, $5,000 for mold remediation, $1000 for 2 30 yard dumpsters of belongings we lost to MOLD. Meanwhile, I find a program to insulate the house and each year getting more of the electric updated to the tune of $3000 total.  We bought plywood, flooring, cabinets (freestanding) ect ect ect..

January – July 2018 Mark leaving repeatedly and then causing Myself and the kids to worry and fear Him and it just became unbearable to care for him and his issues and still be able to focus on everything the kids needed and trying to still deal with everything life was throwing at us.   Like I said, that is all posts for another time.

He got his own place, still angry and bitter that I for one got an order of protection, filed for child support and filed for custody of the kids.

July 2018 thru?

August 2018: Enter God… Smiling…  He just totally floored me in meeting our needs, taking care of us and making a year that could have been a real hardship and unbearable…Totally Blessed and Amazing!  He met every spiritual need I had, He provided for every material need we had and I am ever grateful for each day’s mercy and grace!

 Learning to trust the Lord for All things, Learning that Humane nature 101 ( Smiling Faces Tell Lies) was really a lie from the man saying it continually. Learning who really loved me and who had my back! Who my real friends were and are! Creating a stable life for the kids & I!  Learning that I had the power and ability to stand up to the devil and anyone working on his behalf to try to mess me up and trying to get me to take the wrong path. Thankfully, when you are free of negativity, mental, emotional and financial abuse, you can see things so clearly when your mind has stayed on the Lord God.

There is so much that happened, far more than could ever be shared in one blog post!

More things I will share at some point…  He stopped the sale on the house 3 times, Filled the well with water when I prayed and asked him for this as a sign and it is still working.  I won’t guarantee it will if I have to leave here, but that won’t be my issue then right… it will be the owners. Which is the Dept of Veterans Affairs!  I learned so much in a year and a half. More then I ever learned in Real Estate School! About Auctions, About Investments, About the Law!

Well, here I am and it’s Sept 2019, somehow 2019 is flying by with trips to the beach, birthday parties for grandkids & our 2019 family picnic that was a total washout lol. We stayed, we lived we had rain all and sunshine and kids finally went swimming that night! We made a few more trips to the beach with friends and it was healing and just a total blessing!

I can say that it has been those times that I was alone, torn, broken & in tears that I reached out to God and found Him there, to hold me, to wipe my tears away, healing my heart and my mind…  If anyone found me to be uncaring, quiet, anti-social, downright rude blocking you on socials, well I am not sorry… I had to do what I needed to for myself and for my children… I still am doing so at times… but The children have learned that as in the past, I am here to care for them. Listen to them and love them no matter what we go through! And I will never leave them and never have…

Like I said years ago…It’s Not About Me! It’s Not About YOU! It is about these children and their needs and loving them…  Providing for them! Raising them not to follow bad examples that have been set before them. About breaking the chains that once bound us, due to the sins of the fathers and reaching for what should have been a normal life for the 17 years they have been growing up.  Materialism? No, We have learned to make due as in the past, we have learned that God provides for us, but we learned that sometimes it comes in ways that we never expected.

Goals: Raising them, Schooling them, Protecting them from bad influences & examples. Helping them mature so that someday they can care for themselves.

I am going to leave the info below as I know that God works in ways that totally amaze me…

If anyone feels led to bless us in any way, you can email me at this email or help too.  I am still praying for Some needs that I know the Lord is going to supply for us.

I hope this post brings just a bit of understanding of what has happened over the last 17 years in our lives!  All Glory goes to the Lord God!

You may donate personally by using my PayPal faithfulacres7@gmail.com

Thank you for your love to us, words are not enough sometimes to express
how I feel and have felt over the years to those of you who have prayed and walked this out with me… Some have been such a blessing and encouragement in word and deed the last 10 years

Thank you
Linda


“We All Make Mistakes”

“We All Make Mistakes”

Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”

“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel


A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman

After Tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, home, and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

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Author Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta is a very down to earth, caring person and a sweet friend to all who know her. She never lacks to bring touching stories that will warm the heart, even when sadness or loss is at the heart of a story.  You will really enjoy her Full of Grace Fiction. Her sweet and caring character shines through all her wonderful stories.

All her books are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

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My Thoughts on this book…

A Widow’s Hope is a sweet and touching story of a young widow and her handicapped son and also a story about a young man who bears his own scars of his parent’s death. Though these two know each other from their past, they hardly thought they would see each other again. Will pain keep them from finding love? or will all the hurt from the past keep them apart?

I really liked the characters in this story, especially Hannah’s mother who seems to have some wisdom about things and is looking out for what is best for Hannah. Being a mom I can relate to her and her wanting to see her daughter not grieving for too long over the death of her husband. Also for her and her husbands love for Hannah and her son who now live with them.

This story touched my heart as I was/am grieving the loss of two of the most spiritual men in my life. Grief is not always hard to go through and letting go of the past and forging a new future is hard. Doing it with children seems even harder, though they are more resilient and more accepting of new things at times.

I believe anyone who is dealing with loss, grief or who deals with a disability would really grow from reading this story. It is a book for everyone in the family to enjoy! Vannetta as always brings us a heartwarming story for all ages. You won’t be disappointed by this first book in her Amish Brides series.

~ Linda Marie ~

 


It’s My Birthday

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We lost my Dad last May 25th, 2017 on my Birthday.

He also could not really talk much and I had gone to TN to see my son and my grand-babies. Thinking I would be there for 3 months and it turned into 5 as our van died. But way before we came home to New York, mom called to say Dad wasn’t doing good and could we come home. I had been calling him daily, sometimes a couple times a day. He could talk then… I would always say ” I Love you ” and he would say ” I Love you too “.

I think that is the hardest part for them and for us

( when they cannot tell us what they want to say)

On May 23rd My oldest son Wesley, my youngest son Daniel and I arrived back in New York and on the 24th we went to see my Dad. He couldn’t talk to us or get the right words out. This was very hard for my son Wesley and I, at one point Wes, said he was going outside, seeing his grandfather unable to talk or respond to anything he said was hard. There are so many days that I wish that the hospital had not taken him off the meds he was on, it allowed the infection to spread faster and affect his mind and ability to talk with us.  I wanted so much to hear my fathers thoughts and to hear him say I love you one last time.

All my siblings were there, we took turns visiting him and at one point I think we were all in there in his room. Dad tried to talk, tried to tell us things but not much was audible. I hovered around his bedside and talked to him, he would follow me the whole time with his eyes and each time I would stop near his side or at the end of his bed, he would look at me and say ” Hey “…. and I would ask him what he wanted, ask him if he wanted a drink and he would shake his head no… and I would tell him that I loved him…..  At one point I was standing at the foot of his bed, thinking we would never get a chance to hear his thoughts again or know what he thought of us.

My son Daniel 9 at the time was there and had said Hi to Dad. Dad and Dan would sit and watch TV and talk weekly on our proverbial pizza night at home before we went to TN.

But that day in the hospital, though none of us could understand Dad much and he was very weak and not moving a lot….. out of nowhere, Daddy lifted his hands way up in the air and Literally hollered out ” Daniel ” and everyone went silent and cheered… Daniel was like What? To me, it was a spiritual thing and a way of Dad letting me and Daniel know that we were important to him. That he loved us and wanted Daniel to know that. It was the most loving thing that he was able to do. It will forever be in my heart, that he loved my son so much that he mustered the strength and hollered his name, lifting his hands high in the air…. It was akin to reading about Aaron holding up Moses hands in the bible.

You know I can only hope and pray that before I pass from life to eternal life that I pass on to my kids my belief and faith in our Lord Jesus. To instill in them the desire to serve the Lord, like my Dad did with me. Dad and I were very close all my life…

On my Birthday it was raining and I was in my moms’ kitchen sitting by the window, thinking about my Dad. My siblings all wandering through the house. I prayed a prayer… Lord if it is your will even this day, my Birthday wish is that Dad would go home to glory and be with you and no longer in pain. and literally not more then 3 minutes later my birthday wish came true and my mom called to say that he was gone home to heaven. She had turned around to get something, heard him take a breath and turned back and he was gone. Life is but a vapor and we need to cherish those we love….. Children Obey your parents…..Honor thy Father and thy Mother…

From my lips to God’s ear… In a moment of time…

God answered my prayer

My birthday wish… came true…

( I have never had the Lord answer prayer that fast, but that day He did ! )

That was a year ago today…  I was 53 and Daddy was 76…

Today, I am 54…  I am still missing my Dad so very much…


Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think ( Book)& (DVD) Review

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I am happy to be sharing with you today about Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) (for parents of kids ages 8-high school) by  Parenting Made Practical.  For this review I was sent the book and the DVD ( 53 minutes) . This is really a training that can be for the whole family and surely one that you want to pass down to your children so they can also train their children in the right ways.

My Review

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I am reading the book still, I will be honest and let you know that I watched the DVD first ! The book for me allowed me to be able to  read it and go back again to what was shared in the DVD.  Since I am a note taker, I will be writing down notes in my copy of the book also.  The book gave me more Bible verses and more information at my finger tips so that I can even add tabs if I want to and have easy reference to areas I want to find again to refresh my memory from time to time.  It also covered more areas then the DVD, so that I had more examples to learn from.  Because each child is an individual and has a unique temperament , I can go back and read the character of each and really cement into my mind just what I am dealing with and what I am up against.  I really had not ever thought about Temperament that my child is born with that doesn’t change vs my child’s personality that can be changed and worked on with guidance from us as parents. Sometimes the hardest part, is getting the child to own their behavior and the consequences of it and this is dealt with in a very understandable way.

I am not sure about you but when I am learning something I like to take notes and while watching the DVD, I took 3 pages front and back of notes on what was being taught and shared in this Video of Taming the Lecture Bug and getting your kids to think. During this 53 minute course, I stopped and stared it many times just to take notes and think about things that were of importance to me.

 

I really enjoyed the fun way that Joey and Carla shared their experiences and those of others they knew. It made it fun and yet if your having issues with your teens ( like most of us do), it will really  hit home like it did on many points for me.  The Bible verses and the things shared were really point on ! I feel like I have the knowledge now to try to retrain my kids without lecturing them all the time.  I also know now why I shouldn’t lecture all the time, but I know how to ask questions to learn what I need to know as you are parenting , to deal with heart issues my kids are having each day. I also learned just how important it is when training our children about repentance , forgiveness and restoration instead of just accepting a pat little ” I’m Sorry ” and going on without seeing heart change in my children and causing them to do some thinking about what is really going on with them.  I really learned a lot from Joey and Carla and I hope that you will consider getting this set if you are experiencing training and obedience issues with your children.

The Homeschool Review Crew reviewed this book and several other products from Parenting Made Practical, such as Navigating the Rapids of Parenting DVD,  Dating, Courting and Choosing a Mate…What Works? DVD and WorkbooksWhat Every Child Should Know Along the Way and  Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think BOOK and DVD like I did.

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The Lifegiving Table by Sally Clarkson

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Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love.

Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.

In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

Meet Sally

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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary,  traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God’s kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same.

From her best-selling books such as Own Your LifeThe Lifegiving Home, and her latest, Different, written with her son Nathan, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith.

In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in discipling their children.

A Recipe

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The Clarkson Kids’ Favorite Potpie Chicken Soup

2 cups diced red or russet potatoes
3 cups (12-ounce bag) frozen peas and carrots (If you can’t find this frozen mix, you can substitute 11⁄2 cups each frozen peas and fresh carrots. Or you can use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, but check the ingredients—my family won’t eat the kind with lima beans!)

4 cups water (You can add more later if needed.)
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1–2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic paste
1 medium to large onion, chopped (We love lots of onion in almost everything.)
1 tablespoon dried thyme, parsley, and rosemary combined or to taste. (I like a lot, especially thyme. If you want to use fresh herbs, triple this amount.)
2–4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
11⁄2 teaspoons condensed chicken bouillon or base (This is a kind of concentrated paste that comes in jars or plastic containers. I buy mine at health food markets or Sam’s Club, but you can also find it in many grocery stores. If you use the dry powder, you’ll need to adjust the amount to taste. Try to avoid the kind with MSG.)

1⁄3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1⁄2 cup wine, optional (For this soup I usually use a white wine such as Riesling.)
1 teaspoon or more salt (I use sea salt of different varieties.) 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
Sour cream and chives or fresh herbs to garnish, optional

Boil the potatoes and frozen veggies in the water until cooked through, about 20–30 minutes. (I use a pressure cooker for
4–5 minutes and veggies and potatoes are done.) While veggies are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in another pan; sauté garlic, onion, and herbs until onion is translucent. Add onion mixture and chicken to pot with the veggies and let soup simmer on low while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in another pan. Stir
in chicken bouillon. Whisk in flour and stir mixture constantly over medium heat until all the lumps have disappeared. Add milk and cook until mixture is thickened, then add the wine (if using). Slowly add milk mixture to soup, stirring as it thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. If desired, add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives or herbs. We like to serve this soup with croutons sprinkled on top and with toast and applesauce on the side.

This is a really simple recipe that can be adjusted many ways. For instance, you could use brown rice or noodles instead of potatoes, fresh veggies or a different mix of frozen ones, or even omit the milk mixture and just put the bouillon directly into the soup. I use whatever I have on hand and whatever sounds good at the time.

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My Review

Life can be a real hassle at times !  At times it feels as if it is sucking the joy right out of us…

The Lifegiving Table is a fresh look at how to give to your family and friends !

I really loved Sally’s Insight on how to create a loving and caring atmosphere in the home by centering it around the table. Sharing great foods and sharing stories from our lives. I feel this creates a bond between everyone and the mother (cook) and allows for a relaxing time to be filled with joy and in turn allows us to overflow into the lives of all around us.  I enjoyed the recipes and posted above one that is her children’s favorite!

It is a favorite of our’s as well and served with biscuits !

If you feel like you have lost touch with your family or do not have any time together, try getting everyone back to the table (without phones and devices) !  I remember as a girl growing up that being at my grandmother’s table was a wonderful thing ! Each Holiday we would eat those foods we had all come to love and enjoy !

I hope you will pick up a copy of The Lifegiving Table Today !

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I am sure you will enjoy it !

 

I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for my honest review and have recieved no other compensation for doing so.


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These candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

Below are the list of Themes and their related fragrances.

Fall Harvest
Pumpkin Spice
Cranberry
Autumn Leaves

Happy Holidays
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Gingerbread

Winter Wonderland
Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Romance
Rose Petals
Champagne
Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean
Lemongrass
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Spa Day
Cucumber
Lemongrass
Green Tea

Vacation
Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

Coffee Shop
Coffee Bean
Hazelnut
Chai Tea

Man Cave
Straight Razor
Leather
Mahogany

High as a Kite
Cannabis
Incense
Bag O’ Cookies

New Born Baby
Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

50 Shades
Leather
Vanilla ***
Jasmine Bubbles

Bake Shop

Sugar Cookie

Chocolate Fudge

Cinnamon Crisp

Citrus Grove

Key Lime

Lemongrass

Orange Zest

Happy Hour

Bourbon

Black & Tan

Champagne

Hippie Mix

Cannabis

Incense

Bag O Cookies

Wildflowers

Lily of the Valley

Lilac

Plumeria 

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My Review

I really loved these candles ! I tried Coffee Shop, which included Coffee Bean,
Hazelnut, Chai Tea. Each one smelled exactly as you would expect from the name. My favorite of the three is Chai Tea with it’s nice spice scent that is not at all over powering but just the right mixture. One thing I really liked about the candles is no smoking while burning.  They burned clean and I never had to trim the wick as its self trimming cotton wicks. These candles would make a wonderful gift for any occasion !  They really make a house a home, as they help to create a relaxing atmosphere !

You can buy Old Factory Candles on Amazon

 

Disclaimer

I purchased these candles on Amazon and this is my own honest review of them. I do not receive anything for my review, but this link is an affiliate link, which helps me to earn a little money to help provide for my family ! For which I am thankful for !

 


Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review


An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.

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The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.

Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.

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But when cattle start dying and the squatters damage a barn, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero who’s survived a terrible past. He needs more than just his freedom, he needs her love and care too.

About the Author

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I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.

I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree…but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.

Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.

I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.

Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed.

My Review

Although I did not read the first book in this series, I did not feel like I missed anything.  I will of course go back and read the first book, just to gain some more history and understanding of the time and happenings. It is like meeting new friends and really until you get to know their history, you cannot always relate to why they do the things they do or think the way they think….

What an adventurous and sweet story ! Historical Fiction is one of my first loves in reading. I absolutely love Civil War Era stories. I think it is amazing when two people are put together in life not knowing that they could be exactly what each other needs. Laurel needs help on her ranch for sure after losing all her family. Will she find that help ?  Will the man she chooses to help, help her ? Triumph through adversity in life makes for a real touching story.

Thomas seems like he is just counting his days till he is free, but I got the feeling while reading that God had other plans for both of them. Will he see that Laurel is everything he needs in life and in a woman ? He sure is a romantic at heart.  He is also a hard worker. He has been through a lot and really needs someone to help him go on in life in faith and love. Will Laurel be that woman ?

If you love history and a sweet romance with some trials in life thrown in, you will love this book.  I can’t wait to see what comes next in the lives of Laurel and Thomas !

I really love the way this story is so full of detail and it made me feel like I was right there on the ranch, living the story. Almost as if I was Laurel !

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You Can Find Your Copy Here:

Paperback

An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story)

Kindle

An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story) Kindle Edition

Also for more fun and excitement….

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and in the meantime… If you would like to try to win some of Shelley’s other books…. Check out this giveaway !!! (click on the picture)

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Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book via kindle pdf copy from the publisher from NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions are my own.