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A SHORT LIFE WELL LIVED by TOM SULLIVAN

This just might be the saddest book I have ever read. Brian O'Connor is an attorney. He fights for justice and understands black and white. There is one thing about, Tom, that would shock most seeing his day to day life. He is blind. Although he lives a sightless life from our aspects, he sees better than most. He is the husband every woman dreams of and the father of two children, Tommy and Shannon. Life is good for this Irish Catholic family. Bridgette, Tom's wife, is faithful and true to all she believes. Brian, on the other hand, doesn't really believe, but they make a choice to raise their children up in the Catholic church.
Brian has a guide dog that is never missing from his side. I love the relationship we see between man and his dog. This is a deep relationship. Life is good for the O'Connor family until a baseball game changes everything. Tommy is pitching and breaks his arm. This isn't just a break, it is much more. Cancer.

This book is more so of a jo…

THE BETRAYAL by JERRY B. JENKINS

Precinct 11 is not as it seems. There is someone on the inside causing havoc for Boone Drake. Okay, how cool is that name? Really, this character has blown me away again! In the first book of this series, The Brotherhood, we meet Boone Drake and see what life as a Chicago PD is all about. We see devestation happen in Boone's life that would make most of us curl up in the fetal position. But Boone perseveres in strength and finds the faith his wife has walked in.

In book two, The Betrayal, we now see Boone as he has just taken down the most destructive group of evil Chicago has known. So, that means, many are out to get him. Betrayal is everywhere and Boone is digging in his heals without fear. I love this book! I couldn't put it down. Those you trust are really not who you think they are and as each chapter leads to bringing a close to this case, it continues to get bigger.

This is a character movies are made about. He is strong and couragious. Fear is at his back and he is …

Have you heard of georgie designs?

Okay, every once in a while I find something I simply fall in love with and have to share it with you all. Now, what girl doesn't love a new bracelet? I recently purchased one from Robyn at georgie designs. In fact, I loved my bracelet so much I ordered two more! My first is a gold bracelet with a pearl center. This one reminds me that I am a work in progress. The second two are silver. One is turquoise, the other is a heart. That is to remind me I am loved and God is my ROCK. When I find something that can remind me of scripture or just something simple, it just makes it all the more special.

Robyn is such a talented lady and wow is she gifted. Please go check out her site. I promise, you will find something there you will love too. She is quick to make your order and is so personable. Who doesn't love that? She sends your little gem  packaged so pretty,too. You don't even receive that from a purchase at the store. I just love meeting people and seeing the gifts that God …

BLUE SKIES TOMORROW (Wings of Glory book 3) by SARAH SUNDIN

Have I mentioned how much I absolutely love, Sarah Sundin? If you love Historical Romance, she will soon become your favorite author to read. I have been blessed to read book 1, A Distant Melody and book 2, A Memory Between Us. This series just keeps getting better!

Blue Skies Tomorrow is the story of Helen Carlisle and Lt. Raymond Novak. First of all, the details and research, Sarah, brings to her stories is breath taking. Yes, I said, breath taking. It is as if you are in the realms of time with these two characters that you will fall in love with.

We see a struggle of not feeling like your good enough and always trying to please everyone. We witness physical and mental abuse first hand as, Helen, finds herself trying to move from the past, but it has a tight grip on her. This is a true love story. One that must begin with Jesus and then loving yourself enough to allow another to love you.

Ray's passion is becoming a pastor, but he finds the Lord has even more for him. Minist…

A communication gap

Have you ever had a conversation and then wondered, "Okay, what in the world just happened? Did they not get what I said?" A few days ago a friend sent me a text that included a beautiful picture of her riding her glorious new horse. At that same time I had just posted a new picture on Facebook. About five minutes later I get a text from an unknown number. I read the text and I think, "What in the world?" I receive a few more. I finally sent one back asking, "Who is this?" Well, come to find out, this person was a friend of my friend and didn't realize her texts were going to everyone. Now, we all had a good laugh about this once we all figured out what was going on, but at first I was scared. Okay, I might have been just downright freaked out. Once you have had a stalker, you just look at everything with question.

The thing is, this was a miscommunication. Here we have two sweet ladies, yes, I guess I just called myself sweet. lol Two ladies who hav…

Words to our children

It's out there. The sad thing is, you can't take it back. In a moment of anger you have spewed words in the face of your child. The child you love. The child you hold so dear to your heart. The child you would never let another human being hurt. But here, you have said words you cannot take back. Oh, how you wish you could. Why did I say them? What did I do? Your child stands there with tears looking as if they can see right through you. The words you just spoke cut deep.Deeper than any scrap they have felt before. Now that argument has turned into much more.
When our children disobey we often remind them that they are to obey their parents. Oh, how we love to remind them of that, don't we? We turn to Ephesians 6:1-3 "Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will hav…

Spread a little love with a smile

"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out!' Beware of destroying one another."  Galatians 5:13-15

How is that neighborly love going for you? It's hard isn't it? Sure we live in freedom, but most of the time it's our selfish freedom that we live in. It isn't about serving God and our neighbor. It's about feeding our own hungry flesh. I suppose to begin, we can't very well love our neighbor if we can't even love our self. Doesn't that pretty much sum it all up? Or should it be that we cannot love, truly love another, unless we have love for the Lord?

Some might say, "Well, if we love ourselves, isn't that selfish?" Of cou…

Thinking about your legacy?

Over the weekend I spent time with my cousin, Melissa, in the biggest Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Fifty-two acres of history. Who knew I would one day be fascinated with Jewish history and be writing a book about a Jewish girl? I sure didn't. But here I am and I am loving this journey. My weekends will now be jam packed with research and traveling, while trying to piece this story together.

The funny thing is, the more I piece together of this character, the more I am finding about myself. I am stretching myself far beyond anything I ever imagined. Melissa and I spent time reading epitaphs and taking pictures. We stood imagining what the lives of those now gone from this earth were like. Holocaust survivors, WWI-WWII heroes, mothers, fathers and children. Children, whose lives were cut short. One of the most amazing gravestones I have ever seen was standing erect before my eyes. It was carved as a tree. It held flowers, vines, scrolls, and the names of those who were buried. Fa…

Moving past hurt feelings

Okay, how about we get real today. Sometimes we just gotta lay it all out there, right? How many of you have been hurt by other women? I am sure we can all raise our hands on this subject. Women can be down right mean. Yes ladies, I am talking about us today. Those very friendships we thought would last forever are now null and void. No matter how much you try to reach out, nothing comes back. We can drive ourselves nuts trying to figure out why.

Let's put it this way. If someone has hurt your feelings, why not go to them? Why not just ask them, "Have I offended you in some way?" Why? Because as women we don't want confrontation, so we say, "Nope, you haven't done anything." But yet, there is still no communication. Instead, that friendship that meant so much is lost in miscommunication and pride. What do we do as women? We go to others and talk. We go others and share, when in fact we should be going straight to that person. But what do we do when not…

Finding that perfect place of peace

When I am in the car I have the voice of a rock star! The Lord says to make a joyful noise unto Him. Well, in my car I can shout out tunes that are way above my register. They sound golden. I am still amiss why no one has asked me to sing at church. LOL

Although in the car with with radio or Cd blasting I can sing along and sound awesome. Yes, awesome. You know you do too! We all sound amazing in the car. Now, it's when I open my mouth to speak in front of others that they realize I sound like I'm a fourteen year old girl going through puberty. I am come to terms with the fact I will never be a singer. That is of course unless I wake one day and the Lord has blessed me with a gift beyond my imagination. We do have a God who loves to surprise us! So, you never know. You just might hear me on the radio one day.

I turn up the radio and it's like I am taken to another place. All my stress is washed away. Maybe with my new ulcers I need to spend more time in the car singing:)…

Where that white with a smile

The season of white is quickly coming to an end. NOT! I love wearing white. I wear white all the time. Yes, I am that girl you will see way past that Labor Day date sporting something white. I know, it drives some people crazy, but to each his own, right? I don't think I am really going to let a date dictate when I must stop wearing a color. A favorite one at that.

Now, with that said, it is very hard to where white and not get dirty. In fact, I have yet to meet a woman who can do it. Oh sure, I can stay pretty clean, but there is always something lying in waiting  of those white  shorts and thinks, "Attack!" You have a seat only to notice that some how out of no where you now have something tagged to your bottom for the world to see. You can stand next to a friend and what happens? Out of no where, that soda they are holding in their hand just flies over on to you! There too is always a mystery stain. You look and have no idea what it is or where it came from. I can us…

Building the character

I always wanted to be tall. I know, I dream big. At 5'4 I am not a tall girl. Okay, my husband would tell you I am stretching it at 5'4, because I am really 5'3. It's just the big hair that makes me look taller. lol But really, do you ever feel like you fall short? I look at those big things in life and feel so overwhelmed.

Today we face battles of every kind. Some bring us to our breaking point, but more importantly they bring us to our knees. A friend today shared with me, "You have a King in you. You can conquer it!" (Thanks, Roberta) How true. We do have a King who lives and He lives within us. Why do I see these big battles with fear and trepidation? Why do I back away and think they are too big for this girl? Satan would love nothing better than for us to crumble. We must remember, nothing is too big for God.

I had to ask myself, "Am I putting on my armor?" I have designer armor, you know. Yes, indeed! It was designed by God, Himself and it i…

A deep reservoir

As I sit here tonight I am thinking about the woman at the well. (John 4:1-38) We know of her. She is so much like you and me. The Samaritan woman that Jesus met at the well. That well just happens to be Jacob's well. A well that runs deep. Why is it that Jesus met this woman at the well? He knew of her. He knew of her story. He could have met her any where along the way. It was as though Jesus went out of His way to meet her. Sound like your life? It does mine. He went out of His way to meet me. It seems He had been trying to reach me for years. I may not have known it then, but I do now. I can see how He planned meetings. He was there just in case my heart was ready. On the day that I accepted Him as my Savior, He knew before I ever took those steps forward that it was going to be the day. I am sure the angels in heaven were already singing before my heart fluttered.


The woman at the well has a past. She has had husband after husband. She now is living with a man who is not her…

A surprise arrival to be waiting for

How much time do you spend getting ready for a guest? Oh, we clean for days before they arrive. We make sure they have everything that will make them feel right at home. We take time and prepare. Sometimes we even pick them up from the airport. We make arrangements to do special things with them when they arrive. Oh, we are so hospitable to those we love, aren't we?

"God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 John 4:9-10

We have a party and we sit down with our pen and paper in hand pondering who to invite. We search our brains until they are on overload for the guests we want in attendance. We send out little cards with RSVP included. We want to know if they are coming. You know and if they aren't we are sometimes upset that they are not there. What could be m…

Stop putting off the hard stuff

I have started making a list. Why, you ask? Well, I seem to take a look at my chores and put off all the hard work, doing all the easy stuff first. Why is that? Now, I am not lazy at all, but I can make up excuses when the hard stuff needs done. Isn't that usually what we do? We make excuse after excuse, but you know what? We are busy with what we want to be busy with. Think about that for a moment. If I want to take a trip to the Muny or the movies with my son, I have all the time in the world. If a girl friend calls and asks me to go shopping I am your girl. Lets go! But have those wood floors staring at me and that toilet that needs cleaning. Ugh! I tend to turn and look the other way.
Is our spiritual life so different? We tend to read our bibles as if we are checking it off our list. Yep, got that done for today. We go to church on Sunday and again, check. Wednesday night? Um, let me see what my schedule is calling for. Yes, I see it listed. My favorite show in on at 7pm. So…

Everything looks different in the dark

Well, it was another weekend with my husband traveling to Chicago. You know, I am quickly falling in love with this city and the people. In meeting up with my husband on Sunday night, around midnight, I found myself once again lost. Yes, I seem to find myself lost all the time. Well, let's not say lost. Just maybe taking the wrong turn. I seem to know about where I am, but just can't find the right turn to take me to where I need to be.

I shoot my husband and call and say, "Um, I have made a wrong turn somewhere." He knows me all too well. He ends up saying to me, "Just stay where you are and when I get there you can follow me on in." I cannot tell you how much comfort that brought to this girl that is forever making wrong turns. Now, why didn't I just think of that in the first place? Why not follow the one who knows the way? Why do I forever try to do it on my own when the way doesn't seem familiar?

"Show me the right path, O Lord; point out…