Friday Fun – Character Game


Today, we are going to try something a little different. We are going to be playing a game together. The more of you that participate, the more fun it will be. I would like you to think of the last book you read. Okay, do you have it in mind? Alright, you are now the main character in that book. In the comment section, I would like you to share what you are doing? Let’s see if we can guess what books are friends are reading? On your mark… get set… GO!

Friday Afternoon Fun

fun in the sun

Before I announce this week’s winners, I would like to share a few moments with you. The weather is getting warmer and the white space on my calendar is filling up faster than the clothes in the kids’ hamper. If you can identify with this I would like you to take just a few minutes and watch the video. I hope that it will bring a smile to your face as you greet the weekend. Continue reading

From the Start – Book Review


Over the weekend, I received a wonderful surprise in my mailbox – an advance copy of Melissa Tagg’s, From the Start. The delightful characters from Maple Valley jumped off the page and into my heart.

(From the back cover) Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before. While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them?

 As a writer, I immediately connected with Kate and walked along side her through the ups and downs of her journey in the novel. Melissa did an excellent job of making characters and the story real. Kate is a prime example. She comes to a place where she has her life figured out – all the pieces in place. However, she fails that God sees the big picture and her life isn’t going to go quite as she planned. It was a fabulous reminder for all of us, that God has a purpose and plan for each of us, we just need to be willing to take the risk, like Kate, and step out in faith.

I would highly recommend this book as well as Melissa’s other great books, Made to Last and Here to Stay. You will immediately fall in love with her characters and engaging stories.

**Don’t forget that I will be announcing the winners of my latest book giveaway on Friday. To enter, you simply need to leave a comment. I would love to hear about a time you took a risk and stepped out.

What are you planting?


The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. The sun was out and the temperature was warm enough to shed the coats and bring the patio table and chairs out of storage. It was also the perfect time to get the seeds planted for the garden. The kids were all eager to join in the task, carefully poking a hole in the soil and placing the tiny seed inside. Years ago I never would have imagined being excited to plant seeds and tend a garden. However, things have changed. Continue reading

Unfailing Love

God's Love Text

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the credit card commercial that went something like this:

  • Pizza with everyone’s favorite toppings – $30
  • Board game everyone can agree upon – $20
  • Quality time with family – PRICELESS

I just love those. It really makes you stop and think about what is important and of value in your life.

I know that as a wife and mother, I couldn’t begin to quantify my love for my husband and children. That’s why this verse in Psalm really hit home with me. Continue reading

Friday Afternoon Fun

spring forward

I have to admit that I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that this Sunday we “spring” forward for daylight savings day when the view out my windows looks more like “walking in a winter wonderland.” So, I plan on cuddling up with my fuzzy blanket next to the fire while I flip through the seed catalogs and dream about my garden.

With Spring just about the corner, hopefully, what are you most looking forward to?