Spring is on it’s way!

As I look out my living room window I notice the ice along the shore has melted!  Can it really be that spring is on it’s way?  So I took a walk around my yard and I have Tulips coming up.  The Daffodils by the house have nice buds on them.  The Iris are coming up in all the gardens and I see some sign of life in the Jacob’s Ladder, Speedwell, Peonies and Pastel Daisies as well.   My new “picking garden” has Columbine and Lupine coming up.  The lilacs also have nice fat buds.

I have to really hold myself back as there are lots of sales going on now and all those colors of Peonies, Lilies and Hosta are just way to tempting!  And with a small yard and the need to “be able to get to the back yard” and “need a place for the dock and boat lift” I do not have much room.  Oh I can not forget about the limitations the 4 very old mature Black Walnut have put on my landscaping.  But I am learning a lot and enjoying plants that I never knew about before we bought our pre-retirement home a few years ago.

It appears the recent snow falls and rains have helps with the pollen issue – at least for now. I hope you all take the time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air as I did.

 

 

Risen by Angela Hunt

51sLT07MLcL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Risen by Angela Hunt is a historical fiction novel based on the movie “Risen” by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello.

The story is told by Roman soldier Clavius and his Jewish lover, Rachel. Rachel is a widow who bakes and sells bread. Her parents have past away and her husbands parents want her to marry their younger son, whom she does not want to marry.
The main character in the story is Clavius, a Roman tribune. He was ordered by Pilate to make sure the 3 men being crucified would die that day . Two days after Jesus’s death, guards are put outside the tomb to guard it as Jesus said he would rise on the third day. The Roman’s did not want anyone to take his body. The guards fell asleep and were waken by the noise of the tomb opening up. When Jesus’s disappearance is discovered, the Roman soldiers are instructed to find the body and the disciples to see who took the body. The soldiers are told to check all the bodies of people who had died the previous week, even to dig them up. It is hard to recognize who the bodies are so they go by the scars from the crown of thorns, the hands and feet and the sword piercing in the side as well as the legs are not broken.
Clavius struggles with how the tomb was opened, the ropes were torn apart, not cut and the weight of the stone covering the opening was very heavy. Being a non-Christian, he also starts to question his beliefs and those spoke by Rachel and the Jewish believers.

This is a really good book. It is a fictional story of what may have happened after Jesus’s death and what it may have been like for the people at the time . The story gives us a glimpse into the life at that time. Not everything in the story is biblical and the author explains that in her remarks at the end of the book. She also gives a listing of the times recorded in the Bible that Jesus returned after his death. The book starts out slow but once the story gets started it is a fast moving story. Jesus is referred to by his Hebrew name “Yeshua” in the book.

I was given this book by The Book Club Network, the author and publishing company for an honest review.

Critical Pursuit

51aUc4pRgIL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Critical Pursuit is book one in the Critical Pursuit series by Janice Cantore.

Officer Brinna Caruso was abducted as a child and has made it her mission to track down every missing child with the help of her search and rescue dog, Hero. It is now the 20th anniversary of her abduction and her abductor has returned. He is tormenting her by abducting little girls and leaving messages for her. The officer that found her twenty years ago has recently died and her father is fighting for his life as well.

Detective Jack O’Reilly is still mourning the loss of his wife and not ready to return homicide. He has been assigned to be Brinna’s partner for retraining. Jack has turned away from his faith and Brinna has never accepted the Lord as her savior. So they have the lack of faith in common.

I really like this book. I like the fast pace it sets and the action involved. I also appreciate the Christian aspect of it. It is not so overwhelming that it would turn someone off, but it is there.

Unstuck Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage

51ftawKAp4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Unstuck: Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage by Barry D Ham, Ph. D is awesome. The author follows a couple from newlywed to life after their children are grown giving examples of the struggles they had, that so many couples experience. The author points out the importance of commitment instead of enduring. I especially enjoyed the chapter “Relearning The Dance”. In this chapter he compared working on a marriage to learning how to dance. I liked the examples of look into her eyes, lead and protect, moving as one, and make each other look good. This is so true.

This is such a good book. Even though a lot of people buying the book will do so because their marriage is not what they would like it to be, it would be a great book for every couple. I will be recommending this book to my friends, it is that good!

I received a copy of the book from the author and Book Club Network for an honest review.

I’m Sick Now What

516fIVKH-zL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_I’m Sick Now What by Dr. Andrew Butterworth is a 283 page book that is so full of information it is hard to take it all in with one reading. Dr. Butterworth uses scripture to back up what he is saying. He uses his experiences as well as experiences of others to teach the reader about supernatural healing. The book is split up into 3 sections, Understanding Sickness, Removing Roadblocks to Healing and Pursuing Healing. Each chapter is finished up with three key points.

The author writes about the importance of forgiveness from the heart. He explains very well that forgiving does not mean forgetting. He goes into detail explaining how to forgive. Another topic he explains very well is fear.

I appreciate the authors references to follow up with a medical doctor after healing takes place. He has some very important points about reducing medications that may no longer be needed. I also appreciate in the last chapter how he brings in that supernatural healing may take time to happen. Even if we are healed, we will die someday and we can prepare for death by seeking peace between God and us and between us and other.

I received a copy of the book from Book Club Network and the author in exchange for an honest review

A Voice In The Wilderness by H L Wegley

51rLA5MDgeL._SX375_BO1,204,203,200_A Voice In The Wilderness by H L Wegley

Book 1 – Against All Enemies Series

K C Banning is a network specialist at the White House who has found secrets the President is hiding. When she is found out, she is declared terrorist and a nationwide man hunt is searching for her. She has fled Washington DC and is on her way to Oregon to reconnect with a childhood friend. Together she and Brock Daniels hide and work together to let the nation know what the President is up to and to help get the United States back to what it should be. Through Brock’s internet blog members of the military come together and help KC, Brock and his friends.

This is the first H. L. Wegley book I have read and I can’t wait to read more. This is the best book I have read in a long time. The story is a quick moving story. It is a political thriller with just a touch of romance. The author allows us to see the violence and frustration of the people without having to read the violent details or swear words. I so appreciate this and this is very rare. I will recommend this book to all my friends, it is that good. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

I was given a free copy from the author for an honest review.

ISBN-10: 0996493700

ISBN-13: 978-0996493703

Welcome

Welcome to my first page!  To explain a little bit about me

I am a wife, mom and grandma.  My family is my life!  Even though they are grown and on their own, I pray for them daily , for God to watch over them for me.  Since I am no longer responsible for the day to day responsibilities of raising them, I now have time to pursue my interests and hobbies.

I sew – a lot!  I can honestly say I do not always enjoy the sewing process but I love the outcome.  The items I like to sew the most are curtains and quilts.  I use to sew clothes but have found I would rather know that they would fit me nicely so now purchase my clothes.  However, my hubby still prefers to wear long sleeve shirts I have sewn.  I have an embroidery machine and sewing items with embroidery  is my enjoyment.

I also knit and crochet.  I prefer crochet as knitting takes so long and my tension does not always stay perfect.  I also do card stamping.  I am new to this and am still learning.

I love to garden, not always the weeding part later in the summer, but I love to have flowers blooming all summer.  I prefer perennials as once they are planted they are there for years to come.  Some of my favorites are lupine, lilies, hosta, iris and roses!  I also like flowering shrubs and trees, especially lilacs and flowering crab trees.

I read a lot!  My favorite genre is christian fiction.  Of that I enjoy historical, and suspense.

The reason I am starting this page is because of encouragement to share my quilt patterns I have made that originals and to share my reviews of the books I read and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy my page and invite your friends to follow me as well.