Monthly Archives: October 2014

10/29/14

Beach Reads

This week, I am at the beach.

There may be no three better words to type out than “at the beach.”

Truly.

And while I am enjoying a late fall beach escape away from my computer, my desk, bills, housework, and stresses of home, I am sleeping in, eating well, resting much, shopping often, and reading every chance that I get!

My happy place truly is sitting in my lounge chair, hat & sunglasses on, toes in the sand, the surf trickling up on my feet, and a book in my hand. There is no greater time of relaxation for me than that.

So, I wanted to share with you the stories and characters that will be keeping me company surf-side.

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley 

It is no secret how much I adore Susanna’s books. I savor them. They are the perfect blend of mystery, romance, adventure, historical, and current day. So poetic.

And I don’t expect this one to be any different than the first two.

Mariana is a rich tapestry mesmerizing readers with time travel. Here is a little intro from Good Reads, “The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason. As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.” 

Intriguing, no?!?

A Light in the Window by Jan Karon

Since having the opportunity to meet Jan Karon in person last month, I have wanted to continue to read the Mitford Series, for which she is so famously known. A Light in the Window is book 2 in the popular series about small-town-living in Mitford, NC where everybody knows ya and knows your business too!

There is something quite charming and idyllic about escaping to Mitford and live in the world with Father Tim, his beautiful neighbor Cynthia, and that outrageous Dooley, and all of the Mitford folk.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo is a thoughtful, lovable, smart, energetic dog living with his master Denny Swift, a race car driver, in Seattle, WA. Enzo is nearly human. And on the eve of his death, he takes stock of all he and his family have been through.

Good Reads says it is a “heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.”

And goodness knows, I love dogs, and I love that he is the narrator of this novel. Such creative genius!

If only I knew what Mia was thinking…

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Afghanistan war hero & veteran Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. But, this investigation is unlike any other that Strike has been a part of.

It is the break-out mystery thriller novel from Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. The Silkworm is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series. There is also rumors floating about that these books too will be made into movies.

So, happy reading to you and I hope you have a great week!

I know I will…

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10/26/14

She does not fear…

Crash!!!!!

Boom….

Screeeech…..

My life paused, I exhaled the breath I had been holding too long & made my way across 3 lanes of traffic to the emergency lane.

I had just gotten rear-ended on my way home from work. I 285 Northbound, 5:00 pm rush hour.

Neither of us were injured, my car shows much less damage that I thought based on the level of impact, and the lady was kind, took full responsibility for the accident, and even hugged me as we left the scene of the accident.

But, in that moment, that moment of crash-boom-bang, all I felt was fear. Immediately following by grace.

Grace for safety.

Grace for another day.

Now, I am elbow deep in insurance paperwork, estimates, rental car info, supplemental forms, etc.

Whew! Car trouble sure is a headache, an inconvenience, and a pain!

And like me, you may be dealing with car trouble, family troubles, financial issues, health trouble, and other things that are far more burdensome than my current situation.

The good news?

God cares about all of our troubles, both big & small.

He wants us to trust Him in all things.

In all things.

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Will you trust with me?

Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, whatever news you are waiting on, whatever heartache you are experiencing, will you have no fear and choose to trust that the Lord will care for you and see you through just as He promised in His Word?

He has promised it.

It’s as good as done, if we just trust.

Praying for you sweet one. Until next time,

xoxo….

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