Sunday, July 23, 2017

Adventure is Out There

Dear friends, loved ones and acquaintances,

Friday I went adventuring! That may not be a word, but who cares; I’m having fun! A few years ago, my daughter worked a summer at a Christian camp in Forest Falls, CA.  I have fond memories of visiting her there.  I decided to drive up for my day off.  The part I intended to visit has changed quite a bit, with new construction happening in the exact spot I had pictured myself in! EEEEEEEK!

But, I drove a bit further and took a chance.  As I approached a bridge, I could see a lovely little river flowing. 

I promptly ignored the ‘no trespassing’ suggestions, because let’s face it; a chubby white middle-aged girl is really no threat to anyone.  Guess I’m just a rebel like that.

I grabbed my backpack and hiked down, and by hike I mean 3 minutes at a somewhat steep incline, but not really too steep or I wouldn’t do it! Ha ha.

I was SO VERY HAPPY! The water was so lovely cascading over the rocks like sparkly diamonds, but so much better because this was out in nature and not a bazillion dollars under fluorescent lights!  I’d guess it was only about a foot deep or so in the center.  

I poured a cup of tea, because what good teatotaler doesn’t take fine china to the river?  
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way!
O sisters, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down
O sisters, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

“We’re all mad here” anyhow. Right? 


I peeled off my socks & shoes, and plunged my purple painted toes into the icy water!  It was GLORIOUS!
There was one lone but lovely yellow flower growing out of the sandy dirt nearby.  A small black bird fluttered and landed on a rock in the sun.  
I took several pictures with my phone, and then decided to turn on my GPS just in case a bear showed up and ate me… and hopefully not my phone.

I was able to pull out my Bible and read Psalm 150.  So lovely to be in His presence there.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
I also brought along ‘Love Does’. A wonderful collection of memories shared by Bob Goff.  He writes with such wit and charm.  The story I randomly choose just happened to be about him wanting to be a Forest Ranger as a young man.  How appropriate, I thought. But, when he found out he didn’t actually get to live in the forest, and do awesome foresty things, but rather write tickets to naughty people trespassing in the forest -ahem, and there weren’t any girls to be found; he decided perhaps a career choice change was in order.  The chapter is titled The Rearview Mirror if you’re interested. 


I brought along fresh, dark red cherries and listened to the water roll over the rocks.   

After about an hour, & still thinking about a bear, I wiped the sand off my feet, dusted them with the teeny baby powder I had brought along and thankfully remembered to pack having seen it on FaceBook for ‘what to bring to the beach’, and was on my way. 

But, I had driven an hour to get here, so what now?
I headed about 20 minutes into Apple Country! Yay!! Oak Glen is a wonderful gem nestled inside some sweet hills of Southern California.  It has its own weather that is perfect for growing apples.  

Just as I was about to turn on the road that leads up there, I spotted a family of deer in an apple orchard.  There were babies, mama and papa.  At one point, mama stood on her hind legs to reach the apples.  They were so much fun to see.
Once I got into Oak Glen I went into The Apple Tree gift shop where I found a charming card to send to my Aunt Dixie and share all about my adventure.
Inside: I meant to do my work today, but a brown bird sang in the apple tree, and a butterfly flitted across the field, and all the leaves were calling me.
I had lunch (a rather blegh burger, but whatever) at a coffee shop and proceeded to write my letter.  I pulled out my phone and appropriately played Glen Miller’s “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me”.

After that, I drove up the road to a favorite apple orchard to purchase fresh pressed cider.  

Ooooh, it’s like biting into the freshest, juiciest apple. If you have the chance to go to an apple orchard; GO!  

A gentleman there asked if he could purchase a label to frame.  It was so lovely, I decided to get one too.  

At another orchard, I stopped for some baked goodies to bring back.  Check out this wee biscuit ;)
I'm pretty sure who ever said, "Tea Without a Biscuit is an Opportunity Wasted", didn't exactly mean this! Hee-hee.

The tea is a fun Sherlock blend from Adagio Teas.  It features hazelnut honeybush, rooibos vanilla, decaf apricot black tea, and apricot pieces. It is quite tasty!  The teeny tin is from their fandom blends. Super adorable.

It was a really fun adventure, and I hope you enjoyed sharing it with me.

Until next time, Hugs and a cup of tea!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

HIGH AS THE HEAVENS book review


I finally was able to get to this book that has been awaiting my attention during a busy summer!

Publisher's Description
In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.



My Thoughts
This story is filled with intrigue and takes place during WWI.  It focuses on the Marche family and how war has torn them apart and turned their worlds into something inside a bad dream.  It is a very real look at what it must have been like to live during those times and cling desperately to hope, faith, and your loved ones, never knowing what the next moment might hold.   There is a gentle romance, but it takes a back seat to the reality of living, operating and SPYING within a small, German occupied town. The horrors the people faced are unimaginable, and yet, where our world seems to be headed today, it is a good reminder of how to survive and what may await us in the days ahead.  Eve March is beyond brave, as are her brother and sister who now survive far from their family.  Even her own frail mother, who weaves secret messages into lace collars blew me away. There are multiple daring rescues that kept my stomach in knots. In many instances, the book jumps back and forth between flashbacks and the present, and also gives you a look at multiple characters point of view.  I thought it all worked well. The story is well written, albeit a heavy topic.  The descriptions and attention to detail are extensive. I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

4 stars

© 2017 Bethany House
386 pages + Author’s Notes and Discussion Questions
Read: 07/13-15/2017 - Reviewed: 07/16/2017


Opening Scripture: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12

Author Bio
A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Love So True - book review

Google photo: Carriage in the Rain
by Frank Skarbina, Berlin cir.1896

A Love So True – Teaville Moral Society #2
Melissa Jagears

•°o•:*:•. He has a plan and a purpose for us All .•:*:• o°•

Melissa Jagears continues the enriched drama of the Teaville Moral Society.  This time the focus is on the overly tall, and extremely persnickety Evelyn Wisely who has a heart for the orphaned children of the red-light district of a small town in 1908 Kansas.  While many people believe the problems those children face are direct results of the lifestyle their mothers have “chosen”, Evelyn believes every child deserves love and care.  She will go to great lengths to do her part toward that end.  Additionally, she holds a long-kept secret buried in her heart that causes her to keep her distance from men who might indicate the slightest interest in her.
David Kingsman is the son of a wealthy, big city businessman who has been tasked with coming to Teaville to quickly sell a canning jar production company his father recently acquired, and then get back home to business and his father’s ideas for his future.  However, God seems to have other plans for David, as he continually finds his path redirected toward helping Evelyn. He is a pleasant sort, with a strong character that pushes him to do the right thing. 
I especially enjoyed old Mr. Hargrove who is over 80 years old.  His kindness was charming, and the fact he was made to feel useful again was just precious.  So many old people get ignored, and these moments in the story were endearing.
Once again, this story was filled with detail and faith.  I enjoyed it very much.

5 stars
© May 2017 Bethany House, 358 pages
I received a copy from Bethany House Publ., in exchange for my honest opinion, with no other compensation, which I am privileged to provide.

SERIES: TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY
Introduction Novella, Engaging the Competition found in the collection book With this Ring, featuring various authors
Book 1 = A Heart Most Certain 08/2016 CLICK HERE FOR MY REVIEW
Book 2 = A Love So True 05/2017
Book 3 = A Chance at Forever TBA


About the Author: Melissa Jagears is an award-winning author, wife, homeschooling mama of 3, and shares she is an introvert.  They appropriately reside in Kansas since that is where this series takes place!  She can be found at MelissaJagers.com with links to other social media outlets.

Blessings and a cup of tea to you,


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Behind the Scenes - Jen Turano Book Review




Behind the Scenes – Apart from the Crowd #1
Jen Turano

Hey, I staged this! :)


artist Carmen Medlin - pinterest picture
I hope each of you had an extremely blessed Resurrection celebration. Please grab a cuppa and join me for another exciting book review.




•°o•:*:•. Wallflowers Rejoice! .•:*:• o°•

Another excellently crafted story by master storyteller, Jen Turano!
March 1883 – New York
“Contrary to the prevalent thought of the day, I’m not a lady who feels as if my life has been ruined simply because I’ve obtained the somewhat undesirable label of wallflower.” –Ch.1
Permilia Griswold is sort of a gilded age Cinderella in the sense she puts up with the whims of her step-mother and step-sister. She is awkward in social situations and really could care less about gentlemen, balls, the season, etc.  She was raised by her father, traipsing all over the country for his mining business, until he decides she needs a woman’s touch in her life.  He finds and marries a woman of society, intent on changing everything about Permilia, while spoiling her own daughter. Permilia has a keen sense of fashion, business, and charity.  She loves the Lord, and seeks wise counsel when needed. She also has a few secrets. Her interpretation of the Go-As-You-Please Quadrille had me laughing out loud.
Asher Rutherford is a self-made, affluent businessman, with an excellent sense of style, and owns one of the most successful department stores in the city.  He leads a predictable life, and is quite content mingling in society, attending his clubs, and going about his business day with little interruption to his schedule.  However, each encounter he has with the unusual Miss Griswold leaves him perplexed and asking questions he’d never considered before.
“A second later, he found himself taken aback when Miss Griswold thrust a dainty hand his way, seemingly unconcerned yet again with the idea that ladies never, as in ever, initiated an act that would consist of them hauling a gentleman to his feet.” –Ch.3
I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear.
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Harrison Sinclair is Asher’s dear friend who is one of those men rather unaware of his handsome mystique.  I suspect he is color blind, with all of his odd combinations of clothing, and he seems to have a genuine concern for those around him. I found him extremely intriguing.  “He grinned. “I know most dangerous men are assumed to drink coffee, and black coffee at that, but” – he shuddered – I can’t abide the stuff.” Bonus points for Harrison, because I loathe coffee too! –smile.  He adds much to the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books.
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader (a mouthful of a name to be sure), is a recently acquainted friend of  Permilia, through their mutual resignation to the wallflower section.  She is great fun, as she takes matters in hand when needed, and looks like a laughing stock much of the time due to her employer’s odd ideas.  That employer being Mrs. Davenport, who is one adventurous older lady.  Oh, my!  Yet another character I want to get to know better!!  Jen Turano really has a way with supporting characters!
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Miss Henrietta and Miss Mabel are delightful, albeit persnickety sisters that add wonderful fun, mystery and more questions to the story.  They are also extremely interested in tea! Yay!! “That hobby, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to learn, given the interest we’ve learned you share with us, is searching out and collecting new blends of tea.” –Ch.13  Permilia picked up her cup. Raising it to her lips, she took the smallest of sips, blinking in surprise a second later. “Good heavens. That’s delicious.” –Ch.14  After reading that, I had to stop and go make another cup of tea!
Now, of course, there’s at least one villain.  And of course, I will not tell you who he/she/they might be. But, suffice it to say the mystery kept me guessing as it unraveled along the way. 
Jen Turano is my absolute favorite author. Her style is so unique, and the laugh-out-loud moments are divine! I have read every single one of her books including the free novella prequels.  She never disappoints.  
© April 2017 Bethany House
343 pages
In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy from Bethany House Publ. which I am privileged to provide with no other compensation. - I highly recommend this five-star book.
Read: 04/18&19/2017 Reviewed: 4/21/2017

SERIES: Apart from the Crowd
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Link to purchase
Untitled – Book 3 – late Spring 2018



Hugs and a cup of tea,

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

PALM SUNDAY EASTER COLOR PAGE


Hello friends.  This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the Littles and I have been reading lots of Easter story books.  I found this sweet coloring page online from 
and thought you might enjoy it for your Littles or Sunday school class.  I added the words Hosanna in the highest.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

PRAYERS PLEASE - BUS FULL OF SENIORS

PLEASE PRAY: I am so saddened by this (the 2nd bus crash I am reading about this week). My former Pastor just posted and is asking for prayer for his church family in TX. 14 senior citizens on a bus returning home from a senior retreat were hit by a truck when it swerved across the highway and into their bus. 13 have now passed, and gone home to be with Jesus. Only the truck driver and 1 church member currently survive.
Please add the families and all involved to your prayer chains. Here is the full story:

Monday, March 27, 2017

CHRISTIAN BAND "WE ARE MESSENGERS" Prayers/Support

I know I have not posted for a while.  *LIFE!* smile... but this story touched me, so I am reaching out for them.  Feel free to copy and share!

You may recognize We Are Messengers from the popular Christian radio songs, Everything Comes Alive, and Messengers.

Below is what happened this weekend.  I thought others might want to know and be praying.

I typed this after listening to Darren on the We Are Messengers FB live video: On their way home from an amazing show, filled with joy from people getting healed and coming to know Jesus. They were looking forward to getting home, asleep on the bus that God had given them, and around 4 a.m. their driver, Tom, drove into another car that was parked in the right lane of the interstate.  No hazards on. Dark. No way to avoid it.  Flames immediately erupted. They all woke up in a panic, and it was a miracle the bus and trailer didn’t roll or flip. It seemed as if someone physically parked the bus 4-5 blocks away along the shoulder, and then the doors opened, and they all rushed out.  The bus was engulfed in flames. None of them, not even the driver opened the doors.  Darren (lead singer) ran back to the other car, crying and praying no one was in it. He tried to access it, but it was completely engulfed in flames.  They would come to find out a young man had lost his life in that car.  There are no further details, as the whole situation is under investigation.  They band is welcoming all prayers, not only for themselves, but the other family.  They are exhausted, saddened, but thankful to have their lives.  



From band member, Caleb Clinghan FB page: 
I woke up this morning to my head slamming against the side of the bus. I immediately heard the crash of us hitting a car and the screeching sound as our bus was off the ground with the car underneath us. The bus ended up traveling about a half mile with the car underneath us before coming to a stop. When we stopped I heard our driver immediately start yelling "Get out! Get out! Everyone get out!!" And when I rolled out of bed and looked up, I saw the front of the bus in flames. And flames rising up around the left side of the bus. I yelled "Which way?" I didn't know which way was the safest. And Tomyelled"Follow my voice." I followed his voice and we walked off of that bus. Nobody felt any heat from the fire. Not a single person had a single hair singed on their bodies. We should have died this morning. And yet we live. Everything may be in ashes, but I think that's God's favorite foundation for growing something beautiful. And I can't wait to be a part of it. I love you all and I hope I can help you know Jesus the way I know Him. He truly is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path.
(A separate post) All of us lost almost all of our personal equipment in the accident this morning. Any little bit helps. And if you can't help financially, please pray pray pray. Our God is bigger than any financial issue or equipment. Prayers and donations are much appreciated.

(A separate post) I am overwhelmed by the love, support, and prayers that have been poured out over us since this morning. Thank you all so much. The Lord gives and He takes away,but blessed be His name. Always. When we head back out, we'll be heading out in full force to attack the gates of Hell. The enemy meant this for evil, but God will use it for His glory. I love you all!


I am really hoping they exceed the $30k Organizer: Jim Scherer requested!
Give if you feel led, but please join me in praying for all. Thanks, Heather

We Are Messengers - Everything Comes Alive (Official Video)


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weather Mobile for the Littles

Good afternoon.  Today, I want to share a fun and simple weather mobile you can easily do with your Littles.

I was inspired when I saw a rough version posted on IG by "PlayIdeas" also www.PlayIdeas.com.  I decided to modify it using the same fun style of faces that Vanessa uses over on the FB page Wee Who Wander. And then I added scripture. Here are my 2 simple drawings, which you are welcome to copy/paste and print onto 2 pieces of cardstock.
Sun, Cloud, Raindrops

Rainbow and more raindrops

Supplies: Printed pictures, scissors, hole punch, colors, string, a branch (or a chopstick if you can't find one!)
Proud Littles with their mobiles!
 I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are!

Hugs and a cup of tea,