Break From Dance

Posted by Vicki on May 28, 2012

Well the recitals were this past weekend, as I mentioned before….It was incredible to see!! I am so glad, and thankful that my girls got to participate!!!

Anyway, dance is over until September….The girls are sad, and plan to do some practicing over the summer. I helped them plan out some things to practice on. They are also excited to be taking 2 classes each this next dance year…I am also excited!! They have been saving up money for the recital costumes since this past December and already have enough money to purchase one costume each….My girls are hard workers, and very determined when they want to be!!!

The girls recieved many compliments on their dances…I think the best was when someone mentioned how fierce they are on the softball field, and then said they were very good at dance as well. I totally agree…I don’t think you can get much more opposite than dance and softball, and the girls absolutely love both!!!

Anyway, I have a few pictures on Facebook of my girls in costume, and I’ve ordered a dvd of the performance as well…


Online Gre Practice

Posted by Vicki on May 28, 2012

I have no idea what online gre practice is, and I’m not entirely sure I want to know!!! *LOL* Curiousity got the best of me, and I took a look, not that it helped me much….as best as I can gather, a GRE is a test of some sort….perhaps along the same lines as a CAT test….but I wouldn’t take my word for it, if I were you! *LOL*


Flower Delivery

Posted by Vicki on May 28, 2012

The girls had their dance recitals this past weekend. We were standing outside waiting for the doors to be unlocked and got to see the flower delivery people take in a bunch of bouquets. I guess it suprised me that so many people bought such things for the dancers. I felt kind of bad that I didn’t do it for the girls, but I just didn’t feel we had the money for something like that…..


Spring Hope

Posted by Vicki on May 28, 2012

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Spring Hope
( Realms (May 15, 2012)
by
Martha Rogers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Martha Rogers is a freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and a speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction novella was released in 2007.

Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry.

Martha is am alumni of CLASS and is available to speak at Women’s Retreats, conferences, and luncheons on topics of interest to women of all ages.

As an author, she is available to speak at writing conferences and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can runaway Libby Cantrell finally get a new start?

Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape.

When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of her. As a deputy, Cory needs to know the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.

As Cory’s feelings for her grow and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Spring Hope, go HERE.


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Annie’s Truth

Posted by Vicki on May 17, 2012

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Annie’s Truth
Realms (May 15, 2012)
by
Beth Shriver

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Childhood memories of her grandfather’s ranch came alive as Beth wrote her first Amish story. Her parents grew up in the country, so she understands pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land. She frequents a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home she stops at the community store to get some plum jam!

In 2003 Beth began writing her first book. A couple of years later it was published and she has been writing ever since. Beth received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a case worker before starting a family. Beth followed her passion and has written in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.

ABOUT THE BOOK

After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?

Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.

Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”

As Annie’s search brings her into the fast-paced world of modern life, she is confronted with all of the temptations she was warned of. Can she make her way back to the order and security of her family? Or will she remain an outsider—torn between her two worlds?

If you would like to read an excerpt from the first chapter of Annie’s Truth, go HERE.


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My Stubborn Heart

Posted by Vicki on May 15, 2012

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
My Stubborn Heart
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
by
Becky Wade

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Sensational CBA Debut in Contemporary Romance!

This summer author Becky Wade makes her CBA debut with a fun — and funny — contemporary romance. Amidst the light-hearted banter and laugh-out-loud moments is a compelling spiritual journey of one woman’s choice to listen to God and wait on him. Filled with humor and authentic romance, My Stubborn Heart is shaping up to be the hit of the summer.

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When Kate’s grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. ;Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded — hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Kate can’t help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light… whether he likes it or not.

If you would like to read the first chapter of My Stubborn Heart, go HERE.


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Submerged

Posted by Vicki on May 10, 2012

I just finished this book, and I can’t wait until book 2!!!! So many possibilities!!!!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Submerged
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
by
Dani Pettrey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.

And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer
has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge.

She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Submerged, go HERE.


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Great Progress

Posted by Vicki on May 5, 2012

Okay, so I have all but 3 assignments done….I really need to try hard to do the last 3 tomorrow. This week is soooooo packed that I’m not going to have time to do the work later in the week.

Softball 3 nights, dance one night. We have a dentist appointment on Monday, plus while we are in town, I plan to make my meat stop…Sometime this week I plan to have someone look at the AC in the Durango. Plus I need to make a trip to Emporia, as well as a trip to Topeka…so yeah, we’ll be busy for sure!!!


Premier Facial Creams

Posted by Vicki on May 5, 2012

I can’t help but laugh when I run across ads for Premier facial creams and other such products. During this, my busiest time of year, I always wonder if they are trying to tell me that I look washed out and tired. *LOL*

I love my life, busy or not! This week we will struggle to get everything done, and I don’t like that so much, but I do love being busy!


Raleigh CPA

Posted by Vicki on May 5, 2012

Well, I don’t know any raleigh cpas, for that matter I don’t think I know any CPAs. Not only do I kind of live in the wrong area for professionals like CPAs, but I don’t really run with that kind of crowd. I don’t have a lot in common with business people…I’m a Mom, and a country girl. It’s that simple.