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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Some of My Favorite Things

Happy Thursday, everyone!

In surfing around the net ~

From Mama’s Losin’ It, prompts for a weekly blog post. Here they are, take your pick!!

The Prompts:

1.) If You Give A Mom A Moment...

2.) What's the message you would craft

3.) Your Fall favorites.

4.) If your pet could talk, what would you want to know?

5.)If you could only focus on three things in life and pursue them fully, leaving everything else, what would they be and why?

I could really run with a couple of these. Take #4 for instance ~ (does she realize how many pets are running around here? Duh! Nah, ‘cause she doesn’t know me.)

Like, why do you keep trying to escape? Bad baby! The boys can't play right now, they have school.

Then there is #5, but it is out as in O-U-T, because the kids are makin’ so much noise I can’t think! Doesn’t it say something in the Bible about being delivered from the “noisome pestilence”?

So, to be safe, I am going with door # 3. I love fall. I would probably love fall even more if I wasn’t homeschooling four boys! (That takes us back to the “noisome pestilence”.)

Some of my favorite things of autumn

*County Fairs

*Apples ~ apple pie, fresh apple cake, caramel apples

*The awesome fall colors

*Crisp cool mornings ~ haze coming up off the pond, dew drops sparkling in the bright morning sun

*Long, (dare I say “quiet”) walks in the woods

*The smell of wood fires

*The soothing taste of apple-cinnamon tea

*Chicken roasting in the oven

*Bonfires with friends

*The boys making homemade root beer

*Pouring candles in all the new fall fragrances for the holidays


*Serving the family fresh cinnamon rolls, hot from the oven

Okay, now I am hungry! Why do I associate fall with so many food smells? Maybe, because I didn’t cook all summer? I did, but cooking in the summer is different than cooking in the fall. In the fall, we can use the oven and the heat actually feels good! We can make the switch from salads to simmering soups and once again enjoy fresh baked bread…okay, okay ~ I am thinking way too much about food! Anyone for a slice of rum cake? It’s still warm!

Thanks for the prompt(s). You rock Mama’s Losin’ It!

May your day be filled with blessings!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Secret Santa Soiree

Wanta have some fun? It is time to start thinking about the holiday season! At least, it is for me, ‘cause I’m a little slow at getting everything together, ya know?

Here’s the fun part ~ Georgina (aka Decisionally Challenged) is organizing SSS ~ Secret Santa Soiree! You can go here for all the details:

This is the second year for SSS and from all indications, last year was a total blast, wonderful, make my (holi)day kind of success!
If I get your name, I promise not to send Aunt Martha's fruit cake!!! Hey, I don't even have an Aunt Martha!! But I do promise to get you somethin' special!

Now hurry and go sign up!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Meeting the Author, Robin Jones Gunn

Earlier I posted a review of the book Coming Attractions by Robin Jones Gunn. Today, I thought you might enjoy meeting Robin and getting to know her.

Robin was born on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. When she was five, Robin’s family moved to southern California, where they lived next to an orange grove. Robin is a middle child sandwiched between a brother and a sister. Her family attended church regularly, her dad taught history to junior high students, her mom directed a pre-school at their church.
Later, Robin attended Biola University for two years and when she was 21, traveled to Europe to attend a Bible school in Austria. While there she worked for a mission organization in Germany. She and her husband married while he was finishing seminary and they then began a journey together doing youth ministry for 22 years. They are the proud parents of one son, one daughter and now a daughter-in-law. Over the years, their family moved a number of times, their favorite “duty” being the year they spent in Maui. Robin and her husband now make their home in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a counselor.

When asked her favorite hobby, Robin’s answer is, "Travel, travel and travel!" When she has time to read, she enjoys Hawaiian history or poetry and hymns. You might notice, much of her knowledge acquired while traveling she has incorporated into many of her books. In Coming Attractions she sent Katie off to Africa and is planning to follow her there in real life. Robin will be going to Kenya, Lord willing, in November to teach at an International Writers Conference

(stay tuned….there’s more!)