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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Birthday Ponderings

Today I celebrate my 46th birthday. It seems hard to believe how quickly the years have passed. 41 years ago, I asked Jesus into my heart to rule. He has led me on an incredible journey since then. I've never regretted this decision for one moment. God is my strength and my shield. Never has that been more evident in my life, than the past several months. Don't get me wrong, He is always these things, but I've experienced it on a much deeper level recently. I'm so thankful that He never leaves me or abandons me. Christ is here with me, always.

So today as I'm celebrating my birthday, I'm also thankful for different things in my life. I'm so thankful for my dear husband. We've been married for over 23 years. Our sons are 20 and 17, and have blessed us in so many ways. I'm thankful for the opportunity to homeschool, having just completed my 15th year, with one remaining. I'm blessed by family and dear friends who have been so precious to me.

I could go on and on with a list of my many blessings. Above everything else in my life, I'm thankful that God chose me and loves me. He is the reason I can celebrate today.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot

Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot is the final saga of the Texas Dreams series. This was my first exposure to Amanda's writing and I found the book to be a delightful read. Amanda weaves the story of Harriet Kirk, a school teacher who recently relocated to Ladreville, Texas with her five  siblings. She leaves an unpleasant past, hoping for a new and brighter future in a new setting. Harriet has no thoughts of marriage, but is committed to rearing her younger brothers and sisters.

Former Texas Ranger, Lawrence Wood, returns to the town only planning to fulfill his six-month contract as mayor and sheriff. He has no plans of becoming romantically interested in anyone. The town holds too many memories of his previous foolishness.

I enjoyed this novel and through reading it became interested in reading the first two books of the series to learn the stories of various townspeople.

This book was provided for review by Revell.