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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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Falcon by Ronie Kendig

Salvatore "Falcon" Russo is committed to his special forces team even if it means having to work with a former flame that destroyed his life. While the two have a history, he has no desire to dredge up the bad memories from his past or forgive the woman. He'll do what it takes for the mission but nothing beyond.

Cassandra Walker has regrets from her history with Salvatore but try as she might, she can't sponge him from her heart. How can she convince him to trust her again? Perhaps if she helps his team it will help to pave the way back to a relationship.

The two have issues with trust, communicating with each other, and so many other things. Will they be able to put aside all the hurts of their past and find new common ground together? Can they work as one to take down the terrorist who has been wreaking havoc?

Falcon is book three of Ronie Kendig's The Quiet Professionals series. For a glimpse into the lives of those who daily defend our country, this book is a great reminder of all they face.

This book was provided free for review by Shiloh Run Press, 2015.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stitches, Funeral and Wedding

It's been a crazy couple of weeks and this one is a busy one as well. Almost two weeks ago I had surgery for a release of a trigger finger... and no, I didn't get it from shooting a gun. If all goes well I'll have the stitches removed in a couple days. I definitely am looking forward to having the use of my hand back again. Although being hindered these two weeks has made me much more grateful for many things I had taken for granted.

After six months of waiting, we'll be having the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for my mother-in-law. It will be a mix of sadness, remembering, and time of rejoicing as a family. What a joy to know she is no longer in pain and is in heaven with her Heavenly Father.

I'm especially looking forward to time with both of my sons. It's been a while since we've all been together.

Then to top off the week, my youngest son will be getting married to the love of his life. Our hearts are overflowing as we reflect upon the many blessings God has bestowed on us.

What struggles and blessings do you have for this week?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Family of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn

Tess Grimsby longs for a family of her own. Instead, she must be content with being a caretaker to a recently widowed man's children. Raised in an orphanage, Tess is well aware of the trauma and stages of grief that children go through and hopes to make a difference in the lives of her two young charges.

Spencer Abbott has his hands full as a stationmaster and trying to create some semblance of order for his children. He hadn't counted on a headstrong nanny that questions him on what seems like every decision. But he can't deny the good Tess has provided either.

Is Tess worth the trouble?

This was the second book I've read by Keli Gwyn, and I found it quite enjoyable. She provides a sigh-worthy happily-ever-after. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crazy Life

It's been a crazy couple of weeks with lots of activities that have prevented me from posting. It's been a whirlwind of doctor appointments, medical tests, an ultrasound, a biopsy, imminent hand surgery... not to mention attending two writing workshops, searching NUMEROUS retail and thrift stores to find a dress for my son's upcoming wedding in a few weeks.

Then throw in a sprinkling of family times, preparing for and teaching a Ladies Bible Study, trying to arrange the rehearsal dinner and location, and I'm not sure what else...

I'm thankful that even in the midst of whirlwind days, God knows about each day and its activities, even before I do. I can trust Him.

Do you ever feel like you are in the midst of a whirlwind?