Saturday, October 23, 2010

Texas Rangers!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Point of Grace Interview

Denise Jones, of Point of Grace fame, is a hoot. She laughed as much as she talked during my phone interview with her earlier this month. And well she needed a sense of humor, to get past my croaking, laryngitis-bound voice that day. Graciously she endured my questions about their latest Christmas album, telling funny stories and generally reflecting the joie de vivre the group is known for. If you liked their last two albums' sound, you'll love Home for the Holidays. Read the review to learn why.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Books to Recommend

Readers' alert: the following books were read and reviewed during September and October 2010 on I'm linking each one to my review to help you decide if it is worthy of your time. Some of them are real winners!

Ransomed Dreams, by Sally John

Fatal Convictions, by Randy Singer

The Skin Map, by Stephen R. Lawhead

Nightmare, by Robin Parrish

Tor Time & Eternity, by Allison Pittman

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bonus Points for Signing Up with Swagbucks Today

Along my sidebar you will see a big box--a widget--for Swagbucks, the search engine site that gives you points for searching online through their toolbar search box. Those points (see the image on the left for an example) translate into real money and/or prizes (tons of stuff to choose from). For instance, I've been using swagbucks since February and have traded my points in for 22 Amazon gift cards since then, each worth $5. That's over $100, just for searching through that little box. It's helping pay for birthday and Christmas presents...

If you are interested in the program, go to the widget on the sidebar and click on "sign up." Today they are offering an extra 20 "bucks" to get you started. And yes, if you sign up through that widget, I'll also get some bonus points for referring you. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about the process.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Little Things

People show love in many ways. I like to tell my boys that, when I return home from an early morning workout to find the coffeepot hot and full, waiting just for me, "This is proof that Daddy loves me." The first time I said that, they looked at me like I was crazy. But I explained it, so now the first grader is telling his carpool buddy about how Daddy makes coffee for Mommy because he loves her. My neighbor, the carpool mom, shared that little conversation with me the other day because, yeah, it's pretty cute.

But it's also true. Simple acts of kindness show love. Sometimes those simple things are just tiny acts among other, larger acts (like the coffee). But some situations only allow the little things. Today I got to do one of those little things. I joined my friend Sandi at the fitness center to walk/run 3.2 miles (a 5K) on the treadmill. I'm completely healthy, and it wasn't hard. Of course, I walked most of it because I'm not in-shape enough to run even a mile. But I digress...

We walked in honor of a mutual friend named Erin who is fighting breast cancer. There were many of us across the country who participated in our own personal 5K's today in support of this amazing person. Since we can't be with her in person, we took pictures to celebrate. I can't wait to see all the pictures from everyone else. We didn't do anything great, but I know it encourages Erin to see her friends take an hour--all at the same time--to stop and say "We love you. We are so sorry you have to suffer. We admire your steadfast courage and faith and humor. We hate that this is happening to you. You are walking through a "big thing" that we can't share immediately. But we can pray, and walk (even run!), write notes, maybe even provide a meal. And we look forward to the day you can run your own 5K :)."

And I can't wait til the next time we sit on your front deck and share a pot of coffee again.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to Life!

The Chilean miners' rescue inspired the world...and my Tapestry blog. Take a look.