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Almost Forever

Apologies for lateness in posting. This was supposed to be posted on our load-the-truck moving day, but I was detained by a car accident (and yes, I'm okay).

From the publicity office:Deb Raney delivers an emotion-packed, gripping story.

A firefighter's wife, Bryn thinks she knows more than most just how dangerous fire can be. Yet when it takes the life of her husband and four other firefighters, Bryn sees fire for the thief it truly is.

From their mutual despair, Bryn and another firefighter's surviving spouse form a close friendship. As the relationship begins to blossom into more, though, the thief comes again and Bryn must face the question: what caused the fire that stole her husband's life?About the author:The award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty novels, Deborah Raney always delivers poignant stories of what it means to wrestle with the realities of a world in chaos...and emerge triumphant.

Her books have received the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National…

Different experience for me today

If you follow Wives of Faith, you'll know that our founder and Queen--er, President--Sara Horn was interviewed this past week at the Focus on the Family campus about her book GOD Strong.
True confession: We've been squealing like little girls on the phone with each other about it since she got the news! Yeah, I know, we're grown-ups, but sometimes a girl's gotta squeal with a girlfriend!
Well. Today I was checking email around lunchtime and got a shock. This blog entry caught the eye of a producer from Focus on the Family, who emailed me asking if she could interview me on the phone for the radio show featuring Sara.
More squealing ensued on the phone, I must admit!
So I talked with the gal, who was very nice, for about 15 minutes or so. I was very, very nervous, and I tend to babble when I get nervous; but like one of my other friends pointed out, she's in radio---she can edit.
I don't know yet if they'll use what I had to say, but all I can say is May God be…

Chalk this one up to a new experience

If you follow Wives of Faith, you'll know that our founder and Queen--er, President--Sara Horn was interviewed this past week at the Focus on the Family campus about her book GOD Strong.
True confession: We've been squealing like little girls on the phone with each other about it since she got the news! Yeah, I know, we're grown-ups, but sometimes a girl's gotta squeal with a girlfriend!
Well. Today I was checking email around lunchtime and got a shock. This blog entry caught the eye of a producer from Focus on the Family, who emailed me asking if she could interview me on the phone for the radio show featuring Sara.
More squealing ensued on the phone, I must admit!
So I talked with the gal, who was very nice, for about 15 minutes or so. I was very, very nervous, and I tend to babble when I get nervous; but like one of my other friends pointed out, she's in radio---she can edit.
I don't know yet if they'll use what I had to say, but all I can say is May God be…

Menu for Romance

Kaye Dacus follows up her debut novel Stand-In Groom with this lovely new offering in the "Brides of Bonneterre" series, Menu for Romance.

Publisher's Summary:
After eight years of unrequited love, Meredith Guidry decides it’s time to move on, to try to find someone who’ll love her in return. So she makes a prayerful New Year’s resolution to meet someone new and end her single status by year’s end. And when the handsome contractor she hires to finish remodeling her house asks her out, it looks like her prayer may have been answered. But dating the handsome contractor doesn’t seem to do anything to lessen Meredith’s feelings toward a certain chef she works with every day.
Executive Chef Major O’Hara has foresworn relationships, knowing he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his. When he’s offered the opportunity of a lifetime—to open his own restaurant—he must weigh his family responsibilities and feelings for Meredith with the desire to move f…

Down to the Wire

Well, it's down to the wire. Crunch time. Only a few days left of having regular internet access at home. Of living half-in and half-out of boxes and suitcases. It's the week of finishing all those tasks I didn't find time to do earlier. Of lasts. Of goodbyes. Of farewells.
I feel badly that I began this blog, accumulated a baker's dozen followers, and now I have to go! I am not closing this blog, however. I'm not sure what God has in mind for me as a writer, yet I'm fairly certain it will have much to do with supporting military and civilian ministry wives.
So for now, I'll say, "See you later," and next time I post I'll be further south!
PS: The party I mentioned last week? It was really good.

Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd: Reaching Your International Neighbor for Christ by Donna S. Thomas

Press Release:
America continues to remain a melting pot for various internationals to call home. For hundreds of years we have opened our arms to a population of multicultural religions and spiritual preferences. In spite of our welcoming borders, our churches have struggled to effectively reach many of these groups for Christ.
Donna Thomas, a veteran missionary, writes a practical how-to book on the subject, seasoning the book with anecdotes of personal conversations she has enjoyed with different faces in the crowd. Along with heartwarming stories, each chapter includes things to consider and action steps to help apply each lesson. Donna tackles the tough subject of finding, reaching and effectively sharing Christ's love with international neighbors. These easy-to-implement personal evangelism tools equip readers with the basics and stirs up the desire to share the gospel of Jesus with others.
To…

Life in Defiance

Life in Defiance, the third in the Defiance Texas Trilogy by Mary E. DeMuth
The blog tour for this book is not for a few weeks, but I wanted to post my review now while the book is fresh in my mind.
From the back cover:
The killing of Daisy Chance continues to haunt Defiance, Texas, even as Ouisie Pepper wrestles with a defiance of her own. Desperate to become the wife and mother her husband Hap demands, Ouisie pours over a simple book about womanhood. She is sure that if she can just perfect herself, she will calm her husband's rages--and maybe even stop drinking herself.
In the midst of her constant attempts at self-improvement, Ouisie carries a terrible burden: she knows who killed Daisy Chance. And she refuses to tell. As her children inch closer to uncovering the killer's identity and Hap's rages roar louder and become increasingly violent, Ouisie has to make a decision. Will she protect her children by telling her secret? Or will the anger she fears silence them all?
Set…

Just because I'm me

I'm weird.
I crave words of affirmation, but I'm embarrassed to listen to compliments. I think that makes me weird. Don't you?
Since we're moving in a few short weeks, my husband and I had planned to let our girls throw a goodbye party for their friends, and we chose Sunday the 16th as the best date in our crazy schedule. Then, I talked to one of my friends at chapel, a commander's wife, who said that was the same date she'd chosen for a goodbye social for two ladies leaving: the outgoing deputy commander's wife, and me. I told her she didn't have to do that for me, etc. You know the drill. But she was obviously upset about it, even though her words said, "It's ok."
So I figured it this way: My husband isn't even that unit's chaplain anymore, and this other gal who's also leaving had done a lot for the group! I mean a LOT. She is at every event, always in the kitchen, taking care of details, organizing--whereas at those events, I …

Turned it in

I just electronically submitted my short story revision for my creative writing class. I don't feel like it's really done, but when is a piece ever completely done?
However, with this story, my instructor agreed with me that it's a novel-sized idea that I had to shrinkwrap small enough for a short story. This meant I had to really cut a lot of good stuff. That hurts!
I still think this is my novel, the one I need to write. Maybe, finally, I found the format I need to really tell this story that's haunted me, taunted me, since I picked up that journal eight years ago this summer.

Sage without Parsley, Rosemary, or Thyme

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Woman Called SageZondervan (April 1, 2010)by

DiAnn Mills





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold more than a million copies.



DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels.



Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2007, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008.



DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a membe…

Where My Strength Comes From

Strength
My strength comes from God first, and from my husband next.
That's pretty much it.
To read what others wrote today, click here.

Why MilSpouses ROCK

Why MilSpouses ROCK We are strong women. Not in our own strength, but in God's.

We support each other with word, with deed, with food, with prayer, with laughter.

We're married to strong men. Strong of body, of mind, of character, of heart.

We do all the normal wife and mom things, but with panache :)

We are beautiful!

We do it all because we have to keep things going on the homefront, and we do it whether or not there is appreciation.

And just a word about my own husband:
My husband may not carry a gun, but he defends your husband's--and your--right to a free exercise of religion, and he does it by carrying the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. HAPPY MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY! I APPRECIATE EACH ONE OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
To read the other responses on this blog tour, click here!

What's Cookin?

What's Cookin'?
I'm not much of a cook, and I don't enjoy being in the kitchen all day long. This recipe is pretty much foolproof.....enjoy!
Crock Pot Chicken
1 package of 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen is fine 2 cans cream of something soup possible combinations: 1 cheddar cheese + 1 cream of chicken
1 cream of chicken + 1 cream of mushroom 1 cream of chicken + 1 cream of mushroom with roasted garlic 1 cream of mushroom with roasted garlic + 1 cheddar cheese (you get the idea)
Put chicken and soup in crock pot and cook all day. (I have a temperature gauge on my crock pot so I put it at around 325*. If you have high/low, use low for about 8-10 hrs. If you have less time, use high for 4 hrs. but check to make sure it doesn't get burned)
When it's finished, you can shred the chicken, or not. Up to you. Serve over noodles or…

Ten Challenges

Come on over and see what other military wives are saying. Even if you're a civilian, please read it so you know what it is like for those whose husbands are reservists or National Guard.

10 Tough Things

This was a much harder list. I tend to be an optimist and focus on the positive most of the time, or at least TRY to. Coming up with a list of ten tough things was hard. Here it is anyway. I hope if you're a civilian you read this and realize that what not to say or do! :)
10 Tough Things About Being a Military Wife: TDY=Temporary DutY=time away from us. The week-long TDY's are not any big deal anymore (which is ok for us, but now I have zero sympathy for my friends who have the same thing in the civilian world, and having zero sympathy isn't good--sorry friends, it's true! I've toughened up). The month-long TDYs are harder, but after the second thing on my list, they're still quite do-able.

Deployments=when he's called to long, extended months away from us, in a foreign and dangerous land. I know I'm so blessed that we've only had one, and the next one is not slated until probably the end of 2011/first of 2012 (that's what happens when your milit…

Spring Reading Thing Update

So far, so good....you can see by the hyperlinks on my original list, that I've finished many books so far. I gave up on Becoming Jane Austen and gave the book away to my daughter's friend. I'm still in the Old Testament! The magazine pile has gone from three stacks to two. So, overall, not too bad. I actually took a break from the novels to read a few others from the "TBR" shelf that I was afraid to list here, for fear I'd fail again in my SRT quest. Yeah.

*Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs (finish) *Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge (finish) *As Young As We Feel by Melody Carlson *Love Mercy by Lisa Samson and Ty Samson *Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence (finish for April book club) I give up! Jon Spence has made my beloved Jane boring. I can't stand it. *Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (May book club, a reread for me) *A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
AND...FINISH THE ENTIRE BIBLE!!! **working on**

Seeing Through the Lies

Seeing Through the Lies - Unmasking the Myths Women Believe by Vonda SkeltonFrom the Publicist:Seeing Through the Lies - Unmasking the Myths Women Believe humorously addresses the disappointments women experience as they search for truth while believing a lie. This book offers practical steps for peeling away the layers of deceit and finding the joy of living in real truth. Through honesty and humility, Vonda takes women on a hilarious journey through all things female and brings them to a soul-searching point of decision. Readers will identify with both the positive and negative examples of women in the Bible, and will be encouraged by Scripture, as well as quotes from notable men and women. Each chapter opens with amusing anecdotes from real life, unmasks the deceptions, gives five steps for exposing the lies, spotlights five daily Bible readings and ends with devotional thoughts in a section called "In His Own Words." At the end of the book are discussion questions, makin…

Ten Good Things

Come on over and see some of the best things about being married to a military man!

10 Great Things

Pattie's 10 Great Things about being a Military Wife:
Community. Even though I don't live on the base, I am a part of the military community here. I have also found wonderful community with other military wives online. It's been great!

Ministry. I am learning and finding my ministry niche, and it is in music in the chapel. It is in writing about my experiences. It is working with Sara and Wives of Faith. It is in encouraging people, even when it's not easy.

Joy. I feel joy in knowing my husband loves his job. He works hard and is appreciated for it. I hear all the time how much people appreciate him, and that means so much to me.

Peace. Again, peace in knowing my husband is serving where God has called him, and peace in knowing I might not know the future, but I know Who is in charge of it!

People. I have met so many wonderful people and have made friends upon friends. I'm blessed!

Places. OK, so maybe North Dakota holds first place on only a few people's dream sheet…

Learning to Live Financially Free

Learning to Live Financially Free by Marybeth Whalen and Curt WhalenFrom the Publicist:If a family parenting six children can get out of debt and live financially free, anyone can! Marybeth and Curt Whalen share their financial successes and failures in this book. The Whalens readily admit they made their share of mistakes the first ten years of marriage. Becoming more disciplined and intentional in spending and saving helped them learn valuable lessons for better financial stewardship--lessons you'll want to learn too. Learning to Live Financially Free not only focuses on building a stronger financial understanding in the home, but also encourages couples to communicate, thus building better, stronger marriages. The Whalens clearly comprehend the need for careful money management and commitment in marriage. Money-strapped families will find peace of mind as they begin the process of becoming financially responsible and debt-free.Pattie’s Thoughts: This book has some great tips fo…

Garden Spells

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
I really, really liked this book. It's probably the only "magical realism" book I've really liked. Even Allen's second book, The Sugar Queen, didn't come close to matching the delightfulness that is Garden Spells.
I saw several negative reviews on Good Reads and Amazon, and all I can say is, I don't agree. I liked this book both times I read it. The characters made me care about them, and I saw several spiritual parallels in one of the characters in particular, and in the cantankerous, independent apple tree in the garden.

My MilSpouse Bible Verse

My MilSpouse Bible Verse
I claimed this verse before we moved from Missouri to North Dakota in 2006. It was a tough move. We were leaving my husband's family, many very good friends, I was leaving a good job I enjoyed, and the girls were leaving their many friends. I also had a good friend who was not supportive of my husband's decision to go active duty and her lack of support for us made life very difficult and painful for me at the time (she is now very supportive of us and is much more optimistic than she used to be, but at the time it was not good).
So my verse comes from a wonderful chapter, Joshua 1. Moses died, leaving leadership of the nation of Israel in the capable hands of Joshua, his chosen successor. Verse 9 is a great summary of his message in the chapter. It reads:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go

God has truly been with me on this journey wherever…

My MilSpouse Story

Come read my story over at my chaplain's wife blog.

My MilSpouse Story

My MilSpouse Story
Unlike many military wives, I didn't marry an airman. I married a preacher.
I began my post-college life as a seminarian's wife; then as he went on to pastor small churches in rural areas, I learned who I was in the context of ministry. I was the pastor's wife. I played the piano sometimes, I sang in the choir, I taught Sunday school when a teacher was needed, I taught Vacation Bible School every summer, and I tried to cook for potlucks.
It wasn't until after my husband graduated with his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001 that he seriously considered the military. Even then, he had his eye on the Air Force Reserves. He had a pastor friend in our association who was a reserve chaplain, and he recruited my husband for the same job.
Then September 11, 2001 happened.
His initial application was frozen for awhile, then became delayed because of me (I was born overseas, and they were looking for my green card; I didn't have one as I was born on a US Naval …