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Friday Fill-In

I just found this prompt in the blogosphere by clicking around, so here I go with my first Friday Fill-In for military spouses!What is your spouse’s best feature?

his lovely blue eyes, of course :)

Mild, Medium or Hot sauce?

Extra mild, please.

What is the worst uniform you had to wear for a job?

Bob Evans. I was a hostess. High neck long sleeved blouse with a long double-knit polyester skirt. OY.

You have invisible powers… where is the first place you would go?

England!

What’s left on your “to do” list for this summer?

Register my middle schooler (Tuesday), then a train trip to visit my dad and his wife in New Mexico. Everything else is for the kids, all for the kids!

Year of Pleasures

Upon the recommendation of my friend Dana, I read Elizabeth Berg's The Year of Pleasures this week. I finished it last night, and I really enjoyed it.
Berg is a writer like no other. She has a way of describing that is wonderful and unique. One of my favorite phrases is "sausage-and-egg voice." I mean, really. That's just awesome.
I think finding the pleasure and joy in everyday life is what we should all be doing, every day.

OPSEC

I am becoming quite passionate about OPSEC. I see women violating this ALL. THE. TIME.
Ann Marie of Household 6 Diva wrote about it much better than I ever could, so I invite you to visit her post:

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Nightshade: a CFBA Tour

My review at the end. Enjoy!
This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Nightshade Barbour Books (July 1, 2010)by

Ronie Kendig





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Ronie has been married since 1990 to a man who can easily be defined in classic terms as a hero. She has four beautiful children. Her eldest daughter is 16 this year, her second daughter will be 13, and her twin boys are 10. After having four children, she finally finished her degree in December 2006. She now has a B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Getting her degree is a huge triumph for both her and her family--they survived!!



This degree has also given her a fabulous perspective on her characters and how to not only make them deeper, stronger, but to make them realistic and know how they'll respond to each situation. Her debut novel, Dead Reckoning released March 2010 from Abingdon Press. And her Discarded Heroes series begins in July from Barbour with the first book entitled Nightshade.





ABOUT TH…

Faith Friday 20 Things

This week's Faith Friday is about me. Or you. But you can write about you on your blog; this one's mine! ;)
My real name is Pattie, not Patricia. My dad named me and made the spellings of both my first and middle names different from the norm.

My husband started out as an Air Force Reserve chaplain, and because it was soooo part-time I didn't really bother learning about military stuff. In retrospect, this seems sort of dumb. So I have only been paying attention to the military for a little over four years now.

I may occasionally gripe about being short, but I like my height. I'm 5'3"

I adore Facebook. It's fun and a great way to stay connected to people.

I love the theatre. I'd love to be involved in community theatre on a large scale someday.

I love reading. It's my favorite fun activity.

I do not enjoy exercise. However, I'm hoping to get into some classes at the gym on base once I get settled in Texas.

I need external motivation to accomplish goals…

Faith Friday July 9

Faith Friday! Head to Wives of Faith to see other entries.
Today's topic: Favorite Summer Treat
Ice Cream
After living in North Dakota for four years, I got to where I was only comfortable eating ice cream in the summertime. Why freeze your body on the inside when it's already frozen on the outside? ;)
The other night, my sister-in-law and I went out to Cold Stone Creamery. YUM. I had a "Germanchokolatkake" (I think that's how you spell it), chocolate ice cream with walnuts, a brownie, and coconut all mixed in. It was delectable!

random

Just some random thoughts.
I have been TDY the past four weeks. It stinks. I do not like being away from my handsome Chaplain Hubby!

I have been busy working on some projects for Wives of Faith. I'm so the Jane of all Trades and Mistress of None! I can't seem to focus long enough to finish any one thing. But I continue to plug along and write when inspiration strikes.

I've been reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's interesting so far, very good and very thought-provoking.

I have decided I adore stories of women making changes in their lives.

I need a major attitude adjustment. Thankfully, in less than two weeks I'll be "home."

I say "home" in quotes, and picture me using those finger air quotes while I say it. Because we moved and less than one week later, we were back on the road to the inlaws' house so my oldest could take ballet classes. While I'm so glad she had this opportunity, it means we're feeling qui…

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

My friend Dana is always good for a book recommendation. This latest one is no exception. I picked up my own copy of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project yesterday and I'm engrossed in it already.
I completely identify with the author's position: I'm generally a happy person, but I could be more appreciative and happier in general. She says, "I'm happy, but not as happy as I should be."
I have blessings galore, but often feel an emotional sort of malaise. I don't know if I'm just a malcontent, or a latent pessimist, or what my problem is.
Hence, this book and this project.
Yesterday I purchased the book after spending time wandering around Barnes & Noble (a happy time for me). Then my youngest daughter and I went to Joann's craft store and wandered around. I ended up finding yarn on sale--it's from the Debbie Stoller (of Stitch & Bitch fame) line. I also found a free crochet pattern for a striped scarf, and I decided to make it with…

Focus on the Family

I wrote about this in May, but today it's here!
Today's episode of Focus on the Family will be online for about 30 days or so. You can click on this link, then click on the title of the broadcast to listen online.
My voice is at the beginning. It's a little odd to hear myself talking outside my head...
May God be glorified and His people encouraged through our words today.
Thanks to Sara for the opportunity to help over at Wives of Faith, and also thanks to Emily from Focus on the Family for finding my chaplain's wife blog and interviewing me on the phone.

It's here!

Today's episode of Focus on the Family will be online for about 30 days or so. You can click on this link, then click on the title of the broadcast to listen online.
My voice is at the beginning. It's a little odd to hear myself talking outside my head...
May God be glorified and His people encouraged through our words today.
Thanks to Sara for the opportunity to help over at Wives of Faith, and also thanks to Emily from Focus on the Family for finding this blog and interviewing me on the phone.

Focus on the Family

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY HONORS OUR TROOPS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE BY SERVING THEIR FAMILIESColorado Springs, CO -- The military and political impact of our troops gets media coverage everyday, but what about its effect on the lives of the military wives and children? Focus on the Family's newest interactive webcast,YOUR FAMILY LIVE! is inviting all active duty, reserve and retired military families to view and take part in a very special webcast honoring military families on Wednesday, July 7th at 2PM ET. Viewers can log on to www.YourFamilyLive.com to watch the webcast live, actively participate by calling 1-888-465-6595 with question pertaining to military family life, or post a question to a live, online forum at www.focusonlinecommunities.com. The program is also archived for later viewing on the site. The panel will include: Yvette Maher, Host & Sr. Vice President of Family Ministry; Dr. Juli Slattery, Family Psychologist at Focus on the Family; Mrs…

Focus on the Family

So remember when I was all squealy about being on Focus on the Family?

I got an email today from the producer, and my remarks were chosen to lead into the show.
You can find out more about the broadcast here: it's on Tuesday July 6th.

Faith Friday

Welcome to the blog carnival for Wives of Faith--Faith Friday! To learn more, please visit the site here.
What does FREEDOM mean to me?
I can be myselfI can worship God freelyI can vote and make my voice heardI can choose to raise my children in a Godly home
Those are just a few of the many freedoms I take for granted.
Obviously with my husband in the ministry, I am sensitive to the fact that we are all able to worship as we choose. Not everyone chooses to worship the God I love, and that's ok. God allows us free will, and for that I'm also grateful (and often frustrated, but that's another story!).
I am proud of my husband's ministry, his service, and his work. Not all evangelical Christians support his mission, I have found. However, the mission of upholding the Constitutional right to free exercise of religion is very important.
Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!
God bless America.