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19. Reading.20. Good gel pens. 21. Comp books, with cute covers, on sale. 22. Bookshelves. 23. Mercies new every morning. 24. Grace, "like rain, falling down on me..." 25. Sending fun mail to my friends. 26. My dark green Toyota RAV-4. 27. Washer and dryer. Fresh laundry as often as I need it. 28. Moleskine Peanuts 60th anniversary journal that I won from Moleskine in Italy.

Blizzard Blog Hop

I may live in Texas with no snow, but I'm happy to play along on the "Blizzard Blog Hop" with Ann Marie, the Household 6 Diva!I'm Pattie, the proud wife (of almost 20 years!) of an Air Force chaplain, and proud mom of two dancing, artistic daughters, a teen and a tween. We currently live in Texas after a four-year stint in North Dakota, which followed my husband's reservist years in our home state of Missouri. I'm in the over-40 bracket on survey sheets, and I still wonder what I am going to be when I grow up.I don't blog here as often as I do at Wives of Faith, but I do occasionally pop in. I also write book reviews on my other blog.I try to live a life of faith, of gratitude, and of caring for others. I can only pray I have succeeded.Thanks for stopping by! The movie's over...go on to the next blog on the list ;)I'm always happy to meet other military wives!

Digitalis

My review at the end. Thank you to CFBA for the opportunity to review some amazing books over the past couple of years! This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingDigitalisBarbour Publishing, Inc.(January 1, 2011)byRonie 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 he…

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14. My overall good health.15. The good health of my children. Truly I do not take this for granted. I have many friends with sick children, and I am phenomenally blessed.16. Clothing--I might not be the most stylish, and I'll never be considered well-dressed. But I have adequate clothing for most places and occasions to which I'm invited.17. The book Fresh Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson. If ever a book (besides the Bible) ever changed me, this is it. Choosing to live a roasted, ground, fresh-brewed life has brought me more pain that I'd ever have imagined, but also so many more blessings than I ever thought possible. I've grown in the past 11 years since I read the book. 18. Driving in January in Texas, window rolled down, sun pouring in the window, blasting Josh Groban on the stereo.

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8. an old-but-still-works DVD player
9. a working barbeque
10. a husband to run said working barbeque
11. my Holy Bible, New Living Translation, with commentary by Jill Briscoe. I am enjoying the fresh wording of the Word as I read the Bible through.
12. good eyesight. Truly cannot imagine not being able to see to read or write.
13. my little devotionals were accepted for inclusion into a new book! I will be published in Faith Deployed . . . Again by Jocelyn Green this summer.

Grace

For the past several years, I've been blessed to be a part of an online community of Christian women who seek the Lord and community with each other. I was first intrigued by the idea of an "annual theme" by some of them, who seek God's leading and guidance each year through a singular idea. More often than not, the theme is not chosen by the woman herself, but by God. The methods through which He chooses to reveal said theme are as varied as the women themselves, as one might imagine the Creator of the Universe to be creative Himself. It's exciting, not only at the precipice of a new year to see what each woman's theme is, but fascinating to see how God works through that theme in each friend's life.

I used to envy these women their themes. How wonderful that God gave them something to guide their years. So one year I asked the Lord to give me a theme, too. I thought it would be easy and maybe even fun. Well, God works as He wants to, and the theme He gav…

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5. Writing - it is a gift, truly. I gave my writing back to God and am working hard not to stress out about it. I am proud to be writing for Him.6. Coffee. Brewed thick and dark, with a touch of flavored creamer. Or espresso shots pulled by a large steaming machine, blended with flavors and steamed milk, frothy and warm and inviting. 7. The Internet, without which, I feel we as Christian women (particularly military wives, but that's my focus right now) would be so much more disconnected.

2011 From the Shelf Reading Challenge

Learn more here.

Where Do I Go? - Neta Jackson (Traded in at Paperback Swap)Who Do I Talk To? - Neta Jackson (Sent back to my friend)Who Do I Lean On? - Neta Jackson (Sent back to my friend)The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie (Sent to a friend)
Traveling Mercies: Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottPlan B: Further Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottGrace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottIt Happens Every Spring - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanSummer Breeze - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanFalling For You Again - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanWinter Turns to Spring - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanEast of Eden - John SteinbeckMr. Monk is Miserable - Lee GoldbergDon't You Forget About Me - Jancee Dunn (Traded in at Paperback Swap)

TBR 2011

I'm joining the TBR challenge this year--I took last year off, but I'm back this year! For more info, go to the blog here.
Here's the list: Where Do I Go? - Neta JacksonWho Do I Talk To? - Neta JacksonWho Do I Lean On? - Neta JacksonThe Gun Seller - Hugh LaurieTraveling Mercies: Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottPlan B: Further Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottGrace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith - Anne LamottIt Happens Every Spring - Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman Summer Breeze - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanFalling For You Again - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanWinter Turns to Spring - Catherine Palmer & Gary ChapmanEast of Eden - John Steinbeck All of these books have been on my PBS wish list or bookshelves for at least a year, if not more.Alternates:
Mr. Monk is Miserable - Lee GoldbergThe Ten-Year Nap - Meg Wolitzer - could not finish this one. I think I gave it about 3 chapters before I gave up. Don't You Forget About Me - Jancee Dunn