Wow. There’s a lot of anxiety-inducing news going around. Between the corona virus, elections, and winter-time blues (Is it spring yet?) … we could probably all use a little encouragement.
Anyone else keep a gratitude journal? For well over ten years I did. Actually it was Continue reading
Texas is a big state. We have mountains, desert, forests, hill country, plains, and beaches! Hubby and I recently spent a few days at the Texas coast with his family. Yes, it was hot! But it was a nice time of relaxing and recharging. I thought I’d share a few facts with you about Texas beaches.
- Padre Island is the world’s largest barrier island–more than 200 square miles.
- There are several lighthouses to visit including Port Isabel and Lydia Ann. You can see the entire list here.
- Sea turtle rescue is a big thing on Padre Island.
- The Texas State Aquarium is right across the bay in Corpus Christi.
- You can also visit the USS Lexington which is now a floating museum.
- Moody Gardens are located in Galveston, which is only 60 miles south of Houston.
- Both Galveston and Port Aransas have been hit by hurricanes in recent years. Hurricane Harvey hit Port A in 2017 and Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008. Galveston was also the site of the deadliest hurricane in US history which made landfall in 1900 and killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people.
So while you might not want to visit the Texas coast during hurricane season, it is a nice spot the rest of the year. I think you’ll find the people friendly, the food delicious, and the views spectacular. What about you? What’s your favorite spot to visit in your state? Leave a comment below, and we’ll pull one winner to receive an autographed book from yours truly. Last week’s winner was Judy S. (Judy, you should have received an email from me today.)
Announcements for this week
- Paperback copies of Sarah’s Orphans and Joshua’s Mission are available in my online store for only $6 (which includes an autograph and free shipping). This special is good through 7-24.
- The anthology I’m participating in, Summer of Suspense, is releasing in 3 weeks. You can preorder at BN and Apple and Amazon. Pre-order price is 99c for 16 awesome inspirational romantic suspense novellas. These are all original stories.
- I’ll be in Shipshewana in August and signing books at the Empress Room in the Blue Gate Inn on Friday, August 2 from 12:30-4:30. Some fantastic authors of Amish fiction are going to be joining me, so if you’re in the area please do stop by!
So…how is your kitchen pantry looking? How full are your shelves? Do you have a bunch of food in there? Or is it kind of bare?
This is something I thought about as I was writing my new novel, Deep Shadows (book 1 in The Remnant series). The basic storyline is that the power goes out for a long time. A really long time–like 40 years. It goes out everywhere. You’ll have to read the book so see why.
But of course that started me thinking. How prepared am I for any type of emergency? I checked out my pantry. Didn’t look too good. I mean ONE BOX of mac and cheese? It’s only 33 cents. Why do I have only one box? So I challenged myself to purchase a few extra supplies. How do you like what I bought? We know and believe that God will care for us REGARDLESS of the circumstances around us. But part of his caring for us is providing us with resources, like an extra 33 cents to buy one more box of mac and cheese.
So tell me. How does YOUR pantry look?
PS-I’m still giving away one prize per week, so tell your friends to stop by and leave a comment. This week, I’ll give away one book from my booklist. You choose the title and whether you’d like an ebook or print book. Last week’s winner was Betty M.
Announcements for this week:
- Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads.
- You can read about last month’s Girlfriends Getaway on today’s RT Blog.
- Deep Shadows is still available for pre-order. This is a story about how communities come together when life drastically changes, and how our faith sustains us through those times. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
- My June rafflecopter is going strong, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and a $10 Starbucks card.
Thanks for stopping by!
Summer time has officially arrived in Texas! I know because my car’s digital display read 100 on the thermostat. Ouch! Actually we’ve been blessed with quite a bit of rain and generally cooler temperatures.
I love the change of seasons. Every time it happens, I say “THIS is my favorite season!” Some of the things I love to do Continue reading
New Years and Our Christian Walk
We’ve been talking about new year’s resolutions this month. We started with the UFO Challenge, then talked about Budgets and finally health resolutions. You can see all of those posts here.
Today I thought we’d talk about the most important resolutions of all — spiritual resolutions. Have you ever heard of such a Continue reading
Resolutions that Affect Your Health
So we’ve been talking resolutions. January is a good time to do that, right? Last week we talked about budgets. If you missed the post, folks chimed in with some good ideas. You can read about them here.
But of course finances aren’t the only types of resolutions we make. How about health resolutions? I’m not talking about dieting–that Continue reading
SIMPLE Ways to Clean Your Place
Who likes housework? Raise your hand and keep it up until you finish reading this blog. Ha ha.
Well, I kind of do like housework. It makes me happy to do it, and I love when it’s done. The problem is that I’m kind of busy! Aren’t we all? So how do we simplify this time-consuming task Continue reading
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
SIMPLE Ways to Eat Fresh
Last week we discussed ways to be healthy by getting up and moving around. Have you ever noticed that Amish families are outside a lot more? 🙂 We can also learn simpler ways of eating Continue reading
4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health, Part 1
I thought for the month of August that I would share some things I have observed while visiting the Amish–things that I think would improve our health. I’m not a nutritionist, but I am a mom and a wife and I like to think that I’m a fairly healthy person.
One thing I notice when I’m at an Amish home is that the women are very busy. It sort of wears me out to watch them. It’s not that they’re rushing around taking kids to soccer, etc. But they do Continue reading