Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Blessings!

As much as I enjoy Christmas, there is nothing that seems to open up my living room like taking the Christmas tree down. I don't know what it is about this particular year, but I didn't even get it up until two weeks before Christmas and our Christmas tree seemed to have serious psychological issues in that it fell not once, not twice, but five times! Maybe its feelings were really hurt. Anyways, as soon as the last presents were taken out from under the tree and it was looking all sad and forlorn, it fell for the final time. I took it down Christmas afternoon, simply because it obviously was tired and didn't want us to enjoy it anymore.

Something I did get to enjoy this year, however, was my beautiful nephew. Although I became an aunt when my sister got married five years ago with my niece, since she doesn't live with them, I didn't really feel like an aunt. The big surprise arrival of my nephew was the greatest Christmas gift that I could hope for! I have already purchased him a bib that says, "My Aunt Janis Loves Me." I am going to spoil him rotten!

When thinking about the next year, I have a few things that I want to work on. I am just going to narrow them down to the basics.

Eat less. Exercise more.
Spend Less. Save more.
Less of me. More of Him.

If I can just do these three things, everything else will fall into place. How was your Christmas?

Smiles and Loves!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Where is Janis?

What have I been up to? Here are a few pictures from the last few months.


Spent a relaxing weekend with my hubby in Panama City.


K turned 9.

Spent Halloween with Anakin Skywalker, Hannah Montana, and Snow White.

Working....

Studying....

Getting ready for Christmas. What have you been up to?

Don't forget to check out my book reviews at The Nearsighted Bookworm. There are some great Christmas books and children's books coming up!

Smiles and Loves!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thoughts I Am Thinking

How is it that when I have plenty of time (AKA this summer) that I didn't get any jobs and now that I am in the throes of school (AKA lots of reading) that I get 6-8 a week? I really don't get it, but that is why I haven't been doing much on the old blog. I have a regular client that I love to work for and she keeps me as busy as I want to be, but these little jobs from former clients of mine are what throws a wrench in my plans. I hate to turn down money (who does?), but sometimes I just want to stop working altogether and take a breath. Then my mind goes to "what if we need the money and I have severed all of these relationships. What will I do then?" This is what keeps me saying, "Yes" and then plowing through.

Other thoughts turn to Halloween. I have wanted to dress up the last few years and I finally took the plunge. Here is my skirt for my costume.

Isn't it cute? My mom gave me the idea and I found this one on ebay. I just love ebay. I figure I can wear it several Halloweens with a white shirt and keds. Put my hair up in a pony tail and I am ready to go. I am ready for Halloween!

I have renewed my commitment to Bible study this week. I have started "A Mom After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George and am really enjoying it. It has made my day much smoother all around. I don't know why I quit Bible study-I know that it is the most important part of the day.

I have also renewed my commitment to exercise and health. Notice I didn't say "diet." I am staying away from that word as it seems to make my body swell up with fat!LOL

I am trying to get my house in order, study for four classes, do 5 (of the 8 I got this week) more jobs, and take care of the kids (fall break). Juggling is what I do best!

How is your week going?

Smiles and Loves!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Maintain Your Life With God-Standing Tall



Our pastor asked us to read Jude this week to help reinforce his message to us. One part of Jude really stood out to me in my reading. Here are the verses from The Message:




20-21But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
22-23Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
24-25And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes
. (Jude 1:20-25)




The heading caught my eye first. In my Bible (The Message-NKJV Parallel Bible) the heading says "Maintain Your Life With God." This has been an issue with me. Working in the church as the nursery director means that I have been to church in the last year less than 10 times and I can see that this has a huge effect upon my relationship with God. I tell people that I am okay and that I can keep my relationship fresh by studying about Him at home, but it is not the same thing. I can tell a difference in my walk and life with Him.




The first thing that struck me in these verses is "build yourselves up." Jude didn't say that life with God would be easy. He said we have to build ourselves up in our faith by praying. How is my prayer life? Pretty non-existent for the most part.




The next part that hit me is "staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready..." Do I stand ready? Are my arms open and outstretched, ready for Him? I would like to think so, but I imagine that my arms are crossed and I am running around trying to do everything, rather than standing and waiting on Him.




"This is the unending life, the real life!" Do I live as if loving God is my main purpose? I show love to others, but that is not all there is to it. I once heard a preacher say, "Keep the main thing the main thing." Do I live as if God is first in my life?




"Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven." How many times do I turn away from sinners? I am called to love them. Not their sin, but them. Am I tender toward them?




"And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating..." Only God can keep me standing. Many times I put my faith in self, rather than in Him. He can keep me not only standing, but also standing tall, fresh, and celebrating. Who wouldn't want to describe their life in that way?




What hit you about these verses? Do you do everything possible to maintain your life with God? If not, you are in luck. God's mercies are new every single day. What could be better than that?




Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you*,






*Jude 1:2 NKJV


Monday, September 22, 2008

The Simple Woman Daybook September 22, 2008


For Today...




Outside my Window... I see beautiful green trees, grass, and bright sunshine.




I am thinking...that I need to make a schedule, so that I can get everything done in a day.




I am thankful for...doctors that will listen to you and take your symptoms seriously.




From the kitchen...tonight I am making Chicken Tettrazini. I want to make my husband his favorite cookies, but it will depend upon how my back feels later today.




I am wearing...blue jean capris and forest green top. Barefeet.




I am reading...a Tracey Bateman book that I got from the library.




I am hoping...that my husband will get to be off tomorrow and that we can find a laptop that fits our budget and needs.




I am creating...a plan for my life.




I am hearing...the television playing "Greenovate."




Around the house...much needs to be done. Maybe the kids will help me some when they get home, since I can't do a lot with my back.




One of my favorite things...chocolate




A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...buying a laptop, paying off my van, writing articles, and letting my back rest.




Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

I would love to be laying on my beach chair watching this view. Love the beach!


To read more, visit The Simple Woman. Have a blessed day!




Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekend Word










Thursday, September 18, 2008

Juggling Life and Pressing On


Where have I been? Summer flew by with great fun and enjoyment. Here is a summary of what I have been up to.




June-We went on vacation with my parents and my brother. We enjoyed watching the dolphins from the balcony and feeling the little bitty fish nibble our feet and legs. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next one.




July-I turned 37 on the 15th. It was a normal type day, except that my hubby got me a cookie cake (my favorite). We went to the Station House for dinner with my friend who has a birthday on the 13th over the weekend.




August-My baby started pre-K. It took me a few weeks to get over the fact that she was gone and the house was quiet, but I have started settling in now and am beginning to enjoy it. School started for me on the 20th.




September-Work, school, and back pain. My back is known for "going out" at the most unusual times. Buttoning my pants, putting on deoderant, getting koolaid off the shelf, and bending over are just a few of the activities that can set it off. It went out near the end of August and I went to the doctor only to find that my back was s-shaped. I did some physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and was feeling better, when...it went out again. So, I am dealing with it again. My desk chair is the only chair that I can get out of without a great deal of pain, sooo.....anyways, I am trying to take it easy. At least the muscle spasms haven't come with this back attack.




What has been up with you?




Here is my verse for today (it is quite fitting for where I am at today):








Pressing On,



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook September 10, 2008



For Today...


Outside my Window...Sun trying to peek through the clouds, freshly mowed yard


I am thinking..."I finally finished those last two articles!"


From the kitchen...Had boring Oats and Honey granola bar for breakfast...about to go fix me a couple of eggs for lunch


I am wearing...Jean capris, gray Lee University t-shirt


I am reading..."Isolation" by Travis Thrasher...more info on The Nearsighted Bookworm


I am hoping...that my back continues healing and that I can get some homework done later today


I am creating...Not in the mood to create lately


I am hearing...television playing "Army Wives" that I DVRed


Around the house...My house needs to be cleaned, but I am afraid I will mess up my back again. I will do some laundry in a bit and will stack the dishes for J (my son) to work on later.


One of my favorite things...is sitting at the beach reading a book. I hope I get to do that in October with my husband!


A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...cleaning some, two midterms, trying to get all of the information from my classes organized, working on more articles
To read more, visit Peggy!
Smiles and Loves,

Friday, May 30, 2008

Skid by Rene Gutteridge


This was a very fun and exciting read. Although it had many funny parts, it still had enough action in it to keep my attention. I really enjoyed it.



GREAT NEWS! I have one copy of Skid to give away to one lucky commenter. Leave me a comment telling me a joke or something funny and I will put you in a drawing for this wonderful book. Drawing will be June 7th.


About this Book:

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.


On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service. But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.


About the Author:


Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.


To purchase this book, click here.


Smiles and Loves!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Is It Summer Yet?


I can tell that my kids are ready to get out of school. The meltdowns that we are having every single morning tell me that they are ready to sleep late and hang out with mom.


Yesterday, J (son, 12) had his meltdown because his alarm did not go off at 6 and he didn't wake up until 6:30. Now, those of you who have had the pleasure of having my son sleep over know that he is up at the crack of dawn. If he doesn't get up when he wants to, woe to those who are around him. Yes, he had plenty of time to get ready, but he missed his show at 6 and that is catastropic to him.


This morning it was darling K (daughter, 8) who had on daisy duke shorts that I vetoed. She was not happy with me that I wanted her to wear shorts that cover her bottom. Darn that mom!LOL


The last two mornings, I left early to take them to school, simply because they were driving me bonkers. Am I a bad mom for wanting to only slow down and push them out of the van while driving by? I didn't do that, but I am just saying.....


Thank God it is just one more week. What are ya'll up to?


Smiles and Loves!


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Winners....

I have two winners today!
The winner of My Soul to Keep is WindyCindy.
And
The winner of A Mending at the Edge and Clearing In the Wild is Carole.
Thanks everyone for entering and come back for more! More giveaways are coming up soon!
Smiles and Loves,

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Winner of Do the Hard Thing Is....

WindyCindy!
Thanks to all that entered! Next giveaway is later this week!

The Winner of Do the Hard Thing Is....

Don't You Just Love My New Look?

I am just so excited about my new look that I won for free during the Bloggy Giveaways! Trisha did a marvelous job with it and I could not be happier. It is a great way to start off a new week!

What is up with me? I am still going to school, which has been quite a trial for me this semester. With three classes, work, kids, and life, my plate has been quite full. I had decided to take two classes during the first summer session as well, but my hubby has encouraged me to take the summer off. He keeps reminding me that "it is a marathon, not a sprint." That is very true, and, as it is A's last year at home (she starts school in August), it will give me a few weeks with her alone without the stress of school.

Otherwise, life is just trucking on. I am so excited about my life right now! Lots of things are beginning to come into focus. God is so good-all the time! What have you been up to?

Smiles and Loves!


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Blog Construction



Friday, April 25, 2008

A Mother's Heart Knows




Are you looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift for your mom? If so, you will want to check out A Mother's Heart Knows. This book is perfect for gift-giving to the favorite moms in your life. This touching book will be a great way to let her know exactly how much you love and appreciate her. To purchase this book, click here ( it is only $3.99 at Amazon! What a deal!).



About the Book:

What better way to tell Mom how much you appreciate her on Mother's Day than with this lovely reminder of thoughts about the loving, selfless attitudes that fill a mother's heart?

The text and original four-color illustrations will be a beautiful and touching reminder to Mom that her love is never forgotten. The text is a reminder of those things that only a mother's heart knows, with some special emphasis on a Christian mother. Appropriate Scripture verses will be incorporated into the design element.

All royalty proceeds from this book go to WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) and a student missionary scholarship fund. WINGS is a non-profit organization that provides a domestic violence shelter for women and their children in addition to transitional housing and programs.



Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Don't Forget....


I have three giveaways going on right now for books!

Do the Hard Thing

My Soul to Keep

Clearing in the Wild and A Mending at the Edge


To win, read the reviews for each and leave a comment!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Mending at the Edge by Jane Kirkpatrick


Let me tell you how much I love the writing of Jane Kirkpatrick. Historical fiction is my favorite and she writes this so well! The Change and Cherish series that this book is part of is full of stories of God's love. I have so enjoyed reading each one of these books and am looking forward to more!


*****Guess what? Yes, it is ANOTHER giveaway! This giveaway is for the 1st and 3rd books in the series! Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite type of fiction is and you will be put into the running for these books! Drawing will be on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Don't miss a chance for free books! Other giveaways are in progress now, so check the earlier posts!


About the Change and Cherish Series:

A Clearing in the Wild
Spirited young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of her 1850s religious community, which values conformity over independent thought, especially in women. Skeptical of the colony’s growing emphasis on preparing for “the last days,” Emma clashes with their increasingly autocratic leader—and faces the unexpected consequences of pursuing independence.

A Tendering in the Storm
This lyrical novel, based on an historical figure of the 1800s, follows the spirited and intelligent Emma Giesy, who achieves her goal of separating her family from the repressive religious community in which she grew up. But unexpected and dire consequences leave her family—and her faith—struggling to survive.

A Mending at the Edge
This richly textured novel, the third in the acclaimed Change and Cherish series, follows the historical figure of Emma Wagner Giesy, who chafes under the restrictions of her 1860s religious colony. When her bid to belong in her unique way unravels her most precious relationships, she seeks new ways to stitch meaning into her life.


About Jane:

Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two nonfiction books and fourteen historical novels, including the popular Kinship and Courage series. Her award-winning writing has appeared in more than fifty publications, including Sports Afield and Decision. She’s won the coveted Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor shared by such writers as Larry McMurtry and Barbara Kingsolver. Jane is a licensed clinical social worker as well as an internationally recognized speaker. She and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 acres in eastern Oregon.


To win this book, see the above instructions. If you would rather purchase it than try to get it for free (are you sure?) or if you just cannot wait to begin this wonderful series, then click here!


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox

If you enjoyed Carol's Fair Game, then you will love the newest book in this series, A Bride So Fair. To read the review and learn more about this book, visit my book review blog, The Nearsighted Bookworm.

Don't forget to sign up for my two giveaways that I am having! Scroll down for more information!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Soul to Keep by Melanie Wells


From the first page until the last page, I was kept mesmerized by the action of this book. Suspenseful twists and turns will keep you wanting to read. If you have been looking for a fast-paced, action-filled read, then you need look no further!


**Multnomah/RandomHouse has sent me a copy to give away! Don't forget to leave a comment to win your own copy of this wonderful book! Or you can purchase it here.


About this Book:

As nasty as I knew Peter Terry to be, I never expected him to start kidnapping kids. Much less a sweet, funny little boy with nothing to protect him but a few knock-kneed women, two rabbits and a staple gun…It’s psychology professor Dylan Foster’s favorite day of the academic year…graduation day. And her little friend Christine Zocci’s sixth birthday. But the joyful summer afternoon goes south when a little boy is snatched from a neighborhood park, setting off a chain of events that seen to lead nowhere.


The police are baffled, but Christine’s eerie connection with the kidnapped child sends Dylan on a chilling investigation of her own. Is the pasty, elusive stranger Peter Terry to blame? Exploding light bulbs, the deadly buzz of a Texas rattlesnake, and the vivid, disturbing dreams of a little girl are just pieces of a long trail of tantalizing clues leading Dylan in her dogged search for the truth.


About Melanie:

A native of the Texas panhandle and the child of musicians, Melanie Wells attended Southern Methodist University on a music scholarship (she's a fiddle player), and later completed graduate degrees in counseling psychology and Biblical studies at Our Lady of the Lake University and Dallas Theological Seminary.


She has taught at the graduate level at both OLLU and DTS, and has been in private practice as a counselor since 1992. She is the founder and director of LifeWorks counseling associates in Dallas, Texas, a collaborative community of creative therapists.


When the Day of Evil Comes is her first published work of fiction, and the first of a three-book series. The second work, The Soul Hunter was released in May, 2006. Melanie lives and writes in Dallas.


Don't forget to leave a comment to be put into a drawing to win My Soul to Keep. If you don't win, you can purchase it here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris


As a former youth leader, I have long been concerned with the lack of drive and passion that some teenagers seem to have for God. Not all, but some teenagers take a lacksadaisical approach to every facet of their lives, which leaves them lacking when they hit their adult years. This book is for those kids who fall for the lies of Satan during these very important teenage years. They can turn their teenage years into the beginning of a life filled with Godly purpose and do not have to live as the world lives. This book was written by teenagers for teenagers and would make a great book for youth leaders to give their youth or for parents to read and pass on to their own teenager.


Great News! I have one copy of Do Hard Things to give away! Scroll down to see how you can get put into the drawing!


About this Book:

With over 10 million hits to their website TheRebelution.com, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God.


Written when they were 18 years old, Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact.


Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.


About the Authors:

Alex and Brett Harris founded TheRebelution.com in August 2005 and today at age 19 are the most popular Christian teen writers on the Web. The twins are frequent contributors to Focus on the Family’s Boundless webzine, serve as the main speakers for the Rebelution Tour conferences, and have been featured in WORLD magazine, Breakaway, The Old Schoolhouse, and the New York Daily News. Sons of homeschool pioneer Gregg Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye), Alex and Brett live near Portland, Oregon.


To purchase this book for yourself or for a teenager that you love, click here.


I have one copy of this book to give away! To win a copy, leave me a comment on this post. Drawing will be on April 30th.


Smiles and Loves! Janis


Friday, April 11, 2008

If You Liked...

Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, you will love Nicole Seitz's Trouble the Water. To read more about Trouble the Water, visit my book review website, The Nearsighted Bookworm!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Outcasts of Skagaray by Andrew Clarke

The author of this book, Andrew Clarke, contacted me to to see if I would like to review his book, Outcasts of Skagaray. I enjoyed reading this book. The universal struggle between good and evil is seen in this fantasy fiction book very clearly. The fast paced action kept my interest and the meaning behind the story captured my heart. In this world, it is sometimes necessary to step out and make a stand for what you believe in. Tarran, the hero, is making a stand against centuries of beliefs of the Skagaray people. When he makes his stand, he finds that others join him in several different ways. This book is great for high schoolers or for adults with its exciting story and impactful message. To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

About this Book:
The world of Skagaray is dark and bleak but there is the possibility of beauty and goodness too. The people of Skagaray respect strength, and hardness, and make gods in their own image to please themselves. They reject those they consider weak, or unworthy, and make outcasts of them. But one among them rejects their cruelty, and will not take part in the brutality they call their Proving.

About the Author:
Andrew Clarke was born in Malta in 1953 of an Australian father and British mother. He lived in England and Australia and had several jobs before he served in the Australian Army Reserve. He then studied for four years at the University of New England and taught English and History in New South Wales high schools for twenty five years. Always a lover of books and stories, Clarke began writing at the age of seven. Outcasts of Skagaray was written in response to what he loved about reading the history of peoples like the Spartans, Romans, and Vikings. Clarke and his wife Elizabeth have five children and live in Inverell, New South Wales.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Amber Morn by Brandilyn Collins


I have long loved the writing of Brandilyn Collins and was very excited to get to review her latest book. This book is full of twists and turns, as well as God moments, that will have you enthralled from beginning to end. You will be delighted with this book that signals the end of the Kanner Lake series. If you love books with excitement and action, then you will want to read this book and check out the other writings of Brandilyn.


About this Book:

The whole thing couldn’t have taken more than sixty seconds.


Bailey hung on to the counter, dazed.


If she let go, she’d collapse—and the twitching fingers of the gunman would pull the trigger.


The rest of her group huddled in frozen shock.


Dear God, help us!


Tell me this is a dream . . .


The shooter’s teeth clenched. “ Anybody who moves is dead.”On a beautiful Saturday morning the nationally read “Scenes and Beans” bloggers gather at Java Joint for a special celebration. Chaos erupts when three gunmen burst in and take them all hostage. One person is shot and dumped outside.Police Chief Vince Edwards must negotiate with the desperate trio. The gunmen insist on communicating through the “comments” section of the blog—so all the world can hear their story. What they demand, Vince can’t possibly provide. But if he doesn’t, over a dozen beloved Kanner Lake citizens will die...


Amber Morn is the climactic finale to Collins’ widely read Kanner Lake series. All first three titles in the series, Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, and Crimson Eve, were bestsellers. Library Journal placed Crimson Eve on its Best Books of 2007 list, and hailed it the “Best Christian suspense of 2007.”


About Brandilyn:

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline


“Don’t forget to b r e a t h e …®”


Brandilyn writes for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins Publishers, and is currently at work on her 19th book. Her first, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. She’s also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons), and often teaches at writers conferences. Brandilyn blogs at Forensics and Faith. Visit her Website to read the first chapters of all her books.


To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


To read more book reviews, click here to visit my book review website, The Nearsighted Bookworm.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Generation NeXt Marriage by Tricia Goyer


Although my parents did not divorce and are still married, I find that there are things in their marriage that I do not want to repeat. The chapter, "Revisiting Role Models", was especially poignant to me. I remember as a child listening to my parents fight and that made me feel so insecure and scared. As a parent today, I try hard to not fight with my hubby in front of my children. I want them to see parents who love on each other with hugs, kisses, and kind words, instead of fighting and upheaval. My parents still loved each other, even when fighting, but as a child, I did not get that. Making sure my children know what a healthy marriage looks like is important, so that they will know what to look for in their own relationships. This book had several chapters that resonated with me, so I am sure that you will find information that you will find helpful in strengthening your marriage.


About this Book:

Do you still find yourself humming the love songs of the 80s and 90s?


Do you still believe that every marriage should be between soul mates?


But -- do you wonder how you can succeed at love and marriage when the generation you grew up in didn't?


Marriage isn't what it used to be-it can be better than ever.


If you are a Gen Xer, your marriage has challenges and potentials that no other generation has known. A Gen Xer herself, Tricia Goyer offers realistic help to achieve the God-honoring marriage you long for. She includes:


·Ways to protect your marriage despite the broken relationships modeled in your youth


·Stories, suggestions, and confessions from fellow Gen Xers facing the "What now?" question of real-life marriage


·Advice from the ultimate marriage survival guide: the Bible·Stats, quizzes, sidebars, and study questions related to this "relationally challenged" time in history


·Practical helps for negotiating kids, work, sex, money, and dirty laundry-sometimes all in the same evening


If you are part of a generation of adults who don't want to bow to their culture or live and love like their parents did -- this book is for you.


About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.


To learn more about keeping your marriage strong and healthy, you can purchase it here or here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis




Friday, April 4, 2008

When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty


I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read that had me guessing until the end. If you like fun mysteries then you need look no further!

About this Book:

It’s an ordinary afternoon in Summer Breeze, Florida, when a young, wide-eyed girl steps into I Saw It First, the trash-to-treasure shop Christy Castleman and her Aunt Bobbie have opened. Clutching a jewelry box, Zeffie Adams tells Christy she needs money to pay her grandmother’s medical bills, prompting Christy to offer this curious visitor more than the jewelry box is worth–or so she thinks.


But complicated questions form when Christy rips out the box’s lining and uncovers a clue to a cold case murder mystery from eight years ago. Despite warnings from her family and handsome boyfriend Dan Brockman, Christy decides to do a little detective work of her own. After all, the infamous murder happened close to her grandmother’s farm. How risky could it be to take the jewelry box back to the Strickland plantation and ask around about it?


Soon Christy finds there is more to the small box than someone wants her to know. A jewelry theft. A mansion murder. Dangerous family secrets buried in history. Can Christy convince others to let go of the past before it’s too late?


About the Author:

Peggy Darty is the award-winning author of twenty-seven books, including two other cozy mysteries set in Summer Breeze, Florida: When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues. She has worked in film, researched for CBS, and led writing workshops around the country. Darty and her husband call Alabama home but spend a great deal of time in Colorado, Montana, and on Florida’s Emerald Coast.


To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Forgotten Gospel by Mark McGrath


This book was written to those of us for whom evangelizing does not come naturally. The author says that only 10% of us have this gift, which lives 90% of us who struggle with sharing the Word. I am part of that 90%. It has never come very naturally to me. I liked his thoughts regarding what we need to concentrate on when evangelizing. The cross is usually where we start, but that is not how Jesus did it. We need to concentrate more on the resurrection and the hope that came with that. It is important that every Christian learn how to spread the Word. That is what this book is all about. I really enjoyed this book and am even going to reread it to soak more of it in. To learn more about this book or to purchase it, visit http://www.aforgottengospel.com/.


About this Book:

Does the thought of obeying the Great Commission make you feel inadequate, unprepared or just plain nervous? Have you encountered quizzical looks or outright laughter when using words like “God,” “sinfulness” or “salvation” in conversations? Are you uncomfortable about sharing your faith because you don’t want to alienate friends and family from on-going conversations? While all of these issues are common and understandable, even a quick reading of the Book of Acts shows that New Testament believers didn't share these same struggles. What was their secret? While preparing to teach the basics of evangelism to his church, one pastor noticed that today’s popular witnessing techniques were very different from those used by first-century believers. Digging further, he saw that every gospel presentation in the Book of Acts contained the same essential elements and emphasized one central theme. A Forgotten Gospel explains the same easily remembered, New Testament method that’s been taught on university campuses and churches in the U.S. and England. You’ll learn how to use this same flexible approach to effectively communicate the good news. No longer will you wonder what to say or how to say it. By following the conversational approach explained in A Forgotten Gospel, you'll be ready to clearly and confidently share your faith without alienating friends and loved ones.


About the Author:

As a church-planting pastor for 25 years, Mark McGrath has struggled to reach non-believers with the gospel, finding surprising answers to his questions in the gospel presentations made in the Book of Acts. He has started churches in New York, New Jersey and Great Britain, conducted evangelism-training programs for churches around the world, and has run a school of evangelism.

Mark conducts evangelism training with several national Campus ministries at Rutgers University in New Jersey and has launched an updated version of both the weekend and small group evangelism seminars he developed. These seminars will be available to churches across the U.S. An accomplished speaker and trainer, Mark owns a communications skills training company that provides training and coaching in communication, facilitation, listening and meeting leadership skills to executives and professionals.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Winners Are....

Experiencing the Resurrection goes to Carolynn W.
and
Family Squeeze goes to Carole!
Thank you for all of the entries ladies!
Keep looking for more giveaways coming soon!
Blessings! Janis

Monday, March 24, 2008

Family Squeeze by Phil Callaway


This book was a funny and inspiring read all rolled up into one. I just cannot say enough about this book. It was easy to read and has so much meaning in the laughter and stories.


Warning: Giveaway Ahead! Scroll Down!


About the Book:

You’re in the “Middle Ages”–sandwiched between the “greatest generation” and the “gimme” generations, busily juggling both with no relief in sight. Children are driving, and parents are not. Money is tight and so are your favorite jeans. And things that never ached before are beginning to give you trouble! For every baby boomer who wonders if it’s possible to navigate the Middle Ages with grace and style, Phil Callaway offers plenty of hope and a little hilarity, too. Because there’s nothing like a smile to make wrinkles less noticeable.


About Phil:

Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” author, speaker, and television host Phil Callaway has written twenty books, many of them bestsellers and is a popular speaker at conferences, camps and marriage retreats, coaxing laughter and tears from audiences worldwide. Of his personal accomplishments he rates the following highest: shutting off the TV to listen to his children’s questions (twice), taking out the garbage without being told (once), and convincing his high school sweetheart Ramona to marry him (once).


I have a copy of this one to give away! To enter, tell me something funny about your family. Drawing will be on April Fool's Day, April 1st!


To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, March 21, 2008

Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry and Melvin Blackaby


This is a perfect book for Holy Week, which just so happens to be this week. I have enjoyed reading it and reflecting on the meaning of the events of Easter. It, of course, can be read any time of the year, but it is more meaningful around this time of the year, when so much emphasis is on the more commercialized meaning of Easter.


I Have A Giveaway For This One! Scroll Down For More Information!


About the Book:

What does the resurrection of Christ really mean for us? What does it reveal about the heart and mind of God? And what real differences can the miracle of the resurrection make in your life today?

Discover answers to those and other questions as you examine God’s Word with this companion study guide to the book Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry Blackaby and Melvin Blackaby.

Packed with practical notes, advice, and questions for reflection, this highly interactive guide—ideal for small group or individual use—shows you how to witness Christ’s resurrection in and through your life. Each chapter of the book is explored in a flexible one-week format with “life change objectives” that arise from applying the truth for each day to your life.


About the Authors:

Dr. Henry Blackaby, president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling classic Experiencing God. He has spent his life in ministry, serving as a music director and as a senior pastor for churches in California and Canada. Today he provides consultative leadership on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on a global level. He and his wife make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Melvin Blackaby coauthored with his father, Henry Blackaby, the Gold Medallion winner Experiencing God Together. He travels extensively as a conference speaker. He and his wife and their three children live in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church.


To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


Great News! I have one copy of this little gem to give away to one of my readers! Leave a comment telling me what Jesus means to you and be entered into a drawing for your very own copy! Drawing will be Monday, March 31st!


Blessings to you! Janis

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Winners Are...

The winners of "Hope Through the Journey of Cancer" are Katie and Grateful Gramma! Thanks everyone for entering!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seeing Through the Lies by Vonda Skelton


Are you tired of the lies that Satan feeds you? I certainly am. This book exposes those common lies that Satan uses to stop us women from fulfilling our potential. It came at a very good time for me and I am sure that you will find it very revealing and inspiring.


About this Book:


We have been seduced by half-truths and whole lies since time began. Remember the garden? In Seeing Through the Lies, author and speaker Vonda Skelton humorously addresses the disappointments women experience as they search for truth while believing a lie. Each chapter opens with amusing anecdotes from real life and ends with answers and guidance straight from God s Word. Exploring topics such as pride, fear, motherhood, and the busyness of life, 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 ends with five steps for exposing the lie and embracing the truth of God s Word.

Are you striving to be a woman of excellence, but feel you're landing somewhere between mediocre and unfit?
Do you want to be your husband's lover, but feel more like his mother?
Are you convinced that busyness is next to godliness?
Are you trying so hard to be everything to everybody that you feel like you're nobody to anybody?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone--you've simply fallen victim to the lies of Satan! But you don't have to be seduced by his masquerade any longer. Join the fun as we take a hilarious journey through all things female on our search for real truth in a counterfeit world.

From spider veins and webs of deceit to cartoon characters and feminist funnies, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe will help you recognize the lies and take joy in the light of His Truth.The suggested Bible readings, small group discussion questions, and meditations on the very words of Jesus will help you discover not only the lies that bind you, but the keys that set you free.

Listen, girlfriend, it doesn't matter who you are or where you've been or what you've done, God is ready to give you a fresh start on a new life--one that can only come through the acceptance of His unchanging truth.


About Vonda:

Vonda Skelton is an entertaining speaker with a heart for women and their families. Her first women's book, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe, "takes a hilarious look at all things female as we search for truth in a counterfeit world." Her first two books are part of the Bitsy Mystery Series for children 8-14 years old. The third book in the series, Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island, will be released in the spring of 2008.


An RN and freelance writer, Vonda's articles frequently appear in magazines such as HomeLife, Christian Single, Focus on the Family publications, and New Man Magazine. An award-winning playwright and lyricist, her scripts have been performed in churches around the country. She is a frequent instructor at writer's conferences and enjoys mentoring and encouraging new writers.


As one who tries--and often fails--to be like Christ, Vonda is thankful God continues to take her messes and use them for His glory!


Great news! Vonda has created a gift basket for readers of the blog tour for her new book. By leaving a comment on my blog, you will be in the running for a gift basket that you will absolutely flip over. Here are the contents:



Designer Gift Box (looks like a piece of luggage with the words "Faith, Family, Friends" on the exterior).
One copy each of three books by the author: Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe, Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island, Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island.
A stretchy bracelet with Sterling Silver Beads, Gold Swarovski Pearls, Turquoise and Blue Zircon Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Masquerade Mask Charm.
Bookmark custom-made with Sterling Silver Beads, Gold Swarovski Pearls, Turquoise, Blue Zircon and Clear Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Masquerade Mask Charm on a 4.75 inch Silver Plated Bookmark.
Gold Tri-fold picture frame.
Pewter-colored oval picture frame.
Jeweled decorated cross.
Peanut caramel clusters.
Caramel Truffles.
Mini-Yankee Candle.
Three-pack sample tea bags.
Sample Columbian Supremo Coffee.
Oh My! Itty Bitty Chai Packet.


Don't forget to leave a comment! To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


Have a blessed day! Janis

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Winner of The Next Level Is....

Stamped With Grace!

Visit her here and congratulate her! Come back soon for other giveaways, including the one that I will draw for later this week! Blessings to you!

Janis

16 Years Ago Today...


My boyfriend (my husband today) called me and told me that my best friend was killed in a car accident. Since then, this day has not been about wearing green, but about remembering her life, her laughter, and the fun that she brought into my life. Here is my memorial to my best friend forever, Kelly Franklin.


Sixteen years it has been since I have laughed with you and spent time with you. It is almost a lifetime, since it was almost half of my life ago. You were gone much too soon, my friend. Twenty years old is much too soon to leave the earth. You had sooo much to look forward to in your life. My life has changed so much since that Tuesday sixteen years ago. I am now a wife and a mom (One of which I named after you). You would have been such a wonderful "aunt" for my kids. They will never know what fun and joy you could have brought into their lives. Even 16 years later, I have not found someone to replace you. Yes, there are those who come close, but no one else can make me laugh and have fun like you. Maybe it was the time of life that we were in when we were friends, but I am so sure that we would still be friends today. We loved each other so much. It is hard to think about that day that I railed against God for taking you. It was like my heart had been torn out of my chest. It shaped every step that I took from that moment. It was hard to let people in to get to know the real me after that. I can only say that within the last three years have I been able to shed some of that pain and hurt and allow myself to be known as I truly am. You are so loved and so missed here by me, your parents, your sister, your brother, and so many more people who were so touched by your life. You will always be my sister of the heart, KA. I love you.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

How to Survive Your Teen's Pregnancy


Teenage pregnancy is a problem that many Christian families find themselves faced with. This book is for the parents of that teenager who is pregnant. Practical advice from beginning to end to help you make it through this journey with your child. From the doctor's appointment to telling friends to supporting your child to the birth of the baby, you will find each step that you will be going through. This can help you to survive this journey with your child with both your Christianity and relationship intact. I was this pregnant college kid almost 13 years ago and I wish that my mom and I had found information like this. It can happen in any family, even if you go to church, love God, and have wonderful parents.


About this Book:

Written in a devotional format, the author uses her twelve years of pregnancy center counseling experience to lovingly address the issues facing the parents of a pregnant teenager. Real-life stories, practical help, and creative activities provide Biblical insights for successfully navigating this difficult situation.


About the Author:

Linda Ellen Perry ahs counseled hundreds of families since 1990 as the Executive Director of Assist Crisis Pregnancy Center in Annandale, Virginia. She has seen the Lord turn the sorrow of an unexpected pregnancy into joy.


To purchase this book yourself, you can go here or here.


Have a blessed day! Janis

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hope for the Journey Through Cancer by Yvonne Ortega


If you or someone you know has cancer, you know how it can disrupt your life. Hearing that you have cancer can strike fear into even the strongest of person and this book can help you to keep your faith and hope through this scary journey. This book is full of inspirational readings that can keep you focused on God through this part of your life. It is transparent and written by someone who has been there. If you are on a journey through cancer or know someone who is, you will want to pick up this book or enter the contest to win one of two copies of this book.


About this Book:

Would you go to work wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves? Yvonne Ortega did during aggressive chemotherapy. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's important to realize that cancer is a difficult illness to face. Ortega gives a message of hope and encouragement for those who are struggling with the devastating effects of cancer in her book Hope for the Journey through Cancer.


The book offers 60 short inspirational readings, each containing a part of Ortega's own story from diagnosis to recovery. She shares her personal triumphs and setbacks with humor and refreshing candor, with hope builders to remind us that even when it looks like we are alone, God is with us each step of the way. Hope for the Journey through Cancer is written in a caring and compassionate voice from one who has been there.

Ortega says, "Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a devastating experience. Our lives are never the same. We are not losing our minds. We are frightened, and this is natural. It's okay to cry. If we look around, we will see we are not alone. God would never think of abandoning us." In sharing this experience, Ortega helps readers see that, though cancer is a difficult illness to face, they do not have to face it alone.


About Yvonne:

Yvonne Ortega is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner, a clinically certified domestic violence counselor, and a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling. She celebrates her sixth year as a breast cancer survivor. Ortega is an inspirational speaker to groups of all sizes and makes her residence in Yorktown, Virginia.




If you or someone you know is going through a cancer journey of their own, enter to win a copy of this book. All you have to do is leave a comment and you will be in the drawing. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 19th.


Be Blessed! Janis

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Next Level by David Gregory


Parables were Jesus' way of bringing knowledge to His world and they have the same power today. In The Next Level, you will find yourself looking at your own life in a new way to have you considering what your life purpose is. It is an easy read that makes you think about your own life and its God-given purpose. If you have been looking for that next level in your life, then this is the book that you will want to read.


About this Book:

Business degree in hand, Logan enters the immense Universal Systems building and is hired as an organizational analyst – a trouble-shooter. His job: evaluate the company’s five divisions, each on a separate level and each operating on startlingly unique principles. Which set of principles is successful? Why is most of the company’s profit generated by one tiny division? What is real profit, anyway? And who is the enigmatic executive that Logan ends up reporting to?


Logan engages in a life-changing pursuit for The Next Level—a fascinating parable that will help readers answer some of life’s most perplexing, vital questions. Joining Logan in evaluating each level’s approach, readers will be inspired to consider the big picture of their own life from an entirely different perspective – one that holds the key to life’s ultimate purpose. No matter where you are now, get ready to embark on your own passionate pursuit of The Next Level.


About the Author:

David Gregory is the author of the best-selling books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, and coauthor of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning graduate degrees from The University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. A native Texan, David now lives in Oregon and devotes himself to writing full time.


Great news! I have a giveaway copy of this one - compliments of Waterbrook Press! To enter, leave a comment. I will draw for it on Monday, March 17th.


To check this book out for yourself, you can click here or here. To read more of my book reviews, visit me at The Nearsighted Bookworm.


Have a blessed day! Janis

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Taming Rafe at The Nearsighted Bookworm


Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the blog tour for Taming Rafe over at The Nearsighted Bookworm. To read the full review and learn about how to enter Susan's contest, visit me over there! This book was such a joy to read and was perfect for taking me away from the sickness that has been reigning in my home for the past 13 days.


Yes, the germs are still in control over here at Dandelion Momma's house. If I had a dime for every temperature we have had, cough that we have coughed, and nose that has been blown, I would be a rich momma. Unfortunately, there are no dimes and no rest for momma's with sick kidlets.


How are you doing this week? I hope you are well! Be Blessed! Janis


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Book Reviews, Life, and Other Stuff

Normally, I review Christian fiction on my blog at The Nearsighted Bookworm, but I have been privileged this week to get to review two non-fiction books that I think that you will enjoy. The first, "The Mom I Want to Be," explores how we move past our past experiences to become the mom that we are desiring to be deep in our heart. T. Suzanne Eller wrote this wonderful book that I really enjoyed.

The second book, "Closer Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy With God," is full of Susan Hill's personal experiences of her journey to a closer walk with God. This book came at a time that I really needed some encouragement and was such a blessing to me. To learn more about these two books, jump over to The Nearsighted Bookworm to read the reviews. I also have a giveaway going on that ends Friday for the fictional book, "Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear," if you are interested.

Life just goes on and on and on. Here is a countdown of my last week:

Last Tuesday-Thursday-My four-year old has stomach virus. Not fun.
Last Friday-Sunday-My eight-year old goes from fever and not feeling well on Friday night and Saturday to stomach virus on Sunday. Still not fun.
Monday-My twelve year old stays home from school with fever, cough, and congestion.
Tuesday-My four year old and hubby have fever and not feeling well
Wednesday-Repeat of yesterday so far.

What is going on in my house? I am going to bathe it in Lysol today. It is soooo getting on my nerves! Oh, that is not to mention the Two tests that I need to do this week for New Testament Survey and Sociology, nor the fifteen articles and 15 rewrites that I needed to get done this week. If you think about it, send up a prayer for me! I am sure going to need it! I am down to 1 test, 13 articles and 7 rewrites as of this minute. I am going to go curl up on the couch with my sick baby and work on the laptop for the rest of the day. What has your week been like? I hope that everyone is well!

Have a blessed day! Janis

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day Recap


I can definitely say without a doubt that yesterday was the best Valentine's Day that I have ever had. No, I did not get diamonds or gold, but I got something much more important. I had the pleasure (and pride) of watching my family love on each other. I decided that we were each going to tell or write a note to each other describing why we love them. I wrote my notes to my hubby and the kids, KA wrote her notes, A just told each person that she loves them (she is just 4), J went around to each person and told why he loved them and played us a song on his sax, and my hubby told each child and me what he loved most about each of us. It had me crying at a few points, just because it was so touching. I bought the kidlets some candy and hubby brought them candy as well. We turned it from just a holiday for us to a holiday for the entire family, which was so much better. Yes, I did receive my coveted box of Turtles that I receive every year, but I also received a memory that will last a lifetime, which is much longer than the Turtles will last! What did you do for Valentine's Day?


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Things I Love...


As today is Valentine's Day, what else would we discuss today?


I love...


-To watch my husband with our children. Nothing else melts my heart quite as much as this.


-To watch my children playing together. No, not when they are fighting, but when they are actually getting along.


-To walk through a bookstore with no purpose in mind.


-To walk through a thrift store with no purpose in mind.


-To talk to my husband in bed late at night.


-To pick up my children from school every day.


-To write an article and get a compliment on it.


-To talk to my friends about nothing at all.


-To curl up on the couch, under a blanket, and read a good book.


-To surprise my husband.


-To watch my daughters curl up in their daddy's lap.


-To watch the kids swarm their dad when he comes home at night.


-To hug.


-To have time to cook cookies and other treats for my kids.


-To sit in my mom's lap (yes, still at the age of 36 and much too heavy).


-To sit on the couch with my dad.


-To send cards to friends and family.


-To learn.


-To make my house into a home.


-My friends.


-My family.


What do you love? Have a day filled with love and enjoyment!


Smiles! Janis

 

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