Archive | April 2014

Two Book Giveaway…

I love to sign up for book giveaways and have won some along the way since I started doing this about 4-5 years ago. I rarely ever win anything else I sign up for, so it is always a blessing to receive an email stating I won a book giveaway and since I love books – it is a big treat!

Here is a book giveaway – it is in the time era of WWII and it is a new author I have never heard of or read, so I signed up for it. I am posting the giveaway information below so you can go and leave a comment and read the interview of the author and read some about the books he is giving away. They sound like good reads and I truly like to read anything set in the time era of WWII. There are so many stories that come from that era. I had an uncle who served and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and he shared his experiences with me once and ever since I have been interested in reading and learning more about what happened during that long, tragic war.

Here is the information:
(This giveaway is only open to followers of Christian Book Review Blog, so be sure you are a follower!)
Bruce has generously offered to giveaway TWO (print copy) sets of both Katia and For Maria to two special winners! Print giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on Saturday May 10, 2014 at midnight (Eastern time).

Author is Bruce Judisch and the books are called:
Katia and For Maria. One of each of the books will be given to two winners.

You can read more about Bruce at his website:

Here is the link to the webpage for the giveaway:

Best wishes!!

For Maria - book giveaway by Bruce Judisch

Katia - book giveaway by Bruce Judisch


Under the Cajun Moon, by Mindy Starns Clark

Under the Cajun Moon, by Minday Starns Clark

New Orleans may be known as the “Big Easy,” but none of it was easy for Chole Ledet, international business etiquette expert. She left New Orleans, her parents, and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. She learns that her father has been shot and she rushes back home to be by his side and handle his affairs. She soon finds herself being charged with murdering her father’s lawyer, his best friend, but she learns of long hidden secrets that changes all she knew to be true about her and her family and is not sure she can trust anyone.

A person from her past helps lead her on a search for priceless treasure that is part of the roots of Louisiana, but can she trust him or will this only put her in greater danger? Can she learn to lean on God or will this drive her further away from His love and grace?

This story keeps you guessing to the end about who is behind the murders and disappearances of people dear to her family. It has history all the way from France to the first settlers on American soil. A full, enjoyable read and loved how it kept me wondering who was behind it all until the last 3-4 chapters of the book. It was difficult to leave this book lie until I had time to come back to it. If you like mysteries, you would enjoy this book!

The Mailbox – by Marybeth Whalen

When Lindsay Adams first vacations in Sunset Beach, North Carolina and visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox on the beach she has no idea that 20 years later she will visit it again pouring out her heart in letters about the best and worst parts of her life.

After her husband leaves her and their two kids she struggles to put her sorrow into words when she returns to Sunset for a vacation. When she visits the mailbox on the beach memories surface of her first love, Campbell Forrester and the rejection she experienced from him. When Campbell comes back into her life, Lindsay must decide whether to trust in love again or guard herself from greater pain. She prays and asks God to show her what to do. She and Campbell are given a second chance, but can they both come to terms with what happened in the past and move beyond it.

The Mailbox is a real landmark on the coast of North Carolina.

This was an enjoyable read and one I would pass on to others. It is a story about forgiving the hurts of the past, having faith to move ahead and the beauty of second chances. This was the first book I had read of Marybeth Whalen’s, but I would enjoy reading this authors future writings.

The Mailbox, by Marybeth Whalen

Crocheted coasters…

I just completed my third set of these coasters and wanted to share this project with those interested in crocheting or knitting.

I used the Peaches and Cream yarn that can be found at most stores that carry yarn – I got mine at WalMart. One skein was all I needed to make these 4 – might be able to get 6 out of one skein, but I did not try that. This calls for 1/2 inch wooden pony beads as well. I used the I-9 US crochet hook.

I chained 15 and then started SC in the second chain from hook and SC to the end. Continue to SC each row until the coaster measures 3 1/2 inches from beginning row. If you want it wider up to 4 inches, just add more stitches before continuing to the second row. Cast off and weave the ends into the back of the coaster. For the corner tassels I used 3 strands (you could use 2) and threaded them through the corners of the coaster and then through the pony beads. Knot ends close to the bead and trim the tassel ends so they are even.

Makes a perfect gift!

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Orange City, Iowa Tulip Festival

Every year on the third weekend in May the Tulip Festival is held in a small town called Orange City, Iowa. This year will be their 74th year! It is fun to go see them in their parades wearing the authentic Dutch clothing and wooden Dutch shoes. They have multiple events going on for 3 days starting on Thursday May 15th and running until Saturday evening on May 17th this year. There is music and dancing in full Dutch attire, a theater production called “The Music Man” this year, the picking of the Dutch Queen who reigns over festivities, many windmills on display – including their Chamber of Commerce housed in a large windmill, Dutch delicacies to eat – lots of good food vendors, exhibits of people’s art, street scrubbing each day, a carnival midway, and so many other events are slated to take place. And not to mention the hundreds of tulips you can see in a variety of colors each year – they are just beautiful! You can also stop and have a pair of wooden shoes made in your size while you are enjoying other events – beautifully handcrafted! There are little stores that feature a lot of Dutch made products for sale that one can take home souvenirs of their visit. Always a lot to see and do and a great time for the whole family.

A little history about the town of Orange City, Iowa. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 6,004 people – this could be due in part to Northwestern College, a Christian liberal arts college with a little over 1200 students in attendance. The town was first called “Holland,” but was later changed in honor of Dutch royalty named after William of Orange. It is best known for its Dutch heritage and their celebration of the Tulip Festival every May. It is the county seat of Sioux County in N.W. Iowa. Many of the cities buildings are faced with Dutch architectural fronts and their courthouse is on the National Register of Historic places. Courthouse photo: Sioux_county_ia_courthouse

The town was founded in 1870 by some people from Pella, Iowa – who also hold a Tulip festival each year. The settlers were looking for cheaper and better land. Northwest Iowa has some of the richest black dirt excellent for growing!

Orange City is a nice little town to visit and the town comes alive during the Tulip Festival every year. To see all they have to offer this year for events, please check out the link below for photos and what is planned for this years celebration.

Orange City, Iowa Tulip Festival – schedule of events

Thankful for answered prayer…

Well, I am happy to say that my father is improving each day and is able to do more for himself and my dog is back to her happy, active self! God has answered prayers on both levels and things have gotten somewhat back to normal. I apologize if people have sent me emails and I have not returned them. I am working my way through the multiple emails I have received in the last couple of weeks and answering them as I come to them. I will get in touch as soon as I can and just asking for your patience.

It is starting to feel more like Spring here in Iowa, but I see next week it is to be chilly again, as it was here this past Wednesday with high winds. Tomorrow it is to be mid 70’s with winds of 5 MPH and I am thinking I would like to be out digging in the dirt a little if the ground is not to wet from the little bit of rain we got last evening. The wind has been blowing the last 2 days quite hard, so it may be dry by tomorrow afternoon.

There is something therapeutic about digging in the dirt! I find it relaxes me and I enjoy it! I like to pray or think on things while I am digging in the dirt and I do not take my cell phone with me – people can leave a message and I will get back to them – it is just a time to unwind and become one with nature! Soon it will be time to start mowing also and I find that is a good time to pray or think on things and work out issues. The grass is now starting to turn a pretty lush green and will likely need to be mowed soon with all the rain chances they state we are to get in the next few days. I can hear the birds singing cheerfully outside my window as I write this – always a perfect sign Spring has arrived. The robins are plentiful and busy checking the yard for worms. I must say that Spring in my most favorite season of the year because everything is fresh and new.

Easter came late this year, my family had a noon meal on Sunday of Scalloped potatoes and ham with a lot of other goodies – always more than enough food and all of it good! We had great fellowship and enjoyed visiting afterward catching up on what everyone has been up to. I hope and pray you all had a beautiful Easter and that you enjoyed celebrating the real reason for the season – the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah.

I am still seeking full-time work and ask for pray about this. I have never had such a difficult time finding work in my area, but there just has not been much out there to apply for. I know God can move mountains and answer prayers that seem hopeless, like the job market presently looks now, I have seen it happen more times than not, so I am trusting there will be something come open soon, but would appreciate anyone who can lift a prayer for me in regards to this. My unemployment will be ending soon and I am trusting God will answer before that runs out. Thank you to those who lift my situation up – may God bless you!

Thank you to all of the new followers – I hope to be more plugged into my blog now that things have quieted down here some and I welcome you!

I will close and hope to post more soon!


Reason for limited postings…

I just wanted to let everyone know that my limited posting has been because life has gotten hectic here and I wanted to apologize for not doing as I did when I started out.

Over the last month I have had to take parents to multiple doctor’s visits and after a hospitalization, my father is home and I am needing to assist him with getting around and tasks he normally does until he gets back on his feet. I also came home from working at my sister’s store on Saturday to have my dog, who loves to run near my vehicle, get entangled some how in the under carriage of my car and I apparently dragged her a short distance, so I am now nursing her as well. Her name is Zoi and she is just sore, no broken bones or damage the vet tells me thankfully – I was just sick when it happened. She has some pain pills that I can give her and yesterday she started acting like more herself – although she is still limited on the things she used to do, but the vet assures me she will get back to her old self.

So needless to say there has been a lot of things going on here to keep me away from my computer, but it is my hope to get back to my posting soon and so my apologies for the lack of.

I hope and pray you all have a blessed Easter coming up this next weekend!

Lori (Lorlyn)