The MacGregor Legacy - From Scotland to the Carolinas

(Book 1 - For Love or Loyalty) (Book 2 - For Love or Country) (Book 3 - For Love or Liberty)

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Awakened Redemption (Inspirational Regency)

1815 England - A story that pierces the heart and captures the Regency era.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Watching God Work Through Children

Our neighbors from India have a little seven-year-old boy that has been fighting blood cancer for two years. He gets chemo monthly and a few months ago Make A Wish Foundation granted his wish to go to Disney World. We've been living beside them for nine months and I just found out about his cancer a few weeks ago.

Because of his strange behaviors in the past, some of the other children in the neighborhood have stopped playing with him and have left him alone and isolated. He really needs other children to play with and his mother explained all of this to me asking if my daughter could play with him. My daughter is nine and most of the friends she plays with are girls. The boys in the neighborhood are really too old for him. I told her that he could definitely play with my daughter anytime.

Well, I didn't realize how he would be over everyday. My husband says he literally waits in the yard for my daughter to get home and he follows her around as soon as she gets in. He writes her cute little letters. However, I'm noticing that my daughter needs a break some and she's wanting some alone time with the girls. She feels uncomfortable having him around when they're doing "girlie things" like painting their toenails, fixing up their hair, playing dress-up, etc. He gets bored because he wants to be out riding bikes, swinging, playing "boy-things."

Yesterday at dinner, we discovered that my daughter told him,"I don't want to play with you today, I just want to play with the girls." He left feeling sad and hurt. We asked her how she would feel if one of her friends said the same thing to her. Her response was, "But, Mommy, I was nice when I said it. I wasn't mean at all." I tried to explain that there's no nice way to tell someone you don't want to play with them. Yet, I didn't want to force her. I know she needs some down time once in a while.

She was so upset that she couldn't finish dinner and told us she thought she should go over and apologize. We told her we thought it would be a good idea. She went by herself, still wiping tears from her face, and told him that she didn't mean to hurt his feelings and that she could play with him tomorrow. We were so proud of her. When she came back. She finally stopped crying and could finish eating her dinner.

I'm going to give her some suggestions as to how to tell him when she wants to play "girlie things" with the girls without hurting his feelings. She could simply let him know that they are going to paint nails and put on make-up. I feel quite certain he wouldn't want to participate, and hopefully, this wouldn't hurt his feelings.

It was hard to watch her cry as she realized what she had done. Yet, I knew she needed to be told and that we had to make her aware of being sensitive of his feelings. Without us telling her, she knew the right thing to do, and she did it.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Off to Disney!

The photos to the right are of my husband and I at Medieval Times in 2002.

It won't be long and we'll be off to Disney! This is the third trip to Disney for my husband and I, but the second trip for my daughter, and the first for two of her friends. My daughter was four on her last trip and now she's nine. She says she doesn't remember it, so I'm hoping this will be the trip she'll remember. This time she's old enough to ride a lot of the rides she couldn't ride last time.

We've never been to Animal Kingdom, so on this trip we plan to skip MGM Studios and do Animal Kingdom. We'll spend at day at Magic Kingdom and a day at Epcot. We'll also spend a day each at Sea World and Universal Studios. I was disappointed to discover that Universal replaced their King Kong ride with their new evil Mummy ride and soon they'll have a Harry Potter ride. We will avoid these rides as we don't promote and take part in evil and sorcery. I know that a lot of Christians allow their children to read and watch Harry Potter, but we've decided against it. I've never been one to do what everybody else is doing.

We made reservations at Medieval Times. We really enjoyed it last time we were there. My daughter doesn't remember it, even though we have photos. I plan on buying new photos this year since she's so much older.

We also discovered a Pirates Dinner Theater while surfing the Web. We're still trying to decide if we'll have time to squeeze that in. There's so much to do and so little time. That's why people go to Disney more than once. It really takes several trips to get in everything.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Review - "Revealed" by Tamera Alexander

by Tamera Alexander

Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho--and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.

Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn. Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life--and what she reveals--is devastating. If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong. If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.

This is the second book in the Chronicles of Fountain Creek series, and the sequel to Rekindled. First, I'd like to say that it's rare I read a sequel and enjoy it even better than the first book, if I loved the first book, and I loved Rekindled. With that said, I'd like to state that Revealed is even better. While it isn't necessary to read these books in order to understand the plot, it will give you an appreciation to see how far these characters have evolved from one book to the next. They are all introduced in the first book and the author has given them such life as second characters that you want to know more about them and discover their individual stories.

In Revealed, Matthew is so determined to think the worst of Annabelle. He judges her by society's standards and doesn't see her through the eyes of God, overlooking God's salvation and redemption. One of the reasons Annabelle is so intriguing is that she has a mixture of God's humbleness without losing her individual spirit. She's great with witty comebacks and the tension of their banter is compelling, making the reader eager to see how Matthew will next react. The internal conflict of this story is so strong that it can almost carry the book without an external conflict, although both are present.

The plot, the characters' behaviors, and dialogue is believable. The flavor for the historical time period is authentic and pulls you into the story, allowing to the reader to get lost in time and enjoy a great read. On a scale of one to five, I give this book five stars. There isn't anything I would change. All my questions were answered, and the ending very satisfying. I would highly recommend this book, in fact, the whole series. I'm eager to read the third book that is now out, Remembered.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Writing Conferences

The ACFW conference is now open and for the first time, I'm registered to go. I've been to plenty of RWA writing conferences, but this will be my first Christian writing conference outside of FHL, the local RWA chapter for Chrisitan writers. How different is it from RWA? I have a lot of questions of what to expect. I've been reading the loops and going to the ACFW forums to see what people are saying. If you've been to ACFW, drop me a comment and let me know what you liked best, what you advise, and what is most memorable.

What other Christian writing conferences are a great investment?

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