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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book Review - "Surrender the Night" By MaryLu Tyndall

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

 
#christianromance, #christianfiction #historicalchristianfiction

Book Description

A Pampered British Lieutenant Falls for a Lowly Baltimore Farm Girl 

Step into a breathtaking novel of adventure and romance set amid the War of 1812. During an assault by an enemy sailor, timid farm girl Rose McGuire is saved by the least likely of heroes—a British Naval Lieutenant. Now that he’s wounded, she’ll have to heal as well as hide him. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?

My Review
Tyndall creates a compelling story line with tantalizing characters facing the same fears and heart rendering circumstances that our ancestors faced in the War of 1812. With a heart-warming romance between two people born opposing each other, Rose and Alex must risk everything to trust and save each other. Both are forced to deal with their weakened faith from a history of pain and letdowns that have become stumbling blocks to growing their relationship with the Lord. I liked the fact that these two characters didn't trust easy and they questioned God from past experiences that shaped their view of Him. These are the real struggles we face in life and it was refreshing to read about a realistic situation in a work of fiction. The historical details are very accurate and brings the story to life as if you can imagine being there in that place and time in history. This is one of the things I love about MaryLu's writing. 

Visit MaryLu's website. 



Friday, November 16, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Open My Eyes, Lord

“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.” Psalm 119:18


Most of our discouragements come from a lack of understanding. Often the answers are right in front of us. It can be masked by our circumstances, the obstacle of confusion, or layered in lies. Other times, it is sitting behind a wall of denial in our hearts and in our minds. We do not want to see, hear, or know things that are uncomfortable, painful, or scary. 

Jesus is truth. He cannot lie or deceive us. If we are willing to look beyond our own perspective, we may see a broader picture. God's law is set for many reasons, some that are beyond our comprehension, and will require a measure of faith from us. If we are willing to accept that God's word and His law is not about us, but for a greater purpose that will benefit ALL of us, then we may ask Him to open our eyes so we will be able to see miracles and wondrous things that we could not see on our own. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Liberty Is Meant to Serve

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.” 1 Peter 2:15-16


First, I want to concentrate on the second part of this verse. How do people use their liberty as a cloak for vice? By abusing their authority over others. It falls under the same concepts as "do as I say and not as I do" or "I'm the boss and you are not, so therefore, I can do what I want." When you behave in this manner, you displease God. This is why so many people distrust government, bosses, teachers, professors, and even ministry leaders in authority. Most of us have been burned at least once, many of us several times over. God sees what has happened to you and He does not approve. The guilty who do not repent of this sin will be judged, and God will take His vengeance against them. Eventually, many of them will lose their leadership positions and power. Think of all the pastors who have fallen, and government officials whose unfaithful affairs became public knowledge. 

These individuals were not put into powerful leadership to rule over others, but to lead them. They are not supposed to suppress them, but make their lives better. These leaders are supposed to act as bondservants of God, not oppressive kings and queens of tyranny. 

Good deeds are hard to criticize, even by ignorant and foolish people. It will silence them because they will have nothing to complain about. Therefore, continue to do what you know is good, and know in your heart that you will please God and will eventually be rewarded. 

Monday, November 05, 2012

November is Epilepsy Awareness - How It Impacts Our Family

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

It's very different being the parents of a teen with epilepsy than of a younger child. When they are young, parents have more control. We establish their routines, give them their meds, protect their environment, choose activities that will be age appropriate and safe, keep them around responsible adults, and make medical decisions for them. 

As our children grow into teens, it's our responsibility to teach them independence and to start taking on the role of caring for themselves, making good decisions and using logical judgment. This can be hard when they don't have any medical issues, but for a teen with epilepsy, diabetes, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome or some other condition, the boundary lines can blur. In our case, Celina has both Epilepsy and Asperger's Syndrome.

This is where we are right now, trying to find that balance--and the balance seems to slide down the scale at times, depending on the situation, her moods, her stress levels, and how her day is going. Routines are highly important to her. 

Our daughter started having seizures again at age 14 after being seizure-free for 10 years. She didn't remember her infant/toddler seizures and so the whole situation was a new experience for her and scary since she would lose consciousness and couldn't remember having it. 

During the first few months, she didn't want to be alone. She feared sleeping by herself in case she had a seizure in her sleep. She feared falling, hitting her head and waking up to injuries and pain. When she had her first seizure, one minute she was running on the track and the next she woke up in the hospital with all these wires, in pain from her injuries, sore all over her body, and a migraine that made her head feel like it was on fire. The short term memory issues and disorientation were a problem for the next three days. 

How Epilepsy Has Changed Our Lives


  • We moved to a one-level home so she wouldn't be risking going up and down stairs to her bedroom. 
  • We put a video monitor in her room so we could hear and see her at night. 
  • We no longer felt comfortable leaving her at home alone to run errands. 
  • She had to postpone Drivers Ed. 
  • She is an excellent swimmer and had planned to take lifeguard lessons. We put them on hold. She can only swim when we know her seizures are under control.
  • She had limited activity and had to sit out at gym at times.
  • They advised her to take showers instead of baths. This way if she had a seizure and fell, she would be less likely to drown. 
  • They advised her to never lock the door to her bedroom or bathroom. 
  • They advised her to take elevators when possible rather than stairs.
  • She went on seizure meds and had to deal with side effects and adjustments.
  • We met with her high school to set up a safety plan. This became a HUGE battle that caused all of us a lot of stress, including Celina. She felt like a burden to them, but was concerned enough to want an escort from one level to another and to unfamiliar places on campus for special events. 
  • We wrote letters to teachers, the school nurse, the principal, vice principal, her resource teacher, the superintendent, called IEP meetings, and kept fighting for her to have the resources she needs to feel safe in school. 
  • We called the Epilepsy Foundation. They referred us to the ECAC and they guided us on what actions to take with the school. 


Changes in Family Interaction

  • Celina is now responsible for taking the right meds on time. She has two weekly pill cases and we have taught her how to fill it up and how to keep up with her meds. If she goes anywhere for an extended period of time, she must take her meds with her. We worry she might forget and may try to remind her. So far, she's okay with it.
  • We try to find that balance so we aren't bothering her or being overprotective, but if I haven't heard anything from her in a while, one of us might call out to her and ask if she's okay. Sometimes she's fine with it. Other times, she sighs and we get that tone that we are annoying her. 
  • The meds caused severe mood swings that made us unsure how to talk to her, when to approach her, if we could comfort her. There are times when hugs are okay and times when she just wants to be left alone.  
  • She is constantly asking what time it is, or checking the time on her phone, computer or tablet. She does this because she worries she will miss taking a dose. Unlike some teens, we don't have a problem with her not taking her meds as a serious issue. She fears having another seizure because she doesn't like how she feels afterwards--the memory loss, the groggy state, the fatigue, the painful migraines, and the days of recovery. 
  • As a parent, I'm not always sure about my boundaries. There are times when she doesn't want to be alone, but she doesn't want me talking either. We may work on separate projects or watch TV, while sitting next to each other. 
  • She likes going for walks, and this is when she will open up and talk. 
  • Every morning, she asks us how she looked while sleeping. She wants to know if she had any epileptic activity. 
  • It's hard for us to buy tickets to events or plan things ahead of time, because by the time that day rolls around, Celina may be having a migraine or not feeling like herself and she may not want to go. It has even made attending church activities hard to do, so we often have Bible studies at home. 
  • If Celina goes a few minutes past the time she usually eats, she gets a migraine and will be very moody. The moment she eats, she is fine. She now carries snacks with her at all times. Her blood sugar stays on the low side and we have a machine where we can monitor it. If it gets too low, it can trigger a seizure. 
  • Celina's seizures are triggered by hormone imbalance, thus the reason she was able to go for 10 years without seizures until the teen years hit. When she's having mood swings, we watch her more closely, even if it means dropping activities, projects, or attending other events. 
  • Other things that trigger seizures are lack of sleep and stress. Her pediatric neurologist wants us to try and manage this as much as possible. If homework becomes too much, we make her stop and email her teachers. 
  • Celina's meds seem to be working and it has been a little over three months since her last seizure. She shows less epileptic activity in her sleep. As each month passes by with no seizure, we feel more hopeful that her seizures are under control, and we can give her a little more independence. 


Please share the purple ribbon on your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc to raise awareness about Epilepsy. Visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org, www.epilepsyadvocate.com, and www.epilepsy.com for more information. 

Do you know anyone who has epilepsy? Has it impacted your life?