Archive for April, 2008

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The Winner of the Personalization Mall gift is Kim

And the winners of A Passion Most Pure are lovedandamazed and princessesindisguise!

Thanks to all who came to visit and Congratulations to those who won :o)

You can…

BiteBack

So BooMama has issued a challenge. You can read about it on her blog but I just wanted to link it here too. I have already accepted the challenge and not only am I posting the link but donating too. I cannot help but think that 10 bucks is nothing to me right now when it could possibly save a child. YOU COULD POSSIBLY SAVE A CHILD FOR $10! No commitments just a 10 dollar donation. BooMama’s goal is 50 nets in 50 hours, which sounds totally doable! So if you do donate stop by and make a comment on her blog to let her know okay.

To Donate Go to:
Bite Back

American Idol Live Blogging- Top 6

Ok I am an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan but this just seems like an odd combination for AI… although a great deal of AI alum have gone on to star on Broadway. He was very honest with the top 6 and gave some really great advice.

Syesha Mercado- One Rock and Roll Too Many- I liked this performance, I did not care for the standing on the piano but this really is her strong area (and what in the world is her deal with the piano!). I am not sure that is enough for her to stay though. Hey she can join some of the other AI alum on Broadway.

Jason Castro- Memories- I really do like his voice. This was not the greatest of performances, you can tell he really is uncomfortable too. Oh and those shoes, geez, again? At least he was honest in saying he had no clue….he did not even know it was from Cats, poor fellow!

Brooke White- You Must Love Me- not a great beginning but an okay performance. At least she was quite during the judges comments. Why was it necessary for her to remind the judges that it was the first time she messed up? I also disagree with Randy I did not see any vulnerability in her performance, she just seemed unemotional except for when she had to start over. Umm I do love her dress though!

David Archuleta- Think of Me- not bad, it’s a little odd as I always think of a girl singing this. I am not liking the arrangement. It is just odd…but his voice always sounds nice. The ending was good. It was an overall nice performance. I think the arrangement has thrown me off, but man can that boy sing. He has such a wonderful voice.

Carly Smithson-Jesus Christ Superstar- she sounded pretty good, the chorus was nice. I thought she got a little umm loud again. She has that tendency… it was a nice performance though. I love her powerhouse voice. She really does add a lot to this season.

Wow this show has been a little boring or is it me?

David Cook- Music of the Night-I gotta say this should be interesting…I cannot imagine him singing one of these songs. Umm is it getting hot in here, wow he is bringing it. I liked it, it was odd, I guess in an unexpected way but it was a good performance.

Favorite Performance- David Cook and David Archuleta…
Least Favorite Performance- uhhh Jason Castro, poor fellow just looked so uncomfortable.

Bottom 3
Brooke, Jason, and I think even though she did very well, Syesha.

Who’s going home- ummm I think it might be Brooke because of the mistake, but it could be Jason too.

For more AI opinions and live blogging check out Boomama’s Blog

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival Time…—Time is up!

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Yes it is that time again folks, and I for one am so excited! I had such a wonderful time last time that I am hosting another giveaway this week. So this time I am doing something that I think is so much fun! I love the site Personalization Mall.
One of my dearest and best friends had a sweet little girl in March and I immediately hopped over to this site and ordered an adorable, personalized photo frame for sweet Brynn. They got the frame a few days later and LOVED it!
So here is what I am giving away…One item up to $25.00 (plus the cost of personalization and shipping which will bring the prize total to around $40.00!).
So go look around see what they have and then come back and leave me a comment! I will draw one winner on Friday at 10 p.m. (EST) AND! I will also pick two more winners to receive a copy of my favorite book…. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman.
So in all there will be 3 winners chosen…Yay!

I will be using the Random number generator to pick the winners on Friday night.

Don’t forget to go visit all the other giveaways at Bloggy Giveaways!

Have a blessed week…and Good Luck :o)

Thanks for participating everyone I will be notifying the winners tonight! :o)

It’s April 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 21st, we will feature an author and his/her latest Teen fiction book’s FIRST chapter!

and his book:

Thomas Nelson (January 1, 2008)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. To see a complete list of Dekker’s work, visit The Works section of TedDekker.com.

Here are some of his latest titles:

Adam

Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 1)

Saint

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

beginnings

Our story begins in a world totally like our own, yet completely different. What once happened here in our own history seems to be repeating itself thousands of years from now,
some time beyond the year 4000 AD.

But this time the future belongs to those who see opportunity before it becomes obvious. To the young, to the warriors, to the lovers. To those who can follow hidden clues and find a great
treasure that will unlock the mysteries of life and wealth.

Thirteen years have passed since the lush, colored forests were turned to desert by Teeleh, the enemy of Elyon and the vilest of all creatures. Evil now rules the land and shows itself as a painful, scaly disease that covers the flesh of the Horde, a people who live in the desert.

The powerful green waters, once precious to Elyon, have vanished from the earth except in seven small forests surrounding seven small lakes. Those few who have chosen to follow the ways of Elyon now live in these forests, bathing once daily in the powerful waters to cleanse their skin of the disease.

The number of their sworn enemy, the Horde, has grown in thirteen years and, fearing the green waters above all else, these desert dwellers have sworn to wipe all traces of the forests from
the earth.

Only the Forest Guard stands in their way. Ten thousand elite fighters against an army of nearly four hundred thousand Horde. But the Forest Guard is starting to crumble.

one

Day One

Qurong, general of the Horde, stood on the tall dune five miles west of the green forest, ignoring the fly that buzzed around his left eye.

His flesh was nearly white, covered with a paste that kept his skin from itching too badly. His long hair was pulled back and woven into dreadlocks, then tucked beneath the leather body armor
cinched tightly around his massive chest.

“Do you think they know?” the young major beside him asked.

Qurong’s milky white horse, chosen for its ability to blend with the desert, stamped and snorted.

The general spit to one side. “They know what we want them to know,” he said. “That we are gathering for war. And that we will march from the east in four days.”

“It seems risky,” the major said. His right cheek twitched, sending three flies to flight.
“Their forces are half what they once were. As long as they think we are coming from the east, we will smother them from the west.”

“The traitor insists that they are building their forces,” the major said.

“With young pups!” Qurong scoffed.

“The young can be crafty.”

“And I’m not? They know nothing about the traitor. This time we will kill them all.”

Qurong turned back to the valley behind him. The tents of his third division, the largest of all Horde armies, which numbered well over three hundred thousand of the most experienced warriors, stretched out nearly as far as he could see.

“We march in four days,” Qurong said. “We will slaughter them from the west.”

Being Uncomfortable in a Comfortable World

So this is a what’s on my heart post.

I must admit… I have a lovely life.  I really, really do.  This year God has opened my eyes to some things that make me uncomfortable.  Watching this video on Shannon’s site made me uncomfortable. I suggest you go watch it. Be prepared. It is something that if I close my eyes and think about I can almost feel my heart breaking.

I get so comfortable so easily, here I sit on my laptop, watching satellite television, with my lamp and fan on (electricity, people,it is nice!) and I realize that my Catherine probably is sleeping on the floor, not even on a bed, and has probably never seen television or even a laptop. How could I not sponsor her? I have so much, and really 32 dollars a month is like dinner and a movie out. So yeah I am making myself uncomfortable…by the worlds standards, but by Catherine’s standards that is school, food, life. And really I have yet to miss that money. As I started this year I asked for someone special. Haha…I should know better….God really does have a sense of humor. I was thinking boyfriend…God was thinking Catherine. For some background you can read about Catherine here.

Catherine’s photo is now everywhere so that I can see it. At work, in my car, here in my room. To remind me to pray for her and her Mom and her brother and sister. Everyday and every moment I can. From now on I will be praying for all those other children, who were like my Catherine, until God lead me to her and I became her sponsor. And I hope she sees Christ through my letters, and through me one day. I want to see this little girl, who at 7 years old has captured my heart, and we have never met, never spoken, and all we have are letters and photos. And that is enough. I LOVE her.

So if you want to get a little uncomfortable Go to the Compassion Website and look at those faces and choose one. You can show the love of Christ.

God has been taking my life and turning it upside down this year….and at first I was not a happy gal. Seriously. I am quite content to live in my ordinary little existence, in my small town life. And now I cannot wait to see what else He has in store for me.

I am so blessed. And I am going to work on being more uncomfortable…because I think I should be uncomfortable in this world…this is not where I belong. I so forget that…and I forget it often. That work in progress thing, it really is true.

And then she fell asleep….

haha…that’s what I feel like might happen.  My nifty cough medicine has kicked in and I am a little loopy and a lot sleepy at this point!

I just talked with my one of my best pals, Allison, and it was so nice to talk with her…well we actually “talked” on myspace im…which besides internal chat with gmail is my new favorite thing as it allowed me to connect with my Allison!  Okay I am still not a chat person and I am still not a big fan of myspace but it did have a redeeming quality tonight…now if one I could work on my addiction to facebook :o)

So we were making plans for my birthday…in October….I might add.  Why now you ask?  Well for two reasons…One is that I will be the dreaded 3-0 and two …Wicked is coming to Atlanta…oh yes ma’am and this chick is very excited.  So we will be eating some place really fun and then seeing Wicked…and I am oh so excited!  I love doing things like this and for my birthday I feel oh so special!

It has been a long day…I had to call the doctor and get some medrol (stupid steroids, they make me break out and gain weight…but I do join the living again after taking them)  so hopefully by Monday I will be feeling mucho better.  Now if this stupid pollen would go on it’s merry yellow way.

Speaking of Monday I am ready to get back to working out…I have missed it this week and want to get back into the routine.  So I am look forward to Monday…who knew?!?

It was an interesting day as I got up, took a nap, got up again, got ready for work, went to work, had a meeting that I am not sure I remember, and came back home, took a nap, had dinner, watched some 90210 (hey I cannot help it, it just sucked me in!) took another nap…and now here I am ready to go to bed.  Wow could my days get any wilder?

Well I am off to read and catch some zzzz’s.

 

Cheerio


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