Connected Through Prayer

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Good news to report!

My latest CT scan showed no increase in the lung nodules since September.  The liver mass, he said was almost nonexistent on the MRI so explained that the PET scan must have picked up something as the liver was active meaning it was functioning the way it should. The enlarged (active) lymph nodes tell them my body is fighting an infection most likely the root cause of the nodules and my persistent cough. The diagnoses are the lung nodules are the results of my severe bronchial infection from 4 yrs ago and from recurrent bronchial infections since then. The protocol is to be rechecked with another CT scan for the next 6 months for two years.

I now have to be very careful come flu and cold season because even the slightest cold can trigger the infection/irritation in the bronchial airway.  Which I do all I can now, take my daily vitamins, get my yearly vaccines, stay away from people who are coughing and even have begun to wipe off grocery store carts before using them.  Other than putting me in a bubble I don’t know what else to do.  😉

It has been months of up and downs.  Your daily blogs have been a constant in my life – something I looked forward to each day enjoying your pictures, poems and stories with my morning cuppa.  I have prayed with some of you, cried with others and rejoiced during your happy moments.

Your prayers have encouraged and strengthened me both physically and spiritually. It is through our prayers for each other that we are connected through Jesus Christ.

“Even though we are many individuals, Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other.”Romans 12:5

“… In Christ’s Body we’re all connected to each other.” Ephesians 4:25 a

I am thankful that I am connected to you through the body of Jesus, our Lord.  May the power of prayer always keep us connected to each other and especially connected to God.

In closing I would like to share a golden nugget of wisdom with you from a dear friend whenever I feel as if my life spinning out of control:

Life is hectic and there is never a dull moment. Some days are better than others.  We can all use an extra hour or two or three or more each day to accomplish what needs to be done.  But at the end of the day – let us take a moment to be still, leaving all of the stress and endless tasks behind us and spend time just “being” with God.

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The Song

Picture from pinterest
Picture from pinterest

The Song                                                                                                           {A short story by Patty Beggs 2015}

As Amanda was picking up the toys that were strewn all over the floor, a song came on the radio.  It was the song that would always transport her back to that summer.   

As the familiar song played in the background she remembered another time and another place where she heard that song.  Soon she was back to that summer of 1970, the summer she turned 16 and the boy who would steal her heart.   

School had been out for a few weeks as the summer routine stated to settle into summer time fun.  This was the summer at the lake where she would met Matthew. 

Matthew and his family had just moved into the military post where both of their fathers were stationed.  He looked a bit older than his 16 yrs, tall, confident with the deepest brown eyes she ever saw.   

As Matthew arrived to the beach area at the lake near the post where they lived, Amanda quickly invited him to join her and her friends.  As a special song played they all introduced themselves to him and eagerly offered to show him the ropes of the post. Joey would know all too soon what it would be like to be the new kid again, he just finished telling everyone his father was being transferred and this would be his last summer there. 

Summer continued on, Matthew and Amanda always showing up at the same places.  It seemed fate was throwing them together. It was inevitable that Amanda fell in love with Matthew. 

Joey had left soon after, followed by Ann whose father had been killed in Vietnam, her mother was moving her little family back home to Idaho. Reality set in to everyone there.  Especially to Amanda, along with her best friend Ellie and her two other friends Michael and Laura who just found out their fathers would also be leaving soon for a tour of duty in Vietnam.  A few days later Matthew found out his father also had orders.  It would become not only a long summer but a long year of uncertainty for Amanda and for those she care about.    

By the end of summer Amanda and Matthew were inseparable, bonded by knowledge that their fathers may not return. That special song soon became their song as they clung to each other for support in the months ahead.   

Matthew was with Amanda when she said good-bye to her father and she was with him when he said goodbye to his father. The next 11 months of watching the news and waiting for their father’s return would become unbearable.  During this time they found young love.  Their special song would be a reminder along with the ring Matthew gave to Amanda that summer for the promise of a young enduring love. 

Summer turned into autumn, then winter and soon spring.  Fathers were returning home and one day her own father came home.  The same day Matthew and his family got word that his father was killed in action. 

Soon after Matthew’s mother left the post and returned home to Pennsylvania and Amanda’s father was transferred to Washington state.  They wrote each other and spoke on the phone often.  Soon Matthew enlisted in the Army and Amanda went to nursing school. And at what always happens life got busy and soon they lost touch. 

Amanda never took off the ring Matthew gave her that summer, it was a constant reminder of a lost love and deep friendship. 

Matthew kept a picture of a girl next to him as he went from post to post a reminder of lost love and deep friendship.   

Every time a special song would play both Amanda and Matthew would think of how they found love in the summer of 1970. 

Years went by and Amanda got a new job at the Army Military Hospital where she once lived.  It would be there 10 years later that she will find love one summer afternoon at a lake. 

A young man, tall, confident with the deepest brown eyes she had not seen in over 10 years walked in, just as a special song began playing.   

As Amanda thought back to the summer day 45 years ago she felt the touch of the man who stole her heart in 1970, as he hugged her and sang along to the words. They had kept a promise of enduring love they made to each other all those years ago. 

Soon grandchildren came running in as the older couple continued dancing. In the midst of laughter and chatter from little children, they only saw the young lovers they were in 1970.

Praise For Our Creator

Flower arrangement in honor of Revs Ken and Christine Woods Henderson

“Praise God from all creatures here below…”
Creator of everything and everyone
There is no beginning of time only You

You filled the Heavens with Your Glory

You Created the Universe displaying Your Power and Greatness

You Created the Angels to reflect Your Beauty

You Created the Earth, the splendor of Your Majesty

You Created the Animals, each one with a purpose You ordained

You Created man and woman in Your image –
An image of Love

You sent Your Son to Light our way back to You –
Restoring the natural order of Your plan

You are present each day and are already in our future
You breathe life into our souls – giving life eternal to those who love You.
You alone we honor and worship
Creator of heaven and earth

Since before time began
We Praise You Father, Son and Holy Spirit


My time spent in Spiritual Direction with my mentor, Christine is coming to close as we both begin a new chapter in our lives. Christine and her husband have retired and will start a new life in a different state. For me, I say good-bye to a friend and take what she has taught me to new heights as I continue to discover God’s plan for me.  Two endings and two beginnings.

I wrote this during my worship time with our Lord – a quiet part of my day that allows me to express my devotion to God through writing, music, stillness, and art. Writing has become my favorite form of spiritual discipline, expressing my praise to God in words.

I dedicate this praise for our Creator to Christine who through the years guided me to finding my true spiritual self, discovering my potential as a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ, Gods own Son and leading me to a fulfilled personal relationship with God – our Father. Christine has become more than a spiritual mentor she has become my friend, my sister in Christ.

Roses in the sanctuary celebrating the service of Revs. Ken and Christine Woods-Henderson
Rev. Dr. Christine Woods-Henderson
Rev. Dr. Christine Woods-Henderson

In Remembrance

* I along with my DH wrote this for Memorial Day 2011. I would like to post it again in honor of an American solider who died serving his country in Vietnam.  Ray was one of my husbands best friends –  every Memorial Day my husband’s thoughts went to the boy he grew up with and to the letter he received telling of his friends death.  Ray was an all American young man who left behind a special legacy to all who knew, respected and loved him.  Today – Memorial Day let us remember Ray and all of the special young men and women who gave their lives in service to our nation. ~ Patty May 27, 2013 *

Decoration Day officially became a holiday May 5, 1868 to honor those who had died in both the Union and Confederate Armies.  Prior to that, one of the many stories of that first Decoration Day was that a group of children somewhere in the south started to put flowers on the graves of the soldiers. In 1868 mourners honored the Civil War
dead by continuing the tradition started by the children by decorating the soldier’s graves with flowers.  

After World War I – which was the war to end all wars, observers began the tradition of honoring the war dead from all the wars and the name was changed to Memorial Day sometime after World War II.

Today my husband Tom and I would like to remember SGT Raymond Paul Kurtik July 3, 1949 to July 7, 1969, who served with the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, USARV  in Vietnam.

Tom remembers the young boy that grew up to save the lives of many men.  He remembers meeting Ray in the first grade and from that first day they became very good
friends.  Ray was a normal all American boy, doing all the things boys from the 1950’s and 1960’s did.  Both of them grew up and graduated high school together.  Ray volunteered for the US Army and Tom volunteered for the US Navy. Both of them stayed in touch as Ray left for combat in Vietnam. Tom remembers how dirty the letters were when he received them.  Then the day came when Tom’s last letter sent to Ray was returned with a note from a Major informing him of Ray’s death.  Tom stated that when the news hit him it was unreal.  The thought of his good friend dying at the age of 20, even if he is serving at a combat zone, did not cross his mind.  The reality of it was made more difficult knowing he could not attend Ray’s funeral because Tom was also serving overseas and would never see Ray again.

For years Tom had many unanswered questions and had always wanted to know about his friends Vietnam service.  Special thanks go to Dave one of the brave soldiers who served with Ray that provided Tom with much information, and to his Squad Leader who posted this on June 26, 2000 from a Vietnam Memorial website:

Ray was the Bravo Team Leader on this one particular day.  And as his Squad Leader
stated they would become not just comrades in arms but they would become friends, and “that is the best you can say about a fellow infantryman”. 

“Several other soldiers don’t know it, but he (Ray) saved our butts, at LZ VIVIAN. One whole side of the LZ came under full attack, 15 minutes of Mortars, then Sappers,
followed by Infantry.  When the Sappers and Infantry broke through the wire in front of our bunker, Ray hopped up onto the bunker at a full height and threw a helmet full of M26 fragmentary grenades into the enemy, turning them back from our position.  He then proceeded to successfully help me, through small arms fire (M16) and frags, fighting from the berm next to our bunker, drive back the (enemy) attacking the next bunker. Today, I still vividly remember that long night and my friend Ray.”

Dave wrote to Tom explaining what happened on the fateful day of July 7, 1969

“…The day Ray died was supply day or LOG day as we called it. 
The area we were in was triple canopy jungle and there were no clearings
large enough to bring in the supply helicopter. The most open area we could find had several large trees the needed to be removed.  The trees were prepared and
blown. Unfortunately one tree was larger than anticipated or it fell the wrong
way, and Ray died instantly….”

 “Those serving in the infantry were the fewest of any MOS’s in the Army”, Ray’s Squad Leader went on to tell us, “at the height of our involvement in Vietnam, there were 500 thousand US Army troops stationed there but of those only 10,000 were infantry.”   

Ray was the boy next door, just like many other thousands of young men who fought and   died over the centuries to preserve our way of life or to liberate the oppressed from other countries.  There was nothing remarkable about Ray – he was a son, a brother, and a best friend.  He went to church, to school, and lived a life of a young man growing up in Pennsylvania, looking forward to his future.

It is the everyday people who become heroes by the extraordinary things they do.  Ray
saved the lives of many men.  His death was not in vain.  His purpose for being
there in Vietnam was fulfilled.  His life can be summed by this bible verse:  “I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 

Liebster Award

liebster-award2A few weeks ago in the midst of my life spinning out of control I was presented with the Liebster Award {Liebster means sweetheart} by “A Slice of Life – Greatest Generation“.   I have recently met Judy the creator of the Greatest Generation out of my love for history.  And we are finding that we have a few things in common. It has been a joy to get to know her through her articles and emails. 

Her articles on her family prior to and during WWII are interesting and opens up a page of history that is not found in the history books.  “A Slice of Life – Life Lessons from the Greatest Generation” is all about how certain character traits were the foundation of an earlier generation and how those same character traits can help us in our daily lives today.”  I encourage you to visit her and you will find those life lessons from the people who unknowingly would shape our lives today.  Her family story has touched my life in a special way and I know they will touch yours too.

Here are the rules

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award Presenter on your blog and link back to their blog

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Random facts about me:
1. I am an Army brat
2. I love old movies
3. Autumn is my favorite time of year
4. I went to a Catholic School
5. Sister Patricia my second grade teacher still has an impact on my life today
6. I have lived in Germany
7. We are planning on a cruise to Alaska
8. I was 26 when I had my ears pierced
9. I am the youngest in my generation
10. I will try most anything once
11. The mountains are my home
 
Here are my questions:
   1.  What was the Year, Make and Model of the first car you drove?
a 1970 Chevy Nova
   2.  How far have you traveled from your place of birth?
Growing up in the Army and living part of my adult life as an Army wife, I have traveled many many miles from my place of birth.
   3 . Do you write in cursive or print?
Cursive and soon no one will be able to read what I write!
   4.  What was the name and nature of your favorite pet?
That is hard – we had many pets, I would have to say Smokey, a long hair black and tan Dachshund.  He comforted me when I was going through chemo and was my companion while DH and son were deployed.
   5.  What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Extra cheese and bacon….
   6.  What is your favorite number?
9
   7.  What sport do you enjoy the most – as a participant or observer?
I do not like sports.
   8.  Do you speak another language?
Very little German
   9.   Has your picture ever been in the paper?
Yes a few times – thankfully not for being wanted!! 🙂
10.   Do you prefer speedboats or sailboats?
speedboats
11.   Who was your best friend in grammar school?
Maria T. and Pam

I’m going to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award for being absolute sweethearts.  If you do not accept awards I hope you will still accept it in the spirit it is given – as an appreciation for everything you do.

1. Eden Hill’s Blog
2.The Presents of Presence
3. My Beautiful Things
4. Espirational
5. Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
6. The Happy Hugger
 

Here are your questions:

1. What is your favorite season?

2. What is your favorite non-profit organization?

3. If you can choose one place to live where would it be?

4. What is your favorite song?

5. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?

6. What is the one thing you always wanted to do that you never told anyone?

7. What is your favorite movie?

8. How many brothers and sisters do you have?

9. What is your pet peeve?

10. What is your favorite restaurant

11. Who do you admire the most and why?

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to family

Happy New Year to friends

May you each enjoy the blessings

That our Lord God sends

And trust in His guidance all along the way

As you begin a brand new year on this happy day! {Thena Smith}

 

Wishing all of my family and my friends ~ {old and new} 

Gods blessings through the New Year as all your dreams come true.

Your journey is just beginning  full of  expectations and hope.

May all of your tomorrows bring you good health, happiness and

priceless treasures from the heart.    Patty ~ Jan 1, 2013

Blog of the year 2012

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegFirst I would like to say thank Misifusa {The Presents of Presence} for nominating me for the 2012 blog of the year.  When I started to blog nearly 2 yrs ago, I never thought what an interesting journey I would be on.

It all started with a suggestion and support from many wonderful friends.  It took 50 yrs but I found my purpose, or I should say God has been gently directing me and I have finally stilled my soul to not only hear His voice but to listen to His Word.  Thank you Misifusa for the nomination and for seeing what God sees.

Misifusa and I share a bond not many of us want but what many of us are thankful to have, we are both breast cancer survivors.   I like what she writes in her introduction: “Life is about the now, not the past, not the future.  You can learn so much by watching reruns of the past and developing plans for the future, but the most important is The Presents of Presence.  There’s a lot to be said for having cancer and surviving.  Life changes once you’ve faced death and it’s for the better.  So let me begin by telling you my story…”

Yes life changes and although I can say it was a long difficult road that we and many others have traveled, I think she will agree with me that we have had many days that we felt the “Present of His Presence” in our lives and as we both look forward to the future we know that whatever may happen God will always be with us during our trials and especially through our  joys.  I hope you stop by her blog, read her story and be inspired..

Now to this award.  This is slightly different from the others as you can add extra stars to it every time someone nominates you for it.  That’s a fun variation.  Here are the rules, as explained by the creator of the award, and my nominations for other bloggers, as well.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different.  When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given this award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.  Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

It is a difficult job to nominate only a few for this award. Each person here has touched my life in a wonderful way.  You will never know the lives you touch with your writing and your photographs.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

I choose my nominations for their walk with God.  It is a journey we are all on and is made easier with the people God puts in our lives to help us along our life’s path.

1. Through The Healing Lens

2. Poetry Patio

3. Sheri de Grom

4. Terry1954

5. Women’s Window

6. Deep and Wonderful Thoughts

Guest Blogger!

A few weeks ago I was asked to be a guest blogger for Future.Flying.Saucers. This was the first time I had ever been asked to write an article, outside of school that is and I did not even have to worry about being graded! It was an honor and a challenge and loads of fun!

I admire the author of FFS, she is a woman of many talents.  She is a stay at home mom who home-schools her children, teaches a woman’s bible study, and is involved in children’s ministries.   Her writing is about life, families, and her love for Jesus.  I must admit when I first saw her blog I was fascinating with her title, and was curious about her blog. Then as I browsed through her articles I knew this was a place God led me.  So I invite you to “pull up a chair, take your shoes off and stay for a few minutes” getting to know FFS, she is after all a “kindred spirit”. 

My article “Military Families Are Never Alone” is how we dealt with the long separations of deployments and TDY (temporary duty).  May  you be encouraged in knowing that you too are never alone.  Jesus lives in each of us.

I would like to thank her again, for allowing me to get out of my comfort zone to soar like a “flying saucer” to new heights. 

A Bloggers Heart

Well, am I embarrassed, I forgot to send notices to all my nominees yesterday, so for those of you who have already visited..I offer you this “oops” and will notify you officially so your readers can enjoy your nomination with you.  An older friend of mine, years ago would tell me whenever she made an “oops” that it was “intellect overload”, so ladies and gentlemen you now know, I am now an older, mature woman and I suffer from intellect overload!

Today I would like recognize a few more bloggers who also have a big heart and who have nominated for two more awards.

I would like to thank The Blazing Trail for nominating me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. His page is described as ” Enlightening. Spurring. Strengthening”  That just about sums his page.  One comment I remember reading stated that she felt like his writing was a retelling of the story of the story of Christ.  That is how I feel when I read each story.  When I see a new post, I know to grab a fresh cup of tea as I await to be enlightened.

Guidelines:

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs.

“Super Sweet” Questions:

1.Cookies or Cake?   Cookies…just call me the cookie monster!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?  Ice cream and cookies

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?  Late afternoon after work while enjoy my afternoon or evening cuppa with a few cookies of course.

5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  Cupcake or Cookie

And now for my bakers dozen…
1. Lori Lipsky – Poetry for the rest of us
2.Sugar and Spice Baking
3.A Grateful Man
4. Auntie Em’s Guide to Life
5.Espirational
6. Cast Light
7. From a Montana Front Porch
8.Simply Juliana
9.Enough Light
10. Lyn Leahz
11. Experience the Wilderness
12.The Remissionary
13. The God Moment
 
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And I would like to thank Denise at inspired2ignite for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Denise writes from the heart.  She inspires us to enjoy our lives.  I like what she wrote: “I don’t want to simply survive, I want to thrive!”.  Thank you Denise for teaching me to thrive – you have inspired me to thrive in all my circumstances.

Rules of accepting the award are to acknowledge who nominated me, tell 7 things about myself, and nominate lovely other bloggers.

Seven Things About Myself

  1. I love the autumn
  2. I enjoy traveling
  3. I was a tomboy growing up
  4. I love pistachio’s
  5. I have 2 dachshunds and to 2 granddogs
  6. I almost enlisted in the Army but got married instead
  7. I saved the best for last – Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!

My nominations for other lovely blogs are: {And this was hard because all of you have blogs that encourage, spread love, share in our joys and bring healing to our wounded hearts

1. Memory Bears – out of her pain she brings comfort to those who are grieving.
2. Gently Speaking
3.God Speaks
4.A Healing Path
5.Through the Healing Lens

The Heart of Bloggers

This has indeed been a busy  month for me.  After we returned from vacation, it seemed like I could not get my mind on the normal everyday tasks.  The first few weeks I decided to enjoy my vacation for a little while longer.   I  sorted through pictures to post, read, sewed and enjoyed that vacation feeling, while housework, deadlines and errands were all but forgotten.  Then reality hit and I knew I  really needed to get moving and accomplish some things.  And just as I was getting back in my routine and making hot meals for my family again my computer crashed for the final time, so I decided to buy a new computer. I thought I would have no problems with all the latest programs, since the one computer at work is new.  Let me tell you I was wrong! Our computer at work is over a year old now and I am sure is now considered an antique.  And with my new purchase I was blessed with Windows 8.  :O Oh MY GOSH! Let me tell you…..

After getting everything hooked up which took two days because I also bought a wireless printer, that alone is a story for another day, I thought I would never like windows 8. I am not one for change, as I quote my grandmother, “if it ain’t broke you don’t fix it”, after all  what was wrong with the old windows and Microsoft programs.   Then slowly, before I knew it,  Windows 8 had me hooked, I never knew what hit me.  I even get my kindle app on it, so who needs a iPad or notebook, I have Windows 8 my new best friend!  So all my best laid plans of putting my house in order went on the way side. There was a new toy in town and I had it!  So here I sit, “busy” but not really busy, just playing as I am falling behind on my daily routine once again. 

But, now I am pulling up the ole boot straps, rolling up sleeves and ready to get back to work cleaning my house, finishing craft projects and writing. The first thing I want to do as I get back into the daily grind of life,  is thank each of you for the nominations for these awards. 

I appreciate each one of you.  Each of you have what I call the heart of a blogger, that is a person who writes, photographs and creates from the depth of their hearts. My inbox is full of wonderful posts that are informative, fun and bring laughter and at times tears as I cry along with you.   You have all become an important part of my day, and I look forward to our evening visits.

So on to the awards, my nominations and the Award logos.

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I want to thank Terri for honoring me with the Sisterhood World Blogger Award ! You can find Terri’s blog here: http://terry1954.wordpress.com/  Her by line states that she shares “inspirational stories that touch your heart and soul”.  And she does.  I have grown in my faith from her articles.  Her compassion for her brother has touched my heart and soul.

The rules for receiving this award are as follows.

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 10 questions.

3. Nominate blogs that you find a joy to read.

4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

1. Your favorite color – blue

2. Your  favorite animal – puppies {dachshunds}

3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink – Tea

4. Facebook or Twitter – FB plus Twitter

5. Your favourite pattern – plaid

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? –both

7. Your favorite number? – 9

8. Your favorite day of the week? – Sunday

9. Your favorite flower? – Tulips

10. What is your passion? My Christian walk, family, hobbies

The nominees are:
Women’s Window
The Hand Written Life
The Chatter Blog
Talk to Diana
Sheri de Grom
Deep and Wonderful Thoughts
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I would like to thank Sheri de Grom for nominating for this award. Sheri has become more than a blogging friend.  I am getting to know her through our common interests in books, cooking and caring for the military family.  Her articles on important issues are informative and inspiring.  It has been such a joy in getting to know this wonderful person. 

The rules I must follow to complete the nomination process have been fun as I think back on my favorite books. The rules asked to list my five favorite books of all time. Rule number two is easier; post the booker award icon on my blog, and number three should have been a breeze. I’ll nominate other bloggers who have literary and book-centered blogs. However, I subscribe to dozens of literary and book-centered blogs—it was tough choosing from what I thought was the absolute right mix for my selections.

1.  Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell; 2. All Together In One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick and also by Jane K is my number 3. A Clearing In The Wild {a trilogy}; 4. Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott and 5. The Anne of Green Gable Series by Lucy M Montgomery. 

My nominations for fellow books lovers are: Bookin it; The Writer Within; Sholashade; Afternoon Tea; and future.flying.saucers

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I have two more nominations I would like to accept and will post them tomorrow.  In the mean time I hope you find peace, happiness and joy that comes from the heart of all bloggers.