Friday, April 24, 2015

Radar's Round-up Of Giveaways April 25, 2015

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Friday Seven Takes Friday April 24, 2015 #7QT #SQT

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Yesterday marked one month until I get married.  Here's a few quick takes of what has been going on around here.

1.  There was an eight hour manhunt in my small town of 1500 last week.  A man murdered someone and then was on the run.  I don't know what of the rumors were true or not, but my fiance and I holed up in an upstairs room, with the lights out, checking social media, and had a couple knife blocks with us.  The suspect was either captured or turned himself in the next morning.  

2.  I've been sick, and my fiance has been sick.   I was supposed to have my teeth cleaned this week, but had to reschedule.   I get to do that next week.  I also binge watched Bulloch Family Ranch on gMovies.  (I have a giveaway going on for a six month subscription to gMovies.  Open to the US and Canada and ends 4/26.)

3.  Yesterday was one month until the wedding.  Being sick for a week this close to the wedding?  Ain't nobody got time for that!  I've had a virus and then immediately developed a cold, barely over the viral infection.  

4.  Our premarital counseling was this week.  All I have to say is I hope the minister was wrong when he said that we'll always have things happen like last year and will never be done renovating the house.  (Last year 10 family, friends, and neighbors passed away, there was a breast cancer scare, diabetes diagnosis, false police report against me, blackmail that I didn't give into, burst water pipes, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.)   Renovating the house has been going on since November.  It's been an expensive process, lots of surprises (and none of them good), and even having to saw through a floor to get to the main water shut off.  Why it was put under a floor I don't know.  But I hope the minister actually meant small home repairs and not that we would always have projects like this going on:



5.  I was feeling so bad yesterday that one of my blogger programs announced they would be opening an amazing blogger opportunity later.  I read that, and fell asleep and dreamed they gave us ice cream and that it helped my throat from being sore.  (Needless to say when I woke up, I got some of the strawberry cheesecake ice cream that is in the freezer.)

6.  I registered to attend the National Sweepstakes convention in Boston.  I can't buy my plane tickets yet because I'm not sure if my name will officially be changed by then or not, but I'm excited.

7.   I found out that a roommate from college is flying in for my wedding.  I was on a Campus Crusade summer missions project in 1996, and three of my four roommates will be coming in even though they live in Montana, Kansas, and Tennessee.   It is very sad my parents wont' be at my wedding (they are both deceased) but these girls will help add so much joy to my wedding.  I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it is they will be there.  Yes, I'll miss my parents greatly, but there will still be so much love surrounding me.  I haven't seen them since 1998, 2005, and 2006, and we will Skype with the one girl who won't be here.  Its going to be amazing.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart Giveaway (Ends May 1, 2015)

When I was growing up, I often would see Janette Oke books at my grandmother's house.  In fact, I believe I still have her copy of When Calls the Heart with her signature inside.  It's amazing she has been gone for 20 years, but the tales of the Canadian west are timeless.




Can you believe that Season Two of When Calls the Heart premiers on Hallmark Channel on Sunday April 25th.  It's amazing that in today's world such a wholesome book series has been adapted to create a fantastic TV show.  Reminds me of the shows I loved to watch when I was growing up.  I always loved any show that focused on a young lady who was a teacher, and this series has that.   In this one, Elizabeth Thatcher (played by Erin Krakow) is used to high society but starts teaching in a town called Coal Valley.  She charms most people in the town, but one isn't so sure about her.  Obviously, being a society woman, she has to learn the ways and customs of the frontier.

Another thing I like about this is it has Jack Wagner in it.  It was so interesting to me that a friend mentioned him on Facebook this week.  He was on a show my mother used to watch in the 1980s, and I remember hearing him singing on the radio.  So this series gives me nostalgia for my youth as well.

Be sure and tune in on Sunday to see the Season Two premier on Hallmark Channel.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

What I've been reading this week -- April 19, 2015

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Book:

I haven't really had time for a book this week.  I have a few I need to review soon, though!


Blogs / Articles:

Running Instead of Sleeping made me realize that feeling mixed up about Easter since my grandmother passed away 20 years ago on Easter may be just the way that Easter should be remembered.

Does wearing a skirt make you a better Christian?

3-D Lashes, Jamberry Other Ways to Lose Facebook Friends

Adoption: A Miracle, not a Last Option

A great post on why the Catholic Church should remain Catholic and Protestant Churches do their own thing.

When I was at Faith and Fitness Retreat with Retrofit Ministries, Ken Andrews, a former Biggest Loser Contestant, had the cooks make his chili.  It was amazing.


Video of the week:

As someone from West Virginia, I thought this was fantastic.  Pepperoni rolls are so great we're having them at the wedding reception.




Friday, April 17, 2015

Radar's Roundup of Giveaways April 18, 2015

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