Archive for November, 2010

In Case You Wondered . . .

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This is SO what cats really say.

Give Thanks to the Lord

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I have so much to be thankful for, including four very cute, cuddly, bad kitties, but all of it begins in one place: the steadfast love of the Lord which never ceases.

Have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving, and remember to count your blessings today and every day.

Elizabeth is Six Months Old

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Elizabeth at Six Months

My little tiny girl was six months old on the 17th and she’s still tiny. As my dad says, she’s little but wound tight. 😀

You can see her progress HERE.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

2010 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest winner
CBA and ECPA Bestseller

To read the first chapter and/or for purchasing info, go to


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

To visit Cindy’s Web site, go to

For information on how to receive free bookmarks and autographed bookplates, go to

Winter Reunion by Roxanne Rustand

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Home to heal…and reconcile?

When wounded Marine Devlin Sloan comes back to Aspen Creek, he’s surprised by his late mother’s will. His new business partner for the next six months will be Beth Carrigan. His ex-wife.

This might prove to be Dev’s most difficult mission yet. He never stopped loving the sweet bookstore owner, but his military career broke them apart. Now, as they work together at helping others get a new start in life, he hopes he can break down the walls between them….and explore the possibilities of renewing the life they had with each other.

The book is available at bookstores everywhere and at:

About the Author

Roxanne Rustand has written seven inspirational romantic suspense novels for Steeple Hill. This is her first romance for the Love Inspired line, and is also the first in her Aspen Creek Crossroads series. Each book stands alone, but readers wanting to revisit the scenic St. Croix River Valley area and the quaint town of Aspen Creek can come back in Second Chance Dad, which will be out on June, 2011, and in another book which will be out in December.

Roxanne was nominated for an RT Bookclub Magazine Achievement Award in 2005, and one of her books won a RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award in 2006. END GAME is a 2010 RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Nominee for Best Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense of 2010.

You can find her at her blogs and website at:

Random Acts of Praise

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The Opera Company of Philadelphia delights and inspires a mall full of people with this glorious cultural surprise:

I so wish I could be in the middle of one of these.

And He SHALL reign forever and ever!