Saturday, January 30, 2010


Well, I finally got the snow I have been wanting. At least most of it. I am now a happy camper. All my family is safe at home and we can enjoy this beautiful weather. I know most people think I am crazy but I really love a good snow. I don't think I would like living where this is a common occurrence but one good snow a year is great. Might even have to make some snow ice cream. I haven't had that in years; you have to have a really deep snow for snow ice cream and this is perfect. I especially like this snow since it is the weekend and I don't have to go to work. My poor daughter had to go to work this morning but she will be home soon and we don't have to go out until tomorrow for church. Yeah! Maybe I can get her to help me build a snowman, you never get to old for playing in the snow.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Coastal giveaway

I am posting today about a great giveaway from one of my all time favorite places, the Outer Banks Trading Group. I love anything to do with the Outer Banks. My family thinks I have gone completely crazy but there is just something that draws me to this place and I can't quite figure it out. If I could get all of my family to move there I would do it in a heartbeat and never look back. BUT that won't happen so I just go there whenever possible which isn't often but I can dream and decorate with it. Just click on the link to the right of this post and it will take you to the blog where you can enter this giveaway.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Lightkeeper's Daughter book review

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

Addie Sullivan grew up as the daughter of a lightkeeper in Northern California totally unaware of her true identity. One stormy night not long after Addie’s father has passed away, an injured stranger showed up at the lighthouse. The stranger insisted that Addie was not who she thought she was but was actually the long lost daughter of a very wealthy family, the Eatons. Addie also discovers that someone has been paying her adoptive parents for years for her keep. Even though Addie fears she may not be welcome she agrees to become the nanny and teacher to Mr. Henry Eaton’s grandson, Edward. In pursuit of her true identity and her real family, Addie leaves her lighthouse home and finds romance, mystery and danger along the way.
The plot was good but a little predictable in areas. The suspense of the book was fairly good although not a “nail biter”; I had no idea who was trying to kill her until almost the end of the book. At that point it became clear and that’s OK. I’m not much into romance books but if you are then you would probably enjoy the book.
*This book was provided to me at no charge for review through the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


Go to Pioneer Woman's website and leave a comment. She is doing a giveaway for Haiti for every comment she receives. Pray for the people there as well. They need all the prayers and help they can possibly receive.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Still at home

I am still at home following knee surgery on Monday. This is the second time in a year. That's OK, though. It could be something much worse and I will be feeling and walking much better very soon. Haven't been on the computer much since then. This surgery left me feeling much weaker than the last one.
I would like for those that follow this blog to pray for my little grandson, Noah. He has been pretty sick with a respiratory infection and has been on breathing treatments for the last couple of days. Poor little guy and with my knee surgery I haven't been able to go see him. I miss him and would love to be able to see him but I just pray for him here at home. He is getting better but still needs our prayers. Thanks to you all.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An apron giveaway

Apron giveaway at This is one of the cutest aprons I have ever seen. You'll have to go check this out.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Making Memories

Well, Happy New Year even if it is a little late. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We sure did. We had our first white Christmas since 1975 or so the news people say. I remember that Christmas very well because it was Jenny's first Christmas. She was about 5 months old, my sister Karen had a new baby (Lana) and we all stayed at Mother and Daddy's house. The snow was really deep, probably if I remember right about 10 inches. Yes, we used to get snows like that around here. We lost electricity but stayed warm because Daddy had the fireplace going all the time and we just stayed in that one room. The only downside was because we were on a well for water and the pump was run by electricity we couldn't use the water either. We had a great Christmas dinner that year of canned chili cooked on a Coleman camping stove. Such great memories. This year the snow wasn't nearly that deep but all of my kids except Josh were "snowed" in with us on Christmas Eve. It was great and we didn't even lose power. Noah was excited and even "opened" his own presents. He actually found one the night before in the laundry room as I had not wrapped it yet. We had so much fun playing with him. Next year there will be two babies to buy for. Yeah!
After Christmas, the Norman clan was gathering at Big Cedar for another Christmas celebration. This is the first time in years that most of us were able to be together. Thanks to my sister Detra for arranging all of the accomodations up there. It was beautiftul and great to be together. There are 35 of us and we were only missing three, my two sons and my brother. Mother and Daddy would have loved how big our family has become, mostly thanks to Karen and Loyd and their nine grandchildren. Wish we could have spent more time together just visiting but maybe next year. The kids all seem to finally be understanding how important it is to be with family, that there isn't nearly enough time for that. Making memories and being together. What more could I ask for.