Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Counting Our Blessings - Link Up

I am so tired, dear readers. It's hard for me to sit here and try and think of all my blessings for the week, even though I know there have been many! I'm starting to have that exhausted feeling I had while I was in the hospital and getting the blood transfusions. What's that all about? I'm taking my vitamins and making sure I eat healthy (with a slip of Easter candy here and there...lol) so not sure if it's just my body rebelling to what it's been through or what.

In any case, it's time to think about all those blessings for this week...

25. I was able to do some reading this week on a book I've been wanting to read. I really enjoy a good mystery and one of my favorite authors is Elizabeth George. For those of you who watch "Masterpiece Theater", if you've ever seen the Inspector Lynley series, she wrote those books. They are huge, huge books and take a long time to read, but they are worth every minute spent. If you enjoy British crime mysteries, this is a good series. I don't get to read these things much anymore so this was a true treat and a blessing!

26.  My surgeon finally got off the wound vac band wagon yesterday! I think what did it was that I walked in there with my cane rather than my walker and, for some reason, this made him all happy. lol Now mind you, I've been telling him that I can walk without anything, and often do at home, but at the end of the day, my body is tired and I usually don't risk it and I use the walker. When I went yesterday, it was late, but I knew I would only be in there for a minute and then we had to go get groceries and trying to get everything in our tiny car around the walker is difficult, so I opted for the cane. I use a riding cart in WalMart anyway, so the cane is perfect for just getting into the door. Anyway, I'm so thankful I didn't have to hear about him putting me under again to put that wound vac on...that was a huge blessing!!

27.  The swelling has gone down quite a bit in my leg and that's such a blessing! I'll be glad when I can get my jeans back on and I'm seeing that I might not too much longer!

28.  I've been doing a little painting and I'm going to attempt to do some cross stitch today. Oh, how I miss doing my stitching! I'm hoping my brain will focus enough to let me do it without mistakes. I would love to finish my Easter project in time for Easter!! It's such a blessing to do those things that bring joy to my heart and mind!

29.  Easter is such a huge blessing...the fact that the Lord Jesus gave His life so we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life is so awe inspiring! To have our Lord give up His life for us because of His love for us is such a blessing and I am so thankful that He is my Savior!

What are your blessings for this week? You can grab a button on the tab at the top and then share your link by clicking the linkup button below. I can't wait to see your blessings for this week!

Blessings - Julie

Just a quick update

Poor baby...she is getting so many tumors! :( It just breaks my heart. I'm giving her as much love and attention as I can because I know this time with her is precious! Poor little thing also has to wear her cone most of the time unless I'm holding her. She will go and hide and then mess with her tumors, which makes them worse. I love this little girl and am so thankful for the time I've had with her!

My wounds are getting better, thankfully! It's a slow proces but as long as it's progress, I'm fine with it. I getting a mini break from my physical therapy because my therapist is on vacation. I think it's been good for me as I've been SO tired. I know that I will probably have this exhaustion for a long time and I just try to accept it.

I got my painting table cleared off yesterday and got some of my wood pieces based coated. I'm also going to start a canvas painting. I was amazed how much better I felt doing something I love! I have been doing some art journaling but got very frustrated by a set of gel pens I've had for a couple of years. None of them will work and yet they are filled with ink! Do any of you have any ideas of his to get these working again? The set is brand new!

I just wanted to give you a quick update...I hope you are doing well, my dear readers and friends! Many blessings to you!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Counting Our Blessings - Link Up!

Today, I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday. I had what I call a "cranky" day yesterday and was just not easy to get along with and had a real negative attitude. Today, I'm back to my normal self - focusing on God and all the blessings He does for me every day. I'm glad that's my normal attitude. It was no fun for me to be negative yesterday and, definitely, not fun for my hubby! Poor guy! lol He took it in stride, though, and understands that this whole thing with my leg has been hard for me. I guess some days it just hits me harder than others, especially if I'm tired like I was. So, on that note - lets get started counting our blessings!!

20.  I am so thankful for the caring family that I have. Even though I can do a lot more than I did before, my family still has to do a lot for me. They have to drive me every where because I'm not allowed to drive yet, and they never, ever complain! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving family!

21.  I am thankful for every minute I have left with Holly. She has been such a sweet, little companion and I adore her. I'm blessed that she isn't suffering and I'm thankful for the years I'm had with her.

22.  I'm so happy that Spring is here! The warmer weather just blesses me and makes me feel so much better!

23.  I have been working on my faith art journal and I'm so glad that I finally feel like doing something artistic. I haven't been able to do any of my cross stitch or my crocheting because I don't seem to be able to concentrate and it makes me so tired, for some reason. Being able to do some creative things just blesses me so much!

24.  My biggest blessing this week is that I was able to go to church last weekend! I took lots of tissues with me because I was afraid I would start crying as I saw my friends. I did fine until I saw my assistant pastor. The minute I saw him, I started to cry. I have known him for years and years and he has always been kind of like a dad to me. There was something about seeing him that just made me break down. He came over and talked to me and prayed over me and I was so blessed!! There is nothing like being with my church family - it blesses me down to my toes!!

Now it's your turn to share your blessings!! Please link up with me below!

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Maybelle in Stitches


Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house she gets the crazy idea to finish it---somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother's quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother's childhood, her grandmother's childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden's stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful---no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.


Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright's Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Joyce at: http://joycemagnin.blogspot.com


This is a delightful book that I really enjoyed. I'll be honest and tell you that one of he reasons I wanted to read this was because my favorite aunt's name was Maybelle. You don't hear of that name anymore and so it really caught my attention!

This book is set during WWII and I really liked how it reminded me so much of the old 1940's movies. There wasn't endless historical information but just real people living real lives during a difficult time. I liked how the women and, for that matter, everyone was all about supporting our country. It was interesting reading about how Maybelle and her friend, Doris, were welders, too!

Maybelle is not exactly domestic and, as we come into the story, she is living with her mother while her husband is serving overseas. Early in the book, Maybelle's mother dies and leaves behind a quilt that Maybelle knows was going to be a gift for her. It has very special fabric in it and Maybelle's friend, Doris, convinces her she can finish it despite her lack of domestic skills. 

I really loved how we see Maybelle grow as a person and also in her faith. Doris is a believer and I loved how she trusted God with her husband and with her life. It was a very easy book to read because the story was good and I grew to love the characters! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group.

Blessings - Julie

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review - Dancing With Fireflies


Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.


Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn’t writing, she’s busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.

Find out more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/


When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be like a typical romance novel, however, the more I read, the more I really enjoyed it! The characters are well rounded and also fallible, which really was appealing to me.

Jade has had her share of heartache and she goes to Chicago to pursue her dream of being a musician. Unfortunately, against her better judgement, she goes ahead with a date that ends up with her being drugged and then raped. The end results are that she is pregnant with twins. She decides to move back home and try and find a husband and father for her children.

Daniel has been friends with Jade since they were children. He truly loves her but she thinks of him as more of a brother. He is there for her through thick and thin and, while she appreciates it, she doesn't seem to see the true love he has for her.

The one thing I love about this book is the love that Jade has for her unborn children, despite how she got pregnant. She works hard to make sure her children will have every thing they need and I really admire this about her. She is also quirky and funny and I liked that, too.

I really enjoyed this book and I think you will, too. It's a wonderful story that will allow you to escape and would make a great beach book! I had a hard time putting it down. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie