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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alone, Yet Not Alone- Review and Giveaway

Today, I'm thrilled to bring to you a review of a sweet story of faith in adversity that is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.

Alone, Yet Not Alone is based on a true story, and was in fact written by a member of the Leininger family.  Here's the "official" release:
Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek Massacre.
 The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
 Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.
OBM says:  I loved this book.  WE loved this book.  In the end, my children, ages 14, 12, and 9 were all cheering.  Alone, Yet Not Alone is the griping story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, who, in the fall of 1755, were abducted by Indians who killed their father and older brother.  They, together with many other women and children from their area, are taken hundreds of miles away from their homes, told they are no longer to speak English, and made to work in Indian villages as slaves.  The girls end up in separate tribes, and the story follows Barbara, the older sister.  She never loses her faith in God, and prays that her sister is alive and is strong in the faith as well.  She never stops thinking about escaping, although the penalty is death, and the opportunity does not present itself until 3 years into her captivity when a pending forced marriage to an Indian brave makes prompt escape a necessity.  To divulge more would truly be a spoiler, but I just want to say that the simple beauty of Barbara's faith brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart.  It's an historical, inspiring, uplifting story- what's not to love?  On top of that, it's well written; so much so that my kids made me read the whole second half of the book aloud in one sitting so that inquiring minds would know how this real life tale turned out.

And now, two bonuses.  The first you may already know-Alone, Yet Not Alone is being made into a movie and will be playing in 200 cities nationwide on June 13th of this year.  Here's the movie trailer:

It looks great, doesn't it?  I can't wait.  My city is one of the places it's playing, and I know we will be going to see it.  Apparently, there was some controversy over the theme song which was sung by Joni Eareckson Tada (Who knew she sang?  She has a beautiful voice!  I got to hear it on the CD they sent me.).  The song was nominated for an Oscar, and then they rescinded the nomination.  No matter what the reason, it has helped to draw attention to the film, and that's a good thing, because I think it's going to be amazing if it's at all like the book (and it seems like it is).

The second bonus is that one of YOU can win a copy of the book right now.  All you have to do is enter the drawing below.

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For more information about Alone, Yet Not Alone, go to the following links:
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Alone, Yet Not Alone official movie site

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Three Things Thursday 4/24/14

Three Things Thursday-the Friday edition, LOL.  I'm really trying to keep it together here, I promise!  So before this leeches over into Saturday, let's get on with it.

1)  Somehow, I can't seem to type Thursday without capitalizing the H as well.  It's ALWAYS THursday, and then I have to fix it.  I always delete the whole word and make myself retype the whole thing.  It's my in vain attempt to train myself not to type it far it's not working.

2)  I'm going to a ladies' retreat tomorrow.  I think we've found a church, although we've only gone there 3 weeks now.  The people are super friendly, and it's much more what we are used to size wise.  The church has a vision to be like Paul, planting small churches all around our area.  Each church has its own pastor who delivers his own message each week, but the church leaders all work together and the campuses do things together-like all the kids gather for youth group in one central place-so that despite the smaller size of each church, there are plenty of people at events and activities.  Soooo there will be over 70 women at this retreat tomorrow.  And if you know me, you know that means I will be totally out of my comfort zone.  Y'all please pray for me.  The introvert in me is already dreading what I've gotten myself into.  But I know this is the way to meet other ladies in the church, so I will go, and I will smile, and I will meet people, and I will come home, and be a vegetable afterward, LOL.

3)  I've been getting out and about with my camera more lately.  I enjoy sneaking off to capture things, and there is so much beauty around here to be captured.  One of my favorite songs is Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle, and I felt very compelled this Easter season to put the lyrics on a print.

The problem was that I didn't have a picture of a cross that worked for what I wanted.  So I went out last night, which is why this post is late, and here's the not-quite-finished product.  (Not quite finished because it turns out my heavy gun photo editing software that does text isn't actually installed on my new computer, so I had to use picmonkey, and I can't create shadows or outline the letters, so I'll have to adjust it later.  But this is the general idea in low resolution, so it's not great quality, but our internet won't allow a big file right now.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Duke Chapel

Oh look!  It's a random, for no apparent reason, blog post!  I know, I need to do more of this type of thing, but I keep getting busy with life.  However, I'm having tons of fun playing with a new photo editing software, and I wanted to share the pictures somewhere...and this time my blog won out :-).

This is the chapel at Duke University, where we went to visit the other day.  Impressive, no?

 Here's the inside...just amazing.  And I can't even describe the acoustics, but it would be a treat to sing in there to be sure.

The windows were gorgeous...

I played around with the one below to remove the yellow cast caused by the lighting.  Here are both shots.

I just loved the windows in these doors too.

Anyway, that's a quick peak at the Duke University chapel.  I want to go back sometime, maybe for a service, or just to hear the organ play.  How blessed we are to have things like this so close to us now!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Three Things Thursday for 4/17/14 - 2 days late

It's (way past) time for Three Things Thursday).  Actually, given that last week got away from me, it could be said that I'm a week and 2 days late, but we will be kind and just go with 2 days late, right?

1)  My In-Laws are in town.  Hence the lateness of this post and the lacking entirely of last week's post.  We've had a nice visit so far, but it's so hard to know how much is "too much" for them.  It's been much colder than my mother-in-law packed for, nor does her choice in footwear support hiking through the woods, ;-), and so some of the outdoor things I had really hoped to do we have not been able to get to, although we did do an egg hunt yesterday morning at the park with some friends.

I think we will end up extending our personal spring break beyond their visit so that we can see the Sarah Duke gardens while everything is in full bloom...that, and I haven't had the chance to plan a thing school wise while they have been here.


TJ and my MIL put together a puzzle I bought myself for my birthday.  I reconciled myself to assembling it another time on my own, because it clearly brought them such enjoyment.  I don't have a picture of the finished product (and if I go downstairs to take one, I'll never finish this post), but this is what the puzzle looks like.  I LOVE White Mountain Puzzles.  I just bought the lighthouses one like this for them to work on next.

3)  We seem to be meeting people from "home" everywhere we go.  Sunday night, I had a crown break (don't get me started about how apparently my old dentist used his fun new machine to make a crown in a situation that is not the best for that type of crown, as it's not the strongest material for a molar).  Suddenly, I found myself in a new town without a dentist, and with a broken tooth.  I found a super nice Christian dentist,  who fit me in bright and early Tuesday morning and whose receptionist happens to have moved from Sorrento ( a few miles from our old town) a few years ago.  Then we went on a field trip to make a worm bin because we had pretty much lost all our worms in FL to neglect when we got the chickens, and we gave our worm stuff away when we moved.

Anyway, we met people there who had moved here about 3 years ago from Sanford (about 25 minutes from our old house).   So it's been a bit like "old home week" around here.

So that's it.  Not so much three things about me, other than I broke a crown, but a little bit of an explanation about why things are kind of crazy around here.  Oh, and my April post is up for Home and School Mosaics.  It's a craft you can do for any holiday, or just because.  Even my MIL commented on how much she liked the Easter ones we have hanging up, so you have to know they look pretty good.  You can find the post on Faux Batik here.  To link up with Three Things Thursday, visit Heidi's Head.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Three Things Thursday 4/3/2014

It's time for Three Things Thursday!  This week, I actually remember one of the things I wanted to list, so woo-hoo, that's a bonus!  Without further ado...

1)  Things are popping up in my little garden and it makes me happy.  I'm trying back to eden gardening with a twist--doing it square foot and container gardening style since this is a rental house and I need to take with me or erase all traces of my garden when we move out.  I love heirloom seeds and have planted some favorites this year:
  Tall Telephone Garden peas - seriously, I can't keep my kids from eating these straight out of the garden.  They are tall, and huge and big, and yummy.
   Dragon Tongue Beans- come on, admit it, I had you at the name, didn't I?  I don't like beans, and really my kids don't either...but they like these.  The pods are purple and green, but they cook up green and "normal" looking, and they taste sweet and mild.
   To those, I'm adding some new experiments given our new growing region. We are trying Chantenay Red Core Carrots, Costoluto Genovese Tomatoes, Fox Cherry Tomatoes, Marglobe Supreme Tomatoes, Beit Alpha Cucumbers, Charleston Grey Watermelons, Grandpa Admire's Lettuce, and Bee Balm Lemon.  They also sent me some Red Romaine Lettuce, so I'm giving that a try too.  All are from Baker Creek Seeds, because I love heirloom seeds and non-genetically modified food.

2)  I found one of these sucker crawling up the inside of my pant leg today.

God is good, and I found her before she bit me, but what a reminder to be diligent in checking every time we come in, especially since the previous tenent had a dog.  I know it was a "her" because only the "shes" have the white spot.

3)  We are pressing on with school despite the fact that the schools around us are on spring break right now.  Nana and Pop Pop will be here in a week and a half, and we want to take that week off with them.  In fact, we have really, really worked our tails off to catch up for all the time off we took while we prepared to move and during the move itself.  Because of that, we will finish our family Bible study and MOH 2 the week before Easter, and both middle kids should finish their math right around that time too.  I'm SO thankful that we have not only made up the time but are "ahead", and once we come back from Easter, their main focus will be science, in terms of completing core classes, and then they will be done.  And given that TJ actually finished his science book a few weeks ago, and I started him on another one just for fun, lol, he really can be done anytime.  But he's LOVING Apologia's new Chemistry and Physics book, and so am I.  You've gotta love any curriculum that gives you a legitimate reason to do the Mentos and Diet Coke thing ;-).  So he'll work through that a while more, and it will be a good prep for General Science in the fall.  YAY!

If you want to participate in Three Things Thursday, just link up over at Heidi's Head.

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