Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Are you posting my picture again?


Why, yes. Yes, I am. 

I never get tired of seeing these American Goldfinches. They are so pretty and vibrant!

Not much time for blogging this week. I'm keeping the grands for a couple of days. 

I hope y'all are enjoying some warm spring weather. The leaves are filling out most of the trees here and the flowers are emerging in glorious spring colors! Take some time to smell them :)

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Palm Sunday

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting,


All Glory Laud and Honor

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s Name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

refrain
All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Words: The­o­dulph of Or­le­anscir­ca 820 (Glor­ia, laus, et hon­or); 
trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, 1851.




Have a blessed day in the Lord!


Winner!!!

~ Britney Adams ~

You won a copy of Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox!

Winner has been contacted. 
Thanks again to all who came by and left comments. 
Stay tuned for another great book giveaway coming soon. 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giveaway ~ Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge & Michelle Cox

About the Book

After the tragic death of Butch Browning's wife, Jenny, four families begin to realize how precious--and fleeting--their time together is. Each is at a different stage in life: Butch is facing single parenthood. The O'Reillys are expecting their first child. The Andersons are approaching an empty nest, and the Buckleys are so focused on providing their children with everything that they've forgotten what they truly need. With just eighteen summers before their children are grown, how do they make the most of that time when life so often gets in the way?As summer flies by, each of these parents must learn about guilt and grace . . . and when to hold on to their kids and when to let go.

Author Bios


Rene Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and bestselling author of
twenty-two novels,including her latest releases, Misery Loves Company (suspense), Greetings from the Flipside (comedy), and Heart of the Country (drama). Her recent suspense titles also include ListenPossession, and Escapement. She has novelized seven screenplays and movies, including two new releases due out in 2014, Just 18 Summers and Old FashionedNever the Bride, a romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, won the Carol Award in 2010 for best women's fiction.


Her indie film—the comedy Skid, based on her novel—is in postproduction and due to release in 2014. Rene is a creative consultant on Boo, a film based on her beloved novel series, which is in development at Sodium Entertainment with Cory Edwards attached as director and Andrea Nasfell as screenwriter. Rene is also a cowriter in a collaborative comedy project called The Last Resort with screenwriters Torry Martin and Marshal Younger.

Find Rene on Facebook and Twitter or at her website, www.renegutteridge.com.

Michelle Cox


Michelle Cox is a speaker, songwriter, conference and webinar instructor, and the author of seven books. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including Hannity, The Harvest Show and Focus on the Family. Most importantly, she’s a wife, mom to three sons, and grandmother of five perfect grandchildren. Visit her websites at 



Read Michelle's guest post here: 

Michelle Cox shares about Just 18 Summers + Giveaway


***UPDATE- I will combine the comments from BOTH posts when the giveaway is over in order to choose a winner



Tyndale House Publishers is offering one print copy to a reader of Stuff & Nonsense. You must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below sharing about a memorable family vacation to be entered. Don't forget to leave an email address so you can be contacted if you win!
US ONLY  Ends 4/11.

Purchase link:



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Michelle Cox shares about Just 18 Summers + Giveaway

It’s a joy for me to be here with all of you today and especially with my dear friend, Anne Payne. Our friendship goes back many years, to those times when we were newly married and then when both of us had the joy of welcoming a baby into our homes. Now gray hairs and wrinkles (let’s call them character lines) have shown up and my three sons are grown—and had the nerve to get married and leave home!

Wow, the time zoomed by. And that brings me to what I want to talk about with you today. When my oldest son was a baby, an elderly couple stopped me at the mall and said, “Honey, enjoy that little one. They grow up so fast.” Turns out she was right—and now I’m that (ahem) old lady saying that to moms and dads.

That message really hit home one Sunday morning when my pastor dedicated a baby at church. As the parents turned to leave the platform, Rev. Sexton said, “Don’t forget—you have just 18 summers. Take time to make some memories!” Whew, those words slammed into me, particularly since my youngest son was getting married.

Eighteen years sounds like a long time, but we really have just 18 summers before our children leave home. Eighteen short summers to instill character and values, to make memories, to savor the sweetness of the moments.


So you’ll understand why I’m excited to tell you about the Just 18 Summers® brand of products and resources that I’m developing for parents. My Just 18 Summers novel (co-authored with Rene Gutteridge) has just released from Tyndale. It features the stories of four families at different stages of parenting. (More info is available on our website.) The book has the poignancy you’d expect but we’re hearing from our readers that they also love the unexpected discovery that it’s really funny. Just 18 Summers would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

I hope you’ll also check out our parenting blog at www.just18summers.com. We have a new post each Monday-Friday and our staff of 18 writers brings a wealth of great content ranging from home décor to recipes, craft projects to organizational tips, devotionals, object lessons, practical advice, and so much more.

The screenplay is written and we are working to raise the funding for a film. Other plans include music, a complete line of books, and other products.  

Just 18 Summers® isn't a guilt-trip. It's a gentle reminder to slow down and savor the moments, to make some memories together, and to instill character and other important traits in our children. It’s a wake-up call that our children won’t always be there, to enjoy each precious season with them—because we can't go back and rewind yesterday, no matter how much we'd like to do that.


In the words of that elderly couple from so long ago, “Enjoy that little one. They grow up so fast.” How many summers do YOU have left, and what are you going to do with them?

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Thanks, Michelle, for sharing about this fabulous project you've been working on. I've been to the website and oh my, it is fabulous! I hope y'all will visit soon. Be sure and have a large cup of your favorite beverage on hand because there's lots to discover, both for parents AND grandparents.

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Tyndale House Publishers is offering a print copy of Just 18 Summers to one of my blog readers. You must leave a comment for Michelle below. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. US ONLY!!! Ends April 11.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Journal 52 {slightly} Out of Order

Becoming completely stumped by one of the Journal 52 prompts, I had a tough time getting back into the challenge. Finally, after much encouragement from the group and my friend Pat, I have completed a few more pages. 

This prompt is actually from Week 8: Found Poetry, which means that I am doing them out of order but at least I am doing them ;)


This one came together in a snap. It must been because I love finding poetry! I did not prep my page with Gesso. I used watercolor paints straight onto the watercolor paper, mostly Cerulean Blue with a tad bit of Green Light for some faint highlights. 

- not sure why this photo has a greenish tint - 
I also painted over the water areas on the map page that I cut out of an old 1957 National Geographic, shaking it a bit to give it the run look. Not caring that the adhesive bubbled was fine because it adds texture and dimension to the water, as well. 

Using my fingertip, I smeared a little Gesso around the edges to give it a softer, cloudy feel. It just looked harsh without it. 


So there's my Week 8: Found Poetry.

I think I have three more weeks completed but need to edit my pictures.  I do hope you're having some fun crafting or painting or whatever creative outlet you enjoy.  

It's a gorgeous time of year to start gardening, too. Pat is giving me some strawberry plants this week, so you might end up seeing how I decide to plant them this year. Pinterest is great for getting new ideas. 

Have a blessed day in the Lord!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Re-blogging {The Good Life: Tips for Gracious Living}



I'm getting ready for a small birthday celebration this evening. My youngest daughter is 29 today. I remember her first cry like it was yesterday. Such a precious sound.

Enjoy each moment of life, dear friends, and cherish the sweet times with your family.

I'm always in a rush but I wanted to share this wonderful post from author Debby Mayne on etiquette.

The Good Life: Tips for Gracious Living: Ever since I was a little girl, my parents insisted I follow proper etiquette - both at home and in public. My mother enrolled me in a varie...

Have a blessed day in the Lord!