Tuesday, November 5, 2013

One Way Love, Book review

  I received this book to review at a critical time for me, as I have been going through some personal changes and wasn't sure I wanted to hear how much grace God wanted to offer me to get through it. I put off reading it until I knew I got to the end of 'self' and really do need to turn to Him for His guidance.
    One Way Love, by Tullian Tchividjian

 The first thing I agree with in his book is when he states, we love in a society that runs on performancism. Feeling the need to look good on the outside, at whatever risk it takes. When we see grace for what it really is, there is no more reason to put on a mask.
   His open,honest writing about his journey from grace to grace kept me comparing my own life and how I look to myself for answers rather than the Word. If you are interested in reading about Inhaustable grace in an exhausted world, this is the book for you.

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About One Way Love
Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our world needs a fresh encounter with grace.

Written by:William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin)
Publisher: David C Cook
Paperback:  240 pages 
Release Date: October 1, 2013

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Friday, October 4, 2013

My first MRI experience...

During a recent annual physical, my physician asked me if I had any issues I wanted to mention. I said I have been getting headaches and a stiff neck for several months. She checked my neck and found the area on the let side swollen and tender. She recommended I have an x-ray taken of my cervical spine. I went later that day. It went well, but the weirdest shot was when I had to keep my mouth open to have an x-ray taken through my mouth to get the back of the neck.
  When the results were in a few days later, the doc said it looked like I may have some degeneration and maybe arthritis,but they wanted to know the full extent of it, so she suggested an MRI of the area. I have heard of people having MRIs done. My husband has done service on a few, but I had no idea what it was really like. That changed a week later. I was first offered a chance to have an open MRI done, which is good for those who are claustrophobic because it has on open side. I haven't had those tendencies, so I opted for a full scan to get a better picture of the area.
  My husband coached me what to do before and during the procedure. He had one done before, so he knew what to expect. I already knew not to wear any metal of any kind, due to the magnet. The entire machine is a huge magnet, hence the name, Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  He said the machine was very noisy and clanged a lot,but I had to stay very still during the procedure or the scan would blur and we would have to re do the whole thing.
  I went in the waiting area, they asked me if I had any metal implants or pace maker,or any chance of metal being in my eyes. I answered no to each. I wore sweat pants without metal to avoid having to put on a jonny. An older man  called me from the desk, and asked me if I had any metal on. They are very overly cautious about this matter because it can be extremely dangerous if anyone did bring metal in the MRI room.
  He led me down a few halls and in to an area that looked like a loading dock. We stepped onto a large metal industrial size lift,like an elevator,which brought us up to the room before the MRI. I was surprised they allowed me to wear my sneakers that far,and to see metal objects in that area. I was getting nervous,but kept taking deep breaths. They explained what would happen during the MRI and that I needed to stay still. Also, I could let them know at any time if I needed to stop.
How I felt at the exam.
We walked into the room,it was quieter than I expected,but I wasn't in it, yet. They asked me what type of music I like, and offered a few options. I chose acoustic guitar. The machine was large,but I could only see the front part. I think there was a plexi glass window they could watch from. They showed me how to lie down, head first toward the tunnel. They placed a bolster under my knees and a blanket on my legs,by request. This was when I took my husband's excellent advice and closed my eyes. They placed a light weight on my chest to help me stay still and placed the MRI receiver over my head,but I didn't look at it until the end of the procedure.
 The table slid into the magnet and the technician asked me if I was ok. yes, I was as Ok as I was going to be at this point. They had given me a button to hold in case I needed to stop at any time.
 She said the first scan would be two minutes. The sound was loud,but not not deafening, but it did drown out the calming guitar sounds. I tried breathing normally,but not move. Challenging,but not impossible. I was trying to think of ways to distract my mind from thinking of having to stay still.
I still kept my eyes closed and envisioned my happy place,currently a fishing spot along the Connecticut River in NH. The noise disrupted my thoughts as a large power boat sped by,creating an awful wake.
 The grinding noise stopped and she said I could relax a minute before the next round. I listened to calming sounds of guitar playing over the speaker. She asked if I was ok, I was 'fine'. lol.
She said the next scan would be about four minutes. The soothing guitar strumming was over powered by sounds of loud beeps and other unknown sounds. Nothing moved, just a lot of sound. This time, I thought about the guitar music and imagined watching it being played in a remote, quiet place.
It was about this time my feet got restless. My feet like being free to move and shift and wiggle. This was not a good time for them to dance. At the end of four minutes,I asked if I could move them a little, the said ok,just don't move my neck or upper body. I shifted my knees a little and wiggled my feet, just enough to tell them to be still now.
 When I said I was set, she said the next scan would be about five minutes. I breathed deeply,tried to just stay calm and keep my eyes closed.It sounded as though I were in the back seat of a car in an auto body shop. Lots of sounds, but I knew I was safe. I decided to distract my mind by thinking of characteristics of God, by the alphabet. A= He is awesome, all powerful, amen, all present B= He is beloved, brilliant, etc. all the way to z. It didn't take all five minutes, so I did it a second time.
  When the five minutes were done, my legs were tired from trying to keep still. My knees kept wanting to shift the entire time, but I didn't want to start the procedure all over again.
 She again asked if I was ok, I said yes. And was 'rewarded' with her telling me this last set would take about seven minutes. Oh, great! The last set, but seven minutes seemed like fifteen this time. It still sounded as though I were in an auto body shop,with air tools whirring and motors running. Just the smell of oil and fuel was missing. My mind wandered and I tried staying as relaxed as possible, keeping my knees and feet still and my eyes closed. I added the time I was in there. 7+5+4+2=18 ,plus a minute or so between,= about 21 or so minutes.
 When the last scan was done, I opened my eyes. The receiver over my head looked like a small tent, not too close to my face. I could have had my eyes opened and not have had any problems, but I guess it was ok in  the end. My ears were so thankful, as well as my legs and feet. Yay, they could finally move!
 The technician said the results would be sent to my physician. The old guy brought me back to the waiting room to get my belongings out of the locker, and I was on my way.
 I called my physician a week later and was told the same results as the x-rays. There are signs of early arthritis and degeneration, but nothing major. Great,I went through all that for nothing? well, at least I can know what people are talking about when they roll their eyes when discussing having an MRI. It isn't painful, but is not something I want to do again any time soon.
  I went to a PT to find out what I can do to relieve the pain, and he gave me a simple exercise of rolling a towel behind my cervical spine and put it in different places along my back to loosen the spine. Not a very elaborate or difficult solution, but he said it would help alleviate some of the pain in my body.
  Have you had an MRI? What do you do when waiting for extended periods of time?
Feel free to leave a comment.
Grace and blessings,
Lori LC

Monday, August 19, 2013

I am Second

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life? Wish you had someone to understand what you are going through? Someone to talk to.
I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. How to be Second.
You are here for a reason. I am Second is designed to help people discover their purpose in life.
We all have needs and could use some help. There are resources you, or someone you know who needs support, to talk with a person who understands.

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Let your stumbling block become a stepping stone, reach out to either give or receive help in a caring way. You'll find being second is the best place to be =)
Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tyndale Rewards for those who like free stuff ;)

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 To collect points, you can share the site with friends, take surveys, sign up for E-newsletters and E-devotionals, review items, and share on your favorite social network sites.
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This is a great opportunity to share the good news with everyone who likes a good deal!
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Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alone,Yet Not Alone, Book review

  I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction, especially when it is a member of the family writing about their ancestors.

  Alone yet not alone is a book written based on a true story; one of faith and perseverance.
I was inspired at  how Tracy Leiningee Craver recounted the faith-testing they endured, but they remained steadfast in their promise to each other to keep the song in their heart.

Here is an excerpt about the story,
which has been filmed as a major motion picture,
 and is due to be realeased September 27, 2013!
"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 the Delaware tribe. 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. "
 Based on a true story and Awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

My ATV story on the 'other' blog

I have been  blogging on my photo journal more than here lately, so I thought I'd post a link to my recent post about my first ATV ride this week,

Happy reading!
<3 Lori LC

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our trip to South Carolina 2013

 My daughter and her husband live in upstate SC, she moved there when they got married three years ago. Her family in law all live close by, which is a good thing.His family has been able to help furnish their new home with everything from the kitchen to the bedroom. I wish we could be that close to help out,but lugging furniture from NH to SC would be time consuming and costly.
  Anyway, back to the trip. My son just turned eight and is borderline ADHD/ADD. We waited til the day before to tell him so he wouldn't spend days constantly asking us and counting down every minute. I had already packed our clothes, and just needed to print out the tickets.Yay for technology, one less line to stand in.
  The morning of our trip,I kept checking and rechecking my list of what to bring for each of us. I was adamant  about only having carry on items and none to check in. We each had a small carry on suitcase,very full of stuff. he had his small backpack with travel games, and I had my oversized purse,which was like having another carry on luggage. I decided not to have coffee before the first flight because I get fidgety once the caffeine hits and I was already anxious enough without it.
I felt more anxious than usual to travel,as though something was about to happen that was out of my control. My husband assured me that it was going to be fine. If my flight was delayed due to another thunder storm,the airlines had my info and would redirect my flight. That helped a little, but not totally. I think one of my main concerns was the layover between flights would be fifteen minutes,barely enough time to get there.Not much I could do but trust God to get me where I needed to be on time,safely.
  After walking us in to MHT,checking flight status and saying goodbyes, hubby left for work. I chose a late morning time so we didn't have to rush. We got there more than an hour early,hoping to eat brunch before boarding. My son and I walked around the terminal,looking at the stores and restaurants,and ended up buying some juice and a sunglasses, 2/$25.  We were walking back to the waiting area,when I heard our flight number being called and told to go to another gate for information. Oh boy! Just as I thought, the flight would be either delayed or cancelled due to the storm and we wouldn't make it to Baltimore in time to catch the flight to CLT. We went to the window and they said the flight was being pushed up an hour on a different plane. There was a little confusion and a few passengers were upset that they paid for a better seat and wouldn't get it.

 I was ecstatic that we were on board an hour earlier than planned, and would not only make the connecting flight on time, we would have nearly an hour to spare. Thank God! The plane was one of the smallest I traveled in,only about 48 seats,we were in row 11 of 12. The ride was pretty smooth and uneventful.My son watched Iron Man 2 on Kindle Fire and I had my Kindle keyboard to read and play games. I also watched the movie and realized it was not appropriate for my son due to the scantily clad women and all the violence.

 Once in Philly, we found our connecting terminal, Way on the other side of the airport.Good thing we had plenty of time to get there. The flight was also uneventful and we got to CLT on time. My daughter's father in law and his son picked us up. Stepping out from the air conditioned airport to the steamy NC heat was like stepping into a sauna. very hot and humid. It was good to see David and Jonathan, as we hadn't seen each other since the wedding three years previous. We get along fine and had a pleasant ride to their house. My daughter had to work til 9:30pm,so couldn't be there til later.
Once she got there,we hugged a bunch of times and smiled an awful lot :) it is always so good to see the kids after being apart for any length of time.
 We stayed up late at her house, her hubby also had to work and got home about 11:30. That was all Monday. On Tuesday, we slept in late, played Monopoly,shopped and ate fresh ice cream from Strawberry Hill farms.
July third was her birthday, we had planned to go to an amusement park, but little the little guy was running a fever and feeling sick. I knew something was wrong when he didn't want to eat,play or even tease the dog. He just wanted to go to bed. Totally not normal. He slept all day, we each took turns resting with him. My son in law lifted our spirits by making balloon animals for everyone.

He even made a special red velvet cake with brownie bites for her.

 My son felt well enough later that day to go see Despicable Me 2. It was cute, but too many inappropriate gestures for an impressionable eight year old to pick up on. One of the highlights of my son's trip was the game of who could find the peach-shaped water tower during each outing. He has a keen sense of direction and often knew where it was before I even knew where we were headed.

July 4th was spent at Carowinds amusement and water park 
we all had a great time. It was the sunniest day of the week, even though a brief storm rolled through, it didn't 'dampen' our fun ;)
We went on the Snoopy coaster,Lucy's Crabby Cabbie,

bumper cars, lazy river and a water slide.I ended up going down backward the whole trip. My daughter and her hubby wanted to ride all the coasters, including the one they had to stand up in and were in the front car! My son rode the calmer rides, such as Snoopy's yachts. He must have still felt a little off from being sick the day before. His favorite place was Boomerang Bay,the water park. so much to do we ran out of time while in the wave pool :)

The next few days were calmer, there was a house warming/ birthday party on Saturday, where I got to spend time with my Mom and step dad, as well as my son in law's family I hadn't seen for three years.rain did dampen the party a bit because all 30 of us had to stay inside the house, but there was plenty of food to go around.
On Sunday we went to church and chillaxed. It was the more boring day of the week, but she needed a rest after all the excitement of the week. I started packing for Tuesday's return trip home. Sort of a melancholy time,knowing we would be saying goodbye all too soon. On Monday, we went shopping and had dinner at her in laws. They had a cheese cake sampler for her birthday. I had secretly bought candles that relight, and she was thrilled that I did =)

 Tuesday morning came too soon and we were all packed and ready to roll on time. We took a few last family photos, including the dog, then headed to the airport.
We were all quiet and pensive during the trip, and weren't in the mood play hangman or 20 questions.
We pulled in front of the terminal and said quick goodbyes with tight hugs and final parting 'I love you',and we were back where we started. 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Vacation 2013

This summer has been pretty good so far. We got out of school June 18th,my last day was the 19th. One main reason I  chose to stay in this school district was to have the same time off as the kids. My first child started kindergarten in 1993, the year her sister was born. The first child graduated in 2006,the year my son turned 1. My second daughter graduated in 2011,the year my son started first grade. My son should be graduating in about ten years from now, in the year 2023, God willing :)
  This summer has been a rainy one, too many thunderstorms to count,including today's.
Last week, my son went to two VBS clubs, 2 days at each. He really likes going to them and often comes home singing the songs and talking about the topics. Our church held one for the first time and we all had a great time. I made a video with the pics I took, added music and showed it during service today. I was happy with it, but disappointed that the program used to project it didn't play the videos taken on time. The pastor asked if they could use some of the pics for a new church brochure. I am happy to let them use my pics.
 After service, I waited for my oldest to call from South Carolina. My son didn't know that we are visiting SC Tomorrow! for a whole week, and she was the one who was going to tell him while skyping. Using her husband's phone, she told him to go to my office. When there, he saw the suit cases packed and asked why they were there.She asked if he wanted to visit her. he said we can't visit,can we? We both said yes! He was so excited, and I was so glad to be able to finally talk to him about the trip. We've been there last year, so he's familiar with flying and packing. We both aren't crazy about either, but know it's the only way to get there quickly.
While there, we plan to visit Carowinds waterpark, a state park, and a kids museum. They are also having a house warming party put on by her in-laws. They are a nice family and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.
When we get back, he may attend an evening VBS that week, a five day club, a sports camp, and the best thing, go to Camp Good News! It will be his second year and he(we) are really are excited about it! Two weeks after that, we may go to Santa's Village in the White Mountains and stay at a hotel with a pool. Then, it will be time to plan going back to school again. It looks like it's going to be a good, fast summer vacation, and I hope to keep up with it all on this blog.
 Hope you are having a great day, and staying dry,
Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Movie review of 'Ring The Bell'

 I had a rare treat of watching a movie with my husband recently, which he actually sat through from start to finish. He usually leaves around the half way mark,even if he chose the show.
This time, he was really into the movie and didn't get up once! We sat and held hands for some parts, not that it's mushy, but inspiring. He even went on to say the movie is insightful and humorous. That's not something he says for many movies.
 The story is about, when self-made sports agency legend Rob Decker goes to sign a promising young pitcher, he finds out there's more to achieving success than money. The town is full of people who walk in love, including to an outsider. He is torn between keeping up his image to sign every athlete he sets his mind on, or to let their future continue on the current path,completely different from what Rob thinks it could be.
  My husband said he wanted Rob to fail at getting the contract and to get his priorities in the right order. I just kept watching for the moment when someone would ring the bell ;)
 The performance by casting Crowns was also quite touching, they have such a heart for God!
 We both enjoyed the movie and think you will, too.
For a chance to win a copy, leave a short comment about this post, with a way to contact you if your name is drawn as the winner. Anonymous comments should leave an email.( I could delete the email after the contest if you like.)
The contest ends may 12, at 8 ps EST. 
A name will be randomly drawn at 8:01 pm EST.
Thank you,
I hope you get to see the movie, Ring the Bell :)
Here are a few links with more info:

Watch the Trailer: http://ringthebellthemovie.com

 Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
Love and blessings,
Lori LC

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 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Who reads this blog? :)

I am interested in  knowing who reads my blogs.
 My stats tell me there are people from different countries who have been by here; but who?
 Have you been here before, or was this your first visit?
What was it that interested you in looking at this page?
Was it by chance or was it a key word from Google/Bing,etc?
I am asking so I can improve my writing style according to who my readers are.
 I would like to know what people from around the world are seeking.
 I seek Christ and blogs which promote His teachings and positive family values.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I hope you take a minute to post a comment so i can be encouraged to continue writing.
Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My April 'vacation'...

   Many of my friends and co-workers are enjoying their vacation, either visiting family and friends or hobnobbing with Mickey in Florida. I have been thinking about them while I am at home in NH, doing major Spring cleaning. I tackled the space on the indoor porch, where I have been using as an office all winter. So many papers and books and other miscellaneous items to sort through. I then  organized the shelves holding the winter gear. Boots, hats, scarves and wool socks were stuffed into bags; snow pants were washed first before being stored to avoid moldiness. A day later, we were opening the bags to take out gloves and hats to play outside in the 30 something degree weather.
yep, I do love New England =)  I kept the gloves and hats out because it's usually cool til Memorial day weekend, and stored the rest away in the attic for the next six or so months.
  I then went in my office, where I had stashed all the baby stuff from my son's closet, and sorted through what I want to keep, consign, and give away. (The keep pile is still a bit big, but I have hopes it will be used by my daughter and son in law within a year or so <3 )
 The boxes and bags of things to get rid of is now sitting in the back of my van...waiting til I either drop it off or take it back out to make room for groceries. That has happened more than once already.
  Today is a pretty warm day; sunny and nearly 76 out. I raked around the garden and walkway, and put the piles in the wheelbarrow,which is now waiting to be emptied. My hubby took my daughter 4-wheeling, so I'm taking a break to write about my week,so far. I hoped to visit my Grandma in RI, but time is slipping away and I may not get there til Sunday.
  I need to dump out the wheel barrow, drop off the clothes at Changes, decide what to get for dinner, cook dinner, call Grandma, wash the windows on the porch, and as many others as I can, wash my van, get the screen-house things ready to be put up, put away the neglected baskets of laundry, and a few other things that are eluding my memory at the moment.
  I guess my stay-cation isn't so bad, but Disney sure is a fun place to visit.
Maybe I'll post pics of my week on my photo journal.. HERE .
 What do you like to do on vacation?
Have a nice day =)
Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Monday, April 15, 2013

Time to clean your room, and now mine..

 I have dealt with this issue with each of my three kids. I haven't made a big deal of it because it is their space and they seem to like using their floor as one big shelf. My only rule is there can be no food in it. Out of my kids, the youngest is a seven year old boy who doesn't see the point of cleaning when he's just going to mess it up again. My girls felt the same way, but eventually got around to getting it done, and are now adults who like having a clean room.
 When his room needed to be cleaned this past weekend, I went in with him and said to start by putting any dirty clothes in the wash, clean ones in their correct drawers, not under the bed or all stuffed into one place. We looked over the toys and realized many of them belonged in the play room downstairs, and several were outgrown. I put myself to task of gathering all the baby things (more than I thought) and put them in my office(now cluttered with baby stuff).
 There were many books on the bookshelf he has also outgrown, which he is donating to a few baby boys we know. He read a few for the last time, including the one about Trucks, and Thomas the train. He's starting to read chapter books now and made room for those.
I should have taken a 'before' pic, but this is what it looks like at the moment:

 When we were done, he was surprised how neat and open his room looked. When he woke up the next morning, he put his clothes in the hamper because he didn't want to clutter his floor. Weird, but maybe this is the beginner of his growing up. or, maybe just a temporary fluke. Either way, he was proud of himself for making and keeping it neat.
 Now for the task of sorting through my office, and get all emotional putting their baby stuff into bags to give or pack away. My babies are grown up and I still want to read them their stories play with their toys ;)
Mom of a growing boy, and loving it,
Lori LC

Sunday, April 14, 2013

~Remembering Dad ~

April 14th was my dad's birthday, he was born in 1937.
Dancing with Dad, 9/14/91
My first memory of him was right around my fourth birthday.
Mom held a party at our house and I was so excited that dad was going to be there.
Since my parents were divorced for two years already, we never knew if he could (or would), make it to an event on a non-custody day.
He showed up and brought me what ended up being my favorite gift. A Yosemite Sam shirt! I hardly remember much about gifts of events from my childhood, but that visit and shirt are burned into my memory as one of my favorite memories.
                                                             It looked something like this:

My weekends with Dad usually meant going to church on Sunday morning. He brought us (my brother and sister went,too) to Woonsocket Methodist Church of Woonsocket,RI.
It was there I first heard about Jesus and how much He loves me. I learned the song, Jesus Loves Me, and got gold stars from Mrs.Edna each week I went. I absolutely loved going to church and learning about God. Dad was friends with the pastor, and they hung out after church.It was cool. After the pastor left the church, Dad stopped going. I missed going, but spent time with Dad at his house on weekends,sometimes overnight. He worked a lot of hours, but it didn't seem he ever got ahead. He just always looked tired.
I would climb up on his lap and hold his worn hand in mine. I didn't care about the tobacco odor, it was my Dad. He played games like Indian sunburn on my wrists and crunched my little fingers in his, not to hurt, just playing. We didn't talk much, he was pretty quiet as he sipped his coffee and listened to the volunteer fire scanner. There were several times he rushed out the door at odd times of the day or night. We knew from the signals what type of call he was going to. The night of the big mill fire in town brought out most of the small town of Millville. We went and watched nervously as the structure burned violently for hours. He didn't get back til much after we were already asleep.
  I think he seemed glad to go on a call to get out of the house and do something he enjoyed.

This is an entry in progress..I will continue this blog as I get my thoughts together about what say next

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My other world, photographing my world

I started a blog to chronicle my journey of photography.
I want to take my level from amateur hobbyist to a professional.
I know it will take a while, but I enjoy seeing the world through the lens of my canon,
and hope others will appreciate them as well.
  Here is the link, feel free to leave a comment there, or here.

My photo blog .

A few pics I have taken recently:

Thanks, enjoy the view :)

Love and blessings,
Lori LC

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Recent favorite authors

It's not easy for me to say which authors are my favorite at any given time. I often read a book based on the title and cover art work, as well as publisher, but often it is without noticing who the author is.
There are also times where I have read a book and enjoyed it so much that I look up more titles by that author.
I recently read several books by the same authors and am looking forward to reading more of their work.
 The three authors I currently am thoroughly enjoying are:
Loree Lough, Joshua Graham and Judy Christie.
They each write Christian fiction, but in very different styles. I posted links to each author at the bottom of the post. Let me know which author you enjoy most lately.
   Loree Lough has several book series which have characters woven through each of the stories. I have only read her First Responders trilogy; Ashes to Honor, Honor Redeemed, and Man of Honor; and For Love of Eli. She has about 98 award-winning books (5 that earned book-to-movie options), 68 short stories, and 2,500+ articles in print. She is a terrific writer and I am looking froward to reading more of her work.
  Joshua Graham , who also writes under the pen name Ian Alexander, has written several books under the 'accidental' series. He has also written exciting sci-fi and fantasy novels, such as Once We Were Kings and Terminus.  His books, Beyond Justice and Darkroom are riveting!
   Judy Christie has written several books in her 'Green' series, about a small town with big time adventure. She also has a series of books to help us stay calm and carry on, called  'How to hurry less and worry less' for different reading audiences. I enjoy her wit and humor in each book and am looking forward to reading more of her work.

Links to each author:
Loree Lough:

Joshua Graham: 

Judy Christie:


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Winter memories in pictures

View from the foot bridge at sunset.
Viewpoint of foot bridge.

Bird watching me from the feeder.

Common man mills by river side.

Chilly falls.
Snow clouds moving in over sun.

My yard in winter.

Scene from my wintry yard.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Roma Downey's Book, "Little Angels"

Roma Downey on Her Latest Project,

 "Little Angels"

About the Book
Little Angels Prayers for Every Day features more than 50 simple rhyming prayers that cover a typical day and the typical worries of a young child. From waking in the morning to going to sleep at night, from thanking God for a meal to praying for His comfort when afraid, the prayers here will help little ones to see that any moment is a good moment to talk to God. Relevant Bible verses are scattered throughout the book as well!
  I like the colorful illustrations and different daily topics.
Here is my video review:

Roma talks about her books and other resources on this you tube video:
Roma's Little Angels, book description

Roma also has a family friendly web site for you to enjoy together:

 For more info, check out these links:
 Website: http://www.idealsbooks.com  (...'Like' for rafflecopter entry)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Positive-ly terrific family movies..Pure Flix!

 If you are looking for a good movie with values and positive message, look no further than those at Pure Flix! They have a list of family friendly movies you'll be sure to enjoy =)
 Just click on the link below and you'll see the list of DVD& BluRay movies to choose from.


Here is the link to their blog site :

Facebook link:

Let me know which you like best.
Love and blessings,
 Lori LC
I have not received anything in return for promoting Pure Flix, I just appreciate their choices of family friendly movies!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sushi For One? by Camy Tang, book review

Sushi For One?
by Camy Tang

  Sushi for One? is a story about Lexi Sakai, an Asian American who is torn between family tradition and her own independence. Lexi is going to be the eldest unmarried cousin in her family and her grandmother wants her to find a man and settle down. Lexi wants to be left alone and date at her own pace, which is basically stagnant, but her grandmother will cut off funding to the volleyball team if Lexi doesn’t have a man by then. The list she has of qualities she is looking for in a man grows longer at each date. At the top of that list is for him to be a Christian, as well someone who doesn’t put the moves on her or stiff her with the check. When she meets Aiden, she feels attracted to him, but he thinks a lot of Christians are hypocrites and is not sure he wants to be part of her church. They still manage to get along pretty well and he is the only one who has been able to get close to her without her wincing or running from her memories of the past.
 Lexi is an excellent volleyball player and is in great physical shape, but has a weak stomach and tends to whine when she gets hurt. I really liked the book, until she hurt her knee; It then became a bit awkward and seemed to fizzle a bit.
 I did like the book, and you may also, so I suggest you give it a try.

Here are a few links to connect with more of Camy Tang:


A Man Of Honor, by Loree Lough. Book review

A Man of Honor
 by Loree Lough

  A Man of Honor is about a first responder named Rusty Parker and a teacher named Grace Sinclair. They first met while responding to a search for a teenager who went missing the day after her prom.

   Rusty is a mild mannered Harley rider who sports a pony tail, not your typical appearance of a pastor and youth advocate. He has opened his heart and home to troubled teenagers that have had a rough life, and shows them there are people who really care for them.

 Grace also has a heart for teens and seeks to help those who seem to be outcasts among their peers. They both have had their share of heartbreaks and loss, which has made them empathetic to others, as well as on guard when it comes to falling in love.

   Together, they reach out and bring together an unlikely family who genuinely care for each other; Rusty was even willing to put his life on the line for his kids, showing his true character, and love for them. Their faith in God helped see themthrough even the toughest of times. There’s much more to the story than this, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
Here are a few links to Loree Lough you can check out :


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 6

Remembering a light that lit many others
 This time last year, February 6,2012, a very special person passed away. Her light did not go out, but was passed on as a torch in a relay. She had many close family and friends. Her twin sister has been one of her biggest torch bearers, along with her young son and husband, parents and close friends. I  didn't have the privilege of knowing Hillary St.Pierre-Ford personally, but got to know her through her Mom and a friend. They often spoke about her strength and love for those around her. She tried to be a pillar of strength and hope til the end. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2006 at the age of 23 and chronicled her life on her blog called baldiesblog.blogspot.com . Her blog has helped many cope with their own life battles and her strength and warmth will be her lasting legacy. We can only hope we have a positive influence on others and be remembered with a smile.
Pass on the light of friendship!
Knowing someone like Hillary makes me want to be a stronger and not give up, no matter what things look like.
 This is an entry written on Hillary's blog by Vic that really spoke to me:

there is a miracle called friendship that dwells within the heart.
and you don't know how it happens or when it gets its start...
but the happiness its brings you always gives a special lift ,
then you realize that friendship is gods precious gift.

Hillary also wrote a book about cancer to help her son understand it better.It's called 'Z and the cancer meanie'. This is an excellent book to read with children about what people may go through with cancer and treatments. Here is a link about the book:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"The Silent Sermon"

  A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday'.

We live in a world today which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.What silent message would God have you share with someone today?
Author unknown

Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt.5:16
God has given each of us the "Three T's.": Time, Talent, and Treasure. Don't waste any of these and remember to use them to serve one another. We need each other...

I found this at  http://cindynavarro.blogspot.com/

'Etched..Into My Heart' . Book review

Etched ...Into My Heart by Jill Kelly

Etched ...Into My Heart, What we learn and why we never forget is an unforgettable story of Jill learning about what love really is through the journey of her life. She opens her heart and reveals her innermost feelings and thoughts of events in her life, including tragedies and triumphs which helped form who she has become during her walk in life.
   Jill married Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. They had three blessed children, Erin, Hunter James and Camryn. The book focuses on the time in Jill's life when Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe disease. Krabbe(KRAH-buh), which affects muscle tone and movement, and may cause vision and hearing loss, among other devastating effects.The life expectancy of children diagnosed is about two years. Hunter lived much longer than expected, til age 8, and everyone who met him felt his life had purpose of reaching others. 
  Jill gives an honest and emotional account of how this affected their lives, and reveals how they were able to keep positive in a terrible situation. Jill's brother talked to her about having faith in God. At first she dismissed the idea, but eventually realized he was right and dedicated her life to the Lord. Throughout the ordeal of raising a family and  keeping their marriage strong, they saw Christ's hand in much of their life. 
 Jill and Jim found strength in Christ and saw that the more they leaned on Him, the stronger they got.
They saw that Hunter's life, as much as he struggled,' that his life became much more significant than the disease that was trying to steal it.' and' ..The light of life dispelled the shadow of death and despair.'

  Jill found unexpected hope in a simple form of a butterfly, which seemed to her a way that God was being faithful in comforting her. 
 I like how she says, " These moments in time etched upon our hearts, they hurt down deep, yet in the pain a greater hope and resolve is birthed." Through our deepest joys and hurts, memories are forever etched in our hearts and mind, which we will never forget.
For more information to reach Jill Kelly, please refer to the links below. 

Thank you for reading this review!
Love and blessings,
Lori LC
Jill Kelly's links:
also, the link to Kelly and Bob's organization to support and inform people about Krabbe disease: www.HuntersHope.org

Krabbe disease (KRAH-buh disease) is an inherited, often fatal disorder affecting the central nervous system. Krabbe disease affects about 1 in every 100,000 people in the United States.
The disease affects muscle tone and movement, and may cause vision and hearing loss, among other devastating effects. In most cases, Krabbe disease develops in babies before 6 months of age, although it can occur in older children and in adults.
There's no cure for Krabbe disease and treatment mainly involves approaches designed to ease symptoms. However, early studies using stem cell transplants to treat Krabbe disease before symptoms begin have had some success. 
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