Tuesday, July 26, 2016

He just turned 4

Cant believe my grandson just turned 4.....Of course I also have one that is 15 - and still one that is a year old....well, with 9 grandsons, they have to be all ages.  But that is the fun part.  Just when you get over one age period there is another one coming into the same period.  So when J. became 5 and left the age of 4 - P. became 4.

Each year is a wonder in itself and amazing - whether they are learning to talk or chatting away. Learning to walk or running all over.  It never ceases to amaze me.  We were holding the youngest and he was just learning certain words and kept repeating them.  I love to see babies who are facinated by books (being an avid reader myself)

We all had a great time and waiting for the next birthday party.....

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: Lowcountry Stranger

Lowcountry Stranger Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bravo...another great book in the series and understand #3 is coming soon. I want the Sweeney family to adopt me. This is a family with three sisters Faith, Jackie and Sam who involve themselves in each others lives - they take care of each other and their families and are always there no matter what the situation. And there is plenty of drama in this family. From dying friends, to long lost husbands, to abducted children, to love lost but found again. If you read the first book in this series, you know what I am talking about...you must read the first book (Her Sisters Shoes) and then continue to this one. You wont be disappointed. Cant wait for the third book in this series.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Justice Redeemed

Justice Redeemed Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine being a lawyer, fighting for the rights of people - and ending up in jail yourself for killing someone - someone you didn't kill. Darren Street went against the wrong person when thought to get Jalen Jordan off for a minor traffic violation - Jordan ends up dead and Street is accused of murdering him. Off to jail, under the worst conditions - his lawyer works hard to prove him innocent....follow the story that has corruption, fighting and strength all wrapped up in a powerful story behind the legal system.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Word of the Week: Help

For something new I am going to post "Word of the Week" .  I would do Word of the Day but I just dont have that kind of time to devote to a daily post on words.  Anyway, the post will come out every Saturday...so follow me and find out what the word is, how it relates to you and please leave a comment.

Today's word is HELP.  Definition: make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one's services or resources:

I am one of those people who is always trying to help people.  I grew up as the oldest and often helped my mom, my younger siblings and friends.  Guess it is in my nature.  Even at my job I am told that I go above and beyond to help staff members.  I don't mind.  If everyone thought that way, just helping each other - then maybe we would be a better earth.  Even something as simple as holding the door open for the next person....

Have you helped someone recently?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Finding Dory

Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying my son, his wife and their two sons, along with hubby, to the movies.  We dont do movies too often since we are at that age where it is freezing in the theater, the sound is too loud, need the end seat to make bathroom runs, food does not agree with our stomachs....to name a few....but I do love going.  And we were invited to go with the grandchildren, so who could say no.

Besides I have been wanting to see "Finding Dory" since it came out and feel funny going in without kids.  So we all went - took along my sweater, was starving by the time it was over (while grandkids ate popcorn, etc that smelled so good) and well, it was loud.  But enjoyed every minute of it, along with being with the grandkids.

Since I was a Finding Nemo fan, I looked forward to this story of family, love, and caring that occurred among all the characters.  Dory pulled the strings of my heart with her strength to go out and find a way back to her parents as difficult as it was for her - never give up- and she didnt.  Her parents didnt either...

The day continued with going out to dinner, great conversation and finally to Frozen Planet for a delightful dessert....In the end, it doesnt matter what you do - as long as you do it with those you love.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


When I got married I knew I wanted lots of children.  Hubby also wanted lots so there was no problem there.  I wanted 6 - he wanted 4 -- so we compromised and had 5.  We had 4 boys and 1 girls.  Life was good; life was hectic.  The teenage years were busy.  Learning to drive had me at wits end.  But with hard work and lots  of love - we survived and raised good human beings and we are very proud of them.

Four of them eventually got married (still have my youngest at home) and then the joy really began. They gave me grandchildren.  I always thought I couldn't love my children more - but having grandchildren has been a continuous "up" for me.  I have 9 so life is still always busy and hectic but the smiles of their faces makes all my aches and pains go away....because this is what life is all about....love my boys....here are just two of them!

As you can see there is always food at grandmas house!!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Her Sister's Shoes

Her Sister's Shoes Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wasn't sure this was my type of book. But I am always open to new authors. Farley's books were recommended by another author friend, Bette Lee Crosby so I decided to give it a chance. Well. I love the Sweeney family, their trials and tribulations but mostly their love for one another and the way they stick together as a family. Sam, Jackie and Faith are sisters who are so different from one another; but that makes them unique. Along with Lovie, their mom, they each take part in running the family business. They are not without troubles - Sam's son is in a wheelchair because of an accident; Faith is married to an abusive husband and Jackie will find out her husband is having an affair....I loved this book so much I am doing something I never do with other series -- starting the next book in the series - Lowcountry Stranger.

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Why Me?

Why Me? Why Me? by Sarah Burleton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abuse - whether physical or verbal...is still abuse and unacceptable. Except in this day and age it still goes on. A true story by the author..which must have been so hard to write...but had to be told - covers the years Sarah went through this abuse until the age of 16 when she escapes. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger - and this story showed how Sarah managed to survive her mother's hate and still become a bright, productive woman.

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