Enter Robin Lee Hatcher’s Kindle HDX Giveaway & RSVP for 2/6 Facebook Party!

Enter Today | 1/20 – 2/6!
A Promise Kept Robin Lee Hatcher
Don’t miss Robin Lee Hatcher‘s stunning new novel, A Promise KeptRobin is celebrating with a fun giveaway and an encouraging Facebook Author Chat Party.

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 One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 6th. Winner will be announced at the “A Promise Kept” Facebook Author Chat Party on the 6th. Connect with Robin and friends for an evening of encouraging book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Robin’s next book!



So grab your copy of A Promise Kept and join Robin on the evening of February 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 2/6!

About the Book:

God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.

Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.

My Review:

This book is very well-written and I could sense Robin Lee Hatcher’s transparency through the lens of the story. This made me easily connect with the main characters, Allison and Emma. This story resonated in my heart. A must read!

 

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

February is a special month for me, The Man and I celebrate our wedding anniversary this month and it’s Valentine’s Day! It’s the perfect month for romance ;-)

To celebrate, I am hosting a Valentine’s Day giveaway from now until 9 pm EST on February 14th.

The prizes are:

  • $10 Amazon eGift Card
  • $10 Starbucks eGift Card
  • $5 Amazon eGift Card
  • $5 Starbucks eGift Card

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There Were No Children in the Garden of Eden

The Man and I went on a date recently. It was very refreshing.

But the night before our date was rambunctious. We went out to a burrito restaurant. That excursion was an exercise in incessant ear drum busting. The 22 month old girl had a fit of the wails which we endured at the restaurant and on the ride back home.  It was way past her bedtime, and I was already exhausted from undergoing The Marathon of Motherhood (aka, fourteen straight hours of care giving). Being the responsive and attentive mother that I am, I blasted my favorite Alicia Keys album in the car to try to appease her. Didn’t work. (However, I thoroughly enjoyed singing along to Girl on Fire while my little girl experienced her own fire of a tantrum.)

I digress. Date night was a lovely dream. No children and just the two of us. Felt like the first 7 years of our marriage prior to children: QUIET. We even cracked a few jokes. And I got to talk with The Man about my writing in a bleeding heart artsy fartsy kind of way (instead of my usual stressed out and panicked “Oh my God, how am I going to get this story done with all the other stuff I have to do in my already overloaded life kind of way.”)

The time we spent together was well worth the money we paid to the babysitter, and the money we shelled out for dinner, and the money we shelled out for after dinner Starbucks coffee. I have to remember to make up for all the food and coffee I inhaled, but that was worth it too…in a way.

This date reminded me of what my pastor and mentor said to us ten years ago during pre-marital counseling: “After you say ‘I do,’ you are a new family unit. Before any children, the two of you are a family. Remember that.”

It also reminded me of what I read in a Preparation for Parenting course I took before we had our first child. The teacher of the course made a poignant statement: there were no children in the Garden of Eden. In God’s original design for a family, he had one man and one woman in mind, a husband and a wife. They were the foundation.

Yay! I now have biblical license to let the children run amuck while I watch Redbox movies all day with The Man. Okay, I stretched scripture a bit, but I do have to keep my family relationships in right perspective. Marriage first. Children second.

A lot of times, I become so child-centered I forget that The Man and I are the foundation. It’s easy to do, especially when children are small and require a lot of physical care and attention. I’ve heard lots of stories of well-meaning parents who pour everything into their children, and so they have nothing to give to their spouses. By the time the children have grown up and left, the marriage has shriveled up. I don’t want to be that person.

I’ll carve out that extra time and expense to have those date nights. I’ll take the time to talk to The Man each day when he gets home from work instead of bombarding him with my Honey-Do list. Because a strong marriage is the foundation from which our children are built.

Confessions of a Neat Freak

My name is Preslaysa, and I am a neat freak. Being a neat freak can be a troublesome trait when you have small children.

My neat-freakness was exposed this week when I volunteered in the children’s ministry during my weekly Bible Study Fellowship outing. They sent me to the four-five year old room where the kiddos happily stamped their papers with blue ink.

Can you believe my dismay when I noticed they also stamped the table?

If my children did this at home, I would have flipped. Actually, I know my children would have done the same thing which is why I purchase washable paint, washable crayons, washable markers, washable water (kidding about the washable water part).

The ink in the 4-5 year old room, however, wasn’t washable. I tried to scrub it off. It remained. The stains on an otherwise perfect surface irked me.

The teacher in the room took one look at the table, smiled and said: “Looks like we have a job to do.” Then she laughed, a pure joyous laugh.

My mind got all tangled up. How is she happy in the midst of this disaster?

But it taught me a lesson. I need to go with the flow with my children, and not get so upset when their childlike antics sully my plans…or my house.

When I get up in the morning, I usually feel like the clock is ticking. I have a ‘to do’ list to tackle and a precious few hours to tackle it: weekly chores, dishes, exercise, laundry, updating checkbook, making calls, responding to emails, getting in my writing quota, doing the day’s lesson with the kiddos, etc. At the end of the day, I’m usually tuckered out from my race against the clock.113013_1

I’ve realized that I plan my days to leave little room for mishaps, and small children are cute little packages filled with mishaps.

They’ve taught me the importance of grace. And they’ve shown me how beautiful ink stains can be.

Win a BEAUTIFUL hand-painted table from Suzanne Field!

Enter Today – 1/2 – 1/18!
Suzanne Field Thomas Nelson The Painted Table
Suzanne Field is celebrating her novel The Painted Table with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway!

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One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 18th. Winner will be announced January 20th on Thomas Nelson’s Facebook Page.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the TNZ Facebook Page on the 20th to see if you won.

About the book:

A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.

Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.

Purchase your copy: http://ow.ly/rIosh

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About the author:

Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.

Learn more about Suzanne at:https://www.facebook.com/SuzanneFieldThePaintedTable

My Review:

This was an awesome read. I was sad to get to the last page! Her characterization and her themes were incredible. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.