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This is my first time reading a book by Dorothy Love and I can definitely say if I found another one for a good price or found one at my library I would read it.  I love the old fashion feel of the book, the way you can imagine Carrie interacting and living out her life back in the days when the women had to do just as much as the men.  I love her attention to artistic detail and found it very easy to imagine everything that she was trying to describe.

This book is about a woman named Carrie who lost both of her parents when she was younger.  All that was left in her world was her brother, Henry and herself.  They lived together for quite sometime until Henry was married to a widow named Mary.  Mary and her two sons moved into the house with Henry and after a few incidents Carrie decided that five was a crowd and moved out to try to make it on her own.

A mysterious man named Griff arrives and instantly has the whole town talking.  They don’t like the looks of him but instantly Carrie and Griff are smitten with each other.  There are only two problems:  All the rumors that Carrie has heard about Griff and the fact that Carrie is promised to another man, although she hasn’t exactly said “yes” yet.

This is a great story about how faith and trusting in God can lead to great things in the end, however stormy the trail may seem in the beginning.

The only trouble I had was feeling like I didn’t know some of the background stories on some of the characters in the book.  I didn’t realize until after I had read the authors notes at the back that this was another book in a line of stories that the author had written.  Other than that it was a great book and like I said I will definitely pick up another one of Dorothy Love’s books.

I give this book 5 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Catching the snowflakes.

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It’s been a while..but it’s time to catch up on Fill in the Blank Fridays.  This idea originated from http://thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com/

Here is mine for the week…even though it’s a date late.

1.  If I could  medal in an olympic event it would be: I would invent one for changing diapers.  I think I’m quite the pro at it.  Either that or sleeping.  :)
2.  If I was stranded on a deserted island I’d take: my family and books.  If there was electricity I would take my laptop so I can keep on playing my facebook games  :)
3.       Squirrels: are cute.
4.  I’d rather eat mushrooms (gross)  everyday,  than have towipe snot    everyday.
5.  I am  hoping to save up my money that I earn from selling Pampered Chef and take my family to Disney World within the next two years. (fingers crossed)
6.  I should really be  reading my book for my book review for my blog, but this is the first time I have sat down all day and I’m going to relax by doing some couponing :).
7.  One of my favorite things in all the world is   walking along the Seal Cove sandbeach at sunset.  2nd best would be getting hugs from my little man.  Today he was at a birthday party and got up and came right over to give me a hug and then went back to eating.  Such a nice feeling!
Have a great rest of the weekend!!!  We’re snow covered here.  CRAZY!
Laura

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Hope everybody had a great Valentine’s day yesterday!  Hubby and I really didn’t do much.  No….haha we didn’t do anything.  I had to go to the walk in clinic and hubby was working.  By the time we both got home and sitting down together I was exhausted and went to bed.  But, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway.

This morning I woke up and realized that I forgot to put money over into our bank account to pay for our mortgage payment that came out last night.  Uggh…With hubby recently being laid off and him working on his own it has become extremely difficult to pay some bills…but we’ve been managing.

This morning when I got up I immediately went to our bank account to transfer some money…only to realize that I couldn’t.  Not sure why.  Didn’t call because yesterday I was on the phone for most of the day dealing with the CRA.  Yup they decided to do an audit on me or something stupid like that and realized that I haven’t been paying my CPP.  Yah who knew  you still had to do that when you are babysitting.  UGH!!  So….now we also have a $500 bill looming over our head.  Just lovely.

So this morning there was minus $93.25 in our account.  I was freaking out a bit because I really wasn’t sure what we were going to do.  I felt helpless but knew that soon money would come in.

Then, today of all days the mail man decided to come early.  Since I have been couponing I get a LOT of mail…so I was super excited that the mail was here.  Before I went out to get it I prayed that God would send some money today so that we could get our bank account back in the positive.

Out to the mailbox I go…hoping that something is in there.  Trusting that God will take care of it…like He always has done before.

What do I find?  Some coupons (which would normally make my day happy) and a letter.  Before I opened the letter I prayed again.  I opened it and in that letter was a cheque that covered the amount that we needed in our bank account and enough for the bill that will come out tonight.

So PRAISE THE LORD.  Not only should I be praising  Him now but for always.  Just another daily reminder that I am sooooo blessed!

Laura

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I’ve been slacking on my blog writing.  I’ve said that before…but my life has just been crazy lately.  I’m doing a lot of Pampered Chef parties which is AWESOME and I’ve had this stupid head cold for about a month now.  Going to the walk in clinic tomorrow to hopefully get some antibiotics.  (Crossing my fingers).  AND I’ve been couponing like a mad woman.  (I’ll blog about that tomorrow)

But for right now I’m bringing back Laughable Lines for the day.

I was getting supper ready the other day and we were having Shepherds Pie.  A favourite for Little E at preschool…but whenever I make it he just doesn’t seem to like it.  They must put in something extra.  Anyway, I was dishing it out and Little E says “Mom are you getting mine ready?”

To which I replied…”Yup, sure am”

“Just give me a little bit please mom”

“Ok Little E, no problem”

“Trust me mom, just trust me.  A little bit” he replies.

Trust him…haha I just gave him a little bit and he was super happy.

Laura

Blessing:  A nice warm house when it’s -23 degrees outside with the windshield factor is a super awesome blessing!

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“Is this Sobeys?”

When we first moved here three years ago hubby decided that we needed to pick our own number and pick something that was easy to remember.  So we called the phone company and asked for an easy number.  They gave us a few to pick from and we came up with something that was fairly easy to remember.

Well…let me tell you…we should have done our research.

Turns out that our phone number is very similar to Sobeys.  So for the last three years we have gotten many phone calls from people saying “Is this Sobeys?”

I was polite at first.  But after oh the 10th time of people calling and waking my little boy up from his nap…mother bear came out.  I got angry and annoyed.  Seriously…how hard is it to get a phone number right???  SHEESH.  Technology has made it easier than ever  before.  These days we have touch tone phones (not the rotary ones where your fingers could get stuck in the holes) and we have telephones with screens on it so you can SEE the number you are dialing.

I know, I know…it’s an honest simple mistake.  But seriously you’re sitting there reading this and I bet you don’t get at LEAST three calls a day asking for Sobeys.

What’s worse is these  people:

Stupid caller 1: “Hello, is this Sobeys?”

Me:  “No, you have the wrong number.”

Stupid caller 1:  “Oh, I’m so sorry, bye!”

They hang up and immediately call back.

Me:  “hello?”
Stupid caller 1 again: “Is this Sobeys?”

Me: Click

 They call back again.  I let it ring, and ring, and ring and ring and think to myself:  “Sucker!  Now you are going to have to listen to my ridiculously long voicemail message!”

Stupid caller #2:  “Is this Sobeys?”

Me: “No, you have the wrong number.”

Stupid Caller #2:  “I have the wrong number?”

Me: (sigh) “yes”

Stupid Caller #2:  (two options to choose from here) A)  Can you tell me the number I called? or B) Is this ***-****?”

Me: reply to option A) You called ***-****  or B)  No this is ***-****

Stupid Caller #2:  “Oh, I guess I have the wrong number?”

Me:  CLICK

Oh and the best is when I get a Sobeys store looking for Sobeys.  Yah that’s always fun.

***Last night I had a call for Sobeys from a totally different province.  I didn’t get to the phone in time so I waited and I waited for them to leave a message and they didn’t. So I called them back.   This is how the conversation went:

Me: “Did somebody from your house just call my number?”

Stupid stupid caller:  “NO”

Me: “Somebody just called her”

Stupid stupid caller:  “No, who is this?”

I give them my name

Stupid stupid caller: “No, we were calling Sobeys.”

Me:  “You’re from a different province?  Why would you be calling here to Sobeys?  Idiots…” Then I hung up.

Seriously….it’s hard soooooo very hard to be Christlike when people are so dumb!

On another note:  Maybe I should work for Sobeys?   :)

Laura

Blessing:  At least I know the number for Sobeys when I need to call.

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Ok last week I posted that I saw the 40 bags in 40 days challenge when I was searching for things on Pinterest.  I came across it on this blog:  Little Lucy Lu .  So I decided that I was going to sit down and write a list and do this challenge.

However…I didn’t quite come up with 40.  I only came up with 30.  So I’m going to make it the 30 bags in 30 days challenge.  Sure I could have come up with 40 if I wanted to include my basement in this…however it’s not heated and I wasn’t about to freeze my epidermis (that’s a big word I learned from DC Talk back in grade 8) off so I decided to stick with just the main level of the house.  That being said…I do plan on doing this challenge again in the summer time and doing 40 days of 40 garbage bags just in my basement.  It needs a major garbage haul.

So just to clarify for this one.  I’ll be using regular size plastic grocery bags to throw/give this stuff away in.  You will notice that I have some things listed a few times.  I’m not cheating…..they just need to be done three days in a row if I’m ever going to make a dent in it.  :)

So here’s my list:

40 bags in 40 days – Winter 2011

1. Kitchen Hutch

2. Bathroom Closet

3. Bathroom closet

4. Little E’s toybox

5. Little E’s toybox

6. My dresser

7. My dresser

8. Office Space

9. Office Space

10.          Office Space

11.          Craft cubby

12.          Little E’s closet

13.          Little E’s dresser

14.          Little E’s shelves

15.          Little E’s Shelves

16.          Little E’s books

17.          Little E’s books

18.          Kitchen cupboards

19.          My closet

20.          My closet

21.          Back room

22.          Back room

23.          Books in my room

24.          Books in my room

25.          Hubby’s sock drawer

26.          Utensil drawer in Kitchen

27.          Fridge

28.          Headboard

29.          Bench in entry way

30.          Movies

I challenged all my readers out there to do this with me and to take a picture of each bag after you did it each day with a tag saying the date and what area you cleaned out.  Remember all this stuff isn’t necessarily for garbage…some of it can go to a thrift shop.  Send your emailed photos at the end of it or even at the end of each day if you want to luvmyadopted1@gmail.com  and let’s see how much clutter we can get rid of!!

Laura

Blessing:  My son slept in his underwear for the first time last night!!!  Such a proud mommy here!!

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