Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Favorite Things I Love About Autumn by Jodie Wolfe

Thrilled to have my friend Jodie Wolfe with me today sharing about her Five Loves of Autumn. Enjoy!

1. The Smells - I love the smell of the leaves as you walk through them. Then there's the scent of hot apple
cider, apple crisp hot from the oven and the smell of the apples as they become ripe on the tree. I love to have either an apple or pumpkin candle burning once fall hits. Sorry, I couldn't limit it to just one smell. :)

2. The Sounds - While I'm not crazy about raking, I do love the sound of leaves as they crunch and rustle under foot. Almost every year when my sons were still at home we would take a fall leaf hike up on the mountain near us. There's was something about that sound as we trekked through the forest to be the first to find a unique leaf.

3. Change of Temperature - I really enjoy when the weather begins to turn cooler. I love to take a stroll early each morning and I find it invigorating to walk when there is a briskness to the air. Somehow it makes me feel more alive.

4. The colors - I live in PA and this year the colors were exceptional. Each morning as I walked in my
neighborhood I took stock of what new trees were beginning to show signs of color. I truly enjoyed seeing the progression from the first hint of hue until now when very few leaves are remaining on the trees.

5. What's to Come - While I truly have enjoyed the colors, sounds, smells and cooler temperatures, my most favorite thing about fall is that winter is right around the corner. :) Winter is my favorite season because I absolutely love SNOW. My friends are always giving me a hard time in winter because whenever there is any threat of precipitation, I'm the one praying for snow. :)


Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys
spending time with her husband, reading and walking.

You can find her on her
Putting on the New blog:
Stitches Thru Time blog:

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Jodie!
Readers, what's a favorite Autumn item you love? Can you identify with any of Jodie's?


Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Morning Gratitudes: Be Thankful!

I've got a lot of things to be especially thankful for this year. Yes, I went thru what to me was a horrendous time for awhile. Yes, I wasn't sure I'd make it. BUT God saw me through. I'm eternally grateful.  Today, I'm appreciative.

God answered marvelous prayers for me the first part of the year:
* He worked in a "behind-the-scenes" manner on others. A breath taking answer for me!
* He answered in three sweet ways, in the event of my mother's passing:
   1.) He gave her an easy passing
   2.) I was able to be with her, along with my husband, when she crossed to the other side.
   3.) God gave us a perfect day for her memorial/funeral day. 

* Hubby and I learned one valuable lesson this summer. 

*  God blessed my debut novel with another Award: USA Best Books of 2015, winner
*  God gave my book, Hog Insane, a wonderful promotion for three days this fall.
*  God helped me prepare and edit the first novel in my new Romantic Mystery series: Sabotaged Christmas. Releasing soon!

Thank you, God.  Why wouldn't I believe He will continue to answer prayer? 
Blessings, Readers! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Morning Peace: We Gather Together

Gathering Together
The old hymn is customarily sung around Thanksgiving time.
Here are the lyrics:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free.

A Few Fun Facts:

* A Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius 
* Written to 
 celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces 
in the Battle of Turnhout
 * It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. 

* "We Gather Together's" first appearance 
in an American hymnal was in 1903

We usually celebrate holidays whenever we can work them in. With two sons who's lives are as busy as their parents, we've found the need to be flexible. It works for us. So this year, we're celebrating Thanksgiving on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 
Hopefully, our whole family will be together. 
Mom will be missing.

But the blessings and abundant love God has shown this year!  
Thank you, God!