Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review-Fire Of The Raging Dragon

Fire Of The Raging Dragon 
An engaging, riveting novel by Don Brown

The USA owes China trillions of dollars of debt to finance economic programs it could not afford.  If China decided to call in those loans in military favors rather than repayment in money or sell off those loans, what would happen to the America we know?

The storyline goes deep into defining what could happen if the situation became volatile in South China Sea, between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.   Brown shows what might happen if the US was drawn into this type of situation and what American’s role might be with so much  debt owed to the Chinese Government.

The People’s Republic of China attacked and took control of the island of Itu Aba, which belonged to Taiwan.  They wanted it because of its natural gas deposits.  The USA  was drawn into this situation because the Taiwan Government took control of a People’s Republic of China freighter, Shemnong, carrying weapons that were to be used for controlling the island Itu Aba against Taiwan.  Upon boarding the ship, not only did the Taiwanese find weapons , they also found something far more unsettling…they found gruesome crimes against humanity. They needed the American Government to document this crime so the US took control of the ship thus pushing the situation over the edge.  Were it not for a president who was levelheaded in his thinking and his ability to ask God for guidance, the outcome could have been far different.  

The storyline if full of plots and subplots with twists and turns that keeps you riveted. Not only does it have a political military plot but also a personal involvement with the president's daughter.  You can feel their anguish as if it were your own.   It is a story that leaves you doing some deep soul searching.

I found the first few chapters to be a little slow and had some difficulty jumping from one country/ship to the next, but I soon got the hang of it and couldn’t put the book down. At times I almost forgot to breathe.   I read it in one afternoon.   Mr. Brown does an excellent job of writing about the military without the use of profanity.  I found this to be a refreshing element.  If you like a riveting story with political plots and twists and turns this is a must-read book.

This book can be found at:  Amazon> , Zondervan
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Daria's Holiday Music Give Away

Updated to add a few pictures and more information

Over at Create With Joy, she is giving away a great music gift.  Dara is an international folk singer.  She influences children of all cultures with her music.  For a chance to win be sure to stop over at Create With Joy for details. I know this would be a must have for my granddaughter! 

This collections includes some of the following
This holiday season, Daria is spreading her message of holiday cheer through Songs For Merry Multicultural Mirth – a bright collection of holiday songs that celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas!
A few of the songs in the collection are listed below.

Ocho Candelikas: A beautiful Hanukah song from Spain.
Feliz Navidad: The classic Christmas song by Jose Feliciano.
Oh Dreydl: An American song about that fun spinning toy children love!
Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (Oh Come Little Children): A beautiful German Christmas Carol.
A Rockin’ Jingle Bells: Did you know that Jingle Bells was orignally a Thanksgiving song?

For more information about the CD be sure to visit
Daria at her award winning site.

and also don't forget to stop by
Create With Joy
to get details on how to sign up for a chance to win.  Good Luck!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish al of you, USA and Abroad a

Happy Thanksgiving.

I pray that each one of you will take the time to reflect on what you are thankful for.  Even sometimes the smallest of things are what means the most.  Be sure to tell someone you love them and how thankful you are for them..

Hugs,
Sally

Monday, November 12, 2012

Piggy Bank Give Away and Review

Create With Joy
How many of you have irreplaceable treasures buried in your homes?
  • They come in boxes holding a lifetime of memories.
  • They’re found in treasured heritage photos of our ancestors.
  • They’re hidden in childhood moments captured in home movies.
  • They’re tucked away in poignant speeches recorded on cassettes.
  • They’re even found in aging slides and yellowing documents containing your family’s history
What happens when you can no longer access these memories… or share them with generations to come?
Thanks to Peggy Bank, now you can!

For details on how to enter and to see how this works,  stop by:
Create With Joy

I Was A Winner




I won over at Create With Joy.  She had listed an ebook called REACH by Laura Krokos and Angie Pratt.  I am very happy to have won this book because if anyone knows me they know that I am not a big fan of social media.  I am very excited to read this book and find out if it will change my view.  I am always open to accepting what is good...  It is already downloaded to my Kindle waiting for me to crack open the first page.  Will let you know when I have finished it.  By the way if you are not a follower of Create with Joy...be sure to sign up.  She has tons of intersting things going on at her blog.

BELOW IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE BOOK  

Reach E-Book Review

Have you ever wondered why you exist in the 21st century – during a time when we are connected to the world like never before – in a society when technology changes so fast, it boggles the mind?
The Bible says in Acts 17:26 that our presence here is no accident:
God began by making one man, and from him he made all the different people who live everywhere in the world. He decided exactly when and where they would live.
One technology that has changed the very fabric of our lives is Social Media.
While some people associate Social Media with entertainment, self-promotion, and certain evils in society, Laura Krokos and Angie Pratt are out to change that perception.
In their new e-book Reach, Laura and Angie show Social Media users how to influence others for the glory of God!
Using our social influence for good begins with intentionality and purpose. To be effective, we need to know what our mission is and how we are going to accomplish it!
We may need to shift our perspective. For instance, we may not think of ourselves as missionaries, particularly when we sit down to blog or tweet or update our Facebook statuses, but the authors explain that:
A mission field is nothing more than a gathering of people who need the saving love of Jesus.
In that context, they challenge us to care for those within our sphere of influence, and to be aware of the opportunities for ministry that God sends our way!
Laura and Angi remind us that Jesus gave us a Great Commission to fulfill that consists of two parts:
Evangelism is sharing the message of the gospel through words, and discipleship is helping others walk by faith, communicate their faith, and multiply their faith.
Reach provides us with a MAP containing the Methods, Avenues, and Points to guide us through the process, and identifies some key pitfalls of Social Media to avoid!
Reach – How To Use Your Social Media Influence For The Glory Of God is filled with lots of fascinating facts, stories, information and resources that will inspire you to impact the lives of those around you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ribbon Give Away...USA only

DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST THIS HAS BEEN CLOSED.


Hi  Crafters...

I have a bunch of odds and ends of ribbon that I thought I would give away.  I am sorry that I have to limit it to the USA ONLY, but my budget doesn't permit overseas postage rates at the moment.
 I was doing a clear out and came across this bounty of odds and ends of ribbon.  There is nothing less than 6 inches and that is in the small bag in the front.  Everything else ranges from  12 inches  and up....there are some that might even be 6 ft or more.  There is some twine.  Not a whole lot, but some...

If anyone is interested please leave a comment in order to be counted.  Also please share this give away on your blog.  This will end on November 17th at 12 noon EST.  Winner will be announced Sunday Nov 18th.  Only one post per person.  Double posts will be deleted.

Good Luck!

Small bag in front has nothing less than 6 inches, everything else is 12 inches and up!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Just A Few Cards


Thankfully the rains and winds from Hurricane Sandy have left our area, but it is still rather dreary and cold.  Belive me when I see all the devestation on the East coast I am very thankful that we only had some flooding, downed trees and powerlines in our area. 
Now if all the robo calls from the politicians for the upcoming election on Tuesday would end....I would be happy.  Nothing aggrevates me more than to be in the middle of a meal or reading a good book and have the phone ring and it be a robo call from a politician.  I'd even be happy if it were a real person.  We have gotten to the point where we hit the answer button and immediately the end button.  I know, I know,  after Tuesday it will end, but it has been going on for a year or longer now and the closer it gets to election day the worse the robo calls become.  Sometimes we get as many as 50 in a day.  Sorry for the soap box... That's it for today!  LOL  (Can you tell I've had one too many calls already today?)


This card was made using glossy paper and stippling it with ink and overstamping the image onto the stippling. Love how it looks.  I used a button embossing folder and added faux stitching around the edge.
Challenges:
Faux or Real Stitching
Thank you



The tag background was made using all colors of glimmer sprays.  Over stamped it with the snowflake stamp..Added a little faux stitching around the edge, but is hard to see in the picture.  Cut little Henry Mouse out and attached him with foam pads.  Instant Tag.
Challenge:
T is for Tag



This image from Meljens if one of my very favorites.  What can I say about it...It just makes me smile
The background paper is stamped with a stamp from Bugawumps...Love those circles.  They give any card a happy feeling.
Challenges:
Critters (use any meljens critter images)



Needed a card for a friend who is going through a tough time.  Thought this card would cheer her up and show her she has friends thinking about her.
Challenges:
Just One
one image, one paper, one embellishment, one word

Just Crafting Away

This post is mainly about paper crafts... Not so much cardmaking.
I was hosting a 6 week Bible Study and gave most the the paper crafted items
 each week to the ladies that attended.  They seemed to enjoy the added extra "something" each lesson.


 Easel Card calendar & Note Pad
Challenges:
Anything Goes
Diminsions and a sentiment

I loved this bag.  It started out white.  I sprayed it with glimmer mists and Mr. Huey mists, then stapmed it with leaves, added a folded flower and pearl brad in the middle.  It is really pretty in real life.  It shimmers and the gals I gave them to, just loved them.
Challenges:
Falling Leaves
Pearls and Flowers


Challenges:
Halloween





Challenges:
Die Cuts and Punches
The tag is punched and the white leaves and vines are a die cut.
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

We Three Kings....Deck The Halls...

For someone who can't sing, my title sounds like I am in a singing mood....
Time is just going by Waaaaay to fast!
This card was made using glimmer mists and ink resist.  Not sure I like the outcome, but it is something that I will have to work on before I think I am fully satisfied with the results.
Challenges:
Anything goes as long as it's a card
Anything Goes




Challenges:
Add Texture
Christmas
Ribbon or Twine