Christmas 2018 (in pics)

The calm and tasty…..


before the storm….


willing the fire to get warmerIMG_0569

killing time making ornaments …IMG_5348IMG_0772



Eli’s favorite gift from his brother {a bb/pellet pistol}IMG_1579IMG_1591


Hamilton’s first Christmas –


New boots….


presents all gone…


cute ladies in their new hats and pj pants!


the guys in their pj pantsIMG_3398IMG_4264

new hat and new shirt – happy boy!


appetizer spread ..IMG_2153

my gunslinger….


Sitting down to eat….


Walking off the meal…




And a great sunset to a lovely day.IMG_1435


Book Review : Live SoulFULL

Scott and Ginger Tabot have partnered together to write a great devotion book and music CD : SoulFULL.


Scott did the research and wrote a devotion that will draw you deeper in your relationship and walk with the Lord.  Ginger’s musical accompanyment was a delight to listen to.  I loved spending time reading about different subjects (how we know God is real, what a difference Jesus has made in my life, does prayer matter) and then listen to a song that addresses this same subject through music.

I utilize this book during my quiet time the past few weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Each chapter can be broken into parts covered each day of the week.  There are stops throughout the reading where you can answer questions that are designed to draw you deeper into you prayer life and your walk with the Lord.

This book is very interactive (if a book can be) and intended to help you dig into what truths you believe and really know why you believe them.

I highly recommend this book – I loved how the chapters tied directly to the CD.  This book was a joy to include in my quiet time each morning!

Check out the website HERE – to download a copy of the first chapter for free!

NOTE : I received. copy of the book and CD in exchange for my original thoughts!

More about the Talbotsginger-scott

Scott Tabot is a Bible teacher who is passionate about seeing people transformed by the love and magnificence of God. He has brought his conversational teaching style to chapel services, Bible classes, college groups, and missions work for over 15 years. Scott holds an MA in
Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ginger Tabot is a singer/songwriter and worship leader who writes and records music for local ministries and churches. Her genuine love for Jesus encourages people to encounter God in spirit and truth. Scott and Ginger have been married for 18 years and live in Chandler, Arizona with their three children.


Butterfly Garden

I recently was able to share my experience through my butterfly garden at the Athens Library.  Here are some of the pic, and names of the plants that I talked about.  If you want more information let me know!  We are still enjoying our garden, it is a little gone by for the year, but shhhhh, don’t tell the butterflies!!

Before – our front yard was grass.


Then we killed the grass.  Then we spray painted a plan/map – beds & paths.  And tilled where our beds were going to be.


We started adding plants.  We tried to plan for enough space for them to fill in –


The filling in part may have gone a little too well.  The Sweet Potato vine went crazy!!


Some of the plants we added that did well and brought in lots of pollinators were :

Borage – annual but heavy reseeded


Bronze Fennel – Black Swallowtail Host plant – PerennialIMG_3383

Obedient Plant – some consider this invasive, easy to split & share – perennial, bees love thisIMG_4434

Mexican Sunflower – my favorite this year!  Annual, heavy reseeder.IMG_5353

Milkweed – host plant for the monarch butterfly.  IMG_5363

Turks Cap – this is pink, I have red too – this is perennial, hardy and drought tolerant.  Hummingbirds & butterflies love this IMG_5740

Zinnias – these have reseeded everywhere in my yard – the butterflies love them!!IMG_5752Those are just a few – stick around, and come back and I will update you on the butterfly garden!!

A few after shots – ignore the weeds and grass, the butterflies and bees do! 😉


Book Review : Mercy Triumphs

Mercy Triumphs is the third book in Jana Kelley’s debut series.  While I have not read the first two books, I really enjoyed the third book.


Jana has some great insight after living in Africa and the Middle East for the past 13 years, to bring to her stories to make them authentic.  While reading Mercy Triumphs I felt like the characters were people that Jana has met on her journeys.  I also felt like she was detailing places that she knew and had visited.

The story of these ladies : Mia, Halimah, and Rania is one that will draw you in and keep you until the last page.  Reading about the persecution that goes on, even within families is something we should all do, so that we can understand what is going on and pray for those families as well as support them.

I enjoyed this story, there was not anything that I would not want my boys to read about, and I hope they both read this book, to learn more about the culture of other religions.  Jana wrote a great story and I highly recommend her book, I look forward to getting my hands on the first two so I can read those as well!!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Mercy Triumphs at no cost.

More about Mercy Triumphs :

Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events,
Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

More about Jana Kelley

jana kelly

Author of the captivating novel “Side by Side,” Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cul
tural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African to
wn. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
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