Hiatus and illnesses

Already, I was planning on taking a few days, but I had not taken the time to put up a post stating as much. Never fear, there will be a winner for the Christian Historical Fiction Challenge from 2011, so make sure you update your lists!

The Enginerd has a sinus thingy, AppleBlossom has bronchiolitis, croup and an ear infection. OrangeBlossom has worse bronchiolitis and we’re using a nebulizer with albuterol every four hours (24-7) until further notice. (She’s four months old at this point to AB’s two years). I’m a tired mama.

Rachel Hauck

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Merry Christmas from all of us at Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoyed these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you missed a few posts, I hope you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog over the next few days. If you’d like to keep up with Pearl Girls and our new book project, Mother of Pearl, coming this spring, just click this link and sign up for our newsletter (lower left sidebar). Also, just a reminder that today is the last day for the pearl necklace and earrings giveaway! Enter now by filling out this {form}. The winner will on 1/1 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support. . .

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Robin Dance

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around. . .

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Debora M. Coty

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around. . .

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A Home For Christmas: The Sweetest Gift / A Christmas Angel (Inspirational Christmas Collection)

A Home For Christmas: The Sweetest Gift / A Christmas Angel (Inspirational Christmas Collection) The Sweetest Gift by Mary Connealy A Christmas Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher Genre: Christmas Christian Historical Romance Pages: 127 ebook Date Published: November 2011 Publisher: Ten Talents Press The Sweetest Gift by Mary Connealy Seattle, Washington 1899 A spinster with a master’s degree who is a world traveler, librarian by day and concert pianist by night, marries a Nebraska rancher with an eighth grade education. Their worlds are so far apart that each is afraid to admit their marriage of convenience is turning into a love match. When Christmas draws near Adelaide must decide if she can give up her hopes of owning a beautiful piano so her husband can have the stallion he needs for his ranch. And Graham may need to risk his perfect brood mare to show his love for his wife. . .

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Tracey Eyster

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around. . .

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Susan May Warren

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around. . .

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Mommy to Be Journal by Janice Hanna Thompson and Randi Morrow

You love to journal. And here are brand-new journals you’ll simply adore! With beautiful quotations or encouraging devotional readings plus inspirational scripture, they’ll fit perfectly into your life. And you’ll be delighted at the ample space for journaling what’s on your heart. The appealing package makes for a great gift, too.

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Best Creative Madness Mama Reads of 2011

Yes, there is about ten or so more days left… but I’ll cut it off here. This year I read 313 of my goal for 300 books this year. I might make 315 by years end! Then there is also a good half dozen or so in the DNF pile that I may or may not ever go back to. My understanding is that I read approximately 53,069 pages. Lots of children’s picture books, a few board books, some non fiction, and tons of Christian Historical Fiction. Earlier today I was asked for my favorite read of 2011. That was a hard decision to make, but after narrowing it down to about six or so, I finally chose… The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden, which if I’m not m istaken is her debut novel! I cannot wait for her next one coming in 2012 The Rose of Winslow. . .

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Words from the mouth of babes…

AppleBlossom: Don’t say no ma’am, Mama!

Mama: You need to behave.

AppleBlossom: I’m not gonna behave, Mama!

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AppleBlossom: I singin! Happy No Clap Clap! Happy No Clap Clap! Mama sing!!

Mama: You mean Happy and you know it? If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…

AppleBlossom: HAPPY NO! CLAP CLAP! (claps hands with enthusiasm)

 

Tricia Goyer

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around. . .

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A Heart Renewed by Karen Baney {Preview}

Headstrong. Unconventional. Until life turns upside down…
Julia Colter struggles to accept life under her controlling brother’s greed. The suitors he selects would benefit him, but are far from the ideal husband for her. When her rebellion against her brother puts her life at risk, she turns to her friend for help.

Adam Larson longs to train horses and plans to head west to the Arizona Territory to see his dreams fulfilled. When his sister’s best friend shows up in the middle of the night, he agrees to help her flee. The decision changes his life, in more ways than he expected.

Can Julia forget the pain from her past and open her heart to love?

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