Janam Kundlis {Michelle Moran Guest Post} for Rebel Queen

With every book I write, I discover something about the culture I’m researching which completely blows me away, often because it’s so unusual and something I’ve never encountered before. In the case of my book, Rebel Queen, set in India during the British invasion, the concept of Janam Kundlis struck a chord with me, particularly since Janam Kundlis very nearly played a role in my own life and my marriage to my husband, who is Indian. Also known as an astrological chart, a Janam Kundli is made by a priest for each child in India. No one is sure when the concept of a Janam Kundli came to be, but as Vedic astrology is several thousand years old, it’s not surprising that my protagonist’s Janam Kundli would have looked similar to my husband’s, even though they were born more than a hundred years apart. A person’s Janam Kundli includes the. . .

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Update

So OrangeBlossom is okay. She stopped by about 11:15, slept and woke ravenous at 1:35. She kept down crackers and cereal and drank a whole water bottle over the next few hours. AppleBlossom spent the afternoon glossy-eyed and I was wary but she never got sick in the same way. Today both girls claimed to be sick but had fits of hyperactivity and no one was activity I’ll. Almond is still working on his top right front tooth and now I see evidence of the bottom two front teeth as well. And he’s acting like it. Oh and at 10:30 tonight we discovered water dripping from the ceiling and thus as ice dam on the roof and pooling in the attic that is now dripping in the kitchen/living room. I’m only freaking out a little.

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The Crimson Cord (Rahab’s Story) is In Stores Now!

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

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The Trouble with Patience is In Stores Now!

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #1 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Pages: 336 Trade Paperback & eBook Date Published: February 2015 Publisher: Revell Books Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.. . .

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Caps for Sale {Free Resources}

Five Little Monkey Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1. Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed gif with all verses from Enchanted Learning. Hubbard’s Cuppard Lesson Plans & Activities for Caps for Sale. Caps for Sale video – read aloud. http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2015/02/12/caps-sale-video/ Monkey Bread Recipes Caps for Sale Units from Delightful Learning (multiple years with different experiences!) Scholastic Caps for Sale Extension activities. Mm is for Monkey from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week Curriculum. Core Knowledge Caps for Sale Lesson Plans. Activities and photo in action from Our Aussie Homeschool rowing Caps for Sale. Directions for creating Wooden Peg People Caps for Sale recreation set from Wee Folk Art. Lesson Pathways links to resources for Caps for Sale. Not Free $$ Teachers’ Notebook Caps for Sale activities and printables. Teachers Pay Teachers Caps for Sale activities and printables (some are free). Felt Fantasies Set  Caps for Sale, the book, is available. . .

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Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren {Review}

Children will hang onto every word as Rasmus and his unlikely friend discover hidden treasure, dodge a shady pair of villains, and rescue a lady in distress. Here’s a gripping plot interweaving cops and robbers, a deserted village, a desperate chase, and a surprising, thoroughly satisfying ending.

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Sew ‘n Tell Friday

Hmm… This was a fun week as Grandmama and Grandaddy visited for a few days. I had intended to keep up with my cross stitching but instead I was able to get some things done on my beloved Bernina (with Grandmama’s help and influence!). We completed the girls Frontier Girls Vests and mine is in progress. I had to go back and forth when I was ordering our badges because AppleBlossom is completing more than we can afford to buy. So for individual things that are not hugely something she’s proud of I’m going to have to figure something else out. But I plan to get us organized and go over things officially with them as so far it’s been more on the random. AppleBlossom has finished another!! cross stitch kit, this time a butterfly and has begged to get started on the second butterfly the Enginerd bought her. So. . .

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One Word for 2015

*This post was originally posted on February 1st, but has been reposted with added image.* It may be a bit late to be starting out, but all the same these last few weeks I have been considering a “word for 2015” to frame my year. In 2013 I picked the word creative with the hope that it would inspire me to get back to quilting and push me to craft with the girls. In someways it did, and in some it didn’t. I pretty much kept that word for my theme throughout 2014 as well going through the miscarriage, a new pregnancy, birth of a perfectly large baby boy, and seeing the girls change and grow. This year I choose the word up.  I want to get up in the morning and start a full day. I want to look up and truly consider God and His will in everything I do and say. I want. . .

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