Monday, August 29, 2011

E-books for my PC? No way! So excited!

I am so excited!!! It's like Christmas day over here at the Emerick house. My kids think I'm crazy.

I just learned that for free, I can download a Kindle-for-PC on my netbook! So instead of buying Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott to read to my daughters, or borrowing it from the library which is expensive, (yes, it's free, but not when you lose it or turn it in late, but that's another blog), not to mention the time of waiting for the books to arrive... I have it instantly!

After downloading the ap, I downloaded a collection of Louisa May Alott books - eight of them - for just 99 cents, and they're here, portable, on my netbook.

I know this is probably not new to most of you, but it is to me. I've never wanted to spend money on a Kindle or Nook or Reader, and now I don't have to!


Here's the link. It's been available for a long time, I'm just now stepping out of my cave to discover it.



Monday, August 22, 2011

Writing Contest with American Girl

I wanted to let you know about a writing contest American Girl is having. My girls are both working feverishly on their stories, hoping to win the two new dolls.

Here's a link:

Good luck! And happy writing. :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Give-away Winner!

Congratulations to Judi Chesshir, the winner of the give-away contest we had last week. I was Kelly Hagen's guest author, and we ran a contest for a free copy of Duncan's Journey: A Little Lamb's Adventure through the 23rd Psalm.

You can read my interview here!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Let the School Year Begin!

It's been a little quieter here on my blog. Probably because we started school the first of August! I like to begin in the heat of August so that when the beautiful spring days roll around in April, we can be done.

I'm in the middle of updating my website with home school resources, tools, plans, etc. As soon as it's finished, I'll let you know!

School's done for the day. Time to hit the pool!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Author Interview & Free Book!

If you haven't checked it out yet, I was interviewed this week on Kelly Hagen's site:

Author Interview

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free signed book! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

When No One Understands

Have you ever done anything with good intentions, but it was misunderstood? Or you really tried to do something well, and it either wasn't appreciated or it was taken the wrong way? Has anyone ever second guessed your goodwill or judged you for your actions?

Yes, there are many times when we sin and our accusers are correct, but there are also many times when other people don't understand. People like to judge motives. Sometimes there is an element of truth in what they say, but sometimes they are just plain wrong.

The only way to truly see who we are is to bring our lives before Jesus.At the end of the day, we take our moments into our hands and raise them up to Heaven. We say, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way." (Ps 139:23-24).

And you know what? He understands!

"You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar." (Ps 139:2)

Isn't that what we long for? To be understood? Motives and plans and actions and words often can get so jumbled up in human relationships,what we really want is to be understood.

Jesus understands.

I paused there in reading that familiar Psalm in order to look up the word "understand." Do you know what it means? It means understand! Yes, deep, I know. To discern, know, consider.

No one around may understand. They may misconceive, judge, criticize, mock. But take your thoughts and your heart and your desires and bring them to Jesus. Speak truthfully to Him. He understands.

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
I Peter 5:7