Friday, November 26, 2010

My Testimony in Song

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sam Bracken's "My Orange Duffel Bag"

I received Sam's book,"My Orange Duffel Bag", at the Book's Alive conference in Jefferson, Texas. I had the honor of meeting both Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett. I was so excited to get home and read my book after all the wonderful testimony Sam shared at Books Alive.
I finished the book tonight, and I plan on immediately passing it along to my husband and the ladies I work with.
"My Orange Duffel Bag" is a great motivational and uplifting book. It is the only book I have ever experienced in such a creative and realistic format. I love the notebook feel to the book, it is very true to its message simply by its design.
I love how the book not only shares bits of Sam's life, but also shares inspirational quotes and biblical principals and verses. His seven steps to Radical Change are indeed life-changing.
I can relate to some of Sam's pain, sadness but more specifically--I can relate to Sam's choice to change. Change in spite of your past. Change in spite of your situation. Change in spite of those who do no want you to change. This is a great book for anyone who wants to be inspired. This is a great book for anyone who wants to pull out of a dark place. This is a great book to start your journey of forgiveness, love--Be that one to change!

Read about, learn from, and instill some of Sam's ideas into your life and you too may find balance in your whole person.
A MUST Read! Go check it out. Great Christmas Gift!

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of My Orange Duffel Bag,
Please contact:
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Sam Bracken
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Highlights from Books ALive 2010 in Jefferson Texas

Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett were AMAZING! You must read "My Orange Duffle Bag" and check out the Oragne duffle bag foundation at

Met Larry Linum from the 1980 Dangerfield Church massacre. Check out Raw, honest story of loss, anger and divine healing!

Other authors of note:
Kathy Louise Patrick of "The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life"

2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton

Judy Christie of "Goodness Gracious Green" and "Hurry Less Worry Less" series

Missy Buchanan of "Living With Purpose in a Worn Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults" and "Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms"

Carla Stewart of "Chasing Lilacs"

Mary Beth Whalen of "The Mailbox"

And Lisa Wingate who ALSO lives in WACO! HA!
NY Times best selling author of "Beyond Summer!" and who's latest book is based on the Gospel Cafe--a food ministry right here in Waco near good 'ole Baylor!
Such a small crazy world!
Great time!
Plan to attend next year! Amazing stories and great inspirations!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I must remember this time...

My 4 year old daughter is enamored with REPTILES---specifically IGUANAS! It started simply enough a few months ago. It was summer here in Central Texas and Reese was a self-proclaimed lizard hunter. This child loves Bear Grylls and Billy the Exterminator--she is fearless. She began to imagine that these run-of-the-mill texas lizards were indeed iguanas and komoto dragons.
She comes by her love of, and interest in, nature honestly--from me. I may be a girly girl but I love my biology, critters, and bugs!
Well lizard catching led to the purchase of a few lizard inspired toys and clothing---specifically iguanas. She has a stuffed iguana, "rodeo" dragon (komoto dragon), and ignana tee-shirt. These are some of her most cherished posessions.
For some reason the writers of the children's cartoon "Olivia" decided that a main character in their storylines would also have a pet iguana.
The pleas began.
She wants santa to bring her one for Christmas....
hmmmm, these things get HUGE! Santa might consider a lizard but not an iguana. No level of explaining the fact that an iguana may tear santa's bag, or poop in the reindeers food, or fight with our dogs, or scare Raeleigh have minimalized her desire.
For halloween this year she chose to go as...a DINOSAUR. Her favorite color dinosaur at that--green with yellow spikes.
Now, what happened next there are no words for....
We went to trunk or treat at RCC and guess what someone brought dressed as a witch...
go ahead...
I mean, come on, it was a trunk or treat in a church parking lot...what would you bring?
AN IGUANA! And BIG one at that!
Reese immediatley asked if she could hold it--fearless yet again.
Oh the pleas are now incessant. He was a very nice and well mannered iguana, but not all are the same. And did I mention that HE WAS HUGE!?!?
She is stating her argument for this iguana time and time again on a daily basis and has reassured me that she will train the iguana to not hurt sadie (her favorite of our three dogs). She also assures me that she has learned from cartoons how to clean up after her iguana, clean his cage, feed him and bathe him--ALL FROM CARTOONS!?!?!?! Really? I think she may have quoted "Little Bear" and "Franklin".

Oh dear, help me. I am certain that no LIVE iguanas will Santa deliver this year---anyone know of any good robotic models?