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Harder To Believe Than Not To

Lyrics Harder To Believe Than Not To Nothing is colder than the winds of change
where the chill numbs the dreamer till a shadow remains
among the ruins lies your tortured soul
was it lost there
or did your will surrender control? Shivering with doubts that were left unattended
so you toss away the cloak that you should have mended
don't you know by now why the chosen are few?
it's harder to believe than not to
harder to believe than not to It was a confidence that got you by
when you know you believed it, but you didn't know why
no one imagines it will come to this
but it gets so hard when people don't want to listen Shivering with doubts that you left unattended
so you toss away the cloak that you should have mended
don't you know by now why the chosen are few?
it's harder to believe than not to Some stay paralyzed until they succumb
others do what they feel, but their senses are numb
some get trampled by the pious throng
still they limp along Are you sturdy enough to move to the fr…

Pickles and Prayer by Bethany Marshall, Illustrated by Sarah Vogel

Oh my goodness, you guys have got to check this out! Pickles and Prayer is a collaboration by two of my favorite people. A sweet prayer guide for parents and children to read together. 

Pickles and Prayer encourages readers to pray even little prayers. The lyrical verse captures attention and teaches that all prayer plants a seed of faith, the simple prayers eventually giving way to deeper prayer and a deeper walk with the Lord. Beautifully illustrated with pictures of pickles from seed to plate. Also includes a simple refrigerator pickle recipe. Good book for children and parents to read together.

You can purchase the paperback here or the Kindle version here

2019 Reading List

2019 Reading List

Just my way to keep track of the books I've read this year.  Favorites are in bold

1. Honeybee Hotel by Leslie Day
2. We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels
3. Dear Cary by Dyan Cannon
4. Learning to Live Out Loud by Piper Laurie
5. Love Finds You in Carmel by-the-sea California by Sandra D. Bricker 
6. Sing For Me by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
7. Still Waters by Shirlee McCoy
8. Dotty Dimple at Home by Sophie May (1896)


9. Grace by Robert Lacey
10. The Seamstress by Allison Pittman
11. Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard
12. Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
13. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
14. Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup
15. The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel
16. The Adventure by Adessa Holden 
17. Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens


18. The White City by Grace Hitchcock 
19. The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart 
20. The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings
21. Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert
22. Courting Mr. Emerson …

2019 Favorite Things

I started doing a favorite things list a few years ago and when December 2019 came around I couldn't think of anything that I found amazing other than becoming a grandmother. And visiting Idaho and Montana.
Honestly, it took a lot of thinking to come up with this list, which is why it's so late in being published.
Anyway, here are my favorites for 2019

The Original Maple Tea. Bliss. It's a subtle maple flavor in a smooth tea. I love a smooth tea. If you're a tea drinker you'll know what I mean.  We found this when we visited the Prince of Wales Hotel in Canada. My husband took me there in August for tea. That was bliss too. I found this tea in the Princess Gift Shop. I savored all forty-eight teabags and panicked when I ran out. Then I got on eBay and had some sent to me. All is well again. 

The Brookstone Towel Warmer is something I never knew I needed. It's an indulgent luxury that I don't ever want to be without again. One of the best things I've ever foun…