Behold! A Mixtape for the Road. (7QT)

Linking up with 7 Quick Takes this week as a quick “I’m still here” while I spend most of the week trying to finish some last minute projects before my trip this week.  I’m heading off to spend some quality time with Elizabeth, Bonnie and Kendra at the Behold Conference.  I can’t wait to meet more folks face to face and just be bolstered in my faith and vocation.

I’ll be spending a little time on the road on Friday, which I love.  I’ve driven from Iowa to Texas and back and almost the entire length Interstate 80, twice.  I love car trips and haven’t taken a decent one since we moved back from Oregon almost four years ago.

So accompanying me on my car trip this weekend will be these lovely musicians:

1.  Basia Bulat – Heart of my Own

2. Adam & I – My first download from Love Good Music and I’m quite please so far.

3. Gaelic Storm – I’ll finally have some time to listen to their new cd properly, but honestly I’ll be throwing in some Chicken Boxer, Cabbage and others to fill the gaps.

4.  Marian Call –

5. Colleen Nixon – Lake Ella’s Sky

6. Rend Collective Experiment – Campfire

7. Alanna-Marie Boudreau – Hands in the Land

7 Quick Takes – Crazy Week Edition!

It’s been a while since a Quick Take has graced this space.

1)  We’ve had inches and inches of snow.  Then warm temps.  Then rain, more rain, hail, thunder and then more melting snow.  Right now the God of the North Wind is desperately trying to knock down my house Big Bad Wolf style.

I’m done with you winter.

2)  All of this culminated in our basement flooding last night

Why yes that is the hose from outside hooked up to our sump pump dumping water into our basement shower drain.
And yes, we still rock the 1979 orange carpet the house was built with downstairs.
We even have a couch that matches.

3)  Currently I’m waiting to see if my car, which randomly died 2 hours after the basement started to flood, is going to charge enough to get to work.  Flooded basement  + Car problems might = Mental Health Day on Friday.

4)  I wrote a little GIF-y post for Christy about the Edel Gathering and you guys seemed to like it.
It’s just what I do.
5)  I’m in the middle of two books for various bookclubs : Daring Greatly and Mansfield Park.  Let’s just say that Fanny Price could probably use a copy of “Daring Greatly” sent to her post haste.
6) I’ll be knitting up a storm over the last few days to finish a few things before I head off to the Behold Conference next Friday

7)  Today is also the last day of my GIVEAWAY – be sure to get your entry in before midnight!

5 {Favourite} Stages of Edel Gathering Denial and Acceptance

For today’s 5 Favourites I thought I’d take you through the Five Stages of Edel Conference Denial and Acceptance.  (Okay, there might be more than 5 stages).

When we first heard about the conference, I think everyone experienced a little of :

1)  Then there was the announcement of the price and I know I wasn’t alone in feeling a little:

and maybe a few moments of:

2) Then everyone started to tell you they were going and you tried to play it cool:

But were really feeling more like this:

3) Then you have a moment of clarity:

4) You crunch the numbers again, hit that order button and announce calmly  “I’m Going to Edel!” while doing a little happy dance:

All the while imagining that your blogging friends are doing this when they see your announcement:

5)  And from then on you’re riding the happy cloud:

Oh my goodness, folks.  I’m going to the Edel Gathering…. {um… anyone want to buy a book so I can actually afford it?}

But the big question is…. Will I see you there?
Speaking of books – you have until Friday to Enter THIS GIVEAWAY!

Weekends with Chesterton

Sometimes it is the time we spend in the valleys of our lives that show us the most of our lives.  Sometimes it is the time in the valley that shows us the true extend of the love of others.
Sometimes it is the time in the valley that shows us vastness of our faith.
My time this year in my own valley has shown me so much.  It has shown me the depth of the love of my friends and family.  It has shown me the heights that my faith can take me; the heights I’ve barely begun to scale.

Linking up with:

Give Love, Give Books: An International Book Giving Day Giveaway

Happy Valentines Day to all!  I hope today is a happy one for you.  I’ve been excited about today for a while because I have a new venture to share with you.

I am now an independent consultant for Usborne books!  I’m very excited to be able share more books, encourage literacy and help support my family.  If you’ve poked around this site enough you’ll know that books are kind of my thing.  I love sharing books, particularly children’s books and I love these children’s books.  I wouldn’t want my name attached to them if I didn’t think they were worth your time or money.

 A little bit about the company for those new to Usborne:
Why am I selling Usborne?  In order of importance:
  1. To Help Bring Books Into Homes and Inspire a Love of Reading.
  2. To Build My Own Library of Good Books.
  3. And to Help Support My Family.

But what is this all about?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Since it’s “International Book Giving Day” I want to give you books!

There’s so much I can’t wait to share about these books, so to give you a sampling of what we offer please accept these collages (these are just a small sampling of our collected titles):

Great Titles for Babies through Middle School

For my first giveaway ONE lucky winner will win these 3 books:

 Bob is a Unicorn
Farmyard Tales Storybook, Mini
The Children Who Loved Books

“Bob is a Unicorn” is the book my husband declared “worth becoming a consultant for”.
“Farmyard Tales” are the stories (and illustrations) that hooked me as buyer.
“The Children Who Loved Books”, well, that’s just what I want for your family. 

There are many ways to enter:

  • Look through the website and leave me a comment about a book you’d like! (You must to do this to be entered!)
  • Like Usborne Books with Molly on Facebook!
  • Like Molly Makes Do on Facebook!
  • Make a purchase through the “Molly Makes Do” eshow link!
  • Book your own eShow so you can earn free books! (Close a party before April 14th and be eligible for DOUBLE FREE BOOKS)
This giveaway will close at Midnight on February 21st!

{At the moment this contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Sorry to all my Canadian friends, I’m working on it.  Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.  I can ship to you, but I’m not sure if the company ships to Canada.  If you live in Canada and see something you’d like drop me a line and we’ll see what we can work out.}

Go HERE to peruse the catalog and start your giveaway entries!

This contest in OVER!  
Meg A. has won the grand prize
and due to turn out I’ve added a runner up who gets the book they talked about in the comments.  The runner up is Mandi R.

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