What Should I Read For Christmas?

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Cozying up under a thick blanket with a cup of tea and wonderful book is undeniably one of my favorite things about the Christmas holidays. And the best thing is that Christmas reading has become so much easier, whether it’s a quick Amazon download or a library borrow. Unlimited Christmas reading options. Last year was my very first Christmas away from home. It was weird. But, that’s when I discovered Christmas novellas. If I couldn’t be with my family, I...
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December 2016 Inspiration

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Oh, hello, December! What’s not to love about this month? We blink and it’s over, but mostly that has everything to do with the flurry of shopping, holiday events, and visiting that crowds our calendars. What do you love most about December? Really, I want to know! I adore the Christmas music, and I kind of love the excuse to spend too much money on loved ones. I’m breaking my budget right now…which is a questionable decision, I know. What...
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Author Interview: Tessa Emily Hall (& Giveaway!!)

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Today, I’ve a special treat for you all! For the first time ever, Cordially Barbara has the chance to be a part of a Book Blog Tour! *waves excitedly* Hi! In May of this year, Tessa Emily Hall and I were in the same writers’ conference, but you know, I don’t think she and I ever met. But, I kept seeing her on the social media hashtags. Isn’t social media sometimes the best? After stalking Tessa and reading Purple Moon,...
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Book Recommendation: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Book Recommendation: A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

My list of favorite authors is a short one (although it’s beginning to grow). Katherine Reay is one of my absolute favorite authors (not to mention she’s a super nice lady, too). (p.s. I’m using affiliate links) Katherine Reay had me at Dear Mr. Knightley, and now, I mark all her book release dates on my calendar. I can depend on her to write an innovative story in the modern day with a twist into the past using authors of...
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A Thankful List For Traveling

Thankful Travels

In the spirit of gratitude that drapes across the fireplace mantle in deep green pines and brilliant garnets and flickering ambers, I’d like to sprawl the decoration further. Twine thankfulness up the banisters and scatter laughter as ornamentation to the garlands of gratitude. And if you step back far until your back touches the wall to breathe in the whimsy, you’ll see sparkles along the edges. A lightness of feeling glistening. The moments that could have been tears turned to...
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Book Giveaway: KJV Journal the Word Bible

Book Giveaway: KJV Journal the Word Bible

When The Blog Spot over at The Blythe Daniel Agency offered a chance to review the KJV Journal the Word Bible, I thought, “Ooo, what fun!” KJV Journal the Word Bible Full disclosure: I received two copies of this book (one to keep, one to give away) for my honest review. My opinions are my own. I also use affiliate links in this post. My intro thoughts I’ve always been a journaler. I have quite a few journals to show for...
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Five Books For Fall 2016

Five Books For Fall 2016

Reading is my favorite occupation. If I made money for reading books, I’d be happily settled in life. As it is, the reading itself must be my highest compensation. Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have occupied my reading pile this fall (some are still on the pile).   My Reading List: 5 Books for Fall   (I’m linking to Amazon and using affiliate links. If you buy through them, I’ll get a tiny percentage...
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welcome sadness

welcome sadness

Sadness is an uncomfortable guest. When you see sadness coming, reach out to her, hands cradling her chin and kiss her hair. She needs to be invited in, welcomed and given space at your table and your bookshelf. To ignore sadness is like ignoring a broken bone that needs attention, to be realigned and bandaged, and bone healing takes time and it hurts. welcome sadness. I remember this one day where I woke up sad. Ridiculously and mopey sad. Blue bled...
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November 2016 Inspiration

November 2016 Inspiration

So here’s the thing, I can hardly wait until I stop receiving phone calls from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton advertisements across every single banner. I’m just tired of this circus. But, this will not define my November because there’s more going on than the election.   Like Christmas music. Like Thanksgiving. Like watching my favorite FRIENDS Thanksgiving episodes. Like all the excitement circling Netflix releasing more Gilmore Girls.   So, Happy November, my friends! I hope that you’ve started...
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Why Small Talk Is Important

Why Small Talk Is Important

I’m not good at small talk. In fact, I think small talk is a huge hassle and a waste of time. And this reasoning solidifies that I’ve never been particularly good at small talk. I want to get to the nitty gritty. I want to know what makes you tick. Good or bad! I want to know why you think breaking up with God is a good idea. And this is my struggle with human interaction. This is my struggle when...
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