Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The premise of the show is that wedding planner David Tutera shows up three weeks before a couple's big day and changes whatever he wants - the venue, the bridal gown, the food. Typically he expands on the concept of the bride and makes it into something amazing.
It's a fun show to watch - and with my anniversary coming up next month - I've been thinking about my wedding. I wasn't one who knew from girlhood what theme or decor I wanted for my wedding. After my husband and I got engaged, we set a date in September. Because I loved the fall season, the only thing I was definite on was having a picture with the fall leaves. Not a lot of leaves have changed here by the end of September, so getting that picture took some hiking - in my bridal gown - but we got some great fall shots.
I didn't really care what the colors were or the flowers - just something that tied into fall. If I could go back, I would probably have more of an opinion and maybe picked a different dress. But the day was amazing - it couldn't have gone any better - including riding away from our reception in an old-fashioned car!
Have you watched My Fair Wedding? What wedding concepts would you change about your big day, if you could go back? If a wedding is in the future, what sort of theme do you want?
**Also be sure to check out the LADY OUTLAW giveaway that Joanne Bischof is hosting on her blog!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Though the days here are still summer-warm, the start of school - as well as the sunflowers and pumpkins in our garden - feel like a transition to my favorite season of the year. I'm not a big one for change, except maybe the seasons. But I'm entering a new season of my life with two kids in school and only one at home, and rather than cling to my comfort zone, I want to embrace the changes and look for new moments of happiness.
I once read that God doesn't like us to stay in our comfort zones, and there are certainly numerous stories that illustrate this. Outside our comfort zones, we stretch, we learn, we grow. That's what I want to do in this new season.
What's the beginning of Fall for you? How do you transition from summer to school schedule? What are you doing lately to get out of your comfort zone?
**The winner of the Be Still My Soul giveaway is ... Loree! Congratulations.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
About the Book:
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.
Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.
Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life. What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?
Pre-order Be Still My Soul:
***About the Giveaway:
I'm doing a giveaway for a signed, Advanced Reader Copy of Be Still My Soul. The contest will run until next Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00 p.m. MST. I'll announce the winner in next Wednesday's post. To enter, leave a comment or answer one of the following questions!
What was your experience moving away from home as a young adult? Who was your greatest influence in making that transition?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption over the weekend. While very raw in parts, this book was incredibly inspiring.
The book follows the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and WWII bombardier, who was stranded on a life raft on the Pacific Ocean for more than 40 days, then captured and thrown into a Japanese POW camp. One of my favorite parts talks about the attitudes of Louis and his friend Phil while on the raft. Though they recognized their dire situation, they were able to remain optimistic, envisioning a future beyond their present circumstances. The third man on the raft, Mac, could not picture a future and was haunted by thoughts of dying out on the ocean. It made me think what my outlook would be in that situation.
The author briefly explores the idea of whether or not we're born with innate optimistic or pessimistic outlooks, then goes on to say the men's different attitudes ultimately turned out to be self-fulfilling. That really struck me. What a powerful reminder that we choose how we react to life's circumstances and challenges. We can't always choose what happens to us, but we can choose faith and optimism or fear and despair.
Just reading Zamperini's tragic but incredible story has caused me to view things in my own life differently. I've found myself more inclined to tell myself "things will work out," even if it's different than I might want or expect. I've thought more about the blessings in my life and the immense gratitude I have for those men and women who've served in the military for this country. It was definitely a thought-provoking read!
Have you read or heard of Unbroken? Do you think we are born with a tendency toward optimism or pessimism? What book have you read lately that caused you to think long after you finished it?
Friday, August 3, 2012
Also, check out my Goodreads giveaway and enter to win one of five copies of LADY OUTLAW before it releases on September 4th!
Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones
What It's About:
Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy's most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads--he's suspicious of her and, well, she doesn't rely on anyone but herself.
As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she's going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most. To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?
I absolutely loved this story! It has everything I want in a good, contemporary romance - lots of laugh-out-loud humor, real growth in the main character and great romantic chemistry. It's both entertaining and thought-provoking. Maggie is hilarious and definitely someone you want to cheer on, and Connor is the perfect match for her.
Find it here on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
1. Spending time with family
2. Being at Disneyland (the Cars racer ride was my favorite!)
3. Seeing the ocean (I love the mountains I live near, but being a California-native, there's a real love for the ocean too)
4. Meeting my fabulous agent, Jessica Alvarez, in person (Yes, I'm cheesing it here, but it was 11:00 p.m.)
5. Dancing five feet away from Nora Roberts at the Harlequin party (Sorry, no picture of this one)
Any fun plans to squeeze in before summer winds down? Are you a mountain/lake person, an ocean-lover or both?
*Be sure to check out my web site at http://www.stacyhenrie.com/!
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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