Spring Flowers

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Each year as winter draws to a close, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring flowers; first the snowdrops and crocus, then lilac and primroses, followed by lily of the valley and more.  The icing on the cake is always the sighting of the first robin.  All these bring me joy, because the cold of winter does not thrill me at all.DSC01765 (100x75)

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I always need to curb my desire to begin sowing seeds.  I visualize how I want my garden to look and begin to plan each step.  More and more, I am planting pollinator species.  It saddens me that we are losing bee and Monarch butterfly species.  I now plant with their needs in mind.

Of course late snowstorms often bring my dreaming to a halt, nevertheless, the creative gardener in me cannot be stopped for long.

I love the fresh crisp air; the sounds of birds returning from their winter migration, and the pull of the great outdoors.  To me there is nothing quite like it.  Nature coming back  to life again, after a long cold sleep.

To those of you that do not have the gift of a garden, here are a few pictures of flowers in my garden.

Enjoy.

Patricia

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A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story – review

A review of my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story.

Submitted by Denise Foster of Innisfil.

Thank you so much, Denise.

This was a very compelling book to read.  The main character was a survivor of life, life itself after living a very scarred childhood.  It formulated her adult life, marriage and the lives of her children.

It was in giving her life to God that Eleanor managed to be a survivor.

The book is very well done by author, Patricia E. Day

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by email request from Author (pattersday@gmail.com)

E-book:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

                 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U  

 

 

 

 

 

Good Grief People. (Death. The uninvited intruder).

Good Grief People, a deeply moving collection of stories and poems written by Glynis M. Belec; Barbara Heagy; Alan Anderson; Donna Mann; Ruth Smith Meyer and Carolyn Wilker.

DEATH!  The uninvited intruder that robs us of joy in life.

It interrupts your life and slows your plans and goals.  (Donna Mann, page 92 in the book)

This is a book that could claim to be a comforter to all who lose a loved one.  It is that and more.  It is like a comforting hug; an understanding friend.  Within the many experiences I feel there will be at least one with which you can relate, if you have experienced a death in your family, or social circle.

They are stories that could help you deal with the deep trauma of grief, and not be trapped by it.

When we come to accept that death is a part of life.  We can’t escape it, but we can overcome the pain of grief.

Ruth M Belec says it well on page 72. Grief!  We don’t get over it.  Rather, it becomes part of us.  We slowly develop a new normal.

This a profoundly true.  One day at a time, you do what needs to be done.  The hardest part is just getting out of bed, when you would prefer to curl up in a ball and die too.

Death not only robs you of a loved one; it steals your identity.  Suddenly, you are no longer a parent, son, daughter, friend.  Life becomes empty: an empty chair at the table.  Birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays are tinged with sadness.  There are a multitude of new ‘firsts’ as you attempt to regain a normalcy in life.

Barbara Heagy writes, ‘I have learned that grief doesn’t come in nice tidy stages.  It has a twisting path that goes ina and out of healing and new growth, and back into emotional outbursts, anger, and panic.  I may think I am doing just fine and then something will happen that makes me realize I really am not as fine as I thought. (Page 139)

Altogether, a down-to-earth look at, and sharing of death, and the ensuing grief.

Easy to read when you feel you can begin to look at the outside world of life again.

May be purchased on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/review/RX9BZWZ729K9V

 

Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’ – Book Review

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Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’  Journey of a German Girl written by Dorothea Wollin Null is a thoroughly engrossing account of the life of six year old Dorothea, caught up in the atrocities of  war in Europe.

Under the brutal Hitler regime the German people were hoodwinked into thinking the bombing of German has been unprovoked.  They believed their country was innocent of evil activities and was being led by a leader of esteem.  This was before television reporters could investigate to reveal the truth.

When her family lost their home they began a long, dangerous journey seeking shelter wherever they could.  This journey took them through the Hitler reign, the Russian occupation and so much more.

The strength they needed was beyond their ability.  Their Christian faith sustained them through extreme conditions lasting for decades.

Dorothea’s account is beautifully compelling and sad.  War is especially cruel to children who have no real concept of why people are suddenly so cruel and lacking compassion toward neighbours who are in trouble.

Emotions are turned upside down and surviving to hold their family together became the mainstay of her parents and siblings.

Finally landing in America, her story will hold your attention from beginning to end.

I can relate to much of what she recalls having survived bomb attacks through the German blitz on England and being relocated out of London during second world war in England.  None of what I experienced compares with the trials Dorothea and her family endured.  This honest critique from the memories of a little girl is definitely a must-read.

Highly recommended for all.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

https://www.amazon.ca/review/RJ6BAD1KSB755

Seek and You Will Find

An osprey often glides over and across the green space behind my home.  It is seeking food.  It knows it will find an abundance of critters available for its next meal.  A plethora of choice actually.  Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and birds all frequent my back garden.

Oft times I watch the prey creatures going about their business below the hunter and wonder why the osprey is not attacking.  It obviously knows what is good for its own well-being.  It is choosing carefully.

I pondered this and asked myself if I was equally diligent in my choices.  Equally discerning when taking into account my own well-being.

Am I always drawn to what will be good for me?

I think I am, yet in my imperfection I reason that there are times when I lack wisdom.  Knowing and seeking calls for discernment.  So – I pray each day for God’s intervention in my life; that I will follow His guidance because I need help every day.

Just as the magnificent osprey carefully determines what the next move is, I pray that my next action proves to be beneficial to not only me,  but also to those around me.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.  (NKJV)

What do you need help with today?

Patricia

 

 

Books by Patricia Day

Book Links

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U  

 

Book for Children:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Blog:         https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com

 

Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up

E-book     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XDV6P5F

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Choose to Change

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Psalm 121:2  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)

Dark dismal days can depress me.  You might feel the same way.  I need sunshine.  When the sun shines my spirits and energy are revitalized.  Without the sunshine I feel lethargic and morbid.  It takes work to motivate and mobilize myself.

Years ago, I was not a committed believer and so when troubles hit (which they often did with vengeance) I would become so battle-weary that I could have easily ended my miserable existence.  Fortunately I had two very good reasons to not be so weak, or selfish.  My two sons.  They made my life worthwhile.

Then I chose to invite God into my life.  Times were so challenging that I felt it could not make my life any worse, so why not?

Psalm 121:7-8  The Lord shall preserve you from all evil.  He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.  (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)

In deciding to take this step, my life was changed.  Not suddenly, but certainly steadily.  I began respecting myself.  I began to like the difference.  Change is hard: it is definitely easier to stay where you are and in situations that you are familiar with.  You know how to react, so even staying in bad environments becomes your comfort zone despite the danger.

………she wondered how differently she would feel the next day.  Would she sense any change in her heart or her situation?  She awoke with great expectation and felt…….well, just the same really.  But wait, she did feel different.  There was complete peace amid all the adversity.  No bells or whistles, no great clamor of celebration, instead she felt loved and warm, and filled with a sense of peace.  Invincible would be a more accurate determination!  She no longer felt alone.  (Taken from my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story).

And so, on what is a grey, overcast day I will work at keeping myself gainfully occupied and be thankful for who is in my life; what I have in my life and for God’s guidance keeping me on track with His biblical disciplines.

Can I invite you to try the same?

Thoughts to ponder (Ideas taken from Lists to Live By for Simple Living, Multnomah Publishers, Oregon)

  • complain less; give (of your time) more
  • Control less; let go more
  • Criticize less; compliment more

Prayer:  Abba Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me.  I thank You for my family, friends and good neighbours.  I thank you for a country of peace and natural beauty.  Most of all, I thank You for Jesus, who gave so much so that I could be more.

I pray that more people will invite You into their hearts, minds and spirits today and that they will begin to understand the difference that you can make.  IMG_2850

Patricia

Merry Christmas – Read on…….

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Looking for some reading material over the Christmas break?

The e-book versions of  A Stolen Childhood and Hidden in the Shadows can be purchased at a discount of 25% from December 25, 2017 until January 01, 2018.

 

Hidden in the Shadows  Coupon code NY37H

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253

A Stolen Childhood Coupon code AR24T

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

Thank you to all who have supported my efforts in the past.

Wishing everyone a blessed and happy Christmas as you celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

Patricia

All That Glitters by Lisa J. Flickinger – Review

All That Glitters by Lisa Flickinger is a compelling read.

The story is set in the Klondike gold rush days, when riches were being sought by many adventurers and dreamers alike.

Sisters, Vivian and Ginny Connor – two of the main characters are as different as chalk and cheese.  Raised in a stable, loving home Ginny is headstrong and wilful; seeking self-satisfaction in all things.  Vivian, in stark contrast, wants nothing more than a stable family life for her loved ones and herself.

When Ginny suddenly leaves home with Logan Harris to seek fame and fortune, her family is understandably devastated.  The man she left with has a questionable character, but Ginny refused to accept that he was anything else but the man of her dreams.

Vivian undertakes to bring her sister home, rightfully fearing for her safety and wellbeing.

I loved this book.  The characters are colorful and authentic, and Lisa’s research takes the reader on a dangerous journey through one of history’s crazy, gold-greedy times.

If you love a good romance which includes love triangles; drama; family rifts and misplaced trusts – this is definitely a book you should read.  It is one to curl up with any time and you will likely find it difficult to put down.

Highly recommended.  A thoroughly engrossing read.  http://www.amazon.com/review/R29RGIJQZZUIKD

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers, on the understanding I would post an honest review.