Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update

Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update

“Variety is the spice of life,” says Sally Cronin, author of eight books.

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Author, Sally Cronin

Her smorgasbord blog with a view on books, music, humor and health is sure packed with variety.

Sally also works tirelessly to support other authors and artists from all walks of life. And today is no exception.

Please join me over at – -> Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore where she’s showcasing three authors and their books.

Did I mention that I’m included in today’s line-up?

Now you know.

And I’m so thankful and grateful to be included.

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Sally Cronin’s Creation – Copyright Sally Cronin

Again, here’s the link to – -> Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update.

 

See you there. 

P.S. If you haven’t taken advantage of any of the FREE promotional opportunities on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord blog, you’re missing out.

37 Days and Counting

37 Days and Counting
37 Days and Counting

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here–Christmas!

This Christmas season I will . . .

  • spend time with family and friends,
  • gobble up some turkey and stuffing,
  • tear open gift wrapped presents, and
  • celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth.

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I’ll also be out and about shopping for gifts for my:

  • hubby,
  • grand-kiddies,
  • other family members, and
  • friends.

And in preparation for this joyous season, I’ve also created trendy handmade necklaces to make gift-giving easier for you too. There are 9 designs in various colors to choose from. Click on any blue highlighted link or any of the images to see just how much these necklaces sparkle and shine.

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I trust these one-of-a-kind necklaces will inspire you to start your Christmas shopping too.

May the Miracle of Christmas fill up your heart,

 

Tracy

 

P.S. My coloring book makes great Christmas gifts too. Purchase 3 or more coloring books through Amazon.com and receive FREE shipping.

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Remembering a War Hero

Remembering a War Hero
Remembering a War Hero

Hi, Folks,

It’s me, Indy—Tracy’s fur baby.

Today is a very important day. It’s my 6th birthday. Hahowl!

My mum reminded me it’s Remembrance Day too.

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My mum patted the sofa. I jumped up.

Pages rustled in the legacy book she wrote about our family.

My ears stood at attention.

When the pages stopped turning, I snuggled under my blanket, eager to hear more about my maternal great-grandfather—a war hero.

INDY

I hope you’ll follow along too. Mum’s story is not very long. 

A Man of Courage

Indy, even though I never met my grandfather whenever I hear stories about his life he comes alive in my heart.

Did you know it’s been ninety-eight years since my grandfather fought in the Finnish Civil War of 1918?

Here’s my grandfather’s army photo. He was only nineteen-years-old in this photo.

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My grandfather – Eero Kohtala – 1918

My grandmother (Nana) wrote a note on the back of the photo. It says, “Vapaus Larar. V. 1918.” Translation, “The Freedom of Larar. Victory. 1918”.

Indy, you may use my laptop later if you’re interested in learning about this war. Just click on the two links–>Civil War of 1918 and The Finnish Class War 1918.

Commemorative Medal

My grandfather was presented with a liberation commemorative medal along with a certificate from the commander-in-chief, Kustaa Mannerheim, who later became the 6th President of Finland?

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Open your eyes, Indy. I’m almost finished.

The certificate says,

“On behalf of the Finnish government and the joint armed forces, I, Kustaa Mannerheim, commander-in-chief, present this liberation commemorative medal to Eero Kohtala in recognition of his participation and dedication in the liberation of his homeland.

May this medal always remind the participants of the liberation war of their accomplishments. Be it always proof to the participants and later generations how the Finnish nation rose as a united front to defend their nation and freedom.

Be it a reminder of the efforts of the white army’s strong defense of Tampere and Viipuri, of their efforts and suffering and hardships they endured to push the enemy back with pride in memory of the enormous tasks undertaken and the right to do so as set out in this declaration.”

Indy, stop yawning. I’ve finished my story.

Folks, thanks for reading about my great-grandfather, Eero Kohtala. 

Our family remembers his sacrifice.

We also remember the greatest sacrifice, Jesus Christ, who gave up his life to save us all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

At 11:11 a.m., Mum and I will also remember the men, women, and the service dogs who sacrificed their lives for us.

Always Remembering,

Indy

The cross and poppy photo are courtesy of Pixabay. CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use.

Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

On Saturday, October 13, 1956, my parents tied the knot.

Wow! Sixty years ago today.

To mark the occasion of their sixtieth wedding anniversary, hubby and I presented them with a congratulatory certificate from the Prime Minister of Canada this past Thanksgiving Sunday.

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Last week, while chatting with my mom on the phone, I asked if she’d share a memorable moment of her wedding.

Mom chuckled. “Do you really want to know?”

“I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know,” I said with pen poised.

My pen barely kept up with the memories that tumbled out. (I didn’t include them all. Grin)

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Wedding Ceremony

Dad and I were married at the Finnish Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario. I believe the ceremony was at one or two in the afternoon.

One memorable moment that struck me was the mural at the front of the church. It was of Jesus, knocking at a door—much like he knocks at our heart’s door.

Wedding ceremonies sure have changed. The minister didn’t even ask the guests to sit down while he performed the ceremony. I felt especially bad for my father-in-law. He was not well. He had Silicosis.

It was an unusually hot, October Saturday. It was so hot that right after the ceremony our female guests had to go home to change out of their knit dresses (which were in vogue at the time) before returning to the reception at the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine.

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Honeymoon

After our reception, we drove to New Liskeard, Ontario. My brother, Martti, was kind enough to lend us his new 1955 Pontiac. We didn’t have much money back then.

And the only clothing I owned that was suitable to pack for our honeymoon was a sleeveless, black and white dress with a matching, patterned bolero jacket, a skirt, sweater, bobby socks and saddle shoes.

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My late, uncle Martti with my mom in 1954.

Later that night, after throwing open the door of our motel room, your dad and I laughed.

Our sleeping accommodations consisted of two twin beds.

The next morning, we headed to Niagara Falls (the honeymoon capital).

Our first stop, though, was Crystal Beach. Your dad wanted to visit his cousins. That second night, his cousins kept knocking on our motel window.

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Dad’s Memorable Moments

“Mom, please ask Dad to come to the phone. I want to hear all about his memorable moments.”

Dad wouldn’t come to the phone. He was far too busy unloading the dishwasher.

So Mom relayed my dad’s profound memorable moment.

He said, “I got married.”

I heard a muffled chuckle come through the phone.

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Well, on that note I’ll end with . . .

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May God grant you many more memorable moments.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

Sixty years of marriage is truly a memorable moment!

 

Until next time,

 

Tracy

 

P.S. How long have your parents been married?

Finding Joy in Each New Day

Finding Joy in Each New Day

Linda Martin Andersen’s post, Look for Joy, ignited my joy spark.

She suggested starting a “Joy Journal”.

Pop on over to A Writer’s Playground and learn how to implement Linda’s three joyous tips.

Here are my three joy journal entries for today:

  • Found joy in exercising for twenty minutes,
  • Found joy in spending quiet time with my heavenly Father,
  • Found joy in preparing this short post.

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For coloring enthusiasts, click HERE or on the “Oh Happy Day” page above, and then color your way into a joyful week.

Have a joy filled week,

 

Tracy

 

 What are you joyful for today?