What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

Each morning, I roll out of bed, stretch, and then I say, “Thank You, GOD, for giving me another day”.

“And here I am, we are, O GOD, our God giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name”

1 Chronicles 29:13 MSG.

Copyright Tracy Campbell | All rights reserved.

Being thankful helps me focus on the good things in my life.

Good things like my:

             hubby (who works extremely hard),

             parents (who are still alive and kicking),

♥             home (overlooking the Nottawasaga River),

♥             extended family (that includes you—my virtual friends), and . . .

GOOD THINGS LIKE TODAY

AFTER ALL, IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER. YAY!

 

Have a Happy Thankful Summer Day,

 

Tracy

 

P.S.  Tell me, tell me, what are you thankful for?

The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul)

The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul)

The Food Lover’s Devotional (Recipes for Body & Soul) arrived in time for Christmas—a Christmas gift my mother loved.

I must confess, I read Brenda’s book before handing it over.

Cover illustration by Anne Brolley.

Brenda J. Wood whipped up another superb book, blending quirky, real-life stories with delicious recipes and bite-size devotionals you’ll love to chew on and savor.

Brenda says,

“Since I love to cook, love to eat, and love Jesus even more, it makes perfect sense to me to combine all three in a devotional! After all, the Bible says, ‘And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes, they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts’ ” (Acts 2:46).

If you’re seeking to feed your soul as well as your stomach, and I hope you will, then The Food Lover’s Devotional is the book for you.

The eBook is available at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

Want the professionally bound black coil book too?

Then contact Brenda at brendawoodauthor (at) yahoo (dot) ca, and she’ll happily slide your very own copy down the post office’s mail chute.

Also take a gander at Brenda J. Wood’s Heartfelt Devotionals’ website. She has experienced and written about abuse, bulimia, cancer, and the death of her spouse. Brenda’s faith and quirky sense of humor bring a new perspective to these heavy topics.

Until next time,

 

Tracy

P.S. Brenda J. Wood is a fabulous motivational speaker too. Be sure to visit Hope Stream Radio, and then listen in.

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.