November 13, 2011

A Lasting Impression

I am a lover of art.I am a lover of romance.  I am a lover of books. Which is what made this book a very good read for me. Set in beautiful, historic Belmont Mansion in Nashville, the book never lacks for beautiful description or character development. Tamera Alexander paints a beautiful, well written picture of life in post civil war Belmont. The characters are genuine and memorable. You really care for, and believe in them. I loved the romance between Claire and Sutton. It never felt forced, and you couldn't help rooting for them.  And  I, along with Adelicia Acklen, am a lover of all things French, so that was quite nice.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing.

October 5, 2011

Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop

B&B Art

Lait Pur

By Charles Verneau

Psalm 96

96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

October 1, 2011

Kirstie Kelly Belle Dress

The B2716 style wedding dress form the Disney Bridal collection a few years ago. 

September 30, 2011

It is you

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner is such a beautiful movie. I enjoy it more each time I watch it. The story never fails to entertain. It's just such a sweet story! The characters are so likable. They all blend together to create an intricate little story that is so perfect in every way.
They need not have remade it, even though they all ready did. Skip You've Got Mail, watch this instead. It has more heart, better characters, and is far more endearing. It will stay with you much longer. And it gives you such a warm feeling when you watch it. Enjoy it for the wonderful classic that it is! You won't be able to stop yourself from watching it over and over again.

September 29, 2011

Psalm 139

139 Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18lIf I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

Tale as old as time

Certain as the sun

September 28, 2011

All I Ask of You

♪ Love me, that's all I ask of you.  

The Music of the Night

♪ You alone can make my song take flight. It's over now the music of the night!  

September 27, 2011

Secret baking ingredient

The secret ingredient that I use in all my baking is Starbucks vanilla syrup. It's not just good in coffee! I put it in every cookie or cake that I make. It's not to be used as a substitute  to regular vanilla, but in addition. It adds a certain subtle, sweet taste to everything.

An Argonese Smuggler

This Painting, An Argonese Smuggler by William Danat is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. It caught my attention for reasons I can't explain. I really like it.