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Monday, May 26, 2014

Signed Sealed Delivered

This is a must see show! It airs Sunday nights on Hallmark channel.
Here is a little about the show:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered 
The new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.

In the episode I reviewed, It featured a letter written to an "older me". The girl was a delightful girl with Down Syndrome who was sure she would marry the boy she liked in the future. The letter had such charm and innocence to it that the postal group decides to help find the owner of the letter.
Through everything they learn during the search, they provide great insight into the couples lives and future.

I am a huge fan of this show! I have seen every episode. Not only is it funny and has a great group of actors and characters, I love how family friendly the show is. The show provides us with an hour of entertainment which is perfect for families to watch together and discuss. It makes you think and is full of all emotions.
I recommend checking it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
You can also learn more about the show and creator at these sites:
Hallmark Channel
Martha Williamson (creator)

Disclosure: I was granted access to an early preview of the episode in order to do my review. No other compensation was given

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin


Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.
Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it took us on a journey through World War II. I found it interesting to see it from the women's side of it, as they are at home waiting to hear something, anything, from their men.  What a difference it was compared to life now of 24 hour news. The women had to be strong all the time as they survived alone with no knowledge of what their men were dealing with.
I loved how the women all spent time around the quilt talking, sharing and encouraging each other. This makes for a great story, and is also a great reminder of how we should live and encourage others.
There are some great lessons applied to the story and the characters have great depth to them.  It is truly a interesting and well written book. I highly recommend it.

Disclosure: I received a print copy of the book in exchange for an honest review