Thursday, June 30, 2011


Max Lucado has written another wonderful book called Max On Life.  This book gives us Max’s God based input on a variety of subjects.  Throughout Max’s ministry he has been faced with questions of his own and of his fans.  In this book he has taken 172 of the most common questions and answered them to the best of his ability using the Bible as his basis.  The book is divided into seven areas:  Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter.  Each section has numerous questions that Max has answered and has included examples or scripture from God’s Word.  Included in the back of the book is a Topical Index and a Scriptural Index along with a special addendum called The Write Stuff which is geared for wanna-be writers.

I highly recommend this book.  There were several questions I had been pondering and it was good to read Max’s input.  This book will hold a very special place in my library.  It would be wonderful for a devotional book or could be used for a group study.  Don’t let this one pass you by!

To get a sneak peek of the book click here.

To visit Thomas Nelson Publishing click here.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Sneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

until next time... nel

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Hodgepodge...

Wow, where did this week go?  I can't believe it is time for Wednesday Hodgepodge already.  We would love for you to join in, just click on the button above and hop over by Joyce, she does a wonderful job with this meme!  You will be glad you did and remember to link up so we can all enjoy your answers!
Here are mine...

1.  What makes you stand to your feet and cheer?  
There are several things that have that effect on me.  If there is a parade: a flag passing or veterans passing does that for me.  Also, just last Sunday at church a man sang "There Is A River" without music and he was amazing.  You could feel the spirit and we stood and clapped.  

2. What's your favorite patriotic song?
God Bless America.  I love this version by Martina McBride.  You can listen to it here.  

3.  Do you believe that opposites attract?  If you have a significant other are you opposites?
Yes I do.  We have a lot of things we are the same on but a whole lot that we are opposite.  For example:  I tend to be organized, him not so much;  He is always early, I am usually on time or a few minutes late;  I read directions, he asks: It had directions?  So yeppers I would go with opposites attract.

4.  You're going to get a behind the scenes look someplace... where would you like that someplace to be?
This is a hard one, I really can't think of anything.  Maybe behind the scenes of a movie set or a concert.

5.  How far would you have to travel to ride a carousel(merry-go-round)?
I would think probably the closest one would be Branson.  I am sure they have one at Silver Dollar City.  Branson is 57 miles from our house and Silver Dollar City is on the other end of town.  

6.  When was the last time you seen fireworks?  What was the occasion?  Do you enjoy fireworks?
The last time I seen them was last 4th of July with my sweet hubby.  We love watching them and always take our chairs and join the crowd in our little town.

7.  Of all the beauty products you own what item do you consider to be the most overpriced?
Moisturizers, a good moisturizer is always overpriced in my book.  They know we will not live without our moisturizer!

8.  Random Thought.
This has been a crazy week.  My daughter has not been feeling well and is having a few tests tomorrow, an echo-cardiogram and a stress test.  Please remember her in prayer. 

until next time... nel

Friday, June 24, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Plain Wisdom

Plain Wisdom written by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud invites us into the lives of an Old Order Amish and an Englischer.  This book gives the ladies a chance to share their views and their hearts on different subject matters.  Some of these include:  The Rhythm of Life, Timeless Beginnings, Challenges Great and Small, among others. 

Both women realize that even though their lives are different we are all faced with the same trials and obstacles in life.  These ladies become close friends despite the differences in their lifestyles.  Throughout the book Miriam has included several Amish recipes that look delicious.

This was a good book but it was not quite what I expected.  I felt like to many different areas were covered, making it hard to understand and follow what was going on.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hodgepodging Summer...

Once again it is time for Wednesday Hodgepodge.  If you would like to join in click on the button above and head over to Joyce's world.  It is a fun way to meet some great blogging friends.
So here is mine:

1.  What is your favorite sight, sound, AND smell associated with summer?
I think as far as sight, I love to see families out walking together, or at the park together.  It seems during summer people do more activities together.  I love the sound of the ooohhhs and awws from the crowd watching the fireworks display.  Everyone just seems so in sync, too bad we can't stay that way and get along.  There are so many smells I love, the smell of freshly mowed grass, barbecues fired up, a summer rain.

2.  Fireflies or lightning bugs... what are they called in your neck of the woods?  
We call them lightning bugs.  Nothing like seeing a field full of lightening bugs!

3.  What is something from the past week that reminded you of your childhood?
We passed a peach orchard on our way to Kansas City last Friday and that reminded me of childhood.  Mom always canned peaches, they were the best.  We would always go to the orchard and get at least 2 bushel baskets full.  They were so good, we had to eat on them while she was canning.  She always made sure they were "Freestone Peaches.'  They were much easier to remove the pit. mmmm good stuff!

4.  Define 'the good life'.
I think I am living the good life. We have a roof over our head, food in our freezer, and the man I love most by my side.  My daughter is only a phone call away and my grand kids are the best, what more can you ask for.  The only thing better is waiting for the other side, and the streets of glory.

5.  Tell us what we'd see if you took a snapshot of your desk/work space?
An organized mess... enough said! lolol

6.  Peaches or watermelon... yes you have to choose.
Since it is summer I will say watermelon.  I love watermelon!  We were talking about peaches when we passed an orchard the other day... hmmm there is my answer to number 3.  I can go back now and answer that one.  lolol.

7.  Ever been skinny dippin?
Well I didn't call it skinny dippin, I called it chunky dunkin.  There has never been a skinny bone in this girl's body.  And yes it was fun, you will just have to believe me, no details here!

8.  Random Thought.
I am getting excited about our trip to Panama City.  I know it is going to be hot, but cannot wait to walk the beach looking for shells and taking pictures.  We are staying in a cousin's condo right on the beach.  Can't wait to see the look on Eden's face when she sees all that sand and water.  Janice and her family are joining us.  Memories in the making!

until next time... nel

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Passing Through Filley...

First of all, I would like to wish all the Dad's out there a Happy Father's Day!  Today is always bittersweet for me, I had one of the best Dad's there were and have wonderful memories, but I sure do miss him!

Friday we made a trip to Kansas City and spent the night and drove home yesterday.  My hubby had some union business to take care of.  He enjoys seeing old working buddies and catching up on each other's lives in general.  Kansas City is only 3 hours from our place but on our way home we always take the scenic route.  This always proves to be interesting and gives me several good picture taking opportunities.  Little towns intrigue me.

This trip we happened through a little town called Filley.  I quickly asked him to pull over before we missed it, so I could take a few photos.  You know some of the towns if you blink they are gone, and believe me I am not making fun, I love little towns.  I sure do get some strange looks when I am out taking pictures at times.  There were a couple of men that came out on the porch of a  building back the other way, I just kind of waved to them and kept taking my pictures.  
This was one of the main buildings in Filley.  It looked like it was probably a little store and gas station at one time.  Well pretty obvious a long time ago, look at the old gas pump in front.  I couldn't help notice the pony on the side of the building.  I bet this was a hopping place once upon a time, but now just an abandoned building.  If you really use your imagination, you can almost hear the screen door slam as the attendant comes out to pump the gas.  There were two or three other buildings also.
This was a sign over a pavilion close to the station.  It said Filley Community Park, as you can see the tree has grown a lot since the sign was put up.
Here is the Community Park.  It consisted of hand made tables and wooden benches.  A lot of work and determination went in to building all the tables and benches.  The community probably had a work day and they joined in and made it a fun time.  That does not happen much anymore, kinda sad, now you have to hire someone to do the work.  At one point in time I bet this was a busy place, the hustle and bustle of the women getting the food ready for the community picnics or potlucks, and of course the sound of the children's laughter and excitement.  But now, it looks deserted.
Just beyond the Community park was this old barn.  As many of you know I love old barns, and this one was no exception.  This barn had so much character, if it could only talk, the stories it could tell.  I am sure it has seen a lot of activity in the little town of Filley over the years.

It was a fun day, I love exploring and thinking about what might of been.  Thanks for going on my journey with me.

until next time... nel

"Let me pass through thy land:  I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left."   Deuteronomy 2:27

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hodgepodge Again???

It is that fun time of the week, time for Wednesday Hodgepodge.  If you would like to join in, click on the button above and jump over by Joyce and get the original questions, then of course don't forget to link up so we can all enjoy your answers.  It really is a lot of fun and a great way to meet new blogging friends.  So without further hesitation, here we go:

1.  What is one thing on your bucket list? If you don't have a bucket list let's pretend you do.
I would think almost everyone has a bucket list, maybe not an actual written list, but a list in the back of your mind of things you would like to accomplish.  I have several, but she just said one... hmmmm.  I would love to go on an Alaskan Cruise.  Talk about pictures...lolol.

2.  What makes a good dad?
I think it is more than making a good living for the family, because not all dads are able due to health issues.  I think it is the feeling of security, knowing they are there no matter what.  Someone who spends time with his family and loves them and enjoys them.  Someone who shows his kids that their mom is a special woman.  Someone who listens, and directs without being overbearing, who gives their honest opinion, but does it in a way that shows love.  Someone who leads them spiritually also and puts God first.

3.  Are you afraid of insects?  Which ones?
Not so much, as long as I have my handy dandy wasp spray that shoots from long distance.  Although there is one type that gives me the heebie-jeebies.  June Bugs... yuck!  I hate those things, if they are around the door, I will make a mad dash to get past them.  And lo and behold if one lands on me, I will have a runaway.  Just saying...

4.  We're barbecuing... what's on the grill at your house?
Actually, we are barbecuing tonight (Tuesday), and it would be hamburgers.  I love burgers on the grill however, my hubby is getting pretty good with those steaks too.   Mmmmmm good!

5.  Do you believe that playing is more important than winning?
Yes I do.  It doesn't matter who wins, what matters is taking time to do something together.

6.  Do you tan?  Use self-tanners?  Visit tanning salons?  See your dermatologist at least once a year?
No, No, No, No.   I burn even when I use sunscreen.  I probably should try the self tanner, however my skin is so sensitive, it would probably cause problems.   And the salons are out, pacemakers usually do not like those kinds of machines.  I probably should see the dermatologist, I have problems with a dry scalp and eczema on the back of my neck.

7.  Five years ago I would never imagine that today I would ______. married again and living in Missouri.

8.  Random.
What happened to Spring?   We went from cold weather to summer...  I have been busy but did I miss something?

Well... that is it for this week folks.    Have a good one!

until next time... nel

Monday, June 13, 2011

Random Monday....

Just thought I would stop in and let you know I am still around.  It seems like I am meeting myself coming and going.  It was a busy week and this week is about the same.  

We made a trip to Kansas City after we found a car we were interested in.  We really liked it, so we brought it home, that was an all day trip.  It is a 2004 Cadillac DeVille DHS with only 68,000 miles on it, one owner, clean, a few little nicks and scratches on the outside but not bad, beautiful, and loaded.
We were very happy with the dealer also.  They went out of their way to make sure we were happy, including the goody box and we received a Thank You card today.  What really impressed me was it is family owned and they are closed on Sundays.  You do not find that much anymore.  So far we are really enjoying it.

Our old car, bless her heart, I named her Betsy, she was a good car, but has over 186,000 miles and as much as we travel we needed something dependable.  She is a Cadillac Deville also, my hubby has a thing about his Caddy's, and I must agree they are nice riding vehicles.  He has spoiled me with them.  I used to want a VW Bug, not so much anymore.  lol

I am still working on my photo blog, it is a slow process.  Thanks to all of you that have been checking it out.  I really do not have it up and running and I have already had over 500 visitors.  

Thursday night we are having supper with a couple from our church.  I am sure it will be a fun night.  It is always nice to spend time with Christian friends.
Friday we are headed back to Kansas City, Stan has some union business to take care of.  We will spend the night and then come home on Saturday.  It is always nice to get away for a night once in awhile.

Next month we are back on the road again, birthday celebrations in Arkansas, then off to Florida for a week.  Panama City, I cannot wait, it should be a lot of fun.  And I am sure I will find something to take pictures of.  Ha-ha!

until next time... nel

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday HodgePodge...

It is hard to believe it is Hodgepodge time again.  They say time flies when you are having fun... I must really be having some fun! Cause it is flying!  After you enjoy reading my answers (you know you will) click on Joyce's button to get all the questions and to link up.  We would like to read your answers also (you know we do).  And here we go...

1.  Do you and your family enjoy camping?  What do you enjoy most/like the least when it comes to family camping?  When was the last time you camped?
I grew up camping and as Janice was growing up we went quite often.  I think the closeness that sitting around the campfire brings is one of the things I always loved.  Probably the last time I camped was around my birthday in 2000.  Lots of memories, good and bad.  Nowadays our camping consist of an EconoLodge or some kind of motel.  Rough stuff...lolol. 

2.  Did you attend a summer camp when you were a kid?  Is that a happy or not so happy memory?
No, I always wanted to go, but never was allowed to go.

3. Over the course of your life, what have you probably spent more time pondering than anything else?
Why adults mistreat children mentally or physically.

4.  Which of the seven natural wonders of the world would you most like to see?
I have seen the Grand Canyon but would love to go again, and go completely around it and even down in it but not walking or by burro.  lolol

5.  What was your first real job?
I worked at A.O.H.A. (American Osteopathic Hospital Assn.) between my junior and senior year, then again after I graduated.  We published their magazine and put alot of meetings together.  I was the gopher and chief flunky... and loved it!

6.  Lemonade or Sweet tea... which do you prefer on a hot summer day?
I love Sweet Tea, I am from the south.  All though, homeade fresh lemonade can't be beat either.  My mom used to make the best!

7.  What is something that always brings a smile to your face?
Talking to my daughter or my grandkids.  Eden Jade saying Granny I love you, or singing our song, You Are My Sunshine!

8.  Random Thought...
Sorry I have two...   First of all is anyone else having problems leaving comments sometimes.  I cannot leave a comment on Joyce's or a couple other blogs.  It just keeps going to the log in page.  Just wondering.
And ... I would like to invite all of you over to catch a glimpse of my new blog N Fast Photos.  It is a work in progress.  I have got the greeting cards loaded on the Anniversary, Birthday and Congratulation pages along with Inspirational Posters.  Would love to have any comments or suggestions.  Thanks to those who have already ventured over there!  Appreciate your sweet comments!

until next time... nel

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Catch A Glimpse...

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  We are enjoying life in the Fastenau household.  Life has been kind of quiet lately, so I have had time to work on my photo project.  I am no where close to being done but I had to share it with my bloggy friends and family. 

So Here Is Your Chance...  Hop over to NFast Photos, leave me a comment so I know you have been there and share with me what you think.  Hope you enjoy!

until next time... nel

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge Once Again...

It is Hodgepodge time again, that fun time when we all have to answer these wonderful questions that Joyce comes up with.  I have no idea how she does it!  If you would like to join in just click on the button above and you will be transported over to her corner in Blogsville where you can get her list of questions and of course link up.  You know before you leave though, you want to read what was on my mind this week, well here it is:

1.  Have you ever been to the US Capital - Washington DC?  If so what's your favorite site? 

Yes my husband had to make a trip to DC for Union business three years ago.  It was my first time, what an experience!  I was lucky a friend of mine worked at the National Archives, so she gave me a personal tour, what a treat!  Very impressive, I would love to spend some time there researching.  The whole city is just full of history and I don't think it ever goes to sleep.  It is so hard to pick just one site.  I loved seeing the Capital, we did not get to take a tour, but just from the outside was spectacular.  The monuments were wonderful but the Viet Nam Wall just grabbed my heart. 
National Archives under construction.
White House

I wanted to know why all the lights
were on at 10:00 p.m.?
This one grabbed my heart! 
I am sure they were looking at a relative's name.
2.  When did you last attend a wedding?  Are there any weddings on your summer calendar?  Were you a summer bride?

I guess the last one I attended was mine in September 2006.  That has been  I do have a nephew getting married this summer, but I will not be able to be there. 

3.  What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?

Either fresh out of the garden or sliced up with a little sugar on them, and cake and whip cream could be added.  lolol.

4.  What is one thing you are especially looking forward to this summer?

We are making a trip to Florida.  We have a condo (thanks to my cousin) for a week.  Right on the beach at Panama City.  My daughter and family are joining us and my partner in crime Kathy is supposed to go with us.  I cannot wait till Eden Jade sees all the sand and water...  Hoping we get to make a day trip to Disneyworld while we are there...not sure.

5.  Do you use/like the self-checker at the grocery store?

I have used it a time or two if I am in a really big hurry.  I prefer to use the line with an attendent.  If we get to reliant on self checkers and such people's jobs might be cut, that is just my opinion.

6.  Share a favorite piece of common sense advice.

Don't sweat the small stuff!  And it is all small stuff unless it is life or death!  We have to remember God has it in control!

7.  Barefoot, flip flops, tennis shoes, sassy sandals, your first coice for summertime?

If I am at home I am barefoot!  (I lived most my life in the south, what can I say?)  Otherwise sandals.

8.  Random

I have been working on another blog trying to get it together.  It is for my greeting cards and posters.  There is so much that goes into it, especially if you want to prevent pictures from being taken.  I will let you know when it is up and running!


until next time...nel