Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Fragments 12-16-11

1. The foundation on our house is finally fixed. Unfortunately, our broken pluming still is not.

 2. We are still staying at my mother in laws. My mother in law has been very sweet and accommodating but I'm just not comfortable there. What's wrong with me!?

3. My blood sugar has been really low lately. not sure what's going on with that. However, I have discovered when my blood sugar gets low I get really REALLY anxious. Not good :(

4. My cat does not like being left at our house (my mom in law is allergic and I cant bring her). She barks at me (short, angry meows ) every time I see her for the first 10-15 minutes

5. It so irritating and frustrating having half your stuff at your house and everything else at your in laws! It's been a challenge trying to stay organized with all of it!

6. Heaven gained to extra special angels this week. Both of which I'm sure I'll blog about next week. Rest in peace Mickey and Dr. Stafford.

7. . I have a question for everyone. Would you feel self conscious cooking in someone else kitchen. You all know I love to cook but I hate cooking in my mom in laws kitchen. I don't know what it is-I just feel self conscious and nervous. Would you? Any suggestions to get over it?

8. My mom fell again and messed up her knee replacement. She will have to wear a permanent brace the rest of her life on that knee now. She is going to have it repaired one last time on January 6.

9. I'm not sure why but my husband mom doesn't decorate for Christmas. I've decorated some at our house but I don't get home as much as I want. I'm learning that Christmas is really all in the heart

10. Please keep me and my hubby in your prayers. This whole not being our house has been very stressful on our marriage. I am fighting not to give into depression from everything going on. I know God is giving me strength.  Thank you for the prayers. You guys are the best

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: From Gluac to Freedom (Book 3 in the Volga Flows Forever Series)

I am reviewing this book for MediaGuests.

About the Book:
In my darkest hours, when worry and despair about the future of my family blankets my soul, I hear my father’s voice, giving me hope. On the day they dragged him to the gulag, he had looked at my mother with courage in his eyes, and said, “We are eternal; our faith, like the Volga, flows forever.”
The heroine of this powerful work, Katya, is a bright, energetic and resourceful Volga German girl, a worthy descendant of those first pioneers of the steppe we learned to know in the second volume. Katya is free to reveal, through her feminine creator, thoughts and circumstances often hidden to men. Sigrid artfully illuminates dress, colors, textures, foods and challenges as Katya embarks upon an adventurous escape from a gulag on the arctic tundra.

My Review:
This is the third book in the Volga Flows Forever Series and my favorite of the three. This is a truly emotional story of the Katya and the persecution her family endures under Russians. First under the czar and the under Stalin and the Communist regime. I felt like I was there with Katya the entire time.This is my favorite story of the trilogy. Sigrid Weidenwber did a wonderful job of telling the story of her life and Russia in a beautiful, heartfelt, and entertaining way. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys history or loves a good story. Here are the links to my reviews of book one and two.

About the Author
Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenwber remembers the horrific aftermath of fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under communism. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy “The Volga Flows Forever.” In her trilogy she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman, lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in Volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine’s edict.
Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

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