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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our Thanksgiving

Hi, all! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Mr. Incredible was on call Thanksgiving week. That means that he needs to be able to respond to emergency calls within 30 minutes. Which meant that there was no way we would be able to travel for the holiday.

Last year, he was on call for Thanksgiving, and the children and I left him at home while we went to family events 1 1/2 hours away. I didn't like leaving him alone one bit and decided that my holidays would be spent with my beloved in the future.

Since my little sister, Sarah, was due to have her baby Thanksgiving week, she suggested that my family have Thanksgiving at my house, which is almost halfway between her home and the town where the majority of my family lives. Everyone thought that was a great idea, and that's what we did.

Sarah had her daughter on Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving. So she and Joe weren't even able to come to the get-together they had suggested. But everyone else made it, including a family that Mr. Incredible and I have become good friends with.

My family asked me to create the menu and just tell them what to bring. In the end, each family was requested to bring something to drink, a side dish, and a dessert. I made the turkey, pork loin, dressing, salad, butter beans, collards, gravy, and Tres Leches cake. Although we had 24 people, we had more than enough food, and it was all delicious.

After eating (and taking a little time for the food to digest a bit), we loaded up and traveled about a minute down the road to a park/sports complex. There, the kids played on the playground while Mr. Incredible and our friend played tennis. I think everyone had a lot of fun.

All in all, I'd have to say this was one of the nicest Thanksgivings I can remember.

What did you do for Thanksgiving?


Monday, November 09, 2009

Blog Tour: The Swiss Courier

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, unfaltering faith, suspense, unexpected plot developments, historical adventure - all are found within the pages of Mike Yorkey and Tricia Goyer's fantastic collaborative historical novel, The Swiss Courier.

The recent release of the movie Valkyrie has made many of us aware of the most famous but failed assassination attempt on Hitler's life. The Swiss Courier is set in the time directly following that attempt. The Nazi's were scrutinizing everyone in minute detail, trying to discover if more traitors lurked among them.

This scrutiny brought to light the Jewish heritage of a German scientist hard at work on the nuclear fission project. He is unaware of his precarious situation until the SS come to take him away.

In Switzerland, a young lady with a talent for safecracking is called upon to assist her government ... or is she? She must keep both her wits and her faith about her as she seeks to determine who is friend and who is foe.

An undercover band of men and women loyal to the resistance, a young farmer in love with the heroine, a selfish operative ... all play a role in this thrilling story.

If you like historical and/or well-written fiction, I'd highly recommend you read The Swiss Courier. You'll find it hard to put down until you have read the final plot twist, and you will come away with a new respect for the courage and selflessness of those who fought against the Nazis, whether in the official army or in the underground resistance.

About the authors:
Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website:

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.To find out more visit his website:

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