Homemade Playdough

1 pound box of baking soda (about 2 c.)
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups cold water (add food coloring if you want colored clay)

Stir together baking soda and cornstarch in a sauce pan. Add water and cook over medium heat stirring constantly till the mixture reaches the texture of moist mashed potatoes (about 10-15 min) If cooked to long finished clay may crack when it dries! Remove and place on a cookie sheet to cool,then cover with a damp cloth. When cool pat till smooth.

Making Shapes:
Roll the clay out to a 1/4 inch thickness between sheets of wax paper. Remove wax paper and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters, you can also break pieces off and roll them out so the kids can make their name or their own designs. Use toothpicks to make a hole for hanging.

Drying The Clay:
Air dry on a wire rack over night, or you can preheat the oven to 350, turn off and place the projects on a cookie sheet and let sit in the oven till it cools off, or you can microwave on a paper towel on medium power for 30 seconds on each side.

Make sure they are completely dry, you can paint them with water colors, acrylics or felt tip markers, you can also use with glue, glitter or varnish.

Rachael Ray Oven Lovin’ Nonstick Bakeware 3-Piece Baking and Cookie Pan Set

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Fix Your Mind

I woke up this morning feeling anxious and overwhelmed. There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now, and more changes to come.

I’ve prayed over my circumstances, and pretty much have decided what needs to be done. I’m just not real clear of when it should be done, and how to get it done.

And it didn’t help when I looked at my online banking and saw that there isn’t enough to cover all the costs of current bills and those upcoming changes.

Then thoughts of doubt and fear started creeping in. The whole ‘what if’ scenario.

Then once again I go to my favorite verse: Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. Romans 12:2 Contemporary English Version (CEV) So while I am asking God to change the way I think, I wonder, but how? How do I change the way I think? Surely there is something I can do.

Then I read this verse: Here, my brothers, are some things I want you to think about. Think about things that are true, honest, right, clean and pure, things that are lovely, and things that are good to talk about. If they are good, and if they bring praise to God, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)

God will do his part, I will do my part and all will work out. I almost didn’t write a post today because of the anxiety I felt, but honestly, I feel better already.

What you think about the most determines the quality and direction of your life. Naturally, people who think positive, uplifting thoughts have happier, healthier, longer lives. They are less stressed, more vibrant and enjoy better sleep. That’s why the Scripture encourages us to think on good things—things that are true, noble and lovely. Some translations say to “fix your mind” on them. When you fix your mind on noble things, you close the door to the negative voices and open your heart to allow God to work in your life.

Choose today to fix your mind on good things. Do whatever you need to in order to keep those good thoughts before you. Write them on note cards and put them in a place where you can see them. Confess God’s promises over your life and declare His blessing on a daily basis. As you fix your mind on the goodness of God, you will be filled with His peace and victory, and see every dream and desire in your heart come to pass.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, Today I choose to fix my mind on noble things. I choose thoughts of peace and victory. Fill my heart with Your goodness that I may glorify You in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Set Your Thoughts

I have been trying to start each day by reading the Bible, before I look at emails, add recipes to Beckie’s Kitchen or do anything else. I have to admit, it has taken some discipline to do that.

I use Bible Gateway and have bookmarked a few passages to read daily. While I read the chapter of Romans 12, there is one verse that stands out.

Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. Romans 12:2Contemporary English Version (CEV)

I often have negative thoughts when it comes to my life. I look at my checking account and see the negative numbers, and think there is no way to recover from that. I’m currently on unpaid medical leave, waiting to hear from Social Security Disability, and am having to rely on family to lend a few bucks here and there just to cover the basics. And I often will do without before reaching out and asking for help.

My daughter brought up a few things the other day. One, is I often let my pride stand in the way of asking for help, and she’s right. But another thing she pointed out was the way I think about myself. If a friend, family member or even a stranger reaches out to me, I am quick to lend a hand, an ear or a shoulder. That I will encourage them to have faith, to not give up and to believe and know without a doubt that God has a reason for allowing things to happen in our lives and that we need to rely on God and not things of this earth.

I just don’t always take my own advice, so that is why I must let God change the way I think.

My recent illness has been a wake up call for me to take better care of my health.

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God.
Romans 12:1Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The article below has inspired me to write this post. I hope and pray that in some way, my writings and the writings of others is what you need to hear. If this or any other article has helped you please send me an email or post a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Faith is simply seeing what God sees. It’s choosing God’s way even when things look differently in the natural. When you set your thoughts on higher things, like today’s verse suggests, you are looking at life through your eyes of faith and seeing what God sees. For example, you may have a financial need today, but when you look higher, you see that God promises to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. You may have sickness in your body today, but when you look higher, you see that Jesus paid for your sickness and disease. You may feel lonely today, but when you look higher, you see that God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

As you meditate on God’s Word, you are setting your thoughts on higher things and setting your life in the direction of the good plan He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, right now I choose to set my thoughts on higher things. I choose to focus on Your ways, knowing that You have the best plan for me. I bless Your holy name, today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The Root of My Rot

“Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:24 (NLT)

I’ve been married to the same man for 41 years, give or take, minus a year or two when we were divorced and then remarried, and the six months or so of separations off an on over the years. Yeah, that kind of relationship.

Let’s just say he is a very stubborn man and set in his ways. I tell myself that trying to change him at this late time in the game is useless. So I started wishing him away. I would think about how much nicer, calmer and less stressful my life would be without him. He’s 70 years old now, and to be totally transparent here, since God knows my most inner thoughts anyways, I have wished more than once that our marriage would end. And according to God it is till death do us part.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve woken up and looked over at him to just see if he was still breathing, and silently hoping he wasn’t. I’ve dreamed about the day, how I would contact family members, what I would say and start planning funeral arrangements.

I guess I’m the crazy one in this marriage.

“Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.” Romans 12:2 (CEV)

I know my thoughts and feelings about my marriage and my husband are not how God wants me to think and feel. I need to forgive my husband’s stubborn ways, I need to look for the good in him and our marriage. I need to change the way I think, and I know I can only do that by forgiving myself, and leaning on God.

Dear Lord, thank You for bringing to light the rotting areas of my life. Help me to address these areas with Your grace and truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

The following article inspired me to write this article, I hope if you read this, that it will inspire you too.

The Root of My Rot

“Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:24 (NLT)

Recently, a friend of mine really hurt my feelings and I got all bent out of shape. And, honey, everyone in my house knew Mama wasn’t happy. I tried everything to usher gentleness back into my tone and my temper.

I quoted verses.

I rebuked Satan.

I bossed my feelings around with truth.

I even tried to take a nap.

But none of these activities soothed me.

What really sent me over the edge, though, was a smell that started to fill my home that not even three strongly scented candles could mask.

Unfortunately, as the mysterious, awful smell continued to waft through my home, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was or where it was coming from.

Finally, I realized my daughter had placed a trashcan in the middle of my bedroom floor so she could toss scraps of paper as she worked on a school project. Some food had obviously been thrown away in that forgotten trashcan that had surpassed gross and moved into the final stages of rot.

I didn’t have the heart to find out what the rot was; I just knew the trash can had to go. Immediately.

The smell was an outside indication of an internal situation. And the trashcan wasn’t the only thing that stunk that night. So did my attitude.

My reaction was also an outside indication of an internal situation.

The reason I couldn’t be soothed by quoting Scripture, bossing my feelings, rebuking Satan or even taking a nap is because God wanted me to be aware of my stink … something inside of me that stunk … a place starting to rot.

I’d been hurt by a friend and didn’t want to confront the issue or forgive the person who had hurt me. I’d stuffed bitterness in my heart and tried to pretend it wasn’t there. But the rot was there and the stink from deep within my heart kept spilling out.

God didn’t want me to temporarily mask the situation by feeling better in the moment. He wanted me to address the root of my rot — to see it, admit it, expose it, let Him clean it up and shut it down. Immediately.

In our key verse, we’re reminded of King David’s plea to the Lord, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” We must have this same attitude when it comes to our own lives.

A little rot can spread fast and furiously if not dealt with swiftly and seriously. That’s why it’s so crucial to pay attention to our reactions today.

How we react is a crucial gauge of what’s really going on inside us.

When people or issues or situations bump into our happy, it’s not wrong to feel annoyed. But if that annoyance leads to a reaction out of proportion to the issue at hand, we can bank on the fact that this eruption has a root of rot.

Here are some telltale signs of roots of rot:

  • I throw out statements like, “You always … You never … Why can’t we ever …”
  • I start gathering ammunition from past situations to build my case.
  • I use words and a tone outside my normal character.
  • I justify my reaction by pointing out how hard my life is right now.
  • I demand an apology, all the while knowing I should be giving one.
  • These are not fun to admit, but here’s the beauty of the situation: The quicker we see a root of rot, the quicker we can get rid of the stink and move forward.

    Dear Lord, thank You for bringing to light the rotting areas of my life. Help me to address these areas with Your grace and truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Psalm 26:2: “Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.” (NLT)

    Life at the Crossroads

    My life is definitely at the crossroads of life. Life itself is causing me to make some extreme changes, and yes I’ll admit I’m scared. I often wonder, am I making the right decision.

    I have a health disorder caused Lymphedemia, which means my lymph glands in my legs are not circulating like they should. The legs swell, the skin stretches, sores form and needless to say it is extremely painful. And chronic pain causes a lot of emotional pain at some point.

    My doctors suggested I go on disability. That I can no longer work sitting in this chair in front of a computer for hours on end. Sitting aggravates the swelling, makes it even harder for the lymph glands to do their job. So for once I decided to follow the doctor’s orders.

    I took medical leave at work, I’m limiting my time at the computer to less than one hour intervals, I’m doing a lot of bed-rest, and the swelling has gone down a lot.

    Now is time to figure out what to do next. I’m the sole bread winner in this house, and losing my income really, really hurts. I haven’t had my current job long enough to get paid medical leave, so I filed for Social Security Disability. Even if approved, the income drops significantly.

    I’ve got it mapped out in my head what we should do, where we should go and what steps we need to take. But then it’s it my plan or God’s? Several things need to fall into place before we can do anything, then there is the whole “where is the money coming from?” issue to consider.

    So as I stand at this crossroad, I will continue to pray. Continue to trust that God will help me make the right decisions. I was feeling guilty about not working, thinking, I can work through the pain, but after taking a few days off, resting, not sitting, I’ve seen improvement in my condition. So I keep asking, do I want to risk losing my leg to having a few bucks in my pocket?

    See the doctors tell me the sores on my legs leads to infections, and if/when the infection gets bad enough it will infect the bones. When that happens the bones get brittle and break, but more like a shattered glass and cannot be set like a normal break and leads to amputation. That was an eye opener for me.

    I know I have made the right decision about work. Just writing this article has helped me see that. So now I just need the courage to take the right turn at the cross roads and move to another state to be close to my daughter and grandkids, and where I can get the love and support I need and stop holding onto the past and the current situation that is not a healthy one for me right now.

    I just have to trust that there will be a financial way for me to do this.

    Only a few people read this blog, but if you have read this far, I just ask for your prayers.

    Life at the Crossroads (Genesis 16:8)

    Where have you come from and where are you going?

    The question came to Hagar at the pinnacle of a crucial decision. She was torn between allegiance to her mistress, Sarai (known as Sarah later in the story), and the innate desire to be free to raise the baby now growing inside of her. As with most questions one faces when standing at one of life’s many crossroads, it haunted her.

    Where had she come from? Where was she going? It was painful for Hagar to reflect on her past, much less attempt to see through the gauze of an uncertain future, but the angel’s question pierced her soul with its persistence.

    Where have I come from . . . ? Hagar thought to herself as she contemplated the events over the past few months. She concluded that she’d come from a place no woman should have to be.

    I’ve come from the grasp of a woman who hates me. I’ve come from the burden of carrying a baby whose father loves someone else. I’ve come from a terrifying place of confusion, isolation and abandonment. That’s where I have come from.

    But that was only half of the equation. “ . . . And where are you going?”

    This question was even more painful than the previous one. She knew from where she’d come, but she had no idea where she was going. In fact, she was wandering the desert, considering her options at that very moment.

    Could she make it? Would she die? As if the Lord’s angel had traced her thoughts, he cut through her myriad of optional scenarios with a command. “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”

    In truth, it was the last thing she felt like doing at the moment. Go back? Had she heard the angel’s message clearly? Surely there was a misunderstanding.

    However, there was no misunderstanding. The crossroads pointed to a path she did not want to take—had not planned to take. God had spoken, and Hagar must obey. She peered down the road that represented her future, but it looked suspiciously like the road that led to a painful past.


    Dear God, please help me accept your will for me even if it’s not what I had planned for myself.

    Taken from NIV, Women’s Devotional Bible

    Why are some prayers not answered?

    As I read the following article something hit me in the gut. I’ve always known that God does not answer prayers if sins are standing between us. And I always start my prayers by asking God to forgive my sins, sometimes its a blanket request, sometimes it is a specific area that I know I have messed up and need to clear my conscience.

    But the article also refers to ‘cherished’ or ‘harbored’ sin. I don’t have any of those do I? But maybe I do. There is one area in my life I am struggling to change. I have been a heavy smoker for 45 years. Part of me says, hey the damage has been done, so why bother with quitting. I have a friend that quit years ago and recently got diagnosed for COPD. I enjoy my cigarettes. But seriously, they are not helping my health, I’m in danger of losing a leg and I want to hold on to that one cherished sin.

    Yes I have always heard the debate as to whether smoking is a sin or not. I can weigh on both sides. But its the constant desire to smoke that is the sin for me. And the fact that it is not helping my overall health, and my body is a temple.

    so I’m asking God to forgive me for my addiction and for the strength to quit. I will do this, as through Christ I can do all things.

    Why are some prayers not answered?

    Psalm 66:18
    Contemporary English Version (CEV)
    18 If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me.

    Generally, God answers every prayer—although sometimes he says no. This verse gives the only exception to that rule: When we harbor sin in our hearts, God withholds his answer until we first give up that “cherished” sin (compare a similar teaching in Isaiah 59:1–2 and 1 Peter 3:7).

    As you search for the truth about God, understand that it’s best to deal with the subject of sin before you deal with the subject of prayer. When you ask God to forgive you for the things you’ve done, your sin will no longer be a barrier in your relationship with him. If you are already a believer, don’t cherish things God despises. A relationship with God is too valuable to short-circuit on something that can only hurt you.

    Taken from NIV The Journey Bible

    When You Feel Like Giving Up

    I can relate to the following article in so many ways. Though I am not facing a terminal illness, I am facing one that has no cure and will need to be managed the rest of my life.

    I have lymphedemia which causes swelling of my legs and when the skin stretches so far wounds appear that drain fluid and are just nasty. I recently had cellulitis which is an infection of the skin. The doctor told me I have to decide what life changing decisions do I want to make. T

    Taking the current route, working and sitting for long periods of time. Not treating my diabetes, not eating right, smoking 3 packs a day, all this needs to change and now not later.

    The doctor also said I would be eligible for disability, and during this initial treatment process he wants me to take frequent rests, laying in bed with my legs elevated, not to stand, walk or sit for no longer than 30 minutes to an hour.

    Well that is a little hard to do when you work 8 hours a day sitting in front of a computer with a headset in your ear.

    So the next day I started making changes. Praying that the choices I made were correct. It’s hard to explain, but when I pray about something, and then go to act I either have peace in my heart or I feel it just doesn’t feel right. Taking a leave of absence was my first choice. Though I know I am probably going to have to quit work, but for now I need the insurance, and quitting will cause me to lose it.

    The leave of absence is without pay and that seriously causes me to worry. I know that God will provide my every need. And this article below reminds me to take it one step at a time. Not to let the unknown future overwhelm me.

    When You Feel Like Giving Up
    Rachel Wojo

    “For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? — the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.” Psalm 18:31-32 (ESV)

    The alarm would sound any minute. It was time. Time to open my eyes, sit up and face another day. I started the inner pep talk immediately. Maybe today will be different. Things can’t get any worse. Well, maybe they can. No, God’s got this. I had this conversation in my head before my feet ever hit the floor.

    Circumstances overwhelmed me and had begun to take a toll on my body as well. I knew God was with me; I’d known that since I was a child. But the perfect life had taken a wild detour, and I found myself in a very imperfect world.

    The unexpected journey through divorce and losing my mom to cancer had been tough enough. Now looking ahead, my daughter’s label of “terminal disease” seemed bigger than God.

    In my desperation, I didn’t just pray: I cried to the Lord. I needed more than another sermon illustration. More than a checklist of do’s and don’ts. I really needed to know that God was not just near, but that He would get me through this. But how?

    My habit of reading the Psalms kicked in, and I fumbled to one of my favorites where today’s key verse can be found: “For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? — the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.”

    As I meditated on the verses, the phrase “who equipped me with strength” captured my attention. I found myself begging: Lord, I need the kind of strength only You can give. I need this equipping process, Jesus. Will You please help me?

    I dangled my feet over the side of the bed and continued reading. The Psalmist reflected: “You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip” (Psalm 18:36, ESV).

    The Holy Spirit prompted me through this reflection. That’s it! That’s what I need to remember! When I feel like giving up, I don’t have to comprehend the entire journey. I only need enough strength to take one more step.

    I can take comfort in the fact that God’s plan is always bigger and better than mine.

    Echoing the words of the psalmist, I whispered to God that the battle felt enormously overwhelming. I asked Him to equip me with strength only He can give (Psalm 18:39a).

    Finally, I moved my dangling feet from the bedside and placed them solidly on the ground, knowing His power would carry me through whatever came my way that day.

    Have you felt like giving up lately? Does the thought of seeing yourself on top of the mountain ahead seem too far-fetched to imagine? Let’s stop thinking about the vastness of the journey. Let’s recognize that when things seem out of control, God is always in control. He is with us, and giving us the strength to take one more step.

    Dear God, please equip me with strength for today. I know I can’t walk this journey on my own. I need Your spirit to infuse me with energy for the next step. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Job 23:10-11, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.” (ESV)

    Stop Worrying

    Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a worrier. I tend to focus on the negative ‘what ifs’ of my life. With my new desire to have faith, this is being a real struggle for me.

    Then after praying, and reading my Bible and some of the countless faith articles I have saved over the years, a few things were revealed to me, that I want to share.

    Genesis 1:1 says God created the heavens and the earth. Well if I don’t believe that then I should just close the book and forget it. But I do believe that, of course we could get into the whole debate about big bang theories and other ideas, but I believe that God created us and the earth we live in.

    So how did God create the earth? He spoke it into existence. He said let it be and it was. And we all know how powerful words can be. The words to you speak to others will either build them up or tear them down. You either help or hurt with your words.

    But then where do words come from? They come from our ideas and thoughts. Which is where our faith comes from. Whether I believe in God or not comes from my thoughts. Then whether I chose to speak or write those words is a whole new topic to be expanded on at a later date.

    What I’m getting at is faith is derived from our thoughts. All of our actions and words are formed from our thoughts. For instance, this computer I’m using to write on, or the device you are reading this from, where did it come from? Someone created it right? Well before they could put their designs on paper for someone to actually ‘create’ the item, someone had to ‘think’ and ‘imagine’ and have faith to know it would work.

    Now back to the topic at hand, I worry. Something I need to change. Something I’m working on and actually struggling with. Yesterday was payday. I paid my bills, and that’s a good thing. The lights won’t be turned off, I’ll still have internet and phone service, so I can work to earn another payday. But I look at my bank account and I know without a doubt the balance will not make it 13 more days till the next payday. So naturally I worry, all my thoughts keep going to that, we just don’t have enough to make it till the next payday. How can I get more money? Will I have to get a payday loan, or borrow from family once again? Should I struggle to try to have a yard sale on my day off? Should I list items to sell on Craigslist? See where I’m going with this? Constant thoughts and worry.

    But on the other hand I tell myself to relax, don’t worry it will all work out. I’ve never gone hungry, God has always provided a way, even when I had little to no faith, God always provided. Things will work out they always do.

    I need to keep my thoughts on how I can help others, things I can say, things I can do. I need to think of the words I read and focus on God’s kindness and mercy and not worry about tomorrow, live for today.

    Proverbs 14:14 Says you harvest what you plant, whether it is good or bad. So moving forward I am going to concentrate on the good I can do. I might not be able to give money, but I can give a kind word, I can pray for others in need. I can do the right thing, whether it’s how I talk to my husband or the customers at work. I will focus on the good and push the worrying away, because the worrying will only produce weeds, and I have enough of those growing in my thought garden on a daily basis.

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    Here We Go Again

    Usually, I just copy and paste an article that I have saved in my inbox. I do love to share. But today I feel the need to write my thoughts and feelings instead.

    For the past year or so I have been bouncing back and forth from having faith, believing in a higher power, trusting God that all things will work out. Other times I wonder: Is there a God? Is there a life after death? Why are things the way they are? If there is a God, why am I living like I am?

    I often feel like I’m trapped in a marriage with someone I don’t really even like, much less love, but after 41 years, I figure till death do us part and I’ll wait it out, or learn to like him again. I feel like I’m trapped living in this old house that needs a lot of repair, a thorough cleaning, some remodeling and basically needs to feel like a home rather than a house. I would love to just walk away from it and move into an apartment or somewhere to start fresh, but the guy I don’t like that I’m married to wants to keep it because he’s invested so much in it, yeah right. Then, there is my job. I hate my job. Well, to be honest, sometimes I hate it, sometimes it’s okay. I work at home, a dream job for some, but I spend 8 hours a day with some people yelling and cussing at me because their stupid TV isn’t working. But some people are actually nice and friendly and we laugh and actually carry on a conversation. Working from home is not as some may think, because in doing so I’ve become a hermit of sorts, I don’t go anywhere, I certainly don’t want anyone coming into this house in the shape its in.

    The above paragraph is 100% negative thinking. But I decided it was time for a confession, and though I normally do not share my feelings with the world, but there is a method to my madness. I woke up this morning and thought, it’s time to start over, yes, again. I’ve started over so many times with my trust and faith in God.

    Psalm 51:1 says “You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins.” {CEV} And I wonder sometimes if God even listens or forgives me over and over, then I think of Matthew 18:21, 22 Peter asks Jesus if forgiving someone seven times is enough, but Jesus said we should forgive someone seventy-seven times. So I figure if we should always forgive others, my sins are forgiven once again.

    Faith is hard to have the 100th time around. When I was young, I had faith. It was like a shiny new silver coin. But over the years I hid that coin of faith, it became tarnished and dull, I would pull it out every now and then, wipe it off and hold on to it for a while then I would put it back into the junk drawer and forget about it.

    Today I took it out and decided I will remove the tarnish, and hold on to it and let it shine again. And I will start writing more in this blog, baring my soul to God and the world in hopes that my struggles and revelations will help another.

    The method to my madness is to share my life, my soul, and my fears and faith as I start down this new road in my life. As we go once again trying to find the faith and to start that I have to learn to love myself, love my husband, and love the life I’m living one day at a time.



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    Waiting for Shadow

    I started a new series of books. These are the “Tracking Jane” series by Eduardo Suastegui.

    Waiting for Shadow is actually the prelude before the series one book, but well worth reading to get the ground work for just what is going on. Jane is in the Army and on a tour of duty in Afghanistan she loses both of her legs due to an IED. Her job over there was a dog handler with the K-9’s trained to find the bombs. In fact she trained Shadow, her black lab partner, who the powers to be decided must complete his tour of duty and could not be returned to her when she was injured.

    As Jane recovers back at home, she struggles with PTSD, a new set of legs, that has some unspoken strings attached. She has a new dog Shady who is trained to help track and together they help out local police departments with a teen brother and sister, and she learns quickly there is no such thing as coincidence.

    The story is well written, with just enough suspense to keep you wondering if there are such things as coincidences and who is pulling them strings and why. Jane’s personality is great, the way she puts things and some expressions she uses will make you smile, if not laugh.

    Waiting for Shadow: Tracking Jane, prequel