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Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

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This is a Biblical fiction novel that supposes how the lives of Hosea and Gomer may have gone. From God’s command to Hosea to take a harlot as his wife, to the coming home and healing of Gomer’s heart, this book is a beautiful story of God’s unconditional love for Israel… and for us.

I love to read Biblical fiction! It’s exactly what we do when we teach Sunday School, teach the truths given in the Bible, and also suppose how that person may have felt. How did Jonah feel when he was inside the whale? How did Abraham feel when he was ready to sacrifice his precious son? The author does a wonderful job in Love in a Broken Vessel, in describing how Gomer’s life may have been. Horrible. Lonely. Vile.

Hosea was hand-picked to show Israel how God still loved them. Because God gave him a special love for Gomer, although she continued to live in her old ways. The Bible doesn’t give a lot of detail of Hosea’s home, and his children. But it is an amazingly beautiful story! Tears streamed down my face at the precious ending!

We are all broken vessels, but God chose to love us anyway! A great read!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionโ€™s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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8 Wonderful Years

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I cannot believe we have been married 8 years! Time surely has flown, just like everyone said it would. We have grown closer each year, and I can’t believe what a friend my husband has become.ย It’s so wonderful when you feel completely safe to tell whatever secrets you need to, and your husband will understand. Because he knows you.

Jamin isย my forever Love. I am still so happy to be his wife. As we grow together, it’s amazing to much closer we become. The more I know him, the more I love him.

It’s so unreal how so many are getting divorced these days. I am so thankful for a husband who makes our marriage a priority, and who has chosen to work on it… together with me. After all, didn’t we promised God we would?

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Iย love you, Jamin! I’m so glad you’re mine!

 

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The Lady I Call "Mom!"

My mother…
What can be said about such a constant in my life? Someone I always counted on to be there. Someone I wanted to follow and grow up to be like. How can I begin to count all the ways she has encouraged me and uplifted me? What can be said of all the times I have laughed at her, and all the times she laughed at me? All the times I’m sure I embarrassed her as a toddler, and she embarrassed me as a sensitive teenager? ๐Ÿ™‚
As time marches on, and youth is no longer as much on my side as before, I see more wisdom in my mother. She has such strength! Of all the things I admire about my mother, I think the biggest thing that stands out to me is what a godly wife she is! She has made a life of making her man happy and she has done a tremendous job at it! I have never heard my parents fight in my life. Never! There are so many things she modeled as a sweet, caring wife for my entire life. I learned so much from her.
Thank you, Mom for encouraging me. You never fail to give me a kind word about my daily struggles. You let me know that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed with my little ones and my messy house. You tell me that I can do it and it will get better. You tell me to rest when I need to, and sew when I want to… within reason! ๐Ÿ˜‰ When something exciting happens, you are the first person I want to call. When I want to do some serious shopping, you are the one I want to go with. You are my best woman friend on this earth! I love you! ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy Birthday, Mom!
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The Daddy I Love!

Today is a special day, and has been for my entire life! It is the day I share with my Daddy, celebrating our birthdays together! When Mom was expecting me, I was due on his birthday, and Daddy told her they weren’t going to the hospital until that day! And good thing it worked out, or Mom would have been miserable!
I want to share a few special things I have learned from my Dad. He is a man of few words, and little emotion. But he is a big man, and in my book, a man after God’s own heart. What I have learned from the wonderful man I call “MY DAD”:
  • Don’t worry about what others think. He has always been a man who did what he thought was right, despite what anyone else thought of him, or how they judged him. He has been the man who was faithful to church when hardly anyone else in his family was. (That has since changed since several others are now ๐Ÿ™‚ He kept us in Christian school and home school, despite people telling him we should go to school so we could play ball. There were many times in my high school and college days when I would get worried about what others were thinking or saying. And Daddy would reassure me that I was doing fine and needed to stop worrying about what others think. It was a rock in my life.
  • After Pawpaw Snow died in 1997, we were driving back that night after the funeral. I knew Dad was very sad and I had seen some tears in his eyes throughout the evening. On the way home, he said, “You know, God’s grace really is sufficient.” And that stuck in my mind. I have never forgotten it. He was sad, absolutely! He would miss his dad. But he was trusting the Lord in His grace, and that spoke volumes!
  • My Daddy taught me that we go to church! It so saddens me in the day we live, that so few children are taken to church. They don’t even know how to sit quietly. Many have never even heard the name of “Jesus.” But my Daddy took us. We knew when we woke up on Sunday morning… we’re going to church! And because of that faithfulness, I’m so glad I have known the Lord practically my whole life. And many struggles have been taken from me because of this. Not that I could never do wrong!! But I’m thankful that the “choice” of church attendance was taken from me. I’m glad they didn’t let me make my “own decisions” when I was a child!
  • This one is far less touching… he taught me to drive! Mom and I were joking the other day about how she was horrible to learn to drive with. She has always been a high-strung panicker! So, Daddy was always our choice for the passenger seat when we were learning. He was so calm and quiet. He would gently tell us, “Okay, you need to start slowing down now.” ๐Ÿ™‚
  • He also taught me to keep up with things. He took very good care of his personal things. He never threw things around or left something laying out in the yard. If one, just one of his thirty ink pens was missing off his desk, he immediately knew. I will never understand how he knew, but he did!
  • Men should work! My Dad has worked in the same job for about 35 years now. The same job! He doesn’t always love it, it is a job after all. But he has always worked! No wonder marriages fall apart. I could not respect a man that didn’t work. Daddy taught me that!
  • The importance of your marriage… my parents will be married 39 years this spring. They have a wonderful marriage. He has always taken great care of Mom. He adores her, and laughs at her and calls her cute. He’s not too “macho” to hold her hand in a store. Therefore, his wife adores him! Many questions were removed from our early marriage because of the amazing examples I had seen patterned every day of my life. My Daddy taught me how important yoru marriage is, and I’m grateful.

There are SO many things I could post of my Dad. I love him. I recently read a book called Strong Fathers Strong Daughters. It is a tremendous book and I highly recommend it. As I read it, I realized what a rock my dad has always been for me. I knew he was always there. I could count on him. I wasn’t afraid of him. I didn’t wonder if he would come home drunk at night. And I firmly believe that because of these things, I have trusted God. I believe that parents ARE God to a young child. All my little boys and girl know about God is what I tell them, and what I am. That’s what my Daddy did for me… taught me about God. And he taught me with his life, not just his words.

I love you, Daddy! Happy Birthday!

Mom and Dad this summer meeting Eva

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The Best Mexican Food EVER

Wednesday afternoon, we ate lunch on the river. It was SO good! I’ve never had such good Mexican food! Yummy!

Sadly, I forgot the name of our restaurant, ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but this is it:

There were strolling mariachis all along that side of the river. So, we thought we maybe wanted them to sing and play for us… it would be so romantic. But, they CHARGE you $12 per song! We thought they worked off tips. Oh well, we could hear them sing to other people. ๐Ÿ™‚

The ducks and pigeons stayed close by. If you got up from your table, the pigeons would move right in on your food. Yuck! But they left us alone… I was protective of my food! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Japanese Tea Gardens

Wednesday morning, we hopped the river taxi and took it as far as we could go…

Then we hopped a bus, had one transfer and arrived at the Japanese Tea Gardens. They were beautiful. They’re called “sunken gardens” because it was an old rock quarry, so everything is in a huge basin. It was a free attraction :D, and didn’t take long to walk through.

Ooh la, la!

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Cruising the San Antonio River

The river has a taxi service called the “Rio Taxi.” It is very expensive per ride (like almost $10). But for $15 per person, you can hop on and off for 24 hours! So, while still expensive, it is so fun and relaxing, plus you can get to a lot of different places without walking! So Tuesday evening we bought tickets and rode most of the day Wednesday, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the sites:


At each underpass, a local “artist” was given the privilege of decorating it. So each one was totally different. Some were really beautiful, some were weird and some were…

One section of the river has just been renovated in the past few years, and it I think 8 or 9 feet higher, so they have locks for the rio taxi to pass through:

Fun, fun!
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The Witte Museum

Tuesday afternoon we tried to get to the Witte Museum. We finally caught a bus and they directed us to another bus, which took us there. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was free after 2 p.m. ๐Ÿ™‚ Altogether I was disappointed in it. If we had paid $8 a piece I think I would’ve been mad… or maybe I would have appreciated it more!

These are the highlights:

This was my favorite part: All these trains designed and worn by royal women throughout history.

After the museum we had a terrific supper at Sonic!!
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