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Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

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A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson

Book 2 Sapphire Brides Series



About This Book:

What Does It Take to Reveal the True Beauty of a Hidden Gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions--both for her and the gemstones--are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

My Thoughts On This Book:

This is the second book in the Sapphire Brides series by Tracie Peterson. I read the first book and couldn't wait to dig into this one. Since I live in Montana this series intrigued me due to it's historical nature surrounding sapphires and the area. I couldn't put this book down. Read it in 2 days.. The characters came to life and the story started off strong and gripped me until the end.

Some stories are slow starters. This is not one of them. The best part, you don't have to read the first to love this book. They both have the same sapphires and Montana in common but can easily be read in order or separately..

Phoebe is a loveable character and you feel her toil with the reality of her mother and father and her living in America while her father is helping acquire sapphires. As she learns the truth about her parents will she ever forgive and can she move past the deception and find love and forgiveness..

Ian is a Helena, Montana native working his business until Phoebe shows up to town and turns his world upside down. Trust is a huge deal for Ian, and lying has no part in his world due to past hurts. Can these two find common ground or are their worlds too far apart?


About the Author:

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Family Photos

My daughter is home for the next week now that she's finished with Basic Training and Tech School for the U.S. Air Force. We take her to her first duty station in about 10 days. I wanted to take advantage of her being here to update some family photos since this may be the last time we are all together. Her being 21 yrs old and now on an adventure with the military, my two youngest are now 17 and 14 so it won't be long until the house is empty and it's just my hubby and me left..

I'm happy that two photos of the family and one of the kids together turned out good enough to print and frame.. YEAH!

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We also added a furry family member 8 months ago. Our baby mini dachshund Rosie.. She's my little sweetheart and she deserved to be in our family photos too.. She'll be 1 yr old on October 1st.

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Hubby snapped these two of us as we were walking ahead of everyone.. I'm so glad he did.. I love them..

Disclaimer: Pittstop Photography is our brand name for when we take our own photographs. You can check out our own blog website to see more of what we photograph for fun

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Phase 2 NRA Pistol Shoot Completed

For a couple weeks I've been taking an online course from the N.R.A called Basic Pistol Shooting. Since I got my conceal carry I wanted to be more knowledgeable with my weapon before carrying it on my person. This first phase taught me a lot. Everything I will need to know about the basics of pistols including semi auto and revolver, including taking it apart to cleaning it.

I 'graduated' this course online back on Thursday and then everyone in the group met up for Phase 2 of the course.. Hands on shooting. In order to pass this phase you needed to complete the Red Achievement Target. Get 5 shots into each of the red circles at 10 feet.

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Since this was my 4th time shooting my gun and it's been a good couple months since I've taken it out of my drawer, I did really well.. After all the techniques I learned including form, the fundamentals of shooting and positioning, I am now loving my gun. I thought I was going to have to get another one and after taking this course, I am in love with it all over again..

I passed the Red Test and have completely passed Phase 2 of this course. I do have the opportunity to try for the White and Blue Targets. White at 15 feet and Blue at 20 feet to advance my skills and training. I look forward to doing that in the coming month!

If you'd like to learn more about the N.R.A Training Courses they have online check out the link HERE

You don't need to be a member to take any of these classes..

Daughter's Military Training

If you've been following my blog at all this past 6 months, my oldest, my daughter joined the Air Force and went to basic training back in February. Life has a way of moving forward and I am just now starting to post more regularly on my blog here. I'd like to do a quick re-cap of the past few months in regards to my beautiful, brave daughter.. She headed off the basic to Lackland AFB in mid February. We took her down to the Butte, MT M.E.P.S Station and said our good-bye's.

The first few weeks was hard getting into a routine without her here. Mama here was a sad one for sometime.. What made the days go by was the fact that we were going to travel to Texas in April to see her graduate boot camp. What a fantastic trip it was to spend 3 1/2 days with her.

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We spent the day on base and another day and a half in San Antonio, TX. Saw the Alamo, went to Hard Rock Café, Rain Forest Café and enjoyed a walk on the River Walk. One afternoon we spent looking at all the missions. There were four including the Alamo.

We got to see where she had been living for 8 weeks including her barracks. We saw her earn her coin, and walk the bomb run to celebrate her graduation. I couldn't be anymore proud of her!

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One week after we went to see her, she headed off to Ohio for her training to become a Biochemical Engineer. She has been in Ohio since late April and she is set to graduate this Tuesday.. Woo Hoo! She just finished her Haz Mat Training and sent me some photos of her in her suit and with her class..

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She will be returning home here on Friday the 5th and will stay until the end of the month until we help her drive to her first duty station in Utah.. I can't wait to share her experiences with you as she shares them with me..