This blog is shutting down

I’m still writing. Don’t worry.

I’ve just moved into a better home.

Just a reminder if you follow me here, that I’ve moved; and you’ll need to resubscribe to follow. Make sure you’ll continue to receive great content and also get my free ebook about how to tell your story by going here to subscribe!

All of the content that is on my site has now moved over to the brand new Circling the Story site, so you can search the archives and see past comments. I hope you’ll join me there and continue to share your own stories!


For WP and email Subscribers of Circling the Story

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Book Musings Linkup!

It is time for another linkup for lovers of books, literacy, and literacy-related activities! We have great news this week. We have a new host! Now your posts will be seen on three websites each week!


Welcome to our new host! Tami Qualls who blogs at

Tami Qualls who blogs at

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Tami is a working mom who delights in motherhood (two teens and a toddler), fit living (as one of the goals she struggles with) and a good book (okay, she has piles of books).

We are so excited to have her on our team! (I’ll update our image for our host graphic to include our new host next week! Welcome Tami! Glad to have you on board!) Now on to our hop!

Welcome to:

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Book Musing Hosts

Mary @Maryandering Creatively

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Ashley @Circling the Story


Welcome to Week 6 of Book Musing Mondays

Congratulations to Kira Anastasia for having the most clicks on her post. Her post featured some interesting historical titles. Be sure to check it out.

What I’m Reading || December 2014

You could be featured next! Remember, we try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin your book-related posts to our Pinterest Board!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Book Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.

We love to read family-friendly book reviews and posts about anything literacy related. Link up your fun book reviews or posts about book discussions or fun literacy-related activities. I even love reading about great magazine articles. What do you think about changing the name to Monday Literacy Musings? Just a thought so we can expand the focus to all things literacy-related. Vote in the comment form below.

Now it is time to link up to the Book Musing Mondays hop!

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances. We do not welcome anything with excessive sexual content or cursing.
  4. Be sure to visit at least two other bloggers’ posts and share comment love! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too!


Linking up with these hops this week:

Inspire Me Mondays at Create with Joy, Inspire Me Monday at Angie Ryg, Mama Moments Monday, Motivation Mondays, Good Morning Mondays, and Mommy Monday Blog Hop.


I fall into a crumpled mess on the threshold. With snowflakes swirling and the cold of relationships wrapped around me tightly like a scarf. The room was warm with fire and quiet and those little touches that showed great care. The world was entirely too much. Not enough (or any) sleep, so much noise, senseless violence and, where was my place in it all? I don’t want to be waking up each day and only thinking about survival.

I inched my way into the room, almost fearful of exchanging the weight of it all with the release of a crackling fire and a blanket. But He stood there, beckoning, with a mug of something steamy and a hug that held together all my broken pieces. And I wondered, how many times have I shunned His embrace, shunned his open-hearted, gracious welcome, because I try to do this life on my own?

I’m too weary today to say no or turn to Him merely as pretense, to make myself look good. I need all that He offers. I need the table. I need grace. I need the comfort. I need someone who sees.

And so I turn to an ancient book with stories that seem to rival the best tall tale. But in it I see hope and transformation and rest for my weary soul.


This was written in response to the Five Minute Friday prompt, “welcome.” It’s a writing prompt for anyone to join in and write their response in just 5 minutes, no editing. Go visit Kate Motaung’s blog to read other entries.