Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Grace Card DVD Giveaway Winner is.......


I guess those multiple entries really do pay off.

Congratulations, Molly and thanks for entering~

Friday, August 26, 2011



Weird things happen.

I think it's because I started a new Bible study two weeks ago.   A study that is causing me to really dig and to learn about myself.

Then I watched a Christian movie, wrote a review about it and offered a giveaway.

And got NO blog comments.  On a giveaway?  (A giveaway that ends tonight.)


What else......

I have money in a bank account that is being held because of eBay.  Never, in 11 years as an eBay seller, have I experienced anything like this.

Thanks, eBay, for protecting your buyers so well and neglecting your sellers so completely.  Maybe you should start selling your own stuff and just do away with outside sellers.  Then the money would be yours to hold and you wouldn't be messing with my livelihood! 


My pool turned green overnight and I can't for the life of me get it clear again.   It's looks like the ocean.  Ick.


There are others weird things I could list, but I'll spare you.

The lesson?

Expect turmoil when you pray and study the Bible.

Hang in there.

And keep doing it anyway. 

PS~If you have commented on any of my Facebook posts regarding The Grace Card DVD giveaway, consider yourself entered in the giveaway that ends just before midnight tonight!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Grace Card DVD Review and Giveaway!

The Grace Card came out on DVD this week and I watched it last night. 

Let me just say that I rarely get emotional over movies.  I don't take tissues to the theater and I don't worry about my mascara running during chick flicks.  But last night?  Well....I admit it.

I teared up.  More than once.

The Grace Card   takes place in Memphis, Tennessee.  The main focus of the story is racial discord and, of course, grace.   Mac, the main character, is a white police officer who has become angry and bitter due to his life experiences.  His new partner is Sam, a black preacher who moonlights as a newly promoted police sergeant. Both men struggle with the racial tension between them until life gives them both a chance to play the grace card.

You may not know this, but I basically grew up in Memphis.  We moved to Memphis just after my 11th birthday.  I went to junior high and high school in Memphis.  I met my husband, a lifelong Memphian, there.  Five of my six children were born in Memphis.  We left Memphis in 1998, but didn't go far.  I was born somewhere else, but when I think hometown, I think Memphis.

My connections to the city made this movie feel real.  I saw places I've visited and I saw the racial division I have always known.  The movie felt genuine.  Even the accents were right!  Don't you hate it when a movie is filled with those fake southern accents??  You know, when everyone sounds like Scarlett O'Hara or that woman on that television show, The Closer?  What's her name?  Kevin Bacon's wife....

I hate that!

I will definitely watch The Grace Card again.  Thanks to the Propeller Group, I have my very own DVD that I can watch as many times as I desire.  AND... they were kind enough to supply a DVD for me to giveaway!

To learn more about this movie, visit the website or check it out on Facebook.


1.  Leave a comment here to enter the giveaway. (mandatory-1 entry)

2.  Follow this blog via Google Friends Connect. (Bonus entry)

3.  Follow this blog via Networked Blogs on Facebook. (Bonus entry)

4.  Tweet this giveaway--include @LisalynSchaffer and a link to this post.  (bonus entry)

The Rules:

Must be 18 years old or older.
US residents, only.
Don't forget to comment separately for each entry.
Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

This giveaway begins NOW and ends at 11:59pm on Friday, August 26, 2011.
Winner will be announced Saturday, August 27, 2011.

GoOd LuCk!!   And spread the word!

Disclosure of material connection:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Every Heart has a Story....

Stef at When Life Hands you a Broken Heart has a blog link-up today.  It's called Every Heart has a Story and each participant is linking up a post that tells their family's CHD story in some way.

What a great way to meet others living with CHD or to learn more about how Congenital Heart Disease affects different people.  Chances are, every person reading this knows someone with CHD.  About 1 in every 100 babies are born with some type of CHD and many do not live to see their first birthday. 

If you are visiting from the blog hop.....welcome!  I have linked you to this post because our family has a 'two-fer' heart story.  That's right....two kids with complex Congenital Heart Disease!  Below you will find a few direct links to posts about both of my boys here on my blog.  You may have noticed that there is a tab on my blog header for our CHD story.  It's still blank.  Sorry!  I keep telling myself to write that out and well... I just haven't.  I will, though.

In the meantime, please check out these posts about my two boys, both with variations of complex TGA and hypoplasia:

My CHD Boys

Clint (10/92-1/93)



Eli (12/05) 5 1/2 years old



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Writer's Workshop--Thoughts of Loss: A Poem


 I chose the following writing prompt for this week's Writer's Workshop at Mama's Losin It :
 4.) Write a poem inspired by the word “Loss”. 

Thoughts of Loss

Empty aching arms
seem like lead
becoming heavy without you.

Empty broken heart
seems to beat a different rhythm
stopping here and there to rest.

Empty quiet nursery
seems to know you won't return
and the shadows are too much.

Empty wretched seconds
seem like hours
and turn into days, months, years.

Waves of leaden grief
ebbing and flowing through time

And the loss of you remains
as much a part of me as ever.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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