Pink and Green Vintage Style Guest Room

November 22, 2014
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You know that room in your house where you put all the stuff you need to do something with, but just don’t have the time to do something with it now? The one that stores boxes that need to be gone through, files that need to be sorted, records that need to be shredded, items […]

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Autumn Inspired Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

November 15, 2014
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Since my cooking and baking skills are somewhat lacking, I like to find instructions on the internet that are simple for me to follow. I don’t know enough about baking to understand how to alter ingredients to change texture or density, so I was happy to find a great recipe from TastyKitchen.com for moist vanilla […]

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It’s Shoebox Time-Operation Christmas Child

November 9, 2014
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Each year, Samaritan’s Purse orchestrates the collection and delivery of gifts to children around the world. Packed in shoeboxes, these simple presents bring hope and the message of the Gospel to literally millions of kids. And the really cool part—it is so easy to get involved in this ministry! Check out the video from Samaritan’s […]

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Fear, Faith and Focus

October 27, 2014
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The news seems to be making headlines faster than we can read them. California lost two sheriff’s deputies this week to a worthless thug who should have been in jail. Canada lost two military officers to two jihadists, and a third jihadist attacked two New York City police officers with a hatchet, critically wounding one […]

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As Summer Slips into Autumn

September 30, 2014
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After several weeks of 100-degree plus weather, I am SO ready for some cooler temperatures!! I love fall and everything about it; the crisp-cool air, the changing leaves, the Pumpkin Spice latte making it’s reappearance at Starbucks… Now in southern California, we do have some leaf color-change, but it really pales in comparison to the […]

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Thousands Find Christ at Harvest SoCal

August 24, 2014
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Last Sunday I attended Harvest SoCal in Anaheim, California. The annual crusade is an outreach ministry of Harvest Christian Fellowship, and last weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the event. For 25 years, Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie, has been presenting the Gospel message to thousands of people looking for answers to life’s questions. Over five […]

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Etsy Summer Sale

August 2, 2014
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My Etsy shop, The Drawing Room at Pemberley, is having a summer sale and you are all invited! Everything in the shop can be purchased at a 20% discount by using the coupon code SUMMER14 at check-out. This Etsy coupon code is available through Sunday, August 10, 2014, and does not apply to shipping. Here […]

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Planting Seeds and Reaping a Harvest

July 23, 2014
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Being a forensic scientist, I admittedly don’t watch television series that depict my profession. Now I understand that in these shows, criminalistics is dramatized to be entertaining in a story line that can be completed in an hour. I also know that the public doesn’t realize that DNA analysis can’t be completed on a gas […]

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Peace in the Midst of Grief

June 30, 2014
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Today I attended the memorial service for one of my colleagues who passed away unexpectedly. The occasion held all of the standard ritual that accompanies a police service. To the sound of bagpipes, a sea of saluting deputies and officers bid farewell to one of their own. Death is always tragic, but even more so […]

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Honoring Those Who Defend our Freedom

May 26, 2014
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President Ronald Reagan was a strong supporter of our military, and he keenly understood the price of freedom provided by the men and women who serve. In honor of Memorial Day, I have included a few poignant excerpts from the President’s address at Arlington National Cemetery in 1982. I have no illusions about what little […]

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