Posted: 11:56 am Friday, May 4th, 2018
By Staff Writer
“What potent blood hath modest May.”
– Ralph W. Emerson
Potent blood indeed. May is here, the month where the world is positively BURSTING with new life. Even those areas of our country that have had an on-going winter cannot deny that spring is on it’s way.
There are leaf buds and flowers everywhere but the arctics right now, and even there, I bet you’d be able to find a little patch somewhere that wasn’t frozen particularly solid.
Our newsletter schedule missed May Day by 24 hours, but I hope yours contained at least the thought of Maypoles and May baskets, and better yet if you had a bunch of posies appear on your porch like I did. (I think I spied a whir of bouncing locks disappearing around the end of the house and I’m almost positive I heard a familiar giggle…)
Yes, May is here. The birdsong, fruit blossoms, and brilliant greens all around me prove it.
May Book Club | One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both
by Jennifer Fulwiler
I have a huge family; lots of kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, my hunky hubby, siblings, and dozens of loved ones that have crossed from friends to family. I also have an amazing career that has taken me to places, physically and metaphorically, that I’d never dreamed possible. I have a home, and property, and animals… And I’m always asked, “How do you DO it?!”
That question always makes me laugh. I have no idea HOW I do it. I just do. I live my life in the ways that make me feel fulfilled. It’s the most beautiful mess. I gave up trying to plan and organize and “balance” before the idea ever really came to me.
My May Book Club choice, One Beautiful Dream, The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both is a similar story. Author, Jennifer Fulwiler, “has it all” in spades.
A self-described introvert, workaholic and atheist (amongst other titles) with a blood-clotting disorder doesn’t seem a likely candidate for a half dozen kids, a radio program, and a life that becomes grounded in faith and chaos, but (spoiler alert), there you have it.
Take the journey of One Beautiful Dream with Fulwiler, inhale and exhale, at all the dips, turns and plot twists as this beautiful thing called life unfolds for her.
It’s no accident I chose this book for the month of May – the month of Mother’s Day! It’s a great read for moms with kids still at home (especially the guilty-feeling ones), moms with grown kids (you’ll all be able to relate in many ways), grandmothers (ah, the wisdom) and those best friends that will be brutally honest while loving you through hormonal pregnancies, nursing nights, diaper days, and questionable nutritional choices.
Pick up a copy of One Beautiful Dream today for yourself or a gift and be sure to check back in with me with your feedback!
Sweepstakes | Mother’s Day Gift Bundle
Moms deserve to be celebrated!
They’ve taken care of our fevers, runny noses, dressed us, tended to our basic needs, our personal piques, and soothed our hurts and heartaches as we’ve navigated this big scary world.
Not sure how to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day? Well, simply being present is the best gift, I can assure you. Go out of your way to let her know she is loved and honored. Show your gratitude…
I’ve got some suggestions: Music, books, candy, and flowers from some of my favorite radio program sponsors.*
*I’m giving away two (2) bundles of everything you see on this page! Read on for directions to enter my sweepstakes!
One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying YES to Them Both
by Jennifer Fulwiler
See my review above!
Kind is the New Classy
by Candace Cameron Bure
Kind is the New Classy, last month’s Book Club choice, is a book that shows there is power in kindness; an insightful guide on how to stay true to oneself with grace.
A Mother’s Gift
by Charlotte Hubbard
A Mother’s Gift is for every woman who has had a maternal figure touch her life; a book meant to be shared.
Read more about A Mother’s Gift on Delilah.com.
Uber talented, dancer, violinist, spitfire, Lindsey Stirling, stirs hearts, souls, and your toe-tappin’ feet! Stirling serves up Pop, Rock, and Electronic Dance Music!
This House is Not For Sale
This House is Not For Sale is full of tracks that speak to Bon Jovi,’s past; the band, as well as Jon himself, and hope for the future. Bon Jovi is a generation-spanning perennial favorite!
Scott has the clear, smooth, voice of an angel. His debut album, Only Human, speaks to exactly that. We are only human, after all. We love, we hurt, we heal.
Almond ROCA (Prize bundle includes a handcrafted wooden gift box)famous candy makers, Brown & Haley
Made from only the freshest ingredients, the combination of crunchy toffee enrobed in chocolate, and coated in almond nuggets is an unmistakable Brown & Haley specialty.
$50 Gift Card
To use at Balsam Hill
Balsam Hill has the MOST REALISTIC SPRING FLORALS! Their artificial florals are designed and crafted to capture the beauty of natural flowers with breathtaking accuracy.
Write to me at Contest@Delilah.com and tell me about the special Mom in your life.
I’m looking for heart-touching stories – share them with me! Two of the submissions will be randomly chosen to win the entire bundle of my Mom’s Day picks, along with MY book, Arms Full of Love, and an autographed photo.
Sweepstakes will run April 27th – May 8th, 2018.
(Be sure to include your contact information, including mailing address when you write to me.)
New Music | UNEXPECTED
Grammy Award winner, Jason Crabb is well-known as one of the most compelling voices in Christian music.
The lead singer of The Crabb Family for many years, Jason received the 2004 Gospel Music Male Vocalist of the Year.
I met Jason several years ago during a fundraiser in Nashville and immediately fell in love with his music. Yes, he has an amazing voice, but what I most love about him is the heart he has for people.
His new project, Unexpected, was produced by Jay DeMarcus and features duets with Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones. With his power, range and passion, his musical style seamlessly varies between gospel, country, pop, and southern gospel. It’s his first solo album.
You know me, I am all about family and Jason has a song on this project called Short Are The Years, that talks about how we blink and our kids are all grown up; moving out and building their own lives. “Long are the days… but short are the years… ” So take time to savor every moment!
Trust me, download his music on iTunes, Amazon, or on www.JasonCrabb.com. You’ll be as big a fan as I am!
Recipe | Street Taco’s w/ Pulled Beef
Remember the recipe I provided a few weeks back? The Mexican-Style Beef Pot Roast? If you don’t, or you missed it, you can head over to Delilah.com Recipes to find it!
The roast (which can just as easily be a pork roast) is absolutely DELICIOSO pulled apart and used for street taco meat!
That’s exactly what I did.
- left-over Mexican Style Pot Roast
- 1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
- juice of one lime
- avocado, sliced
- small corn tortilla shells
- salsa (if you like)
- Pull apart pot roast using two forks pulling in opposite directions
- Thinly slice cabbage, or shred, roll, cut, and squeeze the juice of one lime over cabbage, salt lightly, let sit for at least 20 minutes.
- Warm corn tortillas, place two atop each other. Fill with shredded beef, marinated cabbage, and top with avocado slices (and maybe salsa).
‘Tis modest but mighty May and my heart too feels a gentle swelling and renewal of strength. It is a combination of the longer hours of daylight, thus doing, that helps to keep my body active and my brain quieter.
I hope all of you are feeling this too, but especially those who have had to endure a long dark winter in spirit as well as the physical realm. May we all draw strength from the return of the light, and thank God for all these signs of life renewed.