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Interview With Becky Wade | Inspirational Author

  Mercy:  Can you share a little bit about yourself? Becky:  I was raised in southern California in an adorable historic neighborhood built in the 1930’s.  My parents bought their home shortly before I was born and still live in it to this day.  I’m the oldest of three sisters and so my dad was always wildly outnumbered.  Even our two family dogs were female!   I attended Baylor University in Texas, which is where I met my husband.  We have three children (19, 16, 11) and live in Dallas.     Mercy:  What started your interest in becoming an author? Becky:  Immediately after my husband and I married, we followed his job overseas for four years.  I found myself living on a Caribbean island with a lot of free time on my hands, because government restrictions prevented me from working.  I’d always been a reader and I happened to pick up a book that I absolutely   did not   like.  I thought, “I wonder if I could do this better?”  Ha!  What a dangerous thought!  I sat down at my computer and

Interview With Ava Grace Cooper | When Calls The Heart Season Seven

  Mercy:  Can you share a little of what you've been up to since we last chatted?  Ava:  Hi Mercy! Well I have been quite busy with filming this past year so it has been a lot of fun. I’ve had a lot of really fun roles with different movies. I have also been quite busy with my dancing as well. I was in competitive jazz and hip-hop this year, as well as my ballet, so it has been keeping me busy which I love.  Mercy:  What has been your favorite scene so far of season 7 of When Calls The Heart? Ava:  I think my favourite scenes of season 7 were when Mrs. Thornton and some of the Hope Valley kids got caught in the storm. Working with the big fans that created all of that wind was fun because I felt like I was going to be blown away! Haha Mercy:  What do you like to do on set in your free time?  Ava:  In my free time on set I like spending time with the cast kids playing games and going to crafty for all the good snacks.   Mercy:  If you could play any role in any movie from the past,

Interview With Christian Michael Cooper | When Calls The Heart Season Seven

  Mercy:  What started your interest in acting?  Christian:  Well, I started as a toddler in commercials. I was a pretty outgoing kid so I think it was a perfect thing for me to do. When I was 5 years old, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to be in movies so they asked my agent to try me out for film and TV. Within the first couple of months I booked my first Recurring TV role on a series called Cult and then I continued to book some amazing and fun roles after that. Mercy:  How did you get the role of Timmy?  Christian:  My sister Ava had booked the role of Opal a couple of episodes before my audition for Timmy back in Season 3. I loved the whole set and actors that worked on the series so I was pretty happy when I found out I had booked it. Playing Timmy and working on When Calls The Heart is a lot of fun. I’ve made some great friendships throughout the seasons and every day on set there is awesome.  Mercy:  How are you most like and unlike Timmy?  Christian:  Well, I think I am li

6 Tips For Homeschool Science Labs

Hey all!! Take a few minutes to check out the information below about some great science labs by Greg Landry. You will fin the information interesting and very helpful for most homeschoolers. This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry I fell in love with science labs in college and graduate school. I loved being able to “see” the science happening rather than just reading about it. As a homeschool dad and former college professor, I'm passionate about teaching science, in particular, Christ-centered lab science to homeschooled students. But, I know that on average we don’t provide enough lab experience for our homeschooled students – often very little. And, for many of them, that puts them at a tremendous disadvantage going into college – and in understanding how science works. If you’re a homeschool parent, may I offer a few homeschool science lab suggestions: Allow your 6 th -12 th grade students to explore science, dissections,

Interview With Kadence Kendall Roach | When Calls The Heart Season Seven

  Mercy:  What started your interest in acting?  Kadence:  The first time I had an interest in acting, I was about 2 1/2 and as almost every little girl, I watched Hannah Montana. And for years I kept telling my parents "that, that is what I want to do, I want to be like Hannah Montana. I want to do what she does" and not until I was 5 did I finally get to start achieving my dream. Mercy:  How did you get the role of Anna?  Kadence:  Its weird, that was so long ago. But, I guess it started out like a normal audition. And then it was maybe a couple weeks later, that I got an email from my agent telling me that I booked the role of Anna.  I was beyond excited! It was my first ever T.V show role.  Mercy:  How are you most like and unlike Anna?  Kadence:  In a lot of ways, I'm just like her. You know I've grown up playing her, so there is a part of me that is her. Anna and I both speak our mind. But, Anna... she has a mean side, and I don't have that inner mean that s

SpongeBob SquarePants: Complete EleventhSeason Giveaway!!

Hey all!! This was supposed to be written up a couple of weeks ago, but I accidentally spilled water on my laptop and it crashed and had to be sent away for repairs.  So, anyway, it is back and running, so I was given permission to go ahead and do the giveaway!! Below is some information regarding the Eleventh Season release of SpongeBob SquarePants,  Then at the bottom of this post you will be given the opportunity to enter the giveaway. Enter DoodleBob’s alternate dimension and take a trip to Bubble Buddy’s hometown. Help SpongeBob keep Fred’s leg out of harm’s way, move Bubble Bass out of his mom’s basement, and stop SpongeGar from wreaking havoc all over town! Make new friends, including an imaginary hamster, a sea bunny, the Krusty Krab’s peculiar night crew and Sandy’s nutty nieces. Plus, take a trip to the moon, solve the curious case of the missing clarinet and hear Gary speak for the very first time ever! Featuring every hilarious episode from Season 11, plus Plank

How to Store Your College Kid's Belongings

The return of summertime also means that your college kids are packing up their dorm rooms and getting ready to move back into your house for the summer until the next school year starts up. While it may be great to have them back in your home and be able to catch up with your child, what is not so great is the fact that they usually bring a large load of laundry and all of the decors that they had set up in their dorm room. Having your child back for the summer is great, but it creates a predicament when you now have to figure out what to do with all of their stuff. A lot of times it makes sense to move their belongings into a unit for storage Shreveport LA residents trust, while other things may need to get thrown out. You're glad to see your child, but maybe not so happy to see all of their belongings. Below are a few things you can do to store your college kid's stuff when they come home for the summer. Put their stuff in three different piles Before they even come h

Interview With Jaiven Natt | When Calls The Heart Season Seven

  Mercy:  Can you share a little of what you've been up to since we last chatted?  Jaiven:  Hi! Well, since last March I started Grade 9 and am on the junior Varsity Football team at my school.  I was also back filming Season 7 of When Calls The Heart.  Mercy:  What has been your favorite scene so far of season 7 of When Calls The Heart? Jaiven:  Oh wow, I have really liked so many different scenes this season but my favourite would be working with Erin and Kevin, when Robert wanted to become a Mountie. It was super fun watching Kevin in action taking down the bad guy. With Erin it’s just so real!  Even though it’s just a scene it actually has a lot meaning behind it. Well to me anyway! Mercy:  What do you like to do on set in your free time?  Jaiven:  On set, free time is spent hanging out with the other kids. We play games, make funny videos and a lot of crafty snacks!  If I am alone I just watch movies on my phone or do homework.  Mercy:  If you could play any role in any movie

What You Should Know About Adoption Services in California

Has adoption been weighing heavily on your mind? After finding out you were pregnant, you might have experienced many emotions, including fear, anxiety, and panic over potentially becoming a parent. If you do not think you are ready or can handle parenting at this point in your life, learning about the adoption services California offers to pregnant women is important. You Can Get To Know Potential Adoptive Parents Ahead of Time When you are thinking about adoption because you believe it is the best option for your unborn child, you can spend time getting to know some of the potential adoptive parents . These candidates are people who would love to adopt a child and raise that child as their own, giving him or her the love, support, and guidance needed. You can find out more about the couples, including what they do for a living, what types of hobbies they are into, and how they plan on raising the child. Learning more about them makes it easier for you to select the parents who y

A Weekend in Galveston

Are you looking for a short weekend away? Take the time to consider one of Texas’ most famous vacation sites, Galveston, for a perfect combination of beach life, history and dining. Follow this guide as you plan your getaway under the sun.  Embrace the Sun Once you have booked your Bush Airport transportation , find your way to the sea. Whether your hotel has a beachfront view or your looking for some activities by the water, Galveston offers plenty to fill your weekend with fun in the sun. Start with Public Access Beach 1A for the photo perfect white sand beach. Or you can head to Seawolf Park to see ruins of WWII ships and submarines. If you’re willing to go a little further, make your way to Crystal Beach, you may even see dolphins on the way. No seaside trip would be complete without taking a ride on the historical Colonel Paddlewheel boat along the coastline. Soak up History Galveston was founded over two hundred years ago by European settlers. This influence can be fel

What You can do with Horses

Horses are a versatile animal that anyone can own. Before you purchase one as a pet though, you should make sure you are ready to own one. Not only are they very expensive to buy, but they require a lot of time in order to care for them. If you are able to handle these aspects of a horse, they are a potential pet to own. Here are a few things you can do with a horse. Ride A horse is able to be ridden and can also pull carts or wagons that you are able to ride in. These animals are very strong. They can go up and down hills, walk through fields, and run across tough terrain. Many horses like water, so they enjoy going through creeks and streams. Race Horse racing is one of the most popular uses for a horse. It is so much fun to watch horse competitions, even if you can't compete. The time and energy that it takes to raise, train, and compete with these animals make them very valuable. The proper training and practice with racehorses can be expensive. They need barns, race

The Most Interesting Stories Behind Some Famous Fine Artworks

Art is perceived differently by everyone who views it. Aside from the artists, fine art restoration Minneapolis MN may be the only others who see the masterpieces precisely as they were created. Most people view the art through filters based on their own history, preferences and experiences. It is sometimes surprising to find out the backstories of some of the most famous paintings that we only thought we knew. American Gothic An afternoon drive in the countryside inspired this iconic portrait of farm life. Artist Grant Wood saw the house he later depicted in this painting and received permission to recreate it on canvas. However, he felt something was missing without people in the foreground. The farmer and daughter were actually Wood's sister and his dentist.  Christina's World This landscape by Andrew Wyeth appears to show a young girl lounging in the grass, gazing at a house in the distance. The real subject is much less wistful and reflective. Anna Christina Olson

Celebrating Birthdays During the Coronavirus Crisis

In a time when everyone is social distancing and unable to be with extended family, it can be quite a bummer to have a birthday fall during these months. However, fear not that this means your birthday will be ruined. There are plenty of strategies that can be employed to make a birthday celebration still be an enjoyable party during the coronavirus crisis. Video Calls One way to make sure everyone stays connected and is able to celebrate together is through video calls. Organize a video call that everyone can join while you're taking out the cake or have the family together in one room. Although not everyone will be physically present, you can still enjoy the energy of having a gathering of loved ones to celebrate. Send Presents Using a service like parcel delivery Newport Beach is a way to send presents without having to physically be near the birthday celebrant. If you are buying and sending presents, just make sure you plan these out more in advance than normally so t

What To Do When a Wild Animal Visits Your Home

When we come into contact with wild animals on our property, our first inclination is that the animal has invaded our space. However, animals made their homes in Pennsylvania long before people settled there. Every year, animals get pushed out of their habitats even more. If you come into contact with a wild animal on your property who is a nuisance or poses a threat to your family and property, here are some precautions you should take. 1. Contact Animal Control For animal control removal Delaware County PA , there are professionals who care about your well-being as well as the safety of the animals who are native to your surroundings. They can san safely remove the animals and return them to their habitat or re-home them if they have become a nuisance to human habitat. 2. Keep Your Distance Don't try to remove any wild animals yourself. You could become hurt and rabies remains a problem for animals that live in the wild. Leave the work of removal for the professionals. 3.

Free Homeschool Student COVID-19 Printable Lesson & Worksheet

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Greg Landry's Homeschool Labs.  Hey all!! I know this virus quarantine seems to be lasting forever.  I am sure your children at home may be having questions, so here is something to help! Check out this source that is available to you. Students in Greg Landry’s online science classes have had a lot of questions about COVID-19 (by the way, this is not the name of the virus), and your children may also have questions. Greg has created a PDF to address the common questions and to give students an understanding of viruses in general, and this virus in particular...in a way that's fun for students.  For example, Greg Landry believes that in science, it's very important for students to have what he calls "magnitude perspective". We all know that viruses and bacteria are very small but few people really have a perspective on how small they are and how they compare with each other and to the width of a human hair. He

3 Great Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together

Looking for effective ways to bring your family closer together? Whether you have young kids or your children are grown and out of the house, it’s important to maintain strong family bonds. Try out these three great tips to get closer together as a family. 1. Take a Family Vacation What better way to get closer together than to go on a family vacation? Choose a destination  that offers something for everyone, from shopping and dining to outdoor activities and fun tourist attractions. All that’s left to do is pack the bags, grab the kids and head out for a trip filled with fun and adventure. Taking a vacation is the best way to make memories that each family member will cherish forever. 2. Eat Dinner Together Studies show that when families eat together, ties between each family member are strengthened. Each person in your family likely has a very busy schedule, but try to make time as often as possible to sit together and enjoy a family meal. Think about having a designated family dinn

3 Tips For Downsizing Your Home

Whether your kids have moved out, money has gotten tight or you simply feel like changing things up, downsizing and moving to a new home is a common practice. However, you should make sure that your downsizing does not have negative consequences for your ability to live your life as you have been. Here are three tips for what to do when downsizing your home. Use Public Storage When you are downsizing, you are eliminating space that you used to have for all of your stuff. And because your new place won't have the same amount of space, you're going to need a place to put that stuff. Using a public storage facility Petaluma enables you to have a safe and secure home for your stuff that you can access whenever necessary. Consider New Neighborhoods Downsizing brings about a blank slate of opportunity for you in terms of the home you can move into. Because you will be paying for a smaller property, you have the ability to move into a neighborhood that you've always wanted t