Monday, June 12, 2017

Adventures in NM!

I'm really trying hard to get back into blogging. My life has been so crazy since I got married, moved (three times), and just have tried to settle into something of a normal life (which, really isn't very normal at all since we're in the ministry.) 

Samuel and I are trying to work out a system of accountability to I'll actually get authoring done. You know, blogging, marketing, and actually writing? We'll see how it goes. 

Anyhow... We're getting back into the swing of things after our quick trip to New Mexico!


Aren't the Sandia Mountains beautiful? I lived most of my life on the other side of those mountains. I was crying the whole time we flew away from them. 

The pics we got weren't the best, but hey. I figure we were just concentrating on enjoying the moment and not whether or not we got the best photos. 




There were lots of niece cuddles and funny faces with the siblings. 




Isn't Rachael a doll?! She always has the perfect, camera-read pose! I can't believe how much she has grown up since I saw her last. 

Two very special events happened while we were in town. One was the baptism of my youngest brother! He was baptized in the same church and by the same pastor I was about 20 years ago!




The other special event was my best friend's wedding! The marriage between her and Joe answered soooooooooo many prayers! I was an emotional wreck, just crying, and so happy, and so thankful to God. 





Okay, so Rebecca was like the prettiest bride ever! So radiant and just herself and so happy! 




The photos turned out amazing! Rebecca had the same photographer my sister Lydia did at her wedding, so I knew they'd be awesome -- and they were!!!

We had some adventures coming home. We had paid extra to be home in TN by Monday night, since Samuel had work on Tuesday. Hah. Yeah.

Well.... American Airlines had some kind of maintenance problem and we ended up waiting around in Albuquerque, getting an all-night lay-over in Dallas (which included a 1.5 hour wait for a shuttle that was supposed to take 20 minutes), crazy waits to find out what was going on and getting hotel/food vouchers, and a reroute that took us to Charlotte, NC before we were finally gotten to Chattanooga on Tuesday afternoon. 

Yeah. Still a little upset about all that. Pray with us that American will compensate us our extra fees and a missed day of work. Our lives are such an adventure. Something always happens. :)

What's new with you? Which is your favorite wedding photo? Share in the comments! 
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grace Triumphant--2nd Edition!!!

Y'all.

Grace Triumphant is here in the 2nd edition!

On Kindle, that is. I'm still wrapping up the details for the 2nd edition paperback. I'm so excited. It even has brand-new endorsements. 

“Grace Triumphant is a historically-accurate, compelling read! From the very beginning, colorful details pour forth, fully immersing the reader in the time, place, and even dialogue of that day. Alicia Willis weaves a story filled with adventure, passion, conviction, and love that comes from the Biblically-based passion and love in her own heart. This story will inspire you, though you live many year after the time portrayed here, to live and love like Christ through the enabling grace He gives.” 

—Caleb and Katie Garraway, Remnant Ministries


For those of you who have Kindle Unlimited, Grace Triumphant is FREE! 


You can also add it to Goodreads.

Have you read Grace Triumphant? What was your favorite part? Please share in the comments!


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Adventures in Chattanooga and Chickamauga!

Hello, friends! 

As some of you know, I had a part time (two month) job with American Association of Christian Schools, which kept me pretty busy! However, summer goals include getting seriously back into the whole author thing. 

Oh. Yeah, that and blogging. 

Here are some pics of the last few crazy busy weeks. 

We *finally* got some Georgia peaches at our very own Chattanooga Market. (LOVE it.) Oh my word. These peaches are amazing. Everyone keeps saying they don't reach their peak until July, which is kind of scary, 'cause these are so good that I'm not sure I can handle the "good" ones!


Ah, me and my summer reading pile. So excited to have started Breathe in a Bible study with some new friends. I am loving it so far. And I have been saving The Magnolia Story for my plane trip to NM. So excited!



Speaking of books... We saw a family of Canada geese at LifeWay Christian stores. They were too cute. Kudos to them for raising their family right. 


Hubby fulfilled one of my bucket list dreams by buying me fresh cut, paper wrapped flowers from the Chattanooga Market. Aren't they lovely?!


The magnolias have been blooming, which has me swooning. I LOVE them so much!!! My life here in TN has been this strange combination of adjusting to and loving all the changes. I can't say I'm crazy about the bugs, humidity, allergies, and tornado watches, but I love the rain, the flowers, the green, the water, and the Southern accents. Which, apparently, I'm developing. 


We finally explored the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefields, which was amazing! The Battle of Chickamauga was the second bloodiest battle in the Civil War. More people died in this battle than in the Revolutionary and 1812 wars *combined*. In the last photo (a field), one could walk across the *entire* field without touching the ground once due to the bodies. It's crazy that such vital battles happened right here in Chattanooga and Chickamauga.


Climbing Wilder Tower was so much fun! It was 136 steps, 85 feet high. My legs hurt, heehee! We even saw a white tail deer. I had no clue they are so tiny! Not much like our western mule deer.













So there's that. We had a great time, and I cannot wait to show my family this amazing place when they come out.

What all have y'all been up to? Hope you are having an amazing Memorial Day. I'm so thankful for the sacrifices our veterans made and do make for our safety. 

What is new for you? 



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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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I Tried Grove. Here's $10 So You Can Too!

Hey there, y'all!

It's spring! Everything's blooming, the weather is crazy insane around here, and I'm in my element with spring cleaning. 

Not that I need an excuse to clean. I actually like it. A messy house drives me and my hubby crazy, so cleaning is part of my every day schedule. Lately, it's been a little more fun, too! I took advantage of that whole try-Grove-and-get-a-free-spring-set thing. 

It. is. amazing.


Before I tell you why it's been so amazing, I must say, I'm not an official influencer, so I don't make cash off of this blog post. But I still wanted to tell you all about it. And I CAN give y'all $10 to shop with Grove if you sign up through my link. 

$10 is $10. And, once you sign up, you can give YOUR friends $10 and make earnings for FREE cleaning supplies. For a newlywed in the ministry like me, this is a big deal. I'm sure it is for y'all too. Especially those of you who love all-natural products anyway. 

Anyhow...

I got $65 of all-natural products for $20. More on this at the end of the post and how you can do it too.

Here is my first shipment of supplies.


Yes, I was hopping around with excitement. No more headaches from cheap dollar store supplies that smell like commercial bathroom cleaners! And it's cheaper than making my own supplies + saves me time. 


Oh my word. The lemon verbena surface spray and dish soap are pure amazing. It's not actually a lemon scent. It's a lemon verbena scent that is very light, springy, floral without being overpowering, yet still a clean smell. You know it's good when even hubby likes it. 

My kitchen smelled great for hours after I did the dishes and wiped down the counters. And, by great, I mean a light scent -- not an overpowering, chemical one that will give a headache. Just a light fragrance similar to flowers on a spring breeze.

Oh, and they have many different scents to choose from!


Next up is my bathroom hand soap and hand lotion, also from Mrs. Meyers. The scents are lavender and honeysuckle. 

Again, I was really surprised by the scent. The honey suckle is just amazing (no way to describe it) and the lavender was neither that dusty antique lavender or the overpoweringly strong, sleep-inducing scent of lavender essential oil. You just have to experience it for yourself. I really liked them both. 

And you don't actually NEED the lotion after you wash your hands. The soap has olive oil in it and is very moisturizing. I just applied lotion cause I love the honeysuckle scent!


I was pleasantly surprised by the ecover stain remover. I mean, how glamorous can stain remover be?! But it is really nice! It comes with a built-in scrubber, which is super convenient. And it took the stains out of my nice pillows (yeah, eating chocolate on the bed again...) immediately. 

I wasn't expecting much from the laundry softener either, but it really smells amazing! It's another spring scent. I felt like I was back at my grandma's on a warm, breezy day. (Her laundry always smells the BEST, y'all.) Our clothes smell amazing for a long time after!




Method claims to be all-natural derived and planet friendly. Obviously, everyone has their own opinion on what exactly all-natural means. I was satisfied with them. 

The wood cleaner smells like almonds instead of traditional lemon. 

The bathroom cleaners above are all peppermint, with the exception of the shower cleaner, which is peppermint and eucalyptus. And they work beautifully! I was really, really impressed with the glass cleaner. It works better than Windex and smells like peppermints! 

I love the shower cleaner. You just spray-and-go. No rinsing! It cuts down on soap and grime without any scrubbing or rinsing -- which is perfect for me! Also, it smells really good. I like to use the shower cleaner on surfaces too, just 'cause it smells so good!

(Okay, can y'all tell I LOVE good, clean scents?!)


I think it's really cool that every order is signed personally by an employee. And everything was hand packaged very, very carefully on both orders. No spills or complaints there!

I did this thing where I got Grove's limited edition spring set for free and got their VIP trial with free shipping. That's where the $20 came in. I added $20 of products to my cart in order to get their $20 worth free products. Then, my earnings started accumulating so much that I got another $25 to spend. $65 for $20 (and I'm not done earning!) 

But I'd do Grove even if I didn't make product earnings. I'm so happy that I have no more headache-inducing chemicals, my house smells like a spring garden, and even  hubby is really impressed. 

And I love that I can choose so many scents (not found in stores) and everything gets shipped on MY schedule to MY door. Here is my upcoming shipment, where I chose my scents, products, and the day I want it all by. You can plan this around monthly shipments around 3-4 months in advance. This way, you never run out of supplies, vitamins, feminine products, etc. and you don't have to go to the store for them either. 




So here's your $10 so you can try it too! I'd love to hear your results and what your favorite products are!


What's your favorite way to spring clean? 
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