Pride, It’s like Fire

USA Flag

Pride, it’s like fire in that it can be good or bad, helpful or scary. Fire can burn down your house or cook your eggs. It can be cozy or terrifying. I’d imagine  the residents affected by those deadly California wildfires feel if they never saw fire again it wouldn’t be too soon. Pride can cause you to stumble, keep you from others or motivate you to change. It can move you onto something greater….and that motivation could be as simple as; Taking a Bath!

In chapter 2 of my book, Goldie (the baby eagle) recognizes her mother was always proud of her and defended her being different. That came from my real-life experience, but what it turned into was doing things “her way” or you weren’t accepted. That pride changed to control and acceptance.

If your “hair” wasn’t a certain way … she didn’t like it. It wasn’t acceptable.

Countries have Pride.

Texas Flag

States have Pride.

I’m from Texas, I know … God forbid never bad mouth Texas! You might not live to see another day. (kidding)

I’ll never forget after moving to Northern Virginia, Reston. I went to an outdoor concert (by myself) at the Reston Town Center. A band was going to play a few country songs and ask if anyone present was from Texas. I was in the front of the crowd (I had no idea two thousand people were sitting behind me when I jumped up, waved my hand and said; “Oh I am!”

The band leader laughing said; “Well, just where are you from Ms. Texas?”

I shouted out; “Houston! Raised in Bedford Texas and Houston!”

He said (laughing again); “Well welcome to the United States of America!”

That’s when I heard a roar of laughter. Turned around to wave at over two thousand people … and quietly sat down.

I was recently going over how many countries carry my e-book and audio book and am shocked to find so many! Actually, I was “proud” so much hard work has paid off. Hint: If you have a friend in another country let them know they can get it on Kobo.

I was thinking about one thing we ALL have in common as countries is: Pride.

No matter how rich or poor, we all love our countries … or our state that would like to be its own country.

Have you ever noticed people who come to America (gain citizenship) will still always say; “In my country …”

Wait, I thought American became “your country?” I get it, and think that’s a matter of the heart. It stems from honor and pride. Fondness.

It’s like the ol’ saying; You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.

Well, on that note .. I’m “proud” to say; I get to go on vacation and will return right before Christmas, so I’ll see you when I get back.

Is there something you’d like to hear from me about? A Topic? Thought? Something you’re pondering? Let me know!

 

Book Review Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey

Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey

I bought the book Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey at the first of this year.

I’m new to Goodreads AND BookBub as a reader, reviewer (I’m trying to begin since I know how important it is) and author. I don’t have my link on BookBub yet, but you might find me under my name.

I recently set up my Author profile on Goodreads and applied to BookBub just today. It’s REALLY important I have loads of followers on BookBub if they are ever going to run my book as a “special.”

I’d love for you to connect and “follow me” on both platforms.

 

 

 

This is my first book review on Goodreads and it’s negative because:

  1. I just can’t get into the book and I’ve tried….really I have for almost a year. I’ve gotten more valuable information from YouTube about Instagram than this book will ever have.
  2. I’m tired (lit. it’s 1:30 am) and I wanted to start reviewing books – I’m up late working
  3. I began with the easiest one on my list and that was one I gave up on reading
  4. This book desperately needs to be reformatted and revised. Well, lets say an interior design transformation.
  5. They did a great job on a simply cover and using Instagram brand colors … so it’s recognizable on what it’s suppose to be about.

A few of my favorites on Instagram teachers are:

So you might be saying; OUCH … “you’re an Author and you gave the poor guy a low rating on a review?”

Yep.

Why?

Because a review should be honest (you might also know OF him through a friend of a friend).

When I ask people to PLEASE leave an honest review it’s because you have no idea how important this is as an author.

I’ve repented for being so horrible at taking the time to do this and I’m determined to not read a book without leaving a review somewhere. On Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub, etc. The book review should be honest that’s it period. Don’t feel like you have to write a paragraph and look up big words or know your adjectives … just write something! Be real.

It could be as simple as:

  1. I love it or hated it.
  2. I found myself intrigued and wanting to know more
  3. What an interesting story…
  4. I gained some information I wouldn’t have known otherwise
  5. It was boring to me
  6. It made me laugh, cry and ponder…
You get it by now. Just PLEASE leave reviews. This is the biggest favor you could do for any author. Authors do NOT expect everyone to love their books, but what they secretly hope for is EVERYONE will review the book. It’s vitality important to the LIFE of the book. Good or Bad. You can’t advertise on some platforms without reviews or followers. You can’t get Amazon to recommend your book, you can’t run ads on certain platforms without reviews. I need 294 reviews by the launch of the paperback, which is Feb. 14, 2019!

 

Learn to Listen

Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Learn to Listen and Listen to Learn. That’s one of my life lessons, it’s a saying my mother taught me. You can HEAR something and not learn it. Because either you haven’t walked it out, gotten to that “path” yet or aren’t ready to hear that lesson yet.

I went to school and “heard” about MATH…ugh I hated math, thus I didn’t learn it — beyond the basics!

You can hear wisdom (or a wonderful nugget about life), but until you’ve walked out the meaning, until you have experienced yourself … it it’s only recognizable as “wisdom” or insight.

Learn to Listen is one of the Stones of Remembrance in chapter 4 of my book, I’m an Eagle not a Field Chick. It is available as an  audio book, e-book and pre-order right now.

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”

HARPER LEE | AUTHOR

I was thinking about listening the other day and how it ties into communication.

Once words leave your mouth it seems they go tumbling through the air only to land on ears that heard something completely different or not at all.

HUH, how in the world does that happen short of having a hearing problem? Well, it’s not only people that have hearing issues. It’s people with preconceived ideas of what you’re about to say. Which says they aren’t listening, they are thinking about what they want to say.

We found out my husband has a hearing problem. That explains some frustration or saying; No I didn’t say that I said …

The other day we were walking, it seemed like half of what I said; he repeated, and I’d say; “I just said that!”

Then I found out he didn’t have his hearing aids in.

I was communicating with the cabinet company via an email and I ask; How deep the cabinets were. That’s all I ask. So he responded with the deepest cabinet … the pantry.

Oh no…I wasn’t specific enough.

My fault no doubt.

He’s not a mind reader! Which is what we often expect when we ask a question or want information.

  • Know what I’m really saying
  • Know what I really want
  • Know what I want it for
  • Fill in the blanks.

….and we wonder why we have communication problems.

It’s happen to us all (unless your perfect *cough, cough* I doubt it)

What I should have said was; Marty, could you please give me the deepest part of the cabinet next to the stove. Not the bottom cabinets the top. I’d like to buy corbels for the stove hood I’m having made so I need an idea of the depth of those cabinets.

I tend to be short, to the point and blunt.

Which gets me in trouble at times! Now you know why I’ve been nic-named Frank.

You ( I mean I) can come across; vague, rude or cold and then wonder why you aren’t understood or why someone is ticked off.

It’s about MY communication NOT their understanding.

What came OUT of my mouth wasn’t clear enough.

What comes out of your mouth isn’t elaborate enough for the listener to give you proper information, feedback or resolution.

We may all need to learn to listen, but we also need to learn to be more helpful to the hearers!

See you soon!

Oh, the NEW Edition is also available in Canada and other countries on KoBo, so share with your friends!

Life under Construction

Building according to area you are in.

I was thinking again about life under construction. We are all there in one way or another. Even if your famous and doing wonderful your building for the next phase. You’re preparing for larger boundaries, deeper “pools.”

 
Our new home is under construction.
 
It’s so symbolic and such a great parable to me about how we are all in different phases of the “construction” of our lives.
 
  • Some people are getting their foundations laid.
 
  • Some are having “electrical installed” so to speak. They are in the counselor phase of life, getting advice, ditching bad wiring jobs — reprogramming.
 
  • The windows are in … we can SEE — we have perspective and we’re feeling safe with the frame work up and the roof scheduled to be installed!
 
  • Ah, then the flooring will go in, cabinets, sheet-rock and PAINT … things are coming alive! HOPE is on the horizon, you can see all you’ve worked for, picked out, hoped for and “paid for” (lit. or fig.)
 

Doesn’t that resemble the “construction” of your life? Your business, your plans. We all need to reach the point where we SEE things pay off. We all need that feeling of progression. To know things are moving along.

 
There is a scripture (Proverbs 13:12) that says; Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life. God understands wanting to SEE desires … wishes, hopes and dreams fulfilled!
 
Boy of boy … I’ve been there more than once.
 
Okay, get real: more than 50 times. Maybe 100.
 
Wanting to see progress in what you’re doing and all you’ve been working towards is a natural desire. If not, you didn’t have any dreams or visions in the first place.
 
So, what do YOU do when you see construction halted?
 
What if someone you’re working with goes bankrupt (lit. or fig) and doesn’t fulfill his/her end of the bargain?
 
You must find a way to keep going. Keep building.
 
You must dive in and learn new things or ways or doing something.
 
You have to muster up the courage to ask for help!
 
You may have to find the courage to “be real” and transparent about what’s going on with others. Don’t try and hide! YICKS, that only makes matters worse. This isn’t the time to play pretend like everything is grand when it’s not.
 
Stay true to self-integrity, follow your conscience, counsel and DON’T STOP building! To many projects have started and stopped only to let all that work sit and rot!
 
If you’re discouraged, seek out someone that encourages. If needed: professional counselor or coach. Seek out someone to stay accountable to, that you can stay on track with! No matter what phase of                                                  

What stage of building are you in?

construction you are in … no matter how messy it looks, don’t give up! You must build in proper order. You must go through the pains of a few knocks with a hammer, a few costly mistakes to learn the lessons you need! Remember in building it never looks in this stage — the way it will look when it’s completed and ready to move … forward (or in).

 
Check out this short little video I created on my YouTube channel.  I did it a few months ago (before we decided to buy). Click on subscribe and the thumbs up button. I’d love it if you’d leave a comment! Also, I’m trying out a new platform called LookWide. It’s a mini-podcast. Come over and follow me! 

Why are we going to Church?

Bibles Unavailable in Languages. Each book represents a language

Why are we going to Church?

 
Someone sent me a note this morning asking me that question. It was more of a statement than a question to me. It said; Rebekah, I often ask myself, why are we going to church, if we ARE the Church?
 
Well, that opened a soap box for me. My commentary will follow.
 
Chuck and I chat every now and then.
 
He’s a man I met once, in a church, in the south.
 
I’m always shocked that there are cities “in the south” that are still segregated. Oh, signs don’t exist anymore at least not that you can see, but they exist.
 
On the hearts
 
In the looks you get as a white person
 
The sneers and comments
 
…and segregated churches. Full of whites, or blacks but not both. Church’s should look like a meeting of The United Nations!
 

Bibles to Be Translated. Orange represents it’s begun. Money needed to finish.

He was the only black person in this church. Which also struck a cord with me. Yet considering the area, I was proud of him for “coming in” and being a part of the church rather than going elsewhere. Tears welled up in my eyes watching him sing with the “old fashion choir” and I felt so proud and connected to him. I approached him after the service and we talked like old friends.

 
He calls and sends me notes now and then.
 
Such a sweet man. I enjoy chatting with him. It feels like talking to my older brother and he calls his “little sis” to chat and vent or hear what I have to say, which makes me feel very good I have a brother who actually wants to know what I think. 
 
Anyway, my response to him was this. I’d like to know your thoughts. IF it lines up with The Word. Don’t send a rant that doesn’t line up with The Word.
 
“The Church” is to to go into the world without being a part of (or like) the world.
 
The gathering in the church should be about: encouraging each other, praying for each other, confirmation, discipleship… BUILDING each other up — because you’ve been out amongst heathens, persecuted and discouraged.
 
How many even know each other? The person’s next to you…their name? Most of us sit in the same place week after week, but do you “know” your neighbor? Do you know if that person lost their job? Lost a spouse, is discouraged and needing a word of encouragement? Which comes from the Holy Spirit if you’re dialed in, not based on what you know.
 
We should be coming together to grow in faith, practice our gifts (so to speak) and serve. To Love one another. Hum….but no returned calls, failed promises to meet, no acknowledgement of the gifts given, no service to those in need. I know I’ve had serious operations and helped others having them and not had even a home group offer to bring a meal – that isn’t Christ folks.
 
So many churches are looking to “build attendance” without first building WHO they have first. That’s sad to me, very sad. Why are you concerned about growth but not in helping people grow up that are in your church?
 
We come together for discipleship, yet there is a growing number of people that don’t even know their Bible or bring one to church! Some people say being “disconnected” from the church is putting yourself in danger (lit. fig./ blessing or cursing) but I say; many are disconnected that are sitting in church EVERY Sunday! Just because their body is present doesn’t mean their heart is! I’m not saying don’t connect but connect first with your heart not your body. Connect FIRST with those who attend not those who don’t. 
 
Do you realize we have only had our printed bible for 500+ years. Do you know how fortunate we are to even have a printed completed Bible? I went to The Bible Museum recently and the WALLS are full of cultures praying for a Bible. George and I decided what a great gift it would be to buy a Bible in a language once or twice a year. Contact the museum for “how to.”
 
The word says to know those that labor among them. The word labor means to be weary and tired. Most people don’t even know your name much less know you BY THE spirit or if you’re weary or tired!
 
Don’t get me started. I said to Chuck. As if I hadn’t already started down a rant trail.
 
WHAT exactly are we doing every week?
 
Going through the motions like dead men walking. Sunday should be like a family supper NOT the only meal you’re eating all week! The Word is NOT most people’s daily bread!
 
Let’s start being the church and not just going to church. What has happened to PASTORS being Pastors? Now the church has “Preachers” When there is no shepherd the sheep will scatter! How sad, and those “Preachers” will be responsible.

This wall (each book), represents a language the Bible IS available in

By the way, the photos are when I went The Bible Museum. the books that are yellow are waiting to be translated into a language. The orange color has begun but isn’t finished. This room and the live explore room of Israel gave me the chills and filled my eyes with tears when I walked in. Before I knew what it was. The wall with the 2 Nuns standing … that is all the Bibles currently translated into languages. THINK of how many tribes and people are waiting for a simple Bible to read…and you won’t read yours or take it to church?

Bublish Me!

I wanted to give you a peek into the workbook on BUBLISH of I’m an Eagle not a Field Chick. Jesus spoke in parables to the multitude … NOT just Christians. The amazing thing about a parable is it captures you where you are at that time in life. You could speak the same “sermon” to a crowd and everyone would gain something new, acquire a revelation, understand based on what they needed to hear. That’s significant of GOD being our “good shepherd” and “feeding everyone.” You might recollect when Jesus fed the multitude with a few fish. That’s what a parable does. It “feds” everyone willing to listen.

Each chapter is broken down in the back of the book to help you come to your own answers, meet you where YOU are in life … right now. This is a great book for book club and groups.

In this creative Christian parable written for women, you will find yourself inspired to discover and accept your gifts and talents in order to embrace ALL that God intends you to be.

I’m an Eagle, Not a Field Chick shows us how to forgive, move past our anger, and realize that our true character and greatest joys are often shaped by the darkest, most difficult times of our lives.

Jesus spoke in parables to his disciples, then explained the parable to them in private the way HE meant it. In the back of the book … I’m “talking to you privately” on what I meant when I wrote the book.

I’m an Eagle, not a Field Chick is very thought provoking and the biggest compliment I’ve had is that each time a reader reads it they get something new out of it. Awe, just like the Bible!

NEW Audio Book has been released

I know it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me. As I’d say in Texas, I reckon it’s been way to long since I jawed at’cha. Quick update where we are, how we are and what in creation is going on. Truth is so much has gone on, so many changes that I wouldn’t know where to start. I can’t keep up with my own life!

The short story is: We’ve downsized, sold our home, bought a 5th wheel.

Max and Erma

No, we had a custom 5th wheel made. *sigh* Our intention was to travel full-time. THEN we came to Florida and STOPPED. Parking on a piece of cement for this many month in one spot for the winter wasn’t what we wanted to do and we would be better off having equity. So we are building and should be in our new home by May. That’s a GREAT lesson on taking one step at a time.

There is a wonderful diverse market here in Florida. I LOVE meeting all the Canadians (great people) and those I’d never get to meet otherwise here for the winter. Florida will be our home state in the winter and we will travel Spring through Fall promoting my books.

OH, my books! I’m coming out with NEW editions and the AUDIO book launched!

New Edition Just Released … Audio Book

The workbook is so much better and the characters names match their personalities. The e-book will be out soon (like in a few weeks). I’m holding back the paperback until February 2019. Funny fact: Reason being is once the calendar changes the book is 1-year old and January isn’t a good time to launch.

You might be wondering … What’s going to happen to Max (the 450) and Erma (the gorgeous, luxury, custom made fifth wheel) well, they got divorced. Max was sold and we are going to sell Erma OR keep the ol’ girl and rent her in Florida. I know…it would have been cheaper to hire an escort for Erma and have her pulled down here like a cave-woman, but who knew! Plans change, and you adjust. Such is life. We will be changing WHAT we travel in. Which will be a Tiffin bus or Super Class C – 32 foot maximum.

Hey, while I’m thinking about it. You might want to sign up for my newsletter (I don’t do many and you’ll always get a recipe from “the farm”….okay, not my farm, my kitchen is “my farm” or my twist on the recipe). I only WISH I had a farm! Moooove on over ya’ll it’s Mrs. Ol’ McDonald here!

Oh this isn’t my cup of tea at all, but here goes. I’m just going to start, sometimes that’s just what we have to do. START. I’m going to start doing a few video’s (here is one of my first). My goal is once a week. I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! I’m going to be chatting about life lessons. This one was my thoughts on: Running Life Like a Marathon.

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You also just got a peek at the inside of our RV.

What are your talents and gifts?

Abilities God Gave YOU

What are your talents and gifts?

What are your talents and gifts? I have always been fascinated by people’s talents and gifts. Their ideas and ways of looking (or thinking) about something. What they “see” I don’t from where they are standing (fig. or lit.). If you know me you know I’m NOT serious about much (unless it’s The Word) and I take life pretty much as it comes. Like a baseball floating through the air at different speeds. Just catch it if you can and if you miss, don’t sweat the small stuff…it’ll come back at’cha again another time.

For me as long as it doesn’t violate my conscience, moral or spiritual code of ethics…. I really try and keep it on the “who cares” list. If it’s not going to matter in 5 hours, 5 days, months or 5 years … then why take it so seriously. Whatever “it” is. I think most of us create our own stress, start our own drama or put up with someone else’s which causes chaos in our own lives … *sigh* “choices!”

Only I can stop that.

I’m only responsible for ME and what I keep putting up with. I think we have a tendency to blame others and not look at what WE did to contribute to ___ whatever that BLANK is.

We all have gifts and talents and it’s up to ME to tap into those things and develop them. I think we have a duty to do so and share them with others.

Remember the “workmen in the field and the Vineyard owner” (Mark 12) story? The tree that didn’t bear fruit? (Luke 13:7 or John 15:2) The man who buried the money? (Matt 25:18)

Now that you may have quickly reviewed those or recalled them, ask yourself:

  1. Who are you comparing yourself to? Doesn’t The Word say don’t compare yourself among yourselves, it’s unwise?
  2. Are you stuck in the dirt and not bearing any fruit? Didn’t The Lord say “Go and be fruitful” — that doesn’t just mean populate and have children. Are you being pruned? Have you ever been pruned BY GOD? By Man is a different topic!
  3. Did you “bury your money” (or talents) hoping to save them? Use them for a rainy day? Scared what people might think if you “use them?”

Goes to show you “saving” isn’t always the wisest thing to do. Obviously I don’t think that’s literally (not planning, etc.) but if we look at it at a “different angle” let’s ask ourselves are we “saving” so we don’t have to worry or because we don’t believe God will provide for tomorrow? Are we burying “talents” because we don’t want to show off OR because we have fear of man issues? Scared to fail? Perhaps be rejected if we step out?

Is it about IDENTITY issues? I want to believe _____ So I don’t open the Pandora box. If I don’t hear it .. it doesn’t exist. If I don’t go public, I’m safe. Is “safe” meaning without criticism? Challenges? Don’t you think those things can make you grow? Actually without a lot of “crude” spilled on you…you become weak. You aren’t using your “muscles” so to speak and what happens if you don’t use it? Yep, you lose it.

So back to the question: What are your talents and gifts and HOW are you using them? Do you just think about them or practice? Do you use them within the church to serve or in your work environment? Is it something within the community you can do or share? Is it something that you’d lose if you don’t use? Like a language? Interpreting? I have been surprised to hear that even a person will forget their FIRST language (let’s say Italian) they will forget if they don’t have someone to dialogue with in Italian. I know the same applies to typing, drawing, painting…. everything takes practice and perseverance.

What would you like to learn? Well….why aren’t you?

Is there anything that keeps coming to the “desire of your heart” to do and you haven’t tapped into it? I think that’s one way you can discover WHAT gifts and talents you have….you keep thinking about it. It’s a desire. The Word says GOD will give you the desires of your heart. It’s HIM who put that desire there. It doesn’t mean I think ____ (blank) and ta-da HE gives it to me! Wrong…backwards.

I love love this young man Eugene Landau. I remember when he performed on America’s Got Talent (I’m not much of a TV watcher but I happen to see his first and last performance) and it was actually the FIRST time I called into vote. His history (or story) is very interesting and I love this quote:

“Going through all the stuff that I went through in my life at an early age — my parents splitting up, being homeless, having a son — all those things kept me grounded. I’ve been to the gutter … [Now] my feet are just planted solid in the cement.”

AMAZING how one person can view the trials and tribulations of life as “keeping me grounded” and another blames and uses it as a reason they are “nowhere” in life because of ____.

He has purposed in his heart to “give back” also. He has raised more than a million dollars for children’s and homeless charities via his holiday CD and personal appearances.

We’ve all heard people “never forget where you came from.” Eugene is a living example of that. I read an article that said;

But all of his success hasn’t made Landau forget his roots. He was born in the Mountain State of West Virginia and continues to live there rather than move to entertainment industry hubs like Los Angeles or New York. “West Virginia will always be my home,” says Landau, “and home and family are the most important thing in the world to me. I can always fly out to LA or New York for work, but being here in West Virginia helps keep me humble and grounded. I’m just very fortunate to be living my dream.” In between tour dates and appearances across the country, Landau enjoys spending time at his modest home tucked away in the West Virginia hills. “I’ve got my little home studio, plenty of room for my family and a big beautiful mountain behind me. I’m so thankful to God every day for giving me these blessings, and a bigger stage to perform on.”

And, yes, he still sings while he washes cars. But now, that car belongs to Landau.

I just love his gratefulness and humility. It was a dream come true for the always humble, gracious vocalist, who insisted that he come out after every show to meet his fans for photos and conversation. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be anywhere.”

I think he’s a great example of someone that really sang to God first and had more of an ambition to make a difference using what God gave him than just to be famous in the eyes of man. Now THAT is using your gifts and talents! First to HIM….then to THEM.

That’s proper order and when you do they will spill over and even you’ll be surprised!

About Rebekah Lea Phelps

I am a Christian writer, entrepreneur (founder of Extra You, LLC and White House Home Inventory), artist and wife. I have had my fair share of ups and downs, challenges and eating humble pie … as a wife, mother and just “a regular ol’ person in life.” It’s my heart’s desire to see the broken hearted healed, people restored and walking in the purpose God created for them. My husband and I have two gorgeous grandchildren who reside in Texas, we love to travel and are the proud parents of a Maine Coon spoiled cat. We reside in Charles Town, WV.

My books can be found on my author website, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, your local book store or Kindle/Nook. You might run into me on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram

 

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    Goldie’s Farm Fresh Recipes

    So those of you that know me know I love to cook. Especially for people that love to eat. I never thought of myself as a “foodie” until recently. It was when someone new I met recently pointed it out to me. My idea of a great vacation has nothing to do with an agenda but great food and a beach! I’m good. So I thought it would be perfect to share “Goldie’s Fresh Farm Recipes”

    I don’t love to cook so much that I always want to eat at home but when I eat I want good, if not … GREAT food.

    I’ve always said; if you think hospital food is good than your mother must not have been a great cook. If going to a baseball game and having boiled hotdogs is awesome to you, then again…your wife (or mother) is not a good cook. I had an old friend that loved going to baseball games and eating boiled hotdogs. I would always shake my head and think “Poor thing … I’d love to cook him a GREAT hot-dog.” Once I made him Tuna Fish and he raved about that for years to come.

    I get ask how I made something all the time and thought it’d be fun to share some recipes with you. If you’ll sign up for my NEWSLETTER you’ll get them. Shoot me an email because I must get a sign-up box put on my website.

    As a toast “to us” I’m going to share my Chicken Spaghetti Recipe I’ve been making for years. One thing you need to know about MY recipes they are never the same every single time. For instance, I shared this recipe recently and forgot to add 1 can of Rotel Tomatoes. I seem to add stuff to it or take away as I have available ingredients or improvise.

    Since Goldie is the main character in my book “I’m an Eagle not a Field Chick” I thought I’d call the recipe section of my newsletter, “Goldie’s Farm Fresh Recipes.”

    Any ideas or votes on another name?

    I thought I’d also start bringing samples of these recipes to book signings. What do you think? Recipe Below but remember if you want more, send me your email address! Also, sometimes I post recipes on Instagram under the name: AuthorJer2911

    Soar as high as your wings will take you!

    Rebekah

    RebekahLeaPhelps@Gmail.com     703.980.1114

    Rebekah’s Chicken Spaghetti

    1 package of thin spaghetti
    1 roasted chicken, de-boned & chopped up
    1 large onion, chopped to liking
    1-2 cans of mushroom soup
    4-6 stalks of celery
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 small jar of pimento (optional) OR use chopped up ROASTED red bell pepper

    1 can of ROTEL tomatoes
    1 package of Velveeta

    Optional Spices:
    I have used ALL and a FEW…you pick!

    Ground Coriander Seed
    Thyme
    Lots of fresh garlic
    Salt
    Pepper
    Italian Seasonings

    After I debone my chicken, I boil the bones (to use for my stock water) and boil my spaghetti in that vs. just plain water. You could also add 1 chicken bouillon cube per 1 cup of water. While that is going on I am chopping everything up and sauté it all in a pan THEN I add my chopped-up chicken, Velveeta, mushroom soup and some broth if needed to thin out. Cook until heated and cheese is melted.

    GREAT meal for guest and I find loads of people have never had “Spaghetti Chicken” I made this recipe up in my 20’s and have been eating it since. However, lately I’ve been seeing it pop up on Facebook. Thoughts aren’t original. Sometimes I take the leftovers, put it in a casserole dish and add shredded sharp cheddar to the top (melt).

    Serve with a salad and garlic bread!      It’s YUMMY, Enjoy and tell me what you think!

    RV Rental is a great vacation

    Have you ever thought about renting an RV? Now normal everyday people are renting their personal RV’s! So if you have ever wanted to cruise around in an RV? Well, now you can without buying one! You should definitely try it, before you buy it! RV Rental is a great vacation!

    Author Rents her RV

    Author Rents her RV

    The average RV owner spends over $700 a month to own an RV.

    Rving is so much fun, the people you meet are the best and it couldn’t be more diverse.  From race and religion to age and interest. From the southerner to the yankee….it’s so fun to meet so many cool people … at the beach or in the mountains.

    If you’re like me you always looked at the RV rolling by thinking “that would be sooooooo much fun!”

    Rving is the only neighborhood you’ll ever live in (temporarily) that you’ll befriend the tent dweller (that’s what I call true camping and roughin’ it), the trailer folks, the “pop-up” neighbors, the 5th wheelers (truck needed to pull these), the Class A buses that range from 100K to over a million  and the Class C (that’s what we have – it’s the mini bus version in laymen terms – you can get up and go to the bathroom or make a sandwich during a traffic jam without pulling over). The Class A and Class C is what I call “Glamping” (well, not just me…lots of people). But really, how many neighborhoods have the $60 tent neighbor living beside the Provost bus million-dollar neighbor and everybody is helpful, talking and inviting each other over for a cookout or potluck dinner?!

    The camping crowd is the same crowd as the people who love to cruise (in my opinion). They ALL love to travel and see various places. They all love to meet different people, they all love to EAT and visit (okay, some glampers are quiet, but we’ve never met any that didn’t say HELLO and ya’ll come over if we can do anything for you OR invite us inside to chat AND show us around, including inside the closets.

    The first time we went camping we forgot how to get the awning out and a dear Canadian , sitting in his camper eating breakfast took pity on us and came over and ask if we’d like him to show us “how to.”

    Honestly, we have been around people in the NoVa area we’ve known OF for years, been to dinner with them .. and I can honestly say I know more about the people I have met once (glamping) than I have in the years I’ve known “so and so.” Every time we go camping we meet TRUE new friends and exchange info with at least 1 person if not a half a dozen. We’ve even exchanged travel plans on where we will be and met up again OR visited them in their homes. So fun! You’ll have friends all over the world before you know it!

    Really, you have to try it! We were going to rent one before we bought but found the ones available to rent were outrageous in cost, smelly, you don’t get much with the rental and the ones we’ve seen on campgrounds are awful …. again for a LOT of money! We met the sweetest couple from Holland touring the USA and they rented from Cruise America. I felt so sorry for them. The cabinets were falling off the hinges, it was a MESS, smelt bad and they borrowed dishes from neighbors because it wasn’t stocked very well. I think these rental companies (like AceRV Rentals and Sales ) are taking photos of “new vehicles” so they look nice online but they haven’t been taken care of.

    Well, is going on a vacation in an RV on your bucket list?

    Well, before you kick the bucket….do it.

    And you can RENT our RV via RVShare

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    I know this has nothing to do with “books” etc. but I thought I’d let you know, if you’ve ever been curious or desired to go on vacation in an RV, you can rent MINE! What vacation are you taking this year?

    About Rebekah Lea Phelps

    I am a Christian writer, entrepreneur (founder of Extra You, LLC and White House Home Inventory), artist and wife. I have had my fair share of ups and downs, challenges and eating humble pie … as a wife, mother and just “a regular ol’ person in life.” It’s my heart’s desire to see the broken hearted healed, people restored and walking in the purpose God created for them. My husband and I have two gorgeous grandchildren who reside in Texas, we love to travel and are the proud parents of a Maine Coon spoiled cat. We reside in Charles Town, WV.

    My books can be found on my author website, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, your local book store or Kindle/Nook. You might run into me on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram