Catching The Wind Book Review

Are you ready to embark on a journey through time? Get a cup of coffee or tea, and settle in your favorite reading spot and let me tell you about this beautiful story. I am not exaggerating when I say this is an amazing story. The story opens to children playing knight and princess in a treehouse. But all too soon the joys of childhood are crushed and Brigitte and Dietmar must leave all they know behind and flee their homeland to escape the Gestapo. Together they journey across Europe to reach England, only to be separated in the worn torn country vowing to find each other once more.

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70 years later Dietmar, now Daniel Knight a wealthy old man still seeks to fulfill his promise to his friend. He enlists the help of a reporter Quenby Vaughn in one final effort to find Brigitte.

Broken pasts, demons thought long buried, WWII espionage, deception, sacrifice and the beauty only He can bring from the ashes of our past.

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book I've read all year, maybe ever. It draws you in and you get lost in the story until suddenly you find yourself closing the back cover. This book is heartbreaking and yet strikingly beautiful. These characters will haunt you, draw you to tears, inspire you and make you laugh and leave you changed. Received this book free for our honest review.

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Heidelberg Castle - Germany

Heidelberg Schloss / Castle

Heidelberg Germany

Welcome back to Heidelberg Germany.
In the last article, we talked about the history of the town of Heidelberg.

Now we get to the fun stuff, of course, that is after we eat lunch at the Zum Guldenen Schaf the Golden Lamb in English

The restaurant has been located at the same location for over 250 years. It was also our guides favorite restaurant while he was attending college here.

I ordered ravioli and it was delicious,  even though it was baked and had no sauce. The others had a variety of specialties and enjoyed them as well.

Now we arrive at the castle. The Heidelberger Schloss is a ruin in Germany and it is also a landmark of Heidelberg. The earliest structure of the castle was built before 1214 and later anther was built around 1294.

 It was during the reign of Louis V, Elector Palatine I (1508-1544) that Martin Luther came to Heidelberg to defend one of his theses. While there he paid a visit to the castle and was shown around by Louis's younger brother Wolfgang, Count Palatine, and praised the beauty and the defenses of the castle.

In 1537 the upper castle was hit by a lightning bolt and was destroyed.

 In 1619, Protestants rebelled against the Holy Roman Empire and offered the crown of Bohemia to Frederick V, Elector Palatine and this triggered the 30 Years War. This time brought destruction to the castle. After Frederick V loss the Battle of White Mountain on November 8, 1620, he went on the run leaving the Palatinate undefended against General Tilly who was in command of the Imperial and the Holy Roman Empire's troops.

On September 16 Tilly captured Heidelberg and then a few days later had control of the castle.

On May 5, 1633, the Swedes captured the city and the castle. In July 1635 the emperor's troops recaptured the city. It remained in their position until the Peace of Westphalia ended the war.

The new ruler Charles Louis and his family did not move into the castle until October 1649. Then in 1688 the 9 Years War hit causing more damage to the cities walls towers and castle.

Since the castle was in ruins people started taking things for other castles and buildings elsewhere. Finally, they stopped taking from the ruins and started trying to rebuild it. In 1764 the castle was hit by another lightning bolt which destroyed some of the rebuilt sections.

 Next time we look at 3 of the churches that I visited, so until then be Blessed.

Mr. Cottage

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Lime Beef Tacos

Summer is a busy time! Pool parties, cookouts, family adventures, kids going back to school. Quick and easy recipes are life savers, so today we are sharing one of our favorite meals. Savory and fresh these are sure to please. 

Fresh Parsley
Sour Cream
Garlic Powder to taste
Onion Powder to taste
Himalayan Salt  to taste
Nutritional Yeast to taste
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Carne Asad
Corn Tortillas 

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In a skillet cook meat over low to medium heat, season with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice and nutritional yeast until done. Fry tortillas in oil. Spoon meat into cooked tortillas, top with parsley, sour cream, and cheese.

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As High As The Heavens Book Review

Here we are with another terrific book, to share with you! Grab a cup of your favorite tea, snuggle up in your reading spot and get ready to check out your next book! If you love historical fiction, or are interested in World War I this book is for you.

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High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Just Wow! This book is truly a treasure. I found myself laughing, crying and biting my nails as I turned the pages. Step back in time and experience occupied Belgium, feel the fear and hopelessness. The pain that only war and the loss of the ones you love can bring and the hope that only God can give. The characters are real, the hardships unimaginable and the dangers unspeakable. Be prepared to lose sleep over this one. Received this book from the publisher for our honest review.

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Sand Dollar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Today we are sharing with you this tasty summer treat! Aren't they adorable? Going to the beach? Just got back from vacation and missing the sand, salt water and sunshine? These are perfect! Slightly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Bite into it and let the sweetness of the raw sugar and the savory warm taste of cinnamon swirl across your tongue.  

I made these yesterday after we spent all day cleaning out the garage in preparation for a yard sale (does that tell you how easy these are?), little did I know that we would have a friend driving through that needed a place to stay. They had to hit the road again bright and early and didn't have time for breakfast but who doesn't have time for cookies? P.S. they are AMAZING with Lifeboat Coffee! *Leans in and whispers* and they even have snickerdoodle coffee!!! Be still my beating heart, snickerdoodle coffee, can one die of happiness?

Organic Snickerdoodle Recipe


 3 3/4 Cup organic all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon organic baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon cream of tartar
2  Cups raw sugar
1 Cup grass-fed butter
1/4 Cup milk
2 Free range eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla (try our our tutorial to make your own!)

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3 Tablespoon raw sugar
1 Teaspoon organic cinnamon
Sliced almonds


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Cookie sheet
Silicone baking mat

Organic Snickerdoodle Recipe

Stir together flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Beat butter in mixer for 30 seconds, add sugar, beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients one cup at a time until combined. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Pinch off 1-inch pieces of dough, roll between your palms until smooth. Plop into sugar-cinnamon mix, toss it a couple times to cover it. Press dough between your hands until it forms a round circle. Press sliced almonds into a cross shape in the middle of the cookie (make sure you press them in until they don't slip around so they won't pop out in the oven). Place cookies on a silicone baking mat on top of a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. 

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Waiting On The Lord | Lessons From The Farm

If you've been following us on Facebook and Instagram you probably saw our little rescue over the weekend. Yesterday afternoon when I was checking the pool filter I happened to look up only to see a little face that kind of looked like a skeleton's head and big ears. Quickly I retraced my steps, retrieved the camera -I wasn't about to stick my face over the edge of the pool to see what it was and run the risk of getting it in my face- and Mr. Cottage. 

After holding the camera over the edge and snapping a few pictures my guess was confirmed. A bat. Yes, you read that right B-A-T bat. Somehow it had taken a dive and now sat just above the water line looking mostly drowned. Our guess is it was trying to drink and fell in. Thankfully for it, Mr. Cottage was able to scoop it out with our net.

It's kind of ironic that we do the same thing. We rush ahead without seeking His will, we dive in at the first sign of something glittery without a thought about if this is His plan for our lives. I'm just a guilty as the next gal. We get caught up, sidetracked if you will or maybe we get tired of waiting on Him. It's so easy.

We can do it on our own! Girl power, pixie dust and whatever else and then we end up in a situation something like the bat. Alone, hurting and scared. In way over our head with no hope of getting ourselves out and needing someone bigger than us to swoop in and rescue us.

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31  KJV

It's easier to attempt to grip the controls of our life than move over and let God take the pilots seat. But when we wrestle the controls back from His hands and insist on our own way we miss all of the amazing things He has planned for our lives.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot

We can't keep the controls, every time we try we only end up in the proverbial pool. But when we allow Him to steer our lives we will end up where we never imagined. 

Holy Land Tour | The Southern Steps

As I promised in the Herodian Street article, there is so much more to see at the temple area and here we go!

Walking away from the large temple stones on the Herodian Street, we came upon a very smooth corner stone which used to be high up on the southwest corner of the temple.  It was carved in such a way that a niche would allow the priest to enter.  A Hebrew inscription told the story which translated means “To the House of Trumpeting”. The southwest corner would have faced the most populated area of the city, a logical place for the corner trumpeting stone to be located. Looking south, the priest would be looking down upon the original site where the Jebusites once inhabited and King David conquered, becoming the City of David.  It is where Solomon became king of Israel. The priest would enter this niche high above the city and blow the trumpet to announce new moon, the sabbath, holidays and festivals or an arrival of an important person or even an enemy.  Trumpets have been used throughout the history of the Jewish people.

After the Israelites left their wandering in the desert, one of the towns they conquered in the “Promised Land” was Jericho.  Miraculously God made the walls to fall down with marching, a shout, and the sound of trumpets blowing!   “And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat.  Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.  Joshua 6: 20 NKJV.
Interestingly, Israel still uses the trumpet at their government headquarters to announce the arrival of important dignitaries or other guests.

Continuing on past the cornerstone, we followed the group up and around the corner to the southern side of the temple mount retaining wall that Herod the Great built.  Herod built four major retaining walls in order to hold a very large platform upon which to build the Second Temple as well as the huge market place.  Amir Tsarfati, our principal guide from “Behold Israel” tours likes to say, tongue in cheek, “There is no business like God’s business”.  Sadly, he is correct as evidenced by all the vendors we even saw the past few days.

We came upon very wide steps leading right up to the base of the southern retaining wall.  These steps were not even, but one was deep, the next narrow, deep, narrow.  Looking up the steps you can see the outline of a triple gateway long sealed up by the Ottoman Turks.  This gateway was the main entrance to the Temple Mount for lay Jewish pilgrims being the closest entrance to the cities described above.

We all found a place to sit on the steps, in order to listen to Pastor Jack explain more about the significance of these steps.

We had seen at the bottom of the steps, another ritual bath like we had seen in Qumran and Masada. This one would have been filled with water from the Gihon Springs, including hyssop, and ashes from a red heifer.  The Pilgrims coming from across Israel for the holiday, such as Passover, would enter this bath to be ritually cleansed, then they dressed in a white robe.  Being very careful not to touch anything unclean, they would make their way up the steps through the entrance to the temple along with their sacrificial animal. The difference in the depth of the steps was intentional.  No rushing up these steps.  Slow and reverent was the accent hopefully with a repentant heart before God.

These steps were also known as the steps of the teachers.  The religious leaders would stand on these steps and teach the people and their students about the Jewish law and religion.  Paul’s teacher, Gamaliel, very respected and important, taught from these steps.

However impressive these things are, they are not what moved me to tears….

JESUS taught from these very steps himself!  The graves that we have mentioned numerous times before on the Mount of Olives were to the left of these steps and Jesus referenced these graves while calling out the religious leaders as hypocrites from these very steps.  Maybe right where I was sitting!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. NKJV Mathew 23:27

Another wonderful thing happened on these steps.  Jesus was crucified during Passover, unknown to the religious leaders, as the real and permanent Passover sacrificial lamb.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1;29 NKJV

  The next holiday after the crucifixion was Pentecost.  The Bible tells us that Devout Jews came to the temple from every nation to celebrate Pentecost and because they were from every nation, they spoke many different languages.

When the Day of Pentecost had arrived, the disciples were together in a house in one place.
Acts 2:2-3 tells us '
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and they sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirt gave them utterance.

When they went out of the house into the street, the crowd was confused because as the disciples were speaking each man could understand what they were saying in his own language! That must have blown their minds!

ACTS 2:9-11-13 describes the many nations represented and adds….” we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” They were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another,” Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking them said, “They are full of new wine.”

But Peter, standing up with the eleven – right on these very Southern Steps- raised his voice and gave them his first sermon explaining that they were not drunk, it was only about 9 a.m. when this happened.  This miracle was the Holy Spirit, predicted by the prophet Joel and others many years before and promised by Jesus to those were and would be His disciples’. Read Acts 2- it is awesome

 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” Luke 24:49 NKJV

Peter did not hold back one little bit.  He boldly got in their face accusing them of killing their messiah.  He started in the Old Testament and showed them proof of who He, Jesus, was and when they heard this, they were heart-broken and asked what should they do.

“Then Peter said, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the Holy Spirt. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”  Acts 2:39 NKJV

That day approximately 3000 people realized what Jesus had done for them. They did repent and acknowledged that Jesus Christ was their savior and messiah.  Wow!
Friends that promise is for you and for me too.
Let’s not tarry.

By God’s grace alone, I’ve been saved -you can be too!

Wishing you all God’s love and peace!  Shalom!


Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her children and grandchildren.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version Copyright @ 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

With You Always Book Review

We've been doing a lot of reading around the Cottage over the last few weeks. Between buckets of rain and a bad cold, it was the perfect time to snuggle in with a good cup of tea and enjoy a book. If you love historical fiction grab a cup of your favorite beverage and pick up a copy of With You Always by Jody Hedlund.

While you're getting your drink ready I'll tell you a little bit about the book!

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author did a good job of weaving this tale and filling in the details of life in 1857 New York. You can almost feel the grit of the city as she pulls you into the storyline. This was a book that really made me think, it was a journey through such heart-wrenching choices and gave you a look at life and what it was like to be an orphan in that time. The horrible poverty of the orphaned children and lack of options for them made my heart break and the triumphs made you cheer for her. We were given this book for our honest review.
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The Churches of Heidelberg

    Welcome back! This time we will visit three churches and a bridge. The first church is Heiliggeistkirche also know as the "The Church of the Holy Spirit". This is the most famous church in Heidelberg. 

The church stands in the middle of the market place in the old center of town. The church was first mentioned in a manuscript in 1239. 

This church is the third building on this site, the current churches foundation was laid in 1398 on top of a Romanesque basilica which was erected in the place of an even older church. The construction lasted for about 150 years. 

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The Choir was consecrated in 1411 and the nave was finished in 1441. The work was interrupted until 1508 and the tower was finished in 1544.

 In 1709 during the War of the Palatinian Succession, the church was set on fire by the French. The fire destroyed the tombs of the Palatinate electors also. 

It was rebuilt and a baroque spire was added.
 Today the tomb of Prince-Elector Rupert III, the church founder, is still preserved.

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The Palatine Library, the Bibliotheca Palatina, was first kept here until the 30 Years War, when Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria took the collection and presented them to the Pope. Of the approximately 5000 books and 3524 manuscripts taken, only 885 were eventually returned in 1816. The rest are in the Vatican Library. 

In the course of its history, the church was used by both Catholics and Protestants. In 1706 a partition was used so that both congregations could hold services without any mutual disturbance. The wall was removed in 1936 and the church is now used by the Protestants.

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Next we visit Jusuiten kirche, the Jesuit Church. The Jusiet Order was founded by Ignatius of Loyola (born in 1491). He served in the military as a Spanish knight until he was badly wounded at the battle of Pamplona in 1521. It is during this recovery that he went through a spiritual conversion. It is now when he combined his military experience and his religion and decided that his religion needed an army and in 1534 with some of his companions, he created the Society of Jesus under the banner of the Roman Catholic Church. 

In 1540 Pope Paul III officially commissioned and sanctioned the group. The building of the church started in 1712 and after the death of Elector Johann Wilhelm in 1717 the construction was halted. The construction started back up in 1749 and finished 1759. It was built in the Baroque style. The neo-baroque tower was added between 1868 and 1872.

After the Jesuit Order was abolished in 1773, the church was used by the Lazarists and then used for secular purposes. From 1793 to 1797 the church was as a hospital during the first coalition war. It was also used as a hospital during the Napoleonic War until 1808. 

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Today it is the main church of the Roman Catholic Church.
The third church I visited was the Providenzkirche or the Providence Church. The Providenzkirche is a Protestant Church on the main street in the old town area. It was the church of the Lutheran congregation until 1821 when the church union happened combining the Lutheran and the Reformed congregations. 

The Providenzkirche was built between 1659 and 1661. It stands on the grounds of the former electoral court garden. The church was named after the motto of Elector Karl Ludwig which was "Dominus providebif" which means "The Lord will provide". 

In 1693 the church was destroyed by the great city fire of the Palatinate War of Succession. The rebuilding started in 1715 and completed in 1721. From 1878 till 1885 the interior was completely redone.

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The final stop is the Karl Theodor Bridge also known as the Old Bridge. It is a stone bridge crossing the Neckar River. The current bridge is made of Neckar Valley Sandstone and is the ninth bridge built at this site, was constructed in 1788. 

Since the 13th century, there have been 8 bridges built on the site. The current bridge is built on their foundations. The bridge gate at the south end of the bridge also dates back to the Middle Ages. The first bridge was built by the Romans in the First Century. 

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This wooden pile bridge was rebuilt in stone around the 200 AD. After the collapse of this bridge, Heidelberg was without a bridge for nearly a thousand years. 

The next we hear mention of a bridge is in 1284. The third bridge was destroyed in 1288 by an ice floe, while the fourth came to the same fate in 1308. The fifth also had the same fate in 1340, the sixth around 1400 and the seventh in 1470.
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This is the end of our journey through Heidelberg, we've enjoyed our time in this beautiful city and getting to know it's amazingly rich history. Our next stop, Nuremberg!

Until next we meet again be Blessed.

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