13 May 2013

Diana's Two Year Anniversary!


How about raising a cup of tea or coffee to toast the lovely Diana's two year anniversary on Overcoming With God!  We've gone through some changes since then such as adding three more awesome reviewers and changing our name from Overcoming Through Time (Carrie's original blog name and her byline) to Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help, and now Overcoming With God!


 We met in West Columbia, South Carolina, the weekend of my nephew's high school graduation.  I have to give Paul Flowers credit for getting us together because my GPS was putting me round and round in circles while the worst rain shower I've seen in SC (other than a hurricane) came down!

In person, like on the blog--Diana is the "hostess with the mostest!"


We are giving away a lovely teacup set to one of our followers.  Tell us how long you've been a Follower and what brought you here to OWG, originally, to enter!

Here are some felicitations/endorsements(!) for Diana:


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Absolutely THRILLED to give you a sentence, but "short"???? Do you realize what you are asking?? ;)

Here you go, and I will be there with bells on. :)

SUPER CONGRATS to hands-down one of my FAVORITE reviewers on the planet -- your excellence as a reviewer of truly inspiring and insightful reviews is only surpassed by your warmth and kindness as a person.

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman
“Passion with a Purpose"
Daughters of Boston Series

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Diana, your contribution to OWG has been five stars.
Rita Gerlach

~ Dusk to Dawn Fiction ~
New in Inspirational Historical Fiction ~ Beyond the Valley, book 3 in The Daughters of the Potomac series

*****
Such a blessing to have you as part of OWG!!!
~Karen Witemeyer

Coming Soon: Stealing the Preacher (June 2012, Bethany House)
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Dianna - Congratulations! You are such an incredible blessing to authors. We love you!
Nancy Mehl

Unbreakable - Bethany House 2013
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Diana, thanks for the awesome reviews and congrats on being such a popular blogger! Winking smile
Melanie Dickerson

The Fairest Beauty  Zondervan (2013)
*****




We are also giving away a coffee mug to one of our Colonial Quills/Colonial American Christian Writers friends or a CQ Follower.  

Diana has done many a guest review over at CQ in the past couple of years!  

Put CQ on your comment and indicate how long you have been a Follower on Colonial Quills. 





And we have a devotional by Liz Curtis Higgs for one of our readers.  Diana and I knew we were meant to be connected when we discovered we both read the same devotional every night (a Joyce Meyer one.) We both love Liz and Joyce!


ALSO, in celebration, Carrie is giving TWENTY (ten for each year of Diana's tenure on the blog!) copies of her novella "Return to Shirley Plantation" to FOLLOWERS.  Put OWG on your comment.  



Pull up a chair--we've got tea and coffee aplenty and lots of cake, too!  Welcome!!!

128 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary and congratulations. Love your postings. Blessings, Susan Fryman

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    1. Thank you so much, SUSAN! Wow, you're an early riser! We have enjoyed reading your wonderful comments as well. Bless you~

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    2. SUSAN, Coffee or tea or both, lol! So great to have you with us! Hugs!!!

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  2. Congrats DIANA -- wow, two years!! And what a blessing you have been to all of us through the years. I'm so glad to call you my friend & sista. :)

    CARRIE, what a great celebration post you put together for Diana! Great job!!

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    1. Thanks so much, DUTCHY! A friend, a sista, and you forgot the word "cohort." haha I love the hrs. we have spent talking books, blogs, and giggling our heads off when we share secrets that are funny to no one but us, I'm sure! lol Love ya, gf!!

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    2. SO glad I stopped being a solo flyer lol (LOVE my angels!!!) HUGS!!!

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    3. We love our mommy angel, too! LOL Solo flyer, huh---you need to read Murray's Whispers of a New Dawn. Lots of solo flyers in that one. ;)

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    4. Oh ja, I forgot the cohorts. :) Love you and momma angel too!!

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  3. Here's to your 2 year Anniversary!! Congratulations to such a beautiful, special, and amazing lady and treasured friend. I can't believe how quickly we clicked and how special you've become to me - love you forever DIANA!! And what an incredible reviewer you are - one of the best!!

    Fantastic celebratory post that you've done for Diana, CARRIE! :)

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    1. Awww--thank you-such sweet words, NOELA, and the feelings are mutual by the way. And speaking of incredible reviewers, I'm talking to one right now. OWG is blessed to have you on board---you're truly an inspiration and indeed a treasured friend!

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    2. I feel the same way, NOELA! Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!! So glad to be part of this ministry and to have been blessed by the OWG angels.

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  4. Congrats, Diana! I'm a new follower to OWG, and what brought me here? Some of your posts on ACFW, I've read off and on many times. I've checked out blogs and read many interesting things from several of you! Thanks for doing a great job! btw: I have checked out CQ a few times too. :)

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    1. Thank you, CAROLINE! I'm so glad to see you here and I have seen you in cyberland as well, and know you work hard on The Barn Door Book Loft. A wonderful blog everyone and one of my favorites! :)

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    2. Welcome, CAROLINE. Thanks for letting us know what brought you here! Glad u like CQ, too! Welcome--sounds like tea and coffee for you!

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  5. Congratulations Diana !!!!!! I've been following OWG for about 6 months, and I learned about this from a wonderful caring lady I met on FB, Carrie Fancett Pagels !!!!! This page has directed me to some wonderful reading, and the nicest group of ladies !!!!! I enjoy this blog so much !!!! great job Carrie !!!!! Rosemary

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    1. Thank you, ROSEMARY! We always LOVE seeing you here and reading what you have to share! Thank you for your sweet compliments! :D And CONGRATS for winning The Last Waltz by MURRAY PURA last week, BTW!!

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    2. CHICKI, thanks so much. I can't believe only 6 months! Blessings!

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    3. Thank you all for the great reviews and I love coming to this page.. I go to CQ pretty often, as time allows... reading seems to take up a lot of my time.. but like I said to you...it is a pleasure being friends with you all.. and the fact I won The Last Waltz, I am so excited and thankful... I just got chill bumps when I read the review, and now I get to read it myself !!!!!!! thank you all !!!!! and again !! congrats Diana !!!!! Chicki !!!

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  6. Wow, two years! Congratulations, Diana. Your reviews are so thoughtful and thorough that they always make me want to read the book...and that is a sign of a great reviewer, my dear! Tippin' my hat to a fellow cowgirl......Joy Ross Davis

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    1. Tippin' my cowgirl hat back atcha, JOY. So glad to have met you on FB...you're a gem. Never thought we would end up in a book together, but wonders never cease! LOL Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words.

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  7. WOW--such wonderful endorsements and I haven't even written a book yet! lol JULIE LESSMAN, KAREN WITEMEYER, RITA GERLACH, MELANIE DICKERSON, and NANCY MEHL---thank you so much! I have given all of you 5 stars more than once, and you're certainly among my fave authors and ladies. Love y'all! Wow, I got my 1st five stars! :)

    CARRIE and my fellow cohorts, Teresa, Marian, and Noela, this is awesome! Thank you. I love each and every one of you and can't think of any group of ladies I would rather work--er rather--play with, more than you guys! It's been a fun-filled, BUSY, two year ride and I look forward to many more years.

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    1. Love u too!!! Can't believe it has been two years! Hugs!!!

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    2. Love you heaps too, cohort!! And look forward to more play-time with you also! ;)

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  8. Diana, I am so blessed by your reviews. You take great care and detail with each one, and your poetry is a also a blessing. What a treasure you are! Honored to call you my friend.
    I can't remember how long I've been here, or what the first post was I read. I just adore the interviews where people share how they have overcome challenges in their lives. You ladies are all an inspiration.
    No need to enter me, just wanted to celebrate two wonderful years with all of you!
    Blessings, and many more!

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    1. KATHLEEN, our TERESA is the poetess, but I'll take credit for the rest of your kind words! lol Actually I have to say that each of the reviewers on here take their "job" seriously and do such wonderful reviews. We simply love to promote Christian fiction and we have grown to love the gracious lady that you are, KATHLEEN. Thank you for your sweet words. I wrote 4 reviews the week BBs was released so I haven't had the time to read it yet, but I will!

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    2. Kathy,
      U r such a sweetie! Love your debut novella!!!

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  9. Congredulations ! Wow, I have been on CQ and OWG only a few months, I have to say It's Shirleys doing that I ended up at CQ. And I came to OWQ due to finding my favorite authors here.
    Blessings Linda Finn

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    1. LINDA, you are such a gracious lady with the sweetest spirit. I'm so glad you have found your way to our blog -- we love having you here! Thank you!

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  10. Congratulation for two wonderful years!!!! May you have very many more!!!


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. DIANA!!! I have had this date on my calendar for a long time now because I would NEVER want to miss the anniversary of one of my favorite FAVORITE friends, people, and blogger/reviewers in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!

    From the first time we connected several years ago, I KNEW we would be good friends, Diana, because you have the warmth, kindness and gentleness as a reviewer that authors SO appreciate, whether the review is a 5-star or less, and I thank you for that. Reviewing is not an easy job, especially when a reviewer does not care for a book, but you handle this task with honesty, grace, and true writing talent -- an unbeatable combination!

    Without question, the Christian market is blessed to have you supporting Christian fiction, my friend, and I am blessed to know you!!

    Love you!!
    Julie

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    1. Oh, JULIE, now you have made me cry---AGAIN! First your books-now this. You're always making me cry, but in a good way. LOL

      I feel so undeserved of your kind words, JULIE, but I sooo thank you for them. It isn't always an easy job to write reviews, JULIE, but such a rewarding one! Especially when I get to read such wonderful books as yours. You are such a wonderfully talented author, with such a kind heart and enough love to go around to all of your fans. And we all love you back.

      Thank you for the lovely endorsement. I can always say -- JULIE LESSMAN gave me my first endorsement! :) I'm not planning to write a book, however, I simply love writing ABOUT them! Thank you, JULIE, you're the best!

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    2. This is why we love u JULIE! and ditto what Julir said, DIANA!

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  12. Boy, you are really testing the memory of this alzheimer inherited person, lol! I would guess at least two years maybe.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. OOPS! See, I forgot to put 'GQ' in my comment because I have been a follower there for the same amount of time.

      wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. No, WENDY. As a sweet child of God, He has an inheritance for you that totally overpowers Alzheimers. We have so loved having you here with us and sharing your wonderful thoughts. It's faithful people like you that we treasure---w/out our followers there would be no OWG! So thank you!

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    3. Tea n coffee n cake too then, Wendy!!!

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  13. DIANA I’m so happy to help you celebrate your two years on this blog
    The way things came to be was orchestrated by God.

    Meeting all the authors and making them your friends.
    Has to be thrilling you through and through to no end.

    The talent you have to write your reviews still amazes me
    You just keep getting better and better with everyone I see.

    Your words are always encouraging, making others smile
    With your beautiful descriptions, and your creative style.

    Diana you truly are a blessing to everyone you meet
    With your love for others and your spirit that's so sweet.

    Diana let's praise the Lord together for the blessings He's given you
    To allow you to be an OVERCOMING ANGEL and a marvelous reviewer too!

    I love you Diana!!

    Girl you know I couldn't go without writing you another poem!! lol I am so glad that when we met those many years ago we became friends!! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. TERESA, what a delightful poem! You pop them out like MURRAY PURA does books. haha I'm actually speechless...you managed a marvelous feat there, my bff. You are such a special, warm hearted lady, and to know TERESA MATHEWS is to love her. And I do...with all my heart. Thank you for the poem and your special friendship!

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    2. T u r so talented! This need to go on this post!

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    3. What a fantastic and sweet poem for DIANA, TERESA! I couldn't agree with everything you wrote more! :)

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    4. Fantastic poem, T. You amaze me with your beautiful words!! So glad to know all of the OWG angels. :)

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  14. Hi Diana, congratulations on your 2 year Anniversary on Overcoming with God. You write awesome reviews, and you should write your own book (I've told you that before)....

    Joan Wilke
    goangaz@aol.com

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    1. JOAN-thank you! Joan and I first met in a class and I saw her reading of all things -- A Christian fiction book! YAY! And we have been the best of friends since. Christian books bring people together--yeah!

      Joan, don't know about the book writing. There is so much more to it than just writing down words. I think I would pull my hair out -- these authors go through alot! Thank you for coming by! <3

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  15. Congrats and Happy 2 year Anniversary Diana! Oh gosh...I don't really know how long I've been a follower but I know it has been awhile. What brought me here? It is more like who brought me here. I do earnestly believe that God lead me to this site. Here is a place where we can be open with our hurts, faults, burdens, without being ridiculed and made fun of. We know that if we have need of prayer that this is the place to be. Do you all realize that my healing from my past began here? I have a ways to go yet but thank God for all of you! Diana, you and Carrie have been there for me when I've needed a prayer, kind word, or just a laugh or two! Thank you so much. I pray Diana that you have many more years with OWG. ♥ You!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. JUDY, you will never know how much your words mean to us here. When CARRIE asked me to be a contributor to OWG we held hands and prayed for what you just shared with us -- that our blog be not just about books, but a place of healing and ministry to all those who come here. And God answered our humble prayer. We felt His presence strongly that day as we sat in my livingroom and He has been faithful.

      JUDY, praying for continued healing to you. Your words have moved me to tears, my friend, and I'm so touched. Bless you~

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    2. JUDY, So glad u could come by the party! Lets keep praying for one another. I am glad what God is bringing about in your life. Glad you can find OWG a place of solace and friendship! Big hugs!!!

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  16. DIANA, Congratulations on your 2 yr anniversary here at OWG! It wouldn't be the same without you :) That's a mighty sweet looking pink heart teacup set up there...hint hint ;)

    I probably came here to enter for a book giveaway I heard about at TBCN, almost three years ago. The camaraderie and friendship, love and acceptance, hope and healing is what has kept me coming back. I don't know where there's a more faithful group of women. It's been a delight to see each precious lady added to the group. The Lord is faithful and true and binds our friendships in His love!

    I've been following CQ for a couple of years but don't get over there as often as I do here. I have to do laundry sometime, you know ;)

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    1. ANNE, laundry and reality bite! lol We love you so much over here, ANNE, and you have been as much of a blessing and an inspiration to us as we to you...perhaps more so! Thank you for your kind words about OWG -- it's answered prayer that has made it what it is and we can take no credit. We're just willing vessels!

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    2. LOL about the laundry, ANNE--my hubby, now that Mother's Day weekend is over bless his heart, made sure the laundry hamper was pulled out next to the washer!!! Wasn't that too sweet of him haha!!! We love you, Anne!

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    3. Yeah, I kind of flaked out over the weekend, as I said on my blog this morning. Today is sort of lazy but a little cleaning. My daughter and the grands are coming again today and we're having dinner together on this first anniversary.

      I can't wait until next Monday!

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  17. I wanted stop in and say congrats to you Diana. I don't remember when I started following you all but I have enjoyed it. I wish you the best. I love your reviews.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. We love having you here, DIANA, and enjoy our FB friendship and cowgirl adventures, too!

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    2. Diana, great to see you here with out other Diana! Glad you are an OWG follower! Blessings!

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  18. Ms. Flowers,

    I am not sure if you caught my reply the other day,... as I posted it a bit late, {as last week was not the best week for me, I had a bad virus and had to duck out!},...the words that you and Mr. Pura said on my behalf touched me, and I wanted to leave you both a note back in kind. What initially drew me into OWG + the CQ, is the heart that is behind the blogs, the dedication to the craft of writing and history, and the sharing of a passion for well-written and conceived books! :) I am always drawn into your reviews because you make the stories come alive and I enjoy your perspective of having read them!

    The bookaways are always keen, but I have always appreciated the interaction between writers and readers the most, as any giveaway win to me is rather seredipitious in nature! What holds my attention are the women behind the blogs, and the happy conversations that infuse themselves to the comment threads! It's a lovely place to drop by, hang out, and converse with people who are kind and engaging such as yourself!

    I always celebrate someone whose passion is infectious and can ignite a joy in someone else, and you surely give this out freely to everyone who puts OWG a stop on their blogosphere hop! :) I will enjoy getting to know you better as time shifts forward, and I regret if on occassion I have to duck out and miss some of the wickedest posts that come along!

    inkand-blogaways(at)usa.net
    //OWG + CQ: within the past five months, as I am not remembering exactly which month I started to get RSS feeds but it was the very same moment I found both the CQ & OWG! :) If you get a positive sense about a blog, in my opinion there isn't any time to waste: I set up the RSS feeds, become a regular reader and post as much as I can! :)

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    1. LOL, JORI! The wickedest posts, huh? The younger generation has a whole different vocabulary than us older folks, ;) Like that's BAD really means GOOD. lol

      Thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful, and always well-written comments. I know all of my blog cohorts will enjoy reading your words above...we strive to have a blog that is pleasing in God's eyes. I'm so touched by how much you have enjoyed it. Blessings to you!

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    2. Ms. Flowers,

      Hmmm,... I am not sure about the 'bad' meaning 'good' as those of whom are younger than me are the ones who started that, as I am in my early 30s! LOL I use wicked to express certain things, inasmuch as they do up in New England!? Where you'll find the phrase 'wicked good'!? I picked up the expression whilst reading British stories and watching a heap of BBC! I've turned it into my own superlative of choice: wicked sweet, smashingly wicked, wickedest, etc! It simply means the equilvant of the Aussies or Brits who say "smashing!", or on the level that something that is robustly keen and worth celebrating!

      I'm thankful that my presence brings a smile! Those who give out joy will always receive it back, and those of you on this blog must surely get a lot of joy boomeranging back to you! :)

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  19. Thank you, JORIE! I thought you were younger than in your early 30's for some odd reason, although your posts ARE very mature and well written, to be sure. :/ Love that...alot of joy boomeranging back! And please feel free to call me Diana.

    I just saw where you won a book on Lena Dooley's blog---congrats to you!

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  20. Congratulations, Diana! You're looking good! It's nice to celebrate such a wonderful lady. Best wishes and many blessings to you, and may you continue reviewing and blogging for many more years to come!

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    1. Thank you, LISA! You're the best. God bless you in your future writing endeavors!

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  21. Lifting my cup of tea to toast you ladies--Congratulations on two years!!!!!!

    I have been following OWG for many months (6-8+?) due to Carrie Fanchett Pagels facebook page and Colonial Quills, CQ--I have so enjoyed the reviews on each site and the interaction between writers, reviewers and readers/fans. Love the name-Overcoming With God-says so much....for we can-and do- overcome with God.

    Likewise, you ladies open your hearts and share with us, not only reviewing the books but you care for each one of us who come to these sites. You make coming here so fun with the "tea parties" and chatting. Thank you for making us so welcome, even part of the family and for all you do behind the scenes.

    Blessings,Tina Rice
    OWG and CQ
    tfrice@comcast.net


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    1. TINA, we on OWG all have major issues we are daily overcoming with God's help so it seems an appropriate blog title for us...not to mention the fact that we DO care about our followers' needs as well and lift y'all up in prayer. Thank you for your kind words and well wishes!!

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    2. Hey TINA! Thanks for coming to the party for our awesome Senior Reviewer!!! Diana makes OWG a special place to be--she's our heart! One reason I love that teapot set! Hugs!!

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    3. Awww...CARRIE, thank you. That's too sweet. That teapot set is adorable!!

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  22. Wow Diana, a big time super duper congrats to you on TWO years on this wonderful blog!!! It goes by fast, especially when you're in such GREAT company :) And look at those wonderful endorsements by such talented and loving authors, how incredible!! Indeed Diana, you are a fantastic and passionate reviewer with such a great sense of humor, heart for Christ, and a smile that lights up the room :) You constantly cheer me up, encourage me, and inspire me just be being you!

    I think I've been a follower of this blog for a year now and I've had such fun getting to love all of you :) My reading list has grown significantly (you know it!) since knowing you and I'm amazed by the love, faith, support, and creativity always found here. I praise God for you, Diana, and I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. I would love to be entered for that Liz Curtis Higgs devotional, thanks so much for these thoughtful and generous giveaways!! Wishing you MANY more adventures in blogging, Diana, for God's love to surround you in books, writing, or just in fellowship with other writers, for the laughter and joy to flood you and for Christ to continue shining through you. You're such a blessing to so many of us without even trying, thanks for being such a beautiful woman and such a loyal friend. Hugs and blessings to you, girl, and again Happy Two Year Anniversary :)
    (i think i'm incapable of writing short love notes *smile*) blessings to my OWG sisters, you are my diamonds and my blessings Carrie, Teresa, Marian, & Noela!!!

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    1. KARA, our little OWG encourager! Thank you---your sweet words have rendered me quite speechless and that's an almost impossible feat. :) I hope I can live up to those precious compliments, my friend. You are quite a blessing to each of us here at OWG and we appreciate you very much.

      You made a comment about writing long notes on here and I instantly had the thought, wonder what would happen if she and Julie collaberated on a book together? That would keep us all busy for at least a month or two. lol Just teasing you, gf, we love reading EVERYTHING you post and thank you for your support!

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    2. You live up to my comments every day, Diana, you are God's precious daughter so you can't help but be the amazing woman that you are :) Wish I could tell you these things in person and give you a hug, but this will have to do. Wow, what a compliment that is!!! Me and Julie.....with God anything's possible and what an honor that would be :) Thanks for always making me and other blog readers feel so welcome and loved; it's always fun fellowship here! Hugs and blessings Diana! *yay to Diana on TWO YEARS blogging, woo hoo*

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    3. Thank you, KARA, you are such a sweetheart! Cyberhugs better than no hugs! {{HUGS}}

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    4. We love you KARA!!! Thanks so much for coming by. It wouldn't have been the same without you!!! Hugs!!!

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  23. Congrats, Diana! It's always exciting when you reach these milestones. :)

    I'm a recent follower on both OWG and CQ. I can't remember exactly how I came across them, but I'm glad I have. You ladies always bring a smile to my face. :D

    Blessings,

    Andrea
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com

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    1. Bless you, ANDREA, we're glad you found us, too! Thank you for the well wishes!

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    2. We're glad you joined our circle, too, Andrea! Blessings and thanks for having me visit on your blog!

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  24. CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ * CQ *

    I collect Blue Willow ware and this cup is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

    OWG Google Friend Connect and e-mail recipient
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    I can't even imagine when I started coming to be part of your blogs!! Overcoming With God Sharing Stories of Faith and God's Healing Power and Colonial Quills walk hand-in-hand with me. I have valued these friendships and especially like coming in period costume and as Mrs. Ben (Mary) Latrobe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Henry_Latrobe ~ I've learned so much, and enjoyed so much as well ~ especially the tea and scones and visiting the upstairs library I found on my very own!
    Love to each of you and... congratulations to Diana ~ we have had fun!!
    half-Irish Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. KATHLEEN, are you a follower of CQs by the way! :P I got a big chuckle out of that! Thank you, and yes, we do have fun, don't we?! <3

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    2. Oh, and by the way, KATHLEEN, my mom was full Dutch and she loved Blue Willow! She had a pair of Blue Willow Dutch shoes that I would have loved to have since all my siblings got everything else when she passed. I didn't want anything...just the little shoes. So our lovely MARIAN BAAY sent me a little wooden pair of blue willow Dutch shoes from Holland to fit on my key ring. I love them and show them off wherever I go. Not my mom's, but love them anyway! I think of Marian and my mom every time I see them!

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    3. LOL Kathleen, love your comment :) Hope you win that cup, you have been such a faithful friend to these ladies. Blessings Kathleen!

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    4. LOVE having you visit in character KATHLEEN!!!!!! You are so much fun and you make blogging experience fun for us! Hugs!!!

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    5. I'm glad the blue willow wooden shoes remind you of your mom and me. :)

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    6. It's like coming to a real tea party with good friends because we all are real! Greetings to good friends! Kathleen

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  25. Congrats Diana for your 2nd year on such a wonderful website! You have posted some amazing and thoughtful reviews since I have been a follower.

    I’ve been following here for over a year now. I believe it was through Marylu’s re-release/ re-print of her pirates series that I came upon this website and commented. After be one of the winners,you and Carrie both befriend me on facebook and I have been truly blessed.

    Blessings and I hope you continue blogging.
    -Janella

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    1. JANELLA, thank you so much. I have enjoyed your friendship both here and on FB! Such a sweet person you are. Did you just mention PIRATES?! I'll bet TERESA'S ears just perked up! LOL We have some funny times on here and some serious ones, but all are from God who made it possible.

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  26. Congratulations Diana on 2 years with these wonderful ladies! I have been a OWG follower for a few months as well as a CQ follower. I don't quiet remember when I started following, but I try very hard not to miss any postings. I have and am enjoying all of them. It is so wonderful to read the reviews of the books as well as learning more history from the blogs. The Lord is blessing what you are writing and for that we give Him the glory. :)

    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. BETTI, He is indeed and we give Him all the praise. W/out Him none of us could do anything that we do. I'm so glad you found us and decided to become a follower...we love having you! Thank you for the well wishes!

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  27. Love you so much, Diana. You are such a blessing to know. Your support for authors is just awesome, and your incredible spirit encourages everyone who knows you. Thank you for everything you do - and most of all - for everything you are. Hugs.

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    1. Oh, NANCY! Thank you so much for such kind words. It's been hard to type with tear-filled eyes today...let me tell ya. I love you, too, NANCY. Getting to know you on FB has been such a joy. You are such a kind, gracious lady, and your posts on FB are such a hoot sometimes. And your books aren't too shabby either! :) I love Christian authors -- they have given me so many hrs. of pure pleasure, how can I not give a little something back?

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  28. I dont remember how long i been a OWG follower, i found you because my friend Angela told me, i wouldlove to win any thing but i reall like the blue and white cup, i collect blue and white glass ware
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Well, what a good friend ANGELA is to point you in our direction. Please thank her for me, SHIRLEY! Hoping you will win that blue and white cup---it is so pretty!

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  29. Happy 2 year anniversary Diana!I have been here for quite a while and I truly enjoy it.I came this by a post of yours on facebook.Keep it up...and celebrate.

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    1. JACKIE, thank you so much for celebrating with me today! We have loved having you share your thoughts here on OWG.

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  30. AWESOME! Congrats on the two years, DIANA! You all make me feel like such a newbie. :) I think I found you all about three months ago and have loved it ever since. I love reading all of your reviews and I wish you MANY more years!
    What a wonderful group of women you all are to throw such wonderful tea parties. :)
    Blessings!
    Susan P

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    1. Thanks so much, SUSAN! I am so blessed to be able to blog with these awesome ladies! They are just the best! Thank you for your kind words...I'm so glad you love it here!

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  31. Yay, Diana!!! You are awesome. Thanks for helping with this wonderful blog, and for being so great at writing reviews. ;-) HUGS!!!

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    1. MELANIE--thank you for the sweet endorsement above, my dear friend! Just keep writing those great books and I'll keep reviewing them! lol

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  32. Congratulations, Diana, on two wonderful years with Overcoming with God!! I look forward to many more years of reading your beautifully written posts!

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    1. Thank you, CYNTHIA! I liked you instantly that day we talked on the phone! You're the sweetest lady. Thank you for dropping by and helping me to celebrate.

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  33. Two years! Happy anniversary. I think Diana and I met about two years ago and have enjoyed a beautiful friendship since. Diana is indeed one of the most gracious and endearing friends I've met and she is a champion reviewer and a wonderful example of encouragement to me as a fellow reviewer and blogger. Thank you my sweet friend for blessing all of us with your ease of writing that draws us to your reviews over and over. It is a blessing to know you.
    Hugs!

    In Christ,
    Barb

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  34. Whoops, almost forgot! It seems forever that I've known Carrie. She's another beautiful gal on OWG...love ya CP

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    1. BARBARA, those are sweet words, my friend. I am so glad that we became FB friends. I've enjoyed every minute of our talks, and "likes" and what have ya! lol Such a dear lady you are...thank you for YOUR encouragement! Love ya!

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    2. YES BARB you were one of my first followers on OTT!!!!! Years ago. Thanks So much for being a follower and visiting with us and celebrating today! Hugs!!!

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  35. Hi Diana!!! Happy 2 year anniversary!!! Sorry I'm late to the party, but wanted to drop in and tell you how MUCH you mean to me!! You have been such an encouragement to me in my writing.. your reviews are so wonderfully well thought out and uplifting. I know you put a lot of time into each one. You are truly a treasure and a blessing to so many people. Hugs, dear lady!!

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    1. MARYLU, you are such a dear...not to mention a wonderful talent. Thank you so much for your precious words and your awesome books. It does take time, but it's for a worthy cause...I love Christian authors. And I appreciate the stand you all take for Christ in your books.

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  36. I found OWG through the yahoo group ACFW when I started looking for online book clubs to be a part of a couple of months ago. When I saw the name I thought about my cancer struggle I have gone through the last year. I'm over treatments but it seems harder to deal with now than before so the name, Overcoming with God, intrigued me since I was having such issues with my diagnosis and my faith. I have followed OWG since and have been led to some wonderful books that inspire me through the struggles of others. I still have a long road to go but I'm getting there.

    I haven't followed CQ but I looked at it and will sign up. I love historical fiction the most and I love reading the information writers post on different topics. I have learned so many cool things through these blogs...now that I am old enough to appreciate history! :)

    Kim LitlePokie(at)aol(dot)com
    OWG - couple months
    CQ - just now

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    1. Kim, We pray we are an encouragement to you. All of us ask God to annoint our ministry through this blog. And we pray that we are good and faithful servants to our Lord! HUGS!!!

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    2. Kim, praying for you! I'm so glad some of the books we have reviewed have been an inspiration to you. Blessings and renewed health to you, in Jesus name!

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  37. Congratulations Diana on your second anniversary!!

    OWG: I think I have been a follower about 6 months. I tend to follow links & that is how I found Overcoming With God. I thoroughly enjoy my daily visits.

    CQ: I am new to Colonial Quills, but have now subscribed & followed. I look forward to finding out more.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MARY, welcome--tea or coffee or both? Great to see u here!

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    2. Thank you, MARY, for coming by. Hopefully that's decaf coffee or tea. We wouldn't want to keep anyone from catching their zzzsss tonight. ;)

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  38. Wow! How exciting! Great job, Diana! Keep up the great work! Blessings to you! I always know that if I see a post from your blog come through on my Facebook news feed, that it is definitely worth checking out! (OWG)

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    1. Rhonda, u r someone who is just a sweetie pie. And I love sweeties! Hugs!

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    2. RHONDA, what an utterly kind thing for you to say. Wow, all of you have so touched my heart today! I love sweeties, too, and don't tell CARRIE I told you this, RHONDA, but she is a big sweetie. shhhh

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  39. Happy Two Years Anniversary, Diana!! I've always loved to read and for quite a number of years, I really became interested in Amish and Christian fiction. Then I developed a spine disease and in my last cervical spine surgery, there was a medical error and I became disabled. Since I have more time for reading, I've become interested in learning about the authors. That's how I became acquainted. Thank you for entering me in your giveaway.
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for coming by and sharing with us, BARBARA! And for the well wishes! I'm so sorry that happened to you. :( Life does throw us some curveballs, doesn't it? I hope you come by and read some of my recommended spring/summer reads.

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  40. Congrats Diana! Sorry I am so late in writing this. I had my grandchildren over today and that means Facebook and blogs take a back seat.
    I am so glad you are a part of this blog. I have no idea when I started coming over here. I just know that I've loved every visit so far! Hugs and God bless.

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    1. DEBBIE, everything takes a back seat to the grands, but they are so worth it, aren't they? :) We love having you and are so glad you enjoy visiting with us! Thank you for the well wishes!

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  41. Congratulations Diana! Glad you are a part of OWG. Oh my, this is asking a lot of this worn out brain of mine. As I've said before, my Forgetter works better these days than my Rememberer. Seems I've been here for quite awhile, but don't remember when I was first. And, not sure which place I was visiting on Facebook when I saw this wonderful site. I love OWG and CQ. Sorry wasn't here earlier today but too much going on. Messed my car up bad when I had made a curve onto the street near my home when I slammed my front tire into a curb. You would have thought I had hit another car. Then when I moved the wheel over the back tire hit. Completely ruined both tires and and ruined the Rims too, And, the hub caps. I had to try to get it to a place to get it out of the street and was some wild ride and was just barely going. My son wasn't in town so had to leave it in a parking lot and my son came to the rescue the next morning. He brought 2 tires he had and went and got some used rims from somewhere. But it ruined something under the front end too, because the regular tire wouldn't fit. Had to use my Do-nut spare, Then he creeped along very slowly got it to my driveway. Call the claim office, but they won't do anything on week-ends, so had to tend to all of that today. Had been sick and was returning home when this all happened. Have to get a Rental car tomorrow(they didn't have one today). Please pray for me, as I'm not used to driving any car other car than mine, so will be nervous. So glad I wasn't hurt tho, and wasn't another car I hit. Still not feeling very good, but hopefully soon. Hate I missed all of this. i love all of you girls. MAXIE

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    1. MAXIE, I'm so sorry to hear this! Oh my, I'm so glad you weren't hurt. We will certainly be praying for you. I knew something must have happened or you would have been here yesterday. I am so blessed that you would even come here today after what you have been through. We love you, too, and again thanking God you were not hurt.

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    2. MAXIE so sorry to hear about your accident. I am very glad that you were not hurt, it would be extremely dull around here without you if you had had to go to the hospital. Take care of yourself, love you lots! ((BIG HUG))

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    3. I'm so sorry to hear this, MAXIE! Praying for you, lovely lady!

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  42. congrats on your anniversary...
    how long have I been a follower of OWG I don't know been a long time. love reading your book review/author interview posts thanks for the chance to win the beautiful pink teapot set.

    Been a follower of CQ for some time too thanks for the mug giveaway chance.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. APPLEBLOSSOM, thank you so much! That always means alot coming from another great reviewer! Blessings to you~

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  43. Congratulations Diana ;)
    I always enjoy reading your postings!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. KAREN, thank you. We enjoy reading your lovely comments!

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  44. I am a new follower of both OWG & CQ - I picked the blogs up through other blogs & contests. Thanks!

    Bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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