12 May 2016

Five Year Anniversary for Diana L. Flowers!!!


We'd need an entire garden full of flowers to celebrate Diana Flower's FIFTH Anniversary on the Overcoming with God blog!


Diana did some "Friend on Friday" guest posts back when I was solo blogging. Then five years ago we got to meet, in person! What fun!
I was blessed when Diana joined me on the blog, which back then was called Overcoming Through Time.  My tagline, then for my writing, was Overcoming with God Through Time. Later on we felt that Overcoming with God more reflected the nature of the blog.



Isn't this pretty? Almost as lovely as Diana, AKA Malibu Barbie!


Come out to the garden with us and have a visit! 
We always love having our guests come by!




This picture was taken in Diana's kitchen in West Columbia, when I was there on a recent visit! It was so great catching up! We couldn't believe it had been FIVE years since we met in person!!!

Since Diana joined us, we've also added Teresa, Noela, and Bonnie to our team of bloggers!

Teresa made one of her famous layer cakes! When I say layer, I meant LAYERS!!! Take a look at the slice below! 

Come on and join all of us and have a piece of this delicious cake to celebrate Diana's anniversary!!!




Giveaway: Box of FIVE Christian fiction books to one of our visitors who congratulates Diana!!!

145 comments:

  1. Happy 5th anniversary Angel Girl!!! So glad to have you here with me all these years!!! Hugs and love!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mama Angel! What a joy it has been to help minister to hurting people and promo these wonderful Christian authors. We love and appreciate them and it's why we do what we do! Thanks so much for the wonderful party. Makes me cry happy tears.

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  2. Happy, happy 5th year anniversary. What amazing times we've had together on OWG. Keep on writing those fantabulous reviews. (((Hugs))) and lots of love.

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    1. Thanks, my sweet, T. It's been quite a ride; laden with laughter, tears, but so much loving support every step of the way! Love you and lotsa hugs back!

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  3. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations. The cake looks delicious. I really enjoy this blog.

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    1. I'm so glad, SUSAN! We really appreciate our viewers and w/out you there would be no OWG! Thank you so much!

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  4. Happy 5th Anniversary with OWG, Diana. May your next 5 be as blessed if not more so.

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  5. Happy and blessed 5th Anniversary. The cake looks wonderful. You ladies are amazing. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you, LUCY! It was absolutely delicious! We think our viewers such as you are pretty amazing, too! <3

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  6. Happy 5th Anniversary, DIANA!!! It's been a great ride so far! I look forward to seeing you here for at least another 5. You're a terrific friend, reviewer and supporter of authors. I know you are LOVED by all!!! Big hugs, my friend! :-)

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    1. ANNE, it sure has! Thank you so much! From the very beginning you have been one of my biggest supporters and friends, and are an inspiration to us all here at OWG! Big hugs sent back with a whole lotta love! :)

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  7. Happy 5th Anniversary Diana. The cake looks delicious. Love your posts. This is a wonderful site. Blessings

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    1. CHERYL, thank you so much! I love having you read them! Hugs!

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  8. Congratulations, Diana! Happy blogiversary! :~)

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    1. Hi, CARRIE! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  9. Love the picture of the three of you and of course the beautiful flowers too. Congrats on five years! it is a lot!!!!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. We had such a good time that day, DIANE! And speaking of beautiful flowers the florist just dropped off some at my door! Will have to post pic later. Thank you!

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  10. Happy Blog Anniversay, congrats on 5 years here's to 5 more.

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    1. KIM, thank you so much! It's been a lot of fun, work, dedication, and such an unspeakable blessing.

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  11. Hey girlie Happy 5TH Anniversary to you !! Its been a blessing to know you and I love to see what books your post on your blog. With Love and Blessings your friend {Always } DanaGirl

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    1. Hey back, you girlie! lol You have always been a blessing to me, too, my friend, and I enjoy your FB posts so much. Love and blessings right back atcha, DANAGIRL!

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  12. Happy 5th anniversary diana. Your blog is such an inspiration to all that read this. The love of God shines through the messages of your blog.
    Diane rivera
    quickchangeus@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much, DIANE! I'm so glad He shines through in everything we do here. It would all be in vain if He didn't. I'm so glad you enjoy our blog and thank you for your kind words!

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  13. Happy Anniversary! What a joyful blessing!!! So glad to be getting to know you all. God is so good.

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    1. Bless you, MELISSA! It has been a joy getting acquainted with you, too, dear friend, and thanks for your kind words! Yes, He is!

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  14. Omg, those roses are so PRETTY!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  15. Congrats - the years pass so fast, don't they? Great to pause and celebrate now and then.

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    1. Indeed they do, GAIL! Yes, great to pause and celebrate what God has done!

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  16. Your garden looks inviting. Have a nice party.
    Luke

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    1. Thanks, LUKE. Means a lot for you to come by today of all days. Blessings and prayers, my friend!

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    2. Thanks blondie.

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  17. Goodness! Five years already! Wow - time flies!! Can I have a piece of T's cake? I've heard so much about it.

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    1. I know, MARIAN! It's crazy how it does and kinda scary, too! It means I'm 5 years older! eek! Have a slice of cake. Its gluten free and calorie free, too! Love you, mdh!

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  18. Congrats Diana! So happy for you! The roses are gorgeous! Happy Anniversary! The cake looks yummy! I believe I will eat a piece of it!

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    1. JANET, it's delicious and gluten free, too! We have some good southern sweet tea or homemade lemonade to go with it as well. Thank you for coming by!

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  19. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO NOT ONLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE REVIEWERS, BUT FAVORITE PEOPLE TOO!!

    I love reading your reviews, Diana (and especially receiving them! ;) because you are so excellent at what you do. Must be the OWG anointing on all you gals, because you are some of the best reviewers in the biz, in my opinion, and I am so blessed that God allowed our paths to cross!! Dig in to that amazing cake for me, will ya?

    Teresa, that cake looks FABULOUS, but not as fabulous as seeing your sweet face again, my friend. Hope you are doing well.

    Carrie, thanks for honoring Diana and for starting one of the only blogs I read and love. You guys are ALL such a blessing to Christian authors and to me!!

    Hugs and more hugs!
    Julie

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    1. Thanks for your kind words about the blog, Julie! And God bless you for joining us here for the celebration! You are a BLESSING to us and have an Angel's Heart Award to prove it!!! Big hugs!!!

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    2. JULIE, thank you so much! You bless so many people and I'm so thrilled we can bless you back! I have been so fortunate to have these godly ladies to review with...they are all such great writers in every sense of the word and they are angels here on earth as well! Blessings and warm hugs, Julie!

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  20. Happy Anniversary and what a great pic of you three, May you have more wonderful years to together. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, RUTHIE! I don't know what happened to that pic. It looks like I have cake all over my mouth. Maybe I did! lol

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  21. Diana, I am seeing so many of our mutual friends commenting here. I am so privileged to not only have you as my special friend but also as my sister in Christ through Heart"wings." Congratulations for the five-year mark but also for having found the most wonderful group of ladies to be your work family - that is an accomplishment in itself. I know that they love and cherish you as much as I do. j

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    1. God is so good, JOYCE! OWG found me and I know that it was a God thing! I appreciate your kind words and I love and cherish your friendship and godly wisdom as well! Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing for the Lord on Heart "wings".

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  22. HaPpY, hApPy 5th Anniversary, Diana!!!!! The flowers are beautiful, and your cake looks delish!!!!
    Becky Smith

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    1. The cake was fabulous, BECKY! The flowers are my favorites, but then I think they all are! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  23. I love reading Christian fiction and would be thrilled to win these.

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    1. MOLLY, are you moody? haha I love that. Please be sure to leave an email addy in case your name is drawn, ok, sweetie?

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  24. amy guillaume lindermanMay 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    much congratulations to you! i would love some Christian fiction to take to my church camp with me this summer

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    1. Hi, AMY! Thank you! Ooh, you sure do!! Keep your fingers crossed!

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  25. Whoohoo.. Congratulations to YOU.. The beautiful flowers are a perfect way to start the celebration of Diana Flower's FIFTH Anniversary on the Overcoming with God blog!
    dkstevensne AToutlookD OTcoM

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    1. DEANNA! Thank you! I have some pretty ones that just came from the florist shop! I really do work with some angels here on OWG!

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  26. A hearty congrats to you, Diana for your anniversary on this wonderful blog! And, Congrats to you Carrie as well for having her here! I always love to drop by and read the uplifting posts and responses! I think I will have a piece of that tasty looking cake while I walk through the garden and talk with friends as we admire the beautiful flowers! Again, Congrats and God Bless!

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    1. Thank you, MAMMAG! I love and appreciate Carrie for asking me to join the blog and also bc she is one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for! I'm so glad you enjoy reading the blog! Enjoy your cake and we also have some delicious fruit punch, sweet tea, and homemade lemonade!

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    2. Thanks Gracie! I am honored to have Diana with me on the blog as Senior Reviewer!!! She's an amazing blessing!!!

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  27. Happy 5th year, Diane! I haven't been a part of this for that long, but I sure have enjoyed my time on here. All the beautiful book reviews, blog posts & etc have been fun to be a part of. Always something good to look forward to! Keep up the good work & keep those book reviews coming....you've added LOTS of books to my tower of Pisa TBR pile! :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Lol, TRIXI! Make that you're leaning Tower of Pisa pile. Thanks so much for your kind words and for always being so supportive! We're so delighted by your posts and...just you!

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  28. HAPPY 5 year OWG ANNIVERSARY DIANA, may you have another 5+ years!
    The cake does look good and love the beautiful flowers.

    I so enjoy all the posts on OWG and all you here....Carrie, Diana, Noela, Teresa and Bonnie and have been blessed by each one.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. You have been such a blessing to each one of us, TINA! Without special people like yourself there would be no OWG blog, so we thank you.

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    1. Thx, ALEXA! So nice getting acquainted with you.

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  30. Happy Anniversary Diana!! So happy for you! :)

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    1. Bless you, MRS. M. Have a nice evening!

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  31. Congrats, Diana! You are always a great inspiration to me; love reading your posts! Blessings~~~
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. JACKIE, what a special thing to hear! Thanks so much! Blessings right back your way!

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  32. Diana! Happy 5th Anniversary! Wow, time sure flies! Beautiful flowers fit for the lovely lady you are. I am inspired by your reviews. Thank you for a great time on OWG! =)

    Blessings to you.
    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. ANNIE, you are so special and your kind words have really uplifted me today. You inspire us, too, with all you do for Christian authors. Blessings!

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  33. Way to go, Diana! Congratulations to you! It's always a pleasure to visit! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. MELANIE, thank you! It's always a pleasure to have you visit as well.

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  34. Happy 5th Anniversary!
    May the next 5 years be as special as the first one was.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much, JANET! I believe they will be even greater!

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  35. Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary! redeemed1ru(at)comcast(dot)com

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  36. Ooooo Happpppy Day and congrats!!! I love Christian fiction...and I love the pics of the roses!

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    1. Thank you, LOV2COPON! I agree! It is indeed a happy day and I love Christian fiction as well!

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  37. Oooooo forgot to leave my email...sunnygarden7(at) aol(dot)com

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  38. Beautiful flowers and beautiful friends! Happy OWG anniversary Diana! I appreciate your reviews and thoughts you share.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Beautiful friends indeed, HEIDI! My blog cohorts and all of you. Thanks so much for your sweet words!

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    1. YIPPEE! AMADA, I have grown to love you so much. Your comments on Facebook and just your sweet self are a delight.

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  40. Five years is great Diana, congrats!

    That cake looks great Teresa, might have to help myself to a piece.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY, help yourself! Teresa Mathews can whip us up with as many as we need in no time. Lol

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  41. Congratulations on your 5th year. Love your title Overcoming with God. What a difference that makes in my life.

    Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, SONNETTA! Amen! I agree!

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  42. Congratulations Diana! Happy for you! catwoman0667@yahoo.com

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  43. Happy 5th anniversary on OWG!! Wow, what an awesome achievement! I know how much has gone into that and you rightly deserve a huge celebration and a massive CONGRATS!! Thanks so much for all you've done here, and for being an amazing inspiration to me. Lotsa love and hugs!!

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    1. NOELA, what a gem you are! Thank you for all that you do for the blog and the inspiration that you are. Love you, gf, and thank you so much for your sweet words. You are always an encouragement to me.

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  44. Congratulations!!!

    The flowers are gorgeous.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  45. That cake sure looks good. I haven't ever tried one like that because of the time involved. But I'd be happy to help eat someone elses :)

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    1. Lol, LORETTA! If it wasn't for Teresa Mathews we wouldn't get to eat any either.

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  46. Beautiful blog post! I loved the flowers!
    Congratulations on your 5th year, with many more happy ones to come!
    Blessings! Carol :)

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    1. Oh, thank you, CAROL! Am looking forward to those happy years.

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  47. That is amazing that you are so consistent in blogging. I'm a bit on the lazy side. So that's a great accomplishment. The flowers are just beautiful. Keep blogging!!!

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    1. SONJA, you made me laugh out loud. I get lazy, too, sometimes. But when you love what you do you are just compelled to do it, I guess.

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  48. What a great accomplishment, Diana! Congratulations and may all of you continue to enjoy working together and having FUN as you serve God in what He has called you to do.

    I absolutely love the gorgeous flowers!! In fact, the ones in the first three pictures are my favorite flower. Those colors really speak to me.

    Teresa surely did make you a delicious-looking cake. Too bad we all can't reach through the picture and get a piece. :-)

    So keep up the great writing and hope your next ten years are even more fulfilling for you!

    glendadavis828 (at) charter (dot) net

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    1. GLENDA, thank you so much! I sure wish we could share it with you all! It was delish! And the flowers are indeed lovely!

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  49. Congratulations Diana. Thank you for all you do. Have a another blessed year. And an extra slice of cake.

    fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. The extra slice of cake sounds good and another blessed year as well! Thanks, JAN!

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  50. Congrats, does the cake from with the prize, it looks yummy. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. We'll have to ask Teresa Mathews to make us another one, KAREN! It was yummy!

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  51. Happy 5 year anniversary, Diana. Thanks for writing all those excellent reviews. I enjoy reading them.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh, PAM! I'm so glad you enjoy them! And I hope I have given you some great book ideas!

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  52. Happy five year anniversary of blogging with, Carrie. You'r reviews are posts are outstanding and truly from the heart. Here's to many more years than five more here blogging. That cake sure looks yummy, awesome job! Thank you for so many wonderful posts and such encouragement!
    Hugs, Deanne

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, DEANNE! I pray before every review I write and I take them quite seriously! I'm thrilled you enjoy them. The cake was so good. Teresa Mathews is one awesome baker, let me tell you!

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  53. Wow, what lovely flowers and a beautiful cake, you lovely ladies know how to throw a party!! BIG TIME Congrats and Happy Five Year Anniversary, Diana, what a feat and how fast the time goes!! :) You have been such an enhancement to this blog with your humor, beauty, friendship and book reviews....how you have blessed each of us! Hugs and blessings to you :)
    Love, Kara *waving to my OWG sistas*

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    1. KARA, you have always been one of my biggest blessings and encouragers from the very beginning! Thank you so very much for your kind words. You have those same qualities, dear friend!

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  54. Beautiful flowers and cake. Great friends to help you celebrate 5 years. God is so good. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Indeed He is, MARILYN! Thanks for helping to make this a special day!

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  55. Congratulations on your 5th blogiversary. That layer cake is spectacular :D

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    1. She makes them with even more layers, BECKY! Mine would fall all to pieces. lol Thank you so much for coming by!

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  56. Happy Anniversary.
    Just a brief testimony. God is actually using His wonderful creation of flowers and plants to begin the healing process between me aand my mom. Might sound strange but that's how He is doing it.

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    1. God works in mysterious ways! Thanks for coming by!

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  57. DIANA, Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary! I love reading your reviews. You are a beautiful blessing. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and the ladies of OWG. I raise my glass of sweet tea in your honor! Blessings and (((((HUGS))))))

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    1. CARYL, speaking of blessings you certainly are one! Thank you! Sending lotsa hugs back your way, sweet friend!

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  58. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! The cake looks delicious! All the flowers are beautiful!

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    1. Brenda, the cake was wonderful! Thanks so much for coming by!

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  59. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I can't think of a better way to have spent the last five years - reading inspiring books and spending time with some wonderful women.

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    2. TERRILL, I couldn't have said it any better myself. Thank you for being such a delightful blessing to us here at OWG!

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  60. Congratulations on your fifth blogging anniversary DIANA!
    Enjoy your cake and flowers:)

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    1. Thank you, LIENTJIE! I am certainly enjoying this party with all of you!

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  61. Congratulations, Diana! The flowers and cake are so festive!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Indeed they are, MERRY! Thanks so much!

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  62. Congratulations on FIVE years, my how time flies! Have a 'BLOOMIN' day.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, WENDY! Everyday is a bloomin' day when your last name is Flowers! (wink!)

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  63. Happy 5th anniversary! My own blog will be turning 4 this year and I know how special each and every milestone is. Congratulations!

    Blessings!
    Jasmine

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    2. Congrats on 4 years, JASMINE! Thank you!

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  64. Happy 5th blogiversary, Diana!

    Blessings to you and your blog sisters!

    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  65. Congratulations Diana on your 5th anniversary of this wonderful blog! I have appreciated your reviews :) Here's to at least 5 more years! Thanks for the giveaway - it certainly would be lovely to win.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. A book for each year, BETTI! Thanks so much for your sweet words and good luck in the giveaway!

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  66. Happy Anniversary Diana!! Always enjoy your reviews, thanks for helping reader friends find all these wonderful books!! God bless you ! (Oh,and thanks for the giveaway! Sweet of you to give presents on your Anniversary! :) ) lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, LYNNE! Reading & recommending books has always been a passion of mine...long before I ever knew what a blog was. I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews.

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  67. Happy Anniversary Diana!! Cake looks delicious.Thank you for the chance to win on the great giveaway. dsimmering68(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, DEB! The cake was delicious! You're welcome and good luck in the drawing!

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  68. I'm so sorry I'm chiming in so late, but I've been getting my house ready for market and have been off the grid for several days. Here's a big hug to dear friend Diane, whom I have yet to meet in person. God-willing that will occur on day. But I don't know what I would do as a writer without the help of such encouraging reviewers and bloggers such as Diana Flowers. Thank you, thank you, thank you Diana for your faithful and over-the-top giving in sharing Christian literature with other readers. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by in the midst of all of your busyness, CHRISTINE! Big hugs back for sharing your books with me to review. I Love Christian fiction and appreciate all that you authors do to give us readers hours of pleasure. Thank YOU!

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by in the midst of all of your busyness, CHRISTINE! Big hugs back for sharing your books with me to review. I Love Christian fiction and appreciate all that you authors do to give us readers hours of pleasure. Thank YOU!

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  69. Better late than never....Congratulations! Here's to many more years of encouraging posts! Hugs and God bless!

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    1. You're never too late, Chappy! Thank you so much! Hugs and blessings right back your way!!

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  70. Congratulations and thank you for your blessings to OWG. Five years shows your love for others. May God keep blessing you as you bless readers.

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