ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Faithechta, also known as Fathochta.

I love getting to know my ancestors. The path they have me on is very colorful and filled with the beginning of legends from Christianity to Greek mythology and other beliefs. Every story, myth, and belief has a beginning, real or false. Magog is the grandson of the Biblical Noah, born to Noah’s son Japheth. Christianity is the beginning of this journey, from the great big flood of the Bible’s Old Testament, bringing a new beginning. I’m debating whether to start with Magog or his first son King Bathath Farssaidh for this book series.

Irish-MilesiansFaithechta, another +++ uncle, is the 3rd son of Magog and another brother to Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia. He is estimated to be born between 2643 BCE and 2583 BCE. He had 2 sons that we know of. Their names were Partholan and Braiment/Fraimaint. There is no more known about Faithechta but there is quite a legend regarding his son Partholan, a +++ cousin. It is said that he was the first person to colonize Ireland after the Flood. His people landed in Ireland in the year 1484 BC and the entire colony was wiped out by plague 300 years later in 1184 BC. The Chronicum Scotorum gives a short account of the legend, “”On a Monday, the 14th of May, he arrived, his companions being eight in number, viz., four men and four women.” If the kingdom of Desmond were as rich then as now in natural beauty, a scene of no ordinary splendour must have greeted the eyes and gladdened the hearts of its first inhabitants. They had voyaged past the fair and sunny isles of that “tideless sea,” the home of the Phoenician race from the earliest ages. They had escaped the dangers of the rough Spanish coast, and gazed upon the spot where the Pillars of Hercules were the beacons of the early mariners. For many days they had lost sight of land, and, we may believe, had well-nigh despaired of finding a home in that far isle, to which some strange impulse had attracted them, or some old tradition—for the world even then was old enough for legends of the past—had won their thoughts. But there was a cry of land. The billows dashed in wildly, then as now, from the coasts of an undiscovered world, and left the same line of white foam upon Eiré’s western coast. The magnificent Inver rolled its tide of beauty between gentle hills and sunny slopes, till it reached what now is appropriately called Kenmare. The distant Reeks showed their clear summits in sharp outline, pointing to the summer sky. The long-backed Mangerton and quaintly-crested Carn Tual were there also; and, perchance, the Roughty and the Finihe sent their little streams to swell the noble river bay. But it was no time for dreams, though the Celt in all ages has proved the sweetest of dreamers, the truest of bards. These men have rough work to do, and, it may be, gave but scant thought to the beauties of the western isle, and scant thanks to their gods for escape from peril. Plains were to be cleared, forests cut down, and the red deer and giant elk driven to deeper recesses in the well-wooded country. Several lakes are said to have sprung forth at that period; but it is more probable that they already existed, and were then for the first time seen by human eye. The plains which Partholan’s people cleared are also mentioned, and then we find the ever-returning obituary:— “The age of the world 2550, Partholan died on Sean Mhagh-Ealta-Edair in this year.”[3] The name of Tallaght still remains, like the peak of a submerged world, to indicate this colonization, and its fatal termination. Some very ancient tumuli may still be seen there. The name signifies a place where a number of persons who died of the plague were interred together; and here the Annals of the Four Masters tells us that nine thousand of Partholan’s people died in one week, after they had been three hundred years in Ireland.[4] Another tidbit about Scythia which is where Faithechta lived: “Scythia was a loose state that originated as early as 8th century BC. Little is known of them and their rulers. The most detailed western description is by Herodotus, though it is uncertain he ever went to Scythia. He says the Scythians’ own name for themselves was “Scoloti.” The Scythians became increasingly settled and wealthy on their western frontier with Greco-Roman civilization.”

A.A. Kelly

This detailed description has me thinking. Could it be that the Pillars of Hercules be pillars of a place that was inhabited by people before the flood? Were these pillars so foreign looking and strange to these explorers that they chalked it up to god-like. Could this have been, in part, the beginning of some Greek mythologies? Could’ve Partholan and his people been cursed by creating and worshipping false gods? Regardless of these questions what an interesting view of the past.

Also, imagine the boats and ships that were made. The boat makers were probably taught by Noah who was instructed by God Himself with understanding and wisdom of how to build a strong ship. His wisdom was, more than likely, passed to his sons and so on.

God Bless and Much Love,

H.E. Olsen

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Emoth

Book Review: Indigo’s Struggle by Krista Wagner

Indigo’s Struggle by Krista Wagner is an eye-opener!34813562

I rate this book with 5 stars!

As a teen we are easily led by our emotions. We struggle with feeling accepted, who Mr. Right might be, and friendship loyalties. We fall into what feels right rather than choosing what we understand and know is right. We become mentally unbalanced. I too, struggled as Indigo did (the main character). Krista wrote from understanding and it show’s in her literary work. I highly recommend this book, especially for teens in today’s world. Find courage to be who you’re meant to be- stand out and be strong in your singular identity. Know that there is purpose for your life. Everyone around you can benefit and be inspired by you, If you so choose.

Quick link to order on Amazon- Indigo’s Struggle

Sharing Testimonies- “The best things happen on the other side of fear!”

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I pray all my testimonies will bring inspiration to further the Kingdom Of God.

I was going to just post this on my Facebook page but I guess I have quite a lot to say on this subject so I decided to post it to my blog. Sharing my testimony (My first book Discovering True Love) has been a real struggle for me. I had to jump over so many hurdles and walk past so many fears. I just watched a video of Will Smith talking about fear and one of my favorite quotes that came from him is, “God placed the best things of life on the other side of terror!”

Will Smith’s experience of jumping out of a plane is the exact same for me with sharing my testimony. I jumped into the unknown! Why fear? God knows who I am and I know who I am, yet I still struggle with moving past fear. I don’t struggle from just one type of fear but many different fears- the fear of rejection, judgment, being hated, and more. I now ask myself, “why do I need to fear these when I know that an ever loving and righteous God accepts me for who I am? His grace and mercy are there to sustain me.”

My relationship with Jesus grows every day. I cannot live without Him. I go to Him over everything. He is my best friend. This is where salvation is.

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Party Time with my Best Friends

“I decided to throw a party so I sent out my invitations. I wanted all my close friends to come. I sent them out to Judas, Hagar, and Saul. We always have the best time, we are closer than family. While I wrote my invitations I didn’t realize my sub-conscience was on overload on why I didn’t even think to send an invitation to any of my acquaintances- like Jesus or Paul. I don’t even know them well. They’re really not a part of who I am. They don’t belong in my group and I really don’t belong in theirs. I can be who I want to be within my small group of close friends, I don’t have to worry about showing my true colors to outsiders. I can choose to be fake around those who don’t know me well. In my narrow way of thinking I didn’t realize that the outsiders can discern who I really am. I didn’t realize that I’m hurting myself by not inviting them, they could’ve turned out to be the best of friends who would’ve helped me see and grow. I may have known that they existed but they were just not a part of my world. My party was a blast as usual, we had so much fun! However, I heard that Jesus decided to throw a party as well but I was not invited.”

One cannot be saved by believing there is a God or just by being good. Satan knows there’s a God and he’s still going to hell, and even the good people sin. Life in salvation is about being true and real through Christ with God, yourself, and others.

Life is not about feeding our flesh death and destruction (There is so much of it in the media today and no, I don’t mean physical death- but the negativity that drags us down emotionally or feeds our flesh with ungodly desires). Life is about seeking to feed our soul the light of truth which brings healing. Testimonies resurrect the dead things in us and in others. Sharing our stories bring ourselves and others closer to God.

Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

What is a testimony? Titus chapter 3 says-For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Psalms 66:16- Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

A testimony is sharing the truth of yourself and how you overcame by the grace of Jesus Christ- It is baring your naked soul for all to see- It is confessing sins of being lost and how you were found unto salvation- It is proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world and furthering the kingdom of God.

In sharing our testimony we will be judged and we will be hated. Matthew 10:22 says, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

All of us who have had a life changing experience are called to share our testimonies. Our testimonies differ from the where to the how, but that is the beauty of our individual relationship in Christ.

Things we need to know about sharing testimonies;

  1. We will feel fear- “Fear is not of God, it is one of the greatest tools of the enemy. Satan does not want us to share our testimonies to inspire others for the glory of the kingdom of God.”
  2. We need to let go of our past and forgive all, including ourselves- “Hanging on to the past will keep us bound and will most likely prevent us from moving forward in our testimonial journey.”
  3. We need to fear God more than men- “This type of fear is completely different than the tool of the enemy, it is out of love and respect, it is placing God above all others by caring what He thinks over what people think. We need to place God’s judgment over the judgment of men. God judges righteously while the judgment of men comes from hate, envy, bitterness, and jealousy. Remember God holds our soul in his hands, men do not.”
  4. We need to speak from truth- “Share from our personal truth, the truth of how we viewed things, truth of how our emotions made us feel, and the truth of our inner struggle in comparison to the truth of the word of God. Other’s (family and friends) my feel differently because each individual has their own way of thinking and viewing things. They may remember things differently. Their testimony may differ but that is their personal truth and their journey.”
  5. Don’t let opinions sway your testimony. “God knows your heart, He knows where you’re speaking from, stand in its complete truth. If you become unsure about something then ask and seek, God will provide the answer if you are wrong, and He will confirm if you’re right. Never be afraid to be wrong, grow from it.”

God Bless and Much Love,

HE Olsen

 

Style Studio in Rathdrum Idaho, A Friendly Hair Salon

17918898_10158621586610311_1974987062_nIn Rathdrum Idaho, there is a cute little hair salon called Style Studio right off of highway 41. The owner, Beth Davis, is a stylist and nail specialist. She is very friendly and her place 17918575_1954773821419300_2045569283_ngives a feel of comfort and welcome. I found her charm to be refreshing and her joking-side amusing, plus- I love my new haircut. Beth also offers her clients’ drinks (including wine and beer) and she also offers snacks. Her prices are really reasonable. I will return!

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I’m writing this article because I believe in supporting all good small businesses, plus I found out it was her Birthday- “Happy Birthday Beth!”

If you’re in the area look Style Studio up! I was not disappointed- I don’t think you will be either. 😉

Beth is looking to hire a licensed cosmetologist full or part time- your preference. It is in a busy location and it includes towels, laundry, and backbar.

Contact Beth at Style Studio’s website or call (208)641-9043

HE Olsen 🙂

4/11/2017

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

The ancestor of the day doesn’t have much information about his life other than that he was the king of the Scythians. If we choose to write a book on him it will have to be total fiction. If we do write about him I would like to gather information before and after his time, also what else we can dig up that went on around his time. This would give me an idea of Bathath and who he might have been. My cousin A.A. Kelly is doing a great job with her research.

 

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ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

There is a surprising lack of information on this guy. I looked at many web sites and there was barely a snippet about him anywhere, although most websites went on to talk about the origins and culture of Scythia which is interesting. As I work through our Scythian King ancestors, I am going to insert a small piece of history about the Scythian land and history.

Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia is the 1st son of Magog and the one that our line descends from (supposedly). Understand I assert all this information loosely as it cannot be proved scientifically. Anyways he was born circa -2500 and died in Scythia. As I stated yesterday, according to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (Book of the Invasions of Ireland) and the 17th century “Annals of the Four Masters”, Bathath and his 3 brothers were the ancestors of the Irish kings. From “The origin and stem of the Irish Nation” by John O’Hart, it states, “Boath, (Bathath), one of the sons of Magog; to whom Scythia came as his lot, upon the division of the Earth by Noah amongst his sons, and by Japhet of his part thereof amongst his sons.”

From Wikipedia: “Scythia was a region of Central Eurasia in classical antiquity, occupied by the Eastern Iranian Scythians, encompassing parts of Eastern Europe east of the Vistula River and Central Asia, with the eastern edges of the region vaguely defined by the Greeks. The Ancient Greeks gave the name Scythia (or Great Scythia) to all the lands north-east of Europe and the northern coast of the Black Sea. “

Hope you are enjoying your trip through Scythia!

Researched and Authored by A.A. Kelly

Thank you for being interested in my family history,

H.E. Olsen

Magog- Ancestor of the Day…

How many people can say that they can trace their ancestors all the way back to Noah of the bible? Well, My Cousin has accomplished this. I have found complete amazement by what my Cousin has been digging up that I have asked if I can share. We are also going to co-author a series of fictional books based off the ancestors from our direct line. My Cousin enjoys the research and I enjoy writing books. This will be fun!

I know that many could trace back to this ancestor, we all are branches off of Noah- this is my belief. However, I love seeing and comparing other beliefs and finding similarities. Since my lineage is of Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian decent, my Cousin and I will share what is found by their stories and beliefs as well.

Enjoy the ancestor of the day, a very good candidate for our first book in the series!

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Magog (Irish Version- researched by my cousin);

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By Johannes Magnus (1488-1544) – Gothorum Suenorumque historia, Public Domain, 

There are many legends of Magog, although the Hebrew and Irish legends seem to be the most well known. Our family traces back to the Irish version of Magog. In Wikipedia it states that in the Hebrew Bible Magog may be individuals, peoples, or lands.

Irish legend and mythology references an ancient Irish text called “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (The Book of Invasions) and explains Magog as the son of Japheth, son of biblical Noah of the flood. Folklore states that he is the father of the Irish race and the progenitor of the Scythians, as well as numerous other races across Europe and Central Asia.

According to the book, “Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History”, before the 18th century, the Irish were rarely seen as Celts. In the Nineteenth century, many writers began to recognize and affirm the Celtic traditions of Ireland. The scholars of Europe had long understood that the ancient celts were descended from Scythia, therefore the connection was drawn that they were descendants of Magog, son of Japheth (one of the three sons of Noah), and related to the Gauls, descendants of another of is sons, Gomer (the eldest son of Japheth). Although many references state that this information is based on folklore and was an attempt for the Irish/Gaelic people to fit their origins into biblical ties.

Scythia Minor in ancient times was the region surrounded by the north and west side of the Danube and the east side of the Black Sea. It is today the land of Dobrogea, with some land in Romania and part in Bulgaria.

So anyways, that is just some background history. According to the GENI program, for our purposes, Magog is the legendary ancestor of the Irish kings. According to the Bible, one of Noah’s grandsons was Magog. Biblical scholars generally believe that Magog was intended to be the ancestor of the Scythians, north of the Black Sea. Magog has biblical sons, but Irish legend gives him 4 other sons with different names (although there are similarities to the biblical names). Their names were Bathath, Faithechta, Jobbath and Emoth. According to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn”, and the 17th Century “Annals of the Four Masters”, these sons were the ancestors of the Irish kings.

These lines from the Irish kings back to Adam and Eve entered the genealogical mainstream in the works of John O’Hart (1824-1902). They now appear in thousands of Internet genealogies, but cannot be considered an authentic tradition which means, that it is considered to be the stuff of legend and folklore.

Magog was born in -2761 and died in -2675 which would have made him 86 years old. (There are many tidbits about Magog on the internet if anyone wants to explore more)

…I will post more ancestors as I find time…

H.E.Olsen

2017: A Limitless Life (HappyNewYear)

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By H.E. Olsen


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It’s human nature to set limitations, to put limits in our relationships, throughout our emotions, and in or around everything that touches our lives.

I have lived in a world of limitations. I now sit at the center watching it destroy lives around me. I, myself, through past hurt, pain, fear, and out of frustrations have set limitations. Through the boundaries I created from these limitations I realized that this is all just another form of control. We try to control our world by placing limitations on people and emotions around us. We set boundaries to try to protect ourselves from the hurt and pain around us. The biggest limitation creator is fear. I have been so afraid to move forward out of the fear of what others may think, fear of the unknown, and the fear of creating and sub-coming to hurt and pain. Fear is hard to…

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Beyond the Birth of Jesus

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The Nativity story is found in Matthew chapters 1-2

(I researched some of this info on google and also found this picture there :)…I had to use it!)

Joseph, a man of God, was tossing and turning stressing over the condition of his betrothed Mary, in their world of strict traditions- to be pregnant without a husband brought shame to one’s home and a reason to cancel the commitment of marriage. Joseph felt deep inside that Mary was no longer a virgin.

To be a virgin is to be pure, to have no blemish. Demons use the act of sex to create havoc spiritually and mentally which can affect us physically. When our acts of sex are not done in love, true love, it allows strongholds for demons to grasp on to. Mary, a virgin who was with child, was pure.

Joseph Loved Mary. He didn’t want to lose her. Besides the blood line of David I believe God saw this love and knew that they could handle the situation and circumstances that would be placed on them by Mary’s pregnancy. He saw their love for Him and the Love for each other. Theirs is a true love story.

God saw Joseph’s restlessness and confusion. He sent an angel to comfort him. Joseph finally drifted to sleep. In his sleep he entered the world of dreams- a place where the spiritual realm can communicate to our physical forms. This angel appeared with the glory of heaven behind him and before him.

The Angel gently spoke, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name Jesus stands for ‘the messiah’, and ‘the Christ’ which refers to the anointed one, the central being of Christianity. Jesus is the center of the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) and he was a little infant inside a woman that was pure.

Joseph woke from his dream with new revelation and a desire for the will of God. He took Mary as wife then left for Bethlehem for the census. Even though Mary was his wife Joseph did not know her intimately until the child was born (Even in a marriage of true love the act of sex can be smeared with feelings and emotions not made out of true love giving the demonic an opening to work). Mary’s womb stayed pure.

The worldly view of a prince being born would be in a castle surrounded by royalty and servants, not Jesus. Jesus, the prince of peace, was born in a barn, laid in a manger with hay, animals, dust, and manure.

Here is a precious baby with no generational curse attached to Him. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes that held an innocence of heavenly divinity. God had a reason for this lowly birth. He wanted to show the world that our clothing and circumstances do not matter. What we hold inside us are of true richness and treasury. Inside each one of us there is a light that can shine brighter than the gems in the night sky.

At the birth of this Good Shepherd an Angel appeared before shepherds living in the same country who kept watch over their flock out in the fields.

The Angel joyfully said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds, in awe, excitedly go in search for this precious baby.

I’m now seeing that being born in a manger also allows one comfort to come unto the lord. This humble birth gives place to acceptance. If Jesus were born in a castle surrounded by guards and slaves this would not have brought acceptation but division.

While Joseph and Mary enjoyed the antics of this infant son- (Who isn’t going to coo and caw over a baby?) God had a plan to set into place gifts, physical gifts to represent the spiritual. Three wise men came to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. These gifts though in physical form, were rich gifts. They also represented the richness of His spiritual gifts. One wise man brought gold- gold is associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, miracles, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity. (Remember this applies to our spiritual gifts not our physical forms of circumstances, finances, and popularity- though the physical side will definitely be blessed by the spiritual side.) The second wise man brought frankincense. Frankincense (the best is pure white but some can have the color of yellow) represents an emblem of prayer, whiteness, cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity, light, goodness, innocence, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. White means safety. White has a positive connotation- righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, and angels. Yellow represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The third wise man brought myrrh. Myrrh is the first mentioned ingredient in the holy anointing oil. Myrrh is part of the custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to death by crucifixion (Mark 15:23) It is rich brown or reddish-yellow, brown represents Humility, compassion, pastoral color. Red represents Blood atonement, sacrifice, power, anointing, and wisdom for battle. Yellow again represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The fragrant resin is obtained from some species of the “rock rose”, the usual varieties being with pink petals, and white petals. Pink represents Positive- Child-like love, or faith. White again represents purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels and the garments of Heaven.

These three wise men show up as Joseph and Mary held the infant and most likely were listening to the story the Shepherds were probably telling about the miraculous happenings they experienced.

I often have always pictured a somber atmosphere surrounding the baby Jesus, one where everyone is quiet and constantly bowing. Getting to know human nature through psychology I’m now sure that was not the case, maybe the wise men, but defiantly not the shepherds. I like the picture of maybe a wise man or two having a bit of humor.

The scene at the manger was probably one of storytelling and rejoicing. With each telling of their stories there were most likely tingles running up and down the spine giving off excitement where each individual reacted in their own way of praise, worship, and rejoicing. I now see a happy and festive atmosphere surrounding Jesus’ birth.

“The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, meaning God With Us.”

Jesus came to change the world, to cross the lines of tradition and make believe. He came to give life, hope, love, peace, and joy. He was not poor- he had riches (wealth, family, and friends) but He left them behind to be the Good Shepherd yearning to find the lost sheep.

His birth put into motion the conditions of our rebirth. To become born again through the salvation of Christ Jesus our Lord means we accept and partake of all His gifts. When we choose the Will of God over our fleshly will we walk in the comfort and protection of the Holy Spirit.

Every word that is written in the Bible- the physical and supernatural has a deeper spiritual meaning- from the Old Testament to after the birth of Jesus. We need to see beyond the words. So, when you think about the birth of Jesus this Christmas, look beyond His birth into the deeper meaning it resembles for your spirituality.

Give thanks and praise for the gifts the baby Lord Jesus has bestowed upon you from His birth alone.

H.E. Olsen

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Gift is in the Giving by Bill Arienti (A great holiday read)

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“If you need help getting into the Christmas spirit this book will do it!”

This Fireman needs a standing ovation. While I read this book I became amazed by the circumstances and the outcomes. The gifts in this book are miraculous. Who needs superheroes when you have a fireman like the fireman in this book! This is what Christmas is all about.  The fireman in The Gift is in the Giving sees so much loss and destruction. He does what he can to bring hope and inspiration. This fireman is a hero. This book is a MUST READ!

This book tares the heart for the victims but then brings a smile to the face and a glow of warmth with the giving of each gift. It makes me want to get out there and drop presents on doorsteps of those in need, knock, and then run- lol!

This book is the perfect book to read cuddled up in a blanket, sitting by the fire, and maybe some cocoa on Christmas Eve- A great book to read aloud to the family.

~H.E. Olsen


Quick links to- The Gift is in the Giving

Amazon

Kharis Publishing

Barnes & Noble (Ebook)