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Jul 13

Our Book Translations

2010 at 5:21 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

When Alice emailed us recently and asked if Feminine Appeal had been translated into Korean, we realized we never told you which of our books are available in various languages. Unfortunately Feminine Appeal is not in Korean yet, but Girl Talk and Shopping for Time have been translated—and they have beautiful cover art!

Here’s a complete list of translations for Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk and Shopping for Time, along with links to websites where you can purchase them. We are so humbled and grateful to these publishers for translating our books. We pray they will serve many women who read them in their native language.

Feminine Appeal

· Chinese (Simplified) – published by ZDL Books

· German – published by 3L Verlag

· Portuguese – published by Editora Vida

· Russian – published by Grace Publishing International, available here

Girl Talk

· Korean – published by Sallim Publishing Co., available here

· Russian – published by Grace Publishing International, available here

Shopping for Time

· Korean – published by Sallim Publishing Co., available here

May 19

A Special Announcement

2010 at 3:03 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

kristinSo….our little family is going to get a little bigger come early November. We are eagerly looking forward to the birth of our fourth child. My kiddos are split on preference of boy or girl. For me, well, I’m just
praying for a healthy baby.

The other day I asked Liam what he was hoping the baby would be.

“BOY” he said confidently (which is how he says everything!).

“Would you love the baby if she was a girl?” I asked him.

“If she’s cute,” he replied.

“Do I love you based on how cute you are or because you are my son?” I asked him reprovingly.

He got the point.

Cute or not so cute—and really, only mothers think they are cute when they are first born—we are looking forward to loving our little one and making him or her a part of our family. Most of all, we can’t wait to tell our new addition about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May 13

Photography Q&A

2010 at 5:01 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

cameraYou have questions about photography? I probably don’t have the answers!

But given the volume of questions we’ve received, I thought I’d do a couple of posts about it. I’m happy to share what I know—it won’t take long!

My picture-taking career began in my senior year of high school. I took a photography class and hated it! Said I would never do that again. It was in the ancient days of film and I didn’t enjoy long hours in the darkroom. But over the summer—for some strange reason, which I still can’t explain—I began to miss photography, and yes, even the darkroom. Come fall I enrolled in another photography class at our local community college. For the next few years I took as many photography classes as I could. I even convinced my mom to let me turn my bathroom at home into a darkroom. (Thanks, Mom!)

Fast-forward a few years to the birth of my first daughter, Caly. By then I had purchased a digital camera and I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to photography. Google was my access pass and Caly was my guinea pig. Through research and practice, I learned more in the year after Caly was born than in all my time sitting in class.

And that brings us to the present. As time allows I still love to spend time researching and practicing. I took an online class last year. I also have a few friends who graciously answer my ignorant questions and share their knowledge with me.

Over the next few weeks I will attempt to share some of the things that I am still learning. But please be aware—I’m not a professional. If you hear or read something that contradicts what I say, assume I’m in the wrong! Many of you who read this blog know a lot more than me, so I would be grateful for any and all suggestions.

Look out for a photography post sometime next week.

Apr 12

Holding Down the Fort

2010 at 11:16 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

This morning, our husbands boarded various planes headed for Louisville, KY and the Together for the Gospel conference. We miss them already!

Please pray for the conference—for safe travel for all 7000 registered, wisdom, grace, and clarity for the speakers, and that everyone who attends would be encouraged and strengthened in the gospel.

Tonight we’re hanging out and feeding the kids pizza and root beer floats. We’ll see you back here tomorrow!

kids pizza

Feb 18

Not the Ace of Cakes

2010 at 5:48 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

It’s birthday weekend here—Caly turns 4 on Saturday and Jack turns 7 on Sunday. (Funny fact: all three of our “oldests” were born in February—Andrew turned 10 just two weeks ago.)

Speaking of birthdays, I recently discovered that I’m one of the only moms in America who does not know how to make elaborate, theme cakes for her children’s birthdays.

I really thought it was just my super-artsy friends (and Chef Duff on the Food Network) who made Cinderella’s castle with turrets and a drawbridge or a life-sized Washington Redskins football helmet. But apparently, most moms can design, bake, and decorate their child’s cake of choice, no problem.

This was news to me! You see, I never had a fancy cake growing up. Mom—God bless her—tried her best. She even took a cake decorating class. But as she laughingly says—“it just didn’t take.”

So, like her mother before her, she decorated our cakes with edible candy letters that said “Happy Birthday!” with extra letters for the name, and little stars you could put candles in. We thought it was great. We didn’t know we were missing anything.

Being less artistic than my mother, I never even thought about making a fancy cake for my children—until last year when my son overheard that another kid was getting a “Thomas the Train” cake for his birthday (the things they pick up at church!).

So, I went to the grocery store bakery and blew half the birthday budget on a cake with an icing track and real trains. It was beautiful. And easy. And expensive.

lego cakeThis year I’m actually going to try this Lego cake. That’s because all I have to do is cut some big marshmallows in half, ice them, and stick them on top. I can handle that. I think. (I hope Jack still likes legos when he’s eighteen!)

But if the lego thing doesn’t work out, I can always rely on the edible candy letters, like my mother and grandmother before me. Because really, do I harbor deep-seated regret that my mom never made me a Strawberry Shortcake cake for my birthday? Not a bit.

Feb 8

Snow and More…Snow

2010 at 8:02 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

We had a record snowfall here in the Washington, DC area this weekend. Two feet of snow fell from Friday to Saturday. Just look at my vending machine! They are saying that we haven’t had this much since 1922.

The plow didn’t make it to our neighborhood until last night so we have been hibernating since Friday. Other than the 12 hours when our power went out, we had tons of fun. Eating was our chief activity. I’m so glad we live in an age where we know the snow is coming beforehand: plenty of time to stockpile good food!

Even when the power was out, we made the best of it—trying to imagine that we were camping (without heat, electricity or running water, that’s practically what it was!). We used snow to boil water on the gas grill for coffee and huddled around in blankets laughing and talking. It was a fun memory (especially now that the heat is back on!).

Crazy thing is, they are calling for more snow tomorrow. I’m just grateful that our street is plowed so that I can get to the grocery store and restock before it hits.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more talk on the new clubs.

coke machine snow

Dec 22

Tale of Two Christmas Cookies

2009 at 4:16 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers | Homemaking | Holidays

cookiesRecently, a myth has arisen about Grandma Mahaney’s Christmas cookies. Dad thinks—believes with all his heart, actually—that the cookies with green icing taste better than the cookies with red icing.

That’s absurd, since the only difference is the food coloring. But try telling Dad that. You won’t get anywhere. Common sense reason doesn’t penetrate this illusion.

After many exasperated explanations as to how it is not by any means possible for the red and green cookies to taste different; even after Grandma (his own mother!) told him the truth to no effect, we changed tactics.

He doesn’t believe us? Fine. We’ll prove it to him.

Time for a taste test.

Last Christmas, we all crowded around the kitchen table, set a plate of Grandma Mahaney’s Christmas cookies in front of Dad, and blindfolded him.

We fed him the first cookie.

“Red,” he said.

He was right. Lucky guess.

Next cookie.

“Green,” he said.

Right again. Oh, this isn’t good.

Third cookie.

“Red,” he said.

“Gotcha!” we cried. The cookie was green.

Finally, we thought, proof they taste the same.

Not so fast. We forgot this is Dad we were dealing with. This is the boy who, as permanent quarterback for all the pick-up football games on Hodges Lane, long ago honed the skill of spinning every defeat into a victory.

Two out of three, he insisted, is a win.

So, here we are, another Christmas, and Dad still insists the green ones are the best.

And some kids still believe in Santa Claus.

Dec 9

Shopping Trip Conclusion

2009 at 12:41 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

Well, the shopping trip is over. It was a blast! In between stores we managed to stuff in plenty of laughter and conversation, which is really what the shopping trip is all about anyways. But we’re so happy to be back with our husbands and children and grateful to our men for holding down the fort while we were gone.

See you back here, tomorrow!

shopping trip pic