Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Birthday Memories with #giveaway from Julie Arduini

Our birthday image from 2014
Maybe it's just me, but when my birthday rolls around, I find myself reminiscing about the years gone by. Especially about other birthdays of my past. Like the time I was turning 3 or 4 years old and we went to the White Fence Farm in Colorado and they put a sparkler on top of my cake and took me on a ride in a white carriage. Or the time my parents surprised me with a 3-story barbie doll house complete with elevator. Or the time I found half a dozen 4 leaf clovers on my 24th birthday.
*sigh* Good times.

So I thought that today it would be fun to share a few memories from Stitches Thru Time's previous birthday bash's.

Remember last year when Norma Gail brought us a devotional Don't End Up in a Whale?

When through the years authors have joined us in celebration of their birthday AND ours:

Nancy Bolton -

Rebecca Demarino -

STT Author fun posts:

STT Author quiz -

 Who am I Game -

 The Guess Who Gameshow from "way back" in 2013 -

Reaching a Milestone Birthday - 

Amusing Weapon Stories -

Oh, and remember when Julie Arduini visited us last year with her post on a crash-course in cosmetology?

Well, guess what!! Julie's back this year and offering us a giveaway today of her book Engaged! Winner's choice of Ebook or Paperback. 

Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her family’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better. As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been Trish's goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?
Leave a comment today with one of your favorite birthday memories to get your name in the drawing!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekly Windup: Birthday Bash Week 1

Weekly Windup
Thank you all for making this first week of our Birthday Bash a BLAST!
 Here are the Week 1 Winners!

The winner of the ARC copy of Solve by Christmas by Amber Schamel is...MH.

Winner of books by Laurie Alice Eakes is...Connie

Winner of Andrea Boeshaar's A Thousand Shall Fall and Too Deep for Words is Paula (paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet)

Winner of Karen Witemeyer's Heart on the Line is...Candice Valdez

Winner of Karen Witemeyer's No Other Will Do is...Lori (quilting-lady at Comcast dot net)

Giveaways this week:

Wednesday's birthday post will have a special giveaway from Julie Arduini! Besides that, there will be surprise giveaways, just because we like to keep you guessing. ;)

And don't forget that every comment this month gets your name in the drawing for the grand prize and runner up prizes! 

 There will be surprise giveaways throughout the week, so don't miss a single day!

Coming up this week:

Monday, 8/14: Devotional by Caryl McAdoo
Tuesday, 8/15: The Women's Land Army by Linda Shenton Matchett
Wednesday, 8/16: Birthday Bash Post
Thursday, 8/17: Jenn Fromke's book review
Friday, 8/18: Fun with Catherine Castle
Saturday, 8/19: Interview with Lena Nelson Dooley

The Women's Land Army of America

As the daughter of a master gardener and the granddaughter of farmers, I’m embarrassed to admit that my attempts at raising vegetables have met with little to no success. The first year we put in our garden, we awoke to discover the entire row of snap peas had been nibbled to one-inch stubs. The bunny-culprit waved at us as he scampered off. It had never occurred to us to fence in the area. The second year we surrounded the garden with chicken wire, and in the fall we found indentations on the ground where deer had laid next to the corn stalks as they ate. These are only two of the incidents involving the garden and fortunately it was not our only means of sustenance.

Not so for many people during WWII.

Shortly after the war began, the U.S. government realized that in order to feed the country and its troops, rationing would need to be implemented in addition to promoting the concept of Victory Gardens (large personal gardens aimed at sustaining the family). What the government didn’t understand until nearly halfway through the war, was that food production and harvesting needed to be coordinated in a nationwide effort.

By 1942 over two million men had left agricultural jobs, either to enlist, because they were drafted, or to seek high-paying jobs in the defense industry. By 1943, another four million men were gone from the farms, and at that point the U.S. was not only feeding its citizens and its troops, but providing food to many of the Allied countries. Combined with gas and rubber rationing that put an end to the use of migrant workers, the agricultural industry was suffering.


States and private organizations tried to fill the void with various programs, but they were not enough. After much debate and prompting from all fronts (including Roosevelt himself), the Department of Agriculture formed the Women’s Land Army of America in March 1943. The WLAA had helped bring in the crops during WWI, but the 20,000 or so women who served would not be enough this time. Funding was finally allotted, and Senior Home Economist Florence Hall was appointed “temporary” director-a position she held until 1946. So much for temporary!

Behind the curve, the WLAA was very creative in their recruiting efforts-putting information booths in department stores, running articles and ads in women’s magazines, and broadcasting announcements and programs on local and national radio stations. Unfortunately, low farm wages and competition for high-paying defense industry jobs made recruitment difficult, but in the end patriotism won out and each season found more women in the fields. By the 1945 crop year nearly one million women and girls signed on as “Farmettes.”

Male farmers were initially skeptical. “If I have to have a woman helping me in the field, I want my wife, not some green city girl,” said one farmer in Iowa. He was not alone in his opinion. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and the farmers had no choice but to allow the WLAA to serve on their farms and ranches. However, nothing washes away prejudice like exposure, and by the end of the harvest in 1943, grateful farmers across the country recognized that women were capable of performing “practically any type of work to be done.”

And the women? How did they feel? Perhaps this quote from the last newsletter of the Women’s Land Army sums it up best: “No matter how heavy the hay we pitched, how our backs ached from weeding, or how stubborn the team we were driving, we always had the secret joy that we were helping the war effort.”

A freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Shenton Matchett is the author of several romance novellas. Under Fire, the first book in her trilogy about WWII war correspondent/amateur sleuth Ruth Brown is available from  eLectio PublishingAmazon, or your favorite independent bookstore. Visit Linda at