Book Review: Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

By now all of our readers know that we here at McClendon Villa are animal lovers.  That is why we love Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch, which was illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo. It is such a wonderful story. It shows that animals are part of the Kingdom, too.

This story is Christian-based. It takes place around Christmas, so it would make a wonderful Christmas present, or early Christmas present, for your kids.

This very heartwarming story is extremely well-written and the illustrations are magnificent.  We give it all five stars and a can of tuna. You are looking for a great gift for your young child. You could not do better than Prancie’s Prayer.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Posted in 2018, Books, Cats | 2 Comments

A Morning of Pondering


This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time now. Many of us struggle with fear of failure, lack of self-confidence, and lack of self-worth due to being rejected or emotionally abused during our childhoods or even as adults. The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is just that, a saying, because it is not true.

Words can and do hurt and they lock people in a box.

But we do not have to stay locked in that box. We can find a way out.

Person A has spent your entire life degrading and belittling you, telling you that you are worthless and will never amount to anything.

Person B sincerely loves you, tells you how wonderful you are, how you can do anything you set your heart and mind to. He or she believes in you, not just in words but in deed, deep down in his or her heart and soul, and does not shy away from telling and showing you so.

But, it is Person A whose words you take to heart. Their words have you locked in a cage, afraid to believe that anyone could possibly love you, holding you back from chasing the life you dream of. They keep you from going all in with your relationships, goals, and dreams.

Why do you listen to those that never cared about you, yet discard the love freely and fully offered to you by one who does?

You cannot and do not trust Person A, so why listen to them? If you cannot trust them, should their opinions matter to you and be controlling your life? That is all it is anyway, their opinion. Their negative thoughts of you are not based in fact or reality. The true root of their negative opinion of you is their own guilt, shame, insecurity, and jealousy. It is, in effect, their opinion of themselves being cast on you.

They are trying to force you to carry their baggage. Why let their emotional baggage weigh you down and become yours?

It is not yours to carry.

Your worth was determined by Someone Who knew you even before you were conceived. He loved you then and He loves you now. Don’t put the heartless words of a man or woman above the love of your Heavenly Father.

Whenever those old – or not so old – negative tapes start playing in your head, making you afraid to do what your heart craves for you to do, don’t listen to them. Remember Who gave you the passions, talents, and gifts that you have and go for it.

You CAN do this. You ARE of value. You ARE loved.

Shake off the dust of those that want to keep you down and grab the hand of the One – and the one – Who loves you and believes in you.

Don’t look back. Keep moving forward to the life you’re dreaming of!

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these,
‘It might have been’.

~John Greenleaf Whittier~


Image Source: Pixabay


Posted in 2018, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Self-Confidence, Self-Help | 30 Comments

Feline Friday

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I’ve got two babies. I’ve got two babies. I’ve got two babies. Hey hey hey! Suz, Tiglet, and Fats.




Posted in 2018, Feline Friday, Memes | 12 Comments

Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. Being _______________ is _____________________.
  2. If ___________________ were worth money, then I would be rich.
  3. I am proud of _________.
  4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year _________.


Here are my responses:

Being short is sometimes very frustrating. I feel like such a toddler having to ask people to reach things for me at the store. I haven’t yet learned to whistle my way through it like the guys pictured above.

If sneezes were worth money, then I would be rich. If potty trips were, then I would be even richer!

I am proud of our children and their ability to overcome adversity. I am proud of David and how he fought his way back from three strokes. He refused to let the strokes win. We’ve gone two years now stroke-free!

If I could time travel, I would visit the years that my ancestors first crossed the ocean to get to this land that wasn’t yet America. I would ask them what made them choose to leave their home countries to journey to this Great Unknown.

Guess what, folks! Ellen’s new book, Prancie’s Prayer, is available now on Amazon. Check it out!

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Posted in 2018, Friendly Fill-Ins, Memes | 24 Comments

Share Your World

Please visit our new Share Your World host at Sparks!

This Week’s Questions:

newsywbannerAre You A Better Listener or Speaker?

I think, for the most part, I am a better listener. I have a habit of tripping over words and forgetting what I’m saying in the middle of a sentence, so I’m not a very good speaker anymore.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say?

(Credit for this question goes to a blogger that our new host has just started following.  You can read more about her by clicking here. )

The warning label for me would say, “Proceed with caution. Many triggers and a heavy dose of THWY comes with this one!”

What Are You Passionate About?

I am passionate about my Heavenly Father, my family, genealogy & family history, photography, pottery, and, of course, our little kitties.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?

If I could change one thing about my world, I would end the chronic pain that each of us endure, in one form or another.  AND, I would make sure that someone in CC would not be able to hurt anyone else again!

And Finally:

What Gave You A Reason To Smile This Past Week?  

There have been quite a few things to make me smile this past week: David & the girls and their silliness, and our pets and their antics. Who can look at a litter of kitties wrestling around and not smile? Or into the eyes of their loved ones and not have reason to smile?

Tiglet and the Soot Sprites

Posted in 2018, Memes, Share Your World | Tagged | 14 Comments