Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!

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The music of ABBA takes me back to roller skating with my high waist jeans and crop tops, Farrah Fawcett hair flying behind me...

I'm so ready to sing and dance, laugh and love, all over again!

I was thrilled to find out that an all-new original musical, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, is set to open this summer! Can. Not. Wait. And, are you ready for this? A woman, singer, actress, performer, entertainer I admire very much, Cher, is joining the cast!!!

The Soundtrack is going to be awesome!

You'll definitely want to get it before you see the movie, reprising your own role as the Dancing Queen, even if it's just in your kitchen!  The soundtrack will be available everywhere music is sold on July 13th.

But you don't even have to wait until then to get the single that features Cher; Fernando is available right now! Feel my excitement?

You can buy the Single, Pre Order the Album,
and watch the Movie Trailer
HERE

Back again, for Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again, will be the original cast of characters, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper and Christine Baranski, returning to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi with the songs of ABBA rocking everyone into love and laughter.

I thought it couldn't get any better than this, but yes, yes it did, because this time around Cher is amongst the riotous crew as her character crashes her granddaughters party. And if that wasn't enough, Lily James and Andy Garcia will star as well! 

The fabulous musical comedy, 
Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again, opens July 20, 2018,

I have a goooooood feeling it will do just as well as the original,
massively successful movie of 2008! 

It's time to step into your dancing shoes, lace up your skates, and bring out your best satin jacket, 'cuz the soundtrack to Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again, is rockin' and rollin' 

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Our Perfect, Precious, Pets

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Sophia L'rin

Waaaay back in April, I asked my listeners and social media visitors to share some stories and pics of their talented pets.

This just in, the pet talent category of cuteness is really really full! I get it. Most of my furry friends aren't much use at all, but I sure do love their company and their antics.

Just recently I lost my beloved Sofia whose talent was being my constant companion; at my heels in the day, my lap in the evenings as I spent time in the studio, and cuddled tightly against me through the night as I cried  in grief over my son, Zachariah.

I'm dedicating this post to her, Sophia L'rin, and to pets everywhere that entertain, comfort and love with all their furry, fuzzy, hairy, and sometimes hairless hearts!

The first story is from Lisa, a volunteer who makes little angels to give to those in nursing homes, children in foster care, and others who could use a little reminder that they are loved and watched over from above. (See her story HERE)

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Gizmo, Hope, and Lisa

We have two very special pets. One rescued from a shelter almost 4 years ago, my silly puppy Gizmo, who's pretty smart...  If I start getting worked up about anything, he jumps up on me and licks me 'till I chill out. He's helped me on the rough days after losing my Mom, and sits in my lap while I am working the 1000 Angels Movement project.
 
Our 2nd special pet is a baby rabbit named Hope, who was the runt of her litter and was given to us because she needed a home; she's been a very good addition to our family. Gizmo even has taken her under his wing and is very protective when we get her out of her cage. She loves to snuggle, nudge me on the chin, and give bunny kisses! ~ Lisa

 

This brief, but adorable note is about Jack. I'm glad you shared, Karla, because Jack certainly brought a smile to my face!

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Happy Jack

 
I saw your fb post about cute pets.  I guess Jack's isn't a special talent, but looking cute is what he does best.  Wanted to show him to you. ~ Karla

 

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And from Jacky, (not Jack, he can't write) comes the story of Odin, just a pup, who may or may not grow out of his feline tendencies...

This is my 4 month old puppy Odin who thinks he is a cat. This is him sitting on the back of the couch waiting for me to let him. It's probably one of his favorite places in the house. ~ Jacky

 

 

An actual cat, Mr. Tigger (is he bouncy trouncy, or just a contortionist?) gets himself in some pretty tight squeezes:

This is Mr. Tigger, 17 years old.  He somehow, magically, got into this tiny little box, inside of a large box.  He really didn’t fit.  I accidentally woke him up taking the picture, so I got “the look”.  lol

My cats love watching bird videos! ~ Tammra
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Mr. Tigger

And lasty, comes this beautiful story of Sid, the rescue pup, who, much like my Sophia, knows when TLC is needed and provides it aplenty!

I saw your post asking people to post or send pics of talented pets, so, here's mine! This is my pit mix rescue, Sid! I got him from our local shelter when he was 8 weeks old 😊.
He has a few special talents. The first one is his ability to eat ANYTHING. From dad's entire jiu jitzu gi, to a bunch of tiny screws he found in a cat toy kit... Sid finds a way, and thank goodness it has always gone smoothly 😂. I tell him I'm going to start packing the house into a safe when I leave for work!
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Another talent is babysitting. He's good with any baby... human, chicken, dog, cat, bunny... You name it! He once babysat 15 baby chicks at one time. He's the most gentle, loving boy!
The last talent I'll mention is his ability to take care of his mama. Not only is he a great little protector (he has an intimidating bark... But he's all bark, no bite), he's also a wonderful doctor, haha. I was hit by a car in January, and luckily, walked away with just sprains and bruises. While I was home healing, Sid was always close, and paid special attention to my injured leg and arm. He'd lick my hurt foot, elbow, and knee, and gently lay his head on my leg and just stare. We called him Doctor Sid, and figure he prescribed me snuggles, which is perfect, because his snuggles really are the best medicine ❤️🐶.
Sid says he hopes you like his talents!
Love, Lindsey

I DO love his talents, Lindsey, as well as those embodied by Gizmo, Hope, Jack, Odin, and Mr. Tigger! Thank you everyone who shared their stories and pictures with me, and in doing so also shared your life and your love.

You're all very special people with very special pets. You lift me up and I hope all those that read this blog will feel the same.

God bless!

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Hooray for Special Dads!

Ok, ALL dads are special! 

But earlier this month, I shared some gift ideas for the dad (or dads) in your life. I also promised to give away two bundles of every item I'd recommended; all you had to do is write to me and tell me about the man that brings inspiration and honor to the title "Father."

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Your responses came flooding in and wow, are there some amazing men out there! I so love to read your stories! 

I'm going to share two of them with you and I bet you'll agree that the gift bundles they will receive in the mail are well deserved.

 
Dear Delilah,
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My husband, John, was not raised with a Dad. His parent divorced when he was an infant. Bad blood, meddling grandparents, and selfish thoughts (on both sides) kept him from having a relationship with his father. Growing up, he had his grandfather as a male role model. Unfortunately, his grandfather left the family when John was 10, again plunging him into the “fatherless” role.

Growing up, he wasn’t able to participate in the traditional father-son activities: father-son cake bake in Cub Scouts, Dad & me events, fishing on the lake, playing catch in the backyard, teaching him how to fight off bullies, showing him how to defend himself, how to tie a tie... the list goes on. 

Flash forward: A little over nine years ago, after five years of marriage, countless negative results-I’m pregnant. John bounced from feelings of elation right down to bone chilling fear. His biggest fear? He didn’t know how to be a father. 

He. Didn’t. Know. How. To. Be. A. Father. 

What did he have to look to? How was he going to show his daughter or son what a father looks like, when he didn’t know himself?

This man wept when he was finally able to look into the eyes of his son. He was overcome by a sense of the need to protect this innocent baby who was securely tucked into his arms. He proudly proclaimed to everyone that he was a father of a baby boy. 

Within the past eight years, he’s shown our son what it means to be a father. He’s present EVERY SINGLE DAY! He’s participating in all of the activities that he missed out on, with our son. Important life lessons, philosophical discussions, silly notions, and life’s quandaries are discussed around the workbench as they build their latest project. 

Sometimes, if you can catch him in just the right moment... you can see that lost little boy within my husband’s eyes and catch him smiling. For those moments, I am grateful. 

~ Shelby

Wow, what a powerful message! This man was determined to set a different course for himself and his child. I am so very proud of him, and all men who make the same choice to be a strong, unwavering presence in their children's lives! Please pass along a high five Shelby!

Dear Delilah, 
I am writing to you about my dad, Henry. I am one of 8 children. Yes I said eight! Four from birth and four born from the heart. Never was there a hesitant moment when my parents thought they couldn't take in another child from foster care that needed a home. My dad was always the one saying, "Let's do it. "
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My dad took on two jobs for a bit to help cover expenses of so many children. He worked hard keeping the family afloat. 
Now I'm almost 40 and he is retired, yet he is still working so hard. He helps take care of my sister's children while my mom is at work, (she is a paraprofessional at a charter school in northern Michigan and has been doing it for 20 years or more.) He helps build props and sets at the school for no pay. He also plays in the church band every Sunday, participates in men's group, and sings for specials.
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This past couple of weeks my father decided to use some of the money they had saved for renovations to create a fun outdoor area for the grandkids. He moved the fence to make the yard bigger, hand built the gate so his riding lawnmower would fit, set up new play areas and built a teeter-totter. He is so hand around the home and loves to do wood working and activities to make others happy. 
I just believe he is the most deserving father ever. I love him so! 
~ Thanks, Erin

Thank YOU, Erin, for telling us about this Super Dad. Taking on eight kids is not for the faint of heart (props to your mamma as well!) It sounds to me like your dad has discovered the secret to a happy life; loving unconditionally, keeping busy, and giving back.  Please give him my love and thanks for a job superbly done!

Enjoy your gift bundles fellas - there are great books, music, candy, and gift cards all packed up for you.

And now that you've read these, dear visitors, perhaps you understand why I ask you to write to me!

There are millions of amazing stories out there that delight and inspire. I want to hear them all! Please share yours with me too!

Drop something in my mailbox D@Delilah.com.

 

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Celebrate Dad | My Top-Pick Father's Day Gifts

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Shop my top picks for Dad's Day gifts and enter to Win-A-Bundle for the special dad in your life!

Dads are special peeps. They are the ones who who watched and waited anxiously for our arrival. Who paced the floor with us at night, taught us how to hold a hammer, taught themselves how to brush and braid long hair. They picked up and dropped off and yelled themselves hoarse on the sideline. They set examples and loved with all their hearts.

Their day is coming up on Sunday, June 17. It's time to celebrate dads! Just as I did last month for Mother's Day, I've chosen some books, music, candy and cards from some of my favorite radio sponsors to recommend as gifts.  And, just as I did last month...

I'm giving away two (2) bundles of everything you see on this page! Read on for directions to enter my Win-A-Bundle Sweepstakes! 

BOOKS!

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From William W. Johnstone, bestselling western writer in the world:

THE LEGEND OF PERLEY GATES
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

The first book in the fiery saga of Perley Gates, a legend born out of the brutality and violence of the American West. Perley is a restless young dreamer who, like his famous grandfather and namesake Perley Gates--a hell-raising mountain man with a heavenly name--wants adventure, excitement, and freedom.

THE CHUCKWAGON TRAIL 
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

The introductory book in a series featuring a heroic chuckwagon cook who knows just what to do when cowboys get hungry—for revenge. 

RATTLESNAKE WELLS, WYOMING
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

The first story in a series about the West’s most dangerous boomtown, and the reformed outlaw who risks his life to keep it safe…

 Buy William W. Johnstone Books

God’s Gift For Fathers
by Jack Countryman

God strengthens fathers. He promises to walk alongside His sons as they raise future generations. With a modern design, and timeless content, God’s Gift For Fathers is a classic in the making. 

Buy God's Gift For Fathers

 

MUSIC!

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The Rest of Our Life
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

An autographed CD from country power couple, including the smash hit, Humble and Kind. As in life, Tim and Faith's meld together perfectly on the CD of duets; a collaboration of true love and perfect harmony.  

On a side note, Tim has recorded Humble and Kind in Spanish, allowing this important message to be heard everywhere: Listen Now: Nunca Te Olvides De Amar.

Buy The Rest of Our Life

I Knew You When
Bob Seger

You let me know how much you loved Bob Seger when I shared his video I Knew You When on Facebook.  That was the first track from his latest album of the same name; a tribute to his friend and Eagles front-man, Glenn Frey. Honoring love and friendship, it's the perfect selection for my bundle.

Buy I Knew You When

Revamp & Restoration
Elton John tribute albums

Some of the world’s biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John’s most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Universal Music Group Nashville) out today.

With Mary J. Blige, Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Florence And The Machine, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Don Henley, The Killers, Demi Lovato, Maren Morris, Mumford and Sons, Willie Nelson, P!nk and Logic, Q-Tip ft., Queens of the Stone Age, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, and More!

Buy Revamp & Restoration

CANDY & GIFT CARDS

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Almond ROCA (includes a handsome hand crafted wooden gift box)
from Famous Candy Makers, Brown & Haley

Around since 1913, Almond ROCA is steadfastly remains a favorite candy of many - including me! Made from only the freshest ingredients, the combination of crunchy toffee enrobed in chocolate and coated in almond nuggets... it's an unmistakable Brown & Haley specialty. Appeal to Dad's sweet side, maybe he'll share!

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$50 Gift Card
from The Home Depot 

Most weekends, you'll find me wandering the aisles of The Home Depot. Whether Dad's interest is in gardening, grilling, or garage "sports", he'll find all he needs at The Home Depot!

Visit The Home Depot

I've got two (2) bundles all packed up and ready to ship out to two lucky dads. Are you thinking of a deserving man?

Write to me at Contest@Delilah.com and share a story of a great dad! 
I need your entries by next Thursday, June 14. 
The two winners will be chosen at random.

June Book Club | This I Know

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Pick up This I Know

Set in a small Midwestern town at the close of the 60’s, This I Know by Eldonna Edwards, is a unique novel about a preacher’s third daughter, named Grace, raised with her sisters, Hope, Joy, and Chastity.  Welcome to June and my newest Delilah’s Book Club pick!

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I was growing up in the same era, in a similar small town on the coast of Oregon, and most of the views and beliefs in the book’s community were shared in mine. I was immediately transported back to the halls of my school, my parents front steps, and felt the stares and whispers at Grace’s back when I opened the cover of This I Know.

Grace is gifted, which makes her different. Differences were to be feared and so her way of glimpsing people’s memories and secrets, and sometimes even their futures, was labeled witchcraft. Her minister father called it a sacrilege. It was to be kept secret. Grace calls it “The Knowing.”

This I Know is a lovely story about embracing the unknowable, about the redeeming powers of acceptance; self and others. Author, Eldonna Edwards, writes in a diaristic tone, the daughter of a pastor herself, who grew up in a large Midwestern Family. 

An amazing book, by an equally amazing author, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know you will too! 

For more info about This I Know and author, Eldonna Edwards, visit www.EldonnaEdwards.com.

Buy This I Know

May Book Club | One Beautiful Dream

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Buy One Beautiful Dream

I have a huge family; lots of kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, my hunky hubby, siblings, and dozens of loved ones that have crossed from friends to family. I also have an amazing career that has taken me to places, physically and metaphorically, that I'd never dreamed possible. I have a home, and property, and animals... And I'm always asked, "How do you DO it?!"

That question always makes me laugh. I have no idea HOW I do it. I just do. I live my life in the ways that make me feel fulfilled. It's the most beautiful mess. I gave up trying to plan and organize and "balance" before the idea ever really came to me. 

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My May Book Club choice, One Beautiful Dream, The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both is a similar story.

Author, Jennifer Fulwiler, "has it all" in spades. 

A self-described introvert, work-aholic and atheist (amongst other titles) with a blood-clotting disorder doesn't seem a likely candidate for a half dozen kids, a radio program, and a life that becomes grounded in faith and chaos, but (spoiler alert), there you have it.

Take the journey of One Beautiful Dream with Fulwiler, inhale and exhale, at all the dips, turns and plot twists as this beautiful thing called life unfolds for her.

It's no accident I chose this book for the month of May - the month of Mother's Day! It's a great read for moms with kids still at home (especially the guilty-feeling ones), moms with grown kids (you'll all be able to relate in many ways), grandmothers (ah, the wisdom) and those best friends that will be brutally honest while loving you through hormonal pregnancies, nursing nights, diaper days, and questionable nutritional choices.

Pick up a copy of One Beautiful Dream today for yourself or a gift and be sure to check back in with me with your feedback! 

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Happy Mother's Day to anyone who has nurtured a child. You are so appreciated!

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