Life In Season {Book Review/Giveaway}

{Giveaway Closed}

This blogging world has certainly widened my horizons so much more than I could possibly imagine and given me dear friends all over the country.  Two of my favorites are sisters,  Heather and Vanessa of the blog, At the Picket Fence.  I think I met these girls about 5 years ago when they first came to Haven and I was already aware of their blog and what wonderful women they are, both women strong in their faith in God.  Having these women as friends has meant the world to me and I cherish them both.


While I was in NY, I got to spend more time with them than normal, since we were all attending the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event and we had dinner a couple of times and had some nice conversations sitting around the table.


We also got to have brunch at the iconic Tavern on the Green, the restaurant that sits in Central Park and what a treat that was!  I think it was closed for a few years and now is back open again and what fun it was to sit in this atrium setting and enjoy a delicious brunch with these two ladies.


Vanessa and Heather are uplifting, inspiring, and both have beautiful hearts and I’m so proud of them for writing their first book, Life in Season.  They sent me a copy a couple of weeks ago and I read most of it on the plane while traveling and it is really a heart warming book, full of devotional messages, easy craft ideas, recipes, and uplifting thoughts for each season of the year.



The tagline of the book is Celebrating the Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home and it truly is all about that.  Divided into the four seasons, it offers easy craft ideas for each season that we celebrate, as well as recipes and thoughts for the heart, to help us get in touch with what’s really important in life.


Both of these ladies have been through trials and triumphs in life, from Vanessa’s infertility issues to Heather’s amazing 130 lb. weight loss about 2 years ago. They both have such a positive outlook on life and are such wonderful women to have in my life and I count them as dear friends.  These are the kind of women I want to surround myself with!  Approachable, relatable, down to earth, but also soul sisters and I  love that we can talk about our faith together.


I’m so proud to share this beautiful book for them with all of you and hope you’ll get a copy for yourself and maybe a couple for Christmas presents too!  Sprinkled with Bible verses, crafts, recipes and down to earth relatable thoughts, Life in Season, speaks to all women at any stage in life you may happen to find yourself.

Life is truly a journey through all seasons of life and as we get older, it’s so important to figure out what those things are that we should hold dear to our hearts.  For me it’s faith, family, and friends, in that order!

What season of life are you in? 

Great news!  They are giving away a copy of their book to ONE of my readers, so leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  Just answer the question above and let me know you’d like to win the book. I’ll choose a winner in one week! US winners only please. 


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Giveaway winner is Gwen, who has been emailed! 

- Rhoda


  1. Marilyn Raphael says:

    As a recent recent retiree I’m in my fall season yet it also feels like spring with so many new opportunities opening up. I so enjoy your blog and feel you are a special friend I have coffee with every day. Perhaps we will get a chance to meet in the future. In the meantime, blessings and thank you for sharing your faith, family and friends

    • Bonnie Swanson says:

      That sounds like an awesome book!

      • Bonnie Swanson says:

        That sounds like an awesome book!

        I didn’t anser the question prior to sending. We are in a transitional season. My husband and I are recently retired and our children are grown with the youngest recently married.

  2. Angelyn Harber says:

    I’m on the verge of Spring season. My 3rd child is due to graduate high school in the Spring. As a divorced, single parent, I will have an empty nest for the first time since 1989! Can’t wait to see what God has planned!

  3. Andrea Corley says:

    I really value your opinion and love to read your blog. I have ordered several copies to read and give away as gifts! Thanks for mentioning this!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful book I would love to read and share!

  5. Love when people of faith can present it in a new and fresh way.

  6. I’d like to read this book and explore some different ideas through the year. Looks like a fun read.

  7. I fell like I am always in spring season. Ready for new adventures in life to unfold! Really enjoy your blog, R.

  8. Dinelle Hunsberger says:

    Would love to win this book. Love all the seasons. You are right faith, family & friends are most important.

  9. I am in the Nana season of life…busy with grandchildren! This books sounds absolutely lovely Rhoda.

  10. This sounds like a lovely, lovely book! I would love to win a copy!

    Thank you!

  11. Barbara H. says:

    I look forward to your posts so much! This book, (and your friends!) sounds so wonderful! I’m in the ‘Empty Nest’ season…and want to savor every day the Lord gives me. Kind of feel like I’m starting over in many respects to find my focus. Love hearing about new fashion, decorating, travel, and books from you!!!

  12. Would love this book! I am always ready for spring.

  13. I am in the newly retired season and it feels so good! I taught public school for 31 years and am so excited to have more time to pursue my interests. Time is so very precious.

  14. I’m in kind of an in between season. Some of our kids are grown and out of the house, but I still have 2 teens and an 11 year old, too. Life is good.
    I’d love to read the book!

  15. Doreen Bednarski says:

    What a wonderful book. I would love to read it and find encouragement and inspiration for the fall to winter seasons of my life. I have some family and friends who would also find this inspiring. Thank you for the gift ideas.

  16. I am in a season of survival. I am a mom of a 16 month old and also work full time. Between my son, husband, work, friends, and church, I find myself just holding on to the furiously fast carousel of life. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I too struggled with infertility and this crazy life I have now is the result of years of prayer and tears. I know it will slow down one day and I will long for the days that my little boy was just that….a little boy. So I’ll continue to cherish this time of survival.

  17. Always in Spring season – anticipating what is next and looking for an adventure – every day!
    Cannot wait to read this book!

  18. I am in the wonderful grandma season. Watching my little one grow and seeing the world through his eyes is a blessing. The book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  19. Hmmmm….I will be sixty in November, so I think I am in the autumn of my life. I’m still working full time. I wish I had the confidence I experience now back when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. This book sounds appealing to women at all stages of life.

  20. I do enjoy reading your blog! I am in a wonderful season for life ( but I have enjoyed every season of life I have experienced so far!). I am in empty nest, enjoying my husbands company and all my many activities. I also enjoy visiting my children and grandchildren.
    The book looks like an awesome one to explore and read.

  21. Not sure what season I’m in. I jut recently retired and looking forward to all that’s ahead. Thank you for the giveaway. Love your blog.

  22. I am in Fall…even though I feel like Spring!!!!! Would love to read this and then share!!!

  23. I’m in winter. How did this happen?

  24. Fall for sure – because of my age and because it is my favorite season, no matter where I live. Just am working on making on my age a favorite! I’m a work in progress.

  25. Maurita Weaver-Miller says:

    Although I am 39, it feels like I am in the Spring season. It feels as if my whole life I have been in the Winter season, and been asleep. I’ve experienced a spiritual, and emotional awakening in the past few years, that has changed my whole outlook on life. Thank God for taking my “blinders” off and creating a clean heart within me.

  26. Kim Nations says:

    I’m 55 years old and feel like at this time the season in my life is blah.. Hope to win so that I can feel the sunshine again. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. This sounds like a good read, always need more positive vibe in my life.

  28. Robin Canter says:

    I’m in the FALL season of life. Adult kids are all gone and I retired about 15 months ago. It is the BEST season evah!!

  29. Mary Martha Reynolds says:

    This book looks so good. I have several friends that would enjoy this for a gift. My season is grandparenting. My first grandchild was born last Dec. She came 5 weeks early and is perfect. We are all so blessed. I would love to read their book and share it with others! By the way, I love your fashion Wednesday’s.

  30. I’m in the empty nest/Grandmother season. I would love to read this beautiful book. Thanks Rhoda, for this opportunity.

  31. I have just retired, so I guess I’m in the Fall season. I have loved all the seasons of life and look forward to what is ahead for me! I so enjoy your blog as well as Heather’s and Vanessa’s (I live in the same town as Vanessa which is a fun fact!)

  32. I’m retired now, so I guess I am in the fall season of life. Grateful to God for every day He gives me!
    Thanks for the opportunity to receive this book. Blessings!

  33. Bonnie Brown says:

    I think I am in the fall season. I am retired after about 35 years of nursing on a busy med/surg floor in a hospital. I am enjoying the freedom it gives me to pursue the things I love doing. Love your blog and this book from Heather and Vanessa sounds wonderful. I especially like to hear that faith is important to them as it is to you, Rhoda.

  34. Barbars Galloway says:

    I guess I am the winter of my life. I love your blog especially when you are showing clothing for the older ladies.

  35. I’ve been a single mom for almost 20 years and although all of my kids are grown, I have an open door which has seemed to revolve (alot) the last few years and now I am in the empty nest season but still working 2 jobs to make ends meet. So empty nest season but trying to figure out what is next season.

  36. Having just turned the big 5-0, I am in the late summer phase of life. My children are all in their 20’s , with the youngest still in college, one in medical school, one an engineer, so it’s time for their mama to wind down on the parenting , and enjoy my relationship with my husband, and with Jesus, whom I give all the glory and honor to for my wonderful, crazy life!

  37. My oldest left home for college this fall… It has been so hard at times as I miss him dearly. I’ve been a full-time mom since he was born, so I’m in the season of transition.

  38. I’m presently in several seasons. Working with the college and career group at our church we feel like we are in the spring and summer (sewing seeds and working the garden) of that ministry, but we are in the fall of another ministry (harvest time) with which we are working. Harvest time is very exciting getting to enjoy the rewards of your work. I think we all are in every season in various areas of our life, but God has a plan, we just have to obey his directions.

  39. That should be His directions.

  40. Melesa Garrison says:

    Rhoda, Thank you for sharing your life experiences with us. Faith, Family and Friends…Yes! I would very much like to read this book. I’m so amazed by Heather’s new way of life and what she has accomplished with her weight loss. God Bless these lovely ladies and you as well.

  41. Ashleigh Hall says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I would love the chance to read it and share with others! Blessings xoxo

  42. Jennifer Kenrick says:

    Being a single Mom for the last 21 years and just about to have my last child graduate from college and get married next year. I would love to win the book, it looks like something that would be just what I need as I begin this next phase of life!

  43. I am in the BEST season of life…the season of grandkids. 6 and 8 year olds live on one side of us and 5 month and 1year old on the other side!

  44. Inell Thomas says:

    I am in the season of love. I would enjoy reading that book.

  45. This book sounds amazing! I love that they’ve intertwined faith with the practical side of life. It would make a great gift as well.

  46. Sounds so inspirational, and I need inspiration, as I’m about to be an empty-nester!

  47. I’m in the busy mom season – hubby, 2 kids, dog, full time job, house…busy! Would love a copy of this book!

  48. I am in the middle of trying to make sure my youngest son starts college.

  49. I’m in the season of looking ahead. Kids are grown but still at home, I’m single and waiting for the next adventure to arrive!

  50. My age says winter…but I really don’t feel it. Enjoying grandchildren and their activities
    and time with my husband. Still working but looking forward to not working at some point… soon?
    Thanks for sharing your faith, family and friends. The book sounds awesome!

  51. Barbara Ann says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog! I’m a fan.

  52. I’m about to get re-married; raising 2 kids (currently 9 (w/ special needs) and 7) with my fiancé and our 3 pups!

  53. Love books with this sort of genre. I just want be be the best “me” for my family and myself. The season I’m in is late Autumn, I guess although I certainly don’t feel like it ?

  54. I’d love to gift this to my daughter

  55. rhonda key says:

    Realistically, I’m in the Fall season of life, although my mind feels like Spring most of the time. My body reminds me real fast that I’m not.

  56. Thank you so much dear friend!! We love you!

  57. I’m in the autumn season. Retired a couple years ago after 25 years in the classroom. Our two children are grown and we have two grandsons. I need this book for some inspiration!

  58. What a lovely book, Rhoda! Perfect reading in my fall season!

  59. cathy claus says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! I am in my first season as a gramma! loving every moment!

  60. Glenda Gordon says:

    I would absolutely love to win this book! I feel like I am in the autumn season of my life. My husband and I have been retired for a few years, but I am not ready yet to move into the winter season of my life. I like to continue to learn and I find inspiration in my life each and every day!

  61. Hi Rhoda!
    What a wonderful post! I am between summer and autumn working full time helping to raise a 5 year old granddaughter and a 20 month old grandson. I am loving all the moments! Please count me in wanting to read this new book. Indeed , I will be giving a few as gifts for Christmas and birthdays..You are such a blessing ! Enjoy your day.

  62. So great! God is pruning me so not sure what season – but transitional for sure.

  63. In the empty nest season. One just graduated and the other is a Junior in college. Just me, the hubs and the doggie at home.

  64. I am on the downhill slope as you might say. But I have thoroughly enjoyed this season of life. My children are grown and I have a lovely granddaughter who I really enjoy and she brings us much joy. My husband and I still work full time and are enjoying life and just thankful for our health and our family.

  65. After raising five children my sweet husband and I are now empty nesters. It took me over a year to okay not having any children around. But now we are free to come and go and enjoy each other. Still love my visits with my grown children and really loving these new grandchildren.

  66. Becky Bird says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. I’ve been following as they announced it’s conception, and the excitement that accompanied the final stage- a REAL book- FINALLY delivered to their doors. I, too, am in the family, faith, friends stage. Also the hoping to be a grandparent stage, as both daughters were married in the last year, and I’m DYING for grand babies!! ??????

  67. I’m actually in the “Mimi” season as I have 2 year old identical twin grandsons and my daughter just found out she is pregnant again. Only one baby this time! I don’t feel like an old Mimi though. I TrueType believe you are only as old as you think. I know I would absolutely love this book. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  68. Sandra Simpson says:

    I am certainly in the Fall season of my life, however faith has always been number one for me. As a school teacher in a Christian school, I get the joy of sharing about God everyday with my students. I enjoy teaching my 8th grade students about literature and writing skills everyday. Of course, my family is next and I enjoy every free moment with them. Enjoy your posts.

  69. Jennifer Koehler says:

    I feel like I am in dual seasons!! In life, I am in Autumn. Most of my children have moved out. I have been married for almost twenty years. In my spiritual journey, I am in Spring. I am just beginning to walk with God. I can’t wait to see what is next for me in both seasons!

  70. I’m in the autumn of my life with a “big” birthday later this month.

  71. Linda Salek says:

    I totally agree with their definition of Hospitality -” it’s all about them, not about us!” My philosophy exactly! Would love to explore this book, as the Apple Pie Cider sound pretty tempting!

  72. Love your blog. I am in the Fall of my life….retired, 70s, and a one year cancer survivor and now struggling with sciatica and arthritis. But in my mind I am in the early Spring. Looking to rebirth and growth. I think this bookis written for me and my journey. Thank you.

  73. donna zoltanski says:

    Fall is my season of my life…..I enjoy your blog. It’s so nice the friendships you have made Blogging. Thank you for entering me – this book looks delightful! Thanks so much.

  74. Phyllis Bruff says:

    I am in he Fall Season of life and in a time of transition. I am preparing to put my house up for sale and make a move to another state in order to be closer to my children- and to enjoy the many beautiful and interesting things of that area! Thanks for the chance to win this book- it looks wonderful! ( And your blog is so refreshing and inspiring!)

  75. What a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read it.
    I am turning 50 this December and my daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby and my first grand baby. All in one month I turn 50 and become a grandma. What a joyful “Autumn” season of life to be in.

  76. For me it’s Faith! Newly retired and recovering from a stroke! God has blessed me so much! Would love to see the book! Love y’all ❤️

    • Forgot to say I’m both a Spring (when my faith was flourishing when I had my stroke in late March) and now in Fall where I’m able to enjoy a wonderful time with friends and family and get back to traveling! A cruise soon!

  77. Transitional! I retired last year and my hubby will be retiring in 1.5 yrs where we hope to take to the road more often and travel.

    Sounds like a wonderful mixed content in that book.

  78. My favorite time of year is fall but I’m not sure how that translates to the season of my life. Mid-30’s, established career, married – solidly in the middle of a season… This books is intriguing and would love to read it.

  79. Kaye love says:

    Fall is my favorite season and as a newly retired person it seems fitting. It’s a crisp new fall full of color, opportunities, time with seasoned friends, and time to look forward to soup, volunteering, walks with the dogs, etc. Life is good. Thanks for your fun blog. Kaye

  80. Transitional time!! My only daughter is a senior in college and ready to really fly. I am in my 25th year of working at a university. Starting to really think about retirement as I have been diagnosed with disc degeneration in my lumbar area. Dealing with it with PT and trying not to think too far in the future. The planner in me is freaking out but my spiritual side is developing more and more. Great giveaway!!!

  81. Heather S says:

    The book looks so lovely, thank you for the chance to win a copy! I am in the raising kiddos season of life (12, and 15) and loving it! I am also a nursing student so I am busy busy 🙂

  82. I would say I’m in the winter of my life, the oldest generation, six precious grandchildren and spending time with the love of my life and enjoying every minute as together as we share our lives with others while honoring God to the best of our ability.

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