Sunday, March 5, 2017

Be Bold Review

This is the coolest devotional I have seen in a long time.  This feeds my need to reflect on God's word in a fun and creative way that also feeds my creative side.  The coloring pages are beautiful and easy to color.  The devotions that go with each coloring page are relevant and easy to understand.  This is a great book to give to anyone who loves God and loves to express themselves through color.  I can not wait to spend more time exploring this unique devotional.

Ellen Elliot did a beautiful job making this book so user friendly.  The devotions are on topics that will speak to most people, and are easy to follow and understand.  Then, the coloring page will allow you to reflect and memorize a scripture while you color your stress away.  So grab your favorite coloring supplies, go to a nice quiet spot and allow God's word to flow over you as you enjoy Ellen Elliot's beautiful devotional Be Bold!!!

To check out my Amazon review click Here!

Thank you Tyndale House Publications for sending me a free copy in return for my true opinion on the book.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I woke up today tired and sore from working hard last night setting up for the kids consignment sale I consign and help at three times a year.  It is a very physical four hours of set up and I love it.  However, it leaves me sore more times then not.  I would have loved to do nothing today, but since the kids were out of school that was not an option.  After doing a few chores, we decided to load a picnic up and head to a local park.  I am pretty sure so did all of the town.  It was busy but it is beautiful today in Nashville. 

 We ate by our favorite pond.  Taylor and I spent a lot of time kneeling by the pond and looking for tiny fish and some kind of swimming lizard thing.  We had so much fun just staring into the water.  I love precious time like this with him.  Emma was slower to eat so she sat at the table finishing while we inspected the pond.  Which reminds me he wants a pond book from the library to learn more about ponds.  HE loves to read nonfiction books about water and animals.

After we were all done eating, we took a little hike.  We found an amazing trail that had tons of yellow buttercups growing and blooming.  It smelled heavenly and the cheerful yellow flowers were dancing in the slight breeze.  I of course had to put the kids in the middle and take a few photos.  Well Emma and my TMNT who came along:)  

We also found the story walk and read the winter book about what insects do during winter.  It was a cute book and a nice little trail hike for the kids.  I never get tired of watching Emma walk and read.  Every now and then it just hits me how amazing that is, she was so physically delayed for so long.  Not too mention she is deaf without her devices.  So watching her walk along the path and stop and try to read to us the book pages, took my breath away.  Emma was getting tired after the few hills we went up, so we headed to the dirt park to let Taylor play a little and us rest.

We were surprised when Daddy stopped by on the way to his next location.  He went back to the pond with us and saw some fishy.  Then we surprised him with a Starbucks treat after we left the park.  The kids and I also enjoyed a treat on our drive home.  Where we spent three more hours outside in the warm winter air.  They are both snoring in their beds and I will be soon as well.  Today was beautiful and precious.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This is love

I am not sure how I got so lucky to be a part of this family.  It is not always easy, but it is always love.  I am never bored, and I am normally laughing.  I feel so blessed to have been married 13 years to Daniel!  I am even more blessed that almost 11 years ago we became parents, first to Emma and five years later to Taylor.  Life is not perfect, but it is an adventure.  May 2017 find us stronger and full of adventure.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Where Does Love Hide Review

Check out my review on Amazon or any of the other great reviews about this super cute new board book by Tyndale Kids!  I am so blessed to have been given a copy for an honest review by Tyndale House Publishing.  It is so fun to read all types of new books for them.  This board book will quickly be a favorite to share with my nieces and nephews when they visited.  My kids enjoyed me reading it to them but they are a little bit old for the book.  It is geared for around 1-4 I would say.

It is so cute, has great big flaps to lift and see under.  I loved the bright illustrations and the simple words for young children to understand.  I also like how it had the scripture references for parents to dive deeper into the scriptures the book was based on.

This cute book is a great way to work on young children learning how to show love in everyday situations.  From how to help at home, in the community and out and about in town.  Each page shows a new way, and has a fun flap to lift to reveal what to do.  I would suggest bending the flaps a few times before reading it to your child to make it easier for your child to lift.  

I hope you enjoy this cute book!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beyond Suffering Bible Review

NLT Beyond Suffering Bible, Softcover  -     By: Joni and Friends Inc.

I was so excited when this new Bible came in the mail last week.  The past year or so we have really struggled with Emma's medical conditions.  We have had many many set backs and ups and downs.  We are also currently facing two major surgeries in the next few months with our brave girl.  This all takes a toll on the caregivers as well as Emma.  One place I like to look for renewed strength is to my God in heaven.  This beautiful Bible is going to be my new bedside best friend as it guides me through rocky days ahead.

This Bible is not only beautiful, but it has many many great extras to help those who suffer or care for those who are medically sick or injured.  There are special reading plans, devotions, insights from Joni, profiles of real people to teach us, connection points to help you apply verses to your everyday life and so much more.  The word of our amazing God is brought to life with emphasis on how to help us on those dark days full of questions and doubt.  It is geared for those struggling with Why questions and how to pull themselves or their loved ones up out of the pit.

I can not wait to dive into these Bible More and more and learn and grow based on what is able to show me.  I pray that it helps me be a better mom to the one in my life that lives in pain and faces more and more medical days then most adults have in their lives.  She is my hero and I need to remember that our God is amazing and to share that with her in a way she can understand and gain power from.  I am thankful for the awesome team that brought this Bible to be for all of us who need some help.  

check out my review on Amazon here

God bless you all!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fuzzy and Small Girls Bible Review

Emma loves when I get to review books that are for either her or her brother.  I also love when I get to review a book and pass a quality book on to my kids.  This month I got a new girl themed Bible for Emma.  It came in the mail when she was home and she was thrilled when she saw it was girl themed and for her.  She carried it for two days before allowing me to really look at it for a review.

Emma really likes that is is small, which is key for her since she cant carry heavy things.  It is also a Big Girl Bible which makes her really happy to take it to church on Sunday.  She loved how soft the cover is, and really loved the bright colors.  The bright blue background with the lime green out lined to the hot pink word Love is really catching as you can see from the picture below.
She loves how soft the cover is and how shiny the silver is around the edging.  Ten year old girls like sparkles and bright colors.  This Bible has both just on the front.  She also loved the hot pink inside cover with the pretty quote from Ephesians on it.  I loved that it has a place to write her name, the date given, who gave it to her, and a note from that person.  That makes it a keepsake in my book and gives me a spot to remind her I love her daily when she sees.  There are a few colorful maps in the back for reference and a 365 reading plan to follow as well.  I really love that there is a dictionary/concordance she can learn to use as she learns to read and study the Bible more on her own.

This Bible is done in the New Living Translation, which I am not as familiar with yet.  However it seems pretty easy to follow along with.  Emma is not a great reader yet and struggles to read but she can follow along okay so far with some help by an adult.  I wish the font was bigger for a younger reader to read easier but then I guess it would not be slimline.  

All in all it is a great first big girl Bible.  I think my daughter will enjoy growing into in the next year or so.  She is just not quite ready for this much of a grown up Bible.  She will be soon though with her reading continuing to get better. I feel good about the quality of the product and feel it will uphold to a young girls carrying of it.  I am happy to see her growing and learning in her faith with such a fun and colorful tool to help her as she moves from a kids Bible to a more grown up Bible.

Here is my Amazon review and you can check out other's as well.

Thanks Tyndale House for my free copy in return for my honest review of the product.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Not what you plan

This week has been a mess.

A beautiful mess

  I had two work functions at the start of the week, they went fine.  And then I planned to sleep and rest a few days gearing up for summer about to start.  Well, then Taylor spiked a fever on Monday night that lasted till this afternoon.  So instead of naps after the kids left for school, I watched cartoons, went on long strolls and did knock knock jokes.  We spent most of the week in PJ's and yoga pants and you know what, I loved it all.  Emma also spent yesterday at home, well actually at VCH having her hearing aid tested and upgraded.  That is about a two hour adventure in craziness and to top that off she went to an hour of speech.  She is a rock star!  Lea her American Girl doll also attended and helped picked the new colors for her new hearing aid mold.  Look out world she will be sporting glittered pink, purple and white molds soon!

Today I picked Emma up a little early and headed home.  A storm had passed through town earlier and I already knew we had no power at home.  However, I was surprised to find we had power but had lost half a tree while I was gone.  This afternoon became operation cut the tree up.  My dad came to help Daniel.  We spent a little time cutting and dragging it to the curb.  It became a great afternoon in the yard as a family working together.  Now, I could have lived without the downpour that occurred in the middle of cutting it down, but the rainbow Emma spotted was worth the soggy sports bra and shirt.  We had a dog come hang out that was not ours but we found it's owner about the time we dragged the last limb off.  He had gotten out of a fence up the road.  Emma did get her India Spice Cookies cooked in the middle of all this craziness and they are ready for food day tomorrow at school.  She had to choose India:)  Cardamom cookies are actually pretty good FYI:)

My women's group is studying a great book right now called Wonderlife by Mike Foster.  It is so good!  One of the key points I have taken away so far, is being happy in the season you are in.  Life is full of seasons, some good and some not.  Life for our family has been hard lately, but we have each other and the wonderful memories we strive to make each day.  Things do not have to be perfect for you to be okay with life.  You have to find peace in what is here and now.  God has a plan, I just need to trust and love!  Today did not go as planned, but tonight my house is still standing, my kids are happy and healthy in their beds, and my husband is relaxing while watching TV before bed.  God is Good !!