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 !!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

He Called Me Daughter

Run not walk and get this book!  Especially if you are a lover of Christian Fiction.  I have never read a book by Tessa Afshar before I received a copy of this book by Tyndale house to review.  It looked interesting so I choose it for my next book to review.  Honestly, it might have been because my small group/Bible Study had just done a study on the unnamed women of the Bible, and I became interested in the women who had the bleeding disease.  I remember wondering when we were studying her, what was her life like, what were her dreams and fears?  What drove her to have the courage to touch Jesus without Him seeing her?

Tessa takes what little we know about her for real, and creates a heartbreaking but beautiful story of hardships and healing.  Even though the book is a work of fiction, I truly felt like I walked the streets with Elianna.  I felt her pain when her dad turns from her, I wanted to yell at her when she loses the man she loves, and I rejoiced out loud when she found healing in Jesus.  

Read the book, engross yourself in the story and be reminded that Jesus forgives and heals us from the inside to the outside.  Elianna had a hard life, but when she learns the true meaning of being a Daughter of God, her life is never the same.

Read mine and many other's reviews on Amazon here

Thank you to Tyndale for my complimentary copy of Land of Silence, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Review

This is a book that has arrived at my door during a crazy time in my families life.  It is a book I need to dive into and camp out with for the full 31 one days that it is written to cover, and I plan to do that as soon as my daughter's medical life is not so crazy.  I have spent some time reading and exploring the amazingly written book by Sarah Mae.  It is a must read for any Christan Wife or Mother.

I constantly struggle with balancing my time of being in the moment with my kids and cleaning the house.  This book is about finding your balance with God and business of cleaning.  I think it will also help you focus on the more important aspects of life, God, your family, and cleaning.  I love that the author realized that women need help finding the peace in being a homemaking.  We need to learn how to take care of our spiritual life and our home too.

I love how the book is laid out to have a "Mary Challenge" that focusing you on God, and then you get to the "Martha Challenge" that focuses on a part of your house.  You start with what is most important, which is God, and then you look towards your home.  I have read through a lot of the book, but have not had a ton of time to follow the plan, due to my current out of control life.  But I plan on starting this in April when I can focus better.

I am looking forward to following this awesomely laid out plan for all of us frazzled mom's.  I highly think all mom's should check out this book and dive deeper into our Lord and our cleaning:)  And like it says in the preface:  "I want you to love who you are and yet be able to let Jesus into the hard places. I want you to sit with Him and let Him heal you, so you can be whole."- Sarah Mae

I long for that and it touched deep in my soul. We all need healing!

If you dont trust my aw ha moment quote check out my review and many more on Amazon!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.https://www.amazon.com/review/RY860A1US30Q3/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Big Pig Stampede Review

The number one question I seem to be getting lately at work is, "What is a good young boy book to read that is not science fiction based?"  I honestly have gotten that several times in the last month.  It is harder to find good, well written books for boys.  (it might be why boys tend to read non fiction).  I now have a cute and fun book to offer them, and an added bonus in my eyes is that it is christian based!! 

The "Big Pig Stampede" by Bob Hartman, is a well written book.  It has some cute pictures to help with context clues, which I really like for younger readers who are still learning.  I also love that it is told from the boys point of view.  I think that helps young readers as well.  

The whole book is about this boy who just happens to be in the right place at the right time to see many of Jesus miracles.  He often winds up involved in them as well.  It is definitely a new way to look at the miracles Jesus preformed.  You see it from a child's point of view and that is awesome.  I think it is not only a good book for kids to read (boys or girls) but a great read a loud for the whole family.  You can never hear the miracle stories too much in my opinion.
I do feel the book seems geared more toward boys, but that girls could really enjoy it as well.  It is just a fun and easy to read and follow early chapter book.  I think the "Goat Boy" stories will keep you turning the pages and looking forward to the next story/chapter.  You will quickly start to love the "Goat Boy"! 

You can read my Amazon review here!

Thanks Tyndale House for the copy of the book to review.  They did not influence my review of this book in anyway.  I look forward to reading this book with my kids very soon.  I think that they will both enjoy it and so will I.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mini Dates

Lately, life has been a little crazy.  Emma's medical conditions have been keeping us running and then school started.  Both kids are now at school and loving it.  But with school starting a whole new crazy schedule started.  It would be easy to let my relationship with my husband slip to the sideline.  But we learned years ago, to make our marriage and our family work, we need to take time out for us as a couple.  So, lately we have been slipping in mini dates here and there, since we don't have time for long weekends away or even more then a few hours away.  So, we have meet for coffee while the kids are at school and daddy could slip away.  Then, I had a friend cancel our breakfast date on Friday and Daniel called and meet me for lunch out of the blue before a meeting at the school we had.  A few weeks ago we had to attend Taylor's orientation at school and after I dropped the kids at Meme's house for a few hours, I ran to the Sonic near the school and we had hamburgers alone in the sun.  It does not matter what we do, as long as we are together.  We get to spend twenty to thirty minutes catching up on life, work and love!!  It may sound silly to meet for Sonic but hey making together time fit in your budget and your time frame means making it work!  We just are happy to spend a few minutes hearing each other instead of our lovely children.

I choose to Mini date my husband to make our relationship stronger and remind each other we matter to each other.  Life is always busy, you gotta make it work when you can!  I look forward to many more mini dates in the future.  Love you honey!!  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Zook Two Take on Gower!!

Today was the first day of school!  My two little ones were so excited despite being up about two hours earlier then they had been all summer.  Taylor was so excited to finally be a gator!  We all ate breakfast and got dressed and headed out early to get to park and walk the kids in.  Our school does not have a ton of parking and we had to park at a business next door so we left about thirty minutes earlier then normally.  

All smiles!!
 This mom is not so sure how she feels about having two kiddos in school and none at home during the day.  I think it will not really hit me till next week when he goes all day.  I was so excited today I didn't even tear up, but I think it will happen next week when they are both gone.  
 Daddy got to take the morning off and be with us for the first day.  We even sneaked in a coffee date while they were at school:)  Gotta make it work when you can!
 His first official first day of school picture.  He has always been with me or my parents and not in school.  So, he went today for his first time.  He did an amazing job. Walked in and did not cry or fuss.  He owned it and did great.  He earned eight points for being on task and respectful (the earn points for following rules etc).  He was so proud of those points, and also the smiley face and sticker her got.  He told us a few things about his day and seemed to already be making friends with a few girls of course:)  My ladies man!

 He loves this backpack and asked me to take a photo to show everyone.  He picked this out too!
 This girl was a little bummed to not have her best friend in her class, but was still excited to be going to school for her fifth year at Gower.  She is thrilled to have gotten the teacher she wanted!!  She decided to go purple this year for the first day, down to her shoes and nails.  She changed outfit choices twice:)  She also wanted her Anna braids.  I was so impressed on how long they now are when I braid them.  She was all smiles this morning and had a great day too!  She even tried the brunch they had in the cafeteria and said it was good.  I was shocked, but maybe she is finally branching out. She got to set by some friends and already made friends with a new girl to the school.  I love her heart.  
 Walking to school!
 Waiting for the doors to open, with their presents for their teachers.  I had fun making them for their classes.  
 Meeting his teacher, who was Emma's teacher in Pre K as well.  She has known Taylor since he was less then a year old.  I was so happy to have her again!
 Emma loves Mrs. Armstrong, we went to her animal camp this summer.  

After, the half day, we went to Mexican to celebrate with some cheese dip and chips.  We got to talk to the kids about their day and talk about the exciting things that are going to happen in the weeks to come.  Both kids are bummed school is out tomorrow for election day.  But they go back on Friday and they both want to, which is good.  We all took a nap while daddy ran to work for a few hours this afternoon.  It was a great first day for both kids and I am excited for a great new year for them both.  Life is changing and I better hang on and enjoy the ride.