Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Book Review: The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids

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Praying through the Bible for your Kids...this book was not what I was expecting. It is a day-by-day, step-by-step, but I thought it was going to give me more of a system, or a keyword or help me with certain areas I was looking for, and it just didn't. I had a hard time reading this book or following along. 

I felt like this book was out of touch with issues, and problems affecting parents in today's world. I have 14 year old girls, so it is very possible that someone who has younger kids would get more out of this book. I am looking for help praying for them, and I just didn't feel connected to this book in this way.

I am happy to send this book to another parent if they would like to try it out and post a review on my blog with your thoughts? Send me a message or comment below.

** Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book

Book Review: 365 Pocket Morning Prayers

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WOW....beautiful. This book comes all enclosed in this baby/robin blue soft leather cover. It is small and would easily fit in your purse. The book walks you through each day, short and simple message. I love how easy it is.

365 days, I have not read each of these yet, I love the guide in the back where you can search for a keyword and then just go to a prayer referencing that topic. I have a couple of pages dog-eared as I reference them often, good reminders. I love that I can carry this around, do it in the morning or at night or anytime I am feeling stressed really.  This book calms my nerves and has wonderful messages, good notes and the scripture references are the best. I usually store this next to my bible and can go between the two. I highly recommend.

**Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Review: Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

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This book is simple, it is coloring, relaxing, scripture, and reminding one that there is so much to be grateful for.  In this world we live in we easily forget how much there is to be thankful for. God provides our necessities, we take them for granted.  This coloring journal provides you a place to be creative, and take some time to reflect on the good.

Gratitude is a wonderful book, the pages are wonderful, the scripture and quotes are appropriate and timely. I felt like I could browse around in it and I didn't have to color in order. Some pictures I have not finished, some I have not started, but it always has a place. I love the concept of coloring and journaling, but with twin daughters, a full-time job, a husband, family and well just a busy life I found it difficult to find time to color as much as I would have liked. My girls did get to do some coloring in this as well and they loved it too. The pictures are brought to life by you.

***Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Supermom, Superwife, Superhuman, nah not so much

I used to love this term and maybe even if I am being honest with myself wanted to live up to that dream.  The dream that you can do it all and have it all, but truth be told we are all human and that term Supermom is nothing more than an illusion.  When my girls were little, I could cook dinner, scrapbook, and pay bills all at the same time, or at least I thought I could. However over the years, I have figured one thing out if I appear Superhuman in any way shape or form it is all an illusion.  While I am being creative, multi-tasking, and superhuman I assure you some part of my world is being neglected.

Yes, I consider myself a good mom, not perfect or superhuman by any means. I have walked out of the house many times without giving a kiddo cold medicine she requested before she went off to school. I have packed a lunch that might make McDucks look healthy. And I have yelled over them forgetting a violen or basketball bag at home more than once.

Now I also consider myself to be a good wife, not super though. I can pack him a lunch, make his coffee, and wash clothes all day long. You see I do all this because he loves that stuff, I could buy him a million gifts and he wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much as me packing his lunch every day. He can also infuriate me and make me laugh all in the same 20 minute period.

While I am good at both of these jobs, super I am not. Maybe for periods but while being a supermom I am not a superwife, and visa versa.  I am not and cannot be great at everything all at once. Now that doesn't mean I don't try, but lately I feel like being average is more my style. You get what you see. 

Yes, I make lunches for all of us every morning and coffee.  However I don't make breakfast every morning they are on their own for most mornings in fact toaster struedals and cereal are mainstays in my house, except Sunday's. That day I love getting up and making a good breakfast. That I do for me, I love sitting at the table and enjoying a morning meal with my family. Selfish yes, but sometimes we all do stuff that is more for us than those around us.

You see for all the stuff I do, I get back more than that in love. My husband really does appreciate my lunch packing, coffee making skills. It lets me use my love giving skills and his love accepting skills.

Please don't think I am super at anything, I am just me nothing super about it. And that is ok.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


The prompt/question for the day....How do you deal with anger or frusteration? How could you improve your reactions?

Anger and Frusteration are honestly usually met with tears, I am funny that way I guess.  When I am frusterated it is always tears that you see, which is funny because that then makes me mad.  I hate crying as a response, but I guess there are worse things.

I am not sure what I used to do but my responses to both of these are pretty boring.  I will take a walk or journal. I love writing or typing out my frusteration/anger. It helps me think, collect my thoughts, and come up with a plan.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A little gratitude

I found this fun, thought provoking, engaging, and refreshing new blog, you can see the link below to check it out.

Text My Journal Blog

I love having prompts for each day, it helps me get going back into my writing and gives me food for thought.

I am picking up from yesterday when I found them so here you go

27. Pick a word to focus on for the next 7 days. Write it somewhere you’ll see it. Make a list of ways you can add the essence of this word into your daily routine.

So my word is HAPPY, and I instantly thought of Little Miss Sunshine. Yes, she is old school and I love her she always makes me smile.  I have printed several little versions of her and wrote the word happy next to them, and am placing them were I will see her daily (on my desk, in my planner, bathroom mirror, on the fridge, etc).

28. Make a list of five things you’re grateful for – one for each sense: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

Five things I am grateful for...
  1. Sight - that I can see my children and watch them grow 
  2. Sound - the crickets at night, it is calming and reminds me that I am a small part of a big world 
  3. Smell - Smell of fall, apple pie, cinnamon, fireplaces, cozy 
  4. Taste - I am thankful I can taste everything, but this time of year, stew and chili love cold weather food 
  5. Touch - my husband, I love wrapping my arms around him 
More to come tomorrow and hopefully for many more days along with some none prompted entries, as I still have to write about our Family Vacation to Yellowstone!! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eye of the Storm

I love this song, heard it this morning and the beat and message is just, well, wonderful.

Book Review: The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids

Praying through the Bible for your Kids...this book was not what I was expecting. It is a day-by-day, step-by-step, but I thought it wa...