Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. This coming weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. Do you celebrate Easter in your home? What was your favorite Easter tradition as a child?
Yes, we have always celebrated Easter.  In recent years we have attended a sunrise service at our church.  I have done various activities with Caleb through the years. Over the past few years he's done a scavenger hunt to find a few prizes, usually that weekend, not on Easter Sunday and not necessarily eggs with candy.  Last year we did a glow in the dark hunt for eggs with money.  I think we will do that again this year. We color eggs too.  On Sunday we go to church services as usual.

As a child we always colored eggs.  My Mom would always boil so many to dye.  We'd write on them with crayons too before we dyed them.

2. George Weinberg is quoted as saying, 'Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.' Agree or disagree? Share your own thoughts on the word hope. Yes I think a lot of people just give up and think there is no way out, no one cares, no hope.

This is a verse I like about hope from Romans 8:23--25  "Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

3. Weigh in with a yay or nay on the traditional Easter candies. A solid milk chocolate bunny? Cadbury Creme Eggs? Peeps? Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs? Jellybeans? Coconut Cream Eggs? Of the candies listed, which one would you most like to find in your Easter basket?
I would give a big nay to Cadbury Creme Eggs, probably the Coconut ones too.  My Meemaw loved the Cadbury ones, and I'd get her a couple every year when I'd start seeing them in the stores. It always makes me think of her to see them. The rest I do like, particularly the flavor of Starburst Jelly Beans, not the other kinds really. I'd like to find Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs in my Easter basket.

4. When did you last feel 'like a kid in a candy store'? The first thing that came to mind is when I see stationary/note cards on sale. I have a big collection and just can't resist getting more when I see them on sale, like the $1.50 bins at Michael's marked down to $.50. :)

5. What's something you know you do differently than most people? Does that bother you? Does it bother other people?  One thing that came to mind (after reading Joyce's answer) was that I don't have a smart phone. My cell phone just makes calls, it doesn't text.  Some people find that odd that I don't have texting.  I have an iPad Mini I can use at home for texting and such and when we are traveling I use my husband's iPhone.  I just haven't felt the need to have a phone for it so haven't gotten one yet!

6. Palm Springs CA, Palm Beach FL, or the PALMetto State...of the three mentioned, which sunny spot would you most like to visit right now? Which have you visited at one time or another? I've never been to any of these.  I'll pick Florida as one I'd like to visit because I do hope to go to Florida someday.  I've not been to California either, but Florida is higher on my list.

7. If you could change the length of a day would you lengthen it or shorten it? Tell us why.  
What a question!  There are times in the past when I'd think it'd be nice to have a few more hours to get something finished but typically I am not like that. I am fine with how things are now.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The baby appointment went well yesterday.  The doctor was laughing as she listened to baby's heart and was watching him or her kicking around in my stomach.  22 days!

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Children's book: Duck Commander Devotions for Kids

Today I'd like to share with you a book called Duck Commander Devotions for Kids by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard with illustrations by Holli Conger.

Book Description:The first devotional for kids by the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame!

With the Robertson clan's flair for down-home wisdom and their wholesome family values, this devotional reveals the heart and faith of this much-loved family from A&E's hit show Duck Dynasty. The more than 6-million moms, dads, and little ones who are loyal fans of the Duck Dynasty family will love this collection of inspirational messages.

Each devotion contains a brief message, an anecdotal story from America's favorite family, a passage from Scripture, a prayer, and a "Duck Commander in Action." Not only are the messages motivational, but they are also mixed with the characters' trademark wit and revelations from their personal faith journeys. An ideal companion product for Duck Dynasty fans, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who want to grow in their faith, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is certain to inspire little ones in their faith journey.

My thoughts:
When I saw this children's devotional book available for review, I wanted to request it for my son. He enjoys watching episodes of Duck Dynasty, and I wanted to see what this book was like.

It is appropriate for a child to read on their own or with a parent.  Each devotion fits on two pages, and there are cartoon illustrations to go with each.  I found the verses applied well to the thoughts presented on a level that children will be able to understand and apply to their own lives.  The "Duck Commander in Action" section gives a creative idea to easily apply the point of the devotion. Also I liked that the experiences and stories of various family members of the Duck Dynasty family were used in each devotion.

We have enjoyed reading this together, and I encourage you to check it out for the child at your house.

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Have a day of blessings!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Miles From Nowhere

Here is a book for you to check out by Amy Clipston!

About the book:
In the third book in the Roadside Assistance trilogy, Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, and focused on her dreams of fashion design-a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City. And as she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea's boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat. Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There's something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she's broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse. Before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

My thoughts:
I had not read any of Amy Clipston's young adult books.  I must say this is a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it.  There are so many lessons in this book for young adults which would make it a great book for a book study group.  I felt like the relationships and troubles experienced in this book are real to life for young adults today.  I liked that things were not just solved immediately and Chelsea doesn't always make the right decisions, which makes her seem like a real person.  I think young adults will be able to relate to the situations in this story.

If you have young adults in  your life looking for a good author with great stories, check out Amy Clipston.

This book is available April 7.  You can find more information here.  I received an ARC of this book as part of Amy Clipston's Bakery Bunch.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday! We've had a "different" sort of week here.  Caleb started throwing up Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.  We thought it was his allergies because he used to do this just about every night. He ate breakfast and went to school.  But they called me that he'd thrown up again before 8:30 so I picked him up.  He got sick several more times so I guess it was some sort of stomach bug instead of allergies.  I thought he was on the mend after he ate and seemed improved, but hours later he got sick again. I kept him home yesterday too because he got sick in the night again, but then he didn't get sick anymore after that.  He is back to school today.   I'm thankful he is feeling better! And I felt like God gave me extra strength to care for Caleb cause my husband was out of town for work.

~ my husband getting to come home and being able to talk to him while he was gone.

~ my boy feeling better and his normal regular health.

~ progress on the baby's room.  It is closer to being ready for the baby's arrival!

~ my is her birthday.  I'm thankful for all the things she's taught me and her love.

~ money to pay our bills.

~ the wonderful shower hosted by our church.  (I mentioned this yesterday.)  We feel so blessed and thankful for everything they did for us.

What are you thankful for today?

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Share a favorite song, book, or movie title containing the word green?  One that came to mind is called  Sparly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle.  She is the author of the Big Mama blog. I listened to audio, enjoyed it, and reviewed it here.  (She has another new book coming out in April too.)

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, 'Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.' Would you agree? Are you a believer in luck? It seems some people think everything happens because of luck or chance. I don't really believe in luck.

3. Spring water, Hot Springs, handspring, spring fling, spring break, spring fever, offspring...which 'spring' word best applies to something in your day, week, or life right now? Well spring break was last week. I guess offspring fits best since I'm thinking of our new baby and wondering if this baby is a boy or girl! 

4. What's something you do to make yourself look or feel more confident?  Change what I'm wearing. Some clothes make me feel too "frumpy" and certain ones don't.

5. It's National Celery Month...are you a fan? If so, what's a snack or dish you enjoy that calls for celery? Yes I like to eat celery on occasion. I like to make chicken salad using this recipe from Kelly's Korner that has celery.

6. What's one thing you wish you'd learned sooner?  I guess there are many things, but I can't think of them at the moment. So many things are a process of growing and learning over time. One through this pregnancy has been to not focus on the "what if's" as I tend to do easily.

7. Would you like to own a second home? If so where would you want that home to be? Nah, I don't think so.  That would be a lot of expense and work.

8. Insert your own random thought here. We feel so blessed and loved at the baby shower hosted by our church on Sunday. Everything was so nice....decorations, gifts, food, those who came. It was a bit overwhelming when we came home and saw so many gifts filling our living room floor. We've been sorting things out and getting them put away for now.  The baby's room is coming along  I'll have to take pictures of the Berenstain Bears blanket/wall hanging and the mobile my Mom made  Caleb also helped with the wall hanging.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday

This has been our spring break week. The weather today is quite different from the icy day we had last Thursday. We've been at home mostly with a trip to my doctor appointment earlier this week. The week has gone quickly as they normally do.  With the time change on Sunday, I'm thinking it will be difficult to get up on Monday morning when the alarm goes off!

Here is my thankful list for the week.....
~ being able to take birthday cake and a balloon to my husband at his office for his birthday which is tomorrow.  I'm so thankful for him and being able to celebrate his birthday!

~  enjoying spring break with my boy at home. He's been so helpful. I got sad thinking of this being our last time out of school together for a day with just me and him before the baby comes. We have so many traditions and routines that will change. I know it will be fine as we adjust to the new, just made me sad to think of this being the "last."

~ all the pains and feelings I have that tell me the baby is growing. I don't take for granted that many women would love to carry a baby who are unable to do so. I don't want to complain but just be thankful for these little pains. 5 more weeks!

~ being prayed for. A man at church told me this week he was still praying for me and had that morning at 9 o'clock. It is comforting when someone randomly tells you they are praying for you.

~ enjoying the sunshine this week. We had some rain too which was nice. It is feeling like spring now!  I look forward to the flowers blooming.

~ fellowship lunches after church. I enjoy the yummy food everyone brings and visiting with our friends.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word 'spring'? Which phrase best describes the season of spring where you live right now (today)-sprung! almost there, or still waiting? Flowers come to mind when I hear the word spring. I'd say here we are "almost there." Last week we had another day of ice but this week has been sunny and some rain.

2. Bed, couch, stapler, garage door, computer mouse, recliner, flashlight, door knob...which household item containing springs most needs replacing in your home? Speaking of springs...did you ever own a Slinky? Our stapler gives us trouble sometimes.  Yes, I liked playing with a Slinky as a child and would try to keep it from getting tangled.

3. March is Women's History Month. Share a favorite quote by a woman. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched--they must be felt with the heart."  -- Helen Keller 
4. What's a question that looms large in your mind right now? What will delivery day for our baby look like? We toured Labor & Delivery yesterday, and it created more questions in my mind.

5. Are you a sugar freak? By that I mean how much do you love sugar? With all the bad press sugar gets these days, have you made any efforts to reduce the amount of sugar you consume? Yes I do love sugar and have always had a sweet tooth.  I quit drinking caffeinated sodas before I got pregnant with Caleb and have not returned to them.  I do have a Sprite or caffeine free root beer on occasion but not too often.

6. Would you rather have less work to do or more work you enjoy doing?
At this point less work! I am not doing too much extra these days of my pregnancy and resting more than normal.

7. Ever been to Texas? Of the top ten Texas tourist attractions which would you most like to see-The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, The State Capital, Dallas World Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore, Houston Space Center, Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Moody Gardens, or Galveston Island?  I've lived in Texas all of my life.  I have not been to the Dallas World Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore (I don't think? not sure), Houston Space Center, or Moody Gardens.

8. Insert your own random thought here. The doctor appointment went well yesterday.  I do not have many appointments left before our baby arrives.  We got to see the hospital where the baby will be born which was fun.  This weekend our church is having a shower for us, and we are excited about that.  Caleb is on spring break, and we are having a nice week together.

Have a day of blessings!