Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday

It is time for me to post my Thankful Thursday for this week. Take some time to think about your blessings. It is a great habit to have!

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband taking care of household tasks as I recover.  He has kept up the laundry this week, dishes, meals, etc.  I'm blessed by him.

~ trying to help my big boy with algebra. He has done so well understanding the concepts all school year.  He has an excellent teacher, and they have created this great book of notes so far this year.  This past week they have had homework I do not remember ever learning how to do; maybe I did, who knows!  I'm thankful to be able to "try"to help him as he needs it and am very thankful for sites that help me and remind me how to do the problems so I can help him!

~ feeling like doing "lessons" this week with my little guy.  We started doing the letter G and some things with polar bears for winter.  He loves this time and learns so quickly.

~ get well cards in the mail.  I've received several. I put this last week, but I've received more and I appreciate them and they make me smile. 

~ people bringing meals. It has been helpful and we have enjoyed them. Tonight my Mom brought some chicken, okra, macaroni salad, and chocolate cake.

~ ability to hear.....Titus and I read the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?  We've been saying that to each other and saying what we hear.  I'm thankful for all the different noises I can hear! 

Have a day of blessings! 
Bethany

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A New Year Thankful Thursday

Happy New Year!  I never did get a Thankful Thursday posted last week. I reported to the hospital at 6 a.m. for my surgery on December 28. So this week my thankful list will revolve around my surgery, a hysterectomy.

This week I am thankful for...
~my husband's love and support. He has been my side through all of this from taking me to the pre op appointment, listening to my fears, praying for me,  and then waiting for them to take me to surgery, sleeping in the uncomfortable hospital bed for guests with me two nights, and giving me great care since we've been home. I am still sleeping on the couch and he has slept beside me so he will be near if I need something. I have told him he can go to our bed but he is staying in here. I'm so thankful for him and how he cherishes me.

~ my big boy being concerned and helpful through the surgery.  He brought me flowers and fed me jello in the hospital. Before we left for the hospital, he wrote a "social story" for Titus called "Mommy is going to the hospital." (This was an idea my cousin gave us to help prepare Titus for what we would be doing.). He did a great job creating the little,book for Titus, and it was very effective as well. Now he's back to school, and I miss having him at home.

~ my little guy doing so fabulous through all of this the last week. He woke from his nap with a fever last Tuesday so I called the doctor and got him an appointment for Wednesday morning. He had puss in his ears and the doctor gave us a prescription. We did not end up giving it to him though because he didn't have any more symptoms and was totally fine. He did remarkable staying at the hotel with my Mom and Russell, visiting me at hospital, and being gentle with me when I came home. This is an answer to prayer that he has done so well being away from home and sleeping away from me.

~ the get well wishes I've received in the mail. I was surprised to get one from my husband's coworkers too, that was nice.  Also we've had supper delivered which is a blessing (and yummy).

~ all the help my Mom has been with the boys, preparing us food, and doing laundry.

~ having the surgery behind me and looking forward to feeling better each month. My doctor has been wonderful and so helpful.

Have a day of blessings!

Bethany

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Books: Circle C Stepping Stones #3 and #4


About the book:
When the Circle C ranch decides to host a rodeo competition with two other ranches, dozens of cowboys are eager to prove they're the best riders and ropers in the valley. But they're not the only ones who want to show off their skills--Andi aims to lasso her way to the prizes, even if big brother Chad says the contest isn't for kids.


My thoughts: 
This is such a cute series, and I couldn't resist getting these books to review after reading the first two in the series.  In Andi Lassos Trouble  the main character Andi wants to compete in the rodeo that is being hosted by the Circle C.  Her older brother does not think she should participate though.  Will Andi obey and only watch, or will she try to get in on the competition?

I like the fact that this book is historical fiction for the young readers.  Andi is a likeable girl and has troubles with friends and siblings to which the reader will be able to relate.  The reader can learn from these books about life on a ranch and in this book about events at a rodeo.
  
It is appropriate for 2nd/3rd graders, but I think 1st graders would enjoy listening to the story if they couldn't read it on their own.  I recommend these books to you for your personal library.

Find out more about the book and author here.


And book #4 in this series is called Andi to the Rescue.


About the book:
This is so embarrassing. Andi's teacher, Miss Hall, is sick--and Mother is the substitute teacher. What will Andi's friends think?

But it turns out embarrassment is the last thing Andi needs to worry about when two outlaws kidnap Andi and her mother after school in a case of mistaken identity! They can't even tell the kidnappers a mistake has been made without putting themselves in even more danger.


My thoughts:
This is the fourth book I've read from this series.  It added some danger and mystery to the story which made it a fun little read.

The setting of this book is not at the Circle C but involves  Andi and her mother being kidnapped by mistake.  Will they be able to escape and return home safely?  Can Andi be brave when she needs to be for her Mom?

I also found it interesting to learn the section at the back of the book about some outlaws that weren't your "typical" outlaw.  I appreciate that these books teach historical lessons as well as examples of Godly character. 

I previously reviewed other books in this series on this post.

I received these books as part of a Kregel blog tour for my honest review.  Thank you.


Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Book: So Great a Love


Today I will share with you the book So Great a Love by Kristie Wilde.

About the book:
"Does God really love me?" This delightful children's book helps little ones understand how God loves them.
Each beautiful, engaging, two page spread is a full color illustration revealing a different aspect of God's love through a specific animal -- God protects you like a mama bear, He wants to cover you like a hen covers her chicks, etc.
The detailed illustrations go beyond the text and explore the animal in it's natural setting, encouraging imagination, exploration and conversation.
So Great a Love is the second book in the Joyful Creation series.

My thoughts:This is a sweet book to introduce your children to God's great love.  We all need reminders of how much He loves us and this book does a nice job illustrating His love. 

I particularly like that the author adds a page of verses at the end that show the Bible reference where each description of God's love comes from.  The text on each page is short which will keep the interest of young children.  The illustrations will be enjoyed by all.

This is another nice addition to your personal or church library. 

I reviewed another book by this same author in this series at this post.

I received a copy of this book for my honest review from the bookcrash Reviewers program. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings! 
  Bethany

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New book in 2018

Do you have books coming out in 2018 that you look forward to reading?  Here is the video trailer to the next book in the Amish Cooking Class series by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  The book is #3 in this series, and I look forward to reading it. It releases in February (which we know will be here before we know it!)  It looks like it will be a good book. (And I like the purple on the cover.)




Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, December 22, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for....

~ being able to go to my husband's office party on Monday and that he took off a couple days this week.

 ~ having my big boy home with us. He got out of school last Friday for Christmas break.

~ hearing my little boy sing Christmas songs. He loves the line "now bring us some figgy pudding" in "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" except he says piggy pudding.

~ attending the candlelight service at our new church. It was just beautiful, and we all four enjoyed it.

~ receiving a surprise from a friend in the mail.  She sent me a sweet card and "thinking of you package."

~ opening gifts at my Mom's house on Thursday night. I like having them close by.  We enjoyed our time together.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

I am having surgery next Thursday so my post will probably be late.

Have a day of blessings! 
    Bethany

Friday, December 15, 2017

Free Christmas book

I found out that a Christmas book is free to download right now and wanted to share that with you.

It is called The Christmas Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter.


Here is the link to get it at Barnes and Nobles. You can find it at other online retailers as well.  This special will end soon so check it out today!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany