Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

11.  On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.  We will be celebrating our sweet Titus in a few weeks when he turns 3.  I can’t believe it will be here so soon that I will have a 3 year old.

22. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?  Here are my choices:  wash baseboards, clean out closets, dust bookcases (my husband is taller so he can reach the fan better), wipe down the light fixtures.  No I haven’t done any of these lately.

33. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? Sour cream? Whipped cream? 
cream cheese:  sopapilla cheesecake
sour cream: tacos or fajitas, just a small amount though
whipped cream: hot fudge sundae

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?
None come to mind at the minute that I mispronounce. I cannot stand it when people mispronounce library.  

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?
What comes to mind is a little song that Caleb sang in his baby Bible class on Sundays "rain rain, falling down, making puddles all over the town"

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
It has been a long time since I have participated in the Hodgepodge.  It feels like Spring is here in Texas and we are enjoying the beautiful days.  

Have a day of blessings!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Book: I Could Use a Nap and a Million Dollars

About the book:
Too often, women wonder if the abundant life Jesus promised is buried somewhere beneath the piles of dirty laundry or the layers of crumbs and abandoned toys on the floor of the minivan. Overwhelming to-do lists--pay the bills, go to work, parent the children, volunteer at church, bake four dozen cupcakes before bed--can feel like weights around their necks.

Jessie Clemence knows the struggles of women everywhere who are just trying to get through the million stresses--small and large--that come with living day to day. This funny, warm, and honest book speaks directly to them, and offers real hope.

With hilarity and wit sure to make every mom chuckle in recognition, Jessie discusses what the Bible says about reactions to daily frustrations and God's expectations for Christians' lives. For any overwhelmed woman wanting a new way of handling life's crazy moments, God is waiting to offer abundant life, peace, and joy--all found through seeking Him.

I Could Use a Nap and a Million Dollars will give readers a respite, time to laugh out loud, and a new focus on the God who can turn their stresses into blessings.

My thoughts:When I read the book description, I thought this sounded like a good book to review.  I have enjoyed reading it.  The book is divided into three sections....
  • The Relentless, Endless Muck of Adulthood
  • Other People and Their Chaos Stress Me Out
  • Sometimes I Stress Myself Out 
She has a lot of funny stories which the readers will be able to relate to.  I appreciate the biblical perspective she adds to these too. 

Topics covered in the chapters of this book include procrastination, finances, housework, misunderstandings, and entitlement to name a few.

As I read I kept a list of quotes that really stood out to me.  Here are a couple of those:

"The Bible never once tells us our value is based on how clean our tubs are or how tidily our linens are folded.  But it does tell us to carefully guard the important things in our hearts and to focus on what's really important."

"Our eternal security and citizenship rest in what Christ has done for us, not in how many religious memes we post on Facebook.  We've lost our focus, and we desperately need to get it back."  

I think you will be encouraged by this book.  Sometimes we just get all bent out of shape over things that don't ever matter. It's good to take a step back and recheck our priorities. There were a lot of things that made me stop and think, which I always appreciate as I read.

While I didn't agree with everything the author said, I did enjoy this book overall and found it to be a good read and encouraging to me.

Check out more about this book here.

I received a copy of this book for my review for being part of the Kregel Blog Tour.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday

This week is our Spring Break.  I am thankful for...

~ celebrating my husband's birthday on Tuesday.  He is two weeks younger than me.  We took a cake and pie to his work office after we went to lunch.  We went with him on an overnight trip.  Before we left I remembered that we always sing "Happy birthday" to him and the boys help blow out the candles.  So I picked up a pack of cupcakes and we sang at the hotel lobby.  Titus sang on and on very loudly and it was very cute.

~ my big boy feeling better this week and being seen by the ENT.  We were glad he was able to be seen so quickly after his referral.  It looks like he is going to have his tonsils removed this summer. 

~ my little guy's love for his big brother and how he gets excited/happy about such simple things.

~ God reminding me not to worry.

~ working on our plans for the summer.  The summer months are filling up quickly! 

~  the timing of devotionals I read.  Two times in the past week it has been perfectly time on the day I needed to read it. 

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I hope the first week of March has been a good week for you.  Ours has been fairly normal I guess.  Next week is spring break which will be nice.

This week I m thankful for...
~ words of appreciation from my husband.  It meant so much to me when we were talking one day and he very randomly said some things he appreciated about me.  It made me feel good.

~ my big boy feeling better.  He has had about 6 weeks of throat/ear issues.  He's never had ear infections and now he has.  Monday morning he said his throat hurt again.  I thought at first it was drainage.  We got him a doctor appointment.  He went Monday afternoon and had an ear infection.  Since this has happened for a 3rd time, the doctor referred him to an ENT.  We already had that appointment today.  He recommended having his tonsils removed.

~ looking at the stars with my little guy.  One night when it was a full moon we had walked down the driveway to see the moon.  So now he tells us let's go see the moon when we come home and it is dark.  Last night we couldn't see the moon but saw stars.

~ enjoying an afternoon walk with my boys after school.

~ getting to work on some of the things for the upcoming birthday party for Titus!  He will be 3 in APRIL.  :)

~ books and libraries.

Have a day of blessings!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Book: A Very Happy Easter Prayer + GIVEAWAY

About the book/author:
The weather is warming, flowers are blooming, and cuddly critters are leaving their nests. Join the adorable woodland animals as they thank God for all the blessings of Easter.

Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a bestselling author who for the past 20 years has written everything from children’s books to gift books to thousands of greeting cards. She is the writer behind the bestselling Really Woolly® brand, with more than a million books sold and an ECPA Gold Award–winning Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers. Bonnie has won a Retailer’s Choice Award for her book I Love You Head to Toe and also several Louie Awards for her work in the social expression industry. Her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running, and sunshine. She lives and works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.

My thoughts:
I am picky about Easter books because I do not want them to be all about bunnies!  I did enjoy reading this sweet book with my little guy. There are bunnies on the front, but that is not what this book is about!  It is more about the Spring and things we can pray for in thankfulness during the Spring season. 

Here is a sample of one of the pages and pretty illustrations:

This board book will make a nice addition to your little one's Easter basket this year!

Click here for the giveaway!

I received a copy of this book for my honest review from Frontgate blogger network.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy March!  February was busy for us and went fast.

This week I am thankful for...

~ my sweet husband cleaning the house over the weekend.  It felt so nice to come home to the clean house!

~ my big boy doing so well in school. He got his report card last week, we are proud of him.  He is to the 5th six weeks now! 

~ my little guy running in the house and giving me a yellow flower he had found in the yard. 

~ ladies retreat hosted by our church.  It started on Friday and then those that wanted to stayed overnight.  The theme verse was Proverbs 4:23.  I got to know some of the ladies better, and it was a very nice time.

~ having a nice birthday! I turned 39 on Tuesday!  I had my normal Tuesday activities going to Bible study, library with Titus and lunch with my husband.  Then he took off early too.  After we got Caleb we went to my Mom's for a delicious supper.  She made hamburger steak, rolls, mashed potatoes, and pea salad for me (my favorite).  And angel food cake. My husband had made me a chocolate cake as well which we've been enjoying this week.  I also got so many nice cards in the mail and had lunch with a friend on Wednesday.

~ winning a pass to go to the consignment sale here.  I usually to to the sale the night they have "consignor's night."  You get a pass to come before it opens to the public.  Well that was on my birthday night so I hadn't planned to go.  Then Sunday night I got a text that I had won a pass to the "worker's night" so I got to go Monday night!  I found some clothes for Titus and a couple other things.

Have a day of blessings! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Brrrrr! We have had quite the variation in our weather this week.  It was so nice and spring like with temperatures in the 70s or maybe low 80s earlier this week.  After I got out of Bible study on Tuesday it was so warm.  Then we went to the library.  When we came out I told Titus we need to hurry and get to the van because it looks like it is about to rain.  We got in the van and started to go to lunch before it started POURING.  It was a very hard, long rain.  We met my husband for lunch and he helped us get inside.  He carried Titus under his umbrella, and I used another umbrella.  We were both thankful for umbrellas!  The rain let up for a bit and we started home and the streets were flooded badly.  At one place I had to turn around and go a different route.  It was also much colder by this time as well. 

Wednesday morning we had freezing rain.  School was delayed two hours and then ended up cancelled for the day.  It was cancelled again today.  Now I can hear the ice melting off of our roof. 

The boys have had fun playing in it and we have had a good time mostly relaxing at home.  I got some things done too.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being home for part of the time during the ice days. He made it to town for his dentist appointment but then his work office was closed so he came home.  He helped with some chores, cleared off the sidewalk, made supper, etc. 

~ my big boy being at home for two days this week.  I am also thankful he was okay after he broke out in a terrible case of hives Sunday night.  I ended up taking him to the doctor on Monday to see if it was a reaction to his antibiotic.  He had to switch to a different med (which I am also thankful that he was able to swallow those pills).  The doctor thought it was a reaction.

~ hearing my little boy pray for us, for his brother, for things he is thankful for. It is so sweet to hear.

~ visiting with one of my cousins.  We had not seen each other in 5 years.  He went over to my Mom's with two of his daughters.  It was nice to visit.  I am thankful for the things God has done in his life as well and the changed life that he now is.  He gives God all the credit.

~ rest, being home, heaters, fire place, and umbrellas!

~ time to work on my Shutterfly book and getting a ticket for a free book. 

Have a day of blessings!