Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some thoughts on Better Together

One of the chapters in the book I'm reading (Better Together) talks about how as Moms we do things differently.  This does not mean our way is the only right way of doing something and everyone else is wrong. It just means they may do things differently than we do.

I was thinking how this could apply to any relationship. When my son was cooking supper, I came behind him and stirred the meat. He had the skillet turned with the handle opposite of how I place it on the burner because he is left handed. It didn't mean it was wrong to do it that way even though I would never do it like that.

As I stirred the meat I thought back to this quote and how easy it is to criticize something that someone does differently than me.  Why did you do it that way?  Why would you think that was a good way to do that task?  I may not say these things out loud, but I do often have these thoughts.

This has been a good reminder to me to realize that doing something differently does not make the other person wrong.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I learned this morning of the death of a young boy in our community. I'd been praying for him and reading the updates on his condition. I was surprised to hear of his death.

Things like this always make me pause longer and notice all the things for which I have to be thankful for....ordinary things that I may take for granted on other days.  Things like a runny nose to wipe, diapers to change, a call from a friend, lunch with another friend, homework time, our routine, messages from my Mom through the day.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ a love note from my husband. Such sweet words that encouraged my heart to read.

~ talks and hugs with my big boy. He's growing up so fast.

~ funny faces my sweet boy makes when he copies us. It is so cute.

~ going to a coloring club at a local library. It was very relaxing, and I met two new ladies.

~ friends I have in my life.

~ that he microwave went out when my husband was home and not when I was here by myself with Titus.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Better Together

I was excited to find out I am on the launch team for a new book by Jill Savage with Anne McClane. I can't tell you how much I've been encouraged as a Mom through several Jill Savage books in the past and I knew this one would be beneficial to me as well.

I'm learning so much as I am reading.  There is just a lot of good stuff in here for Moms.  We need other Moms to help us along.  So far I've learned some things about myself with the Mothering Personality Inventory.

It will be out at the beginning of March, but I encourage you to preorder it now.  You can preorder it here or here or several other sites.  Also, there will be over $50 of freebies as a bonus if you preorder the book!

It would be great to read in a Mom's group or with a group of friends too.You don't want to miss out on this valuable book if you are a Mom!


Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday. I'm tired this week. We are trying to figure out if something I am eating is causing trouble for Titus.  I'm keeping a record of what the two of us are eating (since I'm breastfeeding).  I have thought since shortly after he was born that he reacted when I had dairy. I have not eaten ice cream which I honestly cannot believe I've done!  Caleb has given me a bite of his and then it seems like I see the reaction in Titus so I quit doing that too.  Something has upset him this week.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband's love and support.  I was very stressed one night trying to figure out what to do for Titus and he was so loving and just knowing he got up to just be there to help me if I needed it was so encouraging.

~ my big boy being invited to join an honor society at school called Junior Beta.  He was excited when he brought the letter to the car when I picked him up.  We're so proud of him!

~ my sweet baby boy giving me kisses.  When I was up with him and didn't know what to do, he put both of his hands up on my face and kissed me.  It was the sweetest thing.  He continues to make us laugh with the noises he makes repeating us and the faces he does.

~ audio books.  I have one I'm listening to in the car and another while doing chores in the house that I get from a service offered by our library.  I just love having books to listen to and there is a good variety available from our library.  I have started a list of what is next!

~ seeing two people at the grocery store that I hadn't seen in a while.  Both were at the school where I volunteered last year.  One is still teaching and the other had a baby right after I did.  It was so nice to randomly run into both of them.

~ getting things ready for our countdown to Valentine's Day!  I need to find a mailbox for Titus.  I've gotten several prizes for him and Caleb and need to come up with more ideas for my husband as I'm trying not to do candy in his mailbox this year!  We look forward to this little family tradition to start February!

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World

I have completed a wonderful book called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. Visit her website here. I've read her blog for many years as well as her previous book Rhinestone Jesus so I was excited to be able to read this new book.

There's no question our society as a whole has an entitlement mentality. I've witnessed this multiple times in my life, and it's just everywhere really in all different age groups.  In this book the author shares her experiences with her own family off  what they do to raise grateful kids. She admits it is not easy to be different from the world, but as Christians that is who we are supposed to be. I appreciate her honesty as a Mom that she is not an expert and doesn't have everything figured out.

The book is easy to read with 4 parts divided into ten chapters. Each ends with practical ideas of how to implement the ideas in your own family with ideas for parents, toddlers/preschoolers, elementary aged, and tweens/teens.

I marked a lot in this book as I read and gained some wonderful ideas to incorporate in our family. I want my husband to read it next, and I plan to reread it too at some point because it just has so much good stuff.

You can pre-order a copy for yourself today. Visit this website for more information about the special offer for when you pre-order.

This book was provided to me by the Tyndale reviewers program for my honest review. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday

We've all had a good week, pretty normal and nothing too out of the ordinary.

This week I am thankful for...
~ enjoying a day at home Monday with my husband.  He had the day off.  We did not plan anything and just stayed around the house doing chores and such.  Titus liked having Daddy home with us too.
~ hugs from my boy. I just cherish the times my boy will come and hug me and hang on to me.

~  the blessing to watch my baby boy in his admiration of his big brother.  I just love seeing them together and how they interact.

~ wonderful books!  I have one to share with you (probably tomorrow) called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch.  And I also found out I get to be part of the launch team for Jill Savage's new book Better Together.  Both are wonderful!  Plus audio books are something else I'm thankful to have access to.

~ warm blankets we can add to our bed when it gets cold at night!  Plus my robe that keeps me warm when I get up in the night with Titus.

~ eating at Moe's. It is a relatively new place that has burritos and such.  You tell them what you want on it as you go down the line.  On Monday's they have $5 burritos, and I just love them!  Yummy!

Here's a quote about gratitude from the book:

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seeds Family Worship New Album!

Our family has enjoyed the music of Seeds Family Worship for several years now.  I've written about them in the past on the blog.   Each CD contains songs to teach you verses from God's Word. I love that the songs are word for word out of the Bible.

They have a brand new CD out.  It's called "When You Lie Down  Lullabies and Scripture Songs."

I have loved listening to this CD.  Several of the verses are familiar to me from past memorization, but it is nice to hear them as new songs.  This is a wonderful CD to have playing because it has such a calming effect.  I love it!

This is a wonderful CD. Get a copy for yourself or to give as a gift.

Visit Seeds Family Worship at their website or on Facebook.

Thank you to Seeds for sending me a copy of this CD for my review.

Have a day of blessings!