Monday, October 23, 2017

Information from FFB

Do you take your eyesight for granted?  Did you know that every year nearly 10 million Americans go blind due to AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration?   I did not know this.  

The exciting news is that a cure is in sight! What can you do to help?

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has provided funding for research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971. In fact, with the research FFB has already made possible, treatments to stop and in some cases even reverse retinal disease is a reality. 

This is great news for people over 55 and their families. With AMD it is nearly impossible for grandparents to enjoy the little things in life such as playing games, watching movies and reading to their grandchildren. However, due to innovative research, those things are once again possible for many people…but, we need to continue this outreach, support additional research and find cures. 

This is why our campaign focus is on ‘Driving Research & SAVING SIGHT!’.

Watch this short video.

Please click here to learn more about macular degeneration and to learn how to prevent and cure it.

Thank you!

Have a day of blessings! 

Book: Remember the Ladies

Look at this cute, informative book in the Ellis the Elephant series by Callista Gingrich.

About the book:
Ellis the Elephant is headed back to the White House! In Remember the Ladies, the seventh in Callista Gingrich's New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America's greatest first ladies and discovers their many contributions to American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of LibertyLand of the Pilgrims' PrideYankee Doodle DandyFrom Sea to Shining SeaChristmas in America, and Hail to the Chief, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Remember the Ladies, this adorable pachyderm explores the fascinating lives of our first ladies.

My thoughts:
I am familiar with Ellis the Elephant after reviewing two previous books in the series.  I have also reviewed Christmas in America and Hail to the Chief in this series. 

In this book Ellis learns about some of the first ladies. I liked the rhyming text and how it spotlights how each first lady has her own significant contributions to our country.

This book is geared for children aged 4-9.  It would be appropriate for an elementary classroom/library or for your personal library.  At the close of the book is 7 pages with a  listing of all the first ladies with a paragraph about each one.

This book makes it fun to learn some of our country's history. Plus the elephant is pretty cute too!

Learn more about the cute "Ellis" series here.

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

Have a day of blessings! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

I'm Not a Scaredy Cat

Best selling author Max Lucado has a new children's book called I'm Not a Scaredy Cat A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave.

"I'm a big cat.  I'm a strong cat.  I'm not a scaredy cat....except when...."

This little cat has times when he is afraid like when "noises are loud" or when the slide made his "tummy flippy-flop."  When he is afraid he knows to pray.

The illustrations are wonderful.  I like the cute cat going through his various fears.

This book is appropriate for ages 6-10.  I feel it would be good for parents to read this book to have conversations with their children regarding their fears and how to handle them.  I think it is important for children to know what to do when they are afraid and this little cat is a good example to pray during those times.

I enjoyed this book and hope you will check it out for yourself.  Here is a link where it can be purchased.

There is a giveaway too!  I bet you know a little one who would enjoy having this in his/her home library!  Click here to enter the giveaway!

I received a copy of this book from the FrontGate Reviewers Program.  This review is my honest opinion.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!  We are enjoying the fall weather we have had lately and the fun weekend we had of fall activities.

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband's paperwork being approved regarding his accident he had while driving. (He got rear ended.)  He is STILL in pain and some days it's worse than others.  He is going to be able to get treatment now because paperwork was approved.

~ hearing my big boy tell about the things they learned in youth class.  It is great to hear his excitement and how he is relating it to his personal life. Such a blessing and answer to prayer!

~ fun doing lessons with my little guy. We both have fun.  We have been doing the letter P this week.  We made a P with pennies and did a letter match on a pizza print out I'd found online. I bought pumpkin candies to make a P with also but we haven't done that  yet.  He cut out a pink pig...he loves to cut and is getting so good at it.  (It seems there are so many words that start with P.....I told him our whole weekend was filled with P things as highlighted below.)  :)

~ learning more about the youth ministry at our new church.  We had lunch with the youth minister and he shared about their camps and opportunities.  We left feeling like we are at the right place for our family.

~ the fun weekend we had together.  Saturday morning we went to the going to the local parade.  Titus liked the band!  Then we went to the pumpkin patch and took pictures. 

~ going to the fall church picnic at the park.  The boys had fun playing, and it was a nice evening.

Have a day of blessings!   

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

KJV Know the Word Study Bible

About the book:
The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

My thoughts:
I am always interested in what various Bibles have to offer since there are so many different choices available.

I felt "verse by verse" was a little bit misleading because every single verse is not covered which I had somewhat expected based on that description. There are 21 different topics, each having 5 or more notes throughout the Bible related to that topic. Some of these include Love, Covenant, Obedience, and Purpose. Each note is numbered and has where to turn for the next note on that topic to keep reading. I liked the "Study the Book" notes and the way it connects to other Bible passages.

I was able to use the KJV Know the Word Study Bible over the past few weeks.  There were several things about it that I liked but it was not the best study Bible I have ever seen.  Part of the reason for that is because I am not a huge fan of KJV and it has been a very long time since I have read from that version.

Have a day of blessings!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Book: Jesus Always + GIVEAWAY

About the book:
Embrace the true meaning of Joy with the young believers in your life in Sarah Young’s newest 365-day devotional, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids.

My thoughts:
I was familiar with Jesus Calling and was pleased to get to review this new book by Sarah Young.  It is called Jesus Always and is especially for kids.  If you have not read her others books, something special about this devotion book is that they are written as if Jesus is talking to you.  I have found it does take me a little bit to get used to reading with that in mind.  But it is also comforting.

This book would be enjoyed by children in the upper elementary age range in my opinion.  Each devotion is a page in length with a couple of verses from which the devotion is based on.  

Wouldn't this be a nice Christmas gift?  Enter below for a chance to win a copy for yourself!  

Click here to go to the site to enter to win a copy of this book!

I received a copy of this book from Frontgate Media Blogger program for my review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Lately I've been trying to get my Thankful Thursday typed up while we eat breakfast.

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband being home.  He was in Austin for 2 weeks working on hurricane recovery efforts.  We did get to go see him one night which was a blessing.  He was working 12 hour days, 6 days a week.  They want him to go back again too for another rotation.

~ my big boy doing a great job the first six weeks.  He made A honor roll and nearly made it to a million words with the Accelerated Reader program.  He's also doing football and band.

~ my little guy who is 2 and a half today!!  He is so fun and talks nonstop.  He likes to sing too and has so many songs he knows.  He is learning the Books of the Bible, he asks me to sing it and then he fills in some of the books.  (He hollers Titus loudly every time!)  He likes to read books and play football like his big brother.  We are all so thankful for the blessing he is!

~ going to ladies supper at our church this week.  They served baked potatoes and it was a nice evening.  I also got to go to the Bible study this week which is always a blessing.

~ cool mornings and the big beautiful moon at night.

~ days with all of my boys home (like Monday). We enjoyed lunch at my Mom's and the afternoon there.

Have a day of blessings!