Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Thankful Thursday

I hope you had  a nice Thanksgiving holiday.  We have enjoyed ours and the time off from school.  The boys enjoyed being at my Mom's on Wednesday, and I did some errands. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ date night with my husband.  It was very much needed time together, and we both enjoyed it.

~ going to my big boy's first basketball game. His team won 15-13 so that was exciting.  They play on Mondays.

~ my little guy being okay to spend the night with Gramma.  He's been extra attached lately so I wasn't sure if he'd be okay all night or not!!

~ relaxing and catching up on some things.

~ participating in the Giving Thanks Challenge on Facebook.  I usually copy my list and post it here too at the end of the month to save it. I love reading what others post and thinking of what I am going to post every day.

~ good food to eat and enjoy. We all have our favorites that we look forward to eating for Thanksgiving and I'm thankful for my Mom making them.

~ our home, clothes, and vehicles.  We have so many blessings.

Have a day of blessings!

   Bethany

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book: Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional


About the book:
What would happen if you and your family committed to doing one act of kindness each day for a year?
Our world desperately needs more kindness. Whether it’s on social media, in the news, or between your arguing kids it can seem like conflict and disconnection are everywhere. But imagine how much better life would be if we got intentional about being kind!

This year, embark on a journey to make kindness a part of your life, home, and soul. In The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional, you’ll find Scripture passages and inspirational personal stories about why God calls us to show kindness, what it means to live a life of generosity, and how you can incorporate kindness into your everyday routine (and teach it to your kids) with tons of simple, easy-to-do ideas.

Show your world the kind of love that is possible with daily acts of kindness that will change your heart, inspire your family, and draw you closer to God.


My thoughts:
It has been such a joy to be reading this book each day over the past several weeks.  Each devotional has made me stop and think how I can add kindness to my own life. I believe you will be challenged and encouraged too.  I liked how the ideas were easy to implement in daily life.  A story is shared each day of how the authors did a kind act for someone.  I found ideas I had never considered doing for someone else so it will make you think of creative ways to reach out. 

This is a perfect book to get for someone you love this Christmas or  even a copy for your own family.  We could all definitely benefit from reading this book and trying to add kindness to the lives of others using their daily ideas. 

I received a copy of this book for my review from the Tyndale Blog Network.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I am tired and going to bed but I wanted to get this TT done on Thursday this week!

This week I am thankful for...
~ being able to talk and FaceTime with my husband when he was gone. Titus was so hilarious talking to him on FaceTime.  He would talk so loud and every night he wanted to see the swans in Daddy's hotel and also the chips Daddy was eating.

~ my big boy being okay after some injuries in last Thursday's game.  The coaches were very helpful on Friday giving us some information about a clinic where he could be seen.  They x rayed his hand and knee. Both were okay, just sore.  The knee is a problem he has had before and was just aggravated by the way it was twisted in the game.

~ my little guy feeling better. He was coughing and snotty nosed for a week pretty much.  He did get an antibiotic too cause one ear was starting to look bad.  He took it like a champ, I was so thankful for that and that we were done with it this week.  I could tell he was feeling better this week with his appetite and how he acted overall.

~ supper at my Mom's.  She invited us over for homemade pot pie.  It was so yummy! 

~ making my list for "Black Friday" shopping. I am not a big shopping person overall, but the past several years I have made several purchases online with the specials that happen on Black Friday. I started looking at the ads this week and made a list of what I can buy at which place.  It is fun and I love when the packages start arriving.  My favorites are Kohls and Academy!

~ finishing a good book called Mother and Son:  The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs.  Are you familiar with the book Love and Respect?  It is for marriages by the same author.  I have not read it actually but have it.  I heard about this book Mother and Son and checked it out from the library.  I did not get very far reading it, but when I found out it was an audio book on Hoopla I checked it out. I finshed it this week.  It has some great information for how moms need to treat their sons with respect.  It was insightful to me as a mom of two boys.  Now I've already started my next audio book.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Monday, November 13, 2017

Book: Live SoulFULL +GIVEAWAY





Product Description:
 IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LIFE-GIVING TRUTH THROUGH THE POWERFUL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC.

Live SoulFULL is a music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. It’s a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life.

Each song and corresponding chapter work together to walk you through the Bible’s answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

Recorded by award-winning Nashville musicians, the music ranges from up-tempo, roll-the-
window-down grooves to passionate, heart-stirring ballads. As you listen, read, and learn, you will discover the fulfillment and joy that Jesus offers in the midst of everyday life.
 

Live SoulFULL Includes:

  • 11 Chapter study book
  • 13-song CD
  • Download code for digital copy of album
My thoughts:
This is a unique Bible study!  I have done many different studies through the years, and this one was very unique in the format and that it had music. Each chapter is divided into "stages" which are an appropriate length to do during a quiet time.  So you'd be taking a few days to do one chapter. There is a different song for each chapter, and the songs fit beautifully with the message of the chapters.  I have found myself going back to listen to the songs again to hear the lyrics.

To have the songs go along with the readings is a GREAT feature in my opinion.  I hope there will be more studies like this in the future.

There is a giveaway for this book. Click on this link to go to the site to enter to win a copy.

This is a short YouTube video of one of the songs.



The website has lots more information for you!  Check it out.

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

Have a day of blessings! 
  Bethany

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Another Friday edition of Thankful Thursday! 

I had a pretty full day.  We went to pick up my husband who has been out of town for work.  We had lunch and took him to his physical therapy appointment.  Then we had an out of town football game last night and didn't get home until midnight.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being home after he was away this week.  I miss him so much when he is gone! 

~ watching my big boy play football this season.  Last night was their last game and they won.  It was an exciting win too.  The boys were so excited and it was exciting to watch them.  (It was cold too!)  I'm glad he enjoys this and is learning and getting better. 

~  my little guy feeling better and taking his med like a champ.  I took him to the doctor last Friday for his fever.  (I don't remember if I wrote that or not.) He has had a runny nose all week but it is better now I think.

~ talking on the phone to my Dad.

~  figuring out Thanksgiving plans with my "sister in love."

~ having lunch with my Mom on Tuesday.  She went to town with me and Titus while I had an eye doctor appointment. Then we had lunch together which was nice. 

Have a day of blessings! 
    Bethany

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book: Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women



About the book:
In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.
Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, and two-color interior pages.

My thoughts:
I have really enjoyed this little devotional book.  I've been reading it for the past month or so.  It is written well for young women and I believe it will speak to them in regards to what they are facing in their life.  The devotionals are not too lengthy yet they all have a good point that is applicable to real life.  I think a young teen woman would be encouraged by this book and in her walk with the Lord. 

I loved the size of this book because it was easy to hold and not too bulky even though it is thick.  Each page has a verse, devotional thought, and a few lines for journaling your thoughts if you wish.  Another plus I found is that it does not have each page dated; instead it says Day 1, Day 2, etc.  This makes it nice for you to give this book anytime, not just at the beginning of the year.  

This would make a very nice Christmas gift for any young girl in your life.  I think it would be suitable for those aged 13 and up.

Go to this page for more information and some nice shareables like the one below.

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


Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Happy November!
October always seems to full and I always look forward to November.  I can't believe Thanksgiving is so soon!

I just realized tonight that I did not ever finish this post for Thursday!  My boy got sick in the afternoon. He woke up from his nap with a fever.  I took him to the doctor Friday morning.  His throat was red (negative for strep) and one ear was starting to look infected. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband taking care of me so well!  I was going to get the oil change in the van, but when Titus was sick he took it to do it for me.  He does so much to help me/us, and I appreciate him.

~ my big boy getting his first buck on his hunting trip last weekend with his Pawpaw and Dad.  He also shot a hog. He was so excited!  I enjoyed hearing his stories about it.

~ snuggles with my little guy when he didn't feel good.  I am glad I could hold him when he needed me.

~ fun taking the boys to our church Trunk or Treat.  I wasn't sure if Titus would want to dress up but he did and had such a fun time.  Caleb helped at the "go fishin" booth and also had fun!   It was beautiful weather after a cold day Saturday and we enjoyed it.

~ remembering my 3rd due date this week on November 1.  I learned so much from that loss as I did from our first loss, but I feel it was different lessons.  I am thankful for the lessons and that time of pregnancy and the memories it holds.

~ getting a new phone.  I accidentally put my phone in my water cup when i was getting in the van a while back.  It has worked.  But then last Friday I dropped it when trying to pick up something else. The screen went white.  We went to get a new one after the boys got back from their hunting trip.  (I got the same flip phone....I am still not getting a smart phone!)


Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany