Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Today has been a nice day spent at home for the most part with my boys.  It was Caleb's first day of summer vacation! Hooray!  We did a few chores and watched a game show and played on the porch and had freezer pops.  I love my boys and seeing them together!

This week I am thankful for...
~ nearly 15 years of marriage to my husband....that will be a post next Thursday on our anniversary!

~ going to my boy's band concert.  It had to be rescheduled so I was glad they got to have it last night.  It was fun to hear the different school bands.  Caleb has learned so much this year and done well on the trumpet.  We are proud of his interest and the way he's progressed.

~ watching my baby boy eat.  He likes to eat!  He comes running when he hears us open the fridge.  When we put him in his chair and he sees us preparing food, he will start saying his word for "Amen."  It is the cutest thing. He loves food!  And he likes pretty much whatever we give him.  He does pick out the carrots from mixed vegetables and throw them on the floor sometimes.  It made me laugh to watch him tonight look at his choices when I sat his plate on his tray.  The first thing he picked up to eat was lima beans out of the mixed vegetables.

~ Caleb's teachers. He had a really good set of teachers and seemed to really like their classes for the most part.

~ safety today for so many I know in big and small ways. It seemed like all day around me I was aware of how God was protecting people.

~ making a schedule for June with Caleb while Titus napped. I thought it was fun to do together to plan out the month of some activities and chores.

What is on your thankful list today?

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Live Fearless-- An Adult Coloring Book

Live Fearless is an adult coloring book by Margaret Feinberg.

About the book:


What if? Life is riddled with uncertainty. Perhaps that's why Jesus is so passionate in His command, "Do not fear." He challenges us to enter uncertainty with faith, the unknown with trust, the uncharted with hope.

Live Fearless provides an opportunity for you to pull away from the hustle and bustle of life to pray, journal, and unleash your creative gifts and rediscover the goodness and faithfulness of God no matter what you're facing.
 · Spend time in prayer, reflecting and growing in your relationship with God
 · Commit Bible passages to memory and deepen your faith
 · Share your fun artistry with others through what you create

Color and doodle and learn to live fearless as you craft God's Word into your heart.

My thoughts:
I have used several other adult coloring books, and I can say his one is very nice and well done. There are a variety of pictures which I like.  I never know which type of picture I'll be in the mood to color so it's nice to have a little variety to choose from! For example, one I like has the verse Psalm 27:13 in the middle and is surrounded by a scene with leaves, a buck and doe at the bottom, and mountains across the top.

The book is encouraging with all the verses. There is also a place for you to write your thoughts about the verse on the page across.

I received this book for my review from Bethany House Publishers.  Thank you.

Find out more about this book by clicking here.

 Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thankful Thursday

It's time again for Thankful Thursday.

We've had a good week.  We've made some funny memories together at home.....nothing special in particular going on just being together and laughing and having fun. I appreciate our time around the table each night talking and sharing about our days.  

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband taking off work to attend the events of our son.  And he took off a little early one day too this week so I could go to a meeting.  I appreciate his help.

~ my big boy receiving awards at the end of year ceremony this week.  He received perfect attendance, A/B Honor Roll, and top boy in Pre-AP reading.  They announced the Top 10% too with their averages which was 11 students, and I believe the 11th one had an average that was 95.  I was curious what his was so I contacted the counselor in the afternoon to find out his rank.  Based on his grades and the extra points given on the final average for Pre-AP classes (and he is in three of those) I thought his would be at least a 95 if not higher.  They checked and found out they had made an error and left him off! There had been a tie so they had to hand calculate some, not exactly sure the entire story.  They apologized for the mistake and gave him his certificate.  He was 9th and had a 96.45. I was glad I asked and found out.  We are proud of his hard work this year.

~ our baby is looking more like a little boy now than a baby boy!  He always makes us laugh.  The new thing this week seems to be climbing.  He climbed on top of a box of diapers last night.  He climbs on top of his brother's trumpet case and thinks it is so funny to walk off of it.  He turned over the laundry basket today and climbed on top of it and walked off, scaring his Mommy!  He did it over and over like it was the funniest thing!

~ going to garage sales in our city.  I found some baby clothe for a quarter so that was fun!

~ our new grocery store opening.  I was very excited about this and am thankful to have a grocery store I like here.  We have had one but now it was reopened as a new store.  It will be easier on me to go here sometimes than into the next town.  Very convenient!  I watch the ad, and while some products cost more, I can find good buys here too most every week.

~ being able to be part of the district's site based committee this year.  Since I am not volunteering now I like being able to be involved still in this small way.  We had our last meeting this week.

What is on your thankful list today?  Leave me a comment and share!

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Titus' first birthday party.....Book theme!

I chose a book/reading theme for Titus' first birthday party.  He loves books and I'd seen cute ideas on Pinterest.  We all love books so it was fun for us all.  I loved how it came together!

For the invitation I used old library card pockets and check out cards.  On the part of the card you can't see I included the times and his clothing sizes.

The "1" was his smash cake.  For the other cake I printed the covers of some of his favorite books from the past year, and my Mom (who made the cakes) put them on sticks on top of the cake.

I saw streamers done like this on a  Pinterest post so we recreated it with two shades of blue.  I loved how it turned out.  My husband did the streamers and I did the balloons. I used a trick I learned from Pinterest for those too....use a needle to string the balloons together on a piece of thread.

We put the books and characters on the mantle and bookshelf.

Here are a couple more decorations.

This poster had pictures (that I took off before I took this picture) around the edge of Titus reading by himself or with us. The letters are cut out of pages of books.  I got them cheap at Goodwill to cut apart.

This is a banner that Caleb helped make. It was originally going to go in front of the high chair but I realized the high chair was going to be behind the table so you wouldn't be able to see it.  Caleb added the pictures to each side of the ONE.  He made the blue book shapes for the letters to go on as well.

I don't know how we missed a picture of the food but oh well!  We set out food on the bar with the book related to it sitting beside it.  Here is a list of the books/food we used...

Green Eggs and Ham.....deviled eggs dyed green and ham slices (to make a ham sandwich)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.....meatballs
Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant (this was a book Titus loved for Caleb to read him when he was very little so we included it!)......bowl of fruit
Very Hungry Caterpillar.....fruit that the caterpillar ate laid out on a platter
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant....various cut up veggies with dip
any chicken book.....Chick fil a nuggets
Three Little Pigs.....pigs in a blanket
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food....bowl of mini candy bars and bags of chips
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.....plate of chocolate chip cookies

It was a fun party, and we enjoyed celebrating our one year old!

Have a day of blessings!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Are you waiting for answers?

We had a thunderstorm this week.  We received 4 - 5 inches one night. Certain parts of town were flooded.  Flooding has happened all around the state of Texas this spring.

We have been praying for rain here for a long time.  We have seemed to have several years of drought conditions.  Rain is requested in prayers at church, and you see yard signs that say "Pray for Rain."

The rain ceased for a while Thursday morning and then started again in the afternoon. I opened the front door and looked out at our muddy yard full of puddles.  I thought to myself is this the answer to all those prayers for rain?

It reminded me that all those prayers for rain were answered.  God did not send the rain the moment the prayers were uttered last summer, but as I watched the rain fall I am reminded that He does answer prayers.  We collectively did not give up praying for rain just because it did not rain immediately.

What prayers are you waiting to be answered?  The answer may not come today or tomorrow but be sure God does hear and He will answer in His time.  Don't give up praying!

I'm linking up today with Spiritual Sundays.

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Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!  It is nearing the middle of May already.  We are winding down the school year here.

This week I am thankful for...
~ the words my husband says to me that encourage and build me up and make me feel special.

~ going to hear our big boy in his band competition.  It was fun to hear the entire band play together.  They did great and received a Division I rating.  He was the temporary tuba player.  :)

~ our 13 month old boy being happy and healthy!  Today he is 13 months old. He likes to help with chores. He always tries to help with laundry, and I just love it!  He is getting in several new teeth lately.  He has had the same 6 since around the holidays.  At his 1 year appointment the doctor could see one of his molars coming in. So I checked and the one on the other side was coming in.  Both of those have popped through as well as a new one on the bottom front.  Another molar is coming on the bottom too.  I can tell his little mouth hurts sometimes.

~ enjoying Mother's Day weekend.  We had such a relaxing day on Saturday.  I got to spend a lot of time coloring which was fun for me. Then Sunday was a busy day going to my brother in law's college graduation.  It was nice to see that side of the family too.  

~ rain and safety in the storm.  We had a very long thunderstorm in the night.  I can't remember hearing that much seemed to go on and on. We didn't have damage really but just couldn't really sleep during it!

~ having a nice neighborhood to take walks and be outside with my boys.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hope Unfolding

I recently finished listening to Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson.  I had seen this book on several blogs and when I read the description I thought it would be a good book for me.  I had read some blog posts from the author's blog in the past so I was familiar with her writing.  You can visit her blog here.

This book is very encouraging to moms with stories filled with hope.  It reminded me that other moms feel the same way I do, experience the same highs and lows, face the same challenges, and that we are all loved by our amazing God.  The author shares many personal stories from her childhood, marriage, and motherhood that will help the reader relate to her.

The audio version is read by the author herself.  She does an outstanding job reading this text and I really appreciated that for this title it was read by its author.  It felt like she was right there talking to me, encouraging me through my day.

I cannot say enough good things about this book and highly recommend this book for moms.

This book was provided to me through the christianaudio reviewers program.  Thank  you.

Have a day of blessings!