Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thankful Thursday

This week has seemed really fast to me for some reason.

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband finding a new (to him) truck. He's been searching for one that is bigger that will fit all four of us more comfortably.  He had a Nissan Frontier and traded for a Toyota Tundra.  It seemed like a good deal, and I am glad he found one that had the things he was looking for.

~ fun conversations about school, teachers, friends, etc. with my big boy.

~ taking my baby boy to story time at the library.  We don't make it every week, but we did this week and he enjoyed it. He was cute looking at books off the shelf when I was choosing some for him and Caleb.

~ cards in the mail.

~ finishing the audio book of Miracles From Heaven by Christy Beam. Wow, we loved this book!

~ beautiful fall days! Pumpkins, cool weather, leaves falling, football games!

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Children's book: Hail to the Chief

Our country's election is right around the corner.  We have had some amazing Presidents through our country's histroy and this book is a fun way to introduce children to some of them.  Let me tell you a little bit about a wonderful children's book called Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero.

This book is part of the "Ellis the Elephant" series.  I reviewed another book about this cute elephant here.

In this book Ellis meets some of our presidents along with a few facts about what they did during their presidency.

The illustrations are adorable, and I felt the presidents were very recognizable even though they were cartoons.  I love the rhyming text.  That makes it really appealing to me, and I think that it will make it more interesting for children to pay attention and learn from this book.  This would make a wonderful addition to your classroom library for an America unit or when you study Presidents in February.

I received this book from the publisher for my review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall Thankful Thursday

I woke up in the night to rumbles of thunder and then a huge downpour of rain. It seems cooler today than it has been the last few days here. 

This week I am thankful for...

~ the love and friendship I share with my husband. I know he loves me and I'm thankful for that. 

~ hearing my boy play his trumpet. He gets excited when they get a new piece of music. I enjoy hearing him and how much he knows. 

~ my baby boy having a positive report at his 18 month check-up. He was not happy to be there (I think he remembered the office) but had a good report and no shots this time.  He knows so much and is such a blessing. 

~ having a little time to work on a Shutterfly book. It's fun to go through the pictures and choose layouts for the books. 

~ my thoughtful, kind Secret Sister. I have been getting cards in the mail and little gifts from her. This week I got a pretty wooden bowl with apples and caramel for dipping. The apples are really tasty too. 

~ the beautiful quilt made for Titus by a church friend. She surprised us with it Sunday. It's called an I Spy quilt. We have enjoyed it. Titus finds the basketballs and roosters. 

Have a day of blessings! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book

The stores are already filling up with red and green merchandise.  If you are in the festive holiday mood, you might enjoy this coloring book by Robin Mead.  It is A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book.

This book is filled with Christmas scenes of all types.  Some pages are a single item like a wreath or snowflake; others are more of a scene like stockings hung on a mantel or the Nativity.  The pictures are large and detailed for your coloring enjoyment. The pages are printed on both sides so you will not be able to use markers or pens that bleed through. A Bible verse is also on some of the pages. At the back you will find a few pages of crafts (which aren't printed double-sided) that you can color and cut out to add to your tree as ornaments or as name tags to packages.

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

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I look forward to Thursdays and going to football games. The season will be over in a few more weeks.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ how well my husband knows me. He knows when I'm tired to make me go sleep even if I don't want to. He knows when I need a hug or shoulder to cry on.

~ how my big boy is such a sweet big brother and always looking out for Titus.

~ our boy is 18 months this week. I wrote this little thigh about him on Facebook.....
Happy 18 months to this little guy!
He is just so much fun!   He has so many words now and loves eating pretty much anything.   It makes my heart happy when he squeals so loudly when he sees his Caleb walking up to the car after school and also how he excitedly races to the door when he hears Daddy get home.  He enjoys playing outside, going on walks, doing "homework" with Caleb, going to his Sunday morning Bible class, and helping Mommy put up groceries (usually finding something to eat!). He absolutely loves books and always wants us to read to him.  He likes stickers and drawing (mostly with his left hand, we will see if that stays the same!), has gotten pretty good at some of his puzzles, and knows a ton of animals, body parts, and the letter M. Everyday is a new adventure and I'm thankful God gave us you.
 I love you, Titus!  It is so fun to be your Mommy!

~ taking pictures with the boys in the pumpkins. Titus is so cute saying pumpkin and pointing at them in stores.

~ the fun time we had at Caleb's game last week. He had a bunch of fans with all his grandparents and one uncle there besides us. And it was exciting when he announcer called his name for a tackle.  After the game we went to eat pizza.

~ books, books! books!  I had an online Usborne book party, and this week I received my box of free ones for hosting a party.  We also found a few at our library book sale. And I ordered some from Scholastic book order. Books make great gifts!

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, October 7, 2016


This has always been a favorite verse. As I've been thinking about this lately, the word ANYTHING sticks out to me. Do not be anxious about anything....what does that include? What "ANYTHING" in your own life can you use to to fill in the blank?

Do not be anxious about_________.

Health issues, hurricane Matthew, the presidential election, employment, finances, parenting, school, difficult decisions, relationships, infertility, loss of a loved one, pregnancy.....

I know many who are struggling in many different ways right now. Can you apply this verse to your situation?

Pray with a thankful heart and share your situation, cares, and worries with God. Let Him be your peace.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

(I'm linking with Spiritual Sundays.)

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thankful Thursday

We've had a good week. The weather has been beautiful and we've enjoyed time together and with family.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband taking off early so he could do some yard work and he helped with some house work and can go to the afternoon pep rally.

~ our big boy doing well his first six weeks of school.  The first six weeks grading period is already done. It went by really fast!  He is in 3 PreAp classes again this year.

~ reading books with my baby boy.  He wants some read over and over.  He will sign "more" for us to read it again.  I love that he loves books like his brother did at a young age.  He likes to go to the library too.  This week before we went in I said do  you remember the library rules? We have to be quiet in the library, and he put his little finger to his lips.  So cute!  One day he held his two little favorite books as he was going to sleep.  It made me smile.

~ pumpkins!  I love seeing them in the store, and it's so cute to hear Titus say it.  I look forward to pictures of my boys in the pumpkins.

~ visiting with family. We celebrated our niece's 7th birthday on Saturday.  We were going to stay the night in a hotel but they said we could stay at their house.  So we did and enjoyed our time.  The cousins had fun playing together.

~ fun bargains I found for my boys at the consignment sale.  Actually I only found one pair of camo pants for Caleb (they don't have much in his size, he is about too big for the sale now).  I found clothes, shoes, boots, a coat, books, a puzzle, and Magna Doodle for Titus.  I'm saving some of it for Christmas too.

Have a day of blessings!