Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for..

~ a date night with my hubby!  The boys stayed at my Mom's house, and we enjoyed eating at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, browsed at a couple stores, and got some fro yo too.

~ although I can't believe it, my big boy bringing home the information for his courses next year when he will be an 8th grader!  I am thankful for him wanting to be in the Pre AP classes they offer and also his thought and consideration for his extra elective.  He applied for office aide and yearbook staff so we will have to wait and see if he gets either.

~ excitement of my little guy when I got home Wednesday after my class.  I loved that he was so excited to see me!

~ our nieces....we have two and one has a birthday today. She is 4.  I remember when we found out it was the day she was going to be born and all the many emotions I had because I had just had a miscarriage on the 19th.  I wanted to go see them, but I wasn't sure what I would do when I held her I was afraid I'd burst out crying or something.  But God provided a beautiful moment.  The other family had left so it was just us visiting.  I felt so peaceful holding little Emily for the first time and always felt that holding that little newborn blessing when she was hours old was the first step in my heart's healing after my miscarriage.

~ going to a continuing education class this week. I"m thankful for more hours towards my 150 hour requirement.  And I learned some new things too.  Titus had a fun day with Gramma.

~ hearing a new song on the radio. I have looked online to find it, but I could not because I don't know the title. It is about counting your blessings.  I emailed the radio station to see if they could help me.  I don't often listen to the radio because I usually listen to my audio books so I'm not sure if it is a new song or not.  I'll have to share it here if they write me back!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

God Loves Mommy & Me book + GIVEAWAY

I have a sweet new children's book to share with you.   You can even enter to win your own copy too!  Keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.



Product description:
Mommy loves me so much! She cheers me up when I’m sad, she kisses my boo-boos, she sings me lullabies at bedtime, and she prays for me. I love Mommy, and God does too!

God Loves Mommy and Me will delight your little ones as you read about the sweet connection mothers and their children share. Snuggle up as you look at adorable illustrations of a mommy bunny and her little bunny sharing the day’s adventures, and read about the loving relationship God gives mommies and their children. Little ones revel in one-on-one time with each parent, and the phrase “Mommy and me” is a favorite with toddlers!

God Loves Mommy and Me is a celebration of strong, loving mothers, cherished little ones, and the God who loves them all. Perfect for story time, bedtime, or any time, this sweet board book celebrates God’s gift of family.

My thoughts:
This is a cute book to share with your little one.  It is a board book with minimal text so it will be enjoyed by toddlers through preschoolers.  I liked the way the words rhymed.  Each page was a different way that God loves both Mommy and her little one.  The illustrations are nice with the bunnies and a few other animals as well.  I enjoyed reading this book with my little guy, and he seemed to enjoy it too.

This would make a nice addition to your personal library or a gift for a little one in your life.

You can purchase a copy for yourself here.

 Remember to go here for the giveaway!

I received a copy of this book through FrontGate Christian Blogger Network for my review.

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I hope your week has been blessed.  Ours has been filled with blessings since the last post I did! Thank you God!

Today I am thankful for...

~ the way my husband listens to me when I talk and tell him my heart.  He always does a good job of hearing me and knowing what I need.

~ my big boy choosing a book for me from the table of giveaways from his school library.  After school he told me they were getting rid of some old books and he got one he thought I would like.  It was one about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I loved that he thought of me and got it for me!

~ my little guy getting well!  He felt warm to me Saturday evening after his party and then in the night I could tell he had fever.  I stayed home from church and he just wanted to be held and kept saying Momma, Momma.  Poor little guy.  His fever got over 103.  We prayed for him and started diffusing essential oils and rubbed some on his feet.  We gave him some med and the fever did go down but then would go back up.  He ate fine but did not want to do anything except sleep and lay on me.  We had planned to take him to the doctor on Monday morning. But he woke up as normal as could be with no fever.  He has been fine ever since!

~ having a wonderful 2nd birthday party for our boy!  It was a fun day and most of the family got to attend. He had a fun time with his cousins and opening his gifts.  Here are the cakes my Mom made.  We thought they were amazing and tasted good too!

~ having a fun evening out at a fundraiser called Taste of Abilene.  We went last year and decided to go again.  It was a lot of fun, and we enjoyed the food!  Caleb saw the list of participating restaraunts and was disappointed Chick fil a wasn't going to be there.  He found plenty to eat and tried Firehouse Subs and loved their meatball sub!

~  reading books for fun. I finished up my last book I received to review so I've been reading library books for fun lately.  (Not that the review ones aren't fun!)  It's nice to be caught up with the reviews.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I guess I can say it's been a busy week when it doesn't even cross my mind to do Thankful Thursday until Friday!!

We have celebrated our Titus this week!  Wednesday he turned two and we will have his party with family tomorrow.

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband taking off work on Wednesday to celebrate our boy and all his help getting things ready for the party.

~  my big boy being off of school today (he's been so helpful in getting ready for the party).  Also he has done great in school again this six weeks.  He has one more "six weeks" to go of 7th grade.

~ my sweet 2 year old boy!  We had a great day on his birthday.  He's such a blessing!

~ seeing a rainbow on our way home.  It stretched all the way across the sky and was beautiful.

~ taking the boys to the zoo last weekend.  It was a beautiful day, and we all had fun!

~ finishing the birthday video for Titus.  It turned out so nicely!!

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Seekers


Wanda E. Brunstetter has a new series called The Amish Cooking Class.  I finished the first book called The Seekers.

Heidi decides to offer cooking classes to teach students how to make a few Amish dishes.  She has quite a mixture of personalities who sign up to take her class.  As the weeks pass the students begin to share their personal experiences and problems.  They all seem to gain something more than just learning to cook through these classes.

I enjoyed this book and the characters with their various ages and backgrounds.  The author has another series which I've read called The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club that is similar.  I liked the main character Heidi's gentle way with her students and how she wanted to help them in their lives, not just teach them a few lessons on cooking. Another thing I liked was that the recipes Heidi teaches her students are included at the back of the book!  I want to try Amish haystack for my family. I look forward to read what happens to these characters, especially Heidi with her longing for a child of her own.

Click here to view a trailer for the book.

A copy of this book was provided to me for my review by the author and publisher.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, April 7, 2017

Do you like audio books?



Do you listen to audio books?  I love that our library has so many to choose from, both CDs and digital downloads. It has only been recently, probably last 5-6 years I guess, that I have listened to audio books.

The above picture shows a sampling of the audio books by Wanda E. Brunstetter at one of the local library branches (our neighboring town has three different locations around the city).

I have listened to most of these I believe.  The set at the end with the picture of the lady on the spine are from a series called The Discovery---A Lancaster County Saga. I really enjoyed that whole series.

Check out all of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books at her fun website.

Have a day of blessings!  
Bethany

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Field of bluebonnets
Are you having a good week?  Thursday always seems to get here quickly for me lately.

This week I am thankful for....
~ hugs from my husband. I always appreciate feeling his arms around me.

~ hearing how my big boy has enjoyed one of his class projects.  In his career/computer class they pick another teacher in the school to go "work" for during one class period.  This week he did his "job" with the band director.  He worked during the 6th grade trumpet/French horn class which he loved because he plays the trumpets.  I could tell he enjoyed it.  This is the second time they've done this.  The other time he worked in the library.

~ remembering the past year of memories with my little guy as I've been working on things for his upcoming birthday party.  In less than a week he will be 2.  I'm making a picture video and have enjoyed reminiscing through the pictures of the last year.

~ money in the checking account. I was writing down some bills and felt thankful for the money in there to pay the bills and buy extras that we need (like football cleats for our boy with growing feet!!).

~ libraries that have activities for families.  We have our local library we visit most weeks which is a smaller library but such a great resource for our little town.  Then the next town over where we go shopping, etc. has a bigger library with three different branches around town that we also visit most weeks.

~ winning prizes with United's Monopoly game.  Fun! Titus likes to get "tickets" when we go grocery shopping.




Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany