Friday, January 20, 2017

Lists To Love By


About the book:
It's no secret that there is a wide emotional gap between men and women. Couples crave love and attention from one another, but they don't always know how to show it. LISTS TO LOVE BY FOR BUSY WIVES presents creative and practical ways for wives to bridge this gap and improve their relationship. These thirty lists will carry wives through an entire month of learning to love their husbands more deeply with advice they will come back to again and again. From lists addressing a wide range of topics, readers will learn to set better expectations for their marriage, to communicate more effectively with their husband, to build a deeper foundation of love in their marriage, and much more.

My thoughts:
What a neat little book!  This set of books came out earlier this month, and I'm glad to tell you about them.

There are 30 lists here about a variety of marriage topics.  For example there is "10 things husbands want to hear from their wives," "4 decisions that define forgiveness," "6 things to do when you're lonely in marriage," and "7 things you should stop doing to your husband in public."

I found this book to be very helpful as a wife.  It is one that is good to go back and reread the lists. We all need the reminders, and I think this will help me improve as a wife.

Since there are 30 lists, this is a good size book to read in a month and read a different list each day. Or you may just find the lists that seem applicable to your current situation and read them in that order.  Either way you will surely find useful ideas and help for your marriage.

I enjoyed the lists and recommend this to you.

Also, there is another book for your husband called Lists to Love by For Busy Husbands.....
About the book:
Husbands and wives bring different personalities, upbringings, experiences, and expectations into their marriage, which can lead to miscommunication and emotional turmoil. LISTS TO LOVE BY FOR BUSY HUSBANDS presents practical dos and don'ts along with step-by-step advice for husbands who want to bridge the emotional gap and improve their marriage. Mark and Susan Merrill understand that couples crave love, but don't always know how to express it to one another. These thirty lists will carry husbands through an entire month of learning to love their wives more deeply--wisdom they will come back to again and again. These real-life answers from a Christian perspective will help readers evaluate, refresh, and strengthen their own marriage.

My thoughts:
 I have not read all of this book, but it is similar to the one for wives.  The ones I read I did think were applicable and would be good for husbands to know about wives. My husband read some of the lists and thought it was good, useful information.

This set of books was provided to me for my review by Hachette reviewer program.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Here is my thankful list for this week:

~ lunch date with my hubby and purse shopping.  I don't think he thought that was the most fun but he took me and I found a new purse. (see more about purse below! ha)

~ conversations with my big boy about school.  These become more and more important it seems the older he gets. Also, I'm thankful to go to his all region band concert.  It was amazing!  He came home with the music on Friday and the concert was Saturday evening.  They did a fantastic job on the 7 pieces.

~ hearing the words of my little boy.  It's fun to hear him say new things.  And he changes so quickly, some of his words have changed from how he has said them in the past.  He has some cute pronunciations, like tape he says pate.  He's been saying o ra for okra but today started saying it with a k sound too. I told Caleb recently how one day we will notice he no longer says a certain word a certain way and says it correctly, and we will miss hearing him say it in his own little way that he once said it.

~ my  new purse for my new "envelope" pouch.  We have done the Dave Ramsey envelope system for years now.  I have a divided plastic pouch were I keep the allotted money for various categories that we use often like groceries, eating out, extra/splurge money, etc.  I wanted a new one for Christmas, and my Mom got me one made.  She saw a lady at her school with one and knew I'd like it.  It is cloth and has zippered pouches and I labeled them for what money it is.  I love the colors too and everything about it!  So anyway, I needed a new purse for this one to fit in better so I got that Monday and now cause use my new pouch!  (And the purse was on sale and I had a discount besides.)

~ my Mom keeping the boys while we went on our date and shopping.  It was a fun outing and the boys had fun too.  Caleb was out of school Monday)

~ safe travel to and from a far away basketball game.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, January 16, 2017

No More Perfect Marriages Chapter 3


I've enjoyed reading Chapter 3.  It discusses 8 "God tools" we all have that we need to use regularly in our marriages.  These 8 tools are:

courage
forgiveness
grace
love
humility
wisdom
compassion
acceptance

There were many things that stood out to me in this chapter that I highlighted. I love this quote seen in the image above. As we've read I have thought of many examples when I have NOT followed this guidance in the past and have also had some practice applying it the past few days.  

Another thing I noticed was how using these tools in our marriage is not something we do in our human capacity. We must rely on God in order to act these ways toward our spouse.

There is still time to pre order this book!
#NoMorePerfectMarraiges

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

It's time for my Thankful Thursday post. Our week has gone quijcly even with my husband gone on a business trip.  Our mornings have been quick with us getting Caleb to basketball practice before 7, and our evenings have been smooth and fun. The temps have been in the 70s after being in the teens over the weekend so we've played outside too.

This week I'm thankful for ...
~ reminders of all the many things my husband does to help me/us. We've missed him this week!  Also thankful he's home now safely!

~ my big boy being so helpful to me and also talking to me about his school days. I enjoy those times of him telling me what is going on.

~ my baby boy is 21 months old today. He is learning so much and is a happy boy,  This week Monday morning on the way to school he was singing "Jesus Loves Me." We can understand parts of the tune and words now along with motions. He leaned those in His Sunday morning class. It is so precious to hear him sing it.

~ having lunch with one of my friends from church. We enjoyed nice conversation, and she enjoyed seeing us and talking to Titus.

~ sunny weather. You never know what kind of weather you'll have in Texas. It was nice to have a few days that felt like spring!

~ fellowship lunches at church. We have these every second Sunday. The church provides the meat, rotating between fried chicken and BBQ, and everyone brings sides and desserts. We look forward to it each month.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Children's book: Made for a Purpose


About the book:
A beautifully illustrated picture book, designed to be read to young children, inspiring inquisitive minds to think more deeply about the world around them from a Christian perspective. The simple text and detailed illustrations are windows into the world of each animal represented. Unique features of these animals are explained in the simplest way. God's wisdom and ingenuity is introduced, stimulating new thought processes in young minds, leading to exploration and discovery of their world, themselves and their God.

My thoughts:
This is the first book in a series called Joyful Creation by author Kristie Wilde.  It is filled with beautiful illustrations of nature and animals.  The text shows children how God made animals uniquely and with their own special design and purpose.  For example, He gave strong teeth to beavers and webbed feet to ducks.  This leads to show how He made each child too and with a special purpose!

The illustrations are so nice.

I think this book would be nice for a church or home library. It is appropriate for young children aged preschool--1st grade or so.

I was sent a copy of this book as part of the bookcrash reviewers program for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, January 9, 2017

No More Perfect Marriages! Chapters 1, 2

I am excited to be part of the launch team for No More Perfect Marriages.  This is a new book written by Mark and Jill Savage.  It is available on February 1!  (You can pre-order now though!

I have written in the past about other books for Moms by Jill Savage.   I expected this one would be great and was looking forward to reading it.

My husband and I are reading it together which is fun.  I'll be sharing some thoughts, quotes, etc. from the book as we go.  We are at the beginning in Chapters 1 and 2.

So far they have shared their story of marriage.  I appreciate their honesty in sharing about their troubles and Mark's affair.  We've learned about the masks we often wear on the outside that make things appear to be better than they are in our marriage.

In Chapter 2 we read how the husband and wife both come to the marriage with their own story and "blueprint" of marriage that they learned from their homes of their childhood.  This has a great impact on how you love in your marriage.



#NoMorePerfectMarriages

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hope you have had a good week. It's time for me to post my list of things I'm thankful for from the past week.

Today I am thankful for....
~ the many ways my husband takes care of me.  He had my car battery checked and replaced this week cause.  He also took off a couple hours so I could go to the doctor.

~ my big boy having a short week back to school.  They started on Wednesday and it was nice to have a shorter week to get back into the routine after our wonderful break.

~ doing "lessons" with my little boy. Caleb and I did "lessons" as we called them.  The teacher in me loves planning activities and themes.  We have a little blue table (that was Caleb's).  We will do letters, shapes, colors, and Bible lessons.  We started this week and have had fun.

~ going to the doctor to get his opinion about my throat constriction.  I felt silly to go but he said it was good I came.  If it gets worse or changes he will refer me to a GI doctor.

~ a perfectly time devotional reading.

What is on your thankful list this week?

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany