Monday, September 29, 2014

Encouraged by four little words

At the end of August we found out we are having another baby! We are thankful and excited, but I’ve felt nervous too because of our previous miscarriages. We went to our first doctor’s appointment on September 11. We saw our little baby, and it filled us with joy to see that little heart beating strongly on the screen.

Continue reading about how I've been encouraged the past few weeks over at  Laced With Grace

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Why Dogs Are...

Book Description:

God made dogs to be companions and helpers to humans, wrapping them up in a package of love, devotion, loyalty and fun. We can also learn important lessons from them. In this story about Brian, a dog teaches a very special child some very special lessons. Why Dogs Are was awarded a finalist medal in Spirituality by the Indie Book Awards 2014, and is proud to donate 100% of its net profits to charities that support animal pet therapy activity. 

My Thoughts:
This book was not what I expected when I read the book description. Obviously it is children's fiction, and the reason behind the story is great....a dog helping a boy who can't see or hear.  We all know dogs are wonderful, helpful companions. I liked that part of the story. However,  I did not agree with the way the author went about getting the dog to Brian and that because the dog did a good job God decided to send other dogs to earth. 

I do not like when fiction books take something about God or Heaven and make it appear as fact when it has no biblical basis. As my 10 year old said after he read the book, "they need to get their facts straight."  I would not recommend this book. 

I thought the illustrations were very nicely done and any child who likes dogs will enjoy looking at this book. 

Find out more about this book at this website.

Thank you to BookCrash for providing this book for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's another Thursday, and I'm thankful for many things.  Here is my thankful list for this week.

~ the helpfulness of my sweet husband.  He cleaned up the kitchen Sunday afternoon so I could rest.  He always is doing helpful things for me.

~ my sweet boy leading SYATP at his school this week.  He did a good job, and we were proud of him for being a leader.

~ having these pregnancy symptoms.  Every time I feel a little "off" I am thankful and hopeful that means the baby is growing as he/she should.  :)

~ the beautiful fall weather. The days have been so nice.  Also we have seen some really pretty sunrises this week on our way to school.

~ getting things ready for a consignment sale. I still need to pin on some of my price tags.  I drop them off tomorrow. I look forward to going to shop at the sale next week. Maybe I will find some maternity clothes!!

~ cards in the mail from friends.  I have received a couple lately telling me they are praying for us and the baby, it's so nice to get one in the mail.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's fall. Y'all. My favorite season of the year! What's something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it's officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-'y'all'?   When I see the pumpkins and mums at the stores and nurseries, it begins to feel like fall.  Also, Friday night football games make me know fall is coming. Yes, I use y'all often as a Texas girl.  It always bothers me when it is misspelled too when I see it in print!

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved? 
It wouldn't be a "falling out," just a disagreement....but Caleb was disappointed I wouldn't let him order a SYATP tshirt on Monday night for the event on Wednesday morning. He got over it, I felt bad he was disappointed, but I couldn't change the fact the shirt wouldn't get here in time!  I told him we'd have to plan more in advance next year to order one.

3. A song you love with the word 'fall' in it's title? 
I don't  love the song and don't know all the words, but one that came to mind was "I can't help falling in love with you." I look forward to reading other answers for other ideas.

4. What's something you've recently let 'fall by the wayside?'
I haven't been making a weekly meal menu plan as I've done in the past when school starts.

5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way? A children's book I read for review was disappointing.  The cover and description made me think it would be a good book, but it was just disappointing.

6. Describe a time you said or thought, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
I always think this about Caleb when he does something like I would do.  For example, at the beginning of this school year he was carrying his spirals and composition books and folders in his zip up trapper.  Plus his pencil bag and notebook paper!  I suggested one day that he could take out half the stack of notebook paper and leave it at home so it wouldn't be so full and have trouble zipping it.  He did not want to do that, and I completely understood why he felt that way because I would have felt the same way as a kid.  He didn't want to run out or not have any in there. One day he did agree to take out part of the stack and leave it at home, and we still haven't had to refill the supply yet.

7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not? Well both days have been good and I can't say one was better than the other.  Yesterday I did errands which tired me out, but I also got to have lunch with my husband and had a good report at my 6 month dental check up so that was good.  Today I am doing stuff at home and that is good to get these things accomplished. I have chicken fajitas in the crock pot, trying a new recipe.  They smell good, I hope they taste good! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.I mentioned SYATP (See You At The Pole) above. I had told Caleb it was coming up and he asked what it was.  I told him I used to go when I was in high school, and the group gathers around the flag pole to pray for the school and teachers and nation.  Well Monday after school one of his teachers told me she was so proud of him for being such a leader and told me he'd asked to make an announcement about See You at the Pole and invite kids to come.  I had no idea he was doing this.  He never mentioned this to me.  I showed him the website that night that had a list of suggested prayer topics.  On Tuesday he asked a teacher to sponsor them and asked some friends to do one of the prayers.  A small group gathered at the flag pole this morning.  We were proud of him for taking the initiative to do this on his own.

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At The Master's Feet

Do you ever feel the need to have a few quiet moments in the Word? Maybe you are a busy Mom who finds it hard to be alone as you are raising your children.  I'd like to share with you a new book by fellow blogger Heather Strickland that can help you through the difficult days. It is called At the Master's Feet.

You will find 30 days worth of devotional thoughts. They are written from the heart of the author to encourage you through the tough times in your own life. Your heart will be encouraged as mine was as I read these.  Each devotional has a scripture focus and includes a short prayer at the end of the devotional thought.

I hope you will check out her new book.  You can find it here. Here is more information about the book and author.

Book Description:
Have you ever felt discouraged during a trial? What about feeling lifeless and numb? Have the cares of the world completely overwhelmed you? If this describes your life, then you're in need of encouragement from God's Word.

God's Word is rich in knowledge and wisdom. His greatness is vast and His goodness never ends. There is power in His Word and in soaking it up each day. We can seek refuge and guidance from the Word of God. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. In it, we can find comfort during hardships and exhortations to praise God at all times.

This devotional book provides encouragement in various ways. It examines numerous scriptures in the Old and New Testaments to gain wisdom from above. Some devotions have personal stories to help you relate to the author while showing you that we all have struggles. While we are in the midst of trials and joys, triumphs and defeats, good and bad—we can turn to God's Word for encouragement. Heather invites you to sit at the Master's feet, as Mary did, and learn from Him.

Author Information: 
Mississippi born and raised, Heather Strickland is a stay-at-home wife and mother with a passion to encourage others through writing. God planted this dream in her heart when she was a teenager, began to grow it during her early adulthood, and now - with the help of many dear friends - God has made that dream a reality. She enjoys sipping coffee on her front porch, flipping through the pages of a good book, and holding hands with her love. When she isn’t serving her family, Heather blogs regularly at Becoming Titus 2 WomenLaced with Grace, and The Imperfect Wives. But her primary ministry is to her husband and three boys. Not only is Heather crazy about them, they give her an abundance of writing material. Through them, God has molded her and taught her many life lessons. Heather is forever grateful for God’s grace and guidance in her life.

You may contact Heather on Facebook at Becoming Titus 2 Women or email her at

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Once A Day Bible

Book Description:The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition organizes the New International Version Bible---the world’s most popular modern-English Bible---into 365 daily readings placed in chronological order. This softcover edition includes a daily Scripture reading followed by a short devotional thought written by the staff at the trusted ministry Walk Thru the Bible.

My Thoughts:
I have read through the entire Bible in the past. I have always wanted a chronological Bible and was happy to receive this Bible for review. 

I have been very pleased with this Bible so far. I like the size of the book is not overly big and bulky as some Bibles are. Also, the font size is appropriate for me.  Each day has had 3-4 chapters to read followed by a short paragraph devotional about whatever you read that day.  The readings take probably 10-15 minutes. Another thing I like is that the days are not dated, it simply starts with Day 1.  This makes it great to start any time of year, not just in January! 

Having a daily reading makes it easier for some people to get in the habit of Bible reading.  I would highly recommend this Bible to you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's been a good week and I haven't been too busy.  I've been working on things at home and getting items ready for an upcoming consignment sale.

This week I am thankful for...
~ the relationship I have with my husband and our love for each other.

~ my boy making it to 1,000,000 words already in reading.  He has been taking a lot of AR tests on the books he has read.  The librarian called me and asked if he'd told me, she was proud of him too. He hopes to get to 5,000,000 by the end of the school year.

~ our new baby!  Last Thursday we saw the baby and heartbeat at my first dr. appointment.  I had known since August 23.  We went ahead and told everyone.  We are praying everything is okay and this baby is growing and healthy.  I'm nervous because of our previous losses but thankful for this new blessing.

~ the rain we've had this week. Some places are flooding, but here it was just a light drizzle.

~ our friends and family offering their support and prayers for our new baby.  It is encouraging to know so many are praying.

~ watching little humming birds come to the feeder hanging in the tree in the back yard. Caleb likes to watch for them and gets excited when he glances out and one is there.

Have a day of blessings!