Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?  Last Saturday evening we played the card game "Spoons" with my brother-in-law and his buddy. It was Caleb's first time to play, and we had a good time.  My husband and I used to play "Spoons" and other card games in college with friends in the dorm lobby. I have not worked a puzzle in the past week.

2. What is one place you were thankful for this year?  I've seen a lot answer their home, and I have to agree.  I was trying to think of other places I am thankful for and thought of the library where I go quite often.  

3. Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which ONE is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the US, answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.  I guess relax and read and eat desserts.  

4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal? My Mom's goulash. At home I love my husband's chicken enchiladas or taquitos with guacamole.  

5. What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?  I haven't seen an infomercial lately so don't really know.

6. Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online? YES!  I have done online shopping this year and this was all by my front door yesterday.  

Funny thing is that it is not that much stuff, several things were one item per box.  I have more coming from Academy and also submitted a Kohl's order already too.  I have a few things left to buy...there are a couple we are giving gift cards (they asked for that for items for their new house as they need them).   I've never been a Black Friday shopper. We will be at a doctor's appointment this year and there is a consignment store I'd like to visit for myself.   I am sad for so many stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. It seems so many complain about it; if people would quit shopping on that day maybe the stores would quit opening. 

7. What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?  my husband and son and our new baby that I feel moving inside me.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.  Friday I have my "big" sonogram also called an anatomy scan.  We are not finding out the gender.  We are praying for a healthy growing baby with all the parts and organs growing as they should.  

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Becoming Bea

About the book:Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows. 

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

My thoughts:

This is the first book I've read by this author.  It is the fourth in the Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould.

In the beginning it was hard for me to get into this book. I think it was a different style of writing from other Amish authors.  For one thing, it is written in first person which I do like and is different from most other books I read.  Once I got into the book though I enjoyed it very much.  I found the title was very fitting for the main character, Bea.  She really changes a lot in this story as she matures and realizes things about herself.  I thought I saw some growth and changes in other characters too, such as Bea's sister Molly.  Ben and Bea have an interesting relationship and that also changes as the book moves along.  

If you are looking for an Amish author, try out this one.  

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book for my honest review.  

Have a day of blessings!

A Thanksgiving week challenge

I had a special opportunity helping at the school last week. The principal had the idea for each child to write two thank you notes. We went to the classrooms, surprising the teachers, asking them to leave and go enjoy a snack in the teachers’ lounge. After they left we told the plan to the students and let them get to work on the notes. They wrote one note to one of their grade level teachers. The other was for someone else who works at the school like the music teacher, instructional aides, nurse, custodians, or cafeteria workers.

Continue reading "A Thanksgiving week challenge" today over at Laced With Grace. 

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursdsy

Thursday before Thanksgiving edition of Thankful Thursday. We are looking forward to the time with family and being off school for a few days plus my "big" sonogram is next Friday. We are praying everything goes well with that.

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband cleaning the floor. I was helping Caleb with homework, and I appreciated him sweeping and mopping. Just a little extra that he did besides the normal, and it made me smile.

~ having Thanksgiving lunch at school with my boy. My husband came too as is our tradition, and we were glad he could come.

~ having so many people that already love our baby.

~ mix of weather this week. I guess this should be expected in Texas. We had below freezing temperatures, snow and ice Sunday night. That meant we had a late start for school Monday. I felt so rested that day!  Now it is warmer and sunny again. I don't mind the cold, but I appreciate the sunshine too.

~  finding bargains and good deals when shopping.

~  enjoying roast from crock pot for super. Plus it was a big one so we had enough for leftovers.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

Book Description:
The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.

The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of experience. Together they offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how everyday people can apply them to their lives.
Powered by relentless dedication to sharing the gospel and celebrating Christ’s kingdom, the Robertson family has become influential to contemporary evangelism and discipleship. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible unleashes the power of their practical insight into critical faith issues, founded on God’s Word.

Features include:
  • Full text of the New King James Version Bible
  • A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson
  • 125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway
  • Life application and scripture references supplement each article
  • 30 days of life-changing testimonials
  • Topical index and reading plans
My thoughts:
I was happy for the opportunity to review this Bible. I enjoyed using it and learning more about the Robertson family. Through the stories what stuck out to me was this family is always open to sharing their faith with everyone that comes into contact with them. There were some truly amazing stories in the 30 days of testimonials. I also enjoyed the articles throughout the Bible covering the topics of faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.  They are written in easy to understand language and are so enjoyable to read. 

I would have preferred that it was not written with New King James Version of the Bible but that is just a personal preference. 

This would make a great gift for any Duck Commander fans. 

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!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pack your shoe boxes!

Next week is the drop off week for Operation Christmas Child.

Our family has enjoyed participating in this project for several years.  I wanted to post a reminder that it is time to get your shoe boxes ready to drop off.

You can find more information here on how to pack your shoe box and to find a drop off location near you.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday


I intended to do the Wednesday Hodgepodge yesterday but didn't get around to it!  It is COLD here this week with temperatures in the 20s/30s!  That is quite a change for us here in Texas.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband taking care of me in the cold weather by starting my car in the mornings and filling up my gas tank.

~ my boy's excitement for the baby.  He talks to the baby and prays for the baby.  Over the weekend he made burp cloths for the baby with my Mom.  He had so much fun doing that!

~ the sound of our baby's heartbeat. We got to hear him/her kick also as we were listening at my appointment this week.  So fun!

~ all the thing we have to keep us warm....heaters, blankets, fuzzy socks, coats.

~ being able to have lunch with my forever friend.  We had a nice visit, and I was so glad to see her this week!  I miss our weekly lunches together.

~ getting the floor done in Caleb's room.  It looks nice!  Now we need to move the furniture back to that room. He's been sleeping in the baby's room.

Have a day of blessings!