Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I almost forgot it was Thursday!  We all haven't been feeling well this week. Sniffles, coughs, allergies.

Today I am thankful for..,,
~ my husband knowing me so well and telling me things that he knows I will say or do, and he's right. (And tomorrow is 15.5 years we've been married.)

~ my big boy competing in various school competitions. He's been working hard practicing his music and his speech. I'm excited to see how he does.

~ my little guy feeling better quickly. He started having a barky cough in the night Sunday and I ended up holding him upright so we could sleep. I recognized it to sound like the croup he had exactly a year ago. I called his doctor and we waited to see if he got worse before taking him in. He did not get worse and improved quickly with the things we did at home.

~  beginning our Countdown to Christmas. This year I printed links to make a chain.  Each link has a name of Jesus with a verse. We will do these at supper this month.

~ leftovers my Mom sent home with us from Thanksgiving. We have enjoyed them this week.

~ the fun, relaxing time we had over Thanksgiving break plus getting online shopping done. It's fun to have the packages arrive!


Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Board Book: The Best Christmas Gift EVER!



In this festive VeggieTales book, the Veggies are celebrating Christmas -- decorating the tree, singing carols, and exchanging gifts. But even though it's so much fun to give and receive presents, the Veggies all know that the greatest gift of all was God's gift of Jesus, his Son. Children will love the colorful art featuring their favorite Veggie friends. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the reason we rejoice at Christmastime -- Jesus' birth. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts:
This little board book is short and sweet, just right to read to toddlers/preschoolers.  The rhyming text reminds us of the fun of the Christmas season using the characters of VeggieTales.  They find out that Jesus is the best gift of all.  


I have never been a huge fan of the VeggieTales so I am not all that familiar with other pieces of work with these characters to compare it to.  This is a fun little book though, and I believe children will like it with its rhyming text and the fun, bright pictures.  

One thing I noticed is the characters in the nativity display on the cover seem to be vegetables also, but the sheep looks like a real sheep. Just something I noticed with the illustrations.  

This book was provided to me for my review with the Worthy Publishing blog tour.  Thank you.
Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book: Crowned With David



I just love these little books by David Ramos. This one is called Crowned with David and is a 40 day devotional book about the life of David.  I have read others and this one is great as are the others. The devotions are easy to read and always say something that is beneficial to me. I have always loved so many parts of the story of David in the Bible, and this book really expands my knowledge about the events related to David's life.

I recommend this book (or others by this author) and think you will be encouraged by it as I have been.

Look at more about the author here.


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


Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Book: A Servant Like Jesus



I would like to share with you A Servant Like Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini and illustrated by Dan Sharp.

This book is about a shy little crab named Charlie (seen on the cover). Charlie is nervous about his first day of school and hides in the classroom behind the sink.  The teacher points out ways Charlie can help her.  When another student is stung, Charlie is eager to help him.  Charlie is excited to go to school after that because he wants to help his teacher.

This is a cute book with a good lesson for children.  The characters and illustrations are well done.  I think this would be a nice book for a church library or home bookshelf.

I received this book from the Book Crash reviewers program for my review. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Board Book: Love One Another


In this little board book called The Berenstain Bears Love One Another by Mike Berenstain we see how the Bear family can show love to others.   The cubs find ways to show love to their family members and to others....setting the table, playing with their little sister, raking leaves.

This is a good book to read to young children (preschool aged) to learn about being kind and showing love.

Click here to visit the website.

I received this book as part of a blog tour for my review. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so many blessings!

This week on Thanksgiving I am thankful for...

~ the friendship and love I share with my husband. He blesses me daily and I am thankful for how well he knows me.

~ my big boy who is becoming a young man. He brightens my days with his conversations as he shares his thoughts and opinions. He has many talents and interests and I am enjoying seeing him discover and develop those.

~ my little boy who brings joy to my heart with his laughter and funny things he does.  He is very persistant and curious.

~ our home...our safe place and place filled with memories and togetherness.

~ conveniences of our life....water, electricity, washer/dryer, cars.

~ family and friends.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Hawaiian Quilt

I realized I had never posted my review of this book so I wanted to do that.  I've read many books by Wanda E Brunstetter as well as various other authors who write stories about the Amish.  This one is very different because four friends who are Amish take a trip on a cruise ship to Hawaii.  That makes for an unusual setting for this book.   It was interesting the things that took place in the story (without giving away too much) that led Mandy to end up being longer in Hawaii than she originally planned.
I do look forward to more about the characters.  I was surprised by how the main character Mandy acted at times.  

This book had a different feel from other Amish books I've read and took me a while to "get into it." Overall, it was an okay book.

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  Thank  you.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany