Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book: The Year of Happy Living: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World




About the book:
How would your life be different if you were just a bit happier every day for a year? What would you do to enjoy life just a little more day by day? Take your first step toward increased happiness with The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli Worthington.
You do your best to live life well—you work hard to be present in the moment, take care of the people in your life, knock it out of the park at work and home. And yet somehow, you still have days (perhaps more than you'd like to admit) where you're simultaneously stressed and bored, and you wonder if you even know how to be happy. Is happiness a worthy goal? Does happiness matter to God, or does He only care about holier things?
Alli Worthington gets it. As a wife, mother of five boys, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, she knows a thing or two about being busy, stressed, and happy in the midst of a crazy world! Over the years, she's seen how happiness gets a bad rap in Christian circles, and now she is standing up to shout the good news from the roof (or the internet, as the case may be): You are allowed to be happy! Yes, you! You can be happy right now!
Get rid of the common Christian misconception that happiness is somehow not holy, and grasp God’s intention for His children—that happiness and holiness can coexist for a beautiful life.
Join Alli for The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World and find the roots of your happiest life yet! With 100 inspirational devotions, beautiful art, and journaling pages throughout, this gorgeous devotional offers practical ways to make your life happier day by day.
Don’t miss the great big beautiful adventure God has for you right in your own life. Let this be The Year of Living Happy!
My thoughts:
This is a book full of devotions to remind you of how you can make your life happier.    


It is not my favorite or best devotion I have read.  I would have liked to see a scripture passage at least for each day. Some days referenced a verse and others did not.   I did not think the space for journaling was adequate either because it was put in a box and seemed limited.  I honestly felt a little conflicted reading this because I'm not sure that as Christians we are going to be "happy" everyday.  There is a difference in the joy God gives and feeling happy.  These words were intercganged often in the book.  

The more I read the more I did like the book, but it still isn’t my favorite.  
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Have a day of blessings!    

   Bethany

Monday, November 12, 2018

Book: Sacred Ground Sticky Floors





About the book:
Jami Amerine believes the essence of parenting is less a laundry list of “how-to’s” or “three guarantees to raise perfect, God-fearing children,” and more a step by step trusting of a God who calls us daughters. Maybe you’re the mom, like Amerine, who sent her child to military school or watched a child walk away from the faith you worked so hard to instill. Or, maybe you’ve somehow bought into the parenting lie that it’s your fault when your kids make poor choices, do things you’ve never dreamed of, or choose to live with values far from your own. In Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, Amerine takes mothers of all ages inside the joyful chaos of motherhood, sharing her adventures and mishaps and encouraging moms to let go of “perfect” parenting and find rest in the perfect Parent.


About Jami Amerine:
 Jami Amerine is the author of the popular blog Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, where she posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. Her first book, Stolen Jesus (Harvest House), released in October 2017. She’s been featured on numerous occasions on foreverymom.com and several other syndicated sites including Scary Mommy and Mamalode. She’s also been featured on Fox News, Today Parenting, and Huffington Post. She is a Christian who tends to get snarky and is anti-Jesus fish bumper stickers because she is a lousy driver.

My thoughts:
This book sounded interesting and I enjoyed it. I was encouraged by this fellow Mom who shares her stories in mothering her children.  What I learned from this book is that our children need to know they are loved by God no matter what. Another important message of this book is that we are all broken....both us and our children. God is with us as we raise our children....as Moms we need this reminder.   I really appreciated her honesty and how she doesn't know it all as a Mom.  

I received a copy of this book for my review from Harvest House Publishers.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings! 
   Bethany

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday


We've had a good week.  I have felt behind in household stuff like laundry.  I guess it is from being gone on the weekend and then had a doctor appointment on Monday so didn't do my "normal" Monday stuff.

This week I am thankful for...
~ that my husband brought me a couple pieces of leftover Halloween candy from his office when he got home a couple days, something simple that made me smile.  :)

~ watching my boy play his last freshman football game!  He has gotten stronger and better. He loves to play, and we enjoy watching him and cheering for the team.

~ my little guy singing and making me smile.

~ our camper!  It is nice to stay in and I really enjoy being able to use it.

~ being able to go to the deer lease last weekend for opening weekend of dear season. The weather was beautiful, and it was a great time.  We had marshmallows on the fire on Saturday night. They were perfect!  The boys had fun, Caleb loves being there.  Titus played with his cousins.  He said he was huntin' for zebra.  :)

~ having positive reports at my eye dr. appointment last Friday and also a check up at the doctor on Monday.
Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, November 5, 2018

Holiday Party!


I am so excited to host a Thirty-One Gifts party this holiday season!  I thought I'd share here that I'm having a party in case anyone is interested in doing a little shopping for gifts!  Let me know if you would like to be invited to my online party or sent the link for the catalog.

I am excited to see the "Get Creative" set of items they have now.  They also have a necklace I have my eye on!  There are several cute holiday patterns plus they even have a new line of baby items too.

Oh and something else.....there are several really great customer specials for the month of November.  You get to take advantage of these when you spend $35. 

Thank you and have a great day!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday



Happy November!  I always look forward to the new months and especially November. 

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband sharing a new budget idea with me. I'm excited for us to do this together and see how it works for our finances. 

~ seeing my big boy interacting with the children at his booth at our church's "trunk or treat."  He was encouraging and got down on their level.

~ taking my little guy to zoo class.  We didn't walk around the zoo this time because it was chilly, but the class was fun.

~ pumpkin carving tradition!  The boys carved theirs Wednesday night. Caleb didn't have as much time with his because he has a bunch of geometry homework, but they did a good job. We got a jack o' lantern pizza at Papa Murphy's too which we've done in the past roo.

~ a little sign I felt that God gave me to remind me He is my peace.

~ getting a surprise coupon for a free Shutterfly book from the grocery store. It printed out and the cashier asked if I could use it. I was excited by this unexpected coupon I will definitely use.  


Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany

Book: Prayers for the Battlefield



About the book:Moms today have a lot to handle! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising a family, especially in a culture that’s spiraling away from Christianity at an alarming speed. Yet our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The battle belongs to him, and his strength shines bright when we bring our weaknesses to Him and simply say, “Here. I can’t, but You can.”

Prayers for the Battlefield is a collection of prayers and reflections to help you stay strong through the daily challenges of motherhood. Whether you’re a new mom or a soon-to-be empty nester, Heidi St. John writes Scripture-filled and Spirit-infused prayers for every season of motherhood, helping you raise God-fearing children who will live out their love for Christ and make a difference in our world.

Let God determine the outcome of the battles you’re facing today―because the ultimate victory belongs to him.


My thoughts:
I was not familiar with this author when I saw this book available for review; however, as a Mom I was interested due to the description.  Moms need to remember we are in a battle and our children need to be covered with our prayers.  

I really appreciate this book because of the short personal stories shared by the author and the written prayers.  I feel it has been beneficial for me to read and pray these prayers.

This is a great resource to have as you are raising your children.  You will be encouraged as you lift up your children to our Father.

The hardback book is nicely designed. I liked the small design that makes it convenient to take along with you.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale blogger review program for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, October 26, 2018

Children's book + GIVEAWAY: The Cow Said Neigh!


You need to check out this new children's book.  It is called The Cow Said Neigh! by Rory Feek with illustrations by Bruno Robert.  Also I want to tell you about a giveaway you can enter to win your own copy.

About the book:
The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!
With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.
This delightful picture book is sure to be read time and time again.

My thoughts:
My 3 year old son and I have enjoyed reading this book multiple times.  It is fun to read aloud with your toddler/preschoolers with its rhyming text.

I really like the illustrations with this one. The expressions on the animals faces are just great!

There are also some coloring pages. My little guy worked on one today with his markers. 


Click here for your own printable coloring pages that go along with this book.




Wouldn't you like a copy of this book for your personal library?  Go here for the giveaway to try to win a copy of this fun book!

I received a copy of this book for my review from FrontGate reviewers program for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany