Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday!!!

This isn't the Thankful Thursday post I thought I'd be writing today, the day we had planned to have our baby via c-section.  Nope, my water broke Sunday morning about 1:20 a.m. So we had a baby on Sunday!!!

Our new son is here.......Matthew Titus. He will be called Titus. I don't put pictures of us on my blog so won't post one of him either....sorry.

We are beyond thankful for his safe arrival and to have him home with us.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ my husband being at my side every step of the way through the birth of our baby boy.

~ Caleb acting calmly when we woke him in the night to go to the hospital. He did very well handling the unknowns of the situation.

~ the safe arrival of our sweet Titus.  He's such a blessing to our family.

~ my Mom being here to help.  She has done so much to take care of us all.

~ our family arriving at the hospital for Titus' birth. It meant so much for them all to be able to come.

~ God having a plan for the safe birth of Titus. We'd planned for months for his arrival. It did not go as we planned, but that is okay.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

We are one week away from baby day. Hooray!

What's on your thankful list today?   I'm thankful for...

~ my husband's servant heart. He is constantly doing things to help me. Like today I was so worn out after offing to the doctor, and he got supper heated, cleaned out the baby play yard, and then did the dishes after we ate and told me to rest.

~ the things my boy tells me that happen at school. Some are fun things of his day or something he did in a class, and some are things other kids have done that are rather surprising. I'm glad he will share these details with me.

~ being one week away from meeting our new baby. Today at the doctor appointment we were waiting, and I told my husband in the beginning I wasn't sure we'd make it this far. He said he was glad we did. We are thankful for the doctor and the healthy pregnancy.

~ meals from my Mom. After the doctor appointment last Friday we ate an "Easter meal" at Mom's house since we were not going to be together on Easter. I knew she was planning to send home some of the leftover ham for us to have on Sunday. What I didn't know is she'd made all these other meals for us to have this week so we didn't have to worry about cooking. (She's made us meals for all through the pregnancy too!). She knew last week was hard for me to get supper ready as I'm feeling tired. It was really a blessing this week to have them.

~ seeing my aunt and cousin who came for a visit. I was glad to show them the baby's room and stuff we've received for the baby and to visit with them.

~ safe travel to our last doctor appointment.

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What are you reading?

I had a couple books to share with you that I have finished. These were not received for my review; I just chose them from the library.

I listened to the audio version of Live Original.  I thought it was a good book with lots of good advice for young people as well as stories from Sadie and her family.  She seems to be a good role model for the youth of today.

Here is some information about the book from online:
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson—star of A&E's Duck Dynasty and daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson—shares her outlook on life as she opens up about herself and the values that make her family what it is.
Sadie Robertson represents everything that a well-adjusted teenager should be, even while growing up in the spotlight on Duck Dynasty. She exhibits poise, respect for her family and friends, and a faith that influences her choices. Everyone wants to know how a family as eclectic as the Robertsons are raising such confident, fun, family-loving kids. With this book, Sadie sheds light on the values instilled by her family that make her the person she is.
Sadie lives by a simple list of principles that lead her to personal and spiritual growth and allow the relationships she has with her friends and family to flourish. These values include think happy, be happy; dream big; shake the hate; do something; and many more.

Living as a culturally relevant teen who loves God and her family, Sadie has become a role model for other teens and for parents who are eager to instill the same characteristics in their children.
Another book I have listened to is called The Struggle by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  This is the third book in the Kentucky Brothers series.  I had listened to the others in this series and was glad to find this one to listen to on Hoopla.  I have found this to be an enjoyable series with each book focusing on a different brother and his difficulties.  This book is the story of Timothy Fisher and his wife Hannah who have recently moved to Kentucky from Lancaster County.  Hannah does not want to be there.  Will the couple be pulled apart even more after a terrible tragedy or will they be able to come together?

The stories of the other brothers continue in this book too which I enjoyed. Check this out if you enjoy Amish fiction.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Book: More Than Just The Talk

I have finished a book called More Than Just The Talk Becoming Your Kids' Go-To Person About Sex by Jonathan McKee.

About the book:
Have Real Conversations With Your Kids About Sex

The old ways of having the "sex talk" just won't cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today's young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God's amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

It's normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic.

My thoughts:
I saw this book available for review and felt it would be an interesting and appropriate read as our son is getting older. I had not read anything previously by this author.  I really enjoyed this book because it was very eye opening to me as a parent.

The main idea of the book as the title suggests is for parents to be the ones their children go to when they have questions about sex.  It may be awkward for parents and children, but if they are talking about it frequently instead of a one time conversation of "don't have sex till you are married" then the children will be more likely to come to you when questions arise.  Sadly, many are finding out information from Google because they don't want to ask their parents.

I was surprised at the statistics shared about sexual activity, pornography usage, etc. about young teens or even those younger ages.  Also surprising to me was the huge influence of the media on our children. I mean I know this is an influence in our culture but to read the examples of song lyrics, videos, etc. was shocking to me.  Children need to know the truth about sex and how it is God's gift, not the perversion seen everywhere around them in society.  Parents need to be the ones to share this truth, and this book is a great resource to help parents do just that.

I highly recommend this book for parents or others who work with young people.  It is a practical, easy to read book full of helpful information.

Click here for more information about this resource.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a free copy of this book for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Happy April!  It is off to a warm start here, but I read the temperatures may dip this weekend.  We are praying for rain here.

This week I am thankful for....
~ my husband's help when I've been worn out. I can't list all the things he's done this week to help that I usually do...some of them:  stopping at the grocery store, folding laundry, making supper.

~ watching my boy at his first 4-H archery shoot. We did not know what to expect!  He did great we thought, and he had a lot of fun. Also, I am thankful for his excitement about the baby stuff and he questions he asks.

~ love shown to our baby.....the school where I volunteer gave us all of these wonderful gifts for the baby.  It was so sweet and we are blessed by the love shown us.  This time in 2 weeks we should have a baby!

~ clothes to wear that fit!  With the warmer temperatures I was glad to have a few pairs of shorts to wear and short sleeved shirts. I did not have to buy much in the way of maternity clothing besides a few things, and I'm thankful for those who shared their clothes with me.

~ the things we ordered for baby arriving this week.  Quick shipping!  The boys put the stroller together and the carseat is ready to be installed.

~ being able to help at the school on testing day this week. I felt pretty blah and like I was in a fog or something on Monday. But I felt good Tuesdsy and was able to help give breaks to teachers during the testing.

Have a lovely Easter weekend!

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, March 30, 2015

How many?

As we are on the countdown to our baby's arrival, I keep thinking of things in terms of "how many."

How many more weekends together?

How many more Sundays at church?

How many more pay days does my husband have?

How many more Thursday snack days with my boy?

How many more lunch dates with my husband?

How many more trips for my doctor's appointments?

How many more meals together with just us 3 at the table?

How many more days of just having one child here with us?

How many more days at home doing chores and laundry by myself?

All of these countdowns make it seem so very close. :)

As the day draws near, I'm filled with many emotions.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Where Trust Lies

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? I have finished the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  I reviewed the first book called Where Courage Calls here.

About the book:
She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong?

After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.

There's one special thing to look forward to--letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again--and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth's faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series!

My thoughts:
I found this book to be much different from the first in the series because now Beth is at home with her family.  She ends up taking a cruise with her mother and sisters.  She is glad for the time to be with them but also misses her time in Coal Valley and wonders if she will be asked to return there to teach again.  

I found the sisters to be very different from one another. They had an interesting relationship in how they interacted with one another, their mother, and others on the ship. 

Beth tries to maintain a relationship with Jarrick who she met in the previous book.  They write letters and talk by phone when they are able, but Beth isn't sure how long this will last.

I enjoyed this book overall. At some points I felt it moved slowly though.  I am not familiar with the areas mentioned so I found it hard to stay focused at certain points.  Some mention is made to Coal Valley and the people there; it is clear Beth wants to return and experiences a totally different life there than on the ship with her family.  

You can read more hereThis book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!