Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; 
give thanks to him and praise his name. 
 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; 
his faithfulness continues through all generations."  
Psalm 100:4, 5


We've had a quick week. My husband was off for the holiday on Monday.  Tuesday evening we went to an event at Caleb's school.  We've also gone to the library, two story times, played outside, went for a walk.

This week I am thankful for...
~ enjoying my husband on his day off.  It's been a while it seems since he's had a Monday off at home.  We didn't have anything planned and had a nice day together. Titus liked having Daddy home with us too.

~ enjoying the event at my big boy's school and hearing his presentation. He did a good job in his part, and we were glad to be able to attend.

~ my baby boy sleeping all night for several nights in a row.  He usually wakes up once but lately he's been sleeping all night.

~ the pretty spring-like weather!  We haven't had much of winter here.  I keep wondering if it is going to get cold again or if we are just headed for spring. I imagine I will have tulips in my flower bed soon. It's been great for being outside.  Also it is staying light out longer so that is a plus too.

~ birthday cards in the mail.  Titus likes to help me open them.

~ hearing from my neighbor from where we used to live.  I had sent her a family picture and she texted me when she got the letter.  She sent me a picture of her family.  It was nice to hear from her again.


Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

It's been a quick week for us.  Caleb was out of school on Monday.  I did not know that until last Friday evening when he mentioned a teacher telling them to enjoy their Monday off.  I had assumed he was off this Monday on President's Day.  So that was fun to have him home and my hubby will be home this Monday.

This week I am thankful for...
~ having my husband as my Valentine for 19 Valentine's!!!  He asked me to be his Valentine when we were freshmen in college.  I love him so much!

~ my big boy feeling better.  He'd been congested basically all last week.  He was tired and not eating normal either.  He did not want to miss school and I told him if it continued we should go see a doctor.  I was thankfully able to get him an appointment at 3:45 on Friday.  The dr. felt it was allergies causing his problems, and his left tonsil was huge.  He had some med and is better this week.  (He's learned to swallow pills too this week, I'm proud of him.)

~ the way my baby boy gives me hugs and kisses all the time.  He brings me band aids and puts them on my leg (if I need one or not!).  He learned how to give me snuggles like his brother used to do, and I love that!!

~ a sweet surprise from my friend and neighbor.  She brought me a thoughtful card and boxes of cards and stamps cause she knows I like sending cards.  It blessed my day.

~ a lovely Valentine's Day.  It was just such a sweet day that I enjoyed so much.  I got to have lunch with my hubby.  Titus made us laugh as the waitress said "would you like more chips?"  He said "Um yes."  Caleb made our supper that evening...steaks on the grill and baked potatoes in the oven.  I dipped some strawberries in chocolate.

~ having an instant winner on the Monopoly game pieces from our grocery store.  I won a free book from Shutterfly! Caleb and I always save the pieces and try to win a prize so this was particularly exciting to have an instant winner of a book I will definitely make.



Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Monday, February 13, 2017

Audio book: A Love Transformed


I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson and have read many of her books through the years.  I'd borrowed the first book in the Sapphire Brides series (A Treasure Concealed) from my local library and was happy to receive the audio version of book #3 for my review.

This book is called A Love Transformed.  In the beginning of this book the main character Clara is widowed.  She is not grief stricken by this though because she did not have a marriage of love to her husband.  She says she has only ever loved one man and her mother took her away from him.  She has two young children and decides to take them to Montana to her aunt and uncle's home where she spent time as a young girl. She discovers her first love there at the ranch recovering from an injury.  Her children fall in love with the ranch life and Clara has to decide whether to stay or return to her home and another loveless marriage with her late husband's brother.  Then she finds out a secret about her husband and his brother.

I enjoyed this book and the characters.  The children were delightful and I like how they were portrayed throughout the book.   I did not like Clara's mother and got annoyed with how she treated Clara and her children.

I did not see any connection with these characters and the first book of the series so it was fine to read on its own.  I recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction.

This book was read by Melissa Hurst.  I enjoyed her voice and felt she had the right voice for this historical book.  She did a good job and made it enjoyable for me.

I received an audio version of this book from the christianaudio Reviewers Program.  Thank you!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

February is off to a fast start for us. We've had beautiful sunny weather this week. It mostly feels like spring. It was chilly this morning though.

Today I am thankful for....
~ my husband's 14 year anniversary at his job. We had a little party to celebrate him tonight. He was surprised.

~ watching my big boy play basketball. This week was their last game. It was particularly fun to watch because both teams were playing so hard and ended up with a tie 17-17. The coaches agreed to 3 extra minutes of play, neither team scored then

~ seeing my baby boy helping with things we do every day....like folding clothes and getting the food for the dogs.

~ lunch with my Mom and doing errands with her.

~ being okay after a scare on Saturday. I had a pain in my leg last week. Then Saturday when we were going into the mall I felt a sharp pain in my chest. It scared me and made me nervous. My husband took me to the ER to be checked. I was afraid it was a blood clot. I felt very anxious which is not typical for me. I was glad to be checked and to be okay.

~ a new TV. I used money from doing online surveys that I'd saved up to out towards a new TV!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, February 6, 2017

No More Perfect Marriages Chapter 5, 6


I missed doing a post last Monday so I wanted to be sure to get one up today about the book No More Perfect Marriages by Mark and Jill Savage.

My husband and I have continued reading together.

Chapter 5 is about the "Slow Fade of Minimizing." When we minimize, we “treat something as less important than it really is."  This chapter goes over the types of minimizers and dangers we can face in marriage when we minimize.

Chapter 6 is about the "Slow Fade of Not Accepting."  We are each wired differently, have different love languages, and different needs.  We may not mind these differences during the dating days but they may become bothersome once married.

This book actually releases this week!  They have a low price on Amazon right now too if you want to grab it.

#NoMorePerfectMarriages

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Happy February!

This week I am thankful for...

~ sharing a book with my husband.  He likes to listen to audio books on his drive to work.

~ watching my big boy play basketball. He has one more game. This week and next week's games are home games.

~ hearing my baby boy "read" books. He remembers and repeats certain pages or things we've talked about when reading together.

~ receiving some hand me downs that fit Titus. I have a friend/acquaintance that I talk to when I go to the grocery store. I'd passed on some jeans to her for her older boy, and she recently had a box of clothes for me to try for Titus. It was nice of her, unexpected, and most of the clothing was his size.

~ having my aunt come surprise us for Caleb's game. It was nice to see her.

~ It's such a blessing and so fun to have my Mom and her husband living closer. They are still waiting on their house so pray for them as they wait. They are staying in their camper now. Mom helped me this week by watching Titus while I went to my dentist appointment.

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Noah, Noah, What Do You See?


About the book:
From the bestselling authors of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka, 1, 2, 3

 Noah, Noah, what do you see? I see animals in the ark with me.

Moses sees the Red Sea part. Daniel sees lions in the den. Mary sees baby Jesus smiling at her.

Noah, Noah, What Do You See? introduces little ones to favorite Bible heroes from the Old and New Testaments. With colorful art from Melissa Iwai and the signature rhyming style of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, parents and children alike will love the classic storytelling of Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson.

Bill Martin Jr. didn’t learn to read until he reached college, yet he earned a doctorate in education from Northwestern University. He was one of the world’s foremost authors in literary education, as well as a million-selling author of books including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 

Michael Sampson, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books for young children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry. Sampson is dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University in New York City and lives with his family on Long Island.

My thoughts:
As a teacher I have enjoyed Brown Bear, Brown Bear....book for many years.  So when I saw this book the title caught my eye.  I'd thought it would be the animals on the ark but was pleasantly surprised to find that each page is a different Bible hero...Adam, Noah, Jonah, Mary, Paul, and Zacchaeus to list a few!

I have already read it multiple times with my little boy (age 21 months) and he really likes it.  I asked him what is this book and he told me "Onah Onah."

We like the pictures and the rhythmic text.  I like that my little guy is being exposed to these Bible heroes with something related to what they did in the Bible.   I'm sure it is to be a favorite at your house too.

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!
   Bethany