Friday, December 15, 2017

Free Christmas book

I found out that a Christmas book is free to download right now and wanted to share that with you.

It is called The Christmas Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter.


Here is the link to get it at Barnes and Nobles. You can find it at other online retailers as well.  This special will end soon so check it out today!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I'm getting my post done on Thursday this week!

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband taking me to my doctor appointment. We had a nice day together.

~ going to my big boy's band concert. It was fabulous! Also, I'm thankful for the time with him volunteering at the booth at the mall for the Angel Tree project last Saturday.  I'm looking forward to his Christmas break. He gets out early tomorrow to start off his break.

~ making Christmas ornaments to give to the family with my little guy. He was so cute making them and deciding who each one was for. We have a few more to finish. I always did this with Caleb when he was little and now do it with Titus.

~ nice "end of semester" lunch with the Bible study ladies. We made bags to take to the shut ins and delivered those. Then we came back to eat lunch. I am thankful to be able to go to this!  It has blessed my life.

~ the yummy Christmas treats my Mom has made already and shared!  She made Christmas cookies with Titus and he was so cute telling about them. She's made peanut brittle and a candy my great grandmother made.

~ Christmas cards in the mail.


Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, December 8, 2017

Book: The Crooked Christmas Tree




I thought the description of this book sounded good and was so glad I read it. 

About the book:
In this real-life Christmas fable, when a Dad decides to let his kids select the family Christmas tree, he gets an unexpected lesson about God’s love.

In this thoroughly contemporary holiday story, a father lets his children choose the family Christmas tree. To his surprise, the kids pick one that is crooked. As he tries one thing after another to make the tree look right, he rediscovers the power of God’s love. He begins to understand Christmas in a new way, particularly when his family decorates their tree and crown it with a star, never even noticing the crookedness he spent hours in the garage struggling to hide. The tender and laugh-out-loud narrative of real-life relationships propels the reader through the most un-generic Christmas story. This upbeat and comedic treasure refreshes the Christmas message of love and faith.

My thoughts:
This book has such a wonderful message. It was a great reminder of God's love for each one of us. The author does a good job in expressing his feelings with the tree chosen by his kids and how his feelings about the tree changed.  I think after reading this book you will look at people who are different from yourself in a new light.

I had my husband and son read it too.

It is a quick read, and I believe you will enjoy it this holiday season!  


Visit this site to learn more about Hachette Book Group and books they offer.

I received a copy of this book for my review from the Hachette Book Group. Thank you.


Have a day of blessings! 
  Bethany

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday


We've had a nice week.  Next week will be busy too for us I guess from looking at the calendar.  Today I am thankful for...

~ a fun getaway with my hubby.  We like to go at the beginning of December which is 6 months till our anniversary.  It has sort of become a tradition I guess!  We had a nice time shopping and eating good food and resting. 

~ my boy competing in school events and doing well.  He did not advance in his all region tryout on Saturday for band.  Today was UIL competition and he placed first in Modern Oratory. I was so excited when I saw his name on the board.  I thought he sounded amazing when he practiced one last time for us last night but knew I might be biased.  I think he has a great ability to speak in front of people.  We are proud of him for trying out for both events and the hard work he has put into both.

~ my little guy sleeping better for the most part this week which meant I got more sleep. 

~ my Mom being able to help watch/pick up the boys so I could volunteer at the school to help with the UIL.

~ having our chimney cleaned and using our fire place this week.  It is nice to watch it and sit by it.  It was like 80 a couple days and now in the 30s.  Texas weather!!

~ signing up to go to a marriage retreat in January that our church is hosting.  We were excited to find out about this at our new church and look forward to attending.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I'm late again with my TT on Friday this week. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband getting some relief this week with his pain from his PT appointments. 

~ my big boy's hard work this week in cleaning his room.  He has made quite a difference in there!

~ my little guy helping me clean out the kitchen cabinets.  He thought it was so fun.  We worked on the cabinets with food this week and made it look very nice.  He is quite a little helper too.

~ the beautiful fall weather we have been having and all of the pretty, colorful leaves in our neighborhood.

~ getting our Christmas letter finished.  I still need to address the envelopes and print the pictures to go with it, but I am happy the letter is done!  I usually do not have it done by the end of November!

~ seeing a dear friend when we were out eating and chatting with her a moment and her sweet hug. 

Have a day of blessings!   
    Bethany

Monday, November 27, 2017

Book: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus



About the book:
In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah guides readers through the four weeks of Advent, with a devotional reflection for each day focused on a different name of Jesus, family activities, challenges, discussion questions, and additional Scripture to go deeper. Each week also includes an outline for a family or group celebration of Advent for that week, including lighting the Advent candle(s), discussion questions, reading Scripture, and singing a carol together. This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season.

About Asheritah Ciuciu
Asheritah is a writer, speaker, and founder of One Thing Alone Ministriesan online community of women who find joy in Jesus through creative spiritual disciplines. She's also the author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction (Moody, January 2017). Asheritah, who grew up in Romania, her husband, and two young daughters live in Ohio.


My thoughts:
This is a great little book to center your mind and heart on Jesus.  I have read it over the past month and enjoyed these thoughtful devotions on the names of Jesus.  As you read you will be reminded of who Christ is and why He came to earth. 

The book is centered around the four weeks of Advent....Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love.  I did not grow up with Advent and found it helpful that there is an explanation about Advent at the beginning of the book.  What I liked was that after each devotional reading it has some challenges and questions for you to do with your family.

If you are looking for a way to put more Christ in your Christmas this year, please consider checking out this little book.  Advent begins December 2 so pick up a copy today.

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

Have a day of blessings!  
Bethany

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book: One Christmas Bear




I was excited to get this adorable board book in the mail for my review!  And just in time for the Christmas season! 

About the book/author:
Count the joys of Christmas with Christmas Bear and his arctic friends in One Christmas Bear, the new holiday-shaped board book for toddlers and preschoolers by Anne Vittur Kennedy. Little ones will love to count seasonal elements, such as crunchy candy canes, colorful ornaments, and frosty snowflakes.

With beautiful illustrations and simple, rhyming text, One Christmas Bear is perfect to help little ones learn to count, and wonderful for families to enjoy together. Count the Blessings of Christmas! Follow the merry adventures of a polar bear and the artic animals as they enjoy winter fun! From crunchy candy canes and frosty snowballs to friends to play with and a family to love, your little one will enjoy counting God’s wonderful gifts. 

Anne Vittur Kennedy has been delighting young children with her humorous and playful books for thirty years. Her awards include American Library Association’s Notable Books List, Teacher’s Choice, The Green Earth Book Award, and The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.

My thoughts:
This really is a cute counting book.  The animals scenes are fun, and we liked the rhyming text.  My little guy liked seeing the numbers on the pages and then we would count the items mentioned for that page.  He liked the sparkle on the front cover too.  This is a board book and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy this holiday season. 



Do you want a chance to win a copy of this cute book for a child in your life?  Go to this link to enter the giveaway!!  This would make a great stocking stuffer for a little one!

I received a copy of this book for my honest review from FrontGate Reviewer program.

Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany