Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thankful Thursday




I hope you have had a nice week.  Ours was fast with the holiday on Monday for President’s Day.

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband making me smile and finding ways to show me he loves me every day. He gave me the seeetest Valentine cars last week.

~ going out to eat with my big boy. We’ve made this a tradition the past few years to do this on President’s Day.  This year he chose a Texas Roadhouse.

~ doing “tickets” with my little guy. He was so excited to see that Monoploy game pieces were back again at our grocery story. He likes opening them and seeing if we won.  We got a bunch in the mail this week too from my aunt so he was excited about that.  

~ going shopping at Sam’s with my Mom and also her coming to stay with the boys while I had a meeting.

~ remembering a dear Christian lady who went home to be with Jesus this week.  She was a wonderful Christian example and pointed others to Christ.

~ visiting with my neighbor and Titus feeding her birds.  It was a beautiful afternoon to be out.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thankful Thursday


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I am thankful for...

~ having my husband for my Valentine for 21 years.  Yesterday was the anniversary of the day he gave me the card he made me asking me to be his valentine.  I love and appreciate him.

~ watching my big boy at his powerlifting meet.  It is neat to see him make progress and lift more.  He has worked hard and has a lot of dedication.

~ sweet Valentine surprises from my little guy. He was so proud to get Mommy a prize and then write a clue for me for my mailbox.

~ having a Valentine lunch with a neighbor. She called and asked if Titus and I could eat with her.

~ springlike temperatures and seeing flowers starting to come up.

~ a verse God gave me two times on the same day. It blessed my heart.  “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Monday, February 11, 2019

App for Couples! + GIVEAWAY




I am excited to share a new app with you just in time for Valentine's Day!

I downloaded the app recently and have been using it.  First it has a quiz for you to take to find out more about yourself and help you figure out your personal love language.

I have been familiar with the Love Languages for many years due to reading the books.  Do you know what your love language is?   It is so helpful to know what yours is as well as the love language of your spouse so you will be able to show them love in ways that make them feel loved.

The idea is that your spouse will also download the app and benefit as well.  It has one section to set goals.  In this section you can pick your spouse's love language, and it gives you ideas of ways you can show love.  For example, if the love language is "physical touch" then you could set the goal of giving a 10 second hug once a day.  You can have reminders set also which may be helpful.  Once you meet the goal you can click the button, and it will keep track of these for you.

 Here is an example of ideas it gives if your spouses love language is "receiving gifts."



I think this app is a good way to invest a little bit of time to make your marriage better. One thing I like is that you can keep track of how full or empty your love tank is.  This would be particularly helpful for your spouse to know.

There are short videos you can watch as well giving examples of the various love languages.




Marriage takes work.  This little app is a good way to remind you to take time to invest in your marriage.

There is also a giveaway!  Click to download the app and you will be entered to win a set of books.  These books are great, what a fun prize to go with the app!


Download the LoveNudge App and be entered to win Dr. Gary Chapman’s #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages®, The 5 Love Languages® for Men, AND The Love Languages Devotional Bible (hardback)!

Go to https://www.blessedfreebies.com/lovenudge.html to enter and for more details.


I am writing this review to share my honest opinion as part of the FrontGate reviewers program.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings! 
   Bethany

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thankful Thursday



Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Happy Thursday! 

This week I am thankful for...
~Valentine memories with my husband.  It's been 21 years since he asked me to be his Valentine on February 13.  :)  This time of year I always think about those memories.

~ talking with my son in the car.  There was a student at his school that committed suicide.  It just breaks my heart.  I was thinking to myself this is not a conversation I ever want to have with my son, why does this even have to happen? I was glad to hear his thoughts and that we had the time to talk. 

~ enjoying some time at the park with  my little guy on a pretty sunny afternoon. He told Daddy on the phone, "I'm just at the park.  I'm just playing with Mom at the park."   

~ an answer to a simple silly prayer.....it reminded me that God listens to my prayers and He answers prayers.

~ counting down to Valentine's Day with my boys with our little mailboxes.  We have had fun leaving treats for each other.  Titus has been making us pictures and thinks it is so fun to leave a "clue" note to go find a prize that doesn't fit in the mailbox.  He'd picked out some chips for Caleb and hid them in the closet since they wouldn't fit in the box.  Then I helped him write a note for Caleb with a clue. I sounded out the word to see if he could do it, he did really good.

~ being able to attend a meeting with others from our Sunday School class to make some plans for the upcoming year.

Have a day of blessings! 

     Bethany

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thankful Thursday

The last Thursday of January already!!  Titus has been excited for Valentine's Day.  We do mailboxes to count down the days until Feb 14. He remembers and is excited for that!

This week as we end a month and start a new one, I am thankful for...
~ my husband was able to go back to work this week and also received his backpay.  I miss having him at home but am thankful he has a job and is able to work. 

~ my big boy receiving the freshman boy student of the month for January.  

~ my little guy's imagination.  I love to hear his ideas.  This week he said he is going to Alabama. I asked him was he going to drive or fly. He said he was going in a rocketship with "Cabub" (Caleb).

~ having a wonderful time over he weekend at our church's marriage retreat. We both enjoyed it and we're thankful we got to attend.

~ my audiobooks and library books I enjoy so much.  I haven't been listening to audiobooks while my husband was home and finished a book this week.

~ getting to go to ladies' supper at church this week.  


Sent from my iPad


Have a day of blessings! 
 Bethany 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New children's book series

Today I want to share with you a new series of books for young children.  Are you familiar with the "What's In the Bible?" series?  This set of books goes with that with the familiar characters Clive and Ian. 

Let me show them to you.



About the book:

Gigantic animals, teeny-tiny animals, soft furry animals, shiny animals that crawl-God made them all.
Brothers Clive & Ian visit the zoo and discover that God created each amazing animal perfectly unique!

Click here for more information about God Made the Animals.


About the book:
I am special because God made ME.

Clive helps his brother Ian learn that he is special because God made him!


Click here for more information about God Made Me.


There is also a coloring book! Two actually....one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament.


Color your way through well-known New Testament Bible stories and bring the journey of Jesus and his disciples to life at the kitchen table!
This coloring book contains Bible stories and scripture on every page to enhance your child’s coloring adventure through God’s story. Featuring beloved characters from the bestselling video series Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?, this collection is sure to bring hours of fun and connection for your family.

Click here to find out  more about the coloring book.

This website will tell you about JellyTelly.

My thoughts:
I am not very familiar with the What's in the Bible? series.  I have seen it but don't know a lot about it.

I think it is great there is a series for younger children.  These are board books, but I'd think they would be appropriate for those aged 4-6.  Some young readers may like to try to read them with a little help.  In God Made the Animals, I liked the variety of animals shown and the answer that yes God made all of them.

At the end of these board books is a section with some ideas for "further connection."  This has some good ideas of questions to ask while reading.  I like that it ends with "You are so loved by God."  What a great reminder for children and adults!

The coloring book has nice pictures for coloring.  They will be great additions to sharing Bible stories of the New Testament with young children.  A brief description of the stories is given as well as the biblical reference. Some of the stories included are: Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, Jesus' baptism, and Jesus praying in the garden.

I really that the beginning starts with a page of the New Testament books of the Bible. 
I also like the pages with just words of verses to color.





I received copies of these books from Hachette Book Group.  Thank you.


Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thankful Thursday



Happy Thursday!  Here we are close to the end of January already!  Already?!

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband's love and the time we've had together during this shutdown. 

~ my big boy having a fun time with his youth group over the weekend.  They had a good trip and we enjoyed him telling us about it.  I'm thankful he has these friends.

~ lessons with my little guy. We are going to do birds as a theme...I'm thinking that may take all spring because there are so many we want to talk about.  We are doing letter E too.  We did a winter game today making a graph, and he thought it was fun. 

~ unexpected surprise from my Mom. She gave me some stamps which she knows I use a lot.  Made me smile. :)

~ sunshine even on cold days.

~ getting our kitchen cabinets cleaned out.  It took longer than I'd anticipated but was worth it.  We got rid of stuff and have more space now.


Have a day of blessings! 
    Bethany