Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday




Brrrrr! We have had quite the variation in our weather this week.  It was so nice and spring like with temperatures in the 70s or maybe low 80s earlier this week.  After I got out of Bible study on Tuesday it was so warm.  Then we went to the library.  When we came out I told Titus we need to hurry and get to the van because it looks like it is about to rain.  We got in the van and started to go to lunch before it started POURING.  It was a very hard, long rain.  We met my husband for lunch and he helped us get inside.  He carried Titus under his umbrella, and I used another umbrella.  We were both thankful for umbrellas!  The rain let up for a bit and we started home and the streets were flooded badly.  At one place I had to turn around and go a different route.  It was also much colder by this time as well. 

Wednesday morning we had freezing rain.  School was delayed two hours and then ended up cancelled for the day.  It was cancelled again today.  Now I can hear the ice melting off of our roof. 

The boys have had fun playing in it and we have had a good time mostly relaxing at home.  I got some things done too.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being home for part of the time during the ice days. He made it to town for his dentist appointment but then his work office was closed so he came home.  He helped with some chores, cleared off the sidewalk, made supper, etc. 

~ my big boy being at home for two days this week.  I am also thankful he was okay after he broke out in a terrible case of hives Sunday night.  I ended up taking him to the doctor on Monday to see if it was a reaction to his antibiotic.  He had to switch to a different med (which I am also thankful that he was able to swallow those pills).  The doctor thought it was a reaction.

~ hearing my little boy pray for us, for his brother, for things he is thankful for. It is so sweet to hear.

~ visiting with one of my cousins.  We had not seen each other in 5 years.  He went over to my Mom's with two of his daughters.  It was nice to visit.  I am thankful for the things God has done in his life as well and the changed life that he now is.  He gives God all the credit.

~ rest, being home, heaters, fire place, and umbrellas!

~ time to work on my Shutterfly book and getting a ticket for a free book. 

Have a day of blessings! 

   Bethany

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day.  I saw some good thoughts that made me stop and think as I looked at this post by Ann Voskamp yesterday.  It is called "When Lent and Valentine's Day Collide."

Today I am thankful for...
~ 20 Valentine's with my hubby!  He gave me the first card on February 13, 1998 that he had made.  It said "Will you be my Valentine?"

~ my big boy feeling better.  He felt bad Tuesday when I picked him up.  I thought at first he was tired from his basketball game on Monday and getting to bed a little later than normal.  Then he started having chills and fever too.  I got him an appointment with his doctor on Wednesday morning.  He tested positive for strep.  He felt pretty crummy all day Wednesday, not eating and just sleeping mostly. He stayed home again today and is feeling much better.

~ hearing my little boy pray.  He went to the back window today and said Thank you God for the sun.  He said a few things, it is always sweet to hear.

~ having a nice Valentine's Day and enjoying our "countdown" with our mailboxes.  I told Titus the mailboxes were done now and he said no, I don't want them to be done!  He also asked was it Christmas now.

~ warm sunny days to be outside.

~ getting caught up (mostly) on laundry.


Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday


Welcome to my blog. I hope you are having a nice day. The sun is shining here!

Today I am thankful for.....
~ 20 years since my husband and I took our first walk at ACU.

~ hugs and thanks from my big boy for doing his laundry.

~ my little guy's sweet heart and love for me and our family. He says the sweetest things. We were driving this week and he said "Thank you God the treese aren't moving." I guess he noticed it wasn't windy.

~ my Dad able to come to Caleb's basketball game this week.

~ being able to go to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert this last weekend. It was great, and we enjoyed his story and music.  It was called. SCC Solo because it was just him and his piano and guitars.

~ meeting a friend for lunch.

Have a day of blessings!

   Bethany

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Thankful Thursday

Happy February!  I love a new month and changing the calendars.

Today I am thankful for.....

~ an amazing time at the marriage retreat with my hubby. We both learned a lot about ourselves from the sessions which in turn will be beneficial for our marriage. It was held at a beautiful location also, and the weather was so nice. We enjoyed getting to know some people from church too.  I'm so thankful we could attend!

~ watching my big boy play basketball. He made a couple of baskets too. My aunt came to watch him also which was nice. I'm glad he is feeling better this week!

~ My little guy singing in the van. Today he was getting out and singing  "I've got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart. Where?"  It made me smile!  He is a joyful little boy.

~ Walmart grocery pick up. This is so helpful to restock the items we use up each week. They are marked in my favorites, and it's so easy to do orders.

~ roast in the crock pot for supper. It smells so good!  It is a recipe from my friend, and we all enjoy it.

~ starting our countdown to Valentine's Day. Titus was so cute putting out our mini mailboxes yesterday. He lined the four of them in front of our TV.  He got index cards and made mail for all of us too.  He was excited to check his mail this morning. It's a fun tradition. The picture of Caleb making his mailbox came up on my Facebook memories yesterday.  It was from 2012!


Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book: The Celebration



Today I'm sharing a book with you called The Celebration.  This is the 3rd book in the Amish Cooking Class series by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  I reviewed the first book The Seekers and the second book called The Blessing.  I enjoyed the other two books and was glad to read this third book.

About the book:
Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.

Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

My thoughts:
I liked the change of this book in having the cooking class for children instead of adults as was the case in the other two books in the series. It was interesting to read the interactions of the children in the class as well as how the parents interacted with one another.

Heidi is a wonderful main character who is easy to like.  She has lots of wisdom to share with her students and their parents and is never rude or pushy.  I appreciate that she includes a Bible verse with her recipes for her students to take home and to read how the verses bless the families.

Another thing I liked about this book is that the recipes are included at the end.

It is somewhat predictable I thought as I read but is a good story and my favorite in this series.

This book will be coming out soon at the beginning of February.

Watch this short trailer about the book too.

Visit the author's website here.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for my review.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I typed this earlier but something happened and it didn't save so I'm redoing it.  Also I just realized I never copied my post from last week onto my blog after typing it on my iPad.  So I have two posts going up today.  I do  have a book review to do as well but don't know when I will post that.

This has been another different kind of week for us.  Monday was the only work day that my husband was effected by the government shutdown (he's a federal employee).  Tuesday afternoon I took Caleb to the doctor.  He had a bad cough and it started waking him in the night.  He was worn out.  His tonsils were enlarged and his ears were red.  He stayed home from school on Wednesday. 

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband having a job to go to.  This is something I am always thankful for but after the shutdown it is something to remember. We've been through a shutdown before, that one was much longer. 

~ my big boy feeling better and able to go back to school. His cough sounded so painful to hear and I know he was so tired of it.

~ watching "Daniel Tiger" with my little guy.  It is a cute little cartoon based off of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.  We check them out from the library.  Titus is cute singing the songs.

~ Christians praying for one another.  This encourages me to see people praying for one another. As I mentioned in the previous post, friends buried their 27 year old daughter last week.  Now this week they have lost another family member.  Please pray for them.  The mother lost her daughter and dad in about a week's time. 

~ going to the ladies Bible study on Tuesday and then the supper on Wednesday.  We stopped having Bible study over the holidays and now it has resumed.  We are using the book The Armor of God as a guide this semester, and I know I will enjoy it.

~ getting tickets to go see Steven Curtis Chapman!!!  I'm very excited!

What are you thankful for today?


Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday

It's been a hard week.  Not necessarily for my little family but for those we love. 

I don't guess I ever published this!  I wrote it on my ipad and didn't move it over to Blogger.  So here it is a week late!  I couldn't figure out what happened because I knew I'd typed a post last week.

Unimaginable loss, a devastating diagnosis, job uncertainties, illness abounds, weather issues.

These are obviously varying levels of "hard."  My heart has been hurting. I'll share at the end what I shared on my Thankful Thursday post on FB.....

Here is my thankful list.....
~ my husband being able to go back to work.....this is of particular thankfulness on my heart as we wait again to hear if there will be a government shutdown or not.

~ watching my big boy play a great basketball game. It was an away game (far away!), and I was glad to feel like making it. And he scored three points.

~ being home with my little guy this week. It was my first time since surgery to be all day with him alone. One day I got really tired and had to sit on the couch and rest. He was so big to play on the floor by himself and then sit by me on the couch and color while I rested.

~ warm house, blankets, coats, gloves for my cold fingers.

~ seeing some red birds flying around. They looked pretty against the brown trees.

~ and this is what I posted on FB....This week I am thankful for the hope we have in Jesus.  My mind cannot imagine the pain our friends are feeling after the sudden loss of their daughter. But I also know in the midst of their grief, pain, and hurt that they have hope. We know that someday we will see Lindsey again in Heaven.  I pray that they are comforted by the memories that are shared of their dear daughter.  Our words won't fix it or make it better, yet I pray that they will feel comfort knowing we are all joining together to help them carry this burden of grief as they walk this difficult path.


Have a day of blessings!

Bethany