Friday, January 23, 2015

TEAM US review and give-away!

I recently received a book titled, Team Us Marriage Together written by Ashleigh Slater, with side comments by her husband, so you can get the guy's point of view in their story.

This is a quick read book, that would be perfect to read together with your spouse or soon to be spouse or individually, as you would still get a lot from the book. I have been married for 10 years so this book didn't offer anything real new for me, however it is very encouraging read. It would have been great to hear the message they share in the book when I first started out in my marriage. My husband and I have had the team concept down for a few years now, and that really makes a different in your marriage when you view yourself as a team, verse just two individual in a marriage. I see this as a main reason for divorce today amongst people. No one is perfect, we all need to give grace in situations and work together as a team. I would recommend this book to all young couples who planning or are recently married to get this book. At the end of each chapter is a section called Us Time, which offers some questions to discuss with your spouse.

Here are some points from the book:
"It's about marriage together. Marriage as a team with both husband and wife working and playing toward a winning season."

"Grace helps marraige stay on that heavenward "until death do us part" course."

"Assume the best of the others' motives and actions."

"Practice makes progress." ~not perfect

"As important as finances are, marriage comes first."

"Yep, marriage requires hard work. It takes perservarance and patience. It means teamwork and a "never give up" attitude."

I am able to give one book away to one of my readers. If you would like you very own copy of this book, be sure to comment for your chance to win one by February 1, 2015!!

About the book:
176 pages / Forward by Dr. Gary Chapman (author of 5 Love Languages)
What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”? When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan. But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit. 
Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.
 “Finishing your marriage story well is definitely within your reach, no matter what your history tells you.”
Check out the book trailer HERE & hear from Ashleigh Slater HERE.

Check out Ashleigh’s blog HERE

Check out the official website HERE (you can read an excerpt here to see if you’d like it!)
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions for opportunity to review!!

Friday Update and Encouragement

My heart has been heavy this week and my mind crazy, that is my fault as I take on too much sometimes, OK a lot of times. Still working on that best yes and overcoming perfectionism. My aunt died this week unexpectedly and it sucks to live thousands of miles from family sometimes. This is life, it is always changing, and this world we live in can be full of darkness, but I do my best not to get sucked into it. I am thankful for Jesus who overcame the darkness for us so we can live in JOY and be shining light of Him. God is always good, and will use these situations for good. All I need to do is trust and have faith, which can be hard sometimes to let go off, with my I can do it all attitude! God is the only one who has it all under-control, none of us do, He has gone before us. Which really brings me peace, because I can rest in that. This week was MOM Group and we had a some things come up where one would think it would end in disaster, but God has shown me again and again, that He always provides the needs, so for once I didn't panic! Hallelujah!! Our MOM Group had a blessed time of encouragement from one another, because sometimes the journey is rough, and that is why we need each other!! Matthew 18:20 Jesus said "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

I am just a couple days away from completing 30 Day Shred workout with the lovely Jillian Michaels, she is tough and yes that is my sarcasm, because I love doing it, not really, just thankful I can! It hasn't been easy staying on track with it, some days I love to just do something easy, however this workout gets my heart rate up and builds strength, which I didn't realize I was lacking so much of but I was, now pushups and squats are not so challenging anymore. So yes, it does pay off!!  My tip, don't give up, make a new habit, be dedicated, find your why for doing it and you too can do it!! Also find something you like to do for exercise, I really don't like the workout, but it is only 20 minutes!

This week we finished week 21 of school, science has been interesting as we have been learning about the body, how it works, and the senses. We also have been reading some great books: Twenty and Ten, Johnny Appleseed, Little House, and Chance of Meatballs. Spelling words are getting tougher, but she likes the challenge. Since the weather was so beautiful this week, Abigail got back to horse lessons. She has so much more confidence on the horse now! We are looking into adding in piano lessons soon!

We also decided to put up our Valentine's tree! I love Valentine's one of my favorite holidays, because I love what it represents, LOVE!!  1 John 4:19 We love each other because He loved us first.

Here are some snapshots of the week:
Art project using shapes we see, she used the neighbors house.

Horse lessons

Flowers from neighbors, so thoughtful! Great example of love your neighbor, y'all!! :)

Our Valentine tree!

Weekly encouragement, be sure to check out the links, good reads....

Without perspective our lives can start running us.

To dance, sing, laugh uncontrollably, to love deeply, to drink from the pleasure of life He has allowed, even in the midst of the fallen places-this is to know Him and His presence every day.

"[Jesus] was busy, but never in a way that made Him frantic, anxious, irritable, proud, envious, or distracted by lesser things... Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important. He understood that all the good things He could do were not necessarily the things He ought to do."

Are you living a life of purpose? Or are you floundering, about to sink? Most likely you're somewhere in between.

With Jesus, we’re already and always Wonder Women {although I think I’ll swap the superhero suit for yoga pants — you too?}.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Weekly Encouragement

Hard to believe we are in the middle of January already! Monday the braces came off and Tuesday was my dentist check up (fun times), so I have been making lots of trips to Murray this week. It has been a great week of eating and enjoying food once again without extra things in my mouth, but I am thankful I went through the process. This time I will wear my retainer, forever, so there will be no third time!!

We finished up week 20 of school here at Raising Arrows! I am thankful for being able to have the freedom to homeschool, to teach and train my children. Seeing my children learn new things is wonderful thing to be a part of. I will admit there are some days it be great to drop of kid(s) off at school and then have time to myself to go hang out, workout, and yes there are times I do a need a time out, but I wouldn't want it any other way. It is a season, God has given me these children and the opportunity to teach them. I am thankful God has given me friends that are on this same journey who understand, because at times I feel like an outsider, but that is what I am called to be. Kind of like this song...

 “We need to be missional women, missional mothers: To be a part of God’s great commission, wherever God has placed us. See your life from an eternal perspective no matter where you’re at. Have courage to do what God has called you to do right here, right now.” ~Ann Dunagan

But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts~ 1 Thessalonians 2:4 
Little man had to show off his new belt!

 Abigail loves to make and give cards, 
she now has her very own card making kit thanks to my bro!

Making cards for some of our fav military boys!

Chicken coop is coming along, so thankful for my hubby! Can't wait till it is done!

Encouraging reads:

This quote is for me... “If you’re not careful, the urgent will take precedence over the important.” - See more at:

Absolutely these are the things I want to teach my daughter 

Really? Could I really be serving Jesus in the most mundane activities of my day?

the reasons I am thankful for homeschooling go beyond the academic benefits.

What we will be considering the following school year