Sunday, October 23, 2016

Where Jesus Slept~Book Review with Give-away!

My children and I love books, especially books about Jesus. This is a cute children's book, Where Jesus Slept by Norma Lewis, is one that younger children will enjoy. The rhyming and repetition in the words help children understand and grasp the message of the story, along with the beautiful illustrations throughout the entire book! This will make a great book to read and reread again and again throughout the Christmas season! Also a great book to give as a gift!

If you are reading this, be sure to enter to win the give-away. All you have to do is leave a comment or like the post to enter, for one book to be given away. This give-away will close Saturday, November 5, 2016.

From the wonderful promotions company, FlyBy:

About the book:
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.

            Format: jacketed hardcover
            Trim size: 10x10
            Page count: 32
            Retail price: $16.99
            Reading age: 4-7

About the author:
Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.
Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Third way done!!! Weekly encouragment and snapshots!

I think this Friday calls for a celebration!!! We are a third of the way through our curriculum for the 2016-2017 homeschool year, whoohoo!!! My brain is tired, not much on my mind to write or share this week, other than, I can't believe 10 weeks till Christmas!!! I am looking forward to doing an online study of Come, Lord Jesus, more details about that soon! Working on some projects and doing lots of reading is where my time is spent right now, when we are not running to and thro and homeschooling! Yes, most days I am tired, but it is good tired! I am grateful, grateful for the people that God has placed on our path and that I am able to stay home with my children, even though some days I feel like I may loose my mind up in here! Which is why I can't thank Jesus enough! Nothing in this world will fill your soul, nothing in this world will save you, just Jesus! So remember not to worry, not to be anxious, have no fear, find what fills your soul and be a light! Not always easy to do, but we have a choice and some days I struggle and don't always get this right! Thank you for God's promises and the way He reminds me! Through His Word, people He has place in my life, a sunset/sunrise, a devotion, book or quote. All good things point back to HIM!

Weekly Encouragement:
Bible Verse that stood out to me this week:
Matthew 10:26 So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

 "In our awakening, we see that God has been doing things we did not look for all along." Come, Lord Jesus 

All things don’t work out. I need to remind us of this, not to make us pessimistic about our life, but to remember God’s promise that if we love God and follow Him, our life works together – all the good, all the bad, all the hard, all the disappointing – and it is truly the best life, still and always because life doesn’t depend on one just thing — even a big thing — to make it good. 
We consider our homeschooling part Classical and part Charlotte Mason, this article so inspiring! 
"Perhaps the experience of seeing our finitude in the face of boundless knowledge is a process which leads us to the greater goal of wisdom." 
Character building happens in the midst of life, a life of vitality and growing – which is education. 
My railroad friends will relate to this! Love her story; finding blessings and Jesus through it!
 Pics of the week:
At soccer field, my little bookworm!
Saturday soccer game! Whoohoo little man!!

Abigail and her Girls In Action group, raising money at their Souper Supper!
Socks has grown, we rescued him behind an ice machine at about 4 months!
Happy Halloween mail!!
Checking out the neighbors cows on our walk, the cows probably think we are a crazy bunch, but I am OK with that!
Enjoying a beautiful fall evening, fresh country air, autumn breeze, changing leaves, and walking with these two blessings!
Well, hello there Socks, peaking through the window!
Ninja boy!
Lego creation!
Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. Thanking the Lord for His love and mercy, reminder of HIS light overcoming the darkness of this world!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Humble Roots review

If you ever want to learn more about what being humble is and grow in humility this is a must read book. If you are among the 75 Americans that worry or feel stress, then this is a book for you to read. If you struggle with restlessness or feeling you need to do it all, then this is a must read! Humble Roots~How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

Hannah writes about how being humble gives us rest! When we understand what living in true humbleness looks like, you will breathe a deep breath of fresh air, that is what this book is about! Trusting God, relying on Him fully, is what being humble is. "Humility is not a commodity. It is not something you can achieve. It is not something you earn or accomplish. Being humble is something you either are or you aren't." Most of our stress comes from being driven by fear, punishment, judgment or manipulation. Instead we need to be motivated by goodness, beauty, and truth. Where do we get that, through Jesus, trusting God. Knowing that all is a gift, that we came into this world with nothing. To be faithful and grateful. Walk humbly with God. "Humility frees us to flourish as the human beings we were made to be: to celebrate the goodness of our physical bodies, to embrace the complexity of our emotions, and to own our unique gifts without guilt or feeling like an imposter."

This book brought much nourishment to my soul as the author shared stories of living in Appalachian and weaved in truths of God Words with the process of growing, weeding, vines, grapes and wine, growing tomatoes, pure honey process, wild-berries, milkweed, etc...

Every chapter started out with a beautiful illustration of a plant. Throughout the book are quotes from other writers and Bible verses.

From Moody Publishers: Feeling worn thin? Come find rest.
The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through miles of rolling Virginia mountains. It’s a route made famous by natural beauty and the simple rhythms of rural life.
And it’s in this setting that Hannah Anderson began her exploration of what it means to pursue a life of peace and humility. Fighting back her own sense of restlessness and anxiety, she finds herself immersed in the world outside, discovering a classroom full of forsythia, milkweed, and a failed herb garden. Lessons about soil preparation, sour mulch, and grapevine blights reveal the truth about our dependence on God, finding rest, and fighting discontentment.
Humble Roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace.  “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden,” Jesus invites us, “and you will find rest for your souls.”
So come. Learn humility from the lilies of the field and from the One who is humility Himself. Remember who you are and Who you are not, and rediscover the rest that comes from belonging to Him.

 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Moody Publishers . 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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Say & Pray Devotions book review with give-away!!

My kids really enjoy this book! Abigail said, "I liked the Bible verses in it. It is a lovely book!" Aidan said, "The book is awesome!" What I like about this book: it is the beautiful colors and illustrations through the entire book, it is durable book, my children are able to read it together, the message throughout the book with short prayers and Bible scripture about God's world is encouraging, and the labels of the items on the pages throughout the book, so my children can learn the word by seeing it which makes it educational.

I have one book give-away!!! Any readers are welcome to enter into a drawing to win this book. Be sure to like post or leave a comment no later than, Monday October 31, 2016.

From our awesome promotions company FlyBy:


Bestselling children’s author Diane Stortz has sold nearly 300,000 books—Bible storybooks, devotionals for children, and more. This brand-new title, Say & Pray Devotions, is the perfect beginner devotional for little ones.
Parents who already know and love the Say & Pray Bible will love Say & Pray Devotions as it helps their youngsters continue to engage their faith in a personal way. Featuring the same fun style of artwork and the educational elements as Say & Pray Bible, this devotional for little ones will teach the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn and follow biblical principles.




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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Weekly encouragement and snapshots, and growing roots!

We are have officially been Tennesseans now for a whole year! My husband and I have not lived in many places together for more then a couple years at most. I think for now it is safe to say we are putting roots down here in Tennessee (my hope). I love to have a place to have roots for our family together, sometimes I feel like my life with my husband has been almost like a nomad, except we have always had a place to live, a roof over our heads. I share this because the kids and I had a conversation the other day about how many places we have lived, it is crazy to think about it. Abigail has lived in three different states already, 4 different towns, with 6 different addresses. Aidan just a little bit less. They have only been on earth for 8 years or less. For me I have moved 10 times in 13 years with the hubby.
My deep roots are in Minnesota where I was born and raised, but life for me the last 13 years has been about moving. I have been blessed and loved the many people I have met, new friendships, how I have grown, been challenged, but most importantly how my faith has deepened and my trust in the Lord has grown because of this. God will use all kinds of different situations to get us to notice, to get our attention, why because HE loves us and sometimes that love of HIS is hard to understand, because of our struggles, our sin, and not being perfect. But thankfully because of God and His great love for us, He made a way for us. So I hope that you are noticing Him and if not, I encourage you to just stop long enough in this world that pulls at us, to open your heart and mind to Him, to His will, because it is what brings me peace in this world.
From Let Your Light Shine Bible study

Weekly encouragement:
Bible verse:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8 MSG

Quote: "Our eyes are the window to our whole body, what we see has a lasting effect." 

Because small change does add up. And while I’m not in a radical life changes season, I am in a small victories season. Small victories matter. 
"Sit down with your children and listen to them. Eat with them. Hug them. Teach them to tend a garden, placing your hands in the wounded yet life-giving earth. Stop doubting and believe. Look your daughter in the eye and tell her she is more beautiful than she could possibly imagine. Muster the courage to show up at church on Sunday. Make your home lovely. Commit to the slow work of shaping the world around you so that it looks like your best guess at what the Kingdom looks like." 
Every day, every minute, I have to remind myself that this humble work of loving, nurturing, learning, teaching, home-making, celebrating is my calling. 
I’m not promoting a product as much as I am supporting someone whose voice I believe in. I’m promoting my friend. This means sometimes I promote things that may not perfectly fit my preferences. Or material for which I may not be the target audience. I give my support because I know the artists (or know about them) and personally believe in and want to support their work. I want them to thrive and grow as artists. 

Be sure to check out my review of this beautiful inspiring devotional
Weekly snapshots:

This girl won a cake at the Hoof Beat for Hope cakewalk!
Abigail and I enjoying a beautiful sunset while we watch little bro practice soccer!
Chilly morning play, love the bare-feet with hat look!
A much needed afternoon coffee break, my view!
Peter-cat has the life!
Beautiful fall sunshine day, love reminder of HIS light shines!
Perfect way to end a day with family!
Love these cuties!
Marshmallow roster, love him!
The kids made out with a pile of books from our homeschool read-a-thon challenge! Thank you to all that sponsored!
This is my fav road we drive down when heading to town. Even more spectacular in the fall!
Visiting the neighbors on a walk! One of God's beautiful creatures!
Little fall on the front porch!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Come Lord Jesus~The Weight of Waiting~Advent Devotional

It won't be long and the Christmas season will be upon us. I was blessed to be a part of a wonderful book launch for new book Come, Lord Jesus. This book releases October 18th!!! The words in this book are deep! I was encouraged in this book to sit, be still and in this season to be more aware of our Lord's presence, during which many times it the most busiest time of year. Kris Camealy wrote Come Lord Jesus~The Weight of Waiting, for this time. I know I can get wrapped up in the to do's, become easily distracted, and loose sight of the importance of the meaning of the Christmas season. Instead, I want to keep the main thing-the main thing, and not feel the waiting down of the to do's. Instead enjoy the season, in its true holiness! One way for me to do that is to partake in participating in Advent. Kris describes Advent (which comes from Latin word adventus, which means "coming") as a time we are spent in waiting for something or someone~Jesus! The notion that SOMEONE is coming, leads to the anticipation of the awaited arrival. However we people are not very good at waiting, right, well at least I am not, I may be one of the most impatient people, though I am slowly getting better at it. Kris says, "We are a people uncomfortable with and unaccustomed to waiting. Waiting requires a measure of discipline; it demands patience, and if we will lean into that space, waiting teaches us something of our own sanctification." To do this, we need to do discipline ourselves to slow down, to whisper Come, Lord Jesus! This book is a wonderful tool to help you do just this! Slow down, take note, deepen your faith, and welcome Christ into your everyday living!

To hear about my waiting period go read my words at Kris Camealy's blog at

So if you have ever struggled with waiting or the season of Christmas overwhelms you, I would encourage you to go buy this 25 day devotional. Which you will start reading December 1st, as we wait and rest in the Lord for Christmas day. Each day there is scripture reading, along with a devotional, written prayer and question for reflection in the waiting. The author drew me in each day, she had me at the first day with this "Tenderly, sometimes fiercely, God put His finger into the hole left in the hearts of man, not to injure but to heal. But His healing hurts and so we shrink back, turn around, and like the ostrich, plunge our shame-filled heads into the quicksand of life. We live desert seasons, unwilling or unable to face the repentance God calls us to. We imagine that God is hiding from us, but it's we who have turned our hearts away and hidden our faces. It's we who have crossed our arms in defiance. When at last we awaken to our sin, when we see the ways it has manipulated our hearts, the cry comes from our lips-come, Lord Jesus. In our awakening, we see that God has been doing "things we did not look for" all along (Isaiah 64:3). He has always been acting "for those who wait for Him." In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved (Isaiah 64:4-5)?...We shall be saved....Reflection...How am I wanting to see god move today?" Oh that was so powerful and that question at end and that was just the first day's reading!

Here are a couple other quotes I hi-lighted, though there were many more:
"The experience of knowing Jesus fulfills our hearts and lives completely. In Him, we lack nothing." ..."He makes His home in the hearts of those who love Him, however imperfectly we may live that out. We lace nothing because in Christ we have everything. His truth and glory revealed to us not only in Advent, but in the everyday moments of our lives, remind us that it is He who sustain us as we wait for His return." 

"Some of us are too pragmatic for such a dream life. We plant our heels in the soil of reality and keep our hearts on a tight leash, careful, reasonable enough not to let them wander into such fanciful, unregulated territory. But this is no way for the hopeful people of God to live. With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Those who dream remember this, and so their hearts and mind can frolic in the hope of holy possibility. Their mouths can shout for joy and laughter can swell in their chests because the dreamers know that hope is what sustains us int he waiting."

"A pray-without-ceasing-with-an-attitude-of-gratitude lifestyle takes intentional effort and cultivation. Most of us do not inhabit this space by default, and without work."

"Church season, like Advent, root us in a tradition ages older than ourselves, connecting us to a history of generational, celebratory worship in the church that has gone before us. Traditions like Advent give us a familiar place to dwell, a place that has long been settled before we wandered in, and a place that will likely remain after we have wandered on to glory. The familiarity and routine of the practice comforts us, offering a stability when the rest of the world rocks and sways with discontent, terror, sickness, disease and chaos."

"Whatever our circumstances in the midst of the waiting, God invites us to keep singing. To keep going. To recall and treasure His proven faithfulness and to remember His deep, irrevocable compassion for us that came first in a manager, and then on a cross. Sing, for the Lord has called you." 

"To worship during seasons of worry takes more effort than most of us can muster. It takes holy intervention to turn our hearts towards praise rather than our problems. But God is always willing to woo us. He is always wanting our heart's full attention." 

Be sure to go check out Kris's web-site and find out more about this wonderful inspired book and where to buy it! Hey, she is going to have some give-aways too!! I am so looking forward to reading this again when Advent season starts, along with our Jesse Tree. Now I wait with anticipation!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review of Parenting with give-away!

I recently, finished reading Parenting a book wrote by Paul Tripp. I am not a big reader of parenting or how to raise your kids books, but I do like Paul Tripp, so I thought this might be worth a read. It sure was, I like his philosophy to parenting, it all points back to our belief of who we are, and our how we see ourselves, our identity! His writing points back to what God says, His Word, the Bible! What does he call us, ambassadors. "Parenting is ambassadorial work from beginning to end. It is not to be shaped and directed by personal interests, personal need, or cultural perspectives. Every parent everywhere is called to recognize that they have been put on earth at a particular time and in a particular location to do one thing in the lives of their children. What is that one thing? It is God's will." Now if that doesn't speak to what we are called to do, then this book will not be for you, but I hope you would still get it, as it has pointed out some things in my parenting that I need to change. If we are all honest, none of us are perfect, so we all need some help! Thank goodness I have a God that never gives up on His people and why we all need grace! Our children are like us, sheep, prone to wander, so why we need the great shepherd and savior, JESUS! So why our children need us. To teach them while pointing them back to Jesus. This book will help you examine your parenting. "Parenting is about being a tool of that grace in the lives of our children." His grace is life changing! "Parenting is a moment-by-moment, day-by-day rescue mission. It means that as parents we need to daily remind ourselves that we're called to rescue our children again and again, and we should not resent those moment when that rescue is necessary." Something we ourselves need to remind ourselves of in everything and this will help us in our parenting too, is "God did not create human beings to be independently able; He designed us to be dependent." So the question asked, why would God ask us inadequate people to do such an important job, such as parenting? The answer given, so true, He calls unable people to do important things. But we must humble ourselves, admit our need, and be willing to do and rely on God. God covers our weakness and changes us. That is what makes the best parents!
Are we going to fail at times, you bet! Are our children, going to make wrong choices, you bet! None of us our perfect! But with God...So if you are looking for a tool to help you in this parenting journey, I would recommend this book. It will help you see the big picture of what God is inviting you to be a part of. There are 14 chapters, each one will introduce and explain a parenting principle and show the way of grace through it. The scenarios and problems the author shared are one's I related to. This is not a book to change your children, but for you, the parents. All changes come from one source and that is God working on the inside of us. Your best parenting tool, will be the Bible! Where else would the author suggest you go to, but to the ultimate source, God's Word. So another reason why I recommend this book!
Here is a link to go find out more about this book:
Here is an article by Paul Tripp at Desiring God from his book Parenting

I am able to give away one book, if you would like in on this give-away, please like post or leave a comment no later than Monday, October 17, 2016 
From our promotions company:

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.  Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
PARENTING, 14 GOSPEL PRINCIPLES That Can Radically Change Your Family



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“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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.