Friday, October 24, 2014

Rhinestone Cowboy with give-away

I am excited about seeing this movie for so many reasons. I grew up hearing and rembember his music, plus what an inspiration he is in bringing awareness to alzheimer's and I heart me some country music!! There is a give-away for one of my lucky readers. All you need to do is comment and let me know you like to win some free music!! 
The Rhinestone Cowboy...
Glen Campbell’s musical and entertainment career, covering nearly five decades, is unmatched for its prolific breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. His guitar playing is legendary and can be heard on classic tracks from Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, to Frank Sinatra’s, Strangers in the Night.

As a solo artist, Glen has recorded some of the most beloved songs of his generation including Gentle On My Mind, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy
He has been awarded five Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards and three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. 
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Glen Campbell has crossed the boundary between pop and country and transcended into a true musical icon.

In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and with the help of his wife and family decided to face the illness head on. He announced publicly about his battle with Alzheimer’s and then released his album Ghost on the Canvas and began his “Goodbye Tour.” 
On Feb 12, 2012 Glen performed on the Grammy Awards, to an audience of 39 million people, and was given the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

As music legend Glen Campbell enters the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, his family is giving the world a rare glimpse inside his battle with the disease.

From the producer of 'Walk the Line'..

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

One reader will receive...5 song EP soundtrack from the film ~ Soundtrack features Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, and The Band Perry. (be sure to comment before 10/31/14)

"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.”

FRIDAY is here!!!

Been a busy week, but full of blessings. My heart is full and I am tired, but thankful! I have my hubs back home, we have full bellies, we are healthy, have a warm home, wonderful family and friends, we are blessed in abundance!!Yes I do get weary and my heart aches for people and friends and sometimes the things that life throws at us, but when I keep my focus on Jesus and the blessings I have, I couldn't be more blessed.

Last weekend we met up with some friends at the pumpkin patch and went out to eat for some sushi with another wonderful couple. Abigail and I also participated in the walk for Apraxia for one of our precious little friends from church. The kids participated in crazy hair night at AWANA, while the hubs and I went out for dinner, sometimes parents need time away from the children. Monday we started back to school after a little fall break, the hubs smoked some meat and we had guests over for dinner, Tuesday was our MOM Group and Aidan's last t-ball game for the season, Wednesday Abigail had horse lessons and we spent time with our church family, today is Friday movie night with my kiddo's! This weekend we have a birthday party to go and the kids are excited to dress up in their costumes for AWANA Fall fun!

This week we also shopped for our Operation Shoebox items and put them together. Something Abigail has been doing for a few years, we enjoy picking out items and making a card to ship in our box. I love the ministry and how a shoebox full of items can make a difference in a child's life. If you haven't heard about Operation Christmas Child check out the ministry here:

Here are a few snapshots from the week:
 Blue cotton candy face :) 

                                           Crazy hair!

 T-ball night!

 Pumpkin family fun!

 Precious kiddos!

Some encouragement:

This is such a beautiful I good enough, can I earn salvation...

We just wonder if we have what it takes to survive ...

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s Greater
He’s Greater
If only we weren’t so busy. If only we made room for still. We could live a thousand lives and learn a million words and be accomplices to miracles. Without ever leaving home.

God is still saying “yes” to your life. He is still saying “yes” to you being here. He is still saying “yes” to His plans for you.

Don’t measure my meaning in stats; don’t count my contribution with your calculator.

God calls us to be COMMITTED! We should strive to live according to His word and rebuke the threat of casual!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo ~ Fast Track Bible Pack

I recently received a set of cards, called Fast Track Bible Pack for the New Testament by Wizzy Gizmo. Personally I find the name kind of cute!

The Bible Track consists of 27 medium-sized cards that summarize each book of the Bible and share key chapters, passages, doctrines, and people. They are double sided, colorful, sturdy, and of excellent quality. They measure 8 x 5" and are made of heavy, glossy cardstock. Each card tells how many chapters are in the book, details about the author (or possible author), and a timeline for when the book may have been written. If an author is unknown, the cards give a brief description of possible authors and why it is thought they could be the author.

Wizzy Gizmo Review
These can be used for all ages, right now we are incorporating them into part of homeschool or when they bring a verse home from AWANA, we will look it up and read also about what that book in the Bible is about. Their web-site gives some useful ideas on how to use them. The only thing I wish is that these would have been bound together or had a ring clip to keep them together. Other then that they are perfect and very useful! The kids love, might have a little to also to do that there is a pic of train, and my hubby happens to be a train engineer! :)

This series strives to accurately and completely represent the narratives found in scripture as well as impart the foundational evangelical doctrines of God's Word. We believe the Bible is, "Profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness," and therefore seek to fill the hearts and minds of our children with its truth.

Here are some snapshots of the cards:

This set costs only $14.99.  Wizzy Gizmo has other great products to offer.

For your chance to win a free set, please comment and share your favorite Bible verse. Winner will be announced October 11, 2014.

*"I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR,Part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tired days, GOD is GREATER...

There are days when I am tired and weary, but my GOD is GREATER!! Days like these I need to remember to rest in the Lord, lean on the Lord, trust in the Lord always. His plans are GREATER, His ways are HIGHER!! Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans,  but the Lord determines our steps. Keep my eyes focused on the ONE!! JESUS!!

Matthew 11:28-29  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Psalm 62:1  “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.”
Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,  for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 127:1-2  “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13  “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”
Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
Psalm 46:1  “God is our refuge and strength,  an ever-present help in trouble.”
I Kings 8:56 Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel  just as he promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
Hebrews 12:12-13 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”
Isaiah 40:29  “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Psalm 68:35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.  Praise be to God!”
Romans 8:26-28  “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Colossians 1:29  “To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”
Psalm 73:26  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Galatians 6:9  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Hebrews 4:16  “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Psalm 119:114  “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
Philemon 1:20  “I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.”
Psalm 18:31-32  “For who is God besides the Lord?  And who is the Rock except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Psalm 62:5  “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” 
Proverbs 3:24  “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Exodus 33:14  “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 46:10  “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Philippians 4:13  “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Love Fridays!!

I don't know about you but I love Friday's it means the end of the week, it means movie night with the family, it means tomorrow is Saturday. However, sometimes Friday is just another day of the week for us. This Friday is extra special as the hubs is home and off for a week!! Love, love, love it!! We are enjoying catching up on family time and making memories!!

Monday we got the best news, the hubs was released from his job duties in Wisconsin!! The kids were so excited, as I was too!! Five weeks was way too long!!

We had a great week, spending some time with grandma, seeing grandpa, enjoying the hubs being back home, and finally some fall weather. We had a short week of school this week. Last week we did a 6 day week and we are actually two weeks ahead of school right now, great place to be! So we are taking a fall break!

On Tuesday, Abigail had 4H and enjoyed learning about trees and leaves, and rabbits. I enjoyed it too because I got to spend some time with my mom and my homeschool mama friends!! Tuesday we also celebrated my moms 60th birthday!! We took her out to eat to her favorite places here. Patti's and Mama D's!! Wednesday my hubs redid a cabinet that is now in use in our school room, love it, much better then the diaper changing table I was using. We also said good-bye to my parents, my dad picked up mom on his way through and they headed back home with a load. Thursday the sun was finally shinning after a few days of rainy weather! We moved three bedroom sets around, so Abigail now has a big girl room, and we finally set up our king bed, and our guest room now has a nice queen bed! Tonight is movie night!! Tomorrow, we are going to go support one of our favorite little boys doing a fundraising walk to raise awareness and funds for apraxia. It isn't too late to join or donate, check out the link here:

This weekend will be full of outside activities and time with church family too! I hope y'all are enjoying the fall weather and activities!!

New-old homeschool cabinet! 

My parents and Abigail, with my dad's snazzy semi!

I want to encourage y'all, especially you mama's to go check out my friend, Kristin Taylor's book:

For some inspiring reads, please check out these links:
7 Truths You Need to Know About God’s Grace

 Truth be known, all of the pictures I have of my childhood are great. But, I am thankful I don’t have a childhood filled with memories of my Mom and Dad on their phones – or behind their cameras every second we were together.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

A place where we pick each other up, and forgive each other, and point each other back towards Jesus.

It doesn’t make you a Christian when you attend church, just like going to a garage doesn’t make you an automobile!

Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

Because motherhood is missional, there’s something of eternal value taking place in the realm of the unseen. It’s true — sometimes the only cheering a mom hears is when the lid of the ice cream container snaps open in the kitchen. But as mothers share the gospel with more souls than we can count and faithfully raise up the next generation, the applause of heaven echoes in eternity.

You see, I get you, because you are me sometimes. And I can look back at the darkness behind me and realize it wasn’t as dark as I had once thought. It had bright spots shining in when I wasn’t looking. Maybe when I was looking down instead of up.