Sunday, February 19, 2017

Are My Kids On Track ~ Review

I many times hesitate reading parenting books, I usually though do read one once a year. I already started one I picked out for this year, but then Bethany House offered Are My Kids on Track? by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan  as a review. The title of the book almost deterred me away, but I have learned you can't judge a book by it's title. I was surprised as just how good this book is and seems to be spot on with the many issues children and adults are facing today. This is a book I would recommend to parents, teachers or those that volunteer/work with children. Check it out here

The book shares about people's struggle in dealing with emotions, having social skills and lack of faith. These are important areas that shape us and if we as adults lack them, more than likely our children will also, unless we become intentional in caring, listening and teaching our children. Can you imagine the culture shift we would have if we all did this as parents and teachers!

The authors are Christian counselors, who have years of experience, and have backed up the information they share based on research, the Bible, and experience. I know many parents desire for their children to know who they are because of who Jesus is. But sometimes we as adults miss that! Spiritual truth matters and we need to know it and teach it, as the Bible has told us to do. We can not depend on our church or our children's Sunday school teachers. Here are some of the points you will learn more about as you read this book.
  • Teaching kindness matters more than being nice. 
  • Learning to disagree with respect matters. 
  • Be more concerned about our children's character and not happiness. 
  • As parents we should teach our children how to take ownership, instead of blame or ignore, when they cause a problem or do something wrong. 
  • Remind our children we all struggle, need God and community, this is a healthy way to live. 
  • Learn to respond rather than react when we have a situation. 
  • Teach empathy in action early. 
  • Understand when conflict becomes competition.
  • Dealing with strong-willed children. 
  • The warnings of being passive aggressive, instead learn to speak with strength and kindness. 
  • Assume the best about people, assume the other person wants to be kind, assume they want to do the right thing. Give them the benefit of the doubt , when you are not entirely sure they deserve it. More than likely will provide a much better result, then assuming and accusing right away.
  • Teach kids to see themselves as valuable, that they are enough, and that they should build their confidence from a God who loves and knows them. 
  • As parents we need to live out the Gospel in a way that speaks truth in the lives of our children. 
Another great point about this book is it shows the difference between girls and boys as they go through the different child-age stages and potential stumbling blocks. The authors give great examples of issues and then provide building blocks for those issues for us to use to help as situations arise, to use to help prevent certain negative attitudes and wrong-doing.

 "Ultimately your choice will either be determined by fear or by truth."

"A child's spiritual development is the only thing that science has shown to reliably predict fulfillment, success, thriving. New science is basically telling us what the old truths have always been saying. Faith is foundational! Your child's spiritual life matters most of all and science is now backing it up." Hallelujah I say!!

"The way you help God lay the foundation of their spiritual lives truly does make the most important difference in who they are and who they're becoming." So we should be helping our children discover their uniqueness, messiness, beloved identity is in Christ.

"Boundaries create safety and security. They may not be popular, but they are so important to healthy development~emotionally, socially, and spiritually."

**To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Bethany House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

True Rest

True rest comes from trusting in God, He knows my heart, He knows my thoughts, You walk daily with me and ahead of me, He knows my future, He knows where I am, never lost to HIM, He grieves with me, He knows the enemy and is in control.

Oh your love, your kindness, your ways, Oh Lord search my heart and continue to lead me. Thank you for your peace and rest that only you can give to our weary bodies, our crumbling hearts. I could never thank you enough for the gift of mercy and grace through Jesus Christ. 

Psalm 139 (TLB)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.
This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. 11 If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. 12 For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. 15 You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
19 Surely you will slay the wicked, Lord! Away, bloodthirsty men! Begone! 20 They blaspheme your name and stand in arrogance against you—how silly can they be? 21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I be grieved with them? 22 Yes, I hate them, for your enemies are my enemies too.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. 24 Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly encouragement, snapshots, books...

This post may bore you if you are not into books, if so just skip ahead to the homeschooling part, encouraging parts or pass by. Just giving you fair warning folks! 😊

This week I have been reading, reading! I have a couple books I am reading for reviews and a couple from my personal pile. I finished reading Wild and Free, it was an encouraging read, the title drew me. I related to the two authors and the stories from their lives. These are two ladies that love the Lord and share HIS truths. Maybe you are loud person or maybe you consider yourself a quieter person (like me). It doesn't matter, God will use you, as long as you believe and submit to HIS will. I also finished reading, which I wrote a blog post for Heart Of Marriage
This week I started Adorned~Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together this is sooo good so far, a message near and dear to my heart. I am only in chapter 2 and have been hi-lighting and writing notes. Last night I started reading for a book launch I am a part of, so this book has not yet been released Unsinkable Faith
My personal pile I finally started A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning, it is on the job reading, so to speak. Being a homeschool mom I need to keep learning too! Another on the job reading for me as a mom, because who doesn't need a little help from time to time or to see if there may be a better or different way that may help in raising up children. Plus I am also responsible at times for many other children through co-op or at church. So I picked up this book for cheap on my kindle Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst

So as you can see, I like to read a variety of books, non-fiction Christian, memoirs (my new favorite type), homeschooling, parenting, and marriage books. I read plenty of fiction with my kids! What are your favorite type of books or recently read books that you have read, that I may need to add to my list? However, I like what this blogger shared about Christian books, and it is true, I have stopped reading books if they start pointing out self, falsehoods, etc... In reality there is only one book we should be reading from daily and that is the Bible. So before picking up and thinking you will find an answer in another book, go to the Bible. God has all the answers and wisdom! Nonfiction Christian books should always point to the Bible not away.....If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, please put it down.  The message of self-found throughout the culture and even in the church will fail us.  It is a false gospel.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and rejoice that He is the author and perfecter of our faith—not ourselves! 

The kids completed week 25, always a good feeling!! We had a fun week, with it being Valentine's Day and Co-op week! We are so blessed to be a part of a wonderful co-op. The kids enjoy seeing their friends and attending their classes! We have a talented group of moms who share their skills teaching classes and moms that help make things run smoothly. We also have a creative talented bunch of kids, as I saw from their awesome Valentine Boxes!! It was sure hard being a judge! Even though I leave exhausted at the end of co-op, it is worth it!! I don't know what I do without this group!
We had a nice two days of the hubby being home too, and on Valentine's Day to boot!! So we got to celebrate on the real day! One never knows with the railroad and now they changed there off days again, which will be an adjustment to our family.

Encouraging reads: 
But sometimes y'all, things are just crappy. 
We all make choices every day. Are we giving into temptation, or are we fighting, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to live a life that pleases God?
Snapshots of the week:
One plus to being the one to lock up the chickens is seeing this beautiful sunset!
A little on the job reading!
Sweet Valentine memories!
Little cupcake date with my sweet daughter!
Being silly girls! Messenger app features are fun!
Sweet Valentine presents for my loves!! Love my family!! Happy Valentine's Day!
A present from my sweet little boy and hubby! Beauty in small things!!
A little Valentine's learning in our morning time at Raising Arrows! Thankful for the love Christ gave us! He lived it and died for us!
Still quiet mornings, remind me of God's peace! Philippians 4:6-7
Completed Valentine Boxes went to co-op yesterday!! They had fun making them!!
Fun time at co-op celebrating Valentine's!! We have some creative talented kids in our co-op!!
Our memory board this week! Reminders to wait for the Lord!
Happy FRIday!! Apple-fritters for breakfast!! Celebrate simple things!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heart of Marriage

The Heart of Marriage book is a reminder of how to protect, treasure and persevere in your marriage relationship, above all other relationships on earth. Now we all know marriage isn't all roses, and this book doesn't point that at all. Dawn Camp did a beautiful job compiling stories about what marriage is about from some of my favorite Christian authors. They share struggles, they share
triumphs, they share encouragement, and most of all don't ever give up in your marriage! These are true stories which also point to the example Christ gave us! Perfect gift for Valentine's (in case you missed it), for wedding gift, wedding anniversary's, for yourself or to read with your spouse. Soon to be released is a study guide to go with the book! So important to remember our vows, especially when marriage isn't always roses.
"Love is more than a feeling, it's an act of the will."
"Your mind is a reflection of your actions." 
I encourage all married couples to check out this book full of encouraging stories.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Story Travelers BIBLE review

My all time favorite book is by far the Bible, because it is the only book that is full of truth and is life changing! I am so thankful for Tyndale Publishers allowing me the opportunity to review this new Bible for children~The Story Travelers Bible created by Tracey Madder with illustrations by Tim Crecelius.

We have decided to read a story a day at bed time. My children love it! They enjoyed hearing about the three children involved in this. These children are taking a trip through the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. It all started when the children began asking a question based on a statement their teacher Mrs. Morgan said, "The best way to get to know God is to read His Word." They realize that one of them never reads the Bible and the other knows some of the stories. So this is where their journey begins, at the beginning it is dark, and then God said "Let there be light." The children continue to go through the Bible story by story.

I like the illustrations, very vibrant and the layout. This children's Bible shares the story and directs you to the scripture in the Bible to read further, and provides a memory verse for each story for your children to memories. Throughout the Bible are details about the cities and places mentioned, sections throughout to provide questions to think about, and how to build your faith. This is one my favorite children's Bible I have read. So I would highly recommend it for your toddlers through elementary aged children.

From Tyndale
Trim Size:6.625 x 8.5  
Release:March 2017 

Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible. High-quality illustrations, engaging sidebars, and scripture passages draw kids into the narrative. The Story Travelers Bible teaches kids that the Bible is more than just a bunch of tales told by parents and Sunday school teachers, but the Bible documents God’s work in and for His people from the beginning of time. The Story Travelers Bible will take kids on a ride through 85 Bible stories.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Wrap, Encouragement, Snapshots, It's been Busy Fun!

It's been a busy fun week! So I didn't have time to do a mid-week link-up, however that is OK in my book, life isn't lived reading and writing all the time! 😏

This kids are having some extra fun this week, we had a field trip Thursday with friends to Discovery Park to see the DaVinci exhibit, a must see!! Today is mama Bible study (and the kids enjoy it too, time to meetup with some of their friends and play), whoohoo!! Tomorrow, is karate camp and Sunday the kids have a fun event at church they are planning to attend!

We did complete another week of school, which included finishing reading aloud Little House In The Big Woods and Twenty-one Balloons. My husband said the other day that I need my own substitute teacher sometimes. Haha, I laughed, but yes some days that is true. This path isn't always easy (it's not meant to be), but it is worth it. All the planning, reading, math problems, and learning together can wear a brain out, but I love learning together with them. I love learning all the things I missed, the schools didn't teach or that we didn't get to spend more time talking about. I hear many of you out there complaining about the schools, but there is a choice, there is school choice. So be sure to explore all options, take time to pray about it and whatever you decide be committed to it, be involved. Our children need us! Oh and no it doesn't take patience, because I don't have it! 😉

I want to share with you a couple great books that recently released:
So if you are looking for a Valentine gift for the books lovers, this is great one! Some of my favorite Christian authors have come together and shared encouraging marriage stories from their lives. Stories that celebrate the heart of marriage
If you are looking for a Lent Study, join me, there are a few online groups and Sacred Holidays is full of encouraging truth. The study is about the final days of Jesus. With variety each week including: Bible study, sabbath, prayer, and justice days. There is women's studies, and also correlating men and family studies. 10% of every purchase Sacred Holidays uses to provides studies to women in prison!

I have been pondering on some things I have been reading this week and from two video's I watched from the IF Gathering. If you have time, and I would recommend finding some time, watch these two speakers, so much, sooo good! My heart, my soul!! Wow, just wow, watch these two messages, powerful, convicting, good, (Jennie Allen) 
(Jill Briscoe)

Encouraging reads:
Does it serve its purpose—to serve my purpose?
Breath. Spirit. One. Breathe in…

Snapshots from our week:
Last Fridays Bible and art lesson, and Lego challenge. Moses and the burning bush. Lego dream car and enchanted forest.
Working on making Valentine boxes for next weeks co-op!
Handwriting lesson, filling out Valentine cards.
Caught in the act looking at books! This makes my mama heart happy, I think my book loving is passing down to another!
Such a "ruff" life. Dog life!
Learning about DaVinci! What a brilliant man!
DaVinci exhibit at Discovery Park. Trying out some of his inventions!
The Last Supper!
Painting the Mona Lisa!
Little man!
Sweet girl!
Fast slide!
Knight in armor!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Join the online study~Word Writers

I found this great study as I was searching for something to do in my morning time at the start of the year, Word Writers. I bought the Philippians study and finished it last month. Now you don't have to do it the morning, sometimes I don't get to it till later in the day, depending on my morning. I so enjoyed reading the daily devotions Denise Hughes wrote and shared, which are so relatable. I enjoyed the challenging questions that took me deeper in the study, and also writing the Word. It really helps to connect the brain, heart and soul by reading, studying and writing! It is something I have been doing the last year on my own in my journal, but this is so helpful to have a specific place and it is focused on one book in the Bible at a time. Denise, recently released a new study James and I am excited to be a part of this launch and go through and study it online with a group. Don't worry you are not late to the party, so to say. If you are interested in being a part of the online study, it starts February 17th, that gives you plenty of time to get your book. To sign up and find out more go to
I may have already peaked at it, it is going to be so good!! Why, because it focuses on the Word of GOD!! I promise you will learn something! So who is in? Who wants to know more? I sure hope you will join us! #WordWriters