Monthly Archives: January 2013

Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

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An excellent book for moms of littles, this book was so hard to put down! The authors take you on a precious journey of encouragement from start to finish. Sarah Mae writes to you that she understands because she is where you are! Sally Clarkson’s part is to tell you she has been there, and you will survive! She has great advice and practical tips, being the “older woman” with the experience. And at the end of each chapter, there is a link or a code to scan with your smart phone, with a video to give you a little extra insight.

Before the first chapter was over, I had already cried and been encouraged so much! But it didn’t stop there. Each chapter was filled to the brim. The fact that God gave your children to you, and gave you to them, helped me greatly. I am exactly the mom that God wants my children to have, and God will give me the strength to raise them.

Being Intentional

What are some goals you have for your children? What do you want your family to look like, and accomplish 10 years from now? We can’t control everything, but if you have specific ideas of what you want for your family, set goals, and be intentional today to work toward them.

Get Help

Women aren’t meant to go it alone. Even if you have a wonderful husband supporting you, which I do, you still need someone else who understands. Don’t wait for them to find you. Go find them! Find other moms who are in the same stage of life and encourage each other. Seek an older woman who has already raised her children. She can help you like no other.

Let the Lord Be Your Formula

Like me, many moms want the “perfect formula” of what to do. Though you desire one, you also know it is impossible! Every child is completely different, and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, everything changes again. There are so many advice books and blogs. Each person will tell you something differently. And though you can get some good advice from others, ultimately don’t worry about how others think you should raise your children. Let the Lord guide you. Spend time with Him in His Word and learn to follow His heart. He is the best Father, and He can teach you to be the best mother.

I could go on and one. Basically, if you have small children at home, this book is for you!

“Motherhood is such a high calling that it should come as no surprise for it to be fraught with stress, difficulties, and challenge.” ~ Sally Clarkson

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Water Bottle Woes

Do you drink bottled water? We do at my house… like crazy!

The problem is that they all look alike. We end up with seven bottles in the kitchen, one in the kitchen and a few in each bedroom. Madness! Which water is fresh? Which one is mine?

Then add sickness to the mess. I don’t want to drink after a runny-nosed toddler. Ewww.

Enter giant animal balloons!

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We had a bag of these balloons on the shelf. We actually use them like giant rubber bands to keep our cabinets closed (an Eva deterrent). So, I thought, “Pop them on the water bottle!”

You may think, “Oh how silly! I can’t believe she is blogging about this!”

But it made a big difference at our house. Now I know if it has a pink band on it, it’s mine. And everybody else knows it’s not theirs. I actually finish a bottle before I get another one, so it wastes less.

I know they make cute little bands for sippy cups and stuff. But who wants to spend money when they can use balloons they already have? Haha! 🙂 You could also use colored rubber bands. OR you can braid a few balloons together to make it fancier.

Just wanted to share my aha! moment with you!

Happy Ballooning!

 

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A Little Order, Please

I finally got around to some labeling in the boys’ room. They have a giant shelf, FULL of stuffed animals, books, and toys. I have a few sets of baskets and bins. So I finally decided to label them. My hope is that they will be able to pick up better if they can see what goes inside {Ha! Lofty goal!}.

I just put together a simple Publisher design. Printed off two of each onto plain white paper. Taped each “set” back-to-back, laminated, punched a hole, and tied them on with some cotton crochet thread. I think they’re pretty cute!

I feel better about a little order. Here they are:

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Romans 3:10

Verse #2 for 2013, heading down that Romans Road:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10

This one also has a Scripture song. We just started it tonight, and the boys pretty much know it. So, I think we will go faster through this one than John 3:16.

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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for entering in the drawing for this great book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes.

The winner is….

Jessie Lowry!

So happy you won Jessie! I will email you for your mailing address.

For those of you who didn’t win, or who entered past the deadline, stay tuned, I will be giving away several books over the next few months.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Giveaway!

My last post was #300! So hard to believe! I have had this blog almost 6 years now. So, as promised, I am doing a giveaway!

I have decided to give away my latest read: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur. Click here to see the book on Amazon. Click here to read my review.

If this book sounds like one you might enjoy, just leave a comment below before midnight, and I’ll enter you, and mail it to your door! 🙂97557

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

This is the overview of twelve people in the Bible who did not seem to be destined for greatness. Many of them had humble beginnings, and most of them failed greatly, so much so that we would write them off God’s “useable” list. Those written about are: Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon and Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James the brother of our Lord, Mark and Onesimus. The author takes us through the problems each faced, to the beautiful way God used their lives.

There were many points in this book that required a highlighter! I love to read how God takes a weakness, and makes Himself great through them. One of my favorites was the chapter on Gideon and Samson. Gideon started out as such a coward, and as Mr. MacArthur points out, “That the Lord selected Gideon as the answer to deliver Israel is proof that His power cannot be limited even by the most unlikely human instrument.” And in bold contrast, Samson was too strong for his own good. He was strong enough to kill with ease, but too weak to resist temptation. But God used each of them in a mighty way! Another of my favorites was reading about John the Baptist. He was SO different from any other prophet. His clothing, eating, and habits were so drastic. But he was perfect to prepare the way of the Lord, because Jesus would change things when He came. John prepared the people for some shaking up!

A few of the chapters were a little dry, but all contained great truth. This is a very encouraging read. One of the last sentences in the book sums it up: “If God didn’t use imperfect people, He wouldn’t have anyone to use.”

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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John 3:16

This year, we are going to do our best to memorize 50 verses as a family! This will be word-perfect quoting by the oldest three of us! Timothy is 3, and can probably learn about 98% of them too, I’m just not going to stress about him. 🙂

Verse #1, the most important verse in God’s Word, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After working on it only 2 times, Jackson almost has it! It’s amazing what little minds can learn.

Also, another thing we are going to do to help is learn Scripture songs that go with the verse we are working on. Bible Truth Music has an amazing collection of Bible verse songs! You can listen to them on Spotify, or go to their website: bibletruthmusic.com.

Join us and learn 50 verses this year!

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