Monthly Archives: March 2013

Eva, Sweet Eva

Eva, sweet Eva

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  • 20 Months old in a few days
  • Has learned about 10 new words this month, including “no.” She can whine, too. “NoooooOOoo, MooooOOmmmy.” 🙂 Other words are yes, good girl and uh-huh (with a whole-body nod)
  • Can get out of bed by herself, which Jackson nor Timothy learned to do
  • Looks funny when she tries to give kisses
  • Loves to sing (in bed instead of falling asleep)
  • Throws her head back in despair, and sometimes her spine just can’t hold her up… when she doesn’t get her way. Also throws herself in the floor sometimes (oh dear!)
  • Loves to climb (see below)

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She’s our cutie pie and we all love her! She keeps us on our toes, on our knees, and in a constant smile!

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Jesus Is ___ by Judah Smith

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This book was incredible! Jesus is your Friend. Jesus is grace. Through each section and chapter, your eyes will be opened to how simple it really is to live for Jesus. Not that it’s easy, but it’s simple. He made it simple when He died for you. He took care of the payment for your sin, freeing you to live life to its fullest!

I was so convicted as Mr. Smith talked about the badness scale we keep in our Christian lives and even our churches. We label others as sinning, you know, the really bad sinners. And we label ourselves as just “messing up.” It’s so wrong! It’s prideful to think Christ’s blood covered us easily, but it would be so hard for it to cover “those really bad sinners.” Really eye-opening. We pride ourselves on being “separated” when Jesus clearly spent time with sinners. He loved the sinners without immediately trying to tell them how bad they are. They became changed because they met Jesus, not because they were separated from.

One of the things that really stuck with me was him talking about his marriage. The author said that his wife was so wonderful and that their marriage was so great because of her. He said he had never thought, “Hey, I could cheat on her and she would forgive me!” No! Her faithfulness and love for him had drawn him to want to be faithful to her, not take advantage of her goodness! He said he was not being faithful to marriage; he was being faithful to a person! And when you meet Jesus, you want to be faithful to Him! When some find out about grace, they think, “Oh, so I can do whatever I want and God has to forgive me.” God will always forgive. But once you really meet Jesus, and you meet grace, you will want to be faithful to Him. Mr. Smith said, “I’ve learned that unless its too good to be true, it’s probably not grace.”

Throughout this book, I was helped and challenged. The only thing I thought could have been presented differently was the gospel message. It seemed weak to me. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” was quoted in a different version, and that was basically all. There was no mention in this section about any of the famous Romans Road Scriptures. I just thought it could have been handled more thoroughly. Toward the back of the book, there was a little more about “falling short” of the glory of God. However, this book was basically written to Christians, and the weak gospel presentation doesn’t change the great thought of the book!

This was a completely fresh view of Christianity. The Bible never changes, and neither does the truth within its pages, but over time, men change what it means, and how it lived out. This book did away with some of the “rules” we Christians have come up with over the past several years, and gave me a truer view of who Jesus is!

I highly recommend this book! There are some things that I would not completely agree with, but those things don’t taint the message presented in Jesus Is___.

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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Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

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This is a Biblical fiction novel that supposes how the lives of Hosea and Gomer may have gone. From God’s command to Hosea to take a harlot as his wife, to the coming home and healing of Gomer’s heart, this book is a beautiful story of God’s unconditional love for Israel… and for us.

I love to read Biblical fiction! It’s exactly what we do when we teach Sunday School, teach the truths given in the Bible, and also suppose how that person may have felt. How did Jonah feel when he was inside the whale? How did Abraham feel when he was ready to sacrifice his precious son? The author does a wonderful job in Love in a Broken Vessel, in describing how Gomer’s life may have been. Horrible. Lonely. Vile.

Hosea was hand-picked to show Israel how God still loved them. Because God gave him a special love for Gomer, although she continued to live in her old ways. The Bible doesn’t give a lot of detail of Hosea’s home, and his children. But it is an amazingly beautiful story! Tears streamed down my face at the precious ending!

We are all broken vessels, but God chose to love us anyway! A great read!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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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For my birthday this year, my hubby really surprised me! For a few months, he would sit on the laptop and not let me come near. 😉 I got a clue and guessed right, although I didn’t really know until my birthday! He made a beautiful blog book for me. It had my entire blog (minus the posts where I popped on to say I was too busy to blog!) complete with pictures. It was so pretty and thoughtful!

The very last page of the blog said that my husband took me to the symphony for my birthday, and out for a day of shopping! Score big time! I have wanted to go to the symphony for all our married life. {I know it’s not really that long!} I was so happy, I cried!

I was thrilled!

We went to Cincinnati’s Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 22nd.

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It was so beautiful and dreamy! We sat in the Gallery in section O and I was surprised how well we could see!

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The conductor was also the violinist who did the solos. It was amazing to watch him play. Then for the last two pieces, he conducted. I just love to see professionsals in their element! Of any kind!

The last piece was by Mendelssohn. It was incredible! To see about 60 stringed instruments in perfect sync! I was amazed!

Me and the man who is so good to me!

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The cute bag I bought in the gift shop:

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It made me love and appreciate classical music even more. So much so, that I’m implementing it in home school this year. Just to introduce the kids to it, and help them to respect it. We will play a piece and do a special activity along with it. And read books about the composers. I hope they will love it!

After the concert was over, we had a wonderful lunch at Red Lobster, and did some major shopping!

I love my husband and am so thankful for him. It’s always nice to get away and spend time together without answering 20-questions-a-minute!

Here’s to being 29… forever! 😀

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Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell

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Adventure, romance, and suspense! This novel has it all! Set in 1813 London, it has all the propriety of “society” life that always intrigues me. The heroine, Lady Wexham is French, and waiting for Napoleon Bonaparte to fall so she can return home to the France she loves.

When Lady Wexham’s butler takes a bad fall, and is unable to work, he recommends his nephew Rees for the job. The nephew is capable in his duties, but something about him keeps Lady Wexham suspicious. Little does she know that he is onto her spy work for the French! She soon comes to be watchful of him as well, and the story takes many surprising turns!

Along the way, the two inevitably fall in love! But in order to pursue their love, one must become a traitor to their own country! How will it end? Will Napoleon fall? Will they both be safe as they do their dangerous work?

I loved this book, and highly recommend it. You will not be able to put it down!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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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You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

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This book was very encouraging from the first page. Holley seemed like a friend sitting down to chat with you about your life! She helped you discover what it is that you believe God wants you to do, the desires of your heart, your motives behind your goals… and your true dreams.

To me, this seemed more like a commission to do what God wants you to do, how He wants you to do it, the way to serve God with all your heart. She dispelled the fears that we are not good enough to serve God. We are His, He has given us desires, and the talents to carry them out!

A few subjects she touches on:

  • Overcoming your fears
  • Stop sabotaging yourself
  • When your dreams go wrong

She finishes out the book with stories of ordinary women who followed God’s heart and the dreams He put in theirs. They did amazing things in God’s strength, and as Holley says, I can too! I really enjoyed reading that through Christ’s strength, I can serve Him and I can make a difference!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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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The Room of Pink

Eva’s room has been a work in progress her whole life. Just once I’d like to have a room all ready when a baby is born.

But the journey is half the fun, right? So, here is some progress on her cutesy little room. I am in love with it!

We bought a shelf the other day, and some cute little canvas tubs at Walmart. Before, there was nothing in her room but a dresser (which was full), so the “stuff” in her room was just everywhere in the floor. As you can see from the picture, there is still some stuff on the floor. We’re saving that mattress until we get a little bed for her. She still sleeps in the pack-n-play. Those are poms made from tissue paper. I made them for her first birthday party, and they turned out so cute! And I finally made her valance from the fabric Mom bought when I was expecting.

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These are some little flashcards I got free in the mail when I was expecting Eva. They are so cute, and go with her colors. We added the ribbon, and voila! Animal cuteness!

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Next: We wanted to make her a tiny platform bed for thh toddler-sized mattress. And she needs a rug and closet doors. 🙂

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Woolzies Dryer Balls and a Giveaway!

I recently participated in a trial and review of Woolzies Dryer balls, so let me tell you about them!

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A few of their claims:

  • Reduces Dryer Time – This was not the case for me. It seems about the same. However, if you have more balls, they claim it works better. Since my trial package only had 6 balls, I don’t think it did justice for a large load of towels! More balls would have helped.
  • Safe for the environment – How can I measure that? It was nice that I was reducing waste in my own house, and not having to buy fabric softener. Also, Woolzies are supposed to be safer. If you use other dryer balls (like rubber), they may not be safe at high temperatures, and may put chemicals into your clothing. Woolzies are chemical-free.
  • Last for 1,000 loads – I have been using them for 2 months (about 8 loads per week), and they are still in great shape!
  • Reduces static cling – they work just as well as other fabric softeners in this area.
  • Softens – this really is true! My clothes come out just as soft as when I use liquid, or dryer sheets.

So, is it worth it? On their website, one 6-ball package sells for $34.95. They offer free shipping. You can find them a little cheaper on other sites, like Amazon. I am enjoying them, but would have a hard time paying that. But if you are the environmentally-conscious/green type of person, these are definitely for you!

Want to win a free pack, shipped to your door? Just leave a comment below. I will choose a winner Monday at 2pm, so get in on it! 🙂

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And the winner is… Neita Nicely! 🙂 Congratulations, Neita!

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