Friday, December 31, 2010

Lukewarm and Loving it?

I was looking at some posts over at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee. This post really struck me. I guess she had seen this article about a "famous" pastor that left his church and headed to Asia. You may not agree with everything this pastor teaches, but this message really struck me. I just wanted to share it with you.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

She is...

 just so cute! My mother brought up a few things of mine a few weeks ago. She also gave me my grandmother's wedding dress. Sweet E was so intrigued by it. I decided to let her try it on. She just had the biggest smile on her face and was so giddy. It definitely made her day. I will have to scan the wedding picture of my Grandma some time and show it to you all. ;-)


That's it. A short and sweet post. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thank you....

God for providing for our family. I can say our debts (minus the mortgage anyway) are paid off. We paid of the ER bill (the biggest bill) off this week. It felt so good! We thought it would take a long time to pay these bills off and with a surprise blessing they are taken care of! So I just wanted to share that with you all. ;-)

And during this blessed week of reflection on God's love, goodness, grace, and forgiveness we are constantly trying to figure out what is best for our family. I guess you could call them traditions. Of course any time I hear the word tradition I think of this song. I just can't help it. ;-) (just make sure to shut off the music in the side bar).

 
We don't do the Santa thing with our children. That's our choice. We don't spend a ton of money on gifts for everyone in the family either (not like we could if we wanted to. LOL) For a few years we didn't celebrate Christmas at all. We would attend family gatherings but that was it. I don't regret doing that. It has helped our family focus on Christ and figure out what is best for us. We now give the children a few gifts. This is actually the first year we will do this. We have decided to give the children their gifts on Christmas Eve so all the focus can be on Christ on Christmas day. On Christmas day we are having a wonderful brunch and hopefully spend some time at the nursing home visiting with some people there. Then we will be going to my Mother-in-Love and Father-in-Love's home. (Hope it's okay to steal your term Marci. Calling someone a " "-in-love sounds better than in-law :-)


I don't know why I am sharing this with everyone, but I just felt like writing it out. It's nice to come up with traditions for our family  that are our own and no one else. Traditions can become idols as well. I know that. No matter the intent of traditions we need to be careful they don't turn to idols. Just knowing that is a big step in the prevention of losing our focus of Christ at this time of year. I know that he wasn't born on December 25th, but I find that this is a good time to be a witness to others. To share the gospel. For he was born to die. Praise the Lord! I am saved.



*Disclaimer- I am not a poetic writer. I am not good at explaining my thoughts in a way that always make sense to others. LOL But I just wanted to share. :-)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

MamaBuzz Review: Where the Jewels Are

What little girl didn't pretend to be a princess? It's something I think all little girls want to be at one time or another. As a mother it's hard to find a fairy tale type of book with good morals and values. Something that is really beneficial to my daughters.


Where the Jewels Are, written by Diana Symons, is about a young princess who has everything. How do you tell her no when so wants even more? Her wise Father sends her on a journey to find the one thing she is missing. This book is an easy read with short chapters. Good for young readers and great as a read aloud book. (Written for 8-12 years old or the young at heart.)

It's hard to find a book like this without magic, witches, and the like. It was refreshing to find a book that didn't include any of this. I am always on a lookout for books about knights, kings, queens, princesses and princes, but they usually have magic or witches involved. I am glad I had a chance to review a book that didn't feel like it had to go that route. It's a wonderful book. 


You can purchase the book for $5.99 here or on Amazon. If you are curious what other reviewers had to say about this book you can find that out at MamaBuzz. Oh...and one more thing. Here is a booktrailer for Where the Jewels Are.  One more thing...don't forget to go over to Facebook and add Diana Symons as a friend. ;-)



*Disclaimer: I am a reviewer for MamaBuzz. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Really...

A year already? It can't be...can it? ;-)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

God is Good....

all the time! Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever.We have had a ton of things happen this past month. From doctor visits, to an ER visit, to more doctor visits, Special K chipping her front tooth and Beloved getting in a car accident this week.....we haven't had a dull moment. And during all of this the Lord has helped us every step of the way. His hand of protection was on our family during all of this. Especially with Sweet E (ER visit), Special K (Chipped tooth), and Beloved (in the car accident.)

And during this time of year we reflect more on God's goodness. The fact that a little baby was born just so he could die for our sins is unbelievable. (I know there is debate about the actual time of year Christ was born, but I am not getting into that right now.) I just want to focus on his love, greatness, and forgiveness. Thank you Lord for sending your son, to be born on this earth and to die for our sins. Because of Jesus we can be saved and have a relationship with you. Thank you seems so trivial....it's not good enough, but I don't know anything better than....Thank You!

 Here is a video that has touched my heart this week. I hope you enjoy it as well. (make sure  you turn the music off in the side bar first)