Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: The Dragon and the Turtle

If you know our family, you know that anything with dragons immediately has the children's attention. Oh, on a quick sidenote, I am so excited that I know how to say the illustrators last name. Thanks to my BIL. Anyway here is a little bit about the book.

Roger loves adventure. Today he’s playing pirate, sailing the high seas, dancing to the hornpipe, and catching fish. But the wind’s blown him off course and he’s . . . well . . . lost.
When Padraig, a kitten-sized, bug-eating dragon, encounters the lost turtle, he offers to help Roger find his way home. Roger’s directions take some time to follow—his house looks brown, sounds like singing, smells like baking, feels like sand, and tastes like strawberries—and along the way, Roger and Padraig become friends. And friendship always yields unexpected rewards. Like cookies.

Padraig is very patient with Roger as they try to find his home. He never loses his temper, but is kind and caring about the situation. It's a very sweet story. You never know where you will find a friend. They come in all sizes, shapes, colors. In this case a friend comes in the form of a dragon. I hope to read the other stories in this series very soon. They children love it. I think we read it at least once a week right now. Little E can't read yet, but he enjoys just flipping through the book. The illustrations are very well done. So, here is another children's book that I recommend for your library.

*Disclaimer- I was provided this book (free of charge) by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers, via their "Blogging for Books" program, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to provide a positive review. 

BookSneeze: Love and Respect

I find it so funny that I am able to write a review for Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Beloved and I were going to read this book, along with a couple that are friends of ours, for a study. We ended up meeting one time and our schedules got so crazy it never was continued. Anyway, when I was offered a chance to review this book I figured it would be a great opportunity to finally finish reading it. I am glad I did!

Book Description-
A Marriage Book with a Difference!
A Revolutionary Message
"I've been married 35 years and have not heard this taught." "This is the key that I have been missing." "A lightbulb moment." "You connected all the dots for me." "As a counselor, I have never been so excited about any material." "You're on to something huge here."
A Simple Message
A wife has one driving need -- to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need -- to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.
When either of these needs isn't met, things get crazy. "Love and Respect" reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.
A Message That Works
Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the "Love and Respect" message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other.
What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some "Love and Respect." 

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs talks about the "Crazy Cycle" in marriages. Most people that know us would agree that our house is crazy. LOL But that's not the crazy cycle he talks about. The gist of the crazy cycle is without love the wife reacts and without respect the husband reacts. And this cycle just keeps going and going until someone decides to stop the cycle. I had never thought of it this way, but it makes perfect sense. If I don't feel loved by my hubby then there are times where I don't act out of respect to him. He sees no respect and he may react without love towards me. And so on and so forth. He talks about how to notice when the cycle is happening and how to prevent it from getting out of control. How to prevent it all together.

As with any book you need to be discerning. Don't take what someone says as 100% truth just because they say so. (Not that I found anything to disagree with) I just wanted to remind people of that point. Dr Eggerichs understands how communication between a husband and a wife can be complicated. I think anyone would agree. There are always jokes about men not understanding women. But the whole thing pretty much boils down to unconditional respect for him and unconditional love for her.

This is another book that I would recommend. Learn to stop the crazy cycle and initiate the Energizing Cycle so the Rewarded Cycle can be enjoyed.

*Disclaimer- I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review, but to give my honest opinion.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Happy Birthday....

Little E! I can't believe you are 4 today. I love you so much!

Brand New!

1 year

2 years old

3 years old

3 1/2........My ornery little boy.

Friday, February 04, 2011

I Don't Like Ice!

It's been a couple of days since the ice storm, but the effects are still holding strong. We had one very unnerving night as we heard a number of things come crashing down outside (on the roof and all around). Of course the tree was right about the master bedroom so we heard ice come crashing down all night long. Not fun at all!

Why do the limbs from our neighbors tree always fall in our yard?! They never seem to fall in his

I am more upset with this particular limb.....

It tore the cable line off the house. You can see the arrows pointing to the cable and the spot where it should be.
 I had Beloved throw the cable line up and over the swing set to keep the dog from tripping over it and possibly chewing on it. 

This silver maple lost a lot of limbs that night (and it's the one that dropped ice over our heads all night long).

One of the limbs on our bush didn't make it. Split right down the middle.
These arrows show a limb that fell out of our tree in the front of the house.

This extremely large pine branch was hanging on the power line all night long.
 Praise the Lord we never lost power and we didn't even loose our internet connection.(Just need to get the line back up on the house). It's just a waiting game now. Waiting on the ice to thaw so we can get outside and clean up all the branches in the yard. I would rather have a foot of snow than a 1/4 inch of ice!