Thursday, August 27, 2015

24 weeks

Man, I just looked back at 23 weeks and my clothes drastically changed. Does that make you curious at all? I am amazed when you live in Ohio how much different the weather can be in a week or a days time. God keeps us guessing and our wardrobe changing!

I have honestly been feeling great. I think that I could go for a nap every day, though. 

Recently, I have been thinking about how I feel like I was just finding out that I was pregnant. Now, I am past way there. A little one will be here before we know it. I have a lot I would like to do before then! God will give grace, and I can't take a nap every stinkin' day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

23 Weeks and Counting

It has been 3 weeks since I posted an update. I am already at 23 weeks. Can someone make time slow down? 

A little girl distracted me for this picture. She has no idea that her world is going to be rocked!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

 I remember reading Pilgrim's Progress when I was in either 3rd or 4th grade.One of the books that we read at school that I can still remember reading. Plus the story lines truths are fantastic.

So, when I saw that Little Pilgrim's Progress: From John Bunyan's Classic was available to review, I jumped on getting the book. I remember being in bed with my mom reading books. This book is one that I would love to keep that tradition on going with my children.

I really like that this book is split up into short chapters. There are 93 chapters in the book. Would be great for days that you don't have much time to read. Or you could please a child by reading several!

 Thanks to Moody for allowing me to review this book.

When I got this book in the mail, Esther was excited. She reached up because she wanted to see the book. Thankfully, the book has thick pages so I was able to hand this down to her to look at. Initial reaction to The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) was very positive.

I did like that these were all Bible stories that the bears were included in the pictures. The stories that I have read so far have been right on target.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights).

 You know, that I like to fit a good fiction book in to be able to relax. Refining Fire was another good book to read. Once again, there was some sex trafficking included in this book. Obviously not modern day. :)

I did have to take some time to get into this book. The girls are living in a house where they are learning to get married. I was amazed how little these girls had been given in life and yet they were some of the most giving people out there. Great reminder to me that I need to be giving to others.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review Refining Fire.

Live Free: Eliminate the If Onlys and What Ifs of Life was one of those books that after I got it, I wasn't sure that I was truly going to like the book. However, I did really enjoy the book.

I enjoyed getting to use this book as part of my devotions. I really like the verse Phil 4:8 that tells me to think on things that are true. This book goes along those lines with this verse by "eliminating the if onlys and what ifs of life."

Our pastor also shared the quote recently that "contentment comes from trusting God."

All these things have come together and been convicting in my life. I needed to read this book!

Thanks to Moody for allowing me to review Live Free: Eliminate the If Onlys and What Ifs of Life.

A Jewish Baker's Pastry Secrets: Recipes from a New York Baking Legend for Strudel, Stollen, Danishes, Puff Pastry, and More makes me want to make some yummy sweet rolls.

When I first started flipping through this book, I was a little overwhelmed. The recipes are pretty intense. After looking a little closer, what I really like is that most of the recipes follow basic recipes and then just vary them for the result. Makes a whole lot of sense to me.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of A Jewish Baker's Pastry Secrets: Recipes from a New York Baking Legend for Strudel, Stollen, Danishes, Puff Pastry, and More.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

August Mortgage Update

We have put paying off extra on the mortgage this month. Two reasons.

1. We bought part of a cow. I am excited to have our freezer full of meat that I have some sort of an idea where it came from. This meat will also come in handy this winter after baby comes and I don't want to go grocery shopping. Two little ones in the dead of winter? Thinking the freezer will be calling my name instead!

2. We are going to buy a new water heater. Our electric bill has been killing us. We have talked to two of our neighbors and our bill is a lot higher than theirs. Not sure what is up with that. 

I checked out a kill-a-watt from the library, ya who would have guessed that the library had one of those, and nothing that had a regular plug was sucking our electric. We are going to give the water heater a shot and see if that makes a difference. So, we are saving money up for that.

Water heaters make me curious. What size of water heater do you have for your family? How many of you are there? Would you trade the size?

Breakdown of Extra Money

Big fat zero this month. Scott's Aunt got Esther the book The Tortoise and the Hare for her baby shower. We have read this book a few times before nap this month. Slow and steady, just need to keep chuggin'!


Since our update in July, we have been able to pay $248 from our principle. Giving us a total of $248 for our year.

We have rewarded ourselves with every 10K that we pay off our house, we can go away for an night out. We have reached that goal, so we need to get planning. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

 Once again the book Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book did not disappoint. The activities in this book are great for a little girl. This book is recommended for 4-8 year olds, and I am sure that little girls in this age group would love this book.

There are pictures in color and some pages that you can color. I like this book since Princess Charity is the youngest daughter. As the youngest of my family, I was able to relate more to Princess Charity.

Thanks to BookLook Blogger Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book.

The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes was a nice clean and fresh looking book to read through.

My smoothies always end up being thick, and this thickness doesn't always make them enjoyable! I like that that Tess gives some basics on putting together a smoothie. She gives the keys to make them good. For someone like me who doesn't usually follow a recipe, this was good.

She then went on to give a whole lot of yummy looking recipes. She also told why those recipes were good for you.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Blessing (Quaker Brides) took me a little bit to get into. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first. The book is not like anything that I have read before, which can be a good thing!

I loved how strong Blessing the main character is as an individual. It was encouraging for me to think that I need to stand up for what I believe in and not care what others think.

This book also takes place during part of the underground railroad and when women started fighting for their rights. I can't imagine not having the rights that we have today.

Thanks to Tyndale for a copy of Blessing (Quaker Brides) in exchange for my review.

When I got How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, I wasn't really expecting much from the book. I honestly thought that this would be a good book to quickly skim and review. I was wrong and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

I am not the best of reaching out of my comfort zone to those around me. I am better with reaching out to those who are similar to me. Those that aren't I struggle with more. One of my immediate neighbors, I talk to when I see. The other side, I tend to never talk to. Partly because I never see them.

I was convicted to reach out. I was also reminded when I do decide to reach out that Satan will be there to try to attack me and not make it easy to step outside my comfort zone.

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Half Way There

Can you tell that life has changed from this pregnancy to last? I have taken pictures all along and have posted not a single one! 

Things have been going well with this pregnancy, my only complaint is that I have been really tired. Part of that is just life though? I have a teething girl right now that has been keeping me up at night and that hasn't been helping my energy level.

I hope this pregnancy slows done. I can't believe that we are halfway to meeting the next little one. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Esther's First Birthday Party

If you aren't a fan of pictures, then you just might need to skip over this post! We had family over to help us celebrate Esther's first birthday. I also had a friend who was in town who stopped in for a quick visit. All of these pictures but one are thanks to her. Thanks, Ashley! 

My nephew had his plate ready for his cake!

First bite

She had to share!


And the presents.

Gettin' ready for a baby brother or sister.

Help from a cousin in opening presents.

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