Wednesday, October 7, 2015

30 Weeks With Both Pregnancies

Last post, one of my friends said that she wanted to see a comparison shot of both pregnancies. So, I have uploaded me at 30 weeks with both pregnancies. Unfortunately, with Esther, I was wearing a bulky sweatshirt! 

I went to the ob at 29 weeks and hear rate was 133. I have never had one that slow. Thinking that I should have gotten out of bed earlier and drank some more coffee before my appointment! 

First picture is this pregnancy. Second is from my pregnancy with Esther. 

And just because she is cute! Sometimes I look at her and think did this cute thing really develop inside of me? Can we deny that there is a God?

Make sure you head over to my facebook page in order to get a free gratitude journal!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

When I first opened this book, I wasn't sure what to think. It claims to be the Christmas story with a different twist. After reading Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story, I loved the book!

Different elements of nature are looking forward to the coming of Christ and respond in an appropriate way. Neat to think about the creation getting to meet their Creator.

I also loved the thick pages of this book, so that my daughter can sit and look at this book on her own.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for a copy of Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story in exchange for an honest review.

The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love) was a fun read. I am amazed once again by how ladies could be treated during olden days. I know some women are still treated similarly in other parts of the world.

I love reading about women who still want to be women, but want to stand up for some of the basic rights in life.

This book was a great one to read on the cool days we have had recently.

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Mortgage Update

If you remember, we had to put off saving for a water heater because our water softener went out. We are back on track of saving for the water heater. I made a deal with Scott that the extra money that I made, half would go towards the mortgage and half would go towards the water heater.

Here is half of the extra money that came in this month. I feel like it has been a little quicker progress this month with the mortgage. 

Here's to hoping that we can get enough for the water heater soon, and that the water heater will ultimately cut down our electric bill. 

Breakdown of Extra Money

Selling books- $9
Selling on amazon- $46.77
Selling on fb- $80.90
Selling on eBay- $9.80


Since our update in September, we have been able to pay $433 from our principle. Giving us a total of $944 for our year. Leaving us with $5,006 in order to reach our 6k for the year. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

26 and 28 weeks

Baby has been a little active thing. Get to go back this week to see how the little one is doing. I can hardly believe that we are down to just 12 weeks til baby comes. Where has time gone?

Have been trying to spend some quality time with Miss Esther. I read somewhere that if you can make it a habit now, you are more likely to stick with the quality time after baby comes. Trying to make her know she is important! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

I really enjoyed reading Thank You, Lord, For Everything. The rhyming is this book made it fun to read without being cheesy. I also like that the pages are thick without being super childish so that my 14 month old can enjoy looking at the book on her own.

I really like that they are teaching kids to be thankful for the little things in life like having breakfast and getting to go outside and play. Great reminder for me to be thankful for the little things in life as well.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the opportunity to review Thank You, Lord, For Everything.

God Gave Us Sleep is designed for 3-8 year olds. I think this age group would be perfect. We had to read it in two settings because it is longer for Esther.

I loved getting a peak into what animals do for sleep. I also like that it teaches contentment. A child can't pick and choose on some things because there are things that are best for them.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of God Gave Us Sleep in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rewarding Ourselves with Goals Met: Mini Vacation

What is a goal without a reward? I love shooting for goals, and some of my motivation is the reward at the end!

We have been working on paying off our mortgage. I feel like we have so far yet to go, but every little bit helps us get closer! We have decided that every 10k that we pay off our mortgage, we will reward ourselves with a night away somewhere.

At the beginning of August, we hit that goal! We we away the other Friday night for a little time of celebration and a much needed getaway.

Our first stop was the African Wildlife Safari. Prices were kinda steep and we debated on going. I googled in the parking lot "African Wildlife Safari Coupon" which came up with a groupon. I bought a groupon in the parking lot and we got in for about half price. One benefit of smart phones!

Don't know if she is trying to be an animal?

She liked it better with her window rolled up. 

Picnic of peas, grapes, and apples. Yes, please!

Found a few sea shells

Not the best selfie!

A plane from the 1920's that we got to see fly. 

While at our hotel, we had to get a new key about 5 times because ours quit working. Also, Esther woke up smelling like vomit from the pack-n-play. Scott contacted the company just to let them know to look into those issues. They said that they would be sending us a coupon to use for a free nights stay in the next 2 years. Think we can pay off another 10k in the next 2 years and use it for that trip?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

 Thankful was a super fun book. Reminded me to be thankful for things in my everyday life. I don't think it is too early to instill our kids to be thankful.

We will be reading this book several times over the next few months!

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of Thankful.

Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home was a fun look through. I kinda felt like I was looking through a huge magazine full of design ideas. If you know anything about me, I need some design ideas!

There were also tips in the book for those people who lived in apartments. Things that could be a quick fix for people who can't do a lot because they don't own.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home in exchange for an honest review.

I am amazed by the honesty of Mark in The Tank Man's Son: A Memoir. This book made me thankful for my dad who loved and cared for me. Mark's dad was abusive physically and verbally. Some of the stories he shared were horrible. I can't imagine sitting face to face with him as he recalled those stories. I would have been in shock. It was good for me to hear, though, how some of these people are raised.

The one thing that amazed me the most was at the end of the book, he shared how being raised by his dad prepared him for the ministry that God had for him in Cambodia during war times. I am sure I would not have had the great attitude that he had. Challenging.

Thanks to Tyndale for a copy of The Tank Man's Son: A Memoir in exchange for an honest review..
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