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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Esther!

I have been thinking a lot recently about how God has blessed us with a daughter for a whole year. Kinda humbling! Why does God think that I can handle and train such a helpless little individual? I have been blessed every day by the joy that such a little, but not as little any more, girl can bring to your life. 

Weight: Mommy need to take you to the doctor, but I feel like you have gained a lot of weight in the last month.

Likes: You like to sit on the floor, and spin in circles.

Catch and throwing a ball has become a new favorite. You got a new fun ball for your birthday! 

You will walk as long as someone is holding your hands. You love to chase after your dog, Scarlet.

You like your milk in your cup. 

Thankfully, you like being in the rain. Makes you giggle to run into stores and get a little wet!

DislikesYou still don't like being away from mommy and daddy, but you are doing better. You will finally let others hold you, sometimes. 

Firsts & Milestones: You make this funny noise with your mouth when trying to say mommy. 

Looking back, here is my update of Esther at 1 week and here is her birth story. Our first family picture is in there!  

 Digging things in and out of buckets and tubs entertains you for a long time!

I am hoping to post a few pictures from Esther's 1st birthday party here soon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Amazon Prime Day July 15th

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Navy SEAL Art of War {Book Review}

 I do occasionally like a good business book, so I decided to check out The Navy SEAL Art of War: Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force. I made it through the first chapter and was disappointed by the cussing that was in the book. I am sure the principles in the book are good, but for right now, I decided not to spend my time actively filling my mind with cussing.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of The Navy SEAL Art of War: Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Mortgage Update- 2 Years in to Pay Off

I can hardly believe that we have been in our house for two years already. Time flies! 

We did get a 30 year mortgage, but over the last two years have been able to get down to 22 years! I found this pay off calculator and had some fun plugging in numbers. 

Another cool thing is that we are now paying $40 less in interest and more in principle each month. Thankful for the extra help in paying off our mortgage! 

Breakdown of Extra Money
  • $14.90- selling books
  • $3- pattern sales on craftsy
  • $75- selling on ebay
  • $25.60- selling on etsy
  • $15- selling on facebook


Since our update in June, we have been able to pay $619 from our principle. Giving us a total of $6,791 for our year.

I have found some podcasts this month that have been encouraging. If you enjoy podcasts, I encourage you to check them out over at hisandhermoney.com. Debt free stories are encouraging to me!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a perfect little book for my daughter right now. At almost a year, she is grabbing at pages and turning them. This can result in ripped pages! This book has thick pages that she can turn on her own. The pictures also attract the eye.

I like that on each page there is a Bible verse. There is also a section on each page that is in red that pulls out the main theme of the page. Have you ever been there that you are reading a little kids book and you are thinking about what all you need to do? This helps in cases like this to keep your focus.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones in exchange for an honest review. We will have this book for many years to come.

The Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus is one of those books that I could cut apart and hang the pictures on the wall. Oh, I so sound like my Grandma! The calligraphy that is done in the book is great.

I think this book would make for a perfect coffee table book. The descriptions of the name of God are concise, but they still include a lot of details about what the names of God mean.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of The Wonder of His Name.

I accidentally requested The Midwife's Tale as an ebook. I have never read an ebook before, and I didn't like that I couldn't as easily curl up on the couch with this book. Needless to say, if this book wasn't any good, I probably wouldn't have kept reading the book.

I did enjoy hearing about what all is involved in a Midwife's life in this time period. Let me just say that as someone is pregnant right now, I am glad that I don't live in this time period. Who knew that blood letting was a common practice among pregnant women? Talk about being tired. I am pretty sure, I would be way tired!

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of The Midwife's Tale.
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