Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

What a great story of redemption and forgiveness. Also, a great reminder that our choices do have consequences. There are several people who live in the town in this book that you get to experience. I got caught up in being part of the town.One of the women was abused by her husband. I had never thought about all the emotions that went along with that tragedy, so it was good to get a little bit of a feel of what they may be going through.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review The Midwife's Choice.

Ron Blue presents the money truths in this book differently than Dave Ramsey does. Refreshing to see something different. Still the same principles just a different presentation. He also presented a lot of Biblical truths in the book.

Since this book was written 30 years ago, Ron and his son give a summary of how that chapter has affected their life after 30 years. Kinda fun to see how these truths have impacted their lives.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of Master You Money in exchange for an honest review.

I have read a few minimalist books over the last few months, and this one was by far my favorite.

Joshua talks about getting rid of stuff so that we have more time and energy to invest in what we want to invest in. I love that. Less things to dust, less things to mop around, less things to organize, and the list could go on.

I also liked how Joshua included several Biblical principles into his book.

Passing this book on to my mom to make her read it.

The More of Less was provided by Blogging for Books in exchange of an honest review.

If you are in to politics and all their involvement, then you would enjoy this book more than I did.I am not really into politics, so I had a hard time getting into this book.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of Hawaiian Crosswinds in exchange for an honest review.

Jesus Today is written as if Jesus is talking directly to a child. What a fun way to write a book. There are several verses that are included with each day.

This book is a little too old for Esther. I would say designed for maybe an 8 year old. We will definitely be tucking it away to pull out later as it will be a great encouragement to her later.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of Jesus Today in exchange for an honest review.

FishFlix: Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story {Movie Review}

FishFlix is a great place to go if you are looking for Christian Children's DVDs. They have a great selection and even have several recent releases.

One of the DVDs they have is Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story DVD. This DVD is recommended to a 8-12 year old age range. I would say that this DVD is pretty limited to that age range. The story line is very good, but is probably geared towards at least 8 year olds. John Wesley's life, salvation, and ministry are presented in this 30 minute movie. Great example for your children. The animation is a little limited which would not be appealing to people over the age of 12. 

Thanks to FishFlix for a copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Maggie is 4 months

Time has flown. Maggie is now 17 pounds 4 ounces and 25 inches long. 

You have really started to talk and sometimes like to talk for about an hour in the middle of the night. You also have the cutest little giggle. 

You enjoy sitting up and are trying to figure out how to balance to do it yourself. 

Scott and I were talking about Esther at this age. Anyone want to take a trip down memory lane?

Oh, these precious two girls. Here is a few pics for you all of them! 

Do these two look like they might be ready to get into trouble together?

Monday, April 4, 2016

April Mortgage Update

 Another slow month, but we were given hope that we may not have to pay all of our hospital bills. Hoping that means that we will have some extra money that we have already set aside to pay medical bills.  

Breakdown of Extra Money 
  • none this month


Since our update in March, we have been able to pay $244 from our principle. Giving us a total of $3456 for our year. Leaving us with $2544 in order to reach our 6k for the year.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

Rising Darkness is one of those books that you cannot put down. Loved it.

I love the action that is in this book. I have read another book by Nancy Mehl, and I didn't think that this one was a little more predictable since it was similar to her other book. Still I could not put it down. All I can say, if you can throw a little adventure into a book and keep it clean, I am all over it.

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of Rising Darkness.

When I first looked at Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room, I was thinking why did I ask to review this book. I was like I will just really quickly skim it.

I actually enjoyed this book. I think the area that challenged me the most was that I can't look to my husband for fulfillment. If I look to him for fulfillment, then I am making him an idol and placing him in front of God. Convicting.

Thanks to Moody for a copy of Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room.

 I have been intrigued by all the people who have talked about the concept of Feng Shui. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (Revised and Updated)

The first chapter weirded me out a little as it talked about the feelings of items. I knew this part was coming, so I just skimmed and kept going.

I was intrigued by how Karen talks about how possessions have an impact on our life. Makes sense. If our house is cluttered, it depresses us. If we like the things in our house and they make us happy, then we are happy.

I was a little surprised that this book dealt with cleaning your insides and being healthy.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (Revised and Updated)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Magdalene's 3 Month Pics

Loves to eat. Dislikes pooping. Smiles socially.

At her 2 month checkup, she weighed 14 pounds 7 ounces.

Esther did not want her picture taken this month. 

Gotta get us to being smothered by kisses.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

I was super excited when I saw that I could review this book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes. And, the book did not disappoint.

The first thing that challenged me is to raise kids that aren't entitled, I need ti get rid of entitlement in my life. My first thought was, I am not entitled. Then, the more she talked, I realized that there is some entitlement in my life. Should I put the book down now?

I loved also the focus in this book of focusing on a Christ centered home. Raising my kids to put first. Definitely a goal of ours, so I loved the ideas in here.

Thanks to Tyndale for the opportunity to review this book.

The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity is definitely an intense book for those who are serious about making a garden for bees.

I can't say that I realized how many kind of bees there are. Pictures are shown in this book of the bees. There is also a list of plants that you can put in your garden to attract bees. I would probably be ok with just a list of plants and the book would be complete.

I wish there was more of a balance in this book. They have the extreme that the whole book should attract bees. I really think that you can have things in your yard to attract bees without looking like a hippie.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a chance to review this book.

Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book is a fun book for the trend of adult coloring.

I love how each picture has a Bible verse to focus on as you color. You are encouraged to memorize the verse as you color. The on the adjacent page, there is a place to journal. What a great idea.

The only thing that I wish was different is if the pages in the book were perforated.

Thanks to Bethany House for a chance to review Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book in exchange for an honest review.
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