Friday, November 27, 2015

Casey's Bright Red Christmas {Giveaway}

I have 2 sons and 7 nephews. Our family is full of boys and we love all things boy. Even tractors! Today I want to share a super cute Christmas book that has a tractor.

Casey's Bright Red Christmas is fun book that helps kids see that on the farm, there is still work to do, even on Christmas. But when everyone pitches in and helps, the work gets done and Christmas can be fun!

Casey & Friends books help kids understand that modern farming involves science, technology and a lot of hard work from many people. Readers follow Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters who teach important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Books

On a typical December night I will find my kids with the lights off lying on blankets underneath the Christmas tree. Yes. Underneath it. Though, they are getting bigger now, so it's mostly just their toes under the tree. What are they doing under there? Using the lights of the tree to read Christmas books. This scene always melts my heart.

Our family loves Christmas and we love reading. So Christmas books are always a must. Today I want to share a few Christmas books that your children will love.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie is the heartfelt story of a young boy who he misses his daddy. Afraid he won't see his dad for Christmas, his mom tells him the story of the Christmas cookie. This book even includes a delicious cookie recipe for your family to try.
My Christmas Stocking tells the story of Saint Nicolas and how he filled stockings to give to children so long ago. This is the book my 18 month old nephew always goes to because he likes the stocking shape of the books.

The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas is a family favorite for us. We love the Bear family and all of their stories. This one is no different. Papa Bear shares the Bible story of Jesus' birth with his cubs. The end of this book gives discussion questions to get your family talking.

The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration is a fun activity and sticker book your child will love. They will learn about the Christmas story while being interactive.

Goodnight, Manger is the precious story of Jesus' birth, noisy animals and all. Sometimes Mary even had to say, "Shh!" Your child will love this story.

Each of these books would make a great stocking stuffer or Christmas gift or even just a great way to build up your family's Christmas library. What is your family's favorite Christmas books?

Monday, November 23, 2015

A God Hug {Giveaway}

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

1890. A God hug. It had been a tough morning. I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks cake pop to soothe my brokenness. As I sat in the drive thru line waiting my turn, I cried to God, "Please God, refresh me. I need it." Then I pull to the window to hear, "The lady in front of you paid for you. Have a great day." God hugged me right there.

1891. Thanksgiving preparations around my home.

1892. A mostly relaxing weekend.

1893. My husband working so hard to take care of his family.

1894. My mom taking her time out to try to help me fix computer issues.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Today I want to share the ESV Men's Devotional Bible with you. My husband and I love Bibles. We love God's Word. While we each have that one Bible we love and use as our daily bread, we each have quite a few Bibles. My husband loves giving Bibles away to new people in our church, or just someone God leads him to. So when I laid the ESV Men's Devotional Bible in his hands, he was thrilled.

The world around us is distracting and our lives are busy. It is easy for other things to take that place in a man's heart. The goal of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness. This Bible contains 365 theologically rich and gospel centered devotions straight from God's Word. The ESV Men's Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ and help them apply God's Word to their lives. Check it out for the men in your life.

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Friday, November 20, 2015


So, I planned on udpating about my One Word for 2015 every month. But I realized I haven't done so since April. Oops. Since this year is quickly, a little too quickly for my liking, approaching an end, I thought it was time to update you on my One Word and see how you are doing with yours.

To read previous updates and why I chose my word, click here.

How have I been doing with my One Word over the past 7 months?

1) Drinking water - I have really good days and really bad days. My goal for this was to drink 80-100 ounces of water a day and only have soda on the weekends. Most days I do hit my target of 80-100 ounces of water. I carry one of my Tervis tumbler -I just love my Tervis tumblers!- with me every where I go and I only put water in them so this helps. However, I do have soda almost every day. I do not drink as much as I used to, but I am still drinking it. I would love to get back to drinking soda only on the weekend, or at least not every single day. I would love your prayers for this.

2) Living Water - I am still doing well in this area. My goal was to, in addition to my morning quiet time with God, have a quick devotion in the afternoon and then again right before bed. There was about 2 months when I skipped the afternoon and evening devotions, but I was able to get back on track with it. For my afternoon devotion I bounce back and forth between She Reads Truth and Women Living Well reading plans. At bedtime I write down one thing I am thankful for and read the  Duck Commander Devo. My kids and I got back to doing a morning devotion. We had gotten away from that for awhile. Currently we are doing Max Lucado's One God, One Plan, One Life: A 365 Devotional.

Your turn friends! Now that we are at the end of the year, how have you done with sticking to your One Word, New Year's Resolutions or goals? Are you still at it? How have you struggled and how have you succeeded? How can I pray for you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.