Monday, November 23, 2015

Photo Challenge

I am a fan of Amy Clipston's books. She is having a contest right now to win one of her new books called The Forgotten Recipe.  (I've started this book myself and will review it in the coming weeks.)

Enter the contest or go vote on a picture that has been entered.  Go to Amy Clipston's site to see how to enter or to vote.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

It's been beautiful here the last couple of days!  The sun has been shining on us.

Today I'm thankful for...
~ my husband driving me to a doctor's appointment. We got part way there and got a call that the doctor was out delivering babies so I had to reschedule. We were thankful we were not any farther down the road when they called.

~ my son bringing home a great report card for the 2nd Six Weeks. We are proud of his hard work in his classes as he is learning new things and trying new activities.

~ seeing how our baby boy brings a smile to the faces of strangers in the store. Anyone who stops seems to always say what beautiful eyes he has.

~ going to the drive-in movies last week with my boys. We saw Peanuts, and we all enjoyed it. I have always wanted to go to a drive-in!

~ receiving a canvas print to put on our gallery wall. I'm very excited about it. I ordered a Texas shape from Lillian Vernon with words we chose about our family. It is so neat, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

~ continuing a family tradition of making a thankful picture. As a child around Thanksgiving each year my Mom would have me make a picture of things I was thankful for.  I've continued that tradition, and it was pretty special to do this with my three boys tonight.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Another Thursday is here. It's the 12th and that means my baby boy is another month older. He's 7 months now.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband helping me by going to the grocery store with me. We needed to get a bunch of stuff for the Thanksgiving meal, and I was so glad we could go together.

~ my sweet boy getting a pair of socks and putting them on my feet for me when I was cold and holding his sleeping brother.

~ my sweet 7 month old. He is such a huge blessing to our family, and we love him so much.

~ having a nice weekend at my Mom's house while my husband and son went hunting.

~ finding three signs for a new wall I want to make. I guess it's called a gallery wall if you search on Pinterest. I found two things at Mardel and one online that we ordered last night. I'm so excited for it to all come together.  

~ new books I got to request to review. There are a couple of good ones I'm looking forward to reading. I'm glad I still can do reviews. I'm a little slower and do less now but enjoy getting to do this.

Have a day of blessings!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge

I was interested in this book because of the title and the cover. Let me share a little about this book, The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge by Jim Kraus with you today.

Stewart Coolidge works bagging groceries at the local grocery store. A dog comes into the store and steals rawhide. This happens multiple times, and the manager tells Stewart to catch that dog. Stewart feels lost in life and unsure where to go since he doesn't want to spend his life as a bag boy.

Stewart's neighbor, Lisa, works at the local coffee shop with aspirations of becoming a journalist. She writes a story about the dog bandit. Soon the whole town is talking about the dog who keeps stealing bones.  Is this her big break to be noticed by a real news station.  Stewart gives her pictures of the dog which she uses for the story. Soon a friendship develops between the two.

Will the dog be caught? Can Stewart and Lisa have more than friendship?

I found it interesting to see the similarities between Stewart and Lisa. Both were warned by family members about becoming involved in a relationship. There were also similarities between the dog and Stewart which helped them connect.

When I first started reading, I thought it was odd that the dog's perspective was included. I got used to it though as I read, and it did provide an interesting aspect to this story to imagine the dog's feelings and thoughts about Stewart and why he stole the bones.

This is a fun story to read. It was provided to me for my review by Hachette Book Group.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday

It's a beautiful fall Thursday!  We may have storms here later today.  It has rained a lot recently, but we did not have the flooding that some parts of our state experienced.

Here is my thankful list for today:

~ my husband getting breakfast ready for me and filling my glass with water and ice before he leaves for work.

~ my big boy fixing supper one night this week.  He always likes to help when I ask him, but on this night he said go sit down and rest and I'll take care of this.  He knew I was tired out, and I appreciated his help.

~ hearing our baby boy burst out laughing....such a sweet sound.  I was holding him on my knee as he was watching Caleb (who was trying to make rolled up sock balls stick into the folds of the couch).  All of a sudden he burst out laughing. It was the cutest thing!  We love to hear his laugh!

~ my aunt who is having a birthday today.  I have many fun memories of going to her house when I was little to spend the night and doing things together through the years.  I remember getting pizza and playing the game of Life at her house.  I'm thankful to have her in our lives and her love for our boys.  Happy Birthday Sis!

~ having a shopping cart cover to use when we are out with Titus that my friend and neighbor made.  I have used it and he thinks he is so big to ride in the cart.  The cover is a cute fabric with Mickey Mouse and friends.  It works great over high chairs in restaurants too.

~ chocolate chips cookies made by my husband. They were so good and disappeared quickly!

Have a day of blessings!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Giving Thanks Challenge

Each November here on my blog for the last several years I've participated in the Giving Thanks Challenge. I love to go back and read my lists from previous years.

Will you join me in giving thanks this month?

You can keep your list however you like.....on a blog, through daily pictures, on Facebook, etc.  Find something you are thankful for each day this month.

Be thankful!

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, October 30, 2015

99 Prayers for Children

Today I want to share with you a book called 99 Prayers for Children compiled by Juliet David and illustrated by Elina Ellis.

This is a sweet book for young children to read with their families. I personally liked the colorful illustrations and the variety of topics for which prayers were included. For example, there were prayers for mealtimes, bedtime, special days, and family and friends.  Some of the prayers will be familiar to you probably while others will be new. Some are rhyming poems as well.  It provides a nice way to teach children how to pray for others and as well as how to use different prayers and not just the same one every time.

This is a nice book for a gift or for your own children for families who enjoy praying together.

I received this book from the publisher and this review is my honest opinion. Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!