Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Hooray for another Thursday as we end the month of October!  Thursday is the day my pregnancy weeks change so it always makes me feel extra gratefulness for another week.  I guess I can say they are going fast too considering our first appointment was at 8 weeks and today marks 15.

Today I am thankful for...
~ the loving relationship I have with my husband. I appreciate that we can talk about anything and enjoy laughing together.

~  my boy having a fun time out hunting last weekend with his Dad and Pawpaw.

~  continued prayers for this baby. It seems people are always telling me they are praying for us, and it helps me so much.  15 weeks!

~  pumpkin carving fun. It is fun to look through the pictures of Caleb with his pumpkin each year. This is our tradition each year. They used to be eyes, nose, mouth. Now Caleb likes to find a stencil on internet and use it to carve a design.

~  successful teacher appreciation breakfast.  We had plenty of food, and the teachers enjoyed it.  Several parents pitched in to help to make it successful.

~ stillness of morning as I left early. It was still dark when I went up to the school, and it gave me a different perspective to drive through the neighborhood when it was dark.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste? Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.  Yes, my husband's family has always gone hunting together.  I didn't know anything about hunting really until we started dating.  My husband is not as into it as his brothers. He and his Dad were out with Caleb this past weekend as it was the youth weekend (before opening weekend which is this coming weekend).  They saw deer and turkey, but Caleb did not shoot anything.  I don't know if I ever tasted any of them, I probably had venison as a child.  

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?  When we went to Colorado a few summers ago we went to a high point look out.  It was a narrow drive up, and then we could see all around.  It was neat in Tennessee on our last summer vacation when we went to Ruby Falls to come out of the falls up to the observation deck and see the surroundings.  

3.  Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.  Not really.  I have a decorative plate that has a bird on it. That's all I can think of.

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'?  Making muffins for a teacher breakfast and made extra so Caleb could have some for breakfast too.  He's probably needing a break from Cheerios!

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title? The one that came to mind first was "On the wings of a snow white dove." I don't know if that is even the title.  Look forward to reading answers others come up with for this one. 

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?  I don't recall a specific event, probably something to do with the new baby.  

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume. Not really any plans except we'd like to go to the football game.  Our neighborhood is always a MESS with lots of traffic and parked cars.  We will carve a pumpkin probably on Thursday.  As a child I did not trick or treat except to relatives' houses or people we knew from church, etc.  Mostly I'd go to a school sponsored carnival or a festival at church.  We lived out in the country and never had trick or treaters.  We carved pumpkins too. 

My Mom made me many memorable costumes.  One was a chicken costume. AND I happened to have a scanned copy of the picture of me pretending to peck the ground. Funny, huh!  It was quite a costume with all those feathers!    

In junior high we had costume contests.  One year she made me a bumble bee costume.  Another year she made me a Hershey Kiss costume. She made my cousin a matching one.  This is my cousin (with her face covered) because I could not find one of both of us together. It was my favorite costume ever. :)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
While the boys went hunting, I stayed at my Mom's.  I usually go with them to the lease, but since they changed camp locations and this one does not have a bathroom, I decided not to go!  I had a relaxing time at Mom's.  We ate lunch together at a cute little restaurant and went to the kids' clothing consignment shop.  I found things for Caleb and also some maternity clothes.  Great prices!  My Mom got some gender neutral sleepers and a little high chair that fits into our table chairs.  Mom fixed beans for supper for me, the boys came back later in the evening, and we got home late. It was a fun little trip. 

One more thing.... for the past several Novembers I've participated in a "Giving Thanks Challenge." Each day I add something from that day that I'm thankful for.  I keep the list on my blog and on Facebook.  Will you be joining in the challenge this year?

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Littlest Christmas Kitten

The Littlest Christmas Kitten by Leona Novy Jackson is a children's book I'd like to share with you today.

About the book:
The Littlest Christmas Kitten colorfully portrays the events of that first Christmas when Jesus was born. It’s a story of how the lost is found in the midst of a miracle on a special night. On this most Holy Night there is an air of excitement as the animals in the barn move about restlessly. A mother cat is searching frantically for her little lost kitten, just as two strangers enter the stable.The story helps children gain a close-up, richer understanding of that Holy Night as they make a connection between Christmas and the cat family. Original full-color wood cut prints enhance the tale of the cats’ legacy as the story relates why cats’ purr on Christmas eve.

My thoughts:
This is a nice children's Christmas story.  Young children will like the cat characters and will easily be able to follow along with the Momma Cat looking for her missing kitten. The illustrations are nicely done. There are not many words on each page, making it appropriate for young children. Early readers could probably even read it themselves.  Also, at the end of the book is a listing of various Christmas symbols and their meanings.  I liked the layout and story of this  book. 

This book was sent to me for my honest review through the BookCrash Reviewers program.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choose Love

I have listened to an audio book called Choose Love by Stormie Omartian.  Let me tell you a little bit about this book.  I have read other books by this author such as Power of a Praying Wife so I looked forward to another by this author.

About the book:
Stormie Omartian’s bestselling books on the power of prayer have touched millions of lives. Recent books have taken a closer look at the leading of the Holy Spirit and the call to be a prayer warrior for God. Now Stormie takes a fresh look at another powerful aspect of knowing our Creator…His amazing and great love for us.
We reflect God most clearly when we are motivated by the power of love in all we say and do. But first we have to understand the depth of God's love for us and receive it. Then we must learn how to effectively express our love for Him.

“One of the many ways we can show our love to God is to deliberately choose to show love to others and in every situation,” says Stormie. “We can only accomplish this with the guidance and enablement of the Holy Spirit. When we do that, God blesses us and transforms our lives in ways we cannot even imagine. And we will have a sense of God's pleasure toward us that is far more valuable than anything else we may desire. This book is about making that sometimes difficult choice and the rewards that follow.”

Transform your heart, your relationships, and your future as you press into God’s love and let the power of His life and character move through you.

My thoughts:  
I found this to be an insightful book about the many aspects of choosing to love.  It really is a choice we can make. This involves loving God, loving others including enemies, and even loving ourselves.  The author has a lot of valuable insight about love and shares her own stories throughout to effectively illustrate her points.

I really liked the chapter near the end of the book that pointed out what a lack of love for others is like...using the things in I Corinthians 13 that love is not.  These made me stop and think if these are in my own life.

Each chapter ends with a "prayer of love" and "words of love."

The author reads this book so it makes it feel more personal as you listen.  She has a soothing voice that fits with this topic. 

This audio version of this book was provided to me by the christianaudio Reviewers program for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, October 24, 2014

The River

I have finished reading Beverly Lewis' book called The River.

My thoughts:
Sisters Tilly and Ruth left the Amish world years ago.  They are notified by a brother of an upcoming anniversary party for their parents and invited to come.  The sisters debate going and having to face their past.  They eventually decide to return together for the celebration.  Their Dad is having heart trouble so they find it a good opportunity to see him again.

Tilly enjoys her life in the modern world with her husband and twins.  She has always had a strained relationship with her father.  She has always felt distant from him and that she never measures up. She fears returning and wonders if the tension in their relationship will always be present.

Ruth is also settled into her life in the modern world with her home, job, and church. She does miss her former beau though and wonders if she will see him when she returns home. This creates mixed emotions for her.

Both sisters are grieved over the loss of their younger sister Anna years before.  The grief over this loss hangs over the entire family and is central to the book.

I enjoyed this book overall.  It seemed slow in some parts, but I thought the story line was enjoyable. I felt sorry for Tilly and her relationship with her Dad.  I never was sure if he understood how much his treatment had hurt her through the years. I appreciated the close sister relationship of Tilly and Ruth, and it seemed they grew closer by returning home together.  They both had to face some hard issues of their pasts, and the trip seems to bring healing.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I didn't quite finish answering the Wednesday Hodgepodge questions this week so I just skipped publishing that post.  It has been a good week. Time seems to go quickly, and it's hard to believe it is nearing the end of October already.

Here is this week's thankful list...
~  my husband being able to get new glasses.  He's had a pair he doesn't have to wear all the time but needs them for reading and work.  I told him I thought he should get another pair so he could have one all the time at work (cause sometimes he would forget them at home). Glad he could have his eyes checked and get the glasses.  

~  my boy saving a Rice Krispy treat for me that he'd gotten as a snack from his teacher during one of his after school practices.  It made me smile for him to bring it to me.

~ enjoying another week of pregnancy.  I have felt recently that I have felt baby movements which is so exciting!

~ being able to rest when I need to.  Some days I feel so tired and just take a nap.

~ watching Friday night football with my boys.  Our team won BIG last week too so it was fun to watch.

~ being helped with a photo book order online from Walgreens. I had some trouble with this first because the site wouldn't take my debit card and then my order was canceled for an unknown reason.  I  was surprised to receive an email one morning this week that they were giving me credit for two photo books for my trouble.  I hope I can get it actually ordered now!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Here's my thankful list for this week!

~ having a husband who loves me and takes care of me.

~ snack day with my boy. Since he has been doing his UIL practice, I take him a snack after school and it's been a couple weeks since went to our regular snack day on Thursday!  Today the teacher couldn't meet after school so we got to have snack day. I treasure this time together!

~ being 13 weeks pregnant today. Every day and every week is a blessing that I don't take for granted.

~ having meals in the freezer that my Mom made.  It is so nice to have them for supper!

~ a nice, busy weekend!  The floor got done in the baby's room and we went to a cousin's wedding. It was nice to see family there. Before the wedding I had a tea party with my nieces.

~ people checking on us.  We weren't at church Sunday as we traveled to the wedding, and it was nice to have a couple different ones check to make sure we were okay.

Have a day of blessings!