Community Fellowship- March 10th

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Winner: Words to Dream On

We have a winner!

Congratulations, Sara! You’ve won a copy of Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers.

I hope you enjoy your copy as much as we have enjoyed the one in our home.  I’ve emailed you with details on how to claim your book.

If you didn’t win, check back a little later in March for more chances!

Review and Giveaway: Words To Dream On

It’s been a month of exciting giveaways!

I have one last book- Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers, by Diane Stortz.

What a beautiful little book! This one arrived for my family just in the middle of our battle with this year’s flu. They were so excited to look through the pages and read through the stories they know so well, and a few that weren’t so familiar.

It’s hard to describe the cover, but the detail adds interest for little hands. It’s raised in areas- my two year old just sat and rubbed it. :)

Each selection is titled and gives the scripture reference. It has a theme Bible verse and then a summarized version of the story.

The pages also have a bedtime blessing and a sleepy-time prayer. These have been a favorite in my home to read right before bedtime- especially this week when everyone is feeling so droopy and needing a little extra encouragement.

Tommy Nelson has provided free coloring sheets to use in your home. (Again, this has been super nice for my sickly littles!)

This would be a very sweet gift for a new mommy!

The best part of this post is I get to give one away to one of my dear friends!!

Leave your information in the area below.  I’ll hold the random drawing on February 28, 2015.  If you are chosen, I’ll email for your address!!  (This offer is only open to US residents.)

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This Week’s Sewing Project

We realized during our recent flu outbreak we were short some rice socks.  All the girls and I worked together to restock our supply and make some for gifts!

This is an old, old, old tutorial for making a simple rice sock.


Owen at 10 months…

Decided in about a week and a half he could sit on his own, pull himself anywhere, then started crawling.

Pulls himself up on the side of his bed.

Plays in the walker but “carries” it while he’s walking (he doesn’t technically need it anymore but he hasn’t figured this out yet :D).

He says “uh-oh” all the time (and da-da).

He’s trying to wean himself. I think he’s figured out he much prefers to eat “real people food” than to nurse or have baby food.

He’s got 8 teeth now. He bites when he goes to give you a kiss on the cheek. Between the fat cheeks and sweet smile, it’s hard to get upset with him but just the same, I’ll be so glad when he learns to give kisses without pain.

February 23, 2015

I guess our most recent “big” news is that Jonathan got his pins taken out last week.

I could not imagine having pins taken out of a bone. I don’t want to even think about how that must feel.

I gave him Motrin about an hour before his appointment. He took his stuffed animal and we left for our local Children’s Hospital.

It’s amazing. They don’t even sedate them for this procedure. They literally cut his cast off and pulled them out. He was very brave (as he was when he was first injured!) and sat still for them to come out. He was thrilled to bring them home to show his siblings and friends. Boys. :)

We were told his bone is healing well. They didn’t feel the need for a new cast, but did caution us that a fall of some sort could mean bad news for his healing arm.

Please keep him in your prayers these next few weeks, as his arm continues to heal.

Community Fellowship Reminder- March 10th

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Winner: Duck Commander Devotions for Kids

We have a winner!

Congratulations,  Sarah!  You’ve won a copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.

I’ve emailed you with details on how to claim your book.

I hope you enjoy your copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.

If you didn’t win, try back next week! I’m giving away another great book. Woot!

February 11, 2015

We’ve had the flu.

I’ve come to appreciate (is that the way I really want to word what I’m thinking?), germs.

When you have a larger than average family, by the time illness circulates through everyone, it’s likely to have mutated and could go all the way through again.

Isn’t that fun?

I think most my friends realize we are hyper-sensitive about germs because of this very thing. We will avoid making others sick at all costs and I detest knowing my little ones are sick.

We try to be considerate of others and consider this part of “loving our neighbor” when we avoid folks when we know we might possibly be sick. :)

All that said, we have had/have the flu. Almost everyone here has had it and up until yesterday, I thought Courtney, Paul and I might avoid it completely. This morning, with no warning, I woke up with no voice. I think the remainder of this week might not be so fun (not that the last two have been much fun, either).

Some of us are feeling better now (some us are feeling MUCH better). Others (Owen and Jackson), are having a very difficult time.

I’ve been grateful for the Lord blessing us with amazing weather as I think pretty much the best possible thing for illness is fresh air and sunshine.

Please pray for our family as we recover.

Joshua’s Birthday

Another birthday passes for my sweet son.

He is happy and settled into a home, and a growing family of his own.

That part has been a little bitter-sweet for me. While I’m happy to see him happy, and I love that he is doing well, I’m also missing him in my home.

I didn’t get to make him his favorite cake this year.
I didn’t get to crack the door open to his bedroom and sing happy birthday to wake him.
I am missing his music in the house.
I am missing his company in the evenings when all of the littles are in bed, the work of the day is done and the older children, Paul and I, just sit around and laugh about anything and everything, as we swap stories and ideas.

I just miss him.

I am happy for him. I am happy he is happy. I am proud of him beyond any words I could ever think to say or write.

Paul and I went to his home to drop off his birthday gift yesterday. We stayed to visit for a few minutes. I had cried all the way there feeling sorry for myself and thinking back to the days when he was so little. They are full of such good memories.

*Why do we women cry over everything?* I used think that was so silly…

So, today I celebrate my son. I pray the Lord will keep watch over him and his home. I pray that Joshua will continue to seek Him in his life.

I love him. I feel so blessed to be his momma. <3

Review and Giveaway: Duck Commander Devotions for Kids

Are there Duck Commander fans in your family? I’ll admit, we have a few around here!

We love watching the Robertson family and their adventures. We appreciate the values they bring to our world.

This week, we’ve been reading through the Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.

This book is well written. I’ve enjoyed working through the devotions with my children but it is simple enough for children to work through on their own, or with a friend!

Each devotion contains a scripture verse (or verses),a short lesson, an idea section for putting what you’ve learned into action and a prayer.

A ribbon bookmark is added to the binding so you can easily keep your place from day-to-day. (This was a huge positive for me!)

Each lesson is easy to read and applicable to daily life. The life situations have led to some great conversation with children. These kinds of teaching moments make this momma “happy, happy, happy!”.

My family has enjoyed reading through our copy.  My husband was impressed with the lessons and my 7 and 10-year-old boys actually read the entire book as soon as he opened it! (…and we were NEEDING something to keep that 7 year old busy after his accident!)

Here’s a short video from Chrys Howard and Kori Robertson:

Now you have a great chance to win a copy for your home!

Leave your information in the area below.  I’ll hold the random drawing on February 14, 2015.  If you are chosen, I’ll email for your address!!  (This offer is only open to US residents.)

Note: I received a copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids to review. I was not required to post a positive review.

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Current Projects

Remember the “use what you have” theme we started this year?

We have an abundance of yarn we’ve been trying to use for various projects.

The first was a scarf for me. I’ve needed one for years but just never wanted to spend the money to buy one so I got to work and ended up with this:

I’m so happy with the result. It’s been warm and looks great with the new-to-me leather jacket I found during last month’s thrift store visit!

I did have to buy more yarn for this project:

It’s an afghan for Courtney’s hope chest. It’s VERY warm and it’s going to be beautiful. Ooohhhh….I’m thrilled to see it getting done!

This one IS from our yarn stash:

I’ve made hundreds of granny squares. I’m crocheting a gray border on each one and stitching them together. I have enough to make our family an afghan and one for each of my older children for their hope chests.

It always seems like the more I get done the more I see that needs to be done or that I just want to do! Does this happen to anyone else??
Have you been working on projects for your home??