Book Review: The Unveiled Wife

For a number of years, I have been researching safe make-up/skin care and hair care options. There are so many nasty chemicals in everything we use.

Have any of you done research into your own beauty products? We’ve started using coconut oil as a moisturizer and to remove make-up. Other products are more difficult. Cosmetic companies make claims, but you and I both know how accurate those can be!

The Unveiled Wife: Embracing Intimacy with God and Your Husbandis a book that was unexpected. When it popped up in my books for review this month, I assumed it was a typical book on marriage and intimacy. I was looking forward to reading it, but I guess I was just expecting something different.

This is the story of a young woman named Jennifer, and her marriage.

From the back of the book:

As a young bride, Jennifer Smith dreamed of closeness with her husband—of being fully known and loved. But their early years together were marked by disappointment and pain. What am I doing wrong? Jennifer cried out to God. It was as if a veil separated Jennifer from her husband and from God- a barrier that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love.

How did Jennifer’s marriage survive? What did she and her husband do when they were tempted to call it quits? And how did God step in during their darkest hour to tear down the veil once and for all?

The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story, one touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair in your marriage, the heart cry of this book is. You are not alone. Join Jennifer to learn how God can remove your own veil and lovingly guide you to a place of spiritual transformation, true intimacy and lasting joy.

Jennifer shares her testimony of God’s faithfulness in the most sensitive of areas. In the end, her relationship with the Lord grew stronger as He revealed Himself in her life and healed her heart.

Jennifer’s story is one of faith and perseverance. She has a casual writing style that was “real” on a subject that would have been difficult for most women to discuss. There are too many women having issues just like these who suffer in silence.

I can’t help but think this book will be a real help to many women. For me, it’s strengthened my resolve to re-examine our personal care items and find those without dangerous chemicals. We just don’t fully know how they change our bodies.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review of this book.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations, Sandy!

You won a copy of Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies
.

I have sent information on how to claim your book to your email. I hope you enjoy your copy as much as we are enjoying it with our children!

Book Review: Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Children can be so cruel.

I’m not sure why they say the things they do sometimes. The words stick and linger. I think we know that whole saying, “sticks and stones” is just not true.

As parents, Paul and I have never embraced the whole “boys will be boys” reasoning behind some parents allowing their children to treat others hatefully. I know that sometimes words are said innocently, but other times, they are meant to sting. We’ve always tried to teach our children to treat others the way they would want to be treated. It’s not perfect, but we sure give it our best.

It’s in those times, that it’s nice to have a good friend. We’ve had held fast to the belief that children will imitate those they are around, so we limit their time with children who aren’t so well behaved. We’ve been blessed as we’ve prayed for each of our children for the Lord to have given them good friends who are a joy.

This month, I was sent a copy of Henry Hodges Needs a Friend, by Andy Andrews. We all need a friend sometimes, don’t we?

They don’t always come in the form we think they might. Sometimes just having a sweet companion makes you feel not quite so alone when the world feels too big.

I loved Henry Hodges Needs a Friend.

My littles were giggling as we read aloud about figure skating hippos, and cows who give chocolate milk.

The illustrations in this book were adorable and engaging. My littles are excited
we added this book to our library.

In the end, Henry finds a friend and is reminded that God ALWAYS knows and provides exactly what we need!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review.

Book Review: Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

I remember Really Woolly from my younger years! Those sweet little lambs with positive messages sharing faith…I specifically remember having stickers in my sticker collection (did you have a sticker collection?!).

Opening this month’s box from Tommy Nelson brought back a flood of memories! I’m glad to share them with my little ones now.

Jackson has officially adopted this copy of Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies, as his own. In fact, when I started to pick it up to write my review, he asked if he could have it back when I am done.

One of my favorite parts of the book is that it draws a child’s attention to the world around them. So often, I tell my children the world could have been very drab with all black and white…no color. The Lord loved us so much, he chose to paint the sky and the trees and bugs and flowers in such beautiful, vibrant colors! How blessed we should feel!

This is a board book with a padded cover and rounded corners.

It has right under 20 selections that include scripture and prayers that very young children can understand. The passages are perfect reading for before. They leave a child with peaceful thoughts of a loving Father.

These are just the things I love to read to my littles just before they go to bed each night(though they are not lullabies as the title suggests).

Would you like to win your own copy of this sweet book?

I’m giving a copy away on March 31st! See details below.

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This giveaway is only open to residents of the US.

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Book Review: Brave Girls Series

The book shipment for March from Tommy Nelson included two devotional books from the Brave Girls series: Brave Girls: Faithful Friends: A 90-Day Devotional, and Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect: A 90-Day Devotional

This is my first experience with this series. It was fun to look through the books and read the selections for each day. Though I am a grown woman, some of these were an encouragement for me!

Both books are 90 day devotionals for girls ages 7-10 years.

This book addresses negative self talk most women have and the powerful truth of the Lord that tells us how we are valued by our creator!

From the back of Better Than Perfect:
“Brave Girls, Honor and Faith know that your life is like a puzzle. Though it may look like it’s in messy puzzle pieces, God sees the bigger picture, and He rearranges all the pieces to make your life a beautiful work of art.”

This book addresses negative self talk most women have and the powerful truth of the Lord that tells us how we are valued by our creator!

It is full (90 devotions!) of stories about broken people and the Lord’s love for them all.

It also contains craft projects and puzzles that correlate with the Bible study. That makes it fun for younger girls!

From the back of Faithful Friends:
“The Brave Girls- Hope, Glory, Faith, Gracie and Honor- know a thing or two about making and keeping friends. Together they’ve experienced the ups and downs of friendship,and they want to share their stories and secrets with you.”

Some specific topics include: friendship conversation starters, praying for Godly friends, setting up a prayer box, handling phone chats, basic table manners, overcoming feelings of loneliness, and learning to look to the needs of others before your own.

It offers real life suggestions for building faith.

As I was looking through these books, I thought it would be a great bonding experience for Jessica and Emma (or probably any small group of girls). I think each devotion will only take about 5 minutes of Jessa’s time. I look forward to seeing her creativity as she reads and works through these books with Emma!

*I received a copy of these books from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review.

Illness and Accident

We are ‘counting it all joy’ this week, in our home.

After a long bout of illness in late January, this last couple of weeks have found us sick AGAIN.
This has been a particularly nasty bug. My littles were all first to become ill. Slowly, it crept through our home. Owen and I have been the last to catch the illness. That’s good since I was able to keep the house moving forward while everyone else was feeling so poor.

Of course now, I am feeling terrible and we are weary of everyone being sick. Paul has been on the road over the last couple of weeks and was only scheduled to be home for ONE DAY for almost an entire month. I’m encouraging him to find a hotel- on his one day off. :( I just don’t want him to catch what is going around our home, but I miss him terribly.

Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes it just seems too hard.

In the midst of all this illness, our car was in the shop to have work done. The van has recently had brakes replaced but they still sound horrible.

On Wednesday, Jacob’s truck wouldn’t work ,so a tow truck was called. Since both of our cars were having issues, a co-worker had agreed to take Jacob to and from work. He decided at the last minute it would be easier for him if Jacob just took his little truck home and picked him up the next day.

Wednesday night, it rained all night.

Wed roads, unfamiliar vehicle, and recovering from flu all made for a disastrous recipe.

Jacob lost control of the car three doors down from our home. The car spun and then started flipping. I’m thankful for neighbors who sat with him until I could arrive to take him to the hospital.

I’m thankful the injuries weren’t worse. I could say Jacob was lucky, but that is absolutely not true. The Lord had His hands on him.

We’ve still got to figure out how to repair our neighbor’s yard.

Jacob has a staple in his head and a dozen stitches in his hand. Those things will thankfully heal.

I love my son. This accident could have been so much worse.

I’m counting it all joy since I hope this has been a learning experience for all of my family.

March 24, 2015

Two amazing things happened for me last night.

First, I’ve been praying that Owen would learn to sleep by me on the nights when he wakes to be fed.

Up to now, I’ve felt a little like I’m in a wrestling match. He wiggles and crawls, pulls hair and is pretty much impossible to sleep with- it has made for some very long nights, especially while he has been sick.

Last night, he was coughing and woke up in the middle of the night. I snuggled him
close to feed him. He nursed for a good long time and then drifted off into the most peaceful, wonderful sleep. He hasn’t done this since he was a tiny baby.

I was so excited! I had a hard time drifting back off to sleep-but I managed. :)
He slept the rest of the night. He’s such a sweet boy.

My second (HUGE) blessing.

For more than a year after my mom died, I prayed the Lord would allow me to dream of her.

I wanted to remember her whole and healthy- not those last moments.

Last night, I dreamed I was attending the upcoming wedding of a sweet family friend.

As I was about to enter the room, I was talking with the mother of the groom. She was telling me about her new daughter-in-law. She was proud of her, and it was fun to listen to her describing what she loved about this young woman.

Over her shoulder, I could see in the door, and into the room behind. I thought I saw my mom pass by- knowing I must be mistaken, I went back to conversation- and then I saw her walk by again.

This time, I mentioned to another friend who had been standing behind me. She responded, “Tracy, that WAS your mom!”.

I began to tremble violently as the children and I headed straight for that room.

There she was- smiling, healthy and whole. Her hair was long and beautiful just like the days before cancer and before chemo. She went down the line looking deep into the faces of each of my children. She held each one in her hands. She looked over to me and told they had all grown so beautiful.

She knew she had missed time but there was no sadness. No death. It was only her quiet beauty.

She had on black slacks and the prettiest light periwinkle blouse with a peter-pan collar.

There was no cane, and no limping. I wish I could have lingered for many moments more.

What a wonderful thing to feel my mother’s love for me again… a prayer I’ve held to myself for all of this time and the Lord answered.

Community Fellowship- April14th

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Fellowship…

We are going to cancel our fellowship  meeting this month.

We just have too much happening this month but we hope to see you in April!

 

 

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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