Friday, December 8, 2017

̶3̶3̶ years...

....or is it 34 years? 
(inside joke!)

On this day 33 years ago my mom and dad got married. 
December 8, 1984

They have had their share of ups and downs. 
Endured hardships.
and times of plenty.
Silent treatments.
Date nights.
Four children.
Seven dogs.
A hamster.
A miraculous goldfish.
Bearded Dragon.
Two additions to the house.
Dad takes hammer to kitchen cabinets.
Completely remodeled kitchen is the result.
Playing in the backyard.
Working hard.
Putting us kids first.
30 some odd cars that dad has had
Family vacations.
Ocean City.
New York.
South Carolina.
Look out mountain.
Rolling down hills in Wisconsin.
The carnival where I won a fish.
(And it died before we made it home)
Family dinner.
Pops bypass surgery.
loss of loved ones
new life 
yard man
bank teller
bus driver
long days
even longer nights
playing dress up and coloring
watching tball games 
cheering at softball games
dr. hahn
home videos
times gone by
times to come
loving in the moment.
no promise of tomorrow
a love that has stood the test of time
one that has been magnified these past 2 years

I've heard my parents argue and I've seen them come back together and move forward. I've seen them get creative to make ends meet. I've felt how much they care for us kids. I know they love each other. I just never knew exactly how much until I watched them endure something tragic. I've watched my mom and dad stand beside each other through a number of trials.  

 I took dad out this afternoon to pick out a card and a single rose.  See when he was cutting yards for his elderly friends he would tell them about his anniversary and they would tell him to go cut a rose out of their garden.  Dad seemed to be about the simple, thoughtful least that is what I remember. He had to settle with going and buying a single rose. I think my mom was surprised.

I'm glad that my mom and dad got married and that they have stuck together no matter what hurdles have come their way.  an everlasting love.  

(on a side note---look at the symmetry in dads smile! this picture was taken today, the one below was from December 20, 2015 almost two years ago...In the picture above, from today, he is walking....the one below he was still in a wheelchair...our God is an awesome God!)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Let The Little Children Come

Let The Little Children Come
Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack

The Sampler Pack contains 10 of their most popular Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools. They make Evangelism fun with these awesome Gospel Tracts.  There was a John 3:16 Animated Tract. I enjoyed reading through the verse with the plastic sheet that made the verse come to life. There was a Gospel Button flip about.  This is a folded piece of heavy paper and is useful for keeping the attention of younger children. I found it a bit confusing, trying to find the right way to fold it as to continue sharing the Gospel.  I see with practice where it could be useful and handy as it is easy to slip in your pocket. There were two pop up tracts that I thought were unique and different.  One explained the house that has been prepared for us in heaven.  The other was the parable of the lost sheep.  I always thought pop up books were so much fun when I was little.  Having something pop up off the page definitely held the attention of my boys and made it memorable. There were two different bracelets.  One was silicone and one was a wordless bracelet.  Both told the story of salvation.  I liked the beaded wordless bracelet as it was tangible and something they could touch and feel as we put together. I feel it helped make it more concrete. I enjoyed going through this sampler pack with my boys.  I would recommend it as these are useful tools to help spread God's word. 

I received this sampler pack in exchange for an honest review from FlyBy Promotions, but my opinion of the product is my own!

Monday, November 13, 2017

God's Great Love For You

God's Great Love For You
Written By: Rick Warren

Book Overview:

God’s Great Love

Created the entire universe 
  And everything in it 
Including you.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

My Thoughts:

This was simply a beautiful book.  I enjoyed every aspect of this book from the words to the pictures to the soft colors. Simple and to the point yet profound and timeless message. It was great to remind my boys of the powerful message that God loves them.  I liked that it talked about things that God has done for us.  The illustrations are soft and warm and compliment the great message within the pages of this book.  I would recommend this book to somebody with young children.  It would be great for young children because they have a shorter attention span.  I must confess, I find myself picking up this book and reading through it. 

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review from FlyBy Promotions but my opinion of the book was not hindered by that fact!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Matt Redman Glory Song

Glory Song 
Matt Redman

Matt Redman is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and author. His songs have been a source of inspiration to me and encouragement.  This world can be a cruel place to live in. Music allows us to feel those emotions that we try to bury.  I eagerly unwrapped this CD and listened to it on my way to pick up my boys.  Each song was captivating in its own way.  This CD has 13 tracks, some featuring other artists. I think my favorite song from this CD was Gracefully Broken.  It talked about surrender and pouring out our hearts, our lives and embracing the fact that its all about His power at work in us. I would recommend purchasing this CD, it would make a perfect gift or even a simple measure of self care.  
I received this CD in exchange for an honest review from FlyBy Promotions but my opinions are my own.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bless Our Gramps & Gran

The Berenstain Bears 
Bless Our Gramps & Gran

Written By Mike Berenstain

Book Overview:

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.
It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.
My Thoughts:
I have many fond memories of my great grandma reading me Berenstain Bears books when I was growing up. I have always been fascinated by the stories but when I received this book to review I decided to dig a little deeper.  I read through the book and it filled my heart with happy memories. I decided to learn more about Stan and Jan Berenstain.  I was fascinated by the fact that Stan Berenstain was blind in one eye, yet created these humor filled cartoons.  By the world's standard he could not see, but yet he saw more than some people who have perfect sight. Some people can see and some people have visions. I think those with visions see some things so much clearer. This particular book is part of the Living Lights series.  I love the layout and the colors and the story, great book.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers, but my opinion is my own!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories
Written By: Jean Fischer

Book Overview:
Share beloved Bible stories with your little one!
Snuggle up close and imagine the animals entering Noah’s boat two by two, David standing before Goliath with just a slingshot, or Jesus blessing the children. These Bible stories will capture young hearts as they learn about God’s great love.
With classic Precious Moments® illustrations, simple Bible verses, favorite Bible stories, and fun rhymes, Little Book of Bible Stories will help introduce the power of God’s Word to your precious children.
My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book.  I am a big fan of precious moments.  I remember when I was young receiving a precious moments coloring book that I still have to this day.  Something about precious moments has always calmed my soul.  Reading the bible stories was refreshing.  I do think this would be great in a toddler Sunday school class.  The stories are short enough to hold the attention of a two year old while also getting the main idea across. 
I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review from Book Look Bloggers but my opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence Exodus

Patterns of Evidence Exodus

DVD Overview:

The film describes numerous findings, including possible archaeological findings of evidence of Hebrew habitation in ancient Egypt, and new historical findings as to the timeline of the events of Exodus, as well as contemporary events in ancient Egypt. It also describes some existing artifacts and documents from Ancient Egypt which have been the subject of debate amongst experts for a number of year

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed viewing this DVD.  It challenged me to think a little deeper on something that I have read through a few times and find to encompass a foundational truth.  It was fascinating to hear several different accounts and points of view.  Even people who were not believers still pointed to physical remains and such that proved the events from the bible actually happened. A few parts of the documentary gave me chills to see these archaeologists who clearly state that they are not believers but then continue and explain that what they see in the ground is proof that the bible is true. Israel did exist. I got a little lost in the time lines towards the end.  I enjoyed watching it but I feel like I need to watch it again to really soak it all in.  After all, this was a 12 year journey condensed into about 2 hours!  

This DVD was provided in exchange for an honest review by FlyBy Promotions but my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unlock Your Dream

Unlock Your Dream
Written By: Philip Wagner

                                                       Book Overview:
Life Can Be Hard.
Dream Anyway!

“God gave you a specific desire, an assignment to complete, and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives... Our greatest pursuit will be that dream.”   —Philip Wagner
Your dreams are calling. Will you answer?
We all dream. The capacity for dreaming and pursuing those dreams is a gift given to every individual. But many people cannot even begin to describe their dreams, much less figure out how to bring them to fruition in the face of frustrating obstacles, distractions, and setbacks.
In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

Why Are You Really Here?

This question reveals the deepest longing of the human heart—a desire for meaning and significance. We recognize that we are on this earth for a purpose. Discovering that purpose is our life’s work and the key to unlocking our greatest dreams.
With contagious passion and humor, Philip Wagner blends biblical truths and real-world insights to invite you to:
* Reach beyond the ordinary to find the extraordinary gifts God has given you
* Disentangle yourself from lesser goals and embrace a God-size dream
* Navigate inevitable setbacks, disappointments, and distractions
* Build the ultimate team to energize your dreams with support and encouragement
* Discover your true calling and forge a unique path to an adventurous life
Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional—no matter your background or your life’s current season—it’s never too early or too late to uncover your God-given purpose and move boldly in the direction of your dreams!

My Thoughts:
I find it interesting how God works and is in all the details of our life.  I have been trying to figure out what my purpose is and what I should be doing with my life. I read this book about dreams and liked a part in the book about how sometimes it is about helping somebody else achieve their dream.  Part of achieving our dream may very well be making somebody elses dream comes true. I was encouraged by this book.  I also found it fascinating that another book I am reading at the same time is also about God sized dreams and achieving what seems impossible, but only with the help of God.

I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review through the blogging for books program but my opinions and thoughts are my own.