Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday Family Fotos

Cousin Shots!

We are officially on Spring Break now, and looking forward to spending time with cousins!

Other than that, Abby will be going to a few appointments, we are leading an activity at RMH, Matt and I are celebrating our anniversary by going to see Wicked, and we are having Easter lunch with my family.  In between there, I'm hoping to dye eggs, get some Ritas, discuss the Resurrection Eggs, do a few Easter crafts, and play outside!!   

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for my sweet little boy, who doesn't mind at all that I am over 2 months late loading his birthday party pictures!  But at least I took them...right??

Here are a few of the highlights from his laser tag party.  I'll be sharing more over the next few posts.  :)


He loves having people sing "Happy Birthday" to him!

Pizza and cupcakes!

At the end of the party, one of the employees shoots a roll of toilet paper out at the group using a rigged up leaf blower.  The kids LOVED it!  I was a little sad at the wastefulness, but that's just me!  (and no, I did NOT go pick it up to use it again...)  :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

The Berenstain Bears: God Made You Special

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

In this book, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn't long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn't play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way and reminds her that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

I'm a sap.  I'll be the first to admit that!  I cry at sweet commercials, tear up when my kids say something cute, and regularly cry on Sunday mornings during worship time.  So no one should be surprised that I cried while reading this book to my four year old special needs child!

There are so many things I love about this book:  the simple message it conveys, the way the kids just play with and accept Tommy the way he is, the wise words his aunt speaks about him...but this quote pretty much sums it all up:  

" 'Yes,' said Mrs. Bruin.  'There is a special joy in Tommy--a special kind of happiness.   Maybe God wants us to see that joy and be joyful, too, just like Tommy.' "

There's so much truth in those words.  I wish everyone could see that about special needs children.  I know I'm reminded every time I look at my daughter!

What a beautiful book with a beautiful message!

Disclaimer:  I'm a Book Looks Blogger and receive books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dad is Home!

My dad came home this afternoon and got settled back in at home.  He's still very sore and taking pain medicine around the clock, but I'm sure that he will sleep more comfortably at home.  Thank you to all of you who prayed for him, visited, and sent well wishes!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: I Can Learn the Bible by Holly Shivers

In this 52-week devotional for children, author Holly Hawkins Shivers adapts The Joshua Code (written by her father, O.S. Hawkins) into a devotional that will help kids learn and live the scriptures. Using kid-friendly language, I Can Learn the Bible teaches scriptures in a way children can understand. Each week, kids will commit a new scripture to memory by reading a fun, engaging devotional that’s doable for a child. Matthew 7:7 will remind kids to always ask God for help. Philippians 1:6 will teach them that God is always working in their lives. And 50 more scriptures will continue to write the truth on their hearts so that they will remember it forever.

I got this devotional to do with my 4 year old daughter, but it was actually a little too above her.  It was fabulous for my 8 year old son.  Although it says that it is recommended for ages 4-8, I would say that it leans toward the older ages more than preschoolers.  

That being said, it is a wonderful book and a great way to get kids interested in reading the Bible.  I also loved the emphasis in learning verses and the repetition of “God’s Word is FOR ME and TO ME, it is IN ME and working THROUGH ME, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!”  If you are interested in an inexpensive devotional book for early elementary schoolers, this would be a great choice!

I am a Book Looks Blogger and receive books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Review: Brave Mom

I recently read Brave Mom by Sherry Surratt.  Surratt is the CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), an organization devoted to encouraging and empowering young moms.  In this book, Surratt shares about a lot of the common fears that moms have.  The 10 most common mom fears are each covered in their own easy to read chapter, made up of stories of real moms and the help and answers they found. Filled with advice and insight from Sherry and the hope and grace found in God’s wisdom, Brave Mom gives moms everything they need to leave fear behind and live the admittedly messy life of parenting with confidence and joy. Each chapter also contains a prayer for moms to help them turn their fears over to God’s protection and care.

I wanted to like this book.  I really did.  I think I'm forever tainted by my experiences with Abby, and I really can't relate to the fears shared in this book.  While some moms are worried about a loss of self-identity, I'm fearful of a life without my daughter.  I just kind of felt like this book was a little superficial.  However, I'm sure it would be encouraging for moms who don't live life with a medically fragile child.