Monday, November 7, 2016

All is Bright by Nancy Guthrie




If you've been around for any Christmas seasons here, you know that I am a HUGE fan of advent! In fact, it may be my favorite liturgical season of the year. My only wish, if I could make it different would be a little less Christmas mumbo jumbo getting mixed up with it. Not the good Christmas stuff, but the other bits. That's neither here nor there in regards to this book though, except that it's full of the good stuff.

Unlike most coloring books, this is one that you can use over and over again. Well, you can't color it over and over again, but you can capture a moment with your coloring and go back to the devotional and activity portions time and again. The devotional is for the entire month of December! WOOHOO! Thank you for including the days after Christmas!!

The family activities are short and simple enough that you might even be able to include younger kids. The best part of the activities may be the reproducible coloring pages. Where as the devotional section has very small detail coloring pages from Lizzie Preston, the reproducible pages are perfect for larger crayons and markers.

The images are beautiful, the devotions are thought provoking, the family activities are doable. I'm not sure if there is anything more you could want from an Advent coloring devotional.

This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give a positive review, but always thankful when I can.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Open by David Gregory




Open by David Gregory is an intriguing little book about a young woman who has questions for God. After a difficult break up with a long time boyfriend, Emma finds herself emotionally and spiritually lost. One day she opens a letter that simply invites her to go through the closest open door. She takes the invitation to heart and finds herself face to face with the only one who can answer her questions about life, Jesus.

Gregory does an excellent job of retelling the gospel stories in a way that allows tons of AHA moments. I would tell you about them all, but I think part of the fun of this book is being surprised with Emma over where she ends up and what stories from scripture God uses to answer her questions. There were several moments that I had to pause throughout the book and take an inventory of my own journey. Definitely a book to help you reset when you feel like you might be adrift.

It's a great book, highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal



I have friend, she has been into adult coloring books before adult coloring books was a thing. So it's mainly because of her that I requested this book. And I almost immediately sent it to her instead of coloring in it myself when I got it because I knew that she would love it. It's perfect for those that love coloring and even for those of us that aren't sure if we do or not. I'm not sure if I'm into it, but this little graphic I found makes me want to continue to give it a try.



The size of the book is a perfect companion book. You know what I mean. Those books that we carry along with us or couple with our Bibles on our side tables. It's not overly big and it has a ton of great prompts for using to journal, color and just ponder.

I've got some pictures to share. I did a couple of tests to see exactly how far you can take this thing before you end up with less are and more trash. Colored pencils work great; wet watercolor pencils do alright, but be careful because you can waterlog and tear pretty quick; cheapo markers don't bleed but the mid price kind of nice ones go all the way through; ink doesn't dry quickly and thus colors the page facing, and crayons are just too big for the small details in the pictures.

Colored pencils (Fabercastle) and water color pencils (generic)


Various Media


Backside of various media

 Overall, I like it. I'm glad that I kept it for myself :) I don't know if I like colored pencils, maybe I just need to experiment with some different brands. I would totally recommend it, especially if you are already a fan of adult coloring books or creative journaling.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review. I'm never required to post a positive review but I'm always glad when I can.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

365 Morning Pocket Prayers



I have a ton of these little pocket devotions and prayer books. They are cute and just the right size to carry along when you're wandering for a good place to sit and pray. This one, however, is my favorite.

The prayers have been spot on every time that I have flipped through. I'm not quite sure what is different about this book from the rest of the 365 Pocket series, but it just speaks to me. I have shared with friends and loved ones as the prayers have touched me. Even when I think, surely, I don't need prayer about this topic, they have spoken to me. Prayers have ranged from the way I drive to seeking wisdom. You can either go day by day or you can look up content based on what you are specifically looking to pray about.

It is a well crafted addition to my morning routine and I look forward to turning to it again and again through out the years.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of review. I'm never required to say nice things about books, but I always enjoy when I can.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

And then she was 12

I think 11 was exactly the year that we needed. Very little drama, not much pain. We did a fair bit of travel, opened some new chapters and life was good. I'm expecting that 12 will be pretty awesome, too!

This year, she FINALLY started reading on her own. And just like everyone said, one day they wake up and they decide to read a novel, at or above grade level. It was awesome. And then another day, she woke up and decided that she was ready to write and she sat down at the computer and wrote a 4000 word story in one day. It needs some editing, but still she went from nothing to 4000 words! And she's been writing ever since. Little bits here and there. Creative stories for the most part. People are amazing, especially that one of mine.

Over all, eleven was good. Twelve is definitely going to hold even more adventures.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

I took it back!

We got a new computer!!! We set it up in my office. It was not convenient, because it's actually my daughter's computer and she uses it to interact with her friends, play games and goof off. It's never a good thing to have to deal with that kind of stuff when you want to sit down and get some work done. So yesterday, we moved her computer downstairs and I took my office space back. I undownloaded all her games. Removed them from the system and I took my computer back! It went from on the brink of death to exactly what I needed in the first place!! Yeah!! I'm so stinking happy!!
Who knows exactly what this will mean, but it might possibly mean more blogs! Or more productive time in my office!! Or no more waiting for the computer or dealing with huffs when I ask to use it!! One thing it definitely means is a tax deduction because my office space is now all me!!!!!

Speaking of work...I have something exciting to share with you!! This week is a birthday week at our house and in celebration, I'm offering free shipping between now and September 2, 2016 when you shop through this link

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday



This Thursday, I am thankful for so much!

I'm thankful for an amazing husband that makes me laugh and keeps me on the straight and narrow.

I'm thankful for a daughter that is growing up and becoming a phenomenal woman.

I'm thankful for a house full of pets that check in on me and keep me company.

I'm thankful for my new job! Seriously, I get to take my deep seated desire for the world to have clean water and do something about it! How thankful I am that I get to tell people about the conditions women live in around the world and to encourage them and provide a way for them to do something about it!! That's just mind blowing.
A little peak at my desk this morning!


What about you, what are you thankful for?