Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy 16th Birthday To My Oldest Son

Today my oldest child turns 16.  Let me start by saying this Momma is in NO WAY ready for that.  My sweet BABY is almost a man.  I shudder just to think about it.

I can remember when he was a tiny baby, with brown curls and a cherub grin.  Everyone who saw him thought he was the prettiest baby boy and yes, some even asked if he was a girl.  I didn't mind.  To me, he was the most beautiful baby ever.

The day he was born, he looked like a tiny little wailing alien.  He loved to be held and his Grandmother and Papa were always toting him around.  He was well-loved by us all.

He was my emergency c-section.  His delivery was a traumatic one.  The doctors almost lost us both.  I remember feeling the pain and feeling myself begin to float as they prepped me for his delivery.  I was put to sleep and when I awoke it was all over.

The first thing I saw of my newborn boy was a photograph.  I wasn't able to get out of bed and he wasn't able to come see Mommy for 6 long hours.  His tiny body had suffered so much stress that he had to go into the warmer and be monitored right away.  I remember just being thankful he was alive and well.

The first time I held him, I was in LOVE.  He was the sweetest little thing.  He loved to nuzzle and he refused to sleep alone.  I don't think he slept one time in his crib.

Isn't funny how I can remember that period of time like it was yesterday?  Time passes so quickly.  Soon that little baby is going become a man.  Time is too short.

I've watched him grow every day.  I chose to homeschool him because I couldn't bare to pass these moments that God blessed me with to someone else.  Selfishly, I wanted to keep these years all to myself and I am so glad that I have.  These memories will last us both for a lifetime.

This young man who has blessed me these past 16 years is like no other.  I used to wonder why I had a son first and not a daughter but now I know.  He's been my rock, my supporter, my strength through so many things.  He's quiet and a true peacemaker.

I honestly could not have made it through these past 16 years without this wonderful young man by my side.  He's helped me with his sisters, our home, keep up with everything and just been a friend and a loving son to me all the way.  I tell him all the time that one day he's going to make some girl a wonderful husband.  A lucky one she will be and yes, I plan to let her know that!

So here is to my soon-to-be 16 year old.  May we continue to enjoy the short time we have left together and many years afterwards.  I love you my son - more than you can ever know and I thank God every day for the blessing you have been to my life.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

This year has been a hard one for many people, us included.  Money is tight.  Hurricane Mathew hit our area hard and caused setbacks as well.  Life has been a struggle.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to give the kids much for Christmas, which is a pretty big deal at our house.  My kids don’t usually get a lot throughout the year, so at Christmas they usually get bigger gifts and things.  This year the money just wasn’t there for us to do that.

I prayed about it.  I felt led to ask online for help, not expecting anything in return.  In doing so, our family was truly blessed by others this year, who saw to it my kids had most of their wishes come true.  It has been a true Christmas miracle.

Everyone received something important for them.  Jack got lots of Dinosaurs, Laycie got a Doc McStuffin’s cart for doctoring her toys, Emma got pencils and art supplies, Win got video games and a new system.  Each of them went shopping and bought gifts for each other and we also baked to give to family this year. 

Even though Christmas began as a struggle, it has ended up being one of our best Christmas’s yet.  I’m very thankful to each of those who helped to make this Christmas happen.  You have shown my family the meaning of true friendship and caring.  God bless you all!

bluedanasig2

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Who’s Fault Is It Really?

Last night I was at home watching a movie with Don and the rest of the family. I am pretty sure it was a Christmas movie, yet I can’t remember the name.  It was the typical man and woman meet and fall in love movie.  Yet, near the end of the movie, there was one statement that really hit home for me.

You see in all my failed relationships, the other person has always pointed the failure towards me, yet I never felt the failure was completely my fault.  The men in my  life have always tried to make me feel that I was the problem, that it wasn’t them.  They have told me that I would continue to find the same problems over and over because, well, that problem was me.

Honestly, I was beginning to believe them.  Then Donald came along and he has worked to change my thinking.  Trust me, it’s been really hard for him to do but this movie confirmed what he’s told me since we met.

You see, it was never me that was the problem.  It wasn’t really them that was the problem either.  The real problem was that these guys I was with were never meant for me.  Since they weren’t right for me, our relationships could never work.  It wasn’t anything either of us did, it was simply the wrong person for me to be with.

Now I know that’s easy to see now but it wasn’t so easy to see when I was with them.  And walking away doesn’t make it easy to see when you have been told over and over that you are the problem.  Sometimes it takes a HUGE wake-up call, like hearing it said straight out in a random movie, to make you realize, “Hey, I’m not the problem here!”

We can never be happy with the wrong person.  God created us each to be unique and He created each of us to fit one other unique individual.  That individual is our other half, the love of our life, our soulmate. 

I’m blessed to have truly found mine, to know of his love for me, for my children, for our family and our life together.  Sure things aren’t always perfect because we’ve both been brainwashed by being in the wrong relationship before finding one another and finding our right relationship, but we work hard to heal and love and move forward together.  We are learning to forgive, to depend on each other and to embrace our life as it should be with one another. 

When love is right, it’s just right.  You know it wholeheartedly.  I’m so thankful to have found my love in Don and also to have found this healing piece of truth from something so simple as this.

Until next time…
bluedanasig2

 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fear

PTSD is an awful thing.

Fear is crippling.

Last night I was laying in bed, talking with Don and memories flooded back to me.  Emotions that I try to ignore.  Feelings that I don’t want to deal with.

I remember why I’m in therapy.  I remember what brought me there, what I went through, what I try to ignore.

I can’t ignore it. 

Sometimes I can feel his presence towering over me, screaming at me, telling me how much he hated me, how much he wished I was gone.  I can feel his anger, hate, wrath. 

“You’re not good enough… not pretty enough… not what I want.”

He told his girl of the month I wouldn’t work, didn’t clean, didn’t cook.  That’s when he’d tell them about me at all.  Many didn’t even know I lived there and often if they did his story was that I was his roommate or that he let me stay there for the kids.

”This is my house… my car… my land… none of it is yours… nothing here is yours… I will have my son.” 

I lost count of how many times I heard those phrases. 

I still feel his hands on my throat as he picked me up and threw me across the house.  Still feel the fear and terror as he lunged at me.  I still feel the cold metal as I collided with the washer and dryer.

I can hear the door slam as he left, running to his Mother’s house to hide out from what he’d done.  His haven to get away because he knew they’d cover for him and give him a place to stay.  He knew they’d side with him and make this all my fault as they always did.

For six years, I put up with abuse.  I hid it.  I dealt with it because I believed I loved him, that he didn’t mean it, that he wanted me.  I made myself believe that it was my fault.  That I just wasn’t good enough.

It was never my fault.  I did the things I was supposed to.  But no matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t save him, couldn’t change him, couldn’t reason with someone who just did not want to help themselves. 

I wake up every day thankful I no longer live that life, thankful that I don’t have to hide any more.  Thankful that I am safe, loved and happy in my new life.  I don’t need to fear anymore. 

But even when you don’t need to fear, the damage is done and you must learn to relive, to heal, to forgive and let go.  You must learn that you didn’t deserve the anger, hurt and pain you were given.  You must learn lessons from your past, from your mistakes and you come to find strength hidden within you that you thought you would never find.

Today, I am stronger.  Tomorrow, I will be even more so.

Until next time…

blueDANAsig

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Random Thoughts…

Random thoughts.  Do you get those?  Totally random things popping into your head at any given time?  Usually with no rhyme or reason as to why.

Well, I suppose from this post you can guess that I do.  I go completely off track with my thinking and I feel that my brain is constantly going 100% all of the time.  I am always thinking of something and yet of nothing at all.  Not of importance at least.

Then there is the forgetfulness.  Sometimes I think so much that I forget mid-sentence what I was just thinking about.  For example, today I was talking to Donald, asking him about his day.   I was about to ask him something specific and mid-thought I completely forgot! 

Now this isn’t a big deal for something small but forgetfulness and randomness because an issue with bigger things.  Like forgetting to call in a medication script for my daughter.  Or forgetting to write out a blog post for the week or for a review item.  Forgetting you made an appointment for Thursday. (Yes, I did that one this week!  Eek!!)

I often feel that my blog posts are random as well.  I’d like to find a way to make them more structured and more focused but how can you do that when you have trouble focusing yourself?!  I contribute it to my undiagnosed ADD.  Or is it ADHD?  I’m pretty sure I have one of those and I know my poor kids do as well.

So how do you manage to keep your thoughts in order and stop being random with them?  How do you create posts that are structured and more organized?  Any tips you have for  me?  Feel free to leave me any ideas you may have in a comment below.  I look forward to all of your suggestions.

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Random sky pic from a few months back.


On an additional note we’ve reached 700 blog posts at Luv’N Lambert Life and have many more to come!  This particular post is my first written and posted with Open Live Writer.  So far I’m loving this blog writing software and look forward to using it for my posts from now on.  All the ease of blogging with a format like a word processor program.  Added benefit is that there is a word count tool built in too! (So far this post is at 389 words and counting.)  You can even link up and add images to your posts right from Open Live Writer.  Awesome right?

Well that’s it from me tonight.  Hope you all have a blessed week!

Dana

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit {Propeller Review & Giveaway}



Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit
Worthy Publishing Group
$18.94 at Amazon.com


I'm relatively new in the world of Bible Journaling but I've wanted to attempt this beautiful artform for a while now so when I was contacted in regards to this review, I immediately agreed to join in.  I wasn't sure exactly what to expect in the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit when I accepted the review but I was surprised when my kit came and I opened it to find all the hidden gems inside.  Worthy Publishing Group packed the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit full of some pretty neat stuff.


The kit comes in a blue box just like the image above.  On the back of the box, it shows all the awesome things you will find inside.  22 awesome items to be exact!


Included in this kit are:
4 sheets of word stickers
4 sheets of alphabet stickers
3 sheet of tab stickers equally 24 tabs total
8 colored twist pencils
1 archival quality journaling pen
1 pouch with an adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines and a die cut shaped edge

I loved every single one of these!

They are perfect for anyone just starting out with Bible journaling.   They are just as perfect for a journaling pro.  The kit is a really great fit for one and all!

The alphabet stickers come in capital and lowercase letters in two different fonts.  They also include numbers and symbols.  These are a fun addition to your journaling pages. 


The word stickers are just as amazing with lots of phrases and symbols.  The only thing I was disappointed in is that they are only in black and white and not in color.  They can be dressed up by simply marking over them to give them color though.


The tab sticker sheets are all in color.  Some include words or phrases and some are blank for you to fill in with your own words.  They are included to mark special bible passages for you to easily find.


The pencil pouch comes in a bright green with teal accenting and white lettering.  I loved the pop of color it gives the kit.  It has an adjustable strap included which allows it to fit over any Bible, making it easy to keep up with. 


Everything fits nicely inside except for the page protector.


There are also 8 twistable pencils, an archival journaling pen and a ruled page protector mat included in the kit.  The page protector includes decorative edging in a multiple patterns to use in your artwork.  I thought that was a great added feature.


You can order your own Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit for yourself or as a gift at Amazon.com for $18.94 with free shipping at the time of this post.


You can enter a giveaway from Worthy Publishing Group for a chance to win a kit of your own.  Five winners will be chosen for the giveaway on their page.  Additionally, you can download free coloring pages below the giveaway information on their website.  You can also see other items that are available at Worthy Publishing Group.


As a BONUS, I'm also giving away ONE Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit to ONE lucky reader.  To enter, simply leave me a blog comment on this post telling me why you're interested in Bible journaling or telling me how long you have been Bible journaling then come back and click "I commented" on the Rafflecopter widget below.

The giveaway from Luv'N Lambert Life will end on December 6 at midnight.  One winner will be announced after the giveaway's end.

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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November's End

Today is the last day of November.  The past month has been busy for us.  Work has started to return to normal and life is going back to how it was before Hurricane Matthew paid his visit in October.

I'm thankful this month is ending.  I am looking forward to December and then to a new year in 2017.  November has had some serious ups and downs for us.

One thing that happened is that Emmalee's therapy has ended.  I'm proud of her.  She had surgery to correct her toe-walking on both feet on June 20th and has since worked hard to relearn how to walk, balance, run, and kick.  The strength my daughter has is amazing to me.  She's come through so much and continues to become stronger every day.

November brought vacation time for my Mom this month and I will say it was the best week for us all.  She enjoyed her time with my brother and his family and we enjoyed our time together as a family without her around.  We rarely get to do that since she is currently living with us but it gave us a nice peak into our future.  I look forward to having that day to day in our lives again.

November brought us challenges.  We discovered mold in our bedroom which had been covered by paint that wasn't appropriate for it's treatment.  We also found our outer bedroom walls needed to be replaced.  We worked with our landlord to make this happen and are happy to say our home is now repaired.

November brought Thanksgiving.  We had a great family dinner.  We shared what we were thankful for.  That one meal fed us for almost a week on the leftovers.

November also brought our family a scare.  The wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where my brother and his family currently live.  Another disaster.  More families without homes who have lost everything.  I'm thankful that my brother, sister-in-law, nephews, their pets and their extended family in the area are all okay.

One this last day of November, I find myself glad it's ending and praying that December comes with no problems, with nothing but blessings for everyone to finish out the year.  I hope that the next year is a better one because this one has surely been a struggle for so many.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who have been affected by this years disasters.  I pray that the next year will be a better one for us all!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Challenges

Our Thanksgiving weekend did not go as we had planned.  There were many unexpected challenges that came about.  There was work where we least expected it.

Wednesday, as I was cleaning our room to prepare for Winter and cold weather, I saw a place on our walls where the paint was peeling away so I gently tugged at it because I am planing to paint that room anyways.  But what I did not expect to find behind that paint was a molded wall that had been covered with cheap paint before our landlords purchased our residence.  The previous owner had covered over the mold so the new owners had no idea what they were really getting.  Over time, the cheap paint loosened and the truth was exposed.

Mold.  Seriously?!  At Thanksgiving?!  Just what we needed to find!  Luckily, we do know how to remove and treat the areas that were affected.  And so you can guess how the weekend was spent.

We've taken our room wall by wall.  One spot had to be peeled away, trashed and repainted with Kilz 2 to protect and seal the remaining mold which was affected only on the surface area.  But there was more to be discovered.  The opposite side of our room, by our window, the wall was brittle and breaking due to the dampness and mold growing there.  It, too, had been hidden by the previous paint job and then by the furniture we had inside our room.  So these walls had to be completely ripped out and replaced.  I'm thankful to say that this is done and now we just need to finish it all off with paint!

So you'd think that God would say "Ok these guys have had enough" but NOPE.  He decided to challenge us even more.  As I was cooking our Thanksgiving dinner (I had the sides while Don did the Turkey and Ham and my Mom did the Giblet Gravy, Mac N Cheese and the Stuffing or Dressing as you prefer to call it), I discovered our sink drain was not draining out.  Oh boy!  Another challenge!  The water was backed up with no where to go.

Yep, you guessed it!  Our septic was FULL!

Hurricane Matthew still has the water level high, so add to that 7 people using the water, bathroom, shower and that equals a full tank!  The septic decided on Thanksgiving Day that it had enough and wasn't taking anymore.

Yep!  This mess was our holiday weekend.

I'm thankful to say that Don has fixed the bedroom and our wonderful landlords had the septic emptied completely late last night.  We did manage to have a great meal despite the challenges and we all shared things we were thankful for.  Me?  I was just thankful to have the meal done and my family fed.

Sometimes challenges happen and you come through them together, stronger than you expect to.  You learn from them, deal with them and move forward.  These were some pretty serious tasks we faced but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our time as a family or discourage us from our holiday.

When life throws you lemons, you simply add some sugar, some ice and have sweet homemade lemonade!



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Peace, Quiet and Tranquility


Peace, 

quiet, 

tranquility.  

These are three things you won't find in our house.  With four kids, there is never any quiet.  There's never peace.  There's never tranquility.  

But what there is, is a lot of love, a lot of fun and a lot of NOISE.

One day my house will be empty and I will have peace and quiet again but it will be too quite because nothing makes me happier than this house full of noise.  The smiles, the laughs, even the occasional screams and tears make life worth living.  Living life is worth it all.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

About blogging...

Some days I have no idea what to blog about so then this becomes a sort of diary for me.  An  outlet to get out my frustrations.  A way to let go and share myself with the world.

Most days I have no idea where these posts are going to go.  I just let my fingers type and my mind release it's thoughts onto digital paper.  As with most of our life, I go with the flow of things.

The problem with this is that there is no real stability in my blog content.  That's not necessarily a bad thing but just not a great thing when you're a blogger.  There is no particular spot for my posts.  There is no particular format for my posts.  There is no particular topic or style or method for my posts.  They just are.

As a blogger, as a writer, I would prefer to see myself writing more interesting posts to share with my readers.  I would prefer to see myself more organized in blogging and talking about life, homeschooling, even Epilepsy.  I would prefer to find my spot in this blogging world, claim it for myself and let it build into something beautiful.  I know that comes with time and effort though.

I have many friends who make blogging look so easy and in some ways it is when you have the content provided, such as in providing reviews and information to the public.  But when it comes down to the real life heart of blogging, it becomes harder to get past the chatter and into the meat of writing.

So this months goal is to just get back to writing.  Put pen to paper and go, or in this case, fingers on keyboard to digital paper and type.  Both end in fabulously unique results and that's my end goal.




This month is Epilepsy Awareness Month.  As you all know, it's a subject close to my heart as three of my four beautiful babies, along with myself have lived with Epilepsy for most of our life.  This month I will be sharing more about our life with Epilepsy, as I do often throughout the year.  Please message me if you have any questions you would be interested in having me answer for you.

And as always stay tuned for the next post...

With all my love,
Dana

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Prep

This week has been spent on Halloween preparations.  The kids absolutely LOVE Halloween.  Not so much the scary stuff but just dressing up and pretending to be something else.  It's all in fun for us.

This year the costumes are:
Dark Pumpkin Man 
Good Witch 
Princess Fairy Witch 
Dinosaur 
and Black Cat.

I'll post pics for them once the date is past.
Each costume takes on it's own unique personality, designed for the wearer.  Each was chosen by the wearer to fit their interests and style.  After all, costumes are fun!!!

Now I know not everyone cares for Halloween or dressing up on the day.  For our family, it's the beginning of our Holiday season and we enjoy dressing up, bonding with each other as a family.  We simply enjoy our time together.

And that's what it's all about: being together as a family.  Bonding, sharing and loving each other.  Just as it should be.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

To Blog Or Not To Blog...



This year blogging has taken a backseat to life for us. It wasn't my intention to just let the blog go but rather an inability to keep up with writing here. As it often does, life gets in the way and there's just no time to devote to our online presence.

A year ago, our life hit rock bottom and it's taken a year to get back some normalcy after all we went through in our time living in Georgetown. There have been a great many changes, struggles and a constant rebuilding of our life since leaving there. The lowest point of our life has transformed into better by the day and for that I'm truly thankful.

There are many more changes to come.

When you're living in an abusive environment, you don't always see just how bad things are. You make excuses for the abuse. You overlook truth so that you can just make it to the next day. You think if you can just hold on, things will get better. Maybe that's true for some but for me and my children, it definitely wasn't.

I see such a difference in my children in this past year. I see their eyes shine with laughter. I see happiness and an unbreakable bond. Sure they argue like most siblings but there is an irreplaceable love between them that simply amazes me. I'm thankful they've come through life with this bond and strength to get them through.

Life is not easy for any of us. God didn't promise it would be easy. He promises us that in the end all of the struggle, trails, tribulations we go through will be worth it. Heaven is the prize, the end goal, in this. Heaven is the reward we all reach for.

So as we continue through the daily struggle, rebuilding our life together, I look forward to rebuilding our blog as well. I miss writing. I miss sharing our life with others. I miss the outlet that this little online space provides me with. I look forward to beginning here again and sharing our future with you as we continue letting go of the past.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 2016: Update from Us!


I know I haven't updated in quite some time.  When you have four kids with special needs life keeps you busy.  Not to mention not having internet at home for almost a year.  Thankfully, things are now looking up and I'm happy to say I'm back.

What We've Been Up To:

Last month, Mimi had surgery on both her feet to correct her toe-walking.  She's been in casts ever since.  In a few weeks, the casts come off and she'll be placed into orthotics for a while.  In the meantime, she's going to therapy several times a week, gaining strength so she can relearn how to walk once her casts are removed.  So far so good.  

I'm really proud of Mimi.  She's fought hard to come through this surgery and get back going.  She's excited for the opportunities this will allow for her life and so am I.  We're both looking forward to some field trips this fall when the weather cools off and she's got some experience and healing behind her.  

Win, Laycie and Jack are all doing great.  Win's earning rewards for a PS3 which he's excited for.  Laycie is working on earning a 3DS by completing her schoolwork and chores without complaint.  Jack is learning so much every day.  He can tell you dinosaur names and what they eat.  He is now recognizing words.  But his absolute favorite thing is fishing.  This boy loves to fish!  He can name the lures and is learning to throw his line like a pro!  He'll be out fishing his Daddy in no time!

What's Coming Up:

I said a while back that I was planning to change our blog name but I've since decided to keep it since we have a well established blog and so many followers.  So we will remain Luv'N Lambert Life though I may alter it a bit in the future.

We now have internet at home so this allows me to get back to blogging and sharing in groups, among other things.  I'm so excited about that because I have dearly missed everyone!

I have several book launches that I'm participating in over the next few months.  I'm so excited to share those with you all.  In fact, my first will be coming up very soon so keep an eye out. 

I have some plans for developing some special things for Luv'N Lambert Life.  I'd like to develop some printables and maybe some images to share.  I'd also like to create a few series posts to share with you guys.  All in good time though.  

For now, bare with me as I get back on track and back to sharing online.  I hope all of you are well and am praying for each of you.  

God bless, 
Dana

Here are some pics of us lately:












Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnights and Everything In Between {BookLook Bloggers Review}


Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnight and Everything In Between is a guide for party planning for whichever kind of party your daughter may wish to have.  This book is jammed packed with ideas for girls to have the best party ever!  This book is full of colorful images, creative ideas, stylish choices and so much more!

Best Party Book Ever! was written for girls who are looking for a fun filled party planner.  Whether you're planning a birthday bash or a sleepover, you're sure to find the perfect ideas in this book.  Your daughter will love the imagery and ideas found within this 160 page book.

We were happy to add this one to our book collection and will be using it for many years to come.  This book was written with ages 8-12 in mind but it can be adapted for girls of any age.  My girls love the ideas and are always looking forward to having a sleepover or party so they can put the fun to use.

You can purchase your own copy of Best Party Book Ever! From Invites to Overnight and Everything In Between on Amazon.com for $11.63.  This is one you'll want to add to your bookshelf if you're a Mother of girls, Grandmother or Aunt!


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NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden {Booklook Bloggers Review}




Hardcover: $24.99

Do you love to garden or simply grow plants?  Have you been looking for a bible and devotional that encourages you in your love of gardening as well as helps you to grow your Faith in God?  NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden does just that.

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible is a hardback bible filled with God's word both as a Bible and as an inspirational devotional and study for Gardeners.  This Bible is 1568 pages long.  Each page has the New International Version of the Bible included but it goes even farther than that.  Each section breaks down the Bible to show how God's Garden and His life skills relate to you.  This Bible blooms with the knowledge of life, encouraging growth for all.

In our home, my Mother is the gardener.  As soon as I saw this Bible, I knew I would be passing it onto her.  And so I did.  She absolutely loves it.  I find her reading it throughout the day.  She enjoys the relation of her favorite past time to God's Word.  She loves seeking answers to the questions provided within through each chapter and bible verse.  This Bible has become one of her favorites and is one she will continue to use for many years to come.

I completely recommend NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden to gardeners everywhere.  This Bible will be a blessing to you.  You can purchase your own copy of NIV God's Word for Gardeners for $24.99 at Amazon.com.





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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson {Propeller Review}





Let's face it.  We've all dealt with shame at some point in our lives.  Shame of a hurtful past, of an addiction, of career failure, parenting challenges: the list could go on and on.  Having dealt with shame, most of us have wondered how to overcome and let go of the hurt, pain and well depressive qualities it often brings on. 

In Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame, Heather Davis Nelson helps challenge us to learn how to deal with this traumatic emotion.  Unashamed is a devotional that reaches out to the reader to help them relate and realize that we are all equal in our emotion of shame and that we can all overcome this emotion to become happier and stronger individuals in time no matter what your shame is.  

Unashamed is a 192 page paperback devotional published by Crossway.  It contains an Introduction, 9 chapters, a Conclusion, two Appendixes, a general and a scriptural index as well.  Each chapter begins with a quote or a scriptural reference relating to the chapter itself.  Each chapter then breaks down into subtitles discussing different levels of shame and how to heal them.  The chapters end with a reflection and discussion that can be used as a journal entry if you're completing the study alone, as a point of discussion if you're working through this book with your spouse, or a reflection and discussion if you are working through this book with your book club or church group.  

Unashamed gets you thinking and helps you to heal your emotional wounds.  It's a wonderfully written book that could be used in many ways and should be recommended for every one to read.  You can purchase Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson online at Amazon or in your local bookstore.





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I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  Affiliate links are included within this post. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? by Hannah C. Hall {Propeller Review}




Written by Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Bill Bolton


Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is an adorable children's book written by Hannah C. Hall.  From beginning to end this book leaves you and your child intrigued.  The illustrations are hilariously captivating for all ages.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is a biblical based book from Worthy Kids/Ideals.  Through the book children are challenged with silly questions and the reasons these things couldn't happen.  But the most important lesson of all is that God made each of us unique, special and perfect in our own right.  
My children loved this book.  We've read it over and over since receiving our review copy.  They adore the illustrations and the silly story line.  But  most of all, they love the ending and so do I.  This book is about accepting who you are and that God doesn't make mistakes in our individual creation.  I recommend Would a Worm Go on a Walk? for all families.

To purchase Would a Worm Go on a Walk? by Hannah C. Hall for your little one visit Shop Better Books online.  This book is 32 pages long and recommended for ages 4-7 but could be read aloud to a younger child and I personally found my older children enjoyed this story as well.  This is one I promise you won't want to miss!



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I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.


My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards {Propeller Review}


Written by Ramona Richards

Ramona Richards was left a wonderful legacy by her Mother.  Her Mother, a master quilter, left behind a collection of quilts that contained much more than just beauty.  They were a part of history, a link to the past and a piece of her treasured heart.  These quilts were much more than cloth.  They were woven pieces of love.

As time passed, Ramona Richards decided to write a devotional like no other, sharing the stories of her Mother's quilts, the love behind the stitches and the legacy and faith her Mother left behind.  My Mother's Quilts is the result of a love of a Mother willing to pass on her memories and love.  It is a devotional that will touch deep into your heart.

My Mother's Quilts contains a multitude of devotionals each centered around 13 different quilts that belonged to Ramona's Mother and also her Grandmother.  Each chapter begins with a picture of the quilt along with it's name.  It is followed with scripture and then continues to share the quilt's story.  The chapters each end with a prayer starter for you to meditate on throughout your day.  

This book is written in full color format, sharing multiple pictures of the quilts themselves, helping to bring their stories to life.  It's 240 pages in length and small enough to fit in your bag or be carried by hand, yet large enough that it's not a struggle to read through.  It's a hardback book with a gorgeous book jacket. 

When I received this review item, I had no idea what was in store for me.  Immediately, I began reading through the devotions and I was so touched by them that I new right away I wanted to pass this book on to my Mother who has struggled spiritually since losing her Mother several years ago.  This book touched her heart and is one she has deeply enjoyed reading as well.  Mother and Daughter alike, My Mother's Quilts is the perfect devotional for each of you!

My Mother's Quilts by Ramona Richards is available in bookstores and online.  It is listed on Amazon for $14.26 for the hardcover book.  This is definitely one devotional you do not want to miss out on!

To learn more about Ramona Richards and read an excerpt from My Mother's Quilts, please visit http://ramonarichards.com.



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I received a free copy of this product from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC Regulations.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bible Belles: Esther The Belle of Patience {Propeller Review}




Written by Erin Weidemann

Bible Belles is a wonderful book series written to speak to the hearts of young girls and teach them about magnificent women of the Bible.  This series reaches out to teach your children the struggles these women went through, showing their strengths and the gifts they carried to get them through their trials.  Bible Belles shows young girls how to persevere and become triumphant simply by following God's direction.

In Esther The Belle of Patience, Rooney Cruz is upset when one of her teammates places an I in TEAM.  This particular teammate seems to be all about herself, not thinking of the team that works hard to play together.  Rooney wants to talk with her coach about it but she's not sure how to approach the subject at hand.  

Mari, Rooney's gaurdian angel who teaches her all about God's provisions and wisdom, shows up just in time to help Rooney work through her anguish in expressing her feelings about her teammate.  Mari shows Rooney the story of Esther, the Queen who faced the serious challenge of saving her people and herself from death.  Through this story, Rooney learns patience and to find the right timing when she has something important to get through.  In the end, Rooney finds the right time to talk with her coach about her teammate and when she does, she feels a lot better about herself and helping her team become a team again.

I read this story with my youngest daughter several times and she really enjoyed hearing all about Rooney, Mari and Esther.  She learned a lot about being patient and listening for God's guidance in things she needs to make happen.  This is definitely a book we will be reading again and again.  I will also be adding more Bible Belle stories to our book list as soon as I can.

This series of books is wonderful.  I often try to add in books about strong biblical woman for my daughters into our reading curriculum and Bible Belles has made that easy for me to do.  I look forward to teaching my girls more through this series as we go.

You can purchase Bible Belles: Esther The Belle of Patience online through the Bible Belles website!  The price for Esther The Belle of Patience is listed at $14.99.  It's well worth the price!

Don't forget to check out the wonderful Freebies section of the website as well for bonus materials to use with the books!




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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin {A Propeller Review}

None Like Him

By Jen Wilkin




Jen Wilkin is an every day woman, just like all of us. She's a Mom, a wife, a writer and so much more. Jen never thought she'd be writing a book about the Lord but she has and oh what a book it is!

None Like Him: 10Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing) explains to the reader how wonderful God is in so many ways. Jen explains how God is so different than us yet we are still created to be like Him in so many aspects. She shows how God is everything good in life and how we should be thankful to be His children.

Throughout the chapters of None Like Him, Jen shows us how to be more like God. She shows us how mighty, how loving, how merciful and gracious God truly is. She brings forth an abundance of joy through her writing and helps to rekindle a flame that sometimes dims as we go through our day to day life. 

Each chapter of this book discusses a different attribute of God and teaches you how to learn from that attribute to become more like Him in your own life. Jen focuses on the particular elements of God and teaches us how to bring them out of ourselves to better us personally. She teaches how to use these attributes for the best of our well-being.

None Like Him contains 10 chapters and is 163 pages in length. Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote from various authors who inspire like Jen herself. There are various subheadings throughout the chapters to focus on each attribute in more detail. Related scriptures are also shared throughout the text.

The end of every chapter contains related Bible verses for meditating. There are also questions to reflect upon the readings for the chapter. Each chapter also ends with a prayer that helps us to strengthen and build a better relationship with God.

None Like Him would make a great personal devotional. It would also make a great study for a women's group at church. The book is small but packed with valuable lessons that anyone could grow from.

None Like Him: 10 Ways God IsDifferent From Us (and why that's a good thing) by Jen Wilkins is available for $11.69 in paperback or $8.57 on Kindle. You can find this book online at Amazon

This is a Crossway Books publication.  You can find more information about this and other Crossway Books on Facebook!

Propeller/FlyBy Promotions has graciously agreed to provide one lucky winner with their own copy of None Like Him.  Enter to win this wonderful book simply by commenting on this blog post.   Tell me why you feel you need this book and I will choose one lucky person to share a copy with.  This giveaway will end on Monday, May 16, 2016!



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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Adventures

Another month has passed by quickly. With the new found Spring, we find adventure outdoors together as a family. This is something completely new to us all and the kids are absolutely loving it! Well, we ALL are!

The weather has warmed up tremendously – though we currently have a bit of a cold front upon us as I type this – and it has brought the kids, and us adults, out of winter hiding. There's been a bit of rain but there's been a lot of sunshine as well. We look forward to this time of new beginning, both inside our home and outside.

Camping.

It's a completely new adventure for me that began last August before we up and moved to NC. It began with new hope and love, with meeting Donald. Camping is something he loves to do. He's spent most of his life exploring outdoors.

Camping is something I never in a million years thought I would do. Not unless it involved a shiny RV. But Don encouraged me to give it a shot and y'all, I love it! There's nothing better than connecting with nature or sleeping out in a tent under the stars.

The kids are loving it, too – well, Winston and Laycie at least. Emma isn't so sure she's ready until we have a bigger tent for the family to share. Grandma swears she has never liked camping and doesn't think she'll like it now. And Jack has been up and down in his health this Winter with mild tummy bugs and colds, so we haven't yet taken him along with us. They are slowly being convinced to join us though and hopefully, in a few more weeks, they'll be willing to take that plunge. For now though, Laycie and Winston are loving the fun with Don and I.

It's good for Winston to be out and about. He's learning a lot about nature, first hand. Don's been teaching him to fish as well. Hopefully, they'll be out canoeing soon. He and Don have a lot in common which is great for both Donald and for Winston. It's amazing to see the transformation in them both. God's blessing shines through.

Win's growing up fast and his years left at home are limited. I'm so thankful he finally has a man in his life to teach him all about being a real man and I'm glad that Don is up for the task, enjoying it right along with him. It's a beautiful thing to see them both growing and gleaning wisdom from each other.

Laycie's right along with those guys. Every time, DaDa Don (as she calls him) takes out the fishing pole, she wants to go, too. He's taken her several times already and she's caught a couple of good-sized fish. She's learning to be patient and a little bit quieter so she can one day catch that monster bass. She's also getting pretty good at her owl calls with her DaDa Don's help.

So this is life for us now. A lot of out of the house, sleeping in tents in the great wild yonder. ReWilding. Getting back to nature and learning to love this life God has blessed us with as well as the many people in it. Bringing home close again so these kids of mine have the love, security and life they deserve to have. Life is a beautiful thing and I'm so blessed every day with my family and my little loves.   

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Healing and Moving Forward...

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3 verses 1-8


The first time I can remember hearing these verses was in a song but the words stuck with me through time. To everything there is a season and a purpose for us all. There is a reason for all that we go through. All the hurt, the anguish, the pain has a reason in the end times though we may never realize why while we are living this life.

Abuse is a real thing. It hurts through to your soul. You know it's wrong, you realize it's happening to you but when you are in it, you don't know what to do. You don't know how to begin to escape, to get out, to move on. Fear freezes you into place and action becomes so far away that you don't know how to find it.

For most of my life, I've lived in one abusive situation after another. I want to share them with you, to free myself from the secrets I've kept hidden all my life, but I cannot. Fear controls me. The fear that if I speak out against my abusers, somehow I will suffer from their retaliation, eventually. The fear of knowing that even though I am no longer in their possession, they still control my life.

Fear is a hard thing to let go of. It controls your life and leaves you debilitated. It takes away your ability to speak out, to move on, to stop others from affecting your life.

I am afraid of my past abusers. I'm afraid of the actions they can still take against me. I'm afraid of them controlling my life and with my fear I allow them that control still. They know it and so do I.

My abusers have moved on with their lives. They don't fear me because they know they have me where they want me. They have moved on to new loves and new things while I still suffer from their hurt and their actions towards me in our past life. This is what those who are the ones that abuse others do, while those they hurt spend a lifetime suffering. I pray for their spouses, their children, their family that they may never know the life I experienced with them and if they do, they see it and find a way to get out.

I have been hit, screamed at, convinced I was the problem, told I was nothing, useless, hated. I have been told I'm ugly, hateful, disgraceful, unwanted. I have screamed back, begged, pleaded, allowed myself to be disgraced, been laughed at and harrassed. These things are the least of what has happened in my life.

Every day it's a struggle to simply get out of bed without fear of which one of them is coming at me next. I'm in therapy because of their actions. I'm finding my strength again and creating a new life for myself and my children. I'm healing myself and I'm healing my children from the hurt they've experienced. Rebuilding our lives for the best and showing my children their Mother is stronger than the Evil she's endured.

Because abuse is just that: Evil in it's purest form.

In this season, our lives are starting over. There is so much that you don't know but the past is the past and the future is yet to come. Pray for me, as I pray for you and we shall all come through as God intends, stronger for His Purpose and Glory than we could have ever imagined in the end.

In this season, I have chosen to start fresh. I will be changing our blog name and setting it up to redirect to our new URL. We have a new home, a new hope and new challenges coming our way. And yes, there is a new love abloom, one like my children and I have never experienced.


Please continue to join us as we grow in Love, our Faith and Graciousness during this season of our life. We look forward to sharing our lives and experiences with you as we continue upon this path.










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