Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Read with Me


I have really enjoyed watching the When Calls the Heart television series from the Hallmark Channel. I also enjoyed reading this book that is a companion to the television series. Where Hope Prevails was a fun, enjoyable read with those familiar characters and places. I am anxious to see how their story continues.

I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

An Unexplainable Life is a great new 10 week Bible study examining Acts 1-12 verse by verse. I love researching and learning about the early church and their explosive growth. The cover is beautiful and the book is laid out in an easy to use format. This would be useful for a group study with discussion or in an individual setting. There are 5 days of lessons for each week. It's full of biblical, theological and historical insight and seems to be the perfect balance of reading material vs. questions/journal entries.

I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible is a great resource for families with younger children. This New Living Translation Bible is easy to understand. There are 100 core memory verses highlighted - these verses are shown in three different versions. There are practical notes, challenge verses, memory verse plans and other tools included as well. This Bible also comes songs to help in the memorization of those key 100 verses. There is a unique code inside the cover of the Bible to download the songs. You can choose which version of the Bible for the songs as well.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

An Elegant Facade was by an author I was unfamiliar with (Hunter). However, I found her writing to be entertaining and lighthearted. There was a bit of intrigue mixed in with the fun tale. This was the second book in the series. I was not lost though not having read the first book.

I received this book from Bethany in exchange for an honest review.

Leading KidMin is a great resource for those working in or with children's ministries at church. Discovering the importance of a dynamic kid's ministry should be the church's priority. So much of a person's foundation begins when they are kids. This book was super encouraging and thought provoking. It's a great resource for those trying to develop a children's ministry or for those trying to make their children's ministry match the philosophy of their church. This would also be great for other church leaders to read - in order to gain a better perspective about the importance of a thriving kid's ministry. We all have to work together.

I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Greiving the Loss of a Loved One is a beautiful devotional in a hard back cover. What a comforting resource to pass on to someone who is experiencing loss. It's full of scripture, quotes, daily readings, stories, examples and journal spaces. It's the perfect thing to pass on to someone when you don't know what to say to help.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets is an encouraging book. It's so easy to forget the powerful resource that we have...prayer. And what an awesome thought that God wants to use our prayers to allow us to see Him at work.

I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Full of recipes, tips, lists and charts The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers is an excellent resource for any parent/caretaker of a toddler and baby. It's so hard to know what to feed them, when to feed them, when to try new things, how to make them love healthy things. This book is in an easy to use format. I wish that there were pictures included with the recipes, but it is easy to understand.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Outer Banks 2016

I'm definitely a beach girl. So, when Jeremiah's family decided to go to the Outer Banks this year for vacation, I was all in!


We had gone to the Outer Banks with his family 8 years ago and I was excited to revisit this quiet beach.

(Look how young and well rested we look way back then!)

The kids loved the adventures of this trip.


They woke up early asking for their swim suit/trunks.



Nora wasn't a fan of the sand. But (thankfully) she would sit in a chair on the beach all day long...as long as we kept her well fed.



So, Jeremiah gave up his chair.



Hudson was super adventurous. Flying kites. Finding seashells. Digging in the sand.





He  loved having Papaw, Grammy and cousins around all day long too!





It  was so fun to revisit some places from out last trip to these islands.






And Nora learned the important lesson that bubbles are not for eating.



As  I've looked back through these pictures, it's made me ready to head back to the beach.

I love the easy days and fun times with family.









For now, I'll have to settle for these pictures and memories.




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fabric Covered Bible

I was stocking up for the up-coming MOPS year at Hobby Lobby this morning when I spotted the prettiest fabric ever! And so I bought a yard! Those that know me know...I HATE sewing. I love the idea of it. And I come up with millions of projects that I usually have to have my mother-in-love help me execute. I have a machine. I can sew pillows and simple things, but I usually finish the project so angry. I am a bigger fan of hot glue!

I am proud to say that I was able to use that fabric during nap time on the same day that I bought it! Other yards of fabric are still folded neatly in a stack in my craft cabinet.


My parents had given me this New Living Bible with wide margins for my birthday. It has some adorable illustrations for key verses already drawn in. I am loving it! I can write devo notes in the side or even sermon notes. Even though the cover is cute, it just didn't feel like "me."


Following this simple No-Sew Fabric Book Cover Tutorial, I put my hem tape and iron to work!

The Bible slipped into the cover easily -  I love that it's not permanent. So, the next time I walk through Hobby Lobby and spot more fabric that I "just have to have!" I can make another cover!


And there's no zipper or buttons or handles to get in the way during a Sword Drill (anyone remember those?).  I never wanted a Bible cover growing up because it slowed me down. My Sunday School teacher even had these pads that sat on our chairs and would indicate who stood up first. It was a serious thing! 

I might even make my journal and ipad match! One yard of fabric would easily have covered 4 of these sized Bibles.