Five Minute Fridays

Take the Time to Imagine

Friday, May 31, 2013

I remember when summer was full of endless days that I got to fill however I wanted... do you remember those days?

I would fill them with my own imaginings - some times alone, other times I would imagine with friends, and then we would create, usually with words, that world or event we had imagined.

But where do we learn that art of imagining? Are we born with it? Why do some people seem to day dream and imagine while others don't?

I'm not sure it's wrong to day dream and imagine. In fact I'm sure it's part of the process of all successful people (financially or not...).


Child Training Bible

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It is so important for younger, newer, less-experienced moms to have some women in their lives that are more seasoned when it comes to the journey of motherhood. There is incredible wisdom available to those of us who are willing to listen.

I have been blessed with a wonderful group of women who are through this stage of motherhood - the stage of diapers, school picking, and wondering why so many people tell us to treasure these precious young years. I have women around me who are focused on supporting their kids emotionally through college, listening to their kids as they dream of planning a wedding and marriage, waiting for grandchildren to fill their lives again with those precious baby moments.  And the greatest blessing in these women is their ability to share how they got through these years that I am in right now.


Firefly Island

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Firefly IslandFirefly Island (The Shores of Moses Lake Book #3)
By Lisa Wingate

I  must admit I was a little intimated with this book. It isn't exactly my go to style of writing.  But I got it to review, and was determined to give it a try. I mean isn't that the joy of reading, it can expand your perceptions when you take the time to visit the world it shows you.

Firefly Island is the third in the series, and I did not read the previous books, another reason why I was a little leery of reading it.

Yet I was quickly interested in the main character, Mallory Hale. When we first meet Mallory she is working in her dream job on capitol hill moving her way up the ladder so to speak. She has a life that she is very happy with, but then she "runs" into a man that quickly captures her heart.

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Our Top Ten Favorite Book Series for Preschoolers

Monday, May 27, 2013

We go weekly to the library because I want my boys to realize that there are so many options when it comes to reading.  I let them pick out a book themselves, but I also try to get some books that I feel will benefit them in some way. The issue is that there are so many choices!  I love it when other mamas share their favorite books, because it helps me to find some great books easily.

And today Jenn from The Purposeful Mom is sharing a wonderful list of books for preschoolers!  After you read her list, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments - the more suggestions the better!


Now that summer is fast approaching, it's a good time to help your child pick out some new books! My 7 and 4 year old have both enjoyed reading through certain series of books as preschoolers. They get to know the characters and learn plenty of new things to boot. Our local library has a summer reading program that allows preschoolers to participate by reading or being read to. Even if these type of incentives aren't available for you, finding some new favorites is a perfect activity for rainy days or time in the car on a trip. So to get you started, here are our top ten favorite book series for preschoolers (so far), in no particular order!

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Little House Maple Candy

Friday, May 24, 2013

I am thrilled to have another wonderful guest post by another favorite blogger of mine.  Ashley from Life with Moore Babies, always inspires me to find an activity to bring to life a book. She is so creative and purposeful about not just reading with her babies, but showing them how to bring those words to life.

Ashley is sharing with us today a great candy recipe that was inspired by a classic - I hope you all enjoy!

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Little House Maple Candy


Embracing Imperfection

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I want to take a moment and thank all of you for your support as I've been doing some guest posts recently. Especially the guest series I've been part of over at Simply Helping Him.  It's been a great way to expand what I write about - let's face it, I simply love the written word - both reading it and writing it.

But today, I have a special treat for you all. Misty, from Simply Helping Him, is doing a guest post for you all.  Oh and she is giving away a book (**admitting a goof.. not an ebook as previously stated, but the paperback book...) she is reviewing!  I know you are excited now.

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So I'd like to introduce you to Misty. Misty is a stay at home, homeschooling, Christian help meet, and mother of two wonderful blessings. Her hubby is a self-employed fisherman and a Mainah through and through, thus they live in Maine. You can find Misty blogging about faith, family and life experiences at Simply Helping Him.  

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Bundle of the week

Kitchen Stewardship - Bundle of the week

Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm sure many of you are aware of Bundle of the Week. Where there is a weekly special on a group of eBooks. Well I've decided to start sharing them here. Since I know so many of you are into books, and what book lover doesn't love a deal?  So I hope you come to look forward to these bundles. I'm not sure if I'll put them up weekly... that will just have to depend on the bundle I guess!

This week's bundle is focused on Kitchen Stewardship. So check it out! Oh and don't miss the freebie links at the bottom..., 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Song

Friday, May 17, 2013

Enjoying the songs of the birds, as I write for five minutes this week. Thanks Lisa-Jo for the prompt!

Five Minute Friday


There is no doubt that there are songs that were made to stay in your head, for hours, for days... Of course many of these songs are useless really... but there are some songs that are in my head and they serve a very real purpose.  They remind me of where I've come from, they remind me of who I am, and of my worth.

Do you have songs like that?


One Thousand Gifts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

There are some books that are written because someone went through a life changing event and the audience is moved by the author's response.  There are others that are written to inspire an audience to strive for a better lifestyle. And often times these are pretty good books.

But when Ann Voskamp put together One Thousand Gifts she somehow allowed the life she has lived and the events that shaped her inspire the audience to try, with every breath, to live a life that is truly filled with joy. True joy.

I know many of you have read One Thousand Gifts, but in case it's still on your to-be read list, or your never even heard of it list, here's the basic summary:  This is a book were Ann shares how she has decided to live her life amidst daily responsibilities and long to-do lists of a mother of six and always accept the gift of joy even in the hard and trying moments of life. She shares parts of her life that could and did close her off from really accepting any gifts from God and that in that decision she found herself unable to enjoy life. However, after receiving a little dare from a friend to literally write down things she was grateful for, a list to 1,000, she started to find a joy in life as her perspective honestly changed.


Fall For Him

Monday, May 13, 2013

Have you ever looked back on your life and wish someone would have been brutally honest about things you could have done to prepare for where you are now?

For example, after you have been married for a little while, have you wished that someone would have shaken you into reality while you were still single to figure out some truths and realities?

Well Brenda H. Rodgers wrote a quick little ebook about just such a scenario  She wrote Fall For Him: 25 Challenges from a Recovering Single after she got married. Specifically, Rodgers talks about the "baggage" all women carry into marriage. (81) Granted some of that baggage has to be carried in because we've all lived and have a history. However, Rodgers points out some of the extra baggage that  she wishes she had found a way to let go of before she got married.


Number One Mama Tool: Simply Helping Him

Friday, May 10, 2013

While I was pregnant the first time, I was all about reading about what I needed for my new baby.  What things needed to be in the nursery, what I had to do to make the house safe for a new baby, a toddler, etc.  I was so focused on preparing everything I could prepare.

I'm sure we all can agree those were important things to do. They did help me to prepare, physically, on a certain level.

But then my sweet little baby came. I was stretched thin - all that preparing helped only for a short time. Of course I figured I could just keep on and it would get easier.


Who Am I?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Who am I?

That is a question that many of us, I think, searched for answers to while we were high school. Maybe it sounded a little more like, what am I going to do with my life? But when I look back, that question was rooted in the answer to Who am I? first. Right?

Only once we know who we are, where we come from, even where we belong, can we start to look towards where we can go, what we can accomplish.

And now, years after high school, even years after college, I find myself still asking, Who am I? Where do I belong? What should I be working towards?

Do you ask yourself these questions ever?

These questions are usually minor little thoughts, thoughts that are quickly answered by my daily life and left behind. But there are days, you know the days, when these questions weigh heavily. Either because I am feeling guilty over a bad decision that is resulting in a consequence I didn't count on, or simply because it's one of those days, as Anne in my favorite books series calls them, Jonah days.

And those hard days where questions weigh heavy and answers seem out of reach, they seem to happen more often now that I'm a mom. Do not read this wrong, I love being a mom, my kids are my number one priority all day. It's just that this world makes it hard to be secure in just being a mom.

I know you are nodding your head now - this world says we should be moms that make all the food from scratch, every day; we need to put together educational scavenger hunts for every walk we take; us moms need to throw birthday parties that have amazing themes, with amazingly decorated cakes and rooms; the list goes on and on.  And that isn't including the other jobs we have - wife, housekeeper, ways to earn money...  So I think you understand why on days when I loose confidence, and those oh so simple questions start to weigh heavy I struggle with not having simple answers.

Jason Gray

Suddenly I need a safe place to land while I find the answers. Answers that will give me the confidence to stand back up and step forward. Answers that warm my heart again, and allow love to flow freely instead of sharp words that hurt. Answers that are actually right in front of my face all day every day.

For me, during these days that weigh heavy, I turn to music. You see, music is calming to me. It helps push out the thoughts in my head and can replace them. So of course I must pick wisely what I listen to.

And for me, on the days when the questions weigh hard, and the answer seem out of reach. And simply reading my Bible or praying, or even talking to a friend just are not within my power to actually do, there is a song that breaks the wall and allows the Truth to enter into my heart. And today I'd like to share it with you, just in case there are days when you need to be reminded to.

Do you have these days? Do you turn to music to help when you can't seem to go anywhere else? What song is your go to song for those days that just weigh you down? I'd love to hear them! Leave a comment, leave a link to the song - join the conversation! Or even tweet this concept for others to join the conversation. 

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October Baby

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

There is no doubt in my mind that the topic of abortion is fairly taboo.  Then the topic of adoption tends to be one that teeters on the edge of topics that are acceptable to discuss in public...  Why is that?

As an adopted child, I've always being interested in stories that portray adoptive families. And that fact is why I have been interested in October Baby for months.  And recently I was able to watch the movie and read the book.

Let me just say it straight - everyone needs to read or watch this story. If you watch it, you'll want to read the book; if you read it, you'll want to watch the movie.  It is extremely well done, and allows for a perspective on topics that society as a whole often avoids, although it effects so many people in society.

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Fiction is important & Cozy Reading Spot

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Last week was great as far as the posts I read!

I was really glad that Cathy from Thoughts on Book shared an article on why Christians should read fiction.  I've always felt this way, but never been able to articulate it so well.  So I highly recommend taking a moment and checking out Dr. Moore's article - Why Christians Should Read Fiction.

And then I came across a great little post from Tricia Groyer - Why Reading That Novel Makes You Smarter...  Granted this is more of a fun take on the same point.

But I do think they are both worth reading sometime.

And now on to your favorites from last week!

Life With Moore Babies had a good one - Big Books for Little Kids.

I. Don't. Know. on Days & Thoughts was also popular.

Take a moment to check those two out if you haven't already.

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National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

If praying is a type of communication or rather, let me say, if praying could be thought of as a specific language, I would be failing at it.  Not because I don't want to be good at it, but because I somehow can't figure it out.

As a college student I spend way too much time in French class with one thought going through my head - "what in the world is everyone saying?" And I had four years of the language before I started college!  (Let me just clarify a little, I didn't start in French 101...)

And to be quite honest, that same question tends to pop into my mind when I try to pray - and I mean really pray.  As a result, I've been trying to be more aware of ways to pray, times to pray and such. I figure if it is a skill I can work on, maybe some of the methods that have helped others will help something click with me. But I keep on trying, eventually it will click right?

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