Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 27


Today I am thankful that it is Thanksgiving and that my family is all around us at home enjoying family time together.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 26


Today I am thankful for homemade cinnamon rolls and the memory it brings to my family. Today I start the long process of making cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving morning. My youngest child has been talking about this for over a week now.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu - A Review


 Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Let There Be Light is written by Nobel Peace Price Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This book is a board book for kids ages 4-8. This book is a basic retelling of the creation story from Genesis. Nancy Tillman illustrated this book and did a marvelous job at it. The pictures are just so vibrant that they make you feel like you are right there in the picture.

One of the pictures in the book.

Karen Says:

I really liked the shortness but preciseness of the book. It does a good job of retelling the creation account so that a small child can understand it. Even though this book is intended for kids ages 4-8, this would be a good book to read to younger kids. They would have no trouble listening to the story. Then those picture will keep their attention. 

I was really surprised that at the end it said "You are loved". I thought this was a wonderful way to end the story of God creating the world. This is foundational for the rest of the Bible. God loved us and he started showing his love for us by creating the world. 


Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 25


Today I am thankful for quite times to just sit and relax. Time to think and to plan. Then just taking in the beauty all around me.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty - A Review



 Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is written by Sara Hagerty.

This is a story about how one person who has been broken and torn to pieces emotionally was put back together by God, one step at  a time. Sara met her husband, got married and then had years of infertility, yet God had a plan in all of this. God used their marriage struggles and infertility to bring them closer to Him. They adopt 4 kids from Africa and wouldn't you know it what God has been doing in Sara's life for years gave her the strength to help one of her own adopted kids with some of the same issues that she has dealt with for so long.

Karen Says:

When I first started this book, I had a hard time figuring out where the author was going. After the second chapter I told my husband that I really didn't like this book, how it has to get better and that I almost don't want to finish it. As I got into the third chapter things got better and I was following the book better than what I was. As  I got more into the book I found that I just couldn't put the book down. I wanted to finish it as quick as possible to see how it was going to end.

I really liked this book once I got into it. Even though this book is a lot about her issues with infertility, a lot of these lessons that she has learned can be applied to anyone's situation. Sara learned that she can transform bitter things into sweet and so can you.

I liked how at the end of each chapter she had Bible verses that you could look up if you wanted to.

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 24


Today I am thankful for the camera I have so that I can take wonderful pictures of the things around me.

This is a picture of my in laws cabin on a pond.

Weekly Goals for the Week of November 24, 2014


This past week has been an interesting one. i got some crafting done but some of my projects were flops so I gave up on those and started other ones. Lets just say this past week was very interesting in the craft department. But anyway here is what I did accomplish this week.
  1. Finish a craft project that I started. I  actually have to do 3 of these as I want to give one to each of the kids for Christmas.
  2. Write a post for another blog that I contribute to.
  3. Get some crafting done. I wanted to make some crafts out of clothes pins and pine cones.
  4. Start reading Ever Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty. I finished this book. Disdn't intend to but quite surprised I got it done this week.

This being Thanksgiving week, I have lots to do and only half the time to complete it. I want to get my work done before Thanksgiving so that I can enjoy time with my family after Thanksgiving.

Here is what I want to accomplish this week.
  1. Start reading Bittersweet by Shuana Niequist.
  2. Finish a craft project that I started. I  actually have to do 3 of these as I want to give one to each of the kids for Christmas.
  3. Get the house ready for Christmas decorating.
  4. Get 3 book reviews done on the blog.
  5. Get some stuff listed on ebay that I want to sell.
  6. Have some good family time with the family on Thanksgiving and the weekend. 
I have a lot on my plate this week,  but it will be worth it all when Thanksgiving gets here.

How about you, what is on your goal list for this week?

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