Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Moments: Will you help me out?

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a couple of months now. I’ve seen several posts, articles, and stories about common misconceptions of foster parents. I’ve been comparing and contrasting in my head, and now I’m finally ready to post.  In order to accomplish what I want to in this series, I’m going to need the help of my readers.

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I’ve been thinking about the similarities and differences in the moments foster and bio parents experience. For example, they both experience the FIRST moment. But the experience is very different. I have a list of moments I’d like to write about, but I’d like to see if you can help me come up with more. If you think of some, write them in the comments below. Thanks so much!

Here’s my list:

The first moments

The “why” moments

The preparation moments

The proud moments

The helpless moments

The “what did I get myself into” moments

The goodbye moment

The school moments

The teachable moments

The discipline moments

What moments are important in your parenting?

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag


Recently I received a new book from BookLook. I was super excited to share this one with my daughter. I read it to her and for days, she was finding shapes in the clouds. But that isn’t all she learned.

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag is a book that teaches children about bragging. It helps them to realize that it is okay to be proud of the talents God has given them, but to brag is rude and uncomely. In classic Berenstain way, Brother and Sister are super competitive and get into a bragging contest about who can see the best cloud shapes. Gramps happens to hear them and teaches them a valuable lesson about humility.

This book is written and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, the son of the original Berenstain Bears creators. He writes and draws in the same style as his parents did before him.

If you’d be interested in a copy, check Amazon or your local bookstore.

***** I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a member of the BookLook bloggers. The opinions expressed are my own and I received no other compensation.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas: Book Review

This year is the first year that we are celebrating Christmas with children. Several years in the past, we thought we would be, but unfortunately it didn't happen. The Christmas season has been so exciting, busy, and full of blessings for this mommy's heart. Our little girl saw this book when I first received it a month ago, but had been waiting eagerly for me to read it to her. Now she wants me to read it to her over and over.
The illustrations are bright and beautiful with just a touch of whimsy. The story tells the story of St. Nicholas, the man behind the legend of Santa Claus. Instead of a jolly old man who gives children whatever they want as long as they were good, St. Nicholas spent his life giving to those around him who had needs so that they could see the love of Christ. What a beautiful story of what Christmas should be about for a Christian!
If you'd like to read this book for yourself, you can find it on Amazon, at CBD, or wherever Christian books are sold.

****** I received this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLook bloggers. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I want them to last forever . . .
The hugs and cuddles, the kisses and smiles.
I want them to last forever . . .
The bath times and play times, the fun and the joys.
I want them to last forever . . .
The memories and the laughs that ring through our home.

Will they last forever? The memories may. Some of the other joys we're experiencing right now may or may not. After all, we've had hugs, cuddles, kisses and smiles before. We've had bath times, play times, outings, and fun with other kiddos who have come into our lives for just a brief few days.

I imagine that every parent has felt that yearning for things to stay the same a time or two. Of course, that is typically the moment that reality presents itself in the form of an overflowing bathtub, a grueling session of homework, or an all-out tantrum. Parenting isn't easy, but it is rewarding and fulfilling.

For the last month, we have so enjoyed parenting a five year old gift from God. Whether for a season or for a lifetime, she has become our daughter. Someone commented on our use of that term vs. foster daughter. We've said many times that we want our foster kiddos to call themselves whatever they are comfortable with. To her we are her parents. We provide for her. We keep her safe. We nurture her. We train her. We sing her to sleep at night and hold her when she's frightened. Don't get me wrong. We aren't her only parents. She has another mommy too, and she loves her just as much if not more than she loves us. It kind of makes me think of Jesus. Joseph was his parent. Maybe not his biological REAL parent, but Joseph was his father. He was blessed with two fathers, one a loving Heavenly father, and one to raise Him here on earth. I'm raising my little girl for the same Heavenly Father. I want her to grow just like Jesus did, in wisdom, in stature, and in favor, with God and man.

Will I be her parent forever? Maybe, maybe not. But for these few precious moments, (or weeks, or months, or years) that she is in my care, I pray that I can show her the love of her Heavenly Father. I would appreciate your prayers for us as we go through these moments with her. Whether tantrums or triumphs, we need the wisdom of God as we show her His love.

Review: Once a Day Bible for Women

We live in a society full of people who are busy and rushing all the time. One of the hardest parts of a Christian life seems to be having regular devotions. For the last 3 or 4 years, I've read through the Bible once each year. This Bible makes it easy to do just that. It breaks the Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day you'll read from the New Testament, the Old Testament, from Psalms, and a devotional thought written just for women. I love this Bible. I have the youversion app on my phone, but I find there is something calming about sitting with a book in my hands instead of a screen.
The NIV Once A Day Bible is published by Zondervan and is available wherever Christian books are sold.
**** I received this Bible in exchange for an honest review as a member of the BookLook Blogger review community. The opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation.

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