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.

Book Review: Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper

Bash is back! Maybe you remember when I reviewed the first book of this series by Burton Cole. Ray visits Bash once again in this book. However, this time they have all kinds of fun winter escapades such as putting a pig in ice skates, sledding off the top of the chicken coop, and more. In the meantime, the boys learn valuable lessons about the fruit of the Spirit.

Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper just begs to be read aloud! I read it to my students and they absolutely loved it. The common consensus was that it was even better than the first one. (I read the first one to them last year, and since I have 3rd and 4th graders, the 4th graders remember it.) They laughed through the adventures. They asked if there is a 3rd book in the series. This book drew in even my hesitant readers. They loved the creative illustrations by Tom Bancroft and begged for me to keep reading at the end of each chapter.

Burton Cole writes stories (perhaps slightly embellished) from his childhood in a clear way that makes the reader feel as though they are experiencing them firsthand. If you are looking for a fun book for that next chilly afternoon, maybe this is the one for you!

**** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Samantha Sanderson On The Scene

Samantha Sanderson On The Scene is a great new book by Robin Caroll following the life of Samantha, a 7th grade cheerleader and school paper journalist who is much like any other typical teenager who likes to shop, text, talk about boys, and hang out at the mall. However, Sam has a nose for sniffing out mysteries and aspires to be an investigative journalist. In this book, she begins to use her sleuthing abilities to find out who is behind a series of attacks on school "mean girl" Nikki. As the mystery continues, Sam and her friends find themselves in quite interesting situations.
This book is very relevant for today's teenage girls. It addresses the topic of bullying that seems to be so prevalent in schools around our country today. It also discusses freedom of the press and the painful topic of divorce, all while incorporating Christian values and advice. It is a fun and easy read that will keep your child's attention.
This book is published by Zondervan and is available from Amazon, CBD, or wherever Christian books are sold.
**** I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a member of the BookLook blogger program. All thoughts are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

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