Sunday, January 21, 2018

He Holds My Hand by Carol Kent {A Book Review}

He Holds My Hand: Experiencing God's Presence and Protection by Carol Kent is an insightful devotional. Kent experienced an extremely difficult situation in her life when her son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Needless to say, she experienced ever emotion imaginable. 

When she was hopeless, she turned to the Bible for comfort and wrote this devotional out of those times. The devotional is written as if God were speaking directly to the person reading. I must admit, at times, this was extremely comforting and at other times, it was a little strange. 

My husband and I read the bulk of what we read together and we both agreed that the content was good and definitely comforting but that it still a little awkward to read the wording of the devotionals at times. 

We are also not in the midst of a traumatic season in our lives so maybe that was part of it. I do feel that if you are going through a hard time, this book may be helpful for you. Especially if you need to hear directly from God himself. 

**Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.**

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean {A Children's Book Review}

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie was such a fun find! As you know well enough by now, I am always looking for excellent books for my boys to read. This book was a great addition to our ever-growing book collection! 

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean catalogs the adventures of two (eventually three) friends who head out on an adventure. They are prepared only mildly and as they encounter obstacles, they work together to overcome them. As I was reading, I just kept thinking about my boys having some of these adventures together with/without their Dad tagging along. 

The characters were resilient and great problem solvers which are two traits that Matt and I both believe are important for our boys to learn! This book was a little long in places for Mason to fully sit through but it won't be long until chapter books are his speed and I know he will enjoy this book even more then! While the book was a bit long for him as a four year old, the illustrations drew him in and helped him to focus on the content while I read. Beautiful illustrations! 

If you are raising adventurous children or those who enjoy reading of others adventures, this book is a great addition for your family as well! 

Thanks, iRead, for the opportunity to read this book! 

Book Details:

Book Title: The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
Category: Children's Fiction, 48 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Nature
Publisher: Page Publishing
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Jan 22 to Feb 2, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting, and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they take on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encounter, and go where Mother Nature leads them. And who knows, maybe we could learn as well!

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Meet the Author:

Bob has spent more than 13 years as a wildlife conservation educator sharing information and animal encounters with audiences of all ages. He has a passion for teaching about a wide range of topics nature related and loves passing it along to his two sons. His youngest son, Colton, was the inspiration behind The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean, where it all started as a simple bedtime story. Bob currently resides in Carlsbad, California, and works as a professional interpreter guide at a world-renowned conservation organization.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Prayer Bible {Review}

The Prayer Bible, ICB version, is the most recent book that we received to review. I was a bit disappointed when it first arrived because I did not realize it was a full text bible. I thought it was more like a children's version that was shortened. After getting over that fact, I must say that I am really please with this Bible. 

The Bible is a full text Bible with prayers throughout for readers to utilize for various situations such as when they are afraid. There is also Q&A throughout the Bible. The Bible came with a lined prayer journal for reader's to write down their prayers as well as to be able to write down when they are answered, etc. 

My boys are a bit young for this version of the Bible on a consistent basis, however, we are using it for some of our studies. I think the boys will grow into this Bible easily within a few years. I like the wording of this particular version as well. 

I look forward to having this for years to come. Also,  I loved the cover! 

**I received a free copy of this Bible.**

The Morgan's Movements 2018 {Week 2}

We started out Week 2 with a pajama day. Matt was at work but the rest of us partook in that! 
And I capture a miracle in progress. Mason and Maddox sat next to each other watching a show for a brief moment. You know that I didn't let that moment pass without a picture! 

That afternoon, they had a snack and looked like two little old men eating and reading their magazines. 😂

Tuesday was a MOPS day and that afternoon, Matt took Mason on a special date to the park and Maddox and I had some time together at home. 

We played outside for a while and just enjoyed some time together. 


Matt and Mason were at Cleveland Park for nearly 3 hours and Mason said they had the best time! Matt agreed. :) 

The pond at Cleveland Park was frozen across the top. 


Wednesday morning, the boys and I grabbed groceries and when we got home, our neighbors were outside. Miss Phoebe pulled Maddox in the wagon! 😍😍😍

That evening, I had to work and Matt took the boys to storytime. Matt said it was one of the first times he thought that Maddox was really interested in the craft time. 

Thursday was just a chill day and after a few errands, Maddox napped and Mason and I got a few snuggles in before his nap. I was soaking it up. 

After nap, he wasn't so sure that he wanted nap to end! 

While I worked again, Matt was super dad. They had a great afternoon together! 

Friday was a chill day and I worked again the afternoon. (I was covering for a vacation.) Mason helped Matt cut the mango and Matt taught him about fractions. :) 

Matt also finished his first book of the year! 

Saturday I had to work and this was my much sickness going around that I didn't want to risk it! 

The guys hung at home because it was COLD! 

After nap that afternoon, Mason and I went on a quick date to run a few errands. He was so much fun! 

These two had fun while we were gone. 

That night, I got some good post bath snuggles. Gah, look at that little cutie pie! 

All together now! 

Sunday morning, we stayed cozy at home and Maddox showed me his nose often. 😉

Yep, there ya go. 

He also gave Matt some good snuggles, too! 

We ended the week with AWANA for the boys and errands and house cleaning for Matt and me. It was a great week!