Friday, August 1, 2014

berenstain bears: God shows the way: book review

we had the chance to recently read The Berenstain Bears God Shows The Way for a review, written by Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain.  It retails for $9.99 and is set to release August 5, 2014.  This book contains three books in 1 hardback I can Read book.  the book is brightly colored and appealing.  the stories included are Faith Gets Us Through, Do Not Fear, God Is Near and Piggy Bank Blessings.

the kids enjoyed the stories for the most part, easy reading for a beginner.

Faith Gets Us Through is about the Bear Scouts going through a cave and one of my kiddos said it was too scary.  from an adults point of view i felt the use of scripture was a bit forced for lack of a better word.  it didn't seem to flow very well.     

in Do Not Fear, God Is Near sister bear remembers to place in trust in God when she is afraid.  again, some of the images may be a bit scary for a sensitive child.  but the point and overall story is well written.

and lastly, in Piggy Bank Blessings sister and brother bear learn to save their money for something special.  the kids enjoyed this story the most.  it was fun to read about other "kids" saving their money.  from an adult's point of view it would have been nice if tithing was mentioned instead of just saving and spending.

overall, the book was informative and entertaining.  the images could be a bit much for some children.  some would not even notice.  i love that many scriptures are used. 

thank you booklook for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest book review!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

i don't ever exaggerate.

i think it's safe to say i'm exiting the land of sleep deprivation.  the sweet baby is sleeping a little more than five hours straight and then two three hour segments! 

my hat goes off to all mamas with is hard work!  it seems i had forgotten all about the...

mental fogginess.  i went to write a check about a week after giving birth and forgot how to spell.  i then had to write a second check to replace the first check. 

how hard it is to simply shower!  {the baby is now on a schedule so i can pencil one in!}

how to communicate with people.  we had a repair person come to the house and after a quick exchange about the baby for some reason they thought the baby was my grandchild.  i quickly corrected their thinking {i think} and then rushed to the mirror to see how much more grey hair giving birth put on my head. 

how to hear people.  the girls and i ventured to a store with the baby when she was about two weeks old.  we had the carrier covered so no one could see in {or share germs}.  as we were walking in i heard the words "baby, trash, throw away."  i looked at the girls thinking surely i had heard wrong but their saucer sized eyes told me differently.  i looked at the stranger and said, "uh...she's a keeper" wondering what in the world was going on.  she then put her arm around me and complained about the lack of maturity in some parents, the world we live in etc.  as she went on her way i was left wondering if i heard her correctly and what just happened.

that everyone ignores you.  why should they pay attention to the parents when there is an adorable baby whose hair stands straight up and smiles?  don't worry we usually get a "oh, hi" after the baby gets her fill of baby talk.

how much laundry one cute little bundle of love can produce.

how heavy their car seat carrier arms will once again be buff in no time!

how the smell of dinner wafting in the air wakes them up just when i'm about to sit down to eat.  

and how much love i can have for our fourth child when i thought my heart was full with #1, #2 and #3.  


do i really have four children...??  when did that happen?  

it's true, i still had to count how many people we are when we took trooper out to eat for his birthday. 

and i thank the good Lord for them.  each of them is a blessing...each of them is "a keeper!"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ragamuffin review & giveaway!!

here is a newly released DVD called ragamuffin based on the life of recording artist Rich Mullins.

i had heard a few things about Rich Mullins that peaked my interest over the years so i was excited to learn more about him.  wow.

"in the end it won't matter if you have a few scars, but it will matter if you didn't LIVE." ~Rich Mullins

what would make a recording artist donate most of his earnings to churches and charity?  why was he never married?  what was in his heart to write   songs that touched so many people?

rich was raised on a farm and of course was expected by his father to take it over one day.  that was not what the Lord had planned for him however and the dad had a hard time accepting that.  in fact, he was downright mean.  as a child he tried to conform to what his dad expected but it didn't work.  he was an artistic genius.

rich never heard or felt that his dad loved him so how could he accept the love of his Abba Father in heaven? 

he was broken.  he was tired of hypocrisy in the church.  he wanted to be himself.  he was a struggling addict.  yes, that's right. he had some issues to work through.  he was lonely.  

one things stand true.  God uses broken people.  he uses their hurts and experiences to bless and help others.  rich mullins is no different.  

do you assume that once an artist makes it to nashville all their heartache and troubles disappear?  no...they follow them and multiply.

this is a raw and honest movie about rich mullins and the process of healing he went through.  he stood up for what he believed even when the crowd or even his producers were opposed. 

and it was the love of others that showed him the love of His Father. 

this is a great movie and will definitely give you points to ponder.  mountain man and i enjoyed it greatly.  it is a bit dramatic with mild language, alcoholism and his mean father so it may not be suitable for your children.

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Friday, July 4, 2014


well...let's just say having a baby will certainly shake up your world!  sleep?  who needs it!  our new little princess has us all in love.  at just about 6 weeks old she is changing and growing keeping us all on our toes.  her smiles are the best!

she's had so many visitors and a friend of mine had meals delivered to us for two weeks after her birth...that was a huge blessing! her and the ladies at her church along with some friends of mine really showed us God's love in action! 

our lives have been busy and this weekend is no exception.  trooper is turning 7 {by the way, since he was the baby of the family with a real baby around it makes him seem HUGE!}  we ventured out to eat and the staff gave him an 'ol yee-haw along with a brownie & ice cream.

we have a trip to the lake planned and also a wedding this weekend...the girls are playing amazing grace.  see...i told ya...who needs sleep?!

boo turned 9 not too long ago.  she is an amazing big sister.  we are so proud of all of the sibs...the care and love they show their baby sister is precious!  we are blessed beyond measure!

happy 4th!


Monday, June 2, 2014

she is here!

that's right...we have a sweet baby girl perfect in every way!  

she was born at home with the help of an amazing midwife and mountain man {don't know what i'd do without him!}.  weighing 8 1/2 pounds she arrived early on a morning last week. the sibs woke up and there she was!!  i won't lie, it was a challenging experience but beautiful all the way. i thank the Lord for his strength and endurance that i so readily relied on.  i am still processing everything that happened...birth is a miracle, plain as that!

she loves cuddles and her siblings are just plum in love.  i have to shoo them away quite often so the sweet bundle can rest without having three pairs of eyes staring at her.

i am fully aware that you all want to see a picture {this is a blog after all} but for some reason my instincts are to protect this bundle...this is the internet after all.  i don't know if our blog will go private or what in the future but i thank you for your understanding.  i've made friends with many of y'all and if you'd like a peek just email me and i'll try to send you a pic quick as a wink.  

thank you for your thoughts, support and prayers!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the baby will "bee" here soon!

picture from last week: 40 weeks prego.  gained roughly 32 pounds.  this week: still very prego. 

the nursery area is ready.  the daddy & sibs are ready.  the birthing kit is ready.  family and friends are ready.  and the mama? i'm sure most of you can imagine.  

but, all in the Lord's time...He knows when He wants this sweet pea's birthday.

we have roughly 8,000 - 10,000 new friends.  the kids decorated the bee hive and it's now full of activity!!  these bees are friendly {just don't mess with them} and should produce honey next year.  it is in a place where we can keep on eye on things but not too close to the first after all.

and here is part of one of the gardens.  it was so peaceful to go out and water this morning while drinking my morning tea.  mountain man and the kids have worked very hard in it this year while i have supervised...wink, wink.  we're eating asparagus, strawberries and lettuce at the moment fresh from the soil.  looking forward to canning lots of green beans and having fresh tomatoes for all the wonderful summer tomato concoctions.

that's it in a nutshell.  i'm sure our home will be a beehive of activity soon when sweet pea arrives!!  maybe i should take a nap while i can!

love y'all!

Monday, May 5, 2014

the baby...

is not here yet.  but, according to the midwife things look promising!  since this is a public blog i'll spare you the details but last week she said, "i'll see you next week whether it's to deliver the baby or for your next appointment!" yay!  so every time the kids and i go to the grocery store i'm always thinking it could be my last trip before the babe.  or i look at the expiration date on yogurt and think pre or post baby.  friends and family are texting.  basically, we all have baby on our minds!  

strangers stop look like you have a basketball under your shirt! {um...thanks?} look like your READY for that baby to come! { could say that!}  oh much longer? {too long!}  you are so little? {little? are you kidding me?!}

that picture of me and mountain man was taken after a baby shower at the end of april, so about 8/9 months along.  i realize you can't see the full spread of the belly but we measured for fun at it was at 41" and i've gained about 30 pounds. i'm not even sure who took the picture but my dad sent it to me after he saw it on instagram.  hmm...must have been my sneaky SIL or MIL, which i love dearly.

one of the baby showers theme was "bless the nest" so i made miniature nests filled with cadbury chocolate eggs for the favors.  it was so much fun!  the shower was a complete whirlwind of visiting, having the kids help open presents, eating etc.  you know how it goes. it's always fun to have friends and family all in one place!

at another shower the sex of the bun in the oven is not agreed upon so they opted for a yellow cake.  it was italian cream and yummy!  we are truly so blessed with wonderful people in our lives!

and spring wouldn't be spring { was in the 90's today in OK!} without chicks!!  aren't they cute?!  only...these aren't laying hens...they are broiler hens a.k.a. meat birds.  it took all i had not to cry after picking the sweet things up at the post office listening to their little peeps knowing that they would end up in our freezer.  i didn't say anything and sure enough one of the kiddos came into the house with huge tears..."i can't eat those chickens...!" 
my sentiments exactly but have you priced organic free range whole chickens at the store lately?  yikes!

so there you have it, a hodge podge of updates!  our may calendar is almost totally clear so we are waiting with expectation for this sweet bundle of joy.  

what's your or blue?  boy or girl?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

april 22, 1889...

do you know why this day is important in oklahoma history?  it is when the land run happened...50,000 people lined up to race for their chance at 160 acres.  11,000 parcels of land were claimed.

our homeschool group did a reenactment today and our kids were SO excited.  they made a covered wagon with the help of their papa and they chose to pack blue metal dishes, a mcguffy's reader, chalkboards, guns, seeds, a pet raccoon, water, a lantern, cookware etc.  and...they won first prize for the best settlement! trooper won best prize in cowboy costume...although to him it's not a costume, just every day attire...grin.

it is so important to learn about your state's history but even more important to make it fun for kids!  and yes, they even did a little friendly claim jumping!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

35 weeks...and counting.

and believe me, i do mean counting.  the last month of pregnancy always makes me so excited to give birth.  not just because of the amazing miracle of life but to un-pregnant, you know?  to be able to wear clothes without panels and have people look at me in the eyes again instead of the belly.  strangers shake their head with sympathy and a smile as i waddle down the aisle.  it looks like i'm smuggling a watermelon out of the farmer's market.

i've had people in a friendly argument over the sex of the baby...not everyone is convinced it's a girl.  and don't get me started on "placenta brain" as someone at the midwife's office calls it!  even the kids have said, "well, don't give that to mama...she won't remember where she put it!"  we even got a check mailed back to us with a little note that said, "please sign and return"...oops!  

putting my uncomfortableness and pregnancy memory aside, we are so very excited!  this baby is blessed before it's even born.  we were honored with one shower and two more to come.  the Lord has surely placed great people in our lives!   friends and neighbors have dropped off diapers and beautiful handmade-with-lots of-love booties. 

putting the material blessings aside, we've been blessed with many people praying for us and the baby, cooking for us and just genuinely caring.  i had a grandfatherly type look at me while i was working at church and pretty much ordered me to sit down and rest.  he said it with love and concern and he was totally right...resting this go round is a must! 

so...we need to order the birth kit the midwife needs, air up the birthing ball, continue to purge and organize the house and wrap up school as we anticipate the arrival of our sweet bundle.  i usually go one week "late" but it's never too early to be ready!

one of my favorite parts of this pregnancy has been seeing how the kids react.  i daresay the belly may get more kisses than i do these days!  and trooper lovingly calls me "prego." 

this baby will no doubt shake up our world, if not the world itself!