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Saturday, October 30, 2010

30 Days About ME





Beginning Monday, November 1st I'll post everyday to answer one of the following questions about myself.  If you come along and read you will know more about me than you probably care to know :)


Day 1 – favorite song
Day 2 – favorite movie
Day 3 – favorite television program
Day 4 – favorite book
Day 5 – favorite quote
Day 6 – 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 – a photo that makes me happy
Day 8 – a photo that makes me angry/sad
Day 9 – a photo I took
Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of me
Day 11 – a photo of me recently
Day 12 – something I am  OCD about
Day 13 – a fictional book
Day 14 – a non-fictional book
Day 15 – my dream house
Day 16 – a song that makes me cry (or nearly)
Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 – my wedding

Day 19 – a talent of mine
Day 20 – a hobby of mine
Day 21 – a recipe
Day 22 – a website
Day 23 – a youtube video
Day 24 – where I live
Day 25 – my day, in great detail
Day 26 – my week, in great detail
Day 27 – my worst habit
Day 28 – what’s in my handbag/purse
Day 29 – hopes,dreams, plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 – a dream for the future beyond the next year



Thursday, October 28, 2010

God's Mighty Acts in Creation by Starr Meade Review





God's Mighty Acts in Creation is a handy little devotional for families.  Although it is geared toward 8 - 12 year olds, I feel it could be used  as a family devotional guide.  Many families wish to have a family worship time but just don't know where to begin.  This book can help kick-start that devotional time.   Each "lesson" is only 2 pages long, beginning with a Scripture text, followed by a well-written narrative, ending with an "as for me in my house" section to aid in discussion on the topic presented.





After the first two introduction lessons, which bring the readers to a place to think about their relationship to the Creator,  the book is broken down by the days of Creation (minus day 2).
  • Day 1: Light and Water (10 lessons)
  • Day 3: Land and Plants (10 lessons)
  • Day 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars (5 lessons)
  • Day 5: Birds and Fish (6 lessons)
  • Day 6: Animals and People (12 lessons)
No matter how you choose to use this book, as a family devotional or for your child's personal devotions, the reader will walk away with a better understanding of their Creator and His love for His creation.


If you'd like to see what others are saying about this book, you can read more reviews at www.crossway.org/blog.


*I received a copy of this book from Crossway for review purposes only.  All opinions expressed on my own.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ABC Neckties Review & Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS TO

TERESA CHOPLIN 
WINNER


Affordable Style is "your one-stop shop online for all of your discount fashion accessory needs, from designer-inspired handbags and sunglasses to sterling silver jewelry and neckties." 





I was asked to review a necktie from their ABC Neckties store.   ABC Neckties has more than 400 novelty and fashion ties.   Now that's a lotta men's ties!  I was sent this one:  
Anyone recognize my favorite childhood cartoon character?  SCOOBY DOO!
**singing-----"Scooby, Scooby Doo, I see you"

I'll bet you can find the novelty tie you are looking for as that perfect gift.  The list of novelty ties is sooooo long that I'll just send you on over to their website so you can browse for yourself!  Their site is very easy and fun to navigate.

Ok, so you're not into novelty ties?  That's fine.  They have ties according to your style also.  From bow ties, to clip ons, to silk,  to skinny, solid and striped.  You can shop by color too! 
ABC Neckties offers a 100% money back guarantee!  Free shipping on orders of $30.00 or more.  Start your holiday shopping here! 

So you want to win one?  Simply become a For One Another follower and visit ABC Neckties and choose which tie you want to win!  Winner will receive either a $25.00 e-gift card or a tie of choice.

One entry not enough?  Here's a few more ways to enter:
1.  Follow For One Another via networked blogs
2.  Follow ABC Neckties on Twitter
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4. Check out ABC Neckties Blog and comment about something there
5. Refer a friend to this giveaway having them comment that you sent them
6. Blog about this giveaway, please leave link

PLEASE LEAVE EMAIL INFO WITH EACH ENTRY.  

Winner will be drawn on November 3, 2010 via random.org!  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim prize.  If no response, then this giveaway will be stored in my "unclaimed prize" box to be given away whenever I choose!

BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER...MY LAST 2 GIVEAWAYS WERE UNCLAIMED

*Thanks goes to ABC Necktie for sponsoring this giveaway.  I was given a necktie for review purposes only.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.



Monday, October 25, 2010

Wonderful Weekend



I had a most enjoyable weekend.  It began with a 3.5 hour drive with my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law and my youngest daughter, Julie.  We were traveling to a baby shower for my niece, Jillian, who is expecting twins in November.  (so very excited for her and my sister-in-law who is becoming a gramma)
It was a very pleasant and quick drive.  I make this drive a lot as my oldest 3 children live in the area.  This drive seemed so much faster with all the conversation we had.  Talk of quilting, renovating, starting a new business, children, relationships.  Oh what fun we had!
The shower was enjoyable. It is always nice to see extended family that are not seen very often.  I'd say there were 30 of us there.  Much food and laughter!
The evening brought homemade pizza by another sister-in-law and a movie with my brother, niece, nephew, and great-nephew.  It was very relaxing!
The very best part of the weekend was getting to sit in worship service with my children!  Only one was missing as he stayed home with dad.    The service was devoted to families and how the organized church and family can work together to raise our children to be lovers of God.  Although I had moments of regret for what I didn't do, I was encouraged of how God is always faithful to take our meager efforts and do a wonderful work !   He has done that for me as my 3 oldest children and one son-in-law love God.   Can I ask for anything more? ---well, maybe grandchildren ;)
We then headed to Panera Bread for lunch.  YUM!  After an hour and a half of loudness, laughing and fun, it was time to head home ;(.
Can I say I am truly blessed?  Oh yes, I surely can!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Family Favorite Recipe

YUM YUM....gotta love whoopie pies!

My daughter started to make whoopie pies to sell when she was 9 years old.  She was saving for a horse.  She is now 21, she got a husband, but never a horse :( 
This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Lucy.  I remember going to visit her as a child.  She would ALWAYS make us whoopie pies!  

This same daughter just called asking for this recipe to make for a baby shower she will be attending tomorrow.  Which prompted me to share this family favorite.


6 Tablespoons Crisco
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

filling:
1 cup Crisco
1 1/4 cups fluff
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together 6 tablespoon Crisco with sugar.  
Mix together in separate bowl flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Alternatively add dry mixture and milk w/vanilla to creamed mixture.
Mix until smooth.

drop by generous tablespoon  onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

Cream all the filling ingredients together while cookie part is baking.  Mix until smooth.

Cool cookie part completely before adding filling.

Please share a family favorite recipe too!       

According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout "Whoopie!"     

Dr. Bloom's Chewable Jewels review & giveaway

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
WENDY


I was very excited when I was allowed to review this wonderful product for babies.  I am currently babysitting, with my 12 year old daughter, a beautiful 5 month old little girl.  Does she ever love to chew on things!!!  We were given this combo necklace/bracelet for her to chew away on....and does she ever love them!
She's not quite at the point where she can hold on to it for a period of time, but the time she does have it in her little mouth she just smiles, drools and chews away.  Little does she know the thought and love that went into this product.  
Read the exciting story of how this product came to be here.

I was amazed to read that "most teethers are made of plastics that leach harmful carcinogenic chemicals."  Are you kidding me?  REALLY!!!  
That is dreadful!  
Thank you Dr.Bloom for caring about our children :)

Here are a few facts from Chewable Jewels.com

Dentist Created and Endorsed
FDA approved materials
Phthalate Free
Lead Free
BPA, PVC, Latex Free
Waterproof
Dishwasher Safe
Fashionable


You can purchase from Chewable Jewels.com using this code 2010F for 15% off your order until the end of 2010.  Thank you Dr. Bloom for this generous offer

Dr. Bloom has offered one follower of For One Another a combo set of their choice.

To enter FIRST 
you must be a follower of For One Another 
then you MUST
Go to Chewable Jewels.com and comment what combo pack with color you will choose if you win.  


For additional entries:
Follow For One Another via Networked blogs
LIKE Dr.Bloom on Facebook
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Blog about this giveaway with link to this post (please leave url)







PLEASE LEAVE CONTACT EMAIL ON EACH ENTRY.
Winner will be drawn on November 1, 2010.  
Winner will have 48 hours to respond via email.  If winner does not respond, prize will be put in my "unclaimed" box.  Any unclaimed prizes will be given away to an random reader at my discretion.

*MANY THANKS TO DR. BLOOM FOR SPONSORING THIS GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Getting Started "I Spy" Quilt

Good news!  I received my 200 squares for my 
"I Spy" quilt.   Here is only half of the squares I 
will be using.





Now to decide what I'm going to do with them all. 
Either this disappearing 9 patch


OR a 4 patch like this:
*credit goes to Quiltville for this one

I'm leaning towards the 4 patch.  I like the variety here.

Stayed tuned as I continue with this project :)

Beautiful Sunset

 God gave me this sunset last night as I was driving home from 2 hours of the weekly "same 'ole, same 'ole" of banking, shopping and such.  Sometimes I get so bogged down in the day to day that I forget to be thankful for my life.  I have soooo much, but complain sooo often.  Am I the only one with this problem?  Always wishing for the now to be gone then when it is, wishing it back?  What a foolish person I am.  I have been consciously working on being content in the now.  I will never have this moment ever again.  What am I going to do with it?  

Maybe this song will help me remember what I am to do with each moment I am blessed with 




Monday, October 18, 2010

Follow us Monday Morning

I came across this today as I was doing my daily blogging stuff


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A wonderful idea of how to help other bloggers by following them.  Great way to increase readers to your blog. NOT for giveaways....just for encouraging others and reading some other great blogs!   Check it out by clicking the above button!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Adventures in Odyssey Review/Giveaway

WE HAVE A WINNER:


CONGRATULATIONS TO 
GIANT SIS


We are avid listeners to Adventures in Odyssey.  Or should I say my daughter is an avid listener.  We just recently purchased 5 albums each containing at least 4 hours of adventures.  In 4 days she has listened to 3 albums once.  She will repeat them each at least another 3 times.  Can you say "addicted?"  As a mother, I am glad that she enjoys listening to something that has value. Rather than zoning out in front of the t.v. being bombarded with who knows what foolishness.  I can be confident that she will come away with, 
at a minimum, a life lesson to remember.
Two years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Needless to say, this was a very stressful time for our family.  On the nights when I was having trouble sleeping, I would lie in bed with my daughter and we would listen to episode after episode until both of us were lulled to sleep.  Am I saying we were bored to sleep?  Absolutely NOT!  We were relaxed as we listened to these encouraging stories.  We forgot our troubles and stress and were able to let our imagination take us to another place called Odyssey!  Although this time in our lives was a trial, these CD's gave us some wonderful memories.  
I am happy to report that I had a benign tumor successfully removed.  100% curable with surgery. We praise God for how he brought us through this.  
We are also thankful for Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey CD's.


Focus on the Family has provided album #48 entitled Heroes as a giveaway to one of  my followers.  Aptly named as Adventures in Odyssey has become one of my heroes :)
 (sorry, I couldn't keep my daughter away from it, so this album has been listened to once)

Product Description

The kids from Odyssey manage to get themselves into - and out of - all kinds of interesting predicaments in these audio adventures. Rumor has it that the new family in town is connected to the Mafia, Odyssey Elementary School is troubled with bullies, and Lucy struggles with not telling a secret she vowed to keep. With a little prodding from Mr. Whittaker, they learn how God can help them deal with anything.
To purchase this album or any of their albums go  here
To listen to excerpts of this album click here
To win this album you must be a follower and leave a comment thanking God on walking through a trial with you.
Additional entries:
follow For One Another via networked blogs
Blog about this giveaway and leave url
Refer a friend who becomes a follower
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Winner will be drawn on Monday, October 25th and contact via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address.
*Thank you to Focus on the Family for providing this album as a giveaway.  I was not compensated in any way to post this review

Friday, October 15, 2010

Clay Creations from "Mike's Inspiration Station" DVD

Once a week, or whenever we can, we get together with friends for some geography and art.  This is what we did today in art:


We are using a program on DVD called "Mike's Inspiration Station".  These were made by students from the ages of 10 -16.  Bakeable clay was used and it took them about 1 1/2 hours to make these cute little dogs.
I find it interesting that even though they followed the SAME directions, each dog has it's own personality.  
Here is 10 year old Brendan, very proud of his work!  He moved along very quickly and was the first to finish.  He used his own imagination without waiting for step by step instructions.
Now for 13 year old Ryan, Brendan's brother. He had a great time making the "extras".  The bones, dishes, feeding tube, and bow for Julie's doggy.
Julie is holding her "petite" dog.  She is 12 and also "petite".  She made the cap for Ryan's dog.


And finally, Zeke (16), looking a lot like his dog!  He carefully followed each instruction to make his masterpiece.











We had many a great time getting together for this activity.  Hopefully in the weeks to come, I can show you some more of what we are doing from "Mike's Inspiration Station".


If you are a home schooler, or just get together with friends for some fun, please comment below to share some of your fun with us!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crazy Dog T-Shirt Review & Giveaway

AND THE WINNER IS:
EMMA B
CONGRATULATIONS!





This is my 12 year old daughter wearing the t-shirt she choose from Crazy Dog

Crazy Dog offers a high-quality, cotton tee.  The graphics are colorful and bold.  This particular one has the look of recycled material, due to the graphics, but it is definitely made from first rate material.  They have a wonderful selection to choose from.  So wonderful, that it may take a while to find just the right one!  My daughter changed her mind several times before deciding on this one.
They also offer custom t-shirts.  You have a great idea for a shirt?  Send it to Crazy Dog and they will make it for you.  Have a business logo that you'd like on a shirt....Crazy Dog can help you advertise by putting it on a shirt.
Crazy Dog offers daily deals for only $6.99 or you can even sign up for a free t-shirt drawing.  

Head on over to Crazy Dog and see what they have to offer.  I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed.
*there are some offensive shirts, so browse with caution

Crazy Dog is offering a $15.00 gift card for a t-shirt to one of my followers.  To win a Crazy Dog $15.00 gift card you must:
*Be a follower of For One Another and leave a comment saying that you are a follower with your follower name and email contact.

Additional entries:     EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY MUST HAVE AN EMAIL CONTACT
* Follow For One Another on Networked blogs
*Refer a friend to For One Another
*Become a fan on Facebook of Crazy Dog
*Post a comment on the Facebook page telling them what your favorite tee is or asking them a question about the shirts 
*Post a comment on, or "Mark as Favorite" one of their Flickr photos.
*"Like" or "Share" one of the products on their website.  The buttons for these are on all product detail pages, above the main image.

Please do not enter if  you have won a shirt from Nachomamatees or Crazy Dog or have been sent a shirt for promotional purposes in the last 90 days.

WINNER  WILL BE CHOSEN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH AND CONTACTED VIA EMAIL CONTACT INFORMATION PROVIDED.

*Crazy Dog provided a free t-shirt for review purposes.  All comments are 100% original from me


Saturday, October 9, 2010

PRAYER




  

I was encouraged by this....I hope you will be too :)


Pray First, Pray Most

by Max Lucado
One of our Brazilian church leaders taught me something about earnest prayer. He met Christ during a yearlong stay in a drug-rehab center. His therapy included three one-hour sessions of prayer a day. Patients weren’t required to pray, but they were required to attend the prayer meeting. Dozens of recovering drug addicts spent sixty uninterrupted minutes on their knees.
I expressed amazement and confessed that my prayers were short and formal. He invited (dared?) me to meet him for prayer. I did the next day. We knelt on the concrete floor of our small church auditorium and began to talk to God. Change that. I talked; he cried, wailed, begged, cajoled, and pleaded. He pounded his fists on the floor, shook a fist toward heaven, confessed, and reconfessed every sin. He recited every promise in the Bible as if God needed a reminder. He prayed like Moses.
When God determined to destroy the Israelites for their golden calf stunt, “Moses begged the Lord his God and said, ‘Lord, don’t let your anger destroy your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with your great power and strength. Don’t let the people of Egypt say, “The Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt for an evil purpose.” . . . Remember the men who served you—Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. You promised with an oath to them’” (Ex. 32:11–13 NCV).
Moses on Mount Sinai is not calm and quiet, with folded hands and a serene expression. He’s on his face one minute, in God’s the next. He’s on his knees, pointing his finger, lifting his hands. Shedding tears. Shredding his cloak. Wrestling like Jacob at Jabbok for the lives of his people. And God heard him! “So the Lord changed his mind and did not destroy the people as he had said he might” (v.14 NCV).
Our passionate prayers move the heart of God. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Prayer does not change God’s nature; who he is will never be altered. Prayer does, however, impact the flow of history. God has wired his world for power, but he calls on us to flip the switch.
Most of us struggle with prayer. We forget to pray, and when we remember, we hurry through prayers with hollow words. Our minds drift; our thoughts scatter like a covey of quail. Why is this? Prayer requires minimal effort. No location is prescribed. No particular clothing is required. No title or office is stipulated. Yet you’d think we were wrestling a greased pig.
Speaking of pigs, Satan seeks to interrupt our prayers. Our battle with prayer is not entirely our fault. The devil knows the stories; he witnessed the angel in Peter’s cell and the revival in Jerusalem. He knows what happens when we pray. “Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places” (2 Cor. 10:4 NCV).
Satan is not troubled when Max writes books or prepares sermons, but his knobby knees tremble when Max prays. Satan does not stutter or stumble when you walk through church doors or attend committee meetings. Demons aren’t flustered when you read this book. But the walls of hell shake when one person with an honest heart and faithful confession says, “Oh, God, how great thou art.”
Satan keeps you and me from prayer. He tries to position himself between us and God. But he scampers like a spooked dog when we move forward. So let’s do.
Let’s pray, first. Traveling to help the hungry? Be sure to bathe your mission in prayer. Working to disentangle the knots of injustice? Pray. Weary with a world of racism and division? So is God. And he would love to talk to you about it.

Let’s pray, most. Did God call us to preach without ceasing? Or teach without ceasing? Or have committee meetings without ceasing? Or sing without ceasing? No, but he did call us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).
Did Jesus declare: My house shall be called a house of study? Fellowship? Music? A house of exposition? A house of activities? No, but he did say, “My house will be called a house of prayer” (Mark 11:17 NIV).
No other spiritual activity is guaranteed such results. “When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action” (Matt. 18:19 MSG). He is moved by the humble, prayerful heart.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ.
(Colossians 4:2–3 NLT)
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you created all that exists, and you keep it running through your infinite wisdom and boundless power. Yet you invite me to come to you in prayer, boldly and with the expectation that you will hear me and answer me. Teach me, Lord, to take full advantage of this amazing privilege, especially in regard to reaching others with your love. Give me a heart for those who have yet to experience the fullness of your grace, and prompt me to pray for them and for their welfare, both in this world and in eternity. Lord, bring me to the front lines of this battle. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
From Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2010) Max Lucado

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