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Friday, April 29, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

This week's Statements:

1. _____is my favorite thing to cook

2. I don’t know if I could still do it, but when I was a kid, I was really good at ____

3. The best thing about last week was _________

4. The worst thing about where I live is_________




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Is there something wrong with me?



Ok, so I'm really tired of hearing about this "royal wedding".

  Didn't we fight for independence from England?  

My daughter got married last year but no one wanted to camp out at the place for 3 days just to get a glimpse of her and her intended (that is, no one but me).....

I know I'm being silly, but, seriously SO WHAT!!!!! 

 People get married every day.  
Thankfully, they get married.
  
In today's "let's just live together" age, EVERY wedding should be celebrated in a huge way.

So please enlighten me....what IS the big deal?


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fashioned by Faith Review

To say that I am not "fashionable" is an understatement.  I have no idea what looks good or not. But I do know what is modest.  Unfortunately, most women do not...in my opinion.  


I was very pleased to read this book by Rachel Lee Carter.  She knows fashion, she knows Jesus, she knows modest!  Someone who young (and maybe older) women can respect when it comes to her opinion about fashion. 


She lives in the world of fashion and all that entails but she holds onto her modesty and integrity.  She has managed to be successful in spite of her convictions.  Or should I say because of her convictions....God has blessed her as she is not ashamed to stand up for Him.  She is a wonderful role model for our young girls.


In this book she shares her experiences as a top fashion model....the good, the bad and the ugly.  


Each chapter begins with a he says, the guy viewpoint, followed by she says, Rachel's experience, then comes He says, God's way and finally what do you say? giving the reader a chance to respond to the chapter topic.

For a more in-depth study, there is a 45 day Bible study included.


*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze for my honest review.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dragons: Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs Review & Giveaway



WINNER OF THIS BOOK IS
JDAVIS

AND THE MYSTERY WINNER IS
CLAUDIA

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!




click here to see inside this book

When I first began homeschooling I avoided the topic of dinosaurs.  I didn't have any knowledge on how to explain that they were NOT millions of years old, other than using what the account of Genesis says about the creation of animals.  I know that should have been enough, but I didn't feel that I could answer all the questions about the origin of these monsters.  Our family avoided all movies with dragons, dinosaurs or any other "mythical" creature.  I basically just stuck my head in the ground concerning this topic.

Recently I came upon this book "Dragons:  Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs" by Master Books.

They have done a wonderful job of  providing factual and biblical information about dragons/dinosaurs while keeping the "scariness" of dinosaurs intact.  

This book is like the opening of a treasure chest.  Page after page shows these scary beasts in all their terror!  Just like kids want.  AND provides much information about these ancient animals, just as parents want. It's a win-win!

I especially like that it is put together as a lapbook...meaning there are "mini-books" within this large hardcover book.  Each mini-book kas it's own treasure to enjoy.  
This book could BE a science class.  You could use it as a text, there is just so much information found within it's 24 pages using  original illustrations, envelopes, fold-outs, gatefolds, and more! 

If you are looking for reasonable, biblical answers to these questions:


Were dragons real?  

Could dragons have, in fact, been dinosaurs? 

Is there evidence that mankind has ever encountered dragons/dinosaurs?

Are they in the Bible?


Don't delay, this book is for you...  You will get each of the above questions answered and more!

One of you can win this book I've previewed.   AND every entry will be eligible for a SURPRISE giveaway.  

To enter please:

Please follow For One Another via GFC, networked blogs and/or Twitter and comment which one or ones.  (Please choose to follow a way you do not already)  

Winners will be drawn May 24, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. 

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!


*I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing for my honest review

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Coming Back!!!



I read something similar years ago.  Everything He did had a reason!  
Enjoy today as you remember:

HE IS RISEN!!!


Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....  The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.  The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.  Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.  Was that important? Absolutely!  Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.  When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.  The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.  The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, I'm finished."  But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Everything you Never wanted to know about QUICKSAND from The Curiosity Files

Sometimes we need a home school boost. We get stuck in the day to day learning and feel as if we are being sucked into a never-ending cycle of the same 'ole, same 'ole.  

We crave change.

That change can take the form of a field trip, a lazy-day off, having friends over or just putting aside our normal academics and trying something else.  

Recently, we were rescued from the pit of boredom by:

Professor Ana Lyze


She is a fictitious expert in outlandish oddities, who has penned a series of e-books called

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One of my favorite places!


Twice a year I travel over 300 miles to spend the day at the CBD warehouse sale!  

The woman who hates crowds, gets claustraphobic easily, doesn't like to spend $$$ stays from 8 am - 3 pm in a warehouse with hundreds of other people pawing through tables and tables of books.

Doesn't sound like much fun, does it?  

But I LOVE IT

I haven't really figured out why, but I just do!

This time I wasn't feeling very well, but it would take me being unable to get out of bed to miss this sale.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted.  

It wasn't one of the best sales I've been to, but it was a good time.

I crashed around 8 PM

Satisfied with another CBD warehouse sale adventure!
This is the end of the day...not too many people left


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

700 Followers Party Giveaway!!!


COME JOIN THE CELEBRATION

I started blogging on August 9, 2010 just because I thought it would be fun.  And it has been. But I didn't realize how much WORK it would be though :)
It really takes daily attention to keep it alive!

Along the way I have met some amazing people.  People I will probably never meet in person, but have still become a part of my life.  I have become a Gabby Mom which has been an adventure in itself :)  AND last night  I reached 700 followers!  If it weren't for you, stopping by, saying hello, entering giveaways, this blog would have flopped long ago.  I am always excited when I check my comments to approve and there actually ARE some!

In celebration of reaching this milestone of 700 followers I just have to offer a giveaway to say THANK YOU!  

Looking in my stockpile of items....I  just didn't know which one to choose.  So I will let you choose.  

All you have to do is be a follower of this blog, then comment which prize you would like.

Click on each item for more information about it :)


PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS 

The winner will be drawn on May 9, 2011....this blogs 9 month anniversary!


Eternal Encouragement Magazine Review

2010 at my daughter's wedding
When I gained a son-in-law ;)
When we all lived under the same roof 
                                                                                                                                                      

Ever think about all the sayings using the word time?

Monday, April 18, 2011

God Always Knows!

After receiving some heart-breaking news this morning, God allowed me to stumble upon this song on another blog.  
Although I would prefer a trial-free life, this song reminds me that God "loves me way too much to give me lesser things" 

Lightlife review & Giveaway

AND THE WINNER IS:
CAROLE 
ENJOY!



I have been "attempting" to eat vegetarian for several years now.  I say "attempting" because my success is limited for a couple of reasons:  no support from family and where I live I have to drive over an hour to find a store that sells good quality vegetarian food.  So when I get to a store where I can stock up, I try to.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jehovah-Jireh: The LORD will provide

We have owned our own business for several years now.  (check out our website Leo's Log Homes) To say it has been an adventure is an understatement.  There are so many unknowns in business that it can be frightening at times..  


God has blessed us abundantly for the past 5+ years.  We have built over 50 log buildings-- from homes, to camps to commercial buildings! And even our own 3-story log home.


Due to the economy, in December of 2009, we had to lay off our employees.


The next year, 2010, brought a few projects, enough to keep us going.


Now into 2011, we have had NO work...at all!  Which led my husband to change course and go back to logging.  This venture cost us our savings...now with nothing to live on, we had to come out of our undebtedness and take a home equity loan.


We LOVE Dave Ramsey.  By following his principles we were able to become debt-free.  A foreign idea in our society.  I can't tell you how many people have told me that it is not possible.  So to have to enter the debt world again was difficult.  


Now tax season is upon us.  Being self-employed we ALWAYS pay....ALWAYS!  We usually try to pay quarterly to lessen the blow (plus we have to, it's the law).  Last year was tough as we also were audited, a mistake was found, causing us to pay more, plus fees and penalties.   So our quarterly payments were minimal.  Leaving us with probably a large tax payment in April 2011.  


Oh no, April is here:  I see another trip to the bank and more debt!  OUCH!


A call from the accountant...who's going to answer it? 


 It is inevitable....so I pick up the phone to hear


"You have a refund, how do you want to handle it?"


"Did you say a REFUND?"


"Yes"


"How much?"


The answer was astounding.....it was only $1000 less than the loan!  Once again I am awed and amazed at God's provision





Saturday, April 16, 2011

Max on Life Review


Anytime I have the opportunity to read something by Max Lucado I don't hesitate for a second.  When BookSneeze offered the above book it was a no-brainer for me!

In this book, Max Lucado answers 172 questions about life.  With more than 30 years as a pastor, husband and father, he has herded a lot of questions.  From the sincere, to probably the skeptic trying to "catch" him off guard.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun




This week’s statements

1. Despite the fact that I should know better, I still always _______________

2. I _____ when I am worried

3. I always forget__________

4. ___________________is the best!





Thursday, April 14, 2011

Man, I blinked AGAIN!

And this time 17 years have passed!  REALLY...it has been 17 years since I brought home child #4 weighing in at 8 lbs 6 oz. 
Here he is with proud big brother EJ

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Old Time Candy Review & Giveaway


Now that I'm getting older, my friends & family are getting older too.  In the past few years I've been invited to several "key" birthdays.  40, 50 and even 60 years old.  I find it hard to believe that I could be reaching those milestones myself.  But what is even harder is to find a birthday gift for these aging people.  By the time we reach these ages we either buy what we want or what we want is too expensive for a gift.  So what to do?


I love what Old Time Candy offers.  You can buy what is called a "decade box"  which is full of candy eaten as a kid.  From the pre 20's right through the 90's. 

 I was sent a 70's box loaded with these candies:

Atomic Fire Balls, BB Bats, Bit-O-Honey, Blow Pops, Bubblicious Bubble Gum, Candy Buttons on paper tape, Candy Cigarettes, Candy Necklace, Candy Watch, Gobstoppers, Home Run Baseball Gum, Hershey Special Dark Bar, Jawbreakers, Kits Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Lemonheads, Life Savers Swirled Pops, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip, Necco Wafers, Now & Laters, Peanut Butter Bars, Pixy Stix, Pop Rocks, Razzles, Reese's Pieces, Rolo, Root Beer Barrels, Sixlets, Smarties, Sugar Daddy, Swedish Fish, Tootsie Pops, Wax Bottles (Nik-L-Nips), Wax Lips, Whatchamacallit and Zotz Sours. 

The candy you loved as a kid and thought was obsolete!  
Old Time Candy has found them for you. 
You can buy candy grab bags, glass jars , gift baskets or even individually.  
Their site is like browsing through a candy store without leaving home. 

Here is a coupon code for 10% off anything in the store until the end of May 2011:  ForOneAnother70

One follower will win a decade box of choice!  AND every entry will be eligible for a SURPRISE giveaway.  

Here's how to enter:

You MUST be a follower of For One Another.
If you already follow via GFC, please choose to follow via networked blogs, or twitter. 
AND
Visit Old Time Candy, find your favorite candy as a child and leave link in a comment.


Additional entries:
Follow For One Another on Twitter
Follow For One Another on networked blogs
Tweet this giveaway once daily and leave link
Like Old Time Candy on Facebook
Follow Old Time Candy on Twitter
Sign up for Old Time Candy's newsletter. (bottom of page)  
Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.


Winner will be drawn May 10, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!




Trying not to blink...

I guess I have been blinking too much.  I've tried not to, but my eyes get really dry and sting.  Then when I do blink my eyes get really moist and wet with dribbles down my cheek because I look around and see time has passed and my children have grown up.

Twenty-four years ago this is who God blessed me with:
Samantha June Lemay

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

God's Wonderful Creation

Psalm 90:2 

 Before the mountains were brought forth,
         Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
         Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.



This is what I saw on my trip this weekend


Mount Washington in Coos County, NH

Soft Clothing for all Children review & giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO
CAROLE
ENJOY YOUR  SOFT SOCKS

GIVEAWAY CLOSED



No parent enjoys the struggle to dress their child in the morning.... 

The battle begins with just getting them OUT of bed. 

Never mind the "this tag is bugging me" or "this shirt makes me itch".

Enter Soft.. the clothing place created by a mom and special education teacher for that "sensitive" child in your life. 

I can't say it any better than the Soft mission statement:

Many children are extra-sensitive to the texture and feel of clothing. Soft® is the first line of inclusive clothing designed with the needs of all children in mind, including those with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and tactile defensiveness/sensitivity. We use flat seaming and seamless construction for extra comfort, 100% of the softest combed cotton and our specially developed Soft Sensory Blends , wide collars, encased elastic waistbands, printed labels (tagless), custom fits, and much more.

Soft has an impressive variety of clothing in many styles for boys and girls.  Check out their:

          Soft Tops                                  Soft Printed Tees                          Soft Bottoms
          Soft Shorts                                              Soft Denim                             Soft Dressy
And so much MORE

Thanks to Soft, one reader will win a 2 pack of Seamless Crew Sock, one white, one blue.


These socks live up to the company's name SOFT!

To enter:


You MUST be a follower of For One Another.
If you already follow via GFC, please choose to follow via networked blogs, or twitter. 



Additional entries:
Follow For One Another on Twitter
Follow For One Another on networked blogs
Tweet this giveaway once daily and leave link
Like Soft on Facebook
Follow Soft on Twitter
Visit Soft's blog and leave a relevant comment.  Leave link
Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.


Winner will be drawn May 3,2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!

*I received 2 pair seamless socks from Soft for my honest review.