Monday, July 23, 2012

A Mother's Feelings

Well, that's certainly a loaded title:


My fingers don't even know what to type as it is very hard to communicate from my heart to the keyboard what is going on inside of me.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 I attended my oldest daughter's bridal shower....and now I hesitate because words cannot even begin to tell you the feelings of that experience.

Joy, sadness, exhilaration, thankfulness, fear....ah, can you see what I mean?

I have prayed for my children to find the right mate....often, if not daily in their lives-especially as they got older and that time came closer and closer.

For my Sampy-June, it seemed a longer road than we had envisioned. A few mis-traveled paths, yet each one growing her into who she needed to be to find "Pastor J" (as I lovingly refer to my future son-in-law as he has accepted a youth pastor position in CT---but THAT is yet another blog post about a mother's feelings)

I had confirmation early in their relationship that this was permanent...waaaaay before they even knew.  Those little knowings are between me and God as he reassured my questions with specific, positive answers.  

On August 19, 2012, I will officially welcome another son-in-law into my heart and our family (I say, 'officially' because he's already there)

This man is perfect...ok, I know, no 'man' is perfect, so let me rephrase that...He is PERFECT for her!  I think she would agree ;)  I laugh when we talk about when they were first getting to know each other.  He told her that girls fall in love with him easily and warned her not to....REALLY????  (he denies ever saying this).  I'm glad she's stubborn and didn't listen to him ;)  AND I'm sure he is too!

Here are a few pictures from the shower:

He puts up with a lot :)

They work so well together

Sampty-June proudly says:"This one's for him cuz I don't iron"

Cute champagne  glasses

my niece, who was instrumental in planning this shower, and I laughing about something

Instead of a card, a friend used a napkin--quite unique

well, it was a SHOWER after all :)

handmade quilt by me

Someone needs to remind me to gets pics of myself and my daughter at the wedding....I was so busy enjoying the shower, taking pictures and stuff that I didn't get a pic of us together :(

Friday, July 20, 2012

You have a flower garden?

I am not a gardener....I have what we call a black thumb:  I touch it, it dies pretty much sums it up.  

Last year my mom and I transplanted some flowers from my garden in front of a smaller house we used to live in but now rent to our yard where we currently live.

I am so proud of how well they are doing that I want to show them off:

Do you have a favorite?
Mine is the purple one, but I don't know the name
Help me out, please?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Come Join the Olympics...The Christian Olympics

I was a part of a beta-testing group for one week with a group of  women on a project that Certified Wellness Coach, Elizabeth Avelar from "Live, Life, Wellness" developed.  

This project is called "Christian Olympics".

"Coach Liz" has put together an interactive game using Paul's analogy of a race to help us to grow our faith.  Using an on-line resource called Mindbloom, "Coach Liz" encourages her athletes to make  improvements in 3 main areas: NUTRITION, RELATIONSHIPS and FAITH.

During my week as an athlete, I was inspired to make new friends, go a bit out of my comfort zone and seek the Lord more in my daily life.

You can experience a great community of womenm be challenged in your faith and even win great prizes when you join Coach Liz on July 26- Aug 8Th for a 2 week adventure.  

The Christian Olympics if read that right....FREE!!!

If you need more details, just click here and Coach Liz will tell you all about it herself!

**I received a free copy of this Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Is the Proverbs 31 woman for REAL?

I've never really liked this chapter in the Bible.  Especially when you've been 'taught' she is a real woman and that this should be EVERY Christian woman.  All I can say is:  "Yea, right.  IF she's for real,I've NEVER met her.  Have you?"

The author of this book, "Pursuit of Proverbs 31", Amy Bayliss, begins by dispelling these myths.  She shows with scripture the fact that these really ARE myths.  She also confesses that as a people-pleaser she never measured up as she tried to keep this to-do list.  What freedom she found when she finally realized the truths contained in this wonderful poem (yes, poem, it is Hebrew poetry)

This can be a quick read, but I don't recommend using it that way.  There is so many treasures here that I think it should be used as a study.  Each of the 10 chapters is loaded with scripture, filled with encouraging words, spattered with thought provoking ideas, overflowing with love and ending with a verse to memorize, tasks to complete and questions to ponder.

Amy, I want to thank you for putting Proverbs 31 into a better perspective in my life.  
Now I can go tape those pages back into my Bible ;)

You can get your own copy here.

*Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Be Gone Granny Flaps!


You may be wondering if you are at the right blog....MEN'S HEALTH???  

Yea, well, when I was asked to review a product from Sportline, I saw this and it is supposed to tone up triceps.  That's one area that is really flabby on me...

I'm getting what I call 'Granny-flaps' know, when you are in the car with Gramma and she has to stop suddenly.....she swings her arm across the front seat to catch anyone who may be falling.  Instead of being shot through the windshield you get smacked in the face with her flab!  

That's my future and I don't want it.  I'd rather smack my future grandkids in the face with a arm of steel....yes, that would be MUCH better ;)

I've only had this for a week so I can't tell you if it works or not to tone up my triceps.  What I can tell you is that I like the flexibility of it's use.  There are 3 levels of resistance.  Start off with the lowest level and work your way up.  It flips easily over a door and can be adjusted to any height.
(unless you are short like me.  I had trouble adjusting to the correct height for each exercise)

Not only is this good for triceps, but it works the core also.  Another area that needs attention on my bod.

Here is the overview from the website:
The instant Tri & Ab machine! The Triceps Crunch is the best part of your home gym practice because it adapts to your own customized fitness level and contains a multi-station door anchor. The portable and lightweight tool is constructed with high-grade interchangeable resistance bands, sturdy steel attachments and ballistic nylon that moves with you.

Included is a complete exercise guide to work your whole body.  I just wish I could read the guide, look at the machine as it hangs on the door and get into shape.  But, NO!  I've got to put some effort into it.....maybe I'll just stay flabby.  I'm thinking that will be safer for my future grandkids ;)

Enter below to win your very own Granny-Flap remover = aka - Men's Health Tricep Crunch

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

BIG Truths for Little Kids Review & Giveaway

This title isn't kidding....inside this book is definitely BIG truths!  But these truths are foundational ones that every Christian should know.  Sadly,  most don't.  Even though the targeted age is 5 - 8, I would recommend this for all ages.  

Based on Westminster's Catechism, the 36 chapters follows a family as they try to teach their children fundamental Bible truths.    

The authors' purposes for this book are:
  • To teach children that they are created for God's glory
  • To show some practical implications of this life purpose
  • To repeatedly emphasize to children their need for God's grace to glorify Him
The only thing I would add to the suggested use of the book is to have your child memorize the verse at the end of each chapter.  It's good to know the answers to the catechism questions, but even better to know WHERE in the Bible to back up those answers.

I would say that this book would be a great resource as a family devotional.  One that could be used over and over.  You would be giving your children a great gift---a Biblical worldview.

If you'd like to preview this book, click here.

Like what you see?  
Enter below to win your very own copy!

Visit Crossway's blog to find more resources for your family.

**I received a complimentary copy from Crossway for my honest review

Monday, July 2, 2012

Udi's Granola review & giveaway

Gluten Free....I read this everywhere.  It seems to be the latest vogue in allergies and eating.  If you have digestive problems, then maybe you are gluten intolerant.  Maybe?  Who knows.  All I do know is that I never really was interested in eating gluten free.  I thought it would be taste-free also


can you say YUM?

I've tried to do the homemade version of granola and never really found a recipe that I liked, or I didn't have all the necessary ingredients...  Plus it's a lot of work! 

Just read what Udi's has to say about their process:

Udi's Granola - Food made with joy is a joy to eat.

Made with patience and passion, Udi's Artisan Granola starts with pure, wholesome ingredients - the best nature has to offer. We then measure and mix in small batches, and toast and turn by hand. All told, this takes hours to do, but our reverent obsession with edible perfection pays off in a granola deep with crunch, caramelized goodness, and true, uncluttered flavors. So good, you just might want to stop what you're doing for a minute or two and give it your undivided attention. (Come on. What's so important it can't wait a minute or two?)
Slow down. Eat up. Be Udiful.

Yea, well...I'll let them do the work and I'll enjoy the fruit, granola of their labor!  (I typed that as I am crunching down some of their Vanilla Granola)

And you can too....

Click here to enter your zip code to find where you can buy Udi's Gluten Free Granola locally.

OR if you're like me and the closest place is 100 miles away, you can buy online too!

Even better, enter below to win a 12 oz bag of their Au Naturel Granola!

I'd share which flavor is my favorite, but they all were so delicious, I just couldn't decide!
BTW: Udi's has more than just granola, too.  They offer all kinds of gluten-free products. 

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