Children’s Book Reviews

Lizzy the Lioness by Lisa Bevere

Bravery isn’t always about facing scary situations with big muscles and confidence. Sometimes it means knowing you can’t handle it and asking for help. This is the lesson Lizzy the Lioness will teach children, who will quickly fall in love with the fun feline. I am such a fan already, and I know this book will be a favorite of my children for years to come!

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First Focus // September

FIRST FOCUS

Goals. They’re great. They really are. They help us aim for something, work for something, and feel accomplished.

However, sometimes I can aim too high, or life gets uber busy, or let’s face it, I just don’t get to it. 

So this  month, instead of monthly goals, I’m sharing some of the thing I’ve been focusing on lately. I don’t know why, but this perspective feels more like an enjoyable journey, instead of the destination of success or failure. 

After our super busy summer, it’s been SO wonderful to be home and get back to a [somewhat] consistent routine.

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In Real Life // Part 2.

In Real Life Part 2

I recently read an article with a tag line, “what the church can learn from Fallon.” (I think I’ve said this before, but I LOVE Jimmy Fallon. I constantly tell Stuart that I want to be Jimmy’s BFF. I’m also secretly jealous of his bestie friendship with Drew Barrymore, who I also love, and wish we could all just be friends and hang out.) Anyway…the article was about how in the past, much of late night entertainment has been full of cynicism, criticism and bitterness.

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5 Things Fridays.

happy friday

Yay it’s Friday! And today, that means another “5 Things Friday” post…just 5 fun, random things on my mind that I want to share with you! 

  1. I just finished the book, Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn. (Yesterday morning at 1am because I couldn’t put it down!) It was by far one of the BEST books I’ve ever read, and one that really touched my heart.
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Quiet Weekends.

Cozy

This weekend I had one of those “life is definitely changing, and I think I’m ok with it” moments. Stuart and I really didn’t do much…Friday night he made dinner for his sister, Jessica, and me. It was fab. Saturday, we went to CrossFit, and then just relaxed the rest of the day. Yesterday, we tried a new church and I took a long, wonderful, perfect nap with Stell. 

We made two new recipes this weekend…a new pork tenderloin rub Saturday night that was AMAZING, and yesterday, a new rosemary chicken crockpot recipe for after church, that was tasty…but next time will need some extra “umph.” And that’s the gist of our weekend.

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Becoming Small.

Be the lens, not the focus

There are people who love to be in the limelight, and people who shrink away from it. When I think of the former, I think of the class clown jokesters, who are constantly vying for everyone’s attention. Although I wouldn’t describe myself that particular way, I don’t necessarily mind attention when it’s given to me. I remember friends who, before getting married, talked about being nervous to be the center of attention on their wedding day.  

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#lifewithoutfilters: Let’s Be Real.

authentic culture

Now that it’s a few days into 2014, I’m really loving my theme for this year:

BE INTENTIONAL

As I’ve thought about how I can be more intentional in my everyday life, I’ve thought a lot about how that can translate onto this blog. This made me start thinking about what kind of blogs I enjoy reading the most. Besides the DIY, home improvement and book list blogs, I really enjoy reading blogs where the author is being vulnerable and real about their life.

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