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The Winner is…

Its been about 2 weeks ago now since I had a giveaway for the book, Set-Apart Motherhood and today I am excited to announce that the winner is…..

Rebecca LaFave! πŸ™‚

Please contact me via email or facebook with your mailing address Rebecca πŸ™‚ I pray that this book inspires and encourages you in your role in life!

If you didn’t win and still want a copy just click the link above and place your order πŸ™‚

 

Set Apart Motherhood *Giveaway*

Have you ever read a book that was so refreshing and encouraging that you just wanted everyone to read it? I admit it has to be a pretty good book for me to get through the whole book without burning out and forgetting I was reading it. But this particular book I was sad to see that I was on the last page!
In the culture we are living in today children are looked at as a bother or a distraction. Recently I have been challenged that “Motherhood is a calling, not a job!”

Don't underestimate the importance of this time in your life. Some days it's just plain hard and you can't wait for tomorrow - these are the moments to remember that the quality of our tomorrow depends on our willingness to be present today.

I am asking God to remind me about that all the time. After all we are only given a short season with these precious souls and then they will grow up and be on their own.

What am I doing now to impact their lives and equip them to be ready to stand up and be strong warriors in God’s kingdom?

 Do I just pray and ask God to help me with the ‘big’ things that I am faced with? I was really challenged in the book ‘Set-Apart Motherhood‘ that we should be praying and asking God to help with us the littlest things, potty training, home schooling, etc… He does care about them and it is amazing to see him work when we just take the time to ask him for help!

I was trying for a while to get Shania interested in learning her numbers and colors and her attention span was about a minute and she would be done and didn’t want anything to do with it anymore, so I decided I am going to start praying about it everyday and ask God to help her take an interest in colors and numbers and helping me teach it in a way that it makes sense to her and she can understand it.
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In less then a week she was taking an interest in it and would bring me a handful of colors asking me what color they are, and now she is counting to 4 by herself. Talk about an excited Mom πŸ™‚ Prayer works!

The game shown above was a Pinterest idea! I decided to find and print out flashcards with numbers on them for her. I printed out 2 sets and we play Memory with them! πŸ™‚ Here is a link if you want to print them out as well.

So lets get to the point! Today I am GIVING AWAY a copy of Leslie Ludy’s book, “Set Apart Motherhood”

Here is a link to some of the reviews people have left about the book.

To enter this great giveaway simply follow the steps below.

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My Big Girl is Two

Ahh finally,  yes I am finally posting pictures of her birthday party! Almost 4 months behind I know, but better late then never πŸ™‚

We had a birthday party planned for her the evening of her birthday, but as you know her little brother decided it was time to be born that very evening so we had to postpone the party for a few days! What’s better then getting a brother for your birthday gift anyway?!? πŸ™‚

It was just too hard to pick photos to post so I finally settled on the ones below, there’s a bunch so hopefully you won’t get bored!

 

Its still kind of hard to believe we already have a 2 year old!

We always like to give her the birthday gifts from us before everyone else shows up at the party because then there’s soo many gifts and we don’t really have the satisfaction of seeing her reaction to what we picked out for her! We gave them to her the morning of her birthday, so technically she did have a ‘little’ party on her special day.

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Her huge doll from Mommy and Daddy! Its bigger then a newborn but very lightweight! This was an awesome deal at a Kids Consignment Sale for $3 and there was just no way I could pass it up even tho she really didn’t ‘need’ another doll!! But seriously, can a little girl have too many dolls? πŸ˜‰ She was thrilled!

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Writing and drawing are some of her favorite pastimes, the one side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry erase board. She has spent countless hours playing with it.

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And… Her pink Camo recliner πŸ™‚ Daddy picked it out for her and it has been well used! 

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“I can sit on my chair and write on the white board all at the same time”

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This is her adorable Princess Cake decorated by Aunt Julia! We were soo pleased with how it turned out.

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 All dressed up and ready for the party.

Kitten blanket collage

I didn’t take the time to post pictures of all the gifts she got, there were a bunch! But the expressions we captured when she saw her kitty blanket were just too good to resist! Kittens are her favorite animal and she was beside herself with joy when she saw the blanket! She had to run over and kiss it πŸ™‚

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 This is probably been her most played with birthday gift! From her cousin Amy, it says some Spanish words and recently she walks around saying, Ola, Ola πŸ™‚         (Hello)

Eating cake

Enjoying the cake πŸ™‚

 photoshoot looking at books

Julia got to have a photo shoot with her on her birthday and she cooperates so much better for pictures if she’s alone with Julia. I was so happy with the results πŸ™‚ Books and Kitties, who wouldn’t be happy πŸ™‚

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Ahh yes, melt my heart! That adorable lil girly I get to call my own! She is such a burst of energy (and emotions) but I truly cannot imagine life without her! Thank you Jesus for allowing us the privilege of caring for one of your sweet children.

New Life

It’s been quite a while since I have been on here… I would apologize but there is really no reason to because sometimes life happens and we have to chose the important things and leave the rest.

I was pregnant for what seemed like a very long time in my mind. This pregnancy was a little harder then the first one and it seemed like I never felt completely good the whole time. But finally 8 days past my due date we had an adorable baby boy! And he was born on his sisters 2nd birthday! What a nice birthday gift πŸ™‚  He was quite big and chubby and we all fell in love with him.

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Shania spent the night with Uncle Dan and Aunt Julia and got to come the next morning and meet her little baby brother! She was so excited when she saw him but wasn’t quite sure how to process it all. She quickly became very protective of him tho.

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Helping him have his first bath…

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Helping mommy burp him…

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He had pretty bad Jaundice for a few days so we put him under these lights to help get it corrected, she wanted to be like the baby too πŸ™‚

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Just chilling with Daddy…

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My mom got to spend a week here with us and we all really enjoyed it! Shania loved getting to know her better too!

nwbrn (62) editedIn case I have been boring you with all my awesome pictures, here is a final collage of my sweet little prince!

PicMonkey CollageOh but wait, there’s one more, I’m sure you wanted to see his birth announcement yet πŸ˜‰

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My First Ebook

Ahh such exciting news this New Year!

I was planning to stay away until the beginning of next week but I have this awesome news I wanted you to hear! I wrote part of an ebook! Yeah I know, I never thought I was cut out for anything like that, but with God’s help I wrote a chapter in the ebook by Woman to Woman that is called Living Out Titus 2. Yup it’s available in Print and also to download on your kindle!

Ebook

 

We are also giving away 2 copies of the ebook to a random winner so be sure to click on the link below and follow the steps to enter for a chance to win!

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And while you’re here anyway, how about a picture of my family from this Christmas? Amazingly we managed to get one that is half decent!

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White Chocolate Cheesecake and Exciting News

Its Christmastime and that usually means alot of sweets for my family… Not always so good for the scales but we’ll just try to avoid it for a while! 

Today I am excited to be sharing a recipe for Tammy at Missionary Trek again! 

And its an awesome recipe for White Chocolate Cheesecake! Yumm.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

 Be sure to go check out the recipe here.

Now on to the Big News!!

Woman to Woman is releasing an ebook!

Here is a Preview video of it that you can watch. https://vimeo.com/81040379

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5

What does Titus 2 really mean? What is mentorship? The Word of God tells us to come along side one another. We need mature Christians in our life to lift us up and help us. And we need to be there for the younger ones. 

Over and over again we receive emails, Facebook comments and blog comments from women just like you. Women who do not have a mentor and do not know how to go about getting one or don’t know how to be a mentor to others. We are told in the Bible to encourage one another. To teach one another. Life is too hard to do this alone. We need each other. But how? How do we find someone to come along side us and mentor us? How do we know how to mentor others?

Ebook

 

We are so excited to announce the Living Out Titus 2 ebook! A book written by 8 women with a Titus 2 passion. A book to teach you what it means to have a mentor and how to be a mentor. 

Writers:

Jenifer Metzger of Sweet Blessings

Debi Baker of Treasures Found In Him

Leah Hostetler of Leah’s Cooking

Jenilee Goodwin of Our Goodwin Journey

Shari Miller of Living to Leave a Legacy

Lisa Shaw of Lisa Shaw Cares

Alyssa Santos of Rocks.Roots.Wings.

Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide 

 

Living Out Titus

2 will be available for only $2.99 through Amazon on January 1, 2014. This book will encourage you to

find a mentor and be a mentor.