Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: Love Letters from God Bible Stories

About the Book:
What child does not love to receive mail?   What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God?  Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, will invite them to do just that!  Accompanying each story in this unique children's Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-th flap envelope, just for them.  

Written for children ages four to eight, Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories- nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New testament.   Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God.   Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told.  
About the Author:
Although Glenys Nellist lives in Michigan, USA, she was born and raised in a little village in northern England. 
Her introduction to evangelism began as a child. She remembers standing on street corners, along with her seven siblings, as her father, a Methodist Local Preacher, sang hymns and loudly invited passers-by to their small village church. 

Her introduction to writing began in Primary school where one day a week, she was one of the lucky few withdrawn from the classroom to sit in big, comfy armchairs in the teachers' lounge. There, in front of a roaring log fire, with pencil and paper on lap, Glenys would write. 

Four decades later, her stories and poems began to appear in children's magazines, where her writing reflected a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. 

When she is not writing, Glenys can usually be found playing with her three young grandsons, or paddling around in wooden boats, which her husband, David, is adept at building.

About the Illustrator:  
Sophie Allsopp grew up in a small English village and Hong Kong, where she particularly enjoyed living in a hotel and going to school on a tram.   After studying for her illustration degree, Sophie won several awards and has now been illustrating for over 20 years.  She lives in England with her husband, son, and a cat called Sadie.  

My Review:
My children and I have read the first two stories and are highly enjoying it.  I strongly suggest this book to go along with your devo times with your family. My kids get so excited to lift the letter flap and read what is geared for them. The book is designed for the parent to personalize the letter and write their child/children in the Dear part of the letter.   Each letter is so encouraging and helps children identify with a God full of love and adoration for his children.   I truly think my children identify better with the story with these little letters because it takes the story and then personalizes it for them.   For instance the first story is about Adam and Eve and the snake.  We all know the story but in the letter it asks if they have done anything they should not have just like Adam and Eve.   We all know kids have done something wrong and most likely even very recent to the day.   The letter goes on to remind the children that when they say sorry God erases the wrong doing and only see's his love for his children.   My 7 year old daughter had such a big beautiful (toothless- she lost her two middle teeth) smile because she is understanding GRACE! 

This book has been a wonderful addition to our nighttime Bible reading sessions that leave my kids encouraged and feeling loved and adored by their Daddy God in Heaven.  As the Christmas season approaches make sure you put this on your child, grandchild, god child, or any other child's Christmas list!  :) I am excited to keep reading each night but I think my 3 and 6 year old are more excited! 

Thanks Zondervan for supplying me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  I was not paid for this review!   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fulcrum Gallery- Canvas art REVIEW

Have Faith, Give Hope, and Be Love has been our saying at church and thanks to Fulcrum Gallery I have this great canvas art put up at church to continue to remind our church family HAVE FAITH, GIVE HOPE, and BE LOVE.  

A huge thank-you to Fulcrum Gallery for sending me this piece in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.

My review:
I was given a budget to pick out an item for review.  The site is not very friendly for the cell phone so use your computer!   Once I was on my computer it was much easier to click around and look at all the different choices of art.  

After figuring out what picture I wanted I had some options for wrapping the canvas on the frame.   It was easy to pick and choose because it offered pictures to guide you.   

I have never purchased art online and it was a bit hard to determine what I wanted without first being able to touch and feel it and really see the details but it all worked out very well.   

I love the word art on canvas!   The packaging was very safe!   My small frame was packaged in a huge box but it was safe and sound in transport- good job packaging team!  My package arrived in a normal wait time, within a week!   

The frame looks just like the picture! Now to determine where this beauty is going at the church...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beth Moore Simulcast

Raise your hand if you had the opportunity to attend the Beth Moore Simulcast?   She said there were 190,000 women attending so I'm going to venture that one of my fans was listening too???  Anyone?

The first Beth Moore Simulcast I went to was about 5 years ago.  I went and absolutely loved it and can say without a doubt she inspired me to start this blog... in fact the verse I chose for my blog banner is Proverbs 31:25-26 because she used that verse for the weekend.   It truly helped my perspective for myself!  

So what spoke to me the most this session?   The Identity Declaration!!  

When the worship team got up and sang this song in a bluesy way I had goosebumps!   I am going to get this printed out and truly try to memorize it.   Who wants to hold me accountable to memorize it?

So how have you been getting fed?  How is your devo life?  Where are you making time for Jesus in your life?  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kidecals Review


Thank you Kidecals for sending me product in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine. 

Kidecal is a user friendly site that is fun and eye catching and truly catches your eye and for me personally want to go and get organized and get labels for everything!  

With school starting I thought it would be the best time to get some labels for school.   As a special education teacher I have the capability of working with anyone in grades K-5 so I first got labels for binders for each grade level.  

Look at that fun color and chevron pattern!   They look fantastic on my binders for each grade level!  :) The site is so easy to use and personalize your labels to what you want them to say! 

The other labels I picked out were chalkboard labels!   HOW FUN!   I can use them for all sorts of things from my kids rooms to cabinets to kitchen items to bathroom items!  :) 

Application is easy and the labels are waterproof!   The quality seems durable and the designs are endless and they will do custom orders!  :)

Make sure you visit to learn more about the company and to order your own labels! 

Book Review- Blessed are the Peacmakers

Yep, another Berenstain Bear book... because you know I love and so do my kids! 

This summer in children's church we walked through the fruits of the spirit so this book was very nice to have to go along with it.  

About the book:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9
In this new Berenstain Bears 8x8 book, Blessed are the Peacemakers , Brother and Sister have a wide circle of friends at Bear Country School and they get along with pretty much everyone. But not all their friends get along with each other. Too Tall and his bullying gang, for instance, are often in conflict with Cousin Fred, Ferdy Factual, and their friends. So what happens when the cubs all need to work together on the annual school play? Brother and Sister have to decide whether they should “mind their own business” or get involved as peacemakers and try to calm the troubled waters.'

My Review:
I think I have reviewed a half dozen or so of the Berenstain Bear series and every time you will find a positive review.   My kids have fallen in love with the characters just like I did when I was a child.  I don't remember as many faith based ones as I do now bu either way I have always been a huge fan.   

This book fit in nicely with our fruit of the spirit lessons at children's church.   I love when a children's book provides a problem and an easy solution for kids to figure out even if you pause before reading the story.   Not only could we discuss the fruit of the spirit peace, but since this book deals with bullying we were able to discuss this in further details.   Bullying seems to be a national epidemic and as a mother and a school teacher I am always trying very hard to make sure it is not an issue for my kids or my students.   My son is only 3 years old but he has been picking on a younger girl at daycare so it was vital for him to hear this story.   My daughter is in first grade so talking about problem resolution was a big topic and something we will come back to often.  

Any parent who is trying to find books that will provide good discussions then BUY this book! 

Thanks Zondervan for providing me with a copy of this book to conduct my review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When the view is threatened....

Yes, that is a sunrise progression of pictures and yes I did take the pictures while sitting on my deck.   I have been very blessed to have a wonderful view since moving to Iowa.   

Sadly, my view is going to get built on...:(   I have already cried some tears and questioned it but deep down there is nothing I can do to fight it.   I do not own the land across the street so it makes sense that the city would want to build on it and make some money off it. 

You see the reason I really struggled with this news is first my view will be limited but also because the distillery wants to expand and because a new brewery wants to build.  

In many states there are laws that prohibit an alcohol establishment to be within so many feet of a church, daycare, or school.   Sadly, my community  does not hold that rule or regulation because there is a daycare a couple doors down and my church right across the street from this distillery and soon to be brewery.  

I have been praying for my miracle and I know God can do what he needs and wants to do but deep down I feel like God has been telling me to stop being selfish and enjoy the view you have currently and don't take it for granted.   So I wake up every day looking out at the view!   I may have cried several tears and wondered why my view would soon be gone but again God keeps reminding me that I need to just have a thankful heart for the view until it is built upon.  

God is working on my sad heart and putting things into different perspective for me.   

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