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I Am Devotional 100 Devotions About the Names of God

Thank-you Booklook program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this an all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  

Book DescriptionThe God Who Saves. The God Who Provides. The Holy One. The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us—explore the glory and the goodness of God in I Am Devotional.

Children will learn to trust God in everything as they learn about the names and character of God in the I Am Devotional. Through 100 devotions, children will see how God’s names reflect His love, strength, trustworthiness, etc., and what that means as they develop a strong faith.

Name of God: I AM

Meaning: God is to be worshiped

Application: Worship God by how you live!

Diane Stortz has a proven history of connecting well with both children and parents in her writing. With sales of 500,000 inspirational books for children, Diane is a trusted name for Christian families. The art of Diane Le Feyer has captivated readers of I Am and will continu…

The Pastor's Wife with the Purple Hair!!! THAT"S ME!

Yep, that's me!  Purple looks good on me!   But keep reading... this one might touch ya!  

So, for a year I was afraid to put some purple in my hair.   I was afraid it would fade and look terrible.  I was afraid of being judged and looked at differently.  I questioned my motives as I want to be in the world but not of the world as a Christian mom and wife.  Would some think I overstepped?   Would people leave our church?  Would people not want to come to the church?   Would people consider me a sinner?  Is God okay with this?  Those are just a few of the many questions that popped into my brain.   
You know those lies that tear you apart from staying aligned to Daddy God.   You know, remembering to keep your identity aligned to Christ!  Not allowing lies to become my thinking!  I had a lot of stinking thinking when it came to this decision.  Even after talking with my husband who had no reservations to throw my way.  He told me to go for it yet it took me months to finally do it.  


Mini Getaway to Celebrate 11 year

Happy 11 years!  

I love that guy!   That guy right there knows me, knows me better than myself sometimes.   He orders food at restaurants that he knows I will like in case what I order I dislike.  He is the best listener... even better than I am- sometimes he says he is the female in this relationship because he talks more than the average male.  :)  We have fun together all the time.  Most importantly I am thankful for God to bring me this man and pick him for my spouse because he leads me.   He loves me and encourages me in everything I do but most importantly he prays for me and with me.  
We technically should have done this mini two-night getaway last month to celebrate 11 years of marriage but better late than never.   Next year we are saving money and taking a plane somewhere! 

How to Achieve the Perfect Smile

Do you often refuse to show your teeth when someone snaps your photograph? Do you ever look in the mirror and wish your teeth were straighter or whiter? Don’t allow your teeth to dent your confidence. All you need to do is follow our top tips for achieving the perfect smile. Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily Everyone must brush their teeth a minimum of twice daily to achieve a clean, healthy smile. Aim to brush your teeth for between two to three minutes and only use a fluoride toothpaste. However, we recommend gentle brushing, especially around the gum line. Many people make the mistake of rigorously brushing their teeth, which will only damage their gums and cause future dental complications. Don’t Forget to Floss Flossing should also become part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If you are not doing so already, floss your teeth twice a day, just before brushing. It will remove any plaque build-up in between your teeth to create a whiter smile. Do you have braces? Consult an orthodontist t…

The importance of teaching your children road safety

Ensuring your child has a full grasp of the importance of road safety from an early age is crucial, not only to prevent accidents while they’re young, but also in the future when they’re operating on the road themselves. In this article, we’ll take you through a few quick and simple ways to teach road safety. The importance of holding hands In the first few years of a child’s life it is relatively easy for you to keep them close as they’ll be contained by the straps of a pushchair, but when they do grow up and become a little more adventurous, holding hands with mommy or daddy is no longer cool. This is where you have to jump in and insist that holding hands, especially when crossing the road, is the safest thing to do. There are a number of ways you can reinforce this behavior such as by creating a ‘hand in hands’ picture. Draw around the hands of both yourself and your child’s, put their cutout on top of yours and attach them with a split pin. This is a great team activity, where you …

Top Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

Traveling together as a family is an awesome experience that none of you are ever going to forget. Whether you’re looking at going on a cheap and fun staycation or want to take a memorable trip abroad to an exotic location together, there’s nothing better than taking some time off to relax, unwind, have fun and enjoy exploring and having adventures together as a family. For the perfect family trip, it’s essential to make sure that you plan in advance. We’ve put together some of our best top tips to help you put together the perfect vacation that you and your family will love. Tip #1. Research Hotels:When it comes to choosing accommodation for your family holiday, it’s important to bear in mind that not all hotels are created equally. The last thing that you want when you arrive at your destination is for your hotel to have nothing in the way of family-friendly amenities, or be totally unsuitable for children. If possible, it’s a good idea to book a villa or vacation home stay for your…

2017 Moonlight Chase

One event I look forward to each year is the Moonlight Chase in Eldridge, Iowa!  It is a four-mile run and close to 1000 people run in it. They also have a 1/4 mile and 1 mile run for kids.   Y'all know  Selah likes to run so she did the 4 miles and Titus did the 1/4 mile. 

So Titus took 10th place! 

Selah keeps on shocking us with her runs!   She did four miles in 34.02!!   She is only 9 years old so that is a phenomenal time... way better than what I could do.  
I am so proud of both of my kids! 

Como Zoo- Minnesota

If you go to Minnesota then going to Como Zoo is worth the time and energy!   It is a free zoo- suggested donation of only $3.  There is a conservatory that is beautiful as well.   

We were able to feed giraffes for $5, and watch the seal show.  They also had other education offered throughout the day.  Parking was even free too!!!!   

Finally Family Time

Sometimes time goes so quickly.  I look at both of my nephews and wonder how they grew up so fast.   I remember them both being so little and now they are grown adults. I hope they will always know that I love them no matter what and all the time even miles away I think and pray for them often.   

Gifts to Serve!

Sometimes it is so easy to think "what gifts has God given me" and inwardly seek without thinking about "what gifts has God given that is going to serve one another."  Today I made this image because I want to serve other with more love, with more care.  My daddy God is so tender and sweet and knows me better than myself.    

The Kids’ First Camping Trip: How to Make It Special

With the price of going away on vacation getting higher and higher, you’re not alone in looking for cheaper options that are just as fun. Many people are now looking at taking their children camping instead. It’s a great way to bond as a family and to explore the great outdoors. Plus, you’ll be doing loads of exercise, getting plenty of fresh air, and enjoying your surroundings. You won’t be paying for extortionate flights or hotel rooms, and nor will you have to find expensive activities to keep the kids occupied. You can also forget about the stress of packing for a flight – you can normally find awesome places to camp within a few hours’ drive of where you live. Any camping trip is going to be lots of fun, but here are a few ways to make it even more special.

Get the right equipment

A lot of people get put off by camping because of the uncomfortable beds, sweltering tents, and lack of facilities. So, before you go, try to find the best of what you can afford. It might be as simple a…

5 Great Things to Do in Whistler with the Kids

Are you planning a family vacation to Whistler, British Columbia in Canada? Then check out the list of great things to do with the kids below. In this way, you can plan an itinerary that everyone will enjoy, and you can all make memories to last a lifetime. Skiing and Other Winter SportsWinter is the perfect season to visit Whistler with your entire family, as there is a host of fun outdoor activities that you can all participate in. These include different types of skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and more. And if you book your stay at a place like Whistler Premier, you can rest assured that you will gain easy and quick access to all of the outdoor areas where you can let loose in the snow. Indoor ActivitiesFor those days when the weather is not cooperating and you can’t enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Whistler, there are also plenty of great things that you can do with the family indoors. There are indoor pools to swim in, as well as indoor ice skating…

Tips for Hiring a Professional Mover

Whether you are moving across the country or just down the street, hiring a mover to help is important.  If you have never hired a mover before, then there are some things you are going to need to know.  Below we will go over some tips that will help you choose the right company for your next big move. Search for a Professional Mover To find the best moving companies in your area, start by asking your friends and family.  Many have probably moved in the past and have a company they would recommend.  If no one you know has experience with movers, you should turn to the internet for help.  Search for moving companies by name and you will likely find their reviews.  Make sure to choose a company that has many different positive reviews and avoid those with a bad online reputation. If you have no luck online, you can always check with your local chamber of commerce and they should be able to provide you with a list of a few qualified moving companies in your area.   Avoid Paying a Large Ca…

Three ways to keep a healthy mind

As parents, it can be extremely difficult to find the time to wind down and relax. We all know how important it is to keep care of our physical health – the phrase ‘five a day’ has been engrained into our minds – but often we forget how important it is to look after our mental health. In this article, we’ll detail three ways you can relax the mind, and maintain a healthy psyche. Put these tips into practice and you will soon feel the benefits. Make sure to exercise your mind People often forget that the brain needs to be worked out on a daily basis to remain healthy, and it is like any other muscle in your body. As soon as you stop doing weights, you will witness a reduction in the muscle mass of your arms, and the same applies to your brain. There are a number of ways you can work out with your mind: Scrabble, or any other word-creating game crosswords puzzles movies video games While you might not think of video games initially, there are plenty of video games that you and your child can use