Book Review: My, Myself, and Lies

by Jennifer Rothschild

Synopsis:
What do you say when you talk to yourself?

Have words like, “You’re not good enough," "smart enough," "strong enough," or "talented enough" creeped into your mind so many times that you've started believing them?

Our words are powerful. And the negative words we tell ourselves cause us to miss out on the freedom God so desperately wants for His children.

Me, Myself, and Lies will help you:
- Quiet the voice in your head that says, “You’re not good enough” by replacing negative self-talk with positive soul-talk.
- Overcome the fears and insecurities that distract you from God’s love and your purpose.
- Learn how to press on during times of heartache or disappointment as you focus on the One who is bigger than your circumstances.

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book a lot. It took me a while to get into but by the end, I really enjoyed it and loved the lesson in it. I actually finished this one on time with the OBS, I don't always do that and that says something! It is so easy to tell ourselves lies or let Satan tell us lies. Instead of filling our heads with lies, if we feel those things sneak in, we should substitute them with God's word instead. Great book! Definitely recommend!

Sensory bucket favorites

Before I was a mom, summer was a time to relax and binge watch TV shows. But now my time is spent being a little more useful (oh and watching a lot of Thomas the Train), occupying my 3-year-olds time now that he doesn't have Day School.

This past week has also been filled with getting Seth fully potty trained (long story... maybe for another post) so we have been spending a lot of time at home just the two of us. Sensory bins are great to help teach as well as keep this busy toddler in one spot playing. We have done plenty of sensory bins before but this week I decided to borrow some Pinterest ideas to make some sensory bins to keep on hand. 

Here is what I bought at the local dollar store:
Beans (2 bags)
Pasta (had on hand)
Oatmeal (had on hand)
Cereal (had on hand)
Pebbles (2 bags)
Black Rocks (2 bags... may need one more)
Colored Sand (2 bags, different colors)
Colored Pebbles (2 bags, different colors)
Decorative glass rocks (2 bags, different colors)
Cotton balls
Rubber Ducks (2 sets of 3, you can buy more if wanted)
Measuring Cups (a variety)
Toothbrushes (pack of 3)
Tongs
Play Kitchen Utensils
Small Tub
Gallon zippered bags (10 pack)

Bought at Hobby Lobby:
Ocean animals (1 pack)
Coral Reef (1 pack)
Reptiles (1 pack)

Already had:
tractors
moon sand (recipe here)
dinosaurs
foam ocean animals (numbers written on them for matching)
rocks (with alphabet written on them)

While my little one was playing with some of the new sensory materials, I got all the materials unpacked and separated. I put the bases or fillers in the gallon bags. I mixed the red sand and light blue rocks in one bag and the blue sand, green rocks, and decorative glass rocks in another.


Then I put the different add ins in some quart baggies I had on hand.


I put the cotton balls and rubber ducks (after writing numbers on the bottom) in one gallon bag. And I usually keep the tractors in the moon sand bag (may separate).


And then I use the following as tools to mix in with any bin. Little One's favorite are the kitchen utensils and funnels.


Once you have all your bases, add ins, and tools ready to go, you can pick and choose which ones to use. For example, we used the sand, pebbles, and glass rocks with the ocean animals. Or another, the black rocks with the alphabet rocks and tractors. There are so many options!

One thing I have bought yet, because I couldn't find it, are some foam alphabet letters, like the ones for the bathtub. You can add those to anything. Also, I may get a few more bags of teal sand and use some cotton balls and play airplanes for airplane sensory play!

You can also use rice instead of the sand and die it whatever color you'd like. But it was easier to pay $1 for everything I needed at the dollar store ;)

My favorite part about all of this is that everything packs up nicely in the bins and slides under our guest bed!


What are your favorite sensory bin ideas??

Book Review: Listen, Love, Repeat

by Karen Ehman

Synopsis:
In this six-session video Bible study, Karen Ehman, New York Times bestselling author of Keep it Shut, helps you rediscover the life-changing joy that comes from putting others first. In a culture that tells us a me-first, you-second way of living is the key to happiness, Ehman explains that the key to moving forward in almost every facet of your life is to embrace backward living.

Becoming a person who thinks about others first takes effort. It requires you to live alert. To be on the lookout in conversations for “heart drops”—hints of kindness you might grant to the person right in front of you, right where they are.

But it is worth it.

Listen, Love, Repeat gives you both the encouragement and practical, daily ways you can reach out to others with both planned and random acts of kindness. Topics include loving your family and friends, encouraging coworkers, reaching out to the lonely, blessing the “necessary people” who help you get life done every day but often go unnoticed, and many others who could use an act of thoughtfulness. An additional focus on modeling for your children a lifestyle that listens and loves is accompanied by doable ideas for you and for your family.

My thoughts:
Out of all the OBS I have down through Proverbs31 Ministries, this was not my all time favorite, however I did like it and learned a lot from it. But I did love the way it pointed to the Bible and the way God wants us to act so people can see the Gospel through us. I also loved the additional bible study component they added to the study this time around.
It talks about "heart drops" and I really enjoyed this concept and it convicted to me to start paying more attention to the people around me and start serving those. Serving where you are!

Book Review: Finding I Am

by Lysa TerKeurst

Synopsis:
What is the deep cry of your heart?

That ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it.

Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to:
- Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is.
- Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you.
- Gain a better understanding of how Jesus' words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

My thoughts:
One of my favorite OBS (online bible studies) through Proverbs31 so far. This one is more of a bible study than a book but it dug in so deep to God' Word and specifically the I AM verses in John. The OBS also provided weekly videos where TerKeurst taught in the Holy Land over the verses we studied that week. That was a great bonus and one of my favorite parts.
If you are looking for a true bible study, not a topical one, go to Proverbs31 to buy your copy today!

Our little family

A friend of mine offered to take our pictures in exchange for me taking theirs. So I jumped on that! We took them in a little park in her neighborhood and I love them!






Book Review: Wait and See

by Wendy Pope

Synopsis:
Finding Peace in God's Pauses and Plans

When waiting on God stretches for months or years, we might begin to doubt His promises. Did I hear You correctly God? Do you see what I'm going through? Why does this have to be so hard?

In Wait and See, Wendy Pope draws on the life of King David to help us:
- Focus on the Person of our faith rather than the object of our wait.
- Prepare for the future by participating in God’s work in the present.
- View God’s pauses as opportunities to know Him better.
- Gain confidence in God’s plans, even during uncertain times.
- Step out of the security of the known to find peace in the unknown.

How can we take every opportunity to focus on God and His beautiful future? This hands-on guidebook will show you how to transform a difficult season of waiting into a sweet season with God.

My thoughts:
I loved loved loved this book. Such a great way to weave in the story of King David and the waiting we can all go through. I loved the way the book was more than just a story, it really helped you get into the Word of God. And I loved the part about writing your own story at the end of the book as Chapter 10! I did this as a part of Proverbs31 Ministries Online Bible Study and it was one of my favorites so far.

Book Review: Uninvited

by Lysa TerKeurst

Synopsis:
“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.”

In Uninvited, Lysa leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.

With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:
- Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
- Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
- Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.


Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not reject or uninvite.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. It was my second study with Proverbs31 Ministries Online Bible Study and I really enjoyed it. It was such a good reminder of the love God has for us and that we can't find that love anywhere else but through him. No one or no thing else can fulfill us like he does.

A shower for baby Tegan!

The Wacky Pack threw another one!! Another baby shower for a sweet baby girl named Tegan, she is due in December. They threw a sweet, simple shower for baby girl and her mama.






Baby Brass is a boy!!

I have a ton of friends having babies right now and I am so excited for all of them and can't wait to meet their babies! One of my oldest friends held a gender revel recently and they are having a...








BOY!!!




Shower for a sweet baby Adeline

One of my best friends from grade school is having a baby! I can't wait to meet her baby girl, Adeline Ann. She is due in November so I hosted a shower with some friends in early October. Our theme was floral and a little antlers here and there. She loved how it turned out and got some great stuff!













Paw Patrol birthday party for our 3-year-old!

I cannot believe our little boy is 3!! He has grown and changed so much and it amazes me. Sometimes I look at him and can't even believe he is mine, I love him so much!!

This little boy is all boy and wanted a Paw Patrol birthday party this year. We decided to go with My Gym as our party place because it was definitely less stress and more time to enjoy our little guy. I didn't take a ton of pictures because I was having too much fun watching him enjoy his party!