August 4, 2015

August 3, 2015

Summer Giveaway Alert! 77 Ways to Pray With Your Kids

It's summer giveaway time!  This week we are giving away a copy of 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, by Jerry Windley-Daoust.  This book is published by a relatively new publishing company, Peanut Butter & Grace Publishing.  You may have noticed them if you were at the MN Catholic Home Educators Conference this year.  We really love their Illuminated Rosary series, and I hear there may be a hardcover gift version out in time for Christmas.

July 31, 2015

Quiet Posting = Overactive Brain

I haven't done a lot of *meaty* posting this summer...more like extra side dishes I guess.  I've reached this point in life and in grief where I finally feel like my head is above water.  I have some projects floating around that will be coming down the pipeline before too long and I've been focusing on enjoying my family this summer.    In some ways it feels a bit like getting to know my family all over again this summer because I have changed and so have they.  I blinked and my kids grew up.

I mean, really, how silly of me to be surprised.  Kids grow up in the best of situations and in the last year...well, my kids grew up a lot.

July 28, 2015

Only God Can Make A Kitten Review

Children have an awe inspiring wonder about the natural world around them.  Tiny pieces of grass, leaves, seeds, flowers, animals...they notice things that adults have long since stopped paying attention to.

Written in easy to read rhyme, Only God Can Make A Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene, follows a young boy as he wanders the world noticing the smallest of details.  One each page, he makes an observation and asks who makes such an amazing thing.   His mama and little sister follow him on his adventure answering "only God can make a ...." for each inquiry.  

Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, this book is a beautiful read aloud for toddlers and preschool aged children.  The pictures are done in soft colors with an attention to details.  When we read this book, we often find ourselves looking for other things that were hidden (but not really) in the pages.  Some books seemingly get rotated off of our shelves as soon as they are added, but not this one.

In the end of the story as the child prepares for bedtime, Mom reminds the young boy of all the wonderful things God made..."best of all," she says, "God made YOU!"

This book definitely gets five stars on my BookLook Blogger and Amazon reviews!  

In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program.

July 23, 2015

In Memoriam Tour 2015, Stop #3


Way back in June, Tim and I attended the Prenatal Partners For Life banquet at the University of St. Thomas with our oldest three kids, his mom, and his sister and her husband.  It was a beautiful evening with fantastic music courtesy of Mark Forrest.    Instead of writing too much about this stop, I will just share some of our pictures.   Siena was definitely close by all night long!

July 20, 2015

Summer Reading 2015

Worlds 2015

Every summer, at the beginning of June, we tromp down to our local library and sign up for the summer reading program.  

And every summer, my kids come home spend five minutes or less reading and win things like Happy Meals and cheap toys I don't want.

July 17, 2015

Come Celebrate Easter Sticker Storybook Review


Easter in July?  This time, it's not my fault!  I requested this book for review early in Lent, but due to a backlog of requests (I assume) it didn't arrive until just last week.  Actually, it took so long for the book to arrive that my BookLook Blogger account was suspended due to inactivity when I went to log in and I had to wait for "permission" to post again.  

I will pretend that this did not irritate me.  

Good thing my kids, at least, don't mind a little off-season reviewing!