Being Thankful

For the past two years I have written almost each day leading up to Thanksgiving Day on what I have been thankful for that year. You can read them here. Well, I really was not thinking about it this year and just forgot all about it. So, I am just going to write one post on what I am thankful for this year.

I asked my three year old what she is thankful for and she said, "dogs, cats, and little birds."

I am thankful for my children, my husband, our health, having a roof over our heads, and having food on the table.

I am also thankful for God's creation. I have seen some beautiful sunsets this year. I love when the leaves change color.

I am thankful to have a running washer and dryer and a car that while not reliable still gets us to where we need to go.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to thank God for all He has provided for you.


Parenting Unchained ~ Giveaway

Parenting Unchained by Dr. James D. Dempsey is a new book about overcoming deceptions that shackles Christian parents. Dr. Dempsey lists ten deceptions in this book that have infected his own parenting. I am going to be writing a full review of this book in a couple of weeks. I am enjoying this book and it has been a help to me already. Satan is out to destroy families. we need to remain focused on God and  pray for His help while we parent our children. In the book, Dr. Dempsey says, "God's model for parenting will help you avoid the deceptions that seek to destroy both you and your children." Keeping God first in your life and praying for His help will keep Satan away. But Satan will try his hardest to get to your children, so we need to be vigilant.

Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, we are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300!

Here's what you could win:

Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader ($119 value)  

Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain
Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start:

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible's powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids' character--character that lasts when they leave home.

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You'll learn practical, hand on ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family-friendly format. This is the parenting book you can read to your kids.

$25 Amazon Gift Card 

Buy even more books for your new Kindle!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value) 

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks Digital ($18.95 value)

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory. This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflections,recitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”

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My Favorite Bible Verses ~ C

Be sure to go over to The Potter's Hand Academy to check out what others are blogging about during this round of  Blogging through the Alphabet.

Already to the letter C. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses (KJV) for this week:

~ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this right. Ephesians 6:1

~ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7

~ Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the rightous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

~ Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Proverbs 29:17

~ Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

~ Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2


Menu Plan Monday ~ 11/17/14


To see what other people have planned for their weekly menus, click on the image.

I love the cooler weather when we can eat more soups and chili. This week I have planned a lot of soup, but it will get eaten. Our menu for this week is (in no particular order):


~Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

~Broccoli Cheese Soup 

~ Mexican Chicken Soup

~ Roast beef

~ Homemade Pizza

~ Leftovers on one of the days


Finding Hope Now DVD ~ Review and Giveaway

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Finding Hope Now is a movie based on a true story. Reverend Roger Minassian had a heart for the gang youth in Fresno, California. In 1993, Rev. Minassian left his church and started the ministry Hope Now for Youth. While dealing with gangs, Roger meets Santos Delgado. Santos is a 16 year old who has left his home and now survives on the street. Santos joins one of the gangs and his life starts spiraling out of control. Roger keeps on Santos and eventually Santos life starts turning around the right way. Rev. Minassian learns to become a father to the fatherless.

Since it's beginning, Hope Now for Youth has placed over 1800 gang members with criminal records in jobs with Fresno businesses. Hope Now has given them a chance at a new life and have taught men how to be loving husbands and fathers.

Finding Hope Now is available at Family Christian for $19.99. It is recommended for ages 12 and up because of gang related violence.

This is not a movie I would normally choose to watch, but I am glad I was chosen to review this movie. It was such an inspiring movie and had me in tears by the end. Reverend Minassian has such a big heart and loves youth and wants them to do right. It inspired me to want to help the youth in my city. I live near a city that has a gang problem and my mayor has a heart like Roger and wants to get them off the street and into jobs. This movie will not disappoint.

Now for the giveaway: Family Christian has let me give one of my readers a chance at winning the DVD. USA and Canada only. Please enter using the rafflecopter below.

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Snake Oil: Party Potion ~ Review

Snake Oil Review

We love playing board games and card games in our house. So, when I find a new to us game or am introduced to a new game, I want to learn more about the game. We recently reviewed Snake Oil - Party Potion from  Out of the Box.

Out of the Box offers many fun and educational games. Snake Oil – Party Potion is a fun, fast paced game. You are able to play the game in about 30 minutes. This game is geared for ages 8+, but can be used with children as young as 6 if they are reading. It is for 3-6 players and only takes 5 minutes to learn how to play. Snake Oil – Party Potion is available for $14.99.

The name Snake Oil was first introduced in America in the 1860’s. Chinese laborers would rub the oil, that was made from water snake oil, on them after a hard day’s work. Products that contain water snake oil are still used today. In 1917, a sample was tested and found to contain no actual snake oil. As a result of the false product claims and misleading labels, the name “Snake Oil Salesman” was born.

How to play Snake Oil – Party Potion:

The game comes with 14 customer cards and 112 word cards.

Step One: Each player draws 6 word cards and one player chooses to be the customer.

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Step Two: The remaining players take about 30 seconds to combine two of their word cards to create something for the customer. Each player then has to persuade the customer that his product is the best. The customer can cut off the pitch after 30 seconds.

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Step Three: After each player has made their pitch, the customer chooses the best item and that player wins the customer card. The word cards used that round are discarded and each player draws enough cards to bring their total back up to six. The player to the left of the customer becomes the customer.

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Winning: The player with the most customer cards, after each player has been customer one time, wins.


You can check out a video on the directions here.

How we used the game and What we thought:

My kids and I played this game several times throughout the review period. We usually played during the afternoons after we finished our school work for the day. Since there were only 4 of us, the game play went fairly fast. We never played for more than 30 minutes which was great when you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and play a game. My kids, ages 12, 11, and 9, loved this game. They loved trying to convince the customer to pick their product. They didn't like that the game play went fast though. They wanted to keep playing one more time. I enjoyed playing this game with my kids. It was great to see them laugh and have a good time with each other. This is a game we will keep around and play during the cold winter months.


My Favorite Bible Verses ~ B

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. ~ Acts 16:31

Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

And the beatitudes fit in perfectly this week:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. ~ Matthew 5:3-11



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