When my older kids were younger, we used to read to them each night before bed. It was a great routine to help them settle in for the night. With 7 k When my older kids were younger, we used to read to them each night before bed. It was a great routine to help them settle in for the night. With 7 kids now, we have gotten away from the habit in all of the chaos of life. I wanted to try to get back to it with my 21 month old daughter and utilize her sister to be my helper. I love having a routine for bedtime, rather than just saying "It's Bedtime", and that is all.
I had Shiloh read Time for Bed, Sleepyhead to Jurnee for a few nights. It is a bit of a long book for a toddler, being geared for just a little bit older. She did pay excellent attention t each night and did not get bored at all. The book is big, but not long. It has some great illustrations of the animals that really keeps the younger children's attention. ...more
Nothing beats snuggling up with my toddler and reading God's word to her! She quickly bores of my reading from my Bible, but with the Snuggle Time Ps Nothing beats snuggling up with my toddler and reading God's word to her! She quickly bores of my reading from my Bible, but with the Snuggle Time Psalms, I can read the Word to her and she can see fun illustrations.
Each page has a verse from a Psalm. 15 different Psalms represented. After the verse is quoted, the author offers a couple paragraphs you can use as a prayer, or an extension on learning about what the Psalm means. Illustrated bears, monkey, elephant, sheep, mouse, penguins and more! The illustrations really drew in the attention of my toddler. This book is great for getting your young one in the habit of a night time Bible reading and prayer before bed. My daughter looks forward to reading her 'Jesus book' each night as we tuck her in to bed.
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I LOVED this book! I just love when an author can weave history and contemporary stories together and have that fine link between the two that we are I LOVED this book! I just love when an author can weave history and contemporary stories together and have that fine link between the two that we are trying to discover. I love the intrigue and mystery behind it. I love historical fiction to help me be zipped back in time. They have always been a favorite of mine. The setting of the English countryside made me want to go and visit. I really liked that Heather was 'older' as the main character. She had been divorced and her daughter recently married. I loved that she returned and there was her 'first love', who just happened to be widowed. Can't beat a great love story, mystery and fantastic pictures of a small town to make for a splendid read! I actually plan to read it again, as I read it almost too quickly the first time and didn't want it to end!...more
For the time and place we live now, this book is an outstanding example for us. Daniel really lived in about the worst time and place ever. Though we For the time and place we live now, this book is an outstanding example for us. Daniel really lived in about the worst time and place ever. Though we are heading that direction, we are still free to worship, and read the Word. Daniel had so much to overcome and he was able to do it by realizing that God had his hand in everything. Clearly seeing this was "the foundation upon which his hope, humility, and wisdom rested."
The book takes a look of these components of Daniel.. Hope, Humility, and Wisdom. Looking at how Daniel handled situations in the fallen world, and utilizing him as an example for how we are to live similarly.
I have high lights galore in this book! Such a great look at how we should be responding to the things going on around us now. The world is getting darker, but our light is still to shine.
Daniel's hope had nothing to do with wishful thinking, it instead relied on his knowledge of God and how he knew that God was in control. We have the book of Revelation, we know how the story ends! We win, and Satin and his demons are cast into the lake of fire. That gives us hope and joy.
Daniel also had humility. He had self esteem, was ambitious, and served others. Daniel had to be respectful of one of the worst kings ever, because God commanded him to. Daniel wasn't in it for the short term, he was interested in following God to the end.
Widsom is rooted in the fear of the Lord for Daniel. He also understood that godless people lived godless lives.
Excellent book on many levels and it will be a great read for those feeling at a loss in our world.. Babylon. ...more
Angie runs her late aunt's Amish Quilt shop. As an Englisher, Angie has made several Amish friends in the area, though there are still those who are sAngie runs her late aunt's Amish Quilt shop. As an Englisher, Angie has made several Amish friends in the area, though there are still those who are skeptical including Martha Yoder who cared for Angie's late aunt. Martha has since opened a 'true Amish' quilt shop right next door to Angie!
Angie decides to sell some of her aunts quilts in the local Amish auction to help make the quilt shop payments.As the first Englisher to sell at the auction, Angie wants to make sure everything goes smoothly so she can continue and perhaps others like herself join in later. All seems well until Petunia the pet goat gets out and Angie goes chasing after it as Petunia leads her to the canning shed and a dead body! Wanda is holding the pie that Rachel gave to Wanda not long ago, partly eaten! Angie knows her Amish friend Rachel would never kill Wanda, but it isn't looking good as many have seen her and her husband Aaron arguing with Wanda over a pie factory proposal for town. Wanda,adament that the factory would deter from the charm of the town, while Aaron's livelihood is at stake.
Any book with a goat running amuck is on my favorites list! Such character these guys have and even better sleuthing skills.
Good clean country fun including the ways of the Amish through baking, quilting, sewing, and fellowship. Angie sleuths away trying to get her friends off of the suspect list, much under the radar of the handsome sheriff who seems to have a thing for Angie.
The country charm and a little bit of romance will keep you reading to find out who killed Wanda and why in this fun cozy mystery!...more
I was thrilled to hear that Linda Weaver Clarke was starting a cozy mystery series. I love cozy mysteries and even better, clean language ones. AmeliaI was thrilled to hear that Linda Weaver Clarke was starting a cozy mystery series. I love cozy mysteries and even better, clean language ones. Amelia is a strong character, but guarded in her relationships. She is good at being a detective and has natural skills that people are drawn to help her. I had never heard of Bali before this book! What an intriguing place. All of the details sure make it sound like somewhere I would love to vacation. Amelia however isn't on vacation, she is off to find Mrs. Brody's brother who has suddenly disappeared. Amelia asks help from her sometimes associate Rick to travel with her. How can they be in such a romantic place like Bali without starting to have feelings for each other? Linda takes the relationship slowly, something I really appreciate. She helps the couple find their friendship with each other first, before any romantic feelings take place. I enjoyed how the book had people of different nationalities and faiths coming together and breaking stereotypes and racial barriers. The mystery flowed easily and was well paced.
Another series I loved by Linda Weaver Clarke is her Adventures of John and Julia Evans series. These are all set in magnificent places and hold great, twist turning mysteries!...more
This book had a huge family theme, which is interesting as the main character doesn't have a strong family back ground. Dee never knew her Father, orThis book had a huge family theme, which is interesting as the main character doesn't have a strong family back ground. Dee never knew her Father, or her family's history. Her mother Leora, would refuse to talk about it. Dee was not close to her own husband, as he worked in the military and Dee wanted to keep a stable environment for her own daughter Valerie. Even with trying to maintain a sense of family for Valerie, the two weren't that close. Dee's husband passed 3 years ago and Dee moved in with her Mother. Leora had secrets that she just refused to share with her daughter. It was interesting finding these out slowly after Leora dies.
Valerie has secrets herself, knowing more than her own Mother does. When Valerie travels to Spain to promote her book, she discovers much more of her heritage. It seems that Valerie wants that connection, while her Mother is slowly coming to terms with her own loss.
The relationships Dee has grow and improve after she starts visiting with a priest, Father Mike. He is the ear she needs to work through so much abandonment and secrets in her family. I love how Father Mike is not pushy, he is a good listening ear, and an encourager.
I enjoyed seeing the relationship with Dee and Valerie improve, and to see Dee stick her self out there and try to make friends, and even a beau.
The history of the Basque region in Spain was very intriquing, ,many of the people having been shepherds.
I have had a theme in books lately, with stories that have 2 time lines in them. I do enjoy reading a good book that brings wisdom from the past to teI have had a theme in books lately, with stories that have 2 time lines in them. I do enjoy reading a good book that brings wisdom from the past to teach the characters something. I would be just like Jane, curious to find out more about Alice. I love the idea of living in an old vicarage, that drew me to the book. Old homes, old seasons all make for a great background in a book. Alice worked alot of hours, and her children went to the best private schools. They lived in New York City and she enjoyed the hustle and bustle. The move to a slower paced life, back to Andrew's homeland of England made Alice feel lonely and out of place. My curiosity about Alice kept me reading. I felt like I was right there with Jane trying to figure out who this woman was. Jane really grew in character through the book. Watching her grow as a wife and mom was very encouraging....more
This beautifully illustrated book begins in the beginning with God creating the heaven and earth. It tells the story of Adam and Eve and their sin andThis beautifully illustrated book begins in the beginning with God creating the heaven and earth. It tells the story of Adam and Eve and their sin and need to leave the garden. It shows them toiling to work the ground. It then skips to Noah's Ark. It hits some key characters like Abraham and Sarah, Issac and Rebecca, Moses, Gideon, Sampson, Ruth and many more. The book is divided into Old and New Testaments. The New Testament begins with an angel coming to Mary, and her and Joseph leaving for Bethlehem. It shares many of the miracles of Jesus, his crucifixion and Resurrection. I appreciate that it doesn't end there, but goes on to have Jesus come and appear to his disciples and rise up to heaven.
The illustrations are dynamic and fun. Each person in the story has this adorable large, cartoon like nose. An aspect that sets this illustrator apart.
The 99 Stories from the Bible touch on many of the great stories that we want our children to learn and remember to store in their young hearts and minds. ...more
My 11 year old son has always enjoyed sewing. I tend to have a hard time finding him easy sewing projects that aren't geared for girls. Creature CampMy 11 year old son has always enjoyed sewing. I tend to have a hard time finding him easy sewing projects that aren't geared for girls. Creature Camp was the perfect solution for him to be creative, and feel like he was making something cool!
Creature Camp has 18 easy projects that teach you how to make stuffed animals. Step by step instructions that are easy to understand and get started (with parental guidance).
New at sewing? This book is great for adults to learn to sew and make small little cuddly creatures for their kids, grandkids and learn great skills while doing it. Learn to sew buttons, turn corners, attach zippers and more in a variety of creatures. The book gives many examples and suggestions to help get your imagination started.
The book starts from easiest project and gets harder as you progress. My son wanted to make the stuffed teddy bear. I love that you can easily use a fat quarter and get started on this. I could simply print off the pattern pages and we had our template. If you purchase the paper copy you can make xerox copy for your pattern. I would have loved to feel this book in my hands and flip through it. I really enjoyed the ebook version, but I tend toward being in love with paper versions more.
My 11 year old made a fantastic teddy bear with just minor help from me. We look forward to adding more creatures to our collection.
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Sir Hugh, Baliff and Surgeon, has got to be one of my very favorite fictional characters. He continues to make me laugh out loud when reading these b Sir Hugh, Baliff and Surgeon, has got to be one of my very favorite fictional characters. He continues to make me laugh out loud when reading these books! His dry wit, and humor is wonderful, especially in the situations he finds himself in. Again he is having to solve a murder. What looks like Sir Henry possibly dying from a heart attack, leaves Sir Hugh puzzled, but not for long. Sir Henry's eyes are open..Research and deduction find the cause of death, but who killed Sir Henry while he was visiting (for three months) with Lord Gilbert?
Sir Henry's wife insists he died from the lettuce seeds that Sir Hugh gave him as a sleeping aid, which is proposterous, and Sir Hugh proves it.
This is the 6th book in the series, each can easily stand alone as a great story. The story does continue though with Sir Hugh's wife and family and I like catching up with what they are doing as well. This is one of those series that I look forward to the next book!
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