Thursday, March 23, 2017

Once Upon a Time Bible and Book review





  • With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
  • The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
  • Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
  • What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.



About the Storybook Bible:

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time”. “The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible” highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible—including Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Brave Queen Esther, the Birth of Jesus, Feeding the 5,000 and Jesus Resurrection. 

The artwork and illustrations by Omar Aranda will keep your child turning the pages as they learn about the heroes of the Bible.

This Bible has a beautifully illustrated hard cover. It has a “presented to” page in the front so it can easily be given for a special event or a just because I love you gift. It covers the ageless stories from both the Old and New Testaments. There are 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 stories from the New Testament and has 144 pages. The stories begin with a scripture verse and are short in length insuring it will hold your child’s attention from beginning to end.



About the Holy Bible:



The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened once upon a time. The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible contains a presentation page and also highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Also contains the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible.
Stories include:
  • God Makes Man and Woman
  • Isaac and Rebekah
  • Ruth Finds Happiness
  • Queen Esther
  • Mary and Joseph and an Angel
  • He Lives!

We all have our own tale to live and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest story of all.
Sharing from my heart:

When I was around 8 or 9 my parents got me the Picture Bible and I read it and re-read it so many times it fell apart.  I loved that Bible so much!  Fast forward 35ish years or so and now the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible is available.  The illustrations are beautifully done and will appeal to most children that have been raised watching Disney movies.  I think they will really be able to connect to the stories when they see the pictures, I still get little flashes in my mind when someone speaks about Esther or Rachel.  I can clearly see what they "looked" like in the Picture Bible and remember how I felt when reading about them.  Esther has always been one of my favorites she was and still is so real to me and not just words on a page.  When children can envision something they can better relate to it and I know I'd prefer my children to relate to a Biblical character than a made up Disney one.  I highly recommend the Storybook Bible for ages 4-8 and the Holy Bible for ages 6-10.


More info:

Bibles: Available where books are sold

Storybook Bible: Available at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold


Thanks for reading,
 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing these books.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Tale As Old As Time





Today we needed a break from out typical homeschool day so I decided to treat the kids and myself to the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. If you live in the Tulsa area I'm sure you've heard about the incredible Warren Theater in Broken Arrow.  It's very fancy, seating is nice, they have a light show before the movie starts and curtains that draw back and of course a curved screen with amazing surround sound.  Something you might not know is every Wednesday is $5 movie day.  We like to take advantage of that! Kylan and I went to pick up his passport (that's a whole new blog post) and Kenzie picked up a couple of her closest friends and we met up at the Warren. Yes, you read that correctly...Kenzie is driving now and has her own vehicle. I've really got to blog more often and keep you up to date better.

Anyway, I'm sure you've heard about all the rucus with the movie.  Some people are boycotting it and some just want to re-live seeing the animated version for the first time.  We just wanted to see it and decide for ourselves.  Disney did not disappoint us!  I absolutely loved it, it was all Disney. Which means they didn't spare any expense, it was breathtaking.  I was a little concerned with how they would portray the Be Our Guest scene but of course in true Disney fashion I gazed in awe at what they had accomplished. 

The original animated version of Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 and at that time I was a senior in high school and didn't have time to see it.  The next year 1992 I got married (yes, I was so young) and was a nanny for a family with 3 little boys. When the movie came out on video we watched it repeatedly but the first time I saw it I was captivated by all the details.  While watching I wondered if I'd ever cuddle with a child of my own and share this time honored tale.  I'd just endured a traumatic and painful miscarriage and wasn't sure if we'd ever be able to have children. Over the course of the next 8 years I watched many more Disney movies and faithfully bought every single one of them on VHS video tapes for our future children.  We continued to have miscarriages for a total of 6 in all and finally my doctors agreed it was time for a hysterectomy because my body was failing me. It was an agonizing decision but one that changed our lives forever.  In 1999 we decided to begin the adoption process and the rest is history. We adopted both Kenzie and Kylan through Dillon International over the course of the next couple of years and have never looked back.  As I sat in the theater and watched the newest version of Beauty and the Beast many of those memories swept over me and I shed a tear or two.  I was sitting by both of my teenage children...children I never thought I'd have.  It reminded me that I have so much to be thankful and grateful for in my life!  My teens will soon be going off to college or possibly culinary school and I want to enjoy each and every day I have left with them in our home before they are grown up and have children of their own.  Who knew that seeing a movie would bring up so many ranges of emotion?  So, in conclusion this movie may not be the movie for everyone but for me it was definitely A Tale As Old As Time and was spectacular!

Thanks for reading,
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

When We Last Spoke book review

When We Last Spoke




About The Book:


With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, author Marci Henna introduces you to the Cranbournes—a mostly lovable and undoubtedly nutty family who’ve had more than their fair share of hard times.
A beautiful blend of tears and laughter, When We Last Spoke tells the tale of sisters Juliet and Evangeline, who are dropped off by their Broadway-bound mother at their paternal grandparents’ Texas ranch in 1967. After their cherished father is killed in Vietnam, the girls are orphaned. Still mourning their son’s death, grandparents Walt and Ruby accept their role as guardians, only to be surprised soon after by another permanent houseguest’s arrival—Walt’s kooky mother, Itasca.
Fast-forward to the present, where the warmhearted home in which the girls grew up is now just a faint memory. The estranged sisters are in need of a good dose of Walt’s famous stargazing wisdom: “You’ve got to look real close. Pay attention to what’s around you in this life. You’re liable to miss something important if you don’t.”

Packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, this must-read novel also digs in deep to the things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

As I lay in bed and read this book I was swept back to my days living in Texas from 2nd-6th grade.  Memories washed over me and I see, hear, taste, smell and feel the images that the author Marci Henna painted with her words.  This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and can't wait to read the rest of the Fireside series.  I've never read anything written by Marci Henna but I love her style of writing and they way she seamlessly goes from the past to the present and back to the past again.  As I was reading I found myself longing for the days I spend with my grandparents.  I've recently lost all of my grandparents so I think a tear or two might have slipped out as memories sprang up while reading this novel.  As I was reading I loved that the main protagonist found out that a life worth living is the life worth remembering.





About the author:

Marci Henna

 Marci Henna

Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800’s and currently lives in Austin.

 More Info:

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Marci will be giving away a FREE Kindle version from Feb. 20-24 on Amazon.

Leave a comment telling me your favorite memories of your grandparents and you will be entered to win both the book and DVD!
Thanks for reading,
 


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas CD


Funny story about Amy Grant and I...you see I wanted to be here when I was in 4th grade.  At that time I listened to her music pretty much non-stop.  I knew every word by heart and I gave it my all.  My parents even took me to my very first concert and it was indeed Amy Grant!  I was thrilled and went back to another concert 2 years later when I was in 6th grade and oh how I still wanted to sing like her.  Fast forward to 10th grade and she came to Tulsa with Michael W. Smith and of course I went to that concert and once again in 11th grade.  I've never seen someone in concert 4 times before!  Oh wait scratch that it's going to be 5 times tonight (I'll post pictures on here tomorrow)!!!  Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are coming to Tulsa again woohoo.  Kevin and I are going with our besties Mika and Jim from OKC.  You probably know about Mika from her blog Mika's Pantry and of course we adopted Kenzie and Bailey at the same time and the rest is history. 

Needless to say I was beyond thrilled when FlyBy offered me a chance to review Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas album.  I can't get enough of it, in the car, on my phone, while I'm falling asleep, while I'm cooking.  Christmas music and Amy Grant is just the perfect mix for me. If you'd like to preview before you buy here's a link.

“To Be Together” Audio on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUpIwK5Bxn8

To purchase click on the following link:


 Giveaways for this promotion are only for residents
of the continental U.S. 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Thanks for reading,
 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit

Are you a doodler or a journaler?  Do you like to color, scrapbook or craft?  If so, Bible journaling might be right up your alley.  I'd never heard of it until last year when a sweet homeschool mama showed me your Bible and something clicked in my mind.  WOW!! This is something I can do as a creative outlet and also as creative worship.  I'm not gonna lie it's pretty fun too.  
My amazing husband ordered the Inspire Journaling Bible for me in November 2015 for Christmas but it took forever to come in.  I finally got it in August 2016 and was not disappointed.  
  
FlyBy offered me the chance to review and blog about an Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit and I jumped at the opportunity since I knew it would make a great addition to my journaling Bible.

Here I am unboxing it. 

 This set comes with the following items:
  • 8 colored pencil twists that never need sharpening
  • 1 archival-quality journaling pen
  • 4 sheets of inspirational word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers to mark special passages
  • A ruled page protector mat with die cut edge for tracing lines
  • A Philippians 4:3 “Whatever Is Lovely”-inspired pouch that has an adjustable strap to fit most Bibles—perfectly sized to store your pencils, pens, and tabs!
  • Presented in an attractive gift box

The bright green zipper case holds everything you see.  Stickers, tags, quotes, letters, a ruled page protector, colored pencils and a pen.  This case also attaches to your Bible so you don't lose it.
Here's a picture of the back so you can see how it attaches. Pretty cool huh?
One of my favorite scriptures so I marked it with a tag at the top, underlined it with one of the creamy colored pencils and added a couple of stickers.

I'm also doing a giveaway.  Leave me a comment about Bible journaling, do you love it, not like it, never heard of it?  I'd love to hear our thoughts and you'll be entered to win one of these fun sets.  You can also leave a comment on my Facebook post if that's easier for you.


***BONUS***
As a fun promotion Worthy Inspired and Ellie Claire are giving away with 5 different kits!  They also have free coloring pages so just click on the link below and you'll be whisked away to their page.



To purchase your own kit click on any of these links:



Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.
If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /
FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.
Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thanks for reading, 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kenzie's 16th Gotcha Day


Happy 16th Gotcha Day Kenzie!  16 years ago Kevin and I were anxiously awaiting her arrival at the LAX airport.  My mom and Kevin's parents flew in that morning to surprise us and were just as excited as we were to meet Sun Hwa Kim (Kenzie's Korean name).  We paced up and down the terminal just outside of customs.  I saw her being carried by someone that I didn't know and that concerned me a little bit but I could see Beverlee talking to him so I knew everything would be ok.  It turned out to be Mr. Chae, he had escorted Kenzie instead of the baby he was supposed to escort.  The other baby was having problems on the airplane and Kenzie was enjoying the flight by cooing at all the flight attendants so Bev and Mr. Chae switched babies.  The moment he placed her in my arms is seared in my memory forever.  My life changed in the blink of an eye, I was now a mommy to the most beautiful baby on the planet.  Kevin was crying so hard he didn't see Kenzie reach out her tiny, plump hands for him so I said, "She wants you".  He grabbed her and cried until her whole head was wet with his tears.  It was a surreal experience.  I can not believe this precious girl has been in our life for 16 years now.  We're so thankful and grateful to call her our daughter.  She brings laughter and smiles everywhere she goes and I can not wait to see what the future holds for her. 

November is National Adoption Month if you're interested in more info on International adoption feel free to message me at justwedeminute@gmail.com or contact the agency we used www.dillonadopt.com


Thanks for reading, 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Operation Christmas Child


Our family belongs to this amazing homeschool co-op called Aspire and we stay busy with them.  They keep us hopping!  Anyway, our co-op and church partner together for many activities and we've been collecting donations for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project.  This is a wonderful organization that sends a shoebox packed full of gifts and needed items to over 100 countries around the globe.  Children are shown that someone loves them and so does Jesus.  My mom the kids and I went to the packing party and we each packed around 7 shoe boxes.  We prayed that the children receiving these boxes would get what they are needing.  Each box contained many items but ours all had a toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, and soap along with a WOW item like a doll or truck and pencil, paper, pens, socks, etc.  The goal for our church was 250 shoe boxes and with the Lord's blessing of many helping hands and generous hearts we were able to pack 363!!!  Our family put trackers on our boxes so we can see where they went and hopefully we'll be able to contact some of the children that receive the boxes.  If you'd like more info on packing parties in your area or how you can get involved please click on the link below.




Kenzie and Hannah writing personal notes to add to the boxes.

#Ipackedashoebox


If you're a savvy shopper or a coupon queen you can really help children in need by stocking up throughout the year.  Here's a link to a monthly list of items that are needed!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.samaritanspurse.org/occ/pdfs/Year-Long-Calendar2.pdf


Thanks for reading,