Welcome to Monsters, Inc.

The boys seem to get on certain kicks, and this week it’s trio block monsters. They have been playing with them every day this week. And they are pretty proud of their inventions! If you look closely you will see that every monster is outfitted with shooting capabilities. Boys will be boys. ūüôā


Isaac has his first loose tooth!

Want to Swap Some Books?

I have mentioned PaperBackSwap before, but it’s worth mentioning again. It is a free site where you can swap books with other members. I have an account, and so does my husband. We have both been filling our bookshelves with great books this way!

How does it work? You post books on your account that you are willing to pass on to someone else. Posting is very simple and usually only requires typing in the ISBN number. When someone orders one of your books you ship it to them, paying the postage. When your book arrives, they let PaperBackSwap know and you get a book credit. Then you can order any book you want, free of charge. The sender pays the postage. Postage usually runs between two and three dollars to send a book. That’s a pretty inexpensive way to add to your library!

I have a wish list on paperbackswap for all the books I want that are not yet available. When someone posts that book then I get a message asking me if I want to order it. I have found the wish list to be very helpful, and that is how I have gotten most of my books.

If you want to check it out you can go here to PaperBackSwap.com. Joining is free and easy. If you would like to use me as your referral¬†you can use my nickname of “happyhomemaker” or my e-mail address¬†in the referral box.

Happy reading!

Praying for God’s Grace

Friends of ours, Rick and Natalie, ¬†recently lost their sweet two day old baby girl. Please pray for them as they grieve this terrible loss, and also as they remain a testimony of God’s grace and goodness. Natalie has started a blog here to tell the story of their little Maddie Grace. Please read it, be touched by it, and remember them in prayers.

Hudson Turns Three!

Saturday our Hudson turned three years old! From two to three seems like such a big jump to me. Every other year I am fine. But with both boys it was a little hard for me when they turned three. Two is still a baby, but three is a big boy. And so now we have another big boy in our house. And what a sweet, fun boy he is!

The boys always get to choose what they want for their birthday dinner. And this is the first time Hudson has been able to tell us. He knew what he wanted without any hesitation: macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and apple slices!

My mom and grandma weren’t able to be with us this time to celebrate. So I was on my own with the cake decorating. My grandma always helps me with the birthday cakes, and I really missed having her with me¬†this time!

We had a fun day with our little man, and are so thankful for the joy he adds to our family.

Happy Birthday, Hudson!

The birthday boy helping make his cake!

Showing off his gift from Gramps and Grammy Jones.

Playdough from Uncle Aaron and Aunt Katie

Daddy and Mama with the birthday boy!

“God Gave Us So Much” by Lisa Tawn Bergren

God Gave Us So Much: A Limited-Edition Three-Book Treasury

God Gave Us So Much¬†is a beautiful special edition children’s book with three stories – God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Love, and God Gave Us Heaven. The art is well done and appealing to little ones with plenty of color and cute characters. It also includes a satin ribbon to¬†keep your place.

This book is about a polar bear family that lives in the North Pole. In “God Gave Us the World” Mama bear teaches Little Cub that God made the world and everyone and everything in it. In “God Gave Us Love” Grampa Bear teaches Little Cub about God’s love and how we should love others. Lastly, in “God Gave Us Heaven” Papa Bear teaches Little Cub about Heaven and how wonderful it will be to live there.

I like how the author uses dialogue between the curious Little Cub and his parents and grandpa to teach him about God.¬†I also¬†appreciated that it ¬†is written in a very understandable way for young children. While I certainly won’t be using this book to teach my children Theology, it is a fun and cute book of stories¬†that they can enjoy.

Disclosure: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group . I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

“I Have a Shelter”

There is great sorrow that comes with living in this world, but we have a Saviour who will bear all those burdens for us. I love this song. I am so thankful that we have a Shelter in the storm.

$20 Amazon.com gift card for $10

Today only you can get a $20 Amazon gift card for $10. This is a really good deal that you don’t see often.¬† Go HERE to grab one for yourself!

Man and God’s Majesty

“…man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty…” – John Calvin

Check Out My New Blog!

Take a look at my jewelry creations over at Salt & Pepper Creations. I have been having a great time making them. They are priced to sell and super cute!

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