“On This Day in Christian History” by Robert J. Morgan

On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes

The author of this book gives brief biographical sketches of 365 different men and women from Christian history. The stories are arranged in daily readings, one short story for each day of the year. The day of the year correlates with a significant date in the life of the person being written about.

I really enjoyed this book, and learning more about a myriad of different men and women from history. While I wouldn’t call all of the people mentioned in the book a “Saint, Martyr, or Hero” as the book claims, I did appreciate the vast majority of those he wrote about. It was great to have my memory refreshed about many faithful Christians that I have learned about in the past, and also to learn about new men and women who lived, and many times died, for Christ. Many of the stories left me eager to learn more about that individual.

This book would be great to use along with your devotions, or as a brief reading to start or end your day. I read it cover to cover, but I think it would be more enjoyable in small portions spread over a period of time as was intended.

Disclosure: I received this book free as part of the BookSneeze review program from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Dragon and the Turtle”

The Dragon and the Turtle

“The Turtle and the Dragon” by Donita K. Paul and Evabgeline Denmark

This little book about a  dragon and turtle who love adventure and yummy treats was a fun read for my five and three year old boys. The story follows two young animals, Padraig and Roger, as they search for Rogers house. Roger has lost his way, and isn’t certain how to get home. He describes his house and his new friend Padraig helps him find his way home. The story is cute, and I liked how it used the five senses to describe Roger’s house, as well as many good descriptive words throughout the story. Padraig displays kindness and helpfulness , and at the end of the story there is a short section with a Scripture verse and disussion points. It also includes a recipe for the “Chocolate Chip Snappers” that Rogers mother bakes in the story.

Overall I thought this was a great story, though I found it a bit long and drawn out when they were searching for Roger’s house. It took them quite a few tries before they found the correct home. But, my boys really enjoyed it, and we all really liked the cute illustrations.

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.

“Who is Bible Study?”

We have taught Isaac that the church is not the building, but is  God’s people. Often when driving through town we pass the building we rent for Sunday services and point out to the boys, “There’s the church” and Isaac is quick to remind us that’s not really the church, because WE are the church.

On Wednesday’s we have Bible Study in church member’s homes. It’s nice and cozy and works well for us. Yesterday, as we were preparing for study that night Isaac asked me if we were going to church or Bible Study. I told him it was Bible Study. He replied, “Who is Bible Study?” I said, “What do you mean?” and he repeated his question. Again I was confused as to what he meant. Then he looked at me very intensely and pointed to himself and said, “WE are the church, so who is Bible Study?!”

I just love that kid! 🙂

Our Chicago Trip

Two weeks ago Adam and I, along with two other couples from our church, went to Chicago for The Gospel Coalition Conference. The conference was Tuesday-Thursday, but Adam and I went down Monday and came home Friday, so we could have a little extra time for some sightseeing around the city. This is also the first time we have gone away together somewhere ALONE since we had kids! 🙂 We really enjoyed getting away together and being with eachother. But of course by the last day we were missing the boys terribly!

We really enjoyed the conference. The theme was “Preaching Christ and the Gospel from the Old Testament”. Each of the main speakers spoke from an Old Testament Passage and showed how we can see Jesus Christ in all things. The two sermons that really blew me away were Tim Keller’s message on the parting of the Red Sea from Exodus 14, and Don Carson’s message on Melchizedek from Psalm 110. Wow, I will never look at those two passages the same again. We learned alot, and were really blessed.

We also enjoyed having Jon and Heather Hunt, and my sister Katie and my brother-in-law Aaron there with us. On Friday after the conference the six of us spent the day together checking out  Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and Gino’s Pizza. It was a long, but fun day. The not so fun part was the nine hour trip home…which is supposed to take about 4 or 5 hours. Yeah, the traffic was pretty horrible due to an accident. But we made it home safe and sound at 1:00 in the morning. And we decided we are not big city people. The hustle and bustle, the paying for parking (or not being able to find parking!), the traffic and time it took to get anywhere, well, we were happy to leave that behind. We are thankful God has put us in a town like Wausau. 🙂

These are a few pictures from our trip:

At the Field Museum

Outside Soldier Field

Outside the McCormick Place where the conference was held

Under “the bean”

All six of us in “the bean”

Taking public transportation

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Outside Gino’s East Pizzeria

And yes, we added our names to the walls 🙂

I’m back in the land of the living!

Shortly after my last post the pregnancy sickness hit me full force as I expected. Thus the reason for the two month long silence here on the blog. I spent most of my time on the couch with a bucket nearby! 🙂 But, with my new doctor, this time around has been quite different. I was sick till about 16 weeks with both my other pregnancies and expected to endure the same with this one. But this doctor told me there was no need to suffer and that they were very concerned about me getting dehydrated. So after about five weeks of being sick, and loosing five pounds, I started taking some medicine specifically for nausea and vomitting. Wow. I felt human again! I still felt  some nausea, but it wasn’t anything like before, and it pretty much stopped the vomitting. I still had trouble being near food  and the smells and such, but at least I could eat something and keep it down.

I will be 15 weeks tomorrow, and I can feel the nausea lessening. I still take the medicine, but I can sometimes go a little longer inbetween doses now, and I can even cook and clean without getting terribly sick. Hooray! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂

Another new thing with this doctor was that we were able to have an ultrasound at 12 weeks! With my boys we only had the one ultrasound at 19 weeks. But seeing our baby at 12 weeks was a special and wonderful treat indeed! It amazed me that even at 12 weeks how our little one was formed so perfectly and moving all about. What a wonderful Creator we have!

Here is our little guy or girl at 12 weeks:

At 20 weeks we will have our ultrasound where we can find out the gender. And YES we will find out the gender! Everyone has been asking us that. We are not patient enough to wait. And I like to shop and plan! 🙂

The boys are really enjoying this pregnancy, too. Each week we look at my “Your Pregnancy Week by Week” book to find out how the baby is growing. Isaac is especially interested in hearing all about his development. And they love to hug, kiss, and talk to my belly. 🙂 It’s been so fun to talk with them about the baby and have them understand and get excited, too. When I got pregnant with Hudson, Isaac was only 18 months old, so he didn’t really understand. But sharing the excitement this time has been awesome.

I’m now getting to the fun stage of pregnancy. Soon I will be feeling the baby move, start to look pregnant in the next couple months, and finding out the gender! Love it! I love being pregnant after the sick part is over! 🙂