Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Review-The Spirit Of God Illustrated Bible

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible,  brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help kids understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today! Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations and meaningful text that showcase God’s Spirit. The unique cover shines with beautiful foil and makes it a storybook Bible you and your kids will want to read again and again. 

And I thought
An awesome story Bible for the family.  The stories are easy to read and short enough for younger children. 

They are not written for adults and it might be thought that they are a little 'off' in some instances but you have to realize and remember that it is a children's version and meant to be written in a way that children can understand.   I did not find this negative.  

The illustrations are creatively childish to capture young ones attention.  

I enjoyed reading these stories they are written in a way to keep the young ones interested. 

This would make a great purchase for the family and is perfect for 
bedtime family reading. 

I would also use as an add on to Home School curriculum for young readers. 

The book is a nice hardback.  The pages are a nice heavy weight.

I recommend this Bible for families.  It would make a great gift. 

Zondervon provides some resources including examples and info about the artwork (Click here) .  There is also a trailer click here.

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

Click on the retailers name for a direct link


Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Sandra at Family Corners hosts HHM.  
She provides the prompts
I add a few of my own

The weather
More of the same.  Showers, sun and clouds.  In the upper 80's.

On my reading pile
This one was in the mailbox the other day.  I'll be waiting a bit to read it.  

What I am reading
Glitter Bomb; Hardcover; Author - Laura Childs
I started this one on Saturday.  I received a print copy.  I am finishing up Par Cinderella from last week.  I am enjoying this series. 

What's on your t.v.
Leave me a comment and give me an idea of something good to watch.  The Cowboy has set mothers little t.v. up in his 'man' cave room.  We have a card table and puzzle there.  So he's been working puzzles and watching old game shows!

I am thinking 
That I can't wait till things get back to normal around here. 
Hopefully the 1st of the month will be a huge change.  This month I have been cleaning out my mothers apartment.  I have to be done by the 30th. Say a prayer I get it done!

Something fun to share

Weekend Dinner 
Saturday White Chicken Chili, Salad and Corn Bread
Sunday  Steak Sandwich I sliced left over steak really thin grilled with mushrooms and onions.  Topped with melted Jalapeno Cheddar.   I served chips with cheese dip that I put the Jalapeno cheese in too.  And a grilled smoked Pineapple slice. 

The week's menu

Monday- Chopped Bar B Que Sandwiches, Watermelon, Chips
Tuesday - Beef Stroganoff (from Bison got on sale), Green Beans, Salad
Wednesday - Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine (found recipe on Pinterest)
Add a salad and bread and call it supper!
Thursday-Rotel Quiche, Salad, Confetti Corn (another one from Pinterest)
Friday- Taco's

Last weeks menu (What worked/What didn't)
I didn't even plan a menu or get a post written! Bummer!

On my To Do List
At the top find a charity that will pick up mothers furniture this week! 
Finish cleaning out the apartment. 
Bring home dishes and the sewing machine and plants

My Ta Da moment
Can't think of anything.  Did you have a Ta Da moment?

What's in your Craft Basket?
I want to make these.  Still need to get to Hobby Lobby for the green yarn for Christmas Trees.  Now I need to add some sparkly white to my list. 

In the garden
I plan to cut the last of the blooming Zinnias.  I have only cut a couple I let the rest go to seed.  There are some new ones sprouting. I wonder if the will bloom?

From the camera 
Back to that Ta Da moment.  I got mother to leave her room and go to the lobby to see a dog!
Mothers birthday was Sunday.  I took cookies for the weekend.
She got a card in the mail so I took a pic to send to her friend in 


What if a generation rises up and becomes all they are destined to be?
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

What if a generation rises up and becomes all they are destined to be?

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Let's Party 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Favorite Picture Friday-The Story Behind A Favorite Picture

Welcome! I hope your having a wonderful week.  Today is the day that I share the story and a few of the suggested captions behind my Wordless Wednesday post. 
A favorite photo taken about 8 1/2 years ago.  I loved the way he 
is holding his foot!  I've actually posted this one before for a party a few years ago called Wit and Wisdom.  We shared a photo and 
wrote a story about it.  Here's what I wrote back then . . . 
 Momma said when I'm bigger I get to ride in a show.  
            So I'm waiting.   And waiting. And waiting. 
                           Someday I'll be bigger. 
I'll get to ride on that paint horse waaaaaaaaaaay over there. 
Well I already get to ride him with a real Cowboy hat. 
But I'm not big enough to ride in a show. 
I sit real tall in the saddle just like momma says.  And I click my mouth to make him go.  
But today I have to stand by this fence and watch everyone else ride.  I counted 10 horses.  And there are alot people.  Like maybe a thousand!  
After the show when everyone is done riding they are going to cook hot dogs on a fire.  I'm waiting for that too.
             Boy a boy sure has to do a lot of waiting around here!
Have A Great Day
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday-Add A Caption

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday
Add A Caption _________________
Come back Friday for the 'real' story!
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Have a Blessed Sunday
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Let's party!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Happy Homemaker In Texas

Welcome to my regular Saturday feature.  Sometimes it's a little 
late but I try to get my Happy Homemaker post up anyway. 
I join Sandra for the party
It was her 'brain child'.  Sandra provides the prompts but I add a 
few of my own mainly because sometimes a prompt prompts a new idea from me.   Here's this weeks prompts. 

The weather this is a regular featured prompt.  I think everyone is always curious what the weather is in different areas. 
In my neck of the woods which is in the heart of Texas it has 
been rainy the last few days.  Cooler temps came along with the 
rain.  Yea.  Is it Fall now?  I didn't think it would every get here!

On my reading pile
A couple print copies and my Bible from when I was a teenager. 
This is the Bible that I like to illustrate.  I don't have Journaling Bible. 

What's on your t.v.
I am curious what your watching.  I am waiting for the Hallmark
Christmas movies.  Are you?

I am thinking
That I wish the Cowboy will help me check to see if we can get an 
inter-net connection in our bedroom so we can move the computer. 
I am hoping to bring my mother's sewing machine with a cabinet home this week and I need to move my crafting table which the computer is on now into our room.  

Something fun to share
I've been planning for a couple of weeks to add a little something to my Thankful Thursday.  I hope you'll come by on Thursday to see what I've added. 

And on Fridays for awhile or when the fancy strikes Domino is going to take over the post!  Watch for her first post this week. 

For dinner tonight
I don't make plans for Saturday and Sunday because I never know what the day is going to be lie.    Tonight I have some Chicken Breasts left from earlier in the week and some Salad so I think it's going to be Alfredo.  Yum. Yum. 

Dinner tomorrow
I love to cook Nacho's on Sunday.  
Do you have a favorite Sunday meal?

The menu
Monday- Cheese Enchilada's, Guacamole, Spanish Rice
Tuesday- Chicken Dressing Casserole, Green Beans, Salad
Wednesday-Fried Cat Fish, Fries, Cole Slaw
Thursday-Dinner at Mom's order out
Friday- Navy Bean and Ham Soup, BLT's

Last week's menu- What worked/What didn't
Monday-Labor Day
Brisket, Cole Slaw, Tomato's, Loaded Mashed Potato's, Deviled Eggs ✔ 
Tuesday- Dinner at Mom's ordered in Cajun
Wednesday-Chopped BBQ Sandwiches, left overs from Monday 
Thursday-Oven Roasted Chicken, Green Beans, Corn I have no idea what we ended up having!
Friday -  Chicken Pot Pie, Salad, Biscuits  Smoked Ribs, Loaded Potato Casserole, Jalapeno Poppers, Sliced Tomato The potato's were Betty Crocker box mix that looked like boxed Scalloped Potato's and didn't taste any different.

On the To Do list
Last week's list all over again. Maybe I will get it done this week! 
Redress the Kitchen Hutch from Patriotic to Fall
Finish cleaning and getting the Outdoor Room ready for Fall
Inventory Freezer Didn't get it done last week
Buy Green yarn at Hobby Lobby

My Ta Da moment
Even though I didn't feel like it I went outside on Monday
evening to watch the High School Homecoming Parade. 
Domino loved!  See photo's below!

The Fabulous Party Features
My sweet and patient (she knows what I mean) friend Debbie Dabbled and shared some Fall crafts she's made.  Check out these pumpkins and more over at her blog. Click here
A fall decor tutorial showing flower placement on a DIY fall table centerpiece.
Leanna joined the party this week and shared a beautiful Fall center piece.  Thanks for joining us.  Click here to see her post. 

What's in your craft basket?
I am working on nothing now but I have too much in progress and too many plans!

From the camera


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Add A Caption

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday
Add a caption _________________
Come back on Friday for the 'real' story behind the photo!
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Making God Smile by Kim Taylor Henry-Book Review

Making God Smile

About the book  (provided by Worthy Publishing)

More than just an inspiring daily message, this book leads you on a year-long journey of aligning your actions to your heart’s intentions. Making God Smile overflows with encouragement, reminders, practical tips, personal and inspiring stories, scriptural insight, and biblical teaching that will show you how to reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. By embracing this fruit, others will see Christ in you and your life will be more than you every imagined possible.

From the back cover
Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives
Galatians 5:16
We all have good intentions for honoring God, but what happens when our actions don't match our intentions?  In the day-to-day
of busy families, rush-hour traffic, and endless to-do lists, it's easy to fall short.  The good news is: God knows we try.

Making God Smile leads you on a year long journey to intentionally live the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22.
Kim Taylor Henry invites you to focus on each of the fruit for forty days, in a specific order, to allow that fruit to grow strong roots and become a permanent part of who you. 

And others are saying
"You'll love this engaging devotional."
Jerry Jenkins-New York times best selling author

"Kim Henry's encouraging daily guide
 paints a beautiful roadmap for a Spirit-led life"
Patricia Raybon, award winning author

And I thought
I just want to make God smile.  This book/devotional had me at the 
title.  I was offered a chance to read and review it and I jumped on it.  The title intrigued me.
It's 368 pages is filled with wisdom and is a practical guide. 
It's a short study of the Fruits of the Spirit as well as a great devotional. 

Each devotional is short and easy to read but filled with application and inspiration.  The author includes stories about her own journey.

Making God Smile is a devotional to savour.  

The hardback copy (which is what I received) would make a great gift.   Check this one out for yourself or purchase as a gift.  
Making God Smile would make a nice gift for your church library. 
Amazon is the cheapest source at $12.37 but it is on sale now at CBC for $12.99

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.  

Buy the book 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to my weekly Happy Homemaker post.  Normally I post on Saturday but life got in the way.  I was working on my mom's apartment all day yesterday!  And so no posting.
So Welcome to the Sunday edition!

Each week I join Sandra she provides the prompts
but I add some of my own!
The weather
Ditto from last week.  It's August September in Texas.  That means hot.  And no rain.  

On my reading pile
Did you see my review last week of Fit To Be Tied by Debby Mann?  It was a great read.  You might like it.  
Fit to Be Tied My review is over here
A few Cozy Mysteries are on my stack for the next few weeks.
I can't take a nice picture of a stack because these are all on my phone or Kindle.  I miss print copies.

What's on your t.v.?
We rarely turn ours on anymore.  At least lately.  
So I was wondering what your watching?

I am thinking
I miss(ed) my summer garden.  (it died) I hope to have 
some success in the next couple months.

 Something fun to share
I missed joining this.  But I am visiting maybe I'll get some ideas.
You can find it over at Mrs. Olson's.  Click here.

For dinner tonight
Reheated steak from Friday.
Baked potato
Boiled yellow squash (for me)
Grilled Zucchini, Mushrooms and Onions 

The menu
Monday-Labor Day
Brisket, Cole Slaw, Tomato's, Loaded Mashed Potato's, Deviled Eggs
Wednesday-Chopped BBQ Sandwiches, left overs from Monday
Thursday-Oven Roasted Chicken, Green Beans, Corn
Friday -  Chicken Pot Pie, Salad, Biscuits

Last weeks menu-What worked what didn't
Monday Pinto's and Corn Bread it's been a few weeks!
Tuesday Trying that Rotisserie Chicken again maybe some fresh veggies (planning left overs for Domino)
Wednesday- Is there a pot roast in the freezer?
Thursday-Kid Friendly- Hot Dogs, Fries and Jello
Friday- Stew w/Biscuits (from the leftover pot roast)
Well it was a nice idea.  The Cowboy messed up the beans
Did get the chicken done
The rest of the week I am clueless what we ate. 
Except we did have Steak on Friday.  I only remember because I reheated leftovers last night!

On the To Do List
Redress the Kitchen Hutch from Patriotic to Fall
Finish cleaning and getting the Outdoor Room ready for Fall
Inventory Freezer Didn't get it done last week
Buy Green yarn at Hobby Lobby

My Ta Da moment
I found and brought home a stick vac from my mothers apartment.
I cleaned our baseboards!  It's a cool little vac!  Love it!

Craft Basket plans
Crochet Christmas Tree
These are soooo cute.  I want to make a garland to hang on the hutch.  I display a collection of small Christmas Trees on top.

The Fabulous Party Features
Surviving Deployment as an Introvert Spouse
Click here to read the post.

Collage of photos of Turkey and Dumplings in Bowl with text overlay: Comforting and Homemade Turkey and Dumplings
This look so yummy.  Click here for the post/recipe.

In the garden
Fall plans.  And hopes!  

From the camera
Belt testing.  On the way to Black

Praying scripture deepens our prayers and helps us pray God's will. Freshen your prayers by learning to pray the Bible. via @LisaAppelo
Have A Great Week

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Sorry for the delay friends.  I just came back to write a post and noticed this one wasn't up.  I had it scheduled for the 9th! Duh!
Hope your having a Wonderfully Blessed Sunday!
Praying scripture deepens our prayers and helps us pray God's will. Freshen your prayers by learning to pray the Bible. via @LisaAppelo

Let's Welcome Fall!
Please no Halloween.
Let's party!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Book Review-Fit To Be Tied by Debby Mayne

Fit to Be Tied
About the book 
The Bucklin family loves each other too much to stay away. . . but not enough to behave

Being rich is fine, but when wealth comes from striking oil, it's a slippery mess for a family who doesn't know what to do with it. The Bucklin cousins are all together again, and this family reunion is shaping up to be another disaster.

Coralee falls for the police officer who pulls her over. Sally has finally found a guy, but now she's not sure a relationship is even worth the bother. No matter how hard Brett tries to avoid trouble, he somehow stumbles right back into the thick of it. And Marybeth and Bucky continue to fumble and bumble as they learn how to handle being rich.

The Bucklin family is known for drama--and Bucklin family drama knows no bounds.

And I thought 
A great read filled with family and southern charm.  A modern day story with characters that just seem to tug at your heart strings. 
Fit To Be Tied is book 2 in this series and you might wanna 
read book 1 just because it's good too!
You'll giggle a little, laugh a little and maybe cry a little as family drama unfolds. 
If you enjoy just a 'good read' checks the series out!

I received a complimentary copy. 

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thankful Thursday

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Is your heart filled with Thankfulness?  Today I am Thankful that
I had a great week.  And that it is Thursday and the weekend is not too far off!
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My heart is filled with happiness.  And a few other emotions. 
It's a crazy time in my life.  Lot's of changes happening.  And lots and lots to do. 
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Some days I have to choose to be Thankful and happy.  Just because some days life gets you down.  Mostly I am just super 
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My heart is happy.  And filled with Thankfulness. 
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I hope your day is filled with happiness and smiles. 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday Filled With Words

Good morning M. Hope u got enough sleep and wake up freshly this morning :) have a good day ya cheeky (^_^)
I hope your day is going Splendidly!  Mine has begun to improve.
It's 10:20 a.m. and I just got the computer and internet going again since crashing yesterday at around 1in the afternoon while I was trying to write a Wordless Wednesday post.  Well actually since it was to be Wordless I was trying to go through my photo's and find something to post for today. 
But alas.  All I have is just a few words for you today with a pretty little picture!
Christeen Anderson - "Live life to the fullest" - My Care2