29.5.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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21.5.16

Scripture and a Snapshot



And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.  Ephesians 4:11-16 

     This has been a whirlwind weekend.  We celebrated my son's birthday, another graduation, Youth Sunday at church, and now are finalizing details for my daughter's graduation. While the girls practiced singing at church, I noticed how lovely the sunlight was filtering through the stained glass windows. I chose these verses because it is such a time of growth for all of my children. My son is now as tall as his sister who is almost five years older than him! I pray for each of my children, that their growth continues to reflect these verses.  


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20.5.16

More from FEELn

Contest Alert - FEELn Giving Away FREE Roku


If you’ve always wanted or been interested in a Roku, here’s your chance.  Feeln has a great giveaway contest that you can enter next week. 

 

WIN a Roku® Streaming Stick® and watch full episodes of the new heart-felt series ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln!!!  To enter go to: 

bit.ly/StreamingWeek

 

Feeln premiered their heartfelt television series “The Eleventh” last week.  The series stars tv legends Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Florence Henderson, and newcomer Ren Harris.  I enjoyed the first episode of this wonderful series.   If you missed my review of the series, please check it out here: http://www.glimpseofourlife.com/2016/05/introducing-eleventh.html

 

And for those who may still be unfamiliar - Feeln is the leading streaming service that brings you heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, anytime, anywhere. All movies are handpicked so you spend less time searching and more time with the stories you love. Feeln brings home the exclusive library of Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies and TV series, and award-winning originals you won’t find anywhere else.

Disclaimer: No compensation was provided for sharing about this giveaway. 


15.5.16

Graduation Preparations

In less than a week, my oldest daughter will graduate from highschool! It's almost time for her celebration, and final preparations are evident throughout our house.

Her transcript just needs a few more details and then signatures. The diploma arrived, and the vintage style cover suits her style perfectly.


Instead of a traditional graduation, my daughter wanted something more personal. She has been practicing for her senior recital for months, but today instead of violin strings, Mission Impossible is blaring through the surround sound speakers as only the Piano Guys can portray it. This day has been full of love and joy. After church (youth Sunday--the girls sang and Joseph played the piano) my inlaws joined us for lunch then the guys set up the volleyball net and we all tried to play. We laughed a lot. We need a lot of practice. Chewie wanted to join the game and chased the ball over and over.


We've been planning a reception for after the recital. Purple has been my senior's favorite color as long as I can remember, and she requested we decorate it in shades of purple with butterflies. Her sister has been perfecting recipes for months. We've enjoyed sampling many varieties of lavender cupcakes, and we all agree that she found the perfect recipe. She plans to bake those later this week. Today, she made macarons, both purple and white. We sampled again. Delicious!


I didn't realize just how much attention to details she puts into making these treats. Before adding the filling, she matches the sizes of the baked halves.


While Emily baked, Heather sewed.


Invitations have been ordered and mailed, and with kids of friends also graduating, we've received more invitations than ever. Excitement is high as we also plan for extended family members who will be traveling and staying with us.

My dad and I discussed yesterday trusting in God and not worrying. I remember him teaching me that lesson when I was close to my daughter's age.

In just a few days, I'll be the mom of a high school graduate. This homeschool path has been both an adventure and a blessing. Soli Deo Gloria-- to God alone be the glory!


Her invitations were ordered through Shutterfly, and the diploma (and cool graduate of 2016 tshirt) are from Homeschool Diploma. She chose this style because she was able to personalize it with her favorite Bible verse-- Philippians 1:20.


You get a sneak peek of the banner we made in the laser shop: 


My senior:
Jennifer

9.5.16

Coping With Coughs and Allergies as Seasons Change

Changing seasons around here usually means sniffles. Our torrential April showers did indeed bring an abundance of May flowers. Hello hay fever! 




From seasonal allergies to coughs, colds, or fevers, the Pfizer Pediatric Platform (available at Target) has you covered. 

Information about Pfizer Pediatric Platform products available at Target:

Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape,which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

Formulated just for kids, Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.
All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough. 
*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed. 

Pfizer provided the products and information for this post and is sending an additional Pfizer Pediatric Platform bundle directly to one lucky giveaway winner. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare provided me with these products:




As a mom, you’ll do absolutely anything to make sure your little ones are healthy and happy – but you can’t always protect them from the icky germs that get them sick. Kids are exposed to “ew” almost everywhere they go – at the playground, at school, at birthday parties and on playdates. Wherever there’s an “ew”, there’s bound to be a cough, cold, ouch, or ahhh-choo not too far away. Before you know it, no matter what you do to stop your kids from doing in the “ew” –iest things, sick happens.
Pfizer Pediatric wants to help you get prepared for the fevers, coughs, and colds coming your way this season, and Target has all of the Pfizer Pediatric products you need to fight against the “ick’s” and “ew’s” that bring your kids down.
If Sick just got real.™ for your family, there are solutions to help tackle even the ickiest of symptoms, like Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and/or Children’s Dimetapp®.
  • Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)
  • Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
  • Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children's cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+)
Disclosure as per FTC guidelines:  “The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.” 



7.5.16

Scripture and a Snapshot



And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9
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5.5.16

Introducing The Eleventh

How we watch television in our family has changed with the increased options available by streaming. We most recently learned of Hallmark's Feeln and their new series The Eleventh.

“The Eleventh” is a Feeln original drama series that focuses on a young girl’s journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family. 


Communication is so important. Forgive. Resolve your differences before it is too late. There are repercussions from unforgiveness far beyond the initial situation. Those were some of my thoughts as I watched the first episode of The Eleventh. I'm interested in watching more to see if this family does find peace after such brokenness. 

You can watch the You Tube trailer below and Watch full episodes of ‘The Eleventh’ on Feeln.



Disclosure: A streaming link to view this episode was provided for the purpose of this review. Opinions shared are my own. 

25.4.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


    He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 

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21.4.16

The Inheritance


     As a child, my mom and my grandmothers all encouraged my love of reading. As I got older, we transitioned from them reading to me to both of us reading and then discussing books together. One grandmother was a librarian; when I visited her my book selections were varied from both the library shelves and the old books filling the shelves at her house. When I was in middle school my mom took a brief detour from her nursing career to work in a Christian book store. That was when our exposure to Christian fiction grew as she read each selection she added to the bookstore's shelves and continued to share favorites with me. We first read Michael Phillip's work through other authors books. He edited the ancient novels of George MacDonald, and he translated the Scottish masterpieces into books that my mom and I both loved. Then she gave me a set of books not edited but actually written by Michael Phillips-- The Stonewycke Trilogy. Those books remain some of my favorites, and I've shared them with my daughters, too. 

     The Inheritance by Michael Phillips is set both in Scotland and America, but unlike those old books it takes place in the 21st century. The romantic historical time of lairds and sharecroppers has changed with the passing of time, and this story includes modern land development, much different from the old ways. The Inheritance is part mystery, and that is the part that first grabbed my attention. I enjoyed reading this, but the end of the book isn't the end of the story. I'm ready to read the rest of the series. 


by Michael Phillips    
Historical
Bethany House Publisher 


Bethany House Publisher and Litfuse Publicity invite readers to experience the first book, The Inheritance, in Michael Phillips' epic new family saga series, Secrets of the Shetlands.

The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch's heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is discovered, David's calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control. 
While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate's assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits. The future of the island---and its traditional way of life---hangs in the balance.
Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is, until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .
Past and present collide in master storyteller Michael Phillips' dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace.

Giveaway: https://promosimple.com/ps/9735
Don't miss the dramatic new series from author Michael Phillips. Read The Inheritance with @Litfuse: bit.ly/1LvkDto #ChrisFic

 Meet the Author

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly thirty more books. Over the past thirty years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland, but make their home near Sacramento, California.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
Jennifer


17.4.16

8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids



This book will show you 8 Tools to help you raise great kids by building a strong or stronger relationship with them and bring you closer as a Family, that love's each other and share God's Love.  We all want that and try but fail at times, especially when it counts.

This book is broken down into 8 sections with 5 Chapters each that are short enough for you to read a few pages at night.  At the end of each Chapter there is a practical tip to help remember the main point of that Chapter.  We can change the course of our children’s lives just by the Power of our words!  The 8 Tools are:  Talking, Listening, Influencing, Connecting, Teaching, Encouraging, Correcting and Leading.

Chapter 17 brings up key words I remember hearing from my own childhood: quality versus quantity time. The importance of both is discussed. It reminded me of when my husband built our treehouse with our children. 

Dr. Todd earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and then a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital. He now sees children, teens, and families on a full-time basis. 
" I have written five parenting books (faith based), which you can learn more about on the Books page. I have presented many parenting workshops at mom’s conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools, which you can read about on the Workshop page. I have also recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game. 
In my free time, I enjoy doing anything with my wife, spending time with my boys whenever possible, reading, running, and playing jazz piano any chance I get. My Christian faith is an important part of my life and thinking, and I am continually thankful for God’s grace, of which I am an undeserving recipient." 

"I love my child, but parenting is hard."
"Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. Let child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walk you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.
Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:
  • Maintain a healthy relationship with your child
  • Develop a nurturing home culture
  • Correct behavior in lasting ways
Designed for busy parents, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters that include a summary tip and application questions. Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship with your child will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in their heart, and ultimately, seeing them flourish."

SOCIAL – CORNER

Official Website-  www.8simpletools.com

Free access to the HEARTS AT HOME "ESSENTIAL WORKSHOP COLLECTION FOR PARENTS" with every purchase: http://www.8simpletools.com/purchase-with-offer (so readers not only get 50% off with the coupon code at moodypublishers.com, but also get access to a slew of freebies).

Through May 15th, my readers can redeem a 50% Discount Code which is GREATKIDS16  

16.4.16

Scripture and a Snapshot



Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. I Peter 1: 3-6 

     This has been a whirlwind week. For those of you following my fledgling garden story, we started over yet again. My sweet son gently dug up the plants in it, then my dear husband retilled the whole thing. I replanted the living ones and added more squash and eggplant plants, and so far it looks much improved. We spent the last few days at our local homeschool conference where a friend shared with us about her recommended source for cut flowers. The ones pictured are part of our practice for Heather's senior recital. We also ordered her diploma this week. It's almost graduation time! 

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12.4.16

Save Money With Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.




     Several years ago I first heard of Groupon Coupons when my best friend from college came home for a visit from North Carolina. I can't even remember the deal she grabbed then, but it has been on my radar since. Now I often see friends share their specials on Facebook. The current offers include quite a few that grab my interest. Click that link; you may even find offers for purchases you are already planning. 




     When my kids were smaller, we would have fun shopping at outlet stores. I noticed several of those stores in the list. Check them out if your kids haven't outgrown the small sizes, too. Carter's was one of our favorites.  When my mom traveled, she often brought back precious princess nightgowns for the girls from the Disney Store. Shopping of course includes myself and my husband, too. A special offer is a good reason for shopping, right? My personal picks are Coldwater Creek (20% off!) and Nordstrom. Coupons are available for online shopping as well as using in stores and restaurants. 

     Connect with Groupon Coupons on Facebook or Twitter. Have you ever used Groupon? Let me know if you try it for the very first time. It's free to use, so go look. You may thank me for an exclusive offer! 

Jennifer


9.4.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18
     I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the...
     weeds. And the kids are still asleep. Mornings are my quiet contemplative time. And sometimes my exercise time too, like pulling weeds today. 

     Earlier this year, we carefully prepared the garden soil. My son helped me fill each row with heirloom seeds. And then it rained. Flooded in fact. Twice. My garden turned into mud then dried. And this week, it was covered with new green growth. I wanted to believe those seeds somehow survived, but friends confirmed those herby scented green leaves were indeed weeds. 

     So we started over. Monday while the girls met with their sewing group, my son helped me choose new vegetable plants at the hardware store. We now have two rows of squash and one half row of bell peppers. Today I pulled more weeds. It's a never ending chore. I'm reminded of the verses about Jesus pruning us, and I'm so thankful He has so much more patience with me than I do with my garden plants. 

     My intention was to share a picture of the pretty buds on the dwarf fruit cocktail tree by the garden, but the day got away from me so...kittens. They were born Wednesday. 

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2.4.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
     Have you ever done something that brought joy to someone else and then discovered your own joy was multiplied? Today was a family day. The kids participated (and did well!) in 4H shooting sports, we visited with friends, then we headed home for a quiet evening of watching Dr. Who. But our plans changed. When we were about ten miles from home, my husband slowed the truck down for what turned out to be someone's pet Pomeranian way out of place walking in the middle of a bridge. No other traffic was on the road at the time, so my daughter got out, called the dog to her, and then we spent the next two hours searching for her owner. We finally reunited them, and tears still flowed. Tears of joy are a beautiful thing! During the search, we drove on lovely country roads, visited with many neighbors, and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Now we are back home, still deciding if we are too tired for tv, and filled with joy from our happy day together. 

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We found out her name is Madison. :)
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