25.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot

Jesus said to the followers, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 

     We were privileged to spend the past week with the youth of our church including all three of our own kids at Go Tell camp. If you follow my Instagram feed you can see a few of the highlights. It was an amazing week. I don't brag on my husband enough. He was one of our bus drivers, and I'm so thankful for his endurance. So much was covered this week; I'll be studying my notes for a while. The emphasis at the end of the week was on sharing about Jesus. Do you know Him? Do you know that He knew you before you were born? Do you know He loves you so much He died for you? But He's not dead any more! He rose from the dead and has given us the most precious gift of eternal life with Him if we believe in Him. That's the Good News! Turning away from sin, confessing, repenting, and choosing to live for Him means a changed life. We were challenged this week to go tell. On our way home, the rental van broke down. Half of us ended up staying in a hotel, and I watched our youth boldly go tell everyone they saw in the hotel lobby about Jesus until we went to our rooms to bed. They walked up to strangers and shared the love of Jesus, and I was reminded of the verses about childlike faith. One person said no. But others listened. One man told them he was a preacher. One mom walking in with her two daughters had her Bible in her hand. Jesus' parable about seeds was shared this week. God softens hearts. But He asks us to share. More seeds have been planted. I'm praying that they grow. 

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18.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

     We are packing for youth camp. My aunt helped me sew laundry bags and explained the difference in one cord and two for the drawstring. I know it's not quite the same, but it reminded me of this verse.

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17.6.16

Welcoming Parents, Babies, and Toddlers

Many thanks to Gerber Good Start for sponsoring today’s story and making it easy to eat healthy on the go!

Years ago, when my oldest child was still just a baby, we visited a theater in Missouri that was famous for its bathrooms. My husband confirmed reports that the men's restroom even had a pool table. The ladies room was filled with stained glass, fresh flowers, and trays of perfume to use, but as a new mom, the thing that really impressed me was the fully stocked baby changing area. The padded changing table was filled with baskets stocked with everything a mom and baby might need away from home. Diapers in every size, wipes, and even snacks for toddlers are just some of the things I remember being there. In the theater, children were welcomed too, and booster seats were provided for those too small to see over the people sitting in front of them. The show was loud with big effects and bright lighting, and before the night was over I ended up taking my baby to the nursing room. I could still see and hear the show there as I rocked my sweet girl to sleep in the dim room and controlled the volume of the speakers. I remember feeling, even with my tired girl at the end of a long vacation day, that people there anticipated our needs long before we arrived. They wanted us there!



Because of that experience, my husband and I were inspired to make small changes in our church nursery. Even before we were married, we were both involved in our church, and we taught the 3-5 year old class for years, even before we had children of our own. Looking at familiar things from a parents viewpoint can change though, once you have children, and it did for us. We did obvious things before like cleaning the toys, but that parent friendly bathroom led us to discuss changes in our church nursery with friends. We started small. Parents donated diapers and wipes from their own homes, then we ended up purchasing more sizes as they were used. Lately we've been helping out with that age group again and have noticed that some of the same changes could be beneficial in our current church nursery. Gerber Lil' Beanies are a perfect snack option to provide. Both the Original and White Cheddar and Broccoli flavors are wholesome choices with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.



Self-feeding No-Mess Snacking Options: Lil’ Beanies(TM) allows for toddlers to feed themselves with minimal mess which makes snacking a happy experience for everyone. 

Made from the goodness of navy beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. Also, Lil’ Beanies(TM) is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, naturally flavored and has a taste toddlers love! 


We found Gerber Lil' Beanies (TM) at our local Kroger right by other Gerber Lil' treats. 




Have you been welcomed like that in a way that just makes you feel right away that you belong there? How have you been shown extra special hospitality? Was it a thoughtful snack like Gerber’s new baked snack made with beans, Lil’ Beanies(TM) or a kind gesture? 



Jennifer

12.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


The birds of the air build nests by the waters. They sing among the branches. 
Psalm 104:12

     This sweet half grown bird perched on my husband's truck this afternoon. Have I mentioned how many cats we have on the farm? My daughter watched it fly away and noticed a full grown bird in the branches nearby, apparently watching out for it. Isn't it beautiful to see God's love reflected in His creation? 

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4.6.16

Scripture and a Snapshot


When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalms 94:19 
     We have a lot of animals on the farm, but it's always sad when we lose one. About a year and a half ago, my aunt gave us two gorgeous French Copper Marans. We named them Holly and Mistletoe. This week, Holly died. I noticed that I didn't hear Mistletoe crowing while I was in the garden, so I went to check on him. He was visiting Buddy the bunny when I checked on him and still there after I ran in to grab the phone for a picture. 

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2.6.16

Not What I Expected

I like happy endings.

When my husband took the kids and me to see God's Not Dead 2, we saw the preview for Me Before You. It flashed across the screen that it was based on a book, and I turned to my daughter and told her I wanted to read that book. You know, the book is almost always better than the movie.

The quick preview grabbed my interest. Wheelchair bound man meets beautiful girl. It hinted that she made him happy, that his life was changing for the better. As an Occupational Therapist, when I hear of movies and books that touch on my role, I want to see more.

Our library had the book online. I read it with shock to learn that there are actual places that people go for the purpose of assisted suicide. I didn't want to believe it. The place referenced in the book is a real place.

As an OT, my job is to help people gain independence. I have worked for over 20 years to help patients, clients, students, family, and friends both stretch and strengthen as well as adapt and change to live life to their fullest potential.

This book seems to say it's not worth it. But that is so very wrong.

Don't believe that lie.

A friend shared this view with me: You Before Me is better. Yes it is!

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants" Deuteronomy 30:19
Jennifer

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: 

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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
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 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