Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nursery Duty

I am at church. Yes, I am blogging while at church. But I have nursery duty this morning. So I am in a room with just my niece Lila so I am taking advantage. See I almost didn't come this morning. It's just me this morning. John's at work and the boys are all with grandparents. And I have had an intense inner battle going on for the past few weeks. So I was very tempted this morning to stay home and use my new vacumn and enjoy the quiet. But I remembered that my sister-in-law and her family were coming to church this morning so I made myself come. Because what kind of example is it when we have asked and asked for them to come for a year and on the day they are coming I give into Satan and stay home? So my inner battle had to be put on hold for the day. 

I have often been told that the righteous never go without. That they get everything they want in abundance. And that just does not happen with us. We will be doing good and then something unexpected happens and knocks all that out. We struggle financially even a with both of us working. There doesn't ever seen to be enough. Plans get scrapped because we just don't have the money. And yet the righteous never go without right? So what is the point? If we are doing what we are "supposed" to do and yet we are still struggling that means that we are not righteous and we are not good enough for God to take notice of. So why bother? I am miserable in my job and yet I keep going because I so strongly feel this is where God wants me right now. There is obviously a reason. But I am bullied and dread going everyday. I work hard for my paycheck and so does John and yet we are still struggling because of other things. It's hard to look around and see people do whatever they want and get whatever they want and know that they don't go to church every time it meets, they lead hypocritical lives, and throw sin in ever one's faces. So again- why bother? 

See my struggle? I don't say this to be pitied or for advice. I say this to show why I am quiet on here except reviews lately. To say why I am quiet in real life when I am normally not. So I am going to try to make 2015 a better year for this blog and for myself. And to try and get a handle on this inner battle I have going. 

What do you want 2015 to bring to you?

Merry Christmas (a little late)

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Family Game Night {a review}

I think that a great family activity is a family game night. With so much on television that I really don't want my children watching, it is something I plan on doing more often in the new year. One of the games we will be playing often is Wisdomantics.

Wisdomantics is an interactive Bible trivia game. I know that on the box it says for ages 12 and up BUT my 8 and 10 year old really enjoyed playing and were able to play with no problems.



If you like trivia, want to help your family learn more Bible trivia, or you just want to have fun- this is the game for you! We have had lots of fun playing and I can't wait to play it more. I also think that it would be a good Sunday school resource. We all like to learn more if we are having fun so this is a great option. 

Find out more about the game and order your own by visiting the official website at:


I was given this game in exchange for a review and a giveaway. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The Patmos Deception"- {a review}


Greece, missing artifacts, kidnapping, and smuggling- all the ingredients for a great mystery! Carey leaves her home in Texas for a job in Greece. Only when she gets there- her job is gone! Away from home, with no job, she is taken in by a local family while waiting to see what she will do. Nick has known Carey their whole lives. While in Paris, he gets job offer and needs help that only she can provide. So he heads to Greece and the "fun" begins. As they get closer to the answers the danger gets more real. Will they come out alive? 

Y'all know that I love a good mystery. And while this one was a little slow to start, it definitely did not disappoint. This was a great storyline! And since it was open-ended, I can't wait for the next one to find out what happened to the characters. 

With Christmas in a couple of weeks- this would be a great gift for the mystery lover on your list. 


**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Workout for When You Hate to Workout

To be honest- this review was actually due in November. But with a series of events that made it impossible to actually give this product a good shot- I had to wait. (Apparently working out after you fracture your foot is not a great idea.)

I met the CEO and the choreographer for Shazzy Fitness while at Allume. They were so friendly and so full of energy! I was excited when I picked up my DVD for review. I am not the person who actually wants to purposefully work out. I will admit that I am lazy and I would rather sit on the couch and read or sleep later in the mornings that get up and do a workout video. But this one sounded so different.

I started off with a bang. I actually enjoyed these workouts. I picked up the dance video because I know that if I have fun I will come back for more. So it was going well. I was doing these workouts because hey- they are 10 minutes. I gave time for that. They I dropped a couch on my foot and all thoughts of a workout went out the window. And then I got sick. So I just got back to it. And while my foot is still sore, I am enjoying the workouts again.

I would definitely suggest that you watch the tutorials about how to do the moves BEFORE you start the actual workout. It will be much easier when you go to do the workout.

Here are Apollo, Vera, and Leslie to tell you about Shazzy Fitness!


Want to find out more or get a copy of the DVD for yourself? Check out their website at www.shazzyfitness.com!

I think that this would be great for anyone and with the new year around the corner, all those resolutions need some action behind them. Here is a fun way to help.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Children's Christmas Books- {a review and a giveaway}


I have thoroughly enjoyed these three books from Ambassador International Publishing. So I am very excited to be sharing them with you and offering someone the chance to win all three. 
"A Donkey's Little Tale" is the Christmas story told from the perspective of the donkey Mary and Joseph rode to Bethlehem on. With illustrations that kept my 4 year old captivated and a story that kept my 8 year old interested, I am in love with this book. Part of the fun in this book is the last page in which the author talks about her writing process and the illustration process. My boys love to draw and this made it more interesting to them.
 
Marty is a stable mouse in Bethlehem. One night, his mother tells him he will see a miracle. He watches as a couple of travelers come to the stable with the innkeeper and later sees them with their baby boy born that night. Marty is entrusted with an important task. And that task changes his life.
I love the illustrations in this book! I also love the story and my boys enjoyed us reading it together. 
Chesed is an angel who hears of the orders for the angels to tell the world about the birth of Jesus. But he has been left out. He wonders why. Is he meant for a special "mission"?
This book is longer than the other 2. And I have not read it with my boys yet. We are actually reading it together this week. I enjoyed reading it and I have held off reading it with them because it is an awkward read. I am that parent that makes my older children read part of the story when we read a book as a family. But with a struggling "out-loud" reader I am reluctant to do that with this one. It may be one of those books that takes more than one night to read with them.


So now to the fun. Ambassador International did not only send me copies of these three books in exchange for my review- they also have three copies to send to one of you! So to win- I want you to do one of 2 things. You can leave a blog comment telling me what your favorite Christmas books are OR you can go to my Facebook page and "like" me there. I will pick one winner this Friday, December 12 and notify them on Saturday. Good luck!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Gifts on a Budget- A Mommy List Post

Every year, we say we are going to save all year for Christmas. And every year we don't do it. So when we start Christmas shopping we set a budget a stick to it (mostly). Especially when I wasn't working. It works. And even if we do actually manage to save next year we will still set a budget. So here is the best tips I have found and what works for my family.

1. Our kids get 3 gifts from Santa. That's it. We give them clothes that they need but Santa brings 3 gifts. It has been our biggest budget saver. No more matching amounts of money or making sure everyone has the same amount of big gifts. 3 gifts- no more and no less.
2. Shop sales and use coupons. - This was big last year and this year. Last year we didn't have teacher gifts for school since I homeschooled but we did have Bible class teachers. I scored some amazing deals at Allume and got teacher gifts for $.25. This year I went to Hobby Lobby after Thanksgiving and bought rolls of wrapping paper for less than $2.00 and used a coupon for tape. So their teachers are getting wrapping paper and tape for Christmas. It is a useful gift that I would love to get myself.
3. BUY EARLY! Face it- if your kid wants it and you can get it over the summer, get it. The price is either less than what you are going to pay or even if it's the same- you aren't stressed over it. And if you are one of those who can go right after Christmas and stock up on stuff for the next year- DO IT!
4. Being on a budget does not mean that you have to be cheap or less meaningful with a gift. Do you have a family member that needs some help with their Christmas decorations or watching their kids so they can do their Christmas shopping? What a great gift that would be! And what did it cost you- time, not money.
5. If you can make homemade gifts then make them. I love homemade gifts but don't have the time to do them myself or I would.
6. If you can wait on clothes or shoes until after Christmas, I would. As a matter of fact we are this year. The boys and I will go shopping the weekend after Christmas for their clothes and shoes. Take advantage of those after Christmas sales.

These are just some things that work for us. They may not work for your family but you never know.


The Mommy List from KaysePratt.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Books for Kids- A Mommy List Post

I am so excited to be joining my dear friend Kayse in a new link up on Mondays called The Mommy List. Kayse and I both love lists and so since we did, she figured that a lot of you did too. So she is starting a link up where Moms can make lists of our favorite things or advise based on weekly topics. This week we are going to introduce you to our favorite Kid's Christmas Books.


I love Christmas! The reason behind the season, the decorations, the lights, and the books. So we have a whole lot of books around the house for our kids. A couple of my favorites have been my favorites since I was a child and I still enjoy reading them with my boys. So without further ado here goes.
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I am really excited to be pulling these back out next weekend and start reading them again this year. We are also adding a few more books to our library this year but I will share more on that later.

What are your favorite children's Christmas books?


The Mommy List from KaysePratt.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Community is Your God Sized Dream

Two years ago I opened an email with an application in it. The application was to join Holley Gerth's
God Sized Dream team. I don't even remember what I wrote at that point. I'm sure it was some lofty
dream about writing a book or having a huge blog with millions of followers. (I was a little niave back
then.) But what I do know is that my God sized dream is not anything like what I would have thought
back then (because you know, two years ago is such a long time).

I realize now that I wasn't looking for fame or big paychecks from a book or a blog- I was searching for community. When I opened the email a few weeks later telling me that Holley had seen something in my application that made her want me on that book launch team, I could never have imagined where it would have taken me. I don't even blog that often anymore. Instead I sit and bask in the friendships and the family that were given to me through a God sized dream that wasn't really even for me. I know, how could it have been a God sized dream if it really wasn't for you?

Want to read more? I am guest posting over at God Sized Dreams today. Head over and check it out.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love is a Choice

I recently read "A Lifelong Love: What if Marriage is About More Than Just Staying Together?" by Gary Thomas.  I enjoyed the book and will never be able to give it to someone else because of how many highlighted areas there are and how many notes are in the margins. I would definitely not get this book thinking that you are in for a little light reading and without expecting to come away from it with some new perspective on your marriage, yes but also other relationships.

"Most of us look at how to make our marriages more pleasant and more fulfilling right now. Scripture urges us to set our sights much higher- how we live our marriages here can affect us in eternity for eternity." (p54)

This particular quote definitely hit home for me. It was one of those that just jumped off the page and screamed for attention. For me,  "how we live our marriages can affect us in eternity for eternity" was eye-opening. Lately, choices have really been standing out to me. The choices that we make as a family, as a couple, and even as individuals are becoming more important and I find myself weighing not just the choice but what are the long term effects that come from that choice. I know that love is a choice- I have written about that before, but I never really thought about the long term when it came to love. 

The love that we chose to show each other is going to trickle down into how our children show love to others and that will go to their children and so on and so on. So in the process of reading this book and also getting away with my girlfriends for a few days, I realized a couple of things that hit me hard. I am someone who will talk about John with no thought to how what I say sounds to others. I am a venter. I have to stop that. Scripture clearly is against talking about others negatively and it plain out is not showing others how much I love this man of mine. I need to change my tone and keep my venting to myself. If the person who has made a choice to spend their life with you can't talk about you in a positive light there is something wrong. I also realize that while I often talk about choices and how important they are- I don't really treat them as important when it comes to the choices that I am making in my life. How am I really teaching my children that choices make the difference if I am not treating them in such a way myself? 

We made a choice to get married way back when. 
And we make a choice everyday to stay together and honor those vows that we took.
I think that maybe (well not maybe because more like I should) I need to start realizing that my choices in how I treat my marriage are a reflection on how I treat my faith and start making some changes. Be more positive and more of a reflection of God's love to my husband and to others. 

I received "A Lifelong Love" from Flyby Productions in exchange for my unbiased review. In addition to my copy (that you can't have because I plan to reference back to it a lot), they also have a copy for one of you. All you have to do is leave a blog comment, like Hentown Mama on Facebook, or sign up for the monthly (or quarterly) newsletter. A winner will be selected on Saturday, November 1, 2014. 


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Thoughts from Allume 2014

Allume 2014 was amazing and much needed. I took away more than I thought I would but I also feel like there were some issues that need to be talked about more.

Last year I went to Allume expecting to learn more about blogging and do some networking. Instead I came away broken and raw in a good way with messages from God to go and to speak. In a way, I listened. And then in a way, I made it into some lofty dream in my head. So this year, I went with an open heart and mind, ready to be broken and raw again. I went with the plan of talking to everyone and being an extrovert when it scared the socks off this introvert (seriously- I am an ISTJ).

What happened was not what I expected at all.

I drove BY MYSELF (huge deal) to Greenville, SC for 5 and a half hours through DOWNTOWN ATLANTA y'all! I should mention I told Siri that I wanted a route that avoided downtown Atlanta and she took me straight through it. The trip was perfect. All it took was me being brave and just doing it. It only took 14 years for it to happen. ( If you have never been to Greenville, SC go! It is beautiful and friendly. They embody hospitality.)

I checked into the hotel and met up with new friends and old and poured into my soul with my sisters, my tribe. I went to dinner with someone who I have waited 2 years to meet and it was everything I imagined it would be. The next day I set out to be an extrovert- insert inward cringing and middle school fear. I talked to people. I re-connected with others. I made sure I talked to vendors and learned about the businesses and to talk to women who last year scared me because they were big bloggers. Seriously, one of the first people I hugged was Sarah Mae. (Right after I finished crying from attending Beta induction via Face Time and the screen going out right when Pacey was pinned). She knew something was up and she hugged me and encouraged me and it really means the world to me that she took that time. She is still one of my favorites let me just tell you that.


I poured prayers into journals for the ones who God gave me to words to write and spoke to the ones who God gave me the words to speak to. I realized that when God clearly told me I was supposed to speak at Allume 2014 that he didn't mean on a stage. He meant in the lobby, to the staff, to the newbie blogger who looked scared, to the vendors, and to my friends. I put every ounce of my introverted self into a pouch for the weekend. I did what he said to do. I spoke at Allume 2014.

I heard the message of hospitality and took it to my heart and realized that it doesn't mean that I have to bring 500 people into my home to practice hospitality- I can take it to the people. I can create warmth and welcoming within myself, at work, at church, and yes, at home. I can create warmth and welcoming here in this space.


I also heard a message that worried me. A message that diversity is skin color. And I was made to feel guilty for being a youngish, white woman in this country. And then I realized- God made me to be who he wanted me to be. I am not going to let anyone make me feel guilty for it or lessen the worth that he has given me. Diversity is not skin color alone. Diversity is our hearts, our backgrounds, our experiences, our beliefs, and the unique gifts given to us by a father who loves us for who we are. It worries me that women believe that there has to be different skin tones for a conference to be diverse. And it worried me how many women I heard say they felt guilty for being white. Because I live right outside Albany, GA. A big location in the civil rights movement. And I am here to tell you- color doesn't matter. People matter and what they do matters. And we tend to drift to like people- people who like the same things we do, believe like we do, and people who have similar experiences. They can mean that they have the same skin color and that can mean that they don't. It doesn't mean that you are hateful towards someone else. And putting a token person of color on a speaker panel that is prayerfully chosen does not make it right. It makes it a token and it makes it obvious. And y'all- God don't like ugly- and forcing someone to pick you using the color card is UGLY.

I decided then and there that I was done with that. I will teach my children diversity in the true form- persons of different cultures, sinners and believers, and yes, even people of different skin tones. And I will not be made to feel guilty for being who God made me.

I also realized that as much as I love Sole Hope- an overseas mission trip is not for me. We have missions here at home that need our attention. So I am shifting my focus to them for a family trip. I met some amazing women who unknowingly spoke straight to my heart at the booths this weekend. One was selling SHOES!!!! Awesome, beautiful shoes made by former gang members in a country that guarantees that would not work otherwise. I met a woman who hosts orphans in her home for short periods of time to show them love that they otherwise don't experience. I met a woman who makes sparrow jewelry to remind these orphans that they are loved. I spoke with another woman who realized over the last year that it was time to take her experience somewhere else and help another empowering company grow. I realized that these women are providing a mission field right here at home.

I walked away realizing that I am ready to write again after taking a break when there were no words to write. I am ready to re-envision a dream that for a while made me feel tired. I am ready to make some choices that I otherwise would not. And to talk about some choices that we can make as a family that I would never have thought of before.

Allume has blessed me and given me direction both times I have attended. And for that I thank Logan and Sarah Mae for following God's direction. And I pray they never waver from where God wants it to go. Logan- you are an amazing woman and leader and follower of Jesus and God. You offer diversity throughout the entire speaker panel and never let someone make you feel like you don't. Never give in to the pressure. Continue to prayerfully chose speakers and listen to who God wants to put up there.

** This post is being written on a day when I unexpectedly ended up at home because someone put a bomb threat on a website about our schools. As a blessing in disguise I was able to process Allume a little more and spend time with my boys who had not seen since last week. I will never understand why people feel this is cool and I also lost a little confidence in our school because they acted like it was no big deal when they were informed. I went and got my children out of school as soon as I found out. I am not sure I trust that they will not treat it like a joke every time when it could be the real deal.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Worship

So this will be a little (or a lot) controversial.

As a member of the Church of Christ, I have been taught that worshipping God with instrumental music and hands raised is wrong. And yet I don't feel that way. While I don't agree with it in a church service, I don't see anything wrong with it at a gathering or in my car or home. Because y'all, have you heard some of the "modern" worship songs. They are wonderful and inspiring and truly touch your heart. And yet we continue to say that they are wrong and written to make money and get worldly recognition. I imagine that the same was said when hymns were written as well. They are songs that inspire and songs that uplift and songs that give glory to God. And when you are in a room where people are singing along and their hands are in the air and they are truly worshipping from their hearts- it is good. It is worship. And they are making a joyful noise and giving glory to God. And I just can't believe that when hearts are worshipping like that there is anything wrong with it. And I question why we keep telling our children it is wrong to sing a hymn with instrumental music and why we discourage them to listening to "modern" christian music but have no problem with them listening to modern rock, country, or pop. Would I rather my children sing about God and Jesus or about sex,money, and drinking? I would rather have them singing and worshipping with their hearts regardless of an instrument or not. So I have to wonder why we are so dead set against it at anytime and yet not dead set against "regular" radio stations in our cars and in our homes. What are we really teaching them at that point?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mommy guilt, new adventures, and Allume

I am so excited to be at Allume again this year but it came with a lot of mommy guilt. See today is Beta induction- but I won't be there. Instead I am in South Carolina. I almost canceled my whole trip over this. Then I thought about it, John will be there, he can Face time me so I will see the whole thing, and I need to be here do me. So lingering guilt will be my companion this trip.

For the first time in 14 years, I drove by myself for more than 2 hours. Completely solo for almost 6 hours. Through downtown Atlanta. I should point out my fear of merging, overpasses, and more than 4 lanes of traffic so you understand how big that is.

So now I am here at Allume. Open and ready to be raw and broken by Sunday. And that is a good thing. So here is to the next 4 days, meeting online friends in real life, and getting closer to God.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Duck Dynasty does Fiction

A series by John Luke and a Christmas book by Mrs. Kay- Duck Dynasty fiction is invading my house!!!!!



First up is a series co-authored by John Luke Robertson, "Willie's Redneck Time Machine". In this book you are Willie. So you get to call the shots. You get to enter a time machine and have a different adventure every time you read this book if you want! 

I have to say that while this really is a good book for my 4th grader- it was not so much the book for me. But that had nothing to do with the story or the writing. I am not the person who likes to flip around in a book to read a story. I want to start on page one and read straight through. My 4th grader on the other hand loved that part of the book. He liked being in control of the story and flipping all through the book.

This book is also part of a series. The titles in the series are: Willie's Redneck Time Machine, Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, Sin in Space, Jase & the Deadliest Hunt. 

These books will make great Christmas presents for the boys in your life!



Hunter is from Chicago and has never even heard of the Robertsons. His mother enters him in a contest and by luck of the draw, Hunter gets to spend Christmas with the entire Robertson clan. Surrounded by the Robertsons, Hunter learns about life and faith through an unlikely adventure he didn't even want to go on. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a fan of the show and have enjoyed other books written by members of the Robertson family. I know that this book is a work of fiction but the essence of the family comes through loud and clear. Definitely a 5 star read. 

I want to give away a copy of each of these books to a lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section between now and Monday, October 20. I will then randomly chose a lucky winner. 

** I received a copy of each of these books for review and for a giveaway. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, October 13, 2014

Adventure- a Words Matter post

Adventure is how I approach everyday. I never know what exactly I am going to see or do. I have four boys and I work in a nursing home. Adventure is everywhere I turn. 

Adventure is waking up on a Saturday and loading your kids up for a trip to a local pumpkin patch. Adventure can simply be sitting down with a elderly resident and enjoying their stories of the past. Adventure is realizing that big or small, every moment matters and should be appreciated to the fullest. 

Living is the greatest adventure of them all. At least that's what I have been told. I think that being a mom is the greatest adventure of them all. But then there is so much more than that in this world. God gave me a great adventure with these four boys of mine. He also gave me the adventure of being a wife, a friend, a confidant, and a Christian. My heart is full and I look forward to the adventure of the everyday. From the child who tells me he loves me to the resident who calls me her "white daughter" to the friend who asks for prayers. Those are the everyday adventures that make life beautiful and make me thankful. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Deceived" {a review}



A child whose death was never explained, a body never found, and a mother who never gave up hope are the basis of a book by Irene Hannon titled "Deceived". When a chance encounter in a mall reawakens the hope that Kate has held onto for years that her son is still alive, a new friendship and random events open the door to answers she has long been seeking. 
This is the kind of book I love to read. I gladly give this book 5 stars and set it into my read again pile. Pick this book up and enjoy it with the beautiful fall weather and a cup of coffee. 

**I was given this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, September 15, 2014

Just in time for a new week.....

With this new job I don't really have a whole lot of time for reading BUT I was so excited about these two books that I made time for them.
 
Dan Wash and Gary Smalley have added to their Restoration series with "The Desire". This book follows Michelle and her husband in their journey to have a child of their own. While on a trip to Africa, Michelle's husband, Allen, meets a girl who changes his perspective on how that child will come into their lives. Michelle is not on board. So, when her mom meets a young, pregnant girl who wants to find a forever home, Michelle and Allen have to weigh their desire for a child of their own or a child who God wants to place in their arms. The surprising conclusion of this book is worth the wait. 


Now you know that I love anything that Holley Gerth puts out and her new book is no exception. I love how every time I read her words it is Holley speaking directly to me. And I love how much I needed this book when it came. Her words give encouragement in the dark hours and even on the good days. She is a mother of words and this is a new "daughter" to be proud of. 

I am excited about these new books and can't wait to hear what you think. 

**I received these books from the publisher in exchange for my reviews. All opinions are my own. **

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Georgia Aquarium, Cross County, and general musings

John and I took the boys to the GA Aquarium a couple of weeks ago. Let me just say that it was a "been there, done that, don't need to go back" type of thing. I was in shock at how GROWN people were acting. Shoving children out of the way, cutting in line, and being rude to everyone. I will admit that the exhibits were good and I enjoyed them but with all of the other going on around me I had a very hard time enjoying the whole experience. AND I didn't take my camera. I only had my phone. So I didn't take that many pictures.

Pacey had his first Cross Country meet last weekend. It was HOT. I was proud of all the kids for finishing. Especially since it was close to 100 degrees out there.

I have been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I am in debating mode right now about completing it. I am not going to donate to the charity that they suggest. They fund embryotic stem cell research. And they get their "donors" from abortion. So I just can't. But then there is the whole dumping a bucket  of good clean water on my head and wasting it. I just can't see the point. I love that ALS is getting the attention but when clean water is so hard to come by around this world I can't justify wasting it.

We have gone through our first "bug" of the school year and we are now working on our second school related illness. If this keeps up, the doctor's office is going to make a killing off of us this year. Other than that all is going normally around here. See you soon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Learning Curve

Well- the last month and a half has been a huge learning curve for me. I went back to work in a completely different field, work completely different hours, and sent all the kids to school. I like my job. But it is harder than I ever would have thought. Just for the record Activity Directors really don't get to play all day. They work really hard and take work home every night just like everyone else. The hours were hard to adjust to as well. Up between 5:15- 5:30, kids up at 6, kids on the bus at 6:30, and me pulling out to head to work as soon as the bus pulls away. Work from 7:15- 4 (or later) everyday. Come home and get the kids from my mother-in-law because the bus drops off a whole 30 minutes earlier than it did last year. I am still trying to figure out housework and laundry with all the homework, practices, and other work that goes on. I am definitely for hiring someone to come clean my house multiple times a week- especially if the wash clothes and iron them.

Miles has started school and thrown me a curve ball. He doesn't talk about it. He hates going. And he is the baby who is not a baby anymore. But he still wants to be a baby. He wants to be carried, he wants to sleep with us at night, and he wants to stay at home. He does not want to grow up. The other three loved school and wanted to be big boys. Miles- not so much.

Josh is a challenge too. My "Mom gut" tells me that there is something going on but state regulations make it hard to even get something happening at schools these days. I am definitely going to become "that mom" that the school hates to see coming before long.

It makes me grateful that the older two are relatively "easy". Other than a really bad attitude on one that is.

I am going to be writing more regularly now that I have a better footing in my life. So I certainly hope that y'all are  going to keep reading. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

"A Bouquet of Love"- {a review}



Bouquet of Love, A (Weddings by Design Book #4): A Novel reminds me of "A Big Fat Greek Wedding". Which is funny because there are multiple references to it throughout the book.

Cassia and her family move to Galveston, Texas to open a new restaurant. As Cassia's father enters into a feud with another restaurant owner, Cassia finds her dream job, wonderful friends, and her dream guy. But she has to keep it all under wraps because of her father's feud. The hilarity of the family dynamics and Cassia's determination to hold onto all she has found, make this book worth ever minute that you read it.

This is the third book in a series that I am definitely going to go back and read from the beginning but is also a wonderful stand alone novel. As we reach the end of the summer and as the kids head back to school, this book is for the enjoyment of moms and grandmas who are for the first time in months getting to read a book and for those of us who just need to read something fun after a long day at work and fighting over homework.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Wherever the River Runs" {a review}

I know that it seems like I only pop in to post reviews here lately BUT I really am excited about this book. (And I will back to regular blogging next week.)
My first introduction to the (in)Bloom bookclub was Kelly Minter's "The Fitting Room". I immediately liked her style of writing and her way with words. When "Wherever the River Runs" became available I was ready for a new book written by her.

In "Wherever the River Runs", Minter takes the reader to the Amazon and a forgotten people who love Jesus with a deep seated passion that everyone can learn from. With appalling conditions and numerous tragedies the people of the Amazon were eager to here about Jesus and to show others what he has done for them. It is clear that with their love and passion, Minter saw past the circumstances and saw what God and Jesus can do in this world. Minter has an uncanny way of bringing the reader along on the journey and having them feel the passion felt by the members of this trip.


I am so excited to be able to offer this book to one of y'all. If you are a fan of Hentown Mama on Facebook or a subscriber to the newsletter you are already entered. If you aren't go like us or subscribe to the newsletter and you will be entered to win. I will notify the winner on Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get your kids reading this summer

I love when books for kids combine history or an important lesson with a fun story. Imagination Station books never disappoint.



Patrick and Beth land on a ship during the Revolutionary War. They quickly learn that life on a ship in no easy job. When their ship is captured they learn how prisoners of war are not always treated fairly and help plan a daring escape. Will it work? 

Valuable lessons are learned through this book. And my children loved this book. Both of my middle children like Imagination Station books and were excited to see this one come in the mail. I think that this is one for every household and every age. 


**I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

"Death Takes A Ride" {a review}

You know by now that I love mysteries and I love to find new authors. "Death Takes a Ride" is definitely a fun new mystery to read.


Cate Kinkaid is a private eye who tends to have trouble find her. When she goes to pick up a friend and witnesses a murder she falls deeper into a case than she feels comfortable with. When the killer gets too close for comfort, Cate learns what she is really made of.

I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to picking up more from the series. I actually started reading this the day before I started my new job so it took me longer to read than normal. But it was definitely not the book- it was all me and adjusting to the new job.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**