When Words Hurt

I was picking up my daughter from the nursery at church. The worker seemed annoyed, so I asked if everything went alright. She started by telling me briefly about her job, but I can’t remember what she said because for a moment I was so confused by her words. But then came the rest of her explanation –

If you spent less time trying to teach her to read at 3, and more time disciplining her then she wouldn’t be so difficult to handle.

I was crushed.

What she didn’t know is that I wasn’t trying to teach my daughter to read at all. She just was picking up books and watching Sesame Street. Didn’t know that I was exhausted because it seemed all I did was discipline and direct this little ball of energy. She didn’t know that I was struggling with how to train her to listen to me, when all this little one wanted to to was talk and move and ask questions. so many questions. This tired nursery worker just assumed something, based on the 40 minutes she spent with my precocious toddler and judged my parenting.

So how do you respond to such a statement?

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Homeschooling Through a Busy Season

I really thought I knew what busy was. Homeschooling four daughters, a part-time job, a little hobby farm, occasionally cleaning the house -> busy, right? Well, this is the thing about me. I crave the perfect balance between having things to do and having time to veg on the couch, watching tv or reading. So when some new opportunities came our way, we jumped in. It’s busier than ever around here, but we still have a nice balance of activity and veg time (because I am not missing This Is Us on Tuesdays!). And although all of our activities are just getting rolling, I’ve learned a few things.

 

 

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{review} The Mark of the King

About The Book:

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj
About the Author:
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
My Thoughts:
This book was the perfect read for our Christmas vacation! I hadn’t ever learned the history behind how Louisiana was settled and found the historical backdrop of this novel so very interesting. Julianne is a strong, determined character that held my attention through this novel. The story was much more than just a romance novel – that is a minor part of the overall story, really. I loved that the main part of the story was Julianne and every part of her personality – her work, her brother, her community. The writing style was lovely and the imagery really brought the settlement of New Orleans to life.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical novels. It was interesting and shed light on a side of history that I knew nothing about.
Want to win a copy of The Mark Of The King? Head here!
{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

{review & giveaway} Bible Journaling Kit

A fun review and giveaway, just in time for the holidays!

Ellie Claire, a division of Worthy Publishing, has created a great product for any Bible journaling enthusiast:

Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • One (1) pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

My Thoughts

This Bible Journaling kit is so much fun! I’ve used it in my Bible, as have my daughters, but I’ve also used the products in my planner and on my calendar. It is so handy to have stickers, pens, and colored pencils all neatly organized in one little pouch. I love embellishing my planner and calendar with stickers or little illustrations, so this kit has been great for that as well! The stickers are pretty, as well as super functional especially the alphabet pages. I love that there are two distinct fonts in the alphabet stickers, one more traditional and one that’s more fun.

 

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This Bible Journaling Kit is available now at the following retailers:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Books-A-Million

Christian Book Distributors

I’m happy to be able to share one of these fun Journaling Kits with one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment telling me if you’ve done much Bible Journaling and how you like it. Share on social media for an extra entry! (Just remember to leave a comment and let me know you did!) The giveaway will end on Dec 1 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email so leave a current address.

And a bonus! If you head over to the Ellie Claire site, they’re giving away FIVE Bible Journaling Kits!

 

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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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.