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Books and Coffee to Love – FOR YOU!

Two things I love most in life –

Jesus and my family.

Ok, the next two things I love most in life –

Very possibly books and coffee.

Y’all know how I love to read. I’ve made that abundantly clear. And coffee? I somehow made it through college and past first-time mom and the newborn stages without it.

I DO NOT KNOW HOW I DID THAT.

When Nasko was more challenging and dangerous last year, I realized I needed something to keep me alert and awake.

Enter dirt water.

It took me a looooong while to get coffee right, but now, it’s love.

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Let Your Words Be A Recycled Toy – How We Should Speak To One Another

Some children expect a gift every time their parents go away for an evening or an overnight trip. I’m sure my children would never object to this method of lavishing love, but my three-year-old son prefers to be on the giving end.

At least 200 times each day, this darling child of mine will saunter into a room with a small object hidden in his arms. He’ll approach with a sly, sideways smile and proclaim, “Mama, I have a surprise for you!”

He’s three. He doesn’t actually have a surprise. This child doesn’t have the ability to get to the local store without someone helping him with his coat, buckling him into his car seat, and driving him five miles down the road. My son isn’t bringing me an object I’ve never seen; he has one of the toys my husband or I purchased for him.

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When You Pray Your Child Learns Scripture – A Story Too Funny Not To Share

Chance and I are so intentional about how we teach God’s Word to our sons. Reading our children’s bible is a regular part of our day. We attempt to maintain context as we quote scripture to aid in disciplining our boys. (Our current favorite verse is Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of your tongue. Speak life.”) Our boys know the stories in the bible are true. They observe Chance and I reading scripture regularly.

As Christian parents, we desire for our children to learn and quote scripture. Hearing one of my kids quote Psalm 23 would about do me in, as I could not handle the precious sweetness.

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He’s Just A Man Who Sits Upon An Office Chair

I’ve never been to the White House. I don’t know what color the carpet is in the second-floor hallway, and I’ve never been taken on a tour of the president’s living quarters. I haven’t seen the four-poster beds, the meeting tables, or the window treatments with my own eyes.

As I understand, presidents are allowed to redecorate upon inauguration. They can choose from the antique collections and storehouses filled with the purchases of presidents past. New carpets and rugs are uniquely woven for the men in power.

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The Post With No Pictures – A Lesson From Interaction

He came around the corner with the smile of a conqueror. He had done it! He had sculpted a masterpiece.

I was causing deeper indentions in my favorite chair, wrapped in a blanket, and warming with a book.

Edward came tearing around the kitchen counter holding a green glob of play-doh.

“I made a Christmas tree! I did it, Mama!”

He was so proud.

My boy, who has struggled with imagination and creativity, actually made a representation of something with a blob of molding clay. It really did look like a Christmas tree!

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Book Recommendations For You!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I read fifty-two books in 2016.

I track these books on Goodreads, and it’s a good thing; I wasn’t sure I read many worth recommending, but then when I went back to see what all I had read, I struggled to choose just a few favorites.

So, well, I didn’t choose.

Today I’m sharing almost twenty of the books I really enjoyed in 2016.

Don’t mind me being all nerdy up in here.

[All links are affiliate links. If you take my recommendations – you should – and purchase one of these books, I get a few pennies as a referral fee from Amazon. Then, I will buy more books. It’s just what I do.]

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Why Read? My 2017 Reading Goals

[In this post, I am including pictures of all the places in my house where you will find books. MY books. This doesn’t even include Chance’s.]

Readers are leaders… One of my favorite podcasters regularly says this to her children.

Even as an adult, I believe it too.

I have visited cultures where the citizens are unable to read. The literacy rates are low, and the crime is high.

I’ve also been in places where reading material has been censored. Only certain ideas and ways of thinking have been approved. Narrow-mindedness and frustration are prevalent in such places.

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One Word – Have You Chosen?

It has become popular to choose one word at the beginning of each new year.

This word should be one to direct your focus for the next 365 days.

(No pressure.)

I, personally, just heard about this trend of choosing a word last year. I was in the middle of my journey to letting go of perfection at that time. I was realizing my value had nothing to do with my accomplishments and my ability to raise perfect children.

Last year, I chose my word based on where I knew my focus SHOULD be.

I chose the word “abide”.

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A Peek Inside My Bullet Journal – One Of The Ways I Do It ALL

One of the ways I have been able to reorient myself to doing what God has called me to do is through Bullet Journaling.

Now, hear me out.

If you want to talk actual bullets, you’ll have to call my husband – he’s hunkered down in a goose blind as I write this; he’s the expert on those kinds of bullets.

My interest in bullets – a Bullet Journal – can actually be blamed on a fellow writing friend. In my writers’ group, a friend casually dropped this video and said, “Has anyone here ever tried bullet journaling?”

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You CAN Do It All – All God Designed You To Do!

More than once, I’ve been asked “How do you do it all?”

It seems like a ridiculous question. I mean, me? Do it all? Some days, I barely feeling like I’m doing any of it.

But I am way too nice to point this out to the inquirer, so I usually respond with, “Well, I don’t do it all.”

This is true. I don’t do it all. I happened to marry my best friend and biggest cheerleader. He is truly my partner in parenting and life. He helps me do so much of it.

This year, we also hired an amazing college student to assist me in maintaining the house, the boys, and my sanity. She helps me do so much of it all as well.

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