Wife, Mummy, Nurse: December 2016

18 December 2016

Lego Reindeer

I have slowly been chipping away at my December 2016 Bucket List. One of the items I wanted to do was:
Put together the LEGO Christmas 2016 Reindeer Mini set with Charis
I bought it at Target as a last minute purchase. I found it in their holiday section, but if you don't want to go out in the crowds at Christmas it's also sold on (aff. link) Amazon.

On December 2, Charis was squirrelly and would not sit still. I decided to throw away my home school plans for the afternoon and let her put together the Lego Reindeer.

She loved it! I was knitting nearby, and every so often asked, "Do you need help?" "No, I'm still working." As much as I love reading and following Lego directions, it was awesome to see Charis figure it out independently-on her own. FYI, I am NOT a Type A person. I like the idea of order, but what's order?!? I often find myself rearranging my plans for the day in order to better (hopefully) meet the needs of my children.

Do you homeschool? Have you thrown out your lessons for the day?

17 December 2016

Pray A to Z

Have you ever told someone, "I'll pray for you," but as soon as you've arrived home, you neglect to bring their prayers and requests before God? Or has a close friend told you some hard news, and you're unsure exactly how to pray for them? If you have experienced these things, then you will want to read Pray A to Z: A practical guide to pray for your community by Amelia Rhodes.

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayerrequests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father. 
With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter---three prayersof petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God's presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong---on His strong shoulders.

My thoughts:

Earlier this year, God convicted me that I was to be more diligent in praying for people, other than myself. Late last winter, I blurted out to my husband, "God never answers my prayers." Those five words helped show me that I do not believe what God says about praying to Him. At this point, I started writing down my prayer requests, and when they were answered (positively or negatively), I'd write the date down. Doing this simple thing helped show me that God does answer prayers in His timing.

This book is great at opening my eyes to see where others may have needs that others may have that I don't. It includes some heavier topics (abuse, divorce, eating disorders, mental health, sexuality, etc.) that the church tends to shy away from or to gossip about rather than praying. On the infertility page, I jotted down various friends struggling with infertility now; if God chooses to bless various friends with more children, I'll write down "PTL" and the date children are born. I did the same on other pages as well, since doing this helps me to be more mindful of those I'm praying for.

I did not use the prayer text in the book, because it was far too easy for me to pray without thought.

I was sent a copy of Pray A to Z for the purpose of review.
All opinions are my own, and I was 
not compensated in any way.

10 December 2016

Scripture Doodle

Often when I'm sitting in church, listening to our pastor preaching a sermon, I often find myself doodling notes. At the same time, I feel slightly self-conscious about my ability (or inability) to draw and doodle as well as I'd like. When I saw Scripture doodle: A six-week devotional experience and Scripture doodle: God's promises, I immediately wanted to get my hands on it.

About Scripture doodle: A six-week devotional experience:
With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.
Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.
More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle.  

Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, Scripture Doodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader's imagination and helps integrate God's Word into everyday life.
About Scripture doodle: God's promises:
Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God's promises and faithfulness to His children.
ScriptureDoodle God's Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God's Word in all circumstances.
This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.
My thoughts:

The books are wonderful!! Throughout the two books, there are tips and tutorials in order to help you better illustrate and write out God's word. Plus, I am much more comfortable doodling a Bible verse in this book, instead of my Bible.

The only complaint I have, I wish they were spiral bound. At times, I kept having to press down the book in order to doodle and write out the verses.

I was sent a copy of Scripture doodle: A six-week devotional experience and 
Scripture doodle: God's promises for the purpose of review. 
All opinions are my own, and I was 
not compensated in any way.

05 December 2016

December Bucket List

One thing I enjoy taking part is in The Reset Girl's listers gotta list challenge. On December 1st, the prompt was "My Christmas Bucket List". I made it more my December Bucket List, because a few of the items have nothing to do with Christmas. Included on this list are:

Buy and decorate our Christmas tree
Put together the LEGO Christmas 2016 Reindeer Mini set with Charis December 2
Put the paper chain kit together
Place the Santa gel clings on the window
Go to the National Aquarium
Go see Star Wars Rogue One
Finish knitting Christmas gifts

What's on your December bucket list?

04 December 2016

Charlie the Tramp

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I love children's literature. When I was first married, I put several children's books on my Christmas list. Why? I wanted to start collecting before my children came. Little did I know that I would have a baby less than a year after getting married. When I was asked if I wanted to review Charlie the Tramp, I was thrilled. Of course, I'd love to review it.

Then I found out that Charlie the Tramp has been around for 50 years. It's an American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition. Written by the authors of Bread and Jam for Frances.

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

My thoughts:

I thought this as a sweet story about a beaver who is seeking to be independent. His parents are willing to let him tramp along. Every morning he comes back for breakfast and does the jobs his parents give him, in exchange for eating his meals. When he discovered that the trickling sound he heard, as the sound of water, he could not sleep and set out to build a dam. While I was reading this book, my daughter asked, "What's a tramp?" As any "good" homeschool mom, I responded, "You'll look it up in the dictionary after the book is finished." My daughter now knows what the word tramp meant 50 years ago. My son has brought this book to me to read three times already, and knowing him, it will be many more times.

Have you read Charlie the Tramp? If so, what do you think of it?
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01 December 2016

Hello Kitty itty bittys

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Hallmark, especially for purchasing their cards. I enjoy sending and receiving personal mail.

Another item that they sell that my children and I enjoy are their itty bittys. When I came back from Pennsylvania on Sunday night, our neighbor delivered a package to me that had been left on our doorstep. In it was Hallmark's Hello Kitty and friends itty bitty.

Hallmark will make a $1 donation to Toys for Tots for each one purchased between now and Christmas Eve. 

Thanks for sending it Hallmark. After my daughter opens up her Christmas stocking, I will have one girl on Christmas morning.