Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitch Fix #14

I still have a few Stitch Fix shipments from last year that I haven't posted yet.  
I'll start with this one - Stitch Fix #14

Camilla Graphic Print Split Back Blouse by Renee C

Duffy Open Crochet Dolman Sleeve Knit Top by Kut From The Kloth

Camille Striped Pocket Front Tank by Market and Spruce

Renya Racerback Striped Maxi Dress by Renee C

Hammond Enamel Clover Stud Earrings by AV Max
I just couldn't decide between this top and maxi dress so I kept them both!  They are both made in the USA which makes me love them even more!

Every month I look forward to receiving my 'Fix' of clothes that were picked specifically for me.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Truth About Waiting

Last week I jokingly posted this on Facebook:

We're currently in one of the most frustrating seasons a military family goes through - waiting on an assignment.  This time seems to be one of the worst because the whole process started back in the fall and we will probably move in 4 months.  We're watching our friends find out where they will be moving this summer, but the members of Bryan's program are still waiting.  It's very frustrating and stressful to not know yet what the future has in store for us.  While I posted that picture above as a joke,   there are some things I do know to be true.  

I am currently studying the book of John along with She Reads Truth.  Last week we read John 5:17: 

Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."  

The day after I read John 5, I read John 6 and the devotional that went with it spoke to me again:  

"Sisters, in the midst of our own unknowns and 'what if's', God doesn't ask us to calculate His success rate or take matters into our own hands.  He simply wants us to come hungry."

Even though we're in this period of waiting and not actually seeing anything happening, I know that God is working.  We have a certain assignment that we are praying for, but I know that God is going to put us where we need to be.  His plan is better than what we think we want or need.  He will always get it right.   

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I Can Learn The Bible by Holly Hawkins Shivers, Illustrated by Becka Moor

I Can Learn The Bible  came to us at the perfect time.  My daughter is outgrowing her children's storybook Bible and I was starting to think about getting her something with a little more "meat".  She sees my husband and I doing our Bible studies so she was very excited to get her own devotional book.  

There are 52 chapters in this book so that a child can focus on one chapter each week of the year.  A chapter begins by introducing the scripture for the child to remember that week.  The rest of the chapter focuses on breaking down and explaining the verse(s) for the child in a way that is easy to understand.  It also includes a very short prayer for the child to recite.  

At the beginning of the book is a letter to the parents explaining that it was written for parents and children to read together.  The author also gives her suggestion for a weekly schedule using the book.  This is really helpful for parents and would be especially great for those who are new to learning the Bible themselves.  

The only thing I would change about the book is the scripture translation that they used.  Almost all scripture quotations are from the International Children's Bible.  I would prefer that it used The New King James Version or New International Version.  My daughter is already familiar with some of the scripture in the book, but the translation that is given is definitely throwing off what she has already learned.  I am writing the verses down in NIV on a separate sheet of paper so that she can choose which translation feels most comfortable for her.  John 3:16 is the memory verse for the second chapter and a good example of this issue.  
Here is the quotation presented in the book:  
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.  God gave his son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life."
This is the NIV:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
and this is the NKJV:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life."
It also presents Genesis 1:1 as : "In the beginning God created the sky and the earth."
This may not seem like much of a difference, but when you already have a little bit of an imprint on your heart and mind, those minor changes can really throw you off. 

Overall, I am very happy with this book and believe my 7 year old will enjoy using it throughout the year to not only memorize but also understand the Bible.  

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Best of 2014

I took a long break from blogging over the holidays, but with the arrival of the new year, I'm ready to post again.  2014 was good to us, but definitely trying at times.  For Christmas I made our family calendars with some of our favorite pictures of the year.  I thought I'd keep that theme for my first blog post of 2015 and review some of our highlights of last year.

Marlie went ice skating for the first time

Marlie & I traveled to Georgia for our cousin's wedding

We had our first long term foster placement

 I hosted my first Favorite Things party

We celebrated Easter

Emma got her first haircut

Emma & I traveled to Georgia for my sister's UGA graduation

Bryan graduated from Command & General Staff College
(and shortly after started the Advanced Military Studies Program)

We got to drive laps around the Kansas Speedway

Bryan & I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary

Marlie started 2nd grade and Emma started morning preschool 2 days a week

Marlie turned 7

We had family pictures taken in a local sunflower field

We traveled to Columbia, Missouri to see our University of Georgia Bulldogs play

We traveled to Georgia for Thanksgiving
My family came to visit us for Christmas

For 2015, I actually have a lot of the same goals as I had last year.  We also hope that the Army will send us to a new duty station this year so that is a big change that will be happening.  I'm looking forward to seeing what this year holds for our family!