Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Children are an Heritage of the Lord

I am so thankful for my twelve miracles, and I feel so humbled that the Lord has entrusted them to me! We have a sacred duty to rear them in love and righteousness, and to protect them in a world of ever-shifting values. 

The family is one of the greatest causes we have in society today!!!!

Counting my blessings, 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Babies Don't Keep

Our Davy at 4 1/2 months old

Some days, we just need to stop and savor the baby moments...
Mother, O' Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek - peekaboo.
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo.
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Women of Courage

Life throws things at every one of us that we don't expect, understand, or want. How do we approach the frightening, the dangerous, the unexpected?

We truly CAN "do all things through Christ."

I love how one woman in this video said it, "Brave is acting in faith."

I'm wishing my sisters in Christ courage and faith today!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Family Book Review: "The Inventor's Secret"

I was so grateful to get a chance to pre-read this great book-- the first in a series of family-friendly adventures. It came out on March 5th, and I'm so excited to share my review with all my readers!

The story is about twins Abby and Derick, grandchildren of famous inventor, who are entering an exclusive, new school called "Cragbridge Hall." The innovative lessons at the school immerse the students in learning in amazing ways! While Derick is confident and ready for any challenge, Abby deals with feeling inadequate and unworthy to attend the exciting, advanced school named after her grandfather.

As the students settle in to their new surroundings, tragedy strikes and the twins have to face their dangerous, new challenges with courage-- something that seems easy for Derick, but daunting for Abby. The twins need help, but don't know who to trust. Who will help them face this dangerous struggle?

I really love that the book is written for a younger audience! The danger the characters found themselves in was real, but not too graphic or frightening for children. Even though things were toned down for the younger readers, it was still exciting and engaging enough for adults and teens. This is a BIG plus for me, as we like to read books like this out loud as a family, and I really appreciate not needing to "edit" out the really scary stuff while I read!

The author is great at engaging EVERYONE in my family-- and we have listeners from adult down to toddlers. His use of humorous dialogue kept us laughing out loud, and the fascinating inventions used in the school were easy to picture and marvel at. Now we all want to learn history in 3-D!

I also really enjoyed and appreciated the author's use of great people and events thoughout history. There were several historical personalities and events we were completely unaware of-- and this book made us all curious to find out more about them! (This homeschooling mom LOVES books that do that!) We found ourselves almost as immersed in history as the students of Cragbridge Hall. It was awesome!

My favorite part of the book is how we were able to relate to the character of Abby. She embodies human feelings of inadequacy so well! And yet, she finds that her love for others gives her the strength to do extraordinary things. This was a great lesson for myself, personally, and for my children, as well.

We love this book at our house! It is a great adventure story that kept us all engaged and excited to read. It also teaches some great lessons and made us thirst for more knowledge about great people and places. This mama gives it five stars and two big "thumbs up." I know my readers will love it as much as my family did. We look froward to the next book in the series!

{Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions presented in this post are my very own. :-) }


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