Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Neat contest from Tyndale

Dear Bloggers,

I wanted to fill you in on an exciting contest that is currently being run and sponsored by the New Living Translation. We’re highlighting three ministries, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oasis International, and The Dream Center, (click on the link to learn more details about these ministries) and by voting for one of these ministries you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes.

To enter, visit the NLT Facebook page by clicking here:
http://www.facebook.com/NewLivingTranslation?v=app_28134323652&ref=ts

There are several levels of prizes you can win, here are the details:


With the Give the Word Bible Contest and Giveaway:
• Ministries win: Each time the NLT Facebook Page reaches a fan count milestone, votes will be tallied and the three ministries will receive cash donations from the New Living Translation and Tyndale House Publishers.
• Everyone wins: Everyone who enters on the Bible Contest website wins a free download of Matthew West reading the Christmas story.
• Daily NLT Study Bible winners: Vote on the NLT Facebook page and you will be entered to win two NLT Study Bibles—one to keep and one to give away. A new winner will be chosen every day.
• Weekly Give the Word Locally winners: Tell us about a deserving local ministry on the NLT Bible Contest website and they could win five NLT Study Bibles and $250 worth of NLT products.
• One Grand Prize winner will enjoy a unique trip customized just for them and their family (or three guests of their choice), to Wycliffe Bible Translators world headquarters and the WordSpring Discovery Center where they will experience firsthand the exciting world of Bible translation. The Grand Prize winner could also choose to donate the value of the trip--$2000--to Wycliffe instead.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Outlive Your Life - You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado

This is the most recent book by popular Christian author Max Lucado.  This book celebrates his 25th year in publishing and all of his royalties from the book and other Outlive Your Life products will be donated to World Vision.  How cool is that?!  It is written in Mr. Lucado's common everyday language that makes his books such a refreshing easy read for me.  I finished this book in 3 days which hasn't happened for a few years due to the ages of my children and the amount of activities we are involved in. This book got my attention with the opening fable of Father Benjamin and kept it all the way to the discussion and action guide at the end.  The book is based on the book of Acts.  It retells the story of the first christian church with present day examples of things every person can do both big and small to make a difference in this world even after we have departed it.

Mr. Lucado really shows us that everyone, even your average ordinary "Joe" can do something to make the world a better place and to leave a legacy behind.  Yes, God can use even you.  Whether it's saying a prayer for someone, sharing hospitality or adopting an orphan from another country EVERYONE can do SOMETHING to make this world better.  If I could recommend one book that everyone should read this year, this is that book.  This book has the potential to change the world one reader at a time.  Thank you Mr. Lucado, for giving us inspiration and hope!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Life Update Part 1 - May

So here's a sampling of what we've been up to since May:
The kids had fun at Cougar Day in May


 On May 8th, we picked up 2 calves and brought them to a farm close to our house to work with and train for the 4-H Fair. We had no idea what we were getting into!

We had a visit from family in May – Burt’s parents and 3 of our nephews. They had a lot of fun at the farm with all the different animals. There are horses, newborn chicks and newborn kittens in addition to our calves.
Uriah played little league and Burt ended up coaching his team and Tori & I assisted. We had a lot of fun!





Tori & Jersey
Uriah & Maurice
 We practiced walking the calves down to our house and back to get them used to being led. In addition to going down 2x a day to feed and water them.

In addition to all this fun, Burt took Memorial Day weekend off and the 4 of us went to Wisconsin Dells for the weekend.  We stayed at Hotel Rome and went to Mt. Olympus, Pirates Cove and rode the Ducks.  It was a nice, relaxing family weekend.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Review: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

Book Description:

Did you know that what you do today can change the world forever?
The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family’s cornfields with his sisters. One day, Norman would grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world! Or was it Henry Wallace who changed the world? Or maybe it was George Washington Carver?
This engaging story reveals the incredible truth that everything we do matters! Based on The Butterfly Effect, Andy’s timeless tale shows children that even the smallest of our actions can affect all of humanity. The book is beautifully illustrated and shares the stories of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, Inventor George Washington Carver, and Farmer Moses Carver. Through the stories of each, a different butterfly will appear. The book will end with a flourish of butterflies and a charge to the child that they, too, can be the boy or girl who changes the world.
My thoughts:  This is a beautiful children's book!  I did think that the writing would be hard for younger kids to follow so I would say this should be geared towards kids ages 9 and up.  The message is clear and good for adults too.  I especially found it interesting as we live so close to Mr. Borlaug's birthplace.  I do plan to use it for a children's sermon illustration soon.  Thank you Mr. Andrews for sharing such an important, inspiring story!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge - Book Review

Summary:  This book was written by a husband and wife team to help women of all ages and stages. 
"You are a woman to your soul, to the very core of your being....The desires that God has placed into our hearts are clues as to who we really are and the role that we are meant to play....We think you'll find that every woman in her heart of hearts longs for three things:  to be romanced, to play an irreplacable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty.  That's what makes a woman come alive."

Reactions:  What an amazing book!  It really touched something in me and helped me realize how much shame I was carrying around needlessly.  The Eldredges take it back to the very beginning and put a whole new light on Eve - one I had never thought of or realized before.  I always thought of the apple incident when I thought of Eve, but no longer.  Eve was created as a perfect woman to complete man and the world!  What an empowering feeling!  They also encourage women to find, or should I say dig out, their inner dreams that have been buried for years.  What a wonderful, life changing book.  I would recommend this book to any woman.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Vegetable Slicers

So we purchased a new food slicer yesterday for $20.  Burt was using it to slice up some cucumbers when he accidentally sliced his pinky finger on the blade.  He couldn't stop the bleeding on his own and with his diabetes now he didn't want to take any chance with an infection.  He went by himself and I started to finish up what he was doing by slicing the onions.  Do you see where this is going?

About 30 minutes after Burt left I was on my way to the ER after slicing off the tip of my middle finger.  What are the chances?!?  Soooo, 2 ER visits, 2 tetanus shots, some silver nitrate to stop the bleeding on my finger and 2 bandaged fingers later, it turned into a very expensive vegetable slicer!!

Everyone got a good laugh out of it in church this morning, but it made helping at the corn roast a little difficult.

Live and learn! :)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

It's been too long!

Wow, have I really not posted anything since May??!!  Yeah, I guess our summer was really busy and now it is after midnight on a Friday night and we have 3 children in addition to our own staying here tonight.  Tori has 2 friends over and Uriah has 1.  The girls just stopped giggling minutes ago at 12:30!  I have no idea on the boys, but I'm thinking there will be some naps taken tomorrow. :)
I need to post about wonderful and busy summer, but it's going to have to wait until I have more time because we have lots of great pictures to share.  We took a family vacation to South Dakota! 
Later!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

Book Description
Learn how God often does His best work in our most hopeless situations.

What do you do when a shattered dream or an unmet expectation causes you to turn to Plan B? Pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and tragedy along with biblical stories such as David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers face their own overwhelming situations and through them to learn God is working to help them surrender their plans to receive His. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to understand what God might be up to. 

Review: Overall I thought this was a great book that everyone should read at least once and in my case, re-read often. It is a great reminder to trust God with all things and that God's plan is greater than any we can come up with on our own. I really liked how Mr. Wilson wove his own personal stories, stories from his congregation and stories from the Bible to prove that if we stop and listen to the voice of God, He will see us through. I really appreciated the fact that Mr. Wilson did not presume to have all the answers and his writing style was very easy to read. He writes all of this in "common", easy-to-read language which is not for someone looking for a deep theological book.  Wonderful message!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ah Spring! What have we been up to?

Wow, there is nothing like spring! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and activities are flying. :) We had 4-H Communications day last Sunday and the kids did great! They both gave a speech and performed and Tori modeled some clothes. The kids had their spring concert last Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Allison do such a great job teaching the kids! The kids are having fun with soccer and Uriah is excited to start baseball soon. Tori still loves trampoline and tumbling and was so excited when she took 3rd place at her first trampoline competition this spring.
Burt - well, he has been very busy with church work and Lions Club activities. He can't wait to start getting out on the golf course again soon and we are both looking forward to getting away on a family vacation this year!
Me - I'm enjoying all the kids' and church activities and I'm actually enjoying work. Sure it has its challenges, but I look forward to going every day and the days just fly by!
Tori and her 3rd place trophy in trampoline

Sumner-Fredericksburg Lucky Clovers at 4-H Communications Day
Great job everyone!
Tori playing "Ode to Joy" at Communications Day

Tori about to demonstrate how to make cake mix cookies

Uriah giving a speech about the Lightning War from WWII

Tori modeling her $3 outfit (including shoes!) for the 4-H $15 clothing challenge

Uriah, Jasper, Ethan & Avery at the spring concert

Uriah and his best friend Ethan during the spring concert
Thanks for the great pics Sandy!

5th Grade singing at spring concert

Kids' Easter dessert (adults got cheesecake)

Easter 2010

Review: The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2) One False Note by Gordon Korman


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was a good book that really keeps you interested. I am reading the series with my 9 year old daughter. This book was hard to put down.

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Review: Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

Going Rogue: An American Life Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was a little hard to get through as the time frame kept jumping around which made it hard to follow. I really like Sarah Palin as a person, mom and leader and I think she really stands for what this country was founded on. I really think she got a bum deal from the political higher ups in the election race. I hope she continues to try to help this country get back on track.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

I received the book Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World) by N.D. Wilson for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers to review it. Instantly it took me back to my high school sociology class. We read some really neat things in that class that challenged how we viewed other people and the world around us. It was a really fun class and this is a really fun book. It's quirky and therefore not for everybody, but it's a great ride if you're willing to dive in.
Mr. Wilson compares the everyday mundane things most of us take for granted and puts them in perspective of God's wonderfully created world. It is very easy to read as a daily or weekly devotional as each chapter focuses on a different topic. My favorite part is in the chapter 'Talking Rocks':
"To exist in this poem is a greater gift than any finite creature can imagine. ...and to hear and feel and see and taste and smell the heavy poetry of God, that is enough."
Thank you Mr. Wilson, for reminding me how truly wonderful God's world is!

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