Monday, February 18, 2013

Our Favorite Bible Storybooks

Hey there, friends.

Part of our bed time routine for quite a while now has been reading a book, and then a bible story. If it's a late bed time, then the bible story wins out. We want to make sure that Abbey is getting into the Word every day. Now if only I could get myself into the Word every day....does story time count?


We've tried a few different children's bibles, and I though I would share our favorites with you.

1. My First Hands-On Bible

This is actually the preschool version of the Bible that we give to our 2nd Graders at church as their "first bible" every year. It isn't the entire bible, but has most of the major stories, and some of the not so common ones as well (Balaam's talking donkey, anyone?). It includes little prompts throughout the stories to get kinds involved, and each story ends with a prayer. It is straight from the NLT translation with some condensing, so it can feel a bit "formal" sometimes for story time, but we like it a lot. When we first started reading it with Abbey we HAD to read Jesus Calms the Storm...every night...for a long time. I guess if I have to repeat a story, that's a good one to repeat! She pretty much had it memorized...

2. The Jesus Storybook Bible

We've checked this one out from the library at least 3 times. I really need to break down and buy it. I love the artwork in it, and it has much more of a "storybook" feel. Stories are paraphrased, and at the end every single one of them is tied back to Jesus. I love it. It has given me perspective on stories that I had never thought of before. Who says story time is just for the kids?

3. Jesus Calling Bible Storybook

This one is our most recent addition. It also had gorgeous artwork, and a storybook flow. At the end of each story it has a scripture verse and a "Letter from Jesus" just like the Jesus Calling devotionals. We haven't had it for long, but it's quickly becoming our go-to.

Do you have a favorite Bible story book? I would love to hear about it! Leave it for us in the comments.

Be blessed!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Olli to the Rescue!

Well, kids...the folks over at Caravan Shoppe have done it again!

What, exactly, have they done?

Saved this last-minute Momma from super-licensed grocery store valentines!

They saved the day at Christmas, and they're doing it again for Valentine's Day.

How cute are these??

Valentines you can play with! I'm in love. And no candy? Even better! Don't get me wrong, we're not a "lock up the sweets" kind of family, but holiday's like Valentine's Day can get a little ridiculous.

You can also get these cuties in full Olliblock size, so hop on over to the Shoppe and grab some of your own!

Be blessed!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Help a Little Girl Come Home!

Hello friends.

Today I want to introduce you to my friend, Christie and her amazing family. Christie and her husband have been blessed with the very sudden opportunity to grow their family through adoption. 

I'll let Christie explain the rest...

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A week ago we received a phone call saying that we'd been chosen by a young birth mother in Florida.   Chosen for what?  To adopt her baby!  A story that started three weeks ago from a simple Facebook message has turned our world upside down, for the greater!  For the full story and our adoption announcement, please visit here.

Late last week our adoption agency gave us 15 days to come up with the first $10,000 needed for our precious baby girl's adoption.  To say that we were not prepared for this is an understatement!  As you read in our adoption announcement, we were waiting on fertility results the day that my friend contacted me.  So, to need $10,000 in such a short amount of time was a bit overwhelming.  But, the Lord soon laid an idea on my heart -- Operation 10:10:1 {10 Days: $10: 1 Baby Girl}!

I knew that friends and family were just as overwhelmed with the cost of adoption as I was and I figured, let's just chip away $10 at a time!  

In the last six days we have raised over $3,000 towards our $10,000 goal!  I've been amazed at the response, the love, and the support from the online community!  

When Heather gave me the opportunity to share our story here, I knew that the Lord was giving me another avenue to give Him all honor, glory, and praise!

So, will you join us today as we seek to be obedient to the call that the Lord has on our lives?  We knew when we said, "Yes", that this was so much bigger than ourselves.  But, we knew that the body of Christ was big enough to accomplish it!

$10 and a prayer means more than you'll ever know!

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So, what do you think, friends? Can you help Christie and Q bring their little girl home? A simple donation is all it takes! Let's do good things.

Be blessed!


Friday, February 1, 2013

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