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Fearless: Max Lucado September 8, 2009

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I had the amazing opportunity to get his latest book and review it. I have never actually read a Mx Lucado book so I was pretty estatic.

Max starts out the book right to the point that we all struggle with living in fear and how we as Gods people do not have to. He goes into discussing each of the most common fears we have.

Just a few starting off with my favorites:

Fear of Disappointing God

Fear of Not Protecting My Kids

Fear of Lifes Final Moments

Fear of Whats Next

And MANY MORE!!

He makes it a point to remind us over and over God is in control and he loves us more than anything and he has a plan. The first chapter is filled with verses where God tells us not to be afraid to have courage tells us our worth to him. Very encouraging. I found myself trying to memorize many verses.

Please make it a point to go get this book!!

 

Menu Plan For the Week!! August 23, 2009

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After going over many many blogs i decided to go into more depth with my menu plan and actually go all out 3 meals each day. So here it is nothing special.  [:

Monday- Breakfast: Cereal optional Fruit

Lunch: Pizza Hoggies

Dinner: Sausage Pasta

Tuesday- Breakfast: Cereal Optional Fruit

Lunch: Hoggie Sandwiches

Dinner- Bacon Burgers with Fries

Wednesday- Breakfast: Poptarts

Lunch: Sausage Pasta Left Overs

Dinner: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Thursday- Breakfast: Chicken Biscuit

Lunch: Chicken Salad

Dinner: Chicken Vodka Sauce Pasta

Friday- Breakfast: Waffles and Bacon

Lunch: Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips & Fries

Dinner: Ribs, Corn, Mashed Potatoes

Saturday- Breakfast: Waffles & Bacon or Chicken Biscuits

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Chicken Salad or Spaghetti

Sunday- Is still under construction!! [:

 

Book Review: Everyday Greatness, Insights and Commentary by Stephen R. Covey Compiled by David K. Hatch August 17, 2009

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Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life

By Stephen R. Covey and David K. Hatch

I chose this book immediately from the title. Everyone can use some more ways to have a little more Greatness in their lives right?

It actually made me flash back to a book I got in middle school, 7 Habits Highly of Highly Efficient Teens By Sean Covey. Only moments later after getting the book of my shelf to realize the authors had the same last name. Intersting huh? Later realizing after i googled them both Stephen is Sean Coveys father.

But, while Stephen Covey gets author credit its actually a compilation of 63 different stories over time from Readers Digest and hundreds of quotes divided up in Seven Chapters in each chapter  they are futher divided up into three principles:

  • Searching for Meaning: Contribution; Charity; Attention
  • Taking Charge: Responsibility; Courage; Discipline
  • Starting Within: Integrity; Humility; Gratitude
  • Creating the Dream: Vision; Innovation; Quality
  • Teaming with Others: Respect; Empathy; Unity
  • Overcoming Adversity: Adaptability; Magnanimity; Perseverance
  • Blending the Pieces: Balance; Simplicity; Renewal

In the Introduction Stephen Covey introduces the three choices: the choice to act, the choice of purpose, and the choice for principle, this part alone grabbed me right away to keep reading.

I especially like that at the begining of each chapter their is a short but inspiring quote to start you off with. Stephen also at the end of every chapter gives a Wrap Up paragraph, (which help you think of how you can start gaining more Everyday Greatness) a reflections box, and a page of further inspirational quotes.

I really liked this book, it is a coffee table book. One you should pick up and read often, if not the whole thing just a few of the stories here and there. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone to read.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the review copy of this book

 

BlogHer ’10 August 10, 2009

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I am very excited to say my goal is to go to BlogHer ’10 in New York. I know my blog is not comparable to most that are going. But, i hope to get it that way by the time i go. I also hope to do some product reviews, and get a sponsorship to go. I have a few book reviews coming and and a couple product reviews. SO look for them in the coming weeks! [[:  Funn stuff happening my way! I am soo excited. If anyone has some information on how i can get more product reviews or how i can get a sponsorship please let me know.

 

I have hard time even approaching this August 2, 2009

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Read this.

I have a very hard time even commenting on this. Part of me feels like he wasn’t using what God gives us. Then part of me is like what if that is not what God told him to do. We cannot know? How can we judge that? I just i really just don’t know. But it does remind me of a story.


A man who has been notified that his house is going to be flooded and he needs to get out of the house. He says no I don’t have to, God is going to take care of me. Then the flood starts to rise and a sheriff comes along and tells him to get out. The man says no, God is going to save me. So, the floods continue to rise, and he climbs on top of the house. A boat comes along and he’s told to climb into the boat. He says, no, no , God is going to save me. Finally, a helicopter comes along and they lower the net to rescue him. The man says, no, no, God is going to save me! Well, the man drowns and goes to heaven. When he gets to heaven he says to God, “why didn’t you save me?” God says, “I sent the sheriff, I sent a boat, I sent a helicopter, what more did you want me to do?”

There is a point at which we have to take responsibility for our faith. When God sends a helicopter, you have to climb in.

 

Refreshed July 14, 2009

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I woke up this morning about an hour ago feeling refreshed and FULL of ideas!! 🙂 I’m pretty excited. Not to mention my baby girl is sitting beside me coo’in and babbling up a storm! Its just so darn cute when she does it! Don’t you love it though when you wake up with so many creative idea’s running through your head?

Yesterday when Mr.Hubby came home i told him i have started working on the word no with my 7 month old. Just to get her familiar and so she knows what it means. I figured it can’t hurt to start her early? My husband kindly asks, so, hows that working. I laughed and said not so well. But, its okay i don’t expect it to for a while. Yesterday she was being so cuddly i think she knew i wasn’t having a good day. Mr.Hubby was a little upset and asked why she never cuddles with him. Which she does ALL the time he was just being bratty. 😉

Anyway, i have a lot to work on. Lists to proofread and make into more detailed plans. 🙂

But before i do let me just let you see how i was reflecting on our wedding earlier this morning. 🙂 it really was soo beautiful.

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Amazon Kindle-And giving your children an allowance. July 9, 2009

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The Kindle has been out for a while now, but of course the price has not dropped. There for i will not be having one anytime soon. But i still would like one! It could never replace real books but the convenience it will have for being on the go would be nice. I just wish they weren’t so $$$   I am one of those types that takes the whole world and my kitchen sink along with me in my purse, so this would be extremely nice to have. Not to mention it’d be great for my back!! It gets painfully heavy carrying around so many books in my purse!! You can also get certain magazines and newspapers!!

Ohh the baby is crying i will continue this later!!!

Okay back to it. 🙂

So, in conclusion i would love to try out to Kindle one day.

This week has really flown by!! It’s already practically Friday! This weekend will not be filled with anything too amazzing. I have to do some shopping so that will be exciting. I am buying my sister some things for her baby boy (he’ll be here sometime by the end of the month) I am very excited. I just adjusted our budget and that made me less stressed. 🙂 I am convinced even if we had thousands left over every month after we paid our bills I’d still be stressed. Money is EVIL!!

But OBVIOUSLY She likes it!!

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She is actually i little con-artist. I was trying to put them in my wallet and she starting coo’in and making noise, so i stop dropped the money and started playing with her. She then proceeded to scrunch over and grab the money then make this face!! LOL!!! THIEF!! She is all like i got it!!! (and then she whispers to me) Look mom i know i totally just stole this from you but seeing how i can’t walk and all i can’t really drive so I’m gonna need you to take me to babies-r-us…..like NOW!! 🙂

I have some idea’s going through my head just have to figure out how to play them all out. 🙂 So, we will see in the coming future how that all works out.

I recently read a Momversation about giving your children allowance. SSSooo i thought i’d hit on this. Since obviously we have a money issue in our house. I mean what kinda almost 7 month old steals money!?!! 😉  So, here is my view. I think when she gets older (and i will start her as soon as she can walk) i will teach her to do the everyday things. More and more and she can do more. As simple as picking up toys throwing away her food after she is done helping to make her bed helping to fold her clothes. The typical normal stuff. But, and of course this will be later. When she can do some of the unusual things of course she’ll be young so this will all be an attempt to do these things but it is the thought that counts. But say she dusts, or helps sweep (with a little kid sized broom i totally saw one the other day 🙂 ) anyway things like that i think she could be given a little allowance. But after listening in i like two other ideas as well that i will instill.

  • Save Some, Tithe Some, Spend Some
  • Whatever work she does (I’ll help her of course) she’ll make an invoice and record work done and how much i owe her for the services rendered.
  • Make sure she understands that this is a reward and not something she has to get and it can be taken away for poor behavior or poor attitude.
  • Make sure she understands the importance of saving and tithing. AND COME ON SPENDING. 🙂

SO this is what i think and this is my plan. Hopefully with discipline and diligence it can work for us. What do you think of an allowance? DO you think its teaching kids something good or bad? If you use it how do you do it?