Friday, August 22, 2014

september scripture challenge

I haven't been on here this past week but I am still here. Once we got home from my brother's wedding (which sort of marked the end of our summer since we started school early) we have been getting into our new rhythm of school in the morning and now we are about to begin packing to move to a new rental next month.

Do you ever feel like it would be nice to have a little challenge & accountability all in one? I know I love a mini challenge, especially one that will keep me motivated to continue my habit of spending my quiet time with Jesus.

I found Kristen's blog this past May in the middle of her first scripture challenge and ever since I have been so encouraged by recent and past posts and watching her begin her online shop. I even purchased her first devotional this past June and went through it. 

So The Challenge is: 

Read scripture every day in September. 

Share a photo on Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #lampandlight so we can keep each other accountable and encourage others too! 

Kristen has a post that lists ways to get ready for the scripture challenge. 

I have decided to read through 

1 & 2 Thessalonians 

I would love to be held accountable here on my blog and so I will be posting each Tuesday morning my update for the week and a little bit of what I am learning. 

I would love to hear if you will be participating as well and what you chose to study! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

goodnight, ark: book review

We are passionate bookworms in our home. We have two bookcases full of color coded books ( yes I did and you can too). The boys currently have a blue bin in their room overloaded with books. We also take a trip to the library almost every week and come trekking home with an armload of books.

I am careful of what we read to the boys. We don't read anything with witches, too scary monsters or scary action heroes. We read Bible stories daily, Elmo, Carl the dog, Froggy, Jake, you name it.

When I saw this book by a new author, Laura Sassi, I couldn't wait to read it to the boys! It has a cute age appropriate story that loosely follows Noah and the Ark. It is entertaining and the pictures are absolutely beautiful, expressive and capturing. The boys love sitting on the couch after I read it and just turn the pages looking at all the lively animals and beautiful colors.

The Book Description:

"Beds are ready. 
Food is stored.
Noah hollers,
“All aboard!”
It’s bedtime on Noah’s ark, but the animals can’t sleep because of the storm. Two by two, they crowd into Noah’s bed, creating a sticky situation. Will Noah ever get them back to their own beds? Climb aboard the ark for this rollicking, yet ultimately restful bedtime story as Noah finds a way to make things calm and cozy, even in the midst of a storm."
I definitely recommend picking up a copy and enjoying story time with it. 

I received a copy of this book for review from BookLook Bloggers. These words are all my own. 

Celery Night Fever GIVEAWAY

We are always looking for wholesome, cute movies for the boys to watch together. It can be quite tricky these days I think to find good movies for family movie night or even just to watch during the day after naptime. I guess that is why being a parent isn't an easy job but it is a fulfilling life journey.

We received this new VeggieTales movie in the mail last week and the boys have watched it nearly every day since. They love the songs, new characters and Ben even understood the storyline and the lesson of forgiveness. You can also go to the VeggieTales site and print up some coloring pages and discuss the movie after it is over with the kiddos.

I highly recommend going and grabbing a copy today at your local Christian bookstore or online. It was just released on the 2nd!

The story is about:

a determined young girl sets out to save the city park from being turned into a parking lot by getting her grandfather (Larry the Cucumber) to stage a reunion concert with the disco band he headlined forty years ago. The problem? None of those guys are talking to each other, all of them holding grudges for how the band fell apart all those years ago... It's theme is forgiveness. 

Now for those of you who can't wait to get your hands on a copy, now is your chance! I have one DVD to giveaway for your next family movie night or maybe to pop in while cooking dinner! 

To enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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