Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Legend of the Candy Cane {book review}

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is read books with the boys. One year we even did a Christmas Book Countdown. Which was a little over the top and consisted of the boys opening a book every day in December leading up to Christmas. Needless to say they loved it but I knew I needed to find something that wouldn't tire me out.

So this year, I picked up about eight or nine books from the library and I received this book in the mail. This is the cutest story and has ties in such a meaningful message of Jesus and Christmas. The boys loved it and we read it a few times in one sitting. The pictures and story are so appealing, especially to little ones! A great gift to little ones to share the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy!


One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned? 

Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

With the help of a little girl, a mysterious stranger tells the story of the candy cane to the people of a small prairie town during Christmas time at the turn of the century.

A cute, timeless story your family will love. You can grab a copy here. 

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers for a post and my honest opinion.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ian Turns Three

Our teddy bear of a boy came quietly into our lives today 3 years ago. I honestly mean quietly because he didn't make a sound when he came out except a little whimper. He was big and a surprise baby too. Although he was a surprise, Jesus sent him at the right time to our family. He fit in perfectly and Benjamin became the protective older brother who only allowed himself to do the teasing.

Watching their brotherhood bond form over the last few years has been so sweet and endearing to witness and we have been given many compliments over the years about it.

Ian finished our puzzle of a family of four. He brings laughter everywhere he goes and is soft spoken when around others but at home he loves to run, laugh constantly and play the same knock knock joke that consists of "pizza, Uncle Kevin and coke." 

He decided to become potty trained all on his own this year, learn his alphabet, some colors and shapes and learning to count to 10 (he could do past that but they become a bit mixed up).

He loves to talk when at home even though sometimes we can't understand him. He has even started to make complete sentences!

We are celebrating today with a simple family birthday party and his choice of where to go for breakfast. Happy Birthday Ian, we love you!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five Things On Friday

In Our Home we are all decorated for Christmas and have been intentional on our Jesus Storybook Bible devotions that lead up to Jesus' birth. We recently did a mini update in the boy's room this past week with new toddler beds and we even bought ourselves an updated mattress and pretty but simple bed frame. All from Amazon, it's true. 

Reading Love, Skip, Jump and then going to dig into this one next possibly, or this. I have been inspired and encouraged by Shelene's words and it has even given me the push to begin something big for 2015 that I have been hesitant to start for awhile. More to come in the next few months. 

Boy Quote of the Week while out shopping one night after picking Josh up from work, I saw a big puddle and decided to go through it (boy mom-you understand)...Ben couldn't contain his excitement and said "WOW! that was so cool, thanks Mom!". 

Awaiting Ian's birthday on Sunday, he will be three and has been asking for a "Big Buzz" since he already has a small Buzz. Also excited to do our tradition to go see local Christmas Lights this weekend with a new little twist.  

Remembering what Rachael spoke last month on the Holidays and I have been saying each day "I will have peace in this home" and being intentional with our time together and with others. 

How is your Friday?