Come To The Family Table - Book Review & Giveaway

Book Description:

In our busy world, family time around the dinner table is easily displaced by other things. Ted and Amy Cunningham call parents to a slower way of living that allows them to intentionally build into their family’s relational and spiritual fabric and into the community around them.

No more rushing to the table for a quick bite so we can get back to our other activities. Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table seeks to encourage families with intentional strategies to engage one another and create the table as a space for practical ministry to their community.

My Review: 

Come To The Family Table is a wonderful read and I am happy I was given the opportunity to review it. One of the many things I enjoy about our family is always sitting down to dinner with eachother every night. This book helps you to see why we, as parents, need to slow down and take that time with our children.. with our spouse. We need to slow down and enjoy the food, enjoy each other, enjoy Jesus! 

The book is full of inspiring information and it's also just an enjoyable read. This book is for those who are single, married, with or without children, Grandparents... everyone can join around the family table. Be sure to enroll in our book giveaway.. I know you will enjoy reading it!  


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The Things We Knew - Book Review

Book Description: 

When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.
Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

My Review: 

This book will put you on the edge of your seat and leave you longing for more! The Things We Knew is an emotional roller coaster but in the best way possible. Lynette cannot remember how her Mother died.. or so she believes. I love how the author helped us to see the two families and and we felt as if we shared their struggles. This is a wonderful read that would be enjoyed by many. I highly recommend this read! 

Doodletopia: Manga - Book Review

Book Description: 

Doodle, draw, sketch, and color your way to the fun-filled land of Doodletopia!

The world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, Christopher Hart, will show you all the interactive, artistic possibilities offered by doodling, designing, and coloring using characters, scenes, and crafts from the world of manga in Doodletopia: Manga.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Mangapairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. 

From dressing up super-cute chibis to designing your own manga mazes to completing manga scenes and making manga-inspired crafts like bookmarks, stationery, and more, the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and start doodling!

My Review: 

My 9 year old son is in love with the doodletopia books and this one is no exception. Not only is this a creative outlet for children but also for adults. This book offers a lot of helpful tips and will keep you entertained for hours. This is a great book and I know it will enjoyed by all! 


Doodletopia: Cartoons - Book Review


An interactive doodle book from a best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, and coloring activities for aspiring artists.
Welcome to Doodletopia! Your first stop in this paradise of creativity? The world of cartoons. Your tour guide Christopher Hart is ready to introduce you to the interactive, artistic possibilities of creating your own exciting, hilarious, off-the-wall cartoon characters, gags, and more.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Cartoons pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and draw, doodle, or color right on the same page as the author.

From finishing cartoon faces to selecting costumes to completing wacky cartoon scenes, 
the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up 
and start doodling!

My Review: 

My boys (ages 10 and 9) are loving this book! I probably need to purchase one more book, so they each have one. Doodletopia offers hours of fun. You can draw in the book or by looking at the book draw onto a piece of paper. There are step-by-step instructions on how to create all the cute cartoons in this book. You will be able to draw, design and color your own creations! 

I recommend this book to children and adults of any age. My sons haven't put the book down since it arrived on our front porch. 



Our first day Back to Homeschool....

Today was our first day Back To Homeschool. This is our 5th year homeschooling... Aidan is now in Middle School (6th Grade) and Noah is in 4th grade. 

We started school at 9am with our Bible Journal and scripture studies. After eating breakfast we continued with our Morning Time Basket. Learning about the virtue, Self-Control, and working on Poetry memorization. 

After our Morning Time Basket we enjoyed a little break before the boys started working on their core subjects. I'm so proud of how they jump in and get their independent work finished while I'm helping the other one. It sure does make our day go smoother.  

After lunch we worked on Science (learning about the Printing Press and Gutenberg) and we completed History together (studying The Oregon Trail). The boys enjoyed watching numerous videos on youtube about each subject we had studied.  

We finished school around 1pm and now it's time to enjoy this beautiful day! Happy Schooling! 

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul.. ~Proverbs 2:10

Back To Homeschool Photo Shoot

With school starting soon my husband and I took the boys out for a mini back to homeschool photo shoot. It's so hard to believe that this year will be our 5th year homeschooling! We now have a 4th and 6th grader! 


Come With Me - Book Review


Proverbs 31 Author Calls Women to a Revolutionary Faith
What if there was a real-life invitation to a lifetime of unexpected destinations and adventure? What if your faith was the key?

In her warm, conversational way, Proverbs 31 author Suzie Eller shows how your faith is just that. How when you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the busy life, the worries and excuses, you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise. Who brings you deeper than you ever thought possible.

Two thousand years ago, 12 men answered the call to follow a man they hardly knew--and they were changed in ways they never imagined. Today that same invitation echoes across history, beckoning you to an adventure that will spill into every aspect of your faith and life.Come with Me. Will you say yes?

This book is AMAZING! I have read.. and re-read it... and I'm sure I will be reading it again soon! This is a life changing book. A must read for women everywhere!! This book will move you from a comfortable faith... to a GET UP AND SHOUT FOR JESUS FAITH! Come with Me is inspiring and motivating... you don't want to miss the opportunity to read this book and feel God's power. 

Becoming a Woman of Excellence ~ Book Review


Society beckons us to succeed—to achieve excellence in our appearance, our earning power, our family life. God Himself also beckons us to be women of excellence. But what exactly is He asking? If you’re hungry for God’s perspective on success in a society that bombards you with conflicting demands, feed on the truths of God’s Word that you’ll discover in these pages. You will not only learn to “approve the things that are excellent” but will also experience the joy of becoming God’s woman of excellence. This bestselling topical Bible study has helped over one million women over the past 30 years, and is newly revised and updated so today’s women can discover who God designed them to be in this day and age. Written by Navigator author and Bible teacher Cynthia Heald, the 11 sessions in this Bible study explore what your identity in Christ is and how you can best serve Him.

My Review:

This is a wonderful Bible study. I love the layout of the book and how the author truly dug deep into the scriptures. Each chapter is a little different.. there are lots of scriptures, questions and there is a guide for Bible study leaders at the back of the book. 

The author takes you on a journey through God's word to teach us what it means to be a woman of excellence. She helps you to see you don't have to change who you are in Christ... we just improve on our greatness we already have. 

I highly recommend this book to any woman looking for a way to see her true self through the eyes of the Lord. This would also be a great gift book.