Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Late Late Late Giveaway Announcement

Please forgive this late announcement.  Seems as if I need a better planning system.  So sorry.

and the winner is.....Cari from Clan-Donaldson.  Shoot me an e-mail Cari with your address and I'll get that off to you.  Soon, I promise.


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I smile every time I finish reading, I Just Can't Take It Anymore!, by Anthony DeStefano. The pictures of these little kiddos are just so darn cute! The words that go with the pictures make me laugh, reminisce, and then when you look at the pictures again, you laugh some more.

Make no mistake, there's a message, and it's great. It's just so simple and yet, we all need it. Constantly. Or at least I need it more than I'd like to admit. More on that.

The book is small, will fit in your purse and there are a little more than 30 pages. They are filled with cute sayings and pictures relating to every day life situations, thoughts, fears, and what might be our sufferings. As you progress through the book you realize that yes, if you start paying more attention to Him and start paying more attention to the things that really matter in life, start praying and notice that the bad things that happen in life often lead to something good-...even miracles. We are also reminded of the most terrible suffering Jesus went through and that happy ending.

And the message we all need.....If only I put my trust in Him.

It is really hard to pick out a favorite page because so many have fit a situation in my own life, either long past or just yesterday, or even today. There are two that I found very funny, and they just happen to be right next to each other. One I tell myself every day and the other I hope to never have to tell my girls.

The left page reads, "For some reason I can't seem to lose weight" The right page reads, "I seem to make a habit out of getting involved in the wrong relationships."

This is a wonderful book to give as a small gift and as well as to receive. Better yet, Mr. DeStefano has been gracious enough to send a book to give to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address so I can let you know if you've won. I'll leave the giveaway open until July 18, 2012. Good luck!
I guarantee you'll smile, be thankful and uplifted.

Other titles by Anthony DeStefano that I have reviewed are: The Donkey No One Could Ride, The Invisible World and Little Star.

God Bless,


Saturday, September 22, 2012

7 Quick Takes ~ On Saturday

I do realize the link up for Seven Quick Takes is on Friday but there was just something about putting both the back to school posts, back to back.  I'm hoping this can truly be quick as Saturday morning is going to be a bit busy.
Right to it.
I have to tell you that the word verify thing doesn't work well for me.  I can't see and it's always a guessing game as to what the letters are.  I can usually get the numbers but the letters almost always require glasses.  Honestly, too lazy to retrieve them from some cabinet in the bathroom.  Glasses, yes glasses.
Our new shingles will be arriving today.  It's cold and windy and not the perfect Fall day one would hope for to roof.  I'll worry the whole time that Big Daddy shouldn't be up there and that something tragic will happen to him.  He will give the look that I'm nuts and all is going to be fine.  I worry about tragedy too much.
Speaking of new shingles, we got all the landscaping done and are now waiting for new grass to pop up.  I have before, actually during pictures.  I had hoped to have finished pictures with grass but it's taking a little longer and way too much water.  We pay an outrageous water bill. 
I've discovered that you can very quickly make a book via Blurb with your Instagram pictures.  That made me not feel as bad about more time wasters online.  So I thought about trying to revive the photo a day via Instagram.  I'm also going to try and keep the theme as something I'm thankful for each day.   I think I'm mypricelessfishers on there if you want to follow along.
I tried my hand at a few things on Pinterest this summer.  I painted a couple of chairs, made a craft project for Father's Day and took some photos that I saw on the interlink.  Makes me feel better when I use this time to make something. 
Speaking of which, I need to start making, something like five, photo books before my son turns six.   I'm sure I'll be posting some baby pictures of Henry and jotting down some memories of that time.  What I can remember anyway, it all seems a blur these days.  He's very excited to finally have books of him.
There is a definite need for writing things down for me.  But I think I need to be more specific.  All day long yesterday looked at this sticky note that had three to do things on it.  The last one was "Call Nancy".  I had no idea what Nancy I was to call, or what I was to call her about.  It wasn't until the end of the day when I was telling my sister how bad my memory has got that I finally remembered.  I was supposed to call the girls' dance instructor to order dance shoes.  The note now reads, "Call Nancy ~ dance". 
Have a great weekend!
No photos or links this time....had to be quick, quick quick.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Karley & Pre-School

She waited a whole day after big brother went to school for her first day, it wasn't easy but she made it.  Karley absolutely loves Pre-School and her teacher Ms. JoAnne.  For breakfast she picked homemade blueberry muffins and this adorable little dress. 
On Henry's first day she did ask many times when Henry was going to be home.  She missed him.  The last four and a half years has gone by so fast and now that we are in full swing of school, it's going even faster.  Karley is having fun while learning which is the most important thing.  I do miss us all being together. 

Happy last year of Pre-School sweet girl, don't grow up so fast!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Henry & Kindergarten

We are now into our third week of Kindergarten and I'd say it's pretty clear that Henry enjoys school.  He was excited from day one.  Mom, not as much.  I wanted to spend all my time with him, with all of them, all of us together.  But this happy little face enjoys playing with his friends, he is learning, expanding his mind, growing and he loves it.  I love it for him, but I do miss him.  The days go fast, very fast and we treasure the weekends.


It's pretty safe to say that picture time was about over and Henry was very ready to get to his first day.
My favorite thing about the first day of school was that everybody was tired and my boy, my first baby wanted to come cuddle on the couch with me when he got home from school.  He hasn't wanted to cuddle with me on the couch since Sophie was a little tiny baby.  I miss those days and it sure was nice to have that moment in time once again.