Friday Fun

When it’s Friday and you make the mistake of thinking you can go to the park but find out that the preschoolers are using it…you get lunch out!

Such a fun mini date with my little man who is getting so big!

Adding new staircase ideas to my Pinterest building board! 

We totally took advantage of Jimmy Johns having $1 subs the other day!

One shoed kid lounging on the dog watching some baby praises er the official name is Praise Baby. Asher just says “praise” in the cutest little voice. Well it’s cute until you have to sometimes disappoint him and say not now. Or when it’s past bedtime and he’s yanking on your hand saying “praises” and you are saying no…

Pinterest also showed me this and the dinosaur is just great. Ha! And the chair is so stylish. Oh babies. ūüėć 

And here’s a little flashback Friday. 

Bible Notes

Lately, in one of my Bible plans, the selected readings have highlighted the relationship between David and Saul.  These two have such an interesting, unconventional relationship.

Saul was put in a rough spot to begin with by being the first King over the people. ¬†The people failed to listen to the prophet Samuel so God gave them what they wanted, Saul as King. ¬†Even toward the beginning, we see how Saul was often swayed by the people’s opinion. ¬†He reacted to their actions rather than inquiring of the Lord or even following the Lord’s direct instructions. ¬†Saul reacted to the people scattering and took action instead of waiting for Samuel to come (1 Samuel 13:8-13). ¬†The people got the type of king who ended up just like them. ¬†They did not listen to what the prophet had said about having a king and Saul, their king, did follow Samuel’s instructions.

To add to Saul’s trouble, David comes on the scene and gives the people someone new to talk about. ¬†The people compare Saul and David. ¬†Saul comes up short and his jealousy is stirred.

Nap time is over…to be continued the next nap time:)

My take-aways for the day: be patient in the things of God and listen to His timeline rather than putting my own timeline on how I think things “should” progress. ¬†Keep my eyes on God and be intentional about what He has said instead of being swayed by the people.



This week has both gone by super fast and super slow. Asher went to bed early so we got to watch the Blacklist live and goodness what a shocker. I did not see that ending coming and am curious what’s coming up next!  

We’ve been going on walks and runs lately which has been so good! I’ve missed being outside and getting sunshine. Now if the wind can die down that’d be great. Interesting NPR fact: I heard that hail and straight wind do more damage than tornadoes in Minnesota. 

Ben and Jerry’s had their Free Cone Day so my awesome husband decided we needed to go. We went to one in Wayzata and it was on the cutest little street next to the water. Seemed like a fun little place to go back to when the weather gets warmer. Asher wasn’t sure about the person dressed up in a cow suit but he was all over the ice cream. 

Oh and I thought I would try Mint Chocolate Chip in hopes it would be similar to Mint Chocolate Cookie. It’s not. Not at all. Ryan’s Sweet Cream and Cookies though was closer! Asher tried a Strawberry. Well, really, he tried them all. 

I better get back to enjoying my non-napping but drumming and playing “quiet” time by jumping into another new book before the little boy declares he’s done. 

Rooted: The Hidden Places…

There were so many good books to choose from this last time that I had a really hard time narrowing it down to what one I wanted to read and review.  In the end, I went with the one that seemed to speak to my current season the most.  I recently finished reading Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You by Banning Liebscher.  I had heard of Banning through Jesus Culture and had heard some of his speaking, but not much so I was curious what he would have to say.

The book reinforces the idea that God wants to work on our character and “roots” in order for Him to keep expanding our vision as well as our areas of influence. ¬†Banning was able to use personal experiences and stories to highlight many of these principles. ¬†I absolutely appreciated his faithfulness to serving at Bethel Church for many, many years before moving forward with Jesus Culture Sacramento. ¬†His actions and words exemplified the idea of being rooted in a local church and leaving well. ¬†He shares that he left Bethel with the pastor’s blessing and encouragement. ¬†I love that. ¬†All of this helped increase his credibility for me.

Some other areas that were touched on throughout the book included staying in the race and not being distracted.  The book did a great job at pointing out areas where we can be distracted from what God is doing or even start to take on it ourselves.  He specifically shared about how with Jesus Culture as the popularity rose there felt like more pressure.  In response to that he wrote:

“We didn’t build this and¬†we don’t need to feel any pressure to stay somewhere God brought us to in the first place. ¬†We don’t need to keep open a door that He opened. ¬†If God wants to shut the door, He can shut the door. ¬†If He wants to keep it open, He can keep it open. ¬†There is so much rest found in that place.”

Throughout the book, I spent a lot of time underlining and adding key points at the end of the chapter so that I can take those into daily life.  All in all, I am super glad that I got the opportunity to read an advanced reading copy for this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking for encouragement as well as guidance in the ways that God might be working in your life as He is developing you toward your vision especially in those times that seem like waiting.

Disclaimer: All views of this book are my own, but I did receive a free Advanced Reading Copy from Blogging for Books.


Yay for the weekend!  We are finally in April and to a new budget month. That last week in March felt the longest. I keep hoping warmer weather will be around the corner…and I keep waking up to frost or cold temperatures. Sometime it is bound to get warmer. The water is off the lakes at least!  

Anyway, I saw a friend do a currently post and I’ve been meaning to add a fun post so here it is. 

I’m currently…

Reading: Rooted by Banning Liebscher (this book is rocking my world and I can’t wait to review it when I’m done!!). And I’ve just started E.M. Bounds on Prayer. I was gifted this and I am still feeling so loved by that!! Clearly gifts are my love language!  I have a few other books on my shelf but those are the main ones. 

Watching: Fixer Upper! Another season came out on Netflix! And Blacklist starts this next week and oh Blindspot. Pretty sure we have more shows than normal. Oh and Asher gets pumped about watching Baby Praises…we put it in as a half joke one day and now he loves it? 

Eating: Lots of eggs and leftovers and whatever is in the cupboard. By the end of the month, I’m always dreaming of our next month’s food and fun budgets refilling. 

Celebrating: Answered prayers and friends to celebrate them with!  

Enjoying: Days we can be outside, two cars, reading, and music. 

Hoping: For summer and fresh vision. 

Loving: Ryan’s surprises for me,when Asher is goofy, sunshine, hope, and a warm cozy bed. 

Bible Reviews

If you come to my house, you’ll find nearly a whole shelf dedicated to different versions of the Bible. ¬†This doesn’t even include all the ones I have at my office and use for Children’s Ministry! ¬†Needless to say, I am totally a Bible collector and I love checking out different versions and different Bibles. ¬†I was excited to review both the NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible and the Under the Sea Holy Bible.

Let’s start with the NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible. ¬†My version that I received is a hardback with a jacket cover (not my favorite–I prefer leather covers), but the cover is fairly appealing. ¬†I liked that the same pictures on the jacket cover are also printed on the actual hardback. ¬†This is a big plus for me. ¬†In the back, there area also easy to read maps that help put people and places into perspective. ¬†The maps include the land of the twelve tribes, Jesus’ ministry, Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, and a few others. ¬†I like this feature. ¬†There is not an index or dictionary in the back, but there is a concordance, which is helpful as well.

Each book has an introduction section and then boxes throughout the chapters with more information. ¬†There are notes and commentary throughout that include definitions, context, tables, and further explanation. ¬†There are also boxes that highlight certain individuals. ¬†All of these add to the study aspect of the Bible. ¬†Some include questions to help someone who is reading apply the Word to their own life. ¬†I feel like the title of the Bible is accurate in calling it a “Study Bible” and including “Apply the Word” as well. ¬†The NKJV is also a modern reader friendly version compared to the KJV. This would be a great Bible for someone who likes the NKJV version and is looking to take things a step further.

The Under the Sea Bible is marketed by Zonderkidz and has a fun, glittered cover! ¬†The Bible likely would appeal to younger kids–perhaps 8 and under. ¬†Older kids would likely want a less “kid” looking Bible. ¬†The Bible uses the NIrV, which is a version similar to the NIV, but slightly different. ¬†I was very glad to see that in the beginning pages there is a whole section outlining the differences in the version. ¬†In short, some of the differences include separating chapters into shorter sections, including titles for chapters, using one name for people or places that have multiple (i.e. The Sea of Galilee), and using some shorter words at times than the NIV. ¬†Personally, I prefer a version of the Bible that is closer to the original text, but I can see some benefits for this type of Bible for young readers who are starting out.

There are not many pictures or extra fun boxes within the Bible itself. ¬†There are only three (front and back) pages that are colored and include information geared toward kids. ¬†One of these outlines the ten commandments, another includes The Lord’s prayer. ¬†For the age range that this Bible seems to be geared toward, I would have expected a lot more “fun” elements to be included. ¬†I have seen other kid’s Bibles that do a much better job at this. ¬†In that sense, this Bible seems to be geared toward an older child who still likes a fun cover. ¬†All in all, even though this Bible has some major flaws, I can still see it being a good fit for the right child. ¬†Though, it would not be my first pick for a children’s Bible.

Whew! ¬†That was a lot of Bible talk…some of my favorite Bibles for kids include The Action Bible, The Story for Little Ones, and the Storybook Bible. ¬†I’m also a fan of the Amplified version–give me all the words:)

Do you have a favorite version? 

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Asher’s Phrases¬†

Lately here are a few of the phrases and words Asher has been saying. He’s such a talker and he seems to love singing and having music playing!

  • I got it!
  • I get down
  • Hi there
  • Where is it?
  • Who is it?
  • I don’t know
  • Car (with a long a)
  • Hair
  • Dog
  • Daddy
  • Some version of mommy
  • Again (he asks for things again often!)

I’m sure I’m missing a few, but it’s been so fun seeing him try out new words and try to imitate us! ¬†Seems like forever ago that he wasn’t even able to roll over.:)