Uninvited

I was so excited to dive into this book and see what Lysa had to offer!  I intentionally read this book with a friend to help keep me accountable to dig into the material and apply it. I would say that this would be a great book for in person discussion. 

Lysa includes some personal stories as well as Biblical stories that center around her theme of feeling less than, left out, or lonely.  I love reading personal stories so these helped bring the material to practical, every day life for me. Though, I could have done without a few of the jokes/sarcasm about body image/weight. I don’t personally connect with that.  Though, these were infrequent enough that they didn’t stop me from reading. 

Beyond the stories, I loved how the book focused on living loved and bringing it all back to truth and God. There were practical steps as well as acknowledgment that some of it takes personal transformation. I found myself underlining and saying me too a lot when Lysa talked about the difference between knowing the truth and applying the truth. 

I’m so glad I got to read this book and have many ideas reinforced about how to handle my emotions and the enemy in these situations where I’m feeling rejected, left out, or plain lonely. Thanks for being authentic and writing a real, relatable book!  Now to move the information into application. ☺️

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday Favorites

We’ve had a fairly low key day with a trip to get dog food and to stop by the library for new library books. I thought I’d pop in to share some of my favorites from lately. 

1. Cookbooks and fun recipes!  



I snagged a Barefoot Contessa cookbook while we were at the library today and I’ve been loving looking through it. We’ve also been trying some other fun new recipes from Pinterest. There’s a pumpkin waffle recipe on our list to make soon too!  And I’m still drooling over the bananas fosters French toast we made the other night. We’ve made some cookies too which was fun! Asher had fun “helping” and he loves watching them bake. 

2. Days of Creation!

We’ve been doing some modified activities from some preschool/2 year old play through the bible and other curriculum finds!  We started with the days of creation and did four days this week and will finish out the others next week. This paper plate game has been a huge hit. He has loved looking for “light.”  We keep adding a plate for each day and he has to find them. Pretty cute and fun to see how much he remembers! 

3. Reading! 


We all love to read! A big chunk of our day is often spent reading.  I’m so grateful for all the books we have and can get from the library. I’ve been reading in Uninvited, Find Your Brave, and Hinds Feet in High Places.  Asher has been asking to read Llama Llama books, Little Blue Truck, and Goodnight Gorilla among others!

4. Working Out!

We’ve gotten two runs in this week and two workouts from the Nike Training Club app!  Both were fun! 

5. Outfit Planning

Well. This is a favorite and a not favorite! But mostly we’ve been having fun figuring out what we all are going to wear to my brother’s wedding next week! I’m excited to travel again and get on a plane! Plus, this flight feels like it’ll be easy compared to others we’ve been on with Asher.

That’s all I’ve got before heading into the weekend. Here’s to sunshine and time outside with hopefully a good, long run! 

Six Weeks

As the weather has been changing, allergies have been in full force, and kids are back to school, I’m finding it hard to believe that last year at this time I was six weeks pregnant. Everything feels the same and so different. I’m so glad I took a fun bump picture that week so that I can look back at all three of my pregnancies. Here they are in a line: 


Different hair, same bathroom as we are still here, and same excitement. Three very loved babies. Being close to 28 weeks pregnant now, I can appreciate looking back to see how incredible and weird it is to watch a baby bump grow. Here’s one from a recent date night:


I keep writing posts in my head about all the things I didn’t realize would be hard the third time around and how many questions would be harder to answer having this be the third but not having everyone know that. Maybe they’ll get written eventually. 

I’m both trying to wrap my head around hopefully getting to take this sweet baby home in a few months to also realizing I could have had a 5 month old right now in addition to Asher. Life is full of twists and turns that I never would have imagined. 

No bows or even words to tie this post up today but wanted to mark down the day and show up to write rather than choosing something else. 

Wrapping up the Week

Friday is here! August keeps going by fast and I’m in denial that Fall will be coming. We’ve been having a fun week and here’s what has been keeping us busy.

1. I finally updated my library card so Asher and I have been checking out more books. The way he says library is pretty cute too. 

2. We went to the fair to see some friends play in their band. We hit up seeing all the animals and got French fries too. 

3. Paddle boarding was cancelled due to threatening stormy weather. Whomp whomp. But we did get a run/walk in this week that was about 5 miles! 

4. The house is crazy clean and organized due to a house showing. It won’t last long. 

5. My bookshelf is overflowing! I am excited to review Uninvited, a fun prayer coloring journal, It’s Not Fair, and to keep reading Hinds Feet in High Places. I love getting fun mail in the form of books! 


Lounging while watching the band play! 

Minecraft 


Working with kids has meant that I have heard a lot about Minecraft!  Kids love to create things and Minecraft gives them this opportunity along with a whole host of ways to connect with others and to learn while they create. Personally, I have watched some kids play the game but I haven’t played myself. I can’t say that I have much of a desire to play beyond wanting to be able to know more to be able to better connect with the kids who love the game. 

All of that long introduction to say that I was excited to see someone took advantage of what has become so popular among young kids!  I love the idea of helping make the Bible fun and easy to read for kids. The NIrV version is really similar to the NIV but with some word changes to help younger readers. 

This Bible includes 24 pages related to Minecraft. I like that the pages gave prompts for how to connect biblical stories to things that you can do in the game. I could see some kids finding that fun. I wish they had included some more ideas and unique connections. There really were not many pages in comparison to how many pages of the Bible there are. 

Also, I would have loved to see the Dictionary in the back be a little longer to help young readers. I could also see some commentary being helpful. 

This seems like a great Bible to get kids who are really into Minecraft also into the Bible but there is not a lot of Minecraft content so I imagine this would be best for a child who has parents to help encourage reading the Bible. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Punny Game


I was excited to see Punderdome as an option to review since I have some family members who love funny games! I thought this would be a great one to try out. 
The box is a nice size and there are a fair amount of cards. I imagine that eventually you would get tired of the same cards but at least there are a lot of different combinations for the game. Two mystery envelopes, some mystery envelope prize paper, and some extra scratch paper are included as well beyond the rules. 
The game is fairly simple and really as much fun as those who are with you. If you and your group are good at coming up with puns and enjoy laughing then I would bet that this would be a fun game for you!  
The one thing I didn’t like about the setup of the game is that you need at least three people. I wish they had made a two player variant as well. That is really my only complaint about the game. 
All in all, a fun game if you like puns and jokes!
Disclosure: I received this for free from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own. 

The Look and Tell Bible

I wanted to like this book and the cover seemed fun for a little boy but inside was really busy. I like the concept of using pictures for words and then having the pictures on the opposite page but I would have preferred to have a few less pictures.  This would have made reading a little easier. Some of the pictures were great for little kids to be able to guess and know what the word is but others were harder. I would have liked to keep with the easier ones especially for younger ages. 

Once again, I wish kids books would use a different word than “Bible” or would indicate that these are only selected parts of the Bible. The authors did a good job at picking fun stories for kids in their limited number of pages and they kept the book a nice size for younger readers. 

All in all, not my favorite kids Bible book but this one had a fun approach and would be something a little different for early readers to try. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”