2 Months


2 months! So thankful for this sweet little girl and all she brings to our little family. 

What we have learned…sleep is a wonderful thing, winter can end anytime, read when you can, and keep laughing. 

What we are enjoying right now…sleeping when we can, so many smiles, reading books, tummy time, and listening to WorshipU. 

What our struggles are right now…keeping Asher off the counters while Melea eats, keeping the house clean, and the cold weather. 

Most exciting milestones…smiles still!! And rolling from front to back. 

What we are looking forward to…summer still…bring on the warm weather and walks outside!

What Melea seems to like and dislike...likes seem to be being talked to, sleep, tummy time on mom and dad, watching and listening to Asher, the kick n play and rock n play.  Dislikes seem to include being alone for too long, startling noises, and waiting to eat or be picked up. 

What sleep looks like…Not entirely sure and not super consistent yet but she’s usually asleep by 10 or 10:30 and then either wakes up at 2 or 4 and then again around 5 or 6 maybe and then again when Asher wakes up around 7:30 or 8. She’s giving us good naps and usually a nice long 3-4 hour one in the afternoon. Mostly we roll with the flow and let the day go as needed. I’m thankful we can do that!

What we are eating…milk! She eats when she’s hungry and not any other time. She is not one to eat just to eat. 

Who we have seen…Jack and Emily came and grandma and grandpa are finally back home too! 

At the last doctor appointment…we haven’t had one recently. She’s wearing size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes but they are sometimes a bit big but newborn doesn’t fit anymore. She’s sporting some cute cloth diapers too. 

You’re Saying it Wrong

My husband and I love reading and words! We also have had some “fights” about the pronunciation or the meanings of certain words. So, I knew You’re Saying It Wrong by Ross and Kathryn Petras would be a great surprise gift for him!

We’ve had fun looking through the hardback version. The cover is simple but nice looking. The book is set up alphabetically and includes words and phrases. We have had fun looking through to find out if we are saying words like acai correctly. This is a great coffee table, trivia, or conversation starter type book. Not everyone would find it interesting but likely book or word nerds would love it!  

Disclosure: I received this book for free but all opinions are my own! Thanks for the great gift ☺

1 Month


Hello Melea Rose! Here we go again with doing fun monthly updates!  This last month has been a blur with the holidays and hospital stays for family and a newborn. But man do we love our little girl!
What we have learned…take what you can get, napping when the baby naps is not a thing with a toddler running around, keep talking, and how much love we have for our third little baby. 

What we are enjoying right now…pizza! All the smiles we can get out of our little lady. Watching Asher and Melea interact. 

What our struggles are right now…sleep. She’s a sleepy one but it’s a different ball game when you can’t nap whenever she is. 

Most exciting milestones…smiles!!

What we are looking forward to…summer. I know it’s only January but man am I missing being able to go on a walk outside!

What Melea seems to like and dislike…likes seem to be sleep, laying on mom or dad, tummy time, music, and listening to Asher. Dislikes seem to include being alone for too long and waiting to eat or be picked up. 

What sleep looks like…I have no idea. She eats and sleeps but I couldn’t tell you how often she’s up. She’s given us some 4-5 hour stretches I think. She’s usually up a few times. 

What we are eating…milk! She did try one bottle and did great.  

Who we have seen…Tom and Laura came from D.C., Paradees came, aunts and uncles, and all the Christmas people. 

At the last doctor’s appointment…she was doing good! 75ish percentile for height and 50ish for weight. She’s just barely out of newborn size and barely into size 1 diapers. 

The Beginners Bible


While I do not remember having one of these myself as a child, I do remember them being around!  Since I work with kids, I wanted to see how this updated one compared to others out there. 

For starters, there are pictures on every page and the font size is larger as well. There are about 500 pages as well so this is a substantial sized book.  I really appreciate that many stories from the Bible are included. Some kids “bibles” cut out many of the lesser known ones like jars of oil or Elisha’s room. Though, there are still many missing but I do understand the need to maintain space limits too. The stories themselves read easily and are short enough for a younger audience. My two and a half year old will listen to them for a while.  

Personally, the pictures are not that appealing to me but they are not horrible either. They tend to be more cartoon like while staying realistic. The colors are bright as well. 

Some of the stories do add some creative liberty in the story telling while still mostly staying true to the original text. The format is not a literal translation and does not include bible verses like some other kids bibles. This is geared more toward telling the story in a kid friendly way to be read by kids or adults. 

I wouldn’t say that this is my absolute favorite kids bibles but I will add it to my collection to use and am glad for some of the different stories being in there!

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.”

Say and Pray Devotions


This is the second Say and Pray book we have gotten to review and I am happy to say that we like this one too!  My son has started having fun pointing out all of the things labeled.  The ideas are very simple and the prayers are short.  Many of the pages focus on daily life and about the things God created.  I like that there are Bible verses included with each devotion. The prayers are also only a sentence but they do a good job at giving examples of how to pray.  Though, they do all start with Thank you, God. They are not varied in that format so it can get a little repetitive. This is similar to the Say and Pray Bible. If you like that one, you will probably like this one too!

Also, this is a board book and has withstood some beating so far. I would say that it falls in the middle of not being the sturdiest but definitely not flimsy. 

All in all, I am glad to have another book to add to our collection and think that this will be a fun one down the road to help with learning to read. 
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.”

Cookbooks!!

I have been on a cookbook kick lately and have been getting a lot from the library (Giada, food network, Barefoot Contessa and more!) so I was excited to have the chance to own and review Danielle Walker’s Celebrations cookbook! 

 The book is a gorgeous hardcover with excellent photography throughout. I love when cookbooks include photos of the recipes rather than just instructions. This one did not disappoint on that aspect. 
The beginning also included a lot of tips and suggestions. She talks about types of ingredients and brands she prefers as well as ideas for entertaining. The book includes a variety of recipes that really help highlight the unique twists on traditional recipes and help keep the fun in food during celebrations for those who may have a diet change. 
While I am personally not as strict about my diet as Walker, I have some people in my life who are and I love to try new things so this cookbook will be a way to do just that while showing love to those I know who do have dietary restrictions. 
I haven’t tried all the recipes yet but am looking forward to finding favorites for when my next celebration comes along. 
I imagine those who are familiar with Walker will gladly add this to their cookbook collection and those who are looking for unique recipes would also want to check it out. 

Cake please!
–Disclosure: I received this from Blogging for Books for free and I am so grateful for the chance to read it. All opinions are my own! 

Word Study Bible

I’m finally checking back in here after being quiet and I have a few fun reviews. 

For maybe the last month or so, I have been reading the NKJV Word Study Bible. I love digging into words and will often be found looking up further meanings while checking the originals. I also love to see where else the specific word is used in the Bible.  So, reviewing this Bible felt like a great fit!

The Bible version I received is hardback (usually I prefer leather/imitation leather) and has held up surprisingly well so far. The cover has a simple design on the front as well. I discarded the paper jacket since it seemed to get in the way and it still looks great on the actual cover. 

Throughout the text there are extra boxes with the chosen words. If the same word is used elsewhere that is indicated as well. The boxes are more of a mix of explanation with some further historical background. They go beyond just the different meanings like what would be found looking up one in a Strong’s Concordance. 

For me, this Bible would not replace other  resources like the Strong’s but it has highlighted words I may not have looked into otherwise and has been a fun way to dig deeper into studying the Bible. I would recommend it if you are looking for a way to further your study and add some insight into specific words. Though, it is surprising how 1700 words does not feel like that many when reading! I could have had them include more but I understand they likely wanted to keep the size manageable still which they did. All in all, I’m thankful to add this one to my shelf! 

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.”