Nothing to Prove 

Since I read a fair amount of Christian non-fiction, I was curious if Jennie Allen’s Nothing to Prove would be similar to others about the same topic. I found the first couple of chapters to be especially thought-provoking!  I underlined a ton and resonated with many ideas. 

I’ve been one who has hustled and strived to meet all sorts of standards. I’ve tried to prove myself and keep myself up on my imaginary pedestal (spoiler: it didn’t work). Let me tell you, this kind of living is exhausting! The pressure and constant worry took up too much time!  Through a lot of different things like counseling, prayer, changing my self-talk, and engaging in relationships, I’ve come a long ways from where I used to be. Yet, I still found Jennie’s message to be relevant and helpful. 

I love how she continually brings it back to focusing on God. We don’t get anywhere by repeating how good we are but we sure can gain ground when we are abiding in the one who is more than enough!  

The book included great questions to ponder and prompts to help you take the next steps. I loved texting these to a friend and writing out my answers. This was really helpful for me! 

The only thing that didn’t resonate with me were the parts of chapters that turned Bible stories into first person accounts. I would rather read the Bible verses than the expanded fiction version. But these did create a great way to really dive into those stories in a new way. Mostly a personal preference!

Otherwise, I highly recommend the book for a refresher on God’s goodness and on how to really focus on Him in a world that is constantly baiting us to measure up and prove ourselves. 

Disclosure: I got this free book from Blogging for Books but all opinions are my own!

3 Months


Our little lady is now over 3 months! She’s just the perfect addition to our family. Asher still comments about how she’s pretty cute. I’m still a little in denial that I’m a mom to a girl but I’m sure glad I get to be her mom!

What we have learned…spring can come anytime. Sleep is still great! The rock n play outside is a great thing. 
What we are enjoying right now…the few days of warmer weather, lots of smiles, a few giggles, tummy time, grabbing at things, reading books, and lots of music. 
What our struggles are right now…cold weather and next steps for the future. 
Most exciting milestones…a few giggles!
What we are looking forward …warmer weather, walks, a new backyard, and what God has planned. 
What Melea seems to like and dislike…likes seem to be grabbing things, her blanket, tummy time, the kick n play, being upright, and watching. Dislikes seem to include being alone for too long, being sleepy, and being too close to the edge of the kick n play.
What sleep looks like…I haven’t kept track much but she’s waking up usually around like 4am and sometimes one other time in the night. Sleeping until 7:30 or so and then taking a nap around 9 and then usually another good afternoon nap and evening nap. She’s going to bed usually around 8 and then maybe waking for a bit before we go to bed around 10:30. 
What we are eating…milk! She’s a little more willing to eat whenever but mostly not. She’s speedy and eats for about 10-15 minutes. 
Who we have seen…we saw the Paradee’s again! And Taylor came home some. 
At the last doctor appointment…we just had one! She’s petite! She weighed 11 pounds 2 oz and was almost 23 inches. She’s wearing size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes. She’s still sporting some cute cloth diapers too. 

Good Good Father

We are big fans of worship music and it is constantly playing in our house. My son could probably listen all day. 

We first listened to Good Good Father by Housefires (they’re a favorite around here). Though, when I heard Chris Tomlin had a version, I was excited that he would be able to get the song to a wider audience since I love the song!  Personally, I still prefer the original. The song really shows God’s heart as a loving father. 

Since the song became so popular, I wasn’t surprised to see they made a children’s book to go with it.  I was excited to receive the book for free to review since my son likes the song. 

The book is a fairly short board book that follows the story of a lion who is the “father.”  The storyline talks about the different things good fathers do. The illustrations are cute and simple. My son (2 and a half) has enjoyed reading it. I wouldn’t say it is a favorite book but he seems to like it. 

The biggest disappointment to me with the book was that it doesn’t talk about how God is our “good, good father.”  The connection between how the father lion acts and how God is was never made in the book. I was able to verbally share this concept at the end of the book but I would have preferred the book had focused on how God is our “good, good father.”

So, I would not recommend to go out of your way to find this book but if you like the song then it might be a fun addition to your kids’ bookshelf. 


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.”

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.”