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Archive for the month “January, 2012”


Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

So here’s the third book in the Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini. I’ve read the first 3 books of this series and have been waiting on these books to slow down and bore me into putting it down and picking up something else but that has NOT happened yet. I can not believe how this story has wound up to this point and I can not wait to start the final book in the series on Sunday (I’m borrowing it from a friend who is bringing it to church for me).

Here’s the Overview for this book:
OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.

Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?


Again, if you’re into reading and can find these books at the library or are willing to purchase them I HIGHLY recommend it!!

Book list 01.11.2012

Here’s out newest book list. This one will probably last us a few weeks as Addyson and I just started reading a series of books she got for Christmas. On Tuesday night we started reading Little House in the Big Woods. Addyson loves it…she’s fascinated by the fact that they didn’t have electricity, lived very far away from any neighbors, that Mary and Laura had to share a little bed (just like hers), and that the dad (Pa) has to shoot and kill all of their food. We’ve learned a lot about making butter, cleaning meat, and storing it for winter and we’re only on chapter 4. So each night we will work on reading a book together (hence the abundance of First Reader books below) and then I will read a chapter in our book.

my little Pony Belle of the Ball

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? - We have this book in little board book form but I thought it'd be good for her to try and read.

Dumpy's extra-busy day

my Little Pony Hide-and-Seek

Holler Loudly

Mama's Helpers

Melvin and the Boy


What if Everybody Did That?

The Berenstain Bears and the Wishing Star

Godly Discipline

So I read Mark Driscoll’s blog on a regular basis and this one blew me away. His wife, Grace wrote this one.

Godly Mother: Discipline Can Be Painful and Peaceful

by: Grace Driscoll on Dec 30, 2011 in Parenting
 First of all, I am not writing on the topic of being a godly mother because I am the best example of one. Rather, it is an ongoing process of redemption that God takes us through over the course of our life. If at any point I stop and say, “I’m a really great mom because I work so hard (rather than by God’s grace),” then I have stopped growing and stopped looking for ways I need to change. Now, onto the topic at hand.Today, unfortunately, we see many families who believe child discipline is unloving. We are told that if we say no to our kids, they will have low self-esteem or won’t be able to make decisions on their own someday. Nothing could be further from the truth.Do you understand the importance of disciplining your children? Have you given up because it takes too much work and the fruit seems small? Do you expect your kids to obey without instructing them?There are dozens of verses we could examine to give us instruction on godly parenting, but the one that stands out to me in the midst of this undisciplined world is Proverbs 3:11–12, where it says, “My son [or daughter], do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son [daughter] in whom he delights.” Then Hebrews 12:11 continues, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

How Do You Respond to Discipline?

These verses force me to ask myself the question of how I respond to God’s discipline for me: Do I resist discipline, pain, the training of holiness in my heart? If so, I am resisting God’s love for me because he knows how to work toward deep heart change through trials. Is my example to my children, “I’m not going to obey God, but you need to obey him and me”? I believe one of the best things we can do in disciplining our children is to not only point out their sin, but to repent of our own sin regularly so they can experience Christ’s real forgiveness through our lives. I can easily get in the habit of correcting, which is vital in training them, but forget to show them I need Jesus’ forgiveness just as much as they do.

If we never repent in front of them, we are setting them up to think, I can do life on my own and eventually you can, too. This type of thinking is the opposite of the gospel: Christ had to suffer and die for all of our sins—past, present, and future—and we truly can’t live without his love and forgiveness. We need discipline and so do our kids in order to experience the “peaceful fruit of righteousness.”

Are we trying to get peace in our home without faithful, prayerful discipline of ourselves and our kids? It’s impossible! They start out knowing nothing as sweet but sinful babies, and we are responsible to train them about their need for Jesus, about the truth versus lies, practical and wise living, dangers, decision making, and much more.  We cannot take this responsibility lightly because to do so puts them in harms way if we do. As Hebrews tells us, “discipline seems painful rather than pleasant” in the moment but as we are trained by it—which means learning to receive and walk through it with Jesus—we will see the fruit by God’s grace.

I believe one of the best things we can do in disciplining our children is to not only point out their sin, but to repent of our own sin regularly so they can experience Christ’s real forgiveness through our lives.

I see the most fruit in my kids when God is working on my humility and he gives me the strength to be consistent with their correction. I also need to make sure they see the whole gospel all the way through to forgiveness, not stopping with just showing them the sin. As we show them the peace that the repentance process brings, they will not want to hide the sin from us and God.

I urge you to think about how you deal with your own sin. Do you hide or belittle it? Do you choose blindness or avoidance of dealing with it? If we are willing to see the blessing of children, we will be willing to see our own sin through them.

Be an example to them of how God has changed you … and how he can change them, too! Satan wants to condemn us, and Jesus wants to free us! Jesus was the only perfect child, so extend his grace to your own kids as they learn how much Jesus loves them as he corrects them.

Happy New Year!

So I’ve been praying and reading a lot these past few weeks to prepare myself for the new year. I have quiet a few goals that I wish to reach and to keep myself accountable I thought I’d share them with you, my friends and family.

Overall I want to Live a Life that HONORS God this year. Here’s how I hope to accomplish this in 2012.
I have started this by taking big steps (for me) to live healthier.

  • On January 2nd I consumed what I hope to be my last Dr.Pepper of this year. I know it’s not huge but I’ve been a Dr.Pepper a day girls since I was a tween so this is a big difference daily for me.
  • On January 8th Justin and I will begin a 21-day fast, The Daniel Fast. We did this last year in January and while it is quite a challenge it is also very rewarding once I look at what I put into my body daily compared to the food that God created for us to consume. To learn more about this fast and/or lifestyle click here.
  • I’ve also committed to myself to complete another marathon this calendar year so as I begin to train please pray:)

The next step in this to spend quality time in the Word daily. I’ve always been consistent with spending the quantity of time daily that is required for whatever study or reading plan I am doing at the time but I’ve felt that God has been challenging to spend quality not quantity time with Him.

Another step I am taking as a mother is to begin to limit/cut-back on the kids TV time. It’s not that they watch too much TV but more that I want to interact with them and teach them to PLAY more than to rely on TV to occupy their time. We’ve started this by reading more books all together, coloring in books and notebooks, playing with the 30 colors of play-dough that they got for Christmas, and having family Tea Parties (Owen loves to sit and pretend to eat cookies and cupcakes).

The final step I am praying for this year is that I will become BOLD in sharing and reaching the lost. I know that I encounter many people on a daily basis who may not know Him and I may be the one Christ has prepared to plant a seed and/or to help it bloom. In short, I want to lead someone to Christ this year!

With those steps I pray that God would be honored through my choices, my words, and my actions this year!


Eldest by Christopher Paolini

I actually finished this book over the Holidays and have started the 3rd book but I never got around to writing about it so here it goes…


Darkness Falls…Swords Clash…Evil Reigns.

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatroix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is a journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.


So this is the 2nd OVER 600 page book I’ve read in the span of a month and I have already started the next book in this 4 part series. This particular book is 704 pages of great reading!

Book list 01.05.2012

Here are the books from the first book list of the year!

If I were You

Gone with the Wand

Superhero School

I won't share!

Ruby's Perfect Day

Ruby Bakes a Cake

Who Wants a cheat Rhinoceros?

Miss Nelson is Missing!

Mouse's Hide-and-Seek Words

The Trouble with Germs

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Ducks in a Row

Christmas craziness and FUN!

So we had a great Christmas and New Year these last few weeks!

The kids had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas morning filled with new things and great gifts.

The following day Justin and I left the kiddos here in Fort Worth with my mom at our apartment and we went to San Antonio for a few days to celebrate our 9th anniversary and spend some time ALONE.
We had a great time (pictures below). We caught the first NBA game of the season for the Memphis Grizzlies (a loss at San Antonio), we had some great food (thanks to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) and we saw movies, walked quietly and together and slept!

On the 28th we headed back to Fort Worth to pick up the kids and DeeDee and head to Memphis for the remainder of the Holidays. We had a great time with NaNa and PaPa. The kids LOVE to visit them and ride the 4-wheeler, go to the mall, and just have fun!

Overall it was a great Holiday Season!

Addyson's doll all dressed-up

Some YUMMY crab-stuffed mushrooms in San Antonio

Fun at the game...Justin had his Memphis Tigers sweater on which made the game even more fun in San Antonio 🙂

Nighttime on the Riverwalk

the Texas Christmas tree in the square at the Alamo

the Alamo

An amazing tree inside the Alamo

Ducks lining up for the Riverboat 🙂

Justin and Owen doing Owen's favorite thing...rididng the 4-WHEELER!


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