Monday, April 23, 2018

The Ireton Family

I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful family last month!  The weather is getting nicer and I can't wait to take pictures of more families! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What I'm Reading

Years ago, I stumbled across Heidi St. John's blog (The Busy Mom) and now she has a book out called, Becoming MomStrong: How to fight with all that's in you and your family and your faith.  In this book, Heidi talks about the difficulties moms are faced with in this day and shootings, cell phones, technology, etc.  She directs us back to where we need to get our strength from to deal with these issues and that is in the Lord.  Throughout the book, she weavers humor, encouragement and prayer.  This book is for any mom, no matter what stage of life they are in.  Heidi not only shares personal stories but leads us back to the Word of God.

I've been a mom for over a decade now and each and everyday I realized more and more how important it is for me to be a gospel-centered mom.  In the book, Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin, speaks truth and also shares stories that are relatable.  She talks about moms striving to be perfect or get it all right, when we all know that it is not attainable.  Instead, she encourages us to start chasing after God, the One who truly can help us and give us the strength that we need to raise our children.  Sprinkled throughout the book are daily disciplines we can do to help us to have gospel-centered parenting.  This book is very practical and encouraging and something I need because parenting is hard and we all could use a little encouragement.

If you are looking for a great Easter book for the Lent season or to give at Easter, Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist is the book for you!  This picture book is filled with beautiful illustrations, 7 stories about Jesus and a love letter from God to go along with each story.  The 7 stories take you through Holy Week...the triumphant entry, washing meeting, last supper, etc.  On the last page of the book is a letter for a child to write a love letter back to God.  This is something I think I want to incorporate with my family each year!

Night Night Farm by Amy Parker is a great board book for toddlers.  In this book, all the farm animals are going to bed and are saying goodnight.    I can just hear little ones loving this book as you say...oink oink pigs or moo moo cows.  It's a touch and feel book so there are different textures on the page making it great for little ones!

The Legend of the Easter Treasury is three books in one!  The 3 stories are: The Legend of the Easter Egg, The Legend of the Easter Robin and The Legend of the Sand Dollar.  The books share the meaning behind the Easter eggs and the story of Easter.  The 3 stories are filled with beautiful illustrations and would be a perfect gift for any child that bring hope and stories of faith about Easter.

Monday, January 29, 2018

What I'm Reading

I'm not a morning person at all, so when I saw Kat Lee's Hello Mornings I was a little intrigued!  What really caught my attention was that mornings could be grace-filled and life-giving.  Somehow my mornings are not always like that!  I like that Kat stated right off the bat that you don't have to be a morning person, oh, thank goodness!  She also use 3 words that I think can help anyone to focus on their day...God...Plan...Move.  Not only does she tell us the "why" behind our mornings but also "how" we can do it.   Our mornings matter and I like starting off my day with a purpose but I find that there are some things I need to do better so that I can really experience what my heart desires!  This book really helps with that!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, December 29, 2017

What I'm Reading

100 Days to Brave is a devotional by Annie F. Downs.  This devotional is filled with a 100 days of stories, humor and scripture that will help one to be brave and walk the path God has for them.  Each day is very simple to read and doesn't take much time.  I also like that she leaves you with a challenging thought or question at the end of each day.  This would make a great high school or college graduation gift for a girl!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What I'm Reading

I was thrilled to review Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors.  This is Katie's 2nd book about her experiences living in Uganda and raising 13 adopted children.  Her life wasn't just filled with the good and easy time, but there were times of struggle, heartache and tragedy.  She began to question God during those times and in the book she shares how God meet her where she was at and drew her into a deeper relationship with Him!  It's an encouraging book that prompts us to rely on God for the impossible and that He will provide us with the hope we need to walk through each and every circumstance.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

My husband has read every book by John Eldredge, so when his new book, All Things New, came out, I was thrilled to get it for him!  His new book is about the future, the coming kingdom and the renewal of all things.  John brings us a lot of hope, especially since we live in a world of pain, suffering and horrible tragedy.  It is packed full of scripture and personal stories that John shares.  I also believe this book can change the way we view hope!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, September 25, 2017

What I Reading Wednesday

This book, Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around Every Table by Bri McCoy was right up my alley.  I absolutely love to use my gifts that God has given me and hospitality is right up on top!  I have said for years, that I'm a people gatherer.  I love for people to be in my home, gathered around the table.  There is something magically that happens when people come and sit around my table and we share a meal.  I certainly don't do it perfectly but I do make myself available and I think that is something the author and I can agree on.  The table and food can remind us of the importance of our fellowship with God.   Making time for God provide us with rich nourishment and wonderful memories, that we can also share with others.  Whether you have the gift of hospitality or not, everyone should read this book because you are bound to have people at your table!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons is not only filled with precious words, but the artwork Ruth created is absolutely gorgeous!  The book walks us through the different seasons we experience and hopefully will find rest and remembrance in God's faithful promises.  This book is amazing and would make a beautiful gift for any woman!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Draw 50 Sea Creatures by Lee J. Ames is a how-to, step-by-step book of how to draw sea creatures. This book is perfect for my kids as I homeschool them and we learn about different sea creatures.  It is very easy to use and perfect for my 3rd and 6th grade.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday

In Jen Hatmaker's lastest book, Of Mess and Moxie, the pages are filled with humor and quick whit, to real life stories of triumph and tragedy.  I've read all of Jen's books and have enjoyed them but this one just left me thinking it was just ok.  The book just seemed kind of random and fell short for me.  However, I did like her encouragement for us as women to cheer other women along and support one another.  I think we can all relate to that!

I received this book free from Booklook Blogger in exchange for my honest opinion.