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I had the great privilege of growing up in a Christian family who attended church regularly, participated in church activities, and even furthered my knowledge of Christ through home schooling me which provided a Christ focused education.
When you have all of this at your fingertips and spoon fed to you it’s easy to just take it for granted. Especially as a teen church becomes more about talking with friends before and after the service and waiting through the message because that’s what you do. Because that was my experience I really related to Jenna in this book-and I can see how it would be a great book for Christian teen girls.
I didn’t get much out From Blah to Awe for myself–but I suppose that is not terribly surprising since high school was further back than I like to think about these days! I would be interested to see/hear what a teenagers review of it would be. I think that it has potential if a girl was to do the activities and really meditate on God’s word while reading it. Her writing and wording are very teen oriented though at times I feel like she may go a little over the top with this–teens can feel when you’re trying to act like a teen even when you are not one yourself. However I think that teen girls would really enjoy this fun, practical, and interesting book overall. I wish I could have read it as a teenager myself as I feel I would have enjoyed it.
If a Pinterest inspirational board and a cute baby picture forward got together and had a baby–it would result in this book!
I Just Can’t Take it Anymore! is a cute short little book filled with funny and cute pictures of kids with an underlying message to adults that even though things get tough–God is really in control and it will work out in the end.
This would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift (what mommy doesn’t like cute, funny pictures of babies and kiddos??) or just a nice “I’m thinking of you gesture” for someone who is going through a hard time. Though you won’t find anything remarkably deep or enlightening within it’s pages it is the perfect dose of medicine when you need a smile or a little pick me up!
Be sure to check out this letter from the author and see some sample pages!
|I’ve been choosing healthier snacks, Yey!|
Sooo….as I’ve been writing about in my Moms of Faith columns this year is all about seeking balance for me. And it’s definitely a process where you have to continually work at it! I’m still trying to get a schedule that goes well for me, and so I *think* that I’m going to try to switch these posts to Monday. I flipped a few of my other writing slots around and Monday is always one of my busiest days, but it’s also one where I’m nearly always home so that should help….but anyways!
After a few weeks of very disappointing results I stepped on the scales today to see 135.2–woo hoo! So now I’m thinking that I must have just been retaining water or something because last Thursday I had weighed in at 137.6. So that was a good way to start off my week!
I’m jumping into my monthly goal a little late this month as hubby has been here and there and everywhere all over the world these days and that always throws things off for awhile! So my March goals are starting today and they are:
My reward for this month is to buy a pretty nightgown I spotted at Khols while baby clothes shopping (not for me–my nephew arrived today, YEY!!!!) and I’d love to get it since I’d like to try the Pretty Nightie Challenge but don’t have anything in the “in between” grounds–as in between a huge baggy ratty t-shirt and a scratchy ridiculous piece of wire and lace. Hahaha! Maybe TMI but it’s a true story!
Oh and my new Zumba just got in and I tried it out for the first time today! I was reminded of how beyond clutzy and ungraceful I am right away and I stumbled over my two left feet, haha! So it’ll take me a little while to learn the moves, but it really does seem like it will be lots of fun. Also there’s nothing like the feeling of your fat thighs jiggling together to make you want to ditch those extra pounds right?! 😉
How is your weight loss/wellness journey going for you this year?
Unlike many of my friends, I grew up with the sole want and goal of being a stay at home mom. That probably sounds weird in this day an age, but it is true! Yes I went to college, picked a major, and got a degree. But really to me it was a means to an end. I chose to get an associates degree, rather than a bachelors, because I knew that as soon as I graduated college I was getting married, and that a few years after that I wanted to start a family and stay home.
When I first had Amber it was my dream come true! I knew that I was destined to be a mommy, but also realized that this little baby was pretty complex and hadn’t come with an instruction manual! So I’ve been reading all kinds of books and magazines on parenting, babies, kids, so on and so forth, ever since.
Of all the hot button parenting topics, I think that discipline is one of the hottest! Everyone has their way of doing it and thinks that they’re right–even when it’s obviously not working! I myself have been blessed with two very wonderful, VERY different children. Amber is my sweet, easy, tenderhearted cuddlebug. Tyler is my loud, crazy, temper filled, enthusiastic, energetic bundle of fire.
Especially with Tyler I’m willing to get any discipline tips that I can find, so I was particularly interested in reading Stop Reacting and Start Responding. This is an excellent book! Our family is extremely conservative and fairly strict, so I was worried that the book might be filled with new age-y solutions and suggestions that I couldn’t or wouldn’t apply to our family. This is not the case at all!
Although there were a select few points I didn’t agree with, the overwhelming majority of the book was either things I absolutely agree with and already do, or great suggestions I can’t wait to try! I especially loved the “either…..or” statements. With both Tyler and Amber I tend to either over lecture about something or send them to punishment without making sure they know what it’s for–assuming that they should. I used the either….or on Amber all day yesterday and it worked wonders! I thought it would be above Tyler’s level but he even listened and responded about half of the times I used it for him. For example I told him, “Either you need to stop yelling for your food or you can wait for it longer.” He quieted up right away! I like it for me too, as hearing myself say it reinforces the wrong doing and the correction, which then calls for immediate follow through.
For Amber I caught her running through the house (right after I’d told her that if she wanted to she needed to go do it in her room) I made her stop and asked her, “What were you just doing?” She answered, “Running” I then asked, “What did I tell you about that?” She said, “That I had to do it in my room.” I asked, “So were you obeying me?” She then said, “No.” I was great to see *her* coming to the realization of what had happened and admit that she had been doing wrong. It was like I could see those little wheels in her head turning. And we didn’t have a problem with it for the rest of the night!
I will most definitely be recommending this book to all my mommy friends! I have seen several of them spinning their wheels and following the exact patterns layed out in the book and I’m excited to have something to point them towards. I love how you can use the suggestions and make them work for however you are raising your family!
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Anyone who has a toddler/preschool understands the frustrations of tying, re-tying, and re-tying laces all day long! Previously I’ve just done double knots to take care of the problem….the thing is that these only stay in if you do them *really* tight–and then when you have to take them off/tie them again you’re there for 10 minutes trying to get them apart.
As a uber busy mom I simply don’t have the time for all that! Snap-n-Steps are quite honestly simply genius. You tie the shoe, place the velcro part up and around the knot, then snap it into place. We’ve been using these consistently for several weeks and they have NEVER come off or untied. (and as the ratty shoes testify–we play hard around here so that’s saying something).
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