Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fancy Teatime


"What better way to suggest friendliness - and to create it - than with a cup of tea?" 
- J. Grayson Luttrell

A couple of months ago, Adelaide and I invited our friend, Bethannie, over for afternoon tea. To make teatime even more fun, we decided to dress up and wear hats!



Adelaide wore her new fascinator that we had made the week before. She also wore clip-on earrings from her Great Gramma. She was so excited to wear earrings and a fascinator for the first time!



What a treat it was to have Bethannie come over for a fancy tea party! We had a wonderful time!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making Little Hats

Last year was a particularly difficult year for me health-wise. Recovering from my "crash" in the winter of 2014 has been a very slow process, but I am excited to say that I am finally making some progress! In the past two months I have had some definite improvements. I have not needed to spend as much time in bed, and my migraines have been lessening in frequency. My body still tires quickly, but at least I have enough energy now to push myself a little and regain some strength.


When I started feeling better in March, the first thing I did was pull out my craft and hat making supplies! For about three years now I have been collecting supplies for making little hair-pieces and fascinators, and I was so excited to finally have enough energy and enough supplies to make a few little hats. I didn't have the energy to make everything in one day, so I kept the hat-making supplies out for a week and worked on them a little bit each day. Adelaide helped me with some of the hat-making, and we thoroughly enjoyed our girly and crafty time!



These are the four little hats that Adelaide and I made. The top two are for me, and the bottom two are for Adelaide. My hats are feather pads that are secured onto headbands. I also added two antique pins from my Oma. Adelaide's little hats are fascinators, and they will secure onto her head with an alligator clip.



Here is a close up of the black curly goose feather pad on a headband.



These are Adelaide's fascinators. She helped to pick out the feathers and buttons and ribbon. The pink fascinator is her favorite.



We had such a fun week making fancy little hats together. And soon after creating our hats, Adelaide had an occasion to wear her new, pink fascinator! A friend came over for fancy tea, and we each wore a hat. I will share tea party pictures with you next week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tyndale Rewards

Hello Friends! I have missed talking with you in this space. I've been having computer trouble lately, which makes blogging a bit difficult! While my laptop was out of commission I spent extra time reading, which was really nice, but I'm excited to get back to blogging again.

Today I want to tell you about a program I really like called Tyndale Rewards. It is a great way to get free books! You earn points by filling out surveys, sharing book reviews online, and more. The points you earn can then be exchanged for free books.



These are some of the books that I have received for free in the last two years through the Tyndale Rewards program.



Each week there is a featured title that is available. The featured title this week is a 12 episode case of Adventures in Odyssey! This Adventures in Odyssey set is available for 125 points. I'm guessing that this item will be so popular that it won't last all week. If you are interested in it, you'd better snag it up quickly! I ordered one today, and William and Adelaide will be so excited when it comes in the mail in a couple of weeks. And, actually, I'll be really excited too! I still very much enjoy Adventures in Odyssey.

Another great book that is currently available at Tyndale Rewards is Wait Until Then by Randy Alcorn. This is a great book for teaching children to have an eternal perspective in the midst of death, suffering, and disability. Wait Until Then is available for 75 points.

If you would like to join Tyndale Rewards, you can use my referral link and receive 25 bonus points.

Do you have any favorite ways to get books cheaply or for free? I'd love to hear your money-saving tips for getting good books!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is a great little book by Randy Alcorn. It is an edited version of his much larger and more in-depth book, Heaven. Though small, it is packed with information and Scripture verses! If you want to learn about Heaven, this book will be a good resource to help you study what the Bible says about Heaven.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is broken into five parts:
- Part I: The Present Heaven
- Part II: The Eternal Heaven
- Part III: Life on the New Earth
- Part IV: Can You Know You’re Going to Heaven?
- Part V: God’s Promises about Heaven

In Parts I and II, Alcorn uses Scripture to answer questions such as:
- What is the “present Heaven”?
- Do people in the present Heaven see what is happening on Earth?
- Where do we get our misconceptions about Heaven?
- If “no eye has seen” Heaven, how can we know about it?
- Is Heaven our default destination…or is Hell?
- Will the old Earth be destroyed…or renewed?
- How will we worship God in Heaven?

In Part III of the book, Alcorn shares what we can know from Scripture about various parts of life on the New Earth. He writes about topics such as angels, animals, clothing, pets, sleep, work, and much, much more!

Randy Alcorn shares the Gospel in Part IV. Can you know for sure if you are going to Heaven? The answer is yes, you can! God clearly tells us in His Word how we can be saved from our sin so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

Part V of the book contains promises from God’s Word about Heaven. This section will help to guide your thoughts to relevant Scripture verses when you are worrying or having doubts about Heaven.


Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is an excellent resource. This little book will help you to dig into God’s Word to see what it teaches about Heaven, the New Earth, and eternity. If you have time and energy to read the larger version, Heaven, I highly recommend it. However, if you can only read a short book, this is the one for you.

One thing that has helped me to be content in living with dysautonomia is learning about Heaven and the joy that awaits believers there. This has made it so much easier to let go of my dreams for this life as I look forward to the life to come. If you have never taken the time to learn about Heaven, I think you will find that studying what the Bible says about Heaven will be very much worth your while!

I was given a complimentary copy of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter! He Is Risen!

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.' So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, 'Greetings!' And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.'”

Matthew 28:1-10
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