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What an amazing book!  This book took me about two days to read through it…I just couldn’t put it down.  A great story about a boy named Josh whose parents didn’t want to raise him and his brothers and so they get put into foster care.  The story chronicles the childhood of Josh as he goes from foster care to foster care to eventually when he winds up with a great family who just won’t let him go.

A Place Called Blessing shows how one boy who didn’t think very much of himself was shown such an incredible love that he ended up finding peace and forgiveness through the love of others that surrounded him.  It shows how he could give that love back even when he didn’t think he had it in himself to give.

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody!  This book is such a great example of the love that Jesus has and shows for us.This book is so simple but yet so profound at the same time…it’s hard to believe that it’s fiction as it could very well be a true story.

I especially like how it has a basic study guide at the end so that you can read through with a book club or just read through by yourself and answer the questions.

If you are looking for a light (yet inspiring) book for this summer then this book is a must!!!

Pick it up today!

I give this book 5 out of 5 suckers!

Laura

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> 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> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I have a confession to make.

I have a hard time trusting in anyone..but more specifically God.

Hubby and I have been trying to have a baby now for eight years (if not a little bit longer) and I have to admit my trust is not there.

Not that I don’t trust hubby cause I do…I just don’t seem to trust God.

(Gasp!  A Pastor’s wife not trusting in God???? Stand back before the lightning strikes!)

We pray that we will be able to have a baby and we talk about trust but the other week my trust was put to the test.

We were praying about having a baby and it was my turn to pray.

I told hubby that he could do it and that I would pray next time.

He wasn’t going to let me off the hook that easily.

I told him I didn’t want to pray and that was it.  If he wasn’t going to pray then I guess nobody was going to pray.

(Yes…I was acting really mature here.)

I stormed out of the room and came into the living room.  Hubby followed behind and asked me what was the matter.

Here was my response.

“I don’t see the purpose in praying to God about having a baby because it’s not going to happen.  I know it isn’t…it hasn’t happened before and it’s not going to happen now.  It’s useless to pray about it…it’s just not meant to be.”

OK. STOP. Let’s rewind here.

What was wrong with me?

Looking back I clearly see that the above statement is FALSE.

I mean…all I have to do is look at the little boy sleeping in his bed to know that isn’t true.

How foolish and utterly stupid am I not to notice this blessing in front of me during this time of questioning and putting my trust to the test???

Now, don’t get me wrong..I understand what I was meaning by that.

It’s hard to keep praying and not get any answers.  God has answered our prayers and we know that but sometimes it’s hard to see that through the fog.

I have always been a person to see something, want it, go after it and get it.

This time that hasn’t been so easy for me.

So for a while I gave up praying about having another baby.  Which was wrong of me.  I know that there are other people out there praying for us in this regard…that our family will grow again and I need to keep the faith.

I need to put my trust in God and remember why it’s there.  I need to remember the blessing that he gave me with Little E and realize that he is a product of trusting in Him in the first place!

So I guess all I’m saying is that even though this isn’t an easy journey for myself I’m trusting in God with this one day at a time and learning to walk with Him.

God has a plan for us…we just need to follow it!

Laura

Blessing: I have a child whom I love very much…biggest blessing of all!

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Little E made this picture today:

The colorful building is Sobeys.  The green building is Walmart and the person is Phyllis.

Phyllis is our Walmart greeter.

Every time we go to Walmart, Phyllis is there.

Little E was showing daddy what the picture was and was telling him what all the buildings were and then he was pointing to the words that I wrote on there and he said (as he’s pointing to each word)

“I love Phyll”

then he goes down to the next line and says

“is”

Lol…we may go to Walmart a little too much.  🙂

Laura

Blessing: I love how my child loves people with all that he is.

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As I have mentioned before I’m an avid follower of the blog entitled:  No Time For Flashcards.

I turned to it the other day hoping to find a nice easy craft to do for Father’s day on Sunday and found this link that I hadn’t noticed before!  Allison is having a summer reading contest.

I checked everything and it seems to be valid for Canadians too…at least I didn’t see anything saying that it wasn’t…and besides what’s the worst that could happen?  You spend time reading with your child?  hehe I don’t think that’s bad at all!

So Allison is giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate as the summer reading contest prize.

Check out the link here to see what it’s all about:  www.notimeforflashcards.com

Basically you read as many books as you can with your child and even if you read the same book three times it still counts as three books being read.  There are dates that you submit how many you have read for that week.  I believe the contest goes till the end of August.

I found a cool chart and we started today!  We have read five books.  Remember: reading is a fun thing!  Don’t pressure your child into reading books with you.  Reading books is rewarding and doesn’t need to be looked on as a chore.  Let your child’s imagination run…don’t read fast just to get the book done.  Enjoy the time with your child.

(Ps.  Your child doesn’t have to read it…even if you have younger children you can do this…just as long as a book is being read)

So who’s with me?  Let’s get some reading done!!!  I’d love to hear what books are your child’s favourite!!

Also..I have been thinking of doing this for a while now.  Allison does it on her blog and I have gotten a lot of cool books from her reviews.  Starting probably in August (once the summer dies down a bit) I’m going to start doing children’s book reviews as well as my adult ones.   So that’s something to be looking forward to!

Blessing:  I love to read and I’m glad I can share this with Little E!

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Happy Father’s day to the best husband ever.

My husband is such a great father and this is one of the things I love about him the most.  He loves Little E with all of his heart and always has time for him.  He helps him with things, takes care of him, gives him baths and just pours all that he is into Little E.

He does fun camp outs with Little E in our living room, making tents out of blankets, and pulling a mattress out so they can sleep on it.  He goes to Home Depot with Little E and makes crafts with him, takes him kayaking, throws rocks with him and just spends great quality time with him.

People have commented over and over again how much Little E looks like my husband which is so weird because he’s adopted!  But let me tell you something, they are born of the same mind!  LOL.

They both love peanut butter and jam, both like to do crazy wacky things and best of all just love being with each other.

My husband is also a great husband…always thanks me for doing his laundry, for the meals and tells me I’m beautiful.  I couldn’t ask for a better man.  He helps out all the time, rarely ever taking a break for himself.  Not only is he helping me, but he’s helping everybody else who needs it.

My hubby works a full time job and then leads the church plant as well.  He’s a father, husband, pastor, employee and most of all he loves God.

So this Father’s day and every day I just want to share with the world how much we love and appreciate him.

Happy Father’s day hun!

Father's Day gift 2011.

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It’s not about me by Max Lucado

In a world that tells us that we can do anything, that looks are important, that who you are and what you do for a living matters most, it was refreshing to see a book  that tells us that it’s not all about us.  This book shows us that our purpose here on earth is not to point fingers at ourselves but to glorify God in all we do.   We were not put on this earth to suck up all the attention..we were put here to make sure that everything we do is all about God.

I haven’t read a lot of Max Lucado books but I was extremely interested in this one.  I thought the topic of the book would be something that would pertain to me and I could probably learn a lot from it.

So I opened it up and dove in.

However, I think I must have hit the shallow end because I really didn’t find the book kept my attention.  I gathered some really useful insights but it wasn’t enough for me to read it over and over again or even maybe pass on to somebody else.

I think the main part of the book could just be summed up in a paragraph and we all could have saved ourselves some time.  Basically everything we do is about God…nothing is about us.  We were put here to glorify God and so that everything we do needs to be done for that purpose.

I believe the scriptures sum it up best: “ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

I really don’t think that Max Lucado really opened us up to any new thinking…or any new insights. Probably the best thing I read was the closing illustration, which I think was worth the purchase of the book.

All in all, I give this book 3 suckers out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> 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> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I have already shared this picture of my Mother’s Day gift on Facebook but if you haven’t seen it then I want to show you why I couldn’t wait for the mail to come each day.  I have been waiting for this precious gift now since the beginning of May.

I love love love love love love love love LOVE it.

Some of you have been asking where I got it from so here it is.

As mentioned yesterday, I follow this AMAZING, WONDERFUL and FUNNY blog entitled Following In My Shoes (Click the link to check out Rachel’s awesome blog).  One of Rachel’s posts were about this review that she was doing for a website called: The Vintage Pearl . I checked out her great review about this product and how much she raved about it.  I put in my name for a draw to win a necklace from there with high hopes and fingers crossed.

Sadly I didn’t win.  😦

But…I was not to be deterred.  I checked out the website and quickly came across the Moon necklace up above and thought… “This is what I want for Mother’s Day”.  I quickly told Hubs about it and showed him what one I wanted.  He also thought it was a good deal.  So we decided that for my Mother’s Day gift and my birthday gift combined that I could get this as it was a little bit pricey for just a Mother’s Day gift.

So I kept looking at it…kept dreaming and I waited.

Yup!  You heard that right…I waited!  If you know me then you know that I have a teeny tiny itsy bitsy problem with waiting.  (Insert sarcasm tone here)

SIGH.  I really wanted it.

Finally…my waiting paid off.  May came and hubs told me I could order it if I still wanted it.

I went back to the moon design and chose how I wanted Little E’s name written on it.

You can also trade in the small pearl for a birthstone or whatever else you want put on there..but I loved the pearl!  It’s ohhh so pretty! 🙂

The reason why I picked the Moon “I love you to the moon and back” is because of a long time thing that Little E and I have going.  We talk to the man on the moon when we see him out. We have even named him Larry and Little E gets soooo excited to see him.  Now when Little E sees this necklace he knows that the moon is named Larry and he quickly points that out when he sees it.

See the Post on Larry the moon by clicking on the highlighted link.

So I put in the order…picked out what I wanted…then read that I had to WAIT 2 weeks as they made it…before they shipped it.

UGGGH….this waiting is horrible..but I knew it was going to be oh so nice once I got it so I endured the waiting.

Then Canada Post started talking about a postal strike and all I could think was “Please please please let my parcel arrive  before they go on strike here.”

Finally this week it came and I love it so much!!!  It’s the perfect length.  (You can pick which length of necklace you want) and it just turned out WONDERFUL.

So please check out The Vintage Pearl and see what they have to offer.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!!!

~ Laura

Blessing: My necklace…pretty obvious…even if it a material thing.

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