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My Little Prayers, Compiled by Brenda Ward, Illustrations by Diane Le Feyer

My Little Prayers by Diane Le Feyer

This book is wonderful for preschool children. My daughter is 4 and loves to repeat these easy prayers with me. She really enjoys the pictures that go along with each prayer. We use these each day. I really enjoy that there are multiple prayers for different times – meal, bed, special days, etc. The book is the perfect size for little hands but packs a lot of prayers into a small package so you aren’t repeating the same prayers over and over. Love this little book of prayers!

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Posted in Music

Academy of Country Music Awards

Watching the ACM’s tonight. Love me some Luke Bryan! Did Kenny Chesney’s song sound terrible or is it just me? I LOVE Kenny but something was off about his performance. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope sounds amazing together. Not a fan of the first song Eric Church performed but I do love most of his music. I love Cam’s song Burning House. Hello, Cole Swindell!! Brett Eldredge – yes please! Miranda Lambert looks amazing – show Blake what he lost!! I’m surprised they let Sam Hunt perform a song that’s not really country. Thomas Rhett sang “Die A Happy Man.” Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban performed with ZZ Top. What a dumb outfit for Katy Perry to wear. Country Wannabe – you aren’t even doing it right. Why they picked her to sing with a legend like Dolly is beyond me. Not cute! Florida Georgia Line always do a good performance. Overall, I wasn’t very impressed this year.

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Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

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As many of you know, I enjoy helping promote books. I love doing launch teams – not only for the perk of getting an advanced copy of the book but also to share great reads to my family, friends and followers. I had the pleasure of being a part of Ruth Soukup’s launch team for her upcoming book Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul. I have read many home organization books but to be honest, they are usually hard to read and more of a checklist instead of digging deeper into the real issues.

This book has three sections – Home, Mind and Soul. In the Home section, Ruth really relates to her readers. Explaining how we feel obligated because of gifts and overwhelmed with too much stuff. She gives lots of tips for cleaning – my favorite was “…focus on only one area”- best advice ever. She goes on to explain that no matter how much or how little you do, everything is an accomplishment.

This perfectly sums up the Mind section of Ruth’s book:

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I couldn’t have said it better myself and I constantly need a reminder to live a meaningful life instead of filling my time with unimportant tasks. Soul is the third part of her book, which touches on friendships, wellness and balance – each an important part of every person.

This book is a quick read but I highly recommend taking your time and marking pages for reference. In addition to the amazing writing, Ruth offers worksheets, checklists and other information for decluttering your life. She will also be offering a DVD study to go along with the book. I can’t wait to check it out.

Order from these recommended retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Faith Gateway

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Day 2 Photo Challenge

2. Heart

I had my 3-year-old make a heart with her hands. My daughters are my entire world. I made a lot of mistakes with my 10-year-old. I live with that regret on a daily basis. In turn, I try to “make up” for it with my youngest. It’s a constant battle between being an awesome mom in my kids eyes and being real with myself. No matter where life takes me, my heart will always be in my girls hands.

BJS & BAJ, I love you to the moon and back. Always.

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Day 1 Photo Challenge

  1. Something You Love

I struggle with self-love. I have always had self-esteem issues growing up and put myself behind everyone else – even strangers. I have this deep-rooted fear of disappointing those around me. I decided to do this challenge in order to help take a good look at myself and realize the good in me. So often, I shame myself for my mistakes but the reality is that I’m doing the best I can at this moment in my life.

NOTE TO SELF: I AM ENOUGH

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Tuesday Unwrapped 12.1.2015

I started reading the book Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman.  She encourages us to write about our Tuesdays and enjoy the smallness of Tuesday. Basically, enjoy the little moments in life.

This morning, Josh and I were intimate. He cuddled me a lot which I relish. It was hard to make myself get out of bed for work. If I could stay home with him all morning, I would.

I went to work and had a decent day. There was a little drama but it was resolved after lunch. Thankfully. The rest of the day went pretty smooth. Josh asked me to take Britney to look at bicycles when I pick her up tomorrow.

After work, I came home and took a nap. I was exhausted for some reason but feel much better now. I went to pick up Bethney. Now I’m watching a video about my new Plum Paper Planner, working on my blog and going to work on my Bible Study. 🙂

Good night!

-Jean

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Quotes 9.9.2015

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” -Napoleon Hill

The way to get started is to quit talking and being doing. ~Walt Disney

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

The world will never be changed by the things you’re going to do later. – Jon Acuff

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. ~Bill Meyer

Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. ~William Arthur Ward

Time is money. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Quotes 9.4.15

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Alva Edison

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

 

John Wooden

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.

~Dale Carnegie

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

 

Martin Luther

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead – tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

– Groucho Marx

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Quotes 9.3.2015

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

 

Steve Jobs

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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

 

Henry Ford

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

~Paul Sweeney