Thursday, January 22, 2015

and the winner is. ..

Guess computer is not playing the posts I was hoping to get up this week did not happen. I am posting this from my phone which isn't all its cracked up to be!

Wanted to let you know the winner of the House of Living Stones book giveaway is Erin Brooke. Erin, I will email you and get you in touch with the lovely people at CPH so you can get your own copy of this great book. If you didn't win I encourage you to go grab a copy anyway...honestly its that good!

Monday, January 19, 2015

long distance hug

Do you have kids? Do you live far away from your parents? Why not make this LONG DISTANCE hug to send to your parents from the kids for Valentine's Day. This would also make a great gift for mother's day or Father's day. I first posted this in 2010 when we got to see our parents once or twice a year. Now we live closer so the hugs are real. But I still think this would make a great gift!!

I don't remember where I saw this idea....maybe Family Fun, maybe not.
If you've seen this idea can you point me in the
right direction so I can give the proper credit?

For Valentine's Day I wanted to make something
fun and thoughtful for grandparents.
I saw this idea and knew it would be awesome.
Since we live so far from our families this was right up our alley.

Here's what I did:
I had the kids lie down on butcher paper and stretch out their arms.
Then I traced around their arms...
and a little bit of their body two times.
I cut their arms out of the paper.

I stamped their hands with child-safe ink
(basically that just means it will wash off easily)
onto white paper and cut their hand prints out.

Then I cut out a big heart for each set of arms.
I used double sided tape to attach the hands
to the arms and the heart to the body.
Wrote "I Love you this much" and called it good.

Friday, January 16, 2015

house of living stones: book review and giveaway!!

Do you ever get so lost in a book that you begin to think the characters are people in you would likely see in real life? Or when you read the book you compare the characters with people that you know and see on a weekly basis? Well, that's exactly how this book was for me. This book was written by a fellow Pastor's wife...and she gets it. It was a quick read and really fun to read. I didn't want to put it down. I became immersed in the characters lives and wanted to have coffee with them...well, some of them! She weaves words together that make you want to dive in deeper. Words that offer a glimpse at small town life, God's grace, humor and a little romance. This book left me wanting more and hoping she's working on the second book! I would highly recommend this book to don't even have to be Lutheran ;).  I know you will read this book and start thinking of and comparing the characters to the people in your own church. The stereotypes are all covered and sometimes I was evening trying to figure out where I fit into the book.

Here's an overview of the book:
In the small Illinois town of Bradbury, change doesn’t come often, and it certainly doesn’t come easily. So when Pastor Fletcher hires Emily Duke as the new choir director at Zion Lutheran Church, he unknowingly sets in motion a chain of events that turns the life of his congregation upside down.

The crusty church secretary, Mrs. Scheinberg, must learn to adjust her curmudgeonly ways. Zion’s talented but pompous organist, Evan Ebner, must recognize his shortcomings. Emily must come to terms with her past. Even Pastor Fletcher must face reality when his world is shaken by the baggage Emily brings and by the handsome Zachary Brandt who pursues her.

With its host of lovable and relatable characters, House of Living Stones will find a special place on your bookshelf and in your heart.

You can buy the book from Concordia Publishing House.
But I have even better news!! 

One of my readers will win their very own copy of this great novel.
Here's what you have to do to enter the giveaway...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Concordia Publishing House also sent me another book and I will tell you about it next week!!

Disclaimer: Concordia Publishing House sent me this book free of charge for my honest opinion!!