Mar 252014
 

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Feb 172014
 

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($ 229 value)

229 Kindle Fire Valentines

The blogging team is at it again for February!

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This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash).


February’s All New Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Giveaway {$ 229 Value}

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

 

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

 

 

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

Ends 3/16/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Jan 122014
 

Babies! What a Glorious Gift!

A lovely lady I know had her baby yesterday and I am so excited for the new, sweet extension to her family! This is her fourth child and I am sure she will transition wonderfully from 3 to 4. I have always been told 3 is the hardest to get used to. Though I imagine that having so many so close together isn’t easy at any stage but knowing what to expect can’t be a bad thing for this veteran mom!

Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good; His loving kindness endures forever

~1 Chronicles 16:34~

This lovely lady was pregnant alongside her younger sister and I found out today that her sister gave birth in December. With the holidays and everything I had nearly missed out on this amazing new person. A month late is better than never and I am definitely excited for both of these ladies who have 6 kids between the two of them and are raising their children according to the Word of our Lord and Saviour -Jesus Christ!

It is Bitter Sweet

It is hard for me to see these lovely little babies because I am most definitely excited for these new mama’s yet at the same time it does strike a chord in me with slight pangs twitching within me that I would be about 33 weeks along right now had I not miscarried earlier this year.

In my own grief I have found a piece of me that is brought to life by those tiny bundles knowing that each baby born to earth or straight into the Heavens will impact the mother for the rest of her life regardless of how much “time” she had with her babies.

I wouldn’t say I am jealous because I am not. Rather I turn to prayer and realize that oh so overused piece of scripture really does hold true

A people yet to be created will praise the Lord

~Psalms 102:18~

As the house sleeps and my children rest their beautiful little heads I can’t help but reminisce over their baby years. Being only 23 months apart made this young mama really understand the concept of a messy destroyed house and a mountain of laundry that never seems to end.

Funny how I will walk into a house that belongs to a frazzled mom who is yelling and apologetic and I understand! I don’t see the mess, I see the love that lives there. The love that mama has for her babies! It’s the same love that God had for Jesus and it is the same love that He has for each of His children. The unconditional love that I have for my babies that comes straight from the best father ever-God!

Dec 282013
 

Being Present in His Presence

My Saviour’s birth was celebrated and presents were unwrapped. I keep seeing and hearing Ann Voskamp saying that the present was the present –the present of His birth, His life, the Father had planted the seed and sent him to be with us Sinners so that both you and I and EVERYONE who believes can. be. saved.

What a wonderful present to be in his PRESENCE to be honored by Him when I am a lowly sinner and He. is. God.
He guides me with his staff and his rod.

He paved the way so that I could be saved!

So i grasped onto the rope that He dropped down to me, a rope that held him firmly on the cross while he was being nailed and that rope is my hope the hope that I live in His presence knowing that one day that hope will bring me His ultimate JOY!

Peace in my heart taking the pieces and taking them apart so that they can be rearranged and formed into the shape of the cross that holds the hope, peace, joy and love that is Christ.
Taking the seeds, each seed of His message written by so many, the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and planting each seed within me to fulfill each need, telling the story of not only His birth but of His life a life that was cut short so that my life can be eternal with Him as each seed grows the speed in which my love flows and the doves begin to fly I know that my soul is saved because of His sacrifice so that
I. can. no. longer. die!

I lay in my bed each night and all I can feel is His loving Grace, a soul that touches my heart, my body and soul and His loving hand wipes the tears from my face. The tears that come when I am so glad that He had come and been. the. sacrifice. in my place!

So while the season is over Easter is just around the corner and we can live in the present in His presence because He is the present each and every day!

Dec 272013
 

Start Today and be Prepared ALL Year!

You may just be sitting back and thinking “thank goodness I am done” but really you should be considering the amazing discounts and prices on toys, birthday gifts, baby shower and wedding shower gifts as well as any other occasion you may be taking part in over the next year. It is also the BEST time to go and get Christmas wrapping paper, tape, bags and even holiday decor at deep discounts.

Add to that the personal hygiene gift baskets that you can buy at 80% off all with products your family will use like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorants, loofah’s, lotions, fragrances… you get the picture! Why pay full price in a week when all these awesome deals are gone?

If you are a critter keeper your furry friends will love all of the Christmas stockings and toys/treats that come with them or the cookies that are discounted at the store because they are homemade for the holidays!

Take a moment to ask yourself what you will be buying for sure over the next few weeks or even months and what you have room to store. Then make a list and go find those items in Christmas packaging and get the discount. If you don’t need everything in a basket or the container itself you can always bless someone else with the items or use the basket to create a gift for something you have coming up!

Want to change up your decor this year and do it with great products at low costs?

Check out Craftsy where they have a HUGE end of year Flash Sale going on with up to 80% off! You can stock up on fabric, yarn, purchase classes and tutorials and get lost in their site for hours allowing your creative mind to flow. Awesome place for the DIY lover especially if you love to create unique decor and gifts from the heart!

Another AWESOME and wholesome company that is having an end of year sale on everything from gifts and cards to decor is DaySpring. I love their products and I am so excited to be affiliated with them. Their items all offer such a personal message that says “home” regardless of your decorating style!

Another awesome option is to take your memories from this year and create a book with those photos through Blurb! Take 25% off print books with purchase of $75+

You can create a book of any kind whether it is a story book or a family year book. The quality is amazing and the prices are very reasonable, especially if you can take advantage of one of their great discounts!

If you know of any other awesome deals or have any other tips to keeping it together through the holidays please leave a comment and let all of us know about your great finds! Happy Holidays everyone and Happy Shopping!

 

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