Thursday, August 20, 2015

Snuggle Time with Bible-Related Books for Toddlers

I hate to admit it, but it's taking some dedicated effort to make sure that I get snuggle time reading in with my youngest little guy right now, and sometimes even my Bumblebee. Grasshopper loves for me to read to him, and I'm reading more and more with him, attempting to make sure we're getting in all his "schoolwork". It's too easy to leave out my younger two right now. Most the time, they're all too happy to jump in my lap with a picture book, though! Here are a few we've enjoyed recently.

First up,

Say and Pray Bible: First Words, Stories, and Prayers by Diane Stortz, with illustrations by Sarah Ward

This book is perfect for the littlest of learners. It would be a great book for the nursery class age, but my Bumblebee(2 1/2) has enjoyed it, too. Each "story" gets two pages, with a brief little "story", a Bible verse, and a prayer. Some of the pictures are labeled with words, so it's a great way to introduce words to little ones. My bumblebee has enjoyed pointing at pictures, and attempting to say the words. He's a late talker, so his words are still in the super precious stage(when we can understand them).

This definitely isn't a book to use exclusively for Bible lessons, by any means, but it is a sweet way to get in a little Bible lesson(and snuggles) with younger babies/toddlers.

*We were provided a review copy, in exchange for our honest opinion, from BookLook.



The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker, with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

We have a couple of Amy Parker's other books on our nighttime bookshelf(Night Night Blessings and A Night Night Prayer), and they're some of my most favorite books to read to the boys before bed. They're short and sweet and comforting. I have to admit I don't like this one quite as much, but it's still a nice read. I like the illustrations most of all. They're fun!

This is a good book to introduce some of the professions out there that they might not have heard about yet. Mostly, though, it's a reminder that God has a plan for your child(for EACH of us), and it's an important one(even if someone else doesn't think so).

The story is written as if God is talking directly to your child, which I didn't know before getting it. I didn't really care for it at all in that format, so I changed the words a bit. Instead of saying "I" as if God is talking, I just changed it to "He" and we discussed how God DOES have a plan for each of us.

Overall, it's a fun read.

*We were provided a review, in exchange for our honest opinion, from Booklook.


And, finally(for today)

Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, with illustrations by Antonia Woodward

I've never read any of the Jesus Calling books, and to be perfectly honest, I have no intentions of doing so. As you may already know, the Jesus Calling books are written as though Jesus is talking directly to you/your child. This isn't really my thing, but I've learned if I'm willing to edit a few words here and there, we get in on some great books that we'd miss out on otherwise. (Dinosaurs come to mind here!)I knew that the 1st person narrative wouldn't be super hard to edit within a board book, so I gave it a chance. I'm really glad I did, too! It's a sweet book.

The pictures are the sugar sweet kind, which I can't seem to resist. They also appear to be within Bible times, though a few could pass for present.

We love precious little board books around here. They're perfect for throwing into bags to carry to various places for entertainment AND perfect for quick little snuggles here and there. This one is a sweet reminder that Jesus loves each of us, and He's always with us.

*We were provided a review copy, in exchange for our honest opinion, from Amazon Vine.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Odyssey Adventure Club Back-to-School Special

It's August, which means it's nearly time for your kids to pack up their pencils, zip up their backpacks, and hop on the school bus. Aside from prepping them for their new teachers, new classes, or maybe even a new school, it's important to prep their faith. Sign your whole family up for Adventures in Odyssey's Odyssey Adventure Club for a special price of $9.99/month. The club is an essential tool to teach your children to share their faith at school, to be bold, and to grow in their relationship with God.


Join during the month of August for $9.99/month, and you'll receive these benefits for being a member:

  • Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey library (800 episodes) retail value over $1,500 USD
  • New monthly exclusive episodes
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  • OAC monthly member newsletter
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  • Animated Odyssey videos, Last Chance Detectives, and more!
Spend the last few weeks of summer vacation with your kids listening to Adventures in Odyssey episodes and build their faith!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello, Everybody!

Hello, everybody!

How was your July/start of August? Any fun/happy things happen? I've been thrilled to see all the great news through my blog feed. There's been quite a lot with blogging friends to celebrate!

One of them: Kathryn Cooper is an author! :D I met Kathryn at some point in blogging, and she's a friend I'd love to meet in person. I'm super happy for her and proud of her. She recently battled brain cancer, so this great news is even more special after her getting through that challenge.

I'll post more soon, but here's a bit about it for now.

Aspen Everlasting


Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!


What have you been reading? Any good recommendations?

I did take on a review book here and there, but I've been enjoying freedom in my schedule. I saw Harry Potter mentioned one too many times by many, many friends, both in the blog land and on Facebook, so I've made my way back into that series. It had been a long time since I'd read them all, and honestly didn't know how much I'd like them at this point in my life. It turns out these books are like comfort reads for me. It's felt good to be back in them, and I've been amazed at just how much I'd forgot.

Any other Harry Potter fans out there, or have you not read the series yet? ;)