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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's Better than Veggie Tales?

When she was younger, my oldest daughter had a Junior Asparagus light up toy (think Glo Worm) that she carried everywhere and took to bed at night. We loved Veggie Tales and have a collection of their videos. My only wish was that they shared a little more Bible in the midst of the wholesome entertainment.

Apparently I wasn't the only one wishing because the makers of Veggie Tales now offer What's in the Bible? which does exactly that.  The DVD series begins with Genesis and takes kids through the Bible book by book.  They have completed the Old Testament and are currently working on the New Testament.  In addition, they have developed a study guide, games, crafts and flashcards to accompany the series.  They also sell an audio CD.

We haven't done a lot with the extra activities, but my kids love to watch the videos and I enjoy their blog and Facebook posts.  I know that I can feel safe offering their product to my kids, which means the world to this mom.  If you'd like to take a look at a sample video or read more, head over to their website now! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why are you Crying?

Today was a difficult day in our family, full of frustration and bad choices. At the end of the day, my husband called a family meeting in the hallway between the kids' bedrooms. We talked about the problems that occurred during the day and reminded the kids of their punishments and reasoning behind them. Then my husband praised the good choices the kids had made in the past few days and reminded them of why our expectations are what they are. My husband pulled all of the kids to himself and prayed over each of us. After we prayed, I looked over to our adopted 7-year-old son and saw huge tears running down his face. I sent the girls to bed and pulled him into my lap. After several minutes of me asking why he was crying and what he was thinking about, he simply said, "God." "Thinking of God usually makes me happy. Why does it make you cry?" I asked. He answered, "God put me in this family." Fearing the worst, I asked, "Does that make you sad to think about God putting you in our family?" "No," he replied. "It makes me happy." With that he gave me a HUGE hug, indicating the conversation was over. Isn't that like God to knock me off my feet through a sweet little boy who calls me mama?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Loving Glade Expressions in My Basement

I was beyond excited to invite my friends over to my craftroom in the basement in my new house.  I was not as excited about the not-so-fresh smell they would encounter.  I ran upstairs and grabbed my brand new Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser and placed it on the counter of the bathroom.  I wasn't certain how well the scent would freshen the room, but the understated bamboo holder added a touch of class to my otherwise bare counter.  After a quick cleaning of the craft room and bathroom, I ran upstairs to finish getting myself ready for the evening.

A couple of hours later, I gathered the food to take down for my guests.  I was only a couple of steps down the staircase when I became aware of the aroma of all things tropical.  It was not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable.  Even my guests commented about the sweet smells as they found their seats at the table.

I have been pleasantly surprised for several days now that the aroma is still there each time I go downstairs.  I already have refills in a variety of scents stashed under my cabinet so I don't have to worry about running low.

Visit to learn more about Glade Expressions® products and to explore all their scent collections.  I received a free Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.  The opinions expressed are mine.