Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My apologies, Toddler Tales participants!

Well I had the Toddler Tales Tuesday post and linky scheduled to post automatically @ 6am this morning and here I come in and 4pm and it's nowhere to be seen! I looked in my drafts for it and there it was just sitting, saying it's scheduled to post at 6 this morning but not doing anything about it. I had to manually post it just now. I am so sorry about that for anyone who wanted to join in this morning and the linky was not there! It is there now! Apparently my Dashboard was having a blonde moment and didn't realize 6am comes BEFORE 4pm? I don't know. I have had this problem before but not for a long time so it took my by surprise this time. Again, I'm really sorry it's up so late this afternoon! I'm kinda glad it wasn't my fault this week since most of the time when it's late it's my own fault... hehe... but still bummed that one of the few times I had it set to post without me it did not. I hope this has not discouraged anytone from posting their cute baby/toddler/kid moments this week! :(

Talk to me while you sleep - Toddler Tales Tuesday

6/9 As I've mentioned before, Chicklet colors in a chair by my bed while I try to take a little nap in the afternoons. I get so tired when pregnant that some days I can't function without a nap, especially in the first and last trimester. It's hard to get a nap in when you have 2 toddlers, one of whom who doesn't nap anymore but is still too young to be left unsupervised. My solution has been to let her color beside my bed because I'm a light enough sleeper to hear if she leaves the room or asks me something. On this particular day she had finished coloring and climbed into bed with me. She asked me, poking at my hair, "Mama, what color is your hair?" I was trying to stay asleep so I mumbled, "Sweetie no talking when Mama's sleeping okay?" I could feel her nod. But then she leaned over my ear and whispered, "Mama, what color's your hair?" I reminded her that she's not supposed to talk because Mommy's trying to sleep. She replied, confused, "But Mama, we can talk quietly while you sleep!"

6/11 Hubby was changing Bug's diaper, Chicklet was picking out a book to look at, and I was in the bathroom washing the walls (nesting: don't ask... LOL!). My hubby hollered out, "Marco!" and I yelled back, "Polo!" because we're the weird kind of people who play Marco Polo while wiping poo and washing bathroom walls. The kids of course thought it was funny. The next morning, instead of yelling from his crib for me with his traditional sing-song "Maaaaama!", I hear "Maaaarco!", to which I of course replied, "Pooooolo!" as I made my way to the bedroom to get him instead of my traditional, "Buuuuugie!" This resulted in fits of giggles from both tots.

6/14 Apparently the Marco Polo game brought out an ornery sense of humor in my little man! This morning instead of being alerted to the fact that Bug was awake by a call of, "Maaaama!" or even, "Maaaarco!", I was greeted by "Daaaaaddy!" :-S I responded in the same sing-song holler, "Iiiii'm noooot Daaaaddy!" This was met with giggles. And more calls for "Daaaaddy!" And it did not stop there. Every time he addressed me today he called me "Daddy" and then flashed me his stinker grin while waiting for me to make an insulted face or sound.

If you have a sweet, cute, or funny Toddler (or kid) story, I'd love it if you'd share it! :)
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Review: Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh
Hardcover, 288 pages, genre Christian Living

Publisher's Description:
"Do you ever question God’s ability to catch you when you fall?
Do shame, fear, and brokenness keep you from fully trusting God?
Do you secretly believe your dreams are unreachable?
You are not alone.
Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God is all about trust. How we fight it. How we learn to do it. How it transforms us.
Life is not safe. That reality slips over us as we grow. Our response to the Father in that reality allows us either to swing higher and higher with the trust of a child . . . or fearfully shrink back from the swing set altogether.
As we weigh that choice, God whispers: Trust me.
In a remarkably transparent account, author and speaker Shelia Walsh opens wide her lifelong battle with trust and the moment-by-moment choices she made to follow where God led.
Shelia has lived a life ruled by “hidden places” of insecurity and brokenness and knows the overwhelming beauty of a life wholly handed over to Christ. As you encounter her struggles and triumphs, you also meet ten of the Bible’s transformed—Tabitha, David, Paul, and others—who teach us that in spite of overwhelming circumstances, just one trusting encounter with Christ sets beautiful things in motion.
It can resurrect dreams, instill purpose, and ignite hope.
Discover what beautiful things can happen when you trust God."

My Review:
A good read. If you've ever struggled with depression and anxiety this book will speak to you. Sheila's struggles and the triumph of God in her life are a beautiful picture that illustrates how much God cares about each one of us. I loved the way she brought the characters to life in her retellings of Biblical stories to illustrate points in this book, but at the same time I felt like she bordered on being a little bit too free with her interpretations at times. So that was both my favorite and least favorite part about the book. :) I teared up while reading it 2 or 3 times when a point hit home. I would recommend this to any Christian mature enough to take the Biblical interpretations with a grain of salt (and having a desire to study the Word and see what parts fit with the real story and what was purely added for effect), especially if they've ever struggled with depression, anxiety, or trust issues. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blog reviewer program. I received a free copy to read and review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and only mine and have not been prompted or censored by the publisher or anyone else but me and God. ;)