Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's my birthday!!!

Today...is my golden birthday! 
I don't understand why some people get weird about their birthday-I think aging is amazing. Of course I still have a lot of aging left to do-I suppose when I'm older my attitude about birthdays being cool might change. 

To celebrate, my mom came out and treated us to a weekend in Glacier National park, the first of two planned trips there this summer. We stayed in an AMAZING vacation rental that was in the perfect location WITH a hot tub. The stars were amazing...the smells were amazing...

We spent a good bit of time in the park and driving around to different touristy areas like Kalispell and Whitefish. Going to these places makes my heart ache to live in the woods again, but sometimes God's plan is greater than our own desires...I suppose if, in His time, he brings us back to the woods, then I will obviously embrace it wholeheartedly. For now...it seems like he wants me settled here in the prairies of Montana :)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Companion to the Old Testament

                                           

                                               Companion to the Old Testament by Ted Leach
                                                                  Rating: 4 stars


I recently had the pleasure of reviewing this book for BookLook bloggers, and I was pleasantly surprised. Please keep in mind that although I received a copy in exchange for my review, these opinions are my own, honest opinion of the book!

I love learning more about the Bible...love learning about the meaning of passages, hearing interpretations, and furthering my understanding. This book did just that, not only giving the reader a look from a Christian perspective of the Old Testament, but also from the Jewish and Muslim perspectives as well. What many fail to realize is that although these religions are different, they have the same foundation and all are monotheistic religions. This book does a great job of explaining how certain aspects of these three religions are interwoven.

The book itself is written with a thorough introduction about the concept of this book, followed by ten in-depth yet easy-to-read chapters chock full of great information about the Old Testsment. Following each chapter are thoughtful questions that really probe the reader to think deeper and reaffirm the knowledge that was passed on in the chapter. I love discussion questions at the end of every book, so of course that was one of my favorite features. 

This book is an excellent tool to have for expanding on one's Biblical knowledge and I highly recommend it. I give it four stars! The book can be purchased from Westbow press.

Happy reading!
Thursday, May 15, 2014

End of school year

Nothing quite like the end of the school year, or the start of one for that matter, that puts things in to perspective. The end of the year has certainly crept up on this momma, and I'm shocked to realize that I will soon have a fourth grader, third grader, and first grader. Miss H would normally be going in to kindergarten but unfortunately she misses the cutoff for kindergarten this year by only a few weeks. I'm sure I'll come up with something for her.

I am also one of those weird moms, apparently, that is excited for summer break! Not only do I get to sleep in a little bit now, we have a lot of fun things planned for the summer that are sure to keep the kids happy and busy. Lots of new sites to see, lots of things to do...it's going to be a blast. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Homeschool

As much as I love my kids and hate sending them off to school, I just don't think I have the guts to homeschool. If we're being completely honest here, which we are, I'm terrified of the idea of teaching my kids. Education is extremely important and, believe it or not, it CAN be done WRONG. I'm terrified of being that mom that messes up her kids' educational career by taking it in to my not-so-capable hands. It's scary. 

Blog after blog says "You can do this" but my brain says...nope. This is the nopiest nope you're gonna ever encounter. You cannot do this.

But God has put it on my heart to consider the notion...and when God puts something on someone's heart, he usually makes it possible to fulfill that dream/notion/whisper. He puts the body behind it...He makes the way. Sometimes remembering to trust God is extremely hard to do! 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Adults should act like adults

Recently I had a falling out with a friend over a ridiculous misunderstanding. Rather than work it out, this person chose to sling mud at me until I felt lower than dirt. 

Since when did it become okay for adults to act like the third grade bully on the playground? Since when can people be okay with acting like that? What happened to rising above the circumstances and hearing someone out? We mustn't rush to snap judgments because our own perspective is skewed...

It is also extremely important to remember that, in our digital age-something that makes communication and keeping in touch very easy, it is also extremely easy to misconstrue something that we are reading on a screen. We cannot hear the tone of voice in which something is said, we can only *assume*, thus putting our own spin on what someone has written. 

I don't know where this friendship will go from here, as there has been significant damage done. But, I trust the Lord that He will guide me through this bump in the road and if He sees fit, repair of the relationship will happen. Why? Because God is good!