Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Tale Of Two Mother's Days - Lyndie's Birth Story Part 1





 This story really begins 5 years ago, because that is when I was given a dream. In my dream I had a baby, I couldn't tell if it was a boy or girl, but I knew it was mine because I was nursing it. I began to pray for this baby, so for 5 years I wanted this baby, I loved this baby, and I believed it would come. I simply didn't know when.



 After a few years I began to think that dream was just that, a dream, nothing more. I decided that I wouldn't think about babies anymore. It was just painful. My husband adamantly insisted he never wanted another baby, and month after month when a pregnancy didn't happen I just lost hope. I could never lose that feeling though that God was going to give me another baby someday.



During those years I tried to adopt my nephew, but things did not work out so he didn't come to us. Thankfully he is with a family that shares him with us though! I also tried adopting my first 4 grandchildren when they ended up in foster care. That too fell through. It was a devastating loss, but I prayed for God to be with them and give them good families to love them. God is with them and I know it!



 So then came Mothers Day 2014. I had been feeling a bit off, and was just a day late which wasn't unusual. But I had had another dream a few weeks before that gave me a renewed hope. In this dream I was walking through our yard looking around. I saw baby chicks, baby kittens, and baby piglets. Then I looked down at my own belly and there was a bump!

 A few days after this we gave away some eggs for someone to hatch and two days later they called saying they had chicks already. We didn't even know a hen had been sitting on them. They had never done that before! Our cat also gave birth to her kittens, they were not a surprise. But when our pig had piglets it was a complete surprise!

I went to church that Mothers Day, but stopped on the way home to buy a pregnancy test. How awesome would it be for God to let me know I was pregnant on Mothers day? As soon as we got home I took it. The line didn't appear right away, but it was there. In disbelief I took the second test too. Same thing. Praise God!!! I told my husband and he looked pretty shocked but told me he was happy.

It was also my Daddy's birthday (he was actually born on Mothers Day) so I called him and told him too. He was super excited, but I asked him not to spread the news just yet. After losing a baby n 2007 I know the pain of having to go back and tell people that our baby was with Jesus. I'm thankful I did that, because 3 days later our precious much wanted and prayed for baby went to be with Jesus as well.

You can imagine my pain and confusion at this point. What about all the dreams? I felt like they were God's promises to me. I had total faith that God would and could give me a baby, but this second loss threw my faith for a loop. I literally threw up my hands and asked God to please let me conceive again. I felt a peace wash over me, and although I did grieve the loss, I had hope, and I was thankful for the 3 days that I knew this sweet baby was inside me.

Fast forward 3 months.....

It was August 23rd, my second daughter's birthday.  I had been feeling so tired that week, like I was getting sick, but no sickness came. I felt guilty for not having a party for her. She was turning 10, a special birthday going into the double digits. That afternoon she begged me to take her to the store to spend her birthday money, so I did. Sometime during that trip it hit me, what if? "Buy a test!" my mind said. So after we checked her out I told her to go on to the van and Id be right there. I bought 2 more tests and prayed.

We had just upgraded to smart phones, so I decided to take a video of the test, just in case. Within seconds two DARK lines appeared. I just stared at it, with tears welling up in my eyes, afraid to blink in case it wasn't really there and it was all in my mind. But it was really there, and I was afraid to tell anyone at all.

I waited 3 days, and the symptoms I had thought was perhaps the flu increased. I thanked God for every wave of nausea, every exhausted minute when I needed to just sleep. Then I told my husband. He didn't believe me. I ran to the bathroom and took the second test, and handed it to him. Again he said he was happy and wanted the baby. He had high hopes for a boy.

And so, off we were on another adventure in pregnancy!

To read part two of this story CLICK HERE!



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Monday, November 21, 2016

Pray for Don

Don is a dear family friend of ours and is in need of healing prayers! He is having heart troubles including afib and blood clots.

He is such an inspiration to those around him. As he is lying in a hospital, knowing how serious his condition is, he is praising God and shining his light onto everyone around him. What a testimony! God has more plans in store for him, I just know it.

Thank you for joining us in prayer for his healing!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We have a new student!

Introducing Lyndie Sunshine! She is the newest member of Stairsteps Academy. She just turned 18 months old and shes eager to play and learn with us every day.

I took a blogging hiatus just after finding out she was in utero, but now I'm back to continue sharing our homeschool journey with you.

I'll be sharing freebies, reviews, and who knows! There's always something going on around here.

I've missed writing, and there is a lot of catching up to do. I have been on a crazy journey of my own these past two years and I'll be sharing tidbits of that as well.

I'm excited to be back in the blogging world!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FREEBIE! Kindle First ~ Pick a free kindle book every month!

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Are you an Amazon Prime member?  if so you can go pick out a free kindle book right now. Kindle First is an ongoing freebie program which offers you a free kindle book on the first of each month every month!

Every month the editors pick six books that are set to be released the next month, and offer you one of them free of charge. You get to read it before anyone else!

This month they are offering a children's book as well. So check it out, and happy reading!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Movie Review and Giveaway! ~ Susie's Hope

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Are you an animal lover? Do you love movies that touch your heart so deeply that you just cry tears of joy? Well this movie is perfect for you!

Susie's Hope is based on a true story about a woman named Donna who felt sorry for a neighborhood dog left behind by its owners. She began feeding it and giving it fresh water daily. But one day the dog became territorial and attacked Donna. She was losing blood and her body was in shock, but she cried out to God for help, and miraculously she escaped and made her way to a neighbors house and survived.

Very understandably, she was terrified of dogs after this ordeal. Donna was devastated to learn that her unborn baby did not survive the attack however, and she would not be able to conceive any more children. This is where I first broke out in tears, I am expecting and have also suffered miscarriages. This news must have seemed unbearable at the time.

But God had a plan in all of this. A little while later a puppy was found in a park in Greensboro NC, barely alive, having been beaten and burned by its owner. This dog barely escaped its human attacker. When Donna and this puppy meet, her heart is broken for this animal. Her fears melt away as she does all that she can to help save its life.



Donna and Susie are both survivors, and a special bond is created between them. When Susie's abuser is found and brought to trial, Donna learns that in the state of  North Carolina the laws are very outdated and the man who did this to Susie will not even get jail time for his crime.

Because of Donna's determination to see justice served, a new law is passed to protect animals from abuse. The law was appropriately named "Susie's Law".




Susie is now a healthy adult dog, and although her body bears the scars, her heart is good and true. Susie visits burn victims, as well as other needy humans and helps bring healing everywhere she goes! She is a trained therapy dog and received the American Hero Dog award for 2014!


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Although this movie has some harsh realities in it, and parts are so sad that my girls and I just cried, I think it is a good family movie and the ending really shows how God worked it all out for His good in the end. A tragedy was turned into hope for both humans and animals, and today humans continue to benefit from meeting Susie and hearing her story. Donna and Susie work together as a team. They visit schools, churches, pet adoption fairs, fundraisers and organizations to motivate and educate people. These are their principles:
  • We believe that having a pet is a huge responsibility and that, before adopting an animal, the family must be sure that they have enough time and love to give their pet.
  • We believe that no one should ever hurt any creatures and that animals have feelings and experience pain just as humans do.
  • We teach children about staying safe when they are around animals they don’t know. One person or one animal can make a difference in this world.
  • We will continue to inspire people to make the most out of life through love, hope, and forgiveness.
It is such a good thing that the stricter law was passed. Any human who can abuse an animal so heartlessly, is likely to do the same to another human. So this law is potentially helping us as much as it does them!

Every purchase of this DVD helps fund the Susie's Hope Fund, a non profit organization that promotes education and awareness of the care and responsibility required in owning pets as well as animal safety around unfamiliar animals.You can also donate directly at the Susie's Hope website.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children's Book Review and Giveaway! ~ Noah (A Wordless Picture Book)



This new book by artist Mark Ludy is titled simply Noah. This book is unique because it has no words, just pictures to tell the story.

 I don't remember ever seeing a wordless picture book before that wasn't meant just for babies. This incredibly beautifully illustrated book is in no way babyish though. It is a work of art and simply beautiful to look through as you imagine the story being told of Noah and his family in pictures. The book is hardback with 65 sturdy pages and written for ages 2 to 102.


Every time I look through this book I see something new, some small detail that adds depth and meaning to the story. My kids know the story of Noah well, yet as we looked through the pages they too saw things they had not thought of before.



For instance, the Bible tells us it took 120 years or so to build the ark, but they hadn't thought of all the things taking place during that time. The pictures show Noah's wife pregnant, the boys growing up and eventually helping to build the ark alongside Noah. Oftentimes we picture in our minds that this happened rather quickly and Noah always had lots of help from his boys because of movies we have seen.


I love how the pictures show this family loving and caring for each other, even though they must have went through some really hard times with others all around them making fun and calling Noah crazy.


The ark was built by hand with hand tools, not the tools used to build things today. Its no wonder it took so long!



This book is a treasure and would make a beautiful addition to any library! You can find links to purchase the book here, and I also get to give one away to one of my lucky readers! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. If you are reading this via email click here to go directly to the blog post to enter.

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DVD Review and Giveaway! ~ Buck Denver Asks...Why Do We Call It Christmas?



Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, has released a new DVD just in time for Christmas! This 60 minute video is titled Buck Denver Asks.....Why Do We Call It Christmas?

I apologize to those of you who don't want to think about Christmas before Thanksgiving! My own kids asked me why we were watching this a couple of weeks ago when it arrived at our house. This DVD isn't a Christmas tale however, it is all about answering all those great questions our kids come up with about WHY we celebrate Christmas.

My standard answer has always been that we are celebrating Jesus' birth, and of course that is the right answer, but there are other things out there that can be confusing this time of year.

Who is Santa Claus and how did he get into the Christmas story?
Where did the name "Christmas" come from?
Why do we put up a Christmas tree?
Why do some people hang stockings up?

 All these questions and more are asked, and answered, in this very well put together episode! If your kids are already familiar with Buck Denver and his other puppet friends from watching the What's In The Bible Series, then they will enjoy it even more, but newcomers to this program will learn so much and love the zany characters just as much.


What did we think of this DVD?

I thought the crew at Jelly Telly did a fabulous job of answering all those confusing questions that come up at Christmas time. I love how they explain everything from a historical point of view, adding in humorous cartoons to help kids imagine the events that took place years ago that led up to our current traditions. Almost every tradition out there, even the secular ones, got their start from and point back to Jesus in some way. I didn't know some of these things myself!

I love that everything about this DVD is biblically based and encourages spending time with family and friends and worshiping Jesus and not just the giving of gifts. Its so easy to get sucked into that mindset this time of year and kids struggle with it too I think. The full story of Jesus' birth from the book of Luke is also shared in this DVD. 

The kids have watched it numerous times and anytime a friend comes over they watch it again. I believe that is a testimony in itself right there. I'm sure they will have it out during our Thanksgiving get together as well.

You can buy this DVD in many stores as well as online for around $10.00. You can also enter to win a copy by filling out the Rafflecopter form below! If you are reading this post via email click here to enter.


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