LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood GIVEAWAY


I didn’t plan to post on Mother’s Day and yet here I am but…its for a good cause…a  Scooby Doo cause!

Growing up who didn’t love Scooby Doo? My husband and I both did and love that we can share that fun with our kids who love the same show and the same characters that we did! In our house it isn’t too unusual to here our kids say “and if it wasn’t for you meddling kids I would have gotten away with it” I know our kids are weird but it makes us laugh every single time!unnamed-7 The blend of Scooby doo and the gain with Legos is GENIUS! You really can’t get better than that! Our kids have loved this movie so much {I’m so happy we have the DVD+BlueRay+digital so they can literally watch it anywhere!} The DVD came with a list lego scooby {its mine…I get it}

LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood would make a fantastic gift for the Scooby Doo lover in your life {young or old} It also makes a perfect family movie night movie…but be warned it may become the movie picked for every movie night like in our house!

In LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood, the gang heads to the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, where they take a tour of the legendary Brickton Studios, a historic Hollywood movie studio. While visiting the lot, the gang is surprised to find the once powerful film studio has fallen onto hard times. Neglected and in disrepair, Brickton, which has lost its luster, now faces threats of closure and an impending sale to greedy developers who want to tear it down.

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To top it off, the Mystery Inc. gang discovers that the studio’s backlot is haunted by the ghost of Boris Karnak, a famous, oldtime movie actor who has been making ghostly appearances in the roles he once made famous – including the Headless Horseman, the Mummy and the Zombie. The ghostly sightings have frightened away the cast and crew of Brickton’s latest film production, which was the studio’s final effort in trying to save the company from going under. Now with production halted on the movie which was supposed to rescue Brickton from its demise, it looks as though the famous backlot is destined to fall into the hands of the developers after all. Will it be a wrap for Brickton or will Scooby and the gang find a way to help the studio achieve box-office success? It’s a “bricktacular” adventure no Scooby-Doo! fan will want to miss!

Get a Sneak Peek of all the fun with the OFFICIAL LEGO SCOOBY-DOO!: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD TRAILER!

So grab the whole family and some Scooby Snacks and have a fun family night…or afternoon or anytime! LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood gets 2 thumbs up from all three of my kiddos and us!

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Bonus Episodes:

  •  LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Knight Time Terror – The gang investigates a mansion that’s rumored to be haunted in this LEGO® Scooby-Doo! episode, which originally premiered on Cartoon Network in October 2015.
  • Headless Horseman of Halloween – In this episode from the Scooby-Doo! Dynomutt Hour, Scooby and his pals go to Sleepy Hollow, where they investigate the legendary Headless Horseman.
  • Creepy Kreeper (“Jeepers, It’s the Creeper”) – In this episode from Scooby Doo, Where Are You! the gang investigates a zombie-like creature named the Creeper, who robs banks at night.

Don’t forget to go grab a copy of LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood tomorrow Tuesday, May 9th online or wherever DVD’s are sold you will not regret it! 

Oh yeah and I’m giving away a copy! Click HERE to enter!!! 

ONE lucky reader will win a DVD copy of LEGO: Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood!

The giveaway will end May 22nd. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter

Happy Mother’s Day!

 I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Warner Bros. for sending my family this wonderful DVD!!

*Although Warner Bros. did send me this DVD to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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What’s in the Bible? Vol. 1 DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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Are you looking for a great resource that will give your kids solid Bible truth that is taught in an easy to understand, fun, engaging and child-friendly way? Do you LOVE VeggieTales? If you answered yes, then I’ve got a fantastic resource for you: What’s in the Bible? DVDs. This collection truly is fantastic!


Buck Denver Asks … What’s in the Bible? is the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible – God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won’t want to miss!


  • DVD 1: In the Beginning {Genesis} 
  • DVD 2: Let My People Go {Exodus} 
  • DVD 3: Wanderin’ in the Desert {Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy} 
  • DVD 4: Battle for the Promised Land! {Joshua, Judges, Ruth} 
  • DVD 5: Israel Gets A King! {1 and 2 Samuel}
  • DVD 6: A Nation Divided {Kings and Chronicles}
  • DVD 7: Exile and Return {Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther}
  • DVD 8: Words to Make Us Wise {Psalms, Proverbs & The Writings} 
  • DVD 9: God Speaks! {Isaiah, Jeremiah & the Prophets} 
  • DVD 10: Jesus Is The Good News! {Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John}
  • DVD 11: Spreading The Good News! {Acts}
  • DVD 12: Letters From Paul! {Romans – Philemon} 
  • DVD 13 “God’s Kingdom Comes!” {General Epistles – Revelation} 

So far our kiddos have Volumes 1-6 {they have asked for the rest for Christmas!}


Our family was first introduced to What’s in the Bible? through the children’s director and dear friend at our former church a few years ago. From the first time our son saw What’s in the Bible he was HOOKED! Then we borrowed a DVD from and watched it as a family…and we ALL were hooked! Not only does What’s in the Bible? make understanding the Bible easy for kids, but it’s done in a really fun way! Phil Vischer and his staff has done a phenomenal job with these DVD’s! The knowledge our kids have gained is amazing, our oldest LOVES reading his bible so that he can increase his knowledge. In fact the kid is so smart he can easily enter into conversations with adults {both the What’s in the Bible? DVD and the fact his dad was a youth pastor and currently working towards a biblical degree, have contributed to our sons knowledge:)}

Our kids absolutely LOVE all the cute characters..and so do we!


My husband and I absolutely love that one of our favorite duos Rhett & Link {from Good Mythical Morning} sings fun songs…Like this one about Genesis in Vol. 1!

About Volume 1: In the Beginning

What’s in the Bible? Volume 1 is all about the beginning! It covers the book of Genesis and answers the following two questions:



Volume 1 covers some of the most popular Bible stories from the book of Genesis like, the story of creation, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Noah’s Ark, and so much more! They are SO MUCH fun! I love that kids are engaged and having fun while they are learning!

What’s in the Bible? is the perfect whole family bible time for our mornings! My  husband works from home so we are able to enjoy and learn through What’s in the Bible? together!

How we use the What’s in the Bible curriculum in our home:

In addition to the DVD’s there are a whole bunch of fun activities! {images below are for What’s in the Bible Vol. 1}



The Discussion guide asks all kinds of questions to review what your learned during the DVD!

  • What does the word “Testament” mean?
  • How do we know the Bible is true?
  • What does the word “inspired” mean?
  • Do you remember the name of the first book of the Bible? What does it mean?
  • How do you trust God with your life?
  • Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust the Lord with all your heard and do not lean on your own understanding.” What are ways you can apply this to your daily life?

I just saved this to ibooks on my iPad instead of printing it out.



There are a bunch of really fun coloring pages that go with Volume 1 like:

  • Volume 1 DVD Cover Coloring page
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Abraham {Abraham and Isaac}
  • Noah’s Ark

I made each of the kids their very own coloring book!!




These flashcards are AWESOME! They will help you and your kids remember all kinds of wonderful and important things from the DVD, such as:

  • What’s in the Bible?
  • How many books are in the Bible?
  • How many years did it take to write the Bible?

The Flash cards are really easy to make! Print, Cut out the cards horizontally {you will end up folding the cards so be sure you only cut on the horizontal lines}, Fold and tape together or if you want to get really fancy laminate them!!IMG_4476

The flash cards are my oldest sons favorite! I even printed a second set and instead of folding them I cut them all out and he play a memory game with them!



This is probably my kids favorite activity! They are able to learn all kinds of fun stuff while learning! For this activity there are some really fun printouts including

  • 3 pages of Puppets
  • Space Background
  • Garden of Eden BackgroundIMG_4480



The kids love making their own puppet shows to tell the story of Creation or Adam and Eve! They also enjoy making up their own fun and crazy puppet shows…but they always come back to God and Creation…gotta love that!

{I printed out the puppets on card stock and the back grounds on regular paper}

In addition to all this great stuff there are a ton of printable memory verse cards!

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These are one of my most favorite printables from What’s in the Bible? As you can see they are small, perfect for little hands! The kids each pick their own card each week and we learn them all as a family! The kids love that each card has a fun character, I love that they are learning and memorizing bible verses! There are some verse cards without characters I picked these ones specifically because of the characters *there are a TON of verse cards in the activity section. I printed out a bunch of different ones on card stock.

You can download and print all the activities here! {Psst…there are all kinds of activities for ALL the volumes!}

Ok so if I haven’t made it totally clear…We LOVE What’s in the Bible!

Buy What’s in the Bible here.


I’m so excited that I have partnered with What’s in the Bible to give one lucky winner a *DVD copy of :


{*if the winner is outside the US they will receive a digital download rather than a DVD}

Click below to enter!


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*Giveaway will run from 9/6/14 – 9/13/14  A winner will be selected 9/13/14 – contacted via email friday 9/14/14 


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2014-2015 Curriculum {4th/5th & K/1st}

CurricChoicesI cannot believe that summer is almost over! This year we decide to take the summer off. There was just so much going on, including my moms 70th, my grandfather’s 98th {and subsequent illness that has us waiting to get the call that he has gone to be with the Lord} The biggest reason we decided to take off the summer is because of my husbands summer term {I mentioned in the past he is currently working towards his Bachelors/MBA} We wanted to make sure we got as much family time as possible before the Fall/Winter semester starts for him {next week} Ahhh I digress…lets talk Curriculum!

We are really excited for the 2014/2015 School year to begin! As always I’ve selected a very eclectic homeschool Curriculum {meaning I don’t strictly do a curriculum in a box, Classical, or  Charlotte Mason. I fall in the category of, well…eclectic!} If I told you that all of our school curriculum has been selected and we know exactly what we’re going to do for every single subject, well…I would be lying to you. The reason being that I’m still trying to decide between a couple different things, so look for a more in-depth ‘curriculum by grade’ post in September!

All Together {as a Family}:

Our family is very spoiled, my husband’s office is downstairs! He works from home 100% of the time, which means that he is very involved with our children’s homeschooling!

My husband and I want to instill faith, humility, honor and character in our children. Here are some of the resources we will be using to accomplish this:

Along with all of our Bible time together we will also together do:


4th/5th Grade: {Boy}

As usual Elias will be participating in our  Thursday ‘co-op’ throughout the school year! Classes he will be taking include Archery, Pottery, Leatherworking, Woodworking & Theater!

*Please note Elias is doing a mixture of 4th & 5th grade this year to ensure he is working at his level for him! These are all the ‘main’ books for the subjects we have a many ‘filler’ resources. I’m planning to having a large post coming up in late September about some of my favorite resources.


Kindergarten/1st: {Boy & Girl}

I would really like to find a local “school age” play group. I’m not interest in a co-op for the twins. We shall see what happens.

* Please note that the twins will be working at their paces, so if they don’t accomplish anything in for ‘first grade’ that’s absolutely okay! If they’re anything like their brother they were all in excel in certain subjects, I just wanted to be prepared.

My husband and I also have some really fun family field trips and activities planned for the school year!

Coming Soon! {Back to School Edition}

  • ‘Back to School’ Reviews and Giveaways
  • Just for you Mom: Homeschool Mom’s Bible Giveaway
  • Our 2014/2015 full Schedule
  • How we Organize our School Room {Next week!}
  • Amazing History Book List
  • How We Decide on our Curriculum
  • Our Day: A day in the Life of a Homeschooler
  • AND what you’ve been asking for since May:  My 2014/2015 Homeschool Planner {I’m running a little late and I apologize. Look for it later this month!}


Don’t forget to head over to the Not-Back-To-School Hop and see more 2014-2015 curriculum! It’s always fun to see what cool resources families are using this year! Who knows you might learn about something you would like to incorporate in your curriculum!  

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Character Badges | The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

badgesCHCharacter Badges perfect for children between the ages of 5 and 12

Little Character Badges perfect for children between the ages of 3 and 5

Character Badges is on of the AWESOME resources that comes in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! I’m absolutely in love with this program. Theres actually two versions – Character Badges {5 and up} comes with the colorful printable badges and monthly charts for obedience, disobedience and consequences and flashcards with character qualities and easy-to-understand definitions. There is also Little Character Badges {3-5} comes with the colorful printable badges and monthly charts for obedience & disobedience. Both come with a VERY well-written and easy to follow manual including diagrams of each chart and tips and tricks.

Your child will start off with a blank obedience, disobedience and consequences {for the older age} charts.

Obedience Chart: In both the Character Badges and Little Character badges three checks in each good quality results in a badge they get to wear all day long. I don’t know about your kiddos but mine eat this up!  In both there is the ability for your little one to receive a higher badge as the day goes on {for example with Little Character Badges 3 checks or stickers gets a “Very Good” badge, 6 gets an “Outstanding” badge and 9 gets an “Exceptional” badge. I love this part of the Character Badge program, it really encourages children to work harder and really consider there actions…LOVE!! 

Disobedience/ Consequence Charts:  With each negative action your child will receive a check, with each check they receive a consequence, the more negative action the bigger the consequence {I love that because every family disciplines differently you decide the consequences} 

All the information you want and need to know:

Character Badges {5-12}


A little about Character Badges | They were created because of a need saw in the creators own home! They needed consistency {don’t we all?} Life is busy. Life with children is often hectic busy, and when life gets hectic, things start to slip through the cracks. Consistency in child training can be one of the first things to go. Especially for families who have many little ones, it can be difficult to keep track of who has done what when and who has what reward or correction coming to them (whew!). The last thing you want to do is just resort to barking or spanking every time a child has gotten out of line (no matter the offense). Wouldn’t it be better for both you and your child to know exactly where they stand and to take some of the guesswork out of training them? This is where Character Badges can help.

Character Badges consists of three fantastic and colorful charts and a series of fun and colorful badges! They are designed to:

  • Present to both you and your child a visual representation of your child’s obedience / disobedience forthe month as well as the rewards / consequences associated with their behavior.
  • Encourage and motivate your child to perform good deeds throughout the month by rewarding them with a series of badges and the various rewards you attach to them.
  • Provide a way for you to tailor specific consequences to specific acts of disobedience (and keep it all organized) in the hopes of helping your child better understand why what they did was wrong.
  • Help you and your child know exactly where they stand regarding their behavior. A review of their chart at the end of the month will tell you and them what areas they are excelling in and what areas need work.
  • Help take the guesswork out of who has what coming to them (whether reward or correction). Character Badges can be especially useful to the parents of many children. Each child is different. Character Badges can help you to focus on specific areas that need attention in your child’s life.

Little Character Badges {3-5}


Think of Little Character Badges as a miniature version of Character Badges.  Little Character Badges are perfect for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The chart, badge, and consequence system has been simplified to make it easier for your little ones to receive the instruction they need. Little Character Badges is an excellent introduction to the Character Badges system and will help them transition to it when you feel they are ready. 

Little Character Badges consists of two  fantastic and colorful charts and a series of fun and colorful badges. That are designed to:

  • Present to both you and your child a visual representation of your child’s obedience / disobedience over the course of a week as well as the rewards / consequences associated with their behavior.
  • Encourage and motivate your child to perform good deeds throughout the month by rewarding them with a series of badges and the various rewards you attach to them.
  • Provide a way for you to tailor specific consequences to specific acts of disobedience (and keep it all organized) in the hopes of helping your child better understand why what they did was wrong.
  • Help you and your child know exactly where they stand regarding their behavior. A review of their chart at the end of the week will tell you and them what areas they are excelling in and what areas need work.
  • Help take the guesswork out of who has what coming to them (whether reward or correction). Little Character Badges can be especially useful to the parents of many children. Each child is different. Little Character Badges can help you to focus on specific areas that need attention in your child’s life.

Please note | “Character Badges and Little Character Badges are not intended to be a cure-all for disobedience in your children. We designed it to simply serve as an aid for families (like us) who wanted more consistency in the way they child-train. That said, the system requires time, attention, watchfulness, and, yes, consistency in order to bring about good results. With these things in place, we believe it can be a help and a blessing to your family.”  – Creators of Character Badges and Little Character Badges

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Available Now | April 23 – April 28

Intentional Marriage | A 31 Day Devotional | The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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One of the coolest perks about being an affiliate for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is getting my hands on some of the book included early! Over the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorite ebooks and programs that are apart of the amazing bundle! Intentional Marriage: the art of loving your husband  {a 31 day devotional} is one of the fabulous books in the “Marriage” section of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!



In the introduction Crystal says “the biggest threat to marriages in our modern world is neglect. When we stop trying, we start drifting apart.” I have to wholeheartedly agree, once you’ve been married for any length of time it starts becoming comfortable you get caught up in the busyness of life you start only thinking about yourself and sadly we often become thoughtless.Over the last 14 years my husband and I have strived to not allow the busyness of life to take control and pettiness of personal bad habits (in both my husband and myself) but the thing is life is busy and it’s easy to sink into that. Because it is so easy to get consumed by life you have to make every day intentional before you find yourself right in the middle of marriage in crisis. My husband and I have watched countless marriages fall apart because of more than just drifting apart but because they just stopped caring, they stopped being intentional in their marriages in their lives together. They had reached crisis and stopped wanting to be together. I think that it’s a sad reality that this is so very common in this current  world that were part of, but it is and we have to be proactive!

Let’s talk about intentional marriage | 31 day devotional! Crystal Brothers did an awesome job putting this together!!

There are 31 different topics covered in the devotional, including:

  • Cooking your husbands favorite food
  • Five things you love about your husband
  • Date night
  • Be his support
  • Speak only what is helpful assure him of your devotion
  • and more

Each day is put together in such a way that is very easily to accomplish a matter how busy you are. There are four parts to each day

For example Day 15 is “Thank God for him”

  1. A Bible verse Philippians 1:3  “I think my God in all my remembrance of you,”
  2. 2-4 paragraphs discussing what it means to “Thank God for him” What does this mean? How do we do it? Practical tip on how to accomplish said task.
  3. A daily challenge, for this particular day the challenge is “give thanks for your husband every time you think of him having an attitude of things will change your actions towards him”
  4. Finally there is a section of “Daily Challenge” reflection that Crystal has provided on each page. There are number of lines to write some reflection about “today’s challenge” for example you can answer questions like: did today’s challenge go today did it go better-than-expected? did today’s challenge go worse than expected? depending on each days particular challenge you will have different question to reflect on and respond to. If you are like me you will end up doing this section at the end of the day.

I really like the way this devotional is put together! There’s not too much, there’s not too little, it’s absolutely perfect! No matter how much time you have or don’t have, you can do this Devo! I found that no matter how many activities we have each day or how many things I have to do I always have the time I need to read each day, do the days challenge or prepare for it, and spend time praying for my husband. It has to be intentional so I recommend doing it first thing in the morning depending on your situation it might before work, before the kids get up, or like me when the kids are having breakfast. Set a time and stick to it {as best you can}

Besides the fact that this is just an altogether wonderful devotional I love what’s at the end of the book…awesome resources like:

  • 101 ways to bless your husband
  • 101+ free/cheap date night ideas
  • 101+ conversation starters

I like to add to each day the time to pray and write out a prayer for your husband. We are all different, were all going through different things, each of our husbands are going through different things. I would highly suggest taking the time to really pray for your husband!  Pray the things that he’s going through both big and small, any issues that you are having with each other, family, friends {ect.} and lastly, that God will help you be the wife that he has created you to be for your husband.

I hope you grab up the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and enjoy the Intentional Marriage Devotional as much as I did! As a reminder this bundle is a one time offer, once it’s gone, it’s gone!!!! There’s only 5 days left!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for more of My Favorite ebooks from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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Available Now | April 23 – April 28

Where You Go I Will Go…Lead me!

ruthIt’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything personal. Life got surprisingly and unexpectedly hectic…but all in a good way! Starting in September my crochet shop ‘Cute as a Fox Shoppe‘ went crazy. I was averaging anywhere from 10 to 20 orders per week (from etsy, Facebook and locally) which I absolutely loved! d4b92cd0904f25f6a25f3c481ad284c1One of my best-selling items with the Seattle Seahawks hat (if I haven’t mentioned it before my husband and I and our family are diehard Seahawks fans!) well as many of you know the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl… I thought I was busy in September and October wow I hadn’t seen anything yet! After the championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers…the Hawks were going to be going to the Super Bowl!!! I was getting an order about every half hour! Finally around the beginning of March my shop slow down! That’s okay I was needing a break! Please feel free to visit my shop at any time I take orders all year!



In addition to my shop, my husband and I made the decision to completely close our photography business in 2013 and pursue ministry! (I know I’ve already told you) For many years we have known that my husband is called into ministry that (we are called to be ministry family) he is specifically called to be a pastor. In 2013 my husband was getting some very awesome opportunities including acting as interim youth pastor Sunday mornings!! For the last six months he’s been taking the junior high and high school students through and in-depth study through the book of Romans. Towards the end of 2013 we took a HUGE step of faith along with our very closest friends we decided to go with them and plant a church in a small local city nearby in sept. 2014. God was in control and he was leading us. jerWe then went to Seattle to meet with the elders at the parent church we were planning to branch from. The Lord rock our world the very next  day. After returning from that trip the Lord changed his direction for our family…(Staying at our current Church that we love) We did a TON of praying and seeking God to give us clear audible direction (basically writing it out for us on the wall) he did…we even prayed “Lord if your will is for us to stay then show us” we prayed for out of the blue conformation…within 12 hours we had gotten that conformation not once, not twice but three times. “Wow” is all we could think. proverbsFrom that day one we have gotten daily conformation that The Lord has us where we are supposed to be. He stopped us in our tracks and pointed us in a different direction. Much like Abraham standing before God ready to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac and then from the heavens Abraham heard the Lords voice telling him to stop. 10″ Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” {Gen 22} The Lord wanted to see that we were faithful servants, he wanted to see that if he said go that we would go. And we were ready that just wasn’t the plan he had. Our two other sets of friends are continuing with the church plant and we hope and pray nothing but the best for them and we pray that the church strives and it just reaches all the people in that little town. As for us and our family, the Lord is working and working big. I don’t know what the plan is. I don’t know how it’s going to look but I am excited to be a part of Gods plan and to see the way that he’s been working in my husband and our family and myself. Two years ago we would’ve never expected to be where we are today. After so many years of praying that Lord would open the doors for us in ministry, God has opened the floodgates. Please join with me and my family and pray for this journey. Also join us as we pray for our beloved friends who are stepping out in faith and starting from scratch at church and in a small town that really need them. So here we are standing ready and willing saying “Where you Go, I will Go. Where you Stay, I will Stay.”


Let’s Talk Mentors…Mama Mentors!


Being a mom is hard…right?!? Feeling like you are going it alone is even harder!

Do you ever feel like you just want to cry?  like you want to pull your hair out? like you’re going crazy?? You might be in desperate need of a mama Mentor!

 What’s a mama mentor? A mama mentor is a woman who has either teen or grown children, who is well seasoned in the art of parenting toddlers, young children and grade school aged children! A mother who is a loving and encouraging towards other mothers naturally! I can virtually guarantee that you have at least one woman that fits every single attribute that I just said! Approach her and talk to her about becoming your mentor! But, we’ll talk about that a little later.
When you need a mentor…
There are times when the stress just takes over you just feel like you can’t go one more minute without just bursting into tears, you know when the craziness of your day has taken over every fiber of your being and you are just a giant ball of emotion… It’s times like that with every mom with young littles needs to have somebody that they can call up, that they can text, that they can go to their house and say “I need you I need to talk to you” (it’s great to have your mom and your sisters around but sometimes it’s really good have a third-party friend/mentor who is not directly related to you.  They often have a different and {needed} take on the situation then somebody who is related to you that may be biased about it!
My mentor…

I have been blessed with an amazing mama mentor she’s the mother of children from 20 – 30 years old. She is nothing but supportive of me. I know that whenever I’m having a rough time with any situation at any age and with any of my kids I can go to her and she will have such an amazing bit of encouragement to give me and I know that there’s nothing that I can throw at her that she hasn’t been through! It is so encouraging for her to tell me the story about one of her children who was just a total crazy maniac as a toddler and then she can tell me what he’s like now as a grown-up, she can tell me how she learned that one particular style of discipline was not right for one child but it was right for another child… Something that I deal with on a daily but basis all of my children respond differently to different types of discipline
I love having her as a sounding board, I can tell her my feeling, emotions, ideas & frustrations and I know I will get honest positive encouragement and feedback!
There are times when I just want to sit down with her and tell her that I don’t feel like I can handle it, I don’t feel like I can handle the temper tantrums in the masses and just the absolute craziness that occurs in my house…that’s when she holds my hand and tells me “I know exactly how you feel” and my heart knows she truly knows exactly how I feel… There is no substitute for that!
There are times when I can tell her a particular story and she smiles and says “you know I remember when that happened with_____” and she has her own story of how she dealt with pretty much the exact situation and that is so encouraging and comforting to me in those times of need whether it is stress, anger, happiness, sadness, any emotion.  I mean you name it she has encouragement right there ready for me!
Honestly there have been times when I’ve thought “oh my goodness I am the worst mother on the face of the earth, my kiddos are out-of-control” I turned my mentor to tell her theses these feelings and she laughs and she tells me” oh my gosh your kids are exactly how little kids are in
Amazing mother” I just can’t describe to you how that makes me feel inside! Her words make me feel rejuvenated.  Her presence is a giant blessing to my heart!
So how do you go about getting a mama Mentor?  It’s easy, is there a woman with grown children in your life that you admire? that you look up to? Often times these are women in your church, in your Bible study in any group setting that you have maybe even a friend’s mother!
Have someone in mind? Take her out to lunch, take her out to coffee ,sit down and chat with her, tell her that you are looking for a mentor, tell her that you would love to have somebody like her to encourage you!
You’d be surprised how many women would be so blessed and honored to mentor a young mom who was going through what they have gone through and that they’ve survived!
If you don’t approach her she will never know and you may miss out on such an amazing mentor/mentee relationship that God has in store for you!
So there you have it! My thoughts and my feelings about having a mama mentor in your life!
I hope that you consider having a mentor in your life and if you were mom with grown children I hope that you really consider becoming a mentor to a mom with young children!! We need you in our lives!
Smiles & Blessings