The Best Children’s Book Explaining Conception to Birth I’ve Seen

I’d love to share a review with you today of the children’s book by Danika Cooley called Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth. It’s really the best children’s book explaining conception to birth that I’ve seen! What I love about this book is that you can read it to your children to help them understand where they came from and how special they are. They learn about all the neat things that happened to them in {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Fit-Together Shapes Book

   Today I’m happy to share a Review and Giveaway of Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Feel-and-Fit Shapes Book, illustrated by stuart Lynch and published by Tommy Mommy. As you can see from the pictures this is a very cute and colorful board book for babies and toddlers.  The shapes of some of the animals are cut into the page and others protrude out, which is why they call it a fit-together shapes book.  These are fun for babies and toddlers {Read More}

Giveaway: Margaux and May Organic Swaddle Blankets (8 winners!)

Welcome to the Margaux and May organic swaddle blanket giveaway! Margaux and May, is a baby product company who is steering away from the cliché baby animals, blues and pinks you generally see when you think “newborn”. Instead, they are putting Mom first, with more “grown up” designs leaning towards style and sophistication. And, you can see that, with the bold print on the twin-set of the organic swaddle blankets we are giving away to our readers. These blankets are {Read More}

Review/Giveaway of “God Bless You & Good Night” by Hannah C. Hall

What a sweet, precious book I have to share with you today: God Bless You & Good Night by Hannah C. Hall. It’s a perfect book to read before bedtime. The board book is 20 pages long and features 10 different animals who are in various stages of getting ready for bed. The illustrations are precious. You can check out several pages on the Flipbook. If you have a baby or toddler in your life, be sure to enter the giveaway {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Vacation Tip–Toddler Sleep Time

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   As you may have noticed I’ve been posting about our recent vacation to Colorado (Post #1 Omaha, Post #2 Colorado Springs) and have a tip to share with you today about helping your toddler sleep better!  If your babies are like mine, they don’t sleep very well in the car, so nap times (rare on vacation) and night-time sleeping is extremely important. Here  is my tip: Use a pack-n-play with a sheet; otherwise the {Read More}

Collage Friday–1st Birthday!

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Fleece Baby Sheet

Welcome to our third week of From House to Home!  What have you been doing lately at your house?  We’re gearing up for dress rehearsal/performance week for my eldest’s musical Aladdin!  We also had performances of 3 kids in drama class, speeches presented at our public speaking class, and a band concert this week.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for “extras” lately, like my goals of growing triops and ordering ants for the ant farm for science.  Or {Read More}

Six Months Old!

Today our sweet baby E turned 6 months old!  She has been such a fun baby.  All her brothers and sisters love her so much.  She is never lacking in attention!  Here are a few pictures to see how she’s grown. By the way, I’ve never mentioned that she was born with a hemangioma birthmark on her right arm and hand.  You can see somewhat in the pictures how it has changed in the last 6 months.  It has already {Read More}

Collage Friday- Father Son Camp and Fall Crafts

Last weekend was my sons’ favorite weekend of the year!  The Father Son Camp.  There they experience camping in the cold (we bought some better sleeping bags this year), zipline, archery, shooting guns, and the all-time favorite Paintball!  The upper right picture is one of my eldest with an orange paintball mark on his head.  They also had great speakers this year.  The theme was integrity, and there were opportunities for the fathers to have some good talks with their {Read More}

Special Offers and “Risk” Winners

Congratulations to the winners of “Risk”– Sheri, Lissette, and Jenni!  Be sure to check back next week for a review and giveaway of the newest Imagination Station books! For now, I wanted to share some great deals below.  If you sign up for a contest, magazine subscription, print a coupon, or purchase an item, I get a small amount of money for it.  I use the money for 3 things:  to invest back into my blog, for homeschooling, and to {Read More}

Collage Friday: Birthday, Legos

    Here’s our Wrap-up of the week.  We’ve been so busy with birthdays lately.  My husband’s 50th birthday party is on Sunday, so as soon as I post this I’m focusing on getting ready for that for the rest of the weekend.  See you next Monday! 1.  We give each child a Bible on their 6th birthday. 2.  My daughter turned 9 this week and got a sewing machine!  She’s going on a special trip to the fabric store {Read More}

Collage Friday 10/12/12: Birthday, Anniversary, Baby

1.  We spent last weekend at the Grandparents’ Lake House in Wisconsin.  My husband’s brother and family were also there, and we celebrated 3 kids’ birthdays!  It was a nice relaxing time.  But I came down with a cold (which I still have) and it was freezing!  Snowed on Saturday. 2.  Yesterday we did a science experiment to understand how blubber keeps arctic animals warm in the frigid water.  The kids stuck their fingers in icy water and could only {Read More}

Free Nursing Covers and Baby Slings

I decided to do a whole post just about these because they are a great deal!  I ordered a nursing cover a few years ago from them and use it all the time.  You do have to pay shipping, but the covers and slings are free.  The code  is ENBABY.  Be sure to order soon before this deal ends.  These are wonderful gifts for baby showers! Seven Slings wants to give you a promo code for a free baby carrier {Read More}

Smiling and getting chubby

I’ve been truly enjoying holding my new baby as much as possible this summer! She’s such a joy!

Babies Don’t Keep

I’m reading a new book called Be the Mom by Tracey Eyster, for which I’ll have a review up in a couple of weeks.  She had one very convicting chapter for me which reminded me of the following poem.  My little one is already 6 weeks old!  This is going to be my focus for the next year, and I’m NOT going to feel guilty about it! Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the {Read More}

New Quilt for the New Baby

My husband’s aunt has made a beautiful, unique quilt for each of our babies.  And this one is no exception! You can see the underneath, minkee material, in the next picture. Be sure to click through to see pictures of the other quilts!

Review of Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Young Children

I’m happy to give a review of a very timely book! It’s called the Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Young Children by Paul C. Reisser, M.D., published by Tyndale House. What’s wonderful about the book is that is so comprehensive, but at the same time being a book that a busy mom can pick up and read about babies through 4-year-olds.  After having 8 children I have read lots of books and articles through the years.  I can’t think of {Read More}

Happy Father’s Day

A dad of 4 sons and 4 daughters–truly blessed!  

Announcing our New Blessing!

I’m happy to share some pictures of our little blessing.  She arrived last Monday, June 11, at 2 a.m.

Getting Ready for Baby

Things have been focused on getting ready for the baby around here lately.  I’ve been nesting–and one thing we did was get the windows cleaned!  I had a Groupon for it, so it was a really good deal to get them cleaned inside and out (and the screens).  We’ve lived here for 11 years and never had them cleaned before! I’ve washed all the baby clothes, bought tiny newborn diapers, and fixed my nursing cover (it had shrunk, so I {Read More}