Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Unlikely Champion

(Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.)

At our local high school here in Michigan, there was a student who has Down Syndrome.  He is the water boy for the football team.  His mother has cancer.  So this high school team wanted to do something amazing for the family.  During one of the Friday football games, the two teams that were playing had planned for the young man to run a touch down for the game.  It was an amazing surprise to the mom who was in tears as her some became the Unlikely Champion of the game.  The news channels did a great job portraying the event and I know that as I was watching the news story, I was crying because that was a real-life story of an Unlikely Champion.


There is another story that portrays an Unlikely Champion and that is the story of Phiona.  In the new movie from Disney, QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi.  Phiona was a young girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda.  One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church.  Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself.  Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions.  Robert and Phiona's story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places.

Check out this heartwarming featurette:






Tell me:  Who is an unlikely champion in your life or community?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Live On Forever by The Afters CD

(Disclosure:  I received this cd in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.)


I love Christian music.  It is what is usually on my radio overtime you turn it on.  I love the message that the songs bring.  I love that my kids love to listen to it too.  The Afters is one of my favorite bands and every time one of their songs comes on the radio, I can hear a small voice in the back seat singing the songs word for word.  It brings joy to my heart to hear that!  Our favorite song from this album is Battles.  It encourages us to let God fight our battles with us.  After reading the story about what happened in the lives of the band members during the 2 years it took to make this album, I cried.  No one is immune to life battles, and this band still pushed through after everything they went through.  This makes me like this band more and helps me to relate to them more than them just being another band on the radio.

Check out the Battles video below:



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The Biggest Story DVD/CD

(Disclosure:  I received this dvd/cd combo in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.)


I received The Biggest Story DVD and Audio set for review.  I put the audio cd into my car for my kids to listen to on the way to school.  They were quiet!  They listened to the stories and when it was over they all said "that was good".  My oldest said that he could picture what was going on as he was listening and that is why I love audio disks.  A few days later, I put on the dvd.  Same story but this time they had artwork to look at as it was being narrated.  This even caught my eye.  I intended on putting it on and walking away to do some household chores, but I had to sit down and watch it.  It was very nicely done.  Perfect for kids of all ages and grown ups alike!

About the set:

The Animated Short Film:  Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture's overarching message about God's glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.

The Audio Book:  This audio book of The Biggest Story-written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung-leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today's Moment of Truth

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own)



I love devotionals.  They help me to get my day started in God's word.  I especially love the ones that make me think.  Today's Moment of Truth is a devotional where I had to re-read a few of the devotions to really understand what was being said.  It encouraged me to get in my Bible and did deeper to see if I could make sense out of the devotion.  The devotions themselves are not long in reading.  There are 180 of devotions to get you through a few months.  If you are looking for one that will get you thinking and is more deeper than other devotions, this one is for you!

About the book:

Why do you believe what you believe?  How can you know your faith is credible?
Many Christians today struggle to answer these questions.  Though you may know what you believe, the why and how behind the thought can be complex, confusing, and even mysterious.

In Today's Moment of Truth, bestselling author Lee Strobel articulates in 180 easy-to-read devotions the reasons why Christians believe what they believe.  Combining his expertise in apologetics with his journalistic approach to parsing out the details, this devotional will leave you deeply encouraged and well-informed.  Topics range from scientific discoveries to theological explanations, and each devotion is followed by a brief reflection and prayer for meditation.
The time has come to walk confidently in your faith.  Today's Moment of Truth, co-written by Mark Mittelberg, will be an invaluable tool as you grow in your understanding of and faith in Christ.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Greater releases 8/26

(Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions, though, are my own.)

As we start another school year, we face many hurdles in our lives that may hinder reaching our goals and dreams.  This year, my oldest son starts middle school.  His elementary years were tough for him.  My goal for him this year is simply for success!  Success in his friendships.  Success in his academics.  Success in his extracurricular activities.  How are we going to reach this goal?  By pushing onward.  Our family has found an amazing Bible verse to use this school year and I want to share it with you all. 1 Corinthians 9:24: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.   

These are the ways that we are encouraging him:

**We want him to do everything to the best that he can so that he can be successful and overcome every obstacle that he is faced with.  
**We want good christian friends for him to surround himself with so he is encouraged to do what is right always.
**We want him to find an elective or extra-curricular activity that he desires to do and help him to learn it and enjoy it.



There is an amazing movie that comes out August 26th that is a true story about being achieving a goal in life and overcoming obstacles.  That movie is called Greater. 

Greater is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth.  Brandon had one dream- to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team.  He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates.  Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice.  He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off.  Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football-he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts.  Greater comes out August 26th.  Here is the trailer:





Tell me a goal that you have this school year either for yourself or your child.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cave Tools Meat Claws

(Disclosure:  I received this product in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)



I have found my favorite Cave Tools item.  The Meat Claws are simply the best addition to my kitchen supplies.  They are not necessarily just for BBQ.  I use them when I need shredded chicken, pork or roast in my weekly recipes.  I used to use 2 forks to get it done, but I have now replaced it with these meat claws that have 6 prongs each and work in half the time and I love it!  The claws are sharp and you can put store them in a drawer because they take up such little room.  Easy to wash them with a soapy sponge and let air dry them, though you can clean them in the dishwasher.  They are heavy duty which will be great for any type of meat you need shredded.  They feel very durable in your hands.



Shredded Chicken in seconds

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Getting Crafty!

Well, I am on my 3rd week of my Social Summer Blogging Challenge and this weeks post is about being crafty.  Now, I know that everyone has Pinterest and you are all inspired to do something crafty.  Whether they are Pinterest Fails or not, you got crafty and I want to see everyones craftiness.  The craft that I did, I'm sure is online somewhere, but I wasn't inspired to do it from that.  I came up with my own idea. 

 Since we were making a cross country move from Florida to Michigan, I wanted to do something fun with my kids.  In each state we passed through I had my kids each grab some dirt.  Then when we finally reached our destination, I put it all in a decorative bottle with some colored ribbon.  It is such a beautifully simple project that has lots of memories.  



The dirt are from the following states going from the bottom to the top:

Florida
Georgia
North Carolina
Tennessee
Kentucky
Ohio
Michigan

What is your favorite craft project that you have done?