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Journal? Scrapbook? Color?

If you do any of these things…then this giveaway is FOR YOU!

My artsy fartsy side of me was much like a giddy school girl when I received this product to review.  I mean….I embarrassed my children because A) I squealed B) I hugged the UPS man C) I colored all day in my Bible and journal D) I squealed when I revealed my final masterpiece to my husband.

They.  Were.  Mortified.

Do I care?

Uhm, no…not one bit.

So…here it is :

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YAHOO!!!!!  I will be drawing a name for this product on December 10, 2016!

About the Product

Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

·         4 sheets of word stickers

·         4 sheets of alphabet stickers

·         24 tab stickers

·         8 colored pencil twists

·         1 journaling pen

·         1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes

·         1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

**Bonus: As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 different kits.  Head on over to this link for more details: (The link also offers free downloads of several coloring pages, which might interest you).

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Hello.  My name is Brandi.  I am addicted to books…..especially PHENOMENAL and HANDS ON books.  This fits my bill on both levels.  I was eager to get this and open it and, selfishly, I wanted to put MY name to personalize it….but I didn’t…I restrained and chose my child over myself…shocker, I know.
The illustrations are beautiful, which is such a good point for me and my kiddo. The flaps are durable and hard to tear (per experience of having a 2 year old).  There is a letter from God in an envelope after each story where you can put your child’s name on to personalize it!  I think that is really neat cause God sent his son for each one of us!  If you are interested in this, I will be drawing a winner on November 30, 2016!


Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.






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Blessings of Unity



Marriage is TOUGH.  It is really tough…whoever says it is easy is NOT married….or they are still on their honeymoon.  It takes work and if Christ is not at the center of your marriage and He is not at the top of YOUR food chain, you should very well just stop now and call it quits.

It took a long time for me to understand my food chain.  First, I placed me on top, Bart next…then we had kids.  Kids came to the top, friends came next, then me, then Bart….can you see where I am going with this?  The Lord, graciously, took every friend out of my life, He moved family away (this is when you still had to make a long distance call)…there I stood…alone…with “no one.”  God replaced those people with an unnatural love for my husband and for Him.  He taught me, during these times, to look to Him to fill all the crooks and crannies of my heart and then to look at the GIFT that is my husband.

My daughter is embarking on this winding road and I hope I have instilled in her to love God and solely look to Him to help her through any and everything. Go to the guide book, The Bible, for the daily “how to’s” of living….then look across the table at her GIFT that He gave her, in her future spouse.

Awww…………….if I knew then what I know now………..


About the book:

The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:

1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and

2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.

Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

($13.43 on Amazon, paperback)

About the author/ministry:

Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

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**Added bonus to my giveaway, which the drawing will be on 11/24/16, cause that is my girl’s  21st bday is that you can get this:

Also with this, you will be getting a link to a free ebook, Unshakeable (6 pgs), material that will help and support growth in Christ, from the All for Jesus ministry:



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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles

Parenting:  14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Anyone who thinks parenting is hard, raise your hands!!!!  There is not one person, on the face of the planet that will tell you…the bliss when you decide to start a family…..the coolness (mostly) of being pregnant….the holding that fresh new life….will become a constant battlefield that places in your mind until the Lord calls you home.  No one tells you that.

Here I am, telling you that!  I have 7 kids, you would think I would have figured it out or I was trying my best for a “do over” in the parenting department.  Parenting is tough.  The early years are wrought with sleep deprivation, vomit, and projectile poop.  The toddler years are strictly survival mode. The teenage years is like nailing jello to a wall and the young adult years…..oh, that just hurts your heart.

The Bible is your “go to” for any parenting question.  It, absolutely, lays it out in black and white (and red).  Turn to it.  Lean on Jesus. Learn and then teach others from your mistakes.  We all need to take a moment and stop shaming ourselves and others for their parenting moments.  We are all learning as we go…so calm the heck down, stop judging and go hug a mama (or a daddy).  We are all in this together!

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list.  Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents.  Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques.  Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God – grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.  I will be drawing a name on November (gasp…it is almost November) 13 (cause that is my birthday LOL) for a chance to win this book.

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Are You Comfortable?

What does “comfortable” mean?  According to Websters Dictionary it means affording or enjoying contentment and security.  Okay, so what does “contentment” mean?  It means feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status or situation.

That is the world’s view.  So, according to the world, I need to be secure (home, money, job) and I need to feel satisfied by my home, money and job, in order to have the possessions that I deserve.  A sweet little life where it is all wrapped up, with a pretty red ribbon.

Is that the answer?  Is that the answer to a good life?  Great job, making great money, buying great toys and bigger houses…..2.5 kids, a dog, a cat and a fish…a manicured yard, well educated/rounded children and peace wherever you go?

If this is the life that you want….then stop reading and good luck to you!  If you want more out of life, more than money can buy, then keep reading on!

God does NOT want us to be comfortable!  He wants us to be up and moving and going.  We need to sincerely pray to Him and ask Him to send us where He is working…then when something comes up, all you have to do is GO.  He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those whom He calls!

My husband and I have lived an interesting life.  We married young, had kids young and we fought, oh so much.  He wasn’t walking with the Lord and I was walking very slowly.  He was saved at an older age and even though the fruit wasn’t very big…it was there and it was growing in God’s time, not mine.  I learned very quickly that I was not my husband’s personal little Holy Spirit.

We have walked through several fires, with little grace and forgiveness.  Moreso, we wanted to hurt those who hurt us and we allowed that bitter fruit to penetrate every ounce of our hearts.  I’m sure that devastated God.

We’ve gotten older and we’ve learned to lean not on our own understanding, but to lean on God and remember that His grace is sufficient.  We are currently walking through some hot fires….we have lost so much, over the last 2 mths.  We have lost loved ones, we have lost respect towards some people, we’ve experienced a loss of innocence and we’ve had our eyes open to many many truths.  Every day, there seems to be a new thing.  One where we are now not saying “God, you aren’t funny”, but we are standing there, shaking our heads, knowing that He is continuing to refine us.  As painful as it has been, we have drawn closer as a family unit and as a couple and we have most definitely drawn closer to our Lord.

I have more peace than I’ve ever had and my circumstances have gone from “comfortable” to “chaos”.  It seems as if we are standing in the middle of a field and God is getting us with some pretty good zingers.  We are standing strong in His Word and we are hanging onto His truths and promises.  We aren’t trying to independently walk through this world “I do it myself” mode, but we are hanging onto God’s belt loops and we are following our Daddy through all this muck.

Comfortable, in my terms….is an unmanicured yard with weeds and dead plants, everywhere; 4 dogs that shed horrendously…our cats are living in the house, our pigs try to escape and our chickens refuse to lay eggs more days than not; a scary job, making little money, raising 7 children..all with their own needs.  Leaving a place that we thought we’d never leave….to go towards the unknown.  We are no longer detail oriented people. We are simply trying to follow where He leads.

If you don’t know the Lord as your personal Saviour….please savor these next steps and  pray with a yearning heart.

We ALL deserve death.  That’s why Jesus came, to save us from our sins and be the ultimate sacrifice, on the cross.  Please know the plan of salvation and what my God can do for you and how He can change your life.

Salvation is really simple.  Admit that you are lost; Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth, 100% human and 100% God to die on the cross with your name on His lips; Confess that you are a sinner, separated from God; Repent, turn away from your sins; Ask God to come into your heart and you will be saved.  Baptism would be next, but baptism does not save you.  It is done in an act of obedience to what Jesus did and it is a public profession of your faith, to show the world of your decision.

Please, don’t put off tomorrow what can be done today.  Our days are numbered and you can take this moment to ask Christ into your heart and reduce the number of hell by 1, as well as, securing your mansion, in Heaven.

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Veggie Tales…Veggie Tales…Veggie Tales!


I love Veggie Tales.  I love Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato.  These were some of my kids fondest memories, growing up was singing to their songs and dancing.  Having them be a safe avenue to teach kids in Sunday School or the music videos in the nursery.  Kids learn. They absorb and these veggies are part of learning about the love and commands of Jesus🙂

I’m super excited to have a Veggie Tales Devotional up for grabs.  I will draw a name 10-16-17 for one lucky winner to receive this book.  It is small in size and it is completely sturdy.  The pages seem heavier for chubby little hands.  The pictures are large and vibrant and most importantly… spreads the love of Jesus to the kids attached to those grubby little hands.

I had no plans on having anymore children….my kids are 21-10 and now I have a 2 yr old and I get to relive this part of childhood all over again and to see the excitement and joy on his sweet little face.

About the Book:

Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional (one for boys and another for girls) from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day!

Format: Trade paperback

Page Count: 384

Trim Size: 5 X 7.25

Retail Price: $9.99

Reading Age: 4-7

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The Afters CD: Review and Giveaway

Live On Forever

This past weekend, my husband and I were able to get away….without the children.  Let’s all take a moment of silence.  If you feel like you need to covet me, that is okay too because we are, after all, forgiven LOL

We went 6 hrs away, so we had plenty of time to listen to this music.  My husband and children are the music lovers in my house.  I enjoy it, as well, I just like silence better (remember, I have 7 kids, 4 dogs, 1 cat, 2 pigs, and a slew of chickens, so it is NEVER silent around me).  It was nice to just sit back, no distractions and listen to the music.  It did not disappoint.

I’m tickled to be offering this CD as a giveaway.  I will be drawing a name on September 30, 2016 to one lucky winner!  Just like any of my social media posts.

The Afters – Live on Forever Bio:

It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

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The Biggest Story DVD & CD: Review and Giveaway


I think my computer had a bit of a psychotic breakdown.  I’ve been working on this post for entirely too long….I think I have most of it.  Geez.  Anywho🙂  We LOVED this book when we received it a few months ago, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the DVD and CD.  My 2 yr old, who rarely sits still, actually sat.  I mean…he like really really sat LOL…I was bumfuzzled at him sitting with his mouth open and his eyes wide, holding his book and watching this on the television.   It stayed true to the book with the same vibrant colors and movements….it also stayed true to the Word, which is more important than the colors (I really liked the animation LOL).

I will be drawing a name on September 23, 2016 for a lucky winner to receive the DVD & CD version of this great book (you do not need the book to enjoy the rest, but I encourage you to head over to amazon and find it).

This involves a CD audio book and the animated short film DVD of The Biggest Story, written by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark. This was originally a children’s book targeted for ages 5-12, but is now also available to watch and listen to! Your children will be able to learn the redemptive plan of the Bible starting with creation and coming full circle to end with a new creation. 

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.

Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.


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Review & Giveaway: I Love You Just Because




First, let me say, that this book is durable.  I have a two year old and he is TOUGH on books.  The pages are sturdy and easy for his chubby little hands to turn, without the irritation of them getting stuck together.  Also, water (ie water, juice, milk, and pee…keeping it real, peoples) wipes off of it easily without destroying the pages.  I do not, however, leave the liquid on…I wipe it off as soon as I see it.

The colors are appealing and being an adoptive family, I love the different bears in the book.  It shows my kids that no matter their skin color or physicality that they are loved beyond measure.  I have a couple of kids, one with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) and one with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) that struggle in the “love” and “belonging” category…so, although they are 15 and 12, respectively, the book still pertains to them and it helps them see and feel the love that can cross any boundaries.

I will be drawing a name, as a winner, to receive this little book, on August 21, 2016.  If you do not win, please check the Amazon link, below, and you can purchase this book for $7.95.  I think all adoptive families and all families with little ones needs a copy of this🙂  Just saying!


Through adorable, cuddly art and fun rhyming text, I Love You Just Because will help little ones understand their parents’ love for them and that it doesn’t have to be earned.  With playful artwork and the same friendly bear family you already know and love from Donna Keith’s first two books – I Love You All the Same and I Love You Even When – the sweet story of this book will touch you and your family and will remind you that family members love each other….just because.



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The Life We Never Expected: Review and Giveaway


The Life We Never Expected: Filled with personal stories and biblical encouragement, this touching memoir by two parents recounts the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, ultimately directing readers to the God who promises us peace and joy, even in the midst of trials.

It is no secret that I have special needs kids.  My kids “stuff” is a broad range of childhood depression, to reactive attachment disorder, to fetal alcohol syndrome, to single sided deafness and the list goes on and on.

I will tell you, this book hurt my feelings.  It did not hurt my feelings in a bad way, but a humbling “I never thought of it like that” way.  I sat here, reading, with tears in my eyes because the last couple of days have been HORRIBLE and I’ve thrown up my hands and said “I.  Am.  Done.” I, then, read “this is almost unbearable, and it’s almost worth quitting, but the sun is on its way.  Hang in there, brothers.  The light always breaks.” (page 29)

It has been a really bad time, in our household.  I’ve struggled.  My kid has struggled, which means ALL my kids struggle.  I, literally, was at the end of my rope and ready to just say “I am done” when I read this “This is almost unbearable, and it’s almost worth quitting, but the sun is on its way.  Hang in there, brothers.  The light always breaks.”  (pg. 29).

This book is raw.  It is painful to read.  It is also full of hope and wisdom.  I have hope.  I not only lean on Romans 4:18, 20-21 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”  I have these great words that I can utilize on those hard hard HARD days “the weapons of the true battle include silence, prayer, thought, clinging onto a recently read Scripture passage with my fingernails, singing through gritted teeth, reading a prewritten prayer out loud, reaching for Jesus through the mist of confusion or unanswered prayer, stilling myself in his presence, and remembering that he is good and faithful and kind.” (pg. 43)

I could go on and on about this book….I have read it while my daughter, who has RAD, is raging all around me.  It has given me perspectives that I have not ever thought of and I appreciate that.  I will be drawing a name for this book on July 16, 2016.  Just like any of my social media posts to be entered.  I wish I had all the money in the world to send this book to all my friends who have kids with struggles….eye opening.


What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism.  Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.


Link to purchase this book on Amazon.