Thursday, January 14, 2016

Adventures In Life: Sleepy Day Art Project

18 month sleep regression. 

Yikes. It's here. (About a month early but I'm pretty sure that is what is going on.) We were awake off and on from 1am to 5:30am and today has been a little rough. 

But we are trying to make the best of this sleepy day and did a little "painting". Painting with water on a paper bag. And she loved it. 

She did put the paint brush in her mouth 2 times, so I'm thinking we are not ready for real paint yet! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Adventures in Life: A look back at 2015

Well, December came and went without a blog post...oops!

To be honest I have not had a lot of motivation to blog lately. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I was comparing our little blog to others (I know, I know, I shouldn't do that). Or maybe because we were just to busy celebrating Christmas and New Years and living in the moment that I didn't take the time to write. Or maybe because it's cold and yucky outside... But as I was looking back at 2015, I remembered why I do this blog. For me blogging is a way to document our life. There are so many posts that I had completely forgot about as I looked back on 2015. Things that Rebekah did, books we enjoyed, recipes we tried...and suddenly I felt motivated again to record all of these things for another year!

So before we start fresh for 2016, here is a quick look back at some 2015 memories:

Rebekah showed off her #pinkninja shirt
We heard from Daniel about how to prevent frozen water pipes.
Rebekah turned 5 months old! 

I shared about our cloth diaper experience
We read the book "I Choose You Today"
Rebekah turned 6 months

Rebekah turned 7 months and started enjoying big girl food!

I shared one of my "motherhood finds" 
I LOVED Max Lucado's new book.

We saw a great movie - you should see it! 
Rebekah went on her first road trip.

Rebekah turned 9 months old!

I became a "Tommy Mommy" for Tommy Nelson Publishing and started reviewing children's books on the blog! 

We started our "Summer of CSA" with our first veggie box.

I cried over cantaloupe
We took a trip to MN.

More yummy fruits and veggies from our CSA each week!
Rebekah turned 11 months old and we went to the pool a lot

We read some new books...sitting in strange places. 

We counted our blessings.
I shared some mommy discoveries
I got to read an advance copy of a new book from my favorite author!!
Rebekah turned ONE!

I did a 30 day power purge of our house
My little helper and a spider.

We got glass for our basement shower!!

We savored our last CSA fruits and veggies. 
I wrote a guest post for a blog friend.
No more Hoodwinked! 
Another story about my little helper.

Rebekah showed me what she wanted for Christmas. 
I shared a lesson I've learned about being a mom. 
I learned a new lesson...
And we visited some old friends in TN on our drive to FL for our family vacation.

There are not any posts to look back on for December - but here is a quick recap of our month.
We spent 2 weeks in Florida on a wonderful family vacation.

Rebekah got to show off a new shirt she got.

And we had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with each of our families.

Wheew. That was a long post, but I'm excited to continue documenting our lives on this little ol' blog, and cant wait to see what blessings God has in store for us in 2016! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Adventures in Reading: A very merry Christmas prayer

As Rebekah grows and understand more things, we really want to teach her to be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day, because we are so very blessed! I saw this posted on facebook and it made me laugh and sad at the same time...

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in what I would call "secular Christmas" and we can forget what Christmas is really all about. 

I have been on the look out for ways we can keep our family focus on the true reason for Christmas and keep our hearts full of thankfulness - and I got a really great book that does both of those things! 

A Very Mery Christmas Prayer is a unique book published by Tommy Nelson. The sharp of the book is unique - the open side is shaped like a Christmas tree! The cover is unique because it has sparkles on it! The story inside is unique because it combines traditional Christmas elements with a sweet Christmas prayer. And the illustrations are sure to put anyone into the Christmas spirit!

If you would like to win a free copy of A Very Merry Christmas Prayer, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas tradition! I will pick the winner on Monday! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Adventures in Motherhood: Lesson Of The Day

Lessons of the day: Cheerios belong on a high shelf in the pantry. 

Lesson learned! 
....And I had vacuumed literally 2 hours befor this happened....
Oh, my sweet girl! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Adventures in Reading: I Prayed For You

There are so many books that tug on my momma heart strings as I read them. As a child I never quite understood why there would be tears in the eyes of the adult that I was reading with at the end of some books. Stories like "Love You Forever" seemed to have that affect. And now that I'm a mom I can hardly hold it together, as the last few words of some stories squeak from my mouth as I read to Rebekah. One of our new books from Tommy Nelson, had me blinking back tears on the very first page...  

You may remember from Rebekah's birth story, that we spent many months praying for a baby. And the prayers have not stopped now that she is here. "I Prayed For You" by Jean Fisher is a sweet story about a mother bear, her baby bear and her prayers for her little one. I love the mix of story and prayer that is contained in each page. Prayers of thanksgiving and for safety are ones that are often on my hear and lips, but this book also includes prayers for joy and the future and serve as a good reminder for my momma brain of different areas of Rebekah's life I can and should be praying for. 

Since it is national adoption month, I can't help think what a wonderful gift this book would make for a family who has adopted. But I know the message would be appreciated by all families!

And Guess What?!

Tommy Nelson is giving away one free copy of "I Prayed For You" to one of you!!! There are 3 different ways you can enter: 

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me something or someone you pray for


(2) Click over to our Adventures of D and V Facebook page and like or comment on the post about I Prayed For You


(3) Visit my Instagram page and like or comment the picture I have posted about  I Prayed For You.

The winner will be selected and contacted on Wednesday, November 25th.  
I was provided this book for free from Tommy Nelson Publishing in exchange for sharing my opinions. My opinions on blog are all my own true thoughts. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Adventures in Reading: The Golden Braid

This is the first book by Melanie Dickerson that I have read and I LOVED it. 

"Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

I think the reason why I liked this book so much was the characters. They are so wonderfully developed that I was able to connect with them and really felt like I could relate to them. My favorite was Rapunzel and Sir Gerek was a close second. Dickerson's writing of these two main characters really made me feel like I knew them and I was rooting for them from the beginning and trying to figure out the story through all of the twists and turns. 

Dickerson is just as good at writing villains. Gothel, Rapunzel's mother, and a couple of the other characters, we're so terrible I found myself getting upset with them. Dickerson's bad guys are bad and her descriptions of them were very vivid. 

I found it masterful how Dickerson weaved elements from the classic Rapunzel story in with her own ideas. There were just enough elements that were kept the same so that there was no doubt as to which fairy tale it was taken from. But the story was so different that it kept me guessing and reading till the last page.

One added aspect that I really enjoyed was how much dependence the main characters had on God. I found it to be very encouraging to see how these characters demonstrated faith in the midst of great trials. 

I did receive this book free in exchange for my review - however these are my own true opinions. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Adventures of Rebekah: Pure Joy

One of the best things about being a mom is getting to watch your little one discover the world around them. 
Rebekah loves to explore and gets such joy from discovering new (to her) things. 
Yesterday, we were doing some grocery shopping and she discovered the biggest stuffed bear she has ever seen (or that I have ever seen for that matter!)
Her reaction was so sweet.
Pure joy. 

I can't help but smile when I look at this picture.
Good thing she gets just as excited about crunchy leaves, empty cardboard boxes, and soccer balls as she does for $280 - 8 ft. tall stuffed bears! (While the bear was exciting, and so very soft to pet...who really has room in their house or their budget for something like this?!?) 
I hope you have a joy filled day!