Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures in Life: Busy, Busy, Busy!

Oh, my! How time flies! 
I do have so many things that I want to share on the blog, 
but some how my days just slip by without even touching my computer...

Yesterday this little sweetie pie turned 8 MONTHS OLD! 


(I'm still working on getting an 8 month picture and post done. Stay tuned for that...)

I've also got a few new recipes to share, a few new products that I'm loving, and a giveaway coming up! Oh, and I wanted to update you on our basement - perhaps a new tour video! Get Excited! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Adventures of Rebekah: 7 months old

Dear Rebekah, 
This past Sunday you turned 7 months old (mommy is a little behind because we have had some special visitors staying with us!) 


We have had such a fun month with you!


You are such a good little helper around the house. You love to help me do the laundry and vacuum. 

And you love mommy's shoes and purses! 

This month you learned to sit up and army crawl - no real crawling yet but you like to rock back and forth on your knees and make mommy think you are going to crawl. 

You got to try lots of new foods this month: carrots, green beans, plums, pears, avocado, prunes, and apples. 

Your most favorite is avocado. Your least favorite is pears and prunes. You LOVE to eat! You get so excited when you know it's time to eat some food that your little arms and legs start to shake and wiggle...

Speaking of wiggling - you are such a mover and shaker! You are happiest when you can move around on the floor and explore - but you always keep a close eye on mommy. You are not a fan of me leaving the room! 
No teeth yet, but you love to chew on everything. 
You also went swimming in a real pool for the first time this month! 

The water was a little chilly, but I think you liked splashing around. 

For the last week and a half you have gotten to spend lots of time with your Grandma Seger - she came for a visit! 
We went on walks and went to the mall (you were not so impressed with the mall as documented in the above picture). We read books and played on the floor. It was a very fun time with grandma. 

I just can't say it enough - you are such a sweet girl. When you are sleeping in your own crib in your own room, I watch you on the monitor and just want to go in and scoop you up and cuddle you - you have become quite a little snuggle bug! Daddy loves to snuggle you on the couch when he gets home from work. 
And mommy loves to snuggle you in your rocking chair. 

We love you so much, sweet Rebekah, and thank God every day that He let us be your parents! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Adventures in Reading: Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe

I've shared several of Max Lucado's books with you over the years.
If you don't remember you can go here and here. Both are devotional type books.
And I have always meant to write a post about his kids books - I LOVE his kid's books. 
So when I had the chance to read and review a novel written by him, I jumped at the opportunity! 


A little about the story:
Chelsea is trying to start fresh with her 2 children after splitting from her adulterous NFL star husband. She has returned to the place where she grew up to take over the cafe that her grandmother and great-grandmother had run for decades. But Chelsea needs help. In all areas of her life. She needs a miracle. And God is ready!
 Manny is Chelsea's guardian angle (literally) sent to Earth to fight on her behalf in a spiritual battle that is being waged in and around one of San Antonio's oldest neighborhoods, the King William District. Higher Grounds Cafe and the Chambers family is in the middle of the battle. 

My thoughts on the novel:
There are spiritual battles happening around us every day. I often do not think about it, but Max Lucado paints a crystal clear picture of this reality in Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe. While this novel is fiction, the spiritual truths expressed in the pages are very much real. Like Lucado's other books I have read, this story causes you to stop and think - about a lot of things. One of the main elements in the story is "The God Blog" where people are given the opportunity to ask God one question - and He answers (on the computer) via a special router that is miraculously installed at the Higher Ground Cafe. One thing I have been pondering since finishing this book is "What would I ask God?" 
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys exciting, thought provoking fiction...and coffee! 

I did receive this book for free in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinion. 


Miracle Higher Grounds Cafe Max Lucado

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Adventures in Motherhood: I Couldn't Live Without

Often I find myself wondering,
"what did I do before _____?"
or
"I am so thankful for _________, I don't know what I would do without it!"

The most recent item that I have found myself thinking this about is a necklace. 

Well, it's a necklace and it's a teething toy for Rebekah. 
If you are a mom, you know that once your sweet baby reaches a certain age, necklaces and earrings become a thing of the past. Because shiny, fancy, pretty things are just calling out to babies "grab me and put me in your mouth". 

There are several places that I have seen that sell necklaces like this - mine is from Chewbeads (this is not a sponsored post - just wanted to share the fashionable teething love!

Rebekah LOVES to chew on it. I think it's adorable. It's easy to clean (as in you can put it in the dishwasher). Now that I have one, I don't think I could live without it! 
(AND I'm trying to decide what color/style I want to ask for for my birthday!)

I'm joining new link party this week organized by:
For Lauren & Lauren

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Adventures of Rebekah: Big Girl Food

Rebekah loves anything that makes her feel like a big girl.
Eating food when everyone else is eating,
that's at the top of her list! It's always amusing to watch her try foods for the first time. 

Here is her first time trying pears...







Even with that face, she kept coming back for more...
Silly girl! 
I am so thankful that my sister-in-law was at our house when we were feeding her to capture these funny faces!! Thanks for the great pictures Wendy!! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Adventures in Life: The Drop Box

Daniel showed me a preview for this movie, The Drop Box, and we would like to share it with you. 



I have always had a soft spot in my heart for children. Since becoming a mother, that spot is even greater. My heart physically hurts when I see babies with no one to feed, love, rock, and snuggle them. I was a puddle after watching this video. This film touches a special spot in Daniel's heart for a different reason. His brother is South Korean. As a teenager, Daniel traveled with his family to South Korea to adopt him. 

The following is a description from the website for The Drop Box Movie: Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned to die on the streets of Seoul, South Korea every year. The Drop Box is a new documentary from Focus on the Family Canada that tells the story of South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die. This film is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to those forgotten by the surrounding culture. But it is also a story of hope, and a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred and worthy of love. Coming to select movie theatres March 4 and 5, 2015! Visit Thedropboxfilm.ca for more information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Adventures in Products: Cloth Diapers

Before Rebekah was born, Daniel and I decided that we wanted to give cloth diapers a try. There are a wide range of reasons why a family may choose to use cloth diapers. Environmental reasons. Monetary reasons. Health reasons. We really did not have any one specific reason for wanting to do cloth diapers. I like the idea of less waste ending up in a landfill. Daniel likes that we know what is against Rebekah's bottom (he has pretty sensitive skin and is easily irritated by fragrances and chemicals and worried that she may be the same). And, let's be honest, we both like saving money!

When we are going to make an investment into something, Daniel is an amazing researcher. He likes to make sure we are getting the best quality at the best price. So he did A LOT of research on cloth diapers. And he found a brand of cloth diapers that we thought would work well for us. Grovia Hybrid Diapers.

Before I go any further, Grovia does not know who I am. This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share with you what is working for us. Grovia does have a referral reward program, so if you would like to try them, let me know! Ok, Go!



Info on the diaper:
The Grovia Hybrid Diaper is a 2 part diaper system. The outer shell and the inner pad. One of the things that we really like about the Grovia Hybrid is that when the diaper is wet, you can just change the pad by snapping it out and snapping in a new dry pad, reusing the shell and cutting down on the amount of laundry. Another reason why we picked the Grovia Hybrid is that the shell is also compatible with a disposable pad for when you are on the go and may not want to carry a soggy, wet cloth diaper around in your diaper bag.

Our diapering system:
We are currently full time cloth diapering Rebekah and have 14 shells and 26 pads. (Sometimes the start up cost of cloth diapers discourages peopleWe were VERY blessed to receive all of the shells and pad that we have a gifts from friends and family for either baby showers or Christmas gifts!) We also purchased a wipe warmer with 32 reusable wipes. I plan on doing a post just about the wipes, soon. I do a load of diaper laundry every other day. I wash all of the wipes, pads and shells together, and the dry only the pads and wipes. The shells air dry in less time than the pads dry in the dryer! I'm also planning on doing a post about my washing routine. So more to come about our cloth diaper adventure!!

Did you use cloth diapers? Do you have any tips for me as we learn more about the world of cloth?