Enter to win this stack of books from me + a $50 Amazon gift card!

Enter to win this stack of books + $50 Amazon gift card from me!

I recently cleaned out my bookshelves and came up with a books that have been sent to me by authors or that I’ve loved and have an extra copy of and would like to pass onto someone else.

So I thought we’d do a little bit of a different giveaway today and tomorrow. One person will win this stack of books + a $50 Amazon gift card from me.

There are 6 ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me about which book you’d most love to win.

2. Sign up for this FREE online Homemaking Video Course. Leave a comment letting me know you’ve signed up and you’ll get another entry.

3. Share this post on Facebook (just click “Share” to re-share it on your Facebook profile/page). Leave another comment with a link to your FB post for another entry.

4. Share this second post on Facebook (just click “Share” to re-share it on your Facebook profile/page). Leave another comment with a link to your FB post for another entry.

5. Share this post on Pinterest (just click on “Share” and post it on one of your Pinterest boards). Leave another comment with a link to your Pinterest post for another entry.

6. Share this post on Twitter (just click on the little retweet sign to share in on your Twitter profile). Leave a comment with a link to your tweet for another entry.

You can do one of these things or you can do up to all six of these things — for a total of six separate entries per person! I can’t wait to see who wins!

Also, the winner of this stack of books giveaway is: meghanbergunzi@

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A Peek Into Last Week: I got caught up on laundry (!), a date by myself to Panera, a trip to Maine (and I left my phone at home for 5 days!)

There’s been a lot going on at our house and in our family. Here’s a little peek into this past week:

A Peek Into This Past Week

He woke up one morning last week and said, “I’m going to make eggs for breakfast. How many eggs do you want me to make for you?” I watched as he then prepared our fried eggs, dished them onto plates for both of us, and came and presented mine to me like this.

This is what parenting is all about — raising adults who are self-sufficient, take initiative, and look for ways to serve. However, you should know that there are many moments where I feel like I’m failing as a parent. It’s the beautiful stories like this that remind me that we are making headway, even if it sometimes feels like 2 steps forward, 10 steps backward.

There was a hair in one of my eggs. Usually, I would gag and throw my plate of food down the sink. But somehow, I was able to just pull it out, throw that section of eggs out, and eat the rest. A mother’s love overpowers even gag reflexes, I tell ya!

{By the way, Silas loves to wear Daddy’s t-shirts to bed. Do your kids ever do that? I did as a child and thought it was the best thing ever.}

A Peek Into This Past Week

This picture is rather fuzzy, but what it represents to me is powerfully clear… Almost a year ago, we moved to TN in a huge leap of faith and obedience. We didn’t really know the why behind it and we didn’t really know what was waiting for us here. But we moved anyway, because we knew that if we didn’t, we would always wonder what we missed out on by staying where it was safe and comfortable.

The first five months were hard. Jesse went through an identity crisis and struggled to believe he had any worth or value.

I struggled to know how to walk through this dark time with him. We wondered if we’d made a massive mistake in moving.

But God, in His amazing grace, brought us to Fellowship Bible Church where Jesse connected with Eric (our campus pastor — who is standing by the camera in this picture). Eric invited Jesse to be part of a Men’s Small Group where Jesse has been welcomed, challenged, poured into, and built up.

I’ve seen him slowly transform from the inside out these past 8 months. He no longer believes he has nothing to offer; he now wholeheartedly knows who he is in Christ and the value and worth he has. As a result, he has more joy and passion for life than I’ve ever seen.

Last week, Eric asked him if he’d be willing to share his story on video for a project he’s working on. As I sat and watched Jesse record the video, my heart felt like it might burst. God is good!

A Peek Into This Past Week

I had a date by myself to Panera. For real. I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone out to lunch BY MYSELF. It was an introvert’s paradise.

Please note the receipt. Yes, only $2.24 for lunch! And that was just for my overpriced cup of coffee (I should have gotten a small or just skipped it altogether!).

I logged into My Panera account the other day to check to see if I got the free coffee all month offer that a bunch of you all said you received (did you get it?). I didn’t have it in my account, but I did have a FREE You Pick Two Meal. Woot!

{I have no idea why I “earned” the free You Pick Two Meal because I haven’t been to a Panera in months. But hey, I’m not going to complain!}

A Peek Into This Past Week

Inspired by this video and the encouragement you all gave me in this post, I did a LOT of laundry last week and ended up getting all caught up on laundry. Which I couldn’t be more excited about!

Apparently, I need to do the laundry more often! In just one load, I found 4 quarters and a $10 bill!!! I’d say that’s much better than finding a wet diaper or food (two things I’ve found multiple times in the past while transferring wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. Yes, gross, I know!)

A Peek Into This Past Week

Kaitlynn had an assignment to write a letter in her language arts lesson last week. She came and handed me this… And there are no words.

I don’t deserve my children’s love — especially after the past few weeks where I’ve had a lot on my plate and have struggled with irritation and lack of patience. I am so grateful for the grace and love that my family constantly extends to me, even when I least deserve it.

A Peek Into Our Week

Excuse the early morning hair that I didn’t have a chance to do anything with as I was getting everyone out the door for our early morning flight to Maine on Saturday morning {Yes, I didn’t have time to fix my hair but I did put on makeup. Priorities, people!}

Apparently, I was rushing just a wee bit too much as halfway to the airport, I realized that I LEFT MY PHONE AT HOME!

Since I recently missed a flight because security took way longer than usual, I’m a bit paranoid so I didn’t want to turn around to get my phone lest we all miss our flight as a result. So, I’m involuntarily phone-free for 5 days.

It’s only appropriate that I had planned to finish reading Hands Free Life on the plane this morning!! I did panic a bit when I discovered I’d left the phone at home, but I quickly worked through it and reminded myself that it’s just a phone. I lived for years of my life without one. Okay so I was a baby and child and pre-teen during most of those years, but still… Surely I can survive for 5 days!

We headed to Maine with all of my family — my parents, my 6 siblings, and their children (my parents paid for all of us to come as a celebration of their 40th anniversary). All 23 of us are staying in one house and we are loving exploring Maine (we’ve never been to Maine before!).

A Peek Into Our Week

I got my feet wet in the Atlantic Ocean and had Tim Horton’s coffee for the first time. The ocean here is breath-taking. The crashing waves. The rocks. The lighthouses. I felt like it was the scene from a painting.

It’s cold here. Cold and wet. I sort of wish I would have brought more warmer clothes, but we’ll make do. Our kids thought the ocean was incredible.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t as impressed with Tim Horton’s as I hoped to be. The coffee was just sort of so-so.

A Peek Into Our Week

Yesterday, we went on a supposedly “moderate” 3 to 4-mile hike up to some cliff overlooks. I’m pretty sure I have a different definition of “moderate”! I would be scared to know what a “strenuous” hike is!! (Maybe I’m just a wimp?!?)

We slogged and slid through areas that had up to a foot of snow and ice. We climbed uphill for almost two hours — mostly through unmarked trail areas, scaling some large rocks in the process — in order to hit both the North and South Cliff Overlooks. But, it was worth it for the beautiful and spacious views at the top!

I am blown away by how NICE and friendly people are here! We met multiple hikers this afternoon and they went out of their way to ask questions and give us helpful advice for other trails/attractions we should check out in this area. We are loving it here and so thankful for my parents gifting us this family trip as a Christmas present!

How was YOUR week last week?

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Subscribe to Boys’ Life magazine for $4.99 per year

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.35.53 AMI am so happy to see this one back as it was one of your favorite magazine deals last year and this might make for some great summer reading for the active young boy in your life!

I’ve heard so many, many good things about this magazine and I finally ordered a subscription for Silas and he LOVES it. The girls enjoy parts of it, too!

Order a 1 year subscription to Boys’ Life magazine for only $4.99 with coupon code MONEYSAVING at checkout. You can order up to 3 years at this price.

This coupon code is valid through April 21st, 2015.

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