Happy Meme Monday: My Non-Christmas List

There’s always something that happens in life that makes you reevaluate future decisions. This is what has happened to me for Christmas, like the meme I share with you today.

The importance of this day has made me realize that this time of year isn’t about presents and giving out really fancy gifts. It’s not about stressing on how much money is enough or isn’t. It’s about spending time with those you love and making the most out of such a joyous occasion. So, if you don’t get to purchase something in form of an object to someone, don’t stress and know Christmas is far greater than any object you can purchase at a store.

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Weirdoff Tag

I was tagged to do this ‘Weirdoff Tag’ by The Eclectic Contrarian. If you haven’t seen his Weirdoff Tag, you can take a look here.

What’s a ‘Weirdoff Tag’ you ask: A Weirdoff is something that is so stupidly funny and ridiculous you can’t help but snort and laugh. The challenge is to find the craziest funniest thing you can possibly find. There no particular rules. Tag at least 3 people. If you want. You can be as weird as you like but we try to be family friendly at the Eclectic Contrarian.

 

I knew this was what bald men did when they’re bored! And because I have kids and well, chicken nuggets and kids go hand in hand, I had to include this one with the chicken nugget chasing the car!

I Nominate:

Simply Chronically Ill

Dorky Mom Doodles

Thank you to my nominees, thank you in advance for participating in this fun tag!

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Nail File Friday’s: Easy Festive Red With Green Rhinestones Tutorial

This is such an easy and quick – very quick, festive nail tutorial. The red always calls for this time of year, but with a touch of green rhinestones, it just makes it, that much better!

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Q & A Tag

Thank you so much Stuart for tagging me in this fun tag – it’ll be my very first and am excited to participate! If you haven’t read Stuarts answers to his tag you can find it here.

Here are the rules:

1. Answer the questions you receive (straight, funny, absurd, up to you)

2. Add three more questions of your own to the list

3. Tag three people

Here are the questions posed to me by Stuart:

1. If your life depended on your answer, would you deny Christ?

No. I hope that I have gained enough word as to not deny Him, not be so broken as to deny whom He has been in my life. I’ve seen Him many times, through my multiple surgeries, through my 4th child’s birth where we thought we’d lost her due to placenta previa, through my two youngest ones time in the ICU or intense care unit, following their births, through me finding an angel of a doctor being able and so willingly wanting to help me through my pregnancies. If you don’t know, all my little one’s have been born via c-section. And I continue to see His providence, everyday, with every meal my family shares at dinner time, that’s His hand over this family.

I think back on how Peter – by the way one of my boys is named Peter (meaning: rock upon where the church would be built), denied Jesus three times. It wasn’t because Peter was a coward, it was because he thought he would be protecting Jesus. However, God can take care himself just fine, He doesn’t need our protection. So, next time you or I are asked by a non-believer, a simple answer will do, something along the lines of, “I believe in Jesus and He is my Lord.”

2. Would you allow a stranger into your house to stay if you felt prompted by the Holy Spirit?

We actually have! I grew up having many brothers and sisters in the Lord staying with us as they traveled to Florida and had no place to stay. My mother opened her doors to them. Often times they were from abroad, sometimes one or married couples. She still does that to this day. She’ll also call me to have them stop by my house to introduce them to my family – it’s very sweet. I vividly remember this sweet Japanese couple staying with us, I may have been 9 or 10 years old. They had packed their chop sticks to eat, and boy did they eat! They later ‘told’ us that in Japan it is seen to be rude to not finish the food that you’ve been served. Of course, my mother would see their empty plates and assume they were hungry, and just kept serving and serving them! We had a language barrier that we were able to get through with hand gestures.

3. Why is Valentine’s Day so important when, if we truly love someone, we should be showering them with our love daily?

Valentine’s Day isn’t ‘important’ per se. We have taken in this holiday that is celebrated in this country, but we’ll usually get a few chocolates for the children and I’ll make them a card, and I’ll also make my husband a card. I agree, when you love and appreciate someone, everyday should be a day of love and celebration. I’m not only speaking in form of showering them with physical things, but serving them with much love and patience.

My Nominees:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Weeping Pines

Alethea’s Mind

My Questions To You:

1. Do you have an ‘Elf On The Shelf,’ why or why not?

2. If you could give me one circumstance where you’ve seen the Lord, when was it?

3. How do you plan on celebrating this joyous season in your home with your families?

Thanks to my nominees in advance for participating! Know that I appreciate you and your ongoing support – always.

Ana

Reblog Wednesday: When the holidays are hard…I see you. — WONDEROAK

This times of year is such a joyous season. There is so much to be grateful – even for the most smallest of things. I’m grateful that the Lord has continued to provide a roof over my families head and has maintained my marriage in tact. However, I am also aware that some of us have a difficult time with this season, maybe you experienced a loss of any kind, a loved one, a job, a breakup, etc. or have special circumstances for this time of year. You may have to work Christmas eve or day or have children that must share homes. So, as some of us experience such a joyous season, some experience a very lonely one.

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This post reminded me of those different things people still must go through. It also helped me remember to be present in my life and know that regardless of what I may think, I have truly received in abundance.

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To my friends who suffer during the holidays… I see you. To the ones that have lost someone and the holidays aggravate an already gaping wound… I see you. To the ones who have to share their kids with another home and the days without them are long and empty… I see you. To the […]

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List of Great Children’s Books to Own

I grew up getting lost in books and stories – I loved books! But, I’ll be honest, I still can’t seem to get used to reading a book on Kindle, say on the iPad or phone, much less on audio. I don’t know why, but I simply just love the feel of the book, turning the pages and can I say, the smell of them! I’ve turned to Amazon for quick delivery on many of these titles as the children have received many of these titles during Christmas time and Three Kings Day. We will either gift them a book as stocking stuffers or as a present if the book is too large to fit in their stocking. I’ll even purchase some of these as gifts for the children’s book exchange at their schools!

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These are a few of the titles that I’ve gathered over time for my children, they range in ages from 22 months to 11 years old. They have a book shelf that houses these great titles.

I hope this list will help you build or add to your own children’s book collection!

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Children’s Reading Books

For Babies or Preschoolers

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – I’ll include this one here for ‘babies’ because it’s one I read to my 11 year old when she was teeny-tiny, it’s a must read to your babies, it’ll get you shedding a tear, or two!

Eric Carle Books – titles such as The Very Hungry CaterpillarBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Dr. Seuss Books – titles such as Green Eggs and Ham, Fox In Socks, ABC, Hop On Pop and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!Among many other great titles!

Dr. Seuss Nusery, Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who? Can You? – With Horton as a puppet!

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch

Clifford books, titles such as Clifford’s Good Deeds

Kevin Henkes books, titles such as A Parade Of Elephants

Raffi Songs to Read books, titles such as Down By The Bay

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Pat-A-Cake! Curious George – Cute puppet book!

Tiger Tales books, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Llama, Llama books, titles such as Llama, Llama, Time To Share

Hey, Diddle, Diddle

Old MacDonald Had A Farm 

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

‘Look and Find’ Disney books, titles such as The Wild and from the Disney movie, Cars – These ‘look and find’ books are so fun!

Sandra Boynton books, titles such as The Going To Bed Book and Eek! Halloween!Cute Halloween book for kids.

Board Book, titles such as First 100 Animals and Numbers Colors Shapes

Little America by Helen Foster James – Easy to understand, facts on America for little ones.

For Kids Learning to Read

I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson – Great book for little ones about loving yourself, as you are!

Rob Scotton books, titles such as Splat The Cat and Scaredy-Cat, Splat!

Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd

Judith Viorst books, titles such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Lunch Box Surprise by Grace Maccarone

Syd Hoff books, includes titles such as Danny and The Dinosaur and Sammy The Seal – Amazing books!

Margaret Wise Brown books, titles such as The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon – Phenomenal books!

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton – Great for little ones who are growing a love for Dinosaurs!

Laura Numeroff books, titles such as If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Dog A Donut

Planets by Ellen Hasbrouck – Great book on the solar system.

Firebird by Misty Copeland – Misty is a real life ballerina, you don’t know who she is?! You must read her book here, it’s amazing!

‘Who Was’ books and ‘What Was’ books, titles such as Who Was King Tut? and What Was The Gold Rush?– Easy to understand for kids!

‘Smart About’ books, titles such as Smart About The Presidents by Jon Buller – Super fun facts on our presidents, like the ‘Teddy Bear’ being named after Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt!

Dav Pilkey books, titles such as Dog Man Lord of The Fleas and Dog Man and Cat Kid – From the creator of Captain Underpantsmy 7 and 8 year old boys love these books!

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano – Great Thanksgiving book!

Biscuit Goes to School! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – A story of a pet and his love for his boy owner!

A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

‘Junie B’ Barbara Park books, titles such as  Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch and Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth 

For Readers / Chapter Books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Absolutely amazing book, my 11 year old, loved it!

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Jerry Spinelly books, titles such as Third Grade Angels, Maniac Magee and Wringer 

Judy Blume books, titles such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Megan McDonald books, titles such as Judy Moody Gets Famous!

E.B. White books, titles such as Charlotte’s Web

Roald Dahl books, titles such as James and the Giant Peach

The Chocolate Fudge Mystery by Cam Jansen

Kate DiCamillo books, titles such as Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – My oldest recently began her fascination with Harry Potter and just began this first book.

For Both Babies and Older Children

Religious Books

‘Stories from the Bible’ books, titles such as Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors and David and Goliath 

Thank You, God, For Loving Me by Max Lucado

God’s Wonderful Plan – This book is amazing and it’s a pop-up book!

Thank You Prayer 

My Little Book of Prayers – This book includes the traditional prayers, from the Our Father to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, among others!

Daniel in the Lions’ Den by Flying Frog Publishing – Includes great pull-tabs, flaps and pop-ups!

Jesus Wants All Of Me Kids Devotional

The Beginners Bible 

Break Through! Bible

Christmas Books

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – A phenomenal one to own!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Clubhouse Christmas – A favorite of my 22 month old, as she loves all things Mickey Mouse.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Frosty the Snowman 

The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry

Spanish / Spanglish Books

Mario Montenegro books, includes Spanish titles such as, Gonzalo El Cocodrilo, Historia De Dos Sapos and El Caballito De Palo

Monica Brown books, titles such as Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match – We love this book and the story throughout is both in Spanish and English. I’m still in need of other Monica Brown titles, because they’re just that amazing!

Hope my attempt to categorize the books has helped. And remember, books are always a great gift, no matter the time of year!

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Happy Meme Monday: A Charlie Brown Christmas

This is such a wonderful reminder that putting things into perspective will help us realize what’s more important this time of year. Whether you’re spending this season on your own, away from family, working or whichever the case maybe, you’re not alone.

Giving thanks for the smaller things in life make for the biggest impact. 

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