Monday, December 8, 2014


It's amazing the multitude of lessons the one can learn from a slight injury. I don't know why I have to be so old before I get all these injuries.
Took an amazing field trip with my tall girl to the school forest for an overnight. We had so much fun. She has an amazing group of kids in her class and the parents are pretty cool too.

We started our adventure skiing. Not the best snow for skiing. I did ok until the group I was with decided to go down wipe-out hill. 
Hind sight is 20/20. I should have just skied down to the lodge instead of trying the hill. But I decided to give it a try. I'd show you the bruise I got from the first couple of falls but my buh-hind is definitely not photo worthy. That bruise is beautiful though and the biggest I've ever had.
The wrist though...I knew it was bad the second it happened. Was confirmed when I almost passed out. Got back to the lodge and wrapped myself up and stuck out the weekend. My tall girl was already trying to blame herself for my injury. I told her that if I was meant to get hurt, that I would have gotten hurt anywhere. Ice and Ibproferin are my new friends for a while. Good thing it's winter and there are ice packs everywhere outside.
This pic is before my first shower after the crash.
This is the one after the shower.
Pictures don't do the colors justice. You can't see all the green and blues and purples and blacks.

This is last night. It's fascinating. The changing colors.
The blessings have been great.
I have this backpack that I got for a trip. It was priced at $19 and rang up at $5. It fits everything in it and I can easily sling it on my back.
The girls are learning everything I do for them because I need their help with all of it  now. Cutting an apple this morning with torture. The girls stepped up and helped with everything. My tall girl got a kick out of having to help me put my snowpants on (just like you used to do with me me).
I'm learning to do one thing at a time. I only have one hand so all the multitasking I usually do is not possible. The girls have started stepping in and being a huge help. My hubby helps too when he's not off being busy.
I'm learning how much quicker I can get things done with two hands.
I get to see how helpful my kids are.
I'm learning the hidden benefits of winter.
I'm learning how much pain you can overcome for others.
I'm learning how hard it is to choose your words.

Then there are the frustrations. 
Not being able to do everything I was able to do last week.
Having to explain the injury.
Getting stuck in my coat like a 2 year old.
Having shooting pain that I can't explain.

I can't wait to see what else I'm going to learn through all of this .

Monday, September 29, 2014

NIV Essentials Study Bible - book review

 I have to say that this has got to be my favorite eBible. I tried it on 4 different devices and I really enjoyed it on the modern devices. My Kindle is getting a little "old" compared to my phone and the tablet. Out of the 4, I enjoyed using this Bible the most on the Tablet. It was easy to get from section to section and to follow the topics and storylines that are included in this Bible.

All of the extras that are included are wonderful. They really enhance your studies without having to carry around five different books to help you expound on what you found to dig more into. Here's a quick run down on some of the extras.

There's a Between the Testaments that I thought was an interesting addition. You get to see what happened in the world during the time of great silence.

There are 30 Days of Great Faith and 30 Days With Jesus both are collections of stories if you're looking for something to use as a devotional.

The maps are wonderful! They show the full map and then divide it down to fourths so you can get a closer look. They include speech bubbles on the map that tells you what happened at that spot in the Bible. They are very clearly marked and easy to read.

There are Key Verses at the introduction of every book. This is a good place to dig up some memory verses to use. Or it may be a good place to look and see if that is the book you would like to study next.

There are Key Teachings that are a great place to find a summary of the truths that are found in that book. Another great place to see if this is the book that you need to study for the situation you are facing.

The time lines are wonderful. At the beginning of each book, there is a time line that shows the major events and how it falls in history. You can see how what you are reading falls in line with what you just read. Also a handy resource if you want to read it chronologically.

The studies on the key people in the Bible was an enjoyable addition to the Bible as well.

I think this is a great study Bible for those that like their books on electronics. (I'm sure it's wonderful in paperform as well.) It's easy to maneuver and to understand. There's a dictionary included to help you with the words you don't understand or that you want to figure out why they are using that word in that sentence. I would suggest this study Bible starting as young as Middle School. I think that they would get a lot out of it. And the age range just goes up from there. It is my new go to Bible. I feel a little sad for my Bible paper though. May have to split up my studies so that they both receive a little love.

I encourage you to take a look at this Bible if you are looking for a great gift for someone. I have truly enjoyed using it for all the different research projects I've been working on lately. No matter which Bible you use, pull it out and give yours a little love today, right now, it'll pay you in rewards you never would have guessed.

Until next time,
Have a blessed day.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Your Input

I was listening to an audio yesterday morning titled Change Your Life by Changing Your Mind. In it the speaker, Dan Hawkins, mentioned that when his daughters need an attitude adjustment he requires them to listen to more learning cds for a few days. And it works.

So, I decided to try it. I played that cd over and over again during the day. Amazing. Whenever the kids where in listening range of the cd player, they had a better attitude. Whenever they were out of listening range, they started arguing and trying to assert their authority over each other. It was wonderful.

I tried it with a different cd today and it didn't work so well. May have been the cd or it may have been just God showing me that there is no easy way to raise children.

Either way, the cd was amazing and it really makes you think about what you are putting in your head. What other people are placing in there for you. What it is all doing to your attitude and your thinking?

I've been pondering taking notes on what I think about all day long because there have been some points in my days when I wonder how I got there. It would be amazing to be able to look back over my thoughts and see which words led to which words, which caused me to end up on this thought. The long version of taking control of your thoughts and thinking on what is true, right, and good.

What have you been wondering on lately? Where has your mind been going lately? And has your attitude been following it or leading it?