Shiny Things by Amanda Bacon and Anne-Renee Gumley

It's never too late to take hold of what's most important. Today's a great day to start!


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There's just not enough time!

But mothering has been going on for ages and it's not the amount of time that's changed, it's the distractions. It's aaaaall the shiny things:




If you build it, they will, too…Preschoolers practicing with tools

Tool time doesn't have to be one full of anxiety for parents. Introduce working with tools early on and you'll have your own Mr. & Miss Fix-Its living in your house!

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I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, sharing my Tool Time for Tots post that details some benefits of working with tools for young children.

Click on over to see why to get started, then come back here and see how.

Bible Workbooks by Catherine Walker

Helping you teach and understand what matters most!


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If you're looking to advance your Bible study to a more serious, systematic approach, then these two affordable workbooks are just what you need:



Project Snapshot - May 2019

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:



Why yes, I am sure that April is just loving her fancy outfit. Absolutely, Gv. (That poor, poor dog.)

And, please, feel free to raise your hand if your child's room also looks like the one pictured above at the moment...



The pure joy from these two best buddies -- when Gv brought him as a guest to her final Awana meeting for the year.


She had a blast and skated great. It's so neat to watch her have so much fun out there on the ice!


Caves in Central Florida, who knew? We really enjoyed exploring these things and I'm not sure what part of this photo I love more -- the outfit, or the fact that she's got her doll stuck in her backpack, with its head sticking out, so the doll can experience it all, too?

And just like that, the month is pretty much over! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?

What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Memory Making Mom, by Jessica Smartt

Easy ideas to help you create traditions that breathe life into your home!


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Although I usually always enjoy little "idea books" like this one, sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming:




NIV Ultimate Bible for Girls (Faithgirlz)

A super-appealing Bible for pre-teen girls that will help them better understand themselves and Scripture!



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Man, every time I review a Bible like this, I just wish that they'd had them around when I was younger:







A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this beautiful and lyrical children's book pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.



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Summer is approaching, which for us always means lots of time outdoors at night, contemplating the night sky. This book will be great to crawl into our sleeping bags and read, especially when we've had a good look at the moon on a clear night:







Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You, illustrated by Kit Chase

A heartwarming picture book to show children how special they are and how much they're loved by God!


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The minute this book arrived, I felt an immediate need to grab Gv, snuggle up on the couch, and read through it together:




Start with the Heart, by Kathy Koch

A great little book that helps you learn how to motivate your kids to be compassionate, responsible, and brave -- even when you're not around!


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Even though we are raising someone who, in my not-at-all-biased-opinion, is the greatest kid ever, there are still days when this parenting thing is hard.

Really hard.

So I'm always interested in reading books full of tips on how to do this parenting thing better, like this new title:




Project Snapshot - April 2019

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:




Not super-exciting, but just an example of the silliness that goes along with everyday errands in our family. While I'm over on aisle 7 of JoAnn's searching for the appropriately-priced options to direct Gv to when choosing her birthday gift for a friend (an example of something we do that I referenced in this post), I hear these two loons giggling about something and turn to see what they were up to.

I have no idea what G was doing here -- hiding behind her for the photo? Getting ready to add bunny ears? You can never tell, with that one...



There's a local event that we've attended for years (except for last year, when we got the car parked and discovered a tornado was literally coming down the main road, straight towards us!) that we love because it's FREE and includes about a zillion samples from local restaurants, also for FREE!

These aren't your run-of-the mill warehouse club samples, either. Nosireebob, we're talking entire pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers, heaping plates of seafood pasta...it's insane how much free food we load up on at this thing.

It started off in a closer-to-home India Cultural Center building, then changed locations over the years until landing this year at the "big city's" NFL stadium.

Even though I'd been to the stadium for games in years past, neither of the Gs had, so that was fun. But even I had never been able to go down and run all over the field, which this photo of Gv and I records!

(And, just in case you were wondering, despite the fact that we made this event our lunch and dinner, we were so stuffed and took so much food home that we all ate for three days afterwards!!)



Gv's first year as a Cloverbud in 4-H is drawing to a close and one of the requirements that even the wee folk have to complete is a presentation in front of the entire club meeting.

I was super-excited that it worked out for me to be there, because G always takes her to the meetings while I'm at work at the rink but a huge hockey tournament meant that I actually got to go see her present, too!

She did a great job -- you could barely hear her tiny little voice (so hilarious, since she is so loud right now playing on the porch!), but she did it with a smile and didn't cry (apparently that happens to most first-timers) and now she's all set to submit her yearly project to the county to be judged.


This little bunny was excited to meet Grammy and Papa for lunch on Easter. It was a beautiful day and we spent forever just rocking on the restaurant's front porch!


"April's lonely"

"....ummm, I don't think so, but you go ahead and keep her company, m-kay?"

Look at that poor, tolerant dog's expression. Does she look lonely to you?


And just like that, the month is pretty much over! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?

What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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