And the winner is……

………..allhisblessings!

Congratulations!

This has been such a fun week! Thanks to all who entered.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! I’m off to enjoy a few days of camping!  I’ll be back on Sunday, and hopefully back to the blog on Monday.

A Bloggy Give-Away!

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This is so much fun! I will be giving away a copy of Barbara Johnson’s book, “Humor Me, I’m Your Mother!”

“The Queen of encouragement is back, and this time her joy box-or is it a laundry basket?-is spilling over with giggles and guffaws that will warm the heart and tickle the funny bone of mothers of every generation…….If you are a mom-or have a mom-this little book provides an uplifting gift of love and laughter that will energize your day and brighten your attitude as you join Barbara in the fun-filled hunt for humor wherever it is hidden in Mama Land (which, as Barb points out, is just one letter away from Lala Land.)

You can read an interview with  Barbara Johnson here.

And you can see the book here.

All you have to do to be entered to win is leave me a comment.  It’s okay if you don’t have a blog, just be sure to leave me an e-mail address.  I’ll be randomly drawing a name from my comments on Friday July 27.  Oh, and you have to live in Canada or the US.

You can find lots of other giveaways at Rocks in my Dryer.  Have fun!

One thing I learned….

……tonight at church.

If you’re sitting in the service with your daughter on your lap facing you, and you decide to open your eyes during a prayer, just to check on the kids, to make sure that they are all under control, you may discover your daughters little face right up close to your face. 

As close as it can possibly be without actually touching yours

And you may have to stifle the urge to scream.  If, of course, things like that startle you.  Like they do me.

And your heart may still be beating a little crazily when you take said child out to the nursery.  From two things~ 

That your little angel just completely scared you, and that you almost screamed in the middle of the church service.

Lesson learned?  Be very cautious whenever opening your eyes during a prayer.  You just never know what you might see!

Monk and Neagle

I’ve been reading about Monk and Neagle on BooMama’s site, and when she announced that you could win one of their CD’s–well, of course I was going to try! Except I never win anything. But, Woo Hoo, I think I did! (Hopefully they’ll ship it to me here in Canada!) So now I need to link back to their site. I had never heard of them before, but I was just listening to them on their site. And I’m all for new praise music! And what I’ve heard so far, I’ve loved! I’m sure you’ll hear more about them if I really did win one. And here’s where you can go to listen for yourself, and see if you can win one too!

Thanks Boomama!  And thanks Monk and Neagle!

All is right again…

My kids returned home this afternoon after being at Ray’s parents since Monday evening.  I had a day and a half of silence.  A chance to make some cards, revel in the quiet, not answer a million questions, or referee any fights.  Wonderful silence.

But they’re back now.

And suddenly all is right with my world again.

BRF–Genesis 1-6

I am so excited to be reading through Genesis this summer!  Sometimes I feel like I just kind of skim over Genesis, because the stories are so familiar, I’ve heard them all many times before.  But this time, I’m trying to read deeper into it, way down into the stories to see what God has there for me.

I love the creation story.  It shows me how powerful God is, and how very much in control He is.  If He could just speak, and all of this world came to be, why should I wonder if He really cares about what is going on in my life, both the little things and the big things, too.  He is so in control–back then, and still today.  And I don’t need to wonder, and worry about what the future may bring.  God created everything in this wonderful world, and He cares for everything here, even me! 

And then the fall of man.  As a kid, I used to wonder how Adam and Eve could do that.  How they could see everything that God had given them and still want more.  As an adult, I understand all too well.  Am I ever really completely satisfied?  Despite all the blessings I have,  isn’t there always something more that I want?   I think of the curses that came because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  And I see that played out in my own life as well.  Not being satisfied with what I have,  leads to being  dis-content.  Which then makes me cranky.  Which then makes me miserable to live with, and makes my family cranky as well.   Sin is never going to make you happy.  It may seem that way at the time–I’m sure that Adam and Eve enjoyed the fruit as they were eating it.  It must have been  yummy, or else it wouldn’t tempting.  But the long-term effects of sin are never pleasent. 

One more verse that really got to me.  The very last verse.  Genesis 6:22– “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”

 Could I put my name in the place of Noah’s? Can I say, “Thus did Kim, according to all that God commanded her, so did she.”?  No, I can’t.   But I want to be able to.  I want to be a Noah in a world where sin is regarded as okay, and those who follow God are considered freaks. 

I want to be a Noah.

Thank you Shannon, for your commitment and faithfulness to do this every week, and thank you to the BRF ladies for blessing and challenging me every week with your reviews.

Never again……

Never again will I leave my house without my camera.

Okay, I realize that sounds a little melo-dramatic.  And I’ve already left without my camera.  When I went out today, I didn’t have it.   But considering the photo-op that I missed yesterday, it seems like an appropriate title!

It was a very busy, very full, very enjoyable weekend!  It seemed as though we went full-tilt ahead all weekend, and I think we really did.  One thing, though, that we just didn’t have time to fit in was getting up to Ray’s parents to bring home a load of wood.  And since Ray is about to get extremely busy with work, we’re trying to get a load whenever possible.

So we decided to run up last night after supper.  It’s about an hour drive, so we thought we’d leave around 5, get there shortly after 6, load wood and visit until around 7:30, and still be home before dark.  That was the plan, and that’s pretty much how it happened.  Except for the photo-op.

On our way up, just as we got to the foot of the mountain, a huge cloud mass covered the sun, and huge ray’s came down and seemed to cover the valley from mountain to mountain.  It was breath-takingly-beautiful,  and made me long for Heaven.  And I didn’t have my camera.

Then,  just as we arrived it started to rain.  A bit of a downpour, then drizzle.  Nothing serious.  Just before we left, the sun came out again.  And we spotted the rainbow.  Now, I love rainbow’s.  And I don’t know about you, but I still get excited when I see a rainbow.  As we headed down the shore, the entire rainbow was there, as bright as I’ve ever seen one.  And I didn’t have my camera.  Then as I looked closer, there was a second rainbow over the first one.  Two rainbows!  It was beautiful.  By this time, Ray was starting to tease me about my lack of picture-taking capabilities, due to lack of necessary equipment at that time!

We continued along the shore road, then turned down the road to take us back down the mountain. The rainbows were gone, it had stopped raining, and I was just settling down in my seat to enjoy some day-dream time ( Does anyone else do that?), when I heard Ray let out a screech.  I looked out the window to see what he was pointing at, and there sitting on the side of the road was a black bear.  A rather large black bear!  We slowed right down to see it, and as we were going by, if I had of opened my window, I could have reached out and touched it.  But, you know… I kinda like my arm.

Or taken a picture, if I had my camera!

We drove a little further ahead, and then pulled over to watch it.  And she was kind of in a dip in the road, so when we pulled over we could see her so clearly.  And I know she was a she, because when she started across the road, two little cubs came out of the woods and followed her across.  One of them fell onto his little bum, and then back the other way.  We kept watching,  and the little one that went back came across the road again, and behind it another little cub.  Which almost got hit by a car.  But it didn’t. 

It was amazing!  The kids were thrilled, and that’s all they’ve been talking about, and drawing pictures of.  And if I had my camera with me, there would be a shot of the bear and her 3 cubs, and the sun rays and the double rainbow to go along with this post.  But there’s not.  Because in case you haven’t heard…….

I forgot to take my camera with me!