Monday, August 19, 2013

Music Monday

I am confessing that I am among the masses that have been in love with The Civil Wars for some time now... judge me if you must.

This is my current fave off the new album!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Give, Give and Give some more.

Well, I just have to tell you that I know amazing people that are doing amazing things.

I thought I'd throw this out there, just incase you only know boring people and don't have anyone to throw any (tax-deductible) money towards.

See, isn't he cute coaching our son's little league team?
1. My husband. He's incredible. Not only does he work insanely hard to provide for our family, he is also super handsome and one of the most generous people I know. (In case you are curious if he is indeed THE perfect man, let me help you rest easily - his farts stink and he sometimes has garlic/onion breath even after a good tooth brushing. In the interest of full discloser, those things are also true about me.) But, the point! He is rowing at the Montana Dragon Boat Festival in a few weeks. He is rowing for the D.R.E.A.M. team, raising money to continue to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities experience the joy of the outdoors! Please, go and sponsor his team by clicking here and heading to the donation page.
I totally stole this off her FB - isn't she beautiful? 

2. I know this girl. She hasn't had the easiest life. She is a little bit of a modern day orphan (except for all the "family" like me that love her as my own flesh and blood). She would have every right to be angry, bitter, and toxic, but instead she is funny, intelligent, beautiful, compassionate and someone who truly strives to "love God and love others". This insanely remarkable woman is headed off to the big city to serve with Mission Year. She needs our help to enable her to do what God is impressing on her heart. Go here, to the Mission Year donation page and designate to "Karlina Dacy" when you give financially.

 Yes, this is my current fave in the DentIt shop! 
Well, I guess that is all for now. If you are feeling overwhelmingly philanthropic you might also want to check out one of my favorite shops, Sevenly who helps support a top notch non-profit every week or take a peek at a local friend's amazing work at, Dent it and soon at the Brings Love In shop!

Aren't you glad you now "know" these amazing people, too?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review: Secure Daughters, Confident Sons

While I wanted to enjoy Secure Daughters, Confident Sons by Glen T. Stanton, I struggled to finish the book (that may be an understatement since I think it has been sitting on my nightstand for almost two years).

Stanton does hit on important issues that are relevant in the American culture of today. He is quick to point out that while males and females are different that does not make one gender superior.
The first portion of the book set's out a "Clear Vision for Authentic manhood and Womanhood", while the last half covers "Why Boys and Girls Need Mothers and Fathers" I found myself agreeing with much of what Stanton had to say, I just couldn't get into the book.

I do think this book would be a great starter for a parent who is just being introduced to a traditional, biblical view of gender differences, and for a parent of older elementary age children. The most beneficial part of the book for me, was the Q & A section at then end of each chapter. His response to common questions that parents face provided a great means to move toward personal application.

While Secure Daughters, Confident Sons by Glenn T. Stanton wasn't the best book I've read this year, it was certainly a solid offering. Perhaps as my children grow out of toddlerhood and the preschool years, I might want to read it again.

Waterbrook/Multonomah provided me with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. (Sorry it took so long, publishers!)

Also, it'd be super helpful if you reviewed my review here, so I can keep getting great books from a great publisher!