Friday, February 23, 2018

Passion WHOLE HEART album giveaway

Today, the Passion 2018 album "Whole Heart" is released. . . a live album recorded in January at the conference in Atlanta. I'm giving away a copy of the live album at the bottom of this post, so have a listen and then enter your name in the hat!

The CD features Passion artists Kristian Stanfill, Crowder, Matt Redman, Sean Curran, and Melodie Malone.

These tracks are beautiful worship songs. They're calm yet powerful. My favorite song on the album is the title track, "Whole Heart". Kristian Stanfill brings it.

"Your love, 
it comes with no conditions.
You give us your whole heart.
My hope
is in the blood of Jesus.
I know who I am
because of who you are."

Also, I really love this Crowder & Tauren Wells song, "All My Hope", that's been on the radio recently, and is one of the live songs on the album. It's got a soulful, blues, old-church vibe, about the incredible freedom that we have in Jesus.

Two other songs I'll mention:

"God You're So Good" a reincarnation of the old Sunday School song,

and Matt Redman singing, "Great Are You Lord" - "It's your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise" . . . I LOVE that song. It gives me chills.

To order the album via iTunes or Google Play, click here. To order on Amazon, click here.

One lucky friend of mine will win a free copy of the CD, so to enter (so easy!), check out the Rafflecopter below.

Happy weekending!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy boys

It's supposed to be in the 60s today! It'll be rainy, but I'm hoping we can get outside to enjoy it a bit. I want to share a little about Ephraim's 4th birthday party a couple of weeks ago. Last spring, the boys both asked for character parties for their birthdays. Nolan chose Lightning McQueen and Ephraim chose Thomas the Tank Engine. Recently, Ephraim hasn't watched much Thomas, but there was a point in his life where he couldn't get enough of that cute blue train. We celebrated on Ephraim's actual birthday, a Sunday afternoon that our family here could get together. My mom and Don were able to visit from PA, too.

Our boys and nieces really love melt-in-your-mouth meringues, so I whipped up a batch for the party. We also made chocolate sugar cookies in the shapes of Es, 4s, and trains :)

 He was so excited! It felt really good to give our middle a lot of extra attention that day.

Our party of five.

We made a chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and raspberry filling.

For dinner, we kept it simple and kid-friendly with boiled hot dogs, chips and salsa, and pineapple.

I didn't get many photos of the kids playing, but this picture of the boys scooping ice cream is cute :)

A couple of days later, August was happy to go for a ride through IKEA!

 We had such a nice visit with Mormor and Papa Don, and we were sad to see them go!

I bought a daily planner a few weeks ago, and it's making my life a lot more organized. I used to make lists on random pieces of paper, and then lose track of them on the dining room table. Now, having all my to-dos in one place makes it more likely for me to actually get everything done.

"Can I come in and play, brothers?" :)  The boys have a little sunroom off of their bedroom, and August is always trying to get in to Godzilla their Lego and MagnaTile creations. He's determined!

A sweet moment of reading together!

August and I made it a full year of exclusive breastfeeding, which I'm so happy about, and we'll keep going so long as he wants to. He is pretty excited about drinking whole milk in a cup now, but he still loves to nurse for the comfort.

Ready and waiting for spring and more time outside!

I was trying to get a selfie with the baby, and instead of turning out in color, my phone gave me this black and white with red and yellow stripes over it.

And a selfie with my favorite four-year-old.

And Nolan too, to be fair!

This particular week, our theme was PENGUINS, and we learned a lot about them! We watched March of the Penguins, which was both really cool, and also a little more about the circle-of-life than a G movie should be. Ah!

Here, Nolan is finishing the pages a book called "My Baby and Me" that we started when August was born. (Thanks, Sue!) He did a really great job at writing down milestones and other things he wanted to remember about August's first year.

Hope your Monday is shaping up to be a great one!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Half a year

As of today, we have lived in Indiana for half a year. I sort of can't believe this, but then again, my stay-at-home mom life often feels like the movie Groundhog's Day, where I wake up and live the same day over and over again. So really, the passage of time feels different to me now. I have three posts to write to get all caught up, and then I am going to promise (again) to blog more faithfully.

There's nothing like a clean kitchen, a blank slate for getting it messy again with new recipes.

I had the goal for over a year to make gingerbread Dala horses, and I finally got it done! I loved how they turned out :)

Ephraim has really taken an interest to helping me in the kitchen. He mostly loves licking batter, but I think he's really excited about the process, too!

We've kept the baby in his infant carseat because a.) he still fits, and b.) we can still bring him into stores or restaurants while he's asleep!

K asks to hold August every time we get together. He is getting a little big to sit still on her lap, but he really likes the attention!

 We had to document a successful car-to-bed transfer after a busy morning at church. He slept for two hours with his winter coat, hat, gloves, and shoes on!

First time in a car wash! Exciting times for little boys.

And first time in a car wash!!! Age 31.

Our friend Meghan gave August a birthday card with a Lion crown in it :)

Not super into the selfie, but does REALLY love to Skype.

We did an oceans themed week for school, and the boys made paper plate Rainbow Fish. They were cute! Ephraim's is on the left, Nolan's on the right.

One incredible afternoon, all three boys fell asleep in their beds at the same time. This has NEVER happened before, and likely never will again! :)


I'll leave you with this sweet sunglasses photo. Love this boy!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

12 months of August

I finally made a collage with all of August's month photos, and it's so amazing to see how he's grown! I'm sorry the collage is so small. I tried really hard to enlarge it, but Blogger won't let me. 

If you've ever tried to take month photos, it is a labor of love, especially once the baby starts trying to crawl away (the whole second half of the year). But once you take month photos for the first and second babies, you feel compelled to be fair for the third :)

August went from this tiny guy at 10 days old,

to this HAPPY seven month old with juicy thighs (right before he learned to crawl and unfortunately thinned out those legs),

to this walking, laughing, almost-talking, one year old!

Next month, he'll have spent half his life in Pennsylvania and half his life in Indiana. This has been such a whirlwind of a year.

Auggie Bear, we love you!

Friday, January 19, 2018

August's 1st Birthday Party

While we were in Pennsylvania for Christmas, we threw August a little first birthday party. It was a week and half before his actual birthday, but we wanted to have the party so that his grandparents could all be there. It was a little bit of a rush to have a birthday party two days after Christmas, but everything turned out well!

When I was thinking of party theme ideas, my mind landed on the book, "On the Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman. August was our only baby born in the middle of the night (1:00 am), so I thought it was fitting! The book is so so sweet, and we love reading it at our house!

For the cake, I found a recipe in an old Good Housekeeping magazine for Cranberry Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream frosting. It was actually my first all-from-scratch cake! The frosted cranberries were surprisingly easy to make, and I thought it looked cute for a winter party.

We had brunch fare: donuts (of course!), French toast, ham, coffee, juice.

I designed the signs and the invite and had them printed at Staples. We set the time for 11 in the morning, and we later realized that's typically August's nap time! Luckily, he went down a little early that day, and he was awake and happy for his party!

August opened sweet gifts from his grandparents and close friends!

We gave him his own mini version of the big cake. He was curious about the flame!

 I love this one!

He was really cautious and careful with the cake, but decided he liked the frosting. :)

He still hadn't tried the actual cake part yet, but he put a cranberry in his mouth and made this sour face :)

 It was such a great time celebrating our littlest guy! Steve and I realized this was our TENTH birthday party for our kids. How can that be possible? And number eleven is coming up at the end of this month!

Happy 1st Birthday, August!! 

"On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.'
Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world.

So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain
that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.

It sailed through the farmland
high on the breeze...
over the ocean...
And through the trees...
Until everyone heard it 
and everyone knew
of the one and only ever you.

For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend, 
and it never will,
not ever again...

Heaven blew every trumpet
and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvelous
night you were born."

And PS: Thanks Mom and Don for letting us host the party at your house! :)


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