Daily Planner Review

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As a busy wife, mom, writer and speaker I am always on the lookout for a great planner. In the digital age when everyone has an app for that I still would rather reach for a physical calendar. I had the privilege of reviewing Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner through CWA.

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What I love about this planner is that it’s so much more than a calendar. Yes, it has a yearly, monthly as well as weekly calendars included, but there’s so much more. There are beautiful scriptures nestled within the pages to give you encouragement throughout the year. Towards the back of the planner there are sections for tasks and projects. This is a great place to put all your long term tasks around the house or school projects for the kids. It allows you to keep track well in advance so you don’t wake up to, “Mom, my science project is due tomorrow and where’s my costume for the school play?” Sue has included an information section to keep track of names, addresses and phone numbers. All these features are great, but my personal favorite would have to the shopping list section at the back. Each page has three perforated sections. These are a perfect size for making certain you don’t forget items on your next shopping trip.

I would highly recommend you order the 2015 Daily Planner. It would also make a great gift for the “planner” on your Christmas list.

Finding Calm in the Chaos

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Thanks to Proverbs 31:27, “She watches over the activities of her household,” I now realize that I am not supposed to do everything. I have come to discover that things around the Whitaker household do not have to be done “my” way.

With five children, there has to be some sort of order in our house. Therefore, every week I sit down with the kids and they take turns selecting their assigned chores for the week. Some of the jobs are daily and some are just once a week – around their schedule (within reason). The magnetic chore chart that we use has pictures, so even our youngest knows what each job is and what her tasks are for the week.

I am learning to let go of the need to have the perfect house. I would rather my children have memories of a home – somewhere safe, comfortable enough to be themselves and relax. Things are not put off entirely, but there are more important things in my life. Don’t miss out on time with friends and loved ones to make everything “perfect,” some things can wait. Speaking of which, I need to go, it’s time to play.

 

I challenge you to let go around your house this week. Tell me what you let go of this week or even share some tips that work around your house. I will check back later. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Can You Hear Me Now?

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It amazes my children that when I was their age I did not have a cell phone. The look on their face shows such disbelief. They begin to think I have to be as old as dirt. In the world they are growing up in it does seem foreign not to see people talking or texting on cell phones.

Although they have downsides, I must admit as a parent it is very comforting to be able to reach my daughter, who is away at school, at any time and she can in turn respond from anywhere on campus about anything that is going on in her life. It makes the distance almost melt away.

Do you realize that you have access to something even better than 4G coverage and service? …..

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section. For every comment, you will be entered to win a FREE book. I will announce the winner of the Friday Afternoon Fun post.

Colliding With Destiny – Book Review and Giveaway

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For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, Colliding With Destiny, by Sarah Jakes. Not being familiar with Sarah Jakes’ writing I really didn’t know what to expect. However, I was drawn to this selection because it looks at the story of Ruth. She is a biblical character that I receive such hope from. Ruth faced many trials and tough situations, but God used them to transform her. She didn’t allow her past to define her, a lesson many of us need to be reminded of.

Sarah does an incredible job in this book of breaking down the story of Ruth and showing how it applies to our lives today. She ends each chapter with a journal section, which allows the reader to start implementing what she has learned, and a prayer. I believe in the power of prayer and loved that Sarah included this in the chapters. My favorite quote in the book would have to be, “Still, God saw my heart and blessed me in spite of my mistakes and losses. The culmination of the pain and the beauty in my life made me who I am. For so long I thought my scars made me damaged; I never realized they were the perfect canvas for grace” (page 201). There is such hope and comfort within these words for each one of us.

I recommend that you step into the story of Ruth through the pages of Colliding With Destiny. You will find hope and restoration.


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Today, I am giving away a copy of The Voice Bible. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Falling for Fall

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As I turned the calendar up to October, I just smiled with a warm glow. You see, I need to let in you on something, I absolutely love fall. I know it officially starts the end of September, but the weather doesn’t always get the memo. However, by October, it is here. Fall is my favorite season because it awakens the senses. Continue reading

The River – Book Review and Giveaway

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For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, The River by Beverly Lewis. It is no wonder she is a New York Times bestselling author. She can weave a story that draws the reader into the lives of the characters in Lancaster County.

The River focuses on two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, who left their Amish roots a few years ago. One phone call from their brother, Melvin, puts their lives into a tailspin. Their dad has a heart condition and is not doing well. Melvin urges them to return for their parents’ anniversary celebration, fearing it will be their last. Tilly digs in her heels at first, but eventually softens and decides to return with Ruth.

Upon returning, they are both forced to face issues from their past that have tucked away. Tilly and Ruth also need to mend relationships with their family since they left the community. Will they be able to get past this barrier and find acceptance and restoration?

I would definitely recommend this book. It is a relaxing read for those gloomy fall days.


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To kick-off this new segment on my blog, I am giving away a copy of Between Us Girls by Sally John. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.