A Friday Morning

I’m working on approaching this space a little differently.

I simply don’t have the time (or honestly the inspiration or desire) to write long posts right now in life. My favorite thing about blogging is capturing seasons of life that our little family is in.

I also shelled out some major cash to buy a nice camera when Nora was born, and I don’t use it nearly enough.

So after a little epiphany (one of Nora’s favorite words) the other day I decided to use my camera more to capture everyday life. I will put the photos in simple posts that take very little time.

I just want to have snapshots of the little moments to look at down the line.

Like this simple Friday morning…

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#hiswordeveryday | Prayer + Journals + Books

Here is a compiled list of all the journals and books I shared over the last two weeks for #hiswordeveryday.

I have also added a few other journals I found online. Hopefully, this list gives you lots of ideas and options to strengthen your prayer life!

 

Prayer Journals


 

|Val Marie Prayer Journal|

These are the journals I shared in my stories. They have monthly sections that break down your prayers by category. A great resource to help guide your prayer each time you come to talk with God.

|The Prayer Map for Women|

This prayer journal is exactly what it sounds like. Each section helps you map our your prayers, offering different areas of prayer. It is so cute inside and adds a lot of detail and specifics to your time praying.

 

| 100 Day Prayer Journal|

This beautiful prayer journal contains 100 days worth of pages to take notes and record your prayers. It is incredibly simple which leaves open may options for how to use it. A great way to jot down your prayers and guide your prayertime!

 

 

Bible Journals


 

| Give Me Jesus Journal |

This is my favorite resource for journaling while reading through the Bible. It guides you through studying God’s word and helps you to dig deeper. It’s also incredibly beautiful!

 

| Illuminated Scripture Journals |

These journals simply house Scripture and pages for notetaking. A great option for studying a book of the Bible deeply!

 

| Bible Study Journal |

A very simple option to help you reflect on passages of Scripture you read. Short and sweet, but helps you think deeper!

Books


 

|Women of the Word By Jen Wilkin |

This book is amazing! It talks about the importance of knowing God’s Word, as well as teaches you how to study the Bible! Click here to download the book for FREE! 

| Fall in Love with Your Bible and Stay in Love By Shana Noel |

This book offers 10 compelling ways for Bible reading and study that make it easy and even exciting! Lots of practical help and good advice!

Weekly Snapshots |March 4-8

Here are some snapshots of our week. A pretty regular week around here, but it’s the kind of regular I never want to forget!

A whole lot of just playing, making messes, and being kids!

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Lots of good food, coffee, Jesus, and slow mornings.

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A not so fun or regular part of our week involved someone getting a bacterial infection. Nothing some cream and medicine won’t fix!

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And because I can feel spring on the horizon, all the house projects were done! I don’t spring clean, I spring redecorate!

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We are ready for the weekend!

Donuts with Nora

A few weeks ago we celebrated Nora’s third birthday with a dnobut party! Bad weather kept quite a few guests away, but we still had a full house and a ton of fun!

This was the first party where we let NOra invite some friends and their families so that was a treat!

There was great food, a ton of donuts, presents, donut decorating, and a whole lot of love for our girl!

I forgot to take pictures of the set up before people started going through the line. So a few donuts are gone, and I noticed one of my donut banners had fallen! Oh well, at least I have a few shots to remember this special day!

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Ivy Corinne |Eleven Months

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S T A T S

Weight |22lbs
Height |30 inches
Diapers | Size 3
Clothes | 12 month

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W H A T ‘S N E W

| We have a walker! She walks more than she crawls which is crazy to see! She rarely falls and walks all over the house! Not a fan of walking in shoes yet, but we will keep practicing!
| No new words, just “momma” and “dada.” But I really think she can say ball, she just won’t say it on command to prove it!
| She’s turning pages on books one-by-one now.
| Ivy is going to be out climber I can already tell! She climbs in an empty shelf, climbs on top of the dishwasher lid, and attempts to climb many other things. We better watch out!
| Waves, claps, dances, blows kisses, gives kisses, and BIG hugs.
|Has three teeth and working on her 4th!

L O V E S
LOVES the bathtub or any kind of water! She always finds the dog’s water bowl and splashes like crazy! She’s an ornery little gal, she KNOWS she isn’t supposed to but she just can’t help herself.
LOVES her elephant ball toy. She finds it tucked away in the corner of her room and plays with it every day!
LOVES giving BIG hugs. She is the cuddliest child, she wraps her arms around you and will hug tight! It is the sweetest thing ever!
LOVES choosing a random item, tucking it under her arm and walking all around the house yelling excitedly. It’s adorable! Some of her recent objects include; a roll of paper towels, a water bottle, my wallet, a flashlight, and a panty liner.

H A T E S
HATES getting her face wiped off.
HATES being too far away from momma. She is a bit attached.

 

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E A T

We have another great eater on our hands! Ivy will eat anything, she doesn’t always eat a very big amount (she is pretty inconsistent with how much), but she will eat anything we give her! She really loves meat, which was a surprise because it took Nora a long time to like meat. Some of her other favorites include; blueberries, bananas, carrots, graham crackers, cheerios, and sausage.

She still takes 4 bottles of formula a day, but I am getting ready to slowly transition her to milk in the next few weeks.

Here is her eating schedule:

7:00am – Morning snack: Cheerios, yogurt bites, water

7:30am – Breakfast followed by a 4oz bottle

11:00am – 6oz bottle

12:00pm – Lunch

3:30pm- 6oz bottle

4:00pm-Snack: graham cracker, peanut butter crackers, goldfish, cheerios etc. water

5:30pm- Dinner

6:30pm 4oz bottle

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S L E E P
Still sleeping well! She went through a week or two while teething where she was waking up once or twice at night, but she only needed a paci and she would go right back to sleep. She has also had some early morning wakings because of dirty diapers, so hopefully that changes soon! Her schedule has not changed much but I am still going to type it out for future reference!

Here is a rough schedule:

|Wakes up at 6:30 ready to go!

| Morning nap around 9am which usually lasts an 1-1.5 hours

| Afternoon nap around 1pm which usually lasts about 2 hours

| In bed and asleep by 7:00pm every night.

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Ivy,

You are so much fun right now! You are all over the house exploring everything with your new-found skill of walking! You are a huge cuddler which we never could have guessed! You play hard when you get into a toy, you really study things and explore! You have the best laugh and smile, it lights up our house! We love you sweet girl! Here’s to one more month being a “baby.”

Eleven Month Photos

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Look How You’ve Grown

~10 Months to 11 Months~

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#HISWORDEVERYDAY GIVEAWAY | WEEK THREE

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This week on #hiswordeveryday we have been talking all about Bible studies! I have been sharing some great companies as well as individual Bible studies out there! One of my favorite companies is She Reads Truth, so it only seemed fitting that the giveaway this week be one of their studies!

This week, if you enter the giveaway, you have the chance of winning She Reads Truth’s Genesis study! This will take you through the book of Genesis in 31 days (4+ weeks), covering all 50 chapters of Genesis! This study is beautiful, practical, and a great way to jump into the first book of the Bible!


I am going to do each giveaway a little differently so that things don’t get too mundane and repetitive. So make sure you are reading each post carefully!

This week there are three ways to enter!

One| Comment on this blog post. Share a favorite book of the Bible!

Two| Tag a friend on the  Instagram giveaway post (same pictures featured in this post). If you entered any previous giveaways this way, please tag a different friend!

Three| Comment on the Facebook giveaway post! (same pictures featured in this post)

Each action counts as an entry, so there are three chances to enter this week!

 

As always I have linked the product below in case you do not win and want to purchase the study anyway!

Bible Studies | #hiswordeveryday

I want to make sure and always put together a big post with any resources I share! I know it makes it so much easier to be able to come to one location and always find anything I mentioned! It also helps that you don’t have to have 10,000 followers to add links on a blog post! So even little o’ me can link to each and everything I shared!

I am going to link to each company or person’s website I mentioned as well as each individual study I shared!


|She Reads Truth|

|Studies Shared|

Open Your Bible

Psalms of Gratitude

Proverbs

Exodus

 

|Well-Watered Women|

|Study Shared|

Proverbs 31 (Cover has been changed)

 

|Jen Wilkin FREE Studies|

|Studies Shared|

PDF Download Page

 

|Daily Grace Co. |

|Studies Shared|

For this company, I did not share any specific studies. So I am linking two I have heard are great! 

Amen – From Eden to Eternity 

Wait – A Study of Psalms 

 

Nora Speaks Age 3

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All kids have those funny little things they say. Things that only a kid could come up with or deliver that special way! I never want to forget Nora’s little funnies, so I write them down! I typically write them in my phone, and I’ve been waiting until I had enough to make a post! Well I’ve got plenty now! This gal is a hoot!


I handed Nora a pair of her and Ivy’s jammies and told her to put them in the hamper in the bathroom. She looks at me quizzically and says, “Um, them probably belong in our rooms mom.”

Nora was playing while a Hallmark Christmas movie was on at Grammy and Pa’s house.  A man was making a speech and yelled, “Merry Christmas Everyone!” real enthusiastically. To which Nora returned the enthusiasm with a loud, ” And Merry Christmas to you son!”

Nora in response to seeing some beautiful Christmas lights while we were driving. “Mom look, it’s so beautiful it makes my heart come true!” Said in the most dramatic voice you can imagine!

During the reading of the Christmas story at my side’s Christmas celebration, Nora was very aggressively picking at her butt. I assumed she needed to poop as this was often a sign in her early potty training days. I quietly asked if she needed to poop. She very loudly answers, “No I just have a booty cwack!” Booty crack is what she calls a wedgie!

While we’re already on the topic of potty humor I’ll just get this one out of the way. On days I don’t get a shower before Collin leaves for work, I shower while Ivy takes her morning nap. Nora just plays on her own with no issues. One morning I was in the shower and Nora come rushing in the bathroom. She said she needed to poop. She is still desperately in need of a final wipe (which was confirmed after this event), but since I was in the shower I let her do it herself. While turning around to wipe she excitedly screams, “Mom! I made a loooooooooong fish!”

Often when I am dishing out snacks for Nora I will steal a bite and say, “Momma Tax!” Nora has become very accustomed to this. One day we were both having a pack of fruit snacks. Nora had already devoured hers, and I had about four left. She leans in real close and whispers very seriously, “Wanna do a Nora tax?”

Randomly at lunch one afternoon Nora exclaims, “Jesus makes Christmas fancy!”

We were driving home after running errands one afternoon, and Nora said she needed to pee really bad! We were like two minutes from home so I told her to hold it! We pulled up to the house and I rushed to get her out. While unfastening her straps I said, “Let’s get you inside so you don’t have an accident!” To which Nora confidently said, “Yea, when I get inside I’m gonna have an accident on the potty!”

Bible Reading + Notetaking Resources

This is going to be the motherload of resources for Bible reading! I have broken things into three sections so you can easily find what you may be looking for!

I pray that these resources will help you dig deep into God’s Word! If you have any questions please let me know!

You can also click here to get to my Bible Study Pinterest board for some more ideas and resources!

| Bibles |

There are so many options for Bibles these days! It’s great to have options and be able to find just what you need. I want you to know that all you need is a Bible. Any Bible! So don’t feel like you need a fancy, special one to start knowing God more. Any Bible will do! But below are a few fun options of different kinds!


She Reads Truth Bible

This is the Bible I use and love! Not only is it beautiful, and offers lots of room for notetaking (which I love to do), but it has so many other helpful features like timelines, devotions, reading plans and more! It comes in multiple colors too!

Beautiful Word Journaling Bible

This gorgeous journaling Bible has colored verse pages inside, as well as lined journaling sections throughout. A great option if you are looking for beautiful and practical!

CSB Study Bible

This is a study Bible and offers study notes, introductions, questions and applications right below the text. A great option if you need a little extra to help you understand, or you simply want to go deeper!

Hosana Revival Journaling Bible

I had to share a Bible from this amazing company! They make gorgeous journaling Bibles! They even have some that are hand painted originals! They are gorgeous!

 

| Bible Reading Plans |

You don’t need a “plan” to read God’s Word. All you really need is to open it up and start reading! However, if you have plans to read through the whole Bible, having details helps keep you on track. It’s also great to have a timeline to keep you truckin’ along! The plans below are just a small sampling of those out there. Google and Pinterest are your friends!


Small Chunks Bible Reading Plan

This is actually a 3-year reading plan that breaks your Bible reading into “small chunks!” It helps you get through the Bible at a slower, but manageable pace. By the end of the plan you will have read through the whole Bible! It’s free and beautiful!

Bible in 100 Days

This plan takes you through the Bible in just 100 days chronologically! It involves quite a bit more reading per day, but is a great plan to get you through quickly for comprehension!

 

Printable Bible in a Year Reading Plan

This is a free Bible in a year reading plan! Print it out, and you can be done reading the Bible in a year!

Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar

This printable ain’t pretty, but I love this plan! It is the one I am doing that is in the back of my She Reads Truth Bible. I love that you get to read two chapters from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament each day.

Topical Bible Reading Plans

If you’re not aiming to read through the whole Bible just yet, I found an amazing website that had free topical reading plans. There are Bible reading plans for friendship, fear, peace, and so much more. This would be a great place to start if you are new to reading Scripture. The link takes you to the first page of (many) topical Bible reading plans!

| Bible Note-taking |

Some people love to take notes when reading the Bible, while others don’t write a single thing when studying. You don’t have to take notes, but it is a great way to make notes for later, keep you focused, and pull out meaningful text. When I take notes I simply write what I am feeling or thinking while reading. I highlight or underline passages that speak to me. There are many other methods and resources to guide your note-taking and I have linked a few below.


Kay Arthur’s Note Symbols

This note-taking method is intense! It gives you a certain symbol to use when you come upon certain things in Scripture. It definitely takes a lot of time and attention to detail, but for some people, this is just what they may want/need!

Color Coding Notes

I really like this printable. It’s subtle and gives a really great description of how to use the code. A great option if you love to color code!

Highlighter Color Code

This color coding printable and key is simple and accessible! With a smaller number of colors it makes it a great option to start with. It was also designed to go with the classic colors of every highlighter pack! So easy!

 

Risen Motherhood Inductive Bible Study Printables

This printable set offers some amazing resources for doing the inductive method of Bible study! It walks you through how to inductively study the Bible and offers helpful tools for free!