Becoming a Girl of Grace – Review

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With all of the love of a mother, Catherine Bird shares with us a beautiful Bible study perfect for moms and their tween girls. With three tween girls of my own, I am always looking for news and engaging ways to explore Scripture together. Catherine does just that.

Each of the eight chapters start with a personal story which quickly connects to Scripture. She goes on to dive deeper into the Bible. The “Heart Check” questions are perfect and appropriate for an 8 year old and a 12 year old. Nothing is watered down or too simplified for older girls.

I love that encluded with each chapter are activities for moms and daughters. These creative ideas range from arts & crafts to home pedicures to community service. There is something for everyone and each idea provides intentional time to connect with your daugther.

The book also includes and eight-week Bible study facilitator’s guide. Fun activities and games are included to help make a group Bible study extra fun. I can’t wait to use this with the tween girls from my church this year.

Becoming a Girl of Grace is an engaging, age-appropriate, creative Bible study that aims to bring mothers and daughters together all while studying the Bible.

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This book is available tomorrow, February 14th on http://www.amazon.com, http://www.christianbook.com.

*I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.*

Radio Silence

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Radio Silence.

A status where radio stations are asked to stop all transmissions in an area for safety or security reasons.

Safety or security reasons.

I have been in radio silence on my blog since 2012. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. If you asked me, I would have said, “Oh, it’s been a couple of years. Maybe three.”

Why?

Safety and security.

The heaviness of life, has been…well, heavy.

Every new year, I pick a new word to help guide and focus me. My word back in 2012 was “Faithful.”

Faithful through the good, the celebrations, the every day, the hard, the heavy.

I got stuck in the heavy.

Radio silence.

Two years ago my word was “Restore.”

Restore the broken, old, weary, heavy. We moved into a 100-year-old home that year. Not only was the restoration going on in my heart and my soul, but in our new home. Layers upon layers of wallpaper. Old, dirty, slightly pink paint. Lots of scraping. Lots of cleaning.

Beauty comes out of restoration.

Rest.

New.

Songs.

This year, my word has changed.

Rejoice.

Again, I say rejoice!

New Year’s Day I put my feet in the salty water and washed away all of what was and rejoiced in all that was coming.

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The radio silence is over.

There are joys and sorrows to be shared, songs to be sung, and stories to be told.

I choose to rejoice! Join me.

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Pumpkin Month

There are many reasons why I love the fall. The colors, smells and cooler weather. (That’s saying a lot from a girl who would never leave a summer beach if given the option.) I especially love pumpkin! There is always pumpkin pie, but also muffins, pancakes, cookies, tea cake, pumpkin spice lattes and so much more. I was almost giddy when I saw the large cans of pumpkin at Costco.

I do realize that you can purchase canned pumpkin throughout the year. I usually have a couple of cans in my pantry. However, it tastes so much better in the fall. I figure I really only have two months to enjoy it; October and November. September is still summer in Virginia, and by December 1st I am ready to dive into gingerbread. Yum!

There have been a few recipes on Pinterest involving canned pumpkin and a box of cake mix. I looked at a couple and came up with my own for

Very Simple & Quick Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1 Can Pumpkin (A regular size can is usually 15 or 16.5 oz. I had a giant can, so I just measured it out. Also, use the plain canned pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix.)

1 Box of Spice Cake Mix

That’s it! I told you it was easy. Combine the pumpkin and cake mix in a bowl until combined. It will be thicker than cupcake batter. You can always add a bit of milk or water to thin it out.

This would be the time to add any mix-ins. I didn’t add anything to mine, but nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips would be good. When I bake muffins in the fall and winter, I like to add flax meal.

Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full. I used cupcake liners that were left over from a birthday party, but you can also spay the pan. A box mix is supposed to make 24 cupcakes, but I was about 3 short. I like to fill my muffin tin up.

Follow the instructions on the box for baking. It’s usually 18-10 minutes at 350.

Let cool and enjoy! I topped mine with a little powdered sugar.

Keep an eye out for more posts on pumpkin (I’m going to live it up!) this fall. I’ve got some more ideas to use up all of that pumpkin.