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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Nicholas Sparks' #TheChoice {A Giveaway Hop} #ChooseLove

Welcome to the BMN Loves Giveaways Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. We're celebrating the upcoming holiday with something everyone loves... giveaways! Be sure to hop around to all the bloggers involved in the Hop, including the two Grand Prize giveaways, in the linky below!


Love Is... Paper Wreath: A Valentine's Day Kids Craft

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope…

Jesus Loves Me Thiiiis Much: A Valentine's Day Kids Craft #FCBlogger

** A huge thanks to Family Christian for sponsoring today's post. All thoughts are my own.

With Valentine's Day coming up, love is in the air!

So, what better time to teach our little ones about the greatest love of all? The love of Jesus!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and o…

Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids {A Review & Giveaway} #JesusTodayKids #FlyBy

In case you had not already figured it out, I have to tell you- I absolutely LOVE kids devotionals! I truly believe that if we teach our children to know and love God at a young age, this is something that they will take with them throughout their lives. That is not to say that they will always be …

Show God's Love with a Random Act of Kindness #FCBlogger

**A huge thanks to Family Christian for sponsoring today's post. All thoughts are my own.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness?

If you haven't yet had the experience, I must say- it's a pretty wonderful one... and one that I've been blessed with on mor…

The Greatest Love of All {Valentine's Day Bible Journaling}

What is love?

When I hear this question, I can not help but think about one of my favorite Bible verses, defining just what love is:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it …

Mary's Treasure Box: A Book Review & Giveaway #FCBlogger

**Book received for review. All thoughts are my own.

Like most moms, I get pretty sentimental when it comes to my children. I have those boxes with filled with little momentos for each child. I have hospital bracelets, birth announcements, cards from family, welcome home outfits... well, you get it.…

Moms Stress Less with Lyfeline Milestones {A Review}

As moms, if there is one thing we are good at- it's worrying! Now, I'll admit, I was a worry-er before becoming a mom, but after having children it kicked into hyper-drive. Was I doing it right? Were my kids developing as they should?

Being a young mom with my oldest, I didn't really ha…

From the Imagination of Finley Grace, Age 2.

If there was one word I would use to describe my Finley, it would have to be imaginative. This girl can play pretend like no other!

With my Shaun, games of pretend and elaborate imaginary scenes weren't even on his radar. Like many kids on the spectrum, pretend play did not come easy to him- an…

Discovering God's Purpose: A Captive DVD Review & Giveaway #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy

When it comes to choosing a movie to watch, you'll find that my taste tends to stick with fairly positive movies. I don't like movies with drugs or violence. I love movies that just make you feel good- light comedies and sweet romances, for example. Crime movies? Not usually my first choice…

Bible Journaling Through Psalms & Proverbs

Perhaps one of the most common questions I receive about Bible journaling (aside from what do I need, of course) is... where do I begin? In the past, I shared this list with some prompts to get you started, but today I wanted to share another great place in the Bible to start your journaling:


Girls Rule in the New LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray #Girlz4Life {An #AllThatGlittersHop Giveaway}

**Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**

Welcome to the first Hopping Bloggers Giveaway Hop of 2016 - the All That Glitters Giveaway Hop! HOSTED BY:Mama Smith's & Women and Their Pretties CO-HOSTED B…

Get Game Ready with Stubb's BBQ {A Recipe & #CupOfLove Giveaway Hop}

Welcome to the Cup of Love Giveaway Hop event, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and  Mom Does Reviews
From January 18- February 4, the bloggers below have teamed up to give you the chance to hop along and win a ton of great prizes! Each prize is family friendly and valued at at LEAST $15 or more! So, aft…

The Plans I Have For You: A Kids Devotional & Journal {Review & Giveaway}

Welcome to the Baby It's Cold Outside Giveaway Hop Event,
hosted by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

From January 16-31, hop along to all participating bloggers to win lots of great family friendly prizes!!! All prizes are valued at $25 or more, so you're sure to find something you love! Enter my giveaway and then hop along to find more! Good luck!


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

I absolutely love this verse. In fact, if I had to choose just one verse that reminded me of my son, this might just be my top choice! As many of you already know, when my son was 2 years old, he received the diagnosis of autism. This diagnosis- especially at a young age as he was- comes with a lot of uncertainty. Will he ever carry on a conversation? Will he be able to thrive in school? Will he be able to live on his own? Get married and start his own family? Many parents say that the diagnosis comes with a mourning period of a life that they envisioned for their child... while I cannot say I ever mourned anything for my son, I did come to the realization that the plans I had for him would be changed greatly.

In the midst of our biggest struggles, Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind. It gave me peace that while the plans I may have hoped for him would change, God's plans for him would be even greater.

So, when I saw that there was a new devotional based on this scripture, I knew it would be an ideal fit for him:

The Plans I Have For You Devotional

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love and joy and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

Now, if you know anything about my son... you know that even the cover appears to be made just for him! He loves science and space! As I said, this truly was an ideal choice for him.

At eight years old, my son is definitely in the stage where he's really starting to truly understand more about Christianity. He knows the Bible stories, he knows about God, but what does that mean for him? What about the big picture? What are God's plans for HIM? This devotional helps him to understand a little better what it all means. It shares Bible stories of people in the Bible that God has had incredible plans for- people who were just regular people- just like him. It's an age appropriate guide that teaches a great lesson- that God uses us all to make a difference in the world.

To help them understand even better, there is also an accompanying journal available as well:

The Plans I Have For You Journal

Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place.

This journal takes the lessons from the book and gives them a place to think and reflect more deeply. It again asks age appropriate questions that help kids truly understand the meaning of the scriptures and stories old, and even has fun areas for doodles too- a bi plus in my son's book! Together the devotional and journal are an ideal way to help children learn more about God's plans for their lives.

If you have a little one, these books are a must see! They are available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.

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And one very lucky winner is going to win both books! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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