The story on my iPhone:

I interrupt this sibling lovefest to confess that I asked them to hold hands. But still.

I love these guys–even with fake smiles and scary eyes.

Even when they ring the doorbell and wake me from my Sunday afternoon nap with lots of screaming to tell me that

I won the fake lottery!


Have a happy weekend and live a little. We have very little planned–Just the way I like it.

How about you?

** Maybe I did win the lottery after all.

Preparing Your Hearts & Home for Advent {Family Giveaway}

*Updated with Winners* Congrats to random commenters; Megs, reader JennB (, reader Jennifer (, Ali Workentin, and Andrea. Y’all send me your addresses and I’ll get the books to you!

It may seem too soon to make preparations for Advent “a coming, the arrival.”

But it is coming.

His arrival is imminent.

In an effort to still the fast-pace race of this life, to capture the very essence of Christmas, we must prepare.

Each day leading up to the Christ-child’s birth and Holy Day should be awaited and cherished. What better way to teach our kids about Christmas’ true meaning than this. I have found a precious book to help me do just that. Last year after Christmas, at the Christian bookstore, I found them deeply discounted and bought five extra copies. For you.

Getting Ready For Christmas is a simple children’s book, with colorful pictures. It’s a daily Advent prayer and activity book for the family. It is dated with each day, leading up to Jesus’ birth. There’s a paragraph that tells the story with a scripture to see for yourself, a prayer and a family Advent Activity. At then end of the book, there is the traditional lift-a-flap, one for each day.

It’s simple. It’s perfect.

You can purchase Getting Ready For Christmas for around $7 or  leave a comment if you’d like to win one, and tell me an Advent activity you enjoy with your children.

He is coming. Prepare.

:::We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Program:::

*Final Update* Just heard the book as officially been pulled from Amazon!

*ANOTHER UPDATE* Okay, so apparently, all our clicking just crashed the page. Because it’s up and for sale. Let’s not give up. We’ve got their attention.

*UPDATED* Well. 90 seconds after I hit publish, Amazon pulled the book! (I don’t personally claim responsibility-although it is a convincing post! Ha! The power of the Internet, never ceases to amaze me.

I had another post planned for today. But it will have to wait. Ironically, it’s about an awesome family Advent book, complete with activities (I’m giving FIVE away) with Amazon links.

But I learned on Twitter that Amazon, a company I shop from often and link to regularly, is selling a book for pedophiles, an instruction book for people who molest children. When I verified it, I was shocked, disgusted and I knew that we had to do something about it.

I cannot implore you enough to let your voice be heard. Not only is this outrageous, Amazon has the nerve to suggest this is freedom of speech. It’s criminal, in my opinion, not censorship.

Once again, I watched the power of moms with laptops and wifi, LIGHT UP Twitter and get the attention of every news venue in the media. Let’s use social media to make a stand. I know that this might be an inconvenience for some of us. I’ve never made more than $25 a month through Amazon Affiliates, but I do have my new book available for pre-order there, and even some gift card credit. But “If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.”-Alexander Hamilton.

What can we do?

  • Boycott-don’t shop at Amazon
  • Don’t link to their store
  • Email Amazon’s CEO’s  Jeff Bezos
  • Write a letter of complaint: Amazon.Com P.O. Box 81226 Seattle, Wa. 98108-1226.
  • Call this number 1-866-321-8851  reference ASIN#B0049U4CF6
  • Tweet about it using hashtag #Amazonfail
  • Share it on Facebook, join the Boycott Amazon FB page
  • Call local news, report it on Drudge report
  • Write a post about it, link it up here

Oh, and I’ll have my regularly scheduled post up tomorrow, as soon as I find a bookstore to link it to!

P.S. Please don’t buy my book at Amazon. You can also pre-order it at Barnes & Noble, Lifeway Christian StoresCokesbury and Borders

(who will you be using now that Amazon isn’t an option?)

WFMW: Dayspring Affiliate Program

One of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done is write for (in)Courage. This community of women reaches beyond computer screens and into my heart. I have gotten to know the people behind their parent company, Dayspring and I can tell you: they are the real deal.

I’ve watched them worship God in person, lead others in integrity and live a life that honors God.

What more can you ask for in a Christian company?

Okay, I found it. An affiliate program where you can earn money just by sharing their amazing products with others!

I love Dayspring products. (They have no idea I’m writing this post, by the way!) I love the quality, the uniqueness and that each piece and product clearly speaks His name. Because of my involvement with (in)Courage over the past year, I’ve given many products as gifts to friends and family. As a matter of fact: dear family, yes, the Dayspring elf is coming your way this Christmas. PLUS, they will be selling our necklaces to benefit Mercy House in the next few weeks! Okay, enough gushing.


I want to show you some amazing pieces on sale right now:

Send a message this Christmas with this awesome Jesus is the Gift plant pick on sale for only $4.99!

Love this pretty Jesus is the Gift pitcher for $18.74:

And I love this practical, adorable Christmas card holder on sale for $19.99!

Isn’t this gorgeous? Peace on Earth tile set, 25% off for $41.25:

You can use any of the below coupons on the above (or any) sale items or regular-priced for EVEN MORE savings:

Okay, back to the point. I just put my affiliate link (first time I’ve done this) into this post. I think it’s great we can share great product and possibly earn a reward!

New Kitchen Collection from DaySpring

Dayspring works for me!