Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adventures in Reading: Count My Blessings

I am thankful that this girl is learning new things every day! 
Here's a little video of her newest skill:

(Walking...and showing off some pretty rad dance moves!)

There are so many things that I want to teach Rebekah. 
Skills like how to swim and how to read. 
Habits like saying 'please and thank you' and putting things away where they belong.
Life lessons like life isn't always fair, but God is always good. 
And how to be thankful for all of the blessings God has given her. 

Some of the above lessons will have to wait until she is a little older!
But some of them I can start teaching her now...
Like how to swim! I was so thankful for each time we were able to visit our public pool this summer and practice our swimming skills. 

Every night we pray with Rebekah and thank God for the food He provided for us, for the  beautiful day He gave us, and for our friends and family who love us. These 3 things are all included in our newest fit-together shape book book from Tommy Nelson called Count My Blessings 1-2-3. Being thankful for the blessings we have is a something I can teach and demonstrate to Rebekah right now!

Rebekah just loves the pictures in this book and I appreciate the reminder to be thanking God for our many blessings. Like all of the Tommy Nelson books we have, this one is very sturdy and stands up to the 'reading' of a 1 year old. Every other page has a 3 dimensional aspect to the illustration and Rebekah really enjoys touching the pages as I read to her.

 I am also thankful that Tommy Nelson Publishing is going to give one of you a free copy of this wonderful book! There are 3 different ways you can enter (and if you do all 3 you will have your name in the drawing 3 times!)

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me one blessing you are thankful for.


(2) Click over to our Adventures of D and V Facebook page and like or comment on the post about Count My Blessings 1-2-3


(3) Visit my Instagram page and like or comment the picture I have posted about Count My Blessing 1-2-3

The winner will be selected and contacted on Monday, August 31st. 
I was provided this book for free from Tommy Nelson Publishing in exchange for sharing my opinions. My opinions on blog are all my own true thoughts. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Adventures in Rebekah: Mommy Discoveries

Everyday I make discoveries. About myself as a mom. About the world around me. About my sweet girl. Some of them are major discoveries, but most are just little things that make me shake my head and smile to myself. 

For example, when Rebekah was just a few months old I discovered that I don't mind picking up disposable diapers when they are freshly removed from a baby's bottom. Still warm from the baby booty body heat, it doesn't bother me... but let that same diaper sit on the changing table for 30 minutes and blahhhh! I can hardly bring myself to pick up that cold, squishy, squashy, yucky diaper. I gag a little bit just thinking about having to pick up a cold diaper. (I'm weird, I know, and I'm ok with it!)

And have you ever noticed that the tags of all (ok, not ALL, but most all) stuffed animals are place on the stuffed animal's bottom. How did I realize this? Well, Rebekah loves to put tags in her mouth. The other day she was crawling around with the tag a stuffed puppy in her mouth and her little nose was...well...right on the puppies behind. I wish I had gotten my phone out to snap a picture - it was funny! And then I looked at the rest of her stuffed animals and they all had the tags on or close to the animals bottom. Why do they do that? 

Anyway, that's all today. Just a few random mommy discoveries...maybe I will start a mommy discovery list here on the blog! 

(Waiting for Daddy to get home from work so we can wave to him!)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Adventures of Rebekah: 12 months = 1 year (already!!)

Dear Rebekah,
What a year it has been! It was so fun for me to go back and read about each month and to see you grow in each of your monthly pictures!

Here are links to each of the past monthly posts about Rebekah for anyone who may have missed one

This last month went by so quickly (and I'm over a week late posting this! yikes!)

This month you got to go on your first picnic! We met your Memaw for a picnic lunch one day and you loved being able to move around  and look at everything while eating some lunch.

You got to meet a new friend (and mommy got to visit with an old friend!)

You are starting to put things back into containers instead of just taking things out ...though you still prefer to take things out.

You can be such a ham sometimes and everyone just melts at your cute smile. 
You are increasingly mobile and are always discovering new things to climb on
And climb in to. 

You even took your first steps before your  first birthday - one night when mommy came home you took 3 steps to get from daddy to mommy - we are so proud of you! 

You love to eat pretty much anything - green beans and blueberries are your current favorites. Oh, and chicken. You LOVE chicken.

You are still taking 2 naps a day and sleep about 11 hours at night. Most nights you wake up one or two times to nurse, but every once and a while you surprise mommy by sleeping all the way through the night. I hope that becomes more of a regular occurrence soon...please? Speaking of nursing, we still are. My goal was to make it to 1 year and then play it by ear. You nurse before you go to sleep (naps and night time) and when you wake up in the morning - so about 4 times a day and once or twice at night. I know our special times in the rocking chair are going to come to an end sometime, but I'm perfectly happy to keep nursing until you are ready to stop.

You are such a sweet girl and I can hardly believe it has been one whole year since I got to hold you in my arms for the first time.

Happy Birthday Little Girl!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA Week 12

We have had house guests for the past week and I just realized that I never posted our CSA box for the week! Eeek! 

Here it is! In the box was green beans, carrots, eggplant, corn, cucumber, watermelon, peaches, onion, yellow pepper, and tomatoes. 

We have been loving the fresh corn on the cob, but this might be more than the two of us can eat. So I'm thinking about freezing some of the corn. Anyone have any tips for freezing corn? 

We have yet to cut into the watermelon to see what color it or yellow, we are not sure! (It makes me think of the Big Bang Theory and Schrodinger's Cat...until we cut it open it is both red and yellow, right?!) 

And I'm thinking about trying this Tennessee Peach Pudding recipe (and modifying it to be gluten and dairy free) with some of the yummy peaches we have been getting! 

Peaches and corn are in abundance in our house right now - and I couldn't be happier about it! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA week 11

I'm a little late getting this weeks CSA post up because our box came a little late yesterday. The farm that our produce comes from is in Indiana. The farmer (who is Amish and does not drive) hires a driver to bring him, his sons and the produce to the delivery locations. Well, the truck broke down yesterday on its way to us and had to be fixed before it could continue the deliveries. SO, instead of picking up our box around noon, we picked it up at 7pm. But everything arrived safe and yummy! 

In the box this week we have: blueberries, peaches, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber, banana pepper, apples, bell pepper, yellow squash, melon, red potatoes, and cauliflower. 

OH! Before I forget, we had a surprise in the box last week! Remember the cute little watermelon? When I cut it open....

IT WAS YELLOW! I've never tried a yellow watermelon before, and now that I have I can safely say that they are basically the same as regular watermelon. Maybe a little crisper...if watermelon can be crisp. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these goodies this week - we have lots of eating planned for this weekend because Rebekah is turning 1!!!!!!! We are having a family dinner on Saturday, and a BBQ for friends and family on Sunday. And perhaps blueberry pancakes as a special birthday breakfast! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Adventures in the Kitchen: CSA Week 10

In the box this week: Green beans, corn, onion, beets, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno peppers, watermelon, and a peach. 

I'm really enjoying the variety in this weeks box! And there are a few totally new items this week too - watermelon (isn't it just the cutest little melon you ever did see?!), eggplant, and jalapenos are all new! 

Eggplant is not normally something I would buy at the store, but I'm excited to try a new eggplant recipe. This Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa from Julia's Album looks yummy! 

But I might have to tone down the spicy just a little for us - we are not huge spicy food people. 
SO...I'm not quite sure what to do with the jalapenos...Hopefully they are not to spicy for some salsa! 

OOO! This Balsamic Grilled Eggplant from The Nutrition Twins looks simple and yummy...and I'm a sucker for anything with balsamic 
in the title! 

Do you have a favorite way to eat eggplant? 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Adventures in Reading: Through Waters Deep

Friends, I hardly know where to begin this post. A new book, in a new series, from my favorite author...I have been beyond excited to read this book for over a year! (And when I did get my hands on it, I may have stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it...I couldn't put it down! But, I'm getting ahead of myself...)

Through Waters Deep is the first book in Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom trilogy. Having read all of the books in Sundin's Wings of Glory series and Wings of the Nightingale series, I can safely say that I very much enjoy Sundin's style of writing. And Through Waters Deep met and exceeded my expectations. Here is a little about the story:

Mary Stirling and Jim Avery, childhood acquaintances, are reunited in Boston. In the months leading up to the United States officially entering WWII, Mary and Jim feel the tension between the internationalists and the isolationists at every street corner. Mary works at the Boston Navy Yard as a secretary, taking notes on everything, quietly observing. Jim is a Navel officer on the USS Atwood, a destroyer that is assigned to escort British convoys across the North Atlantic and protect them from German U-boat attacks. Jim is a 'go with the flow' kind of man but that changes when a plot to sabotage the USS Atwood and other ships constructed in the Boston Navy Yard is uncovered. Mary and Jim work together to find the truth behind the attacks. 


There are so many layers to this book, a paragraph hardly can do it justice. Sundin's extensive research of the time period and places of which she writes is evident in the specific historical details included in nearly every page. (Sundin actually shared some pictures from her researching trip to Boston on her blog) From the streets in and around the Boston Navy Yard, to life on the destroyer USS Atwood, Sundin's details make you feel like you are right there, being chased by a German U-boat. The characters of Mary and Jim are complex and deep - each of them has issues from their past that they are still working through. And as a result developing new and deeper relationships with God and each other. The plot is unpredictable and included much more mystery than some of her previous books did, which I very much enjoyed. Most historical fiction books about WWII take place when the war is already happening - so I really found it interesting that Sundin chose to write this one just before the US entered the war. And when I finished reading it, I wished that there was more (which is my only complaint!). But I'm hoping we will find out a little more about what happens with Mary and Jim in one of the next two books in the series....but we have to wait a whole year to find out!! 

In the mean time: 

Through Waters Deep

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  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
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  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah's blog.


I was given this book for free in exchange for my review of it - however the opinions expressed in this post are all my own true opinions.