Life's been a little...complicated.

I sit here and I'm not even quite sure I know what to type. It's been 11 months since I last posted on this blog. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED writing and posting on this thing. Books are my life, and this was a great way to show it. However, things just got a little bit complicated.

First, we found out we were unexpectedly pregnant-and that pregnancy got rough SUPER quick. By 5 weeks, I was incredibly sick. Then, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. For the entire 9 months, I was in and out o the hospital quite a bit.

Secondly, hubby got a new job. This was a huge blessing since his last job was barely paying the bills for backbreaking work. He now has a steady job with bigger pay and full benefits. This has been a long-time prayer answered.

Third, I started my own business, Strong Arm Marketing. It's a media consultant firm for small businesses, especially in my local area. It's going wonderfully and I am excited to see where it goes.

So two new jobs and a new baby. BIG changes, right?

Well, I plan on carrying over that wonderful change into this blog. I want to get back to reading and sharing what I read. I miss writing and I feel like I've put a part of myself on the backburner.

I hope you'll be patient with me and stay tuned for what's coming up with this blog. I will start out slow with one post a week and hopefully get back into the grove to start pumping them out three times a week. How does that sound?

If you're reading this-thank you. I can't wait to share this tiny part of my soul with you, again.

Mama Bear Reads: Eden The Animal's Parable

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Sometimes, looking at an event through the eyes of someone else gives a new perspective on the story as a whole. You can get an entirely different outlook than previously, and your storyteller may have something to offer that you hadn't experienced before. Return to the story of Jesus and read it from a new perspective in Keith Korman's Eden: The Animals' Parable. In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden. Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

Christian Bloggers: Women I've Learned a Lot From

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Coming up with the idea to blog wasn't random for me. In fact, it came from a need. I was a new mama, new wife, and struggling with all of it. We didn't have the internet for quite a while after we got married due strapped finances, but once we did it really became a wealth of information for me. I could do a quick Google search for anything I needed help with; things I wouldn't dare ask anyone else.

I was extremely lonely during this time as well. Without any friends in my season of life, I searched for women out there like me. It didn't take long to come across some amazing bloggers that wrote about things I NEEDED to read. I thought I would share those ladies with you, and hopefully, they can be a blessing to you as much as they were/are to me.

It's Time to Make Over Your Mornings

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Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind I’m talking about. Where you’re literally scrambling from the minute one of your kids wakes you up in the morning -- until the time you fall in bed that night. Everything feels completely chaotic like you have absolutely 0 control. You've even told yourself that this would be the year that you get organized and on a better schedule!

16 Amazing Bibles and Devotionals for the Entire Family!

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As Christians, we are wanting to saturate our family with God's Word, and sometimes we need a little help. I'm a big fan of using devotionals to assist in covering our hearts with the Lord's promises, commands, and hopes for us. Here are a few that I think would be great for anyone in your family!

1. The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin Young and Don Clark. This is a beautiful telling of the Bible in only 20 mins. You get the video version as well as the audio book. We LOVE this. It helps the kids understand the linear story of Jesus from the beginning of the Bible through the end. The imagery is also stunning!
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