Thursday, April 10, 2014

Playing Dress Up ~7 weeks old

Thank you grandma for this sweet little dress. We love and miss you!
Priscilla is such a treasure.


 my favorite...


 ok. she's done.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pulling Back the Shades {Book Review & Giveaway!}



Congrats to my last winner on Must-Have Marvin children book! 
I am now going to do a complete 360 and offer you this new book- Pulling Back the Shades. ;) 
Not recommended for children whatsoever!

First off, let me say this was not my usual daily read in the midst of seven kiddos (while nursing) but I was very intrigued. There are very few books on the subject and I was curious to what these woman had to say.

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, I have certainly NOT. From what I heard it was on the New York times best seller and woman were running to it like crazy. It has been quoted and talked about on many venues/talk shows. It is a steamy erotic romance and personally (from the quotes I read), quite disturbing. I was shocked, but not surprised that many faith filled woman are sucked in to the story. 

Lets be real. How many times have you heard men struggling with pornography? It is a subject not ignored. Yet, how often to you hear woman struggling with the same problem..perhaps in a different form? Hardly ever.

Whether it be a sexual TV series, reading romance novels, online relationships- WOMAN ARE STRUGGLING TOO! 

The book offers practical advice for women to address five core longings:
to be cherished by a man
to be protected by a strong man
to rescue a man
to be sexually alive
to escape reality

Here is a quick synopsis from Pulling Back the Shades


"Christian women don't have to choose between being sexual and spiritual. They have legitimate longings that the Church has been afraid to talk about, and books like Fifty Shades of Grey exploit. Whether you are single or married, sexually dead or just looking to revive your sex life, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire to be both sexual AND spiritual. With solid Biblical teaching and transparent stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery, offer an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. 


God designed women with these longings and has a plan to satisfy them. It's time for women to identify their intimate longings and God-honoring ways to fulfill them."

I fully recommend this book. As you read above it is written by two authors: Dannah and Juli. The text is printed in two different fonts which helps the reader distinguish between their two writings. They both share openly about their different upbringings and marriage struggles. It really helped me take a deeper look into protecting and seeking the intimacy God designed for my marriage.

Please enter this giveaway. This book will educate you or perhaps even help you. It may be one you can give to a friend or family member who is struggling with a wandering heart.


Below are two short YouTube videos from the authors to give you a little bit more information about this book.
The giveaway will end on the 19th, so please spread the word!



About the Author:
Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. Her commitment to biblical principles, relatable style and quick wit have made her a highly sought after speaker to women's groups.
Juli served as the co-host of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast from 2010-2012. She then sensed the Lord calling her to leave her position at Focus to co-found Authentic Intimacy, a women's media ministry focusing on intimacy in marriage & intimacy with Christ. Juli's books include Finding the Hero In Your Husband, No More Headaches, Beyond the Masquerade and Guilt Free Motherhood.
She and her husband Mike have been married for 19 years. They are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.

In Christ,





Winner has 48 hours to respond before new winner will be chosen.
"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: 'Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonial in Advertising.'"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

First Photo of all Seven... finally!

I know. I know.
It took me six weeks. Yes, Priscilla is six weeks old!
Our last "family" picture was almost a year ago- that is next on the list.
I decided to forgo it this time around because Elijah was feeling under the weather.

This is as good as it gets..lol.
Love my babies!









Monday, March 31, 2014

Must-Have Marvin! {Children's Book Review & Giveaway!}


I am so blessed to be able to share with you yet another Shine Bright Kids book! 

Must-Have Marvin is the second book in the Can't-Wait Willow series. Out of all the children books I have reviewed, this series is by far my favorite! 

"Marvin loves new things, he especially loves finding the latest, greatest, most awesome new things! Soon Marvin finds himself focusing on a new toy that he wants, to the exclusion of his friends. He lets them down when they need his help and nearly loses their friendship. Through a chat with a wise neighbor and a second chance to help, Marvin learns the important life lesson that people are more important than things. "

Many children- even us adults- let "toys" distract us from relationships! It really is a sweet story to read with your little ones. Although it is recommended for ages 4-8, even my 2 and 3 year old sat through the entire book. Just like Can't-Wait Willow, it has a precious little star to find on every page. I have to give a shout out to Luanne Marten for the delightful illustrations. Illustrating is a huge part of a children's books and my kids loved it. 

In keeping it real, I did change the last line when reading the book. Marvin says, "The only thing I really have to HAVE are friends." We teach our kids the only thing they really have to have is JESUS. :) so we read.. "the only thing we have to have is JESUS!" Other than that, it is a wonderful book I fully recommend it for your little one to enjoy! 

One of my blog readers will receive a FREE copy if you enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. 
If you would like to purchase either of Christy Ziglars books they are available through Amazon for a great price! 



Author Bio
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series.

Illustrator Bio
Thanks to her first-grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten  has been drawing, painting, and sketching ever since. She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach that brings her characters to life.

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Winner has 48 hours to respond before new winner will be chosen.
"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: 'Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonial in Advertising.'"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our Life {As of Right Now}

Before I was a family "blogger", I kept a family journal. Yes, with pen and paper. :) I found a big beautiful hardback journal at Borders. Sean and I would write, draw and jot down little things Elijah and Lydia would say. I started my blog back in 2009 and now my journal sits on the shelf waiting to be read when we are empty nesters.

I don't want to loose that focus. I am blessed to do reviews and giveaways (I have 4 coming this month! woot!) or even share my opinions. But, I must keep up on the simple notes of life. If not for me, for the kids, family, and those who want a real look into The Buckout Home!

Simple and Sweet was my first post ever. Simple and sweet I want to keep it! ;)

Quick catch up~
Baby Priscilla is one month old!
Dad is working hard, taking his final exam for Real Estate this month. A side job along with Web Design.
All the kids are now "homeschooled" and still love each other for the most part!
Elijah and Lydia applied for Space Camp in Oklahoma and Alabama. (The Chickasaw Nation sends a handful of kids each year.)
A full rack of seedlings are in the window preparing for our Spring garden.
Mordecai and Dess give Priscilla more than 20 kisses a day.
I for the first time exercised this morning. Sweat and all.... may try accomplishing a 5k in May.
Sean and I went on a date with baby Sunday night and it was absolutely refreshing.

Life in pictures :D...
chickens are our friends and they love the kids!

 kisses!

 this was a great nap...
 playtime while mommy was at the store


 we tried a beach trip. still a little cold! Bojangles for dinner
it was a short trip and the older ones and I chilled in the van.


 dirty rice from Bojangles on the way home
he was quiet and content.


 rainy day camera fun.
photos by Elizabeth
our new piano!


 evidence of dirty floors..lol
our transplanted trees are growing!

gruppy pup
Photos by Jason

THE BEST "SELFIE" EVER! haha


 my one month old baby girl Priscilla
ox!



Monday, March 17, 2014

The God First Life by Stovall Weems {Book Review & Giveaway!}

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Matthew 6:33

The God-First Life actually surprised me. 

Before I excepted the review I looked up who Stovall Weems was and what church he pastored. There are many mega church/seeker friendly churches out there and the last thing I wanted to do was read a book written by a man who encourages his flock to "following your heart" or teaches the "prosperity gospel". 

I imagine Weems writes very similar to how he preaches. It is very relatable, honest, and clear. His approach spells out how simple it is to surrender to a Christ centered life.  He gives many personal applications to each exhortation. What I love about The God-First Life? He brings the reader back to Gods words through out every chapter. Thank you Weems! 

There were only a small handful of Weem's thoughts I didn't quite agree with, but nothing unscriptural. Certainly not enough to encourage you not to read the book. 
He is very straightforward and it is healthy to get a good shove in the right direction! 

We constantly bombard ourselves with a Me-First life and we leave God out of the equation completely all while calling ourselves a Christian. On a personal thought, I think it is sad but true that we need a book called God-First Life! The "blessings" of our culture; material, wealth, entertainment hinder us from knowing God. 
If you are taking a missions trip to a poverty, persecuted, war stricken country (like Sudan), I wouldn't recommend this book- only Gods word. Yet, for American Christians it is a good wake up call! :) As Weems encouraged, "it will help you connect all those dots with your walk with God" 

This would even be a perfect discipleship book to those who have just come to know the Lord. Below is a quick video from Stoval Weems, please read and see his heart behind the book!

Are you interested? One of my blog readers will win one copy. Yay!
Giveaway will end in ONE WEEK~ on the book's release date, March 25th!!
To purchase, visit Amazon or Zondervan. (which also has an insightful reviews)




About God-First Life: Uncomplicate Your Life, God's Way-
A simple and sustainable path to a deep and satisfying walk with Christ There are thousands of how-to books for improving various areas of life---self, relationships, finances, fitness, business, marriage, family. And there are nearly as many books written for believers offering a framework for the 'right' approach to a new life in God. What if it were possible, Pastor Stovall Weems asks,to boil it all down to one practical, un-complicated principle that would yield the vibrant, purposeful spiritual life so many are looking for? What if, in our relationship with God, we had one simple and sustainable touch point to experience a deep and satisfying walk with Christ? In The God-First Life, Weems shows that true success in our walk with God and in life in general is not an issue of need, but an issue of order. Brilliantly unpacking the simple Scripture in Matthew 6:33, Weems gives a fresh and practical perspective on what Christian 'discipleship' is about. Bringing clarity, depth, and simplicity, Pastor Weems makes clear core truths that have been misunderstood by many Christians and non-Christians alike.
About the Author-
Stovall Weems is the founder and lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. Celebration is a global, diverse, growing multisite church, with more than twelve thousand people in weekly attendance. As a pastor, teacher, writer and sought-after conference speaker, his ministry focuses on building the local church, reaching people with the gospel, and developing passionate followers of Christ. Stovall and his wife, Kerri, have three children, Kaylan, Stovie, and Annabelle.



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Baby Priscilla~ her first few weeks

I am in love with this little treasure. All my little treasures...
Priscilla with big sister Hadassah..
 last week...


 her first bath :(
 all better..

 snuggles with mommy while I was on pinterest

 her second bath- two weeks old


Overwhelmed by His gifts,
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