Thursday, October 16, 2014

Miss Lydia "In Dreams" from LOTR on Piano~

This is a special post going out to the Koch family.
Elijah wanted to record Lydia playing this song and send it to you!
We miss you Kookies!

And a special thanks to Janessa Thom whom instructed Lydia at a young age.
She still is challenging and teaching herself! :-)

Without further a do...

The Hardest Peace {Book Review & Giveaway!}

Even by the first pages a felt I knew Kara. She opens her heart through personal testimony and it quieted my heart. It made me appreciate my home, my children, my marriage and the breath God has given me everyday. 

Recently I lost my own father to cancer. I can barely type those very words without tears swelling up and grief paining me. 
And yet I praise God for my sisters life- She went though treatment 10 years ago and is still going strong!
You just don't know how or when your life will end. 
Unfortunately we tend to resist suffering, but it is all part of God's design. There is a richness of life birthed in pain.
True surrender is not seeking constant comfort, but presenting our life as a living sacrafice holy and pleasing to God.

Kara writing is real and captivating. 
Kara is cancer is still on going and taking over her body. Even when writing this book, she was unsure if she would be alive when it was published.
If you know someone who has suffered through cancer or you yourself are suffering through illness,
Whether or not you are a mom with children or without,
Even if you are single and serving the Lord,
Or even if you do not consider yourself a Christian,
Her book worth reading. 

In her own words " I often fail, I’m often found in weakness and brokenness, but through it all I am met- always met in love. This is not simply my story and journey with cancer. It is a book written to appeal to us all as we meet the bitter edges of life on this side of eternity. In the brokenness of our unmet expectations of life, will we look for Jesus and His abundant love? Or will we tumble into bitterness and anger that leave us utterly self focused and disappointed by the hard in our story each of us are asked to receive."

Kara recently wrote a blog on A Holy Experience to a young woman scheduling her death by assisted suicide in Oregon. You can read it here. 
Please take the time.. visit her Kara blog- Mundane Faithfulness too.
Pray for her. Pray for her family.
Please don't avoid this book because it deals with cancer or death. 
Please don't avoid it because you are hurting over a loved ones death. 
You will be blessed. 

You can purchase The Hardest Peace here.

Please enter the giveaway below and PLEASE spread the word. 
Giveaway will end in one week from blog post date.

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About the book:
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow…and the devastating reality of stage-IV cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, Kara invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. This book is an invitation to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Just as the thousands of people who read her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.

About Kara:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and are planting a church in Colorado Springs, CO. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at

In Christ.. supporting a dear sister in the Lord,

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Wipes @ Your Local Target!!

First, many thanks Mom Central for Huggies and Target opportunity-

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

For many big families, saving money is a MUST. Yes, I did try the cloth diapers. I still have them, but due to not having a clothes line and the humidity of North Carolina the "up keep" on cleaning was not worth it.

I still have two kiddos in diapers, thus we change many diapers per day! A few months ago we were purchasing the generic brand diapers for day and night time diapers for bed was too much brain work. Generic brands left us with more changes- more often.

Our "go to" brand: Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers. 
Two boxes.
Two sizes and done for the month.
Seriously, no squishy mess and no leaking for up to 12 hours.

Which is awesome because Sean and I often found ourselves looking at our 2 year old in the morning, "Uh.. is he still in his night time diaper????" Whoops!

This week the girls and I took a little shopping trip to Target and bought Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers size 3 and Huggies Natural Care® Wipes.  By the pictures you can tell Priscilla loved her shopping experience! ;)

I wish our Target was closer. It is at least a 30 minute drive so we don't go too often. YET...
Moms, have you seen has a new subscription program??? Check it out here.  I have not tried it yet, but you can schedule automatic diaper delivery to your home with free shipping! Hello!? It is on my do to list! One less thing I have to remember to purchase among the hundreds of items I buy for our large family.

Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers diapers are soft, slim fitting, and with Priscilla crawling around like never before- they stay in place. Moisture stays away from the skin and she has not had one diaper rash.

Through 13 years of babies and toddlers the only wipes I use are Huggies Natural Care® Wipes.
No, I am not saying this just because I received samples. I love their wipes!!!

(My secret- Because they are so thick, (for small messes) I will use only half a wipe!! I know, I said it, yes I rip them in half. lol. I have tried many other brands and they just don't do the trick. No poo is getting through these wipes either!)

I know this may sound silly, but their tubs really hold up too. They even come in different designs. Lydia was so excited because at my last baby shower I finally got a new refill tub. I had my for two years!

Loved these cute Clutch 'n' Clean cases when we were at Target. My girls felt I was branching out in style ;)

Of course Huggies Natural Care® Wipes are handy for all kinds of messes and very convenient!! What mom doesn't deal with muddy hands, greasy peanut butter faces??? Today- it was baby prunes all over the face! Even if you don't have babies around the house, Huggies Wipes are great for even quick table/ bathroom cleanups, cleaning those hard to reach spots in the car or even dusting around the home.

Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Wipes
You can also follow Huggies on Twitter @Huggies and
join the millions who LIKE them on Facebook! 

Keeping it real,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What School is now for us and Why-

enjoying the warm fall weather

Well, if you've perused around our know we have been all over the map with schooling.

I have blogged about finding the right homeschool schedule,  homeschool lapbooks, our transition to public school, half day middle school, and after almost 10 years of homeschool... (i think) we might have found our groove. Knowing high school is right around the corner, we are always in for change.

Our youngest is starting PreK and our eldest is an 8th grader. We live in a small home and I have two shelves with homeschool supplies- If you don't count our huge bookshelf of library books and books we own. I have a chalk board I seldom use, which currently has had Elizabeth sketched chicken coop designs for the past week. (Oh, thats right I don't have any more chalk...hmm.)

Oh, yes. I forgot to say- they are "all homeschooled". It kind of goes with the territory "are they all yours?" voice.  We are at peace and happy with our decision. Last year Jason went to school for a few months and the girls almost completed the year, but we brought them home when Priscilla was born. We found that an "all year round" schedule works best for our family (starting the first week of July) Making sure all the kids are ALL up by 7:00-7:15 as made all the difference in the world. No more sleeping in! Note: Mo and Dess always get Mom and Dad up by 6:30 anyways.

relationships :)
I have never scheduled out my year with curriculum. I have tried, but failed. It doesn't jive with me, but this year I actually marked teaching/learning days. This past Monday we went back to school after a three week break. Thank you Lord! I love taking breaks yet getting back to the grind is always needed (for both the kids and I).

As far as curriculum? I sometimes find used workbooks for the "Littles" (Dess and Mo) but don't ever buy a whole lot. Math is my big splurge. Wise wisdom from my big sis: "If you are going to spend money on any curriculum do it on math." I have stuck to that policy for years. We use Math U See. I only have to purchase a new complete set each year for the level Elijah is on and workbooks for the other kids. All the others reuse the dvds and teaching supplies. has been a use success in our home. My biggest resource- GOOGLE. Search any grade/workbook/ subject and add the word "pdf". Buy some printing paper and print what your child will actually learn. How many times as homeschool parents we have bought workbooks and only did the first 20 pages? No guilt sitting on your shelf this way!

(I should say because of our break.. we didn't make it back to the Library and we had over $55 in late fees. em em.. had to shrug that one off)

Which bring me to my next thought: Why waste your money? IF you can teach your child to delight in reading even picture books, there is endless Curriculum at public libraries!!! Sean sections their reading materials off by days with short writing assignments. Living books, books that read like a story or keep your attention are most important. Many time the kids read the books before they are assigned. The librarian politely let us know at the end of the checkout, "just so you know...that makes 65 books checked out tonight." Wonderful! :D lol

the girls ambition one day:making rosewater
My other investments: A LAMINATOR!!! Why in the world did I not purchase one years ago? The Lord propably knew I would have donated it in one of my moving purges. Great for chore charts or educational posters.

Being honest as possible one of our home school days includes--- (but is not without fighting, playtimes, an episode of Curious George, poopie diapers, potty training accidents, kitchen baking messes.. and all sorts of drama):

  •  Family bible/prayer time in the morning. We read either a devotional or Proverbs/Psalm according to the date. Please don't picture us sitting perfect. The little ones are always being loud, fighting or making a mess in the other room. Too, there is usually at least one child in a "grumpy" mood. Somedays it feels like "wow, God really blessed that time" others it is work for even my heart to be there. BUT we always press through. :)
  • Morning Routine/ Chores; this can be lengthy process due to the attitude and motivation of the child.
  • Writing a Bible Verse from our morning reading.
  • Math and Grammar worksheets
  • Reading 
  • History with mom (just started this recently again. so far so good)
  • Khan computer time.
  • Friday is not a full school day. The kids share/present to the rest of the family what they have been learning or studying. This was a huge blessing this year. It has shown me yes, your kids are learning! and given them the opportunity to have voice without interruption.
I do not use a cute "inbox". I've tried! They never were utilized it and many other items always floated in during cleaning. I did however learn about "homework folders" from public schools. They were a way for teachers to share with parent notes and school work they completed/ or needed to finish. The process adapted very nicely. Work "to do" goes on one side of the folder. Finished corrected work on the other. Each child has a different color which helps me find them easier. I made one for Hadassah this time around-- she felt like such a big girl.  ;)
directions from a klutz library book
Well, I could go on and on. I am always learning. Growing. Email me if you have any questions buckout6atgmaildotcom. Sometimes it helps to know another mom that has struggled for years and still figuring it out!
new fall break tradition- the Pitt County Fair
yes, the first time they all wore the same color of shirts and now
I understand how helpful it can be!
"hey mom, get a picture!" lol

Blessings Friends,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Treasury of Bible Stories {Review and Giveaway!}

This opportunity for this book review was perfect! 

It was starting to became obvious we had been neglecting opportunities to share God's word with Hadassah and Mordecai. They needed a more consist time with either Mom or Dad reading the bible and learning about Jesus. 

With my first few kids we never even had a secular movie in the house. Maybe Elijah would watch Bob the Builder from time to time, but it was all praise videos and bible stories. It is adorable when Mordecai shouts the lyrics to "Christmas Monkey" from Curious George, but since toddlers will soak up all they see and hear.. it was time for Mommy to set aside a special time apart from raising her "pre teens" and focus on the little ones --- and of course a fun NEW Bible Treasury Book helps!
We really enjoyed Magnificent Tales: Treasury of Bible Stories. Of course, as you can see from above; we got quite the giggles from the illustrated buggy-eyed Jesus, but ended up loving all the fun art. 

There are 20 Treasury of Bible Stories in all (see the table of contents here). It took me a few stories to get the poetic rhythm and I was concern that it would not keep their focus, but they loved the stories. 

Each story is a good length which makes them perfect for bedtime. Often we read two just because they did not want to be done. Their favorite story- Food for a Fish (Jonah and Whale). 

From a parent point of view, I really appreciated the author keeping many biblical details that other children's bibles often leave out. 

Here is a little video of Mordecai's thoughts! So adorable.

Ok, so you know we loved the book and we are blessed to let you win a copy! 
At least try the Rafflecopter below!! 
Giveaway will end OCTOBER 1st!

Please watch they book trailer below too!

About the book:
Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today! 

About the author:
Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn andThe Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.

Book Trailer

In Him,

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trying to Understand Grief.

the last time i held his hand..

This post has been tumbling around in my head for months. Ever since Fathers Day, when I lost my Daddy.

When I am alone running, worshiping, sleeping or when my house is actually quiet- grief will slap me the face or creep up slowly as I try to push it away.
Even last night I woke up twice- bawling.

Truth be said- I miss my Dad.

In about 3 days or so, it will have been 9 years since I my brother died. I cannot believe it has been that long.
The death of my dad does not lesson the hurt of my brother, but it cuts deeper. I can only how much it hurts to loose a child or a spouse. God, be my help if He ever chooses that for me...

Where it hurts the most- not knowing his eternal state. Yeah, Yeah.. I get it. My apologies ahead of time, but comfort and reassurance from those who say he is "looking down at me" will not help.

My dad was an amazing man.. yet stubborn as the get go. He honestly showed me what a father can be and allowed me to walk out my faith from a young age. Yet, faith/religion did not settle well in topic. He had been hurt by the Jehovah Witness church or many other things I suppose. An anger arose in him, if you even brought up Jesus. Through grandkids and his own kids loving him with the love of God, we hope in his dying unconscious state he surrendered. All I can do is HOPE, but in that hope it HURTS. Even I times I grow frustrated. I want to be in heaven with Jesus all the more.

I was his baby out of 8 kids and two marriages. He was always there for me. Being able to run into his arms, was such a picture of what my heavenly father has and will always be for me.. does that make sense? Some people have a hard time understanding the love God because their relationship with their own father was dysfunctional. The exact opposite was my relationship with my dad. For that I am ever thankful.

I wish I had more time with him. I wish I could have been by his bedside when he took his last breaths...

My dad was an incredible runner back in the day. I have many memories cheering him on...and he did the same for me. Almost every race, he was always there. I plan to run another soon, but I am afraid of the reality I must face at the finish line- he will not be there. more grief.

God, let that not be true with eternity!

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…Hebrews 12

For now I have to choose joy. choose to pray. choose to journal. choose to enjoy life. many moments it does not come easy. sorrow sucks. sorrow hurts.

I will keep looking up to the Lord for he is where my help comes from.
my big 10k, selfie at finish line.

this is what I am going to do with dad in eternity-
coffee and carrot cake.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Love Dare for Parents {Book Review & Giveaway!}

This is the first time I've had 3 book giveaways going at the same time!  My hope is you will be enter and win at least one. It just so happened to be the month of summer reading. :)

If you saw my Facebook Posts, you definitely realized how impacting The Love Dare for Parents was in my life. It is a 40-Day Challenge, to journal and grow as a parent- yet I am taking it VERY slow. I am practically doing about one every three days because the spirit of God teaching me invaluable lessons. I read, journal and re-read to my husband. I honestly see it more of an inspiring devotional.

Each day covers a "Love Dare" with a scripture, exhortation/encouragement and journaling section. This book can be used if you have one child or ten. It can be used whether you have a newborn (why not prepare ahead!) or adult children. It is never to late to invest in our children. Honestly I wish I was reading this 10 years ago.

Sean and I will be purchasing The Love Dare (for marriages) very soon. We both realized if the parenting book is this good, we can't go wrong with investing into our marriage too!

Here was one of my facebook posts:

Realizing how selfish I can be as a parent.. God show me how to give, like He has given to me. They are only in my care for a short time. Sacrificial love. "Love does not seek its own" 1 Cor 13. "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" Phil 2:3

I want to live life FULLY with them. Yes, I need breaks and moments to breathe, but no "Me" time will take away all stresses of my day. Only Jesus can. By the peace HE gives.

Part of Love Dare for parents day 6-
"God strategically uses our children to help us become less self centered, less self absorbed, and more loving like Him..
"We must remember that selfishness and love are in constant opposition to one another. You can't be acting out of real love and selfishness at the same time. Selfishness causes us to put our own hobbies, entertainment and comfort above the needs of our children. It leads many parents to refuse to have more children because they don't want anything to stretch them further beyond themselves.
Choosing to love your children will cause you to say "no" to what you want so you can say "yes" to what they need. It doesn't mean you cannot enjoy personal fulfillment but don't negate their welfare and needs just so you can enjoy your own."

About: The Love Dare for Parents - Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “dares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term.
Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day.

The Love Dare for Parents can also be purchased on Amazon. Softcover, Kindle, Leather Bound or Mp3 audio.

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