Thursday, April 16, 2015
My kids are long past the age of board books, but I still love them. They're just so simple and sweet! Mommy Love You So Much! is no exception. I love the soft padding on the front cover, but most of all I love the sweet illustrations filled with animals of all different sorts (check out the flipbook, and you'll see what I mean). The last one is the best...cheetahs looking out over the African prairie. What's not to love?
The theme throughout the book is constant. There's nothing deeper than the love of a mother and this book does a good job portraying that through pictures and words. This book would be a great baby shower gift or Mother's Day gift for Mama and baby. (Remember, Mother's Day is coming up soon!)
I have one copy of Mommy Loves You So Much! up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson. Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. Enter through Rafflecopter below! Giveaway is open until midnight on April 23rd, CST.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Mommy Loves You So Much! from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Well, here I am sitting at London Heathrow's Terminal 5 waiting for a flight back to South Africa. I made a quick blip to the states to attend a conference, and by quick blip I mean 6 days in country. It was madness, but we had to leave the kids in South Africa, so I didn't want to be gone too long.
My quietness around here is attributed to that. I'm not exactly sure what day it is or if I'm coming or going. What I do know is that I'm missing my husband who is still traveling for another week plus, and I do know that I'm terribly excited to see my kids in 24 hours.
I'll be back full swing next week with some goings on. Look for some great giveaways coming up, too!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I hope the photos have done the talking here. Banana braais are one of the best things ever (food wise) that I've learned living in South Africa. It's super easy and super fun, and you can tailor it to your health preferences! I'm sharing all about the wonderful-ness of banana braais over at Petit Elefant. Do join me there!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Several weeks before his birthday, Joshua casually mentioned how, one day, he would like a surprise birthday party. My little brain got to ticking and I realized that this year would be perfect. He was turning thirteen, which is huge AND him and Jeremy were going to be gone the whole week leading up to his birthday. Emma G and I could do our planning and scheming without worrying that he would find out.
She made all the lists and dictated to me what was next when we went shopping. That girl is going to run the world one day.
This was the first year we didn't do a theme party. I guess he has grown out of those. Sigh. Every time I mentioned an idea, Emma G would say, "Mom, he's turning 13," like he was way past the age to do that. I took the hint. Basically she planned this party. Her ideas were so good...a candy bar for our candy loving kid, homemade pizza, swimming. It was perfect.
And boy, was he surprised! His face was a mixture of shock, confusion, and exhaustion. They had to get up at 3 AM to make their flight from Cape Town to Joburg and then drive 4 hours home. He quickly got re-energized at the sight of everyone there to celebrate him.
Sparklers on a cake seemed like a fun idea. It just screamed, "SURPRISE!" to me. It did not work. Even with everyone lighting them together, they still didn't last long enough for him to blow out!
A couple of days before he left on his birthday trip, he said to me, "Mom, I know I'm not having a party this year, but I think if I have one next year and I invite my friends from school, that they will come." He's at a new school this year and still navigating the newness of it all. Inside, though, I was smirking. I already knew that every single one of his friends that I had invited were coming. This kid is loved...especially by me. Love you, my boy. Happy 13!
Friday, April 3, 2015
This photo makes me laugh every time.
Today my oldest turns thirteen. Thirteen! I can't believe we have a teenager in the house! Cliche or not, it was just yesterday that I was holding my 9 lb 12 ozer in my arms. This young man is growing up way too quickly.
The boys have been on a special thirteen year old trip this week which has left Emma G and I up to planning a very special SURPRISE party! We've been rubbing our hands together in glee at the goings on happening at this house. Well, I must be going to start prepping pizzas! More in this space later on this very special guy and his epic surprise.
Happy birthday, Joshua! I love you!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Have you ever heard those crazy stories of people stowing away on airplanes? Didn't a kid make it to Hawaii once or something like that? Obviously he didn't have a ticket. Well, I flew without a ticket one time. I didn't stowaway. My rear was firmly planted in a seat. But I didn't have a ticket. How did that happen, you may ask? Well, you can read the unbelievable story over at Petit Elefant. It's the first time I've ever written about the crazy experience. Please join me over there and share any crazy travel stories you have!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Why, hello, friends. Hope you are having a fantastic Tuesday. I don't know why I'm feeling particularly chipper today. Yesterday was emotionally exhausting. Maybe I'll tell you about it, but not today. Today let's talk about some behind the scenes goings on that's been happening the past several months. I say behind the scenes, because I haven't much discussed it here. If you're interested in what in the world Jen Price is up to besides family and crafting, then let's dive it together, shall we?
I've just come out of a month long mini sabbatical. The purpose was to figure out, with God, what this next season of my life is supposed to look like. I stepped out of running the accounting, because it was time. It was probably overdue, but nevertheless it finally happened. Instead of diving right into something else, I took a month to seek God and get some direction.
He gave it to me by taking me back to a simple question that two different people asked us eight years ago when we moved to S. Africa.
Who's caring for the carers?
When there's children to feed, homes to be built, and lives to save, it's easy to forget the simple act of just caring for those doing all the feeding, building, and saving. I've never forgotten that question. It's like it has stayed at the back of mind, creating a nice little home there. It's not leaving, so it's time I embrace it.
I think the only reason it's taken me this long to embrace it is that it's not as glamorous as going and holding beautiful babies every single day. It's not something that's easy to write about in a newsletter, but it's who I am, so I'm diving in. I'm embracing the "non-glamorous."
Which means what?
I thought and prayed long and hard about my flavor of caring for people. What does it look like? When I look at the definition of equip (supply with the necessary items for a particular purpose or task), I realize that they could have just entered my name there. My mind thinks like an equipper. I love helping people see what they need to do their job with excellence and succeed. This looks like meetings with people, writing out lists, categorizing, and helping people make a plan that works for them. That's one aspect.
The second flavor of me caring for people looks like hosting special events. I've posted the events we've put on. Truth is, I love it. I love the gathering of ideas, the prep, seeing the lightness that happens deep down in the soul from simply coming together and having fun. It's needed.
Basically my days are filled with connecting with people, browsing Pinterest for ideas on the next party (you should see what we're planning), and being a mama. It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself and who you are. You don't arrive with age. There's always more hidden in the depths if we're willing to seek it out.
PS: When you don't have a photo that fits with a post, just insert flowers. It works.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
My kids started a new school (that reminds me that I need to post about that!), so when I sat down to write a post about teaching my children to be a good friend, I kept thinking about how helpful that would be for kids having to navigate new territory. It's quite simple, I think, this being a good friend business. I believe it's boiled down to love. My Tommy Nelson post this month is featured over at Faith Gateway, so join me over there and leave your thoughts on how you teach your children to be a good friend!
Friday, March 13, 2015
Wax on. Wax off.
Now let's go paint the fence.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
If you had only one day to spend in a city like Dublin, what would you do? You might remember my post about our one day in Dublin. I'm also sharing about it over at Petit Elefant. Please join me over there to see the highlights of what we did there!