Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thrive Moms Retreat

Thrive Moms is a ministry for moms to encourage and inspire you to do more than JUST SURVIVE motherhood. According to their website, "We believe God want us to Thrive and walk confidently in who he calls us to be as mothers. We are a ministry seeking to serve, inspire, and empower imperfect moms with the perfect grace of Christ. We strive to accomplish this through our weekly newsletter: Momentum, Prayer Ministry, Support Ministry, online and local community gatherings, and seasonal online events.


As busy moms, we know it’s hard for you to get away. We have created an online conference just for you. A safe place for community, encouragement and inspiration. We invite you to join us for our virtual retreats - a chance to snuggle in your PJs while soaking in truth and encouragement from our speakers, with live chat to engage with other women who are fighting the same battles that you are."

Here are the past 4 Thrive Moms Retreats. Enjoy...

Monday, November 23, 2015

For Those Who Are Struggling...

My sweet friend, Amber, sent me these videos to watch during our waiting to hear a court date to adopt Mercy. She and her hubby have adopted five precious kiddos and knows all how the hard and wonderful parts of adoption. Thought I'd post them here for later reference and for anyone else that might be going through struggles - which is pretty much all of us!...

Planted  - When adversity hits, life can start to unravel. But we have access to deep roots of faith and friendship that allow us to overcome and thrive. Learn how to be Planted.

* Elijah - An angry king. Devastating drought. Epic opposition. And one man who overcomes it all. When the world around us is spinning out of control, where do we turn?

* The Time Is Now - No matter how much we want one, there’s no blueprint for a perfect life. Feel like you’ve hit a wall? Don’t be discouraged. Maybe it’s just a part of what God wants to help you rebuild. The Time Is Now to lay the first brick on a new foundation.

* Habakkuk - Ever question God? Ever wonder where He was hiding when you or someone you love was going through a difficult or perhaps horrendous time? In Part One of the Habakkuk Series taught by Craig Groeschel you will get these tough questioned answered by looking at the life of an ancient prophet named Habakkuk. And when tough times come again, and they will, you will be better prepared to face them head on, persevere and come through with more faith, hope and love than you ever had before.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shop With Purpose This Christmas Season!

Shop for a great cause this Christmas season! Here's a few ideas near and dear to my heart. They are AmAzInG gifts that keep on giving! ...

* Crocheted Infinity Scarves - made by Jamaica Hoyord benefitting her family's adoption

* Adoption t's benefiting Jamaica & Tony Hoyord's adoption - Sale ends Nov. 22 @11pm CST

* Scentsy Fundraiser benefitting Jamaica & Tony Hoyord's adoption, hosted by Sonya Veilleux Houle

* Young Living Essential Oils - for every starter kit sold, Kerry Banzet will donate $50 to Arise and shine Uganda Babies Home

* Little Yellow Yarn House - AdOrAbLe crocheted creations made by Kerry Banzet. 100% goes to support orphan care.

* Steps Of Faith - a ministry began by our daughter, Kenzie, who has a desire to teach dance to kids who can't afford it. She is collecting donations of dance clothes (ballet shoes, skirts & leotards size 2T and up) for kids in Uganda, Africa.

* Just Love Coffee Roasters Adoption Fundraiser benefiting our family's current adoption

* Adoption t's benefitting our family's current adoption. (Sale ends Thanksgiving evening at 11pm CST!)

* Harriet's Bead Creations - Aprons, table linens, Christmas tree ornaments, jewelry, headbands, & bags all made in Uganda, Africa. 100% of the proceeds goes to pay school fees for kids in Uganda. (Also available at Bless UR Heart Boutique in downtown Owasso, OK.)

* Uganda Bags and Beads - Jewelry and bags made by women in Uganda, Africa. 100% goes to Arise and Shine Uganda Babies Home. (Also available at Bless UR Heart Boutique in downtown Owasso, OK.)

* LIFTED Uganda - baby bibs made by ladies in Uganda. 100% of the proceeds helps them have a sustainable income and provide for their families.

* Trust Without Borders - jewelry made by Cathy Border; current proceeds will be given to her church's annual Christmas offering.

* Sole Hope - proceeds benefit Sole Hope, an organization that treats those in Uganda who have been affected by jiggers.

* Project Hope Worldwide - sponsor a child this Christmas season!

* Give A Goat - Give a goat for a family in need in Uganda

* Mercy for Mamas - $7 will purchase a "Mama Kit" and will help a laboring mama in Uganda have a safe and sanitary delivery

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker

Moms, if you have not read "For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker, you have to get it. It's hilarious and encouraging and makes you feel like your crazy world is not so bad, and may in fact be quite "normal"! ;-)

Here's the four video book club series that streamed in September 2015...

And go here to get...

* FREE access to 4 book club videos with Jen

* FREE "For the Love" discussion guide

* FREE printable recipe - Jen's favorite chocolate cake

* FREE printable invitation & other book club leader resources

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Elephant and Piggie

One of Asher's little buddies introduced him to the "Elephant and Piggie" books last year and he instantly fell in love. It's hilarious how he thinks the books are so funny. He cracks up and laughs a big 'ole belly laugh throughout the entire book.

So I thought I'd put a few videos here for him to watch of the books and helpful links below for anyone who might be interested...



Elephant and Piggie on Amazon (includes books, plush stuffed animals, music, bags, etc.)

Elephant and Piggie on Pinterest