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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Udderly Smooth Review

Winter is the perfect time to try new lotions. I am pretty particular though. I have demonstrated for several lotion companies over the years and have found some pretty great ones out there. Ones that I would recommend to my family. But they can't have strong scents in them. I am very sensitive to smells and a lotion with a strong scent is an immediate no from me.

With that in mind I was a little leery of signing up for this review. I wanted to try it but was worried about having to say that I couldn't even be in the same room as the lotion without getting a headache. Thankfully that was not the case.

Udderly Smooth is a fantastic lotion. It smells great-clean and fresh without overpowering you. It is creamy and soaks into skin quickly.

Okay, okay, hold on. Here is some info from the company:

Made in the USA for over thirty years, Udderly Smooth® products contain rich moisturizing ingredients. Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth® can be used on Dry Skin, Cracked Skin, forDiabetes Foot Care, as a Facial Moisturizer, as a General Moisturizing Lotion and many other uses.

Pioneered by a Pharmacist, reasonably priced and made in America’s heartland. Use Udderly Smooth® daily for smooth, soft skin head to toe.

Moisturizing Lotion

Original Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream is a greaseless, stainless water-based moisturizer with a light fresh fragrance.

Originally developed for use on dairy cows, Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream. is used by many people for their dry and chapped skin.

Use Udderly Smooth® as an everyday multipurpose moisturizing lotion. Udderly Smooth®. contains rich moisturizing ingredients that perform to soften dry, chapped skin.

Udderly Smooth® is available in 2 oz tubes, 4 oz. tubes, 8 oz jars, 10 oz with pump, 12 oz jars, 16 fl. oz bottles and 32 fl oz bottles.

Intrigued? I was. I had seen this available at our local store but never gave it a second thought. I mean, really. Udder Cream? Sure cows need to keep their udders from getting chapped but how does that translate to my skin? I wasn't interested.


Little did I know I was missing out. When my package came I was thrilled with what I was given to try. The box was full of goodies. I was squeeling with delight until I realized they were too cold to try right away! We had been gone and the postman left them on the porch for me. Usually not a problem but a cold snap came through causing freezing temps. I had to practice a little patience while the box was staring at me from across the room.

When it finally warmed up I snatched the hand cream up and squeezed a dollap into my hand. It was creamy and didn't run all over my hands. That was a good sign. But then I started rubbing it in and it felt like it was turning to water. Not a good sign. I was sure that it was going to evaporate and be as if I hadn't used any lotion at all. I was just about to sigh in frustration when I noticed my hands. The watery feeling was gone and my hands were smooth and soft. The lotion had already soaked in leaving my hands feeling wonderful. There was no sticky residue and the soft feeling continued for several hours.

I was hooked. I put the hand cream in my purse and offered it to everyone I saw!

Next was the Foot Cream. My oldest daughter is a soccer player and had some pretty calloused feet so I made her slather the stuff on her tootsies. She balked at first but when she felt the lotion sinking in making her feet soft she stopped complaining. The Foot Cream with Shea Butter is wonderful. It is extra thick like the Body Cream but still doesn't leave a sticky residue. Plus, they make your skin soft and moisturized.

We are loving Udderly Smooth at our house!

Want to find out more? Visit Udderly Smooth and check out everything they offer. You can find the Hand Lotion, Body Cream, and Foot Cream we tried and check out the other great products they offer on This Page. You can see on this page that the prices are very reasonable. Ranging from around $5 up to $8 for different sizes and creams. The Foot Cream 8oz option is only $6! You can't beat those prices!

Visit their website and Facebook page to find out more about this great product.

Don't forget to head over to Mosaic Reviews and see what everyone else thought of Udderly Smooth.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor Review

Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.

Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor, but when tragedy strikes and everyone blames Quinlan, the Swords of Valor disband, ending a legacy of heroic deeds.

Alone and despairing, Quinlan wanders the kingdom, fleeing his past. His providential encounter with Taras, a mysterious Silent Warrior and former trainer of Valor Knights, offers Quinlan a chance to redeem himself and learn the ways of the secret warriors.

The training is grueling, and just when Quinlan seems to have left his failures behind, he receives an impossible challenge from the Prince—one that will force him to face his past…and the mighty men who blame him for the tragedy that ruined them.

Can Quinlan reunite the Valor Knights in time to save the people from the Dark Knight’s evil plot to rule the Kingdom of Arrethtrae, or will the Valor Knights lose the most important battle of all?

We have long been fans of Chuck Black in our house. We have read the entire Kingdom Dawn Series (several times) and bought the audio books as well! We have started on the Knights of Arrethtrae series. They do not disappoint. These books are for around ages 12 and up although we have had our younger children listen in. We have just had to explain some things or stop and talk about things that are difficult to understand for them.


Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor follows along in the series and catches the reader up in the world of Arrethtrae. You find yourself drawn in and needing to follow the story through to the end. This book is a must have for family read alouds! This book is number five in the Knights of Arrethtrae series so you might want to start with number one and work your way through them. You'll be glad you did.

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor is an allegorical book that will have your family discussing deep things for a long time. The intricate way the story is written is engaging and fun. Who doesn't like to read about knights? You can easily see the Biblical outline in these stories. I highly recommend them all!


**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**


Monday, December 9, 2013

A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God's Unfolding Story of Salvation Mosaic Review

A Tale of Two Kingdoms by Heather A. Kendall is a book worth reading and owning. (this is saying a lot because I won't buy a book or recommend someone buy it unless it is incredibly good) It is a book that will draw you closer to God and help you see the the map of God's story better. The epic story unfolds as an "overview of the Scriptures is presented in an interesting and evangelistic way. Many will find the prophetic interpretation challenging."

Students of God's Word will want to devour this book.

Primary purpose:

To trace the development of God's plan of salvation through Jesus, the promised Seed, from its beginning to its triumphant end in the new heaven and new earth.

Secondary purposes:

1. To consider how Satan has continually tried to thwart God's plan of salvation, but he will never succeed.

2. In the Old Testament God declared Israel to be his special people. In the New Testament the church became God's special people. How did those first Jewish believers respond to this difficult transition?


The entire Bible is God’s story of salvation. In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, everything was very good. This included Satan. Then puffed up with pride, Satan sinned by coveting the throne of God. Later, in the Garden of Eden, he was ecstatic when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. From that moment they became members of Satan’s kingdom. Yet God was not taken by surprise. Before creation the Triune God had already devised a plan of salvation. He loves us so much! Therefore God promised Adam and Eve that one would come who would destroy Satan’s power.

The Old Testament describes God’s gradual preparation for the coming of his Son. At first only a few believed and waited for the promised Seed. Then God formed the nation of Israel and set them apart as his special people. Through the prophet Daniel, the Lord even gave the Jews the due date for the arrival of Jesus. He expected his people to wait for the birth of the Saviour. When God was silent for 400 years between the Old and the New Testaments, people were not. The Pseudepigrapha or false writings describe the heart attitude of some of the Jews. These writers influenced many people. Finally, the promised Seed was born exactly when God planned.

Meanwhile, in the Old Testament, Satan actively tried to prevent the birth of the promised Seed. Realizing that Jesus was born did not prevent him from continuing to try to thwart God’s plan. At Jesus’ death, Satan likely thought that he had finally succeeded in his evil desires to usurp God’s throne. His plan, however, backfired. At his resurrection Jesus triumphed over Satan, once for all time. Now, until the end of the world, God’s kingdom is rapidly expanding. Satan is a defeated foe. One day Jesus will return to gather believers into the eternal kingdom and to judge nonbelievers.

Heather also includes her own testimony throughout the book. The Points to Ponder at the end of each chapter serve as devotional aids. A timeline, maps, and index help in Bible study.


The other book I received for review was God's Unfolding Story of Salvation. This is a Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline you won't want to miss. This is a Bible Study broken down into 38 Lessons that have you diving into the meat of Scripture. "No one can appreciate the size or shape of a forest without flying over top to view the big picture. The Bible is like a forest and individual books are similar to tress. Studying small portions of Scripture is worthwile and necessary. Nevertheless one of the first steps of discipleship after salvation should be an understanding of the big picture of the Bible."

Each Lesson is broken down into Scripture reading, questions, Reflection, and a Summary. The questions are thorough and thought provoking.


No one can appreciate the size or shape of a forest without flying over top of it to view the big picture. The Bible is like a forest and individual books are similar to trees. Studying small portions of Scripture is worthwhile and necessary. Nevertheless one of the first steps of discipleship after salvation should be an understanding of the big picture in the Bible. God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation will teach believers that the biblical storyline is Christ-centered.

Often people think of redemptive history only in terms of its promises in the Old Testament and its fulfillment in the New Testament. There is much more to the story than that. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit also points to Christ through preparation for his birth, pictures or types, and anticipation. Since God’s story ultimately affects each one of us, it is worth the time and effort required to understand it. If you do this, you will discover a pearl of great value. Forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God are the greatest needs of everyone past, present, and future. This redemption story brings glory to God and benefits believers.


Both of these books are recommended by me without hesitation. They are useful for instruction and to further your journey in learning God's Word and God better. You can purchase them Here, A Tale of Two Kingdoms is $23 and God's Unfolding Story of Salvation is $22. Visit Heather's website Here or her Blog Here.

To find out what other reviewers thought of these wonderful books head on over to Mosaic Reviews and check them out Here!



Friday, December 6, 2013

A birthday

Friday the 6th we celebrated Hannah's 12th birthday. She is such a sweet young lady and we are blessed with her quirkiness everyday! She loves math, bugs, long fingernails, helping people, ballet, being silly, and so many more things. She is a gentle spirit that quietly moves through life. She is such a blessing to our family.

I can't believe how much she has grown this last year. She is now the same height I am and her feet are bigger than both of her older sisters.

She is such a joy and I can't wait to see what God has planned for her life.


She was helping this little guy. We have no idea who he was but he needed help so she took charge of him!


Love this picture. She was tickled with something and just quietly laughed. Love it.


Happy Birthday, Peanut. Love you more than words can say.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Another play

Each year, for the past few anyway, our homeschool group puts on a play. I direct them and have awesome moms that help out. We started out pretty simple the first year and worked our way up. Last year we had full costumes with minimal sets. This year we have full sets and costumes and lights and sound. aagghhh did you hear my head explode?

Yeah, this play is hard. The lines are hard. The costumes are hard. The sets are hard. It is hard. Did I already say that?

Since we only practice one time a week for about an hour and a half my co-director and I get a little stressed out. We had to call a few extra practices for the month of December to get lines memorized and sets worked with. The sets are still waiting to be built since Steven and I are building them. We have the plans but need a little bit warmer weather than 12* to work with tools in the garage. ;-)

They will get built. But we only have six more practices before show and I am freaking out. A lot actually. Tomorrow's practice will hopefully be better than the last one. lol

I can't wait to see the kids up there in their costumes performing for everyone. They will be great, of course!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Week of...

Well, Sabbath Week fell the first week of December so we are all anxious to start our break. Unfortunately that meant that we weren't focusing on the now. We were all exhaused from the play and Hannah decided to get sick the following week. She was better by Thanksgiving but then Naomi got sick after that! lol It's always something, right?

Thanksgiving Day we went to Steven's side of the family and spent the day eating and visiting. It was a pretty low-key day and it was great. The cousins all played, went to the park, and sneaked treats. The adults sat around visiting and sneaking some treats! Just wish Bug could have been there with the cousins. They kept asking about her, it was so cute.

Friday, Steven and I went on a date and did some of our Christmas shopping. No, not Black Friday shopping. Although we did get some great deals! We got a chunk of things taken care of and had a wonderful time being together. That night we watched a family movie, I think.

Saturday we headed out to my side's Thanksgiving and spent another day eating and visiting. We went to a Craft Fair in the morning and ate our way to oblivion in the afternoon. We are pretty good cooks if I do say so myself. And the fact that there were more desserts than main/side dishes shows you where our priorities are. heehee

We were pretty tired out by Saturday night and decided to stay home from church on Sunday and just spend it with us. It was a super low-key day that involved naps and reading and watching movies.

That was the week. More or less. Throw cheerleading, signing up for indoor soccer, ballet, doctore appointments, a little school, cleaning house, making Christmas presents, and a few more things and that about covers it!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Little Pony:Party of One App Review

Sing with me..."My Little Pony, My Little Pony..."

Educational apps are just about the best thing around. They are fun but still teach something. You can't beat that! What makes them even better is if they are familiar characters that my kids already love. That's why My Little Pony:Party of One from PlayDate Digital has been such a hit in our house. We have loved My Little Pony for many years now and I foresee it continuing long into our future.

My Little Pony:Party of One App is the My Little Ponies you have come to love telling a story all kids can relate to. This app is interactive and has many items to explore. Your child can choose to read the story for themsleves or have the app read it to them.

This is a sweet app that your kids will love. I know mine have. I tried to get a picture of the 3yo playing with it but she was always too excited to sit still for the picture! This app is available for ipad, iphone, and ipods and can be purchased for $2.99. The ages for the app are stated at being 0-5 years old but my 8yo had a blast with it and my 11yo 'just had' to go through the book one full time 'just to check it out!'

I played with the app myself and found that I enjoyed touching the horses or objects and finding out what they were going to do or say! It's like a digital pop-up book. You and your children will love this app. The colors are bright, the graphics are great, and the characters you already love are in it. How can it get much better than that?

About the App: My Little Pony: Party of One is an interactive storybook app. It is based on a favorite My Little Pony TV episode and adapted for a preschool audience. It teaches kids social emotional values -- friendship, trust and belonging. It was developed in partnership with educational experts. Here is the app description and our learning goals:

Description: Get ready for an adventure with Pinkie Pie and her friends in MY LITTLE PONY, Party of One, an intriguing new interactive tale about the magic of friendship. Who throws better parties than Pinkie Pie? Having just finished one celebration, Pinkie Pie sets off to invite all of her favorite ponies to a NEW party, but suddenly every pony seems to be QUITE busy. What’s going on? Join the investigation as Pinkie Pie visits her My Little Pony friends looking for clues. Bold graphics, bright colors and lots of animations make Party of One an enjoyable and engaging way to be entertained and practice reading skills. Perfect for My Little Pony fans and beginning readers.

Key Features:


Featuring the official voice of PINKIE PIE from the show FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC

Watch the characters animate in playful moments during every story spread

17 scenes that come to life as children tap and explore each page.

Tap on the ponies to move the adventure forward

Highlighted words to help test and build age-appropriate vocabulary

Word round-up to reinforce learning goals

Parents can track children’s learning progress


Everyone wants to belong. MY LITTLE PONY Party of One uses thoughtful language and lively scenes to gently help children to understand their feelings about friendship membership, tensions and misunderstandings.

Practice reading skills

Introduces new vocabulary words

Test problem solving skills

Social Emotional skills

Social skills may be reinforced by parents and children reading together and discussing:

· Seeing things from someone else’s perspective

· Understanding the dilemma that both the ponies and Pinkie Pie are facing

· Developing empathy for both Pinkie Pie and her friends.

· Learning how to maintain supportive and honest friendships

· Understanding the importance of communication and learning


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If you want to see what other reviewers thought of My Little Pony: Party of One App, head over to Mosaic Reviews and check them out!



Today we get to spend the day with family. We get to eat, visit, and remember our blessings. We are truly blessed. Bug and her family are celebrating together and we will miss her-we aren't all here without her!
Enjoy your families and hug them often.
You can also read my latest article over at Homeschool Mosaics today. Check it out!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Our Week...end...

Last week Sarah, Naomi, Hannah, and I were involved with Triple Threat's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sarah was Miss Dorothy, Naomi was a Stenographer\Modern\Jailbird\Soloist, Hannah was a stagehand, and I was the choreographer.

Triple Threat is a great company in that it is for 1st-9th graders and everyone that auditions gets a part. Wee try to give everyone the opportunity to have speaking and singing parts. It is amazing to watch these kids blossom as they learn to act, sing, and dance. They grow in confidence and I am privileged to be a part of it.

The show went really well and I am so proud of the kids. I choreographed quite a bit of dancing and they learned it all! Last week was Tech week so the entire week was full of rehearsals and then four performances. We are exhausted but satisfied with a job well done.

Sarah did an amazing job as Miss Dorothy. She is such a natural on stage and I love watching her perform, she lights up the stage. One night an actor didn't make his entrance so Sarah and the girl playing Millie had to ad lib quite a bit. They were hilarious! They stayed in character and made up several minutes worth of conversation. No one could tell it wasn't in the script.

Naomi was fantastic in all her roles. Her solo went off without a hitch. She is fun to watch on stage and is just about as lively as her older sister. I can't wait to watch her develop as an actress!

Hannah was super busy as a stagehand. She was hauling desks, jail cells, and just about everything else on that stage. She was constantly busy and completely exhausted by the end of each show!

I am so blessed to a part of this company and can't wait for the next show to start...just not for a couple of months!!


(pictures will be coming soon!)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Finding things out

I have been so bad about keeping the blog up lately and I have been struggling to understand why. It's not that there isn't a lot going on at our house. On the contrary, there is a ton happening but still I can't seem to blog about it.

I have been thinking about it and here is what I have figured out. I am not blogging because I can't. What I mean is anytime I share something on MY blog about MY family I hear backlash from people I know in real life. If I blog about how much I love our church I hear how I hate our old church and how I am saying bad things about it. If I post about the theater group I work with I am bagging on a different theater group or I am jealous of different groups. If I blog about the difficult times in the last year for my family then I am gossiping or saying bad things about others and being hurtful to them(don't even talk about how they are talking about us and being hurtful to us). If I blog about our family being sick or hurt I hear that no other family on the entire planet ever gets hurt or sick and we are the only family in the history of ever to have that happen. If things that happen to our family happen to others it is funny or sad but if it happens to us it is fodder for jokes and jabs at us.

Yes, I hear it all. I can.not.say.anything.about.anything without someone telling me that I shouldn't say that or how could you say that. Or making fun of us for it. It is really quite amazing.

So I quit blogging altogether. I hate that because I love blogging about what is happening in our family and use it as a scrapbook of sorts (since I am inept at real scrapbooking!) I print the books off at the end of the year and keep it as a history of our family.

But this year I let others dictate to me what I can and can not blog about. No longer. I am pretty fed up with people thinking that every stinking think I post is about them or any particular situation is something they know about and not just ramblings from a tired momma. Yes, there are things going on in our lives that I wish weren't and yes they involve people we know in real life but I haven't and won't post names or call people out. I will post my frustrations and hurts over situations on MY blog and if that offends some, so be it. I am not blogging to please others. I am blogging as an outlet for me and a record for OUR family.

Cranky? Yup, you're right. I am. I am tired of people that lie to your face and then turn around and stab you in the back and I am tired of people telling me that I have no right to say things on MY blog about MY family. I am tired of people pretending to be friends and I am tired about worrying over every little thing I say all the stinkin' time.

I am going to try and catch up this next week with back posts so I have a record of our lives. It won't be pretty but at least I'll get it done!

Sorry for the rant but sometimes it just needs said, ya know?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

See the Light Art Projects-Dreams of Joseph Review-Mosaic Reviews


It is no secret that we are not really artists. I can barely draw stick figures, a few of the girls can draw a few things; but we are pretty inept when it comes to real painting. I wish we could but it just might never happen.

However, See the Light Art Projects might help us get a little better at it!

I was a little wary of this review just because we are so bad at art but was kind of excited to try as well. We were going to give it our all no matter what. The disc we received was The Dreams of Joseph. We loved it.

Here is a little about it:

Dreams of Joseph

In the style of Marc Chagall!

Watch and Produce Your Own Masterpiece
in 4 Step-By-Step Lessons with Master Artist Pat Knepley!

DREAMS OF JOSEPH is the sixth in a series of ART PROJECTS that advance skills and learning as students complete wonderful works of art in the style of a variety of famous artists.

DREAMS OF JOSEPH includes an in-depth Art History focus on the style of Marc Chagall, explores related Art Elements and Art Principles, and uses a variety of media. Biblical integration is woven into every single lesson!

DREAMS OF JOSEPH is geared for ages 10 +. The 4 lesson DVD runs approximately 1 ½ hours, but the student should allow approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete this fabulous work of art!

Synopsis of each lesson:

1. Outline Key Elements in Black (29 minutes)

2. Paint the Background (33 minutes)

3. Paint Joseph's Colorful Robe (22 minutes)

4. Finish Your Painting with Joseph's Dream Details (24 minutes)

But this description doesn't do it justice. I have always thought that Art History was a little boring and would check out when teachers would start in on it. Sad but true. Not with See the Light. Pat has a way of integrating Chagall history in an interesting way that makes it relevant to today and keeps the viewer waiting for more. I was so intrigued with learning about Chagall life that I didn't realize we were learning Art History until the first session was over! We all were remembering and talking about the different aspects of his life and some of the paintings Pat showed us. Plus, we had the black-line beginning of our painting.

We were all pretty thrilled with what we saw already.

We kept watching the videos and added to our paintings. We had a glorious time painting and learning together. I did include all of my children in this; but only the 8yo, 11yo, 14yo, and 15yo's painted. But the 3yo was completely mezmorized with Pat and the paintings on the videos.

We laughed our way through our struggle to recreate what Pat was working us through. The instructions were clear and really easy to follow-if we could you can-and each process was step by step. It really couldn't have been any easier to follow unless Pat was to come to our house and do it for us! We just had a great time learning to paint this picture.
We were thrilled that we ended up with paintings when we were finished. Plus, we learned aobut Chagall's life, paintings, and more about the Bible story of Joseph. Pat weaves the Bible into each session in a natural way that makes you want to read the stories again.
I was very impressed with See the Light Art Projects. The quality is outstanding and is well worth the $14.99 for this disc. You can purchase each Project individually or in a set for High School Credit for $99. Head over HERE to see all the wonderful products See the Light has to offer.
Want to see our final projects?
A little about See the Light:

With a love for the Lord Jesus Christ, a heart for children, and a passion for ministry, Dave and Pat Holt bring you the SEE THE LIGHTteam:

ARTISTS with specialties that include teaching a large variety of techniques, art history, chalk artistry, performance art, gospel chalk art (with black light), crafts, creative lettering, and more;
MUSICIANS whose talents include songwriting, musical performance, arranging, and producing. The SEE THE LIGHT team is dedicated to bringing scripture and biblical principles to viewers in a fresh, engaging way. . . and promising to teach some exciting art skills along the way!


Head over to Mosaic Reviews to see what other reviewers thought of this great product. And head over to See the Light and check out all the amazing products they offer.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Fun

We missed the Pumpkin Patch Field trip with our homeschool group so the L family decided they wanted to go with us and another family on a different day.

I am so glad we did. We had a blast!

Here are some pics of our fun.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Light for My Path Mosaic Reviews


As most of you probably know, I love books. I reall love books. Especially books that are uplifting and appropriate for my whole family. But, an even better book would be one that uses God's Word for teaching my little ones.

A Light for my Path by Davis Carman is just such a book. It is put out by Apologia and it is an ABC book based on Psalm 119 and it is so sweet. It is a precious way to teach your children the alphabet while instilling a love and reverance for God's Word. At the beginning of the book is an introduction that helps parents understand the way the book was written and ideas to help you foster a learning time with your kids.

There is also a section in the back that will help your children learn the Hebrew alphabet. "Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem, a literary composition in which the writer uses the letters of a word or alphabet as the intial letters for a series of lilnes or stanzas. This particular poem is divided into twenty-two stanzas, one for each letter in the Hebrew alphabet." You can have fun learning Hebrew and reading the Psalm that goes with it. It is a gentle approach to learning that is a good fit with pre-schoolers.

Here is my own alphabet about this book:






F-Forever(God's Word is forever)







M-Mommy and me time

N-Never Alone



Q-Questions answered





V-Very Helpful





You can buy your own copy of this precious book for $14.00 at the Apologia website. It is a soft-bound book with a durable cover and thicker pages to stand up to little hands turning it. This will be a book you go to over and over for that snuggle time with your little ones.

You can also check out their social media pages!

To find out what other Mosaic Reviewers thought of this sweet book, head over to Mosaic Reviews and check them out!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Review

I have been in on conversations lately about whether to take kids into the worship service with adults or send them to a seperate service so they don't disturb anyone.

I am firmly in the camp of Family Worship that is all together in the same service in the sanctuary. I love having my children sitting beside me and learning from the pastor. I want to sing worship songs with them and I want them to see me taking notes and learning from The Word.

So, when I had the opportunity to review this book I jumped at it. Rufus and Ryan Go to Church is all about teaching children what to expect in service and how they should behave. It is just adorable! The pictures are sweet and having the monkey along with Ryan helps kids relate on a less intimidating level than just rules and regulations.

I loved reading this book to my 3yo and watching her expression as she saw the pictures and found Rufus in each one. I also loved watching my 8yo read this book to my 3yo. It was pretty precious!

"In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, four-year-old Ryan explains to his stuffed monkey, Rufus, what is happening as they attend church on Sunday morning. He lets Rufus know when it's time to sing and to pray and to be quiet. Author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to an experience that most children are eposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to their favorite companions as they go about their daily activities."

This is just one of the first titles in a new series of inspirational books for preschoolers. Also available now: Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers.

This sweet little book will be a favorite for your kids because of the pictures and characters and yours because of the sweet way it helps kids learn about church.

WHO is this book for?
- Children ages 2 to 5 and their parents, grandparents
- These faith-based board books make great gifts during any season: Christmas, Easter, baby
- Toddler birthday
- Gift from grandparents
- Gift for your child's Sunday School teacher of children's minister
- Perfect for church nurseries, Sunday school classes, preschools, and church worship settings

About the Author

Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!
Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publisher: Ideals Books
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