Monday, February 19, 2018

Books I Love~~ How To Heal a Broken Wing




As a Mom of two young children, I am constantly on the lookout for good, creative, wholesome children's books to read with my kids. We do a lot of reading, especially during the winter months. I set aside a certain amount of time each day for reading together since my kids were babies and so this has become part of the routine in our home. At this point, my little daughter (5 years old) is really enjoying chapter books, whereas my 3-year-old son pines for books with more pictures :-). So, I try to create a "happy" balance. I have to say that I think sometimes I am enjoying the books as much as the kids; Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Little House on the Prairie series have been delighting me these long winter days :-). 

And this book (How to Heal a Broken Wing, pictured above) is such a good one, one that we have really enjoyed reading, over and over. I originally found it in the library and then purchased it on Amazon because I really enjoyed the story-line and the sensitivity portrayed towards the least of these of Christ's creation--pigeons. 




Ok; I admit--I have a soft spot for pigeons. . . My Dad used to raise homing pigeons when my sisters and I were little, and they really are sweet, smart, devoted creatures--the little squabs are delightful! :-) Many people think of them as "dirty" or "diseased" but when they are cared for properly and loved as they should be, they make wonderful pets. The farmers around here like to shoot them, but I enjoy offering them shelter in my barn! :-)

When we were little, my Mom took me and my sisters on a city bus ride from our small town into the "large" ;-) (to me ;-)) city of Providence, RI. We walked around the city and fed the pigeons from a park bench--she wanted us to have that experience of riding the bus into the city and it is such a vivid memory from my childhood, especially feeding those dear, sweet birds scavenging for survival. So this book, How to Heal a Broken Wing really holds a place in my heart. 




I enjoyed the illustrations which are vivid and bright and somewhat unusual (almost a comic-book style, but large enough for little eyes to see and focus on). I loved the simple, sensitive story-line about a little boy who rescues a hurt pigeon on a city street, rehabilitates it, and then releases it. Everyone else walks by the hurt pigeon, ignoring it or not noticing it, and it somewhat reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan; I really liked that connection. 

This is a wonderful book to read with little children. It s simple, sweet, and heartwarming and teaches little ones sensitivity towards God's creation. There's so much hardness in the world; this book was refreshing in the way that it depicted animals and encouraged the nurture and care of a small creature who was hurt. 

If you are able to purchase it or take it out of your local library, I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do! :-) 






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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How We Have Been Doing and a Ministry Update

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.
~George Mueller



As I write this, we are in the throes of winter in the Midwest. We are beginning to get used to the "long" (in my opinion 😉) winter season here and to adapt to it. I'm thankful for a warm home and the closeness of family and friends during this time of year. We are inside a lot and I am (still :-)) *trying to get used to not hanging up my laundry outside as I had become accustomed to that pleasure during the warmer months :-) I hear that the Amish people who live near us hang their laundry in their basements during this time of year, but for now, I think that I will use my dryer. :-) 


My Mom feeds the little birds and we see the sweet little juncos and chickadees and cardinals outside the window on these cold snowy days. The birds are hearty around here--I think that they have to be! I don't feel so hearty! I'm trying to get used to wearing two sweaters in my house and keeping myself supplied with a steady stream of hot coffee to sustain me and to keep my fingers from freezing. My two children, ages 3 and 5, are longing to play outside again. We have tried to play a little outside, but it is a challenge to keep the blood circulating . . . 😉. 


I am fascinated by the animal prints that we see around our home --foxes, rabbits, deer, etc., and I often think of these creatures struggling for survival around me. We frequently see deer in the cut-down fields of corn. They try to eat the leftovers until the Lord provides a fresh supply of green for them in the spring. They are such sweet creatures. One day (before winter) a fawn bounded over our lawn during the day. I don't know if it lost its mother or was running from something . . . but these are the kinds of things that we occasionally see.






We replaced the windows in one of the rooms in our home--we live in a circa mid 1800's farmhouse and I am not sure how old the windows were . . . at any rate, the wind is not whistling into that particular room anymore. :-)  Our Pastor replaced them with my husband helping him. So I am very grateful for that--and it made for a bit of a warmer winter--at least in that room! :-)



I began homeschooling my little 5-year-old daughter this year and that has been a wonderful experience for me . . it actually breaks up the long winter days and warms my heart as I see her learning and enjoying her little workbooks (for the most part :-)). 


My kids and I constructed a "chariot" for Queen Esther and King Xerxes out of these boxes from Aldi's :-)

Food warms us up and promotes general well-being and good-will, so we have been doing a lot of baking. 😉 My kids enjoy it, especially my little daughter who loves kneading bread. My son can always be counted upon to put in the salt (for some reason he loves that particular ingredient!) :-). 

We are all longing for spring . . . it will come soon enough--and I think that the long winter will make our hearts gladder to see the spring come in all of its beauty. Praise God that He brings the springtime and softens the icy wind and sends the warm spring winds of His comfort and goodness. 



In terms of our ministry, the Lord has been placing our "attic" room upon my heart. This is a large sloped-roof room in our home that I would like to convert into a guest room. Initially, I had been focusing upon our "Missionary House," a building on our property that I would like to convert into a guesthouse to use for ministry purposes (if you are not familiar with the ministry that I am referring to, please visit the posts at the bottom of this page to learn more about why our family re-located from New England to the Midwest! ) But I thought that maybe we would "start" with this large attic room . . . and so I am praying for the Lord's direction as we take steps forward in this "small thing." It is exciting to look back and to see how the Lord has led us to this point and to trust in His wisdom and provision and love for the future. We truly believe, as Hudson Taylor says, that "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies." And so we trust Him and fix our eyes upon Him by faith. We are building a place of rest for Him, and He is our Hope. 

Please pray for us. 

We are as always, so grateful for your love and continual prayers. 


This is where we take shelter during the really tough days of winter when we have no food or electricity. . . haha; just joking! My sweet, spunky nephew, Simeon built this fort/shelter in our yard :-)


The following blog posts detail why we moved to the Midwest and our purpose here:



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Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Valentine's Giveaway!

Ok, all you lovebirds out there . . . it's that time of year again and I couldn't resist . . . it's time for . . .  


A Valentine's Giveaway! 💗


Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I think that this is because of the memories that it holds for me. My Mom made Valentine's Day so special for me and my sisters when we were growing up. We would always make a homemade heart-shaped pizza and have a fizzy pink soda-drink that we usually didn't have. She decorated the table with special Valentine's Day things and prepared everything with such detail and love. She and my Dad always gave us a Russell Stover heart-shaped box of candy wrapped in that delightful red cellophane. My favorite chocolate was the caramel filled one. It meant so much to me as a little girl and it still holds such a strong remembrance in my heart. And thankfully, my husband now buys me the Russell Stover heart; it was part of our marriage agreement . . . haha; just joking. 😉

Anyway, I wanted to put together a giveaway for this special time of year. I pray that it brightens someone's day and brings joy to each one of you in some way. 

And may we always cherish and hold dear the greatest Love of our hearts . . . our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who first loved us . . . 💗

What this giveaway includes:





  • The DVD Old Fashioned (Read my review HERE)
  • Lindt truffles~~Because I strongly believe in nutritional STAPLES  and am a great advocate for healthy foods 😉
  • Exquisitely lovely Lauren Conrad earrings to wear for a special date or while watching Old Fashioned . . . ;-) Wonderful for promoting the ideal of a "rose-leaf complexion."-haha! 


I hope that this giveaway is enjoyable and fun! Please enter below using the Rafflecopter form. And Happy Valentine's Day to each one of you! 


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

What I'm Watching This February Instead of Fifty Shades Freed 💏






With the enormous popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey films, I thought that I would recommend an alternative that Christians can watch this Valentine's season. I've watched this film numerous times; I love it so dearly. And it speaks depth and grace to the heart. The film? :-) ~~




Oh, how I love this film! It is beautiful, poignant, romantic without being overly sappy, deeply engaging and fun to watch. Old Fashioned is refreshing and real and sweet. And it is a film that touches the soul rather than just the emotions, which I believe is so important.  

Instead of drowning our souls in the filth that Hollywood tries to feed us, why not watch things that edify and encourage us in our faith~to walk closer to the Lord Jesus Christ in our relationships and to honor His name in all that we do?

So don't slink into a dark cinema this February and pour pollution into your mind and heart~~ curl up on the couch with a cozy bowl of popcorn and some Reeses peanut butter cups (haha--my preference :-)), give your husband or wife a tender kiss, and feed your eternal soul with something good. 

Description of the film:

Clay Walsh is a "former frat boy" (from the back cover of the film) who has turned to Christ and forsaken his formerly-sinful lifestyle. He lives in a small midwestern town in the state of Ohio where he works in an antique shop restoring "old-fashioned" odds and ends. He holds high ideals for a flawless courtship, one in which he has pledged not to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife. As the film unfolds, the viewer learns that Clay still struggles with severe guilt over his past sins and is trying in his own strength to keep his high standards. Later, he embraces the grace of Christ over his past regrets and a beautiful transformation occurs in Clay's life. 

The main female character, Amber, is a fun-loving unbeliever who goes wherever the wind takes her, who has been hurt in past relationships, and who providentially ends up in Ohio, renting the small apartment above the building where Clay restores furniture.  She is mystified by Clay's gentlemanly behavior, sincerity, and high ideals, although she thinks him a "little odd." 

Clay and Amber slowly and sweetly, though sometimes painfully, fall in love with one another. Clay ultimately sheds his legalistic mindset toward romantic love while at the same time still maintaining his high standards and respect towards women. Amber, in my understanding, embraces Christ as her Savior toward the end of the film, realizing that "all things have been made new," (referencing her past sinful life of mistakes and broken relationships), and Clay and Amber become engaged in a very tender love scene (enter box of tissues and replay button ;-)).

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Books I Love: Lucky Ducklings





This is one of my new favorite children's books. I found it at the library and love it so much that I will probably purchase it to add to my own collection of children's books. Reminiscent of Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, this sweet, sweet book tells the true story of a Mama duck and her little ones and their hazardous journey across a grate covering part of the street in a city in New York. 

The Mama makes it across the grate but the ducklings, being too tiny, fall in one by one. Thankfully, someone observes what happens and they are systematically rescued from the drain and restored to their Mama. 



The illustrations in Lucky Ducklings are vivid, simple, and bright.  The story line is easy for young children to follow. I would say that it is a good story to read to a child anywhere from 2 and up. My kids loved it (they are 3 and 5 right now). I love the way that this story teaches children compassion for the Lord's creation and represents the ducks as sweet and innocent rather than sarcastic and crude (as many children's books unfortunately represent animals these days). 




I am always so excited when I find a good book at the library; it seems harder and harder to find good, solid, edifying books for children. But this was one! 

The only "issue" I had with the book is its title--I just explain to my children that as Christians, we don't believe in luck, rather, that the Lord's hand works in all things. I remember my Mom always telling me that when I was little and now I find myself echoing her words! :-) 

At any rate, I strongly recommend this book for your personal library; you and your kids will enjoy it immensely! :-)







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Friday, January 19, 2018

Wholehearted Motherhood: Raising a Generation With An Undivided Heart Book Spotlight

Thank you to everyone who entered the Cozy Winter Giveaway! There was such a wonderful response ~~the name randomly chosen was:


Alana

Congratulations! You will be notified by e-mail so that I may send off the Giveaway prize to you. :-)

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I love Sarah's writing. Hers is one of the blogs that I return to over and over and find encouragement, wisdom, and gentle admonition toward being a more Christ-focused Mom. And so I was delighted when I learned that Sarah had written a book speaking to the hearts and minds of mothers. And Sarah's heart speaks through this book. She is deeply committed as a mother of her two children but most importantly to honoring the Lord and setting him forth as the Treasure that is worth surrendering lesser things for.  This book expresses the joy of surrender--in our mothering and in pursuing His high calling upon our hearts and lives. I'll share one quote that I especially loved (among many) from the book.  Sarah says, "It is not that motherhood is a better job than say, being a teacher or being a surgeon. I've heard women call motherhood the 'highest' calling on a woman's life. I disagree. The highest call on women is their service to the Lord. But He calls some women to the high calling of motherhood and requires of us high standards." Sarah's wisdom and candidness are refreshing and encouraging. This is a quick, focused, thought-provoking read and a breath of fresh air for the mother whose desire is to honor the Lord first and foremost in her life with her children and family. I strongly recommend this book for Moms who desire to draw nearer to the Savior in their child-raising and who crave a devoted, committed pathway in mothering. 



Sarah's e-book may be purchased HERE on Amazon:

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Description of Sarah's book, from Amazon:


What is wholehearted motherhood? Basically (without giving the it all away), wholehearted motherhood is embracing the life of service, femininity, and joy that God requires a mother. It means accepting, submitting, and taking on the life of Christ - through His strength and power. And it means a life that looks very different from our world today.

God laid this vision on Sarah's many years ago as a young teenager from a broken home and the product of third-wave feminism. In writing this book, Sarah had to touch on parts of her life that really hurt - from the sin of others and the sin she lived. 

But God.

Not only is this book about godly motherhood, it is also part of God's redemption story in Sarah's life. These words wouldn't exist if the pages of her life hadn't been written. And she is so thankful.









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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cozy Winter Giveaway

Dear friends, it's been so cold here lately. I just thought that it would be nice to have a giveaway here on the blog--giveaways always warm my heart, even though my fingers are freezing . . . :-)



I pray that this giveaway would bring joy to someone and that it would be fun for everyone who enters-- 

My desire is for this blog to encourage each one of us to embrace the Lord's perfect will in every sphere of our lives; I pray that the items included in this giveaway would be an encouragement toward that end! --

What the giveaway includes:

  • A beautiful print from my dear blogging friend Sarah, who blogs over at The Wholehearted Home. This print is a framed Elisabeth Elliot quote that reads: "It is impossible to love deeply without sacrifice."
  • My sister Alicia Ruggieri's 3-in-1 A Time of Grace Trilogy. This softcover includes all three of her novels in one volume. Her words will surely touch your heart deeply and bring you near to the cross of Christ in a real and profound way.
  • A french vanilla scented candle
  • French vanilla coffee mix (for those who are tea drinkers, I apologize--I just can't break myself from encouraging the coffee habit . . . ;-))
  • A delicious chocolate bar--necessary winter sustenance for warming the body and heart ;-). I confess; I chose a caramel one because I love caramel . . . I promise it will be intact when it arrives ;-). 
And there you have it. :-) Blessings through our precious Lord as we embrace His perfect will in this winter season . . . 

Much love in our Savior,
Rebekah



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