29 January, 2016

Monster Truck Destruction Tour | LUBBOCK, TX

*AHHHH!!! I am SO excited about this event!! I have wanted to see monster trucks since I was 12!!! It will be awesome. My 12 yr old and my 6 yr old are beyond excited as well! Check back in a few weeks for our review!*

Advance discount tickets are available online at Select-A-Seat, by phone at 1-800-735-1288, all Select-A-Seat Outlets, or at the City Bank Coliseum
Ticket Office (806) 775-2242.
- Adults starting at $18
- Kids 2-11 starting at $5
- Children 2 years old & under are free
Fees may be applied, tickets are subject to a service charge, ticket prices increase day of show.

Monster Truck Lineup:
ROCK STAR...Leader of the monster truck mafia!
CALIFORNIA KID...California's own Monster Truck!
GHOST RYDER... He drives with a vengeance!
GIRL POWER... She will keep up with the competition!
SKELETOR...He aches to SMASH everyone out of existence!

Additional Features:
PIT PARTY & DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION...Come early, meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos with the drivers and their Monsters. 
Pit party pass must be accompanied by an event ticket.

FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS... The best of the best will be performing sick tricks! including: roof scrapping Cliffhangers, Double Grabs,
Superman Seat Grabs, and of course THE BACKFLIP!

RIDE TRUCK...That's right! Get the ride of your life on-board a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and Intermission!

Pit Party Information:

Order a VIP ticket and Party in the Pits with the stars of the MONSTER TRUCK DESTRUCTION TOUR! Didn't score VIP tickets? Don't worry, you can purchase a Pit Party Pass for just $10! Party with the Drivers starts 90 minutes before show time and ends 30 minutes before show time, every show.

Event Notes:

Event will be indoors. Loud noise and exhaust fumes should be expected.
Not recommended for children under 2 years of age.
No video cameras, or professional extended lens cameras allowed.
Event length approximately 2-3 hours.

Venue Information:

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27 January, 2016

Read the story that left Chris Tomlin speechless | {{Book Review}} Bronner: A Journey to Understand

Author and Bible teacher Sherri Burgess leads readers on her journey to understanding the purpose behind pain through the powerful story of her son Bronner’s earthly death. Using her rich, marvelous experiences of God’s works since her son’s heaven going, she provides comforting assurance that God truly is everything we need in this life. With a reader's guide in the back of the book, this makes an empowering resource for small-group discussion or book clubs. Bronner is much more than an inspiring story of faith in the worst kind of pain. It is a call to action and a beckoning to know our Holy God like never before!

*My Review*
Sherri Burgess's labor of love is so beautifully written & I couldn't put the book down until I reached the last page. There were times where I felt like I was sitting there having conversation . I want to thank Sherri for persevering and sharing her very personal story. "Bronner" is such a beautifully written, Christ-centered book filled with truth, Bronner is truly an offering to the Lord.. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this book. You will be changed after reading this book. I know I have been!

*Meet The Author*

Sherri Burgess
 is the wife of nationally syndicated radio host Rick Burgess of "The Rick and Bubba Show." They are both sought-after ministry speakers and marriage conference hosts.

A former news anchor turned author, Burgess is also mother to two teenage sons at home and two adult children. She currently serves on the school board where her sons attend, leads a girls' Bible study and volunteers with various organizations. Her heart is deeply committed to living out God's will for her life and helping others do the same. While her family may enjoy football, she enjoys her family. She also enjoys gardening and going on short-term mission trips. Her prayer is that the loss of her youngest son, Bronner, will continue to produce fruit for God for many years to come. The Burgess family calls Birmingham, Alabama, home.

I had the chance to arragnge an Author interview through through Litfuse Publicity. Below you will find my questions and Sherri's answers. I honestly cried, & got goosebumps when I read her answers. 

Me: Do you think the grieving is different for Christians than non-Christians?  How so?  

Sherri: The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 that we are not to grieve as those who do not have hope.  I think that’s the key word - hope.  Death is painful for everyone whether we are Christians or not because the separation is real for us all.  What is different is that I, as a follower of Jesus Christ, believe with my whole heart that my son still lives.  He hasn’t vanished from existence.  I know exactly where he is, and I know that I will go to him as soon as the Lord calls me.  There is a glorious reunion coming for me and my son.  The thought of that time fills me with peace.  I am content to live in this world as it is - fallen and very painful at times - because I know it’s not forever.  There is a time coming when everything will be made perfect, and God, Himself, will no longer be separated from us.  There is so much glory in that hope, but there is also good that I have seen come even for the non-Christian in these types of circumstances.  Death makes those left behind begin to hope for something more than this world can offer and reach out to God, possibly for the first time.  I believe the earthly death of a loved one always turns people to God for answers in one way or another.  Sometimes, we get angry with God and turn away from Him for a time, but maybe we just have to work through all of our questions.  I pray my book can help answer some those of those questions.  For the Christian, this type of deep pain is meant to refine us, to humble us, and make us rely on God in ways we may never have otherwise.  For the non-Christian, it is meant to open hearts to the eternal and come to Christ for the first time.  For He, Jesus, is the only hope any of us have.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  There is no other way.  

Me: What do you want people to remember most about Bronner and his story?

Sherri: I want you to remember that God loves you even when it doesn’t seem like He does.  Reach out for Him.  If you take just one step toward the Father, He’ll run to you with outstretched arms celebrating you with great joy.  God is real, and the door is wide open to Him. Sin must be dealt with, but God did that by sending His son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin on the cross. All we have to do is believe it. Our faith in Jesus Christ saves us, not from pain and suffering, but from an eternity separated from God. God is everything that is good in life. He is light and life and joy and peace and love. In Him, there is no darkness at all.  I can’t stand to think of anyone separated from that wellspring of life for all of eternity. Take His hand right now and walk through the gate. Jesus is the gate to the Father. I’m asking you to believe in Him and then to dive in with your whole heart.  There are answers.  Bronner is in a place far greater than we, but if we are here, then that means fruitful labor for the Christian.  Make it your aim to point people to Christ in the same way my little boy has. 

Me: What has this experience taught you about the difference between your plans for your children verses what God has planned for them?   

Sherri: I’ve learned that God has created each person uniquely and perfectly according to His will and that each of us has implanted in us something of God’s character and beauty and perfection.  God is so vast and so infinite that it takes all of us to embody all of Him.  I have learned to treasure the unique qualities not only in each of my children but in everyone.God has a plan and purpose for us all, and His plans are good. Even the painful ones are good because they grow us, teach us, mold us into the good character of God that we were created for all along. It’s the sin in us that corrupts our character. God wants to root out the sin in our lives.  He wants to make us better, closer, greater than our human minds dare to imagine. Much of what I had planned for my kids was worldly, but now I desire nothing more than the Spirit of God, the Spirit called Holy, to reign and rule in my children’s hearts because God is good and His glory everlasting.  The world is fading away, the world as it is today.  God is creating in us a desire for a new world where sin and death and disease and poverty and war don’t exist.  I want that for my kids, and that is all that matters to me, that they will all be with me in eternity.  

Me: Do you find your thoughts about Heaven have changed since Bronner went there?

Sherri: What has changed is that I think about it at all.  We don’t think much about Heaven until we have someone there that we love with every fiber of our being.  But now that Bronner’s there, I think about it all the time.  I wonder what he’s doing, who he’s talking to, what it must feel like to look upon the face of God.  I wonder about the angels, all the other people who are there, and how perfect and beautiful everything must be.  It makes me so excited to go there especially knowing that Bronner’s there.  At first, I wanted to go to Heaven because I wanted Bronner, but over time, I realized that the best part about being in Heaven is God.  Jesus is our treasure waiting on us in Heaven.  He’s our inheritance, our prize, our very life.  Everything else is extra, and there are going to be a million extra things to celebrate when we finally get to Heaven. 

The Romance of an Outdoor Wedding is Undeniable | {{Book Review}} he Knot Outdoor Weddings

The Knot Outdoor Weddings also includes location-specific planning advice for the details of your event, such as attire, color palettes, stationery, menu, and favors, as well as considerations for perfecting your plan B and keeping guests comfortable in any weather.

*My Review*
As a wedding planner, I absolutely LOVE outdoor weddings. When my husband and I married(almost 7.5 yrs ago), we litterally got married at the county jailhouse...but I didn't care! All I cared about was that I would be his wife. 

I get all excited when couples come to me and mention outdoor weddings. This book has all sorts of wedding inspiration & is filled with gorgeous photos and helpful tips for planning an outdoor wedding.  .The book was larger than I thought it would be & it has 288 pages, It is 8.3 x 1 x 10.4 inches in height, and weighs 2.7 pounds.

The photographs in this book, showcase visually stunning venues adorned with beautiful flowers, centerpieces, and all sorts of decorations. I really love that the book features pictures of real couple’s  weddings. The book has great tips for the bride and groom’s big day!

25 January, 2016

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles. | The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters

*My family and I were able to see them in Houston, Texas last year & we absolutely LOVED It. It was so much fun. My husband had seen them before, but our children and I had never seen them. I can't wait to go back and see them again this year!*

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to an arena near you during their 90th Anniversary World Tour. On the court, the Globetrotters' 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. You won't want your family to miss it - use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% off your tickets.

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Other Globetrotter Game Promotions
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Erie, PA 1/28/16
Ithaca, NY 2/2/16
Frostburg, MD 3/7/16
Bangor, ME 3/15/16
Augusta, ME 3/16/16

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Connecticut- Hartford-February 20 at 2:00pm, Uncasville February 18 at 7:00pm, Bridgeport February 19 at 7:30pm, Danbury- March 24 at 7:00pm
Delaware - Newark March 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Michigan - Grand Rapids January 24, 2016 at 2:00pm, Yspilanti January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm
New Hampshire- Manchester March 25, 2016 at 7:00pm
New Jersey - Toms River March 10, 2016 at 7:00pm, Lincroft March 17, 2016 at 7:00pm, Trenton March 5, 2016 at 2:00pm, Atlantic City March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
New York - Lake Placid February 17, 2016 at 7:00pm
Oklahoma - Oklahoma City February 6, 2016 at 2:00pm
Pennsylvania - Wilkes Barre March 5, 2016 at 2:00pm, Allentown March 2, 2016 at 7:00pm, Indiana March 29, 2016 at 7:00pm
Vermont- Burlington April 7, 2016 at 7:00pm

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Poplar Bluff, MO - 1/19/2016
Kalamazoo, MI - 1/21/2016
Flint, MI - 1/25/2016
Corpus Christi, TX - 1/27/2016
Rochester, NY - 1/31/2016 and 2/6/2016
Albany, NY - 2/7/2016
Kent, WA - 2/12/2016 and 2/15/2016
Seattle, WA - 2/13/2016
Everett, WA - 2/14/2016
Yakima, WA - 2/17/2016
Eugene, OR - 2/18/2016
Kennewick, WA - 2/21/2016
Pullman, WA - 2/23/2016
Wenatchee, WA - 2/24/2016
Casper, WY - 3/8/2016
Duluth, MN - 3/24/2016
Minneapolis, MN - 3/25/2016 and 3/26/2016
Lincoln, NE - 4/9/2016

This post is sponsored by U.S. Family guide. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive FREE tickets to see the Globe Trotters in exchange for my honest review. 

22 January, 2016

{{Book Review}} PrayerPoints: Praying God's Promises at Your Point of Need

Think about it . . . you feel more alive, whole, and centered when you’re firmly connected to God and anchored in his Word. You cling to him, give him your best moments, and talk with him nonstop. But then, there are times when you just don’t know how to sincerely express yourself through prayer. You’re at a loss for words, and a sense of helplessness takes hold of your heart.

God desperately wants to hear from you! PrayerPoints lets you take what you’re feeling right now, quickly connect your needs to God’s Word, and then pray through his promises as they relate to your specific need.

Don’t abandon your prayer life because you can’t find the right words to say. Let PrayerPoints guide your thoughts, direct you to the heart of Scripture, and move you to a place of wholehearted, all-out, amazing relationship with God.

*My Review*
This little book has just over 300 pages in it & would be the perfect book to have with you on the go. It truly is a breath of fresh air to open. You can either study a few words at a time or one word a day. It can also be used for a daily devotional.

The point of this book is to help you pray, and to be in the Bible. I know for myself that there are some days that I get so lost in the daily life of homescooling two of my three children, cleaning house and caring for my husband and children. 

The cover of this book is so beautiful and has an imitation leather bounding. It has these gorgeous trees etched into the leather.alost with the scripture "The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth." Psalm 145:18.  This would make a perfect gift for someone. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It's offers something for everyone, and it might just have just the right scripture you may need to read that day.

At just 6.1 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches & 8.8 ozs it is the perfect size to keep in my purse to have with me wherever I go., or to keep on my nightstand.

20 January, 2016

A "how-to" study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community | {{Book Review}} Philippians Discovering Joy Through Relationship

A "how-to" study for finding joy in authentic relationships and community

Women long for healthy, deep relationships with those around them. Knowing what those look like can be tricky, however. Where do we go to seek them? How can we approach them? How can we maintain those relationships, despite our own weaknesses?

Sue Edwards is happy to lead the way through Scripture to discover and maintain beloved, organic friendships. Paul's letter to early Christians is an ideal place to find these answers. This short letter highlights the skills that strengthen authentic connections--skills like trust, humility, healthy self-sacrifice, a generous spirit, and more. It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and critical attitudes.

Philipians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship works its way through Paul's words as a model for deep, authentic community and healthy relationships between believers. When readers reach the end, they'll have a thorough sense of the content of this ancient letter, and of its relevance for today. Although Paul was under house arrest, he was able to draw joy from his relationships, and we can do the same, no matter our circumstances. Edwards strives to ensure that this Bible study will do more than transfer intellectual information; it will also transform hearts and inspire practice and application.

*My Review*
I have been looking for a Bible study that can give me something to meditate on, but doesn't take a lot of time. I homeschool two of my three children(12, 6, & 4), so finding time can be a daily struggle. I like that each lesson only requires about an hr and a half. Some days I can read it all at once, but I usually divide that time up throughout the week and take read sections each day. 

There are video segments included in this study that you can access from a website on your computer, or you can scan the QR code with your smart phone to access the videos. The videos are between 6 1/2 -13 minutes in length. You study can be done alone or in a group. If you're looking for a study that will help you get into the Word of God this year and doesn't require a lot of time commitment, pick up Sue Edwards' book and give it try.

18 January, 2016

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I am not paid for this post, but I will reveive 20x16" canvas print free in exchange for my honest review. 

Color Your Way to Peace & Worship | {{Book Review}} Whatever Is Lovely by by WaterBrook Press

When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty. 

We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture. 

So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way. 

To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the “Whatever Is Lovely” playlist is included. 

*My Review*
"Whatever Is Lovely" by WaterBrook Press is absolutely Amazing. I love it. I love coloring. I love giving worship to my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. What is better than a coloring when you are an adult? A coloring book that has quotes, hymns and scriptures! 

Back off kiddos...this book is for MAMA! If you are like me and like to color your stress away, or are looking for a great gift to give someone...check out "Whatever Is Lovely" & color your way to peace & worship! 

13 January, 2016

{{Book Review}} Mermaid Moon by Mermaid Moon | Mallory's mother died fifteen years ago. But her father's last words on the phone were unmistakable: "Find . . . mother."

Mallory's mother died fifteen years ago. But her father's last words on the phone were unmistakable: "Find . . . mother."

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O'Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart---and left---without a word, years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life---and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie---their search intensifies. There's a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father's killer---it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

*My Review*
It's no surprise that Colleen Coble is one of my favorite Authors. When I was given the chance to sign up to review this book, I jumped at the chance. I not only wanted to read this book, but I am always searching for good books for my 12 yr old to read. She loves Mystery/Suspense just as much as I do. "Mermaid Moon" is the second booke in Colleen's Sunset Cove series. You can find out more about book one, "The Inn at Ocean's Edge" by going  here.

As soon as I received the email stating that I would be reviewing this book, I ordered the first one on amazon so that I would be caught up once this book arrived.what I loved the most about "Mermaid Moon" is that it isn't as predictable as I thought! There were a few things where I saw where what was going on and then there were other things that I NEVER saw coming.

There is one HUGE secret that I never saw coming that isn't revealed until later in the book. It's not often a book "shocks" me, but "Mermaid Moon" did just that!  I'm not going to give away what happens(in either book), but I will say that I was not disappointed! 

If you are looking for a great mystery/suspense to read, you might just want to check this book(and the first one) out! 

Advance Praise:
"Second chances, old flames, and startling new revelations combine to form a story filled with faith, trial, forgiveness, and redemption. Crack the cover and step in, but beware---Mermaid Point is harboring secrets that will keep you guessing." 
---Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Sea Keeper's Daughters

"Veteran author Coble has penned another winner. Filled with mystery and romance that are unpredictable until the last page, this novel will grip readers long past when they should put their books down. Recommended to readers of contemporary mysteries." 
---CBA Retailers + Resources

 Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

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