Presidential Inauguration 2017

I am sure that my post today will be one of many about the inauguration. To be honest, I do not expect anyone to read this post other than my loyal followers. Still, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Donald And Melania Trump Arrive At White House Ahead Of Inauguration

(Photo found on Google Images/Fox News)

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Here are some of my random observations about today’s ceremony:

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama were absolutely beautiful.

Hillary Clinton looked like she was not happy to be there. The first time I noticed that her smile seemed genuine was when Michelle Obama walked out.

President Bush and Laura Bush looked genuinely happy to be there.

Mike Pence seemed very humbled as he took his oath. I could hear the conviction in his voice as he spoke. He meant every word that he said.

President Obama was singing along with the Morman Tabernacle Choir as they sang “America the Beautiful.”

President Trump’s family were very proud of him as he took his oath.

No matter what side of politics we are on, there is no doubt that this is a historical day!

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Although I was quiet on my blog when it came to the election campaigns, I was very vocal about my opinions on my personal Facebook page. If you know me at all, then you know that I have very conservative views. I am a registered Republican in the state of Delaware (home of Vice President Joe Biden). The first election that I was eligible to vote was in 2000. I have voted by absentee ballot in the last four elections because my husband is active duty military. I view voting as a privilege and a right as an American. I am truly blessed to live in a country where the people can take part in electing their government.

From the very beginning of this election season, I have not understood the support that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were able to sustain. It baffles me how either one of them made it as far as they did in the election process. Although Clinton is a woman, she does not at all represent me as a woman. Her policies and beliefs most often go against everything I stand for. Although Trump was the Republican nominee, he does not represent me as a Republican. His speeches and actions portrayed a man who also went against what I stand for. As such, I did not vote for either Clinton or Trump in November’s election. I voted for another candidate who better represented me. Still, I respect the election process and will respect Trump for the position that he holds even when I disagree with him.

If you are hoping that Trump fails, or even worse that he is assassinated, then YOU are what is wrong with America. We should be praying/hoping that our country stays strong, that we become more unified, that Trump becomes a leader fit for the office he was voted into. I will pray for him just like I have been doing since President Obama has been in office and President GW Bush before him. As a kid, I remember praying for President Bush and President Clinton. It doesn’t matter that you disagree, what matters is that America continues to be a great country. If Trump fails, we all fail. If Trump (or any other president) is assassinated, we as a nation look weak.

I do not know what the future of our country holds. We are entering this new presidency as a very divided nation. We the people need to unify and work towards the healing of America. It starts in our homes. We need to teach our children to love and respect others. Whether we agree or not, whether we look the same or not, whether we make the same amount of money or not, whether we practice the same religion or not: We Are Americans!

Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions

This book by Lois Walfrid Johnson is a devotional geared towards middle school aged girls and is a part of the Faithgirlz series. It is divided into 52 sections; one section for each week of the year. Each week has a scripture memory verse, a story, 7 days of journaling prompts with blank space to write, and a prayer. The stories cover a variety of subjects that girls may encounter in middle school: embarrassing moments, mean kids, friendships, boys, modesty, choices, attitude, responsibility, etc.

I like the layout of this book and that there are daily journaling prompts for the entire year. I like that the weeks/days are not actually dated so someone could start this book any time of year. I think that this book would appeal to girls in the middle school stage of life who are wanting to build their Christian faith. The stories are relevant to this age group. Scripture memorization and journaling are encouraged. The correlation between the stories and truths found in scripture are easy to understand and apply to everyday life. My oldest daughter is 10 years old. I think some of the stories are applicable now however many of them are probably more appropriate for an older girl. I plan to keep this book and give it to her later.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions
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Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

This book is published by Tyndale and is in their Living Expressions Collection. It is hardback and has over 100 pages. Each two page spread has different themes. Throughout the book there are prayers, scripture, writing prompts, journaling lines, and designs for coloring. There are pops of color on almost every page. Scripture quotes are from the New Living Translation (NLT).

I love journals and coloring so I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book. I forgot that I requested it several weeks ago, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive it in the mail! I am not disappointed! I have a couple of adult coloring books that sit in a basket by my bed for when I have some free time (not very often). I usually find the coloring pages relaxing but difficult to finish in a timely manor due to size or detailed design. This book is a smaller journal size and I think that the pages could easily be colored in a short amount of time. Some coloring pages are simplistic and others are more detailed. There are several already colored pages as well. This book will be a good addition to a daily devotional time. It would also be perfect for gifts!

Here are some photos of a few of my favorite two page spreads in the journal:

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You can see several coloring and journaling ideas on the Tyndale Living Expressions Collection Pinterest Board!

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Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal
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Blog & Personal Updates

First, I want to apologize to all of my wordpress & email subscribers for me not posting since February. I also apologize as well to those who have been awaiting mail from my Cards of Encouragement endeavor that I started this year. I will be resume posting this month (I have several book reviews to post!) and I will resume sending out Cards of Encouragement to those who have signed up starting in July!

Second, the reason behind my blogging absence is that in February I discovered that I was pregnant and have had a lot of complications and sickness because of the pregnancy. If you have followed my blog for awhile you may already be aware of my miscarriage history. The concern quickly became apparent with this pregnancy due to the spotting and cramping that I have had pretty much the whole time so far. Also the “morning sickness” which for me lasted all day was extreme during the months of March & April. Between the complications, sickness, dehydration, hospital visits, etc. I was pretty much in bed most of those months. In May, the sickness started to subside and I was able to start functioning much better. This month, I have been doing great most of the time! I have still had occasional cramping but no spotting or vomiting. Which, trust me, is an answer to prayer!

Because of my history of miscarriage and hemorrhaging due to retained placenta after my second daughter was born, my doctors have been monitoring me closely by doing ultrasounds every 4 weeks. We have also started discussing a birthing plan that will hopefully help prevent complications if I should have retained placenta again. As well as a plan for quick surgery action, if I do have complications. Prayer for these decisions and that I do not have complications will be greatly appreciated!

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So without further delay, I am happy to announce that we are expecting a baby BOY to arrive sometime in October! We have two girls ages 9 and 7 so we are basically starting from scratch with planning for a newborn! This ultrasound photo was taken at 14 weeks! I am currently in my 22nd week. Please pray for my health and the baby’s health throughout the pregnancy. Also, like I mentioned above, pray for no complications during the delivery and our decisions we make for our birthing plan.

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Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect

This book is a 90 day devotional (actually 86 specified days) geared toward girls. Honor and Faith are two girls who “wrote” this book with the purpose of remembering that God sees the bigger picture. There are six sections in the book. Each day starts with a scripture verse and ends with a Prayer Pointer (which is a one line prayer that applies to the reading).

Section 1: Truth Detectives— Each day in this section has a Lie that girls believe and the Truth based on scripture. An example of a Lie and Truth are: “I need to have money to be happy” and the Truth is “God not only meets our needs–He’s what we need most!” There is a paragraph or two under both the lie and the truth that helps explain them.

Section 2: Bible Beauties and Beaus— Each day in this section talks about a woman or man in the Bible who God used in a great way. For example, Hagar–The One Who Was Seen & Josiah– The King Who Repented.

Section 3: Divine Design– This section talks about a variety of subjects that show how God’s designed the world around us. Examples include: the platypus, pearls, and chocolate. There is also a baking recipe and instructions for a craft in this section.

Section 4: Body Builders– Each day gives instructions for practical ways of building the reader’s faith and how the reader can encourage others.

Section 5: Character Quest– This section has thought provoking questions related character traits that brave girls will want to cultivate in their lives. For example, courage, truth telling, love, and peace.

Section 6: Mind Games–This section includes instructions to a game, cross word puzzles and an opportunity for the reader to insert her name throughout 1 Corinthians 13 (the Love chapter).

All six of these sections end with a question(s) and space to journal the answer.

I reviewed a different devotional book several months ago with the purpose of trying to find a devotional that was age appropriate for my 8 year old daughter. I thought that book was too advanced for my daughter so when the opportunity to review this book came, I was hopeful that it might be what I was looking for. It was! I am pleased to say that it is perfect for my daughter. She has already started reading it and loves it! I think a 90 day devotional is also a lot less overwhelming than the 365 day book. I think that the devotionals are simple enough for an early chapter book reader to understand but still thought provoking. This will be a good introduction to a daily devotional routine. I would say that this book is for girls who are 7-8 years old through the pre-teen ages.

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Better Than Perfect: 90-Day Devotional By Thomas Nelson

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Open Letter To My Friend

We all make bad choices. We all make mistakes. You are not the only one.

The choices you are making are affecting your family and friends in a negative way. You may not even know that we are aware of some of the choices you have been making. You may not care.

You have burned bridges with the people who care about you. You have pulled away from your friendships and relationships. Your friends and family now need to guard their hearts around you.

We hope for the best but see the worst. We have watched you from a distance. We have seen your Facebook posts. We have heard the rumors. We know the lies.

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To the friend fighting addiction, there is hope for recovery.

drug abuse “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)

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To the friend having an affair, there is restoration from adultery. 

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“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:9)

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To the friend giving in to depression, there is joy over the horizon.

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“…Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) 

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To the friend who is always angry, there is forgiveness that will heal your wounds.

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)

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There are many people who care about you, who love you, who pray for you, and who want to see your life restored!

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If you are my friend and you feel like this letter is written about you, please know that the letter was written with a few different people in mind (not just one particular person). It was written as a collaborative effort with one of my friends. There is a particular friend that both of us know and are concerned about. We have been praying fervently for this friend. However, both of us have other friends who are struggling as well and who we also pray fervently for. We wanted to write out our concerns and feelings without adding to the problems our friends are facing. We felt that this would be the best way of doing that since it does not single any one person out. And because we know that everyone has at least one friend or family member that they are concerned about.

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