Friday, March 14, 2014

Love Does by Bob Goff

This past year I had the chance to hear Bob Goff speak at a conference. He is funny and challenging and a little all over the place. I enjoyed him! So when I had the chance to get this Love Does DVD study and study guide, I was excited to review it.

I really like Bob's stories and practical ways to think about living with love. He talks about this as an action that is meant to be lived out. His DVD and Study guide are based on the book. It is meant to be used in a small group, I just went through it personally. I will definitely suggest it for small groups though. The study guide is great, it has a "Hearing the Word" section where the Bible is connected to what is taught. I also like the hands-on exercises that are encouraged to be done. This is great curriculum that I would definitely encourage people to check out.

10 Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day

This book is not a book about poverty but a book about how to raise awareness to various challenges and issues in the world by taking some personal action.
In the book, the author, Daniel Ryan Day did radical experiments in his own life by giving up certain things, ten days at a time. He gave up shoes, coats, media, furniture, legs, waste, speech, and human touch. It was interesting reading his experiences and what that time did in his life. He also chose to raise money to make a difference in the issues that he focused on, as each thing he gave up focused on a different issue.

This book was a little cheesy but at the same time, I felt the author was genuine. For me the book wasn't a game changer, but was a good challenger and reminder. What am I willing to give up?

Monday, February 17, 2014

from the mouth of my sweet boy

These days with Jace are filled with lots of laughs and some days, I feel like the mom from the book "No, David!" by David Shannon. She is constantly telling her son what he shouldn't be doing. At the end of the day with this two year old, I often feel that way. "No Jace, you can't jump off the kitchen table, especially with an already broken toe! No Jace, please don't spread peanut butter across the kitchen island! No Jace, please do not write with a marker on our wall.....and so on!"

That is why I love ending the day, laying next to this little boy in his big boy bed, chatting away with him as he slows down for the day and is done punching and head butting and wrestling and will just lay with me. (Just so you know, this isn't every night but it happened tonight so I will blog about it while I am in the moment!) Every night with our kids, we sing the song "I Love You Lord." Sometimes they sing along, sometime not. Tonight it was just me singing as Jace closed his eyes and smiled a big ole smile. He opened his eyes, wrapped his little arm around my neck, and said, "Mom, you make me smile when you sing." Ahhh, love that boy. Then, two seconds later, he lets out a big toot and says, "Mom, do you think God laughs when I toot?" Oh Jacers, I do think God has great big smiles on your little life and what is ahead.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Perry Christmas in January

Because of this little beauty that was born at the end of December, our Hoskinson family Christmas was held off til the end of January this year. Her name is Tenley- isn't she sweet?

Cousin picture! We are going to keep the grandparents hopping this year by adding two new babes.

The present of the year- legos! All our kids love legos. So they spent the whole weekend putting together legos. Fun times.

As you can see, Tenley was the hit of Christmas. Addelyn couldn't get enough of her!

Neither could Papa Tom.

We love our family celebrations where we get to spend a full weekend all together! 

100 days of school

Hard to believe this girl has been in school 100 days already! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

kid birthday party

We had to cancel Addelyn's 6th birthday party with her friends because Jace had a touch of the flu. With the holidays, we didn't get rescheduled until after the new year. Addelyn's theme was a book party. We read "When You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and decorated our cookies. It was fun to listen to the kiddos talk as they decorated. 

Even more fun was to see the final products. Yikes. Sprinkle overload!

Then we decorated pizzas to bake. Gotta love Mini Murphs!

Then they had some time to play freely- I think they could have done this all night. 
Legos, babies, all sorts of happenings!

We read Cat in the Hat and had special Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs.

 We also read all of the favorite books that Addeyn's friends brought along. They all listened so attentively while they ate! I was surprised- I wasn't sure how the reading would go over and it was great! It was fun to see the different stories they brought.

Until little brother showed up and tried to get everyone's attention by dancing and dressing up. Of course, they all thought he was the "funny guy!"

Addelyn got some fun presents from her friends. So sweet.

Then it was Twister time! They had a blast. 

Jace kept walking around and getting in everyone's way.

At one point, he got on Avery's back and tried to hug her. That kid, oh little brothers!

Austin was quite dedicated to this game. He was bound and determined he would win.

He did!!! He was so proud!

We ended the night with a dance party which was a blast! The kids loved it. I of course didn't get pictures of this part but I did get some great videos of the kiddos dancing. What a great group of kids. Addelyn had a blast at her 6th birthday party.

celebrating the new year!

New Year's Eve is pretty wild around the Hoskinson house. We all wear fancy clothes (even Mom in an old bridesmaid dress), we have dance parties, we have sparkling drinks, and we have special party hats! 

Cheers to the New Year! (The kids were in bed by 8 pm! Woo hoo......who says you can't countdown early!?) Mark and I ordered out some Soho for a late dinner and watched a movie! I would say that counts as a pretty great date night!