Time For Bed, Sleepyhead

This month, we have the honor and privilege to review another great book by Zondervan. Time For Bed, Sleepyhead is written by New York Times bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen. This cozy bedtime book uses visualization techniques in the storytelling to encourage a child to stretch and even exhaust their imaginations to help them drift off into peaceful sleep.

I have to be honest with you and start out by saying that my amazing husband does the nightly bedtime routine with our son, Ezra. So, I figured I should let the main bedtime storyteller, review this book! Rather than ask him a bunch of questions....and relay it all to you, it is my pleasure to introduce you to REED.....

Hello blog world! Yes, I love that Ezra and I get to share stories and prayers before bed every night.  I am really trying to soak in every moment and enjoy this time every evening.  Ezra has always been a night owl, like his Mom [ha!], so we have been working on getting him to bed earlier now that he is getting up for pre-k three days a week.  

I have tried everything.....three books, four books, telling made-up stories, the list goes on.  He would still be awake.....Until....I started reading "Time For Bed, Sleepyhead.".  He now requests this every night and it is the only book I need to read.  Ezra always wants to be "Aslan" the white german shepherd puppy in the story, and he assigns me to be the "Daddy" bear.  The story is great about repeating certain words, which helps to set the mood to safe, warm, and luckily for me, sleepy.  

At the end of the story, Ezra will turn to me and say, "good night, Dad" then rolls over and closes his eyes.  I usually stay a few more minutes and say more prayers over him, thanking God for the little arrow he is, knowing all the good that's in-store for him when tomorrow comes.

I would definitely recommend this book and you can find it here.
Thank you Zondervan for publishing such great children books. We've enjoyed building a library of great books for our son.   

Our visit to the young living farm

There's something about dreaming with your best friend & seeing that dream become a reality. Truthfully, it's one of the best feelings!!! We dreamed one year ago to be here at this very place ... & we're overjoyed to see it come to pass!

The words we speak have tremendous power, friends. Speak what you want to see happen, believe by faith it'll happen & then hustle till the door opens.

Counting Blessings

Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli is a sweet counting board book that my little Stella loved right from the start. The pretty illustrations by Lee Holland make it fun & playful. Stella knows how to count, but not how to read just yet. So, I love this book because it gives her confidence and we are learning to read the words together. The blessings are numbered 1 to 10, simple for any little one to follow along. Also, it's a sweet way to get preschoolers to think about what they're thankful for & I love that so much! Stella has this sitting on her bed, so it's a go-to every night ... plus, now that we've read it so much, she enjoyed reading to her animals. So, we took the book outside & made a fun day of it! For quick reference, you can purchase this book here.

Baby Wren and the Greatest Gift

When Vanessa and I received this book.....we were both heart eyes over the illustrations that grace the cover and the inside pages in this book. And then to have the book written by the wonderful Sally Lloyd-Jones....we were sold. What a fabulous combination!

I absolutely loved this book. Not only is it a beautiful truth for our children to learn and grab hold of at such a young age, but as an adult and mother.....this message was for me too.

My favorite line in the book is this: "What Can I Do Thats Wonderful?"

Throughout the book, this baby bird was in awe of creation. She started to question why she couldn't do certain things that only specific animals could do. Isn't this true in our own world? It's easy to look around and compare ourselves to other peoples highlight reel, strengths and talents.

The question we should all be asking ourselves is......What Is WONDERFUL about us? What is our unique talent and gift....that we were CREATED for? 

Especially since moving to Montana......the outdoors have become so inspiring to me and I love seeing Ezra explore and run wild and free. It's usually on days at the lake at our family cabin....that we have some really special conversations. We are away from the hustle and the noise.....and Ezra asks all sorts of questions about nature and life, itself. So, it seemed like the perfect book to bring to the cabin, where we see lots of birds, bugs and fish.......which this books so beautiful illustrates. 

I've recently decided to gift all kids in our life, BOOKS! [Can I get an AMEN for no more plastic toys? Im personally trying to minimize the clutter that comes with having a toddler.] I love picking out unique hardcover books....and Ezra is quite the helper. If you're looking for a perfect birthday gift or just another great book to add to you childs library- this is one I highly recommend. Honestly. For quick reference, you can purchase this book here.


The Easter Robin

We can not get enough of Zondervan books! They're simply the best, highest quality books in content & beauty! Collecting books for our little ones is such a treasure & something we hope they will keep always.

This Easter we're reading The Legend of the Easter Robin [An Easter Story of Compassion & Faith] by Dandi Daley Mackall. The story is about a little girl anticipating the arrival of the baby Robin eggs outside her window. I love the legend her grandmother shares of the robin's red breast which is an old Pennsylvania Dutch tale. The point of the legend is a celebration of the robin's compassion & of Christ's sacrifice.

I didn't know this but the Pennsylvania Dutch are given credit for bringing egg coloring to the United States & for being the first to decorate trees with Easter birds!

The symbolism throughout the book truly makes it unique & special. The robin is a sign of spring, and it can remind us of Christ's love for us, his death & resurrection. The birds' nests help us remember Christ's crown of thorns and the first Easter baskets were made to look like nests. How amazing ... loved reading that & sharing those truths with our little ones.

The illustration I loved most about the book was that the robin's red breast is a symbol of Christ's suffering & love. And that the Easter eggs remind us of our new life in Christ.

All of this fascinating story is found in ONE incredible book & I loved sharing it with the children. To get your hands on a copy to read to your little ones, you can go HERE to order! It's a true classic that every child needs on their bookshelf!