Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: Camping S'mores


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Book Review: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

The book "The Next Right Thing: Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions" by Emily P Freeman  is exactly what it claims to be.  I have never thought through decision making process from a faith-filled perspective in quite the detailed and soulful way as this book walks the reader through.

Each chapter provides something new to consider and ponder, with the author's personal experience and graceful calm tone, ending with questions to consider, a prayer and action to take. The author encourages the reader several ways to make space and time to really listen and then do the next right thing in love.  This book is one to soak up slowly to better let the thoughts ruminate, to help you quiet the fear and chaos that can come from unmade decisions, helping you find clarity and peace.

While this book may seem just for those facing big life decisions or those who find unmade decisions crippling, it can really benefit any reader. Taking the time to really consider your decision making process, creating more space to allow for Spirit-led decisions, learning to really listen to what God is saying in your life, and adding skills to your tool-set will benefit you in future decisions or transitions.

This book is worth the investment of time and thought, filled with so many great nuggets of advice and encouragement, helping readers to move forward to do the next right thing in love.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Last Day of School 2019

Summer break has officially begun!  Today was the last day of school for our kids.  After all the countless field trips, outside science days, special events and end of year classroom fun, we made it to the end. 

So as tradition dictates, here are their last day of school pics with their first day of school pics.... which reminded us how rainy that first day of school was and the year ended with a big thunderstorm at the end of the school day.
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Ike finished a great year of fourth grade, handling big projects and challenges, working hard, making some great new friends, reading so many books and in general having fun.  He is looking forward to a more relaxed schedule, playing baseball, minecraft, and earning some money helping with yardwork this summer (he has some big plans). He is also excited about moving to middle school next year.

Zman finished a great year of second grade this year.  He worked so hard, learned so much, made some great friends and gained confidence.  He is excited for more playtime this summer, being outside, fishing with Dad and giving gymnastics a try.

Peaches is all done with first grade. She worked so hard at school, thriving in the classroom, loving reading, making new friends, and excitement about all things school. The end of her school year was a bit tough with her broken arm from a fall the beginning of May, but she handled it with grace.  Her unique outfit on her last day was because she was participating in the end of year talent show with a few friends.

Because it was Ike's last day in the elementary school (next year middle school), I also had him take  pic with his first day of kindergarten picture. Oh my has he grown!


We are so thankful that they each had wonderful teachers who poured into them all year.  Each kid grew and learned and rose to new challenges.  We are so proud. I can barely believe we'll have a fifth grader, third grader and second grader in the fall. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Easter 2019 (photo overload)

Spring seemed so slow in coming this year, with an April snowstorm and two snow days recently, that the beauty of Easter was even more celebrated.  Time outside, time with family, so busy yet so beautiful.

Sooo many egg hunts  the last few days, including many practice hunts in the yard before Easter.


Of course dying eggs, which we were able to do on the patio in the sunshine.



A trip to Iowa to see family, good food, playtime with cousins and a big egg hunt. 

Easter baskets, egg hunt at home and Sunday morning church. 


Lunch with more family and another egg hunt (as well as a photo scavenger hunt).

A beautiful weekend celebrating of the hope we have this side of the empty tomb.


As is tradition, we also took our family Easter picture all dressed up and of course a few silly ones as well.


Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.  He is Risen!!!

Loving traditions and slowing down to treasure the memories as we share our faith with our kiddos here on Life on the Gravelly Road.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Our Archer

Our oldest tried a new sport this winter...  archery.   He joined a youth archery club and shot his 60 arrows during league practice each week.   He  worked hard to learn this new sport, determined to improve each week, setting goals and crushing them.

And he qualified for the state youth archery tournament.


Coming home with second place in his bracket.

Celebrating determination, hard work and arrows that fly straight on life on the gravelly road.
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