Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Fun 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tropical Getaway

Warm and Beautiful.  Quality time and rest.  A much needed vacation getaway for just the two of us.

Husband's work had a national conference and training in the Bahamas a last week.  He signed up and did all the planning to make the trip happen... budgeting, tickets, reservations, reminders to get my passport renewed.  I'm so glad he put it on our schedule and made it a priority.

It can be too easy to come up with excuses to not get away... too expensive, hard to coordinate care for the kids, too expensive, a lot of work to plan, too expensive, and so on.  

But for us, all the uninterrupted time together to  reconnect and rest is priceless.  Of course we could have saved a lot a money and just gone a few hours up north, but we sure did have fun with our adventure to Paradise Island.

We were so thankful my parents were able to stay with our kids and juggle school schedule, dance class, and a few days of fall break.  The kids had a great time with Grandpa and Grandma,  We returned to big hugs from our kids and SO MANY STORIES.

Treasuring our tropical getaway memories here at Life on the Gravelly Road.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


The sign by my sink is a reminder...

* While I do dishes or cook, breathe in gratitude for all we have

* As the noise of my kids fill our home after school, breathe in the blessing it is to be their mom

* And before I turn around to handle rising tempers or fighting or other chaos, I breathe in grace and peace that He provides in hopes I can share it with my littles.

Surrounding myself with visual reminders to reframe my thoughts, to breathe before I respond,  to live and love well this Life on the Gravelly Road. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Review: When Your Kid Is Hurting by Kevin Leman

Now that the kids are back into the school routine, I've been trying to get through a few new parenting books that I didn't have a chance to read this summer. Here's the first review, watch for a second one coming soon.

 When Your Kid Is Hurting: Helping Your Child Through the Tough DaysWhen Your Kid Is Hurting: Helping Your Child Through the Tough Days by Dr Kevin Leman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As much as we’d like it to be otherwise, our kids will walk through times of hurt and face hard things. Seeing your child hurting is difficult for any parent, whether its issues with friends, death of a loved one, or some other hard thing. So “When You Kid is Hurting” by Dr. Kevin Leman is a parenting book that will be an asset in your parenting library. This book is packed full wise parenting advice organized in a way that can make it a great reference for later. Dr. Kevin Leman gives great advice to parents to help keep the lines of communication open as kids grow, ways to improve the phrases you use when your kids are upset or facing a hard problem, how to support your kids when they are facing a big challenge and much more. The book covers issues that come at our kids from the world (like scary world events etc), hard things that become personal (friends, bullying, etc), facing big fears, handling grief and much more. He also helps parents to work at having a better understanding their child’s perspective and improving parenting habits and phrases. The book also includes a long Q&A section on specific issues that may come up in your child’s life. As our oldest gets closer to the beginning of middle school, I’ve been watching for more resources for the challenges that might be ahead. This book fits that need. I also appreciate that it addresses some specific hard things that kids face when adoption is part of their story. It’s a slow read but worth the investment.

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**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. **
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