Monday, July 25, 2016

Dolphin Treasure

This book is part of our Core A curriculum through Sonlight. This book we all enjoyed reading together. We all like that it is short, which means short chapters for short attention spans with littles. This was also a great fun adventure book. You can feel the danger, the suspense, the emotion that is portrayed in the book even with it being short. It is full of fun, real life drama that makes you want to know what is going to happen. I also appreciated the practical lessons I was able to teach my kids about greed and appropriate risk taking. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

I'd give this book 4.5 stars.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Product Spotlight #8

Today I want to share with you the Microfiber Variety Pack (MVP) that is part of this months Microfiber Magic customer special. (p. 7) This pack includes a smaller version of the Envirocloth, Window Cloth and Body Cloth with a clear pouch for carrying them. I have shared about each of these products previously and how much our family loves and uses all of them.

So what makes the variety pack special? You have a small set ready to carry with you anywhere you go! This is similar to the Travel Pack, except that it contains 3 different types of cloths, so it is ready for different types of tasks. Need to wipe down a grocery cart? Pull out the Envirocloth. Smudges on your windshield? You have a Window Cloth. Need to clean off your hands? Got a Body Cloth to wipe them down.

All of these can be used for a variety of different things, and with the MVP you're ready for anything!

How could the MVP help you?

Please Contact me with any questions
Emmie Manor Independent Norwex Consultant
Catalog (p. 7)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

This book was part of our Sonlight Core A curriculum this year. I can't say I loved this book nor did I hate it. It was just OK. My kids liked the adventure aspects of the book, as did I. They liked hearing about the crazy things the animals did. It was definitely good for building imagination.

I personally am not a huge fan of animal books, so that immediately deterred me from this book. I did think it interesting that the man could understand all the animals, but as I prefer realism as a whole, giving animals so much intelligence to outwit people was kind of annoying. I also did not like that this man who was so "head in the clouds" went and did whatever he wanted and everything still worked out for him in the end. That's just not a super great lesson for kids. The saving point of the book was that Dr. Dolittle was intent on getting back home to repay the people who had lent him items for his journey. He did not want people to think he had run off and taken advantage of them. I did appreciate that.

I would rate this book around 3 stars.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Year 6 in Louisville

Hard to believe 6 years have come and gone since we said good-bye to Smyrna and hello to Louisville. Each year becomes harder to believe the amazing journey God has us on, and each year He comes through in His ways to show us more about Himself and putting our faith completely in Him. I shared last year about the 5 year plan being up. Another year has come and gone and we're still in Louisville. We are thankful to be here but it is still hard as it has been another year of seeking and wondering what God has in store for us.

Currently we are awaiting the arrival of our 7th baby any time in the next 5 weeks, though hoping it is sooner rather than later. Jim has 3 classes left which should be completed in this next school year. Our kids are finishing up another year of school. Five out of the six love school and want to learn at all times! Jim and I are growing in our marriage and learning how to really love God, each other and our kids while leading them to the cross day in and day out. We are seeking together where it is that God wants us long term, while learning to really be present where we are and living each day to the fullest here and now.

The most important thing I have learned this year: if I'm not caring for my family and leading them to Jesus, how can I do this anywhere else? I must know how to seek God in the everyday and prioritize here and now if I am going to do more for the Kingdom. It's like the parable of the talents. I must be a good steward with what God has given me now in order to be given more responsibility. I want to be a good steward of my family, my talents, my gifts and my resources, and I'm learning more and more how to do that.

I have seen this as God is helping us to grow our Childbirth Conversation ministry and grow our Norwex business and I pray God will continue to teach us and grow us in these things and how they can be used for long-term mission.

God has been so faithful and that is what matters.

I'm excited to see what the next year holds, especially as we seek where God would lead us after the seminary journey is over.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Use My Ransomed Life

"O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose"

This line from "All I Have Is Christ" by Sovereign Grace music has been stuck in my head for weeks now. I wrote a couple of years about The Scariest Prayer Every Christian Should Pray and have been reminded so much since then how this phrase goes right along with that idea. This prayer is just as scary, because it means that you are inviting to God to do what He wants with your life. Are you ready for that ride?

I've been thinking so much about this for many reasons.

1. We are expecting our 7th child in under 7.5 years. I cannot tell you the number of people who have told me I'm crazy or I'm a saint. To each I think, "No, it's just the life God has given me." If I'm crazy, then God must be insane for giving me all of these kids. And there is no way I'm a saint because God is using all of these kids to continuing sanctifying me. I have always desired a big family, but never thought it would happen like this. God is using my life surrendered to Him to build this family and bring people into this world, I pray, for His Kingdom and Glory!

2. The last few years have been far harder than I ever imagined! Between family, school, work, dealing with sin and learning to be more like Jesus, it has been such a challenge. But God, in His great grace and mercy, has seen me through and shown me that my life is in His hands and He will do what He wills with my life because His plans, His purposes, His ways are so much higher and greater than ours. His chief aim is His glory and our good.

3. Right now we're in a weird limbo. Jim has a year left of school and our future is still unclear. Our hope and prayer is to go international and we believe that is where we are going, but right now that path is hidden. It is causing me to pray this, seek His will, but ultimately say, "Use my ransomed life in anyway You choose, because I know whatever You choose will be best." 

Is it easy to fully surrender? No! But God has used this time in Louisville to teach me to surrender to Him at all cost, even when it doesn't make sense. I still fight, question and wrestle, but each time I learn more that His way is best and surrendering my life fully to His will is what is always best.

How is God asking you to use your ransomed life?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Five True Dog Stories

This book was part of our Sonlight Core A curriculum this year. These are fascinating stories about dogs doing interesting things. They are short stories, clearly written for kids. I think my kids liked the stories fairly well and hearing what dogs are capable of doing. While definitely interesting and easy to read, because I'm not huge on animal stories, I can't say it was my favorite. There is nothing wrong with this book, though if you have kids who are sensitive to things happening to animals or people, this may not be a good read for them.

3.5 stars for this book.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Product Spotlight #7

It's July and this month is Mop Month with Norwex! So today I thought I would share about why our family loves the Superior Mop System (p.13) from Norwex. This is Jim's second favorite product and on the Top 10 list from Norwex.

The mop system come with a Telescopic Handle, Large Mop Base, Large Wet Mop, and Large Superior Dry Mop. This system is wonderful for all types of hard floors and can also be used for cleaning high ceilings and windows. The handle can also be put on the Envirowand (p.18) to dust higher areas easily.

The Superior Mop System is wonderful because there is no need for chemicals. You can clean your floor with nothing by water. This keeps sticky residue from building up on the floor and also keeps from needing to avoid walking on a floor for a length of time for it to fully dry. One of the things I have always hated about mopping the floor is having my feet stick to it after mopping it for sometimes 2 days after. No more of this! The Wet Mop Pad also contains BacLock helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.

The Dry Superior Mop Pad is ideal for picking up small particles missed by brooms and vacuum cleaners with it's static charge. The microfiber is perfectly designed for this. I recommend getting the Rubber Brush (p. 16) to help with cleaning the Dry Superior Mop Pad between laundering.

We use it in our kitchen primarily since we mostly have carpet. But for houses that are full of hard wood or tile, this is a very worthwhile investment.

During July, when you host a party you have the opportunity to earn this amazing system for FREE! Talk to me about his amazing opportunity!

Have you used the Superior Mop System? How do you use it?

Please Contact me with any questions
Emmie Manor Independent Norwex Consultant
Catalog (p. 13)