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a-little-faithMy Precious Girls have discovered a new love: The Precious Girls Club, created by the brains behind Precious Moments. The Precious Girls Club is focused on helping our girls discover how wonderful it is to be precious. For me, keeping my girls innocent and “precious” for as long as possible is a top priority. I have found that already in kindergarten KG is being faced with many adult situations; boyfriends and cussing just to name two. I am thrilled to find that at least one company is doing all they can to help me, as a parent, keep my daughters free of these adult situations and innocent for as long as possible.

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Mom of Faith has been honored with a couple more awards, this time given to me by the most awesome Dawn from Painter Mommy.

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Now, as always, receiving a blog award means there are some rules to follow! The rules for the first blog award are; list 6 things that make you happy.

1. Listening to KG read out loud.
2. Reading to KG’s Kindergarten class.
3. Watching Life on Wednesday night (it’s awesome)
4. Making home improvements on our new house
5. Reading anything
6. Silence

The rules for the second blog award are to list 10 honest things about you.

1. If I don’t have to leave my house I usually wear my pajamas all day long.
2. I’m going to be 27 in April.
3. I spend way too much time on the computer, seriously. WAY too much time!
4. I am addicted to chocolate and McDonald’s French Fries.
5. I am a reformed drug user. Don’t judge me. I’m being honest.
6. I enjoy giving others encouragement. When I make someone else feel good, I feel good.
7. I am trying to get involved with Missions.
8. My natural hair color used to be blond, now it’s brown.
9. I was considered a FREAK in high school and didn’t much care for people.
10. My house is always a wreck after the weekend and it takes me til Wednesday to get it semi-clean.

Now, I have to return the favor and choose 6 blogs to pass these awards on to. Here are a few of my favs that I enjoy reading on a daily basis.
Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
Where the Blogging Moms Go
PoshPointofView

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handI can’t ever make through even one week without burning myself in the kitchen or on the iron. Last week was especially bad for my poor hands, I burned them twice on the stove and once on the iron…Luckily I had Burn Cream MD on hand in the kitchen.  When the representative for Burn Cream MD sent me the sample I jokingly told her I was constantly burning myself, so I would quickly be able to test this product.  She assured me I wouldn’t need to burn myself to try it out…but it never fails, I did.bottle

I was impressed by how quickly it soothed the burning/stinging from each burn and how clean, not sticky, it felt better immediately. It absorbed as quickly as it soothed the pain.  Made with Vitamin E, Chamommille Flower Extract, Aloe, and Arnica Montana Flower Extract, it cools on contact.  Using Burn Cream MD minimizes scarring and speeds up the healing process.  This has become a new ktichen staple for our family and I’m sure it will for you too.

meeting-lizzy-front-cover-for-web-postsThough intended for the young adult genre, Meeting Lizzy is a poignant read for people of all ages.  Impeccably written, Meeting Lizzy tells the tale of two misunderstood and lonely teenagers thrown together in one on life’s most cruel circumstances.  Dating violence. As the mother of two young girls who will someday (a long time from now I hope) be dating this book is especially eye opening. I urge you to read this with your daughters, nieces, sisters, and friends. Share this book with everyone, the story is not a unique one…which is the scary part.

Meeting Lizzy tells the story of Cy and Eliza, two teenagers from seemingly different worlds. Eliza is ultra popular, smart, beautiful, and dating the star football player; while Cy is a freak, doesn’t apply himself (though intelligent), and a loner by choice. Both are missing the love of their mothers and their fathers are not around nearly enough. By chance and horrible circumstance they meet and both of their lives are forever changed.

One evening while watching a tv police drama, Cy is sure he hears a terrible noise coming from upstairs and goes to investigate.  He knocks on the door on the upstairs apartment to find “Beef Man” standing behind the door and a young girl laying motionless on the floor.  What follows is Cy and Eliza’s versions of a story with heart-wrenching detail.  Cy struggles to help Eliza escape from the massive abuse she receives from her boyfriend while struggling with his own identity; Eliza struggles with the fear and pain caused by the abuse, trying to break free from the cycle, and being pulled back in by a boyfriend who contributes not only physical abuse, but also psychological.

Follow along with Cy and Eliza as they struggle with their own personal demons and some real life demons too. SaraBeth Carter meets the challenge of correctly depicting the gross abuse in enough detail to be believable and drives home the importance of talking to your children about abuse. I would recommend this well-written book to everyone and plan to read it with my daughters in a few years. If you know a librarian or are one yourself, be sure Meeting Lizzy is in the library. This book could save a young woman’s life.

Read the teaser 1st Chapter of Meeting Lizzy here.

Larry John Wright Publishing has graciously offered to give away a copy of Meeting Lizzy to one reader here on Mom of Faith.  The giveaway starts today and will run until February 14. A winner will be chosen at 10 pm, Saturday, February 14.

In order to enter:

*Send five (5) of your closest friends the link to the sneek peek for Meeting Lizzy and CC amanda(at)momoffaith(dot)com


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Photos courtesy of Sara Beth Carter.
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coombs-vermont-maple-sugar-shackOur family eats breakfast for dinner every Thursday and the girls eat pancakes at least twice or three times a week for breakfast. We go through A LOT of pancake syrup on a monthly basis, so feeding my girls the highest quality pancake syrup is important.  So when Coombs Family Farms contacted me about trying their USDA Organic Maple Syrup I jumped at the chance. I love maple syrup. I eat maple syrup on bacon, sausage, pancakes, even chicken fingers. I am always interested in higher grade and healthier foods to feed my family, so I was very interested in trying out their syrup.

Coombs Family Farms is a seventh generation small family maple farm that works with other small independent family farmers who share our commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, and sustainable forestry.” Coombs Family Farms usespouts tree-friendly spouts to to tap their trees. “A typical tree will be more than 10 inches in diameter and have one or two taps.  “Coombs Family Farms uses Energy saving reverse osmosis evaporators that reduce carbon emissions. In fact, by using this reverse osmosis process, we reduce our syrup-making energy consumption by 75%! As the water is boiled off, the liquid becomes sweeter (more concentrated), and begins to move towards the front of the pan. This is where we see the boiling sap turn golden. We frequently check the temperature of the boiling liquid. When it reaches 7.50F degrees above water’s boiling point, it has become maple syrup. What was 98% water and 2% sugar is now 33% water and 67% sugar.” It is then filtered and packaged. That’s it. There are added preservatives, thickeners, or artificial flavors added to their syrup, just straight out of the maple tree maple syrup. There are no pesticides used in or on the farm. That’s the best you can offer your family.

coombs-farm-pancake-maple-syrupNow let’s get down to the taste, as this is the most important part of it all to a child and a mother. Delicious. We made pancakes, bacon, and eggs last Thursday just like every other week. The only exception was the addition of a new bottle of maple syrup. We put out the name brand” and Coombs Family Farms’ brand for a taste test, to see if we could tell the difference. The Coombs Family Farms’ syrup was smooth, just the right sweet and tasted so delicious.  My girls preferred the Coombs syrup over the “name brand” with all the foods.  We ate chicken fingers dipped in Coombs Family syrup for lunch on Friday and it was so good. I will never go back to “name brand” syrup again.  I love that Coombs Family Farms uses environmentally safe processes and still produces organic, delicious, maple syrup.

If you, too, are interested in feeding your family the best nature has to offer check out Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup.

All photos are courtesy of Coombs Family Farms.

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We started getting snow Sunday morning, by Tuesday afternoon we had added an inch or more of ice on top, Wednesday morning saw MORE snow and the loss of our electricity/heat. More than 300,00 people in Kentucky/Indiana lost power and as I write this more than 150,00 are still without power. All of Grayson County, KY is without power still. Please pray for that county.  We had no way to get out of our driveway and to my Aunt’s house until Wednesday afternoon when my Uncle was able to dig out and get us.  After a sleepless night there and more family time than one ever really needs, late Thursday we had electricity again; we packed up and headed back home to a cold house and more chores than I would like to think about. Hubby stayed in a hotel next door to the office Tuesday and Wednesday night, but he finally made it home last night. Boy, the girls and I were sure glad to see him! You’ll have to forgive me for my lack of posting Feature Friday and some other important posts for the last two weeks, but illness and Mother Nature have really worked me over.  I am just thankful the Lord was watching over all in my family and keeping us safe and sane over the last few days.

In other news, we had a winner for the Slimpressions giveaway: #7 Donna K!! Congratulations Donna!

The Passpack contest ends Saturday and there are only 2 entries!! There are 5 licenses to giveaway, so it looks like I’m going to have some left over!!

Here are some pictures I took from our snow storm.

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Monday’s Snow Fall

Wednesday’s Snow Fall

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Icecicles

Icicles off the front of the house

Ice LayerLayer of ice under snow

Outside refrideration

When the refrigerator broke I couldn’t let all my food spoil, so I made some outdoors refrigeration instead.

You will have to forgive how bad the pictures look on the page, I was having trouble with WP getting the pictures where I wanted them. Sometimes it’s definitely a user error. While it’s pretty here, it’s also a MAJOR inconvenience not to be able to get out of your driveway! More pictures later:)

book-coverIn Debbie Mandel’s book Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life,  Mandel takes on the Herculean task of helping over stressed women take back their individuality and leave behind the shell we have become.  As an over worked, WAY stressed mother and wife I know first hand what it feels like to lose sight of who you really are. What a breath of fresh air Mandel’s book proved to be. With insights from other women and real life situations strategically placed throughout the book, Mandel offers even more usable advice for managing our everyday stress.  Debbie walks you through reconnecting with your inner self and teaches you to let go of unreasonable expectations.  Debbie gives you 7 simple steps to follow to finding and releasing your stress-free self.  The book enlightens you to the effects stress has on your health, mind, family, and spousal relationship.  Debbie also stresses the importance of fun and humor in your life; that YOU hold the key to how your day proceeds-positively or negatively. Addicted to Stress opened my eyes to a new way to live and helped me to feel lighter, happier, and free again.  I recommend reading and re-reading this book again and again.  Debbie really hits the nail on the head with Addicted to Stress.

For more information on Debbie Mandel check out her website, Turn on Your Inner Light.  You can purchase Addicted to Stress
from Amazon.com.

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