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The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell

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The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell brings light into a dark time in history, one I knew little about. We all know about WWII and Hitler, but what about the aftermath on Germany? I know for myself, I never was taught much about the Berlin Wall and I never researched it. Sadly, all I knew about it was that it was taken down. History shouldn't be forgotten if you ask me and I was very intrigued with this book, just by the cover.

Greg Mitchell does an amazing job with the research that went into writing The Tunnels. Do you like pictures in books? This has a small section in the middle with pictures of this piece of history. I love how it puts faces to names and places in the book itself. It makes it come more alive.

One of my favorite parts about the book itself is that none of it is made up. It says in the very beginning that it is created from historical records and people who participated in the events or actually witnessed them. Now that is a non-fiction book I want to read!

I also had n…

Really Woolly Easter Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

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Really Woolly Easter Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a cute little addition to any child's bookshelf. Just in time for Easter, this 40 page padded board book is great to read one double spread page before bed or even school in the morning. Every two pages contain a short little poem, beautiful and bright illustrations, as well as a short little prayer and a easy to understand verse. 
The suggestion is ages 2-5, though I read it to my 6 year old and he enjoys it, as well as my newborn, though he doesn't understand it yet. I think most any young child would like this little book. I like it with my 6 year old because he is learning to read and he can read some of the book himself. 
The little devotions range in topic from Jesus' death and resurrection to Spring itself and the new life it brings. They really are cute and simple, making it easy for small children to understand. Our family really is a fan of this little board book.
*I received this book from BookLook Blog…

The Celebration of St Patrick

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To many of us, St Patrick's Day is a day of celebrating all things green and drinking...a LOT. Green beer, green hair, green clothes; the list goes on. But does anyone really know who Saint Patrick was? What is his story?

Today for school I decided to find out, because sadly, I had no clue. Here is what I found:

Saint Patrick was a slave, starting in the year 395 AD at the age of 16, and it lasted for 6 years until the Lord set him free. This part of the story is very intriguing, because he was a young man who had been introduced to Christianity by his grandfather but never took it serious, until he was in the bonds of slavery. He grew close to God out there in the fields with his sheep, talking to Him in his loneliness and in the midst of all the pain. He came from a wealthy family of a tax collector so had never known want until he was captured by the Irish and enslaved by a man named Miliucc. One night, God showed him a way of escape, on a trade ship and ended back in his home…

Mom Knows Best

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Having kids is AMAZING! Can I get an Amen, mama? There are some frustrations, yes, but overall, they are the sweetest people to have around. Benjamin says the kindest things to me. In fact, the other day on our way home from the cities, he randomly said, "Mama, your hair looks beautiful like that." Talk about a melted heart!!!

There is a downfall people tend to not talk about, and it doesn't lie within immediate family of you, your significant other and your babies. It lies with other moms and sometimes can even be your own mother or mother in law. They are called "mom shamers" and whether they mean to or not, they certainly make us feel like we are incompetent, they bring up feelings or rage, sadness and doubt within ourselves, though we are doing our very best at being the best moms we can be.

There are so many topics I could cover where mom shamers are most prevalent, but one that really comes to mind, as I have a newborn in the home, is how we feed our bab…

Rainbow Babies - Life After Loss

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I didn't really post about my pregnancy much, mostly from fear, some because of guilt. Pregnancy after a loss, or in my case more than one loss, isn't all exciting and it is definitely a journey like no other. The first few months were terrifying, then they were exciting and then again towards the end that feeling of impending doom came back. The last month has been up and down emotionally and I'm not sure if it was just hormones or old fears coming back or both. What I do know is that now that Samuel is here, I have never felt a greater joy inside myself than I do now.

Every birth is different but I can honestly say that this birth was so exciting and such a happy time for me. Labor went smoothly - my water broke at 12:30 am and we got to the hospital by 1:30 with contractions 3 minutes apart and getting more intense. By the time I was 5 cm I got an epidural, which I didn't do with Benjamin and I am SO glad for the pain intervention. With it, I was able to enjoy the …