Monday, May 30, 2011

Marvelous Memorial Day Monday!

Go gather the troops and light up the fire!!

Today we remember all of our wonderful Service Members from past to present!

I know first hand the sacrifice and privilege of being a Military family, so I just want to thank all those who have or are serving this country and your families that support you!

~ Thank you

~ Thank you

~ Thank you!!




On a big side note...our winner from our giveaway on Friday is

#17-Thanks for Free Friday's!

Congratulations!! =)

Have a fantastic day together!
Grab your camera and go capture some memories!


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Friday, May 27, 2011

A DaySpring...Yay Free Friday!

DaySprings clearance selection of inspirational gifts is a great way to stock up on meaningful ideas for any special occasion.

These great value items are 50% off and more!

Shop their NEW CLEARANCE selection of compact eco-friendly totes and versatile frames, each with a choice of different designs options. Limited Quantities Available.(DaySpring Deals)

I always keep a watchful eye for those good clearance items at DaySpring...and please let me tell you that these are two! I have purchased many of these frames, placed spring pictures from last year in them and have them sitting around my dining room. LOVE THEM! I've had them out since Feb and with this cold wet weather hanging on still in May...make me feel more of Spring inside since it still isn't wanting to come outside!

This week we will be giving away one Clearance frame OR tote of your choice from DaySpring!

{CLICK BELOW TO VISIT THEIR SITE

Spring and Easter


Simply enter to win our Giveaway by leaving a comment in the linky below!

Extra entry's for each of the following:
- Become a "Follower" our Blog
- Grab our button and add it to your site.
-"Like" Baby be Blessed on Facebook
-Blog post, Facebook mention or ReTweet about Yay...Free Friday (must include link)
*please leave one entry for each.

Don't forget that through the month of May you can use coupon code MAY20 at the DaySpring checkout for an extra 20% off your items!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Winner will be chosen on Monday!

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*DaySpring is not compensating Baby be Blessed for this Giveaway. We are purchasing this item directly from DaySpring and will have it mailed to our winner.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Introducing...



Drum roll please!

First, after going through well over 75 name ideas for our new doll we finally chose the name Libby! I made the yellow haired minky doll for one of Lola's friends, as a birthday gift over the weekend. Her name was Liberty so when we saw Libby, it fit just perfect!

She looks like a Libby!

So to welcome her to the doll family, we will be offering her as our special deal this week!

Whoo Hoo! Are you as excited as I am?!

Regular price: $50.00
Sale price: $40.00!

CLICK HERE to take advantage of this limited time sale.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!



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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Too Cute...Tuesday!






These sweet two sisters are simply precious!

Their Mommy works with my sister Michelle so I have had the privilege of not only making these sweet dollies but also getting to meet the sweet girls that are loving on them!

Thanks so much for sharing their pictures with us!
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Marvelous Monday!

Good Morning!

Our weekend included some much needed days of warm sunshine...I hope that you had some of that too! The winner of our Yay Free Friday giveaway is #41!! Congratulations to the winner and as always a big thank you to everyone who entered, make sure to stop back this Friday to see what our giveaway will be this week!

On a very serious note, I wanted to mention that I am praying over those who have been touched by the horrible storms that have crossed over our country yet again last night, -especially those in Joplin, Mo! My heart aches as I ask Jesus to draw them close!

Will you join me in prayer today?

If you have a request that you would like us to pray over, please leave a comment below or please feel free to email any requests you would like to keep private.

"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Psalm 34:17-18

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Yay...Free Friday!

Happy Yay...Free Friday!

This sweet peasant doll dress measures approximately 7" long. It has an elastic neck line and is made from an Amy Butler cotton print and will fit your Baby be Blessed doll perfectly!

Would you like to win it?!

To enter:
Simply leave a comment in the linky tool below.

Extra entry's for each of the following:
- Become a "Follower" our Blog
- Grab our button and add it to your site.
-"Like" Baby be Blessed on Facebook
-Blog post, Facebook mention or ReTweet about Yay...Free Friday (must include link)
*please leave one entry for each.



Winner will be chosen Monday! =)
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our weekly Deal!!

We have received a lot of great feedback on our newest Scripture animal...the Owl!

It measures a generous 16"x12" making it more of a pillow than our standard size of scripture animals. It is made from a combination of chenille and cotton prints. Has black minky eyes and is stuffed for softness!

Miss Carly has been product testing "Pink Owl" and is in love!

You may choose from the three fabric collections and personalize this owl with your child's name and scripture of your choice.

This week we are running a special sale!

Regular price: $65.00
Sale Price: $50.00 {CLICK HERE}



This sale is for a limited time only...so order today!
Enjoy!

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Living Proverbs 22:6...Dusty Faith

This morning I woke and walked down our old L shaped hardwood hallway, choosing the boards that are silent to move quietly downstairs to start the day.

Dawn is breaking and I reach the top of the stairs. My eye catches the Jesus painting we purposefully hung "right there" as a reminder of the One we need to keep our focus on.

My eyes pass over and then bolt right back!

Why didn't I see it yesterday or the day before or the day before that? I know I look at this painting with every pass up and down throughout the day!

It's thick! Dust!

It was horrible! I ran my finger along the bottom of the frame and noticed the cobwebs strung from the corner. I apologized to Jesus (I really did) as I went down the stairs. I started my coffee and the thoughts of that dust kept coming back to my mind.

It just creeps in doesn't it?
Silent...unnoticed until it is so thick you can write in it?

Cant' that dusty frame be like a dusty faith?!

Busyness of lifes To Do's growing thick creating dust piles on our Jesus?
On our prayer time?
On our Bible time?

A separation from Him? Thicker and Thicker?

That's just what the enemy wants too! He's adding a lot of distraction and dirt into the air...but it ultimately is our own choice to wipe the filth away and keep our eyes focused on His truths.

Thank you Lord that when our faith gets dusty and we get distracted that your arms are always open...waiting for us! I praise You for your Love, Mercy and Grace!





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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Too Cute Tuesday -A Girl's Night Out!


The Girls Night Out event that I was invited to speak at last night was fantastic!

What a wonderful group of beautiful ladies!

The evening was organized by two very special women, Jami and Sarah. They did a wonderful job decorating, getting all of the food ready and making sure each person felt welcome. I know I did!

It was doll themed so they had paper dolls for all of the big and little girls to put together!




Here are my two girls busy at work!


It was so adorable and a fantastic fun idea to go along with the theme!



They also asked if each person would bring their favorite doll.

Here are three cuties that brought their Baby be Blessed lambs!

Don't they have the sweetest smiles?!



I also loved these older dolls!

The woman who brought them was so precious!



It was such a blessing and privilege to share with more than 85 women of all ages!

Jami asked if the kids wanted to sit right up front and that in itself was answered prayer because I am used to speaking in front of children so it was a comfort for me to have them so close!

Thanks Jami! =)


The evening was wonderful and though I was nervous at first...I really had a fantastic time! It was so much fun to share how the Lord has worked in my life, how Baby be Blessed started and some of the wonderful things that the Lord has allowed us to do.




We saw beautiful smiles and met wonderful new friends! I will continue to pray for each of you who attended and hope that you all keep your eyes on Christ and stay faithful to the work that He calls you to do!

Thanks again for inviting me!
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Marvelous Monday!

Good Morning!

Just a quick note to let you know who won our Yay...Free Friday giveaway this week!

It is Leah Cooper Agnew!

Congratulations Leah!

I also wanted to share the daily Bible verse that I received in my inbox this morning....

"Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again - my Savior and my God!" ~ Psalms 42:11, NLT

Though I'm not feeling discouraged this morning...there are times that I do! This verse spoke to my heart and I just wanted to share it with all of you so that we might write it down to remember and stand firm on the foundation of His word those days we are feeling shaky!

Psalm 40:2 reads: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”


Christ is our rock!

Have a wonderfully fantastic marvelous Monday!
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Since blogger seems to be back in working order...I wanted to hop on here quick today to let you know that we are running our Yay...Free Friday giveaway through facebook!

Click Here to enter!



Have a wonderful day of rest!
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Living Proverbs 22:6


"Train up a child in the way he should go; And when he is old he will not depart from it"
Proverbs 22:6

Last Saturday, I visited a local church for their Mother's Day Service. The message was titled "Passing the Baton" meaning passing our faith. Training up our children in God's word.

Using the book of Judges as an example, they spoke much about Israel's failure to pass the Lord's teaching to their children.

In our morning Bible time, we recently finished the book of Judges so it was fresh in my mind how "how everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25) vs living according to God's law. Each generation got further and further away until most things of God were forgotten or ignored.

Isn't it so very sad that we see the same things in our culture today?

In their bulletin, they had a listing of habits and practical applications that we should be doing daily in order to live out our faith to God and at the same time teaching and passing our faith to our children. They were all reminders to me, but I found myself reading through them many times throughout the week, so I thought I would share them here...

HABITS:

1. Pray and read your Bible everyday! (actually this was listed as #4 but I personally think it should be our #1 habit...so I moved it up! =)

2. Pray at all meals and teach your child to pray at meals.

3. Pray before going to sleep. Teach children to pray before sleep.

*Now again if I could just add my two bits in here...I agree with #2 and #3 completely but to take that a step further, to teach your child to have quiet time with the Lord every day. Reading His word. Praying. Worshiping. It's teaching them to start the habit of spending time fellowshiping with the Him independently. The Lord placed this on my heart for our family and we started 20 min of quiet time each day in which they spend with the Lord. It's right on our chore chart for remembrance. It has been going well. If we have weeks that we fall off (which we have) it's simply picking up again, right where we left off. And praying before bed is awesome...and we do...but we have a tendency to doze off (personal experience). God deserves our best so I am trying to teach and practice praying and fellowshiping with Him when we are wide awake and alert.

5. Go to Church faithfully and make sure your children to to the children and teen programs.

6. Pray for your children's salvation and continued maturity as Christians.

7. Tell your children you love them and make sure they hear you say it to your spouse.

8. (my addition) Make sure you tell them how much Christ loves them! He made them in His image. Fearfully and wonderfully He made them! We need to remind them constantly of that!

PRACTICAL:

9. Listen to yourself talking to your children and your spouse. (yes, ouch! Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks)

10. How do you sound to your children when you are on the phone? (double ouch! What is my witness? Felt a lot of conviction on this one!)

11. Monitor television, video games, music, friends, and reading material.

12. (This one grabbed my heart) Do your children know that the Lord is more important to you than sports, hobbies, education or money? (What are my actions concerning worldly things? Do my children see that I love the Lord more than everything else?? Do I love the Lord more than anything else??? My actions reflect my heart)

13. Do your children hear you say your are sorry when you do wrong? (We are not perfect and our children see it quicker than anyone else. Repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness. Live it out in front of our children. Faith in action! =)

14. Do you children see you helping those that can't help themselves?

15. Do your children know how to work? It is your responsibility to teach them to work hard.

16. Very, very seldom (Look at this with a Biblical perspective) side with children over authority. ex-Church, teachers, grandparents, police, bosses, other adults)

17. Teach that unfairness is a part of life; stop complaining and go on. (When my kids say "That's not fair" my response is always..."Life's not fair". We have that to look forward to in eternity.)

18. (I love this one!) What makes you know that your child knows Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

19. Discipline your child in a way it hurts them the most, so that they get the point. (Again...make sure that this is in a Biblical manner. Seek God's wisdom.)

20. You can and should express disappointment in your child's sin and disobedience. Never make them feel unimportant or small. (Don't crush your child's spirit)

21. Seldom lend to your child or sign for children; if you want to help, give yourself physically or give money.

22. Your rules in your house, when they choose to leave they can follow their rules.

23. Follow your child's rules concerning your grandchildren.

24. Teach your children to always be truthful and fair. (Being conformed to the image of Christ. "What do you think Jesus would do in that situation?"


So there you have it! Take these reminders and allow God to speak to you through it.

Let's make sure that we are passing our faith to our children.
Aren't they worth it?!

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*Photo is of a green crayon colored popsicle stick palm branch that we made for remembrance of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. "Hosanna! Hosanna!" Made by my Lola

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Daily Praise Dockets!


In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 33:21


As I have been continuing to write down(#813 blessings so far) and document the blessings that God gives throughout the day, my mind has thought of it as a sort of a Daily Docket.


A Daily Docket is a brief written summary of a document so as I daily write and grab my camera, I basically feel as if it is briefly writing summaries of our day through words and photo's for remembrance.


Though my husband often thinks I am crazy photographing some of the things I do...I smile.


I'm simply choosing to slow...and remember!


Here are a few praises from this week!

Lord, I praise you for...


~For Mother's day Flowers...shoved under the bathroom stall at church because a 4yr old just can't wait to share with his mama! "You love it Mommy?" Words simply can't describe the love of it....


~For the best gifts given! Handmade from the heart. Kept forever!
~For the many Dance practices as we near the end of the year.


For little brothers who wave and sisters who smile back.



~For this 12 yr olds imagination always going!
He inspires me.


~For boots left in the grass...



...and white socks turned black.

~For, "Mommy watch this!" twenty times in a row. =)
~For a blue eyed smile...

~For our Gunner who sees something in that tree that we don't and spending the whole afternoon barking at it.
~For bleeding hearts in full bloom! {love}
~For character undies hanging on the line...and Natalie wondering why I'm taking pictures of them! =)
~For God's faithfulness and love this week!


~Answered prayer!


~Sunshine


~My sister, Michelle... (Love you!)


~For the blessing of being a Mother! I love them all so much I could burst!!

So what are some of the blessings you have been given this week?


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Too Cute Tuesday!

The minute I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to order a Baby Be Blessed doll for my little girl.

When we found out we were having a boy, I decided a blue lion would have to do!

Oliver's lion arrived just a couple weeks after he was born and we love it! Thank you all so, so much.

You have such a wonderful ministry - many blessings! ~Ginger Hatcher


Oliver is so precious!
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!
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~We are running low on Too...Cute Tuesday cuteness! Please email your photo's to babybeblessed@gmail.com

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marvelous Monday!

I pray you each had a wonderful weekend
~and a FANTASTIC Mother's Day!

We had a wonderful weekend and I feel so abundantly blessed with what the Lord has given... It is beyond what I ever could deserve!

This weeks giveaway was so special to me and I will take time to visit all the links to the websites that were left. I will be spending time this week to pray over each entry! Thank you so much for sharing!

The winner of our Yay...Free Friday Giveaway this week was: #20
Feel free to visit her blog HERE.

Thank you so very much!
Have a Marvelous Monday! =)
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!




As we celebrate today,
may we take a moment to remember how important our role is in our family! May we love Christ so much that we desire our hearts would be changed and that we would constantly be pouring out the love and grace we have been given onto those around us!

You, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh, you, you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you, you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time

You're beautiful
how you're changing the world!

Happy Mother's Day!

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"One Heartbeat At A Time" by Steven Curtis Chapman from the album This Moment.



Friday, May 6, 2011

Yay...Free Friday -Honoring a Memory!

This week we are giving away another BbB $56.00 Gift Certificate, but in honor of Mother's day we would love you honor a Mother who has lost a child....

I am absolutely BLESSED with the gift of the children that I get to hold in my arms here on earth...but my husband and I have a child that we will be holding eternally as well! The Lord placed our second child in His arms when I was only 11 weeks pregnant. I was emotionally shattered. So many of you have had much different experiences. Some I couldn't even imagine going through and I don't pretend to understand the pain that some of you have experienced...but I know how we quietly mourned over our child and I still think of that child today.

One of the most beautiful things we have been privileged to do is make dolls that Treasure a Memory! The first lamb I made was in honor of Laura's son Matthew who went to be with Jesus. Even though many years had past since that time...it was still something for her to touch. Something her other children could hold. Something visual for remembrance.

Since then we've made many dolls and animals that are held as treasure to honor beautiful gifts received from God! I have run my fingers over the little foot and hand prints....cried over sweet pictures and prayed for the families still feeling the void that can only be filled with the truth through Christ that we will see them again!

So this weekend as we celebrate Mothers, would you pray with me for all those Mommies who have lost?

We treasure and love each of you and would love to make one of you a special doll, honoring someone in the arms of Jesus....

To Enter: Leave a comment (in the LINKY) below if you have lost a child or would like to give this Gift Certificate to someone who has.

Extra entry's for each of the following:
- Become a "Follower" our Blog
- Grab our button and add it to your site.
-"Like" Baby be Blessed on Facebook
-Blog post, Facebook mention or ReTweet about Yay...Free Friday (must include link)
*please leave one entry for each.

Thank you for helping us spread the word of God...one doll at a time and sharing the love of Christ with another!

Have a very Blessed weekend!
Happy Mother's Day!
The winner will be chosen on Monday!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rejoicing! Blessings and Praises!

"I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1

"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, [And] into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." Psalm 100:1-5, NKJV

Some blessings from this week....


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Just a few of the many blessing that the Lord has poured upon us this week!

Lord I praise you!

How about you?
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