Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Favorites - Rescue Edition

I am LOVING my new cuffs from Farmgirl Paints.  I can't decide which one is my FAVORITE because I love them both so much.  The first one has a line from one of my all time FAVORITE books to read to my boys, "Love You Forever".  I can't make it through without choking up and I love the little reminder that even as my babies grow they'll still be just that, my babies.



One of Griffin's FAVORITE phrases is "one more".  One more candy corn, one more hug, one more piggy back ride, one more walk, etc.  When I hear "one more" I will forever think of her at this sweet age.  The cuff also has kind of a double meaning, because it also references my very FAVORITE Sally Clarkson quotes...

“I always wanted to be a hero--to sacrifice my life in a big way one time--and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.” 


Don't forget, if you need a cuff of your own you can use the code MOMFESSIONALS and get 15% off!!!

This is GG doing her "one more" finger :) 



Monday morning was my FAVORITE morning this week.  Despite being rushed and having to break up a wrestling match in the back of the van while we were loading up, we all paused to take in the AMAZING sunrise!  I mean!!!


I've seen lots of pretty pink sunrises, but this one was special because it really looked like the air was almost pink...


There's no filter on this picture, but you can see the pinkness of the sunlight.  So cool!!!



Festive outfits are my FAVORITE and we like to go big or go home :)  This week we've been keeping it subtle (except not.  at all.)




It's no secret that Mason's love language is quality time. Even a solo trip to the grocery store with just me and him is enough to fill up his little love tank :) 

Monday night he and I ran to Kroger to pick up a few things and being able to say yes to his requests to look at the toy cars and try on Halloween masks made his day. 


This was not my idea of a good time, but he got the biggest kick out of trying on the masks, having me take a picture and then looking at himself :)  He's a mess!



Fall is kind of here in Texas... well, it's here from like 10 p.m. - 8 a.m.... then it goes back to Summer.  I am OVER my summer clothes, and have been attempting to dress "fallish" while still being comfortable in the 85 degree weather.  My new FAVORITE shirt is from Hippie Chick and it's AWESOME!  It's cool and comfy, while still looking very "Fall".



I wore this lightweight plaid tank this week with a cargo jacket, cords and booties.  A Fall look while still being weather appropriate (the scarf lasted through first period. hahaha)


Yesterday I wore a cream lace dress with a denim jacket and clogs.  I can't wait until I can wear this with a scarf and tights!




Tuesday night I had some of my FAVORITE girls over and made them the best pumpkin sheet cake ever!  And it's so easy!!!


For the Cake
- 15 oz can of pumpkin
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- two cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

1) Combine the pumpkin, oil, apple sauce and sugar
2) Beat 4 eggs together and mix with the pumpkin, oil, apple sauce and sugar
3) Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a separate bowl, then combine with the pumpkin mixture
4) Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes

For the Icing
- 5 tablespoons softened butter
- 3 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- a few splashes of milk

1) Beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla
2) Gradually beat in the powdered sugar
3) Add in splashes of milk while beating until it's "spreadable"

Griffin's favorite part??? The icing :)


Speaking of FAVORITE parts, her FAVORITE part of the morning routine?  Pretending to drive while we load up the boys, bags, etc. :)


One more!!!


Mini Mason :)


Seeing what the kids bring home from school is always a FAVORITE time of the day and this week did not disappoint!  A sea scene by Luke:


And his foldable body systems project (that he laid on the wet counter - ooops!!!)


IT unfolded to this... how awesome is that?!?!?!


 There were envelopes that held cards where he had written facts about each body system.



This was on the school's Facebook page this week - some of the cutest first graders I know!


And apparently he crafted a hideout during recess this week :)


 This note was my FAVORITE... can you figure out what is says??? :)


I love Minecraft and Legos and Mommy :)

 This photo came across my Facebook feed this week and I immediately teared up.  I've been blessed to have never had to experience a miscarriage and can't imagine the emotions that go along with that.  Despite me never having experienced that, this photo that was edited to include the babies that this couple had miscarried made me tear up and hit my knees for my friends who have had to endure this.  What a powerful image!


Last night I was going to put the boys to bed and when I walked by Griffin's room I saw this...


Door open, sound asleep on her carpet since she knows she's not supposed to leave her room.  
#sweetbaby


I may have immediately though of this picture.  And then immediately burst into tears. 



Last, I've been reading a FANTASTIC new book by Candy Gibbs called "Rescue.  Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture." and have been really enjoying it.  It offers personal stories and insights from teens, practical applications and lots of encouragement.  


Even though we don't have teens at home yet (#hallelujah!), it's provided me with some great insight into my kids at school and has given me lots of things to think about as we raise our kids.  One of my favorite parts of the book was when it talked about the importance of family...

"Our children and our teens need parental stability, the anchor, to hold.  They need your marriage and family to stay committed to one another and strong in faith.  When your children grasp for something to hold on to in the middle of a storm, they will reach for the anchor of your family."

I have an extra copy to give away, so if you have teens (or pre-teens!) at home and you'd like to read it - leave me a comment (with your email address, please) and I'll pick someone this afternoon and drop it in the mail tomorrow!

I hope your weekend is full of your FAVORITES!  Happy weekend, friends!
   

PS - This post contained affiliate links, which means if you clicked on a link and purchased an item, I may receive a small commission.  Thank you!!! :)

117 comments:

  1. I have an 8th grade daughter and 4th grade daughter. Plus I teach middle school special education math! I would love this book! Thanks for the chance! Trindins@hotmail.com

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  2. I'd love to read that book. My little guy is 11 and in his first year of middle school I'm also a middle school teacher...7th grade English.

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  3. I have heard wonderful things about that book!!! I am a high school counselor in Houston and would love the get my hands on a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  4. Heard amazing things about that book!! I am a high school counselor in Houston and would love to get my hands on that book!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  5. Aw!!! Sweet baby Griffin and those pictures!! Why do they have to grow up??

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  6. I love all your post!
    I would love a copy of the book. We have a 10 almost 11 year old son and an 8 year old daughter. I'm so scared I will blink and they will be graduating and driving. It breaks my heart!
    heatherbramlett01@gmail.com

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  7. I'm going to order that book!! Looks amazing!!

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  8. Luke's body systems project was IMPRESSIVE! WOW! And I like laughed out loud at "subtle...except not". I love your GO BIG OR GO HOME theme when it comes to dressing! Love you friend!

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  9. As a new fourth grade teacher (I taught second grade for nine years) I'd love to read that book and share with my coworkers. Sarkuykendall@gmail.com

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  10. I have a 15 year old daughter, we are talking college and careers she looks me in the eye last night and tells me " I have to raise me hand to go to the bathroom still and I'm supposed to decide what I want to do at the age of 15." I need this book !
    Jmdj97@hotmail.com.

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  11. I have been wanting to read that book. As a new 6th grade teacher it would give me some insight as to what they are processing. We could all use that, right? Pick me!!! Moorerlcn@yahoo.com

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  12. I'd love that book. I teach 7th grade math and have two teenagers at home. The struggle is real raising teens these days!

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  13. I would love the book. I have a newly turned 13 year old at home and an 11, 9 and 4 year old who all think they are teens.
    meganthoennes@hotmail.com

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  14. I would love a copy of that book! I have a daughter in 7th grade. I really think that book would be really helpful! My husband and I are always looking for great resources. Thanks! My email is srgoode@twc.com.

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  15. I am so interested in that book!

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  16. I'd love this book! I have 15 year old twins plus a 12 year old. Some days are fun and easy but other days I need all the advice and encouragement I can get! fabulousandfunlife@gmail.com

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  17. I'd love to read the book. I teach middle school math and have two boys 7 and 10. Never too early to start preparing
    Susiec@duo-county.com

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  18. There are just so many things I love about this post! Your kiddos are all so stinkin' cute! Have a great day!

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  19. I have a teenager and I teach teenagers. It's amazing what these kids go through.
    Historyteacher at gmail.com

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  20. I would love the book. I have a 11yo going on 16. Claw121803@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  21. Would love a copy! My daughter will be 4 on Wednesday! Ah!! How did that happen so fast. But it's never to early to start thinking ahead. Would love love love to read it now and then pass it on for others to read.

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  22. Me. . . I have two girls one that just turned 11 and one that will be 14 in January. Thanks! Pamela.l.melchor@gmail.com

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  23. I would love to read this! I have 2 boys - 14 and 15!
    young717@aol.com

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  24. I have a 16 year old and a13 year old! Would love to read!! Love your blog! Your kiddos are adorable

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  25. Lynndorval@cfl.rr.com would help to leave my email on previous post 😉

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  26. I would LOVE to read this book! I have a 14-year old daughter, 11-year old son and a 6-year old daughter....I need this book! I also teach Middle school students with special needs! This book would be a great help!

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  27. I could really use that book right now.
    maria.r.casella@gmail.com

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  28. My daughter is a 5th grade teacher and a new mom! This would be wonderful for her school family and her own family!

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  29. Your timing is perfect! immediately got tears in my eyes seeing that little blip from that book. I need to read it-we have a 13 year old daughter and are going through some rough times with her right now and are trying to figure out the best way possible to parent her. Thank you for sharing!

    jenvieau@hotmail.com

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  30. That book looks great! kellymoore@gmail.com

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  31. I would love to read this! Bellsimpson2@hotmail.com

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  32. I would LOVE this book. I am a middle school SLP and a mama to middle school kiddo and another tweenager.

    makwilson@bellsouth.net

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  33. Would love to read this, my girl will be a teenager in January! estallings11@yahoo.com

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  34. This sounds like a great book! Cdtetrault@gmail.com

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  35. Yes, I should read this book. I'm always up for a good read plus one that will help me with my three boys is definitely a bonus! Thanks Andrea!

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  36. Oh this book sounds perfect! I have 3 boys and my husband has 2 boys and 1 girl....ages 15,13,13,12,10 and 7. We are right in the thick of teenagers and trying to make a blended family thrive. Shannonjunttila@yahoo.com

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  37. Sorry, my email is bkcooper5.bc@gmail.com

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  38. I bet the person that sold you the book thought you were the teenager buying it for your parents! Happy Friday! :)

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  39. I would love this book. I have 2 girls ages 14 and 11 and the struggle is real!

    cantrelld@verizon.net

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  40. Would love to read this for my own daughters.. but also as a teacher of teenagers!
    Amy Wolff
    amylouisewolff@hotmail.com

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  41. We have two boys and the oldest is almost 11. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book! Eerratchu@hotmail.com

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  42. I think I would love this book and any encouragement in raising my precious preteen boy!

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  43. I have a 7th grader. We've been experiencing out share of struggles since school started. I'd love to have this book to give me some insights! Kirstenlynn73@yahoo.com

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  44. Thanks for the book recommendation! I teach middle school and like you, have littles at home. Looking forward to reading it! :)

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  45. Sorry, my e-mail is kcramer@wanee.org. Thanks, Andrea! :) P.S. I feel like you are my friend, even though we have never met. In fact, I get made fun of often by my husband because I always seem to reference you and your sweet family. :)

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  46. I would love to read this book! I have 2 teenagers at home...a 16yr old son and a 14yr old daughter. Seeing those pics of Griffin sleeping gave me a major flash back. My daughter used to sleep just like that, with her little feet crossed and her bum in the air!! So sweet!
    Thanks for sharing, Andrea! I look forward to reading your blog every day :)
    shellysexton@me.com

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  47. I would love to learn from this book as I have a blended family of two 16 year old boys, two 13 year old boys and a 10 year old girl! Would've been perfect this week while we are at the beach with friends on fall break!! Thanks for the fun giveaway! Always love reading your posts and Instagram pics, what a precious family. Enjoy them now bc they grow up soooo fast!!! 219shelly@gmail.com

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  48. I have a middle school step daughter and teach middle school. Looks like a wonderful book! dbybee@skylineschools.net

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  49. Ok first off, that pumpkin recipe looks divine, and I am so making that this weekend! Second of all, those pics of Griffin are OVER.THE.TOP adorable!! And thirdly, I am off to buy that book today, thank you for the recommendation! I have 3 girls, 2 of which are teens (Lord help me). I hope whoever gets that book gets some awesome insight from it. Thank you so much for your blog, it is such a joy to read everyday....:)

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  50. I need to read that book! Raising kids is the hardest most rewarding job there is. We are far from perfect but I have raised two adult children who are truly remarkable adults, and even in their 20s (yikes to having 20 year olds) family is the most important thing in their lives. I'm so thankful knowing my children realize that no matter what life throws at them or how hard life gets we can all lean on each other ! Have a great weekend !

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  51. Hi Andrea. As a mom to two adorable little girls (ages 2 1/2 and 5) and a step-mom to 3 more girls (one is an adult now, but the other two are ages 16 and 11), I think this book would offer beautiful guidance as we continue to raise our children in His word. I want all my girls to know our family and our faith is always our foundation, and that it is solid. Your book recommendation sounds like a terrific resource to reinforce what we're striving for.
    I appreciate all that you share....your life, your family, your faith, and encouragement.

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  52. I would love this book! We have two teenage boys! Love yours and your friends blogs! They take me back to when our boys were little! Curranbunch@att.net

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  53. Two of my four "littles" are in the tween age and it is A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME!!!! I would enjoy having some guidance...especially Christian based since that is where I feel everyone needs to turn. My name is Kristi and my email is georgiamckays@gmail.com.

    Thank you.

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  54. This book sounds like a great parenting resource!!! Would love to have a copy. Thanks for the chance! tarasmith@hotmail.com

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  55. I have a 12 yr old daughter and I am looking for any and all books to get us through these crazy teen years!
    Lesley McFarland
    lesleylulu@hotmail.com

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  56. I have 4 kids, the oldest being 12. I'd love to win this book. Raising kids is hard! We need all the help we can get! MAXMJ@sbcglobal.net

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  57. I loved this entire post. My husband and I have three littles (ages 6,4,2) and, like you, never had to experience the heartbreak of a miscarriage...but that picture made me tear up thinking about all of my girlfriends that have. So powerful. And those pictures of G? Why do they have to grow up so fast??????
    I'd love to read that book, I'm always looking for encouragement. Being a momma isn't an easy job! kellyctesterman@gmail.com

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  58. You always pick the most fun sayings for your cuffs...I seriously am stumped everytime. Can't wait to receive my new ones! One more....love that it has more than one meaning.

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  59. I have a pre teen son. I would love to read the book! Nadine.b.skinner@gmail.com

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  60. Your post made me tear up twice. Clearly, a little bit of rescuing over here wouldn't hurt. My oldest turned eleven last week. Ready or not here those teenagers come. Help me continue to build that solid foundation. Kristysaidso@gmail.com

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  61. I would love this book! kimslc2@hotmail.com

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  62. Thank you for talking about this book. I have a 15 year old daughter that is constantly facing friend and school drama, so things can get a bit hard at times.....I'm open to any help or direction I can get...I'll definitely be buying this book!

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  63. You are a great mom! I so enjoy reading your blog and seeing a small snippet of your life and family! I have a 14 yr old and would love to read that book! Beth and email is dalejrfan4evr at hotmail.com .

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  64. Would love to read this book. I have an almost 14 yr old, Thanks! angelbrouss@gmail.com

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  65. I would love to read this book! I'm always looking for good parenting books! Kacyraejo@gmail.com

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  66. I have 13 & 10 year old boys and I need all the help I can get! I'm always trying to educate myself with knowledge to make them better little Christian men! cmenuet@hotmail.com

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  67. 16yo and 13yo girls here. Would love to read this, but I'd buy it if I don't win! :) And may I say that all 3 of my kiddos fell asleep in their doorways at some point. My 16 yo just last night… lol!

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  68. Love your blog!! Just last night I was searching online for a good parenting book on teens (I have three teens right now). This one sounds perfect! chippereleven@gmail.com

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  69. With a 14 (almost 15) year old daughter, a 11 year old son, and...... a 1 year old son (surprise son:) ) I would LOVE to read this book. Our children face soo much in their world.

    my email address is trhester@mdrs.ms.gov

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  70. Your comment about the book helping you understand your students caught my eye. I teach high school English and would love to read this. I also have a 10 yr old son who is growing too fast. mparry@alcoaschools.net

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  71. Your comment about it helping you understand your students caught my eye. I teach high school English and would love to read this! I also have a 10 yr. old who is growing too fast.

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  72. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book! I have four boys, all either teenaged or almost there. They're sixteen, fifteen and twins that are twelve. Sounds like a great read! My email address is allboys@gmail.com.

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  73. I would love to read that book! I'm raising three boys, ages 10, 12 and 16, and need all the help I can get! I grew up in a house full of girls :) I look forward to reading your blog every morning and can't wait to see what new pics you have put up of your precious kiddos! Especially look forward to videos of sweet GG! Amyleebenn73@gmail.com

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  74. I would love to read this book! I am a mom of 4 girls, yes 4 GIRLS!!! Ages 15, 13, 10, and 4!!! I think I need all the help I can get!! hamiltons@whitehouseisd.org

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  75. Yikes!!! I love every stage of my kids' life, but the teenage years seem a little daunting to me!! I have 3 boys and a girl, 10, 9, 7 (girl), 3. Would love to read this book! I totally agree about the marriage and family part. Too many kids are growing up without any stability in their lives. I work part-time as our school nurse and see it all the time. My email is cs_hennigar@hotmail.com. Thanks for sharing your life with us, love reading your blog!!

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  76. I would love a copy of the book. I am raising an 11 1/2 year old who just started 6th grade. I now it's going to be an adventure for the next few years. :)
    vm.harris@yahoo.com

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  77. Sounds like a wonderful book. Would love a copy.
    Lifeasalee at gmail.com

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  78. I would love to read this book!! I have 2 kids, 12 year old daughter and 11 year old son. Even though their dad and I are divorced, we do TRY to keep the stability and support going for our kids. This book sounds like it would be a huge benefit for us. Love all your posts, thanks for letting us peek into your world!!

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  79. I have a 12 year old son and we are currently having a huge struggle with him. Our hearts are broken.

    yolandamclean@outlook.com

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  80. I would love to read this book! My son is 10 and the teen years are coming faster that I would like them too!
    hewittfam4@gmail.com

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  81. I would love this book. We have three teenagers at home. Help us out!

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  82. Hi Andrea, I have a 12, 16 and 20 yr old. This book looks like a great resource for parenting. Our kids are bombarded by a culture that seems to be moving farther and farther away from God. If ever they needed an anchor, it is now. Thank you for the offer of the book. Familyrobertson5@gmail.com

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  83. Parenting this day in age can be tough!! I'm raising two school aged girls and a baby boy. Would love to have a chance to read this book and be encouraged! Harmonylf@yahoo.com

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  84. I am finding that raising teens is the toughest part of being a mom. My 16 year old son has been diagnosed with depression and extreme social anxiety and suffers from panic attacks. Also, social media, peer pressure, always feeling you are expected to be perfect make growing up today very difficult. My husband has been a rock the last year and we would appreciate more guidance - we would love to read the book. Thanks for sharing. kcdimmig@aol.com

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  85. I would love to read that book. My oldest daughter is 11 so teens are right around the corner for me!
    Jenn
    Jco031676@hotmail.com

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  86. Hi! We have two teenage boys (15 and 13). It's a scary world that keeps pushing God farther and farther away. This is a great reminder that it starts at home. mrsuribe@yahoo.com

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  87. I have a 15 year old son! He is an awesome kid who has Tourette Syndrom as well as a neuromuscular disorder but doesn't let any of that stop him. He has a heart for God and proudly wears his Newsboys concert t-shirt to school and jams to Christian music in the car even when his peers are driving with us. I would LOVE to read this book. - Dakri dakrisutton@gmail.com

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  88. I only have toddlers at home, but I lead a middle school girls bible study and many of them come from broken homes. I would love to read this so I can continue to try and be an anchor in their lives!!!

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  89. This really sounds like A book I would enjoy and NEED!! I have read several books regarding teens and would welcome another one. I have 2 boys ages 20 and 17) and a girl who turned 13 in August. Teeneage girls are sooo different!!! So this book would be an awesome addition for me! My email address is vcampos_99@yahoo.com

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  90. That book sounds amazing! I would love to read it--I have 2 kids, including a 10 year old son who I would like to keep this age forever!! The teen stuff sounds scary! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    nspangenberg@yahoo.com

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  91. The book sounds great. Who doesn't need parenting guidance? My email address is: sajennings1@comcast.net. Love the Halloween outfits on Griffin :)

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  92. I have a 12 yr old turning 13 next month, I need this book. The excerpt oh my! I'm buying it if I don't win but I would love it! I'm so scared of knowing how to parent a teen. It's definitely a different game to teach them. Katieallred83@gmail.com Katie Allred

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  93. Hi Andrea,
    I just wanted to say hello and that I truly enjoy your blog. Your kids are so adorable and your crafting skills are amazing! I too am a teacher (staying home with the kids at the moment) and and blogger. I'm just getting into blogging and have found lots of inspiration here and through your posts. Thank you! www.sprinklesontopblog.com

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  94. Sounds like a great book! Love your blog!

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  95. The book sounds so interesting and encouraging! With two teens and two Tweens I'd love to read it! 3weeones@optonline.net

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  96. I have a sixth grader and so we're getting really close to the teen years! Stacybethc@gmail.com

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  97. Hi Andrea- I am in the trenches- 2 middle schoolers (6th and 8th) My girls go to Denton Calvary Academy- so we know your school. You look like such a SUPER middleschool math teacher. :) I would love to read the book- pjmiddleton@juno.com Jennifer Middleton from Denton

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  98. Oh my goodness... I saw the title of your book and immediatly thought, "I need this book, like pronto". I have 2 boys who are teens with two more up and coming. I need help in figuring this whole thing out!
    cori@the-patricks.org

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  99. Oh my goodness... I saw the title of your book and immediatly thought, "I need this book, like pronto". I have 2 boys who are teens with two more up and coming. I need help in figuring this whole thing out!
    cori@the-patricks.org

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  100. I'd love this book...we have TWIN TEENS......bless us :) (sitesx6@aol.com)

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  101. I have a 10 year old daughter, and I think this would be a great book to read.

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  102. 3 teenage girls... I could use this. Thanks!
    ldearmit@alphaschool.org

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  103. I used to find my youngest asleep right inside his bedroom door for the same reason - you cannot leave your room. Precious pictures!

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  104. I have an almost 10 year old and would love this!!
    carlyawebb@hotmail.com :)

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  105. You have probably already picked by now, if not my email is abarrettkalm@gmail.com. I have a 14 year old boy. I don't know how it happened so fast. Just yesterday he was my baby, then I blinked and he was all grown. Going through some rough times right now with my little man. Thank you for considering me.

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  106. How did you manage to teach GG not to leave her room!!! I am amazed

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  107. 1 Teen and 1 Tween boy, I would love to read this book. Sharon - Camdens.yard@verizon.net

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  108. I am a middle school teacher and would love to read this book. Jensmith86@gmail.com

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  109. As a high school teacher I'd love to read this. mshortmorris@gmail.com

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  110. absolutely love those sweet pictures of Griffin!!

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  111. Mom of a teenager and a pre-teen. Would love to win. ebc0324@gmail.com

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  112. I would love to read this! angelajams4@gmail.com

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  113. I have a boy who just turned 13. I'm praying my way through this and trying to do things right. I'd love to read the book.
    mindypierce@hot.rr.com

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  114. Would love to read Rescue. I have 2 teens and a tween (16, 14 and 11). kacdental@yahoo.com

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  115. I would love a copy of the book. I have a teen and a pre-teen. This book would be great. Ssmithoc@gmail.com

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  116. I would love to get to read this book. I have a preteen, that is a stepchild, and I think it would have a lot of good insight to handling situations and doing it properly with all the boundaries we have as a blended family :-). Morganweller89@gmail.com

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  117. Did you spray or treat your booties with anything or do you just wear them in the rain? I'm always scared to get mine wet.

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