Don’t understand the Bible?


I have been a Christian for about 7 years now. I’ve read the Bible all the way through 3 times and counting.

I’m not saying that to brag, but rather to tell you there is still so much I don’t know!

Last year I read the Bible in one year on my iPad using the YouVersion app.

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It’s a free Bible you can use on your phone, tablet, and computer. They all sync together so you can read from your laptop at home, your phone while you’re at the car wash, or your tablet while you’re relaxing at the park. It’s very convenient!

Now that we’ve got the convenience part down, let’s talk about the comprehension part.

Although I’ve read and heard many of the stories in the Bible several times, I learn something new each time that I didn’t catch from before. When I was trying to read the Bible in one year in 2012, it made it hard to take the time to stop and think about what I was reading. I always felt like I was in a rush. If I didn’t understand something, I just moved on and – oh well.

For the past month I’ve been taking some time to go through the Bible at a slower pace. It’s really helping! I’m using something called a Bible commentary. I have two of them, which have been sitting on my book shelf for quite some time, but now the tan one is in my family room where I typically do my reading.

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A commentary is basically a more detailed understanding of Scripture. It gives some insight and perspective that you may not have thought about before. Not all commentaries are created equal. Some are more detailed than others. For example, in my photo above, the commentary on the left isn’t as descriptive as I would like, so I’m using the one from William MacDonald. If you do decide to purchase one, make sure you look through a couple and compare them to see which style you like best. Happy reading!

 ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Ryan’s 5th Birthday


I can’t believe our little boy is turning into such a BIG boy! Five! I just can’t believe it!

Ryan had school on the day of his birthday and he thought that was pretty cool. He said he wanted everyone to sing to him, but he was a little embarrassed! Don’t worry buddy, everyone gets embarrassed!

Since his actual birthday was on a Thursday, he had to wait a couple days until his birthday party at home

 Party time!

Ryan is really into firetrucks and he thinks firemen are pretty cool too! You’ll never guess what he chose for the theme of his party…

We had a balloon artist, face painter, tattoo guy so the kids – and parents – would have some entertainment! Ryan got a police dog balloon and a bunch of tattoos on his arms (not pictured)…

Todd couldn’t resist a tattoo for himself either…Remember Kiss, anyone?

Our local firemen came to our house. The kids thought that was pretty cool! They all got to climb inside the truck and have a seat in the front. They also gave them hats, stickers, and pencils!

The Captain put on all his gear for the kids and then told them to never be scared if they see someone dressed like this trying to help them during a fire. Wow. I had never thought of that. It would be very intimidating as a kid to see someone approaching you dressed up with a mask and a bunch of gear. Great lesson for the kids!

Then we got to dive into the cake!

And have a smack-down with the pinata!

I’m pretty sure Ryan had a great birthday!!

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Back-to-School 2013 {A New Normal}


The new school year has started and we have a new “normal” around here.  Both kids are now in school!! Whoohoo!! I shouldn’t sound so excited, I guess. It was really hard sending Ryan off to kindergarten last week. I cried the first morning during drop off, but I didn’t let him see me. I didn’t want him to get upset too. Todd thought is was funny to video me every time I got choked up. Thanks, Honey! I must say – it’s really hard to give up the control you have over your kid (for me anyway) and put them in the hands of another person. Thankfully, I really like his teacher, Mrs. Miller, and feel she is very competent. Most of all, Ryan likes her and that’s what really matters to me!

Since Ruby is now a sophomore in high school, starting school was no big deal for her. She likes the fact that she isn’t a freshman anymore and she knows exactly where to go at school and how to find all her new classes. When I was in school, that part always stressed me out. I was always afraid I would walk into the wrong class or something! I’m glad I don’t have to do that anymore! Ha ha!

Ruby is also starting her second year on the tennis team. She went to a tennis camp in Ojai for a week and probably would have stayed there forever if we let her! She loved it so much, she wants to go back next summer for TWO weeks! I’m pretty sure it’s because she had a lot of freedom and got to hang out with a bunch of cool people her age, all while getting to play the sport she loves every single day. What teenager wouldn’t want to go back?

Ruby is almost 15 1/2 so she will be able to get her driver’s permit after tennis season is over. I can’t believe I met her when she was just a little 7-year-old and now she’s 3 inches taller than me! In just a few months she will be driving! So crazy! It just means I’m getting that much older too! No fair!

I’m only on week two of this new normal, but I must say, I’m definitely enjoying my alone time. I get to go to the gym, run errands, relax, organize, or whatever whenever I want! I do think of my little man often though. It’s the start of not being together 24/7 and I know we both need the time apart, but the kid definitely still has my heart!

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Becoming a Healthier Me


As you may have noticed, I haven’t been around here much lately. I think I’m addicted to the iPad my hubby gave me for Christmas in 2011. It has caused me to become very distracted! Don’t get me wrong – it passes the time quite nicely, but there are often times other things I should […]

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Grandma’s Christmas Gift


I love how well this scarf turned out that I made for my grandma for Christmas. I was a little worried that I wasn’t doing it correctly as I was following the pattern, but it looks like I succeeded! I enjoyed making this twirly scarf using Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn. The yarn is thick, but […]

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