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A Heart For Home: April 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

CSN Stores' Proctor-Silex Space Saving Blender Winner

I'm really late on announcing the CSN Stores' Proctor-Silex Space Saving Blender Winner (say that 10 times fast). Life has just been a little busy.
Congratulations to Stephanie (comment #26)! Check your inbox for a note from us shortly (double check your spam folder, too.)
Thanks to everyone who entered and make sure you check out CSN Stores. They have just about everything you could think of!
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wee Ones by JaJoC Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations, Kristin! You've won an amazing One Size AIO Diaper from Wee Ones by JaJoC. Look for an email from us shortly.

Thanks for entering everyone! Be sure to check out Crystal's shop for all of you cloth diaper, baby wearing, & baby needs.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Dear April,

I'm so glad you're here. Winter was too long this year and you are a sight for sore eyes.

I love you because you always make the hope of spring a reality. The longer daylight you bring gives us a chance to enjoy the outdoors and the fellowship with friends and neighbors that it brings. The celebration of Jesus' resurrection falls within your days and helps to remind us of the new life we have in Christ.

So far since you've been here we've:

enjoyed a wonderful visit with Papa & Meme


received a package from Grand-daddy & Maw

enjoyed dancing with the crinkly wrapping paper that hid the little ones' new clothes

gone to bed way too late after discovering that our newest addition is a bit of a night owl



dressed Eliya in her first non-gown outfit



started hanging diapers out to dry in the sun

celebrated the fact that Christ is risen

attempted to get a nice photo of the little ones in their new Easter outfits

finally settled with this one

brought our summer clothes out of their hiding places in boxes in the back of the closet

wondered what Emahry would wear this summer

been reminded of God's provision through bags of beautiful hand-me-down clothes for our girl

battled with teething

posted a Songs for Saplings CD Giveaway

rejoiced in Jonathan pottying successes, however small or temporary

begun wearing sunglasses daily

enjoyed playing outside in the sunset light



continued counting God's endless gifts.


Before you leave I hope to:

finish sewing the curtains for the kids' bedroom

established a morning routine that will help me keep my focus on serving Christ through serving my family

begin exercising at least 3 days a week

implement a daily walk with the little ones

finish writing thank you cards

reorganize our closets

get back into the habit of praying specifically for Tim daily

enjoy visiting Dollywood again and watching the circus.


Thanks for everything April.

Love,
Allyson

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Endless Gifts

Daily I'm surrounded by wonderful gifts from God, yet many times I choose to see the disappointments instead of the blessings.

Today I choose to be a cheerful recipient, a joy finder, a gift counter.

#111. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
#112. Spending time with my family.
#113. A relaxing Resurrection Sunday.
#114. Beautiful new clothes for our crew from Grand-daddy & Maw.

#115. Wonderful visits with Grandpa & Grandma and Papa & Meme.
#116. Carousel Rides.


#117. Warmer temperatures.
#118. Washed dishes and a tidy kitchen.
#119. Rising early to plan my day with His will in mind.
#120. New cloth diapers.
#121. Spending more time outside.
#122. A new sandbox from Papa & Meme.

#123. Wonderful songs for the kids that teach Biblical truths. {you can win a CD here}
#124. Spontaneous community gatherings in the warm evenings of spring.
#125. The love of a wonderful man.
#126. Priorities.

#127. Gifts of hand-me-down clothes for the kids.


#128. Chalk filled afternoons.


#129. New sunglasses.

#130. Friendly faces at a new church.


#131. Kisses from children.


#132. Early morning time spent in prayer.


#133. Realizing how much I am blessed.


Please leave a comment telling us what you are thankful for today.

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Will Also be Contributed To: Gratituesday, intentional gratitude Works for Me!,



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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Songs for Saplings CD

At the end of last year we were able to host giveaways for Song for Saplings ABCs CD and the first volume of their Questions with Answers CDs.

Now we are excited to offer the second of the Questions With Answers CD to one of our readers. This CD is titled The Fall & Salvation.

From our original review:
"Songs for Saplings creates music CDs to help teach children about the Bible and about God. The catchy melodies make these songs easy for children to sing along and memorize scripture and important truths about the God who loves them so much.

As parents who strive to lead our children to a relationship with God, it is so important that we begin early hiding his word and his truths in their young hearts. Song for Saplings helps us do just that."

Questions with Answers, Vol. 2: The Fall & Salvation

Click on the link or picture above to listen to sample tracks, to view all of the song titles, or to purchase this CD. We've really enjoyed listening to this CD along with all of the Songs for Saplings CDs.

"Volume Two: The Fall and Salvation" talks about what went wrong with the world, and what God did to fix it.

It explains where sin leads and how God saves. We hope you and your little ones are encouraged by what God has done for us and how much he loves us.

"Volume Two: The Fall and Salvation" was recorded in Newberg, OR in 2007, and includes the voices of 18 children.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful CDs Songs for Saplings makes. Also keep an eye out for a giveaway of the third volume in the Questions With Answers Series.



Songs for Saplings: ABCs
Questions with Answers, Vol. 1: God & Creation


Questions with Answers, Vol. 3: Christ & His Work

Buy It:
Head over to Songs for Saplings and check out their wonderful CDs. All of Songs for Saplings are still being offered at 25% OFF. This makes the individual CD only $9 or you can purchase the set of 3 Questions With Answers CDs for only $21 (plus s&h).

Win It:
Songs for Saplings is offering their Questions With Answers, Vol. 2: The Fall & Salvation CD to one of our readers.

To Enter This Giveaway:
Mandatory
1. Head over to Songs for Sapling's: Questions With Answers, Vol. 2 CD page and browse through the song titles (scroll down). Then come back here and leave a comment telling us which song you'd really like your children to learn.



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The giveaway will end Monday, April 12th at 11:59 Midnight EST. We will pick the winner through random.org.

Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.

Photo Credit: Songs for Saplings

(While the Songs for Saplings CD pack was provided to A Heart for Home for review, no other compensation was given. All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Heart for Home)

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NaturOli Soap Nuts Winner

Congratulations, Becky! You've won a 4 oz. bag of soap nuts from NaturOli. That's enough for 40 loads of laundry!
Thanks to everyone who entered! Check out NaturOli for naturally green ways to keep yourself and your home clean.




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