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Feb 4

Friday Favorites

2011 at 4:52 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews | Homemaking | Holidays

Each December’s end, after I take down the Christmas decorations, I find it difficult to come up with creative ways to decorate the fireplace mantle or create a centerpiece for the dining room table—something that’s not Christmasy but still wintry. This year I stumbled upon an idea online that is super easy (a must for me!), quick (I hate spending too much time on something so trivial!) and cheap (I spent $1.69 for ice cream salt). This website showed me how to “Create a beautiful winterscape by adding salt, to resemble snow, into clear glass containers and inserting sticks.” See the picture in 52home.

Have a grace-filled weekend everyone!
Carolyn for my girls

Jan 28

Friday Favorites

2011 at 5:37 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

My new favorite album:

counting stars

Counting Stars by Andrew Peterson

“Planting Trees” became my favorite track when I read this interview:

“The song “Planting Trees” is about investing in the things that matter and kingdom work. I wrote it for my wife who is not a singer/song writer, is not a musician or an artist—she is a great mom and makes our home this beautiful, magical place. We were at a retreat together, and I think we were in a small group, like a little breakout group, and the question we were all answering was, ‘What is it that you’re doing to change the world?’

“My answer was easy because for the last 15 years or so, I have had a clear sense of my call, I’m called to write songs and to encourage people and to teach people and entertain them, too, while I’m doing it. So I have a clear vision for what it is that I do and it’s easy for me to see the fruit of that ministry because I’ll get a case of e-mails or I’ll get to talk to people at shows.

“Then the question came around to my wife and her answer to the question ... was that she’s raising these three kids in the kingdom. She’s impressing the words of the Lord on these children and raising them up to change the world. It was just a beautiful thought to me. It’s too bad that moms out there don’t get e-mails from random people telling them what great mothers they are. So this song is kind of an e-mail thanks to her for that idea that the greatest work we can do on this earth is investing in other human beings for the sake of Christ. It’s hard to picture a more direct version of that than a mother blessing her children.”

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full; it overflows
She waters us with love and the children grow

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless someone

And I can’t sign off without thanking you for all your encouragement and support in response to yesterday’s post. Your care never ceases to amaze us! Thank you!

Nicole for my mom and sisters

Dec 31

Friday Favorite (and Funny)

2010 at 8:24 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews | Friday Funnies

clocky

For those of us who have trouble getting up early, we found a novel solution over at the What’s Best Next blog—Clocky, an alarm clock that runs away from you!

“Can’t wake up? You’re not alone. Stats show that 40% of people ‘abuse’ the snooze. Typical alarm clocks just don’t work well. Ours never lets you oversleep again. Clocky runs away and hides if you don’t get out of bed. When the alarm sounds, Clocky will wait for you to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand (from 3 feet), and run around your room, determined to get you up on time. Clocky’s hip, innovative and charming. What could be better to wake up next to?”

Clocky even comes in a girltalk pink (and other colors). It’s a little pricey, but if it helps you (or someone you love who loves to sleep) get up early in 2011, it just might become your favorite purchase of the year.

May God’s grace be yours in abundance this New Year!

Nicole for the girltalkers

Nov 5

Friday Favorites (Sale!)

2010 at 11:01 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Book and Music Reviews

We just returned from a very refreshing Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference. One evening, Dad announced the release of a new book which Justin Taylor calls “the best material for family devotions I’ve ever seen.” Long Story Short is written by Sovereign Grace’s own Marty Machowski and we highly recommend it. Westminster Bookstore is currently selling it for only $6.99, which is 65 percent off the list price! But you’ll have to hurry because the sale ends today!

UPDATE: Westminster sale ended Friday, but you can still purchase the book for 20 percent off the list price.

Have a joy-filled weekend because of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Nicole for the girltalkers