Friday, April 30, 2010



Thank you so much to all of my friends that participated in this fun giveaway. I just love getting things to my friends for FREE that I know they will enjoy!

I used to select the winner and it was number 4- NICOLE TRACY!!!

Nicole said...
This looks like such a great book! I think it's SO important to read to your kids, and even better that this book supports good Christian values, which is equally important.
Colin LOVES reading...he hands me books to read throughout the day, and of course it's part of our routine at night.

Thanks for inviting me to read you blog Amy! I became a follower. You do the same to mine!

April 26, 2010 11:05 AM

Nicole blogs over at Up until a few weeks ago we just had several mutual friends, and our husbands worked together in the same office, but we had never met. Then Nicole had several of us over for a BEAUTIFUL breakfast/playdate and we really hit it off. I am so excited to spend more time getting to know her in the future. I am quite certain we have a ton in common!

Congrats Nicole. I will get the book to you ASAP!

Thanks again to everyone who participated. I hope to have more giveaways very soon.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Health Update

Thank you to my friends and family for the emails, phone calls, messages, etc. regarding my health. I have started updating my blog on a more regular basis but I am not emailing out each of the posts. You can always go directly to the blogsite to view our blog directly. I will continue emailing out photos once a month or so.

Anyway, on a post a few days ago I mentioned I am having trouble with  my gallbladder. Yesterday the pain got so bad (and I was so frustrated, more information on that below) that I had to go to the Army ER on Ft. Bragg. I went in the morning so that the wait would hopefully not be tooooo bad. Well fastforward 8 hours and I left with little answers. After going to my primary care doctor this morning, we learned that I have a dilated common bile duct. Normally these dilate when there is a gall-stone stuck inside- but mine seems to be dilated for no real reason. It is causing a ton of pain. So tomorrow I am going in for an upper GI study (where you swallow the terrible barrium liquid and TRY not to throw it up).

Much to my surprise, my doctor was able to get me schedule this GI study for tomorrow. Normally military healthcare makes you wait weeks and weeks to make things happen. That was why i was so frustrated yesterday. I was in so much pain and I needed an ultrasound done, however this great government healthcare was going to make me wait until May 12th to get one even though I am in severe pain.

People- this is what we ALL have to look forward to!

I am just so thankful that John’s mom is here this week. I am in so much pain I can not do much with Owen at all. She has been so good with him- she stepped right in and has not missed a beat. I am VERY THANKFUL for her!

So keep me in your prayers guys- they are not sure what is going on, why my common duct is dilated, or even why i have spent the last 24 hours throwing up. Hopefully soon we will get some answers.

Oh and I am hosting a giveaway on my blog for a great childrens book. The post is HERE . Sign up for a free awesome book about prayer for children.



Monday, April 26, 2010


This Little Prayer of Mine
As many of you know, I have been participating in a fun program called Blogging for Books. (You can get more information on the program HERE ). Unfortunately, I dropped the ball on this book. I completely set it to the side and missed the week that I was supposed to post my review and giveaway for the book- WHOOPS! I have GOT to get myself more organized!
I still want to give away a copy of this great book though. Owen has enjoyed us reading the book to him and I know many of my mommy friends would love it too. Once a winner is picked, I will mail a copy of the book to you for free to enjoy. – If you have an APO address overseas I would be more than happy to mail it to you as well!
Title- This Little Prayer of Mine.
Author- Anthony DeStefano

“This is a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God.
Through engaging  rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always  just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!”
This Little Prayer of Mine appeals to readers from all different faiths. Easy-reader format allows children to read alone, or with someone older, and encourages them to openly express their fears, thanks, and needs directly to God.”
We really enjoy reading this book to Owen at night. He loves looking at the pictures and turning the pages while we read to him. The author does a great job explaining why prayer is so important and how we can all depend on God. This book is good for children of all ages.
To enter this giveaway simply comment on this post.
For an additional chance to enter please become a public follower of The Family Blog. Please leave a separate comment telling me you became a follower (or that you already are a public follower).
* I was not paid for this review and all of these opinions are strictly mine.
* This giveaway is for followers only. By following the directions above they may be entitled to win a free copy of This Little Prayer of Mine. This giveaway will end on Thursday, April 29th at 11:59pm Eastern Time. The winner will be chosen using
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Prayers needed!

Hello everyone! It has been so long since I posted anything on here. We have a ton of pictures to upload and stories to tell- but for now I just need your prayers.

On Tuesday morning I woke up with a terrible pain in my abdomen. After a doctors appointment and an ER trip today it seems like my gallbladder is giving me a hard time and it may have to be removed.

Please just send some good thoughts and prayers my way. The thought of surgery scares me so badly. I am currently hopped up on some vicodin and percocet which is helping- but making me quite woozy1

Thankfully Johns mom is here this week and has been able to take Owen off of my hands for most of the days so that I can rest!

In other news, today we helped lead a VERY successful squadron yard sale. We made $931 in just a few short hours which is just AMAZING! This will help out the spouses group so much for future events.

Thanks everyone for sending good vibes this way! If you subscribe to this blog in a reader, please go directly to our blog and check out the new layout. I am so in love with this fun style.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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