Monday, December 29, 2014

Study Guide - Mary Heart / Martha World


Hopefully, many of you have been able to order your book and start reading.

We have two weeks left until the first discussion (Monday, January 12th).

I wanted to make special note of the Study Guide in the back of the book (Appendix A).

It includes 8 study questions for each chapter. I will pull one, maybe two, of these to highlight in each week's discussion.

There is a free printable version of this study guide you can access here. I found this one easier to use than the one printed in the back of the book because it gives more space to write a response.

I hope you find it useful :)

If you want to join in, it is not too late....Just three easy things to do in order to participate:

1. Purchase the book.
2. Read chapter 1 by January 12th.
3. Check here at Mama Bee No E every week to participate in the discussion.

Read more information about this book study here.

- brook.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Toddler Christmas Crafts [2014]


Both of my kids have been sick recently.....flu bug sick - and my oldest has been itching to do something productive.

A couple of mornings ago, he woke up and said....

"Mommio, today, I would like to make a Christmas Tree, a Snowman, a Christmas Fish, and some ornaments."

A Christmas Fish?

"Yes, a Christmas Fish."

Uh......okay, let's get on Pinterest and see what you might like to make.

After a few minutes of looking online and digging through what is left of our supply of craft stuff, [F] and I came up with 4 super easy (and I think really cute) last minute Christmas Crafts.

These crafts are pretty straight forward from the pictures so my actual directions won't be much....except for the Christmas Fish :) that one deserves a little back story :)

First up.....

I couldn't find our hole puncher....so I used a sharpened pencil to punch holes for the ribbon garland. I accidentaly ripped the tree in a couple of places. [F] was kind about it, but kept looking at me with that side glance like "um, could you get your act together?" (I don't know where he could have gotten that look from :)

Next up..... I think my favorite of the day.......

I wish I could say this is our original idea, but it isn't. I found it at Learning in Spain. Isn't he the sweetest snowman you have ever seen?

Neither of my kids will put their hands in paint, so we had to get creative. A pencil eraser is perfect for making the snow.

And now for......

This is 100% a creation made up for the brain of [F].

His instructions to me went something like this:

"Um, it needs to look like Nemo with a big tail thing and little tails things on the bottom....except the stripes need to be those little Christmas beads."

Christmas beads?

"Yeah, you know those little round shiny Christmas Beads.......and he needs to have on a Christmas hat, Go!" (just kidding, he didn't say 'Go' but he might as well have)

I will have to say, we nailed it.

And lastly......

Did the name 'Holiday Christmas Baubles' trick you into thinking they are fancier than they actually are? :)

As you can tell from my 'eastery' collection of colors here - our construction paper supply is almost on 'E'.

We pasted them to some paper, but I think they would make cute gift tags as well.

If Josh is home working, he usually can't help but jump in and participate. He left, just as the bottle of glitter fell on the floor :)

I am learning that my littlest doodle has very little interest in crafts at this point. He left us about 1 minute into the snowman :)

Hopefully, one of these will tickle your fancy for a quick Christmas craft this upcoming week.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Navarre

Oh, my. This place is gorgeous.


Our next door neighbors blessed us this past October by inviting us to stay with them in Navarre, Florida.

It was the most special trip, marked by a walk on the longest pier in the Gulf, more beach play for my two littles, and some of the most precious sunset fellowship each night.


This wraps all of the photos left from our 2014 beach travels. Yea! :) I got them up before the end of the year :)

I hope you are well, friends.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Study Schedule - Mary Heart / Martha World




Hello, Everyone! I wanted to give some more specifics about our book study coming up in January.

Below is the schedule of dates I will be posting for each discussion:

Monday, January 12th: A Tale of Two Sisters

Monday, January 19th: "Lord, Don't You Care?"

Monday, January 26th: The Diagnosis

Monday, February 2nd: The Cure

Monday, February 9th: Living Room Intimacy

Monday, February 16th: Kitchen Service

Monday, February 23rd: The Better Part

Monday, March 2nd: Lessons from Lazarus

Monday, March 9th: Martha's Teachable Heart

Monday, March 16th: Mary's Extravagant Love

Monday, March 23rd: Balancing Work and Worship

Monday, March 30th: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World



My goal is to have the post up by 10pm on the dates mentioned above.

If you want to join in, it is not too late....Just three easy things to do in order to participate:
1. Purchase the book.
2. Read chapter 1 by January 12th.
3. Check here at Mama Bee No E every week to participate in the discussion.

Read more information about this book study here.
Find out where to purchase the book here.

I look forward to studying this book with you :)

- brook.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Then Sings My Soul....

Recently, I had the opportunity to hand letter these song lyrics for someone.



Since then, I can not get this song out of my head.

But really, what a perfect song to have stuck in your head for this advent season.

Much of my advent season 2014 has been filled nursing my little ones back to health from the flu. I haven't been at my best physical self. I am tired from multiple sleepless nights in a row and weary from the endless amount of patience needed to reason with a toddler who is the sickest he has been his entire life.

But again, how perfect, really, for this advent season. Because in these days, the days leading up to the anniversary of Jesus' birth, I have little energy to create MY version of this special season. I have only enough to sing His praises.



p.s. Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill's version of this song is my favorite. And I confess, I imagine myself as Carrie when I sing this song - standing in my kitchen in my robe, at 1:00 pm, with one of my socks rotated around so the tread is on the top of my foot :) - I look just like her :)

I hope you are having a blessed Advent.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Announcement: Book Study Starting January 2015!

Hello, there.

Today, I am excited to lay out the details of an endeavor I have wanted to do since I started Mama Bee No E :)

Beginning Monday, January 12th 2015 - I will hold an online book study here on my blog.

I think of this as the making of a Power House Small Group, where Godly women I have to come love and cherish over the years can join in discussion.

The focus of the study is this wonderful, WONDERFUL book:



This book has changed how I view my to-do list and more importantly, it has deepened my understanding of Jesus' love for me.

In order to participate, you will need to purchase the book and follow along here on the blog.

Every Monday, for 12 weeks, I will post a summary / discussion starter for each chapter. My hope is that you will join me in giving your thoughts and reactions to what Joanna has written.

Through out each week, You can comment here on the blog or on Facebook.

I look forward to what may come of this chance at online fellowship.

Will you join me?

Learn more about the book and find out ways to purchase here on Joanna Weaver's website.

- brook.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Cape

My mind is blown that it is December 5th. So before 2015 is here, I wanted to post a few things pertaining to THIS year :)

The last couple of months seem to have gone by so quickly. Maybe it is because we took our beach trips much later than usual.

The beach for us was very different than in years past. For the first time ever, we went to the Gulf Coast and I will have to say, although Golden Isle water is in my blood, I am in love.

We went to this tiny little place called Cape San Blas. To me, it has the low key - undeveloped pace of some the places I love on the East Coast, but the water is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

We got their super late on the first night - so we didn't get to see much, but the next morning, we woke to the most amazing sight. The horizon was a glowing white line. I have never seen anything like it and of course this photo does not do it justice.

I am not sure why (atmospherically) this would be happening seeing as the sun was rising behind us.
Either way, it was breath taking.

Here you can see, the bright line fades on at a certain point where the clouds darken.

The second thing that was a huge change is the fact that we stayed on the water. It was wonderful. As each one of us got out of bed in the morning, we would slowly make our way to the porch to wake up.

Littlest took the longest to warm up to the water. Daddio is always the best at encouraging him.

My most favorite change from our usual beach trip to the Atlantic, is being able to watch the sun set. Oh, the sunsets....how have I lived without a beachy sunset? This was the one from the first night.


The beach changed so much in the week we were there. One morning, we woke to this steep cliff created by the tide.


I put this one in - after a little birdie mentioned there were no photos of me :) This is one of TWO photos I am in from the whole trip :) I am usually the one taking the pictures - and I find it really uncomfortable to take 'selfies'. I even find using the word 'selfie' makes me uncomfortable :). So, here is some proof that I was there too :)

My artist had to get his hands sandy.

This sunset was on the bay side of the cape.

This handsome gentleman welcomed us to the best seafood meal I have EVER eaten.

That night, the sky was on fire.

On the very last day, we went out to the beach for the last time to enjoy another sunset.


Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Picking Apples with Grandma

At the very beginning of Fall, it was still warm (not so much now :), and the boys shared some time with Josh's Grandma to pick what was left from her apple tree.

The apples themselves were well on their way to rotting, but the boys had so much fun being with her and collecting what they could find.

They are the sweetest when they go lost in their busyness :)




Friday, September 26, 2014

Big Sky

I don't live in 'Big Sky' country but lately the sky around where I live has seemed so Big....

Breathtaking..... Beautiful.....

When I looked up to see this I was in awe of how big God is.

How patiently present He is.

How He meets me with such grand beauty - even in the not so special little town where I live.

The God who said "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night....to mark the seasons.....and days and years." (Genesis 1:14)

....is the same God who sees my heart and meets me with love - right where I am....

while also meeting your heart and loving you where you are. He is amazing.

"From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works." (Psalm 33:15)



Thanks for reading.

- brook.