Friday, December 30, 2011

The breakfast of kids =)

I tried sleeping in this morning, but my son (age 6) wanted food! I said I'd be downstairs in a few minutes. I guess he got tired of waiting because when I came down, he was already chomping on a chocolate chip cookie! I don't really blame him, a guy's gotta eat, and he was being It also may have been healthier than some of the cereals on the market today. I didn't get mad at him, but did tell him to get off the couch with it.  For actual breakfast,he ended up having waffles with real maple syrup and applesauce :)
The sugar should be kicking in any minute now...gotta go ;p

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dancing in the Kitchen

dancing with wives
At a lonely church altar,
I once took your hand
And we started our dance
As we often had planned

A few shaky steps,
And several bad starts
Then we moved as one flesh
To the beat of our hearts

Entwined then, we danced
In the rhythm of life
No one cut in
We were husband and wife 

Till kids came and added
Their laughter and tears
We danced as a troupe
Through the space of some years

Now the group’s breaking up
And the end is in sight
And I wonder what happens
On that fateful night

When again I shall hold you
And ask if you’re ready
And on legs not so strong
And with hearts not so steady

We dance once again
Our children all grown
And we move to a rhythm
Uniquely our own

Till the drumbeats shall stop
And the music will end
And we find ourselves standing
Before God again

With bodies made new
Hearing strains of that choir
Knowing that you could
Have all you desire

If I held out my hand

Took yet one more chance
And asked you once more
If you cared to dance

Knowing that this one
Would never be through
Would you once again hold me
And whisper, “I do!

Author~Paul Spite

My kids grew up watching my husband and I dance in the kitchen. When they were young, we would lift them up to dance with us, and as they grew, they watched from the side lines to relish seeing their parents dancing together.
We danced recently at Christmas and just held each other close. After 20 years, we still got it =)
Lori LC

Friday, December 23, 2011

Season's Greetings!!

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

 From Our Home
to Your's <3

Just lost his two front teeth this week =)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kids' book Review, Cooper and Me, and the Winter Adventure

The winner of the book give away is
Terri Burns !! =)
 Congratulations, Terri!
You're going to enjoy sharing this book with your grand children <3

Cooper and Me
and the Winter Adventure!

How do you think it feels to be lost?

Getting separated from a loved one can be scary when a child doesn’t know what to do. Sometimes when children are playing with friends or are bored, they come up with ideas of activities that seem really fun. Often, they take that adventure or try that activity and don’t think of anything except how exciting it will be. Occasionally, this results in children getting hurt, lost, or scared. Children should know what to do if/when they get separated or lost from a loved one. They should begin developing good decision-making skills by exploring ways these characters and, by extension, they can be prepared and safe at all times.
What would you do if you were lost?
What kind of information should you know
in case you ever get separated from the person you are with?

 Monique and Alexa approach these issues in a fun and memorable way kids will relate to. When I read this story with my six year old son, we talked about what we should do if we got lost, and what we should Not do. Cooper and his friends are the perfect media to teach kids these lessons. It will open dialogue for you to talk with your kids about these issues,too.  I'm sure you'll enjoy the fun story as much as we did, and perhaps re-read it a few times as he requested me to do, also! =) I love reading with my kids <3
A scene from the book,
 Cooper and Me
 and the Winter Adventure

>> please note that $1 of every Winter Adventure book sold will go to advance research & treatment of pancreatic cancer, via the Lustgarten Foundation

 You can find much more info and other Cooper products by checking out these links:

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or
services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it
on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally
and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance
with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Written by Monique & Alexa Peters
Illustrated by Alexa Peters & Melissa Peterson

Still learning..

I've been changing my blog a bit to get a sense of color and format. I'm still new to some of the gadgets and have tried a few to see how they look. The Fish gadget was fun at first, but got kinda boring after a few weeks. I changed the font a few times and probably will a few more times, depending on my mood or the blog theme.
   I'd like to learn how to add a music player, but am still not sure how to do that, even after looking it up on theFAQ page. Not sure how to add a player and URL to the page. I'll comtinue to change and move it a few more times til I think it's good, then perhaps do it again. It's just my nature to change things up once in a while. It can be fun, too to see what else I can do on this blog site :)
  If you have a blog, do you also make changes as I have?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I am honored that you are here!
Have a lovely day!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

While waiting for Christmas to arrive..

Here are a few ideas I found on another blog,
( )
With a few minor changes)
In no particular order...

Lighting of the Christmas Tree
Make Christmas Cookies
Go through DVDs.  Donate a few
Take cookies to the Fire or police station
Fill a Christmas stocking for special friends, anonymously
Make a card and give a gift to the Mailman
Take a plate of cookies to the librarians
Drink hot cocoa and read Christmas story books by the tree
Sleep by the Christmas Tree
Deliver Cookies/Treats to Neighbors
Take a donation of dog food & old towels/blankets to an animal shelter
Read the Christmas story in Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-21.
Make something or send a letter to brighten someone’s day.
Write a note to daddy a letter describing the 10 things you love most about him.
Look up Samaritan’s Purse and make a donation.
Hot Cocoa and Christmas lights around town
Share a compliment with everyone you meet today
Shop for gifts for Toys for Tots
Paint/decorate ornaments for the senior home
Take ornaments to the senior home
Make a special cad for your child's teacher
Board games, popcorn & Christmas music
Christmas performance at the school
Plan a  dinner with friends
Look through photo albums
Create a memory book from the past year
Make a gingerbread house/train
Write a blog of your favorite things to do while waiting for Christmas =)

Have a Merry Christmas
and a Blessed New Year in 2012!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Power of a pawn: Amanda’s statement

Amanda’s statement that she gives to the police after she’s taken in.
A new man in a suit was asking most of the questions. She was going back over the evening’s events for what felt like the tenth time.
“I left work around a quarter to six. I went to Miss Marjorie’s house to pick up Little Tom and Krissie.” She asked her questioner, “By the way, who are you?”
He frowned and after glancing at the young man taking notes beside him, introduced himself for the third time as Frank Adams, Nashville Police, Homicide division.
“Does this Miss Marjorie watch your kids all the time?”
She answered, “Only for the past three weeks, since I started working. I was lucky to find her. She goes to my church.” He said something else, which Amanda asked him to repeat.
“No. There was nothing wrong with them. They argued all the way home, just like always.”
They had not arrived home till a little before eight o’clock, because she stopped at a family diner. Did they eat there often?
She smiled wearily, “The diner serves a child’s meal free with the purchase of an adult meal. You look for bargains like that Mister, when you have chil…” At that point her voice choked off. She whispered, “I couldn’t handle the thought of cooking.”
There was a respectful silence from Frank.
“When we got home, I stopped in the driveway. The kids weren’t arguing any more. I think they had just been hungry and cranky. We stopped in the driveway just to look at the house. There was still a little of the sunset left behind it. Krissie commented on how pretty our little house was. I thought things were looking up.”
Frank gently urged her to go on. “Take your time, but try to remember all you can, Mrs. Delaney.”
She was finding that concentration thing to be harder every minute. “I parked in the garage. As soon as I turned off the car, I shut the overhead door. Junior got out and turned on the garage light. Then the kids went inside. I had to gather the food and my stuff. There was a carry-out box left.”
There was a long pause while she tried to focus. “I put my things on the counter in the kitchen. I put the food in the fridge. An extra key was on the counter and I put it away. Then I started to go through the bills. There were so many. Junior and Krissie came back in.”
Her voice began to falter. “They were arguing about who would pick the show to watch. I guess the food wore off.”
She began to cry.
“It was okay that they argued. I did not mind. They are really good kids. Really! We started to talk about it. The room started doing crazy things. … Then I was lying on the floor. I smelled onions, so I guess I am not that good at cleaning. Then you guys came.”
The detective waited patiently for her to calm down again. He asked her to go over the evening again. He needed to know if anything had been out of place.
Amanda began to cry. “I am absolutely positive. I did not hear or see anything different or wrong before I passed out.”
Frank asked if she felt an intruder had hit her.
“There is no way anyone attacked me. My kids were looking right at me and there would have been no way for anyone to get behind me. The doctor said the bruise and lump on my face are from hitting the counter on the way down.”
Again she told him, “We were talking, and then I was lying on the carpet. Why do you keep questioning me? I need help and all I am getting is questions. Why don’t you believe me?
Where are my kids?” He moved up beside her, prepared to support her upright if needed.
“Mrs. Delaney? We took your children to the hospital. They have been dead for quite some time.”
The present went away again.

The Game Of Life:

Paul Spite, author page:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Power of a Pawn, Book Excerpt!! from the author, Paul Spite

The Power of a Pawn will be released this coming Friday, December 16, 2011. Here is an excerpt called “Scrambled Eggs” to whet your appetite.
The lady stood alone in a very small room, bathed in cold blue fluorescent light. The remains of that morning’s breakfast were mostly in the commode, but some had splattered on her suit. As if her life did not already contain enough heartache, this sickness was surely getting old.
Beneath the pallor of her face and the misery lining it, the woman was pretty. She had once laughed often with her husband and children. That was all behind her. Now she only let her guard down in the presence of those she trusted. That might be two whole people.
No, it was three, though she did not know the third very well.
She had met him just twice, and then only for a few minutes each time. Those meetings had been under trying circumstances, to say the least.
She would have reflected a bit more on the past, but the present was again rising in her throat.
As she gripped the stainless steel sink for support, what came up was as tasteless as it had been going down.
She thought hard about anyone she might have recently contacted, who could have carried a bug to her. There were not many. None of her roommates showed any signs of illness. Granted, after the first time she lost her breakfast, they were avoiding her like she had a plague. This was not a good place to become ill.
It was totally inappropriate, but she nonetheless began to smile.

The Game Of Life:

Paul Spite, author page:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Book Review: The Power of A Pawn, by Paul Spite

Amanda was always running, she ran to think, to escape home, to face her Father's death, then her husband's. When she needs to run most, she can't. Prison won't allow mothers who kill their children to run free. 
  When she faced trouble now she could only run away in her mind, perhaps this is why she can't remember strangling her son and daughter.  Is her faith in God real, or an escape? Or, was it her late husband's father that caused all the mayhem? Since money is so important to him, maybe he didn't want them to inherit any money.
  There are so many interesting facets to this story! It kept me on the edge of my seat til the end. The beginning seemed fragmented as the story lines were drawn out, but once it gained steam, it was an awesome book!
  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an intriguing story that isn't predictable. You'll be thinking about it long after reading it =)

The Game Of Life:
Paul Spite, author page:


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy December!!

My family,with Mom in the middle,December 25,1992
 Ah, December!
A month of when people shop for others(and themselves), send cards(real or virtual), talk about trees(real or fake) and decorations. It's also a time when local shelters are given extra supplies, as well as other places that help those in need. I like the season the most because it opens doors to talk about the first gift of Christmas, Jesus <3  We see nativity scenes depicting the night Christ was born, along with the angels who proclaimed His holy birth and how He is called Emanuel, God with us.
Concerts sing songs of His holy birth and God's love toward us <3 I do love this time of the year; the colors, the aromas, the music. For me, it really is The most wonderful time of the year !!
What is your favorite thing about this time of the year?
Any favorite food or tradition?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another good blog I'm following

Penny Zeller's blog,
 A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, & Author
Is interesting, humorous and thought provoking.
I recommend this blog to anyone who enjoys reading about family friendly news and reviews.
Penny Zeller, Christian Author

I just read her review of the movie, Courageous. I haven't seen it,yet, but am really looking forward to it! Her review of it is so good, I want to go out and get the movie for all my family to see.

Check it out and decide for yourself how good a blog it it :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Build My Wall

When things around you seem to be crumbling, There is Hope <3
Here is a video with a song performed by a local band,Chad Perron.
(he's the one buying the milk :)

Game Of Your Life, the movie

I had the chance to preview the movie "Game Of Your Life".
I was skeptical about it because I'm not a gamer and don't usually get into movies with a lot of gaming jargon.
This movie is different. While it is mainly about a young man, Zac Taylor, who is a gaming genius, the heart of the story is about family, honor and loyalty.
  We all have choices to make and those choices form who we are and who we become. Zac's dad encouraged him to "create the change this world needs", which helped Zac decide his game plan.
  If you had a chance to make enough money to pay off all your bills, but it cost you your friendships, what would you choose? You can find out more about this dilemma..
  Game Of Your Life will be airing Friday, December 2nd at 8/7c on NBC

Here are a few links you can check out in the mean time :)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Verses of Thanks =)

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded to give thanks for what we have.
 As one person said to me recently, we should have Thanksgiving more often  so people can appreciate what they have more.

  I agree that being thankful isn't just a one day event, but a daily outlook.
This is a quick video of saying thanks in different languages:

 Here are a few verses I found through Bible gateway, I'm thankful for that helpful resource:

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2 Chronicles 5:13
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud,

Ezra 3:11
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD

Psalm 7:17
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

Matthew 26:26
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples...
Mark 6:41
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened
Romans 7:25
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

1 Corinthians 10:16
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 7:12
saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

I hope you have an awesome holiday season and find deeper meaning in what we celebrate <3
Thanks for reasding this humble blog =)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

FFH New CD - "One Silent Night" =)

YAY! Christmas music!!
Just in time for the upcoming season,
 there are several Christmas cd's being released.
 Among them are FFH,
 Matt West, Susan Boyle,
and the David Crowder band.
Today, I am reviewing 'One Silent Night' by FFH.

Best-selling pop group FFH is ushering in the holiday season with its first Christmas album.
 One Silent Night is a mix of original songs and Christmas classics.

Listeners will recognize favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” among others, while being introduced to new tracks including “The Birthday of a King,” “Glorious Impossible,” and “One Silent Night

Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler sing together
and their music is consistent with their other best selling albums, such as Wide Open Spaces,
and Undone.

  FFH has released thirteen projects, sold more than two million albums, and garnered 24 radio hits, including seven No. 1 singles and ten Top 5 radio singles. In addition to multiple Dove Award nominations, FFH has been recognized at the Inspirational Life Awards as well as the Billboard Music Video Awards. The group has performed more than 1000 dates since 2000 and continues to be a favorite on the tour circuit. FFH is also known for its work with the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Kurt Warner’s “First Things First Foundation,” and for its contributions to national ad campaigns for Coca Cola and IBM.

Here are a few comments from other listeners,
"Loooooove the new Christmas Album!!! What a blessing!!!"
"                      "I just bought the Christmas Album! I love it!"

"FFH 's New Christmas Album is out!!! We were so blessed to have them perform at our church! My kids love their music and I love that they love it!! :) Check it out here: "

Whether you're a lover of all things Christmas, 
or  listen to carols only in December,
 you're sure to enjoy this cd.
 It is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!
To get more info,here are a few links you can click on: You can hear a smple of their music on the website .


Back to listening to Christmas music,
Good luck!
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 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with
 the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
                "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
But, I would have wanted to tell you all about it, regardless of the rules J

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Early signs of winter..

Taken Oct.2011
Here is one last look at my yard before an early season snow takes over and blankets it tonight.
 We are going to be covering the screen house with tarps and putting all the summer toys in storage.
Time to put away the bikes and scooters to make room for sleds and shovels.
 I really don't mind snow, it covers the brown barren yard and makes for some really pretty pics.
What I really do mind is when I have to go somewhere and the roads are slick from either snow, sleet or a mix of every kind of precipitation witin an hour of starting.
 After having been in a few weather-related accidents I am a big chicken on the roads when the temp falls below freezing. My kids and hubby get annoyed at my Dystychiphobia- Fear of well as my phobia of driving on roads in inclement weather. It is not a good thing to deal with every year :(
This is what my yard will look like soon.
Guess that's life in NH.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Carlito the Catepillar's Math House Games =)

I am excited to share a great review opportunity with you. Carlito the Catepillar's Math House Games is based on a 20 step sensory math teaching system, which teaches kids math in a fun way!

Early childhood development professionals note that young children are most open to learning when they play.  Most parents know the importance of math but many are unsure of how they can help their young children learn the fundamentals of math. There are so many questions. "How early should I start? What does my child need to learn? What concepts are most important? What do I do if my child has more trouble than other kids their age?" Often times the answers to these questions are not clear or consistent.

The c3pla Sensory Math Teaching System was created by Domenico Marcario, M.S., a retired math teacher and loving grandfather, to answer those questions.
They have created activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3 stages, with a total of 20 steps and 2 games in each step  covering quantity, numeration, and operations.
   The sturdy deck is on attached on a ring that allows you to choose which game to play and not worry about losing the other cards while you get absorbed in the game. Very handy tool.
The set contains
  • 30 double-sided, full color, illustrated Game Cards
  • Related editorial information explaining to parents The What, Why and How of Each Step
  • Each 8" x 4" loose leaf card is printed on heavy card stock, lacquered to help protect from spills and ring bound to keep together and facilitate play

In addition to the games, Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Games sells colorful, detailed math activities for toddlers and young children. Their materials are based on Domenico’s proprietary 20 Step Sensory Math Teaching System. This system, which utilizes objects and fun games to help children learn math, busts several myths about math such as the assumption that mathematics is highly abstract in nature.

For more detailed background, reinforcement and idea sharing with other parents go to:

  I hope this helps you and your child have fun while learning :)
Thank you!

"Disclosure of Material Connection:
 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with
 the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
                "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trying to study at home..

 This spring our school announced, much to my dismay, the possibility of becoming a Title 1 school, meaning every person, including paras, must be highly qualified and/or certified by the 2012/13 school year. I know it makes sense for people working with kids to be highly qualified, but I am not happy about being forced to take classes to reach that at this time in my life. I found out I need three classes to become certified, but they are all online and I strongly dislike onlione classes. I am way too highly distractable and dependent to focus on lessons. If I have to pay over a thousand dollars for a class, I should be receiving some type of instruction, not just told what book I need, chapters to read and essays I need to write.
  I sit in my office to do the assignments, when my husband peeks in,"Got a minute?"
(my thoughts: om,No.) what I say:  "sure,what is it?"  "can you help me with something?" ( are you kidding?! I keep telling you how much I have to do...) "ok,but just for a minute"
   I helpout, get back to the same paragraph I started a half hour ago. Then, "Mom!" ( go away,I'm busy. I can't help you.go ask dad) "What honey?". "Mom, I'm hungry."  (you know how to get a snack and a juice box. you're six now and get things by yourself all the time) " ok sweety. Here's a cheese stick, crackers,  and juice. try to ask dad next time"  " I did ask dad but he told me to ask you." (!?!*#) "ok,honey.just get something next time"
 Back to wherever I was, but stop to look on facebook and check out my email, reread my notes and resume my paper. The sound of something dropping in the kitchen grabs my attention and I wait to hear the aftershock. My son's plate fell off the table, didn't break,no need to help. "MOM! my plate fell!" (ignore it) "MOM!" (ignore it) "fine,mom doesn't want to help me anymore.she just wants to do her work on the computer....."  (ignore it)  son pops his head in my office,"Mom?"  (deep sigh) "yes,hon?" "Mom, I love you. I'm going outside." (smile to myself and try focusing on my essay.) I don't get a lot done, but it's good to know they care and can function without me 24/7.
  I guess we can read every text book about teaching, and have a position in an ivy league school;but being a parent is the best teaching job I've ever had =)
 I love being a Mom <3

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Cd review!! Brittany Hargest

Brand new CD by Brittany Hargest , (formerly of Jump5)
 has just released her first solo album titled 'Love All the Way'.
Brittany Hargest
'Love All the Way'
 I'm so excited for you to listen to this album and to hear what you think.
Her sound is really upbeat and meaningful, you'll want to listen to it over and over
and will get more from it each time.
I enjoyed  Brittany's songs that combine energetic beats with lyrics that communicate the hope, love and acceptance that are found in knowing Christ.
From the group, Jump 5, Brittany, is jumping back into the spotlight with her release, Love All The Way
The album begins with the high-octane "Critical" which talks about the need for action-driven faith to save a world in crisis. Brittany warns, "Too many doing 95 down a dead-end road. We gotta do something quick! It's getting critical."
 She implores listeners to be part of the solution and calls them to prayer and bold action: "We see too much to act so blind." The song's message is supported by punchy music with guitars that sound like sirens, and an unrelentingly fast pace that illustrates the urgent need for God in today's world.
 "Critical" can also be interpreted as emphasizing the need for a personal faith decision. "It’s life and death," she sings. "It is  showing the world's need for Jesus. And what His love can do for us.
Each of her songs has a message of hope and encouragement,you just have to listen to the words between dancing and singing along :)
If you'd like a chance to win her CD,
 post a comment below
 and a name will be drawn
on Weds. Oct.26,2011 at 9:00 pm EST.

The winning name has been chosen:

The winner of the Brittany Hargest CD is...

Thanks for your interest in this review,
Lori Caouette

To  find out more about Brittany =>Website:

 FB Friend Brittany=>Facebook:

Tweet her=> Twitter:!/brittanyhargest

Download her music here => iTunes:

See  her make her CD=> Youtube:

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                mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I
                only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
                I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
                "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Columbus Day weekend

This weekend has been absolutely gorgeous!
The skies were clear blue, not a cloud in sight.
Trees are full of bright red, yellow,  and orange hues.
Some leaves have started falling,
creating  colorful carpets that will soon be fun to crunch our feet in,
or to make piles for jumping in.
Warm breezes blew through the open windows,
both are very rare for October.
Sightings of mums, pumpkins and mini gourds decorate yards and houses.
The scent of baked apple pies and pumpkin bread waft around the neighborhood.
I saw lady bugs seeking shelter for the upcoming cooler weather.
then washed my van a final time,inside and out.
I intend to enjoy Columbus Day tomorrow, one last lovely hurrah,
before trading in my sandals for mud boots.
I hope you had a terrific weekend also :)
Happy Autumn!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New cute kids' book, Cooper and Me

Cooper and Me.
A new book written by Alexa and Monique Peters.
 My first grade son and I read this story together and we both really liked it. He then talked about how he had his bear in his backpack through most of Kindergarten last year and how good he felt with Niblet close by :) I think this is a neat story with illustrations kids will relate to.
       Here is their story:

In 2010, 11-year-old Alexa Peters, along with her mother Monique Peters, found a meaningful way to turn her passion and love for writing and drawing into an opportunity to “give back” to other kids. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me. The story of a little girl’s fears about starting school evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children. As retold in Cooper and Me, Alexa’s own story had a “happy ending” – a clever, compassionate solution that involved taking a small replica of her beloved pet to school with her. The first book introduced the family’s real-life dog, Cooper the Labrador Retriever, and the mother-daughter team began imagining a series of stories featuring Cooper that would engage little kids while guiding them through the ups and downs of daily life. In addition to the original Cooper and Me, four more story books are set to publish throughout the next twelve months, all containing relatable life lessons inspired by Alexa’s experiences, with illustrations based on her drawings of Cooper.
 Alexa and mom Monique wanted to help less fortunate kids, and so their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

~~~Here is how you can find out more about this and other Cooper books, and at the end is info on how you can have a chance to receive a free copy to share with a youngster you love:

--->> Website:

*For a chance to receive your free copy, click on the 'Comments' word below and write your thoughts on this book, and I will be randomly picking a name on 10/12/11.
Thank you,

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 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PeeWee soccer mom vent!...

 This summer my son asked me to sign him up for soccer.
I considered the fact that since he is six and still learning how to play fair,
would this be a good fit for him? He insisted he wanted to play,so we signed him up.
 The first time on the field was more of an intro to the coach and players.
all the athletes were running around without much direction,
regardless of the coach's frantic calls.
 The first game was frustrating for me,
as my son looked more like a hockey player than soccer player.
 He kept bumping into others and body checking any other player near him.
 This league is co-ed. which means he was pushing down girls as well as boys.
He ignored the coach at every call, refused to go out or in when told to,
and he didn't even go near the ball. Very frustrating!
 I was ready to have him quit and forget the whole thing.
Fortunately,the team had barely enough players,
 so I decided to wait and see how, or if,he progressed.
 Tonight's game was a bit better.two weeeks later.
He (mostly)kept his hands off others.
He actually followed coach's directions.
and even went up to the ball and kicked it a few times.
I helped keep the subs out of the ten foot wide puddle,
stopped a water bottle fight, and had them be cheerleaders for the team.
I think I preferred being with the team than with the other parents
where I usually complain how bad he's doing.
 I think there is hope for my son to be a team player,
it may just will take a few years :/
Until then. I'll try focusing more on his progress than his problems.
As long as he is having fun, I will try to, too.
 One day at a time,Sweet Jesus <3

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Welcoming Autumn =)

  October 1,2011.
The cool rain continues to fall,
 and saturate nature to its fullest 
Colorful leaves dance to the green grass below,
 acting as a blanket to keep warm from the Autumn chill.
The sky is a swirl of greys,
 occasionally letting out a ray of light.
Birds have begun their journey
 flying south for warmer shelter.
Squirrels scurry to gather acorns
 burying them where snow will soon fall.
Bees buzz frantically  
 as though they know their time is nearly done.
When the sun breaks through the clouds
 Droplets shimmer on the colorful leaves
The scent of Autumn fills the air,
 And I smile with happiness =)

~Lori caouette

Friday, September 30, 2011

WINNER of RSJ's book, What Is He Thinking?...

And The winner is....


Congratulations Savannah!!

Thanks you to everyone who commented on my posts.
You have encouraged me so much
and you're a Big blessing!!


WINNER if Ginny Owens' CD.....

The winner of Ginny Owens' CD, Get in, I'm Driving is..........................

Congratulations to Kristina Bernard!!
I will get the CD to you ASAP :)
I know you're going to enjoy it as much as I did!
Thank you to everyone who commented
I hope you have a chance to hear Ginny's music,
she is such an inspiration!


Monday, September 26, 2011

What Is he Thinking??

What Guys Want Us To Know About Dating, Love, and Marriage.
By Rebecca St.James

This is a book written by Rebecca after she interviewed several men about their views on these topics.
The result is an honest look at how guys really see women and how they are attracted, or not, to them.
 Although the interviews focus on single guys ages 20-35, Rebecca also includes words of wisdom from older mentors she respects who have been successfully married for years, such as her dad, life coach, and pastor.
The men share their thoughts on topics like how women can respect themselves and the men in their lives, modesty, purity, taking it slow, friendship, letting guys lead, and more. This book gives them the floor to say what they would really like women to know.
The men respond candidly to questions like:
  • What is the most attractive quality to you in a woman?
  • Is modesty truly attractive?
  • Is neediness a turn-off?
  • What do you find beautiful?
  • How can we be dependent on God for our identity, not on you?
  • How can we help you with boundaries physically?
Rebecca also discusses her own dating life, speaking openly about the single life, her struggle with loneliness, and her hope for the future. She challenges women to see the men in their lives as brothers in Christ and to trust God with their dating lives.
 Although I am married, I found it insightful on how my husband sees me through a man's eyes. It is also a good book to share with my teenage daughter who is dating guys, and could benefit from the insights shared in the book.
 It's nice to see that men care about inner beauty and character more than outer looks. Most of the men said communication and compassion are attractive in women, but vanity is the least of what they like in them.
For more info about Rebecca St. James' book or other delightful material by her, check out one of these sites, I'm sure you'll be blessed  too :)

Facebook (Author):
 Facebook (Book):

 Link to HBG website book detail page:
 OpenBook Link: (preview the first 10% of the book)
"Disclosure of Material Connection:
 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with
 the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
            "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ginny Owens' CD, Get In,I'm Driving =D

This week, my daughter (18) was happy to share her review
of Ginny Owens' CD, Get in I'm driving.
We both enjoyed the soulful sounds of her worship music, but Jen's sense of music sums it up better than my words could say.
Here is her review:

Ginny Owens' CD Review:
If you're looking for soundtracks with Christian soul, this one has a sufficient amount. The harmonies and instrumentation give me a feeling of sweet welcome to the whole album. Some of the songs talked to me personally because they talk about pressure, truth and grace. Those are very real things in this world today. Ginny gives spiritual relief as she sings that we are special in our own ways and can find grace through Jesus Christ. My personal favorite song is number four because Ginny's voice seems sweeter and softer. I also enjoy the song's tempo and just the general sound. Peace through God is presented through many songs, like song five. Ginny sings about peace and a hope for the future if we are to follow God. Ginny seems to reach out to listeners and touch their hearts, like mine personally. One of the songs I do not particularly like, however, is song six because of it's peculiar opening of keyboard acoustics. The song has a good bass beat, but I could not concentrate on the lyrics because of the tangle of keyboard and beats. All other songs are beautiful and I give four and a half stars for Ginny Owens! * Very nice job, Ginny, and I hope you continue to sing for Jesus Christ/Father God.
You can also visit Ginny's website to find out more about her and her music.

or consider visiting her other sites:
"Disclosure of Material Connection:
 I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I am disclosing this in accordance with
 the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
            "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WINNERS!! of DVD Theo: God's Love

Cindy Navarro
 and Deborah Seeley !!
You both are winners ( even without a contest)
please email me your address so it can be sent to you.
Thanks a million!
 Love and blessings,

Friday, September 9, 2011

Review of new DVD, Theo:God's Love

Theo:God's Love is part of an animated series teaching about biblical ideas to kids and adults alike.
I watched this DVD with my six year old son to gauge his interest.
We both enjoyed the short stories presented,Good News and Saving Grace.
I could tell he was interested in the story with colorful cartoon graphics and sound effects.
The mice friends,Luther and Belfry, were also fun to watch.
The ideas of God's love for everyone is what Good News is about, and having faith in God is what Saving Grace is about. My son understood and asked further questions about it along the way.
*I recommend an adult watch with their child or Sunday School class because they may also ask the same things,such as,"Why did God want Abraham to leave?Where's the children? Where is the baby?!" and" Where is that cliff? We need to go there to find Jesus." His interest was amazing because he doesn't sit still for long periods of time, but when the story was over he said,"Aw,that's it?! Why it's done already?" He watched it again and was still just as interested in it.
 I also looked up the web resources for parents and will be sharing them with him as a reinforcement of the lessons.
 We each give the DVD Theo:God's Love a thumbs up :)

Here's how You can win a DVD:
 Write a comment on this review or just leave your name and say you would like to enter to win a Theo DVD.
 I will choose a winner on Wednesday 9/14/11 at 10 pm EST.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review :)
Have a blessed day,
Here are more resources to learn about this series:

===>>FREE app (available now  for iPhone and iPad):     <<===

(What set's THEO apart ?
  The Buy 1 - Give 1 campaign!
  For every Theo DVD purchased, Whitestone Media and Child Evangelism Fellowship® will send a child in need their very own copy of Theo.
  You can log onto after making your own purchase, and select the region of the world you'd like another copy of Theo to be sent.)

 Church Curriculum available now (from LifeWay Christian Stores):

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services
 mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I
 only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:
 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."