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MercyMe It’s Christmas CD Review & Giveaway

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Mercy Me It's Christmas CD

Hubby’s normal rule about Christmas music is that we don’t listen to it until Thanksgiving. (Extended family traditions on my side find Christmas and Thanksgiving blended as that is when we all came together as a family.) This year, I get to bend the rule a little due to having received this new Christmas cd from Mercy Me for review. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Christmas music as it brightens my mood and makes me smile.

This latest album features a nice variety of traditional Christmas songs and contemporary songs in classic Mercy Me style. I love that it has fun songs that just lighten the mood and meaningful songs that make you think more about the reason for celebrating Christmas. It has both Christian and secular songs. Some songs you’ll know while other songs will probably be new. I enjoyed this album, and I’m happy to add it to my Christmas music collection.

Mercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD is available in Pizza Ranch locations from now until December 31, 2015. It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch. Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax. Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states. For my gluten free peeps, Pizza Ranch does have gluten free pizza.

“We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It’s the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.”

Mercy Me It’s Christmas CD features the following songs (*Pizza Ranch exclusive songs):

  • Newborn
  • Christmastime Again
  • Sleigh Ride
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  • Hold on Christmas
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Our Lullaby
  • Joy
  • Oh Come, Oh Come
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen*
  • O Holy Night*
  • Silent Night*
  • Joseph’s Lullaby*

** Mercy Me It’s Christmas CD Giveaway **

Propeller Consulting, LLC is providing one copy of this cd for one of my readers. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway ends November 24, 2015. Giveaway is available to U.S. and Canadian readers only.

Giving Thanks 2015 – Week Two

Psalm 7:17 Give thanks to the Lord

It’s hard to believe that we’re already entering into the third week of November. Where has the time gone? Before we know it, another year will have passed.

D was scheduled for shoulder surgery at the beginning of last week, but it had to be postponed due to some complications that arose. As it turns out, physical therapy can, at times, do more harm than good. His shoulder is now frozen which means they need to delay the surgery until he gets full movement back. While this was not good news, it did allow us to spend more time together this past week. He was also able to get a few things done on his day off.

I’m thankful that we live in the desert and close to Munchkin’s college as it means that Munchkin can drive the RZR to school thanks to having dirt all the way there. It’s a definite plus when her truck isn’t operational yet. We spent a little time this past week getting the RZR fixed up so it’s a little more comfortable for her commute. It now features a clear back panel to block the dirt/wind/hay and real doors instead of nets which she loves.

While both Daddy and daughter have been swamped with school, things have been going well for them. I’m proud of them both, and I’m thankful they have this opportunity. It’s fun watching them encourage each other along this crazy educational journey. I know that Munchkin is helped by watching the things that Daddy deals with day to day with balancing school, work, and home life. D finds sharing this adventure with Munchkin has allowed him to better deal with many of the challenges he faces. He knows the Munchkin watches how he handles the rough patches.

With all of the ups and downs that we’ve experienced, I’m very thankful that we have a warm place to stay, clothes on our back, food on the table, clean water to drink, and vehicles for transportation. I am thankful that we’re together as a family.

ESV Journaling Bible Review & Giveaway

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a review copy of this ESV Journaling Bible.

ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway

When I was really little, I remember being told to never write in a book or Bible. As I got older, I was encouraged to underline or highlight verses that stood out to me as I was reading scripture. By junior high and high school, it was okay to make some notes in the Bible. There was still some controversy over whether you should take notes directly in the Bible or to write in a notebook or on a bookmark. I did a little bit of both.

When you inherit a Bible from someone dear who has passed away, there is something really special about seeing their notes in the Bible. It’s probably this idea that allowed me to move past the idea that it was wrong to write in a Bible. I still find myself writing both in my Bible and having a journal as not everything needs to be written directly nor will everything fit.

The ESV Journaling Bible has a fabric covered board cover

Recently, I’ve watched the idea of Bible journaling really take off. This took the idea of notetaking in a Bible to a whole new level as it was adding an artistic flair to it all. I’ve seen some amazingly creative and artistic drawings. Some people add drawings with their notes. Some draw/sketch/write in the margins while others draw over the words in the Bible. I’m personally not a fan over drawing over the words, but the beauty of Bible study with journaling is that it really is a personal experience.

I received my new journaling Bible right before my migraines started in full force, so I haven’t even had a chance to really get to use it much yet. What I really like about this journaling Bible is the fact that it has faint lines in the margin, so you really can use it as a journal in addition to adding art, if desired. It’s also beautiful. It looks and feels like a higher end journal with the cloth over board cover.

The ESV Journaling Bible has nice 2 inch lined margins

The Bible is 7 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches wide, and 1 3/8 inches wide. The margins are just under 2 inches wide. It also features a one-year Bible reading plan that allows the reader to read through the Old Testament once, Psalms twice, and the New Testament twice.

Giveaway for the ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway

***ESV Journaling Bible Giveaway*** This giveaway has ended.

Do you want to try your hand a Bible journaling? Propeller Consulting, LLC is providing an ESV Journaling Bible for one of my readers. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Giveaway ends November 18, 2015.

Veterans Day – Thank You for Your Service

Thank you for your service

D had today off from work due to Veterans Day. He hasn’t always had off or even been around for Veterans Day, so I was really glad to be able to spend some extra time with him. We went grocery shopping this morning as saw a sign at the store that talked about what it was to be a veteran. I’ve seen several of these this year which I thought was pretty cool. I like seeing our veterans honored even if it’s something as simple as saying thanks for your service.

Munchkin has met several veterans in her classes which she thinks is pretty cool. She says she enjoys talking to them and wishes she had time to sit down and really hear their stories. I have a feeling that some day she will do some interviews with vets from different eras. I know that I always enjoyed being able to really sit down and listen to the stories, the experiences. Looking back at my younger years, I know that they didn’t share the full stories with me, but I was still thankful for what they did share. The younger generation really needs to understand the sacrifices that were made for them.

So today, and every day we get a chance, we say thank you to the veterans and to the families that supported them each step of the way. When I heard this song today, I knew that I wanted to share it as it did a nice job remembering those who served.

Hey there again. I really appreciate all the comments you’ve been sharing with me about the song “We Remember”! I played this song a few nights ago at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at a concert series I’ve been hosting there once a month called Sam’s Place. It was the first and only time I’ve performed it live except for the “living room version” I posted yesterday and it was a pretty special moment. After recognizing those in the audience who have served or are currently serving our country as well as their immediate families I dedicated the song to them. I just received a “bootleg” copy of my performance of the song and thought I’d share it since it’s Veteran’s Day. (If you didn’t read the story about this song inspired by my Grandfather and Purple Heart WWII Veteran Rubel Rudd it’s in the post just before this one.) I hope you enjoy it and as I said before, If you are someone who has served or is currently serving our country or are a family member of someone who has or is serving, please know, we are grateful, we are thankful and “We Remember”.God Bless You,scc

Posted by Steven Curtis Chapman on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Happy 240th Birthday Marines!

Happy 240th Birthday Marines

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

Reflect on our history, remember those who have sacrificed and reaffirm your commitment to the strengthening of our Corps. — 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller

10 November 2015


When the Continental Congress raised up the two battalions of Marines in 1775, it launched the greatest fighting force the world has ever known – a force revered globally for its uncommon valor, unparalleled adaptability, and ferocious tenacity. Over the past 240 years, the battlefields and equipment have changed, but the spirit of the United States Marine Corps has prevailed in every clime and place.

One hundred years ago, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island opened its doors as the first base dedicated solely to making Marines. Since then, hundreds of thousands of men and women have been forged into elite warriors at Parris Island, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and The Basic School in Quantico. Each recruit had a different reason for stepping onto the yellow footprints, but all are unified by the intangible traits that characterize United States Marines and the remarkable legacy that has carried on across generations.

Whether you served on the hallowed grounds of Belleau Wood, fought on the iconic island battlefields of World War II, navigated the harsh terrain and climate of the Chosin Reservoir or Vietnam, conducted assaults during Desert Storm, marched on Baghdad, fought in the close combat in Fallujah, or conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, everyone who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a member of the storied legacy.

As we celebrate the 240th birthday of our Corps, we pay tribute to all who have served and we remember our fallen heroes. We take great pride in our legacy and in the fine men and women who carry our colors into the future. And we extend heartfelt thanks to our families for their steadfast support.

Our 26th Commandant, General Louis Wilson, once said, “In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is ‘proud to bear the title of United States Marine.’” Thank you all for guarding the legacy of our Corps during your watch.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
Robert B. Neller
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps