Kari Jobe “The Garden” Album Review and GIVEAWAY!

Kari Jobe has just released one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while. The Garden, inspired by Jobe’s grief and transition as a new mother, experiencing the loss of her sister’s stillborn daughter (while Jobe was pregnant with her first child, Canyon), and her restoration from that grief through God’s promises.

The songs on this album are beautiful, you can absolutely feel the heartache, the triumph and the redeeming love of God in her lyrics and gorgeous voice. The namesake of this album, the song The Garden,  is an amazing song about how, just like in a garden that through the seasons change, wither and sprout back up again, we often find ourselves facing heartaches and hardships. But through it all, God lifts us up and brings us to a point where we are blooming again. It happens to the best of us.

 

Truly, the whole album is fantastic, you can purchase it on iTunes HERE or stream it HERE on Spotify! You can also enter below for a chance to win your own copy! It’s super easy to enter and only takes a few minutes! Winner’s entries WILL be verified. Good luck!

 

 

Amazon Graco Deals – TODAY ONLY!

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a portion of the sales. These funds are used to support my blog and the expenses required to keep Mustard Seed Mommy running. 

Amazon always has great deals, but today they have some AMAZING deals on Graco gear! I’ve listed a few below!

Just click on the images to order!

This Graco Pack N Play Playard (with Bassinet) in Pasadena print is only $43.69! (There’s a few other prints as well, some are this low, some are a little bit higher priced)

Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat in Go Green is only $27.35! Please note that a high back booster is only appropriate for a child over 5 who is ready to sit appropriately without a 5 point harness!

Graco Simpleswitch Portable High Chair and Booster in Zuba print – this high chair is SO cool. You can use it as pictured or take it off the legs and use it in a kitchen chair with our without the tray! And it’s marked down to $40.37! That’s a steal!

Graco SnugRide 30 LX Click Connect Car Seat in Glacier – this is a great seat, we got this same seat in a different print for Baby Bear! It’s marked down to $79.03!

There are a lot more great deals, you can head over to AMAZON to check out more products and gear for your little ones!

Those Last Firsts

When J and I got married we knew we wanted to start trying for a baby right away. We wanted a family but we weren’t sure how many children we wanted yet. I was pretty set on having a large family while J was set on just two or three. I think it’s evident who won that battle!

I was excited about first seeing those red lines pop up on that first positive pregnancy test. And hear our baby’s heartbeat for the very first time. Feel the soft kicks and nudges in the second trimester, and the harder more pronounced movements in the third. Holding that sweet baby for the first time and taking in every smell, yawn and adorable face she made…. so on and so forth. What I didn’t anticipate was how I would feel experiencing our last firsts.

Baby Bear will be our last baby, with that comes a lot of last firsts. The last time I would tear up seeing those red lines pop up on the first test I took. The last time I would hear his heartbeat for the first time. The last time I would feel his first kicks and nudges. The last time I would have a pronounced bump for the first time. I didn’t realize how excited and how devastated all of those things would make me feel. Bear is going to be the last baby I hold for the first time, the last baby I smell and touch and kiss for the first time. He will be the last baby I see smile for the first time, hear giggle for the first time, crawl and walk and talk for the first time.

There will continue to be firsts, some that I have yet to experience. But in this period of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to the pregnancy first, and soon after the new baby firsts, then the toddler firsts. I’m not sure where life is going to lead us, or what crazy adventures we’ll have as these babies grow and mature… all I know is that I will always look back and treasure all of the firsts from these stages.

Something I’ve learned after having several babies is that you become so busy with the mundane day to day, the cooking and the cleaning, the kissing boo-boos and reading board books that you don’t realize how fast the time goes by. You don’t realize how quickly those firsts will fly by and you learn to appreciate them just a bit more. So mommas, take a moment to treasure those moments, even if you have to take a trip down memory lane to reminisce those magical moments.

The Beginner’s Bible Review & Giveaway!

Now that Boogie is an excellent little reader (and she really really loves it!), I’ve been on the hunt for a book or curriculum to use for her Bible lessons. When I came across The Beginner’s Bible I knew that it would be perfect for her…. the book is a bible for little ones, with simple to read stories that go in the correct order that’s in a typical Bible. Boogie LOVES it.

There are some bigger words that she needs help with, but otherwise she can do this daily reading on her own, then discuss what she learned with me after!

The illustrations are bright, colorful and vivid, any child would enjoy glancing through the pictures even if they can’t read. These illustrations are fresh and new, but the book itself was originally released in 1989 and has been a popular book for many children ever since.

The Beginner’s Bible has a great website with games and activities for kids including printables of all sorts and videos to watch. You’ll also find some great resources for parents and teachers that coincide with each story in this bible. You can find that website HERE. Be sure to enter for a chance to win your own copy of this great bible, or head on over to Amazon to purchase! It’s currently on sale for $12.88!

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Baby #4 – 28 & 30 Weeks Update

I’m behind! AH! So, when I was 26 weeks (which you’ll notice that update is missing as well), I came down with a stomach bug. It was AWFUL. I’ve never been so sick in my life, pregnancy makes tummy bugs terrible. So we didn’t even get a photo that week. I am going to share my 28 week photo and my 30 week photo (from this week!) and just give an update for this week. Poor Bear just isn’t getting all the photos and updates like the other kiddos did. Sorry buddy!

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How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 3lbs


Maternity clothes? Yep. With some LLR thrown in as well.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping really well lately, but now that we are in the 3rd trimester I have started feeling exhausted in the afternoon. Makes me wish all three of my kids still took naps! 

Best moment this week: Bear is REALLY kicking and moving these days. I love that the kids can actually see my belly move now, Boogie is the only one that really cares, but she loves it!

Movement: See above 😉

Food cravings: Pineapple, cheerios and pomegranate seeds

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On, they fit perfectly as of right now. 

What I miss: Being able to roll over in bed without feeling like I have a bowling ball on my chest!

What am I looking forward too: Getting my body back.

Weekly Wisdom: Psalm 71:5-6 For you are my hope, Lord GOD, my security since I was young. I depended on you since birth, when you brought me from my mother’s womb; I praise you continuously.

Milestones: Baby Bear is approximately 3 pounds!