20 Weeks – Baby Bird

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How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Total gain of 0lbs… still.

Maternity clothes? Yep… 

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

Sleep: I have been using extra pillows to try and stay comfortable but I still toss and turn all night. 

Best moment this week: We’re “halfway” there this week! Granted, I could always go a week or so over, but still! This is going by SO fast!

Movement: Yes! Still not super consistent, but she’s a lot more active after I drink my favorite Blackberry Lemonade from Sonic ;-)

Food cravings: Chocolate

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? They fit for the moment!

What I miss: Right now, nothing… I am still undecided but J is insistent that this is our last child…. so, instead of missing NOT being pregnant… I’m trying to savor everything in case Bird truly is our last child.

What am I looking forward too: Feeling more consistent movements from Baby Bird and for the kids to be able to feel her on the OUTSIDE of my belly!

Weekly Wisdom: Pray – I’ve always known “how” to pray, but this week I’ve really learned what it means and how we SHOULD pray. I’ve been praying a lot for my husband and my children this week… we’ve had a hard month so far. 

Milestones: Halfway there!

The Family of Jesus Book Review

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I’ve said this many, many times… but Karen Kingsbury is my FAVORITE author. All of her books have been absolutely amazing, I have a hard time putting any of them down! This particular book of hers is different from her normal novels, and just recently came out.

Karen takes the main family members of Jesus (Mary, Joseph, James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, Elizabeth) and gives you an inside, fictional look, at what their lives may have been like, and what they may have experienced during Jesus’s lifetime. This was an incredible read, I think sometimes we read our bibles, study the word… but forget to remember that these aren’t just stories to teach us… these were REAL people, with REAL feelings and what they got to experience and witness is nothing short of phenomenal. There will be future installments of this book including Friends of Jesus, Followers of Jesus, and First Hand Encounters with Jesus. I can’t wait to get my hands on copies of these books!

You can find more information about all of these books, purchase The Family of Jesus and learn more about Karen Kingsbury herself HERE.

A Table By the Window Book Review

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This book was for more than I ever expected. If you love novels with a bit of romance in the mix… this book is for you.  Juliette comes from a large family of French-Italians. Her dad is Italian, her mother is French and her entire family is involved in the food industry (French-Italian obviously). An avid blogger and food reporter, she is trying to find where she belongs. After the death of her grandmother she finds herself in a mystery of of her grandmother’s younger life, secrets she kept from her children. With the opportunity to start a restaurant with her older brother and a long distance relationship with a man she has come to adore… where will life take her?

I read this book in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down! Juliette’s love story and the mystery she finds herself diving into is both thrilling and captivating. And even more… throughout the book you’ll find recipes for some of the foods discussed in the book! Learn more about the author, Hillary Manton Lodge, HERE. Or read the first chapter HERE!

I’m so looking forward to the next installment of this book, Reservations for Two!

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions stated are mine, and mine alone.

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