Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blogging for Books

I have recently gotten the opportunity to "blog for books." Random House publishers will send me a copy of a new book to read and then I blog about it during a particular week for the book blog tour.

This is my first time to participate. When I heard about this book, the counselor in me couldn't pass it up.

In Kiss Me Again Barbara Wilson addresses how marital intimacy is hindered by past sexual experiences outside of marriage. She explains that bonds are formed during sex, whether consensual or forced, that then hinder the development of oneness in marriage. The bonds have both physiological and emotional components that impact the martial sexual relationship. Wilson speaks of her own experience and struggles and her healing. She offers hope, support, and suggestions on how to heal from one's past and how to develop a deeper relationship with one's husband. Wilson also discusses how to improve one's marriage through communication, forgiveness, openness, and friendship.

I think Wilson approaches the subject with understanding, insight, and knowledge. She is quick to give God the credit for the healing she has received and encourages women to allow God to work healing in them. She even provides a guide for small group use. I think this book could be a value resource for spouses struggling with intimacy, as well as those who have a desire to minister to women.

I found the subject interesting because it is not one I have heard discussed very much before. I think it is important for us to teach our kids and those to whom we minister that sex outside of marriage creates these bonds that, without healing from God, hinder what He has designed for marriage.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. If you are interested in checking out this book, you can find out more info here:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Josh!

Today is Joshua's 27th birthday! Yay!

We surprised Josh on Saturday evening for a birthday dinner with the family. Josh had no idea, which was great because he often finds out my surprises. I had made him a cake on Friday afternoon, which turned into a major project. The first one I made fell apart as I took it out of the pan. I tried surgery to no avail. I had to call Josh's mom, who was at the grocery store, to pick up another cake mix for me to try again. Of course, I was racing the clock because I had to get it finished and over to his parents' house before Josh got home from work. I ended up taking the cake layers, frosting, and Kate over to his parents' house to finish there. In the end it was a delicious cake. Success!Kate helped with the first cake. =)

We are going to lunch with his office today and tonight will have a birthday dinner fixed on Josh's new grill. Yum!

Friday, October 02, 2009

David Crowder Band

Last month a friend surprised us with tickets to David Crowder Band's "Church Music" tour. Their opening night was here in San Antonio and we were there! The concert was fabulous! Seabird and Danyew were the opening bands and they were really good, too. The David Crowder Band is just a lot of fun to watch. They played some of their new songs from their new CD "Church Music." One of the first songs they played, though, was probably one of my all-time favorites "You are more beautiful...There is no one like You." I love that song! We totally played that one at our wedding reception and danced like crazy (I have pictures in the wedding album to prove it!)

We had a great big-time date and enjoyed every minute of it!

Thank you, friend!