Love, Juliebug: September 2014
It's the little things that makes me keenly aware of how God watches out for us. I've been needing printer ink and have not bought it yet because it costs an arm and a leg. The other day my friend asked me what kind of ink I use and hands me a cartridge that is exactly what I needed. She just happened to have it leftover from a yard sale. Coincidence? Perhaps. I don't think so. My heart tells me it is a little love note from God. 
There are so many times I have had this happen. Well, not this exactly of course but there will be something that happens that seems too sweet, too perfect. And, in that moment I just know it is not coincidental. I feel the need to add that I do not believe in the very popular prosperity gospel which says that God will reward us with financial prosperity but I do believe that God will take care of us. What a blessing and comfort it is to be able to rest in this truth. Now, the trick is actually letting myself rest in it on a regular basis.
Today Abby told me that Christmas is coming soon. To which I replied "Nope, first it's Halloween then Thanksgiving followed by Christmas." She was not deterred. "I know what I want for Christmas." She replied. So, of course, I had to ask "Okay, what?" "I can't tell you. It's a secret. Santa knows." Oh crap you guys. I just realized I am in huge trouble here. Anyone have any suggestions?
As a young girl I loved cartoons. No shock there. One of my favorites was about a sweet girl named Strawberry Shortcake. Can I just say I'm so glad she's still around? Oh yes, she has changed over the years but I love her nevertheless. As a member of Fox Home Entertainment Insiders I have received quite a few Strawberry Shortcake DVD's. I'm really excited about this one. It's called Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends. It's being released on September 16, 2014. Keep reading because I have a copy for ONE lucky reader! 
It’s friends first for Strawberry Shortcake and her favorite gal pals in Berry Best Friends! When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do. When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road...except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

We have a printable coloring sheet for you too so please download. I hope your kiddos enjoy! 


Now, onto the giveaway! As I mentioned, we have one copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends on DVD to share with a lucky reader. The giveaway is on Rafflecopter but there is only ONE mandatory entry which is a comment on this post. Any other entries are entirely optional. Please share this giveaway with your friends and family however as the more entrants I have the more giveaways I will be able to host! The giveaway ends on Sept 22, 2014. 



I have been provided a DVD from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders as compensation for this post. Only Fox Home Entertainment Insiders is responsible for the prize mentioned above and its delivery. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.


Our church does something once a year called worship in the park. Pretty self explanatory. Normally, it is quite sunny and hot since it is in August. This year I was smart and brought an umbrella for shade. Of course, the kiddo snatched that up for herself. Reminder: sunblock should be put on everyone including Mommy. 
At the end of the service the pastor invited people up that felt the call to be baptized. Abby asked what it was. Then, she said "I wanna be baptized!" We were hesitant as we were when she said she asked Jesus into her heart. Why? Well, I suppose it's due to the fact that it took me 18 years to find God and we didn't want her to do it flippantly. So, we asked her why. And, we hesitated. She talked to a good friend of ours who said she believed she truly knew what she was doing. Still we paused. The breakthrough was the fact that I didn't want her to rush into it BUT I didn't want to squelch her desire to do so either. Due to that, we agreed to let her get baptized reminding her that it was a big commitment - telling everyone there & God that she was following him and doing His will for her life. She enthusiastically agreed.
My heart swelled with emotion when she was put under the water and pulled up again symbolizing being buried with Christ and raised up with Him. Am I certain that she understands it all as well as we do? No. I will never know that for certain. However, I do know that I am not in charge of knowing that. It's not my job. She has someone infinitely more capable that holds her in His hand.



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I have a confession to make. When I heard about the nude photo leaks of various celebrities through Apple I might have rolled my eyes. Judgement city over here ya'll. Why the heck are celebrities taking nude pics of themselves anyway? JUST SAY NO and put down the camera. Those were my first thoughts. 

Then, I realized that this isn't about nude photos and whether or not they should be taken. It's not. It's about somebody leaking out personal photos of a person. Famous or not, nobody deserves to have their privacy torn down in this way. It's not right and it's not legal. The other issue I have is that there are people out there seeking out these photos. Ew but that's just me. 

People have the right to take these photos and keep them private, period. I'm not saying I agree with taking them in the first place. I'm not saying anything about how nothing is ever as private as you think it is. Bottom line, I am saying that someone should be held accountable to the victims of this crime. 


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