Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Crossway ESV Journaling Bible Giveaway

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One of the things that I’m getting braver about is marking up my Bible. Aside from the normal underlining and making a little sidenote here or there, typically most Bibles don’t offer enough room in the margins to actually write extensive note. I don’t know about you, but my notes from church are ALL over the place: a bulletin here, a small notebook here - so much depends on what I happen to grab at the time.

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Crossway has an ESV Journaling Bible (aff link) that may be exactly what you are looking for to merge your devotional time and give you a little space to breathe and jot down your thoughts or sermon notes.



One of the things that makes the ESV Journaling Bible stand out the blue flora cloth hard back cover (so soft!). Otherwise, the interior layout is very simple: a two inch lightly-lined margin on the outside of each page for note-taking. The Bible also comes in a hard cardboard case - perfect in case you don’t want to damage it when traveling. The version itself is ESV (English Standard Version), one of my personal favorites.


  • Size: 6.25” x 7.25”
  • Cream-colored paper
  • 2" ruled margins
  • One-Year Bible reading plan
  • Book introductions
  • Ribbon marker
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: O-wrap, clamshell box, or permanent slipcase

My only note on the Bible (I absolutely love the cover and layout!) is the text size. My 42 year old eyes love a pretty cover, but the text size may be a little bit smaller to focus on, especially early in the morning if the light is dim. I’m not quite ready for reading glasses, but sadly, this is making me feel like I might (grins).

Win an ESV Journaling Bible

The ESV Journaling Bible is available for purchase here, and through 11/15 you can enter to win a copy from the publisher. Leave a comment letting me know why you’d like to win (for you or a friend?), and I’ll select a winner via Rafflecopter when the giveaway is over.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Because the Kids Aren’t Getting Any Younger

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Kids Easter 2015-1

Zachary, 10; Laurianna, 13; Kaleb, 8; McKenna, 12

So the kids are growing up. Proof positive in the picture above. In case you don’t recognize them - well, those are our four. It’s been a bit since I’ve shared a picture and looking at the family pictures on our wall in comparison - yikes.

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day and a chance to grab a few snapshots to document just how much they’ve grown and how beautiful (or handsome) they are becoming, both inside and out.

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McKenna would love to have you notice that yes, she IS taller than her older sister. This is the first time in a long time that she has worn her hair down, which we love!

These two girls can be the best of friends or drive each other crazy all in the span of 15 minutes. They are growing into beautiful young ladies (that in and of itself sounds too grown up!).

Kids Easter 2015-1-5

And the boys - well, they aren’t so little anymore either. There’s a part of me that keeps thinking Kaleb is six. He’s eight. Sigh. It should be noted that Zachary wanted a pink shirt for Easter. He got plaid.

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Rick and I aren’t getting any younger either - but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. At all. This man is all sorts of amazing and I am blessed to have him and those crazy kids along for the ride.

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