Available NOW! Illustrated Faith – I Am – Devotional Kit

Illustrated Faith July Devotional Kit Available NOWThe new Illustrated Faith devotional kit, “I Am” is now available to order! This kit is simply gorgeous, I cannot wait until I get my hands on this kit.

Take a look at it here. I know you will love it! You can also watch the unboxing from Illustrated Faith’s Shanna Noel here! I am looking forward to see all of the beautiful creations that come from this kit. From what I am reading from the reviews the devotional is really resonating with many woman. See the description below, and I’m sure you will agree this is going to be good!


In the Illustrated Faith ‘I Am’ devotional kit, Melisa Garcia invites you on a two-week journey to dig deeper into knowing Christ.  Join Melisa as she leads you to make room for Christ, to take steps in becoming fearless, to speak truth about who you are in Him, to be patient, to forgive.  “…I learned early on that if I wanted to know who I am, I first must know the great I Am.  You will know who you are when you recognize whose you are. So that is my call to you.” —Melisa Garcia
Devotional message:
I Am
Digging Deeper
Sample copies:
Day 1 – Fearless
Day 2 – Capable
Day 3 – Free
Plus 11 more!
Product Details:
1 plastic pouch
1 devotional booklet
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
2 cardstock sticker sheets
3 tip-ins
1 magnet
1 thank you card from Shanna


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Soaked In Scripture Series – Memorizing the Bible One Verse at a Time – Week 1

Soaked In Scripture Series – Memorizing the Bible One Verse at a Time – Week 1

If you are anything like me, memorizing scripture is not an easy task. I have a few favorites that I have memorized and that is it. That is NOT a good thing!!

There are so many reasons that having scripture memorized is so very important. This time last year my mom passed away. No one knew that she was sick and within a month she was gone. I knew that my mom believed in God, but I was not sure what her personal relationship with Jesus really was so when I was not at the hospital with her, I was looking up scriptures that I could take back with me to talk to her about. When I spoke with her she was able to nod her head to let me know that she heard me and that she believed Jesus was her Lord and Savior. I know where my mom is now and that brings me tremendous comfort. But, it would have been nice to have had those verses memorized!

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Why I Love Tracing in My Bible and YOU Will Too!

Printables Make Bible Journaling Easy.

It’s been a few days since I have been able to really sit down and do some Bible journaling. Life is so fast that before you know it several days have went by and still no time to journal! That’s why I am so thankful for those who offer free printables that I can trace in my Bible. Oh, how I love printables and here are a few reasons why:

  • I’m not an artist, so anything that I can trace into my Bible that makes me FEEL like Picasso is a blessing!
  • Tracing with a FREE printable is easy and fun. You simply print the image, lay it behind your Bible page and trace.
  • This method gives me more time to really focus on God’s Word instead of spending time wondering what verse to use with what image, what colors to use, what mediums to use, and so on.
  • The maker of the printable does all of the work for you, you simply enjoy the process.

    Bible Journaling is Easy with Printables!
    Traceable I used from Lindsey Decor
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Juggling Work and Parenting – How to Keep it All Flowing

Work and Parenting, Organization, Planning,

Juggling Work and Parenting – How to Keep it All Flowing

Facebook makes parenting look easy, doesn’t it? Every post is of happy smiling kids and parents enjoying an outing or making some super cool homemade project. I’m admiring their pictures wondering how they are juggling life to look so happy and content.

That’s not what my experience is with juggling work and parenting! Let’s take for example last Saturday. I had ONE thing on my to-do list that I really, really needed to get done, and that was to go buy a few things we needed for dinner that weekend. Kind of important–eating. So it’s 3 o’clock and I realized that I did not go and buy the food. The problem was the store that I needed to buy the items from closed at 3. It’s almost like life was mocking me that I realized exactly at the time of closing that I needed food!!

Who forgets to buy food for their family?! Apparently, me. There is so much happening in life that it is hard to keep it straight and orderly. Don’t you think? Kids, work, husbands, errands, chores, starting a new business, cooking, social life (what?), hobbies (what, what?), the list goes on and on. I feel like there is so much to do and so many things that need my attention, that NONE of those things get enough of my attention.

So what are we to do?! First off, give yourself some grace. Yes, the same grace that we are told to extend to others, pass a little on to yourself. I surely wasn’t feeling like mom or wife of the year last weekend, but we made it work. We went out to eat a lot, but whatever, we still ate! Beating yourself up doesn’t help and it sure isn’t going to make dinner for you! Don’t trash talk yourself into thinking you are inadequate!

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Sign Your Child Up For FREE Books

Sign up for Free Books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Register your child for a free book delivered monthly!

When my son was around 5 months old I learned about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program sends free books to millions of children each month. Mine included! Cameron loves to get his book every month and it is absolutely free!

It took me a minute to wrap my mind around that concept. My child signs up on a website and gets a brand new book delivered to our home every month for free?! No strings, no commitment, nothing I need to do?! Nope, that is it!!

I want to say that he will get these books until he is 5 years old, but I’m not sure that is completely accurate, so if any of you know the age limit for sure, please let me know.

I read to my son every single night and, I’m telling you, his vocabulary at just turning two is pretty impressive. I’m positive that reading to him often has had a big impact in that area.

My local library has a sign-up area on their website. Your local library probably does too! You can also register your child directly on the Imagination Library website here.

Summertime is the perfect time to get your children involved in reading. It helps their own imaginations soar and is an awesome aid in developing their learning skills well before they are old enough to enter school.

What are some of your child’s favorite books? My son likes to read Arthur, McDuff, Llama, Llama, and lots of others. Share with us your child’s favorites in the comment section.

Also, for the adults, check out my bookshelf page here to see what I’m reading!

Happy reading,


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Congrats to Richelle (ladybugrichelle)! She is the winner of this months giveaway, which was the Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter kit.

Richelle, contact me to claim your fab new journaling supplies!! A big thank you to all who entered! June’s giveaway will be a set of Bible tabs from Illustrated Faith. Stay tuned!



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How to Use Distress Ink For a Pretty Galaxy Entry

Hi everyone, I recently discovered Rebekah R. Jones on Scrapbook.com and WOW. She has a free 10-lesson class on that website that I love, love, love. There she gives you a plethora of techniques and tips to create amazing art journaling in your Bible.

In the very last class (Lesson 10) she did this beautiful entry in the Bible where she used Distress Inks to create a gorgeous galaxy page. Well, since I have been secretly drooling over everyone else’s similar pages, I knew I had to try this method.

Bible Journal Entry using Distress Inks
My Version of God’s Creation using Distress Ink.

Now, this was my first time using Distress Inks and I have to say, I think this will be my new go-to color applicator. The whole process was fun! It did take me a minute to get used to the blending tool that I used and to just get myself familiar with how the inks work on different paper, in addition to the blending.

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Take a Look at my Bible Flip Through Video for Fresh Ideas in Your Own Bible Journaling!

Hello everyone! I’ve prepared a Bible “flip-through” so you can see some different mediums you can use while journaling your faith in your Bible! I enjoy watching all kinds of flip through videos of others Bible journaling adventures and hope you enjoy this one as well!! Here is a highlight of a few of my favorite entries from the video.

My Permission Pages - www.fortytwoandtwo.com
My Permission Pages
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Permission Pages Allow You to Make Mistakes in Your Bible Journaling Journey

Permission Pages for Bible Journaling - Thinking Closet
Permission Pages from thinkingcloset.com

My sweet, sweet husband bought me my first journaling Bible in February of 2017. I was so excited to start!! I had one rule, ONE rule!! No covering words in the Bible. My very first entry, guess what?? Yep, I covered words in my Bible! I was so upset that I was on the brink of deciding this journaling stuff wasn’t for me when I came across a blog by Lauren at thinkingcloset.com.

My Permission Pages - www.fortytwoandtwo.com
My Permission Page helps me accept not-so-perfect pages.

Permission Pages! How genius! She created permission pages for just that reason that I wanted to quit. Because she knows words will get covered, pages will get wrinkled and crinkled, pages my bleed through or stick together. Stuff will happen that you didn’t quite intend to happen when working with paints, and stickers, and washi tape.

Isn’t that a lot like life? Things happen that you didn’t plan, things get messy and go the wrong way. You messed up —again –when you were sure that THIS TIME you had it all together. Messes happen in Bible journaling and in life. Thankfully, we serve a Lord that understands messy. He gets it!! He doesn’t expect us to be perfect, so why do we expect perfection out of ourselves? He loves us mess and all. In life and in Bible journaling.

Please don’t beat yourself up over a page that didn’t turn out right or the dinner that you burnt!! Be sure to check out the Thinking Closet and take a look at how she came up with this fabulous idea. You can find her page here.

Blessing until next time!


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Surviving the Terrible Twos!!

Mommy and Cameron (forty-two and two)!

This is Cameron. He is the “two” of “forty two and two”. He is the cutest, most fun-loving little boy ever, but he has a dark side. It’s a condition called the temper-tantrums of the terrible twos. This condition has brought this mama to tears, and had me considering jumping in my car and driving forever!

Now, I know this is a temporary condition and this stage shall pass, but how do I keep my cool in the meantime? There has been days that I have felt like a complete failure as his mom because it seems I can’t control these outbursts. They sneak up out of nowhere and usually in full public view. I have suggested to my husband that we just stay indoors until he is 18, but my husband enjoys the outdoors.

The bright side to his dark side is that I run to my Bible often and pray fervently for strength and patience. God will get me through this time, with reminders that I will miss these days, and that Cameron is the most precious gift I could have received from God.

God will also give me moments of little chubby hands grabbing mine and telling me to “c’mon mommy”. He will allow me to feel little boy kisses and hugs. He will open my ears to hear my son tell me how pretty I am and that he loves me. He will keep my heart from exploding when my boy tells me “no go to work, sit down, mommy!”

Yes, God will get me through this time and give me the strength I need for another day.

Are you a mom experiencing the “terrible twos” (or threes or fours or fives)? Then please leave me a comment with your go-to tips on keeping your sanity! I could use all the encouragement that I could get right now!!



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