Passion – Whole Heart

WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Featuring Passion Artists: Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder.

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*Passion – Whole Heart

Released: March 23, 2018
Label: sixstepsrecords
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Norm’s Review – Whole Heart was recorded live in Atlanta and Washington DC during the Passion 2018 conference in January. This year was also the first year Passion released an “online experience.” Here’s a review of each song of the album:

Whole Heart: A good energetic opening song.
Almighty God: Variety of dynamics and instrumentation (adoration song).
God Is So Good: Adds additional verses and bridge to the simple familiar chorus.
Reckless Love: Melodie Malone does a strong cover of Bethel’s Parable of the Lost Sheep song.
Heaven: A cry for heaven and the Kingdom to come.
More Like Jesus: A good song for offering up our lives.
Hallelujah, Our God Reigns: An exaltative and dynamic song.
Ghost: A song that builds.
Ever Almighty: Declaration that He is almighty to save.
Great Are You Lord: Matt Redman covering a top All Sons & Daughters song.
All My Hope: Crowder’s current top single sung with Tauren Wells (former lead singer of Royal Tailor).

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Whole Heart. Giveaway ends Monday, February 27. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon

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PB&J Burrito

We usually modify recipes to our own likes, dietary tolerances, cooking skills 😉 , and budget. This is the ORIGINAL RECIPE I followed.

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I made some notes at the top portion, but the full list of ingredients and instructions is at the bottom. We’re not food bloggers and I don’t always remember to take pics (you know, because the stove is on and things may burn while I’m taking the pics…not that I would know anything about that), but we thought it might be helpful to others out there who are cooking newbies or don’t love cooking (LIKE ME!) if we share some simple recipes we have tried and like that aren’t super difficult to make or with lots of unfamiliar ingredients. Seriously, if I can do it, you will most likely be able to as well. Note: The only dietary limitations we have are no cashews and limited/no shellfish for the kiddos, but if anyone wants us to try any GF, DF, SF, __F recipes, let us know.

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The Ingredients

Peanut butter + Jelly + Banana + Tortilla

The Process

First, you spread on the peanut butter on the tortilla. Then you put on the jelly.

Next, you peel the banana and put it on the tortilla.

Then you roll it up with the banana inside.

The Result

Cut it with a good knife and then voila! A yummy meal to delight!

Our Thoughts

  • Big Sis -Loved it!!!! I mean (The PB&J love) but I agree w/ my sister. (Below)
  • Little Sis – I like it, but if you put too much jelly then the banana will fall out.

Recipe + Next Time…

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-inch) soft flour tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or an equivalent substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons preserves or your favorite jelly or jam
  • 1 banana

Instructions:

  • Spread tortilla with peanut butter and preserves.
  • Place banana near the edge of tortilla and roll up toward the other end of the tortilla.
  • Cut in half and serve.
  • Enjoy!

Bolded instructions can be done by younger chefs!

What are you and your kiddos’ favorite recipes to make or foods to eat? Do you like sweets, savory treats, exotic flavors? Do tell!

Here’s the Plan to Eat link if you use that for your meal planning. If not, here’s our referral link if you want to try it out for free for 30 days –> plantoeat.com/ref/moyfam

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A Mid-Month Update [February 2018]

Hello February!

I see a fresh start every day because #momlife #wifelife is crazytown some days, but it is nice to “physically” turn the page to a new start. If January didn’t go accordingly, here’s to a new month. Let’s do this! 👊🏼 – Joyce

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We kicked off the month with an early birthday celebration for the new 11-year-old. And it was a fun surprise addition to our day to receive a text that her long-time dearest friend who moved away was back in town for a few hours. Melody requested a “breakfast” celebration so bagels were picked up, quiches were brought, Chinese buns (“baos”) were made, and a breakfast casserole was attempted (because it’s always a good idea to try to make something new and different before your guests arrive…luckily, a certain 8-year-old makes the best sous chef).

A great reminder for days we celebrate the birth of our children. Not just grace because we may have overindulged on goodies 🍩 and not in a disappointed-over-our-imperfections kinda way but grace because we are all a work-in-progress people/parents who have been given grace so we are able to offer it to others. ❤ 

Thanks, Barnes & Noble for the free birthday treat – Triple Chunk Chocolate Chip Cookie! We don’t typically take advantage of all the free birthday deals but this birthday girl is so sweet and never asks for much. She is always thinking of others and even split the cookie with her little sis.

Rhythm of Rest and Work

While we still don’t feel fully “recovered” from our sickness at the end of last year (still so many sick people out and about!), we are trying to find our rhythm of rest and work again. Norm is getting into a groove at his new work and so we made our first CC family presentation without him. The girls had Scantron testing. I’m probably the most un-“Tiger Mom” I know but I am proud of how well they did on their tests.

Last year we flew across the country and visited Washington DC. We walked and walked and walked in the 90-degree heat at the National Mall and toured the Library of Congress and whispered in the Supreme Court and more, but there was one building we didn’t quite get near…lots of security and something about an Easter Egg Roll. 😛 Over the winter break, Norm and Emily worked together on this 3D puzzle. It was our first 3D puzzle…well, theirs…it was slightly overwhelming to this HSP. Good teamwork, team!!

For the past 18-ish months we have been so blessed and humbled to be a part of a group of wonderful, beautiful people doing life-on-life discipleship. We have shared, discussed, learned, taught, ate and ate some more :p (maybe next round, it’ll be “ate and exercised”?), prayed, been prayed over, laughed, cried, celebrated, grieved… It was wonderful to gather with others in different groups earlier this week. Now we are praying over the next season…

Local Adventures

We haven’t visited this local gem in a while so the kiddos brought the grandparents for a mini-adventure. Apparently, a large wedding party was also at the Japanese Garden there for a mini-adventure. :p If you are local, make sure to check this place out. I think it is intended to be a quiet, reflective place, so be mindful of who you bring along for the adventure.

Goal Get ‘Em!

Some updates on goals…

We are still at it with cooking more and trying new recipes. Some are hits and others are misses and still, others cause allergic reactions, oh my!

Reading continues to happen. We shared about some of our favorite reads during our family presentation and it sparked many conversations with friends about reading and books. Another post for another day. 😉 Here is a look at What I’m Reading in March if you want to grab your books now and join me. The girls usually pick up stacks of 20-40 books each week at the library so I can’t list those but they are ready and willing to give recs if you want some.

Our piles are growing! No, I didn’t all of a sudden become anti-clutter-free. Read more about what Melody is up to for her birthday month and see how you can be involved in the Care Packages Packing Fun!

Etc.

In other random news…

The girls love their baby cousin!

Norm and I watched *Beauty and the Beast for a home date (remember the aforementioned slow-recovery process). I don’t think our girls would like how “dark” this one is, but the small changes from the Disney version added more connection to the characters in the story. I guess Gaston played his part well because I didn’t like him at all. :p But that library in the movie…swoon! ❤ :p hahah! The costumes and sets were also fabulous and detailed.

Norm and Emily had watched and enjoyed *Zootopia at one of the church movie events. I didn’t really know the storyline, but I watched the last half and was surprised by how much I liked this movie! There were some parts I didn’t care for, but mostly I laughed a lot and there are some really good discussions to be had if you are one to talk with your kiddos about messages and relationships between characters in movies.

As long as you “follow me,” you’ll have to hear about *this book. It is a game-changer and I am so glad I happened upon Kat’s old blog before Inspired to Action when I was a mama of little littles. It’s pretty much available everywhere books are sold, but we happened to be at B&N for a certain girl’s free birthday treat. Make sure to grab your copy…and one for a friend. They’ll appreciate it. Great tips even if you’re just looking to work on Plan Time and Move Time!

Read more about how I sometimes get free books
>>> facebook.com/moychronicles/posts/1346369572174355?pnref=story

The girls really liked *Annison’s Risk.

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What have you been up to so far this February?

You Are Special

I heard this story for the first time this morning. Apparently, the girls have already had this read to them before. :p It’s a very, very sweet story illustrating how we truly are special and it does need to depend on the things we do/accomplish or don’t do/accomplish. God created us. We are His masterpiece. He loves us. Just because.
– Joyce

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*You Are Special

Released: June 30, 1997
Author: Max Lucado
Illustrator: Sergio Martinez
Publisher: Crossway
Page Count: 32
Ages: Preschool+

 

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That Grand Easter Day!

Easter 2017 was definitely an Easter to remember because we spent it in Washington, D.C. We got dressed (I had a very pretty dress) and we did an Easter egg hunt at the church we visited. It was really hot outside and that wasn’t the usual for us in April either. We also dyed Easter eggs and ate good Easter lunch and dinner with cousins.

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*That Grand Easter Day!

Released: February 6, 2018
Author: Jill Roman Lord
Illustrator: Alessia Trunfio
Publisher: Ideals Children’s Books
Page Count: 32
Ages: Preschool+

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What is it about: This book is about the first Easter, which was not about Easter egg rolls or chocolate candy.
Like: I like the bunny and how the ladies’ eyes seem to show all the emotions they were feeling.
Dislike: I didn’t especially like how it ended because I think there could be a bridge between “before he arose on that grand Easter day” and “Christ Jesus arose on that grand Easter day!” But I like the point that it is making.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to ages 2-6.

A NOTE FROM MELODY’S MOM

I’m not sure I have much to add to what Melody already shared above. She is right in saying that you can tell from the illustrations of the characters the feelings of the moment. This is a lovely Easter book for young children to read the story of what happened so many years ago of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of *That Grand Easter Day! Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 20. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Amazon | Barnes + Noble | Christianbook.com

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Monthly Recap [January 2018]

Goodbye, January!

January seemed to be one of those months that went by quickly but was at the same time also really loooong. ICYMI, here’s what happened the first half of January: A Mid-Month Update. Also, the above pic? Norm’s desk at his new job. You can ask us about it when you see us. 🙂

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Getting Back to a Routine

We are all about the theme days around town, so we had pajama day, wacky hair day, community heroes day, and superhero day. We added to our stash of First Responders Thank You cards for community heroes day. We are thanking our garbage men and teachers/librarians. We also hope to add ones for nurses. Anything else you can think of?

Moms were invited to Awana this month, and while I sat out on the games (no one wants to see my coughing fit), it was fun to watch the no-mercy moms take first place during gym time. It was also great to meet with our Education Specialist to kick off our 2nd semester of school. It’s great to be mostly caught up with schoolwork even though we had many sick days. And…of course, a new season of community choir started up.

Field Trippin’

No field trips this second half of the month, but we blogged about our individual dates with Norm to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. That’s right, he took each of us out. Thank goodness for company passes and field trips, otherwise, these trips would probably cost hundreds! We each wrote about our dates and which exhibit was our favorite >>> moychronicles.com/2018/01/27/exploratorium.

Goal Get ‘Em!

I’m just about done with setting those 2018 goals. We did come up with quick, general goals during our NYE party but SMARTER ones are better. ;p Food/meal prep is still on the list so below is a look at some meals we made the past few weeks. We haven’t finished blogging about them, but you can check out the One Pot Spaghetti here –> moychronicles.com/2018/01/25/one-pot-spaghetti. Sidenote: Thanks to *Plan to Eat and the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle (this is no longer available but the *Gut Health Super Bundle is available until 3/31/18), we are working our way to better meal planning, and eventually, healthier meal planning!

The girls are looking forward to sharing some of the new series they have discovered from the library and their Christmas gifts! For now, I have an updated book list for the year >>> joycemoy.com/booklist2018 and these are the books I’m reading in February >>> joycemoy.com/february18-book-list.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: This giveaway ends on Saturday, so make sure to enter for your chance to win. It’s as simple as commenting on our blog. >>> moychronicles.com/2018/01/26/veggie-bedtime.

As recovery from sickness has been super slow, I am taking things down a notch with the decluttering. I did go through quite of bit of school stuff since we already have next school year on our brains, but I put aside the Declutter 365 challenge with Home Storage Solutions for now and will go on through the tasks as we have time…and health. I’m proud to say the area below is all cleared and stuff has been decluttered from the closet next to it.

We’ve never been good about following the exact Simple 7 challenge plans, but we love our green smoothies! >>> moychronicles.com/2018/01/19/sgs3.

Etc.

Little nephew is doing well in the world. The girls are enamored with this little guy and are keeping a “Count-Up” to his first birthday! :p

We really enjoyed the movie Hidden Figures. Someone online asked about it and here was my reply with some added clarification:

I would say it is family-friendly compared to even some animated movies that I’ve seen with slight inappropriate jokes that are meant for adults in the audience. There is a scary “fireball” scene. As always, it depends on the kid, as some images and scenes stay with some teens and adults but there are preschoolers who watch something scary and not care about it afterward. There may or may not be a possible discussion of relationships as one of the characters who is widowed with 3 kiddos remarry. There is some language, but probably not more than they would hear if we sat long enough in a public place…quite a few “d” words. We don’t ever use that kind of language (no worries if you do, we’ll still be your friend), but I didn’t even realize how many there were until we watched it with them. But again, we also don’t censor much in media or our conversations about most topics if it comes up. Some discussion points: segregation, gender gap, education, science/discovery, historical events, friendships…

We wrapped up our first HelloMornings 30-Day Challenge of the year and I am thankful for this community. I am leading a 6-week HelloMornings accountability group for the first time in years. If you’re local, I’m looking for 5-7 women to join me. I ordered copies of the study already, so you can buy one from me at a discounted price when they arrive. If you’re not local to me, group reg will open next week and you can get your copy on *Amazon or a PDF from the HM Shop.

And…it’s been more than 4 weeks since the start of the 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life coaching group with Crystal Paine, but I’m slowly getting through it. I’m not sure if/when registration will open up again, but I highly recommend her other courses *Make Over Your Mornings and *Make Over Your Year.

How was your January? Any lowlights or highlights? What are you looking forward to in February?

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Exploratorium

Each of us went to the Exploratorium last year on a date with Norm/Daddy.  Here’s the story of our mini-adventure in San Francisco!

Captions by: Melody, Emily, Joyce 
Photos by: Dad Norm + Mom Joyce
More info here –> exploratorium.edu

 

Emily’s Visit

I liked the first part of my visit. I liked the spinny thingy at the front.

Vibration! So much science!

Love the sand art! Sand that spins while you do art!

Me gathering up the mist!

Get a marker and choose a spin! (Like a HUGE Spirograph!)

Smoke tornado next to the marker art!

Bubble solution thingy! Make it as tall as you can!

Mirrors all around!

Different colored lights!

Joyce’s Visit

For our anniversary, we took BART out to San Francisco for a day date. We had lunch at eatsa, which we may blog about another time. Yummy! And then we headed to the Exploratorium. I have only been to the old location as a kid for a field trip and one other time when Melody was little. I’ve also been in the lobby and store of this “new” one but it was my first time visiting. It is a lot bigger and newer (of course), so if you go, make sure to allow time, especially if you go through the school year during school field trip hours. There are so many fun and educational exhibits to explore. Afterwards, we headed for an early dinner at Roy’s Restaurant to avoid the crowds coming from work and/or tourists. We’ll blog about this too. Yummy again! 🙂

Melody’s Visit

We traveled there by BART for a field trip with our homeschool group, and then we waited awhile for everyone. But it turned out they were on the other side of the building! So we went inside to go into the building.

This first picture is me with a tornado.

I liked this next one below. First, you drag the material up with your magnet, then you release and it makes a HUGE cloud (only if you hold for a few seconds).

So this next one below is me with a soap film painting. First, you drop the bar down, gather soap, then bring it up as far as possible without it popping. You have to get a lot of soap to make a bubble. Then I blew on it to make it like a bubble ripple.

This is me and my dad with a circle of electrical lights.

This is me with a tree stump – I actually counted the rings. The tree was about 160 years old, but I might have counted wrong.

This is me with a water tornado. This is one of my favorites because you can control the amount of water you put in.

This is a mist-area thingy. So you basically wave your hands around to gather a lot of mist. I couldn’t do it that well because there was a lot of people, but my dad could do it really well.

This is a tracker to show where different transportation methods have been in the last couple of months, days, hours, etc. You can move it back and forth to find out!

This is my favorite picture when we were sitting in the quiet bay observatory.

Thanks for a great time, Exploratorium!

Emily’s fave: The sand art!

Melody’s fave: The quiet bay observatory. I liked it there, it was much more peaceful.

Joyce’s fave: Hard to choose but I liked the area with the parts of the typewriter

Norm’s fave: Shadow Box

Some Notes + Tips from Mom Joyce:

  • Definitely check if your library has a pass for the Exploratorium to save a bit of money as you will probably spend some getting there and for a meal as well. Our library has Discover and Go.
  • Avoid the school field trip crowds by going a bit later.

Have you been on a local mini-adventure lately? Where did you go?