Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Kite and the Boy by Aaron Duffy

The Kite and the Boy is a sweet story about a boy who spends all of this money to buy a kite.  The kite is overjoyed that someone has finally bought it.  The boy loves the kite and flies it every day.

One day the kite sees all the birds in the air and wishes it could just fly with the birds.  The kite gets a strong wind, breaking the string, and it's off with the birds.  It doesn't take long for the kite to realize that's not what it wanted and it wanted to be back with the boy.

The boy doesn't give up looking for his kite.  He finds it, tattered and torn.  He saves his kite, repairs it, and loves it just as before.

The story is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son-- with the value of forgiveness and the beauty of redemption.   Although based on the Prodigal Son, there is no mention of the actual Bible story in the book.

My grandchildren have enjoyed having me read The Kite and the Boy to them, and even the older grandchildren enjoyed reading it.  When my husband read it, he immediately said that we needed to show it to our pastor to see if she would like to use it in one of her children's sermons.  He told her all about the book, so I did take it to her.  She loved the story and the idea to use it in a future children's sermon when the Gospel lesson is on the Prodigal Son.  She kept my book!

A great book with a great moral to keep on your bookshelf to read again and again.
Nice illustrations to go along with the story although they are in black and white.  We did find ourselves wishing the author would have chosen to at least make the kite the red inside the book that you see on the cover.  Minor thing.

About the Author: Aaron Duffy is the father of two energetic, independent and curious young boys. He has learned a great deal about forgiving and being forgiven. He is a passionate writer who seeks to introduce children to fundamental truths through relatable stories. Aaron lives in the beautiful mountainous region of central Appalachia.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday --Circles

You may have noticed that I didn't do a WIP Wednesday post this last week.  That was because I did NO sewing.  I really do not like it when I just find no time to sew!

This past week hasn't been much better but at least I did get a little bit done.
I found a couple of times to get out my "penny" circles and work on more of them.  I'm itching to get the wool blanket out and start getting them sewn on, but I MUST work diligently on the yo-yo projects.

I also managed a day to finish cutting my last 4 10 inch squares for the microwave hotpads and have the next step done on those sets.

So many projects and so little time.  I wish I could figure out a way to change that.

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

US Halloween Sale

Now that Halloween is almost here, Swagbucks has increased cash back at a big group of their Halloween-related stores, so you can earn cash back while getting costumes, decorations, and more for the end of the month. Just click here to see the deals, and sign up for Swagbucks (if you haven't already) to start earning cash back in the form of SB points, which you can exchange for gift cards or PayPal cash. 

****The sale is going through October 31st, and if you sign up through me, you'll get a 1000 SB rebate ($10) after your first shopping purchase through Swagbucks!****

Monday, October 9, 2017

Get more free gift cards during October Swago with Spin & Win

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

I can't wait to start playing and earning those spins!!
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