I went into the Gap yesterday to return a pair of jeans I had ordered online and they were having a really good sale so I looked around and found some jeans to try on. They were on clearance for $34.97 and an additional 60% off. I thought that was a pretty good deal and was expecting to pay around $14. I selected a pair of jeans and when the cashier scanned them, they rang up at $0.01. I was really surprised and the cashier checked with another employee and said yes they were in fact $0.01. The cashier suggested I see if there was another pair of the same style in my size since they were only a penny, so I bought two pair of jeans for 2 cents.
This is the lowest price I have ever paid for a pair of jeans by far. It was totally random that I found this amazing deal, but when I was in the Gap yesterday, the entire store was an additional 40% off and women's clearance was an additional 60% off.
Since Christmas is almost upon us, I am reposting my old trusty recipe for Sugar Cookies with a few updates.
This recipe makes crispy cookies which are our favorite.
I like to frost some cookies with buttercream and some with a vanilla glaze.
I love snowflake cookies. I bought a new set of 4 different sizes of snowflake cookie cutters last year on clearance after Christmas. Snowflake cookies are perfect for Frozen themed parties too.
Christmas trees are fun too. I use a basket weave tip and pipe buttercream to make this pretty design, then top with a yellow star using a star tip. You can whip up a bunch of these really quickly.
To make this simple star, I use a star tip and pull the icing across the cookie giving it a slight twist as I go.
I love the look of swirled glazed cookies.
First pipe a border of buttercream to hold the glaze in place.
Then using a spoon delicately drop and spread a base color of glaze on the cookie spreading it to the buttercream border. Then drizzle on a second color and pull through it with a toothpick to create a unique swirl design. This is a fun activity to do with older kids. My students always enjoyed making these. When these are done, you need to let the glazed cookies set for at least a couple of hours before serving.
Create a lovely tiered cookie display by placing a cake plate on top of a coordinating platter.
½ cup butter (1 stick) ¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup sugar 2 cups flour
1 Egg, large 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk ¼ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
In electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Beat in egg, then milk. Add vanilla. Blend salt and nutmeg into flour. Mix flour into dough. Knead on pastry cloth then put in Ziploc bag and refrigerate for about an hour or overnight if you want to bake later.
Roll out dough onto lightly floured surface and press with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Make frosting below. Frost cookies with butter-cream frosting or vanilla glaze.
1/2 cup butter (1 stick real butter not margarine)
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
In electric mixer, cream butter, shortening and vanilla. Add sifted powdered sugar and milk. Continue to mix at high speed until icing is blended. Tint with icing color if desired.
2 Tbsp. milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir together in a bowl. Tint with icing color or food coloring if desired.
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I am really excited to share this new childrens book with you. One of my best friends is friends with the author, Kelly Suellentrop.
Kelly wrote and illustrated this clever and whimsical book which shows how our imagination enables us to see a whole new world full of adventure and of course... a little Mayhem.
As Lulu and Milo go about their mundane, normal, weekly routine of chores, homework, and eating vegetables, their minds will occasionally wander and they anticipate the fun adventures that await when the weekend arrives, and with it, Absolute Mayhem.
My boys and I really enjoy reading this story. They love when Lulu and Milo start imagining and the colorful tentacles of Mayhem start to enter the black and white weekday scenes. The colorful scenes in which the characters' imaginations are running wild are so vivid. Our favorite scene involves some playful monkeys' silly shenanigans, as they roast marshmallows and scavenge outside of Lulu and Milo's tent. My five year old laughs out loud and points and tells me all of the things he sees in this scene.
Let the Mayhem begin. You can order your very own copy on Amazon or Kelly Suellentrop. These would make great Christmas gifts!
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Since I have three boys, I thought I would share my thoughts on the best gifts for boys. Our boys ages range from 3 to 7 years old so this is where I will focus. I will share our most played with toys over the years and any additional thoughts I have. We really try to limit screen time in our day to day life, so I won't be sharing any videos or movies. I'm also not a huge fan of toys with lots of bells and whistles. Simple is good. I want toys that inspire imaginative play.
Also, gift giving does not have to be expensive. I have purchased lots of gifts over the years (especially for kids) at thrift stores, garage sales and consignment stores. I have even made a few homemade gifts too. I also keep my eye out for clearance deals and buy gifts all year long and store them away for Christmas and birthdays. These are some of our favorites.
Magna Tiles are by far the most played with toy in our house. We have had them for years and the boys still play with them. They are an investment, but one of the few toys that are worth their expensive price tag. My parents bought the boys a large set years ago for Christmas and they still play with them every day. If you can find them used, buy them. I found a bin of magna tiles at a yard sale for $1 and added to the collection. I have never seen them at a yard sale, thrift store, or consignment store since. I don't have much experience with Magformers (similar to Magna Tiles), but my nieces and nephews love them. They are pricey too, but a toy that will last and entertain for years to come.
A classic choice is Lego. Lego is always a favorite toy. You can sometimes find used lego at Kids consignment shops for a fraction of the price new. Lego are usually pricey new, but look for sales and clearance. I have seen nice sets for half price (which is still expensive, but a nice gift). The younger kids love Duplo. Our boys, especially our 3 year old still play with our bin of Duplo which were mostly purchased at a church yard sale.
If you have boys, you probably have some dinosaurs, but they are always great gifts, especially for 3 to 5 year olds. As you can see they make great dinosaur prints in play-dough too. Dinosaur books are also an excellent choice.
We received our first Switch & Go Dino from a review I wrote a year ago, and it is still a well loved toy. We actually bought a second one at a kids consignment shop for Christmas last year. One turns into a plane and the other turns into race car.
Transforming toys are much sought after in our house. The boys put Transformers on every birthday and Christmas wish list. They have several transformers who are consistently involved in elaborate battles with dinosaurs usually centered around this large castle.
One of the boys received this castle for his birthday a few years ago from some very generous friends. It is a large footprint, but a much used and entertaining toy. If you have the space, this is great backdrop for all kinds of imaginative play. I think it's made by Fisher Price.
This is more for the younger kids, but trains have been a big part of our lives for years. We have quite a collection of wooden trains and tracks. We have a mix of several different brands and they all seem compatible with each other. (I just realized the train in the picture is not a wooden one, there are great plastic trains too.) Wooden trains can get expensive, but if you check kids consignment stores they often have nice sets for a fraction of the price. We have a lot of wooden trains and tracks, but it is from years of birthday parties and thrift store finds. If you have the space for it, a train table is a good investment. Some friends gave us ours when they were done with it and it has been used for all kinds of play. Train tables are common in kids consignment shops too.
Art supplies are always welcome in our house. I love consumable gifts because we all have too much stuff. Other great ideas are magazine subscriptions and fun activities. My son received golf camp for his birthday one summer from Grandma. It was a great experience for him. There are a lot of great magazines for kids. We have received National Geographic Little Kids, Ranger Rick Jr., and Highlights. Another idea is Origami. Our oldest is really into Origami right now. The boys learned it at Kung Fu camp last summer and make origami at least once a week. I found a box of origami books and paper at a thrift store this fall and they have really used it.
If you are handy or crafty, homemade gifts are great too. When the boys were younger, they loved to play with geo boards at preschool. The older boys have sort of outgrown this, but it is great for younger kids. My husband made the boys a homemade geo board from supplies he already had in the garage.
My oldest got Travel Tangoes in his Christmas stocking a couple of years ago and he still carries it with him on trips. He loves this game. I need to find another one for my 5 year old's backpack.
Games are always great choices. As our boys get older, they are really getting into games. My husband is a huge board gamer too so he really encourages them by playing with them when he has free time. The two older boys are really into Tally Ho right now. They played for hours last weekend.
Other great games the boys love include Mastermind Jr., Labyrinth Jr., Zingo, and Whac-A-Mole. There are so many great kids games that I can't list them all, but games are always a fun choice. I almost forgot, I am getting the boys Robot Turtles for Christmas this year. I have heard great things about this game from friends. It was a kickstarter game and is now available for purchase. I heard you can get it at Dr. G's Brainworks (a great kids game store). My husband just reminded me of another favorite game, King of Tokyo. He taught the boys to play and they love it. They played a lot of King of Tokyo over Thanksgiving break.
One more thing I have to add. Our 5 and 7 year old boys are really into Pokemon. They could spend hours looking at Pokemon cards and books. They have several friends who are also into Pokemon so it must be a popular thing in this age group.
What are your favorite gifts for boys? Feel free to share.
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I made my favorite Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread for a Mom's group meeting last week only I didn't put it in a loaf pan. I wanted it to look Christmasy and festive so I put in it a pie pan to look like a wreath and made a bow out of dough for the top of the wreath.
This may look complicated, but it's not. I make the dough in the bread machine. See step by step directions here.
When the dough is prepared for a wreath, cut a strip of dough from the center to make a bow, then cut each remaining half in half again to get 4 long strips of dough. Cut the strips again following the instructions in this post. Then you put the layers of dough in a circular fashion in a pie pan instead of a loaf pan.
Sugary, cinnamon goodness. How can you resist?
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There are several deals to choose from including these Totes by Isotoner gloves.
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So obviously keeping up with weekly or even monthly goals is not going to work for me. My last goals post was at the end of September. I'll just write out my goals and whenever I get them done is good enough.
Previous goals and Results
1. U̶n̶p̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶s̶u̶i̶t̶c̶a̶s̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶g̶a̶i̶n̶.̶ ̶ ̶A̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶r̶i̶p̶ ̶e̶q̶u̶a̶l̶s̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶i̶t̶c̶a̶s̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶u̶n̶p̶a̶c̶k̶i̶n̶g̶.̶ This was completed.
2. M̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶m̶e̶n̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶p̶i̶l̶e̶s̶.̶ ̶ ̶S̶t̶a̶r̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶m̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶d̶ ̶m̶e̶n̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶p̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶r̶a̶r̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶t̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶m̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶.̶
I actually mended 3 or 4 things. Yeah!
3. S̶t̶a̶y̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶o̶p̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶n̶o̶r̶m̶a̶l̶ ̶h̶o̶u̶s̶e̶h̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶c̶h̶o̶r̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶c̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶,̶ ̶c̶l̶e̶a̶n̶i̶n̶g̶,̶ ̶l̶a̶u̶n̶d̶r̶y̶ ̶e̶t̶c̶.̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶d̶y̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶.̶ ̶ ̶ Done.
4. B̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶s̶a̶l̶e̶.̶ I made cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and bread.
5. P̶r̶e̶p̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶m̶a̶d̶e̶ ̶a̶h̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶.̶ ̶ ̶
Done. Birthday party was awesome. I was so busy at the party that I forgot to take pictures of the buffet.
1. C̶o̶n̶t̶i̶n̶u̶e̶ ̶R̶e̶a̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶J̶e̶s̶u̶s̶ ̶C̶a̶l̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶C̶h̶i̶l̶d̶r̶e̶n̶'̶s̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶k̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶o̶y̶s̶.̶ We read this frequently and record our reading time in their WOG (Word of God) logs for Family Formation.
2. M̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶p̶e̶a̶n̶u̶t̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶-̶d̶o̶u̶g̶h̶.̶ ̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ ̶b̶o̶y̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶c̶i̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶r̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶.̶ They loved it. We actually made it twice because they asked me to make it again.
3. F̶o̶l̶l̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶o̶y̶s̶ ̶e̶a̶c̶h̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶p̶l̶e̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶c̶h̶o̶r̶e̶s̶.̶ I can't say that we are perfect here, but when we aren't traveling, we do a pretty good job.
4. C̶o̶n̶t̶i̶n̶u̶e̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶n̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ ̶c̶r̶a̶f̶t̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶n̶ ̶A̶r̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶N̶a̶t̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶c̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶p̶l̶i̶e̶s̶.̶ ̶ ̶A̶c̶t̶u̶a̶l̶l̶y̶,̶ ̶h̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶.̶ ̶ ̶I̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶.̶ Done. And we had an awesome Art in Nature birthday party. I still need to write a post about the party and will show you pictures then.
5. F̶i̶n̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶m̶a̶i̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶s̶o̶n̶'̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶n̶k̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶.̶ ̶ ̶(̶S̶t̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶m̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶b̶e̶f̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶t̶h̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶.̶)̶ Done, but now we have to finish thank you notes from my second son's birthday party.
1. P̶u̶b̶l̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶a̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶r̶e̶v̶i̶e̶w̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶t̶.̶ Done. Finished my Abe's Market post.
2. F̶i̶n̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶t̶s̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶q̶u̶e̶.̶ Done. Finished several posts since my last goals post including one that has been in my que for 2 1/2 years, Swiss Sauce Cauliflower.
3. W̶o̶r̶k̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶p̶h̶o̶t̶o̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶h̶o̶t̶o̶ ̶e̶d̶i̶t̶i̶n̶g̶.̶ Always doing this, so yes done.
4. P̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶t̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶g̶r̶o̶u̶p̶ ̶p̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶b̶o̶a̶r̶d̶s̶.̶ Done. I learned this tip from Money Saving Mom who is a hugely successful blogger. Pinning on group boards brings a lot of exposure to your pins and ultimately your posts.
1. E̶x̶e̶r̶c̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶.̶ ̶ ̶ ̶U̶s̶u̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶k̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶s̶.̶ ̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶p̶i̶l̶a̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶i̶b̶r̶a̶r̶y̶ ̶I̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶.̶ ̶ ̶(̶R̶e̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶e̶a̶s̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶s̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶I̶ ̶d̶i̶d̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶.̶)̶ Done.
2. Get 7 or more hours of sleep a night. Not done. Must make this a priority.
3. R̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶J̶e̶s̶u̶s̶ ̶C̶a̶l̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶e̶v̶o̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶5̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶s̶.̶ Done. Perpetual adoration once a month helps me stay focused in prayer and devotion.
4. R̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶p̶t̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶ ̶P̶o̶w̶e̶r̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶a̶ ̶P̶r̶a̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶W̶i̶f̶e̶.̶ Done.
5. W̶o̶r̶k̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶e̶a̶r̶l̶i̶e̶r̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶s̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶s̶.̶ ̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶r̶u̶s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶ ̶a̶m̶ ̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶p̶a̶t̶i̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶k̶i̶d̶s̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶r̶u̶s̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶o̶r̶.̶ ̶ ̶ I feel like I am doing so much better here. More peaceful and productive mornings:)
1. Unpack suitcases again. Just returned from Thanksgiving travels. Two suitcases unpacked. Three to go.
2. Decorate for Christmas and put up a Christmas tree.
3. Bake sugar cookies for the live nativity on Sunday at Holy Cross.
4. Keep up with regular cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.
5. Clear my dresser of clutter and work on keeping it clear.
6. Weed out more stuff and clutter before Christmas (and new stuff) arrives. I have been taking things we don't need anymore to our local consignment stores and Goodwill. Read my guest post at Money Saving Mom about shopping for kids clothes at Consignment and thrift stores. Also, a good way to recycle your stuff you don't need anymore into stuff you do need. Our local kids consignment store always has great books and toys too.
7. Work on Christmas lists for family who have asked.
8. Organize and start wrapping Christmas presents so I'm not feeling rushed at the last minute and can enjoy my family and celebrating Jesus's birth.
1. Sew patches on cub scout shirt.
2. Do advent lessons with boys (from Family Formation packet).
3. Continue reading Jesus Calling children's book.
4. Finish mailing thank you notes from middle son's birthday party.
5. Make homemade goop for boys. Occupational therapist uses it with one of the boys to increase hand strength and he is begging me to make some for home.
6. Continue to follow through with the boys and their chore charts.
1. Continue to work through the busy time leading up to Christmas and finish more posts from the que.
2. Complete two review posts (one with a giveaway).
3. Keep linking up posts on linkys on other sites, at least twice a week.
1. Make exercise more of a priority. Exercise 5 times before my next goals post. I actually keep a chart on my laptop so I know how much (or little) I am exercising.
2. Seriously try to get 7 hours of sleep a night.
3. Keep reading and reflecting with my Mom Essentials Bible study. I am loving this book and my amazing Mom's group friends who are doing the Bible study with me.
4. Continue reading my Jesus Calling devotional.