Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 16, 2014

And The Winner Is….

The contest for Tidbits For Help Meet’s Heart eBook has ended!  A great big thank you to all the new Facebook followers and Twitter followers.

I hope you enjoyed the review and I know you will enjoy the book.  I plan on reading it again and again whenever I need encouragement.


The winner of the contest is:

Debra H.

You have until Friday to contact me with the address so I can have your eBook sent over to you.

Thank you again for entering and reading along with Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 4, 2014

Thankfully Yours!

This week began rather rough in the Water’s household.  It seems that the pollen was at an abnormally high level here in the Sunshine State.  Which in turn causes runny  noses, itchy eyes and bad attitudes, or so it seems.  With three little girls suffering from pollen overload throw into the mix seven four legged Pomeranian puppies and you’ve got yourself a mess.

This mama did what she always does or at least it is my prayer to always do, to be completely honest.  We used the rough start to our week and our griping and complaining as a life lesson.  I shared with my three little girls and seven little pooches that there is always something to be grateful for.  Simple or complex.  For each breath that we unconsciously breath every moment to the colossial things like loving one another.  I also shared with them that when I find myself feeling a tad bit ungrateful, I usually look around and I always see something I can be thankful for.

My oldest daughter in turn shared that when she is not feeling grateful, she always sees someone or thing that makes her think how blessed she is.  I asked her to elaborate on this.  For instance she says when she is griping and complaining that her legs hurt from jumping rope too much she sees someone on the way to school who has no legs and this causes her to pray for that person and to pray for herself and her attitude.  Praise God, it is working Lord, lead them in the way they should go and let them walk.

Somedays I feel like throwing in the towel, like Wednesday when I finally fell into bed around 11pm after being up since 4am totally exhausted.  So exhausted I don’t remember if I slept because when I woke up the next day it sure didn’t feel like it.  But, then I started thinking over the events that happened that day.  We celebrated my uncles 75th birthday.  One day after what would of been my mother’s birthday if she was still alive.  My girls got to spend time with their relatives and meet my uncles daughter again.  Family bonding time.  When there was mountains of homework, housework, etc just piling up.  We were able to enjoy homemade German Chocolate Cake and ice cream.  Yum before we ate our dinner, as Gabby would say.  Cake before real food.

So as this week comes to an end the Water’s household has had an attitude adjustment.  Sure our allergies are still there, sure we still live in a fallen world, but we are grateful for the moments that we are given and want to share them with others.  Aren’t you?

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 1, 2014

Tidbits For Help Meet’s Hearts Blog Tour and Giveaway!

An e-book by various authors.  The author’s of this e-book began with a prayer that this book would encourage, teach and train us to be the women that God created us to be.  The e-book project was 9 months in the making and involves 7 authors.  These authors prayed, sought God and wrote as God directed them.  Tidbits for Help Meet’s Heart.

I wish this book was available when my girls were all under the age of 5.  I needed it.  If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed in your role as wife, mother than this is the book for you.  As part of the Tidbits For Help Meet’s Hearts Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of the e-book!

1614550_746176798739443_1345917510_oAll the authors are a part of a website Marriage, Motherhood and Missions.  You can check out their website by clicking anywhere within this post on the name.  If you can’t wait to get your own copy of Tidbits For Help Meet’s Hearts you can click on the book title anywhere within the post to purchase your very own copy. The book releases today and the good news is you can purchase it for a special price of $2.99 by clicking here.

Good news! You can purchase this book when it comes out April 1, 2014! During that time (Launch Week April 1-5, 2014) the book will be offered at a special price of $2.99! After April 5, it will be available for $5.99. Click HERE for more information! – See more at:
Good news! You can purchase this book when it comes out April 1, 2014! During that time (Launch Week April 1-5, 2014) the book will be offered at a special price of $2.99! After April 5, it will be available for $5.99. Click HERE for more information! – See more at:

Or stay tuned on how to win your own copy.

The book quotes “This book is a dream birthed by God in seven different women’s lives.”  The seven different authors are:

Bridget Childress

Marissa DiDomenico

April Grant

Heather Greutman

Rosalind Jukic

Misty Leash

Ren Simonitis

My favorite chapter of the book was the first chapter.  “Making Time For God and Me”.  As a mom of little ones we have to get creative with our time with the Lord.  With three small children it was hard for me a new Christian to find time, energy to meet with the Lord.  Still now that my girls are older, I struggle in this area.  The first chapter set me free from condemnation that haunted me for years.  I knew I needed to spend time with God when my kids were little and when it didn’t happen according to the plan I set, I felt like I failed Him.  Now don’t get me wrong He didn’t make me feel this way, I myself condemned myself a failure.  This chapter released me from the guilt and condemnation.  God meets me right where I was and each time I made time for Him, He was right there with me.

This book is for new mothers, old mothers, mentors and it is packed  full of wisdom.  It is full of tricks, tips and tried and true suggestions from real women just like myself who have spent time in the trenches of motherhood.

Now, the fun part.  How you can win your own copy.  One entry for each task completed below.  The contest ends on April 15, 2014 at Midnight.

  1. Leave a blog comment on why you would like to win this book.
  2. Follow @MelissaWaters15 on Twitter.  I have a private account so I will be notified when you ask to follow.
  3. Follow Marriage, Motherhood and Missions on Facebook.  Leave a comment with confirmation.
  4. Follow Marriage, Motherhood and Missions on Twitter. Leave a comment with confirmation.
  5. Share on Facebook about the giveaway and leave a comment giving me the link.

Until Next Time,




Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 28, 2014

How to Find Happiness for the Rest of Your Life

Last weekend the hubby and I celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary and went to visit his sister and her hubby in East Haven, CT. In nearby New Haven that Saturday was the first annual 4B Festival (Beer, Bourbon, Barbecue, and Bacon—the hubster’s holy grail if ever he had one), which sadly turned out to be quite a bust, but just before we went to the festival farce, we stopped at one of my sister-in-law’s favorite stores, Fairhaven Furniture. I fell head over heads at once—they had so many pretty gifties: books, jewelry, wraps and scarves, dinnerware, baby clothes and toys, along with some of the most beautiful handcrafted furniture that just made the jaw drop…If you’re ever in New Haven, you really do need to stop in and see all they have to offer.

On top of all the pretty eye candy, the store is run by the sweetest couple ever. If you are a return visitor who is bringing a friend for the first time, you get a gift (which I snagged from SIL—she lives there and brings friends all the time…haha!) And they also gave us a Happiness Voucher that states, “It is never too late to be happy for the rest of your life.” And it gives five specific things to help you make this happen:


  1.        Think about who you are really grateful to for their presence in your life. Write down the whys and wherefores and then send them a thank you        (NOT an email) and later call them up and tell them.
  2.        Something good happens, you see something beautiful, you hear something that makes you laugh, don’t just rush on to the next thing, instead        bask a bit in the wonderfulness of the moment.
  3.        Set up at home a happiness bowl or box or some such. Put in a note from time to time acknowledging something you’re happy about. Take out         someone’s note, read and savor it.
  4.        Reminisce about something that was wonderful in your past and take a few minutes to go back to that time, that place in your heart, your                  mind. Just hang out quietly with that. Refresh, reload.
  5.        Think back over this day. Appreciate the many kindnesses, however small, that life and other people bestowed upon you and acknowledge                 how good it feels when you bestow a kindness.


I loved this and just had to share. We’re usually so busy, so harried, we miss those precious little moments that make life sweet. So this was a wonderful reminder to stop, just for a minute, and relish the people, the memories, the kindnesses that come our way, and maybe feel a little lighter, a little happier for joys of simple gifts.


Wishing you much happiness,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 26, 2014


In case you’ve been wondering what is going on behind the scenes at Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings, Melissa has been unplugged!

Yep!  Our internet went down last Tuesday due to a wind storm and four transformers blowing in the area.  The power surges killed my modem.  We had a real proper funeral.  The thing that blows me away (no pun intended) is that the modem was the only thing struck and it was on a power surge protector.  But, I attribute it to that still small voice I’ve been hearing for a few months now.  You may or may not know the one I am talking about.  The one that starts off with reminding me how my smart phone has become attached to my body.  How when my sweet little girls are talking to me, I am staring at a screen.  Have you heard that one?

If not, I am proud of you for being in control of your time online.  I am ashamed of myself for not being a good steward with mine.  So guess what?  I got the chance to practice self-control.  As our modem lay in a smoking heap and was lowered into the ground, that voice that is not the good voice said, “You can use your data plan on your phone”.  You know the one, I am sure.  But, I stopped right there and silenced that enemies voice and asked the Lord to help me remain strong.  I laid my smart phone to rest in my purse and walked away.  That was Wednesday morning.

My husband surprised me for our 15th Wedding Anniversary and took me on a shopping spree.  As we spent the whole day going to my favorite stores.   Like, Office Max and Depot.  Target, the Mall, etc.  We had a great time together.  We even had a nice lunch with conversation not interrupted by little ones.  It was like a dream to have a whole day to do, go where I wanted to go.  Thank you dear husband.  I needed that.

Then on Friday, Melissa’s entire family took off for Sea World at 4am in the morning.  We spent the whole day at the park and returned home that night.  With seven little Pomeranians we can’t leave the house unattended for too long.  The girls had a great time and learned so much more about their favorite marine animals.

As of Saturday morning my smart phone was still safely tucked away in my purse.  I can honestly say I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would.  I did not experience any withdraws.  Although, I believe a few people who I am reviewing their products were a little upset as I missed a few hoops they placed in front of me to jump through.  Alas.

So here it is one week exactly, and our new modem is installed.  I can honestly say I notice a difference.  The internet no longer holds the reins, I do.  Now am I a saying the internet is a bad thing?  No.  I am saying it was for me at the point of my life I was at.  So if you are able to exhibit self-control then more power to you.  I was not and I needed a reality check.

Well, I better go my time limit is up for the day of blogging and I can see three beautiful little girls waiting for me to play outside and seven little furry faces ready to play too.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 19, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to Melissa and Jason.  Yep our very own Melissa of Melissa’s Musings is celebrating 15 years of marriage tomorrow.  So as tradition holds, Melissa likes to dedicate a post to wishing her husband a “Happy Anniversary”.

Happy Anniversary, Jason.  Thank you for 15 years of marriage.  Thank you for three beautiful daughters.  Thank you for putting up with my little quirks and for showing me what a Godly marriage looks like!  The journey we  began 15 years ago was a scary one, but as the Lord has led you, you’ve led me and me.  Thank you for this.

I pray that we will experience many, many more anniversaries together.


Melissa of Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings.

I’m Irish.  My maiden name is “Flanagan”, so yes I am Irish.  My whole family loves St. Patrick’s Day for reasons beyond my comprehension.  They like to go out to the local pubs and drink green beer.  Now, I have to confess, this is not on my list of things I long to do.  Sorry:(

The other day as I was conversing with a family member about where they were going for St. Patrick’s day and how they found the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.  As they went on and on about their plans, I kind of tuned out.  I love my family, but I don’t love what they do.  I am not better than them, I am just washed in the blood of Jesus.  My desires are different.  My longings are not my own, they are His.

All throughout this conversation I heard this person say how lucky we were, because we are Irish.  Hmmm.  I had to think on that one for a minute.  Then I responded.  I am not lucky.  No, not even because I was born into an Irish family.  Not even because my parents stayed married my whole entire life until one passed away.  Not because I am healthy, not because I have a roof over my head and my children have clothes.  Not because I have a job, new car, etc.  I am not lucky.  I am blessed!

Blessed to be a child of God.  Blessed to be called a child of God.  Blessed to be adopted into God’s own family.  Blessed to be alive!  I’ve never been lucky.  Only blessed.  How about you?

I want my life to overflow with blessings so that those around me can receive the same blessings as me.  I want those whom I love in my life to realize that I don’t drink green beer on St. Patrick’s day.  Not because I think I am above that, but because I have no desire for it.  I want my desire to be solely focused on Jesus and drinking in Him.  His blood is the wine and His body is the bread.

So this St. Patrick’s day, if you find yourself with a pint of green beer, I am not judging you, I would be honored to pray with you.  I am not condemning you, because I have too many beams in my own eye to pay attention to the mote in yours.  I pray that you too will realize that you too are blessed.  Not lucky.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 14, 2014

Guilt-Free Quiet Time by Emily Ryan Book Review

Guilt-Free Quiet Time – Exposing the Top Ten Myths About Your Time With God by Emily Ryan


Do you struggle with quiet time guilt?  Do you struggle with not having a quiet time because you fear that it isn’t the correct method?  Or that you’ll do it wrong?  Then do I have a book for you.  Guess what?  This book is free just for signing up at Glo Girl Blog as a subscriber.  Just click on the Glo Girl Blog and you will be taken to the page to get your very own copy.  End the quiet time struggle once and for all.

This book is not meant to tell you what to do in your quiet time, rather it is meant to give you permission not to do certain things, quote from “Guilt-Free Quiet Times.”  Things that until now, you may have thought were so pivotal in your quiet time and non-negotiable as salvation itself.  quote from “Guilt-Free Quiet Times.”

Quiet times involve saying no some times.  Isn’t that sentence freeing?  Don’t compare your quiet time to other people’s.  Find what works for you and stick with it.  Freedom and quiet time can go hand in hand.

This book is packed full of ways to help expose the myths you’ve been faced with in regards to quiet time.  Myths that have caused your past failures, myths that have caused you to be bound to a certain set of rules.

The goal of Guilt-Free Quiet Times is to help you find the freedom to do more in your own personal quiet time without the guilt.  If you are looking for suggestions, ideas, inspiration and grace than this is the book for you.

Included within the book are 10 myths about quiet time and each myth is squashed.  I really enjoyed this book and it helped me take my quiet time to a new level of deepness with the Lord.

Until Next Time,


DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this book from the Glo Girls and Priority Ministries free for subscribing.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links.

I am a wife, mother to three active, little girls, I am also the sole caretaker of my elderly father and I work 30 hours a week as a journalist, office manager for a local newspaper.  Most weeks by Friday, my body, mind and soul are exhausted and I need to refuel.  Most of the time my life feels like it is out of control, unbalanced if you will.

So when Litfuse Publicity offered me the chance to read Tricia Goyer’s new book “Balance Finding Center as a Work-At-Home Mom”, I jumped at the chance.  Yes, I need balance.  I need help….


The thing that caught my eye was the fact that Tricia Goyer has been asked many times how she does it all.  Tricia is an author and homeschooler with small children.  So this was someone I could relate too.  Someone who has walked through the trenches of mommie exhaustion and lived to tell about it.

Balance Finding Center is full of information that places God in the very center of us finding balance in our life.  Another plus in my book.   Too often we become exhausted, defeated and discouraged in our walk through life and turn away from the very One who can help us.  Our schedules according to Tricia need to seek first to honor God, then our family.  Sweet, simple advice that is practical and helpful.

Another aspect of this book that really helped me was the honesty that Tricia shares.  She says that she wasn’t always a balanced wife, mother and author.  Her stories how she failed actually helped me to relate and realize that there is hope for me too.

Included in each chapter of this action packed book is a Pause and Reflect section where Tricia guides you how to sit down with the Lord, your spouse and determine what is important and what is not for your individual family.

You won’t want to miss this one.  I am currently participating in the Balance Challenge.  For more information on joining me in the Balance Challenge click anywhere within this post on the word Balance.

Until Next Time,


DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity by Tricia Goyer, for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 10, 2014

Bite-Sized Bites of Encouragement for you.

I came across a quote the other day as I was in my quiet time, there was not reference given as to who said it, I just had to share this with you.

“She who is self-indulgent is dead while she lives.”

This quote was used in reference to Scripture 1 Timothy 5:1-10.  Meditate on that for a while.  I don’t know about you, but the Word pierced me with this one.  I spent an entire week searching and allowing myself to be searched by the Holy Spirit regarding this quote.  Thank You Lord for bringing me closer to You.

This week we’ve entered the season of Lent.  I had no idea what Lent was until a few years ago.  I know right?  I thought it was a holiday celebrated by the Catholic religion.  Boy was I believing a lie. I am so thankful that the Lord does not leave us in our lies.  He could, you know.  But He doesn’t!  Have you thanked Him for this today, for His light that shines so brightly in our life that all darkness must flee.

This year during the season of Lent, I have decided to give up more of:

Self! and Lies!

As the journey of Lent begins for me will you join me as I allow the Lord to lead me deeper into His Word and worship.  Teaching me how to sit in His presence and soak in Him.  I have a longing, a hunger this Lent season and the only place I can find fulfillment for this hunger is God’s Holy Word.  Wait! Let me rephrase that “the only place I want to find fulfillment is God’s Holy Word.”  How you may ask?  Let me share.

So glad you asked.  Through meditation on Scripture, through prayer and worship.  To begin a journey to seek out the lies that I’ve believed and replace them with the truth from God’s Own Word.  To purge, prune and cleanse my life with God’s Word just like the Hebrews 4:12 ESV – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The first thing we have to do as we begin this pruning is to take God at His Word regardless of our circumstances.  Sweet Sister or Brother, I don’t know what you are walking through right now, but He does.  We have to stand up and declare with our life, actions that we believe God no matter what.  Do you? Do I?  What happens when you fail?  How do I know we will?  I have already.  We ask the Lord to forgive us and show us where we are not fully believing Him, trusting Him and we press on.  Remember not with our head down giving the enemy victory, but with our eye’s looking up, expectantly waiting and watching.

If you feel like giving up, please drop me a line or reach out in some way.  I would love to talk with you, because I’ve been there and there is a way back into His arms.

Until Next Time,


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