Sheila’s Friday Round-Up: What’s Hot, Winners, a New Book, And a Contest!

It’s Friday, so it’s time for my weekly round-up, where I share what was #1 on the blog and social media this week. But because it’s also May 1, I’m also going to reveal our Ultimate Marriage Challenge book for May! And we’ve got a giveaway. And a major personal announcement. So here we go:

What’s Number 1 This Week:

Great-Sex-For-Her (5)Why Do Teenagers Rebel? A 19-year-old explains how it doesn't HAVE to happen!#1 on the Blog: Getting to Deeper Levels of Communication
#1 on Facebook: 5 Quick Ways to Pray for Your Husband
#1 on Pinterest: Why I Didn’t Rebel
#1 on Twitter: 9 FUN tips to make SEX great for you, too!



What’s Up in My Life:

On Tuesday my youngest daughter Katie wrote her last exam in high school. Which means she is officially finished homeschooling. Which means that I am officially finished homeschooling.

Katie Last Day of School

From several years ago:

Homeschooling my kids when they were younger.

There have been a lot of melancholy moments this week!

…And I’m Going to California!

Thanks to all who entered my contest with the Homemaking Bundle! Jaime won dinner with me in her hometown near Los Angeles, so in the fall of 2016 I’ll be taking her and a friend out to dinner! And long-time reader Amy C. won my $100 Amazon gift card! I’ve also given away 20 other small prizes, and congratulations to all the winners!

Stay tuned on Facebook because I’ll be doing some flash giveaways there of some ebook bundles in the next few weeks.

Our May Ultimate Marriage Challenge Book Choice Is…

To Love, Honor and VacuumTo Love, Honor and Vacuum: When you feel more like a maid than a wife and a mother (second edition).

Yes, shameless plug, this is my book.

But it’s so timely for Mother’s Day, and I wrote it for all of you women who feel more like you work for your families than that you nurture and enjoy your families.

It’s for everyone who just feels overwhelmed with all the work that goes into family life, and wants to actually get a chance to enjoy her family again.

Every month in 2015 I hope you’ll join me for our Ultimate Marriage Reading Challenge. It’s one book a month–or 12 a year. Imagine what would happen if we actually read a book a month and put those things into practice! So this month, since it’s Mother’s Day, I want to look at how to find purpose and joy as you point your family to Christ–not away from Him.

And note that last part. I firmly believe that many women inadvertently push their kids and husbands away from God because we think the focus of life is to be nice, not to be good. And so I want challenge us this month to be GOOD!

To Love, Honor and Vacuum was my first book, written at the time of that bottom photo of my kids. It’s what this blog was originally built on (though I’ve turned to sex a lot since!). And the new edition came out last year, eleven years after it was first released.

So if you love this blog, I really encourage you to pick the book up and read it along with me this month. I think it will change your marriage–and change how you parent!

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A Year of Living Prayerfully: How A Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer LifeOn Tuesday I published a post “5 Ways to Pray for Your Husband“, from Jared Brock, who wrote A Year of Living Prayerfully.

Jared is hilarious. Absolutely HI-larious. And he has such an important message!

I’ll be talking about his book once I finish it (I totally love it), but I want you to see the trailer now. And then enter my giveaway below!


Want to Win Something?

Of course you do! So enter our Rafflecopter below. I’ll be giving away 1 grand prize of 3 books:  The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages (that was our April book of the month), A Year of Living Prayerfully, and Prayers for New Brides (from our 8 Prayers of Protection over your Marriage post last month). Then I’ll give away 1 copy of each of those three books to three other winners.

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Have a great weekend!


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