A Christmas Special (and my last Gabby Moms post)

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to serve on two review teams. As our responsibilities at home with Anah have increased, I have had to re-consider what I commit myself to doing in the coming year. As hard as it was, I knew that I would need to let go of at least one of my review teams. I have thoroughly enjoyed the discipline of reading and learning from others who are wiser than I am and then reflecting on how it would impact my own marriage and mothering. So, as of this post, I will be relinquishing my spot on the Gabby Moms review team, but I didn't want to leave you without one more review---and this one is a great one! If you hop on over to the Eternal Encouragement website, you'll find the new digital version of the magazine. I had reviewed the print version earlier in the year, but now Lorrie Flem has moved into the digital age with a digital version.

Now I must confess that I have a preference for real books that I can hold in my hand, but with the addition of our iPad last year, I have quickly become a fan of digital books. Not only is it handy to have a wide selection of reading material all in one device, it has saved me tons of valuable real estate on our bookshelves. (Of course, my next job is cleaning out my virtual bookshelves, but that is another issue altogether!)

If you enjoy e-books, then this is not an issue for you. But if you've been resistant to the idea, I wanted to share a few things that a digital magazine has that goes above and beyond an e-book (these comments are particular to Eternal Encouragement's magazine):

  • you can listen to audio clips embedded in the magazine. For instance, instead of reading Lorrie's welcome message, you can hear her share it verbally with you. Talk about interactive---your magazine is talking to you! (The only thing is that I wish there was a way for me to pause if I have to step away. Once you stop the audio, you need to start all over again. But I'm sure that if I am patient enough there will be a remedy for that!)
  • you can zoom in to enlarge the text on the page. If you're like me, your eyes aren't working quite the same anymore. This is really helpful!
  • you can click on ads directly to find out more information on a product if you are interested. No more trying to remember to look it up later when you get on the computer.
If you've never read a digital magazine before, I encourage you to give it a try. If you go on to the Eternal Encouragement website, look for the red button that says, "Click here to read your free issue." And there you go!
This issue includes stories, ideas to put more Christ in your Christmas, frugal decorating ideas, recipes, Christmas card ideas and even a New Year's party article. What I particularly like is how many of the articles have the main points in bold print, with details in regular type. For me, this has allowed me to skim the article and find the main points quickly. If I wanted more detail, I could read the rest of the paragraph.
This magazine has always been a joy to read. While it does mention homeschooling (and I am biased in favor of that form of education), I believe it is a wonderful magazine for homemakers. Some of what I have read is not new to me, but it is still a good reminder. Sometimes what I "already know" is what I need to hear the most.

I know I should have posted this earlier in the month, but I hope you'll go check it out anyways. Maybe you'll find some last minute tips and help. Or take notes for next year. Whatever the case, I trust that it will be a blessing to you.