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Capturing Those Holiday Memories


Christmas is just around the corner. I don’t mean to be the obnoxious one who stirs up the shopping frenzy in October, that’s not what I’m about here. But a few days ago I was told there are only 9 Fridays left til Christmas. Really??? I haven’t flipped the calendar over to check, but that got me just a little excited. Excited enough to share something fun with you, that will help you not only capture those holiday memories, but also make them accessible for savoring in the days, months, years that follow.

Holiday Memories

Land of Sweets

Enter Quickflics!

Quickflics, Holiday Memories


One mom’s answer to a challenge a lot of us moms, and dads and grandparents have. What do we do with the videos we take with our smartphones? If you are like me, the videos are all stored on the hard drive of a computers, or an external drive. But, just sitting there.

Here’s what founders, Caleb and Shawna, have to say about Quickflics.

We had a couple of special events in early October, so to give Quickflics a try, I uploaded my smartphone videos, and about 7 days later…


Here’s how it works…

Quickflics, Family Memories

I am really pleased to introduce you to this product. To celebrate the release of Quickflics we have a one month FREE subscription to give away to one reader AND a discount promo code for all readers of By Quiet Waters!

The discount promo of byquietwatersQF50 entered here  (https://quickflics.com/promo-code/) will give the readers of By Quiet Waters 50% off their first month ($4.50) when trying QuickFlics for the first time.

For the first month FREE giveaway, see below.


1 Month Subscription Giveaway

Maybe less of these stills, and more video!

Family Memories

December Swim Meet

Family Memories

Christmas Eve Snow

Now, the details!  You have the opportunity to try out this new app before the holidays roll in, so you will be ready to point, shoot and savor all those wonderful holiday moments!

Quickflics, Holiday Memories
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Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, A Review

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

is an “entirely brand-new, rompingly-awed take on the Jesse Tree Advent tradition for Family Read-Alouds”

by Ann Voskamp

My family has read A Holy Experience, Ann’s blog, for many years.  It was reading about her journey toward wholeness that spurred me onto the habit of daily counting the gifts in my own life.

Some years back she had a wonderful ebook available, a Jesse Tree adventure for families.  Last year Ann’s book “The Greatest Gift” was in my hands.  Now, this beautiful book for families is  available.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

This Christmas…

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift is a beautiful piece of art, full of art, and life giving words.  Ann gives each of us the invitation to unwrap the greatest gift with our families, during the upcoming Christmas season.  Included in the book are the instructions and encouragement to make, or put together a Jesse Tree, with the opportunity to purchase lovely ornaments through dayspring, or to print ornaments through her blog.

There are daily readings for the 25 days of December, leading up to Christmas morning.   The daily readings include Scripture references, stories through Ann’s voice, discussion topics and activity suggestions for the family.  The suggestions included activities which can be be done at home, maybe around the art table, and also outside the home.  Outside the home the readers are encourage to seek out ways to give a taste of the greatest gift to others.

I am very excited about this book and am looking forward to using it with my daughters for our December morning devotions.  This will be an opportunity to slow and quiet before the day takes over, and to focus on giving thanks & celebrating the ONE who has given us the greatest gift.

As I have said, this book is simply exquisite and I encourage you to stop by your local bookstore to take a look.  Maybe you would enjoy unwrapping the greatest gift with your family this Christmas.

I am very thankful to  Tyndale House Publishers for providing my family with a complimentary copy of this book.  The thoughts and opinions on this blog are all my own.

Books! How I Acquire New Books

Books!  How I acquire new books has been a wonderful blessing to my family of voracious readers.  Today I’d like to share with you one of the ways  through which that we continue to build our family library.

acquire new books


Through this blog I work with several blogging networks.  Not all are for books, but most are.  The firs to introduce you to is…

Tyndale Blog Network

Through this network I have received several books for my daughters and my granddaughter.  These girls now get pretty excited when bookish looking boxes arrive!

If you have a blog and are interested in joining the Tyndale Blog Network, you can find more information here.

A while after joining the Tyndale Blog Network I was introduced to Tyndale Rewards.  Tyndale Rewards is a program designed for people to earn books and Bibles through a point system.  Points are accumulated by:

*Inviting others (which I am doing here ;)  )

*Asking an author a question

*Completing surveys

*Writing reviews of Tyndale products on Amazon, Christian Book Distributors or Tyndale.com

*and several other ways!

If you were to join Tyndale Rewards today, you could earn 100 points right away.  Check them out!

And after 35 or more points are accumulated, you can start redeeming them for great books or Bibles.  One more thing, you do not have to have a blog to participate with Tyndale Rewards!

I hope this post is a blessing to you!  The books that I receive through Tyndale Rewards are either added to my family’s library, or given as gifts.  Just another frugal blessing in our lives!