Brigades #1 by Peter

Hello I’m Peter Cole, Janelle’s favorite son. Over the past couple years you may have seen posts about the Texas brigades. Well for the next couple of weeks I am going to break down each different aspect of what Texas Brigade camps are about, why you should attend, or encourage others to, and why they are so important to the future of our world.

Sharing about Texas Brigades at a youth hunt.

 The Texas Brigades are a group of wildlife leadership intensive camps located around the state.    There are five differ wildlife subjects covered by seven different camps: Rolling plains Bobwhite Brigade, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Ranch Brigade, Bass Brigade, and Coastal Brigade. Have had the privilege of attending as well as returning to three different brigades over three years. 

Sharing what I learned at Texas Brigade Camps

One major focus of brigades is to teach wildlife  Each camp focuses on teaching the habitat, conservation, and anatomy of the focused wildlife. The Texas brigades motto is “Tell me I forget, show me I remember, involve me and I understand.” At camp the instructors live that out by teaching wildlife, but also by us doing what they taught.   The other focus of Texas Brigades is to teach public speaking, decision making, leadership and critical thinking.  Learning these skills at camps has helped grow me into a more determined and qualified leader.  

Teaching other youth about Wildlife Conservation, earning that scholarship and an invitation to come back as a leader to Buckskin Brigade.

At most camps one of the first activities is the anatomy. We get to dissect the animal we are learning about. The first brigade I went to was the 24th Battalion (or year) of the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, this was the camp that started the program back in 1993.  Bob White camps focus on the conservation of the quail species in Texas. We learned about their habitat, diet, and everything they need to live.  One bonus from my Bob White camp experience was earning a $2250 scholarship for college by sharing what I learned and advertising for the organization!

Receiving my scholarship at North Texas Buckskin Brigade in 2018.

In 2018, I was able to attend the 3rd battalion of the Coastal Brigade. At the Brigade we learned all about Coastal wildlife. We were able to study the anatomy of a fish, by dissecting one. We also went to a hatchery, to learn the life cycle of fish, specifically the life cycle of the red drum, the state fish of Texas. One of my favorite parts of camp is always the plants. At coastal brigade we studied the many different types of coastal plants. We learned all about the plants that directly impact the coast, and any type of coastal wildlife. 

Applications are open for a few more weeks at www.texasbrigades.org.  Youth agers 12-18 should apply now!

Review : Love Nudge App

Download the LoveNudge App and be entered to win Dr. Gary Chapman’s #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages®, The 5 Love Languages® for Men, AND The Love Languages Devotional Bible (hardback)! Go to https://www.blessedfreebies.com/lovenudge.html to enter and for more details.

If you have not heard of Gary Chapman, or The 5 Love Languages you are in for a treat!!

Robert & I have heard of both, and have benefited from understanding just how different our love languages are! You might be wondering why this matters. Well for us we communicate and feel love in vastly different ways. For instance, Robert’s number 1 love language, really his only one, is touch. So to express his love he touches and he wants to be touched to feel loved.

Guess what? Out of the 5 love languages, my last one is touch. So do you see how that disconnect could be an issue? My top one is acts of service. If Robert tells me he loves me by touching and never serving, I never feel loved.

The book The 5 Love Languages has led to the Love Nudge App. This fun app is a great way to figure all this out. Part of the app is the test to figure out your own love languages. Then your partner takes the test to figure them out. Then the app will give you practical ways to express love to your loved on in their own language.

Will this app TOTALLY CHANGE your marriage? No. Only the Lord can truly cause real change in our relationships. However, with this little app we can become more intentional, more aware and more likely to express meaningful love to our loved ones.

So the 5 languages are : words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and touch. Normally we are divided among two or so and the others are much lower. The test on the app will rank all 5.

The Love Nudge App can help you better express your love! By using this app you can understand a little bit better how someone else feels loved and then choose things throughout your week to express your love. Understanding Gary’s love languages has certainly helped Robert and I understand each other better and helped us realize that we were using our own style of feeling loved to try and express love, and that is not very effective when you have such different love languages!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of The 5 Love Languages in exchange for testing and reviewing the Love Nudge App.

Review : Custom Art

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Their ordering process is amazingly easy!  My design arrived super fast!  

But, I wanted to tell you my favorite part!  You can order extra designs to keep in the same frame and rotate them!  I had no idea until my design arrived and there was a note in the box!  When trying to decide what I wanted and who it was going to be for, I thought about the Christmas ones but then thought about what I would do with it during the rest of the year!  Solution, get a different design for the rest of the year!  Yay!

I really think these are well made, they are gorgeous and seem like quality work!  I look forward to ordering something else from them in the future!  Maybe a Christmas design for Anna to rotate around for the holidays!!

But wait –  I have great news!  A deal for you!! Coupon code : blog15 will get you a 15% off on your order!  Good through December 31st, unlimited times!  So go check it out!!

NOTE : I received a complimentary product so that I could write an honest review about the ordering process as well as the quality of their products.  I highly recommend them!!

Book Review : Love Does for Kids

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Our family loves Bob Goff!  Love Does is a book that inspires one to act their love out.  Bob is a storyteller extraordinaire!  He can weave a tale like few authors I know.

This time around, Bob partnered with his daughter Lindesy to write a similar book to Love Does, but for kids.

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When this book arrived in my house, before I could even touch it, my 14 year old took off with it!  That is saying a lot.  It was not just once that he was found reading it on the couch – but multiple times.  He gives it a raving review!  Eli said it was easy to read and fun to read.

This book is a great read-aloud for families or a perfect gift for a pre-teen aged person.  It is broken into 46 short readings, that would be ideal for devotions.

Each story is an example that Bob Goff uses to demonstrate how we can all live out a life that shows love to others.  Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the stories Bob shares through his experiences.

I highly recommend any books by Bob, but think this one is a great one to share with the family or would be a great gift for a child in your life!

NOTE : I received a copy of Love Does for Kids in exchange for an honest review.


A FEW YEARS AGO, BOB WROTE A BOOK CALLED LOVE DOES.
THEN, HE GAVE AWAY ALL THE PROFITS TO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY, LOVE DOES LIVES ON AS AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO HELPING KIDS IN CONFLICT AREAS.

Review : (in)courage Devotional Bible

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There is something about pretty things.  I enjoy them maybe a little more than just something plain.  Pretty is fun!

This Bible : (in) Courage is an organization that knows something about truth and pretty!  Just about everything they put out from greeting cards, to devotions, to graphics – its all pretty!

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First, I love the linen feel to the cover.  It is in the photo below, a nice teal green.

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The colors throughout coordinate with that teal, as well as some peaches, roses and yellows – the colors are very pleasing and calming!

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This is a devotion Bible, with 52 devotions throughout the pages.  There are themes to the devotions and those are : brokenness, togetherness, grace, leadership, friendship, hope, hospitality, gratitude, second chances, and brave.

I love that there is space at the bottom of the pages to write notes, I am a note writer in my Bible!  I would love that space to fill up with ideas and points from studies and sermons!!

It really is a beautiful Bible and I look forward to using it in my quiet time!

NOTE : I received a copy of the (in)courage Devotional Bible at no cost, in exchange for my honest thoughts!