Our girls have been in Awana this year and have absolutely loved it. W is a Cubbie, learning short Bible verses every week with the help of a rockstar leader. And G is a Spark, having a blast each week, playing games and learning about Jesus! All the leaders for the Awana program we go to demonstrate a dedication and love for these kids and the Lord every week. We are so thankful for them!
We were working on making some holiday gifts in the kitchen the other day and I had a flash of inspiration. We made the most amazing Christmas “Candy” and I was thinking about who we could give it to. (If I don’t give it away, I will eat it all!) And I had a sudden inspiration for a super simple Awana leader thank you gift. Continue Reading
The convenience factor for StitchFix is sky-high. The looks they send in their Fixes are super chic. And the service they provide is so WORTH it!
What if your Fix goes completely WRONG? What do you do? Do you chalk it up as a loss? Or do you complain? And if you complain, how do you do it?
I have been using StitchFix to help out my wardrobe woes for about a year and a half. I don’t get a Fix every month. Just when I know there is something missing in my closet. And I have had an incredibly positive experience with their service so far.
But last month, I was as specific as I have ever been in the comment section they ask you to fill out when you schedule your Fix. I thought I was going to get exactly what I had always been dreaming of!
The result: really WRONG!
So, I worked through the process of returning the items and had the difficult email conversations that come as a result of shopping on the internet. And I came up with some tips to make it easier for you, while making it absolutely fair to the company I LOVE, StitchFix. And I thought I would share with you what to do when your StitchFix is wrong. Continue Reading
Some of my favorite memories as a kid involved decorating our house for the holidays. Popcorn strings for the tree, oranges spiked with cloves for the dining room table, Christmas countdown chains! There must have been a latent homemaker in my little kid heart from the beginning. And now our girls are loving the process of getting ready for the holidays with decorations and activities leading up to the big day!
We do a number of things to try to get our house and our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. It has been such fun to create traditions with our girls. One of our favorite things is our Christmas book basket. I put it out on December 1st for the kids to dig into all month. And every few days, I try to come up with an activity that goes with one of the books in the basket.
The sheer size of the Bible can be overwhelming when you approach it to study it. Where do you start? How can you possibly know all of the information inside? How can you begin to understand what men and women of God have pondered and debated for centuries?
And the answer could be discouraging:
You, in your own strength and with the power of your own brain, cannot understand this book. It is too much for you.
Before you click away and go off discouraged from studying the Bible altogether, let me assure you:
there is still hope for you.
There is a way you CAN understand the Scripture. But it is outside of you. Understanding comes only from one source – God! The most exciting part of the study of God’s Word is that He (the author of the book) comes alongside you and becomes your teacher!
Today I have some simple things to say about God, the Teacher of the Word. I hope you will find encouragement to continue the habit of studying the Word of God.
This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
What a wonderful thing to bring a beautiful baby home! The love we have for our kids is instantaneous and insatiable – we just can’t get enough of them. But getting them home and getting them settled into their role as part of the family can be interesting. When we had our first baby, after she was settled into a sleep schedule that was predictable, I became obsessed with filling her every moment of every day with activities and new experiences. I was afraid that if I left any quiet moments in the air, I would be missing out on her development. It took me a long time to realize that she was experiencing new things and growing each and every day, even when I wasn’t creating activities for her every waking moment. And it took a while to figure out how to fill her days with memorable moments while not being exhausted.
After three babies, I have kind of discovered the activities that really matter in the first year. The ones that fill our days and have created some of the most memorable moments for our family. They create a sort-of schedule or a checklist that I can look back at when I feel like I have exhausted all the things a baby can do in a day. And being able to check off the list helps me to know I have done my job as a parent, even if we haven’t left the house! Continue Reading
As a lover of Bible study, one of my main goals in teaching my kids is to point them to a love of God, a love of others, and a love of His Word! I want them to know there are answers in this Big Book. I want them to know there are wonders. And I want them to know God wrote it because He wanted us to know Him!
As I was preparing our homeschool choices for this year, I came across a great reading schedule for the Gospel of John. It looked like such a perfect idea! To work with G through one book of the Bible, a little bit at a time. But as I started looking at it, I realized it was for a reading level above where she is.
I still wanted to read through the Gospel of John with her, though!
So, I simply started. And along the way, I came up with simple ideas for teaching each verse to her. In the short time we have been doing it, we have started to memorize some of the verses. We have learned many new things! And we have had lots of fun doing it! Continue Reading