Family

30 Ways to be Fully Present in Your Child’s Day

My first grade teacher, who I dearly loved, had this quote framed on the wall of her classroom. As the hard-working farm wife and mother of four children and the beloved teacher of hundreds of young boys and girls who passed through her doors during her 40 years of teaching, these words were representative of her […] Read more…

5 Things to Say to a Discouraged Child

As my kids are growing older (we have a 10 and 7 year old as well as a 4 and 2 year old), there have been more and more situations where we’ve had to deal with discouragement. Whether it’s a struggle with a friend or sibling, an event they don’t get to attend, or a […] Read more…

12 Scriptures for Moms in the New Year

As we approach a new year, we’re usually thinking of ways to change ourselves and become a better ______ (mom, wife, friend, blogger)–you name it, I’ve thought of it and you probably have too! Perhaps some Scriptural encouragement could go a long way in showing us that though I have found some ways to start […] Read more…

20 Frugal Christmas Gifts with Lasting Meaning

Due to our internet being down for five days, I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like. This is the final post in our series “How to Create a Memorable Christmas on a Small Budget“! I hope you’ve enjoyed walking along with me on renewing our minds and refocusing this season.  Today I […] Read more…

4 Must-Have Children’s Bible Storybooks

When it comes to children’s Bible “story books”, we are very fussy around here. Of course we read straight from the Bible for family devotions (find tips on how to start devotions with your family in this post and also 7 ways to begin teaching the Bible in your home), but we also recognize the value […] Read more…

Truth in the Tinsel Day One…on Instagram!

Today we did our devotional and craft for Truth in the Tinsel Day One! I see that many of you purchased a copy of this amazing Advent experience or maybe already had it on hand and are doing it again like we are! I was going to share each day on the blog, but I […] Read more…

6 Meaningful Advent Devotionals That Your Family Will Love

Do you celebrate the Advent season? As far as the church year goes, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, and it lasts through Christmas Eve but many families choose to start Advent activities on December 1st! We celebrate the traditional (church year) format of Advent each year, the remembrance of the time when old believers […] Read more…

How to Unspoil Your Kids at Christmas

When I was 9 years old, I got something I really wanted for Christmas: a fancy version of an Etch-a-Sketch.  For all intents and purposes, I should have been happy. But instead, I burst into tears after opening all my presents and feeling like I didn’t have “enough”. Looking back, I obviously realize that this […] Read more…

How God Worked on My Heart Through Adoption

November is National Adoption Month. As an adopted child, I love hearing stories of how God impacts many lives through adoption! Throughout November, I’ll be sharing some wonderful stories, shared by those who have experienced God’s gift of adoption. Today my friend Mallory shares what God has done in her family’s life through difficult times […] Read more…

From Loss to Life: A Miraculous Adoption Story

November is National Adoption Month. As an adopted child, I love hearing stories of how God impacts many lives through adoption! Throughout November, I’ll be sharing some wonderful stories, shared by those who have experienced God’s gift of adoption. Our first testimony is from Cathy and it is a powerful one! Through loss, life begins […] Read more…

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