Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

My husband was just up at the grocery store yesterday and informed me that Halloween candy is on the shelves already.  Now that's just too much.  Back to school I can understand.  Halloween?   Let us just enjoy summer! If the Fall stuff is coming out, now is a great time to grab up the summer clearance, including Pool Noodles!  There are plenty of fun things to do with pool noodles (including helping your boots stay upright), but for this post, we'll focus on some fun games! 30 Games to Play … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: I love kids (and their artwork!)

Sunday Snapshot: I love kids (and their artwork!)

Sometimes we are so busy running around to "get stuff done" that we forget to really enjoy the kids we are serving.  The other day, one of my children's church kids made me this art project to show all the things he liked about me.  What an encouraging thing to hang on the fridge! What About You? What are the little things that keep you going and really encourage your heart? … [Read more...]

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

We've all heard of world hunger.  It's one of those problems that seem to plague us... niggling in the back of our mind every time we throw out a half eaten apple.   Fighting hunger is something we all want to do, especially when it comes to kids.  It's not the motivation we lack, it's the clear direction on what to do.    That's what I'm so pleased to be partnering with Rice Bowls, a company dedicated to fighting world hunger, one bowl at a time. Rice Bowls is a non-profit organization … [Read more...]

Back to School Party!

Back to School Party!

It's hard to believe it's nearing the end of July already.  Some of you may still be trying to catch your breath from Vacation Bible School or Summer programs and yet Back to School celebrations are just around the corner! Here are some of the games and activities from our party last year.  Maybe the ideas will help give you a head start! Back to School Party! Check out some game ideas below and a fun way to help kids pace themselves throughout the fun! Pin the Crayon in the Box For this … [Read more...]

Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

I've been reading through the book, Homeschool Your Child for Free in preparation for our official homeschool start this Fall. Though the book is a bit outdated, it is still chock full of terrific resources and things to check out.  I picked it up at our local library, but this might be one resource I need to buy and have on hand.  Here's a few of the things I'm definitely going to check out. 32 Homeschool Websites to Check Out How to Get Started in Homeschooling (includes needed … [Read more...]

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, I know it's not Christmas time yet, but our church did just celebrate a "Christmas in July" week to draw attention to the Operation Christmas Child campaign and I thought I'd share a Christmas post in honor of the occasion as well. Last Christmas, in Children's Church, we learned about the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary (Luke 2).  We were using Tru Sunday School for our Children's Church curriculum and loving it. In our Children's Church … [Read more...]