This moment brought to you by SANDSTORM!

This moment brought to you by SANDSTORM!

This month, we've been talking about how life is like a puzzle -- we only see one piece, but God's got the BIG PICTURE.  Naturally, in order to make the theme come alive, we had to do a few puzzle games.  One game was having two kids race to put together their own 24 piece puzzle.  They had a minute to do it, and they were blindfolded.  This week, I decided to go out on a limb and use some music to liven things up a bit. As I called up two volunteers, I started playing the Sandstorm track … [Read more...]

That Was [not] Boring.

That Was [not] Boring.

I'm a huge fan of podcasts.  I started listening when my firstborn started taking her baths in the sink.  I had to stand right next to her, but she was very content playing without my involvement.   Of course, it's delightful to watch a little one splashing all around, but after awhile I was look for something a little more to do while I waited for bath time to be over. Enter the podcast.  It was perfect.  I could keep my eyes on my daughter and learn all at the same time.  The first … [Read more...]

One Time Won’t Hurt

One Time Won’t Hurt

It had been a tough week.  I had more kids than usual at my home daycare, my own kids were sick, and my husband injured his back the night I was supposed to go practice the lesson at church.  Oh yeah, and I had a blister on my heel.   On top of all that, I got the ridiculous idea that I should cut back on my coffee consumption.  I was tired, flustered, and worn out in more than one way.  My prep work for Wednesday night's Large Group session suffered.  I knew I could buckle down and get it done. … [Read more...]

That’s Some Good Story Telling

That’s Some Good Story Telling

I love a good story.  Who doesn't, right?  Stories draw people in and keep them listening.  Some of the best moments in Children's Ministry for me have been when the story has really come to life for the kids and I can see things clicking and making a serious impression on their little brains.  Of course, I could use a little work on my story telling skills.  That's why I was so excited to see that story-telling was a major theme at The Gathering Conference I'm headed to in May.  I was browsing … [Read more...]

Business Card Giveaway!

Business Card Giveaway!

I can't believe the Gathering Conference is only about 2 weeks away!  I'm definitely getting excited and thinking about everything I need to do to get ready!  Of course, a bit of clothes shopping has already occurred and a new journal secured.  Since I'll be doing LIVE BLOGGING from the Conference, a computer carrier case in in order (gee, this is getting expensive!). Of course, one of the best parts of conferences is networking.   I can't wait to see who's at the Gathering!  But everyone … [Read more...]

Good Friends Are Hard to Find

Good Friends Are Hard to Find

My two year old daughter woke up, toddled through the kitchen, still half-dazed with her hair all askew, and headed towards the living room.  She looked around with bleary eyes and asked, "Where's Rory?"  She was looking for her little friend who had been there when she woke up the day before.  Even at age two, Abigail places a tremendous value on her friendships.  She's constantly asking to go visit someone or have someone visit her.  That's because friendship is powerful.  Friendship is fun. … [Read more...]