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Teachers Change Lives (and you can help them do it!)

Teachers Change Lives (and you can help them do it!)

Last week, the kids and I headed to the park at the end of our block.  After we had been playing for a few minutes, a man strolled onto the playground with his grandson. I instantly recognized him as my 11th grade math teacher.   He remembered me too (or so he says!) and we had a nice time catching up and talking about the neighborhood and summer plans. The thing is, I don't remember too much about middle and high school (perhaps I've blocked out those dark dark days), but I do remember … [Read more...]

Stressed Out?  Need A Break?

Stressed Out? Need A Break?

I was talking to my friend the other day about her recent Doctor's appointment. She's a bit of a worrier and her doctor suggested something for anxiety.  She was hesitant to start medication, but would like to find something to ease the occasional bouts of stress.  I bet you can relate.  There are just times in life (VBS season perhaps) that just really pile on the anxiety.   In fact, 95 million Americans suffer from stress-related illnesses every week.   Sure, you could tough it out and make it … [Read more...]

Journey to Neverland {#4 Birthday Party!)

Journey to Neverland {#4 Birthday Party!)

This last month, my oldest turned four (crazy!) and we celebrated with a Journey to Neverland.  I tried really hard to reign in the spending this time (things may have gotten a little out of control last year...yikes!), but I think it was still a magical time for her and her friends. The Decorations DIY Treasure Maps inspired by this post over at the Imagination Tree We're coffee lovers in this house, so we made some really strong coffee and colored our papers that way (instead of the … [Read more...]

Happy New Year {Reflections and Resolutions}

Happy New Year {Reflections and Resolutions}

Most of the Christmas things have been put away and the tree has been taken down.  As we get ready to launch into another New Year, I find myself reflecting on 2013, as I sure you do as well.  We had a great year – moving to a terrific new neighborhood, welcoming my brother and his family back to the area, and inviting new members to the Children’s Ministry team.   I took a look at the goals I set last year, I can definitely see some progress.  I have learned to be more available at church, … [Read more...]

Snapshot Saturday: Make Yourselves at Home!

The other day the kids and I headed to church to do some paperwork and cleaning up from Wednesday night's program.  We walked in the door and I stopped to say hello to our secretary, Michelle.  When I turned around, this is what I saw. Apparently my three year old feels like she can just make herself at home!  Coat, boats, hat, mittens and away she goes, pretending she's a lion (like always!) What about you? If you're in ministry, how do your kids feel at the church? … [Read more...]

#Kidmin13: Volunteers, Inspiration, and Family Ministry

#Kidmin13: Volunteers, Inspiration, and Family Ministry

Things are going great here at the Kidmin13 conference.  The convention center has great coffee and an entire room filled with Xorbee pillows. It's been great meeting some blogger friends like Kathie from KidMinspiration as well as catch up with other kidmin friends like Gloria Lee and Wayne Stocks.  Of course, it was super exciting to see Thom and Joani Shultz and hear about their latest book and even get a sneak peak free chapter!   Of course, I love meeting new friends, so if you spot me -- … [Read more...]