Announcing Book #2!  Top 50 Memory Verses (and how to learn them)

Announcing Book #2! Top 50 Memory Verses (and how to learn them)

I've got some exciting news for you, my friends!  Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front -- partly because I've been hanging out in the sun with the kids a lot this summer and partly because I've been hard at work on a new book! Announcing the newly published book, Top 50 Memory Verse Lessons (with games and activities!).  I've been having a blast writing these books and feel so blessed that in the midst of some very serious chaos and hardship this year, I've been given this … [Read more...]

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

After our trip to Put-in-Bay last year, the kids begged to return again this year.  So, this last weekend, we climbed inside the car and away we went.  We weren't quite as diligent with our starting time (partly because we stopped at the Original Breakfast Place before hitting the road), but we pulling onto the highway about 9:30 and on our way to our favorite Island Getaway. The boat ride aboard Miller's Ferry was a blast as usual and we were happy to discover that you can actually park for … [Read more...]

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Hello! A few days ago, I was honored to present at the INCM Early Childhood Webinar.  I promised I would try to post pictures of some of the crafts I shared during that webinar for those of you who might not have been able to take notes at the time. These crafts are perfect for ages 6 months through about 5 years old. 10 Essential Craft Supplies To begin, you want to make sure your cupboards are stocked with these essential supplies.  With these things on hand, you can do almost any of the … [Read more...]

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

It’s family night, and everyone is tired of the same old routine: playing board games or watching movies. What else can you all do without leaving the house or spending money? How about making a craft? Many parents don’t feel they’re creative enough to do crafts with their kids. While that may be the case for you, you don’t have to deprive your children of the fun they’ll have making something with the family. Don’t have a bunch of craft supplies? That’s okay—because you don’t … [Read more...]

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

How Having Pets at Home Help Promote Values

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.   Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Maybe it will happen over Christmas time. Maybe it will happen on your child’s birthday. Maybe it will happen on some idle Sunday … [Read more...]

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents (Book Review)

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents (Book Review)

When you first begin thinking about becoming a parent, your mind is flooded with cute little onesies and cuddly moments. Often images of children laughing through a field of flowers sneak in there too. Of course, if you've been a parent for more than 10 minutes you know this is not always the case. That's why I was so glad to see a book like Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents.  I'm a big fan of Gary Chapman really enjoyed his five love languages book, so I was happy to give … [Read more...]