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Devotions for Beginning Readers {review + giveaway}

Devotions for Beginning Readers

We have a new reader in our house and it’s so fun to see her pick up books and be able to read them without much help. As I watch her become more independent with her reading, I imagine her just a few years from now getting lost in fiction or diving into books on […]

Walk with the Wise Men: An Elf on the Shelf Alternative

Walk with the Wise Men

It’s not that I have anything against that creepy little elf. It’s just that. . .well. . .he’s a little creepy. We’d managed to dodge the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon until my daughter started kindergarten and they did a version of it in class. Then all the kids began talking about where their elf […]

15 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift Ideas

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas

We’ve experienced the joy that comes with filling an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for years! Now that my kiddos are a little older, they can participate in choosing and packing items for our friends overseas. They actually contribute their money to our shoebox budget as well. They love being a part of this ministry. We […]

Grow with Me Family Advent Experience

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Guide your family through the Christmas season from Creation to Christ! It’s here! It’s finally here! We’ve spent the better part of the past two months preparing this family Advent experience for YOU! We are thrilled to invite your family to join us along the journey. Beginning in Genesis and ending with Jesus’ birth, the […]

Ultimate Christian Living ebook Bundle On Sale for 5 Days!

Ultimate Christian Living Bundle

Y’all know how we feel about books and resources around here. We love them. Although we believe each and every one of us must go to God for true wisdom and direction, we also believe in the power of community and a good #graceexchange. Which is why our bookshelves {and tablets} are full of amazing […]

Holiday Prep Bundle {giveaway}

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We are super excited to bring you this month’s bundle giveaway early because it is FULL of amazing holiday prep prizes. We want you to have as much time as possible with these wonderful goodies!   $100 Minted Credit Y’all our amazing friends at Minted are once again offering a $100 credit for holiday cards. […]

When Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough

Childhood Delight

She lingers at the dinner table with barely half of her food eaten. “I’m tired,” she exclaims. Nothing new for my energy-filled, never-stops-until-she-crashes 6-year-old. I walk over to examine her plate and put my hand on her head. Heat. I grab the thermometer and within seconds I know. Sick. Again. I look at my husband, […]

Family Faith-Building: Teaching Kids about Gratitude

Teaching Kids Gratitude

  We talk about being thankful a lot in our house but there often still seems to be a lack of gratitude. I believe we can and should practice gratitude on a practical level but until the spirit of thanksgiving takes over our hearts, we’ll never feel like we have enough. For a while {and […]

The Legacy of Baking

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My husband and I have both lost our moms in the past 4 years. One thing both matriarchs loved to do was bake Christmas cookies. We gathered together every year with our small children to create yummy treats for the holidays. It would have been easy to lay aside this tradition with their passing but […]

How To Set a Thanksgiving Legacy Table

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  Two years ago as I prepared to have our family over for Thanksgiving dinner, I started to think about the treasures I might set on the dinner table. Each one I perused sent me reminiscing about its origin. I was taken back to my childhood, my wedding day, friendships throughout the years. And it […]