Archives for October 2015

Creating a Chore Time Routine for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

When we adopted our two sweet children, we sort of went into “survival” mode. Both children had emotional issues, and they need weekly behavioral therapy. Bella was enrolled in a therapy school, and Casey had physical, occupational, and speech therapy. I was spending hours and hours each day on the road. I was happy if I could somewhat maintain the house, and assigning chores to my kids wasn’t even on my radar. This year things are different. My kids have {Read More}

Must-Try Recipe: Banana Sour Cream Bread

You’ll never need another banana bread recipe again. One of the things I love about writing the Pinecraft Pieshop Series is all the wonderful food that finds itself withing the pages of these novels. Here is a recipe for Banana Sour Cream Banana bread. Can you say? YUM! Banana Sour Cream Bread ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup butter 3 cups sugar 3 eggs 6 ripe bananas 16 ounces sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | When Less is More {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer: Ask God to show you ways you can give to others things that matter to you. Appetizer: Fill a small cup with warm water. Put a couple tablespoons of a favorite drink in a large cup. (Make sure the cups aren’t see-through.) Hold up the cups so everyone can see how full they are. Ask which cup they’d rather have. After they choose, show them the inside of the cups. Why did they choose the one they did? {Read More}

5 Simple Ways to Love A Friend Who’s Grieving {by Rachel Wojo}

You wanted to say something. Do something. Help in some way. But you just weren’t sure what to do. So you said nothing. Did nothing. Helped no one. When our friends or loved ones are hurting, especially grieving, it’s easy to think there is nothing we can do to help. Or sometimes we convince ourselves that they want to be left alone and when some time has passed, our friendship will return to “normal.” People in grief need understanding & compassion, no {Read More}

Live the Life God’s Called You To {+ FREE Printable}

Live the Life God’s Called You To If I were to ask 100 people who name one of the most influential women of the last 100 years, my guess is that Mother Teresa would be on the top of most everyone’s list. This humble servant captured the world’s heart with the way she cared for the poor and forgotten, but many people don’t realize the mission of a woman started with the prayers of a little girl. Born Anjezë Gonxhe {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | Got Milk? {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer: Pray the Bible from Psalm 125:15-16. (Have one person read one line, then read the next line together.) Reading: The eyes of all look to you. Response: And you give them their food at the proper time. Reading: You open your hand. Response: And satisfy the desires of every living thing. Appetizer: Did you know that cows are good for more than milk and steaks? What else comes from cows? (Basketballs are made from cowhides. Crayons come from {Read More}

First Chapter Friday | Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prarie, Montana Chapter 1 The sound of little girls’ voices and the sight of the sun streaming through the tall, second-story window of the Open Door Home for Destitute Girls, a privately owned orphanage on upper Manhattan, told nineteen-year-old Julia Cavanaugh that the day had started without her. Julia, an orphan herself, now running the place for the owner, brushed a strand of dark hair from her eyes. She submitted to a second yawn as {Read More}

When God Asks You to Return to Your Darkest Place

Do you have a dark place in your life? A place of heartache or even sin? Without a doubt my darkest place was when I walked away from God during my teen years. I became sexually active at a young age, and I chose to have an abortion at age 15. I found myself pregnant again—by the same boyfriend—at age 17 and the second time I chose life. From the moment after I walked out of the clinic after by {Read More}

Your Prayers DO Impact Generations {And 5 Things to Pray}

Do your prayers matter—not just for today or this year—but for generations? Can the prayers you pray today and the faith steps you take this week impact your descendants 100 years from now? Yes, they can! We all want to know our prayers matter, but sometimes our greatest prayers may not be answered until our life on earth is done. In fact, you may think you’re praying about one thing, but God might use those prayers greater in the lives {Read More}

Keeping His Promise | 2 Peter 3:9

Saturday Scripture 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Prayer Papa God, Thank you for your Word and the many promises it contains. You are faithful and true to your Word and I am so grateful for that! You know my prayers, my concerns, my worries and that I get impatient waiting for answers. {Read More}

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