How to Start a Teen MOPS Group

  I get emails all the time from people asking how they can start a Teen MOPS group. Well, here’s some info. How to start a Teen MOPS group: If you’ve followed me for any time on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve heard me talk about Teen MOPS. Teen MOPS is a support group for teenage mothers. It’s part of MOPS International. Basically Teen MOPS is a support group for our youngest moms. I started a Teen MOPS group in Kalispell, {Read More}

Teaching Your Children How to Pray + Printable & Giveaway {by Melissa Spoelstra}

“Lord, I just thank you for this wonderful day today, and I pray we’d have a wonderful day tomorrow. Amen.” This typical bedtime prayer was repeated often when I tucked my children into bed at night. After several nights in a row, I asked them if they had anything else they wanted to talk to God about. If I made suggestions, they were very open to adding them, but rarely initiated deeper conversation with their Maker. I contemplated that perhaps {Read More}

19 Tips for Reading Aloud to Your Kids

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Currently we’re reading Little House on the Prairie. And recently we just finished Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avelona. (Pst. You can buy the WHOLE Anne of Green Gables Series on Amazon for only .99!) Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are {Read More}

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life

Pro-life for Kids: Ideas for Teaching the Sanctity of Life The little feet pin glinted on the woman’s lapel. The feet and toes were tiny. It was as if a fairy had landed upon her blouse, left gold footprints, and fluttered away. I pointed to the pin. “That’s so cute.” The older woman smiled. “Those are the size of the feet of a 12-week-old fetus.” A fist of pain hit my gut, and I looked away before she saw the {Read More}

Great Read Alouds for K-2nd Grade {+ Printable!}

Great Read Alouds for K-2nd Grade {+ Printable!}   I LOVE reading aloud to my kids. And they love it, too! According to Jim Trelease, author of Read-Aloud Handbook, reading aloud is not only fun, it gives your child a huge advantage when it comes to learning. Children who start school with a larger vocabulary tend to do better than the child with a low vocabulary. And how do children learn and expand their vocabulary? By hearing words used at home! Often, our {Read More}

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Jesus by Anne Garboczi Evans   Hi, I’m Anne and I’m the mother of a talkative little two-year-old named Joe-Joe. And the older he grows, the more he wants to know. Growing up the second of four kids, I always thought of kids’ learning things as osmosis. You hang around smart people who have bookshelves full of interesting books and you end up educated—and entertained, and fed, and owning a driver’s license, right? {Read More}

44 Mom Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss (Plus a Giveaway!)

44 Mom Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss There is a new type of world changers these days. They are women who serve God, serve their families, and use their words to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Having been a blogger for eight years,  I’ve built amazing friendships with other mommy bloggers. Below is a list I compiled of Mommy Bloggers that you don’t want to miss. Take time to check out their blogs and connect with these amazing women! Don’t {Read More}

A New Family Favorite (& Giveaway!)

A New Family Favorite We have no less than a dozen Bible story books and our kids love to read them. Bella, Casey and Alyssa were excited when the Treasury of Bible Stories arrived. And they were even more excited when I started to read. Rhyming books are always fun. We love Dr. Suess and we love rhymes. What a joy to find a Bible Story book with fun rhymes that catch a child’s interest! There are twenty stories in {Read More}

Back-to-School Life Management Secrets for Moms

Back-to-School Life Management Secrets for Moms Secret #1 – Write in the Morning Julia Cameron, best-selling author, has a great suggestion with how to start every morning. She explains, “‘Morning Pages’ are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages – they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages {Read More}

How to Grow a Reader

Growing up my favorite thing to do was read. As a homeschooling mom (and an author) reading is now a highlight of my life. From the moment I had kids, I wanted them to be readers, too. I’m happy to say they are! Here are some ways you can grow a reader too. 1. Start young and keep going. I started reading to my kids when they were four to five months old. Sometimes I didn’t even read the story, {Read More}

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