Bonding Through Books | The Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

I had the privilege of stopping by the Read-Aloud Revival  podcast to share about how reading aloud help me bond with my adoptive kids. Listen to the interview to find out how even though I grew up in a non-reading family, reading and writing has become a huge part of my family’s culture. Also, discover some of my favorite read-alouds and books that made me a reader and writer. Thanks for having me, Sarah! Click here to listen.   Looking for great read-alouds for your {Read More}

6 Ways to Build a Positive Family

Do your kids struggle with negativity? Are you constantly having to break up fights? Do you cringe at the words coming out of your child’s mouth? Do you wish everyone could just be happy and positive? A positive attitude at home will leak into the rest of your child’s life. The “family” is where the foundation of a positive living is built. It’s our job not just to teach being positive, but to model it. Here are 6 ways to {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | It’s Good for You {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer: Thank the Lord that He has given you food to make your body strong and His Word to make your spirit strong. Appetizer: Did you know that broccoli has been served up for dinner for at least 2,000 years? (Parts of the Bible have been around even longer!)1 If you could outlaw one vegetable, what would it be? Main Course: Have you ever heard your mom say, “Eat your broccoli; it’s good for you”? Believe it or not, your {Read More}

3 Ways to Include Devotions in {Any} Family’s Busy Schedule – Rhonda Owens

We’re all busy. Whether we have one child or eight; whether we homeschool or public school; whether we work at home, work part-time or full — we are busy! In fact, most of my friends, in response to the question, “How are you?” usually respond, “Busy!!” So in a day and age when we feel harried, as if we couldn’t possibly add one more thing to our schedules, how are we doing at following God’s directive to diligently teach our {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | Snack Attack {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that Your timing is perfect. Amen. Appetizer: Did you know the word cookie actually comes from the Dutch word koekje, pronounced “kook-ya,” which means little cake? Why do you think they gave it this name? Main Course: Have you ever sneaked a treat before dinner? Your stomach is growling. Your patience is wearing out. You munch a cookie (or two or three) just to ease your hunger. What happens when dinnertime arrives? What if you were served {Read More}

Simplifying Christmas | Simple Family Memory Making (Plus a Giveaway!)

Do you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way. Inspirational authors Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer share about Christmas’ past in their new novella collection Where Treetops Glisten. Their three stories “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will take you back to war-time 1942, 1943, and 1944. The authors have also teamed up to give {Read More}

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