Four Ways to Impress Scripture on Your Children | Mary Hairston

I vividly remember a dark and lonely time right after college, and before I had any clue what God wanted to do with my life, when God’s Word first became what I lived on. I grew up reading Scripture and enjoying it, but I don’t think I truly relied on it before then. That year, and years after, I filled journals with notes on the precious thoughts of my God communicated through His Word. They were light in my darkness {Read More}

Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy … and Love It!

With ten kids (and eight at home) it seems I’m always in the kitchen. As a mom I want my kids to eat as healthy as possible, but at the same time I don’t want to spent all day, every day in the kitchen! I’ve discovered that taking time to prep makes all the difference. Here are some things I do to prep. Get your kids to eat healthy . . . and love it! Prepare vegetables. I cut carrots, {Read More}

111 Classic Movies to Share as a Family

Just the other day I was looking for a movie to watch with a friend’s kids. They love High School Musical and all the new movies, but they watch those over and over again. Remembering the movies I loved as a kid–and ones my older kids loved–I started making a list of movies I’d love to share with my young friends. I also asked my Facebook and Twitter friends for input. 111 Classic Movies to Share as a Family! Yes {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}

Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”

Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”   I’m a project person. I like lists to check off and gold stars (even if they are imagined) placed on my jobs that are well done. As an author I like to type “The End”at the completion of my novels. As a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) leader, I like getting into my car after a meeting and letting out a contented sigh, knowing the speaker’s message touched a great {Read More}

Family Volunteering: Tips & Tricks

  Family Volunteering: Tips & Tricks Give back. Together. You know the old saying, “It is better to give than receive.” For many families the best gifts they can give is the gift of themselves … through volunteering. Family volunteering has been an interest to homeschooling advocates for years. Raymond and Dorothy Moore recommend an hour a day of home or community service. Can you imagine how your family (homeschooling or not) could impact the community by volunteering an hour {Read More}

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days I don’t know about you, but I was a messy child and teen. Growing up, my room could have been considered a danger zone. It was hard to walk through it without tripping on stuff. Clothes, books, and shoes were strewn everywhere. My mom would ask me to clean my room over and over again, and then—when she couldn’t take it any more—she’d clean it for me. She’d also repeat the same thing each {Read More}

Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments

Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments It was an ordinary day. I was leaving the doctor’s office with my three kids when the homeless man approached us. He was in a wheelchair and he was missing a leg. I’d just gotten the kids buckled into their car seats when he approached asking for food. I “just so happened” to have a packed lunch with me. I also had recently been to the bakery, and I’d picked up some donuts for {Read More}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!}

6 Ways to Find Joy in Your Day {Printable!} As a homeschooling mom I’ve had kids at home for 25 years. This means noisy days, busy days, and these-kids-are-giving-me-a-headache days. With three little ones I’m looking at another 15 years of homeschooling and having kids at home. Does that seem overwhelming? It would have been if I hadn’t discovered something amazing: JOY! Over the last year God has been speaking to my heart and encouraging me to find joy in everyday living. {Read More}

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble   When we moved to Little Rock in 2010, I knew it would be easy to slip into the Bible Belt bubble. My husband’s job was with a Christian organization (FamilyLife), so surrounding ourselves with like-minded friends would be easy. Big, beautiful churches are within a few miles of our home, and I knew we could make great friends at church, too. But is that all life is about—to be surrounding {Read More}

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