Around this time of year, I get out our copy of An Easter Carol. The girls enjoy the Veggie Tales videos, so this is one of their Easter favorites! They absolutely love the music box's singing angel. I just came across a great sale on this item. You can find it for only $5.00 on the Family Christian Stores website.
Here's a little video sneak peek:
"Cavis and Millward, stars of Big Idea's smash Christmas release, The Star of Christmas, are back!This time, Cavis and Millward (Bob and Larry) and a music box angel named Hope (voiced by Rebecca St. James) must convince Uncle Ebenezzer Nezzer that Easter is about more than just candy and eggs. Inspired by Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, this is a powerful story that will remind the viewer why million of Christians about the world celebrate Easter past, present and future! "
Recently, I had posted how I was looking for new bibles for my girls being that they were growing out of their story bibles. Well, I finally purchased bibles as an Easter surprise and was so fortunate to find them on sale. Below are my final selections:
"Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz!™ sparkle! Now girls can grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime, in their language, for their world."
The Faithgirlz! Bible is recommended for girls aged 8 and up. Sunshine will be turning 7 soon, so I'm hoping that this will be a bible that will grow with her into the pre-teen years.
"Ready for Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the Adventure Bible. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God. Recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids. "
The Adventure Bible was selected for Peanut who will be turning 5. She isn't able to read yet, but I thought that I would purchase her big girl bible now as well. It won't be long before she will be able to read it and follow along at Church.
Well, they were supposed to be gifts for Easter. I'm like a big kid and I couldn't wait to give them their new bibles. They were super excited; they both love their individual bibles.
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One of our favorite books to read during the Easter season is The Best Thing About Easter by by Christine Harder Tangvald. It shares the things that children naturally enjoy during this time of year such as chocolate bunnies, baby chicks and jellybeans, but it emphasizes the true meaning of Easter. It shares how Jesus' love is the "best thing about Easter."
To see the latest board book version of The Best Thing About Easter or to find other books by Christine Harder Tangvald visit-Family Christian Stores.
Yesterday, my daughters and I enjoyed the sunny weather at a local park. As I was swinging on a swing next to my four year old, we both closed our eyes as the sunshine warmed our faces.
"I'm feeling thankful," I told her. "Me too, Mama," she responded.
Isn't the beginning of Spring just wonderful! Looking for signs of Spring in the yard, hearing the birds in the early morning, and the beautiful sunshine.
Here's a song that I like to sing with my girls to remind us to appreciate each new day:
It's a happy day and I thank God for the weather. It's a happy day and I'm living it for my Lord. It's a happy day and things are gonna' get better, Because I'm living each day with the promises of my Lord.
God did not promise, sun without rain. Peace without sorrow. Life without pain. But he did promise, Strength for the day! Peace for our trials. Help all the way!
I've always enjoyed Irish Blessings, even though I don't have an Irish heritage. Marrying into an Irish family has given me the opportunity to share a little bit more of this culture with my children. Below are a few Irish blessings for you to enjoy!
In This Irish Home May these walls be filled with laughter, may it reach from floor to rafter. May the roof keep out the rain, may sunshine warm each windowpane. And may the door be open wide to let the Good Lord's love inside. ____________________________________
May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours! ____________________________________
This day I call to me: God's strength to direct me, God's power to sustain me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's vision to light me, God's ear to my hearing, God's word to my speaking, God's hand to uphold me, God's pathway before me, God's shield to protect me, God's legions to save me. from A Retreat With St. Patrick ____________________________________
Today, I am thankful for my health. This morning I woke up with a horrible head cold that kept me in bed half of the day. But when I look at things from a different perspective, I realize that things could be worse. There is hope of my head cold going away after a number of days, but I can't help but think of those who are battling things much worse. Therefore, today as I struggle to get out of bed, I'm going to be thankful for my health and lift up others who aren't as fortunate.
Recently, I came across a couple of blogs that post what they are thankful for on Thursday, hence where they get Thankful Thursdays! Well, I've decided to follow suit and join in on Thankful Thursdays. With all of our challenges in this world with sickness, the economy, war, violence, etc., I think that it is important to focus on our many blessings. My first post will be this Thursday, but I'm feeling pretty thankful today, so I'm going to post a photo of what I am thankful for today!!
I am so thankful for my family today! I love them all so much. My husband is healing from surgery and it has been wonderful how he has appreciated my care and what I do for the family. Today, I interviewed my girls for my other blog, Creative and Curious Kids, and it was so neat to see that even though they are young, they too appreciate Momma. My oldest even teared up when I asked her How does she know that her Mom loves her? She said that there are so, so many ways that I show her this. Wow! Six years old and she really thinks this! So sweet.
Well, I appreciate them, too! I am so blessed to have each of them in my life.
Welcome! I'm Jen, the mother of 3 beautiful blessings! My little man- age 3 years, Peanut-age 8, and Sunshine- age 10. Celebrated 17 years of marriage this past year- Wow! Enjoy exploring and creating with my little ones and those I care for part-time. Taking a break from my Elementary Education career to have more time with my family.
This site is dedicated to one of Abby's first teachers. God uses her daily to touch the lives of children (her Shining Stars). She touches the lives of grownups, too. She taught me to pray not only for the big things in my children's lives, but also for their daily boo boos! We are very blessed to have her in our lives!