Wednesday, November 06, 2013

2013 Printable Advent Devotional


I did a little tweaking to the Advent Calendar Devotions to make them fit into the 2013 (slightly shorter) Advent season. I also made them a cinch to cut out and fit into your Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar (or whichever calendar you are using). I hope you find it helpful! Click the link below to access it!

Advent Devotional

Let me know if you have any suggestions to make it better! This just started out as something that would fit my family, but I am glad to know that it has blessed many other families and churches over the years!

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

{InCourage}ment for Moms and Dads



There's a guest post on the InCourage blog today from yours truly... Show me some love and let me know what you think by commenting on the post, Lessons from a Tenderhearted Father. Thanks, friends!

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Homemade Christmas Gifts



Last year one of my tutorials was featured on Happy Housewife and today there is an incredible opportunity to download the e-book edition of ALL of the homemade Christmas gifts that she has featured, including mine.

"Homemade Christmas gifts don’t have to look like they came out of your 3 year-old’s Sunday School class. There are some amazing homemade gift ideas that can be made by real-life moms on a real-life budget! In this book you'll find step-by-step instructions for sixty gifts that you can make using easy to find items and you don't have to be an expert crafter to do it!"

Hop on over to Amazon and download today so that you can get it for free and begin to peruse and decide which projects you will undertake this Christmas to bless friends and family. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

{GiVeAwAy} & Review of The Church Planting Wife



Of all the interesting things Allen and I have done together, church planting takes the cake. It's hard to accurately depict the challenges, trials, emotions, heartaches and even joys that accompany the journey, but I am so thankful that a book has been written with the church planting wife in mind.

In the first chapter alone, my emotions were peaked and my eyes were watery thinking about our first year. As I remembered the early days of church planting and what it felt like to be on an emotional roller coaster...crying out to God for rest, for friendship, for balance... As hard as it was, I am ever thankful to God for testing and strengthening my faith as it could only be done in the church planting fire. I'm grateful that my faith, my marriage, my security all came through the roughest part fireproofed. Christine accurately represents the challenges we face and I appreciate her appeal to the heart of the church planter wife.

"Your heart is vital to the mission. As you give God your heart, He will give you His. God's heart for you is that church planting be the soil in which you grow in Christlikeness. With His heart as your own, your role and the challenges of church planting become opportunities for growth and ministry, and church planting becomes an exciting adventure of radical faith." (p. 23)

Weaved in and out of every chapter is a heart check and plea to cultivate a dependent heart on the Lord.   I am thankful that this book isn't a church planting rant, an opportunity to discuss the injustices that the wife faces. On the contrary, the heart is addressed first and continually as the primary object of God's mission.

Relating to Christine's experience was easy. If you watched me reading this book, you would have seen me nodding and smiling (or crying!) as I progressed. From knowing my "role" to sleepless nights wondering if we were insane, to trying to find balance, to seeking true friends, I related to most everything she covers in this book. As a"Helpmate to the Man Who Does Everything," we, as church planting wives, NEED wisdom and encouragement to assist us on our journey. I am thankful that God called Christine and her husband to plant a church, as well as share her wisdom through the journey.

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If you would like to receive a copy of Christine Hoover's new book, The Church Planting Wife, she is giving away a copy to one blessed Duty Chronicles reader. It may just be YOU!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Homemade Christmas Gifts E-Book



Last year one of my tutorials was featured on Happy Housewife and today there is an incredible opportunity to download the e-book edition of ALL of the homemade Christmas gifts that she has featured, including mine.

Hop on over to Amazon and download today so that you can get it for free and begin to peruse and decide which projects you will undertake this Christmas to bless friends and family. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012 Advent Calendar and Devotional


I did a little tweaking to the Advent Calendar Devotions to make them fit into the 2012 (slightly shorter) Advent season. I also made them a little easier on the eyes and a cinch to cut out and fit into your Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar (or whichever calendar you are using). I hope you find it helpful! Click the link below to access it!

Advent Devotional

Let me know if you have any suggestions to make it better! This just started out as something that would fit my family, but I am glad to know that it has blessed many other families and churches over the years!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Messy Party


Easton turned 3 in July and we thought it very fitting for him to have a 
"Messy Party" since he is our own personal Mr. Messy. 

Seriously, no matter how many times I tell him that his shirt is not a napkin and offer him a real napkin, his shirt still ends up looking like he lost some sort of battle after a PB&J lunch. Not only that, he goes straight for the mud, the puddles, the dirt and the sand when given the opportunity 
(or really, when given a second out of my eyesight, to be more accurate). 

So, here's our recap of the Messy Party:

 First off, Spaghetti Relay



The kids split into teams and had to grab handfuls of oily spaghetti and run with it to the other side where there was a bucket to measure which team got the most without spilling. These little ones could not have cared less about winning, as a matter of fact, there were some putting there noodles in the wrong bucket. We called it a tie (if anyone cared!).

 Next up, Conquer the Donut!


We hung powdered donuts by string and tied them to a low tree (with varying heights). Each child had to put their hands behind their backs and attempt to bite the donut using only their mouth. This was actually hilarious. The older kids really got into the this. The younger ones just grabbed their donuts and started eating them. Several did that before the game even got under way!


Cheerios Face-Off: We spread icing on their faces and they had to (without hands) stick as many Cheerios on their faces as they could in 30 seconds


We had several stations that kids could help themselves to, such as 
Painting, Rock Painting and Body Painting (made with shave cream):


   




   

 

   

 And, the Dirty Dig = kiddie pool filled with dirt, play snakes, trucks and shovels

 



Can't forget the Washing Station (some kids didn't want to stay quite as messy as my Mr. Messy)



Messy Cake-Eating was the highlight for my little man! 

 



The kids had a fantastic time and the adults agreed that next time, 
we want to have a grown-up messy party! Now, that will be truly fantastic!


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