Taking turns – in life

generations of familiesLately I’ve had the thought of taking turns on my mind . . . a lot. When one reaches 70 years of age it is easy to think back on how thing were when I was younger. I look at teenagers and I think, “I was young like that once. I had my turn at that.” And I can repeat that scenario for any of the life stages I went through.

I can’t help but wonder if there might be a way to help children and youth become more aware of time and how life changes – Continue reading

Read, Write, and Sew Camp

LadybugSummer is just around the corner! Parents are busy helping their kids find just the right activities for the months off school.

Why not plan an at-home camp to read, write, and sew? Continue reading

Easter Story for Young Children

Easter Time for Kids

Easter Time for Kids

Easter is just around the corner. It’s not just about the Easter egg hunt or the Easter bunny. Also, young children should not equate Easter with their Savior being tortured. Instead, young children need to understand that death is not the end of the Easter story. The point of Easter is that Jesus is alive in heaven. Because Jesus has risen, we have hope that we will be with Him forever in paradise!

When you tell your children the story of Jesus’ resurrection, paraphrase it in a way that highlights the important details. Here is an example:

“One Sunday morning, a special Sunday we call Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and her two friends were sad because Jesus had died on a cross. They went to the tomb where Jesus’ body was so that they could show Jesus they loved and missed Him. When they came to Jesus’ tomb, they went inside and saw that Jesus was not there. They were afraid because they did not know who took Jesus away. But a beautiful angel dressed in a bright robe came to them and said: ‘Do not be afraid, Jesus is not here. Go and tell Jesus’ helpers that He is alive.’ What wonderful news! Jesus was alive! Jesus is called our Savior because He saved us from our sins. When we don’t behave that is a sin. Jesus died for all the sins of the world. But after Jesus died on the cross, His followers buried Him in a tomb, and the angel came to announce that He is alive and is now in heaven. One day, we will be in heaven with Jesus forever! Easter is about Jesus’ death, but more importantly, it is about His rising to live again. At Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We can learn about resurrection from the seasons. During winter, all the plants die, but then in springtime, they all come back to life. Resurrection means dying and coming back to life. Because Jesus died and came back to life, we never have to be afraid of death or dying. In fact, right now, Jesus is in heaven building a beautiful place for us to live with Him forever and ever!”

What glorious, good news! Watch as your children’s faces reflect the joy of hearing the story of salvation. For those who participate in Easter festivities, explain to your children that opening up an Easter egg and finding a surprise is like Mary and her friends going to the tomb and finding out the wonderful surprise that Jesus was alive. In addition, tell your children that every little bunny that is born in the spring reminds us that we need to celebrate new life.

We can help our children understand the real meaning of Easter without forcing them to give up their fun childhood fantasies. After all, we don’t give up our Christmas trees at Christmas. With that in mind, here are some fun activities for the Easter season that can help you explain Jesus’ death and resurrection to your young children:

  • Teach your children the jellybean prayer.
  • Bake resurrection cookies.
  • Make resurrection rolls.
  • Dye resurrection eggs.
  • Have an Easter egg hunt. Leave a few plastic eggs empty as an opportunity to remind your children about the empty tomb.
  • Put chocolate crosses in your children’s Easter basket. Many candy manufacturers sell religious-themed Easter candy.
  • A very fun activity is Egglo’s Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt, which helps children “see the light of Jesus.” It includes a storybook and DVD.

My newest book release, “God’s Easter Miracles,” is a unique Easter story that will help your children learn the true meaning of Easter while teaching them to have love and compassion for others!

Newest Release for Easter!  Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner

Newest Release for Easter!
Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner

Anne of Green Gables Party

713578942557fafc051f053d83e88847My daughter, Jessica, just finished reading Anne of Green Gables as a bedtime story to her children. Her six-year-old daughter, Lilly, especially liked it. Lilly has six brothers and a baby sister, Lucy. When I mentioned that we had the movie, we began planning a special girls-only Anne of Green Gables party to watch it together.

Because I’m not much of a party planner or cook, I tried to keep things as simple as possible. The guest list was short, including only family. In addition to Jessica, Lilly, Lucy,and me, those who came were my other daughter, Ashley, and my mom.

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The Power of a Praying® Grandparent.

The Power of a Praying GrandparentBack in early 2015 I wrote a post called The Power of Prayer where I focused on a particular book by Stormie Omartian that I was reading and finding helpful (actually, I read it daily, and my book is looking rather used now!) as well as highlighting her other books for various ages and stages of life.

I’m so pleased now to talk about her recent release, The Power of a Praying® Grandparent. My parents were delighted to receive this book for Christmas from their grandsons.

Here is what the back cover says:

The Prayers of a Grandparent
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