Children's Books · Church Resources · resources · Uncategorized

Ten Essential Children’s Books about Grief for Church and School Libraries, and Home Use (+ Additional Resources)

I’m often asked, both in my role as pastor and also as an author of a book on faith and family about what resources I recommend for children who are grieving. In this post I link to ten books I recommend for children and families. Check out the age recommendations as well as a short sentence… Continue reading Ten Essential Children’s Books about Grief for Church and School Libraries, and Home Use (+ Additional Resources)

off topic · personal · Uncategorized

5 Things NOT to Say to Pregnant Women and Why (and What to Say Instead)

This post is a little “off topic” for me, but it was inspired by THIS POST  I wrote awhile back on helping speech. Since I was pregnant for the better portion of 2016, I feel like I know what I’m talking about on this one. Having heard other pregnant women concur with the challenge of… Continue reading 5 Things NOT to Say to Pregnant Women and Why (and What to Say Instead)

Children's Spirituality · resources · Uncategorized

Family Faith Resources for Lent, 2017

Ash Wednesday at Home – Written by Jerusalem Greer last year. Love love LOVE this. Photo Guide, daily devotion, and family activities, put out by the Florida Conference of the UMC. #PictureLent Making Pretzels for Lent is a fun family activity. The pretzels are meant to look like hands folded in prayer. Doing this annually… Continue reading Family Faith Resources for Lent, 2017

made me think · off topic · Parenting · personal

On Marina Lynn, Fetal and Maternal Health Worldwide, and Other Musings

Well, well, well… look what’s been going on around here! A little over a week ago, we welcomed little Marina Lynn into the world. She came in to the world at 6 pounds and 4 ounces of pure awesome, and I can’t wait to see what adventures she takes us on. I’ve had so many thoughts… Continue reading On Marina Lynn, Fetal and Maternal Health Worldwide, and Other Musings

Book (Mine) · Giveaway

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me… Ten Copies of Seamless Faith!

Ten book Seamless Faith Giveaway! This Spring Seamless Faith is being re-released with more practices, supplemental guides and links to additional resources. It’s got a new cover (squee!) and a new title Faithful Families and an all around upgrade. That doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the first edition at all, but I’d like to get it… Continue reading On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me… Ten Copies of Seamless Faith!

Printable Resource · Uncategorized

Sunday Planning Calendar – Free Download

Two years ago I put together a very simple “Sundays Only” planning calendar that lots of people downloaded. I’m happy to offer it again here as a JPG (just right click the photo and “Save As”) or a PDF (just click on the link!) I’ve also decided to make an editable version available for purchase on… Continue reading Sunday Planning Calendar – Free Download

advent · made me think · Parenting

A Quick Thought About Santa Claus, Jesus and Unconditional Love When You’re “Naughty”

“Mama, does Santa bring you presents if you are bad?” My five year old asked me that question this week with a worried look on his face. “Yes,” I said. “That’s not what I heard. I heard that if you’re bad you don’t get anything at all.” “Well, in this house, we don’t believe in… Continue reading A Quick Thought About Santa Claus, Jesus and Unconditional Love When You’re “Naughty”

advent · Book · Children's Books · Children's Spirituality · Church Resources · Giveaway · reviews

Christmas Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist: A Review and Giveaway!

  Last week when I posted about Advent Calendars, I mentioned that I’m planning on doing the “book a day” calendar with my children, starting on December 1. I’ve already wrapped all of the books (um, it took more time than I anticipated, but I was watching The West Wing, so it’s all good.) and… Continue reading Christmas Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist: A Review and Giveaway!

resources · Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: Jerusalem Greer

From time to time I’ll be talking to someone new about Seamless Faith (soon to be re-released as Faithful Families!) and that person will ask “Do you know Jerusalem Greer? I think you two would really get along.” The answer I give is always “Kinda.” The truth is, I “met” Jerusalem through the wild internet… Continue reading Someone You Should Know: Jerusalem Greer

advent · Children's Spirituality · Church Resources

5 Advent Calendar Ideas that Focus on Family Time, Kindness and Service

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there’s a part of me that really thinks the best Advent Calendar idea is something that gives the child a toy every day. I’m particularly eying the Lego City calendar, the Plamobil calendar, and the Thomas the Train calendar. They’re cool, right? Getting a toy every day from the… Continue reading 5 Advent Calendar Ideas that Focus on Family Time, Kindness and Service