A Snack My Kids Love To Eat



Edamame!  More commonly known as the soybean this is a fun and delicious snack for kids.  All of my kids go crazy when I put out a bowl of these.  They are simple and quick to prepare too!  They can be eaten warm or cold.  I buy them at Trader Joe’s in their freezer department.  You can get them in the shell, out of the shell, precooked or 5 minutes to cook.  Try some.


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A Tree of Thanks


I sent the first 80 digits on a quest in the rain.   They searched high and low for the perfect branch for our first “Tree of Thanks”.  The girls helped me plant the tree and outline the leaves.  Then they all put up their first thought of thanks.  Every night at dinner we will add to the tree and discuss what the bible says about being thankful.  Of course, it is encouraged that if they think of something they are thankful for through the day they can add to it too.  

Thanksgiving is a holiday that began in America for us to give thanks to God for His blessings upon our lives.  Here are some verses to get you started:

  • Psalm 100
  • Psalm 9:1
  • Psalm 50:23
  • Psalm 92:1
  • Psalm 97:12
  • Philippians 4:6




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A New Site in “Sites for Kids”


This is probably the best site that I have found for kids.  It is so much fun!  Even though I added it to my “Sites for Kids” link, it deserved it’s own post.  I have been writing my own silly stories, learning about the history of solitaire and sneakers, guessing flags of the world and so much more.  Ok, it’s actually not only for kids!  You have to check it out.  The design is wonderful and easy to navigate.  Endless hours of fun.  I like it so much I want to start a collection of Chevron cars.  The coloring pages are terrific too.  Don’t forget you can always find it easily by using the button on this blog called “Sites for Kids”.  Have Fun!

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A Splink is a SIMPLE way to LINK your family together spiritually.  It’s a FREE weekly email packed with ideas to help connect your family. Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time. Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink! “

Here is an example activity:

Clothes from God

 As your child is getting dressed, ask:

  •      Did you know the Bible tells you what to put on?

Read Colossians 3:12-17. (If you don’t have time to read the verses right then, tell them some of the characteristics listed and read them together later, maybe at bedtime when you are picking out the next day’s clothes.) 
Write each characteristic they are to “put on” on a slip of paper. (Some include: love, forgiveness, mercy, kindness, humility, patience.) Put the slips of paper in a cup and ask each member of the family to draw out one characteristic they will “put on” that day. Evaluate how it went at the end of the day. Ask: 

  •      What chances did you have to show the characteristic you picked today?
  •      What was hard or easy about it?

Reward your children at the end of the day by reading an extra book or playing a game together.  Put the slips back in the cup and pick a new one each day of the week, if you like.

Sign up now to have the weekly Splink emailed straight into your inbox. What are you waiting for? Get Splinking!

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My Own Shower


I have used this for many years.  I think it builds confidence in the water quicker than taking baths.  It makes washing hair and rinsing off babies much easier.  I like to wash my babies hair and bodies while they sit or stand in the tub and then when they are all washed they can take a fun bath in clean water.  With all of the controversy about bath, shampoo and soap chemicals possibly being a threat to their growing organs, I prefer that my kids take baths in pure, clean water.  The older kids like that they can adjust it to their height. It’s a bargain at $20!  

You can find this at Leaps and Bounds and a few other online retailers.

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I received this in an email and thought it worthy of a post!

Quiet Heroes
by Max Lucado

Quiet heroes dot the landscape of our society. They don’t wear ribbons or kiss trophies; they wear spit-up and kiss boo-boos. They don’t make the headlines, but they do sew the hemlines and check the outlines and stand on the sidelines. You won’t find their names on the Nobel Prize short list, but you will find their names on the homeroom, carpool, and Bible teacher lists.

They are parents, both by blood and deed, name and calendar. Heroes. News programs don’t call them. But that’s okay. Because their kids do … They call them Mom. They call them Dad. And these moms and dads, more valuable than all the executives and lawmakers west of the Mississippi, quietly hold the world together.

Be numbered among them. Read books to your kids. Play ball while you can and they want you to. Make it your aim to watch every game they play, read every story they write, hear every recital in which they perform.

Children spell love with four letters: T-I-M-E. Not just quality time, but hang time, downtime, anytime, all the time. Your children are not your hobby; they are your calling.

Your spouse is not your trophy but your treasure.
But it’s not too late for you.

Make your wife the object of your highest devotion. Make your husband the recipient of your deepest passion. Love the one who wears your ring.

And cherish the children who share your name.

Succeed at home first.

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Food & Family Magazine

This magazine is fantastic and it is FREE!  They have the most simple and delicious recipes.  It gives tips, tons of recipes, all kinds of goodies.

Sure they do the typical product placement, but I just ignore it.  I do not think that the recipe cares whether or not I use Kraft cheese rather than another brand in the fridge.

These are recipes and ideas you can actually use even if you are not much of a cook. I suggest that you sign up and actually get some mail that you enjoy opening! Click the link below to sign up to receive your free subscription.

Kraft Food & Family Magazine

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