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Easter Bonnets

Easter bonnets are the perfect way to add some fun and a little fancy into a girl’s Easter Day celebration.  If you can’t be go all out for Easter, when can you?

Honestly, I’ve always been a little concerned in the past about distracting from the focus of important religious holidays by celebrating in fun, but essentially unrelated, ways. Since having kids, though, I’ve come to realize that it’s important to let them be joyful, silly, excited little children.

If Easter really is the pinnacle holiday of our Christian faith, shouldn’t it be a high point for my children, too? Why would I want to make Halloween or Valentine’s Day more exciting than Easter? The high points of the Christian year are especially the times that I want to create fun ways for my children to celebrate. I want them to look forward to important holidays and have special traditions that they associate with them.

Easter bonnets are the perfect way to add some fun and a little fancy into the Easter celebration of a girl in your life. Continue reading

Lenten Activities for Kids

Observe Lent with preschool and toddler aged kids using the easy and inexpensive activities of a prayer chain and kindness jar.

I didn’t grow up in a church that did much to celebrate Lent. We had Ash Wednesday services, but there wasn’t much to mark the rest of the season leading up to Easter as any different than any other time of year. (At least to my memory. I’m sure there were members of my church congregation who did more.)

As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered how much I love following along with the church calendar. It’s a way of ordering my time and seasons around remembering and celebrating our faith.

With this is mind, I wanted to begin some traditions of Lenten activities with my children to mark the season. We took Peanut and Pip to the Ash Wednesday service; who knows what they actually took in, but that’s something that’s in their memory bank now, at least. (And we managed to keep most of their squeals of delight and out-of-place comments to a dull roar…)

But I wanted something to sustain an interest, a conversation, and an anticipation through the next weeks until Easter.

Enter good ole Pinterest. 😉

I scoped out clever kid-friendly Lenten traditions on Pinterest, and these are the two I settled upon because a) they weren’t too involved or complicated and b) they seemed age appropriate for my three and one-year-old children. There are many other great ideas out there, and I hope we can incorporate them into our family’s observance of Lent at some point, but not until my kids are older. Continue reading

Fallen Mommies

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Shhh!

There’s a dirty little secret about motherhood that no one prepares you for. (Actually, there are probably about 250, but this is the main one.)

Becoming a mother doesn’t automatically give you unending patience, unfailing love, and a heart full of self-denial and sacrifice.

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“From Our Fears…Release Us”

Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.*

 

My three-year-old daughter, Peanut, thinks that a Cold Draft is a scary monster. A few weeks ago, she asked me why I had closed my closet door. I explained that there was a cold draft coming from the closet and I needed to keep the door closed so the draft didn’t come in the room and make my bedroom cold. She stared hard at the closet.”There’s a Cold Draft in there?” Continue reading

Bringing a Child into this World

With the birth of my first child, the heaviness of God’s sorrow over the sin and brokenness of our world came sharply into focus for me.

There was only a faint light through the window of the dark nursery, but I could still clearly see each tiny curve and chubby wrinkle of my infant daughter’s hand. I gently rocked back and forth as I held her warm little body against my chest. But, as I sat there—the perfect image of maternal contentment—I was overwhelmed by a recognition of the tender fragility of life and the tremendous magnitude of evil.

I was delighted with my daughter, and marveled at every little wonderful thing about her, but the beauty and wonder and joy and glories of life stood in heart wrenching contrast to how far short our world falls from God’s good plan. Continue reading

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“Let Us Not Grow Weary of Doing Good”

And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
So then, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

I’ve been feeling weary lately. I don’t know if I would say I’m weary of doing good, as much as it is I’m weary and don’t feel like doing good.

There are multiple reasons for this, none of which are particularly important or substantial: tired of a messy house; tired of wrestling with perplexing issues; tired of trying to be understanding; tired of cooking; tired of solving the world’s problems. Nothing big. 😉 That and a 15 month-old who only naps 1.5 hrs a day and I’m tired. Continue reading

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Milk + Chalk, Part 1: Inspiration and Method

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Inspiration

Do you ever get this vision in your head for just how you want something to look, but you can’t really put your finger on why? That’s how this project started out for me. I wanted BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT RED chairs for our kitchen table.

Oh, I had reasons, I suppose—I thought it would look nice, be fun and colorful, etc. But then an old memory came back to me and I realized that the rustic red look was more than just a fashion statement. Continue reading