How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom
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How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom

Is it possible to thrive as a homeschool mom? I always wanted to be a mom. With six younger siblings, I usually had a baby or toddler around to play with until I was a teenager. I would play dolls and dress them up, play school, and even pretended to be Mary Poppins. What could be better than being a mom with my children all day? There were a number of things I didn’t understand about mothering and homeschooling though, obviously. For one thing, my mom did not homeschool, so she appeared to have time to herself to do things…

How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter
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How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter

If you are looking for Christ-centered activities for Easter to do with your children, you will love learning how to make a Resurrection garden for Easter. A Resurrection garden is a life-filled visual lesson of the empty tomb. If you plant it several weeks before Easter, it can be a decorative conversation piece for Easter day, or plant it while telling the Easter story during Easter week. As parents who want to be intentional in teaching Christ at every holiday, we love planting a Resurrection garden! RESURRECTION GARDEN SUPPLIES small clay pot large round clay dish (or a large clay…

How to Make Resurrection Rolls for Easter
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How to Make Resurrection Rolls for Easter

Are you seeking Christ-centered activities for Easter to do with your children? Learn how to make Resurrection rolls for Easter. Resurrection Rolls are a fun object lesson combined with a yummy treat. This simple recipe uses Crescent rolls and a disappearing marshmallow for a roll that oozes with all the deliciousness of a cinnamon roll! As parents who want to be intentional in teaching Christ at every holiday, we love these Resurrection Rolls! Ingredients:  8 marshmallows 1 package of 8 crescent rolls 2 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. sugar  Additional Materials:  one Large Muffin Tin OR two small ones (You’ll need room…

Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions
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Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions

Easter is the most important Christian holiday. If Jesus had not died on the cross and risen from the dead, we would have no hope in this world. As Christians, our faith would be meaningless, and we would be the fools to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-20) via GIPHY It is thus important to think through our Easter traditions. The Bible does not command that we celebrate Easter, but as intentional parents who want to turn every opportunity into a time to teach about Jesus, this holiday is a no-brainer. It is the core of the gospel and the Christian…

Treasuring Christ in Christmas Traditions
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Treasuring Christ in Christmas Traditions

When my oldest daughter was three, I wanted to start some Christmas traditions with my kids that would teach them about the real meaning of Christmas and add to our family memories. As the biggest holiday we celebrate, especially for Christmas, I began to look at establishing traditions with my children where we would treasure Christ. After all, when it comes to redeeming holidays with our children – that is, treasuring Christ first in our family traditions at holidays (and ultimately in all things) – Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! In seeking to love the Lord our God…

Remembering Thanksgiving
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Remembering Thanksgiving

Remembering Thanksgiving is especially important in what becomes an over-commercialized season of the year. As we seek to redeem every holiday with our children by pointing them to God and all He has done for us, Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday in which to honor God. History of the Thanksgiving holiday The history of Thanksgiving is of a people who desired to venerate God in every aspect of their lives, so we can start by teaching our children the history of the Pilgrims, the journey on the Mayflower, and Plymouth Plantation. The history of the holiday in America starts with…

Redeeming Holidays With Our Children
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Redeeming Holidays With Our Children

As parents, we desire to be intentional in living out Christ in front of our children in every way, including redeeming holidays with our children or using the opportunity of celebrating a holiday to show them Christ. So when our children were little, my husband and I talked about how we had celebrated holidays in our families growing up and what traditions we might want to share in our own family. We asked ourselves why we observed each holiday and talked to Christian friends about their traditions at holidays.  Also, we read Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper….

The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Book Review
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The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Book Review

We choose not to celebrate Halloween, commemorating Reformation Day instead, but we love fall and pumpkins and having fun at pumpkin patches. Our third child was born in October, so we called her Pumpkin even before birth. When she was almost two, I found a delightful book at the library, which tells the story of God’s care for His people through choosing them and cleaning their hearts in Christ in the form of a parable about a pumpkin farmer. If you love fall and want a simple story to teach your child about new birth in Christ through one of…

15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day
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15 Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day: The Redeeming Value of Celebrating Reformation Day

Many Christians miss a beautiful opportunity to celebrate our Christian heritage on October 31, which is also known as Reformation Day. It was on this day in 1517 that a priest named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (complaints) against the Catholic Church to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. His bold act opened the way for others to protest against and seek for reform of the Catholic Church, and eventually these Protestant Reformers broke away to form a new type of church. Especially in countries touched by the Reformation, this religious revolution became the impetus for changing the course of…

Robbing Anne of Green Gables
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Robbing Anne of Green Gables

Robbing Anne of Green Gables It is with sadness that I have learned that Netflix has come out with a new series called Anne with an E “based” on the beloved Anne of Green Gables book series for girls. (Disclaimer: I have not seen the Netflix version, and here is why.) Now we all know that books are better than any movie version of them and that no movie will follow the book exactly, but the 1985 version with Megan Follows is beautiful, virtuous and humorous, a Canadian classic, and at least captures the spirit of the Anne of Green…

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