Several years ago, I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs from my local Christian bookstore. These eggs are a really great way to discuss the Easter story with kids! Each plastic egg contains a meaningful token or symbol that represents an important part of the Easter story. Using them is simple- just open the eggs in order, and read the corresponding Scripture. It’s a very effective and interactive way to bring the Gospel message to even small children.
Traditions & Celebrations
Today I am sharing 14 of my favorite love, compassion, and Valentine’s Day themed picture books. I really enjoy searching for excellent, beautiful and just plain enjoyable picture books. I order batches at a time from my local library and then pop in every other week to pick up huge, heavy stacks of books. My husband reads the books, too- commenting on the ones that made a particular impression on him. (There’s one of those favorites in today’s list!) I have been so excited for this post that I considered sharing it two weeks ago!! [Read more…] about 14 Books to Read Aloud this Valentine’s Day
January 18th is A.A. Milne’s birthday, celebrated as National Winnie the Pooh Day. Milne masterfully captured the precious innocence of the young child’s imagination in a way that is at once charming, hilarious and breathtakingly loving.
Experiencing these stories again as a parent of young children has been such a privilege. I can envision my own daughters romping through the hundred acre wood with Pooh with such clarity it is as if the stories have been written about our family instead of about sweet Christopher Robin.
I love traditions and celebrating with my family. Sometimes, though, it seems completely overwhelming- so much so, in fact, that it’s often easier just to do nothing at all. After all, my kids are very young. They probably won’t even notice that we didn’t celebrate!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family had a refreshing day of gratitude. This whole weekend was a whirlwind for us. I feel like our days go by faster and faster each year. Stomp turned 7 months old on Thanksgiving- he celebrated by pulling himself to standing and climbing to the first step on my kitchen stepstool. I am not ready for big boy days. Blessed time, have mercy on me- let me drink in these baby smells and coos just a bit longer.
We experimented this year by raising three turkeys, aptly named Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They live on pasture with our other birds and forage for bugs, worms, grass, seeds and acorns. However, they have been much lazier than we anticipated, and plow through grain whenever we provide it. Since we never had the time to separate them from the chickens, they ate the same soy-free organic feed supplement as the chickens. The poor chickens really didn’t have a chance to snack from the feeder- the turkeys gobbled (pun intended) almost all of the supplement as soon as it was presented. One of the chickens retaliates by plucking and eating the Tom’s tail feathers one by one. It’s a totally disgusting snack- I’m not sure why the chicken thinks she is getting the best of the turkey. Next year we plan to fence off a large portion of our woods and let our new turkeys forage separately from the chickens.