Financial Peace – Jr. Edition

image from Faithful Provisions/Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace

Just wanted to share this link with you.  Go over for a chance to win a jr. pack yourself or purchase one at a discount.  (Or put it on “your list” and wait til later =)

She also talks about how it worked for her and her family.


Edible Dough

I’m home today with a sick kid, trapped inside.  I wonder how many of you are in the same boat.  OR Maybe Hopefully you’re just up for some fun with your kids without leaving the house.  My daughter’s still in the stage of eating everything but food that she can get her hands on.  While searching for something, I came across this edible dough (not the peanut butter one – Idon’t keep dried milk on hand and honey’s too expensive for a play afternoon!).  Therecipe calls for a cake mix.  Interesting, eh!  I usually have a cake mix on hand.

Thought I’d share.  I’ll let you know how it goes for us.

PS, keep your eyes peeled for an update this week on the Journey Kids Christmas project!  I’m posting it later this week if you missed it on Sunday.


Christmas Ornaments & Bibles

Virginia 1981

When I was a kid we would make Christmas ornaments out of salt-dough.  I just ran across my handprint from 1981.  I’m looking forward to doing that with my kids.  Here’s a recipe I found online. Read the first review and she has some great ideas!  Turn on some Christmas music (Amazon is giving away one song a day all month) and make some ornaments.  Wrap it up by reading the Christmas story.  Here are a few Children’s Bibles for different ages:

For young kids:

Read with me Bible


The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

1st-5th Graders:

Adventure Bible


The Adventure Bible Junior

There are lots of other great Bibles our there for kids.  There are even some specifically for boys and some for girls!  Check them out at Hage’s Bookstore on Harvey Street (just north of Target).

Next Steps Night: Coming Soon

I hope you’ve already penciled in the Next Steps Night coming this month on October 24th, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

There are 3 different choices and one of them has to do with families and parenting.  Matt & Stephanie (along with others) are going to go through some common (and seemingly simple and small) things that you can do that will help you in the chaos of raising children.  You’ll catch some great practical advice from the perspective of a teacher, nurse and more.  Click on the link above for more specifics in the Journey Sheet.

Journey Kids Summer Series

We started the summer series today in Journey Kids.  It was a lot of fun being in with the 1st-5th graders this week!  A few years ago I got to be in there every Sunday with my husband, we stepped into another area, so I don’t get to be in there very often anymore.

It was awesome when the kids had the entire month’s verse memorized by the end of the hour through the activities.  We got to eat Candy Ring Pops, watch an awesome video with the lesson, and dig into the Bible.  The kids rocked the morning.  We even got to hand out a few Journey Bucks to kids who stepped in and helped when others moved on by the mess.

The main phrase this week is “I’m going to follow the star” – meaning I’m going to follow Jesus and His light.

The verse is John 8:12b “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The kids get sent home with a Fridge Door Card that talks about the main points as well as a God Time Card that has 4 short lessons you can do at dinner or bedtime with your kids.  Did you know that if you do the activities with your kids and sign it, they can get a Journey Buck?  Ask them what they can get with a Journey Buck!  I love the God Time Card because it walk you through a great discussion with your kids without feeling overwhelming.

Cue Box ~ Family Resource

Check out another way that you can connect with your kids.  It’s new and it’s from the same place we get our curriculum for Sunday mornings from.

Check out the Cue Box and let me know what you think.

We talk about taking next steps as parents.  What is your next step leading your kids?

  • Starting to pray with them at night?
  • Doing the weekly/monthly take home sheet?
  • Child Dedication (this August!)
  • Cue Box??

This isn’t here to overwhelm.  Figure out where you are at with your family and take a next step with Jesus.