Jesus Storybook Bible Advent

This year we will be doing our Advent reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible.

storybook bible

It’s one of my favorite books. I love the way that the stories all weave together to reveal God’s ultimate plan.

It couldn’t be easier to do this. All that you have to do is:

Go to this website and print out the daily cards. You’ll need the book. I always buy mine from Amazon, but I’m sure they have them at other bookstores as well. Then do the daily reading.

I hope that this is a way to keep Jesus the focus of our holiday season.

I’d love to hear what y’all are doing for Advent too!

Christmas Countdown

December 1 is right around the corner. We usually start our Advent readings on that day. We also will start the Grow Your Heart challenge again this year. December always feels so full of activity. Since December is so busy, I thought I would re-post a few things from last year to give anyone out there a head start in getting ready.


What we do for Advent

Grow Your Heart

Teacher Gifts

Snowmen Oreo Balls

I have a few new things planned for this December that I hope to get to share with you.


4 inches

My oldest daughter played Margot in Anne Frank this weekend. This was her first school play and she loved every minute of it. We were not allowed to take pictures or video so I don’t have any pictures of her to show off 😦

The play was obviously very serious and the ending was very moving. There were many people weeping at the end. I was so impressed with everything about the production. One of the things that struck me the most was what the theater teacher said before the performance.

He asked the audience to turn off all cell phones for the entire length of the play. He reminded us that the play was about real people and real events. The events were those that we should always remember so they would not be repeated. Then he said, “Your world is so much bigger than those four inches. Be present. Allow yourself to feel and experience this story. Don’t limit yourself to what goes on in those 4 inches.” I really loved that!

I love to plan parties and have a reason to celebrate different things. One of the things that bothers me the most when hosting a get-together is seeing people sit around on their phones. They play games on their phones when they could be playing games with the people present in real life. They “talk” to people who aren’t there, but ignore the ones in the same room with them. How much damage is happening to our relationships because of our obsession over our phones?

This Thanksgiving, I think we should focus on putting down that 4 inch phone (or however big it is) and be truly present with the people who are with us.


What I Bring For Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, we go to both sides of the family. We go to my family’s lunch earlier and then head over to my in-laws’ a little later in the evening. I try to make big batches of the same food for both houses so I’m not cooking several different foods for both places.

I’m bringing corn casserole. This is a family favorite on both sides.


I’m also bringing spicy broccoli casserole. I love spicy food and this is low carb. Since we have diabetics on both sides, I like to contribute several dishes that won’t raise blood sugar levels.


I also bring tiramisu. This was the first dessert I ever made my husband and I’ve brought it to every Thanksgiving since our engagement.


The girls usually like to make desserts as well. I’ll share any other recipes we end up bringing.

My First Cricut Project

I bought my Cricut three weeks ago and just finally completed my first project this past weekend. We were having a cowboy theme Sunday at church so I wanted to make David a shirt for the occasion. I got all the fabric at Wal-Mart in fabric section. I used Heat n Bond to put the little cowboy on the shirt. The Cricut program is really easy to use. I found the perfect little cowboy and added David’s name.  Then I just followed the directions on the program.

I did find that the backing of the Heat n Bond had to be pulled off the fabric before sending it through the machine or it would mess up the whole thing.

I love the way it turned out and can’t wait to create even more projects with my new machine!


Thanksgiving {Free Printable}

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving around here. Last night at dinner, we each shared one thing for which we have to be thankful. We have a book we write them in, but I created a free printable that I think would be great to use daily or at Thanksgiving dinner. I put mine in a frame and put out a wet erase marker. I was surprised and delighted to see that almost everyone who visits our home has written something on it, and I didn’t even have to ask them to do it.



It’s my hope that this Thanksgiving season will truly be filled with more gratitude and thanksgiving for all the blessings we’ve been given!

Election Day {Dinner}

The public schools in our county were closed today. We still did school today, but with an emphasis on the election. I had the children watch a YouTube video that explained the electoral college. Then, they had to color a United States map with their predicted electoral votes.  image

We also studied the requirements to be president. We talked about voting in the past and voting in other countries. They learned that the right to vote is a privilege that not everyone has.

We decorated the kitchen with patriotic decorations.


Dinner was lasagna with red sauce.


There was a red, white, and blue cake for dessert.


I hope that this election day is a memorable one for my children. I hope that they learned something; most of all, I hope they know that voting is a privilege that they should take seriously.

Easy Breakfast

Some mornings I just need to make something fast so we can get started on our day. This morning, I made Easy Cinnamon Sugar Crescents. I had all the ingredients I needed already on hand. It’s simply a tube of crescent rolls and Land O Lakes cinnamon sugar butter. I rolled out the crescent rolls. I spread the butter all over them.


Then I rolled them up and baked them in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Voila. Breakfast done.