Last year, I shared how my family celebrates Advent each year. Each night of Advent we gather together to light candles and prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.
In a world consumed with electronics and screens, I’m always on the hunt for non-electronic gift ideas that kids will love. This round up of gift ideas will stretch the minds and creativity of children without resorting to screens or electronics. When a Christmas gift can do double duty as a learning gift that is really a big win! Games Games are perfect for the coming cold weather months to keep
Every Christmas we spend a lot of time and money finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones, why not choose to give a gift that also makes a difference to those in need? With World Vision’s 2016 Gift Catalog, you can do just that. Your loved one will receive a beautiful handcrafted gift, while your donation goes to help children, families, and communities in need around the world.
What is Advent? The definition is: the anticipated arrival of someone who is important. Many churches celebrate advent with special services, including the lighting of candles on the four Sunday’s preceding Christmas. These services are meant to prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of Jesus on Christmas. When I was a preteen, our church encouraged families to celebrate advent in the home- to prepare our hearts for Christmas as
Books are always a great choice for Christmas presents. I’m not sure whether it’s the teacher in me or the reader in me, but I believe you can never have too many books! My children have grown up on Usborne Books. Our well-loved copy of That’s Not My Puppy is held together by several layers of packaging tape. I can’t wait for Jonathan to find That’s Not My Tractor and
I am so excited about the brand new Christmas Album from Chris Tomlin, Adore. Ever since Chris Tomlin was a worship leader at my favorite youth conference many years ago I’ve loved his music. I still remember belting out “You’re My Brother, You’re My Friend” while high-fiving my friends during worship time. At the time I worked as an after-school counselor every afternoon after school, so I bought the cd and
Shopping for guys can be hard! Whether a husband, brother, dad, or friend, finding a gift he will actually love isn’t easy! Check out these awesome gift ideas that will really wow him this Christmas. Freaker – This awesome drink insulator is way more than your average coozie. It will fit any beverage, seriously! Water bottle, canned soda, bottled beer, even a full size wine bottle! The Freaker is truly a statement
My family knows first hand what a huge difference community can make when life is tough. Last Christmas, I warned my children that things would be different. Christmas would be smaller than usual. At the time, they were going through so much that my statement barely registered. Celebrating was the last thing any of us wanted to do. But then, at a Christmas party (which I thought was just a Sunday