Intentional May – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to the Gospel, Mother’s Day, Week 1

Connecting Mothers' Day Crafts to the Bible

Pic by Aubrey Stopa

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

  • Week 1
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • Week 5

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 1

This week, we’re going to do a free-form art activity called I Love You Because. I was inspired by this post, but I’m modifying the activity.

I’m going to put the words I Love You Because on art paper, and I’m going to let the kids fill in (words or drawings) what they love about their mama. Then, on the back, we’re going to write I Love You JUST Because – because loving your mama should be free haha!

It feels a little strange to ask your children to make you something, but I actually do teach my children that they have a good mama. I tell them they have the best mama in the whole wide world (don’t worry; you can tell yours the same!). I am their mama, so it is true. 😉

No, really. I want my children to value their mom. Thankfully, my husband teaches them this by example, but let’s be real – I’m with them most of the time. I surely want my daughters to feel worthy of respect as a mom one day, and I surely want to teach my son to respect the mommy of his children. I think it starts here.

The verse focus is:

Her children rise up and call her blessed (Proverbs 31:28, ESV)

Bonus verse:

Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother.

Year of Fun Pledge – Free Printable!

Since the previous 2 years were rough, we’ve declared 2016 the year of fun! I decided to make a list of vows for the year. Some of these were really hard to write. Some of them might not make sense to everyone, but I still think we should all have something like this on our radar.

I’ve made a free printable of these vows, too! However, they are simplified so that they could work for most couples. 😀

year of fun pledge

 

All you have to do to get the free printable is sign up for my email list here.

And now, my own personal vows for fun!

1. I vow to laugh, especially at myself, with every opportunity.

2. I vow to say “Yes!” to spontaneous plans, rather than be my boring, comfortable, No-saying self.

3. I vow to teach our children that life can be enjoyable, regardless of our circumstances.

4. I vow to not get frustrated when I do something poorly, casting off perfectionism.

5. I vow to have more sex…because covenantal marriage is fun.

6. I vow to nurture our friendship by holding hands, looking into your eyes, and letting you in on my elusive thoughts.

7. I vow to pull as many pranks as I can think of. Be ready.

8. I vow to quit convincing myself you’re judging me for my performance and just be who I am.

9. I vow to let the wind mess up my hair.

10. I vow to kiss you every day until we fall off a mountain together.

That last one may seem strange – it’s an inside joke and totally appropriate for us. Don’t worry – the printable doesn’t include that part. 😉

What is True Beauty? YouTubesday

Every Tuesday, I’m going to share one of my YouTube videos. I created a channel not only to share videos of spiritual encouragement, but also to share my ideas for daily stewardship.

So far I’ve created videos for recipes, gardening, family management, cloth diapering, encouraging your husband, and discipling your kids! Subscribe to my channel . . . → Read More: What is True Beauty? YouTubesday

Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 4

Intentional April

 

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arwen-abendstern/ (changes mine)

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

See Week 3 here.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary . . . → Read More: Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 4

The Worst Years

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jesusabizanda/ (changes mine)

The two years before this one have been the pits. The absolute worst. They haven’t been the worst years of my marriage – those were the seminary years – but they’ve been filled with suffering, pain, depression, and doubt.

The pattern of pain started with postpartum depression after having my . . . → Read More: The Worst Years

The App I’m using to Flirt with My Husband

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I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’m on snapchat, the app that confounds me.

The ghost truly haunts me, saying You don’t understand me. You’re getting ooooooooold. These kids updating their life in snaps? They’re going to change your bedpan sooooooooooooon!

Eek. I’m scared.

However. I have found it . . . → Read More: The App I’m using to Flirt with My Husband

Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants – Give Your Preschooler Ownership of their Learning (YouTubesday)

Every Tuesday, I’m going to share one of my YouTube videos. I created a channel not only to share videos of spiritual encouragement, but also to share my ideas for daily stewardship.

So far I’ve created videos for recipes, gardening, family management, cloth diapering, encouraging your husband, and discipling your kids! Subscribe to my channel . . . → Read More: Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants – Give Your Preschooler Ownership of their Learning (YouTubesday)

Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 3

Make it Rain Experiment

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on… yes, I realize April is halfway over this year, but I don’t mind finishing something I never started. 😉

My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) . . . → Read More: Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 3

Save More on Date Night (and everything else)

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This post is sponsored by Groupon Coupons. As always, all opinions are my own.

We have a date night coming up Friday! Woooooooooooooo!

Sorry, I’m a *bit* excited. We’ve had some dates since our baby was born, but this will be the first where we will LEAVE.HER.AT.THE.HOUSE.

Excuse me while I shed a tear . . . → Read More: Save More on Date Night (and everything else)

DIY Citrus Oil to Get Rid of Mosquitos (You Tubesday)

Every Tuesday (starting today!), I’m going to share one of my YouTube videos. I created a channel not only to share videos of spiritual encouragement, but also to share my ideas for daily stewardship.

So far I’ve created videos for recipes, gardening, family management, cloth diapering, encouraging your husband, and discipling your kids! Subscribe to . . . → Read More: DIY Citrus Oil to Get Rid of Mosquitos (You Tubesday)