Monday, April 30, 2012

Teaching Your Children Who They Are in Christ

As a parent I really get sad when my children feel worthless. I have spent quite a bit of my life feeling the same way until about 10 years ago when I started working at a Christian radio station and I started learning about whom I am and what I had to offer the world around me.

The other day my 12 year old son got upset and we talked about what made him sad. He shared that he felt, he was never good enough. My heart hurt when I heard him say this. I know that feeling all to well and I never want my kids to feel that way. I decided that day that I would start to teach my children who they are in Christ.

It is so important for everyone to know child or adult who God says you are to him. The world is full of mean and imperfect people. Almost everyday you are going to find someone who is going to do something to get you started on the roller coaster ride and make you feel worthless. It doesn’t take much to make you feel bad about yourself. One wrong word and you go on the ride.

I want my children to be armed with truth, so when those times come up they can think about the wonderful things about them.

I decided I would make some cards with the following verses on them for my sons when they feel overwhelmed with unworthiness and right special notes on the mirror for them to remember who they are to me and to God.

Here are some of the scriptures I used. 

I am the apple of his eye.
Zech. 2:8 – For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye--

I am worth dying for.
John 3:16 – For God so loves the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  

I am written on his hands.
Isaiah 49:16 - See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

I am God’s workmanship.
Eph. 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I am God’s child.
John 1:12 - Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

I am complete in Christ.
Col. 2:10 - and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

I am never forgotten.
Isaiah 49:15 - "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

I am always with God.
Deut. 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you no forsake you.

I am blessed.
Eph. 1:3 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

I am important.
Luke 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

When it’s hard to figure out what is from God and what is not, here is a great way to measure it.

When the Good SHEPHERD speaks to His own, He never uses words of despair, hopelessness, frustration, defeat, discouragement, fear, confusion, or failure. Instead He gives His sheep words of HOPE, rest, VICTORY, peace, power, JOY, triumph, and LOVE. - Roy Lessin

Friday, April 27, 2012

Craft: Bird Nest Supplies

This craft is for the birds. This will supply them with things they need to make a nest. A craft that even the little ones can do.


Onion or orange bag

Scrapes of paper

Scrapes of fabric



Little Sticks



Put together a bag full of the different supplies and mix it up. Tie the bag shut and hang from a tree. The birds will come and take what they need to make a bird nest. 

  Happy National Bird Day!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

36 Children's Books from Newborn to Teen

This list I complied from my families favorite books. Some of these books are worn out after all the reading they have been through. 

Keep in mind I don't have any girls so this list is manly for boys. However, I do know that quite a few of these books are loved by both. 

I hope you find a new favorite for your family. 

Newborn to 4

Sesame Street Animal Alphabet From Ape to Zebra

My First Opposites Board Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Good Night, Gorilla

Are You My Mother?

Five Little Monkeys

Quack Quack (Baby Touch and Feel Series)



Bible Animal Friends Touch and Feel

At the Farm Touch, Feel and Hear

First Words Bright Baby

Ages 5-8

Morris the Moose

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

VeggieTales Bible Storybook

I Spy Books

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Books

The Monster at the End of this Book


Rainbow Fish

Hop on Pop

I know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree

Grover’s Own Alphabet

Ages 9 and up

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

Flat Stanley Books

Captain Underpants Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Big Nate Books


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Alvin Ho Books

Stink Books

Judy Moody Books

Percy Jackson Series 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: The “What’s for Dinner?” Solution

This book is great for a busy mom who doesn’t always have time to cook a meal that takes forever to prepare. Filled with practical tips and recipes to help anyone save time, money and sanity.

In “The What’s For Dinner? Solution” Kathi Lipp shares ways to save money and tips on what you’re going to eat for 31 days. Here you will find ways to prepare your meals with a slow cooker, leftovers and pantry meals.

Find out how to get more organized. It’s one of the hardest things for me. When I think I got everything under control I got another mess on my hands. Here Kathi talks about organizing recipes, space, tools and pantry. Make yourself one place for recipes like in a binder, make sure you have all your cooking utensils handy and organize your pantry so you can find things easier.

Now that you got all the wonderful advice try out some of the recipes. Find ways to cook using your freezer, slow cooker, leftovers and pantry meals. Start using a slow cooker on the days you don’t have a lot of time in the evening to make a dinner. It can be a lifesaver and there are so many great recipes for slow-cookers. 

Yummy recipes included are Baked Ziti, Chicken Cacciatore, Jambalaya, Asian Chicken Wrap Ups, Black Bean Soup and Slow-Cooker Chili.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bedtime Stories and Routine

It’s Bedtime Story Month and if you don’t have a bedtime routine with story time included you should. I’m sure by now you have heard all the benefits to reading with your child, it teaches them about new things, builds language skills, improves their attention span, helps with grammar and sentence structure.  

It doesn’t matter if you have an older child or a baby it’s always a great time to read. I started reading to my kids when they were babies but never really had a routine, now I read every night to my kids. My husband and I take turns reading to each of the boys. 

My oldest son is 12 and still likes reading with us. We read big chapter books together and it’s normally something he can test on for school. It's been a great way to bond with him and learn about his day. 

We have a bedtime chart for our 5 year old and part of it includes reading 3 books. He loves to read and most of the books he has are short and don’t take a long time to read. He likes to read about space, animals, our bodies, ocean animals and so many other things. I have learned so much just by spending about 30 minutes reading. He has also learned a lot too and now is reading to me.

If you have a baby read to them. Find books that they can chew on or board books with colorful pictures. Babies love to look at pictures and feel different textures. It’s a wonderful way to teach them about numbers, letters and animals.

Start a bedtime routine if you don’t have one. It’s good for everyone. You and your child will know what to expect and it makes bedtime easier. Start by figuring out what you would like your child to do before bedtime. Brush teeth, take a bath, get clothes ready for the next day, read books, hugs and kisses and turn off the light. Once you decide what you would like your child to do make a chart or a list that your child can see. If you have a younger child who can’t read draw pictures of the activities, that way they can follow the chart. The routine helps my child because he knows what to expect and understands that after reading time it’s hugs and kisses and lights out.

It’s never to late to start something that makes a huge difference in your child’s life. It shows how much you care and gives you many opportunities to share with each other.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crafts: Sun Catcher and Book Holder

Spring is a wonderful time to see butterflies and flowers. Here's a colorful sun catcher craft to hang in your window for special treat.

Sun Catcher 

Just because Earth Day is over doesn't mean you still can't recycle something around the house. Make a book holder from a cereal box.

Book Holder

Thank you to MetroFamily Magazine for allowing me to share crafts each week. For more crafts visit MetroFamily Magazine.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ways to Recycle Household Items

Earth Day is Sunday. I decided it would be kind of cool to make a list of things you have around your house that you can recycle and offer some ideas on what you can do with them.  

Glass bottles – spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce jars are great for holding art supplies or making gifts. Embellish the tops and it makes it look fun and special.

Newspaper – make hats, modge podge and wrap presents.

Yogurt containers – Planting Seeds with Kids, use for dipping sauces and painting. 

Toilet paper rolls – Little People, binoculars, musical instruments and planters.

Paper towel rolls – musical instruments, kaleidoscopes and rocket ship.

Baby food containers - good for storage of nails, push pins, stickers, beads and other little things.

Formula cans – pencil holders, cookie containers for gifts, banks, storage and drums.

Milk and Water jugs – candleholders for Halloween, bird houses and robots.

2 Liter Bottles – bowling pins and science experiments.

Cans – pencil holders, storage, candleholder and luminaries.

Cereal boxes – book holders and folders. 

 T-shirts – scarves, purses and bracelets.

Spray bottles – tie-dye art, water fun and painting.

Magazines – Silly faces, collages, art work, educational crafts for kids to discover animals, letters, numbers, shapes, body parts and food.

Chip cans – Bank for kids and good for spaghetti noodle storage.  

You can also recycle clothing, toys, books, video games and electronics. There are places online and around neighborhoods that make swapping and trading fun and easy. Plus you might be able to make a little money too.

Here are some websites I’ve used to make trades and get new things for my family. This is a great way to get new items for free or cheap.

Listia – Is an online auction site that allows you to put things up for auction and people use credits to bid on it. Sometimes you can get free shipping on items and other times there is a shipping fee. There is everything available electronics, books, video games, toys and tons of other things. It’s free and you get 500 credits when you first sign up. 

Swap – An online swapping place that you can find video games, books, movies, clothing, gift cards and other things. You list what you have available and than someone else offers you a trade or barters. Make trades online or meet up with people around your area. Free to sign up and check out. 

ThredUp – A great place for parents to get clothing their children. Request a bag and fill it up with your gently used clothes and receive credit to get a bag of clothing too. 

Freecycle and Craigslist are also good places to look for items that people no longer want. Sometimes they are free or just cost a small fee. The great thing about this site it’s all local to your area.   

Check your local neighborhood for Game Stop, Half-PricedBooks or Vintage Stock. These places offer new and used items and buy your used items.