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July 26, 2013

A Family Bible Study Devotional {Review & GIVEAWAY} :: Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit

Have you been trying to find a way to incorporate family Bible time in your home? 

Raising our children in a world where teaching our young how to be independent and self-reliant means that we as parents need to be all the more intentional in sharing our faith with the generation following us. They need to know that we can't do this life alone. We weren't created to. God wants our children to know who He is, How much He loves them and how to follow hard after Him all the days of their lives.

Making Jesus famous to our children is the most important part of our parenting them. It's also our biggest privilege. So when God calls us to show our young blessings how to obey His commandments. especially His first commandment, loving God with all our heart, soul and might, we shouldn't take that lightly.

"Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:7

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So when my very good friend, Carlie Kercheval and her husband, Michael,  sent me a copy of a book they wrote together, called Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit to review, I was beyond excited. So, excited, in fact, that I was more than happy and honored to write an endorsement they included in their book. It's that good.

Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit is a real breath of fresh air…something truly God-inspired for families desiring to seek God together in their everyday lives. As a wife and mother of four kids, I know how being intentional with the precious time we have together is so very important. With humility and obedience, Michael and Carlie have poured their hearts and souls into creating a Truth-filled Family Bible Study that will build our faith in God, our relationship with Jesus and the family relationships we have with one another. Each lesson is packed with simple and fun multi-sensory ways we can learn, apply and be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit with our children each day. Learning to Speak Life™ in our homes is a journey definitely worth taking.

With four boys, ages 3, 5, 7 and 9, it hasn't been easy finding ONE resource we can use in our family devotional time together...until now. We love how easy this devotional/bible study is to use and have been AMAZED at the conversations surrounding our time in the Word together. We've been spending one week on each fruit and it's been a perfect fit as it's geared toward children, ages 3-12.

Each chapter focuses on one fruit of the spirit and includes the following: 
  • A Scripture to read and discuss. You can encourage older children to memorize it.
  • A section called What is...? For example, What is Love? Then a definition is given according to the bible and provides lots of room for questions and discussion. 
  • The third section is called Confessions. I love this section because it's where we begin to learn HOW to speak life together. Each day during that week's lesson, and according to the fruit being studied, it is the goal to get everyone to speak out loud five confessions. For example, "I declare that no matter what I face today, I will walk in Love."
  • Copywork, to help plant the seeds of God's Love in their hearts. 
  • Role Playing to help your family act out and reinforce what each fruit of the spirit looks like when done the way God intended. We all LOVE this part! And for parents, what a great tool for inspiring our children to make good choices. 
  • Silly Sayings: oh yes, my boys LOVE this fun section too. They're encouraged to say each saying as fast as they can. 
  • Each chapter also includes a Story to help everyone get a better understanding of what the fruit looks like in our day-to-day lives when we obey God. 
  • In every chapter Family Discussion Time is included which revolves around a set of questions used to help promote, like I said before, AMAZING conversations about the fruit of the spirit. 
  • Family Projects are a part of each chapter. What a great way to put fruit in action as a family unit. 
  • There is a section dedicated to Prayer regarding each fruit. Even our youngest is a very active part of this. 
  • Digging Deeper is a beautiful addition to each chapter for families desiring to go a little deeper with more Scripture references, resources and ideas to further family growth. 
Michael and Carlie are graciously giving away ONE FREE COPY of their book, Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit, to one of my lovely readers. Is it going to be YOU? There are a few ways to enter this GIVEAWAY. And I'm going to make it SUPER EASY to enter. Here's how:

For each "Like" and "Follow" you'll earn one entry to win this book. Please leave me ONE COMMENT here letting me know who you LIKED and FOLLOWED and I'll be sure to enter your name into the drawing for the appropriate number of entries. This giveaway ends on August 5, 2013. I'll draw the winner on August 6. That's it. Easy Peasy.

Now, if you just can't wait to get your own copy of the book, you can certainly purchase
Learning to Speak Life™: Fruit of the Spirit right now by clicking on this link.

Linking up with the Hip Homeschool Moms.

December 4, 2012

Reclaiming Balance Through a One Word Mission Statement

Last year I decided to take part in a movement I began seeing on the blog homes of many of my favorite mom bloggers. They were claiming one WORD for the year...a word placed on their hearts by God to live and learn by for 365 days. I was inspired, but mostly...I knew I needed to claim a special word of my very own that would make up my mission statement for the year.

That word was ABIDE. It was so clear to me. I even went to Michael's craft store and bought wooden letters painted white to spell out my mission to place on my mantle as a constant reminder. That word has been there all year, until this week when I took it down to decorate for Christmas. Now, it's already begging for a new word to catch my eye throughout the day so I won't forget.

This week I wrote a post for the Hip Homeschool Moms about this very topic. As I was writing it, I realized that it was in fact shaping up to be the first part in my Reclaiming Balance For Your Family know, the one that has no timeline or projected length to speak of. It's more of an ongoing project!

I had assumed that my word for this next new year would be Balance, as in Reclaiming BALANCE For Your Family. But what God showed me was that Balance would actually be the result of another word He had in mind for me. I really was ready to buy those seven little letters to place above my mantle again for 2013. But, going a little deeper as God often wills me to do...I know Balance won't be possible for our family unless I (we) do something else first.

To read about it, follow me over to the Hip Homeschool Moms today, where you can read my article about a starting place in the quest for Balance.

If you choose to claim a word as your own for 2013, what will it be?
Blessings to you,


November 6, 2011

Swinging with Daddy

Visit with Grandpa Jim & Grandma Gisela

This Summer we had the opportunity to visit with Jeff's Dad and step mom for a bit while they were here in town. As always, it was great to see them! We love to hear about their many travels and enjoy spending time with them. Already looking forward to the next time we get to see them.

Grandpa reading a new book that he and Grandma brought back from Australia for them, "And Kangaroo Played His Didgeridoo" complete with Didgeridoos!!! 

Grandma Gisela

Little E wanted his own Didgeridoo too, so we made him one.

Grandpa and Grandma are responsible for many of our great costumes and dress up clothes. They come from all over the world. These hats came from Canada while enjoying the Calgary Stampede.


Sweet little cowboy.

November 4, 2011

I love my mom!

I love this picture of my mom and me. She means the world to me and I adore her. Words will never even come close to describing how thankful I am for all of the million and one ways she lets me know she loves me each day, but I hope she knows. Every time she goes out of her way to be there for me, encourage me, come over to comfort me when I have a terrible migraine and take care of my children, comes to our rescue when we're having a tough day, or playing with us when we're not. It's always a better day when my mom is here. She never cares what we're doing...but just loves being with us. We do too. I know without a doubt that every time she has ever helped us, it's because she WANTS to. And believe me, we've needed a lot of help over the years. I won't even go in to all of the ways she's helped with hospital visits, surgeries and medical issues. I know that when I say I am her biggest fan, she would say the same of me. I don't have daughters...yet. Someday, I hope our sons will bless me with daughters in law. I am already praying for their future brides. But even though I don't have daughters now, I am so very thankful that I do know the love and deep friendship between a mother and daughter. I have that with my mom and I am ever grateful. She is a gift to me. I never knew how much she loved her children until I had my I know. I love you very much mom. 

May 23, 2011

Grandpa Mike

The boys love it when Grandpa Mike comes over. He's been helping us build a really cool play fort out in the backyard, so we've been able to see him quite a bit lately.

Family Time!

These are pictures from the boys' birthday party in February. We celebrated with my Mom and Pa (Wayne) and my brother, Matt and sister-in-law, Shelby. Such a fun day! 

December 23, 2010

Grandpa Jim and Grandma Gisela's Visit!

We were blessed to get to spend a few days with Jeff's Dad and step mom about a month ago. They were excited to get here and we were really excited to see them. This was their first time meeting their youngest grandson...which was fun. It was also Grandpa's birthday while they were here, so of course we took the opportunity to throw him a birthday party. The boys and I had fun decorating and preparing for that. We also spent one day at KidsQuest Museum. We'd been there once before, but it had been a long time. They had a great time exploring and playing. Grandpa and Grandma decided that since they were having so much fun, they should have a membership for we now have a really fun indoor option for those rainy days. And they also have lots of fun activities and educational opportunities for kids too. We are really looking forward to going back after Christmas. Thank you SO MUCH Jim and Gisela!

Reading with Grandpa.
 Happy Birthday Grandpa!

 We wanted to get outside, so we headed to the lake. It poured and hailed!!!
Here's Grandpa ad Grandma seeking shelter with the rest of us while we wait out the squall.

 Has it passed??

 Grandpa and Grandma with all of their grandsons! So sweet!

We are really looking forward to seeing you again in June and spending more time with you!

December 21, 2010

Grandma JoAnn's visit

This year, my mother-in-law retired. YAY!! We were so excited that she decided to give herself (and us) the gift of her time after her many years of hard work. She deserved this vacation and we were thrilled that we got to spend it with her. This was also her first time meeting her youngest grandson, E. We had a great time and enjoyed many outings as well as the daily goings on at home. She certainly got to see all of our daily ups and downs not so ups. Here are some of the highlights from her visit with us...

At Jubilee Farm picking out our pumpkins
 This place was great! They gave us tractor rides out to the pumpkin patch.

 Daddy said, "If you can lift it, you can take it home."
Almost buddy!

 Fun hay maze!

We also went to Fox Hollow Farm, a place I had never heard of. However, it
was highly recommended as a fun place to take little ones.Our kids had a blast!
Signing "pig".

There were all kinds of riding tractors for kids...which they loved, of course.
 Bouncy slides

 C is signing "slide"
 O is also signing slide
 It was such a great day and so fun to have both my mom and my mother in law there with us.

Dissecting a beetle with Grandma J!

Making Pull Apart Bread with Grandma
We spent a whole day making blueberry
and blackberry jams and jellies. I had never done this before and even
though I was mostly holding E the whole time, I paid close attention
so that we could do this again next year. It's so worth all the time and effort!

Up at the lake exploring...
 Showing Grandma the Cedar River Water Shed .
T tends to talk about all things "potty" these days....this seemed oddly appropriate. 

Signing "water"
 ...also signing "water"
Mom and son watching the boys play.

 Signing "tree" because he's sitting on a HUGE tree stump.

 Fast asleep!!!
 Grandma LOVES crafts like we do.
We all went to Michael's and found some great stuff to paint.

 And since it was close to Halloween...we picked up a few of these
paper mache skeleton masks too. The boys loved these!

 E's older brothers thought that it would
be funny to put a mask on him too. Poor baby!
I LOVE this picture! Such JOY!

We love you JoAnn and look forward to seeing you again next year! The boys thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend so much time with their grandma and we loved having you here with us.

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