Fun and Educational Gifts for Kids

A good education isn’t all fun and games. But I want learning to be as fun as possible for my kids. One simple way to make learning fun is by incorporating educational games into our schooldays.

Who wouldn’t want to practice their spelling while playing games with Mommy?

If you’re looking for fun and educational gifts for elementary-aged kids, here are some of our top picks. All of the gifts cost less than $40. Most of them are under $20.

Looking for fun gifts for your kids that are also educational? Here's a handy guide.

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Fun and Educational Gifts for Kids

Critical Thinking and Puzzle-Solving Gifts


Practice critical mathematical thinking while trying to figure out your opponents pattern. (2 players) Purchase for under $10


A fun family game of balance and strategy. Add your magnetic piece without toppling it all. (1-4 players) Purchase for under $10


My kids beg to play chess. It makes them feel so grown-up. It’s a fun game for almost any age that forces you to think critically and strategically. (2 players)  Purchase a beautiful board for under $25 (Here’s another gorgeous option

Bedtime Math

Don’t let the name scare you! This is a fun collection of bedtime math puzzles to help children (and parents, ahem!) learn to think more mathematically. (Fun for the whole family!) Purchase for under $10

Riddle Collection

I struggle with thinking outside-the-box. Riddles help overcome that by training your brain to think creatively.(Fun for the whole family!) Get a free ebook or purchase a paperback for under $10


Puzzles count as an educational gift, right? (Or is that stretching it too far?) Either way, some puzzles are just an exercise in frustration, but these heavy-duty puzzles with captivating pictures are fun —and surprisingly difficult— to solve. (Fun for the whole family!) Purchase for less than $20.

Memory – Boosting Gifts

I Never Forget a Face

Like classical memory, but with a fun twist. If you struggle to remember faces, this game is for you! It has 24 pairs of beautiful faces from around the world. (2-4 players) Purchase for under $10.

History-Themed Memory

If you’re following a classical timeline in school, these historical sets help add fun visuals to the history! Purchase ancient, medieval, or American history sets for under $15.

Artistic Gifts

Draw in 3-D

love Mark Kistler’s You Can Draw in 30 Days for adults. Here’s his fun guide for kids. (Fun for the whole family!) Purchase for under $15

Craft Set

There is an almost endless variety to choose from. Especially if you do the craft with your child, it’s sure to be loved!

Language-Development Gifts

Fairy-Tale Mix-Up

Learn how to tell a good story with this funny set of mixed up fairy-tales. This is perfect practice for learning to write stories. (Fun for the whole family!)  Purchase for under $10.


An ever-changing game of mixed up words. (2+ players.) Purchase the classic game for under $10 (or the fancy version for under $20).

Scrabble Jr.

Another game of scrambled words. (2-4 players.) Purchase the original game or Scrabble Jr. for under $15

Books (of course!)

What better way to develop a child’s language skills than with awesome stories? Here’s a growing list of our favorite picture storybooks for younger kids. This children’s literature Pinterest board has some of our favorite longer stories.

Science- Themed Gifts

Nature Field Guides

A few years ago we bought the kids simple field guides. I can’t count the number of nature walks those guides have spurred! Pair with a magnifying glass, and you’ve got a great gift for the budding scientist. Purchase these kid-friendly guides for less than $10 each. 


Learn about the incredible world of herbs with this fun, cooperative game.  Purchase here for under $40 here.

Looking for fun, educational & frugal gifts for your child? Here's a guide for elementary kids.

Fun, educational gifts for elementary-aged kids

These frugal gifts are not only fun, they’re great educational games and books to help spark your child’s imagination.

What are your favorite educational gifts for kids? 

Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims’ Five Kernels of Corn

What can moldy bread, an over-crowded ship, puking passengers, and five kernels of corn teach us about Thanksgiving?

A lot.

Several years ago I picked up William Bradford’s first hand account of life in Plymouth. I couldn’t wait to read about the first Thanksgiving and expected the great Thanksgiving feast to be the theme of the book.

Instead, I read chapter after chapter of trials and tribulations as the pilgrims journeyed to the “New World” and began their new lives.

The plymouth pilgrims faced many trials. At one point the daily rations were down to five kernels of corn. But even then, they chose gratitude...

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follow me over to Little Natural Cottage to read the rest

Winter Travel Emergency Kit

Winter is almost upon us. It's time to build a winter travel emergency kit.

Winter weather is in the air. When there is snow on the ground, I like to turn on the fire and get cozy or go outside and enjoy the snow.

Driving on frozen roads though? That’s not my favorite thing. But being prepared with a winter travel emergency kit makes me feel a little better about braving the frozen world.

So this week I stocked our van with emergency essentials. I hope we never need to use them in an emergency, but it’s always best to be prepared for any adventure!

Be prepared for any adventure on the road with these 8 essential winter travel items.

Be prepared for any winter adventure on the road!   (photo credit 1/ photo credit 2)

Winter Travel Emergency Kit


It’s totally obvious, and totally important.

The kids and I have Lifefactory glass water bottles that we take with us try to take with us everywhere we go. (I totally love them!) We also keep bottled water in the trunk.


If you are traveling with children, it is a good idea to have food in the car. Emergency or no emergency. A simple snack is amazing at averting melt-downs…and distracting kids in the face of real emergencies..

Trail mix, granola bars, crackers, and beef jerky are good choices that don’t spoil easily.

A good-quality phone charger

What’s worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere? Being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone.

Since, ahem, I’m not the best at managing my cell battery life, I have both a car charger and an awesome “anywhere” charger. (Thanks, darling!) Having at least one would be a good idea!

Basic (Herbal) Emergency Kit

It seems like anytime we leave the house, at least one child has a mini “emergency”, like a scraped knee or bruised hand. With band-aids and a few basic herbs, you can be prepared for the many mini emergencies you are likely to face…and even be ready for more major events. ‘

(If you’d like a free copy of my simple and concise “Build Your Own Herbal Emergency Kit” guide—complete with instructions and printables for on the road— sign up here.)

I also printed off CPR guides to keep handy in the van: infant CPR, toddler CPR, and CPR. No matter how many times I read through the guide, I’m positive I would want a reminder in the stress of the moment.


Come fall, we start keeping a few cozy blankets in the van. They get used while the van heats up, and are there if we ever need them during an emergency.

A change of clothes (for the kids, at least)

Whether you’re stranded in an ice storm or a child couldn’t quite make it to the bathroom, being prepared with a fresh change of clothes is always a good idea!

Warm gloves

My hands get so cold, so fast. Driving with stiff hands, especially in bad weather conditions, is just not very smart. Keep a special pair in the van in case you need them.

Entertainment of some sort

This one isn’t strictly essential, I suppose. But it is a very good idea to keep an assortment of entertainment in the car, for you and the kids! Books, coloring books, and car games make good choices.

Build your own winter travel emergency kit and be prepared for any icy adventure that comes your way!

Assemble your winter travel emergency kit

Since getting married, Joshua and I have had trees fall on our house in an ice storm and survived a terrible tornado.

Being prepared for mishaps makes them much easier to handle. If you have to travel on frozen roads, make sure to assemble a winter travel kit to take with you!

What do you keep in your vehicle? (Do you like driving in winter weather?) 

Glory and Beauty: the Purposes of Christian Modesty

Does the topic of modesty ever make you squirm?

Me too.

There are so many opinions on what’s modest and what’s not. Often I’m left wondering if there’s anything in my fairly conservative closet that meets all the rules.

Modesty is so much more than a list of "dos" and "don'ts". Modesty is an issue of the heart and its purpose is glory and beauty.

The discussion of modesty brings up a common temptation because “It’s much easier, and more fun, to apply the Scriptures to others and not ourselves.” -Eric Sauder (photo credit)

So when we arrived at church and I saw the sermon text, my heart sank a bit

 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.” (1 Tim. 2:8-10)

As the sermon started, my heart stopped squirming. The sermon was inspiring, convicting, and encouraging. Instead of giving a list of rules, it offered a glimpse of the beautiful glory of Biblical modesty.

The purpose of Christian modesty

Buried in a detailed passage about the proper priest’s clothes comes a beautiful description that highlights the purpose of their clothing: “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” (Ex. 28:2)

The purpose of modesty echoes that. Modesty is for glory and beauty.

We are daughters of the King. Our clothing should reflect His glory. Wives are “the glory of their husbands” (1 Cor. 11). Our clothing should reflect that glory.

And it should be beautiful. Have you ever noticed how often the Bible mentions a woman’s beauty? Sarah was beautiful, Rebekah was beautiful, Rachel was beautiful. So were Abigail, Esther, the beloved in the Song of Solomon, and many more.

Did you know that the word “adorn” means “to make beautiful”?

Beauty is a good thing in the hands of a woman who wants to please Jesus.

Modesty and beauty are not mutually exclusive at all. Sarah, who is held up as a model for Christian women (Heb. 11:11, 1 Pet. 3:5-6), was so beautiful that two kings got in trouble over her beauty. (Gen. 12:10-20 & Gen. 20)

Beauty is not sinful. But we are to “make ourselves beautiful” with modesty and good works.

Glory and Beauty are the purposes of Christian modesty

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The missing modesty rules

So beauty and glory are the purposes of Christian modesty, but what about the rules part?

You can read the Bible cover to cover without finding a spelled-out list.

Sometimes I just wish God would have made it simple. The Bible is so long. Couldn’t He just have devoted one little chapter to the dos and don’ts of Christian modesty: Wear this. Don’t wear that. Make sure your shirt is at least this high, this long, and this thick. Make sure your pants or skirts are at least knee length (or calf length or ankle length).

He didn’t.

You have to search the Scriptures for clues, and pray, and seek for wisdom.

That doesn’t mean God doesn’t give us any guidance at all. He does. There are some things that are pretty clearly supposed to be enjoyed within the sanctity of marriage, and not displayed for the world to see. (Prov. 5:15-20)

But God didn’t give us a simple checklist for a reason. He wants us to seek His wisdom in humility, not to just cross things off a list and think that makes us modest.

Because modesty is much, much more than just a wardrobe issue. It’s a heart issue. Modesty is about a heart that wants Jesus to be glorified. And you can’t get that through just following a checklist.

Embracing Christian Modesty

Modesty may not rank in a top ten list of favorite topics, but the Bible addresses it and so should we. Not as a mindless checklist of rules, but as a way to dress beautifully for the glory of Jesus.

Simple Ways to Celebrate the Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Day isn’t a day of endless rules and boredom. It also isn’t just another day to cross stuff of the to-do list. The Lord’s Day is a day for worship, for fellowship, and for rest. In short, the Lord’s Day is a day to celebrate.

Sometimes though, it’s hard to find ways to rest when you are a mom with the “job that never ends”: when kids still get hungry, when the laundry pile still keeps growing, and the dishes still get dirty.

I wish I had a magic solution for keeping the laundry pile from growing. I don’t. But these are a few simple ways that have helped me rest, celebrate the Lord’s Day, and start the new week refreshed.

Psalm 91:2 is a Psalm for the sabbath day and highlights the goodness of singing praises to our Most High God.

Worship with the saints

Jesus said that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is in their mist. Just think what this means when millions of His redeemed people gather together in His name?

Yes, a church is a bunch of fallen sinners gathered together. But when we gather to worship together, to be washed in His Word, to eat at His table, and to “provoke one another to love and good works”, He can use it to transform our messy lives a little more into His likeness.

Make it a “sweet day”

Save special treats for Sunday or make a special dessert.

Drinking coffee regularly gives me a headache. Most days I enjoy a cup of delicious peppermint tea instead. Much as I love peppermint tea, I greatly look forward to my Sunday cup of coffee coffee-flavored cream.

Train yourself (and your children) to anticipate Sunday as a sweet day. (Thanks for encouraging me in this, Peggy!)

Enlist help with meals

Joshua recently started a lovely Sunday morning tradition of making hootenanny with the kids on Sunday morning. I get to sleep in, the kids get to spend time with him, and we all get to enjoy a delicious breakfast. It’s a win on all counts.

If your husband isn’t a fan of playing in the kitchen, maybe you could buy some fun prepared treats just to enjoy on Sundays. Or make ahead mocha muffins, smorkaka, or another delicious freezer-friendly treat.

Use paper plates & utensils

Yes. I know. Not only have I eaten whales, now I’m recommending paper plates.

It may not score me any green points, but on Sunday we use paper products all day long. Joshua finally talked me into it, and it’s been one of the best decisions all year.

Enjoy the people (and activities) you love

Spend time with extended family and friends or do something memorable after church as a family. Sing together, take a long walk together, play volleyball, eat ice cream, play in the garden, win Cataan: in short, celebrate this day.

Ignore the never-ending chores

This one is the hardest for me. I try to get the house picked up Saturday evening, but the dirty laundry and crumbs still grow faster than fruit flies.

Monday morning will come around soon enough. When possible, choose to let your chores wait.

As moms, we have a job that literally "never ends". That doesn't mean the Lord's Day isn't a time of rest for us too. Here are few simple ways to celebrate the Lord's Day.

a cedar of Lebanon (Ps. 92)

Celebrate the Lord’s Day

In our modern fast-paced culture, getting to rest, and worship, and enjoy the Lord’s day is an incredible blessing. Just as Jesus said almost 2,000 years ago, God didn’t make us for the Sabbath, He made the Sabbath for us.

These are just a few simple ways that have helped me celebrate this gift.

How do YOU celebrate the Lord’s Day? (Any magic laundry tricks to share? )

Celebrate the Lord’s Day

Life in the Little House on the Prairie held a sweet charm for me as a girl. I wished I could live out on the prairie with Mary and Laura in a little log cabin, pick wild berries along the creek bed, and run through unending prairie … until Laura described their Sundays.

Sundays were miserable, confining, and seemed to drag on for an eternity.

Thankfully, celebrating the Lord’s Day does not require intense boredom and stiff shoes. God could have sung the world into existence in a moment. He could have chosen to create it slowly over the course of millions of years.

Instead, he chose to speak it into existence over the course of a week as a pattern for us, His image-bearers.

The Lord's Day: a day of worship, rest, and gladness

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Unlike many ancient cultures, where all but the wealthiest worked every single day, God commanded us to work faithfully for six days. And then, for our sake, He blessed the seventh day as a day of rest. Of celebration. Of worship. Of refreshment. Of fellowship.

With the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the day has switched. Now we celebrate at the beginning of the week, to commemorate the most important event in history: the defeat of death.

The day switched, but the purpose remains: to worship, fellowship, and rest.

Worship exuberantly with the saints

Sunday isn’t just about “going to church”.

What happens (or should happen) at church is much, much greater than getting a spiritual pep talk. We get to join with saints around the globe and raise joyful voices in worship of our Savior. We get to feast upon the Lord’s table, and be changed a little more into the likeness of Christ. We get to encourage one another to “love and good works” as we celebrate the Lord’s Day.

Rest from your work

God created this day as gift for us. As Jesus said, “the sabbath was created for man, not man for the sabbath!”

Don’t celebrate it with one eye glancing over your shoulder to make sure that everyone around you knows you’re doing it right. What is work to one person might be rest to another. As our pastor explained, if you have a family farm and raise food to sell, resting on Sunday likely means not spending the whole afternoon installing a new irrigation system.

On the other hand, if gardening is your most relaxing hobby, sitting in the warm sun on a Sunday afternoon and pulling weeds could be the most restful way to celebrate the day.

What if your main job is a homemaker? Kids tummies still get empty. Dishes still get used. And their clothes most certainly still get dirty. Sunday is still supposed to be a day of rest for us.

Here are a few simple ways to celebrate the day of rest, even if you have the “job that never ends.”

Sunday isn't just one more day to get stuff done. It's one of God's many gifts to us to celebrate and enjoy.

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Celebrate the Lord’s Day

Whether you work a full-time job or stay home with your kids all week, Sundays are a gift God has given us. They are days to worship and fellowship, rest and enjoy. So let’s celebrate them!

A Lesson Learned from My “Martha” Project

Anticipation soared as we prepared for the children’s Ancient Egyptian party. We studied Creation through the Middle Kingdom in Egypt during their first term of history. Now it was time for a hands-on look at life in Ancient Egypt.

As one of the history teachers at their weekly classical academy, I’d been brainstorming ideas for weeks. But, the day before the party, the list of things left to prepare continued to grow.

Egyptian Party

There were books to pick up from the library, authentic snacks to gather, “apprentice” stations to prepare, activities to run through, and hours of reading left to be done. Plus, I still needed to finalize our costumes.

The hours ticked by as I hurried through my list. Midnight struck. I took a book on Ancient Egypt to bed and read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.

The next morning we were up bright and early. I rushed everyone to get ready, double-checked supplies, and made it to school just in the nick of time.

Daddy’s white t-shirts, white sheets, ribbon, and eye shadow transformed fifteen adorable students into fifteen adorable ancient Egyptians. Brightly painted collars, headbands & “gold” armbands (that we’d made in previous weeks) completed our costumes.

After “mummifying” apples with their awesome science teacher, the students trooped outside to eat snacks, just like the ancient Egyptians would have.

The weather was perfectly gorgeous, but getting the students to sit still was like trying to keep a toddler’s play area tidied. Their seemingly endless energy fed off one another, as my energy reserves started slipping. To preserve strength, I narrowed in on the projects to get through.

I still wore a smile, but my focus had shifted from blessing the students with a fun-filled “first-hand” look into life in ancient Egypt (and how that knowledge helps put stories from the Bible into their historical context) to just making it through the day without crashing.

The smile was there. The delight and enthusiasm were gone.

Hands-On Ancient Egyptian Activities

Instead of responding to hiccups in my plans with grace, I silently wished can’t they just sit still in a circle for five minutes? 

I lost sight of the fact that they’re still little. We’ll be traveling through ancient Egypt several more times before they graduate. If all they remember from our day is that ancient Egyptians wore white and that learning about them is fun, it’ll be all right.

I forgot and I was frustrated.

As the morning wore on and my weariness grew, the real lesson of the day crystalized: instead of bustling around “distracted with much serving” like Martha, I need to pause “to sit at the feet of Jesus”, like Mary. (Luke 10:38-42)

The busier the day, the more I need to lean on Him. When my strength fails, He has promised to give His, if I’ll just look to Jesus and ask.


(Once I remembered to look up, the day ended joyfully, full of fun–and funny–memories.) 

Use Responsive Sayings to Enhance Your Homeschool

Children have incredible memories. They soak up new information like fresh sponges. As a homeschool mom, one of my goals is to channel that valuable ability toward the true, the good, and the beautiful.

One very simple way to do this is to use responsive sayings to easily learn Proverbs, short Scripture verses, helpful life lessons, and beautiful similes.

Tap into your children's incredible memory by using responsive sayings to easily learn Proverbs, helpful sayings, and good manners.

What are responsive sayings? They’re sayings where the parent (or teacher) says the first part, and the children answer back with the second part. For example,

Parent/teacher: Encourage one another,
Students: and build each other up!

We were first introduced to the idea of using responsive sayings from our friends who started the weekly academy the children attend.

Although responsive sayings are even more fun in a group [any local friends looking for a wonderful weekly academy, let me know!], my kids love them so much that they’ve begged me to start using them at home too.

If you’re looking for a simple way to incorporate more memory into your school day, try using responsive sayings. Here are a few to get you started.

(The teacher/parent part is in bold.)

Responsive Sayings for Homeschool: Proverbs

“Be not wise
in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord
and depart from evil.”

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit…
is like a city that is broken down and without walls.”

Go to the ant, thou sluggard…
consider her ways, and be wise.”

Responsive Sayings for Homeschool: other Scriptures

is better than sacrifice!

Encourage one another
and build each other up!

“His candle shineth on my head...
and by his light I go through darkness.”

Love… God!
Love… your neighbor!
Who is your neighbor?… all other people!

Our help is in the name of Yahweh
who made heaven and earth!

Responsive Sayings for Homeschool: Life Lessons

Leave it
better than you found it.

Loose lips
sink ships.

ladies first!
don’t keep the gentlemen waiting!

Listen first…
Then answer.

Looking for a fun & simple way to teach your children Proverbs, short Scriptures, and helpful life lessons? Try these responsive sayings for homeschool:

Use Responsive Sayings to Enhance YOUR Homeschool

Not only do little children love belting out their answers, responsive sayings take advantage of your children’s ability to memorize quickly and help fill their minds with good things.

The sayings above are just a small sampling. Start with one or two at a time and keep adding. The children learn them so quickly you’ll have to dig up more of your own soon!

Do you use responsive sayings with your children? What are some other good ones? 

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11 Books Worth Reading (Summer Reading Recap)

“Reading more” was one of my goals for this summer. When life gets busy, reading is usually one of the first things I drop. But there are just too many wonderful books out there to not devote a few minutes each day to reading.

Though I’ll likely never zoom through four books a week like some amazing folks do, I did make it through eleven books this summer that were worth the effort.

Books Worth Reading

  1. I’m No Angel: Winsome and humble. That’s the spirit of this beautiful autobiographic tale of a young Christian wife who made it to one of the most coveted runways ever as a Victoria Secret Angel model… and gave it all up to be a Proverbs 31 wife.
  2. The Five Love LanguagesI don’t like books that put people in boxes or encourage us to make excuses for sinful behavior. The Five Love Languages did neither. If we don’t speak the love language of our spouse (or child, sibling, friend, etc) it is easy to think that we’re obeying the command to “love one another”, but not demonstrating it in ways that are as meaningful as we think.
  3. Little Princes: This is the gripping autobiography of a young man who decided he was going to spend his life savings on a trip round the world. In order to ease his conscience (and stop his friends from shaking their heads in disapproval) he started his trek with a short stint at an orphanage in Nepal. Little did he know he would come to care about these children and battle greedy child-traffickers, overwhelmed officials, war-ravaged cities, and a dangerous trip along goat paths for their sakes.
  4. Lessons at Blackberry Inn: With the clear goal of inspiring readers to imitation, Karen Andreola paints a beautiful image of a homeschool family. It’s set in the country during the Great Depression. At times it was overly sentimental, but laid a compelling case for the art of gentle learning. (Plus, I love books that honor happy marriages!)
  5. Mara: Daughter of the Nile & The Golden Goblet*: This year, we’re studying Creation to the Fall of the Roman Empire. I thought these novels might be fun read-alouds to highlight life in ancient Egypt, but were too complex. I sure loved them though! Nothing like getting your history lesson in the form of a fast-paced novel!
  6. Toward a Truly Free Market: Joshua read this book with some guys from church, and highly recommended it. I was a bit leery about beginning a dense book on economics, but found it totally worth the effort. The author offers a fresh and compelling view of economic theory. If you’re worried about the direction our economy is headed, I highly recommend Toward a Truly Free Market.
  7. Fresh Eggs Daily: A fun and simple read, this beautifully illustrated book is a great guide to caring for chickens naturally. It’s filled with great facts like “planting mint near the coop helps repel mice” and what weeds and table scraps are good for chickens.
  8. The Art of War: One of those classics I had never got around to reading. Which is silly since it’s super short and so universally loved (and Librivox has a great free audio recording of it.)
  9. Fat Chance: Beathing the Odds against Suger, Processed Foods, Obsity, and Disease: Obesity is an ever growing problem in the modern world and we must stop saying it’s just a self-discipline issue, because it isn’t. This book is an excellent look at how our bodies deal with extra fat, the biochemical causes of obesity, why diets rarely work, and how to increase our (and our children’s) chances for healthy lifestyles.
  10. Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: ‘m blessed with a very happy marriage, but there’s always room to make it even better, right? This book is filled with simple “secrets” that highly happy couple practice, and all marriages can incorporate.
  11. The Eagle of the Ninth*: Another historically-based novel that was a bit too mature for the kids, but was a fascinating tale about life in Roman Britain. It’s amazing how a story gives feeling and life to the dry facts of ancient times.

On the Bookshelf this Fall

What’s on your bookshelf? 


[Full disclosure: Links to products in this post are my referral links.]

(Another reason I didn’t think these were appropriate for my children is that I want to wait to introduce false gods to them till they are mature enough to appreciate the wonderful truth that these false gods were conquered by Christ.)

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Loved by an Almighty God

Loved by an Almighty God
A few years ago, my lovely sisters and sisters-in-law visited our tiny duplex in Alabama for the weekend. One of the benefits of crowding ten people into a 650 square foot home was the incentive to spend more time outside. One gorgeous evening, Joshua offered to lay the kiddos down while we girls went on a walk.

After meandering down to the square and visiting the quaint college library, we headed home. The bright city lights warded off the growing darkness around us. We were almost home when a car slowed down and the driver rolled down the window.

Picking up the pace, we braced ourselves for rude comments or cat calls.

Instead, the elderly gentleman called out in a kind voice, “I just want you girls to know that Jesus loves you.” Then he rolled the window back up and continued down the road.*

The memory still brings a smile to my lips.

So take courage, for “you are loved by an Almighty God.” **


* I’m pretty sure that only in the south do completely random strangers stop traffic for pleasantries. Once, a grandpa held up cars at a stop sign while encouraging me to “Enjoy the kids, they grow up before you know it! I sure miss mine.” I assured him I would, and then he drove off while I continued our walk to the park. The drivers behind him didn’t seem the least bit annoyed.

**the lovely reminder that Darlene Schacht uses to close her blog posts.

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