Friday, April 18, 2014

Verse of the Week - Luke 24:1-8

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on it's Way!

Easter is fast approaching.  What are your plans?

Will you be heading to church?

Will you be having an egg hunt?

Do you make Easter baskets for your kids?  Or, do you buy ready made baskets?

I will be putting together my own Easter baskets.  I don't buy ready made ones, I think it is more fun to place things in baskets that I know will be loved by my kids.  I'm really excited because this year I enlisted the help of a super crafty friend of mine and I will be putting some cute stuff that is totally personalized in there.  Check her out at Goody Two Schu's Designs - she does all kinds of things.

We will have a small egg hunt, with eggs that I have filled up.  I put each kids' favorite candy in them, along with a few other trinkets.

Instead of that weird paper stuff, this year the baskets will be lined with M&Ms - they'll appreciate that so much more.

We'll also be attending church - our church is having an Easter breakfast, that will be nice.  I love my church.

Do you share the reason for Easter with your kids?  We started on Palm Sunday and haven't stopped.  We covered Passover, tomorrow we will be discussing Good Friday, and on Easter, of course, we will put a great emphasis on the fact that Jesus is risen!

Whatever your plans, remember our Lord and Savior and have a great time!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Resurrection Rolls

The following is a recipe and instructions for Easter Rolls that help demonstrate the true meaning of Easter,  which is the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is an inspiring family project that can be done on Easter morning.

And what's even better, it's really easy!  Even the little ones can get in on this!

Source: Cowboys-4-Christ
Ingredients needed: 

Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large Marshmallows


Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Give each child one triangle of crescent rolls.

Explain that he crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Read Matthew 27:57-61

1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.

2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.

3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar. This represents the spices used to anoint the body.

4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death. 

5. Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb--while you are waiting for the rolls to bake, read Matthew 27:62-66.

6. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly.

7. Now the children can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.) ~ Now read Matthew 28:1-10.

Enjoy your warm rolls as you rejoice at the good news of Easter! And then go and tell someone else the good news today!

*Recipe and picture from Cowboys-4-Christ

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Mother's Day Gift Guide for New Moms

On most days, having a precious newborn to love may seem like the only gift you'll ever need. But with the long nights of wailing, the stresses of a colicky baby or the tiring recovery from childbirth, it’s nice to make your wife feel special for a day. When her first Mother’s Day rolls around this year, make the holiday one to remember.

Spa Day

With the new baby around, your wife likely has had difficulty finding five minutes to take a shower, much less indulge in her pre-baby beauty routine. The gift of pampering is a much welcome respite from the moment-to-moment stresses of caring for a newborn. Book your wife a massage and facial at a day spa. If she only has an hour or two to get away, treating her to a mani/pedi is a quicker option. If you're not sure where the nearest spa is located, can help you find and book appointments at over 20,000 locations.

A New Outfit

Even though she’s lost her baby bump, your wife may be feeling less than her pre-baby sexy self. A new outfit can be just the ticket to help her feel beautiful and confident again. For example, a wrap dress in a vibrant color is a universally flattering look. Alternatively, Harper’s Bazaar suggests purchasing a statement necklace that she can pair with her favorite outfit to jazz it up. If you know your wife’s shoe size and favorite styles, a gorgeous pair of flats might be the perfect gift now that her feet aren’t so swollen from pregnancy.

A Special Gift Basket

For her first Mother’s Day, do something a little more special than a generic bouquet of flowers from your grocery store. Amp things up with a gift basket overflowing with goodies or a deluxe gift of flowers, chocolate and jewelry. If your wife loves the scent of lavender, for example, get her an FTD gift basket with scented shower gel, lotions, soaps and candles. The soothing aroma will help to calm her mind when the baby is fussy.

Time With Her Girlfriends

Becoming a mom is a 24/7 job, and many women struggle to make time to see their friends once the baby has arrived. If your wife loved frequent happy hours or gab sessions with her friends pre-baby, give her the gift of time to reconnect. Call her best friends to organize an afternoon of fun, whether it’s catching a movie together or meeting up at their favorite restaurant. She’ll love the opportunity to chat with good friends, while you can spend some precious one-on-one time with your baby.

Gardening Gifts

Mother’s Day falls in May, meaning that it’s the perfect time for planting a new garden. If your wife has a green thumb, consider making a gardening gift box. Start with seed packets for her favorite herbs, vegetables or flowers. Then, add some gardening gloves to protect her hands and a small trowel. Real Simple suggests purchasing heirloom seeds to make the gardening gift extra-special.

A Weekend Away

Mother’s Day can be the perfect opportunity for you and your wife to take some time to yourselves. If you have trustworthy relatives in the area, consider leaving your baby at grandma and grandpa’s house for the weekend. Book a bed and breakfast within driving distance of your home, and enjoy the opportunity to sleep in, read together and reconnect.

Authored By: Allison Drew, health and wellness expert, mother, dirt biker

Friday, April 4, 2014

Big Red Safety Toolkit

Half of all children with ‪autism‬ are at risk of wandering away from a safe environment.  The National Autism Association's Big Red Safety Toolkit is an online booklet (PDF) full of wandering prevention tips and tools.

If you've got a runner, or even if you don't, download this important tool.  My son, thank God, has never done this.  But the reality is, he could.  It's better to be prepared than to be scared.

AWAARE Collaboration

National Autism Association

Free App Friday 04/04

It's Free App Friday from Smart Apps for Kids and they've got a great selection this week!

Click on over to view 33 completely FREE apps - that includes a Dr. Panda app, a Max & Ruby app, the My PlayHome Store app, and an app for potty training (why not?) - and more!

*Apps are FREE at the time of publication.  Publishers can change that at their own discretion so get over there fast!

Verse of the Week - Psalm 130:5

This entire passage is amazing... But that one little part about my whole being waiting for the Lord, that's what resonates with me.  Sometimes we need to just relinquish control, cry out to the Father, and wait.

Psalm 130:5 NIV

What is encouraging you this week?