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My Baby is Having a Birthday and I’m Feeling the Ache

My Baby is Having a Birthday and I’m Feeling the Ache

Note: This post originally appeared on my personal blog July 2014. I am sharing it three years later, this day my baby is turning 8. The ache is raw again today.  Once more it has happened, another year has gone by. And here it is: that ache that seems to be ever-present in my Mama-heart. An ache I am learning to live with, but that becomes almost palpable on these dates that mark the changing of a number. From four, or…

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Best Ever End-of-the-Year Teacher Gift

Best Ever End-of-the-Year Teacher Gift

We have just under a month left before summer break, but I know for my friends in the south that means you have even less time. So today I’m sharing my favorite end-of-year teacher gift that has been excitedly received by our teachers the past few years. We have been blessed with amazing public school teachers that give and love and teach my kids in wonderful ways that we could never ever repay – but this gift is simple, thoughtful,…

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A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

A Family Conversation Guide on Protest

First off, a disclaimer: I am no expert. There are men and women who have been working and protesting and community organizing for many years and I am most certainly a newbie. So the thoughts and questions and conversations here are not polished and not really written from much experience. Rather, they are a humble offering to you as a result of searching for the words and stories to help educate my own two budding activists. In addition, these are words…

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – PEACE

Fourth Sunday of Advent – PEACE

REVIEW: Previous week’s candles. Advent symbols. How we are feeling about the upcoming arrival of the king. LIGHT THE CANDLES AND ASK: What makes you feel peaceful? (blanket, cup of warm milk, hug, snuggles) SAY: Those things help me feel peaceful too. (If your children mentioned cuddles or blankets, snuggle on the couch under blankets for the story today.) But you know what? The Peace that Jesus gives is even greater than a blanket or a warm cup of milk….

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Third Sunday of Advent – JOY

Third Sunday of Advent – JOY

REVIEW: Previous week’s candles. Advent symbols. Why we celebrate advent. LIGHT THE HOPE and LOVE CANDLES, along with a PINK CANDLE AND ASK: What are you most excited about for Christmas? (This week’s candle is pink because we are over half-way through advent, there is great celebration to be had…Jesus is coming!) SAY: That feeling of excitement is kind of like the feeling of happiness, kind of like joy. But joy and happiness are a little different. Happiness is a…

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Second Sunday of Advent – LOVE

Second Sunday of Advent – LOVE

REVIEW:  What was last week’s candle? What are some of the advent symbols? What does light represent? What does “advent” mean? (This week light two purple candles. The “HOPE” candle from last week and a new purple candle.) LIGHT THE CANDLES AND ASK: How do you show love to someone? How do you know if someone loves you? SAY: God sent Jesus to earth so that we would know how much he loves us. That’s what the Bible says in…

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First Sunday of Advent – HOPE

First Sunday of Advent – HOPE

Introduction: ASK: If you knew you were going to have a visit from a really special person, like a king, how would you prepare? SAY: At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our King. And these weeks leading up to Christmas we prepare our homes, we decorate and put up a tree and buy presents for loved ones. But how do we prepare our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ birth? That is what we call “advent.”  Advent is the time…

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