• Expressing Gratitude
    Family Time,  Holiday Fun,  Thanksgiving

    Give Thanks

     20 Ideas for Expressing Gratitude “In every thing give thanks.” While I believe most people would agree with me that gratitude supplies joy, I think it’s fair to say that, sometimes, gratitude in every thing can feel challenging. I love the reminder to give thanks in all things. While I am grateful for my challenges, it can be hard, especially in the moment, to feel that or to keep gratitude in mind. It’s the kind of gratitude I want to pass on to my children. With that goal in mind, it’s something I’m consistently working toward. While creating a simple gratitude list is a good expression of giving thanks, there…

  • Christ Centered Easter
    Easter,  Family Time,  Holiday Fun

    Separating Easter from the Bunny

    Creating a Christ Centered Easter Why separate Easter from the Easter Bunny? My husband and I try to keep the focus of Easter less on the Easter Bunny and more Christ centered. While there are many great ideas for keeping a Christ centered Easter, one of my favorites is reserving Easter Sunday exclusively as a Christ centered day. Our family observes Christ centered Easter activities leading up to Easter Sunday; however, Easter Sunday is exclusively Christ centered (no bunny). Separating the Easter bunny from Easter Sunday helps us center Easter around Christ. Full Disclosure: the Easter Bunny does visit our home- but, a day earlier. This really helps to shift…

  • Leprechaun Traps
    Holiday Fun,  Saint Patrick's Day

    Make a Leprechaun Trap

    Start a New Saint Patrick’s Day Tradition Making leprechaun traps has been a tradition starting in our home, since my oldest was a toddler. Originally, I had started the tradition with the intent to create a fun activity to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with our daughter (who was the only child at the time). The trap was simple: a box with shamrock stickers and a ribbon. At the time, I had no idea this tradition would continue. Before bed, March 16, we set the leprechaun trap out. First thing in the morning I had her check the trap for a leprechaun. After checking the trap, my daughter found a small…