• Intentional Prayer Journal
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    Prayer Journal

    Create a Prayer Journal to Help Increase Intentional Prayer Why create a prayer journal? Personally, I’ve found a prayer journal useful for: First, writing down questions or concerns in prayer allows me to see them. Second, and more importantly, I record answers to prayers and recognize blessings that have come through prayer. I’m more aware of the answers when I’m looking for them. Also, so answers stand out, consider circling them or putting a star or something else that helps differentiate them by or around them.  Additionally, writing down concerns or questions I have helps me to be more intentional. My words carry more thought vs. habit. If becoming more…

  • World Family Dinner
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    Around the World Dinner

    Family Dinners from Around the World Gather as a family for dinner (or dessert) to enjoy a new cuisine from around the world. For myself, the main goals of an around the world dinner are to enjoy a family meal together (or dessert), open up a conversation, and possibly learn something new. Also, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to introduce the family to new food and possibly a new location. What is an around the world dinner? A dinner inspired around a specific cuisine, either a country, or possibly smaller (or larger) demographic, depending on your preference.  How to include an around the world themed family dinner into your…

  • Ancestor Inspired Dinner
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    Family History Dinner

    Ancestor Inspired Dinner (or Dessert) Creating an ancestor inspired dinner (or dessert) is a fun and inclusive way to involve your family in their family history. What is an ancestor inspired dinner (or dessert)? It’s a planned dinner or dessert inspired by where your ancestor(s) lived, or maybe a recipe they used that was passed down (if you’re blessed to have one). Creating Family History Dinner (or dessert) takes just a few simple steps: Select an ancestor (or ancestors) of yours to share. Next, look to see where that ancestor is from. Look up food ideas for that area. Afterwards, look up recipes that are inspired by the area. Most…

  • Who's who for a bride or groom
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    Family You’re Joining Album

    Who’s who for a new or soon-to-be bride or groom A new or soon-to be bride or groom also gains additional family. Thinking back, I can remember how confusing placing new family members was at first. A Family You’re Joining Album can help alleviate some of the guess work of how your new relatives are related. Recently, I came across my husband’s Family You’re Joining Album. My mom gets the credit for this idea. Shortly before my husband and I were married, she gifted my husband with his album. After he’d meet family member’s, of mine, it was easy to later look up and see how they were related to…

  • summer learning activities
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    Summer Learning Ideas

    Ideas to get you Started Planning some simple summer learning activities can create lasting memories. Find ideas that spark your children’s interest and utilize skills you have (or would like to grow). Moreover, you don’t need to be skilled in a subject to learn more about. I’ve included a list of possible ideas. Starting with, some of our past planned learning activities.  Past learning activities we’ve enjoyed: Art: I started with basics of art. We did a few separate lessons, including: the color wheel, shading, texture, line, space, perspective. My kids really enjoy art lessons and so this summer we’ll have a day dedicated to art. We may go over…

  • mapping family
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    Mapping Family

    Involving the family in family history Mapping Family is one way I’ve found to help my family connect to family history. My goal is to make learning about family history engaging and relatable for my children. That can be challenging when the past can feel distant for them. I want to help close that distance. Enter Mapping Family. Challenge: How might I help my kids relate and connect with their past? I’m excited when I’m able to find an idea that does hold their interest. Mapping Family is one of the ideas that I’ve found that involves the children and gives them a good visual to connect with.  What You’ll…