Are You a Parent of a Dating Teen?

Hi Friends! Do you have teenagers who are dating or soon to start?  Feeling a bit under-prepared and overwhelmed?  Well, check this out! When I wrote At The Well, I originally wrote it with college students and young single adults in mind.  But the Lord opened up the...

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Three Truths to Remind a Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

The flowers floating around the office, the notes passed at school, the cards dripping with love and affection . . . Valentine's Day can be a lot to handle for the individual who is wishing they had someone special with whom to share the day.  And whether it is you...

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Please Help Me Launch My New Book

I am so excited to finally share more details with you about my new book, At The Well.  It is a book for Christian singles, taking them on a journey through Genesis 24 - the story of Isaac and Rebekah - where God reveals the most beautiful blueprint for finding love...

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How to Be Purposeful About a Slow Summer

If there is one thing I've been looking forward to as we wrapped up the school year, it is a SLOW SUMMER. The last month has been crazy.  Not only have we been over-scheduled and over-committed, we went and threw a puppy into it.  And friends, let me tell you if you...

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A Great Family Getaway To Cedar Point

  If your family has been in need of a little getaway that offers both excitement and relaxation, while providing fun for a variety of ages, read on! I am guessing that your life is full-speed ahead like mine.  Busy with kids, school and homework, extra-curriculars,...

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10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad!

Looking for some fun ideas for Father's Day (or anytime you want to celebrate Dad)?  From crafts and gifts to games and crazy activities, these ideas will be sure to make Dad feel special and appreciated. 10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad: Have your kids fill out this...

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10 Reasons You Should Start a Family Lego Project Today

Last month, my kids and I worked on a Creation Series in Legos.  It was even more fun than I expected.  We learned about God's creation and had an absolute blast building together.  We built everything from land and sea to turtles and very colorful birds.  Some of our...

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His Example of Living While Dying

Perspective.  Outlook.  Enjoying Life. Faith. Trust. ...All things I want you to be thinking about for the next few moments. There is a book called, Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech.  It is the story of Laura's teenage son, Zach, who was diagnosed with...

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Celebrating Your Familly on Valentine’s Day

There are so many cute ideas for Valentine's Day.  Sometimes, I want to try them all.  And then I get my sanity back and realize simple can be better.  It is completely ok to not add to your family's already existing traditions, whatever the holiday. Here is what my...

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A Sad Goodbye & The Legacy You Leave

I shared this in last Saturday's newsletter.  Thank you for your prayers during this time.   This week, we said goodbye to a very special man.  Dan's uncle went home to be with the Lord on Thursday.  He was a pastor for 40 years, an individual Dan looked up to greatly...

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Unplug Your Kids: Connect the Family

Have your kids ever entered the room to ask you a question and found you completely absorbed in your news feed on Facebook to the point where you didn't even hear them talk?  Have you found it easy to sit with your kids at play and rather than enjoying watching your...

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The Rhythm of Rush & The Best Yes

This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.  To learn more and join us, Click Here.  Let's talk schedules.  Do you feel beyond busy?  What is your everyday schedule like?...

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The Toothless Grin

The older my children get, the faster I feel time slipping through my fingers.  They are getting so big and learning much.  I think of myself as a mom of little children, but the reality is that this year, my little children will turn 5 and 7.  Sigh. I penned this...

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Wizard of Oz Party & Family Movie Night

Last Saturday, we hosted a little Wizard of Oz Party and Family Movie Night!  It was a fun theme for decorating and creating.  And it was the first time all the kids saw the movie.  Now, I will tell you that we fast forwarded through some of the parts.  There will be...

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March Madness Fun For the Whole Family

Dan loves March Madness.  In fact, it is his favorite "sports" time of the year.  A couple years ago, he got me more interested in the games by having me fill out a bracket.  My competitive side came out and I watched  just to see if my picks were doing well or not....

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A Parent’s Thoughts on Snapchat

Snapchat.  What is Snapchat?  If you're like most people in their thirties (a'hem, me), you may not have heard of Snapchat yet or you've heard just enough to wonder what it is really all about.   So today, I'm sharing my thoughts on Snapchat:  the basics, what I like...

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Books to Snatch up! Discounted or Free eBooks on Amazon

I love great deals and I love free.  So of course, I wanted to share these discounted or free ebooks with you! I Can Teach My Child to Read: A 10-Step Guide for Parents On sale for $1.99 this week only!  This book helped me be intentional about teaching my son to...

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My End-of-the-Year Purpose-Filled Hit List

Plow through.  Get it done.  Plunge ahead. . . All thoughts and attitudes that can easily steer us as we move through our busy days.  But, what I have been thinking about lately, what I have been asking myself is:  Are there costs to this sort of approach?  Do things...

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Minted.com Review and Why I am Squealing with Delight!

  This week, I had the opportunity to review the website, Minted.com.  Friends, I am loving this site and could spend all day browsing through their beautiful lines of products.  Minted has so much to offer, whether you are creating photo cards, planning a party,...

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Tips for Taming the Family Schedule

THE BUSY FAMILY.  Books have been written on it, news segments have reported about it.  The American life looks quite different than it did when our parents were growing up.  More opportunity, more variety, more technology. I will admit while I love all that our...

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Back to School Prayers for Moms

Being a mother is a beautiful, God-given role.  Rocking that precious gift in your arms, spending a rainy afternoon cuddled up on the couch reading books together, kissing their sweet head when asleep.  Motherhood definitely has those picturesque, savory moments. But...

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Back to School Prayers by Subject

Last week, we prayed through 12 Scriptures and prayers for for our kids as they returned back to school.  This week, we'll be praying by classroom subjects.  We'll look both at the academic side and the spiritual impact we desire for our kids. Remember, prayer is...

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12 Back-to-School Prayers for Your Kids

This week, we are kicking off a mini-series . . . Back-to-School Prayers.  Whether you are educating children in your home or sending them off to school, as parents, we have certain hopes, dreams, aspirations . . . and fears for our kids. I want to teach my kids all I...

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Free 8×8 Shutterfly Book

First week of school for us . . . done!  How many pictures did you snap on your children's first day of school?  I got a bit carried away . . . One thing I love is capturing special moments with my camera and then as you probably know, making photo books and re-living...

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Welcome!

My name is Kristen. I'm a former Wedding & Event Planner blogging about fun ways to celebrate each and every day and the special occasions of life. Here you'll find inspiration for family fun, children's activities, party planning and a faith-filled life.