Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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A Family Back-to-Bethlehem Activity

This is a fun activity to do with your family on Christmas Eve or during any family Christmas party. It is an immersive experience that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. We decorated the church to look like Bethlehem, but you could do this in a room in your home. We wore Biblical costumes, ate foods that might have been found in Bethlehem, and pretended to be people who lived back then....
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Remembering on Veterans Day

It is fitting that Veterans Day falls in November right before Thanksgiving. I am so very grateful for those men and women of our military who are willing to risk their lives for our freedom. I still get teary when I hear the National Anthem or see the Stars and Stripes, and I get especially teary when I see military members bear the flag of our great country. The following story was written by...
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Meet Gail Kittleson, Author of Until Then

Gail Kittleson is a fellow inspirational author who writes WWII romances. I’m delighted to have her on my blog today. An Iowa farm girl, Gail appeared with her thick glasses and a pile of books at the local library counter every Saturday.  After graduating from Wartburg College and earning her MA in TESOL at UNI, she taught English as a Second Language and college expository writing. After...
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Kindness, Part 2

Recently I posted a story from my dad about German prisoners of war coming to his father's farm to work. Now I want to share a story written by my mom. I hope we all remember kindness instead of anger, judgment, or blame: One year, when I was a teenager, my dad had a good crop of alfalfa.  Because of the extra money he made from selling it, he was able to buy a new tractor for the farm. Up to...
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A Little Kindness Goes All the Way Across the Ocean

There is so much unkindness in the world. People act like bullies online, with no consideration that there might be a human being on the other end. We've lost the ability to discuss our disagreements in a civil and kind manner, and it makes me so sad. But good people all over the world can change that if we just take the time to understand each other and choose kindness instead of judgment and...
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Happy New Year!

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Happy New Year! Do you ever wish someone a “Happy New Year” without really thinking about what it means? I believe that God wants us to be happy, and I believe that God wants us to be happy now. As I have contemplated what the future has in store for me, I truly want 2019 to be a “happy new year.” I...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love getting together with family and taking time to reflect on our bounteous blessings. God has been so good to all of us, and it's nice to have a holiday set aside to remember and give thanks. One of our family Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the table and reading the story below. I put five grains of corn at everyone's...
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