Overcoming Hate with Love

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela Overcoming Hate with Love: A message from Give Forward Acceptance and tolerance are two of the things that I long for where it concerns my children and especially with my middle child. With her autism being what it is, I employ every public moment as an opportunity to educate and raise awareness. Ignorance, unfortunately, is all too common place where it concerns special needs children and the public. Far too often I…

Printable Christmas Wish List

I’m fully aware that it’s only September and that I’m already talking about Christmas. Still, maybe it’s too soon… Hmm, I think that’s debatable. But, I wanted to at least start offering a few Christmas related things while I have the chance to really make them (and then tweak them later). First up this year are printable Christmas wish lists, all in .jpg format because when I tried to convert to a pdf, it just wasn’t going well. I’ll have .pdf ones in a later post, probably later next month or at the beginning of November. I remember writing out my list to Santa, every year. I never mailed it, never brought it to the mall, but I always wrote one out. For me, it’s…

Creating a Christmas Budget

One of the most important things I’ve ever done is to create a Christmas budget. Most of the time I’m able to stay within my means, but there are times I end up going over a bit. I understand, of course, that this is a very special and important time of the year. Because of that, I want to make it memorable but without breaking the piggy bank. I don’t usually go shopping in the months leading up to Christmas, but instead do my shopping all year round. I also make use of seasonal sales to buy those big ticket items and a reasonable price. I also can’t forget the savings that coupons bring me… and I’m not above a little re-gifting now and then….

Adventures in the Bible for Toddlers

I wanted to start early with Squeaker when it came to teaching her about God and God’s word. I read Bible verses to her while I was still pregnant and she enjoys hearing Jesus Loves Me as one of her nighttime songs. I also knew that it would eventually come time to start getting a Bible that was appropriate for her. And though I do have a book of Bible stories, I was lacking any sort of Bible that was more kid-friendly (something that I hope to remedy soon). So, I thought why not start adventures in the Bible? I felt that was something that we could grow with and I also feel that reading is an every day adventure within itself. The Adventure Bible…

Joyful in Hope

I mentioned in the post, Favorite Verses, that my favorite verse in the Bible is Romans 12:12; and in particular from the NIV translation: Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, and Faithful in Prayer. I feel that, in life, this verse has been especially applicable and has gotten me through some very tough times. To me, this verse means celebrating the small things in life, to trust in God, and to never stop speaking to God. I have certainly been guilty of not fully trusting in God and of ceasing speaking to God. But, since the birth of my first child, I’ve learned to appreciate everything in life- no matter how small. I’ve wanted to make it a point to be as transparent as…

P is for Pumpkin Printable Pack

P is for Pumpkin I want to share my very first printable pack with you today! It’s six simple pages of Pumpkin related fun and simply called: P is for Pumpkin. Activities include: P is for pumpkin copywork, a simple maze, counting pumpkins, color mixing, and draw your own pumpkin. I may or may not have one for Halloween or based around a harvest theme, I haven’t decided just yet. With that being said, the next plan for a simple printable pack will be for Thanksgiving, unless I come up with something before then. If you do end up using any pages from the pack, I would love to see what you do with them! I would recommend laminating and/or printing on cardstock for durability….