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7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

 by Nathan Tiemeyer, Pastor at The Crossing (and Rachel’s husband). This post was first published on Every Square Inch. Many of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with our kids at bedtime. As we tuck our children in, not only can prayer be

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Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there’s still one more Christmas tradition my children can’t wait for each year: our birthday party for Jesus on Christmas night. I love that our celebration ends with setting our

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This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of “One Year of Dinner Table Devotions”

Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors are two things that you and I can start doing when our kids are young. The #1 factor is

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10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we’re trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they have. (I need reminders, too!) Yesterday I shared a bit of our parenting struggles as of

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15 meaningful Easter books that will help you and your family focus on the meaning of the holiday

15 Meaningful Easter Books

Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies. Spring time. It really is one of my favorite holidays. Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,

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5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I’m fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our children–especially books that encourage them to have a bigger, truer view of our

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Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we’ve talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation

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Apple Butter Weekend: A Family Tradition

Ever made 150 pints of apple butter at once? Sounds crazy but my family does it every year. “Apple Butter Weekend” has been happening every October for as long as I can remember. It’s always something I look forward to and is the only thing besides weddings and funerals that

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What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

First of all, I think this post’s title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said, I am now close to 5 months into my transition from one to

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Calm. Fair. Firm.

I’m only two years into parenting but one thing I’ve learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks and that is part of it. My two year old happens

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child’s Separation Anxiety

Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children’s ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it away, Jess! It happens every Sunday in churches everywhere: a mom or dad hands a kiddo

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10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

All through this pregnancy I’ve felt as though I’ve had plenty of time to get things ready for Baby 2.0. However, as my due date inches closer and closer, I am starting to feel the time crunch. Here is a list of 10 things to do before a baby arrives:

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Boy on Board!

Bring on the trucks, balls, trains, footballs, blocks, bandaids, and E.R.visits… We are having a boy in April! I’ll be honest- I’m a little out of my comfort zone with little boys. I like little girls. I’m experienced on how to get their attention, keep them entertained, calm them down,

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Seven Benefits of Having a Family Dog

If you can’t tell from my previous post about installing a Pet Peek Window in our fence, we are dog people. Growing up, my family always had 2-4 dogs. My dad hunts and they had lots of land to run around on so it never felt like we were smothered

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Apple Butter Weekend

Apple Butter Weekend

I’m excited to share with you all a family tradition of ours that I am pretty proud of. Last weekend we headed to my hometown and joined up with family and friends for “Apple Butter Weekend.” I don’t know how long the tradition has been going but it’s been WAY

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Lessons from The First Trimester

Well friends, I’m through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit more kindly than my first, there have still been many moments and days that I don’t want

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easy kid activities at home

10 Summer Boredom Busters: Easy Kid Activities at Home

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s been blistering hot in these here parts for weeks on end. Too hot to play outside for most of the day, in fact, unless water is involved.  When you have three small kids at home all day, especially an energetic 5-year-old

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4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

One of my fears in writing a blog called Thriving Home and that sometimes speaks to parenting issues is that you’d get the ridiculous impression that I somehow have my act all together as a mother.  Excuse me while I have a good belly laugh at the thought. Bah, ha,

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Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Guest Post: Sewing Buttons

Several months ago, my husband Jeremy pointed out that he had a couple of shirts that needed buttons sewn on. I remember looking at him like, “yeah right, I’ll get to that someday.” (Did I mention I have three kids, three and under, one of which was born this year,

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Because Silliness is Next to Godliness

Because Silliness is Next to Godliness

Tonight, my kids and I had a super silly time dancing and singing with hundreds of other little kids.  I won’t lie, acting like a kid with lots of other kids is one of my favorite things in life.  Maybe that’s why I like my job as a Family Events

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20 Questions: A Birthday Ritual

20 Questions: A Birthday Ritual

I LOVE this idea I just saw on Pinterest. Starting at age 3, ask your kiddo the same questions on every birthday until they are 18. Assuming you were able to follow through with the idea for 15 years, you can make a book out of all the questions and

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3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

Our family has gone from a low maintenance two adult caravan to a five person traveling circus in the past five years.  Traveling to and staying with family is something we look forward to, but we know it’s not easy anymore.  Besides the minivan overflowing with kid gear, some of

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Jesus' Birthday Cake

Jesus’ Birthday Cake

I mentioned last week that we’d be throwing Jesus a birthday party, like we’ve done the past few years on Christmas.  My kids seriously go nuts over this whole shindig.  Mainly, they love helping me make, decorate, and eat the cake.  Here’s the crazy delicious recipe I used once again. 

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Fun Christmas Game for Couples (+ Free Printable)

Fun Christmas Game for Couples (+ Free Printable)

I’m known as the “game girl” around these parts.  Man alive, I love a good game or fun question in a group, especially ones that get people laughing or connecting in a social situation.  As an aside, I married a man who typically has an adverse reaction to group games

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Toy Swapping Mommies

Want to clean out all the toys that have lost their luster in your house?  How about get some free Christmas gifts for your kids?  What if you could do both of those things while having a fun night out with your friends? If you were nodding your head along

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My Not So Edited Life

Ironically, as much as I love it, social media like blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest overwhelm me at times.  I can sometimes feel like I’m falling so short of where I should be as a mom, homemaker, wife, Christian, etc.  People–me included–post ideas, pictures or status updates that often show the

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Book Review: Spiritual Parenting

Book Review: Spiritual Parenting

Dear Dads and Moms: If you pick up one parenting book this year, might I suggest Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families?  I’ve been reading and rereading it this past year and am consistently encouraged, convicted, and challenged as a parent as a result. This book has also influenced

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Simple Learning Activity: Sorting in an Egg Carton

Simple Learning Activity: Sorting in an Egg Carton

I’m a teacher by training, a former children’s ministry director, and a current mom of three.  Like many of you, I understand the importance of and enjoy the teaching of my 2 and 4-year-olds. Am I alone in saying, though, that I disdain complicated activities that require a lot of

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Sick Day Fun: Play Dough, Mr. Potato Head, and Me

Sick Day Fun: Play Dough, Mr. Potato Head, and Me

Having three small sick kids at home in the winter can be a bit of a challenge at times. Ok, if I’m honest…sick or not and winter or not, staying home with small kids is a challenge.  I can often get discouraged at how much “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training

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Lesson Learned: Getting My Preschooler to Eat

Lesson Learned: Getting My Preschooler to Eat

Just wanted to pass along a little tip I gleaned tonight.  If you have a wonderful picky-strong-willed-often-distracted preschooler like I do (or someone in that genre of little person), you know that mealtime can be quite a struggle at times.  Temper tantrums, whining, looks of disgust, or any combination of

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