Many of you have asked for a reading list of great books for young and older children, the kind that contain wholesome adventure and inspire a heart to courageous living. I have been busy and did just as you requested.
What fun I had compiling it! Updated June, 2017.
Download the printable PDF here: 100 Whole-Hearted Books to Take Back the Culture.”
We are all aware that there is a battle raging in our culture for the minds and hearts of our children, but how do we as parents prepare them to live in the world? How do we teach values and build character at home on a day to day basis to equip them for a lifetime?
From the time I awoke that morning, I knew my focus was off.
The ‘Liar’s Committee’ in my head was reminding me of past hurts, little perceived snubs, the mundane routine, fewer dates, that particular warmth that was missing, and it overwhelmed anything good that was out there.
I had doubts about my salvation (how could I really feel these things if I loved Jesus?), doubts about my marriage relationship, doubts about my parenting, missing my mother…doubts, doubts, doubts.
How does your family deal with the Santa issue?
(Thought-provoking guest post by Sara Wallace over at The Gospel-Centered Mom. Re-printed by express permission of Sara Wallace. Her words contain so much grace, maturity, and truth. Please understand that how you handle this topic is a family decision, and you are in no way being judged. Thank you.)
I believed in Santa.
My husband believed in Santa.
We turned out okay. We didn’t walk away from the Lord or resent our parents. Before we had kids we figured we would do the whole Santa thing. We wanted Christmas to be as special for them as it was for us. But then we actually had kids and we had a big problem.
Santa wasn’t going to work.
If you’ve never made snow ice cream, you’re in for a treat!
And, btw, this can be made dairy-free, gluten-free and white (refined) sugar-free
“Grandma…poured hot syrup on each plate of snow. It cooled into soft candy, and as fast as it cooled they ate it. They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody!” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
If you are looking for a wholesome movie for a family night during the Christmas season, I have a number of great Christmas films for you to consider.
These films all provide different contexts with which to discuss and process many topics together without compromising hearts. The conversations that will come from a few well-chosen stories can open wonderful doors of communication and, in our home, they often carried over to mealtimes and still do.