Category: Family time

Ideas for Christmas Traditions

I hope you made it to the Doorposts Facebook party on Tuesday! We had so much fun getting to “talk” with you all! If you haven’t looked at the posts of the contest winners, please do! You’ll be inspired! Now that we have an extra bedroom (with all the boys off and married), I’m thinking about converting the room that has been our craft room, and then music room, and […]

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Discovering the Christmas Story

It’s December! Time for Advent! Use the days leading up to Christmas Day to help your children get excited about the story of Jesus’ birth. A nativity scene or creche is one simple way to point children to the story of Jesus’ birth all through the season of Advent. Pull out a sturdy set of nativity figures — ones made of plastic, wood, or even cloth. These should be figures […]

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Sailing with the Pilgrims!

I’m looking forward to eating dinner on the “Mayflower” again someday. Instead of our own six children, it will be their children that huddle with me in the dark and pretend they are on the Mayflower, eating hardtack and dried meat while the winds blow and the ship pitches on the waves. Help your children appreciate the risks the Pilgrims took to come to the New World where they could […]

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Heroes for Our Children

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set […]

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Teaching Children to Use Computers, Internet, and TV Wisely

“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 22:3) Last week I told you about the summer my parents turned off our computer. Computer time was becoming too important, but once we got off the computer for a few hours, we remembered how fun it was to be active and creative again! Don’t get me wrong; technology is not a bad […]

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Shopping for Time (Review and Giveaway)

“…making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). A review of Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed, by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw. This practical book is just as delightful and solidly biblical as everything else I have read by Carolyn Mahaney. She and her daughters declare their purpose in the book’s introduction: “…We […]

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The Summer My Parents Turned Off the Computer

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.” (Matthew 5:29a) Long-awaited summer had finally arrived! My brothers and I, ages 9, 11, and 13, were thrilled to be finished with another year of homeschooling. The main thrill was that, instead of having only half an hour of computer time scheduled around our school assignments, we now had lots more free time—and we planned […]

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How Do You Feed on the Word While Your Children Are Tiny?

Last Thursday we talked about ways to claim a regular (or at least semi-regular!) time for communion with God during the day. Getting up just a little earlier in the morning is one way to make time for this important time. However, for mothers who are caring for tiny ones during the night, an early rising may not be practical. Mothers with several little young children may also have trouble […]

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Making a Prayer Journal

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:18) A simple prayer notebook can help you and your children remember prayer requests and see how God answers your prayers. If you have mostly small children, you might want to keep one  notebook for the whole family, but if your children are old enough […]

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Time for a Treasure Hunt!

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer, is a book that profoundly influenced my thinking and actions while our children were young. I love Mrs. Schaeffer’s infectious creativity, and the joy she took in making the lives of others more beautiful. One of Mrs. Schaeffer’s ideas that I grabbed hold of was the “Treasure Hunt Meal.” We had so much fun with these meals! I can hardly wait until […]

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