Family Favorites {Seeds Family Worship}

Seeds“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 11:18

God has given me the desire to know his true word, keep it in my heart, and use it to inform my life.  But memorizing scripture is so difficult for me.  Remembering my childhood experience with G.T. and the Halo Express led me to seek out other scripture put to song.  

 

Seeds Family Worship music has been an enormous blessing to our family.  The music is scripture put to song, which I have found to be on of the most influential ways that God has used to plant his word in my heart.  

God has used Seeds to have an incredible impact on our family, aiding us often as we instruct our children, encourage one another, worship God, and seek to love and serve others with God’s truth.  So grateful for this wonderful ministry!

 

 

Our Family Favorites

Family Favorites {G.T. and the Halo Express}

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G.T. and the Halo Express had a memorable influence on me as a kid.  Bible scripture is put to song and weaved into stories about topics foundational to the Christian faith, like love, faith, and salvation.  It was so fun to start listening to the audio episodes with our kids.  Since “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16), we’re regularly referencing the Biblical truths we’ve memorized from G.T. and the Halo Express.  

We’re singing scripture all the time, and Shae recognizes passages when we read them from the Bible.  (But it is REALLY hard not to sing them, at times when I’m trying to read…like around other adults!)  Having the scripture to music is such a wonderful and helpful tool for our family to keep God’s word in our hearts and minds.

Our Family Favorites

Every Life {Is} Beautiful

Every Life {Is} Beautiful and its companion movie October Baby are not only incredibly captivating and insightful; God is using them to literally save lives.  This is one of my absolute favorite movies and celebrates the blessing of life as a sacred, beautiful gift from the Lord.

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Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  (Psalm 127:3 ESV)

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Autumn!

When Jack called to say he had to work late the other night, it gave Shae and me time to create pumpkin pancakes and try our hands at making homemade applesauce before he arrived.  Truly, if you love the warmth of pumpkin, simmering apples and spices, make this dinner!  Our house smelled amazing.

Sweet Pumpkin Pancakes by Bryn and Shae, Serves 4

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
3 whole eggs
1/2 can organic pumpkin
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional.  Well, maybe for you.  They are not optional for us!)
Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon in one bowl.  In a second bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, and pumpkin together until combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a little at a time,  stirring until well combined.  Stir in as many chocolate chips as you’d like!  Heat a griddle to 350 degrees and butter the surface.  Pour on the batter and flip them once little bubbles begin popping at the surface.  Keep in a covered dish in a warm oven while you wait for your husband to get home from work!

Thick and Rich Cinnamon Applesauce

Wash all your apple orchard apples, cut out the cores, cut into chunks, and cook in a big pot with a little water on high until they get all yummy and soft, adding cinnamon to your liking (or look away for a moment while the 3-year-old dumps an excessive amount in).  Puree until the peels are broken down.  Serve warm or cold.

A Rustic Dinner Party

On truly the most glorious summer evening, some of those dearest to me gathered for a celebration of out-of-town guests.

The menu: a Salad Bar.  Everyone brought 2-3 salad ingredients plus a compliment to the meal (bread, dessert, dressing, and drinks).


Kraft paper ran down the length of the table the table and Mason Jars held end-of-summer hydrangeas, lemonade and iced tea.  Red paper straws, plates, and paper bag napkin holders juxtaposed the glass drinking jars and silverware.  A rustic dinner party.  Delicious, inspiring, and perfect.  Love you my sweet family! 


Caring for our Traveling Daddy

Jack travels very rarely for work, and so over paper, stickers, and markers, Shae and I had a great opportunity to talk about Daddy’s upcoming trip while we made cards for him to open while he was away from home.  I labeled them in envelopes (one for every morning and every night) and tucked them into his suitcase.  In the midst of being away from home and very busy days (as well as a fun dinner excursion into the mountains!!), Daddy had something special from home to look forward to opening and remind him how much we love him and missed him.