The Donkey Who Carried a King

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We have really enjoyed the introductions to biblical themes and theology in R.C. Sproul’s storybooks.
The Donkey Who Carried a King  gives us a purposeful way to spend time thinking about Easter with our kids.  I love storybooks like these, because they are so useful, and not only offer an opportunity to hold my kids close while I read to them, but they also help me be intentional to center around a biblical worldview.  
May your Easter be marked with the truth of the gospel, and filled with adoration for and worship to the Risen King!
“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  Psalm 34:8
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loving the little years. {giveaway & interview with Rachel Jankovic part three}

Loving the Little Years

I was SO happy when Rachel Jankovic, author of Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches gave me the opportunity to interview her.  Catch up with part one and part two of this three-part interview.

 

{Part three of three.}

ME: Do you have any strategic ways of planning and preparing for days and weeks to come (food, hearts, cleaning, activities, etc.)
RACHEL: Haha! Probably not! I am not really a schedule oriented person. It would not make me happy to know what I was making for dinner a week from tomorrow, and if I wrote “leftovers” on a dinner plan somewhere my husband would probably swing by the store for something to grill on his way home.  If I think of something that I want to make for dinner, I’ll add it to the menu. Bad news though – sometimes the menu is just in my head. My problem tends to be too many ideas of things to do, so the places that I have had to work to improve has been finding satisfaction is just getting it done, rather than doing it the way I would ultimately like to do it. I have joked with friends that I don’t look at Pinterest because I do not need more inspiration, I just need more time to follow through!  For example, I love to cook, used to cater, and still really enjoy planning and making good food. But the reality of this time of life is that I often don’t have the time to make everything the way I would like to. So I have had to actively shift my source of satisfaction from making something that interests me, to feeding people in a prepared and timely manner.  I have found a happy medium where I always have the stuff to make some quick dinners in the freezer/pantry, but I plan a more fun menu right on top of that. That way when the day isn’t working out like I may have hoped, I can pull out one of the quickie dinner options and still feed everyone on time. I keep grated mozzarella and parmesan in the freezer so I can almost always make a couple pizzas fast. I always have stuff for spaghetti. Pasta, rice, frozen veggies, chicken, etc. It’s not exciting food but it is food!  I do the same thing with activities for the kids – lots of stuff on hand to do (lots!), but no real plan. Sometimes I do something above and beyond, but for the most part I let them do what they want to with it.

{giveaway.}

Rachel has kindly given away a copy of Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches.  The winner has been chosen and contacted.  Thanks for your interest!

 

Family Favorites Loving the Little Years

{This book is part is one of our family’s favorite biblical resources.}

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.

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