The kids and I love Advent, and all the fun preparations for Christmas. We have loads of little traditions that we look forward to, and try to focus on sharing the story of Jesus' birth in creative and fun ways. One of these traditions is our Advent basket. You may do something similar in your home … [Read more...] about WHAT GOES IN OUR ADVENT BASKET?
Books and resources
Here are the best books and resources that our family has used to nurture faith over the last few years. You'll find a whole host of resources for different age groups (including adults), and if there's something you're looking for which isn't here, let me know and I'll do my best to add it!
Earlier this week, I wrote a message to Christian parents whose adult children don't follow Jesus anymore. I was responding to what some of my readers have shared with me, as well as trying to think ahead and put myself in their shoes in 20 years' time, attempting to understand what I might be … [Read more...] about PARENTING CHILDREN FOR A LIFE OF FAITH (REVIEW)
I know you don't read this blog for tips on how to be a wonderful Christian parent. But even so, if you happen to have missed the part about me not having a friggin' clue what I'm doing, let me put it in plain text for you: I AM ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS WHEN IT COMES TO GUIDING MY CHILDREN IN … [Read more...] about WINDOW ON THE WORLD – BOOK REVIEW
I don't know about you, but my mood is very, very dependent on my circumstances. When life is going well I feel great - happy, secure, confident, content. Throw in a disappointment, some bad news or a fractured relationship, and suddenly I'm dissatisfied with life, restless, lacking in … [Read more...] about CATCHING CONTENTMENT – BOOK REVIEW
My husband, who doesn't often read this blog, sometimes mocks me for writing about faith and discipleship in young families. "Ha! You're telling people how not to do it, right?" And he's absolutely spot-on: he and I really don't have it sorted when it comes to our children's discipleship. Yes, … [Read more...] about EXPLORING THE BIBLE – BOOK REVIEW
I was so delighted recently to discover this lovely book for young-ish children. Granted, I don't have a lot of time to research Christian books for kids, but the ones we have do vary in quality. (Actually, it's probably less variable than it once was, as I've chucked the awful ones!) Sometimes it … [Read more...] about A REALLY INCREDIBLE FEAST – BOOK REVIEW
When you write a blog, it's inevitable that people start telling you to write a book. All very well, you say, but it's a bit harder to come up with an idea that might actually sell. After all, a book has to be more than a group of disparate thoughts all fused together. (Unless you're a celebrity, in … [Read more...] about THE DIARY OF A (TRYING TO BE HOLY) MUM – BOOK REVIEW
If you're wondering how you'll ever have time to read again since your child/ren came along, I'm totally with you. It took me several years after becoming a mum to get into a regular reading habit. And I LOVE reading. But life as a new mum was so full-on that there seemed very little time left … [Read more...] about FOREVER LOVED: EVE’S STORY – BOOK REVIEW
After the long Autumn term - which feels like it'll never end - this term, by comparison, goes in a flash. Linger in January for a moment too long, and suddenly it's Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and BANG! We're into Lent. I love using the seasons and festivals to make some family traditions and … [Read more...] about 5 FABULOUS THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS LENT