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Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Daughter

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Daughter

I have three daughters. They are 25, 8, and 5.

This list is based on gifts I've either given one of them recently or plan to give in the near future. Hopefully some of these ideas will be helpful or inspiring as you determine the perfect gift for your daughter.

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Gift Ideas for Your Daughter Age 3-6

 

A totally cute sound machine to help her sleep: Cloud b Sleep On the Go Travel Sound Machine. My daughters both had this adorable little guy by the bedside to help them drift off to sleep each night when they were younger. We referred to him as "Lamby."

Because sometimes she wants to be the teacher: Pretend & Play School Set. This has been one of our most used play sets! It's seriously cute and such a hit with little girls.

Every little girl loves to listen to music and feel like she's a big girl: Apple iPod Shuffle.

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30 Days of Christmas Fun

30 Days of Christmas Fun

 

Tis the season to be jolly!

Here are 30 Days of Christmas Fun you can enjoy with your loved ones:

1.  Bake Christmas cookies together.

Some of our favorites are homemade frosted cut-out sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread man cookies, snicker doodles, and peanut butter blossoms.

2.  Deck the Halls.

Have a family Christmas decorating party. I love looking at the ornaments and decorating the tree with our daughters. We turn on the Christmas music, enjoy hot chocolate and talk about the significance of the ornaments as they come out of the storage container.

3.  Go sledding!

Grab the sled and go find a fun sledding hill in your neighborhood, or better yet, do an online search for local tubing hot spots. There's one in our area we will definitely be trying out this Christmas season.

4.  Build a Snowman.

Actually, build a Snow Family. Don't forget the carrot noses, buttons for the eyes, some twigs for arms and a few scarfs and hats. Don't forget to take a picture. If you get plenty of snow early enough ...

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My ‘Real Mothers’ Interview at The Bliss Full Nest

My ‘Real Mothers’ Interview at The Bliss Full Nest

Hey y'all!

Okay, well I'm not really from the South but I do love how everyone there talks.

Anyway, I'm pretty excited to share with you a recent interview I had done over at Bliss Full Nest website.

I love their tagline!

Real Mothers. Honest truths of trials, mishaps, and what really works. 

Don't you love that?

So I'm featured over there today answering some fun (and some hard) questions like:

  • How do you think technology has affected motherhood?
  • How do you celebrate birthdays and holidays?
  • What are some helpful hints you would give future moms?
  • Is there anything that you feel you could have done better as a parent? 

...and more!

I'd love for you to check it out!

Rosann's Bliss Full Nest Interview

Blessings friends!

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Homeschool Option: Classical Conversations

Hi friends! I'm still on vacation but want to introduce you to my dear friend, Beth Sanborn of Far From Camelot. Today she's sharing about a homeschool option that is working really well for her. Perhaps it will be an answer to prayer for you as well.

Enjoy!

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Long before my son was even a blip on my mommy radar, I knew I never wanted any of my children to attend public schools.

As far back as I can remember about my own educational journey, I hated school.  Yes, HATED it.  History and gym class were my saving graces of each day.  None of the kids in my classes behaved well or paid attention, so that took away the teacher’s time.

As I got into high school, coming from a Christian family, I realized that much of what we were being taught was contradicting what I knew to be true as a child of God.

And don’t even get me started on college!  I received my Associate in Arts degree at my local community ...

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What in the World Do I Do With All of This Parsley?

What in the World Do I Do With All of This Parsley?

I love growing herbs and using them for cooking. As I've been on the gardening journey the past few years I've come to appreciate the fact that food just tastes better when cooked with fresh herbs!

This year I planted all of my herbs together in a whiskey barrel. The parsley apparently loves it's whiskey barrel home because it's been growing faster than I can use it!

Actually, it was starting to crowd out any sunshine for the other herbs to grow and thrive.

I was beginning to get irritated with it when I'd check on my plants.

This is what it used to look like.

Since I don't cook mid-eastern food in our home, (and I really need to work on improving my fruit of the Spirit known as patience) I made a rash decision some of the parsley had to go. So in crazy lady fashion, I grabbed the gardening shears and started chopping away at it. Then I asked my daughters to help me put the clippings into a large trash bag.

Yes...trash bag. I can't even ...

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10 Things I Learned From My Mother-In-Law

10 Things I Learned From My Mother-In-Law

The other day I was pondering what I would say if I were asked to speak about my Mother-in-law and the kind of woman she was. Of course, my mind was flooded with sweet memories of her and as I sat down to journal my thoughts I remembered a blog post I had written two years ago on this very subject. 

So this is an updated version of that post. She was really influential in who I am today because of her example, and I was truly blessed to have known her and to have held a special place in her heart.  She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on forever in our family. 

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Mother-in-law's tend to get a bad rap, don't they? They're notorious for intruding where their noses don't belong, speak boldly and unapologetically about what's on their minds and rarely say 'no' to their grandchildren, despite what mom and dad have communicated the answer should be.

I'm so glad, this was not the case with my mother-in-law. {Ok, she did spoil her grandchildren, ...

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Panic in the Midst of Faith?

Panic in the Midst of Faith?

It's weird. This feeling of having strong faith, yet falling into sheer panic when something frightening happens. Like all of a sudden I doubt God's ability to handle the situation. Have you ever felt that way?

Not long ago my daughter took a fall and the enemy used her injury and my mama fear to launch his spiritual attack. Even after all I've been through over the years, all of the storms of life - my mind still went there. It still listened to the lies.

Today I'm over at 5 Minutes for Faith sharing a faith revelation I'm finally beginning to grasp. Join me there? Just click on the link below titled He Is Sufficient.

He Is Sufficient

If you haven't already visited, I'd love to see your smiling face over at my Facebook fan page here. Stop over to give me a Like!

Blessings!

 

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40 Thoughts About Turning 40…From a Christian SuperMom

40 Thoughts About Turning 40…From a Christian SuperMom

This weekend I'm turning 40 {gasp!} and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Since I know I'm not the only Christian woman to ever be faced with the big 4-0, I thought I'd share my thoughts about turning 40 in hopes that you'll be encouraged by them, or at the very least enjoy a giggle or two from reading them.

Believe me...I'm preaching to myself here. If you can relate - awesome! If you have your own thoughts to add - please do! Just don't be offended by any of this. It's not meant to be a slam on younger women or make older women feel bad. I've written this all in good fun based on my own experience with getting older.

You see, my 30's were very transitional years. Years where I was changing, figuring out who I was and who I wanted to be as a wife and a mom. Plus I grew leaps and bounds as a Christian.

Perhaps I'm feeling like entering my 40's is a time when I'll finally be able to ...

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A Letter to My Future Son-in-Law

A Letter to My Future Son-in-Law

I know how crazy this sounds. My daughter is only 8 years old, yet here I am writing a letter to her future spouse.

See, the thing is, my husband and I have a nightly routine with our daughters where we pray for them out loud before tucking them into bed. I've recently felt very called to pray for whoever the young boy is out there that will one day marry my daughter.

So I pray for things like- a good home life as he grows up, a family upbringing as an active believer, a good father who will teach his son how to work hard like a man should, treat his wife like Christ loves the church, and lead his family well.

What can I say? I want only the best for my daughter and my future grandchildren. It's never too early to start praying for that part of her life, right?

There's things about my daughter (and her family) I really want the man who will spend his life with her to know, so I thought it would ...

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Celebrate Her Birthday With an Art Party

Celebrate Her Birthday With an Art Party

My husband and I are trying to get to the point where our children aren't expecting some huge birthday party every year. After all, I never had birthday parties and neither did he. It shouldn't be a requirement should it? Planning a birthday party is not only time consuming but costly too. And when you give in and throw a party for one child, you inevitably become obligated to do the same for all other children.

So when the topic arose of how we'd help our daughter celebrate her 8th birthday, I immediately suggested that instead of having a party we could allow her to have a few friends over and let them do something fun together. That's not a party, right?

Hmmm...somehow one thing led to another and we ended up with a party on our hands. What can I say? We tried. Next year I'm going to use my friend's idea and take my daughter plus two friends of her choice out for lunch and bowling. Easy peasy. But wait, knowing me, it will turn into a birthday ...

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