Best Book: What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham has had a life-changing impact on our family. Don’t be fooled by the title: this book is valuable for every parent, not just for those whose children are approaching marriageable age. Baucham’s book greatly increased our commitment to raising up godly children, giving us a vision of what we need to aim for with our boys and what we need to teach all our children—boys and girls–about biblical manhood. My husband feels this is particularly a great book for fathers.
Best Sermon: I listen to a lot of sermons: twice on Sundays, often on Wednesdays and once or twice a week online. A. Boyd Miller’s sermon Directives on Thankfulness, part of an ongoing series on the same topic, was the most inspiring sermon of the year for me.
Favorite Find for Girls: Tiny Dancer Designs sells the most adorable tutus and tutu dresses! I like to dress my little girl in team colors at her brothers’ football games and I love the fact that Tiny Dancer Designs offers 42 different colors of tulle for gorgeous custom-made tutu skirts and dresses. They even have themed tutus and the option to add embellishments. Tiny Dancer Designs’ motto is “Because Every Little Girl Deserves a Tutu”, and their reasonable prices reflect that commitment. This week they are offering a sweet deal to our readers. To get free priority mail shipping (now through 12/31/11) enter the code tutuFS on their facebook page when you place your order.
Favorite online book store: I recently discovered Grace and Truth books. According to their website, they don’t carry all the popular titles you may find in other Christian bookstores, but instead they sell only “what will glorify God, strengthen His people in their walk, and call all peoples to find joy in knowing His gospel and following Him.” I ordered several reprinted tracts and books from the 1800s, and these resources have been among the most valuable books I have ever read with my children, aside from the Bible. They also sell What He Must Be (my favorite book of the year) and Little Pilgrim’s Progress (my favorite kids book of all time).
Favorite Kids book: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen Taylor is my favorite book to read with our children. Our family has read it through once a year for the past several years. Everyone enjoys it and it is very spiritually profitable, time and time again. The chapters are quite short (often just two or three pages) but each one packs a powerful lesson for the children and can even be convicting for us parents, too! This book is a simplified, yet faithful re-telling of John Bunyan’s classic allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress which describes the blessings and struggles of the Christian life.
Favorite New Product: I found Lilla Rose hair clips this year and I wear one almost every day now. They are so much prettier than a scrunchie, and more feminine, too! I have various sizes to give me more options in how I wear my hair.
Favorite online photo shop: I like to decorate with photos. Last year I found Canvas on Demand. I love it! I can order professional quality gallery-wrapped canvases at a fraction of the cost. We have ordered eight canvases from them to date and each one is fantastic. Several times a year Groupon offers a great deal on these, allowing me to get them for 1/3 their normal cost.
Favorite study helper for the kids: My elementary school kids all use Spelling City several times a week to practice their spelling lists. I can type in their list for the week and the website generates games and exercises they can practice with–even quizzes and tests. Fun for them, easy for me, effective, and it’s free!
Favorite Family Tradition: Every year I look forward to gathering as a family over the New Year’s weekend to journal God’s providences in our family throughout the past year.
Favorite Winter Treat with the Kids: Hot chocolate and Toast is our favorite way to warm up on a cold day!
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