A different kind of Easter in the middle of a pandemic

This is not how any of us imagined Easter would look. Because I am the Director of Family Ministry at my church, Easter is usually one of the busiest times of the year for me. There’s the Sunday morning Easter egg hunt. Invitations are prepared and delivered. Over a thousand eggs are assembled and counted….

Holy week in pictures

Originally posted on Ms. Marcia's Mom-ologues:
The week leading up to Easter is a special time in the Christian church called Holy Week. We remember the events preceding and surrounding Jesus’ death. It is a week filled with excitement, danger, and sadness, but it is mostly about love. In order to experience the joy…

The king is in charge

It was a very hard time for Jewish people. The Roman government ruled the land, and Romans were cruel to the Jews. Romans forced them to work unreasonably hard, took their money, and dishonored their God. The festival called Passover was beginning, and Jews from all over the area gathered in Jerusalem. On that day…

Jump for joy: Have a leap year party!

When a date only comes around every four years, you’ve just got to celebrate it! February 29 is a great time for a Leap Day party! Prepare your own “leaping” board game. Using a foam stamper and green poster paint, we placed 29 lily pads on a large sheet of paper. If you can’t find…

Please don’t say, “Happy Wife, Happy Life.”

Twice in the past couple of weeks the phrase “happy wife, happy life” has been spoken to my husband in my presence. I’m not sure if I was more annoyed, offended, or sad. “Happy wife, happy life,” said with a wink by one man to another, insinuates that if a man gives a woman whatever…

A different kind of weary

After leading a big program or event, there is physical and mental weariness. Ask anyone who works in Children’s Ministry, and they’ll tell you “There’s no tired like VBS (Vacation Bible school) tired.” After extensive preparation, managing volunteers, and maintaining safety and integrity of the ministry, juggling all aspects of a big program is exhausting….

Cookies for Santa

Making cut-out cookies with children is an event that involves flour on the floor, frosting on faces, and sprinkles… well, pretty much everywhere. It’s been a cherished family tradition for as long as I can remember. Cut, bake, and decorate. Be sure to allow lots of time. It’s okay to teach that you get more…

Finding peace

Advent is the four-week season of the church year that precedes Christmas. It is a time when we focus on preparing our hearts and we celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love that God has already given us through Christ. How can we find peace in this chaotic season? Here are 3 suggestions:…

Native American games you can play with your children

November is when school children typically learn about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, often accompanied by a unit of study about Native Americans. When our daughter was a 2nd grader she participated in a program sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife in which she researched and developed Native American games of Texas…

Play with your food: Personal pizzas

Pizza is in itself the entire food pyramid. Great for parties and fun for kids of all ages, personal pizzas can turn meal prep into play. The homemade dough takes a few hours to rise, so allow plenty of time. It’s great for a holiday, weekend, or bad weather day off. Activate the yeast. Getting…