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Reflections on an Ordinary Christmas Eve

I woke up before 5 am today (thank you late-stage pregnancy hormones!) realizing it is Christmas Eve. It kinda surprised me because it felt so “ordinary.” Our Christmas season this year has been very different from what our family normally

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Learning about Israel’s Thanksgiving Feast

Next week, my son has the entire week off of preschool, so we will have more time at home. I was looking around tonight for some Thanksgiving devotionals we can do together next week, and I ran across this lesson

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THANKSGIVING Deal

Wow! I looked on my calendar today and realized Thanksgiving is only a month away! This fall is flying by! We are so THANKFUL for our followers and customers and want to offer a little Thanksgiving deal to help you

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Yom Kippur for the Christian Family

Yesterday marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11. It was interesting to see the comments from people in my Facebook feed. Many people reflected on what they were doing at the time they found out about the towers 12 years ago

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Freedom Isn’t Free: Independence Day Devotion & Activities for Children

I found a website that has a great devotion for children of any age (easily adaptable to be age-appropriate to any child) about Independence Day. The Scripture used is Hebrews 9:15 – “For this reason Christ is the mediator of

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“You are My I Love You” – Father’s Day Gift Idea

Each Father’s Day, I try to give my husband a book that he and Shaan can enjoy together. I’ve been looking online for something to give him this year, but hadn’t really found anything that “wow”ed me yet. This morning,

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Family Devotions for Holy Week

I can’t believe it’s already Holy Week again. My first blog post on Shepherd My Child was “Holy Week Family Devotions” this time last year. Crazy that a year has already gone by – I’ve learned so much from all

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Holidays: Take Them Down a Notch or Take Them Back?

I’ve seen an article circulating on Facebook that got me thinking. For some background, you probably need to read the article: Let’s Bring the Holidays Down a Notch Article The author makes some pretty valid points. I completely understand her

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The Velveteen Rabbit, the Runaway Bunny, and the Gospel

This week has been a “blah” week for me. The kind of week where you feel like you are not doing well at anything, where you have a bad attitude for no reason which in turn makes you feel worse

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Teaching Young Ones about St. Patrick’s Day

I ran across a book a month or so ago called “The Story of St. Patrick’s Day” which gives a great first introduction into the Christian origins of the holiday: One thing that the book touches upon is how St.

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Grapevine Studies – “The Resurrection” Traceable

I am so excited about a new product I have been using with Shaan this past week to prepare his young heart and mind for Easter – “The Resurrection” traceable by Grapevine Studies. Shaan is 3 years old, and this

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Memory Verse for Valentine’s Week

Here’s a cute craft idea to motivate young ones to memorize Scripture and remember how much God loves us on Valentine’s Day. If your children are too young to write/read yet, you can have them help you cut out the

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“I Love You” in any language

In addition to the Valentine’s craft idea I posted yesterday (click here), here’s another easy project you can do with your little ones this “season of hearts.” Although I’d love to take credit for this idea, I confess it is

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Classroom Valentines/Valentine for Jesus Crafts

Tonight Shaan and I spent some time working on homemade “Valentines.” Instead of buying valentines for the other students in his preschool class, I decided to invest time as opposed to money and we came up with these: I wrote

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Valentine’s Day Books

Since today is the last day of January and Valentine’s Day will be upon us in just a few weeks, I wanted to share some good books I have used to shepherd my child during this holiday season: This story

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The Story of Valentine’s Day

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is less than a month away? Fresh off of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, it seems odd to already be gearing up for another holiday, but alas, 2013 is moving right along! A few nights

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New Year’s Resolution – “New City Catechism”

As 2012 draws to a close, many of us are in the final stages of determining which particular resolutions make the cut for the 2013 New Year. I have a great New Year’s Resolution that can be used by your entire

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

This year’s Christmas celebration may feel “over” for many of us (like many of you, we open our gifts and do the bulk of our family Christmas celebrating on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). However, we are actually still in the

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DIY Advent Calendar with Easy Devotions

      I know, I know – “timely” these are not (since the Advent season is nearly half over!) However, I just found out about these the other day from a friend, and I think they are WONDERFUL and deserve to

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“The Christmas Angel” Review

A few weeks ago, I purchased a product called “The Christmas Angel.” Basically, it’s a Christian alternative to “Elf on the Shelf” in that the package contains an angel doll and the idea is that each day the angel is

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