Stress Free Holiday Tips with Kendra and Fletch

stress free holiday tips with Kendra and FletchSpecial Guests! Stress-Free Holiday Tips with Kendra & Fletch

You are in for a treat! Special guests who are joining Felice are Kendra and Fletch – show hosts of the HomeschoolingIRL 

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On this episode we get real about the holidays, about that “crazy” Uncle Larry, getting the relatives out and into their cars without falling and how to create a family focus that is more than on pumpkin pies and more on what the Lord’s coming means to us. See the show notes below but listen in for all the details, if you want to learn about some of the secrets, those hidden ones on how Kendra and Fletch boycott Black Friday and have a stress-free holiday!

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Show Notes: Stress Free Holiday Tips with Kendra and Fletch: 

  1. The meaning of chillaxing
  2. Pressure on holiday prep
  3. Traditional vs. untraditional celebrations
  4. Movie and Advent instead of Black Friday
  5. Everyone brings a side
  6. Ideas if you travel somewhere else for Thanksgiving or Christmas
  7. Do a big meal another time
  8. Alternatives to traditional gift giving
  9. Free advice from Fletch to husbands that will win you many points!

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Christmas Season Ministry

Christmas Season Ministry | Christmas Season Ministry is something we forget because we are so busy. In this episode, we discuss some ways that children can understand the lesson it is better to give. Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira share their successes with ministry with you! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast Christmas Season Ministry –  Episode 385 with Denise Mira

Christmas Season Ministry is something we forget because we are so busy. In this episode, we discuss some ways that children can understand the lesson it is better to give. Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira share their successes with ministry with you!

Thanks to our sponsor – the movie, Overcomer!

Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child:  Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for 39 years. They are the parents of five extraordinary home-educated sons. Denise has traveled extensively, inspiring revolutionary change in households as she shares her impactful message for families. She is passionate about helping moms and dads raise No Ordinary Children! Find more inspiration and free tools for success at DeniseMira.com

During the holidays it is always nice to give back. Us this as a checklist starter and listen to this podcast for more information and great ideas. Remember that God has given us seasons — some seasons may focus only on family and others on those in need.

Ministry During Christmas

  1. Adopt a family
  2. Take care of single mothers/kids (kids keep it a secret or maybe they shouldn’t know who it is if they can’t yet keep a secret)
  3. Angel tree by the late Chuck Colson is a favorite of ours – children of prisoners get new gifts from their Daddy who is incarcerated
  4. Create a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  5. Relationships – people are God’s priority
  6. Provide and share with elderly widows and widowers neighbors and invite them to our parties
  7. Pray about your specific Family Ministry: One family we know takes on a hefty schedule to ring the bells for the Salvation Army each year taking shifts to collect the change in the red buckets with their spouses, kids, and the grands!
  8. Write letters of appreciation at the holidays to deployed troops via SolideirAngelsorg
  9. Collect coats, gloves, and hats for the homeless
  10. Baggies of deodorant toothpaste toothbrush snack bars socks kept in the vehicle etc for the homeless beggars
  11. The reason for the season. The overarching theme is to be Jesus — shining His light so bright to the world around us. Be intentional about making this your aim over the holidays.
  12. Add to this list here with your ideas!

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NOW AVAILABLE: OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.


Last Minute Christmas Prep

last minute Christmas prep | Let’s get organized with last minute ideas and 4-point planner. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolLast Minute Christmas Prep or any Holiday -Episode 315

Let’s get organized with last minute holiday prep! Felice shares her 4-square planner and hints on how to get it all done! Take a breath…you’ve got this!

Whatever holiday you are gearing up for you know there is not enough time in the day to get just the routine chores completed. Holidays sneak up upon us!

Take a deep breath and start with prayer. This time of the year we often feel like we are on overload.

I just watched an episode featuring Dr. Oz who talked about holiday stress as over 88% or something similar. And it is for the reasons of adding holiday prep to our already overloaded schedule. He said some interesting things and I think it is important to list these because stress has a part in our ability to cope. And, when we are trying to finish some last minute shopping whether it is food prep or gift shopping the ideal is to try to minimize stress.

He listed the following things.

  1. Sleep is important.
    1. No drinking 2-3 hours before bed. Drinking alcohol can inhibit good sleep
    2. If you drink, drink water after every alcoholic beverage
  2. Take a deep breath.
    1. Basically, like a timeout.
    2. (Author aside: Oxygen to the brain helps blood flow and helps us think!)
  3. Try not to stress holiday eating.
    1. Eat healthy whenever possible
    2. Eat before you go to a party – use the party for social interaction
    3. Make foods that are healthy
  4. Holiday playlist
    1. Songs that are uplifting
    2. Songs that get you into the Christmas mood

All of these things are a good thing, but in addition, it does help to plan. As always I use my 4-Square planner. This planner helps to put things in perspective. So, the way I divide my planner is faith – kids – school – household. And, closer to the event, in this case, Christmas my planner will look a bit different: Party Theme / What is On Hand — Do Ahead – To Buy – Day of the Event

This overall list helps me so much!

If you want to print out copies go to VHM.com and look for episode 315 – Last Minute Christmas Prep!

First is the Theme – in this case, it is Christmas. What do you have on hand? In my case I have tablecloths, napkins – I use this year-after-year. I have clear plastic plates left over from Thanksgiving that I will use for appetizers and serve dessert. I have all the utensils and serving trays, etc.

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Do Ahead:

Cleaning the house.

Make casseroles – green bean casserole, lasagna, mashed potatoes, gravy mix, rolls.

To Buy:  Turkey, ham, potatoes, green beans.

Day of the Event:

Pray and celebrate Christmas!
Breakfast. Make breakfast (other members of the family are in charge of clean up!)

The time we are eating our main meal:

Time to put the turkey in the oven:

Time to take out casseroles before baking.

Time to bake the casseroles.

Once casseroles go in I serve appetizers. (Or one hour before casseroles)

This planning allows me to relax if that is possible just knowing I have a plan makes everything go so much easier. Knowing what you need to do and when helps tremendously and seven days ahead of the event I have a list of each day and what needs to be completed.

Make this year the best ever! I pray you have a Blessed Christmas and that you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. I’ll be posting our Christmas Eve Tradition podcast next week!


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Best Ever DIY Christmas Gifts

Do it yourself or DIY is all the craze, but only when it is simple and the gifts are truly worth giving.The Best Ever DIY Christmas Gifts Episode 311

I know, we’ve heard it before the best ever DIY Christmas gifts often are more expensive than buying something on sale at the store. But, when you have a large family or many additional family and friends to consider these gifts are a life saver.

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Do it yourself or DIY is all the craze, but only when it is simple and the gifts are truly worth giving. One year I received bath salts that smelled great and were different colors. When I looked at them closer I noticed the coloring was actually food coloring and could turn my skin the bright yellow, green and purple of the bath salts! Needless to say, this item was not used for baths at all.

Here are my go-to rules for DIY Christmas Gifts:

  1. Must be tried and true. This is not the time to experiment.
  2. Nice presentation. No one wants to open a box to see a hot-glued mess.
  3. Something someone would actually want. Think cheesecake vs. fruitcake.
  4. Take into account dietary needs. These days there are gluten, dairy and nut allergies. Stay away from these offenders if at all possible.
  5. Gift certificates do not need to be impersonal. Stay tuned to learn more!

The best every DIY Christmas Gifts can be every bit as charming as a high priced item that more than likely will break, wear out or possibly be something that is returned or regifted. Think about the person you want to gift an item. What are their likes? Dislikes? Take these into account.

Here are a few of the favorite gifts I have given and received:

  1. Recipe book: Tried and true family recipes. Think about making these into a book online that can be duplicated.
  2. Coupons: The kids have gifted me with coupons for the following and all were much appreciated! Car wash, make beds, wash dishes, babysit, neck rub, vacuuming, organizing.
  3. DIY personal: Bath Salts, Homemade Sanitizer, Rag rug,
  4. Food: Applesauce + recipe for muffins; Tomatoes + recipe for sauce; Pumpkin + recipe for pie; Fat Bombs + recipe; Baked goods + recipe; Mixes + recipe and decorative containers
  5. Gift Certificate to a: nature center, zoo, museums, amusement parks, Amazon, bookstore, coffee store, etc. Make it personal by going with the person whenever possible to enjoy their gift.
  6. Slide presentation with pictures
  7. Prayer audio
  8. Painting or other art projects
  9. Decopauge – a favorite saying or special memento on a wood plaque.
  10. Experience: Rooftop star gazing, impromptu road trip, see hot air balloons, country visit or city visit, camping

Thank you to our Sponsor -The Star Movie

 

The Star Is Coming Back To Theaters for a Limited Time!

Experience The Star again December 7 and 8 in select theaters!
Back by popular demand, you and your family can celebrate the true meaning behind the season. Be sure to check out all of the great resources for your family to use this holiday season! There are discussion guides, along with tons of FREE downloadable activities! Don’t wait, get your tickets today!

Best Gift Giving Tips

Best Gift Giving Tips | Here are some great ideas for gifts that will last throughout the year. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #giftgivingBest Gift Giving Tips with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz Episode 384

Best Gift Giving Tips are easier than you think. Here are some great ideas for gifts that will last throughout the year.

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Faith brings us together. Happy Anniversary to The Star, which debuted on this day in 2017! Celebrate the film by seeing its re-release in theaters this holiday season, December 7 and 8! Tickets here: http://www.thestarmovie-tickets.com
Another great show is here – Gifts You Can’t Unwrap

I’m so excited to talk Meredith Curtis who is the queen of Christmas! Meredith is the “Christmas girl” and likes to turn her home into a Christmas Wonderland — on a budget!

Both Meredith and I have big families, and sometimes it is difficult to juggle both school and home. We’re going to talk more about that but, also how to save money while living within the big family budget!

Here are some quick tips to get you started.

  1. Plan to make schoolwork lighter in December and set some deadlines for Christmas vacation.
  2. Try to do Christmas related unit studies. Read Anne of Green Gables, or a very British Christmas, or study Christmas during Colonial America. We learned not only how people celebrated Christmas, but we would learn as we read through the book aloud. And we also watched Christmas movies and made crafts, created recipes and had tea. When we studied a British Christmas, we tried to cook a goose and we read a Christmas Carol aloud.  All of our projects had a purpose. For example handwriting in December focused around Christmas letters and addressing Christmas cards. One of our crafts with wrapping Christmas presents.
  3. One of our projects was making a Christmas budget and Christmas shopping. One of our school projects was creating Christmas gifts.
  4. We baked Christmas cookies. So we would bake cookies and freeze them or we made gifts in a jar. And so by the end of the unit study, we had read all these delightful picture books, but we had also finished all of our presents for neighbors and people at church and all we had to do the final day was just delivered them, you know, right before Christmas.

A focus on Christmas really put things into perspective and to make the time for the things that we really want to do rather than feeling like we have to do the things on a checkoff list and what better time than Christmas!

Best Gift Giving Ideas:

  1. Christmas Carols – if you can sing, give the gift of music.
  2. Prayers – record some prayers and create a CD as a gift.
  3. Keepsakes – whether they are handprints or pictures, be sure to put the date on the gift.
  4. Budget gifts – set a price point or limit.
  5. Books – add to a series of books, or begin a new series as a gift with a few books to begin. Shop used book stores.
  6. Movies – something that is a keepsake like The Star Movie for example. Or the Nativity.
  7. Home-baked goods such as breads, quick breads like pumpkin loaf, cinnamon rolls, or cookies.
  8. Mixes – you can give as gifts. Use decorative tins. Be sure to add the recipe taped to the outside.
  9. Create a recipe book, duplicate and give as gifts. You can print out recipe cards for ease if you want to make your own homemade version.
  10. Create gift photo books. These are wonderful and can be stored easily.

 

 

Last Minute Holiday Prep

Last Minute Holiday Prep | Countdown time is here! Now for some last minute holiday prep ideas. While I agree, everything homemade tastes better, but it isn't always possible with our hectic busy school and holiday schedules. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastLast-Minute Holiday Prep – Episode 383

Countdown time is here! Now for some last minute holiday prep ideas. While I agree, everything homemade tastes better, but it isn’t always possible with our hectic busy school and holiday schedules. What is a parent to do? In this podcast, Felice shares her tips with you.

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The countdown is on and it is time to get those last-minute things on your list or begin your mega-shopping for the items you need. Through the years I began to build slowly and ramp up my holiday celebration but in the beginning, I tried as much as possible to keep it simple. If you downloaded the holiday planner you have all types of recipes and tips to help, but here they are in a nutshell.

Look at how much time you have. Is it days or a week before the meal? If you haven’t baked everything from scratch it is okay – you have my permission to buy ready-made. I can’t make all the homemade bread I use to bake, on top of keeping up with all the day-to-day. When I did bake bread everyone was home and we would take one day to dedicate to our baking and freeze many bags to take out at a moment’s notice! If you still want to bake, go for it! Just be sure it is not causing stress.

Last Minute Holiday Prep For those traveling:

First, if you are traveling be sure to pack way ahead. Once you do this, your subconscious mind will think about things you forgot. If you are bringing a covered dish or dessert, remember you are traveling. My brother offered to make a smoked turkey and bring it, we’d have to heat it up. Instead, we decided he could bring the sweet potato casserole and banana bread which will travel well.

Remember, the kids can help! After all most of what we do means we have little ones underfoot. If you can have another friend over to help watch the kids and bake extra for your friend to take home! It is a win-win. If you have older children enlist their help.

For those hosting the meal.

The basics of any meal are the main course and the sides. You do not have to get carried away with sides keep it to two or three items max. In this day of gluten-free and allergies, it is good to know what your guests can eat. I keep some things in my freezer to make it easy. For example frozen zucchini noodles. I can heat these up quickly. Or, frozen chocolate cupcakes that are gluten and dairy-free. These can be taken out and defrosted.

Here are my freeze ahead options: Mashed potatoes and pureed sweet potatoes. I label with a sharpie the ingredients needed. Frozen sliced apples with sugar and cinnamon. I defrost the bag, add the other ingredients and bake it in a pie crust. Green beans are steamed and frozen, ready for the casserole. I have frozen broccoli, mixed vegetables and of course the frozen zucchini spirals I mentioned earlier. If you do not have a freezer full of frozen pre-made food it is okay to buy pre-made at the store or leave enough time for baking the day of. I always had my desserts ready ahead of time. They keep well. I will not use all of this food for the meal – but I have options depending on if I need to pull out more food.

Each holiday I server lasagna that has been made – dare I say it? For months! It is a family favorite and it feeds a bunch of people! Baked ham is also reasonably priced and feeds a large group of people and typically little children like the ham. Whatever you do keep in mind that accidents happen! No, I haven’t burned a turkey but one year it seemed to take forever to cook.

A quick day of the feast is to keep breakfast simple. Lunch can also be simple with snacks. We tend to eat mid-day because the prep takes longer than a noon meal and family travels from different places and goes back home on this day. I have appetizers (again think simple – fruit, veggies and dip, cheese, crackers, trail mix) ready and prepared ahead of time. The things I bake – wrapped gouda in crescent roll dough is even prepped ahead of time and in the refrigerator ready to bake.

The last tip is to love your family, hug your kids and have some games, puzzles, and activities for the kids to do. Play the thankful game with family and friends, and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday, and may the love of God be with you and your family always!

 

 

 

Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers | My children were little in the days of Mr. Rogers Show. I remember him as a kindly man, who seemed to listen and talk slowly. For many years, Mr. Rogers was a pleasant memory yet he came to the forefront after I viewed the movie, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. | #homeschool #mr.rogers #abeautifulday A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood ~ Mr. Rogers Legacy

My children were little in the days of the Mr. Rogers Show. I remember him as a kindly man, who seemed to listen and talk slowly. But I didn’t give him another thought until recently. For many years, Mr. Rogers was a pleasant memory yet he came to the forefront after I viewed the movie, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. This film showed a multi-dimensional and complicated man, one I was enthralled with, and afterward, I wanted to learn every single thing I could about him!

This movie was based upon a true event, and as with movies, many different aspects of his life were condensed. But the article was an interesting read. The journalist sent to interview Mr. Rogers wrote from the heart about how he was impacted by the meeting and it is still available online. The article entitled, “Can You Say…Hero?” was written by Tom Junod.

The acting was wonderful and the storyline took us through some twists and turns. There were tense scenes as well as those that made you laugh, even those that cause tears. There were no theatrical special effects, but the long-lasting effect was even better.

The compassion and caring that Mr. Rogers showed others was priceless and truly made me want to be a better person.

This movie inspired me to:

  1. Listen carefully when others speak.
  2. Sloooowwww down my life…and, realize that time is under my control and not the other way around.
  3. Realize that what I say and do can impact people for life.
  4. Really look at the people God puts in my life and really see them.
  5.  Make the time for the things in life that are really important.

This movie is a life changer. It makes you realize that each of us lives a life of many choices. We can make the right choices that will ultimately leave a legacy, and what a wonderful example in Mr. Rogers. The movie truly is a perfect ministry tool. You can see the love of God through a person without the mention of pious words or empty promises. This movie is on my gift-giving list this year. A Beautiful Day is truly beautiful.


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Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Stress Free Holidays

Stress Free Holiday | Are you ready for a stress-free holiday? With Thanksgiving, Christmas and even birthdays and all of the fun events that happen in full family life! The stress begins to mount. Join Felice Gerwitz and her friend, Denise Mira, you will learn so many insider's tips! | #homeschoolpodcast @podcast #denisemiraStress-Free Holidays Episode 382 ~  with Denise Mira

Are you ready for stress-free holidays? With Thanksgiving, Christmas and even birthdays and all of the fun events that happen in full family life! The stress begins to mount. Join Felice Gerwitz and her friend, Denise Mira, you will learn so many insider’s tips!

Thanks to our sponsor A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

HOMESCHOOL bio:  Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child:  Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for 39 years. They are the parents of five extraordinary home-educated sons. Denise has traveled extensively, inspiring revolutionary change in households as she shares her impactful message for families. She is passionate about helping moms and dads raise No Ordinary Children! Find more inspiration and free tools for success at DeniseMira.com

 Stress-Free Holidays

How do we focus on the real reason for the season! No matter what season it is. The fellowship, family, ministry instead of the details that seem to suck us under!

 

  1. Set a budget-This doesn’t sound ‘spiritual’ at first, but it is massive as it immediately lessens the materialistic aspect. Families are spending 1/3 more than they take in every month in the US. Christmas spending is insanity. The stress and strain and clutter and marriage trouble over this one thing will destroy families.  I begin with a list of people and a per-person amount for gifts especially as it adds up so quickly.
  2. Ask adult children to just come celebrate – no gifts!
  3. Cheap decor is abundant! Last year I seriously bought 95% of my decor at the Goodwill and Dollar Tree. No joke. All our stuff was in storage and I didn’t want to mess with digging after moving. It was the most beautiful decor we’ve ever had LOL tablecloths, arrangements, etc. etc. So peaceful. So easy.
  4. Cookie baking days and Craft times – get supplies cheap, Good Will, etc. Ideas include Mason jar snow scenes with votive candles. Girls can bring their cookie dough and bake and talk and talk and talk and talk…
  5. Christmas Puzzles, hot drinks, Christmas music – always have a table with a puzzle going, stuff for eggnog lattes and hot cocoa so when adults walk by it begs them to stop and pause and BE.
  6. We never have a ‘family only’ We have always had strays who crawl into our hearts like lost puppies for seasons, sometimes years and we truly embrace them warts and all – there’s always room for one more, and I always have a gift for them – as simple as a coffee gift card, a candle, a cool mug, a beanie whatever but it’s a gesture of ‘you belong’ and we value YOU.
  7. With young children we always took a night to load up the fifteen-passenger van, play Christmas music and find the best lights in town. We included our Pakistani neighbors too! I’ve begun to do this with my grands now.

 


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Entertaining with Kids

Entertaining with Kids | Entertaining with kids is something most of us do without a second thought, but if you want some great ideas to get your special day off to a great start, join us with special guest! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #ChristmasEntertaining With Kids – Episode 381 with Denise Mira

Entertaining with kids is something most of us do without a second thought, but if you want some great ideas to get your special day off to a great start, join us with special guest, Denise Mira! Denise with a crew of boys (now adult) and Felice with three boys and two girls and eight grandchildren we are full of ideas. We discuss how to make kids welcome in holiday celebrations, preparation and ways to encourage success. You can send me some bullet points of what you’d add or say — just short ideas.

Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child:  Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for 39 years. They are the parents of five extraordinary home-educated sons. Denise has traveled extensively, inspiring revolutionary change in households as she shares her impactful message for families. She is passionate about helping moms and dads raise No Ordinary Children! Find more inspiration and free tools for success at DeniseMira.com

I’ve always included our kids when I entertain and often this has included hosting overnight guests in our home we’ve almost had a constant B and B it seems – this has built such active compassionate hearts in them and it’s their default now as they are also now the most hospitable men as adults. I was just hugging my third born yesterday as he and his wife had hosted our Sunday morning group. Priceless.

 

  1. They participated at every level.
  2. Welcome cards.
  3. House cleaning from toilets to vacuuming and anything needing to be done.
  4. Food Prep with clean hands and hair nets LOL truth-one of our sons always made the homemade caesar dressing (I’m married to an Italian so it’s usually an Italian Christmas 🙂 and here we are decades later he’s still making it for our dinners!
  5. Greeting warmly.
  6. Serving-guests go first, from the main dish to desserts
  7. Decor if a holiday – homemade decor as well as setting out the stuff from the attic.
  8. Included at adult table convo if there was room – I tried never to relegate them to ‘kids should be seen and not heard’ and they could carry on convos with adults at every age. Served them well.
  9. Helped care for the youngsters who were our guests, entertaining toddlers, holding babies, etc. etc.
  10. Clean up – dishes, etc.
  11. If mommies can forget about perfect, overlook faux paux’s in convos and delight in their children’s childish imperfect assistance, this is a major win for everyone!

Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

No Ordinary Child

No Ordinary Child | During an interview with Denise Mira, she surprised me with her love and passion as she explained the purpose of her book, No Ordinary Child! I was blessed as I listened and wanted to share this with all of you! | #podcast #noordinarychild #denisemiraNo Ordinary Child – Episode 380 with Denise Mira – Unleashed!

There is no ordinary child and in this interview with Denise Mira, she surprised me with her love and passion as she explained the purpose of her book, No Ordinary Child! I was blessed as I listened and wanted to share this with all of you especially as we launch into very busy times in our life.

Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child:  Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for 39 years. They are the parents of five extraordinary home-educated sons. Denise has traveled extensively, inspiring revolutionary change in households as she shares her impactful message for families. She is passionate about helping moms and dads raise No Ordinary Children! Find more inspiration and free tools for success at DeniseMira.com

The story of No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child As a high schooler, I was never getting married or having babies. Feminism had its hooks in me and my sights were set on greater things than wasting my life as a frumpy housewife with snotty-nosed kids. When Jesus broke into my dark world and made Himself real to me at 17, a sudden transformation began. A year later, I was married. Four years later, my firstborn arrived. Then another and another until our quiver was filled
with five precious little boys. As a new mommy, the story of Moses’ birth to a captive Hebrew couple in Egypt was profoundly highlighted to me. There wasn’t a worse time in history to be expecting a child due to the evil king’s decree, and yet, his parents, Amram and Jochabed, didn’t falter in their faith, but trusted God to rescue their baby boy from certain execution. Hebrews 11:23 tells us, ‘by faith, Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was no ordinary child and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

This passage put steel in my backbone to become No Ordinary Parent. I, too, would hide my babies for a season and refuse to be afraid. I deeply longed for more than the mainstream, mediocre parenting methods offered to me by society and religious culture. My Bible became my parenting manual and I set my sites on raising Daniels – men who would stand head and shoulders above their shallow peers – deliverers in their generation.

As I navigated and pioneered this new and unexpected mothering adventure, I poured my thoughts on paper. Journaling my deep reflections
and faith-filled longings became my passion. No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child is the result.

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Liz, wife and Mom from Washington, D. C. says about N.O.C., “LOVE the book! I’m devouring it. My heart pounds all over every page. It’s food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, and hope for the hopeless. A real shot in the arm for what ails us. Denise, you tell it like it is. You’re a modern voice with an ancient message, and you’ve designed a roadmap for every suburban Christian mom to get them where they need to go!”
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Today I’m living in the fulfillment of the dream God put in my heart surrounded by my close-knit, supportive, faith-filled family. I actively
engage my miraculous home-educated grandchildren and I’m here to help YOU get the same results. I know where you live. I see your overwhelming, never-done to-do list. I know the bills left at the end of your money. I know the marriage struggles, the sleepless nights and the desperate sense of inadequacy you often feel as a Mama. But more importantly, I know the inestimable potential within your child. Yes, YOURS. Mama, you are thinking too small when you consider the destiny of your child. I know that in your babies’ DNA are seeds of promise too big for you to humanly comprehend. This is not a book of rules or a list of more stuff you have to do. Instead of a heavy yoke, you will find freedom. Instead of white picket fence illusions, you’ll get authenticity. Trade-in your overwhelm for an infusion of power and realize the transformation

 


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