Friday, April 18, 2014

April 2014 Sharing Time - Week 2

Welcome to April's Sharing Time Linky!

This week started with a guest post FHE idea on Service, over at Jedi Craft Girl's 14 Day Walk with Christ.

You can download the handout printable here.

I also shared a FHE idea that we did on Monday, with a Religious Easter Egg Hunt & You've Been Egged Printable.

I posted 2 reviews, one for Jenny Oaks Baker's new CD, and one for John Bytheway's New Children's Book.

I also posted my niece's Baby Parts Poster

Now, on to the link party! I can't wait to see what you share! :)

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about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Sacrament (A Children's Book by John Bytheway)

Some of the book reviews I share on this blog are religious. This one is very much "Mormon" (it applies specifically to the sacrament that happens weekly in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It's called The Sacrament by John Bytheway, illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, and published by Deseret Book.

I've mentioned John Bytheway before on the blog, a couple of times. (My husband & I are big fans ;)

I recently shared some children's books that focus on baptism. Along with learning about baptism, it is important to teach our children about the Gift of the Holy Ghost, about repentance, and about the sacrament. They are all connected.

So, I was excited when I heard that John Bytheway was coming out with this book. When I started reading it to the girls, right away my husband asked if the book was based on a poem that we have heard Bytheway share in the past, and sure enough, the book is full of rhymes and is really a long poem, inspired by a short poem by Walter M. Horned.

The book focuses on what we should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during the sacrament, and what it can do for all of us. I love Nathan Pinnock's artwork and I love the way he so clearly and thoughtfully illustrates the story and the meaning behind it, in his artwork.

My kids got excited as soon as they realized it was "a rhyming book", and their eyes were glued to the pictures as we talked about the different things we could see happening in them. I know we'll read this one again and again! I can see that there is the potential for them to learn a lot from it and I am excited about it!

Disclosure: A copy of the book was provided to me by Deseret Book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are of course mine.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alexis' Parts Poster

I shared a handful of newborn photos of my sweet niece who was born on Valentines Day back in March.
Today I'm finally ready to share her little Parts Poster! :)

Just looking at these photos makes me want to teleport myself back to Utah for a snuggle ;)
Miss you all, Hilary!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

True Meaning of Easter FHE (Family Home Evening)

Last night we had a great little "Family Home Evening" where we learned about Easter!

I'll share what we did in this post (it's similar to what I shared yesterday, but different ;)


- I got together with my sister in law a couple of weeks ago and we prepared this Easter countdown. (we didn't use it as a countdown this year though)

- I hid the eggs throughout the living room and asked the girls to bring their Easter baskets to FHE


We sang "Did Jesus Really Live Again" (Katrina didn't know the song, so we learned the words and talked about what they meant before singing it. We also sang the song before bed at night, so that helped her to remember what we had discussed)


I gave the girls this handout (crossed out "yard" and wrote "living room")

Download "You've Been Egged" note HERE.

Then the girls ran around collecting eggs. We sat down in a circle on the floor and discussed each item in the eggs. I knew that the meaning was getting through to Katrina when she said our closing prayer and thoughtfully thanked Heavenly Father that Jesus could die for us, and that we could be with our families in Heaven forever, and told Him that she was sorry that Jesus had to do hard things like that.

:) It was a success! :)

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