Preschool Semester 2

I have been thinking about getting the information to all of the parents and keep putting it off. I was thankful for a reminder tonight so here it is:) I thought I would put it on here in case any one else wants to use it or for parents to talk about/watch at home. I am enjoying the time I am getting to spend with the preschoolers and I love seeing how much they take in. We are also trying to do more and more hands on things but you’ll have to come see to learn about that.

We have incorporated a “calendar time” this semester which the kids love. We talk about birthdays and holidays and have been learning the days of the week and months of the year songs.

Days of the week to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin”
And month of the year to “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

I am loving the new book The Ology and we have been using it with a catechism (questions and answers)  that are the building blocks of the Christian faith. There is a CD with the book and most of the songs are on YouTube. I use The Biggest Story and Big Truths for Young Hearts to supplement and prepare.

We have been doing a letter of the week using the ABC’s of Church History.

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Because we have been learning church history and theology I thought it would be appropriate to start memorizing the apostles creed. In case you have heard from your children say that they believe in the holy catholic church I’ll explain:
1. Notice the “c” not “C” in catholic. This is not the Roman Catholic church but the universal or true church.
2. All of the videos that I found use the phrase. (link includes video we have used)
3. We are studying church history and so I will leave the phrase that was originally included by a large group of Christians that were much smarter than me;)

The phrase “he (Jesus) descended to hell” is also difficult. But I haven’t removed it either and here is why:
1. Read this article.
2. I have told the kids the simple version of the above ariticle that Jesus cheered that He had defeated death.
3. In the early church where many Christians were martyred for their belief in Jesus it was a huge hope and joy that Jesus had truly defeated death!

Here is the creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

And here are some of the other songs from YouTube:

If you have any questions or would like to talk please give me a call or write me an email!

December 21

I usually avoid educational play that takes very much time to set up or clean up. My kids’ attention spans haven’t been long enough to make many of the messes worth it. But this morning Micah was working on writing his name and I was cleaning the kitchen so I poured some sugar on a cookie sheet and let him play and shake. IMG_2070

I can’t believe how much he has been learning lately!

IMG_2072Julia figured out right away that it was sugar and was much more interested in eating than writing:)   IMG_2073 IMG_2074

I asked if he was writing in Aramaic in this one. He replied, “Mom I’m not writing in Aramaic, I’m just drawing a shark.”

Do you have any games you like to play that don’t take too much time to clean up?

Has your parenting put you on the naughty or nice list this year?


I took the kids to see Santa today and I bet you can guess the first words out of Santa’s mouth…

Yep you got it, “Have you been a good boy this year?”

How do you answer that question?

Most children are not concerned about this question. They tell Santa they have been good, completely forgetting the horrible fit they threw standing in line to see Mr. Claus.

Parents on the other hand, remember everything.
The naughty and nice list is a parent’s report card. Have my kids been good this year? Well it’s probably because I was a “good” parent. Have my kids been naughty? Also my fault. Next year I should work harder, discipline more consistently, make a better schedule, take away all screen time, feed them super foods, remove all chemicals….

Christian parents often feel even more guilt because along with all of those things we judge ourselves on how well they “act like” Christians. I know I have. I have felt more shame in the way that my kids have behaved than any other area of life.

I teach the 2-3’s Sunday School class and guess what the answer to every question is?: Jesus died on the cross for my sin.

Could we just set aside all of the other parenting advice and believe this. Or are we so busy managing the behavior of our children that we have forgotten that “Jesus died on the cross for our sin”?

Let’s look at how the gospel addresses our parenting:

  • Our parenting is horrible in our own strength, in fact its like filthy rags! God looks at every one of our lives and puts us on the naughty list. We can not please God on our own.
  • No one will be declared righteous by obeying rules: that doesn’t mean that we don’t obey but that we recognize that we do not gain ANY acceptance with God by obedience.
  • Jesus fulfilled the law for us. You have the approval of God based on Jesus’ righteousness. What we can not do (be perfect parents) He did for us and took the punishment for sin and traded us His perfection. Jesus lived a life worthy of the nice list in our place. God is the perfect parent .You don’t need the approval of others because the God of the universe approves of you because of  Jesus who we are united to by faith.
  • Righteousness from God is received by faith in what Jesus did not what you can do. Keep confessing areas (parenting) that you are trusting in your own hard work and believe in the finished work of Jesus. He rose again from the dead declaring victory over your bad parenting!
  • This righteousness is available to everyone because we have all sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. It doesn’t matter how horrible your kids are today or how horrible of a parent you are.  Believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for you and your children and trust His power to transform. (This also leaves no room for mommy wars)
  • Through Christ’s death on the cross we are given the ability to truly obey God. In fact being disciples makes it possible for us to obey with the right motives out of Love for God. We can parent well because God is the perfect parent and we have His Spirit living in us.


I write this because I forget, I am tempted to to control my children in my own strength everyday so I need this. Santa I like the magic you bring to Christmas but your naughty and nice lists have no place in my parenting.


Here are some questions to keep thinking:

Do you need others to approve of you parenting to feel justified in how you parent? How does it change you that: If you are a believer, you have the approval of God because of Jesus.

Do you feel shame in how your children behave? Is part of you pointing to your children’s obedience to show that you have earned something before God? I realized these two were more closely linked than I originally thought:)

Gingerbread Men

IMG_2010We love every excuse to make cookies at this house!
Especially when it involves frosting:)

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There is so much in this picture that makes me smile… The way they are talking to each other. Micah is always wearing a cape or other super hero accessory these days. Julia totally unaware of how to get the frosting out of the bag. And who took a bite of that leg? IMG_2016

What do we love about a story?


It intrigues me to go to story time at the library. Kids like Micah (Pictured as Donatello) who rarely sit still are brought into the telling of a story and their minds are captivated so that their hands and feet sit still for a few minutes.

What is it about a story that we love?

We started “The Story” this week and as Matt said, “It put the engine parts together”. Often when we study the Bible we take it apart and look at all of the individual parts. We have separated parts of an engine. We need to look at the big picture of the Bible so we can see how it fits together then we can better understand it.The Bible is the ultimate story that all other stories model after and that is why stories captivate us. I saw this yesterday pulling children into stories about snow because the stories had the same elements that move our hearts:

A supernatural or another world= New Heaven and New Earth

Virtuous Beauty= Jesus Himself

Good (or the Hero) conquering evil= Jesus’ power over sin, disease, and death

Reconciliation of Broken Relationships= Jesus reconciled us to the Father

Redemption of People and Circumstances= Stories of people with Jesus

Victory over certain defeat= the Resurrection

Good Endings= Eternity with Jesus

Even when the characters are longingly waiting for a simple thing like snow the anticipation reminds us of the Old Testament and the anticipation of a Savior. The Bible is the best story of Good conquering evil with the greatest plot line of all time and we reduce it to one liners and separated pieces.

I’m really enjoying learning how to tell the whole story of the Bible (Creation, Fall, Rescue, Redemption)  as a narrative.

And I’m thankful for some great children’s resources that are helping me teach it to my children such as The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Biggest Story which are both on sale for Christmas:)


“A story can do much more than teach you. A story can transform you.” – Sally Lloyd Jones

Women’s Christmas Party


I Love Christmas parties! I love any reason to get together with people, but especially when it is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I got to help plan our women’s Christmas party at church this year with these two.  sistersI love my creative little sister! Our creative brains were distracted by the candy… I think we ate more than made it on our house.

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Thank you Grandma Peg for reading from the Jesus Story Book Bible! sarah

We were captivated by the Ballet to Believe from the Polar Express! Allie also sang a new version of Noel and I missed a picture but it was wonderful.manger We love the food, and the singing, and the fun, but most of all we love the baby in the manger who humbled Himself by taking on human flesh, having been God for all eternity past, giving up the blessings of heaven so that He could show us what Love is. This is what all of the Bible is pointing to. Jesus was there in the beginning at the creation of a perfect world in perfect relationship with Adam and Eve. He knew they would listen to the serpent, putting themselves in the center of the universe instead of God. He knew the consequences of that sin would be passed on to every other generation. And that we would need Him to come, to live a perfect life, fully God and fully man, and die on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. He made the way for us to have perfect relationship with God again, by trusting in the righteousness of Jesus instead of our own. We look forward to Easter remembering that He didn’t stay dead but rose from the dead in victory over sin and death and that He will re-make the world in perfection again!

Merry Christmas!

Day 6

I can’t believe this boy is 10 months old. I picked his special song when I was only a few weeks pregnant with him and it has been a lesson God has continued to teach me from Elliot’s birth and these last 10 months. God is Faithful. Katonda mwesigwa!

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Micah wanted to participate and took this picture:) FullSizeRender(5)(Jesus meets our greatest needs: Spiritually, Physically, Emotionally, Relationally, and Morally)

And this is why I didn’t post yesterday…
With a few week break in Women’s Bible study and an amazing resource that I found because my friend Jodi basically has a library in her house:) I was studying to lead “The Story” . It is a training on how to know, live, and share the big story of the Bible: Creation, Fall, Rescue, and Restoration. It starts on Tuesday!! We are hoping to use it as we begin a mentoring ministry to the women of the pregnancy resource center in Casper. I have been encouraged and I am so excited to share this with others!
Here is the promo video if you want to see more!! The Story

Why I don’t read to my kids before bed and what I do instead


Have you ever heard that the night before you take a test, you should study right before you go to bed. Supposedly the last 5 minutes before you go to bed go into long term memory more easily and are remembered more often. I would do this before bed in college and found it helpful. I would often have to memorize Bible verses for class and it would calm me and help me remember to review them as I was falling asleep.

When my kids were infants I started singing the same songs to them every night. It has helped all of them but for a few months Julia would basically fall asleep when I started singing “Amazing Grace”. It was amazing!

I still sing songs to them that are rich with theological truths but I have started saying the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles Creed to them before bed. They have both of them mostly memorized so I’m starting to think about what to add in next. I read to them other times of the day, but usually not right before bed. Right before bed I want to fill their long term memory with as much of Jesus as possible. I pray that as they learn what these words mean that my children will know God personally and worship Him.

Julia turned 2 and a half yesterday:)

Isn’t she adorable!?!

Have you tested this theory? What do you think?

Christmas day 2

 I used to feel bad when I would find so much joy in watching the kids sleep (especially after a long day with them). I would feel shame that I didn’t enjoy them as much during the day as I did when they were sleeping. But then I learned a much better theology of rest.

IMG_1789God rested on the seventh day to enjoy his work. So when I stop, sit, and enjoy watching my children sleep I am following the example of God. Even better than the children being asleep is that I have no shame in how hard the day was. I am not righteous before God because of how good (or not good) my parenting was in the hours proceeding sleeping children. I am righteous because Jesus was perfect and I have been giving a perfect account because of Him. That is better than sleeping babies!


What a big kid eating chicken nuggets.. I need to enjoy him sleeping more often because he is growing too fast!!IMG_1803

And yes I did let “spiderman” go to AWANA dressed just like that… they only live once:)