The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book

Do you love this Bible as much as we do? Then you'll love having the chance to color its fun illustrations in this new coloring book!


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I've shared before how much we love The Beginner's Bible, so we were pretty excited when this coloring book arrived:





5 After 5, Ways to Spruce Up the Outside of Your House

Does spring mean spending plenty of time outside where you live? Do you plant a garden, or clean up your porch?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was books worth rereading and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List five ways to spruce up the outside of your house


We actually have been doing quite a bit of yard work lately - moving trees that have sprung up from acorns only 3 millimeters from our house and could create costly foundation issues - no, thank you!

I've also been cleaning off our back porch, which is really silly, because there's no such thing as spring here and we're already well into summertime temperatures, so it's just too hot to hang out there for any length of time.

But if we actually had some pleasant weather and could enjoy our backyard a bit more (or didn't have swarms of mosquitoes everywhere), here are five things we'd love to add:

Friday Frivolity - Cat Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we had rain on the brain for Earth Day.

Today, it's National Hairball Awareness Day, so we're having fun with some hilarious cats:

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows, written by Asia Citro and illustrated by Marion Lindsay

What the Magic Tree House series does for historical topics, this series does for science.

Fall in love with an atypical main character as she explores the world of science -- with a little dose of magic thrown in to make everything more fun and exciting!

Author Asia Citro weaves learning into the story line so effortlessly, kids won't even realize it because they're just having fun!

Read more about this fantastic new STEM-focused fiction book!


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OhMyGoodness, this book is hands-down our favorite thing in the world right now -- our enthusiasm over it has honestly lasted for days!





Latticed Learning: The Early Church

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible



Pages pages 473-487 in this Bible and 333-339 in this one


Read a Little More


I wasn't aware of any other books for this week, but I did manage to hunt up a few that look promising:



The Day When God Made Church

The Very First Christians

The Time of the Church Activity Book

Pentecost

The Pentecost Story


Sing Some Songs

I came up with a couple of good songs for this week:

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing



Holy Spirit



Breathe on Us



Spirit of the Living God





Watch Some Videos

Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about the early church:

First, Gv glued and glittered up a flame hat for Pentecost:


I cut a sheet of yellow construction paper in half to make the band, then cut out graduated flame shapes in yellow, orange and red.  She glued them all down and glittered them up.  We glued a craft stick to the back of the flame so that it would stand up better.

Then we made this Holy Spirit windsock:


Tape a sheet of red construction paper so that it forms a lengthwise cylinder, then glue a white dove on the front and strips of orange tissue paper streamers on the bottom.

We practiced the Apostle's Creed by adding these cute pages to one of our photo albums from the dollar store:




We made this little healed lame man (using this graphic as a guide) after we talked about some of the miracles the apostles performed:


Gv insisted on purple hair for this little dude.  She colored that and his face and then decided her coloring time was done.

We just sliced the little guy in half with some scissors and then added a brad so that Gv could make him dance about.

Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Passport to Fun - Egypt

Travel the world from the comfort of your living room with this Passport to Fun series!  Whether you use these ideas as a date night, family fun night, or homeschool study, you'll be sure to have some fun and bring a bit of Egypt's culture right into your own home!




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You'll remember that I came up with a pretty awesome idea for G's Christmas gift last year.

If you're new here and don't know what I'm talking about, then feel free to wander on over to this post to read all about it.

I'll wait.

Even though we spent all of 2016 traveling to new countries each month, we had so much fun I decided to extend this series indefinitely - so many cool places to learn about and we've even got a list of places we want to return to in the future!

Project Snapshot - Week 173

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


It was Earth Day this past weekend, so we used that reason to finally deal with a few trees that had sprung up next to the house from fallen acorns.

We're still working on digging out the largest tree, but managed to move the second-largest one and are really hoping that it will live through the transplant.

We also finally planted the pineapple top we'd rooted from one of our yard's pineapples (at the end of last summer!), so we'll see how green our thumbs are...

It's a pretty decent-sized tree, so we're hoping it keeps growing in its new home!




What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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God Bless Our Baby by Hannah C. Hall, illustrated by Steve Whitlow

The perfect little book to ease your child into the idea of having a sibling!


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I am a big believer in the power of books to help kids (and adults, too!) deal with life's challenges and adjustments.

That's why I feel this book can be so helpful to families about to welcome a new little bundle of  joy into the mix:





5 After 5, Books Worth Rereading

I don't often want to read a book a second time, but there are a few titles that keep me coming back to their pages, over and over!

How about you? What books would you read again?


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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was Ways to Celebrate Easter and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List five books worth rereading


I could completely cheat with this list and say things like the Bible or devotional books - or even non-fiction books, because so often they're full of helpful information - but here are a few fiction titles that have been good enough to make me want to visit them again:

Friday Frivolity - April Showers Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we had a few Easter chuckles.

This week, we're doing the whole April showers theme, but I don't think we'll be seeing too many May flowers around these parts, because we're in a bit of a drought - complete with plenty of stinky wildfires.

I wonder what has caused our lack of rain....