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making faith FUN for kids

It’s Holy Week for those of us who will be participating in Easter festivities this Sunday and believe that it is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

From Palm Sunday, to Good Friday {the day of Jesus crucifixion}, to Easter {the day of Jesus resurrection from the dead} we have the chance to reflect on the events that lead to the salvation of the world. I believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he died on the cross for our sins and that he rose from the grave to save the people of this world from death. Anyone who believes this will be saved and live eternally with Him and I believe this because in the Bible {John 3:16} it says…“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not die but have eternal life.”  This faith is free for all and life giving. It’s that simple.

With all of that in mind we have tried to make Jesus the cornerstone of our little family’s life. Aaron and I work hard to teach our kids all about this sweet Jesus we love through prayer, teaching them about the Bible, taking them to church and so on…we take all the help we can get from outside sources as well. Thankfully there are a ton of FUN tools out there to teach our kids about the Bible and God’s ways. Just in time for Easter I wanted to share them with you.

::a few of our favorite faith resources for kids::

easter fun ideas

1. What’s in the Bible – this video series {from the guy who created Veggie Tales} is true of God’s word, fun, silly and it has honestly helped me remember all those FUN & important facts about the Bible that I have learned over the years but need brushing up on! If your kids have questions about the Bible or just want to be entertained and learn along the way you gotta check out this series.

2. Resurrection Eggs -this egg kit contains and explains many of the elements of the Easter story. I keep attempting to make my own version but have not completed it yet {in the meantime this one linked above is great to buy and/or Pinterest has several others versions you can make if you’re in the mood}.

3. Kid’s Worship Music -we love hearing our kids sing about God and learn about God through music. Pandora has a few Kid’s Praise/Worship stations and there are a ton of other options I could mention out there {and maybe I will another day}. For now I will just tell you about two options we love. Little Song Birds is an album we are really into right now with its quirky reggae style and biblical truths. And of course Psalty “the singing song book” is my all-time favorite from growing up {every church kid from the 80’s will agree with me here}. You can find his new songs and old classics from several sources these days.

Little Song Birds found HERE

Psalty found HERE and HERE

4. Jesus Calling -Do you know about Sarah Young’s awesome devotionals entitled Jesus Calling? I love the first one she wrote {from God’s point of view/voice using the bible} for adults. We also like the young adult version but I recently become enchanted with the children’s version {pictured above} for its content and beautiful illustrations. Check it out!

5. There are so many children’s Bibles available to buy that it can be overwhelming. I LOVE many of the versions we have come across but these two are special for their accuracy and unique natures. The Action Bible is beautifully illustrated with a raw, edgy, comic book style {what boy in your life wouldn’t love that?}. The Jesus Storybook Bible has been written in such a way that even in the old testament each story points towards Jesus {every story whispers His name}. You just have to read it for yourself. These can never replace God’s true written word but as a way of teaching and training young hearts about the Bible I think these are both great tools to start with.

Action Bible found HERE

Jesus Storybook Bible found HERE

P.S. If you are reading this and you simply want me to pray with you or have questions about this faith in Jesus that I often bring up…please do not hesitate to email me at laurapanfilio@gmail.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can and I will pray for you. I may not have all the answers but I do want to be as available to you as I can be. Happy Easter!

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don’t forget the scones {this EASTER}

 As I mentioned the other day…we had a lovely Easter Tea for the kids last weekend. My fabulous sis-n-law makes the most amazing food. She can cook, bake and comes up with great party menus. She made everything you see here from scratch! Amazing! My mother-in-law has lovely taste, lots of vintage dishes and found these adorable Peter Rabbit plates for the kids. Paige helped her decorate this little table {her Lalaloopsy doll even got to join us} and I got to help in the kitchen {something I always love to do when Auntie Shannon is cooking}! Check out the menu and some links below. It was tasty and fun! The perfect combo for any tea party!
Our sweet little friend Hali joined us! So fun!
::The Menu::
Mini Quiche
Cowboy Quiche*
Cowgirl Quiche*
Blueberry Scones*
{with Lemon Curd & Devonshire Cream}
 Ham & Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Cupcakes
Butter Cookies
Tea
*To get the recipes for Cowboy and Cowgirl Quiche check out The Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook HERE or go online to a recipe very similar HERE {just leave out the artichoke hearts and trade the cheese with cheddar to make the Cowboy version in her cookbook}.
*Auntie Shannon is a huge fan of America’s Test Kitchen and often makes their recipes. I couldn’t believe how effortlessly she made everything that day! To be fancy like her & make these amazing Blueberry Scones check out this FREE Content {if you are not an America’s Test Kitchen subscriber already}:

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Easter 2013

 We just got back from a quick Easter weekend up in Northern California with Aaron’s family. It was so great to catch up with everyone and see our sweet nephews. The only bummer was that our brother-in-law could not make it. Yummy food. Cute kids. Bubbles. Tea Parties. Visits with friends. Dancing Easter Bunnies. Egg Dying. Candy.
Fun was had by all.
 Nana picked out cute outfits for all the kids. They looked like little catalog models!
 We call Grant Dapper Dan when he looks all handsome like this!
Sweet Little Lady Paigey!
 
After we got the kids dressed in their fun outfits we walked to the old courthouse across the street and tried to get pictures of all 4 kids…well…maybe next time!
 
Then we went back to the house for a tea party!
 
Nature girl!
 We were able to get a few cute pics with Nana & Papa!
Our tea party was AMAZING! More on this soon!
One of the things that yielded the most fun was an hour of bubble mania while Shannon & I cooked for the tea party! Never underestimate the power of bubbles to entertain children!
I hope you had a fun and relaxing Easter weekend with your family!
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happy easter

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6

He has Risen…
He is Risen…
He is Risen Indeed!
Happy Easter Indeed!

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9…AMEN

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springFLING {DECOR}

I have loved adding spring touches all over our home this month.
Here are a few ways I decorated  for spring this year. Hope you are inspired to decorate your own home!
For a some beautiful {free} Easter printables click
and
I also love these monthly {free} printables from Dear Lillie that could be displayed in a nice frame all year long {just rotate them through every month}: March & April
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Blossoms from a tree in our yard.
 Nests, eggs, candles, bunnies & notes of spring.

I just added some fresh flowers from Trader Joes and now my Spring home is complete!

UPDATE: click HERE for more printable links!

How do you decorate for Spring?

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