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{ 7 } New Year Resources

Happy New Year 20142014 has arrived whether we made New Year Resolutions or not. There are countless resources to choose from to help us in goal setting and goal keeping. Today, I will share with you  seven resources I have accessed personally for the start of 2014. I hope you will find some of them helpful to you.

2014 Scrapbooking Calendars  [From]  Jennifer Flanders has designed these cute free printable calendars for every month to journal the happenings of her large family. At the end of the year, she makes a copy of each month for each family member. Genius! Take a look around this inspiring website.

Virtue Training Bible [From] I have acquired the supplies to put in our KJV Bible to teach my children virtues based on Scripture – absolute Truth. I know this will also help me personally as I seek to growth in becoming a virtuous woman.

Character Qualities Chart [From] This chart is a good starting point to understand and teach character qualities. I plan to develop some lessons for teaching my children and Sunday School teen girls this year.

The Priority of a Daily Devotional Life [Listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss] [From] Prepare yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take 43 minutes to listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss in this program. It will inspire the perspective of any woman desiring a life devoted to God.

Bible Reading Plan (Epistles/Law/History/Psalms/Prophecy/Gospels) [Copyright by Michael Coley] [From] There are many Bible reading plans to choose from. This is my personal favorite. Stay in God’s Word this year!

100 Days Calendar [By Ann Voskamp] [Scroll down to link – from] To form a new habit, I’ve heard you must consistently do it for 21 days. Ann Voskamp designed a simple printable for 100 days! This should work! What do you think? =)

Size Details Printable [From]  A challenge for me is keeping up with each of my family members’ sizes. I printed this cute printable on cardstock to start me out this year.

New Year Printable Art [From Pinterest-Designer Unknown]  I love the words on this Pinterest printable! Celebrate! New Beginnings! Fresh Start! Embrace Change! Live! Love! Listen! 

Happy New Year! ~Jeri Lynn


getting to church

or: how we get 4 children to church…

on time {most of the time. lol}

I realize I am not the most qualified person to be telling others about this, and I have read other blogs out there where similar stories are told, but this is something that I receive comments and questions about… regularly.

So, here is how we, my family and I, physically arrive at church on Sunday morning in time for every child to get to her own class and me to get to mine… before they begin!! {like stated before: most of the time!} I pray this is a help to someone! 🙂


hung up waiting for morning

1. First, being at church, beginning with Sunday school, every Sunday– is non-negotiable.

It is not a “if we all get up in time” kind of activity. We have other times in which we’ve made those type of plans… Let’s go shopping if we can get ready by 9, etc. But church is NON-negotiable. That is how I was raised, so it’s not in my routine simply because I am married to a man on staff at our church. It is woven into the fabric of my being. And I want it woven into our children also. I have come to realize that the things that truly matter to me {especially in regards to my family}, I will make time for.

2. Since our oldest {now 8} was still very small, we have prepared our clothing for Sunday on Saturday evening.

I make sure the clothing we each plan to wear is picked out, pressed, and ready… along with the appropriate socks and finding matching shoes-VERY important in our house since shoes often become play things during the day. {I do not pick out my husband’s clothing, but I try to be sure he has a few different clean, ironed dress shirts from which to choose.}

Now, I only choose clothing for Corban {16 months}  and myself. The girls mostly do it for themselves, though I must approve. Sunday clothing are the only outfits I insist match and look “together.” School days, play dates, etc. my girls often choose stripes and polka-dots to wear together. 🙂

While I do, on occasion, speak to them about what matching means and the fact that just because both items have red in them does not mean they match {lol}, I have found they enjoy expressing themselves through their favorite pieces of clothing. And I am OK with that. {to each her own :)}

3. Since we still have a baby, I try to prepare the diaper bag on Saturday-at least making sure their are a few diapers and a snack inside. We are working on the girls making sure their purses are ready, including knowing where their Bible is as well as any SS papers that need to be turned in.tascha~

4. I try to make myself stop and think about whether or not I have something to give someone-as I purge clothing too-small during laundry time, I put aside nicer things to bless another child in our church.

And if I am part of the special music, I make sure my music is in my church bag on Saturday evening.

5. I also try to think through what we are having for lunch… which is USUALLY a slow-cooker meal.

If I do not do this on Saturday, I am often frustrated with my options on Sunday morning. 🙂



6. On Sunday morning, there is nothing on our agenda aside from eating breakfast and getting dressed.

We do not play with toys, turn on cartoons {or the news!}, read a book, etc.

The children get up, get dressed, brush teeth and hair, gather what is needed to walk out the door… and if there is time to spare, they may sit and look at a book or start to color a picture, etc.

{edited to add: We also turn on Godly music [usually an online church radio station] during this time. It stills minds and calms restlessness to have something in the background that is soothing.}


7. My goal is to walk out the door about 5-10 minutes before we HAVE to… to give us time for problems. 🙂


So, that is what has worked for us  for 8 years. We are rarely late arriving at church, and when we are, I can pinpoint at least one of the Saturday evening things that I put off to do Sunday morning. I always regret that! And obviously, even the best laid plans can go awry!

And to encourage those with several very small children, this is truly a time-saver.

When I had to dress 2 little ones with a 3rd on the way, it completely simplified getting ready to say: sit here with mommy and let’s put THESE clothes on.

And now! the two oldest {8 & 5} completely dress themselves {except for zippers and ties-but they TRY!}!

The 4 year old can mostly gets dressed independently, but still wants my help… I try to be enthusiastic about doing it because I know this season will not last much longer with her.

I have a few very simple hair-dos for the girls’ hair that we simply dress-up with a bow or flower… if we have one that matches. 🙂

My husband is such a wonderful man that he is usually able and willing to dress the little baby-man… and since I have chosen his clothing the night before, I know he will be wearing nice church clothes and not just whatever someone can find clean!

{blessings} Tascha