Hide It in Your Heart: Luke 2:1-20

Free printable version of Luke 2 for your kids to memorize and color.

When I was growing up, my father would always read Luke 2 aloud on Christmas morning before we opened gifts. When my husband and I got married, we decided to continue that tradition with our own children. Taking it a step further, we committed Luke 2:1-20 to memory, as well. … Continue reading

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Christmas Travel Bingo {free printable}

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No sooner had I commented on the glorious, sunny weather in yesterday’s post than, in typical Texas fashion, the weather changed. It has been pouring rain ever since! It may be too cold and wet for walking the block with a camera in hand for a photo safari, but you … Continue reading

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Christmas Photo Safari {free printable}

Christmas Photo Safari: Free Printable from www.flandersfamily.info

I don’t know what the weather’s been like in your neck of the woods, but here in East Texas it has been sunny and gorgeous and mild. We’ve had perfect conditions, in fact, for staging our Christmas photo safari. Want to play? Just print this list, grab a cell phone, … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Responding to Negativism

Responding to Negative Comments with Poise and Grace

I’m using Mondays to work through the messages stacked up in my mailbox. Here’s the one for today: Hi Jennifer, I’ve emailed you before and love your blog. I’m curious as to your response to negative individuals as your family grew…. My husband and I are considering a third child. … Continue reading

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Our Christmas Card Assembly Line

Our Christmas Card Assembly Line - How to get the whole family involved in this time-honored tradition.

Our family sends out a lot of Christmas cards each year, and getting them ready to mail is a joint effort. We set up shop at a long table and churn them out in fast order. Every member of the family is given a task. As our family has grown, … Continue reading

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Christmas Letters: Patterns, Samples, and Templates

How to Write a Christmas Letter (with patterns, samples, templates, etc) from www.flandersfamily.info

I love all the extra mail the month of December brings with it. It’s so much fun to open all the pretty Christmas cards and see the family photos, but I especially enjoy reading the long, newsy letters that often accompany the cards and pictures. If you’ve ever thought about … Continue reading

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Christmas Letters: Why, What, and How to Write

Christmas Letters: Why, What, and How to Write

I took a break from answering my mail this week because I was busy sending a little mail of my own: our family’s annual Christmas letter, which we wrote and assembled over Thanksgiving weekend. While the process is still fresh on my mind, I decided to write a short series … Continue reading

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5 Kernels of Corn

On Thanksgiving, we leave 5 kernels of corn by each plate, and guests use them to count off five of the year's biggest blessings....

‘Twas the year of the famine in Plymouth of old, The ice and the snow from the thatched roofs had rolled; Through the warm purple skies steered the geese o’er the seas, And the woodpeckers tapped in the clocks of the trees; And the boughs on the slopes to the … Continue reading

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6 Steps to a Stress-Free Holiday

6 Steps to a Stress-Free Holiday Season | from www.flandersfamily.info

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching (Tomorrow! Can you believe that?), and Christmas will be right behind it. Anticipation is mounting, but — for many of us — stress levels are climbing, too. Far too often, December flies by like a whirlwind, and we come to the end of it exhausted, over-spent, … Continue reading

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When Life is Spinning out of Control

When Life is Spinning Out of Control... | strategies that help from flandersfamily.info

I’m making some steady progress by using Mondays to clean out my mailbag. Here’s this week’s letter: Dear Jennifer. I have 11 kids and noticed you have a big family too!! Mine range from 9 months to 16 yrs. They help a lot, but I am so very busy… I … Continue reading

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