Author Archives: Emily Elling

Christ-Centered Easter Traditions for Kids

Christ-Centered Easter Traditions for Kids

One of the best parts of being a parent and having my own family is getting to pass on family traditions, as well as starting new traditions of our own. Growing up, on Easter, I always wore a new Sunday Easter dress, went to early worship service then headed to my aunt’s house for a late

5 Fresh Ideas to Help the Neighborhood Transition to Spring

Spring. Will it ever arrive? It’s a question the kids and I have been asking ourselves for what feels like eternity. Yes, I’ve been dreaming of what it would feel like to once again have fresh air blowing through my kitchen windows. And while the snow is pretty and all that jazz, we’re beyond ready to

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10 Ways to Communicate Love to Your Kids

I have four children: a 9-year-old girl, a 6-year-old girl, a 4-year-old boy and my youngest, a 2-year-old boy. That’s right, two big girls and two little boys. If there’s one thing I’ve learned – the hard way, through trial and error – is that each child needs to be shown love differently. There’s no

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Keeping Christ in Christmas: 5 Easy, Intentional Ideas

I was just telling a friend today how I haven’t been in a very festive mood this December. It’s not that I don’t like celebrating, it’s just that my kids have come down with a pretty hefty case of what I like to call “The Christmas Gimmies” and it’s making me both sad and worried.

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Picking Out Her First “Big Girl” Bible

My eldest daughter, Piper, is turning nine this month. Her birthday wish list is pretty typical for girls her age – things like a new backpack, some headbands, a board game she was introduced to at a friend’s house, and a new video game that necessitates dancing. She’s also quick to talk about how this