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❤️ Mother’s Day Giveaway!!!! ❤️

*Giveaway closed. Congrats to Natalie and also to Juliana for winning!*

Happy early Mother’s Day to all you mamas! I am pairing up with Christie Thomas, author of a Mother/Son Devotional that focuses on the life of David and growing in faith (geared to 6-12 year old boys). The winner will get to pick between that Devo. or my Mother/Daughter Devo. (for 6-10 year old girls)! We’ll pick two winners!!! You must be in the continental U.S. or Canada to win. Giveaway closes Wednesday, May 4th at 11pm.

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A Great Way to do Allowance💲

Giving our kids more responsibility and ownership now helps them later. A parent with grown-up kids recently said to me: “I wish I had done less for my kids.” She was referring to giving them more responsibility to train them up to be responsible adults and not step in to do things her kids could have done. That stuck with me. My allowance approach is a simple way to build more responsibility in our kids and to build ownership of their spaces in the house.

Responsibilities
Each week my kids have to clean the counters in their bedrooms, bathroom, their mirror, keep their beds made and rooms straightened daily, replace their towel and washcloth each week, and wipe their baseboards (once a month). They also make their lunches for school – if they forget, they eat the school lunch. The days they have late activities and I surprise them with making their lunch, they have so much appreciation, whereas before it was more of an expectation and not as appreciated. Responsibility builds appreciation.

Allowance
Completing these items above (for the most part – give some grace as they’re learning) gives them the opportunity to complete a *Bonus Job* each week to earn Allowance. If they don’t do their chores, they don’t get the chance to earn money. Some families give $0.50 or $1 per year of their child’s age for allowance. Do what works for you. If they ask why another family gives more, you can tell them that other families do things differently and this is how our family does things. (Making a list of the bedroom chores for your kids that need to be done each week is also helpful.)

Bonus Jobs
My kids do not just get money each week. They have to earn it through a bonus job. I love these because they are such a big help to me and they also help our kids be more appreciative, less entitled, and more responsible. This is how it works:

  1. Each month, I write the bonus jobs for that month on post-it notes and put them on the wall. I have 3 kids, so I post 12 jobs on the wall at the beginning of the month I also have their names on post-it notes below the bonus jobs. (Their meal chore for dinner is next to their name and I rotate them periodically – that is in addition to the bonus job. I want them to pitch in since they are a part of the family.)

    The kids get to pick one bonus job to do each week. If I need a job done that week, I put a star on it so jobs with stars have to be picked that week. If there are no starred jobs, they can do whichever one they want. Examples are pull weeds, wipe all windowsills, wipe baseboards, wipe under furniture, etc.
  2. That week, whenever the kids want, they pick the bonus job they would prefer and put the post-it-note next to their name when they are about to begin it.
  3. I have money in an envelope by the job list. After they complete their chores for the entire week AND the bonus job, and get it checked off by me, they take their Allowance and put it in their “Give”, “Save” and “Spend” boxes. The exercise of Giving at a young age helps our kids be generous and open-handed. The “save” money is put into their bank account we have started for them. Saving in the longterm helps them be responsible. “Spend” money is money they use to spend on things they would like to buy in the short-term. Having their own spend money creates confidence and independence.

Once your family has done this for a few weeks, you’ll start to get into a routine and it will get easier and easier. You’ll also find ways to tweak this so it works best for your family. While the kids might not look forward to the extra responsibility, they will gain more confidence in themselves and thank you when they’re older! And, you’ll be helped along the way with everyday chores. It’s a win-win! I’d love to hear how it goes. Comment below to let me know. (:

A Great Easter Activity!

This is a great practical activity for our kids to do from my Devotional to show them that we are forgiven of our sins through Jesus! Thank you, Lord!!! Happy Easter!!!❤️

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I turned 44 a few days ago (34 at heart!). This is the first birthday without my dad here. I was so grateful to be able to celebrate with my three kids, Bates, Brooklyn, and Gracie, and my husband, Christian. I did miss so much hearing my dad’s words for the first time ever – “Happy Birthday, Linsey.” Those simple words. I know you’ve experienced your own difficult things – joy laced with sorrow. 

As our eyes are opened more and more to this world, don’t we see more and more of the pain here? And, also more and more of the joys here? Life on earth means carrying both.

I am constantly reminded that even though we might feel like settlers here, we’re not. We’re not meant to stay here. We are meant to be with Jesus forever. Peace forever. That will come one day. In the meantime, Lord, would you heal our hearts of the painful things that hurt. Would you open our eyes and hearts to love the sweet moments you pour into our laps? Show us how to carry both, the pain and the joys. Thank you that you always have done that very thing. Carried the pain and the joy together. Especially through giving Jesus for us – the pain in Jesus giving his life for us, & the joy of eternity that came the instant He was raised to life. The forever forgiveness, and pure joy that came with that. Oh God, thank you! We don’t take that for granted. Thank you that we can choose you, that we can enter Life with You by simply giving you our hearts. Oh we do, Lord. Help us in the meantime, Lord, to see your kingdom here, to weep with those who weep and to experience your kingdom, to rejoice with those who rejoice and to experience your kingdom, to let your love lead us, guide us, be in us, so your kingdom is here with us, a moment at a time. We love you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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A Fun Way to Serve With Our Kids

My kids had a lot of fun doing the Creative Fun activity in chapter 8 from my Devotional about Deborah. The activity is to be a leader like Deborah was by planning a volunteer outreach and creating an invitation for your friends to join you! After we sorted clothes for the ministry, Families of Hope (they provide clothing to kids in foster care), my daughter decided to create a mermaid tail blanket for a girl who has to go into foster care. She cut the fabric and sewed it together with her sewing machine. It is so cool to see how the Lord prompts our hearts to love others as we take small steps in serving. Let’s encourage our kids to be leaders through loving and serving others. Here’s the invitation she created and the pics from it. If you do the Creative Fun activity with your kids, I’d love to hear about it too!

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