WFMW: Back-to-School Tips

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We’re in full school mode in Texas. But you know that already because you saw THE BAGS under my eyes, eh?

I’ve actually been in bed by 10:30 pm every night! But that’s because I’ve mastered sleeping standing up.

Here are a couple of tips that help get our mornings going:

  • We make lunches the night before
  • We lay out clothes for the next day and make sure backpacks are ready
  • We try to have a quick devotion over breakfast-makes everyone’s day run so much smoother!
  • We pray with our kids to have a great day
  • We do homework, go over tests, sign papers, etc. in the afternoon, so our evenings are free to be together
  • We put important dates in ONE place: a family calendar

How do you make your school days run smoothly?

Today, three random WFMW participants will be win ($15-20 value each) a set of Dayspring’s awesome school supplies.

Here’s a sampling:

What works for you?

Music for the Soul {Giveaway}

*UPDATED with WINNERS* Congrats to the Grand Prize Winner: Jennifer of A Beautiful Calling and the following random commenters one Britt Nicole’s awesome new CD: Texas Carlisle Family, Angie, Troop Petrie, Pam (pamwalkrey530@gmail.com) and jenleahlynn (ctstrong@juno.com)

My soul needs music. When I’m feeling down and stressed and my heart is occupied with clutter, worship lifts me up. It stirs me.

She had me at the word Africa.

I love this song by Britt Nicole. I cried while I watched this video. God is asking our family to walk on the water (I’ll be sharing more in September):

It’s about stepping out and being who God has called you to be and not being afraid of that,” states Britt. “I believe when we look different and carry something different, people are going to see that and want it too. They are going to see the love of Christ in us, and they’ll desire that. I believe people will come to know God if we as Christians will do that.”-Britt Nicole

I love this music!! It’s spunky and fun and deep. She draws from the well that is Jesus. She’s music I want my daughter’s humming!

Britt Nicole’s newest album, Acoustic, has her five biggest songs, including Walk on Water, and a new release.

Today, I’m giving away a GRAND PRIZE that includes: a custom-designed Britt Nicole T-shirt and Starbucks Coffee Mug and the CD. Plus, FIVE others will also win Acoustic, her latest CD.


Leave a comment telling me what worship/Christian music does for you and that will be your entry.

This giveaway ends on Thursday.

A Holy War

The other day in the car, it went like this:

My oldest daughter was singing softly a new song from church….”My God is great-er…My God is great-er”

I looked up from driving and glanced in the rearview mirror. I was happy to hear my firstborn sing such a lovely song. It made me proud. It made me think: I MUST BE DOING A GOOD JOB.

A second little girl’s voice joined in the chorus. In sweet , clear lyrics, she echoed her older sister… “My God is greater…”

This went on for a minute or two. I was bursting with pride at my cherubs daughters.

And then in a swift moment, without ANY WARNING, the song of the younger become… “MY God is greater than YOURS…” and there was a competitive edge to her voice.

To which her sister responded…”No, MY God is GREATER than YOUR GOD!”

And then it downward spiraled into an all out WAR of who’s God was greater.

Yours or Mine.

The end.

</holy moment>

P.S. At some point I should probably explain it’s THE SAME GOD, huh?

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an Autographed Copy of Comedian Tim Hawkins super funny DVD.

If You Can’t Laugh At Yourself, Laugh at Other People {Giveaway}

*Updated with Winner* Congratulations to reader Heidi H. (mowerman3@gmail.com)

So. About last night.

I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt and my sides ached. In the roar of the crowd, I could hear a woman laughing uncontrollably, slapping her knee and wheezing. It was me. It felt so good.

Tim Hawkins is a Christian comedian with an edge. He’s like a clean version of Larry the Cable guy. He’s quirky, off-the-wall and absolutely hilarious. He’s well-known for his YouTube song parodies (just type in his name on YouTube), but his stand-up act is my favorite.

Although, his Chick Fil A song is like a lullaby to me.

His jokes about the church, marriage and parenting are so funny because they are based on truth.

Some of my favorite lines of the night:

  • The end time is near. We know this because of the invention of the Snuggie.
  • Churches that are non-denominational are just Baptist with a cool website.
  • Thesaurus prayers- people who pray like this, “Dear God, please lead, guide, direct, show us the way”
  • What is up with people who squeeze your hand at the end of a prayer? KNOCK IT OFF. You’re freaking us out!
  • The Duggars need a hobby.
  • [On Twitter] No one gives two twits about what you tweet.
  • You know you’re a parent when you end your sentences in  LOUD ADVERBS “Come here quickly. Get over here pronto. Obey me now.”
  • Tim ended the night with a song about “if you’ve tinkled (from laughing), I’ve done my job here.” And then, he thew out DEPENDS UNDERGARMENTS to the audience!

We stood in line and had Mr. Hawkins autograph his latest DVD. It’s 2 hours of hilarity. I said, “I’m giving this one away on my blog.” He said, “What’s the name of your blog?”

“We are THAT family,” I answered.

He laughed, “we are that family, too!”

Aren’t we all??

(sorry about the blurry shot-Have you ever tried to take a photo with a comedian? They don’t stand very still!)

So. Up for grabs: An autographed copy of Tim Hawkins newest comedy DVD, “I’m No Rockstar.” It’s two hours full of videos, jokes and songs. GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT! It’s sure to make you laugh, even cry, maybe reach for the Depends!


Have you ever heard a song or comedy act by Tim Hawkins? Is this your first intro? Leave a comment and tell me  your favorite thing he does to be entered.

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Links I Love

Frenemy

The Cat Vs. The Dog

Every night, after we tuck our kids in bed, my hubby and I settle in and watch our dog and cat try and coexist. It’s hilarious.

Until this happens:

(I heard a crash LITERALLY 5 minutes before I hit publish on this post!)

Friend+enemy=Frenemy

“Frenemy” is a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy” which can refer to either an enemy disguised as a friend or to a partner who is simultaneously a competitor and rival.

A Bed, A Bag of Rice & A Business

His name is Francios (said in my best French accent which sorta sounds like fancy Texan).

He’s six:

He’s one of the Compassion children our family sponsors. He lives in Togo, Africa. In the last six months, he’s written us five letters!

God blessed our family with some extra and we were able to send Francios a family gift a couple of months ago. Compassion allows you to send a financial gift every year to your Compassion children.

Last week, when my daughter opened a Compassion envelope, she gasped. I could tell it wasn’t an ordinary (although always special) letter.  This photograph was accompanied with a letter of thanks from Francios’ family:

With our family gift (small by American standards), this precious family bought there first bed! (There are 5 in the family) They bought rice and supplies and most importantly, they started a business! (selling used clothes)

One of my favorite things about Compassion is they don’t just help people out of poverty, they give families the tools to help themselves. They meet with the family when a family gift is given and help them decide how to spend it best.

This financial gift -that we’ll never miss- might have changed Francios’ family.

But it changed mine more.

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Rescuing children from poverty is one of the most inspiring and beautiful experiences our family has ever shared together. It’s never too late to sponsor a child. You can do it today.

WFMW: Brown Sugar Tip

I love brown sugar. I eat it for fun. Just kidding. ahem.

I hate when my brown sugar gets lumpy and turns as hard as a rock.

My mother-in-law gave me a terra cotta Brown Sugar Bear to put into my bag of brown sugar. She said it would keep it soft. I had my doubts, but it really works.

I love this little $3  bear. It really keeps brown sugar from turning hard and I just transfer it to a new bag after it’s opened.

It works for me!

Don’t forget NEXT WEEK is a themed edition of WFMW: Share a back-to-school tip! AND, three WFMW participants will win some cool back-to-school goodies!!