Advent Ideas {Plus free downloadable Advent Activities Pack}

Advent Ideas {Plus FREE Downloadable Activities Pack} - Intentional By Grace

I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! We like to count down the days to Christmas as a family. This year we have a three year old and a one year old to celebrate the Advent season with and I am beside myself with excitement. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas by ourselves and with our families. I have been collecting ideas Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving – Pilgrims for a Day

Teach your kids what the Pilgrims went through in search of new land. Pretend to be Pilgrims on the Mayflower eating hard tack. Then imagine what the first Thanksgiving feast was like with a traditional Pilgrim Dinner. Ideas and recipes for an intentional Thanksgiving with your family.

Have you ever thought about why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Last year I read Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey. As I read through the history of the Pilgrims' voyage and first years in America, I was amazed at how little I remembered from school. I was fascinated to read about Scrooby Manor, Pastor John Robinson, the escape to Holland, the Mayflower, and so much more. I also spent a lot of Continue Reading

Simple Meal Planning Tips for the Holidays

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By contributing writer, Victoria The holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is coming up only to be followed by the busy Christmas season. While this time of year is definitely a wonderful season to enjoy celebrating all that God has blessed us with, including the birth of our Savior, it can also be a season where we are just plain busy. From school plays, concerts, church Continue Reading

A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families


I am very excited about a new resource from Oh Amanda! We have used Truth in the Tinsel curriculum for the past two Christmas seasons to teach our toddler the true meaning of Christmas, and we will be using it again this year. Truth in the Tinsel is rich with teaching that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. By using the curriculum's simple Bible reading, craft, and discussion prompts, Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Christmas Advent: Our 2013 Plan

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I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! Counting down to Christmas is a beautiful way to demonstrate to our children how the world was holding it's breath as it waited for the Messiah, waiting for the Savior of the world. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas with our little ones. This year my oldest will be nearly three years old. Continue Reading

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle Sale

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle

Please note this sale has ended, but we are leaving this page up in order for you to be able to access incredible resources for your homemaking needs! The books cannot be purchased in a bundle, but they can still be purchased individually. You're a homemaker if you do any of the following: Work with willing hands Provide food for your family Open your hand to the poor Reach out to the Continue Reading

What Life is Asking You to Memorize Today


We hear it often, "Jesus is the reason for the season." Though true, is not our stating this old memorized cliche not mere lip service in a lot of ways? It is easy to say, "Jesus is the reason for the season," only to continue with our long list of to dos, cookie baking, and gift wrapping. The truth is, we won't make Jesus the center of our celebrations if we don't intentionally prepare our Continue Reading

How to Avoid Christmas Stress

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This post is written by contributing writer, Jenni from Live Called. Sitting in her cozy home, Molly finishes writing out her shopping list to buy gifts for her loved ones. Outside the winter wind blows and she can almost hear the howls of discontentment from the slaves of commercialism. She shivers as she remembers the anxiety caused by Christmas shopping last year. "If only there was a way to Continue Reading

Show Yourself Mercy this Holiday Season

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This post is written by contributing writer, Kimberly from The Corner of Birch and Divine. Mercy: A compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power. A blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion. Compassionate treatment of those in distress. Source: It's that time of year again. The season that makes your palms Continue Reading