Family Time Calendar: August 2013

August 2013 Family Time Calendar

August 2013 Family Time Calendar

DIY Tent for July 2013 Family Time

In this month’s Family Time devotion, we tell you about an easy way to make your child his or her very own tent/reading nook. Follow this link for the specifics on that project!

http://ana-white.com/2011/06/easy-kids-tent-reading-nook

Family Time Calendar: July 2013

Is it really almost July?!? Here’s this month’s Family Time Calendar, which focuses on God’s awesome creation.

July 2013 Family Time Calendar

 

July 2013 Family Time Calendar

May 2013 Family Time Calendar: Jesus Is Living Water

May 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the May 2013 Family Time Calendar here.

We would love to see pictures of your family using HomeLife’s Family Time devotional! Email us at homelife@lifeway.com.

April 2013 Family Time Calendar: April Fools!

April 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the April 2013 Family Time Calendar here. (No fooling!)

Do you have any fun ideas to surprise your family with for April Fool’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

March Family Time

We’re excited to have Family Time contributor Kelly Stewart guest blogging today! Check out some more of her tips for having a backwards-themed family night. 

Family nights are not a new concept. We began having themed family nights three years ago, as a way to be strategic and focused in spending time as a family, having fun and teaching God’s Word in a fresh way.  We knew they required planning and thought, communication and a willingness to go the extra mile.  We have had good nights, and even some stressful ones, but we have created an environment in our home that has our children eager for time together as a family.

Backwards Night

Backwards Family Night was our first official themed Family Night and it remains one that my children continue to talk about today. We made great memories due the amount of laughter we shared when we all came to dinner with our clothes on backward and stumbled around walking backwards. They also LOVED eating under the table but their absolute favorite thing was eating dessert first! This is an easy win for you as a parent because who doesn’t love eating dessert before your meal?

Backwards Night 2

The devotional in this month’s Family Time is based on Mark 9:35.  At this point in the life of Jesus, He was trying to prepare his disciples for his coming death and resurrection, yet they did not fully comprehend what He was telling them. The disciples were more concerned about who was the “greatest” among them.

“I’m greater!”

“No, I am greater! I walked closer to Jesus on our way through Galilee, He must like me more!”

After being caught by their Savior, He sits them down and gives them a new definition of what it means to be Great! He points out that those who are “great,” put others first and serve those around them.  What a reminder for us as parents of what it means to be “great” for our Savior, but also for our family.  Spending focused, intentional time, building your relationship with your children around God’s Word, may not always be easy or go the way your imagine in your mind, but it will build the foundation of “greatness” for your children. Take the time, put it on the calendar and have a fun night with your family. I can’t wait to hear about your night.

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Stewart Family

Jason & Kelly Stewart are the proud parents of four children and love to share fun family nights together. Jason has been on staff at LifePoint Church for nine years, and they are currently serving at their campus in the Seattle area. They are the creators of the ministry Family Muscle, which focuses on building strong families through strategic and intentional living.

Meet a HomeLife SUPER Family!

If you and your family are doing HomeLife’s Family Time devotions, we want to hear about it! Thanks to the Davis family for sharing their story. 

Davis Superheroes

After inconsistent, complicated family time devotions last year. My husband and I resolved for the new year to do something simple enough to do on a regular basis but still with an element of fun. God brought to my mind seeing some sort of calendar about a year ago in the Homelife magazine at the library.  I got online and found the January calendar with a daily Bible passage and discussion starter at www.lifeway.com/homelifeonline and printed it to use for dinner time devotions each night.  Simple and perfect! Then I realized it was connected to an article in the January 2013 magazine, so I went to the library and checked it out. There is a fun family time all planned out! Awesome! We had so much fun with our Super Hero night. Everyone was really creative with creating a costume. BAM! Our girls are 9 and 12 and we all loved it! We look forward to doing the family time each month. Thank you for these resources. Easy and fun…perfect family time devotions.

Kelley Davis

(A.K.A. Super Hero Name: Marvelous Maid)

P.S. Check out the scrapbook page the family made to document their Family Time:

Davis Superheroes 2

March 2013 Family Time Calendar: First Is Last

March 2013 Family Time Calendar

Download the March 2013 Family Time calendar here: March 2013 Family Time PDF

More Show Some Love Family Time Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Week! We hope you and your family are planning a fun February 2013 Family Time, if you haven’t had one already. Here are a few extra ideas to make your time special:

Tissue pom

1. Decorate with red, pink, and white tissue poms. They’re easy to make and inexpensive, but they make a big visual impact. Very festive! Check out a tutorial here: http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to Note: If you don’t have floral wire, yarn or kitchen twine will work.

2. Play Valentine’s tic-tac-toe. Xs and Os stand for kisses and hugs, so a few twists would make for an easy Family Time activity. Check out this free printable to use with candies: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2013/01/23/free-valentines-printable/ Or you could make this cute homemade tic-tac-toe board with construction paper and felt: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentine-craft-tic-tac-toe-hearts/

3. Make marshmallow pops for a sweet treat. My boys aren’t big fans of chocolate, so this would be a great option for us. Here’s a cute tutorial: http://www.applevalleygirl.blogspot.ca/2013/01/valentines-marshmallow-pops.html

4. Serve heart-shaped bacon. This tip is especially for HomeLife contributor Sophie Hudson, aka Boomama! :) If you go with a breakfast theme, you could serve this with heart-shaped pancakes and use cookie cutters to cut fruit into heart shapes (http://www.recipebyphoto.com/valentines-day-fruit/). Can’t picture what heart-shaped bacon looks like? Check this out: http://moneysavvymichelle.com/how-to-make-bacon-hearts/

5. Let love be a little messy. My boys may not be big into the hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day, but I’m SURE they would love to make this Valentine’s Slime. (Yes, slime!) Here’s a fun and messy activity using items you probably already have on hand: http://itsgravybaby.com/2012/02/how-to-make-slime-preschool-craft/

What fun activities or ideas do you have for your Show Some Love Family Time? We would love to hear your ideas. Share in the comments!

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Dawn Hollomon is a minister’s wife, mom to a preschooler and teenager adopted from Ethiopia, and the editor of HomeLife.

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Are you planning to do this month’s Show Some Love Family Time? (It’s not too late! See below for a PDF.)

One of my primary love languages is giving gifts, and I have one for you! To add a little more fun to your Family Time and to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away a copy of VeggieTales: Lettuce Love One Another!

VeggieTales Lettuce Love One Another

About the DVD:

VeggieTales: Lettuce Love One Another! includes three popular VeggieTales episodes—Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue, Abe and the Amazing Promise and King George and the Ducky—in addition to five brand-new “Bible Bits,” story shorts that demonstrate examples of giving and forgiving, helping, praying and sharing. Each episode in this collection helps teach a valuable lesson about love, whether it’s through honoring others when we help them, having patience or the importance of putting others first.

Download February’s Show Some Love Family Time here: February 2013 Family Time

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