Creation Debate Rehashing

As I’m sure many of you watched the debate hosted at the Creation Museum on Tuesday (starring Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham), I thought it might be helpful to round up some of the viewpoints on the outcome here at ParentLife.

If you want to watch the debate, you can see it on YouTube.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you planning to make any resolutions this year? It seems that we always make them with the best of intentions, but our resolve seems to wear off within a few weeks. This year, I challenge you to make one resolution and stick to it. Here are some suggestions:

1. Read your Bible daily.
2. Pray with your kids and your spouse daily.
3. Make your family’s health a priority.
4. Spend 5 minutes with each of your children on an individual basis every day.
5. Say one affirming statement to every member of your family every day.

So, let’s hear it. What’s your one resolution this year?

Merry Christmas!

“But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.’ – Luke 2:10-11

The ParentLife staff wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Traditions

I’m so looking forward to going to Christmas Eve services at church with my family tonight. When we get home, my daughters will open a new pair of pajamas and then we will read some of the Christmas story before sending them to bed. Tonight is probably my favorite part of Christmas – the anticipation of what tomorrow will bring and the remembrance of the little baby that was born to save us all.

I would love to hear the traditions your family will be enjoying today!

Giveaway: Bible Drill App


See information for giveaway at the bottom of the post!

A new Bible Drill app has been developed by the Georgia Baptist Convention which will help students and their leaders study God’s Word on their tablets or smartphones.

Developed as a general discipleship tool for children, students, adults, and families, the app allows drillers to review books of the Bible and current verses through different activity and study options, according to Maria Brannen, State Missionary in Discipleship/Spiritual Renewal.

“Kids are digital natives and this is a great way for them to have an opportunity for study at home during the week,” Brannen said.
The app provides a tool for children, youth, and high school drillers to study in a variety of styles the Scriptures they are memorizing. It includes options such as a bubble game, flash cards, a Scripture memory game, and pick-a-verse. The app is pre-loaded with three translations used by Bible Drillers—King James Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, and English Standard Version. Students and adults also have the option to share a verse they are learning via social media.

Because it is not specific to Georgia’s Bible Drillers, anyone can download the app for 99 cents in the iTunes store. “It’s a great home study tool where students can learn even if no one else is around,” Brannen commented. “We hope to have a whole new generation of children who will have a passion for studying God’s Word.”

Brannen said that the app can also be used by Christian parents who want their children to memorize Scripture, facilitating a faith connection at home where activities can be done as a family. The app can also be used as a learning activity on an iPad in Bible Drill classrooms at church.

We have three of these to giveaway to ParentLife readers! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. Giveaway will end on Friday December 20th!

DIY Snow Globes

Make a cute snow globe to enjoy with your kiddos through the winter.

Supplies needed:
clear jar with lid
distilled water
small bottle brush tree
sand paper
glycerin (optional)

Make sure the jar is clean and dry. Lightly sand underside of jar lid. Use the epoxy to attach the base of the tree to the sanded area. Fill the jar almost full with water. Add about one teaspoon of glitter. Put a bead of epoxy on inside rim of jar lid and attach lid securely. Shake and enjoy! Tip: Adding a tiny drop of liquid glycerin (found at most pharmacies or craft stores) to the water keeps the glitter from falling too quickly and creating a more snowy effect.

Kids Say the Funniest Things

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She Gives Me Courage by Ellen Stumbo

As soon as we walked into the dental office I knew we would be in for quite the experience. My youngest daughter -who has Down syndrome – also has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). While there are many kids that struggle at the dentist, take a kid with SPD and you take “difficult” to a new level.

She had two cavities. We also recognized getting those cavities taken care of at the dentist’s office wasn’t going to happen. The solution? Dental work under general anesthesia at the hospital.

Think about that for a minute, a surgical protocol just to get teeth cleaned, X-rays redone, and her cavities fixed.

The morning of the appointment, the anesthesiologist came to talk to us about procedure. We discussed the sedative they give so that kids get drowsy and don’t remember. I brought up the fact that at the Children’s hospital they wouldn’t give that to her, because kids with Down syndrome have low muscle tone, and it can compromise their airway. He said he wasn’t concerned about it, I asked how many kids with Down syndrome they see on a regular basis. I also asked him what steps he would take if her airway did indeed collapse, and I asked about her neck positioning.

I’ve come a long way. When my daughter was first born, I was bullied by a nurse. She’d given me false information, she treated me like I knew nothing about Down syndrome or my daughter. That experience changed me. The nice pastor’s wife was going to raise her voice once in a while. Just don’t mess with my kids. So I learned to come in with research to back up everything I brought up, and soon I was educating the nurse, and teaching her a thing or two about Down syndrome.

And here I was, six years later, asking questions about my child’s safety and emotional well being. The anesthesiologist looked at me like I had two heads, but he answered my questions, and I felt comfortable with a decision we reached together.

And that is when I realized that my daughter has changed me. She’s turned me into this woman that has courage she never knew was there. Willing to stand up to medical professionals, and hold her ground. And maybe that is who we become as mothers, we become courageous, because we realized that we have to stand up for someone else, and we lay down our lives for them.

Ellen Stumbo Head ShotEllen Stumbo is a writer and speaker. She is the mother of three daughters: Ellie; Nichole, who has Down syndrome; and Nina, who was adopted and also has special needs. She is wife to Andy, a pastor. Visit her at

Giveaway: The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids


What kind of fruit did Eve take from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? A. pear; B. apple; C. we don’t know.

What did Jesus serve the disciples for breakfast? A. fruit and cereal, B. fish and bread; C. manna and quail.

Learn a little Bible trivia while learning more about God’s message within the Bible. This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read.

This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily. They can also use their knowledge to test family members each day. [The answers to the questions above are C. we don’t know and B. fish and bread.]

If you would like to win a copy for your family, enter through the form below (contest only open to residents of the U.S.).

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Possessions Problem by Jessie Weaver

The past few weeks I’ve been mediating a (very small) group of women as we walk through Jen Hatmaker’s Bible study The 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess. This week our study was on possessions, with an emphasis on giving away some of what we have. Jen especially recommends finding those who actually need what you have, not just doing a mass donation to a thrift store – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

We’ve already attacked the clothing problem, which is a big one for me when it comes to my kids. My first donation was to a family who needed boys’ clothes for twins who wear the same size as my David. I literally had twice as much clothing as he could wear. It’s taken some new self-control to not peruse the racks for my daughter given the change in season – I love finding a deal on little girls’ clothes. But those deals add up. And as Hatmaker points out, it’s money that can be spent well in other places instead of us buying into the lie that our kids and ourselves need to look perfect at all times to be an important member of society (or something like that).

But other than clothes, I didn’t really think I had a possessions problem. We’ve lived in 5 different homes in 9 years of marriage, and each time we move I end up donating boxes of items. We live in a small apartment and just don’t have a ton of space, so – compared to many – we don’t have a lot of stuff. They key word there is “compared.”

It’s easy to defend your choices when you compare them to others. But when you compare them to God’s outline? It’s a different story.

I thought it would be hard to match the items I wanted to donate with people in my city who needed them. But by clicking here and there on Google and Facebook, I’ve found organizations who help those in need and without homes. I’ve seen personal pleas from families who won’t have heat this winter or don’t have clothing for their infants.

Compared to many, we don’t have much? Compared to the standards God upholds, I have everything I need and plenty more to give.

Clearing out stuff is not that hard. Refusing to buy new stuff is the difficult part. Choosing to put funds and work toward those who really need it, that is God’s way. The path I hope to choose in the future.

“The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker, but one who is kind to the needy honors Him.” Proverbs 14:31 HCSB


When Jessie Weaver is not busy being the resident ParentLife Blogger, she writes at Vanderbilt Wife and also for magazines like HomeLife and ParentLife. She lives in Chattanooga with her husband, where they run after three kids under 5.