We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


If you’re reading, may we wish you a Merry Christmas. May the true reason for today’s celebration be evident in your home and meaningful to your heart.

We’ll be back in one short week. Until then, we pray blessings over your day and all the days to come.
Merry Christmas!

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

~ I Timothy 3:16

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Celebrating the True Meaning of Easter!

CG_Easter_logoAside from Christmas, Easter is the most significant holiday for Christians. This is more than just an opportunity collect eggs, wear cute bunny ears, and hoard candy. Easter is amazing, redeeming grace. For our family, this is a time to put aside outside responsibilities and simply focus on the true meaning of this holy week. From this Sunday till next, we will focus on all things Easter.

It is our desire to use this week not only for encouraging our family, but to learn from yours! Join us as we focus on the true meaning of this special holiday. We hope to share some of our favorite games, activities, crafts, and recipes which all point towards Christ and His love for us.

Easter Fun: Easter Week Begins
Easter Fun: Resurrection Eggs
Easter Fun: Books
Easter Fun: Egg Decorating
Easter Fun: Resurrection Garden
Easter Fun: Resurrection Rolls

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,”
~ John 11:25

Time to Chime In! : What is your family’s favorite homeschool resource for learning the true meaning of Easter?

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Buying a Memory

Buying_MemoryIt’s the little things you remember. The twinkling of lights, the smell of wood burning, the taste of hot chocolate and donuts. You remember tradition deeply rooted in family. Such a simple thing which takes on enormous meaning. It all started with an ornament…

The first Christmas our children were born they received a beautiful ornament commemorating the occasion. Each child received a different ornament: a rocking horse, a baby shoe, and a nutcracker; all sterling silver and engraved with their names. While most parents stop after the first Christmas, we kept going.

At the beginning of each Christmas season, our family begins the search for this year’s ornaments. Each of our children pick an ornament that is completely their own and unique to their personalities. No two ornaments are ever the same and no pressure is permitted; they are free to choose whichever ornament suits them.

Besides having a personalized and unique Christmas Tree, this helps our children feel included in all the decorating fun. My reasons are meaningful and steeped in family.

The goal is for each of our children to have a large collection of ornaments that have sentimental value. Each year we will keep adding to the collection until they are married. Their wedding present from us will be their large box of Christmas ornaments. (I can’t imagine a better way to start your first Christmas off right, than to open a large box of ornaments and to share with your new spouse all the wonderful memories that surround each one.)

Each ornament has a different story, prompts a new memory for them. Each decoration a reminder of family, tradition, and love. This is more than a collection of shiny balls, it is a remembrance of Christmas past and of blessings brought into our lives.

This has become a much-anticipated holiday tradition, one we celebrate fully. This year will be no different. Our family will excitedly pack into the car and head to some of our favorite shops. We will hem and haw, think and then think some more. (It takes us quite some time; this is no simple project to tackle.) Finally, all of our children will find ornaments that embody their own style and personality. We will rush home to put them on the tree and, once again, admire how each of our children are so different and yet complement each other beautifully.

With Christmas right around the corner, the kids are anxiously awaiting this year’s ornament expedition. It’s time to head out into the cold and buy yet another memory. One, prayerfully, our children will remember forever.

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Easter Fun: Resurrection Eggs

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!


There’s nothing like an egg hunt. We adults have fun hiding them in the most obscure of places and the kiddos enjoy the hunt. What makes an egg hunt even more memorable? When it has a purpose!

Each year, for as long as I can remember, we have unearthed our special box of eggs reserved only for Easter; Resurrection Eggs. Twelve, little ovum filled with objects to help better understand the resurrection story; our kids’ eyes light up the minute they spy the box.

Resurrection Eggs

When our children were especially little, we would hide the eggs and the kids would find them. Now, we take turns hiding and finding; alternating between all the kiddos and us adults. After the initial finding, we sit down to go through the resurrection story and remind our children of the importance of this holy week.

Each night, for eight days straight, we go through this tradition. We hide, we find, and we retell the story. Each night we make a point of finding new aspects of the story to bring forth, new insight for the children to glean.

The Resurrection Eggs kit comes with a handy booklet to help direct your family through the retelling of the resurrection story. You are led through each of the various, colored eggs and given verses to read through as well. Unbeknownst to most of us, in the back of the book is an additional list of ideas for you to work with! If your family has outgrown those initial twelve eggs, several more are suggested for you to create together. Each additional egg adds more detail to the story and further develops the resurrection story.

Resurrection Eggs (close-up)I think our family is just about ready to advance to the next step! Easter week has just begun and this would be a lovely project to work on together. Let’s see how many more ‘Resurrection Eggs’ we can add to our collection.

If you could only add five additional ‘Resurrection Eggs’ to the collection, which would you choose? Why do you think they are the most significant?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” – John 11:25

Let’s Take a Break

Hello, FriendHave you noticed that holiday breaks really don’t seem like much of a break? I mean, sure, we aren’t doing any home schooling, but that doesn’t mean we are necessarily relaxing either.

I thought we would get at least a few days this week to just sit back and relax, but nope. Each day this week is full of fun and needed things to do.

Today quickly flew by, having been filled with cleaning, organizing, food prepping, and running errands. Before I knew it, the bulk of my day was gone!

Perhaps tomorrow, before the food and fellowship, we will find a few minutes to simply kick up our feet and relax.

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday is calm and restful; that amidst the chaos, you find a moment to simply breathe and enjoy the day for what it is… thanksgiving.