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Coaching Basketball.

We are about to set foot on a new adventure - coaching our son's basketball team. Well, I say 'we', but really it's my DH that will be coaching. I'll probably be the organizer, the #1 encourager, and the one managing the other kids on the sideline. But since I'm the researcher, I decided to look around the internet for some resources for volunteer coaches. Most of the sites I found were pretty sales-oriented, but I found one that looked really good. If you're in charge of coaching a basketball team this winter, check out Break Through Basketball's resources.

Or if YOU have great advice for coaching 7-8 year old boys, we'd love to hear it!

Yummy Recipes.

I love Halloween treats!

My friend Michelle just found a great online list of the best-of-the-best homemade Halloween treats, and she wanted to share it with you.

Check out this list of 50 ideas at Blisstree. Here are some of her ideas that my kids will love exploring:

Pizza Mummies
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pecan Caramel Spiders
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin Pie Pizza Cookie
Halloween Rice Crispy Treats
Hot Buttered Cider
Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds
Turtle Corn
Caramel Nut Popcorn
Pumpkin Fudge
Cheese Pumpkins

Sharing Baby Clothes With Needy Families.

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Strick’s Gift is a new non-profit organization dedicated to helping newborns in need in Nashville, Tennessee. While many children are born to families who have the means to provide plenty in terms of clothes, blankets and bedding, many other families are unable to afford these necessary items. Strick’s Gift is a way to bridge this need.

Strick’s Gift is dedicated to the memory of and was founded in honor of our first son, Strick. We want to celebrate life and welcome with joy the babies that make it to this world safely. Our objective is to collect and pass along gently used and new infant clothing (premature to 12 months), blankets, burp cloths and bibs to underprivileged newborns in Nashville.

Currently, Strick’s Gift is working with Baptist Hospital, Vanderbilt Hospital Medical Center, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and another great organization in town, Nurses for Newborns (www.nfnf.org). We collect donations of gently used and new infant clothing, blankets, burp cloths and bibs a…

Parenting Boot Camp - Generation Cedar.

My friend Angie really enjoys reading the Generation Cedar blog, so she shared several of her favorite posts. As I start reading them, I thought I would also share them with you:

Early Child Training
Raising Children to Know God in the Moment
Do You Have the Hearts of Your Children?
Handling Sibling Disputes
Important Things for Mothers…
Take My Life
Courtship: Preparing Sons

Generation Cedar's goal is "to equip and strengthen Christian families, knowing that strong families make a strong nation... Our title, Generation Cedar, taken from Psalm 92:12, is meant to represent a new generation…one that is rooted in Christ for life, extending to the next generations."

Smores - All the Yum, Much Less Mess!

We had a campfire with friends last week, and we learned a whole new way to make smores - without all the mess and juggling! Angie & Steve bought chocolate covered graham crackers (in the cookie aisle) to sandwich the toasted marshmallows. It worked SO much better than the traditional smores, and it was just as yummy. I think I even liked them more, because there was extra chocolate!

"My 7-yr old says, on a 1-100 scale, the chocolate flavored cookie smores were 99, and the regular smores were 95 or 85." That's a good testimony!

A Fun Measuring Game.

I just sent my boys on a scavenger hunt with measuring tape. My 4-yr old tired quickly, but my 7-year old had a lot of fun hunting for the items. I gave them a sheet of paper with the following measurements:

10 inches: ____________
20 inches: ____________
5 inches: ____________
15 inches: ____________
25 inches: ____________
8 inches: ____________
3 inches: ____________

They filled in the blanks with everything from the desk, to the rocking chair, to a play airplane, to my son's leg!

You could adapt this to the classroom by using a ruler and measuring in centimeters instead of inches.

Easy & educational fun!

Great Ideas Shared by Moms

How Diapers and Dishes Will Change the World from Generation Cedar - wow, a must-read for moms!

Simple Home Decorating on A Budget from Passionate Homemaking - she talks about how our home is an embassy for God, and how to make others feel welcome.

FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils from Faithful Provisions - for pumpkin carving with your neighbors

The Best-Kept Secret to a Clean Home from simple mom - great trick to follow!

Fall Tradition ideas from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - very cute ideas

My Prayer Walk from Women Living Well Blog - I love this idea!

Giving Your Children a Global Perspective from simple mom - I especially like this, as so many of our friends are adopting children from other countries.

Expressing Your Family Identity in a Whole New Way from Our Busy Family Life - very cute!



Parenting Boot Camp - Raising Godly Tomatoes

Some of our dear friends came to visit from Arizona this week. Angie & Steve have 5 little ones, ages 15 months - 7 years. They opened up their hearts to share some of things they've been learning about childrearing and parenting. We felt like empty sponges absorbing the wisdom they've been gathering from Godly families around the country.





Raising Godly Tomatoes, by Elizabeth Krueger, is the first book I'll share from their library. Angie brought it with her to reread, but instead she shared it with me for the week. Reading it, coupled with watching their family training/discipline, has greatly inspired and equipped us on our parenting journey.

The book is full of practical ideas, stories for how child training really works, and lots of encouraging scriptures.

You can actually read a lot of the book on her website , but I think you'll want to order a copy for yourself, so you can highlight all the pearls of wisdom that you want to remember. I ordered 2 copies toda…

Free Recipes from Popular Restaurants

Looking for good recipes? There is a free copycat cookbook available online with recipes from Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, TGI Fridays, Cracker Barrel, Applebees... You can get your free copy here.

(Thanks to Faithful Provisions for sharing this link with me!)