Freebie Friday: Wake Up Your Soul

Here’s a nice ten-day plan to take life a little slower…I know that’s sometimes easier in the summer, so feel free to tuck this away for December.

This resource is from 10 / 10 Ministries, who also does counseling and retreats for ministry leaders.

Freebie Friday: Free Apps for Kids


I stumbled across this a while back, and we’ve gotten some really fun apps this way! Okay, so I save them up for travel days and then I say, “HEY, stop crying on airplanes, LOOK, it’s a NEW GAME.” The only catch is that they’re usually only free today, so get ’em downloading soon, since you know it’s going to take forever. (Can I get an amen?)

Happy Friday! You made it through the week!

Smart Apps for Kids Free App Friday




Friday Freebie: Printable Valentines


I don’t know where I learned about it, but someone got me hooked on Sermon Bingo as a kid. You’d write the alphabet in the margin of the bulletin vertically, and then you had to go through in order and try to fill in words from A to Z. (I always prayed for the minor prophets to be mentioned–they’re lousy with Z’s.)

If your kids are smaller, you might appreciate this week’s freebie: listening pages. Same idea, except they give you the words to listen for and you tally them up. She even had some for non-readers with pictures next to them…we might have to give that a try! I might even get out my laminator so I don’t have to print them every week…plus, who doesn’t love using Mom’s special pens?

You’ve got this, mama.

A Few Minutes for Mama: Coloring pages



I have a secret…I can’t draw. So whenever my kids want me to color with them, I kind of wince. I do it, I do draw. I can draw the sun…and flowers. That’s kind of my wheelhouse. But for Christmas, I bought myself an adult coloring book…and gee, that made coloring with the kiddos a lot more fun! (I even color without them sometimes…so I guess I have two secrets. Until now.)

As I learned at my burnout seminar, which you’ll be sick of hearing about soon enough, doing a little every day to care for yourself is the way to keep emotional distress at bay. So go color something already. Here’s some free printable coloring to get you started!

And if you don’t like these, there’s a bunch more on Pinterest.

You’ve got this, mama.