Friday, December 15, 2017

The Miracle Season - Upcoming Film

I want to share with you about an upcoming movie, The Miracle Season.  It is produced by LD Entertainment which brought us Risen and Soul Surfer.  This film stars Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh.

This film is based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls' volleyball team.  After the tragic death of the school's star player, the remaining players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.  The Miracle Season will release in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!

Check out the trailer below and remember to be on the look out for this film next April!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

B and D's Disney Themed Birthday Party

We celebrated D's 8th and B's 12th Birthdays last weekend with a general Disney themed party.  Our kids have been so excited to talk all about Disney characters ever since we returned from our epic September trip which included a visit to Disneyland so the girls were in agreement that they wanted a Disney party!  I still need to blog about that trip because it was outrageously fun!  Enjoy the party photos and Happy Birthday girls - we love our December babies!

D's strawberry flavored Dory cake

D with her cake - 8 is great!

B's delicious chocolate Minnie and Mickey cake that she helped decorate.

Top view

B helping to put in her birthday candles.

My parents bought out a flower store so there were so many amazing fresh flowers throughout the party!

I purchased a bag of party props and they were so much fun to take pictures with.

D loved the ruby red lips.

Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob

D and Blaire


 And my favorite group shot of the party.  You should zoom in on this one - it's awesome!

Hope you are having a fabulous December!  I am almost done with my Christmas shopping...almost!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Snow in Texas

Our Snowy Roof

It snowed today and my kids were more than thrilled, especially B.  She loves her birthday eve present.  It's pretty funny because 12 years ago David and I were headed to the hospital in the middle of an ice storm and then it snowed after she was born - memories.

Baby G right when it began to snow, you can see a few flurries in his hair.

C and G with Stevie dog in the background

Our snowy bushes

B was out there the most, of course!

 A enjoying hot chocolate weather!

 It doesn't snow much in Texas so when it does it always makes for a fun day.  Wherever you are stay safe!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Let The Little Children Come Gospel Tracts

Have you heard of Let The Little Children Come?  I had never heard of them before this campaign but I am so glad that I know about them now.  Let The Little Children Come aims to provide effective gospel tracts and evangelism tools and resources for children.  It is their hope that these tools and resources will help convey the gospel message to children in an engaging way.  The tracts are specially designed to capture and hold the attention of children from the core message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  These tracts can be used in Sunday School, VBS, outreach programs, etc.  They are also designed to be easy for children to understand and share with their friends.

We received a sampler pack that contained 10 Gospel Tracts and Evangelism tools.  Our pack included a John 3:16 Animated Tract, a Gospel Button FlipAbout, the Most Amazing House Pop-Up Tract, a Wordless Bracelet Kit, the True Story of Christmas Animated Tract, The Lost Easter Egg Pop-Up Tract, a John 3:16 FlipAbout, a Silicone Salvation Bracelet, a Where's Everybody Going? Animated Tract, and a Wordless Book.

Wordless Bracelet Kit

 A had no trouble at all putting this together.  My kids are very familiar with the concept of the gospel in terms of yellow, black, red, white and green so they understood this bracelet right away!

The Silicone Salvation bracelet is the same concept.

As well as the Wordless Book - a book of only colored pages and no words.

A taught us how to use our FlipAbout books.  Once you get the hang of it, they are very easy to use!

Gospel Button FlipAbout

 The Most Amazing House PopUp Tract

D reading The Lost Easter Egg PopUp Tract

 C enjoying the PopUp tracts

My children have really enjoyed the entire contents of this sampler pack but the stars of the pack for them were the animated gospel tracts.  They have never really seen tracts like these and they thought the motion pictures were pretty amazing - they kept saying, "Wow!"

Where's Everybody Going? Animated Tract

D reading through this tract

Each of the animated tracts come with a striped plastic sheet.  You simply place the striped plastic sheet over the cover of the tract and slowly slide it from left to right and the image will begin to move.  You continue using the plastic sheet throughout the book on the other animations provided.  As you read through the tracts you have motion pictures to go with them.  My kids loved them and so will every other kid on the planet!  These are awesome.  We cannot wait to share our goodies the next time our small group meets.  We want to see what all the other kids think of these fun tools.  My kids are excited to share the content with their friends and that is a huge win!

You can purchase your own sampler packs here.

Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our New Family Honor Plate

I have a fun product to tell you about, the Family Honor Plate with Table Thyme Discussion Cards.  The Family Honor Plate starts as a DIY ceramics-painting project that you get to create and bake at home.  After completing your plate it turns into a fun family tradition and parenting tool used to raise your kids in the fruits of the Holy Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22.  The fun questions for the Table Thyme Discussion Cards take conversations to a deeper level and help teach everyone in the family how to articulate and share in special memories together.  This is a fun way for children to learn speech skills that will come in handy throughout their lives.

Here is our blank Family Honor Plate right out of the box.

Also included in this set are 3 paint brushes of varies sizes, painter's palette, 8 paint pots (black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and white), a plate stand, and 7 discussion starters.

The first thing we did was apply tape to mark off areas that we wanted to remain white.

After marking off our sections we placed star stickers on the remaining sections that we were going to paint, we wanted to create white stars within these sections.

Then we began to paint each section as a family.

 A went first and chose to make her section blue.

D went next creating a purple section.

E followed her by making a red section.

A closer view...

F followed her with green.

C made an orange section.

B created a yellow section.

Another view

A mixed together red and white to create pink and added a pink section.  And D followed her with another purple section.

We allowed our sections to dry.

Then we removed the red tape.

One last piece of tape...

Our plate after removing all the tape.

Then we removed all the star stickers.  We used a toothpick to help us remove them and clean up the edges - it worked perfectly.

Our plate after removing all the star stickers.

We decided to fill in the white section with fun designs in black paint.

Our plate drying.

 Finally we baked our plate as instructed.

 The Cummins Family Honor Plate

 The kids and our new plate!  I love how it turned out.

D right away noticed the fruits of the Spirit written on the front of the plate, she even began singing a fruits of the Spirit song that she knows.  Now, David and I have a great tool to use to show the kids that we notice and appreciate when they show good character.  We have even encouraged the kids to nominate each other when they see good character being displayed.  I look forward to creating many memories with our Family Honor Plate.

Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Another fun product created by the same company is Table Thyme Discussion Cards.  The Family Honor Plate includes 7 discussion starters or a sampler of the Table Thyme Discussion Cards.  These cards are designed to help your family share about everyday and unique topics.  Your family will learn how to communicate and articulate and share special memories with each other as well as how to voice their opinion.  We enjoyed using our discussion starter cards tonight during dinner.  I love that my kids are continuing to learn to listen to each other as well as share new things about themselves.  All the questions are followed with a Why? to dig deeper into thoughts and experiences.  This is easy for some of my children but much more challenging for others.  I really like that this is a skill that we can continue to practice together as a family as my kids gain confidence in who they are and how to communicate with others.

You can purchase your own Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards or give one as a gift at their on-line store.  When you purchase 3 or more you will receive a discount!  Be sure to check out the video below which walks you through the Family Honor Plate.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to FlyBy and Family Honor Plate for selecting me for this campaign.  As part of this campaign my family received our own Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% my own.