Did you know that an estimated 6,000,000 children in the United States lose a parent by the age of 18? That's a lot of young ones. Today is a day to remember these kids. It is Children's Grief Awareness Day, a national movement to bring awareness to grieving children's needs.
In Central Florida, New Hope For Kids has over 450 children in their grief program. They offer a supportive and caring environment for kids in their grief journey by giving them hope and healing. They also provide scholarships, holiday gifts, summer camps, and more.
Since kids and families are what Where Is Your Angel?™ is all about, we are proud to support New Hope for Kids for the 2nd year in a row. Tonight they have their annual walk called Hope for the Season. They will walk around Cranes Roost Park, wear blue, and hold a vigil for the loved ones they have lost. This is a special time in the healing journey for these families in the upcoming holiday season.
If you would like to donate an angel book set that comes with a plush angel to one of these kids, go to our website, www.whereisyourangel.com, enter the coupon code “donate” and we will deliver the book sets to New Hope For Kids on December 6th.
For more information on how you can help in other ways, go to www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org.
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We recently had the honor of being an invited guest speaker at a private school in central Florida to speak to their older students. I was asked to come in and talk to them about the writing process. The students were impressive, interactive, and engaged! They had some great ideas of what genre of books or materials they would like to write.
During our discussion, we talked about the 4 steps in the writing process. The two things you do before you pick up the pen, next steps to get the story cranking and characters developed, and then putting on the finishing touches. It was a great time. We were so glad to be there and share with these budding writers steps to get them on their way to success – whether it be a school paper or a story they write for the masses.
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Have you ever sat through a movie and at the end of it thought, "Can't get back those two hours."? Well, this weekend my family and I went to see a good family movie that is worth your time. In fact, at the end of the movie, everyone in the audience clapped.
We went to see Camp Hideout. An adventurous movie about kids at camp but with a twist. One of my children came back from a camp retreat recently so it seemed apropros for us to watch this movie.
Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc from the Back to the Future series, is one of the central figures in the movie. He played a very imposing character at the camp with a ferocious sidekick.
Kids of all ages will appreciate Camp Hideout as there are younger campers and older campers. This movie's main character, Noah, plays a kid who is in trouble and his last chance to redeem himself is by going to this camp. Little did Noah know, his wayward ways were going to catch up to him here. The antics amp up when this kids camp turns into a Home Alone type riotous act.
There are lessons about team work, acceptance, how appearances can be deceiving, friendship, and more. This is a good story with some points to ponder for family discussion. We give Camp Hideout three angel wings out of four.
To see the trailer and find a theater near you go here:
Camp Hideout | Official Website | September 15 2023
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On Saturday, we were honored to participate and be 1 of over 300 Brave Books' See You At The Library 2023 events. We were invited to read some of the books in their series at the Winter Park Library. After each reading, we engaged the kids in one of the activities found in the back of the books. It was a wonderful and well attended event where, at times, parents and kids were spilling out into the hallway.
Across the U.S., there were more than 300 libraries in 46 states where Brave Books story times took place. That's a lot of kiddos coming to story time!
If Brave Books aren't in your local library, reach out to your librarian and ask them to purchase them and place them on their shelves.
Where Is Your Angel?™ is proud to have an affiliate partnership with Brave Books.
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Kids rocker Mr. Richard, known and loved by those young and not as young, penned an angel song for us. We put pictures to the music and created Where Is Your Angel?™'s first music video!
This song just might be up for a Grammy with it's catchy tune. So tap your foot and sing along. This ditty may get stuck in your head.
If you've got your angel, grab him and dance along. Then forward this song.
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One thing that is a staple on our family's Easter menu every year is Resurrection Rolls.
Not only are these rolls yummy, but they tell a tale. Not just any tale, but THE story of why we celebrate Easter. Jesus is no longer in the tomb - He is alive!
The fun part about making these rolls is you can make them with your family. Kids of just about any age can help (and enjoy helping) make them.
Here is a quick video of how to make these rolls and add them to your Easter menu too. You will also see where to find the written menu on our Pinterest page.
Enjoy making, baking, and eating them!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green?
In honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, we have a divinely delightful poem for you to get you in the spirit of the day. See if you find some new facts you can share with a friend.
An Irish Angel Poem
by Evangeline B. White
Feeling green on this Irish Saint's day,
An angel came down from heaven to say,
"It's not about whiskey and beer,
and parades with flagrant cheer.
The day celebrates lives born anew,
With great hope for all, not just a few.
St. Patrick told of a love so divine.
The Irish turned from their sins and got in line.
He faced the Druids and their gods they threw down.
They worshipped Jesus in the hills and all through town.
A great revival in Ireland it was.
From a slave to an immigrant just because
Patrick found the love of a Savior.
That love so changed his behavior.
He travelled through Ireland to those who
made him a slave and told them he knew
the God who saw what they did but loved them too.
The Patron Saint of Ireland's heart had changed.
And his mission to tell others did not wane.
So now you know how it all came to be.
St. Patrick's Day's about changed hearts you see."
Before Patrick was a saint, he was an atheist. Through some divine dreams and circumstances, he became a Christian and was convicted to go back to Ireland. In the country that enslaved him, he told everyone of a Savior- Jesus- who saved his soul. Christianity spread because of his testimony. He started many churches, monasteries, and Christian towns in his newfound home of Ireland.
And the rest is history.
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On the 11th day of the 11th month of 1620, forty-one of the male passengers on the Mayflower drafted, agreed, and signed the Mayflower Compact before they left the ship.
Why did they need it and what was the Mayflower Compact?
When the Mayflower landed in the new world, there was "discontented and mutinous" talk among the non-Pilgrims. Originally, they set sail for the Virginia Colony. Since the Mayflower landed 200+ miles north of that colony, there were no governing laws in this portion of the new world.
To ensure civility they created, drafted, and signed the Mayflower Compact. This initial compact was an early and successful attempt at self-governance. (In fact it was so successful, it inspired our Founding Fathers as they drafted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.)
In the Compact, all agreed to self-govern under one civil body and create, enact, and abide by "just and equal laws" for the greater good; all would submit and obey the laws; and the purpose of the passengers in this new colony was to advance and live out the Christian faith.
We've come to our eleventh and last day of the last stanza of the Thanksgiving song! Here is the song in full, "On the eleventh day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully eleven 'hallelujahs', ten crops a growing, nine praying Pilgrims, eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
Make this your go-to Thanksgiving song. Sing it and share it with your family and friends so they can know the history of Thanksgiving too.
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Have you been enjoying our adventure with the Pilgrims and learning a new song for Thanksgiving?
Today our new verse is about one of the reasons the Pilgrims were so thankful - a bountiful harvest. On day two we learned about Squanto who was very helpful to the Pilgrims, including teaching them how to plant crops.
They were very good students. So good in fact that their crops yielded more than the Indians' crops! The Indians would even come to the Pilgrims and trade furs for food.
The students became the master. They grew beans, corn, squash, onions, peas, pumpkin, barley, oats, turnips, carrots and more.
Do you know what's really impressive about their farming skills? For many of them this was their first time farming. Some had experience, but most had not ever farmed or gardened. This was one reason they had to rejoice and give thanks to God for His blessings in the new world.
Our song of thanks is shaping up. Sing it loud as we add the tenth stanza, "On the tenth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully ten crops a growing, nine praying Pilgrims, eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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We know the Pilgrims came to the new world to worship God without persecution from the corrupt Church of England. They were also people of prayer.
The non-Puritan passengers didn't appreciate that the Pilgrims "kept the Sabbath." The Pilgrims refused to work on Sundays. Instead what they did was to gather together and sing songs to the Lord, read their Bibles, and devote themselves to prayer.
They remembered God's Sovereign hand upon them and all the prayers He had answered in big ways and small ways.
One prayer God answered in a miraculous way was in the middle of the Atlantic during a horrific storm. The main beam that supported the Mayflower had split and the vessel was about to be sunk. The Pilgrims cried out, "Yet Lord, Thou canst save!" While praying, one of the Pilgrims remembered a giant screw jack he had brought onboard. It was the perfect fit that saved the Mayflower and her passengers!
Think about this. Do you utilize a packing list prior to taking a trip? Is "giant random screw jack" on that list? It's not on my packing list either. Only God, peeps. Only God could providentially make sure that giant screw jack made it onboard.
The Pilgrims were people of prayer because the Lord they prayed to had ears to hear and a heart of lovingkindness.
Our ninth stanza is about prayer.
"On the ninth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully nine praying Pilgrims, eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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