When my brother was a little kid he had a ton of freckles. The nurse told my mother the freckles were where angels kissed his face. If this is true the angels apparently thought he had kissable cheeks.
A similar story is told in, "What Kids Need Most In A Dad" by Tim Hansel. Here is Tim's story:
"I heard a story some years ago about a teenager who had a very obvious birthmark over much of his face. And yet, it didn't seem to bother him....He seemed to be in no way self-conscious about his very large birthmark...Finally, someone asked..., 'Are you aware of the fact that you have this large birthmark on your face?' He replied, 'Of course I am.' The young man smiled and said, 'When I was very young, my father started telling me that birthmark was there for two reasons: one, it was where the angel kissed me; two, the angel had done that so my father could always find me easily in a crowd.'"
What a touching story of a boy with perspective and an awareness of angels. My brother's angel kisses have almost all faded. But the reality of our need for His angels is ever present.
Keep sending us your angel pictures with your angel kissing your kids, or your dog, or their grandpa. We love getting your pictures!
Remember U.S. shipping rates are only $5.00 this month for your own angel book and watchman angel. Go to the "Shop Now" page and order yours today! Get your angel and get ready for our summer contest. Details to come next week.
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Do you ever use a cutting board and it shifts a little? In some kitchens, I have even seen cutting boards built into the countertops. You don't have to go that extreme to keep your cutting board stable. My husband taught me a trick that I want to share with you.
Yesterday another Mom and I were cutting watermelons. These were big clumsy watermelons. I put a washcloth underneath each cutting board and it made for ease of cutting. When you have a sharp knife in your hand the last thing you want is to slip and miss your food and cut your finger instead. It made a difference putting a washcloth or hand towel under the cutting boards.
So next time you take out your cutting board, put your dishcloth down first then your cutting board on top. You'll be surprised how well it works!
#safecutting #cuttingboardtip #whereisyourangel #angelbooksforkids #kidsbooks #angelwatchingoverme #safetyangel
We have a plethora of books in our home. In fact probably more books than toys. My kids are book junkies. They are constantly looking at or reading books. We still read books together even though they can read on their own. I came across this quote by Strickland Gillilan who was an American poet and humorist in the early 1900s. He wrote a very popular poem titled The Reading Mother. This is the last stanza of that poem:
"You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a Mother who read to me."
When we sit with our children curled up in a book it is one of the greatest gifts a mother (or father) can give to their children. Give a gift that keeps on giving - a lifelong love of reading and fond memories pored over books.
Remember, for the whole month of May we have a shipping special. Order one or both of our books and it ships for only $5! Go to "Shop Now" and order your angel book/s with your own plush watchman angel!
#happyreading #mothersandreading #childrensangelbooks #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #angelbooksforkids #readtogether #watchmanangel
Moms and angels. Do the two go together? Some people would say, "Absolutely"! In honor of Mother's Day weekend, here are some tips for treating the Moms in your lives special:
1. Let them sleep in. When our kids were little (4 and younger) one of my friends who also had young ones said, "Sleep is the new sex." Or to put it more discreetly, "Sleep is the new s--." I was talking to someone this morning and they said "sleep" was in the top 10 of what Moms want. So turn the alarm clock off and have a happier Momma!
2.Flowers brighten up any day. Sans allergies, giving flowers to your Mom is a long term reminder of your love for her.
3. Get her angel jewelry. This one of our favorites here at Where Is Your Angel?™ When she wears it she can know that Someone bigger than her is watching over her.
4. A homemade heartfelt card. This is one of my personal favorites. When I see one of my kiddos hand made cards that say, "I love you Mommy!" my heart melts.
5. Do the dishes. My love language is "acts of service." So when someone does something for me (i.e. a chore) that has LOVE written all over it!
6. The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach. Especially if she doesn't have to clean up after dinner! Take her out to a favorite restaurant or cook her favorite meal. You will be catering to more than one of her senses.
There are many ways to make your Mother's Day special. Even just being there investing time into your relationship. Once I heard someone say the way you spell "love" is t-i-m-e.
Happy Mother's Day!
#happymothersday #mothersarespecial #angels #whereisyourangel #childrensbooks #angelwatchingoverme #kidsangelbook
Recently my husband and I were talking about how splintered our families of origin are. We have a lot of family nearby but we don't see some of them very often outside of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a special holiday. Everyone's busy and going in their own direction. So we made the decision to start hosting Sunday Suppers once every 4-6 weeks (outside of holidays).
We both have fond memories of going to our grandparents' houses on Sundays and having supper. We thought it would be great for our kids and our extended family to replicate that on a more regular basis. It will remind us that family is important and that healthy relationships require invested time.
In this "connected" world of dis-connect we need to reconnect. No false hopes. No hyper expectations. No casting judgment if someone can't come - or chooses not to come. Just an open invitation with a promise to have a seat at the table.
How can you foster relationships that make America great again? Drop us a line and let us know.
#sundaysuppers #greatagain #childrensbook #angelbookforkids #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #healthyrelationships #family
Looking for something delicious and easy to make for dinner? Have we got a recipe for you! We tried this one a week or two ago. Several families loved it. My family even scraped the bottom of the dish! I knew it had to be shared with you all. It's a twist to Chicken Cordon Bleu. You don't have to wrap anything and it's pretty tasty. Here's the recipe with some helpful tips too:
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
2 c. diced ham (we had ham slices and I slivered and cut up the ham slices)
3-4 c. diced cooked chicken
(I just so happened to have extra chicken breasts so I cooked off a bunch of chicken with garlic. Then divided the cooked chicken in ½ for different dinners. The cubed garlic chicken was wonderful in this dish! The recipe calls for 4 c. but I used 3 c. and it worked for us.)
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
(you can use Swiss cheese slices placed on top or Sargento has a delicious shredded Swiss & Gruyere cheese combo that I used)
1 c. chopped onion (sweet, yellow, or vidalia)
1/3 c. butter (you will need more butter for the crust)
1/3 c. flour
1/8 t. mustard (use dijon or spicy brown)
1/8 t. nutmeg
1 ¾ c. milk
½ c. bread crumbs
½ c. shredded swiss cheese
¼ c. butter
Preheat oven to 350. (We were a little short on time so I cranked it to 375 and shortened the baking time to 20 minutes.)
Grease or spray bottom of baking dish.
Add to dish, diced chicken and ham. You can layer it if you like. One layer chicken, one layer ham. I mixed the chicken and ham together then put them on the bottom of the dish.
In a separate bowl mix chopped onion, butter, flour, and milk together. Stir until well blended.
Pour mixture over chicken and ham.
In another bowl mix together bread crumbs, cheese, and butter.
Evenly distribute crust on casserole.
Cook uncovered (yes, uncovered!) for 30 minutes.
This is one that we will make again and again. Share with us some of your recipes and be sure to check out our Pinterest page that has over 400 recipes. Pick out an angel food cake recipe for dessert!
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#whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #dinner #leftovers
We are having a special this month for anyone who wants to start their angel's mission. All month long, for the month of May, we will have $5 shipping on all books. This is to kick off our first ever Angel Summer Photo Contest that will start in June. So get your angel book set, register, read, and take photos of all the things you do with your angel.
Next month we will announce the details of the Angel Summer Photo Contest. But you can probably guess it involves an angel and a camera. Happy posing!
#angelphoto #childrensbook #kidsangelbook #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #summerphotocontest #angelsummer #angelbook
The psychologist who consulted on the movie "Inside Out" describes awe as, "the feeling of being in the presence of something vast or beyond human scale, that transcends our current understanding of things."
It is easy to get caught up in the busyness our fast-paced-at-our-fingertips world that we miss the "awe moments." The birds singing that beacons the start of a new day. What are they singing about? Their dreams from the night before? Or are they doing a neighborhood role call to make sure everyone's accounted for? Just the fact that different birds can be identified by their songs is pretty awesome.
That teenager that irritates you now had you in awe the first time you held them in your arms. Just the psychology and physiology of how their bodies and brains are developing is awesome.
Seeking the "awe" in our lives makes us more appreciative. This makes us happier, which in turn makes us healthier. A great cycle to be on, right?
How can you get your "awe" back or become more "awe" aware in life? Pause. Reflect. Research. Renew.
I remember going to the Grand Canyon and it took my breath away it was soo awesome. Our church used to sing, "I Stand In Awe of You." It's so true. If you look around at the majestic trees. Reflect on how big the sky is. Research how things work or the Scriptures. Renew your mind with a fresh perspective. It will be awesome. You will be in awe. More awe = more good things. More good things = a life that is being lived well.
#angelsareawesome #childrensbook #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #istandinawe #aweinspiring #kidsbookonangels #peaceloveangels
We've added more to our website just for you! Under the "Kids" page of the website we have added 6 more fun activities to the "Printable Activities" section.
There is a "Missing Letters", "Unscramble the Code", "Scene Change!", "Angel Scavenger Hunt", "Hidden Angels", and "Angels Everywhere!" pages for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. Some of them are pretty tough. It took me a while to find that last missing angel.
We have a few more fun activities in the works that we will be adding in June. Until then, enjoy the over a dozen fun-filled angel activities to sharpen the mind and increase the bond with your kiddos.
#angelactivities #childrensbooks #angelbook #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #kidsbooks
As a mother to young kids we have messes. Everywhere. All the time. Even after they clean their room and clean their bathroom and clean up after themselves around the house. The clean just doesn't last very long. My husband calls it the “lived in look.” I concur. One day our kids will grow up, become adults, and move out. I imagine we will have less messes then.
Right now as I look around the house, I see stuffed animals strewn around on the bedroom floor. That means in “stuffed animal land” a fight or an adventure took place. In the living room books are left on the couch. That means my kids were diving into a story, learning vocabulary, and being introduced to something new. On the dining room table I see the Dinner Games left out. That means they don't want to forget them so we can deepen our relationships around the dinner table. In the bathroom are dirty socks on the floor and toothpaste in the sink. This means they remembered to take off their socks before getting into the shower and that at least some of the toothpaste made it in their mouths. Yes, there are messes all around my house...but not all of the time. Nor will it be like this for all time. I find the magic in the messes and adore the hot messes that made them.
#childrensbooks #kidsbooks #messes #angels #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #angelbooks #mom