This week marks Holy Week - the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Are you looking for something meaningful to commemorate this time? Last night our family lit candles and put them in the shape of a cross. Each night we will light one less candle out until Friday when there are no more to light.
This Wednesday is Passover. It's the day Jews remember their deliverance from Egypt by putting the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their homes. This act caused the destroyer to pass over their houses and bring them no harm. Maundy Thursday marks the day Jesus was crucified. Good Friday is the traditional Jewish Sabbath. And Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is this Sunday!
For our candle cross we used tea lights. Something simple and nothing fancy. Our kids are on a rotating schedule to blow the candles out each night, which creates more peace.
The rest of this week I will share more Holy Week ideas with you including a new way to dye eggs.
As you reflect on this sacred week, may its meaning become more alive to you.
#Easter #cross #holyweek #familyactivity #light #kids #meaning #sacred #angels #whereisyourangel #Jesus #passover #goodfriday
In honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, we have a divinely delightful poem for you to hopefully get you in the spirit of the day! There may even be some history in there you didn't know.
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 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 went back to 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.
#stpatrick #stpatricksday #hearts #green #angels #Jesus #irish #holiday #patron #day #booksforkids #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme
We were part of the popular Pizza with a Princess and kids event at Midici in Maitland. We had a Story Time while there. During the story, kids held onto the angel, heard how angel business came to be, and received our popular angel coloring page.
It was a fun event for all who came! Soo much fun that Midici will be having us again in the Spring.
#angels #pizza #princess #storytime #midici #kids #families #books #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme
After all the holiday weekend shopping, today is known as Giving Tuesday . Although we love to get a good deal we also love the joy of giving!
In honor of Giving Tuesday we have selected a local non-profit to bless and you can be in on it too. The Orlando Union Rescue Mission has a Family Home where they provide temporary "hand up" housing for homeless families.
We are asking people and companies to purchase an angel book so that the children in the Rescue Home can be comforted and filled with hope because they have their own angel watching over them.
Some generous people have come forward to get the ball rolling and we only need 24 more angel book purchases to give every child their own angel and book set.
Would you be one of the 24? If so, go to the "Angel Store" tab, pick a book, purchase it, and leave a comment "OURM" or "for the kids." That way we know it is part of Giving Tuesday.
We will deliver the books with a personal note when we go there for Story Time and angel crafts. Your gift will bring joy to little hearts who have endured hardship.
#beablessing #givingtuesday #angelsbringjoy #ourm #kids #angels #joy #handup #gotyourangel #giveanangel
As you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we pray that you will remember the sacrifices the Pilgrims made to "kick start" this great country we know as "America" or "U.S.A."
We also pray that you will find the faith and courage the Pilgrims had to follow their calling and their God to carve out a godly life in a new world.
To get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving movies:
Charlie Brown/Peanuts Thanksgiving
Charlie Brown/Peanuts Mayflower
Monumental with Kirk Cameron
They are sure to get you in the Thanksgiving mood! Monumental is chock full of rich, interesting Pilgrim history.
#thanksgiving #charliebrown #peanuts #thankful #grateful #holiday #america #monumental #pilgrims
It's starting to be a busy time of year and the angels are getting really active. The angels are appearing all over town. Find out when and where the angels will be coming near you so you can see them first hand.
Tomorrow, November 10th, we will be at the Maitland Rotary Art Festival at Lake Lily! Story time will be from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Next Saturday, November 16th we will be at the Art, Craft, and Wine Festival at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs. Story time will be in the Kid's Area in the afternoon (time tbd).
Tuesday, November 26th we will be at the Chick-fil-A at Hunt Club in Apopka for their Family Night - 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Bring a new or gently used book for the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. We will be delivering them to their Family House after Thanksgiving.
Saturday, November 30th, we will be at the Winter Garden Holiday Farmer's Market from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Can't wait until then to get your angel book? You can order your book online and bring your angel with you to one of our Story Times!
#angels #storytime #events #sightings #kids #books #holidays #gifts #gotyourangel #whereisyourangel #family #moments #memorable
The middle of the week around here we affectionately call "Wingsday." Since it's Wingsday we'd like to share some wisdom we recently came across.
A man named George Muller lived in the 1800's and had orphanages (among other things). During his lifetime his houses raised over 10,000 orphans and his schools educated more than 120,000 in England. He was known as a man of prayer. For every need he prayed and God showed up in wonderful ways.
One of the ways God showed up was when the houses needed milk. They were all out of milk and had many mouths to fill. Almost as soon as he was done praying, a dairy truck broke down in front of the orphanage and the driver gave them all the milk. Otherwise the milk would have spoiled.
A couple of us our reading, "The Autobiography of George Muller" and thought it fitting to reprint a portion of his story on patience and faith. This is directly from his diary.
"Patience and faith are still needed. My desire is to let patience have its perfect work. Not one penny has come in today for the building fund, but five more orphans have applied for admission. The more I look at things according to natural appearances, the less likely it seems that I will ever get the sum I need. But I have faith in God, and my expectation is from Him alone. The Lord can change the circumstances instantly. I continue, therefore, to wait upon God and seek to encourage my heart by His Word. While He delays giving me answers, I will be occupied in His blessed work."
What a good word back then and what a good word for us to chew on today - some 150+ years later. His Word, the Bible, has much to help us be healthy, "wealthy", and wise.
#wingsdaywisdom #Hisword #angels #georgemuller #prayer #goodforthesoul #goodforthebody #faith #whereisyourangel #gotyourangel
#kids #orphans #answeredprayer #dogood
Doesn't it just melt your heart when your kids get what you have been telling them for what seems like an eternity? Like when they remember to say, "Thank you" and "Please" - unprompted. Oh the joys of parenthood in those moments!
Some parents and I witnessed one of those precious moments when we were at Chick-fil-A last week. One of the Kindergarten girls who came to Family Night was coloring many (emphasis on many) angel pages. She was coloring one for her friend, one for another friend, and another one for someone else she knew and on and on. She was just a thoughtful coloring angel page machine.
Right before she left another girl showed up. This girl was three and her name was Madison. She looked at all her angel coloring pages, picked out one, and gave it to Madison - someone she had known for all of 60 seconds. The parents who witnessed this were like, "awwwee". Then Madison did something sweet in return. She gave her the angel page she was coloring. Que the angelic orchestra music. Both of the girls' parents chests puffed out a little bit more and you could see the, "I'm soo proud of you" exuding from their posture.
Don't underestimate the small acts of kindness that make a big difference in this world. Sharing what you have (or the only thing you have) with someone else makes it more valuable in the other person's hand than it ever would be in yours.
#sharingiscaring #kids #precious #moments #angels #chickfila #books #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #goodstuff #proudparents
What do kids, angels, and Chick-fil-A have in common? A fun Family Night with Where Is Your Angel?™!
A picture is worth a thousand words. So instead of telling you how much we enjoyed sharing the angel books with the kids at Chick-fil-A's Family Night we'd like to share a picture that captures the precious moments of the evening.
Kids+Angels+Chick-fil-A= A Perfect Combination!
#holycow #chickfila #angels #kids #books #precious #whereisyourangel
Do you like waiting in a doctor's room with sick, antsy kids (and those kids might not even be your own)? Wouldn't it be nice to have a caring doctor available from wherever you are - at home, on vacation, or a friend's house?
Telemedicine is the way to go in order to have the convenience of your location plus the expertise of a board certified doctor at your beck and call.
Our fave Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Deepa Sukumar, weighs in on the benefits of telemedicine and some "do you know?" facts.
*wait times for a telemedicine visit are significantly shorter than the average doctor's visit
#telemedicine #drdeepasukumar #pediatrician #convenience #ease #doctor #angels #kids #books #whereisyourangel