Bear + Squirrel Prayer Calendar

There are 3 ingredients in family worship. 1. Reading Scripture 2. Worship through song 3. Prayer One of the ways our family loves to keep track of our daily prayer time, and the people that we’re praying for is through the Bear + Squirrel Prayer Calendar. It’s a beautiful resource—my kids spend so much time…

Be Thou My Vision – January 2019

The dawn of a new year inspires hope, optimism, and for many people, a renewed resolve to do something better than we did it the year before. The ambition to do better and be better can be a good thing. And yet, we have a tragic history of being self-centered, self-serving, and self reliant. We…

2019 – A Year of Hymns

It’s here! Our hymn of the month plan for 2019 is officially done. Your requests were heard. Many of you will recognize songs that YOU chose for this year (via an Instagram discussion from August). There may be some that are new to you. There are a few that are new to us too! There…

Joy to the World — December 2018

It was a cold night full of magic and happy teenagers skipping arm in arm down sidewalks in a neighborhood decked with lights. They sipped hot cocoa and sang carols at the doors of neighbors, songs that they’d been singing repeatedly with their high school choir. They sang all their favorites and ended with Joy…

Let All Things Now Living — November 2018

My kids and I are currently reading “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald. There is a boy in the story named Curdie, who has a special knack for scaring away goblins. He does this simply by singing. For some reason his song is especially pungant to the goblins and everytime he sings in…