Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BIG FAMILY... tiny house TOUR !

I finally made a tiny house tour video! We've had countless requests since we've moved in. :)

Our house is 445 square feet plus a 130 sq ft loft. We also have a storage unit on the property that holds clothes/shoes that are not the children's current sizes, seasonal decor, and a few other things.

Enjoy the tour!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

READING & HANDWRITING lesson with my preschooler

I've used the "Teach Your Child To Read" book with all of my children so far (currently teaching the 5th child). In this video I show Samuel (age 4) doing part of his lesson and show how we do the handwriting portion of the book.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter for Young Children

When our children were all smaller I wanted to celebrate the days before Easter in a way that was brief and simple, yet meaningful. 
(I talk about it in THIS VIDEO)

Here is an overview of the week:

Kreke Easter Week For Young Children

In the week prior to Easter Sunday we fasted from "screen time" as a family. 
  • Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness 
  • Fasting is one way we can glorify God by preferring him above his gifts 
  • Pray together as a family for any needs and the salvation of specific people
  • Consider the depth of our sin and the height of God's love in Jesus

Start the week (on Palm Sunday) with 6 lighted candles during an evening family devotional time (readings listed below). As each day goes by light one less candle each evening until after Good Friday there are none left...on Saturday there is nothing to do but wait
Imagine the disciples, hidden away after Jesus' death, thinking all was lost. 

The week before we also made an "Easter Mountain" to illustrate the story: 

4 c flour
1 1/2 c water (adjust to get correct texture) 
1 1/2 c salt
1 T oil 
Mix and knead together. Shape into mountain. Leave an opening on a side to represent the tomb, press the rock covering into the opening to shape it to the rock, then set rock aside. Make a cross from twigs and stick in top to make hole, then set cross aside. 
Bake 250 degrees for 4-5 hours. Paint when cooled. 

On Good Friday during the evening's devotional Jesus (Make a pipe cleaner guy) is placed on the cross then removed and laid in the tomb with the rock placed in front. On Sunday morning before the children wake up, Mom removes the cross from the top of the mountain and replaces it with the "risen Jesus"

Mom sets out breakfast, turns on joyful music, and lights ALL the candles from the week before kids come downstairs in the morning (although I had a couple of early risers who got to join me in the secret preparations :)

During breakfast read the Resurrection story and then say excitedly with your children
"The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!" 
After church we would come home to continue the celebration with the Easter egg hunt and lunch. I would set out the Easter baskets of goodies before we drove away to church so they would be there to "discover" when we all got back home.

Inside the Easter eggs (along with coins or candy or whatever you put inside) you can also include strips of papers that have the "Names of God" written on them. These can be used later to staple into a paper chain decoration



Jesus the King
Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus in the Temple
Matthew 21: 12-17

A sacrifice for Jesus the King
Matthew 26:1-16

The Last Supper 
Luke 22:14-23  

The Arrest 
John 18:1-12

The Crucifixion 
Matthew 27:27-50

The Death and Burial 
Matthew 27:50-66

Easter Sunday 
The Resurrection 
Luke 24:1-12

Monday, February 12, 2018

LARGE FAMILY LAUNDRY {week of Feb 5, 2018}

This week we share our daily laundry routine, get our first Costco home grocery delivery, talk about Azure's struggles and victories while we pick up our order, and keep up with our regular school and housework in the meantime.