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Graduation Gift Ideas from Family Christian

Graduation Gift Ideas from Family Christian

Graduation Gift ideas sponsored by Family Christian. This post may contain affiliate links.

I can’t believe that Munchkin is graduating this week. Yikes! I’ve been working on finding some meaningful gifts that fit with her interests, and we found some really great gifts at Family Christian.

Archaeology Bible

High School Graduation is a big milestone in becoming a successful adult. We want her to start off her adult life on the right foot by nurturing her faith. A new Bible with a special journal seemed to make perfect sense. When I found the Archaeological Study Bible, I knew that it would be a good fit due to Munchkin’s interest in Paleontology and Archaeology.


Munchkin’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, so I was pretty excited to find a lovely journal that featured this verse on its cover. I’m always looking for different items that feature her verse. There were a variety of Jeremiah 29:11 items that were available, but the journal seemed like the most practical idea for her. She already has a ring with the verse inscribed on it. I even found this beautiful gift bag to use that has her verse on it.

Music Selections

When relaxing, writing, or studying, Munchkin enjoys listening to a wide variety of music from instrumental to contemporary Christian. I knew that we wanted to give her some new music for her collection. We picked out a variety of different albums. I’m thankful that Family Christian routinely puts their music on sale which allows me to get more albums for less money.

Inspirational Mug

Munchkin has tea every evening, so I wanted to get her an inspirational mug. She didn’t really need a travel mug or water bottle, so I settled on this mug that focuses on serving others because Christ served us. It was hard to make a decision as they have so many beautiful mugs. It’s easy to find one to fit the personality of the graduate. They even have a faith based graduation mug.

Encouragement for the Graduate

Of course, no graduation gift would be complete without some sort of encouragement for the graduate. Once again, a variety of traditional graduation devotional and gift book options were available for this, but I really liked Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado as it wasn’t just about graduating high school.

Family Christian has a wide variety of items that are sure to inspire your graduate. I can’t wait to see what Munchkin thinks about her special gifts.

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Life Without Internet

Going on a Walk

Munchkin and I have been without internet for nearly a week.

For me, it’s been a little frustrating at times as there have been things that I wanted to get done, but, at the same time, it’s been a rather productive week without the distraction that the internet can bring with it. (I did have access to my email on my phone, so I did my best to stay somewhat on top of that at least.)

Munchkin, on the other hand, didn’t miss having internet at all which surprised me. When I asked if she wanted to head to the library to utilize the internet, she turned down the opportunity. She said that she was even a bit surprised that she had enjoyed not being connected to the internet. Sure, she missed not being able to research things, but it was oddly relaxing not having the draw of the internet.

It’s funny how tethered we can get to the internet. It’s become so integrated into our daily lives. We use it for everything from communicating to learning to researching to shopping to…. Yet, when faced with disconnecting for some time, it can be a conflict between withdraw and relief. It certainly reminds me that I need to be more mindful of how much time I spend on the internet when I do have it readily available.

Munchkin is growing up so fast, so I want to make sure that I make the most of that time with her. The break from the internet gave me to the opportunity to have even more quality time with her for which I am quite grateful.

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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 5

Week 5 21 Day Fix

Week 5 – check! This has been an interesting and busy week. I missed one day due to traveling and another day due to just being exhausted. I had been painting and moving bins which lead to me being too physically spent to try to do the regular exercise.

Travel day found me eating some things that I have avoided during the last few weeks, but, for the most part, I have tried to stick to my normal diet. Our normal schedule for eating has been thrown off a bit due to being so busy, so that has lead to me not feeling quite as good as I have the past few weeks when I was on a better schedule.

I hit a bit of a wall with the exercising and had to back down a little due to being fatigued. The second half of the week found me struggling a little due to being at a higher altitude. I’m slowly making the adjustment. While I had heard that altitude can really make a huge difference in the difficulty of exercising, I hadn’t really experienced it except for a few times while hiking.

We’ll see what this next week has to hold as we prepare for Munchkin’s graduation.

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If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What To Do

If I Plug My Ears, God Can't Tell Me What To Do by Jessie Clemence

Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book. This post may contain affiliate links.

Remember as a child sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, “la..la..la.. I can’t hear you?” Well, this book is a take on that idea only it’s us – as adults – trying not to hear what the Lord is telling us.

In If I Plus My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What To Do & Other Ways We Miss Out On God’s Adventures, Jessie Clemence takes on not only on her journey through learning to listen to the Lord’s leading but also the journey of others as they learn to seek out and listen to the Lord’s direction in their lives. It’s a personal story that really seeks to help others benefit from some of the things she has learned and continues to learn as she travels along the plan that the Lord has placed before her.

One of my favorite things about the book is Jessie’s gift for sharing her message in a manner that isn’t preachy. She talks about how it isn’t just about listening to the Lord but also about making sure the timing is right. She gives examples on how it’s easy to try to rush the Lord or drag our feet when we receive the calling. It’s not just about what the Lord tells us to do but also about how and when He tells us to do it.

I found myself nodding along with what she was saying more than once. It made me think about the lifelong journey and adventures we have when trying to serve the Lord. It’s not always easy and patience is often tested, but He knows what is best for us if we are only open to truly listening and understanding His direction for our lives.

Book Description:

If you’ve ever struggled with what it means to hear God’s call and step out in faith and obedience, then this frank and funny book will encourage you. Looking at various Bible characters, If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me What to Do helps Christians delve into the nitty-gritty details of following God on the adventures – big or small – He has for each of us.

About the Author:

Jessie Clemence, who has had her own share of false starts in following God’s direction, writes about real life. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, regularly blogs at jessieclemence.com, and is the author of There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse: And Other Ways Motherhood Changes Us. Jessie lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband and two children.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House (April 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627071903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627071901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Retail Price: $12.99
  • Digital Editions also available
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Hospitality for Guests

Guest Sheets

Special thanks to L&Z Inc. for providing a sample of the tencel sheets. This post may contain affiliate links.

We’ve in countdown mode until our guests arrive for Munchkin’s open house. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to have this many family members visit at the same time. To say we’re excited is huge understatement. It will be a blast getting to see everyone, spend time with them, and have them here for this special occasion.

While we’re thrilled that they are all coming, it does involve a little more planning when you have multiple families come at the same time. You need to think about food and sleeping arrangements. Because we have food restrictions due to needing to be gluten free, the food situation is the thing that I tend to focus on first. After making sure there aren’t any dietary restrictions, I start thinking about making sure our guests are comfortable and feel welcome.

Given that we’re a little family of 3 (plus a bunch of animals), I don’t have a lot of extra towels and bedding around the house, so I started looking at the different options that are available that we would still be able to use even after we have said our sad goodbyes to our guests, our family. Knowing that it’s probably going to be warmer around the time of Munchkin’s graduation, I wanted to make sure the bedding wasn’t too hot and felt comfortable for everyone involved.


Normally, we use jersey knit sheets as they are soft and cool during the summer months, but I had the opportunity to try out some tencel sheets. In case you’re not familiar with tencel (I wasn’t prior to this), it is a biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose that is fully biodegradable and made from trees managed for sustained harvest. It’s surprisingly soft and comfortable against the skin. It has an almost satin feel without the slipperiness that can come with satin sheets.

The fitted sheet has a very deep pocket, so it can accommodate a thick mattress. We actually have a little extra sheet due to this particular mattress not being quite as thick. We could easily add a nice thick mattress pad as well as a mattress protector with no issue at all. The flat sheet is also oversized, so you have plenty of sheet which is a nice feature. (I hate it when you have too little sheet during the night.) The pillow cases feel soft and comfortable against the skin.

I was impressed with the softness, style, and quality of this sheet set. I’m looking forward to being able to offer these comfortable sheets to our guests.

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