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“Everyone reaches, but not everyone touches . . .
Reaching is instinctive, but, for the most part touching is learned.
For in touching we give and receive, talk and listen,
share ourselves and see into another. . .”
~Gail Mac Donald, Pastor’s wife
One of the most priceless gifts you can give your children this holiday season is a Christmas letter from you. Whether written on pretty stationary or in their journals, a personal letter from mom or dad (or both) will be a present they will treasure now and in years to come.
I still have the two precious letters that my mother wrote to me before she passed away in 1986. Her words, though few, were well chosen and gave me the vision to begin writing letters to my children. Little did she know the impact her words would have on my life, the lives of her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren to come. She left our family a legacy of love and a memorial to her relationship with the Lord. I’m so grateful she listened to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and took the time to write to me. These are the only letters I have from her and they are priceless to me.
Dear Jill and Bob,
It’s about 4 a.m. Christmas morning and as I lay here thinking of all of you, I want to cry for the joy God has put in my heart for our family. I’ve always prayed He would do special things with each one of you. I prayed for your salvation when I really didn’t know Him so well. Can you imagine what He has in store for all of you now that we really know Him? Know Him like we never knew Him before? May the power of God which transcends all understanding be yours forever and may the Holy Spirit hover over all of you, and protect you every hour of every day.
In the Love of Christ Jesus,
I want you to know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Everything you do and say is very much appreciated by me, but I don’t always have the chance to put in words what I feel. In loving Claire, you might have some idea how I as a mother have felt for you. That doesn’t change because you are a woman, it just becomes a mature caring at this point, and seeing your relationship with Claire tells me that the love my mother had for me has come through to be seen in your love for Claire. Love is what it is all about, isn’t it? God love your little family, and may the Holy Spirit abound richly in each one of you.
When you look at the content of my mother’s letters, what makes them so profound? I believe it’s because they are filled with her testimony—the multi-generational vision of a woman who found the Lord and prayed for each of her five children to come to know Him as well.
Where do we find this kind of multi-generational faith in the Bible—a grandmother and mother who plant seeds of faith in the next generation? In 2 Timothy: 3-5. It is here that Paul gives testimony to the faith of Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. “I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), [a faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5 AMP).
The faith of these two women not only influences their immediate family, but affects all of Christendom as well. Paul calls up the memory of Timothy’s “faith” roots so He will be encouraged to keep on persevering.
If you’re excited about the idea of your words impacting your family now and for generations to come, let me encourage you to take the time to write a letter to each of your children this Christmas. If you have never written to them before, they will be blessed beyond measure, and so will you!
I have included some featured guidelines from my book Every Day is a Gift and the audio workshop Writing Letters to Your Children. These resources promise to inspire you in creative and practical ways, and make this endeavor easier for you.
First decide which kind of letter you want to write to your child:
- A spontaneous note of encouragement
- A letter about a shared experience
- A life-event letter (a chronology of events and accomplishments in your child’s life)
- A letter addressing current circumstances
- Pray and ask the Lord to give you the right words to minister to your child’s heart. You may not consider yourself a writer, but your mother’s heart when coupled with the Holy Spirit’s guiding can turn your pen into a powerful testimony of faith, hope, and love. “My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1 NASB).
- Gather scriptures that apply to your child’s life. You can do this beforehand through Bible study or when you sit down to write. Listen to what the Lord whispers to your heart. Keep a Bible nearby for reference.
- Keep a scripture notebook for the purpose of writing letters to your children. If you have quotes from other sources keep them handy in a notebook, or jot them down in your journal ahead of time so you can easily reference them in the future.
- Keep a hymnal nearby for easy reference to lyrics you may want to include.
- Make honesty and transparency a goal in writing to your child. Did you struggle with some of the same issues he/she is facing at the present time? Pen a letter that creatively ties in some of your life experiences.
- Put yourself in your child’s place. What do you think would make him or her feel unconditionally loved and accepted? Pray and ask the Lord to reveal any issues that need to be dealt with on your part. Write from your heart and use scripture to address the spiritual needs of your child. Never use the written word to criticize, but only to encourage.
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Inspired by the breakfast featured in
the 1994 film version of Little Woman,
Elizabeth Novak has created a Little
Women Christmas Brunch for you to
enjoy with family and friends. The
recipes are delicious, especially the
roasted stuffed onions and sausage and
cardamom citrus fruit salad.
The sweet orange tea, served cold, is
sure to please young children. If you
prefer a hot beverage, try some Constant
Comment Tea or the Christmas in New
England Wassail on page 42, which
complements the cranberry and orange
All of these recipes can be made a day or two in advance, leaving Christmas Day
free to relax and enjoy family. You will find the recipes on pages 40-42.
Click on the picture below to download your complementary Christmas Brunch Menu.
I have a new product I would like to share with you.
The Pebbly Brook Farm Story Collection by Claire Novak
These precious stories are near and dear to my heart! They are a combination of my husband’s experiences as a little boy growing up on a farm in Northern Illinois, and experiences we had as a family when we moved to a farm in 1999. Based on the real life adventures of the Novak Family, these truly delightful farm stories will teach your children unforgettable lessons in faith, courage, and perseverance. You’ll love to read them togther over the holidays. If you like The Little House on the Prairie Series, you will love these stories.
I wrote this book over a span of eight years as I observed how easy and natural it was for my children to capture their life stories by journaling everyday moments as they happened. Journaling isn’t an activity, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of seeing and thinking, a way of appreciating the little things in life, a way of savoring everyday moments and valuing the individuality of family members. You will love this method of writing and so will your children! If you been wanting a resource that will draw you closer to your family and the Lord, Every Day is a Gift will do all that and more. Over 30 writers have contributed to this book, and it is filled with all kinds of examples that will inspire the writer within you and your children. For pre-school through adult.
“Jill Novak has written a truly helpful resource that will bless all families. What a gem…appealing, inspiring, and practical.”– Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience.
This Christmas themed Tea Cozy is a delightful publication for creating special holiday memories.You will enjoy the festive tea recipes and the companion teaching on CD. Heather Wombacher shares how the step-by-step process used to construct a gingerbread house is similar to the way we build our own household of faith. This lesson is based on Proverbs 24:3-4 – “Through wisdom a house is built And by understanding it is established, by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
This Issue Also Includes:
The History of Gingerbread,
Small Points of Etiquette,
Christmas Poetry Section,
Teas of the Month/Christmas Tea Menu.
And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Girlhood Home Companion Magazine. Each issue contains editorials, articles, stories, recipes, craft and sewing projects that build godly character and help your daughter grow in her faith.
Plus timeless past issues of The Girlhood Home Companion are available in three beautiful Treasury Albums.
Treasury Album One contains the following four themed issues:
The Charm of the Well Mannered Home
Becoming a Faith Filled Daughter
Mothers and Daughters Holding Hands
Clothing Yourself in Beauty
approx. 200 pages, full color
Treasury Album Two contains the following four issues:
Girlhood’s Most Cherished Lessons
Make it Lovely
Comfort and Joy
approx. 200 pages, full color
Treasury Album Three contains:
Originally published from 1998-2001, The Girlhood Home Companion (Original) Treasury Album contains 13 precious Girlhood issues that center on one character quality per issue.
370 pages, black & white.
Quiet and Gentle Spirit
Femininity & Grace
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“This is where I caught my leg in the grain conveyer chain,” he reminisced. “Your Grandpa didn’t believe it was broken!”
“When I was six, I sat under the old red gas tank and filled a coffee full of gasoline and threw a lighted match into it. The flames swooshed up and singed my eyebrows. Boy, did I catch it for that one!”
“Here’s the bedroom window I used to climb out of to get to the old oak tree…”
“Daddy, please tell us another one!” our children begged.
Painting vivid word pictures of his life as a little boy on the farm was a common occurrence in our home. Over the years “Daddy’s” farm stories were woven into the fabric of our children’s lives. The constant telling and retelling of them set a longing in all our hearts for a little farmette of our own. We dreamt about the possibilities while driving through the countryside not too far from our home in Northern Illinois.
In 1999, a series of life-changing events prompted us to sell our house and move to a farm within a mile of where Robert grew up. It didn’t take our children long to go exploring. They found a grove of young trees and tall grass to the southeast of the house. Following a path the deer had made, they came upon a brook just beyond the whispering leaves, a real Pebbly Brook!
This is how our new country setting became the inspiration for The Pebbly Brook Farm Stories. Between the antics of the wildlife and the escapades of our four children, new farm stories began to take shape. Some of them fit so well with Robert’s childhood farm stories, we realized the past was just waiting to be united with the present.
Our daughter Claire, who inherited her father’s storytelling gene, masterfully wove these experiences together into The Pebbly Brook Farm Collection. Set in the days of The Great Depression, Dan Robertson moves his wife and four children back to the family farm to live with Grandpa and Grandma Robertson. And that’s when the adventure begins!
These truly delightful stories will teach your children valuable lessons in faith, courage and perseverance at a time when our country is facing many of the hardships we did back then. Join Katie Robinson, her brother Joseph, and her little sisters, Christine and Anna in these six action packed stories that are sure to warm your hearts and make you smile! You’ll find them waiting for you at Pebbly Brook Farm.
The Pebbly Brook Farm Collection includes:
The Discovery of Pebbly Brook
By the Bushel Full
One Big Shot
Judy Gets a Lickin’
Fairest of the Fair
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Hope to see you down on the farm!
Of course, we mothers are the greatest book our daughters will ever read. Our faith in God, how we love our husband and children, and how we handle life’s difficulties are the most valuable lessons they will learn while under our care. As the old adage says, “Morals are caught, not taught!” The example we set day in and day out, cannot be underestimated. But the truth is, some of us were raised without the kind of spiritual and practical life skills we long to impart, so we often find ourselves learning alongside our daughters.
For this very reason, I have collected quite a number of books over the years on the subjects of godly character, manners, homemaking, and the training of daughters. These books have ministered to my daughters’ hearts and encouraged them in their Christian walk, while instructing me how to gently guide them along the path of life.
Although we have produced The Girlhood Home Companion Magazine for over a decade and featured many nuggets of wisdom from my library in this precious publication, I have had a desire to share more of my collection than magazine production allows, and in a format that can be accessed topically. That’s how the idea for The Girlhood Finishing School came into being.
One of the most delightful ways to share the content of The Girlhood Finishing School with your daughter(s) is to snuggle together on the couch or around your kitchen table with a cup of tea. This bi-monthly publication is designed to be read together at a leisurely pace, one or two times a week, so the content of each category can be discussed, ideas pondered, and changes implemented into your daily routine as you are led.
You can create a Girlhood Finishing School binder for the eBook version, using dividers to categorize the topics such as grace-filled living, godly character, manners, homemaking, health and beauty, penmanship, copywork, etc., and encouraging articles for mothers who are raising daughters. Print out articles from each category and reference them at any time. The Girlhood Finishing School is also available in a print version.
It is often said that we are what we read, so it is our hope that The Girlhood Finishing School will be an encouragement for both you and you daughter (s). May the heart-felt words and life-lessons you encounter in these pages from authors, past and present, be a resource you turn to over and over again for growing your daughter’s character and her faith. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)
Issue One Includes:
The Immortal Mark
The Nurtured Heart
It Shall Not Seem Hard to Thee
Making Others Happy
The Sin of Omission-Poem
The Cheer of the Unattained
Memories of Girlhood
The Home Lights
Systems in Work
How Emily Made Mistakes (for younger girls)
Agreeable and Beautiful Manners (for older girls)
Kind Words Only
Greeting the New Day
Recipes for Beauty
For Mothers–Understanding the Dreamy Girl & Making Changes Gently
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Geared for girls: ages 8-16, mothers and grandmothers.
I sat spellbound as I read the contents, seeing for the first time my mother’s ability to paint a picture of her childhood in descriptive words and phrases. She filled 15 typewritten pages with the narrative of her girlhood days in the 1930’s, and those of the by-gone era of her parents and grandparents. It was a story she carried in her heart, and one I never recall hearing as a child.
I know my mother didn’t consider herself a writer, yet I found a scrap of paper in the envelope with these words “Legacy of June or June’s Legacy.” Mom realized she had a story to tell future generations, and I’m sure she thought that one day she would get around to completing it, but after a debilitating illness, she went home to be with the Lord in 1987 at the young age of 64.
Those precious pages are all I know of her history, and that is one of the reasons I wrote: Every Day is a Gift—Journal the Ordinary Moments of Your Extraordinary Life, because our personal stories should be shared with our families now and preserved for future generations!
That’s why I would like to invite you to Publish 2013: an online interactive conference for inspiring and equipping both children and adults to write and get their stories in print.
See how your life experiences, passions, and creative gifts can become a springboard for becoming a published author or artist.
Publish 2013 features 19 different speakers who will share their expertise in both self and traditional publishing!
If you have ever thought of writing a book or starting a home business, this conference is for you. Or if you just want to learn how to creatively journal life’s everyday moments or inspire a budding writer in your family, you will definitely want to attend.
Learn from a seasoned group of writers, editors, artists, photographers, and self-publishers who have a lot to say about the publishing process! Over 20 hours of live, interactive workshops.
We hope you will be able to attend Publish 2013. We look forward to meeting you and answering your publishing and home business questions!
Leave a comment below about a book you would love to write or one that you have really appreciated to win a free ticket to the conference and a download of Every Day is a Gift~Journal the Ordinary Moments of Your Extraordinary Life! A winner will be announced Thursday, 12:00 p.m. I’m really excited to see what the Lord has put on your heart!
As many of you know, my family has been in the self publishing business for over 15 years, and my children have grown up and flourished as writers and artists around the printed page.
Over the years, we have developed different areas of expertise, helping others solve their printing dilemmas or realize their publishing dreams. As a result, it has been on our hearts for quite some time to host an online conference where writers and artists can share their firsthand knowledge and experiences about book and magazine publishing.
I would like to invite you to a free preview session for Publish 2013. This online conference is for inspiring and equipping both children and adults to discover how writing works in the real world. See how your life experiences, passions, and creativity can become a springboard for becoming a published author or artist!
Come learn from our talented and diverse lineup of writers, photographers, and entrepreneurs as they share the stories of how they got started in publishing and what they have learned along the way.
This conference will greatly benefit anyone who is thinking about publishing a book, establishing a viable home business, or just wants to learn more about fostering a creative home environment. From words to websites, blogging to books, and everything in-between, Publish 2013 a tremendous resource you won’t want to miss.
Register here to attend the complimentary preview workshops!
“A good book is the most appropriate gift that friendship can make.
It never changes; it never grows unfashionable or old…
but always its clean clear pages are ready to amuse, interest and instruct.”
~The Golden Treasury of Home Thoughts 1878
Do you remember those lazy days of summer, devouring book after book when you were a girl? I do. I used to sit on a lawn chair in the back yard of my childhood home and fritter away the hours reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. And when I was in my teens, I was captivated by the glossy pages of Seventeen Magazine. Even though I enjoyed those publications at the time, in truth, they didn’t profit my heart at all. I wasn’t a Christian and I didn’t know that what I needed most in my life was a relationship with the Living God.
That’s why I hope your daughter will be able to experience The Girlhood Home Companion in her formative years. This beautiful publication ministers to the heart and soul of the Christian girl and encourages her to grow in her relationship with the Lord while lovingly serving her family. Our contributors share the lessons they have learned about life from a Christian perspective through interesting articles, editorials, and projects centering on all aspects of godly character for a girl’s heart and home.
If you’re looking for a profitable way to take advantage of the slower pace of summer, let me encourage you to spend some leisurely time in your daughter’s company enjoying The Girlhood Home Companion or our newly revised book on jounaling entitled: Every Day is a Gift. These publications are a labor of love and the fruit that comes from reading nourishing products like these will be evident as you see faith springing up in fresh new ways!
If you are new to our publications, I cannot emphasize how important it is to have quality reading material for you and your daughter to share and discuss together. Our thinking and actions are formed early by the kind of words and images we dwell on, and that’s why these publications, which so beautifully incorporate the word of God into all aspects of life will influence your daughter’s heart and yours in such a lovely and winsome way.
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