Ellie Claire Art Journals

Unleash your inner creativity while contemplating faithful topics with these gorgeous new art journals!




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You might remember my post about Bible journaling and coloring just not being my thing, but when I saw these sumptuous journals, I realized I might just change my mind:



Can You Believe It!? by Hillsong Kids

An album that is both a question and a challenge -- a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith!




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I'm sure pretty much everyone is familiar with Hillsong worship songs, since many of their classic refrains fill so many churches each week.

And ever since VBS season this past summer, Gv has been playing the CDs she brought home from each week-long camp, belting out the tunes in her room on pretty much a daily basis.

So when this DVD arrived, I knew she would be excited:




Reagandoodle and Little Buddy by Sandi Swiridoff and Wendy Dunham

An uplifting "tail" tale of friendship, foster care, adoption, and hope that will warm your heart!


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Since I am one of only about three people on the planet still walking around with a dumb phone (what I call my non-smart phone), I have yet to enter the world of Instagram and had no clue who @Reagandoodle and Little Buddy were...but apparently these two cuties have quite the fan base and are well-known and loved by many for their photo-biography.

I might not have been aware of this pair before, but when this book arrived, I could see that their story was something truly special: 




Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas by Sarah Young

A bite-sized version of the story of Christmas - starting from creation - that your family will love reading year after year!


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Gv has had the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook since she was a baby, so we were excited to add this beautiful Christmas picture book to our collection:




Project Snapshot - October 2018

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:



Gv continues to enjoy her time on the ice each week. It's fun for me to glance over (I'm in the top left corner) and see her zooming along and hear her giggles drift over to my lane of classes!



Her favorite time to skate is probably still with her buddy here. He's a year younger than she is, but his mom and I (also a coach) can just picture them skating as a team some day!



April has continued to settle in to our family -- it's so different adopting a rescue dog with special needs (and one that's so big, too!), but we're so happy to be giving her a home filled with love.


Gv had fun dissecting an owl pellet in Custer State Park on our trip this past summer, so she was super-excited to learn that she'd get to do it again at the monthly science class we attend at our local preserve!


Gv had been busily constructing her robot costume out of boxes for this year's Halloween, but when we started reading 
The Wizard of Oz a few days ago, she hauled those boxes out to the recycling bin and decided to be Dorothy!

She had a hard time deciding whether to wear her red shoes or silver ones (which match the book), but couldn't find the other half of the silver pair, so that made the decision for her and she just matched the movie!



What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Holy Roar by Chris Tomlin

The freedom, the experience, the wonder of worship. It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to God, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts. It’s every voice together, changing the way we worship.



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Did you hear? Chris Tomlin is releasing a new CD:



Anyone who goes to church or is acquainted with Christian music will immediately recognize the name Chris Tomlin. A good chunk of the worship music (like "How Great is Our God" & "Whom Shall I Fear") that we sing today springs from this artist's creative well.


This spring, Chris marked a career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. This album is the result of these new efforts.

Children and Chores: Lighten Your Load!

I'm not saying to turn your little princess into Cinderella, but it's actually good to have your kids help out around the house starting at a young age!

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I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, sharing my Children and Chores: Start 'Em Early! post that shares why it's not only good for you, but good for your kids if you have your little ones lighten your load a bit by doing small jobs around the house. 

Click on over and check it out, then stop back by to let me know what you think!


Do you have your kids help out at home, or do you somehow have more hours in your day or more than two arms to get everything done yourself? I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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Indivisible

From the director of The Grace Card and the studio that brought you Fireproof and War Room comes Indivisible, the story of one marriage ... one family ... under God.



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I'd been asked to review movies in the past, but was never interested since seeing movies in theaters mean I have a 100% chance of falling asleep as well as a 98.2% chance that when I wake up (possibly by being nudged due to my snoring), I will have an awful crick in my neck due to whatever un-flattering sleep position I assumed in the theater seat.

However, when I was contacted to review a movie that I could screen at home, I was all over it.

Not only would this mean I would (most likely) stay awake for the entire thing, but I could wear comfy clothes and assume comfy positions and snack on all the free popcorn I wanted!

Despite these perks, I settled in to watch this movie with pretty low expectations. I'd seen Christian movies in the past that were just really difficult to sit through -- low budgets and mediocre acting made it hard for me to take the films very seriously.

But I knew this movie was a product of the same studio that created Fireproof and while I haven't seen that movie myself yet, I've heard so many people rave about it and its Hollywood-like quality, I felt Indivisible was worth checking out.

Movie Synopsis: Indivisible is based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country.

Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone ... as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.

Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion's extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door.

With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers' long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can't comprehend, the Turners must decide if they're willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.

The movie concluded and I did not like it. However, I also do not like movies like The Notebook, Titanic, or Steel Magnolias, so please understand that this type of movie is just not my cup of tea.

If you do like movies like that, or are a fan of anything being shown on The Hallmark Channel, then be sure to get yourself to the theater to see this flick, because you will probably love it!

This movie felt like a big-budget film and the acting was top-notch. I truly started to feel for all the characters involved, even though I didn't want to (show me something silly or action-packed; I don't want to feel anything -- especially cry -- during a movie!!)

Ultimately, I'm happy I saw this movie because I now know there are high-quality, Christian movies being produced out there today. I will no longer be as gun-shy over watching one, although since I suspect most require a box of tissues along with the popcorn, I might still ending up skipping them.

I definitely appreciate this movie and have already heartily recommended it to several friends and family members who enjoy films of this genre!

You can find Indivisible in theaters nationwide beginning October 26. The movie stars Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.

Check out more information at the movie's homepage here.


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The Cow Said Neigh! by Rory Feek

A fun and humorous tale of peculiar farm animals that will have the whole family laughing out loud!


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Who doesn't love an adorable picture book?




Collect All the Things! The Perks of Piles for Kids

Barbies, Pokemon cards, stickers and rocks -- does your child have any collections like these piled up around the house? These clumps of miscellany might appear to be all mess, but really serve to promote development!

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I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, sharing my post All the Things! Collections and Kids (It's not live yet, so I'll let you know when it is) and why it's actually a fabulous thing to have piles of collected "stuff" taking up space in your house. 

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