Posted in Motherhood

“Be More Heart and Less Attack”

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While I was taking a break the last couple of weeks, I went away on vacation with my family🙂

We listened to alot of music in the car, and I found myself belting out this tune whenever it come on – More Heart, Less Attack by Need to Breathe.

The song lyrics went along with this nugget of wisdom I found in the first few pages of  Personalized Promises for Mothers by James Riddle (I always take a pile of books to read, and usually get through a good chunk of pages before the vacation is over):

“The Word says to train our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4 KJV) Notice that nurture comes first. If we show our children love, spend time with them, become involved in what they are doing, and teach them with a heart of compassion, we will eliminate most of the need to discipline them.”

I really resonated with these words.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines discipline as:

  • control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior

  • a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders

  • behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders

This is how I used to mother my boys when they were younger. Rules, order, obedience, punishment, control.

It was a struggle to figure out what I heard about this verse:

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24
And this verse:
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

When my kids were going through their darkest times – trying to figure out the world around them, their place in it, all their emotions, temptations, and relationships – I was expecting even more of them in blindly following social norms. Somewhere along the way I started to realize this was how their whole world was revolving – at school, on sports teams, even when it came to faith.

They were constantly measured by how well they were adhering to the norms of whatever environment they found themselves in.

And I was missing out on just getting to know my sons.

Don’t get me wrong, of course some rules are required, and there are some social norms that just need to be followed in order to live in our world, but there’s this other Bible verse that has grabbed me and just won’t let me go. Now I’m at the point where I hope it never does. I think freedom and full life are waiting in this verse…

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

So I’ve learned that a shepherd’s rod is usually used to gently guide the sheep, that a shepherd would never hurt his flock intentionally, that I am a sheep myself and my Shepherd loves me in the most humble ways, and that my Shepherd is so patient as He guides me on the path He has laid out for me.

I want to be the same for my children.

I’ve learned to pick my battles. I’ve learned when to stick with something and when to let it go. I’ve learned that children are full of wisdom and good ideas, and often compromise is OK. I don’t need to be right, I don’t need to be perfect, and I’m human too. And my boys need to know that. They also need to know they are loved, respected, important, and valued – no matter what age they are.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – I Timothy 4:12

I was trying to be someone else with all the rules and rigidity. I was trying to be my personal concept of what a good mother & pastor’s wife would be.

It was getting pretty complicated, and I was liking myself less and less.

So I decided to Simply Live more often. To remember more of who I was instead of trying to be someone else. To remember how much I loved children and loved their fresh perspectives, their honesty and openness, their caring, generous, and forgiving hearts. I let them show me what their world looked like – it was often so beautiful.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

It’s not about winning or losing, or being in charge, or getting my way. And it’s not about letting my kids have the upper hand either. It’s about doing life together.

As far as I can tell, they know I still get the last word, I’m still the parent, and somebody needs to make the final decisions if no common ground can be found.

For the most part, they respect that. There might be some complaining and sometimes there’s still a “punishment”, but they can usually see it coming a mile away if that happens.

Sometimes they even choose the punishment. And sometimes it’s more harsh than what I was thinking!

But I think it’s all a part of raising young people to be old people who will one day make all their own decisions, and live their own lives, and be totally self-sufficient, and contribute to the world around them.

Not conforming, not cookie-cutter, not always what is expected, free to be themselves, change the world as only they can, and have lots of fun along the way.

God made us all so unique, and I don’t want to miss out on truly knowing my sons.  

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” – John 10:14

Just as I can trust and rely on my Shepherd, so I want to parent my boys in a similar way.

I want to gently guide, humbly correct course when headed for danger, share the path ahead, reminisce about the path behind, look for green pastures and blue skies, pay attention to any fences that are in place for our protection, and explore the wide-open fields together.

Posted in Life

Time For A Break :)

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Thank you for all the wonderful feedback about what you’d like to read about on this blog – keep it coming!

I so appreciate your words.

I’m taking the rest of the summer off – or at least a couple of weeks🙂

What with Josiah breaking his wrist 3 days ago, soccer season winding down, less than half the summer to go before… (SSHHH – school starts again), and many more things to check off the family to-do list – I figure it’s time to take a break from the computer.

I’ll be back – don’t you worry😉

Can’t help myself.

I’ve had great fun launching the Lunchbox LOL Series (I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing about that, but good news – I’ve had the most monthly sales ever on Amazon, and it’s only the 10th of the month! Cool), and spending time thinking about what I’ll write about in the coming months, and working on a couple of other book projects (more on that later🙂 ).

I hope you enjoy the rest of the warmer weather days, and make some great memories with your family, and take some time for yourself along the way too.

I was looking for a good photo from the archives for this blog post, but instead I found way too many, and thought I’d stroll down memory lane with you a little.

Here’s some of my favourite pics from the last few years – in no particular order…

Enjoy!

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What Would You Like to Read About?

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There are so many blog post ideas running around in my head.

I always feel like there’s so much I want to share with you all!

But instead of typing away frantically, I thought I’d try a different approach…

What do you want to read about?

Which of my previous posts seems to be of most interest to you?

If it’s easier – here’s a little list of possibilities I’m mulling over… would you like to read about any of these?

  • Simple ideas for helping others – many at no cost or minimal cost to you or your household
  • Stories of our family life
  • 1000 Days to Financial Freedom Updates
  • My Journey to Health – Emotionally (as one who deals with anxiety/depression) and Physically (as one who needs to work on eating and exercise habits)
  • Thoughts About Faith in the Family
  • Home Renovations – I have some work to do around here over the next few months! Mostly painting and storage solutions and decluttering and sprucing up🙂
  • Frugal Ideas for the Home (eg – I made 2 sets of curtains & 1 valance for $3 total!)
  • Frugal & Healthy Recipes & Menu Plans
  • Filling a Christmas Stocking or Easter Basket for $20 or Less

What do you think?

 

AND SERIOUSLY – some of you have said you’d like me to start doing workshops about saving money, AND YOU’D PAY ME to do it – is this really true?

If so, what sorts of things would you like me to talk about for an hour or two?

And how much would you pay for something like that?

 

I’m just trying to get an idea of where to focus my future efforts for this blog and elsewhere in the coming months.

So send me any feedback and I’ll look forward to reading it!

I do love to share the journey with you all…

🙂

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1000 Days to Financial Freedom – How Do We Plan To Do It?

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It all started very early in our married life – if you haven’t already read Our $$$$$ Story, I encourage you to go ahead – it’s a good one!

We had so little money to live on, right from the beginning, that frugality was not originally a lifestyle choice (at least not for my Joshua), it was a necessity.

It was much easier for me – I am definitely the more frugal one in our marriage relationship.

There’s a story Josh loves to tell – of one night early in our life together – it goes something like this…

Josh (as he grabs his coat and heads towards the door) – Let’s go out tonight! 

Anna (following hesitantly behind, the ON button of her mind calculator pushing itself) – Um… OK… where?

Josh (turning towards Anna with a big smile) – How about the movies?

Anna (stops dead in her tracks, her mind calculator overheated already) – It’s not Tuesday!!

Josh (starting to hesitate himself) – Well… that’s OK.

Anna (taking a deep breath and recalculating) – OK. What about dinner, though?

Josh (regaining his confidence) – We can grab something out on the way.

Anna (inner frugal voice screaming but trying not to let it be heard) – Where?

Josh (his hand on the doorknob, ready to embark into the adventure of the night ahead) – I don’t know… Outback?

Anna ………………………….

Josh (looking back over his shoulder to throw another big smile at his new wife, realizing she is not moving from the doorway of their home) – What’s wrong?

Anna (inner frugal voice bubbling up and spilling over, imminent threat of hyperventilation) – That’s going to cost, like, $70 for us to go to dinner and a movie! 

Josh (doing his best to adjust to this new life of compromise) – Where do you want to go for dinner?

Anna (taking a deep breath and recalculating, doing her best to adjust to this new life of compromise) – Wendy’s. I love their 99 cent super-value menu.

Josh (big smile again) – Sounds good. Wendy’s and a movie. It’ll cost about $30. Better?

Anna (smiling back) – Yes. I can do that. So… what movie do you want to go see? 

Josh (excited) – Gladiator!

Anna …………………………

As you can see, our financial mindset was vastly different when we were first married. Early on we really had to learn to communicate about what we wanted to do with the money we had.

About a year and a half after our wedding and a few months pregnant with our first son, we gathered together all our financial statements and had a good look at everything.

We had $38,500 in debt from school loans, credit cards, and a car loan.

Josh was earning $28,000 and I was working part-time until the baby arrived.

We were in over our heads.

We wanted to live a debt-free life, and we wanted a house of our own to raise our family, and we wanted to give any children that came along their best shot at a debt-free life once they were ready to spread their wings.

That’s about all we knew at age 27.

There were no plans to save in RRSPs, find financial freedom, or purchase rental properties.

Those things came later, after the RESPs had been in place for years (no matter how lean the finances got sometimes), after the school debts and credit card debts were paid off, after we realized we both loved being hospitable (most of the time🙂 ).

Through all the years, we’ve always strived to live on one income. For the most part, there was only one income anyways – Josh worked while I stayed home with the boys.

As the years went by and raises came, we tried not to spend the raises, and only adjusted the flexible budget we have. (Flexible because trying to stick to it rigidly was pretty stressful and I kept beating myself up – instead I stuck to our overall financial picture and it was good!)

We’ve watched our RRSPs climb a little, our RESPs climb too, our debts vanish, and our net worth grow.

All by the grace of God, folks. That can never be forgotten.

We scraped together money for a down payment on our first rental property.

We leveraged our principal mortgage to put a down payment on a second rental property (both have 20% equity in them).

We learned all about positive cash flow from rental properties, and which tenants would be best suited to us, and how to find the right tenants, and what exactly were our duties as landlords. It’s been fun for the most part🙂 A great experiment that so far is going well.

We’ve paid off the last two used cars we had to buy in less than a year each (and transferred the balances to 0-1% interest credit cards while we paid them off).

To make a long story short (too late!) we’ve compromised – in a good way.

We’ve learned each other’s spending and saving habits (or lack thereof), and sometimes I’ve had to be rigid and sometimes Josh has had to be carefree.

We’ve taught each other to stick to the lifestyle that matches our values – saving when we can, spending when we can.

Always spending less than we earn (except for the two years of loss and living off EI – during those months we sank $300/month into debt but could see no other way. We caught just a glimpse of what that life is like, and we worked hard to crawl out of it.)

Never living off more than one salary.

Keeping things simple as best we can.

In a future post I’ll break down the actual numbers of HOW? so the whole idea can make more sense.

So much to share!

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It Has to Bring JOY or It Has to GO

I promise to share what I can if you promise not to judge…

DEAL?

Deal.

You see, I have some OCD issues.

Like there’s this one plate in my cupboard that bugs me every time I open the door.

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Upon first glance you might miss it sitting on top of the other plates.

But it’s there, not fitting nicely in the stack, always needing to be moved as I put away the other clean plates, just bugging me and my OCD.

It’s this plate…

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An old-school Swiss Chalet plate.

I keep it because I absolutely love it.

The joy it brings when I see it definitely outweighs the amount it bugs me by not fitting in with my organized cupboard.

I need these little reminders than not everything needs to go as planned, and not everything needs to fit in nicely with everything else.

Some things should just be fun and spontaneous and mess up any kind of plans I might have had.

Like moving out west on my own for 5 months to attend Rocky Mountain Bible College, like meeting my Joshua, like finding out I was pregnant for the first time, like moving to Sudbury, like our family trips to Mexico, Dominican, and Cuba.

So many amazing memories than I hadn’t planned for, so many incredible changes that I didn’t see coming, so many ways my life has been surprisingly enriched.

Like the Swiss Chalet plate.

Swiss Chalet was our family’s favourite restaurant when we were growing up. Birthdays and milestones were celebrated there. My go-to meal is still the chicken on a kaiser with white meat and fries. YUM.

When I moved out west on my own I got a job waitressing at Swiss Chalet in Calgary. I loved that job – I loved the activity of the restaurant, having a job that required constant movement, meeting so many new people, and half-price meals! I could now enjoy a chicken on a kaiser with every shift I worked – even as a struggling student!

And when I moved back home suddenly instead of pursuing my Bible College degree, and started dating Josh a few months later, Swiss Chalet was often where we would hang out – especially after church on Sundays with a big group of people.

Josh and I also had many date nights at Swiss Chalet. On one of those occasions we discovered the old plates would be replaced with new ones very soon. I remembered this happening in Calgary during my time there – how the plates got much bigger and heavier – I could only carry 3 now instead of 5! More trips to the kitchen and back!

One night Josh asked if he could have an old plate before they would become obsolete. He’s quite a charmer and had no problem convincing the waitress. She tucked our plate into one of the old foil containers they used to give for doggy-bags – you know, the ones with the cardboard lids? His request was never discovered by upper management, and we escaped the restaurant with the plate – no problem at all.

And that’s why I can’t seem to part with the plate – because it has memories of so many different chapters in my life. It’s from the exact same restaurant I used to frequent with my family as I was growing up, many celebrations were there, I remember so many dates with Josh there, so many times with friends, and it also reminds me of a special time in my life that I spent out west – just growing up and figuring things out.

That odd plate can stay in my cupboard as long as it likes – no matter what my OCD has to say about it.

Why?

Because it brings me joy🙂

If it didn’t bring me joy, it would have been on the way out long ago.

I just finished reading a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. 

These sorts of books really appeal to my love of all things organized and efficient.

One thing that stood out for me in the book was that we should only keep things that bring us joy. We shouldn’t hang on to clutter that has bad memories, or guilt – things that have been passed down to us that we don’t even like, even things that are attached to memories of long-ago chapters of our lives. We can still have the memories without the things – I’m always telling my youngest son this – he’s a bit of a clutter-bug. We replaced his massive bookshelf with a much smaller one last week, and the first thing he said was, “Yes, more room for posters on the wall now!” I’m just not sure I got through to him when I was trying to encourage him to declutter🙂

I find most of my clutter comes from wanting to hang on to special memories – like when the boys were young. But I also feel like maybe this stops me from living in the moments of NOW – this is one I’m figuring out still, and haven’t touched the “Memory Tote” I have for each boy. Totes they’ve never looked through (and neither have I to tell you the truth). It’s just stuff, stored away being no use to anyone, so I can hang on to a phase of life that has long passed. I’m sure I’ll hang on to a couple of items, but I’ll have to limit myself I think🙂

Even my wedding dress is potentially on the chopping block – I’m still not sure. It was specially-cleaned as a wedding present, and packed into a storage box. I have moved this box a few times, never opened it, never gazed on my wedding dress since the one day I wore it, I don’t have any daughters, and I’m not sure I want to inflict any unnecessary pressure on potential daughters-in-law.

And I’m trying not to pressure my item-attached husband too much to find another home for his family momentos. We all move at our own pace. And he’s done well with often coming home to find things moved around in the house and piles of boxes and bags to discard. (Thanks for understanding Josh🙂 )

So there it is – when you look around your home – do the items that currently live there bring you joy?

Or do they weigh you down in some way?

Those are the questions I’m answering as I sort through my house…

Apparently when the things that surround you are of your own choosing and bring you joy – this helps you uncover much about who you are and things that you love to do.

And the absence of clutter can restore and renew your passions and dreams.

Looking forward to it!!

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1000 Days to Financial Freedom

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Today it is 1000 days until my husband’s 45th birthday.

It’s a good time to get serious about a few goals and dreams that we have.

I’ve been tracking our daily finances for years, and recently I did some more extensive tracking.

Because I needed to figure out why it always feels like there’s never enough.

I concluded that some of it is the culture we live in, some of it is misunderstanding on our part, and some of it is misplaced priorities.

I can’t do much about the culture, except choose whether or not I want to follow what it dictates.

I can do alot about the misunderstanding – I love to do the research and learn new things. Especially things that will be beneficial to those I love the most in this world.

And together with Josh, we can put the priorities in place according to what is truly important to us.

I’m giving us 1000 days to learn, grow, rearrange, renew, work hard, and play hard (for as close to free as we can get it🙂 ).

Why 1000 days?

Simply because I work better with deadlines, and 1000 days is enough time to figure things out, and 50 seemed a bit too long to be on this road.

45 is good. I’ll be 45 by then too. I’m 4 months older than my Joshua🙂.

We will have been together for about 20 years (if you count our dating months). And we’ll have another 20 years until official “retirement” age. Smack-dab in the middle of our working lives together. Seems a good time to regroup.

Why Financial Freedom?

Financial freedom means we have choices.

We can choose to take a full-time salary, part-time salary, or side hustles for 20 years – until we’re 65.

We can choose to take time to travel or volunteer or spend time with family.

 

What are our goals?

$2000 paid off for recent car repairs, newer laptop for me, and some writing expenses.

$15,000 paid off for recent home repairs/renovations on 3 houses – our house plus our two rental properties.

About $10,000 saved up in a TFSA account.

About $65,000 put aside in RRSPs.

Rental properties are self-sustaining.

Part-time work or side hustle income = enough to cover ongoing expenses.

NOTES:

*We’ve been putting aside RESPs for the boys (along with other members of our family) since they were babies, so they should be OK for post-secondary education, but we’ll help if needed.

*We’ll need another car at some point soon – I haven’t figured that in the plan yet🙂

 

What now?

Once in a while, I’ll fill you in on the numbers a little more as time goes on – maybe even a chart to track it all🙂

Occasionally I’ll write about how we accomplish our goals over the next 1000 days.

Accountability is always good, so thank you for reading!

 

I wonder what the next 1000 days will bring…

Posted in Motherhood

What a Broken Picture Frame Taught Me About Family Life

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There’s a series of collage pictures that hang in the carpeted staircase leading up to the second floor of our house.

Each frame holds pictures for one year of our family’s life.

About 6 hang of them hang in our home so far.

For a while there were only 5 – one of the frames had gotten knocked off the wall and smashed when our oldest son was moving something upstairs.

I wasn’t sure what to do  – replace the frame? That would mean searching for something that would hold the exact amount of photos I had in the frame, and in exactly the same order.

Do I try to make some sort of a new frame that would hold the miraculously-unbroken glass front?

Do I find a completely different collage frame that might prevent me from including the already-carefully-chosen pictures from that year of our lives?

Nope. Nope. Nope.

None of those options worked for me.

Then it hit me…

This is life.

Especially family life.

And especially with two wonderfully rambunctious and full of life young men in my home.

Things will get broken – it’s a wonder more hasn’t been broken through the years.

These young men of mine have actually done quite well in containing their rambunctious-ness and vitality to certain areas of the house or the outdoors.

Do I want a perfect, pristine home?

Nope.

Just tidy once in a while.

And well-organized and free of a lot of clutter.

But mostly that’s my job to keep it that way.

Their job is to simply live here, truly live here, in the moments, whatever they bring.

To laugh, love, learn, grow, respect, relax, and LIVE.

So I hung the collage back on its spot on the staircase wall – with sticky tack on the back.

The matting was still fine.

It was still good.

It’s all good.

If I choose to see it that way.

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Final Lunchbox LOL Launch Post – A Recap & A Complete Package :)

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PLEASE NOTE: I will NOT be at the All Nations Church lobby tonight from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

I had to go ahead and change those plans, plus a summer cold has me feeling a little under the weather😦

I might take in a movie at the new all-recliner cinema downtown with my son and find a way to escape the heat! Whew!

If you were planning on picking up a book at the church, just contact me and I’ll let you know how you can get your hands on the books.

We’ve shared some laughter together today, haven’t we? Did you share the laughter with folks around you too?

We’ve enjoyed some Jokes, Silly Questions, Word Plays, Calculator Word Games, Fun Facts & Trivia, Riddles, and Holiday Jokes!

Speaking of holidays, pretend I’m whispering this next part…

The summer holidays will have to come to an end for the kids in the coming weeks. It always helped me to know I had a plan for connecting with them and sharing a few laughs or some fun in the lunchbox through the school year.   

OK – no more whispering🙂

There is one more book worth mentioning today – the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series in one big package! Paperback or digital download – it’s your choice!

Imagine having all the lunchbox inserts you could possibly need for daily doses of lunchbox fun from Grade 3-8… in one book!

Yes please.

The introductory price on this book is $39.99 for digital download (pdf) or $52.99 for paperback.

Did you have a chance to read through all the info about purchasing Lunchbox LOL books in paperback or digital download – through direct PaypalEtsyeBay, or Amazon? So many options!

Recommendations for the Lunchbox LOL Series:

  • Grade 3 – 200 Jokes For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 4 – 200 Silly Questions For The Lunchbox (similar to jokes)
  • Grade 5 – 200 Days of Word Play For The Lunchbox (puns, tongue twisters, mixed-up phrases, goofy definitions)
  • Grade 6 – 200 Calculator Word Games For The Lunchbox (fill-in-the-blank with a series of calculator numbers)
  • Grade 7 – 200 Fun Facts & Trivia For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 8 – 200 Riddles For The Lunchbox (some are harder than others) – the paperback version will be on backorder, but the pdf version is ready!
  • All Grades – 200 Holiday Jokes (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and jokes about School, Warm Weather & Cold Weather).
  • The Complete Lunchbox LOL Series – a book made up of EVERYTHING – all seven books – together in one complete package – 1400 Inserts in total!

*These are just recommendations – many of the books will suit many of the grades!*

Lunchbox Series Books

You can grab these books in Paperback or Digital Download (pdf) version.

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, $5 shipping in U.S., and instant access to digital downloads.

Here’s how…

Follow the links on your choice of venue!

Paperback

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, and $5 shipping in U.S.

$9.99 for each book, $52.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $7.57/book!)

      • Paypal – include a message to tell me which book(s) you’d like, and your address if you need shipping (be sure to add $3 for Canada, $5 for U.S.)
      • Etsy – enter coupon code LOCALFREESHIPPING to pick up your order!
      • eBay – there is a free local pick up option at checkout!
      • Amazon (books are up to $13 on here, and not listed properly – these things are out of my control!)

Digital Downloads (pdf)

Instant access!

$6.99 for each pdf, $39.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $5.71/book!)

  • Etsy (you download the pdf from my Etsy store – so easy!)
  • Paypal (I’ll email you the pdf personally)

 

I’ll be donating some of the proceeds to World Vision to Supply a Classroom!

Supply a Classroom

 

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3pm on Lunchbox LOL Launch Day – Let’s Think About Holidays :)

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It’s 3pm – time to highlight the last of the seven books in the Lunchbox LOL Series – Holiday Jokes!!🙂

Did you manage to read my earlier post that gives all the details of this Lunchbox LOL book series launch?

There’s info about purchasing books in paperback or digital download – through direct PaypalEtsyeBay, or Amazon – so many options!

YOU CAN ALSO drop by the lobby of All Nations Church @414 St. Raphael St from 5:00pm – 7:00pm tonight and pick up a book in person! I would LOVE to see you there!

For now, enjoy these samples of 200 Holiday Jokes – you’ll find all kinds of holiday jokes included in this book (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and jokes about School, Warm Weather & Cold Weather).

Keep them to yourself or share them with the folks around you. Love and laughter are best when passed along, don’t you think?🙂

What do you wear to a Thanksgiving dinner?

Answer: A har-vest

 

What do you get if you cross a Christmas tree with an apple?

Answer: A pine-apple

Where does Valentine’s Day come after Easter?

Answer: In the dictionary

These are just a couple of glimpses of what you’ll find inside the 200 Holiday Jokes book:

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10 pages full of 20 cut-outs – a total of 200 inserts in all!

Holiday Jokes Inside Image

 

Recommendations for the Lunchbox LOL Series:

  • Grade 3 – 200 Jokes For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 4 – 200 Silly Questions For The Lunchbox (similar to jokes)
  • Grade 5 – 200 Days of Word Play For The Lunchbox (puns, tongue twisters, mixed-up phrases, goofy definitions)
  • Grade 6 – 200 Calculator Word Games For The Lunchbox (fill-in-the-blank with a series of calculator numbers)
  • Grade 7 – 200 Fun Facts & Trivia For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 8 – 200 Riddles For The Lunchbox (some are harder than others) – the paperback version will be on backorder, but the pdf version is ready!
  • All Grades – 200 Holiday Jokes (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and jokes about School, Warm Weather & Cold Weather).
  • The Complete Lunchbox LOL Series – a book made up of EVERYTHING – all seven books – together in one complete package – 1400 Inserts in total!

*These are just recommendations – many of the books will suit many of the grades!*

Lunchbox Series Books

You can grab these books in Paperback or Digital Download (pdf) version.

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, $5 shipping in U.S., and instant access to digital downloads.

Here’s how…

Follow the links on your choice of venue!

Paperback

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, and $5 shipping in U.S.

$9.99 for each book, $52.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $7.57/book!)

      • Paypal – include a message to tell me which book(s) you’d like, and your address if you need shipping (be sure to add $3 for Canada, $5 for U.S.)
      • Etsy – enter coupon code LOCALFREESHIPPING to pick up your order!
      • eBay – there is a free local pick up option at checkout!
      • Amazon (books are up to $13 on here, and not listed properly – these things are out of my control!)

Digital Downloads (pdf)

Instant access!

$6.99 for each pdf, $39.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $5.71/book!)

  • Etsy (you download the pdf from my Etsy store – so easy!)
  • Paypal (I’ll email you the pdf personally)

 

I’ll be donating some of the proceeds to World Vision to Supply a Classroom!

Supply a Classroom

Much more to come throughout Lunchbox LOL Launch Day…🙂

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2pm on Lunchbox LOL Launch Day – I Have a Riddle or Two For You :)

Riddles Book Cover

It’s 2pm – time for some mid-afternoon riddles🙂

The paperback version will be on back-order for just a little bit, but the digital download version is available in pdf for $6.99, and the Riddles are included in the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series for $52.99.

Did you manage to read my earlier post that gives all the details of this Lunchbox LOL book series launch?

There’s info about purchasing books in paperback or digital download – through direct PaypalEtsyeBay, or Amazon – so many options!

YOU CAN ALSO drop by the lobby of All Nations Church @414 St. Raphael St from 5:00pm – 7:00pm tonight and pick up a book in person! I would LOVE to see you there!

For now, enjoy these samples of Riddles For The Lunchbox – keep them to yourself or share them with the folks around you. Love and laughter are best when passed along, don’t you think?🙂

What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

Answer: A clock

 

Many have heard me, but no one has seen me. I will not speak unless spoken to. What am I?

Answer: An echo

 

What belongs to you but is used more by others?

Answer: Your name

These are just a couple of glimpses of what you’ll find inside the 200 Riddles For The Lunchbox book:

Riddles Sample

10 pages full of 20 cut-outs – a total of 200 inserts in all!

Riddles Inside Image

 

Recommendations for the Lunchbox LOL Series:

  • Grade 3 – 200 Jokes For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 4 – 200 Silly Questions For The Lunchbox (similar to jokes)
  • Grade 5 – 200 Days of Word Play For The Lunchbox (puns, tongue twisters, mixed-up phrases, goofy definitions)
  • Grade 6 – 200 Calculator Word Games For The Lunchbox (fill-in-the-blank with a series of calculator numbers)
  • Grade 7 – 200 Fun Facts & Trivia For The Lunchbox
  • Grade 8 – 200 Riddles For The Lunchbox (some are harder than others) – the paperback version will be on backorder, but the pdf version is ready!
  • All Grades – 200 Holiday Jokes (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and jokes about School, Warm Weather & Cold Weather).
  • The Complete Lunchbox LOL Series – a book made up of EVERYTHING – all seven books – together in one complete package – 1400 Inserts in total!

*These are just recommendations – many of the books will suit many of the grades!*

Lunchbox Series Books

You can grab these books in Paperback or Digital Download (pdf) version.

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, $5 shipping in U.S., and instant access to digital downloads.

Here’s how…

Follow the links on your choice of venue!

Paperback

Free local pick up, $3 shipping in Canada, and $5 shipping in U.S.

$9.99 for each book, $52.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $7.57/book!)

      • Paypal – include a message to tell me which book(s) you’d like, and your address if you need shipping (be sure to add $3 for Canada, $5 for U.S.)
      • Etsy – enter coupon code LOCALFREESHIPPING to pick up your order!
      • eBay – there is a free local pick up option at checkout!
      • Amazon (books are up to $13 on here, and not listed properly – these things are out of my control!)

Digital Downloads (pdf)

Instant access!

$6.99 for each pdf, $39.99 for the Complete Lunchbox LOL Series (just $5.71/book!)

  • Etsy (you download the pdf from my Etsy store – so easy!)
  • Paypal (I’ll email you the pdf personally)

 

I’ll be donating some of the proceeds to World Vision to Supply a Classroom!

Supply a Classroom

Much more to come throughout Lunchbox LOL Launch Day…🙂