Launching Arrows of Faith into the Next Generation

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“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;

so are children of the youth.”  -Psalm 127

I’m excited to announce that my dad is launching a new business called Faith of a Family!

Faith of a Family is a Psalm 127:4 inspired business and is an offshoot of his blog  The purpose of this site is to be an avenue to share resources for families and to help them share their faith with others.

This beautiful display set and family heirloom includes:

  • Handcrafted, authentic arrows with customized name engraving for each of your children.
  • A custom made leather quiver uniquely designed to hold up to 14 Arrows of Faith.
  • Display your family in a beautiful custom designed photo frame found only at  Each frame is laser engraved with the Bible verse from Psalm 127:4 “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” (KJV) and stained in a rustic yet elegant barnwood color suitable for both brown or black decor.

This gorgeous piece will be a unique testament of your faith and desire to instill God’s Word into the lives of the children in your “quiver”.

This would a perfect Christmas gift for your parents, spouse and for a new or already established family.

I recommend to you the following posts from my dad’s blog on Psalm 127 and shaping arrows (children) of faith.

How Strong Are You Making Your Arrows?

Directing your Arrows

SHAPE of Arrowheads

Launching Faithful Arrows into the World

How many children should you have?

I’d encourage you to take a moment to visit the new Faith of a Family website, like the Facebook page and pin or share this new product!

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Scripture Inscribed Christmas Giving and a Giveaway!

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Today one of Stay-At-Home Daughter’s advertisers, Jane from Mary & Martha, has a special giveaway for you!  *Affiliate links included

If you are beginning to search for the perfect Christmas gifts this season, look no further!

Christmas gifts should be something that will remind us of Christ.
Why not give SCRIPTURE INSCRIBED Christmas gifts this year!
Mary & Martha is part of the Dayspring Co., and every product sold by them has Bible Verses on it!
What a beautiful way to get God’s Word into homes, written on the walls and accenting every corner!

What a blessed for us to give gifts, in His Name and with His words inscribed!

Sometimes it is hard to choose a gift, would you like help? Just email me at , I am a stay at home mom and would love to help you! If you are ordering a large item or several items and would like a discount, call met at 717-274-0875 8 AM- 8 PM EST and see if I can help!


I am secretly planning (shhhhh) to gift each of my sisters with the Product # 83706 Heirloom White Mug! “BEGIN EACH DAY WITH A HEART OF GRATITUDE” the mug says! I plan on filling the mug with coffee beans and tying with a red sheer fabric, a very nice gift for a good price!

84633 (1)In order to promote my shop this Christmas season, I’m giving away 1 Lazy Susan, $69.00 value product # 84633. See how beautiful it is? Pass the salt and pepper, please! A common request soon to be made easier with the convenience of our Gracious Lazy Susan. Made of dark, rich mango wood, this piece compliments a homemade meal and declares a gracious home is a place of peace from the embossed brass center. So gather the family around the table for meaningful conversation and a delicious dinner served with ease.

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Women Living Well

My blogging friend Courtney, the one who held the Women Living Well conference in August, will be airing the conference sessions for FREE for the next few weeks. If you were unable to attend the conference (or even if you were) these videos will be worth your time to see. Not only do each of the speakers share from their expertise on marriage, family and ministry but there were also some wonderful Q&A sessions where they share real life stories and advice. And let me tell you, these ladies are FUNNY!


Single ladies, this is a really good, free opportunity to prepare for marriage and family. There were so many helpful tips that I know I will keep in mind for later down the road

And the other exciting thing? Courtney has come out with an amazing book with the same name as her blog, and conference- Women Living Well.

I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy. My book looks like it’s been around for a hundred years because of the way I marked it up, underlined and dogeared the pages. There were SO many great quotes and things I wanted to remember.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Have we forgotten the power of the “I”- not the ipad, the ipod or the iphone- but the great “I AM”"

“There are no “cookie-cutter” marriages. Our Biblical principles should match but each marriage is unique.”

“We must slow down and create calm moments…..when we do not slow down and rest we miss God’s voice.”

“Who we are at home is who we really are. Give your family the best of you.”

I’m going to be honest with you. I don’t usually read “real” books anymore. I usually go for the digital version and I usually pick something short and sweet. I guess that’s just the eGeneration I’ve grown up in. I loved Courtney’s book though. Her friend-to-friend writing style is easy to fall in love with. It is the perfect balance of light reading with deep truths. And the format of the book was divided into chapters with sub categories which made it easy to take in a little here and a little there.

This book is good for singles and marrieds alike. I love how there was a wide range of topics with so many amazing tips and biblical encouragments packed in to each.

“Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids & Your Home” is a book that is well worth your time.

Pick up a hardcopy here or the ebook version here. Or check out your local Christian book store! The book should be in stores in just a few days!

Today I’d like to give you the opportunity to win a free copy of Women Living Well! Just enter below for your chance to win!

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Old Fashion Applesauce Bread Tutorial

This post is part of the Vintage Homemaking Week hosted by Karen Ehman.  Visit her blog for some amazing vintage tips and tutorials including: Gardening, Canning and freezing, Refinishing furniture, Throwing a vintage party, Making your home a haven for your family, Vintage hair and make-up and more!

There are lots of giveaways going on too including a giveaway right here (at the bottom of this post)!


 applesauce bread

Our family loves this old fashion Applesauce Bread recipe!  When a warm loaf comes out of our oven it leaves our home smelling of fall, sweet spices and baked apples.

To begin set you oven to 350* and then gather together:

  • 1 1/4 cups of applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablesppons milk


Mix all of these wet ingredients into a medium sized bowl.  You can use store bought applesauce but our family likes to use homemade, chunky applesauce  in this recipe.

For one batch of applesauce simply slow cook 8 apples peeled, cored and sliced (we like Fuji apples) with 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, over low heat until soft.


Next pull out:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

DSCN2816Mix the flour mixture well.


Combine both wet and dry ingredients and then pour the batter into a greased 9x5inch loaf pan.


We like to add a special brown sugar crust topping.  You can either use store bought brown sugar or you can make your own by combining 1/3 cup of white sugar and 1 teaspoon of molasses.


Sprinkle your homemade brown sugar over the top of the bread batter along with a small handful of dry oats and a sprinkling of cinnamon.


Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.  You can check to make sure your bread is done by inserting a tooth pick into the middle.  If it comes out clean your bread it ready. If the bread gets too dark while baking you can lightly cover it with foil.

Let the bread rest for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.  You can serve the bread warm or room temperature.


This is a perfect fall time recipe to be served with a cup of tea on a chilly day!  We like to add homemade apple butter to finish it off but it is good just by it’s self.



I’m giving away one PDF copy of my ebook “Single Girl”!

Single Girl- the single woman’s guide to life, liberty and the pursuit of godliness
Are you single? Are you a mother, friend, Sunday school teacher or leader who loves a single woman? This ebook is for you!

The heart of “Single Girl is to encourage women during their season of singleness to embrace a fearless, joyful time of life, liberty and the pursuit of godliness.


Enter below for a chance to win a copy!

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Natural Makeup Remover Giveaway!

Today one of our sponsors, Jackie, is sharing about her journey towards using natural products in her home and why she now sells these products.  She will also be doing a giveaway for us!  I will let her tell you all about it:

“Cleaning is usually a love-hate kind of thing for most women. Either we love it and hate the side-effects of the chemicals, or just plain dislike cleaning all together. I was always the “in-between” type of homemaker. You know, I loved the way the house smelled after using my pine cleaner, but didn’t like the feeling it left on my hands. Burning. That was it.

Fast forward about 10 years, and several years dealing with an asthmatic child. I knew something had to change, and choosing how to deal with chemicals in my home was at least one way that I could change on my own. That’s when a lovely woman I met at a holiday open house last year introduced me to something called an Enviro Cloth by a company she was very passionate about: Norwex.

“From our humble beginnings in Norway, focused on “cleaning without chemicals” to our most recent launch of Norwex in Australia, we remain dedicated to our mission of improving quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in household and personal care products.” 


She showed me how I could clean my home, top to bottom, with just these cloths and water. Seriously? After using them on a trial run for about 3 weeks, I absolutely LOVED them! Yes, a part of me was thinking, “What about my pine cleaner, don’t I need that?” Well, I no longer do. We use our Enviro Cloths for the kitchen, bathroom, you-name-it. Greasy glass top stove after cooking a batch of tacos? I just wet and wipe, and the grease is gone.

Not only is the Enviro Cloth one of my favorite go-to cleaning devices, I’ve now discovered these fabulous make-up cleansing cloths that clean my face with only, you guessed it, water. Simply moisten this super-soft, suede-like cloth with water and gently wipe your face. Waterproof mascara and eye shadow? Gone! Not only does it do a wonderful job of keeping my face clean, it also keeps me from adding any type of extra chemicals to the largest organ on my body: my skin.


This is why I want to share Norwex products. I am passionate about changing the way I clean, and want to pass it on so that others may benefit. Today, I am sharing the love and blessing with one excited reader with a set of my favorite pampering cloths, the Make-Up Removal Cloths (set of 3)! My hope and prayer is that we would choose to live as God leads us, and know that everything we do for our family is guided by Him. Enjoy!”

I think this is a great giveaway!  I’m really excited because Jackie has offered to let me try out a set of makeup removal cloths too!  All you have to do to enter is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below!

Here is an ad from Norwix showing some of their products but their website has lots of things to choose from with a variety of prices.


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To Bless A Homemaker Dishwasher Giveaway!

Hi Friends!  Do you or your family need a new dishwasher?  Do you know someone who does and would like to bless them with one as a surprise?

I’ve joined with some other blogging friends to help make this possible for one special person!

Homemaking, a most precious and praiseworthy calling! Ladies, we want to encourage you and remind you that diligently serving your family and caring for your home each day is of immeasurable, eternal value! Thirty bloggers have joyously come together to bless one winner with a brand new, installed dishwasher! And are we excited!

Not only will one woman win a new dishwasher, but each of you will find new, encouraging blogs to read and glean from. The winner can also opt to gift her gift to a friend or relative.

NOTE: For the rafflecopter below, you can earn most entries by “liking” a facebook page. If it’s a page you’re already a fan of, just click “I’m a fan!” If you’re not, a fan already, do make sure to click “like” before you hit “I’m a fan!” God’s blessings!


Eligibility rules: The dishwasher will be chosen by To Bless A Homemaker Giveaways and may not be the exact model pictured above. Winner can choose between black or white in color. Void where prohibited by law. In no way is this giveaway sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, To Bless a Homemaker Giveaways Ministry, and all participating blogs of all liability. Organized by: The Focused Homemaker in conjunction with To Bless A Homemaker Giveaways. Contest ends at 12:00 am Central Time on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Winner randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and notified by email on July 8, 2013. Open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.

Free Greeting Card Giveaway!

cardpicA few weeks ago I had the chance to create a Mother’s Day card for my mom through a website called Card Store.  There were so many beautiful templates to choose from and they were all very customizable.

I was able to add my own pictures, text style and personalized message.  The card was shipped quickly and I was very happy with the quality and professional printing.

The sweet friend who gave me this opportunity would also like to give YOU the opportunity to win a free customizable card!

cardpic2You can pick from any style or template for any occasion!  Father’s Day is soon approaching, maybe you have a friend with a birthday coming up or perhaps you just want to send a special “I’m thinking of you card”.  Whatever the case may be I’d encourage you to enter this giveaway opportunity!

The card pricing is very reasonable and I would definitely want to keep this in mind for myself in the future.

Visit the Card Store to purchase one today or view their beautiful collection!

Giveaway finished!  :-)  Winner:  Cathi Katie Updike

Key To My Heart Necklace {+ $50 Origami Owl Giveaway}


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Laurel from Origami Owl contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked me to review one of the beautiful necklaces she creates!

You seriously need to check out the Origami Owl website.  All of the jewelry is completely customizable!  You can pick from a verity of chains, beautiful glass lockets, dozens of unique charms and dangles.

Origami Owl allows you to tell your story through jewelry!

I picked out this lovely glass locket and placed a small heart inside.  Then I chose a pearl dangle to symbolize purity along with a key to my heart.  My plan will be to give this key to my future husband and ask him to wear it in his boutonnière on our wedding day!

I definitely recommend this beautiful jewelry!  You can buy your own here.

Now I’ve got exciting news!  Laurel is giving away a $50 credit to the Origami Owl website so you can create your own custom jewelry!

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Enter below for your chance to win!

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Giveaway ends Sunday April, 28th 2013.

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The Dig

I’ve got another review and giveaway for you!

This time I’m giving away an ebook called “The Dig”.  This book is a part of a series and is a Bible study resource to help children walk through God’s Word.

As I reviewed this ebook I was impressed by the way the author, Patrick Schwenk (you may know his wife Ruth of The Better Mom), creatively articulates deep truths and doctrines in a way that is easy for young children.

In “The Dig” you will find 34 short lessons from the Gospel of Luke.  Each lesson points you to a scripture passage and then provides you with a kid friendly explanation of the verses you just read, along with a few discussion evoking questions.

This ebook devotional is doctrinally sound, Gospel centered and is an excellent resource for teaching children in a fun and memorable way!

While some of you may have families and children probably a lot of you are like me, serving the Lord during our time of singleness.

Why would I be recommending this ebook to predominately single women?

It occrued to me when I first heard about “The Dig” that this isn’t a book just for parents.  This would be a wonderful mentoring tool for those who teach children in Sunday school or for those who want to hold Bible clubs as a witnessing opportunity in their neighborhood or city.  It would also be a great idea to use this Bible study as a fun, learning activity for the children you Nanny or babysit for!

As a single woman you can really be used to have a big impact on the lives of young children.  I would encourage you to consider using “The Dig” for this purpose!

I will be giving away a copy of volume 2 of “The Dig”.  You can find Volume 1 here and I recommend checking it out but volume 2 can be used as a stand alone Bible study.

Enter below for you chance to win!

Buy the book here only $2.99!

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Modesty Reminder and Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Spring is here and I’d like to make a friendly modesty reminder.

Even though the weather is getting warmer let’s all make an effort to respect ourselves and our brothers in Christ by dressing modestly.

Your body is a beautiful thing made by our Creative God.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of but it is something precious that should be protected and saved.

Our highest call as Christians is to love God and Love others.  Let’s strive to do that by being careful to dress modestly.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  -Matthew 22

Looking for more modesty Tips and Resources?  


I’m also really excited that I have the opportunity to give away a $15 Gift Certificate to Shabby Apple!

For a long time I have admired their pretty, modest, vintage inspired dresses and jewelry.  I’m a little bit jealous of whoever wins this great prize!  :-)

Follow this link to take a look at their line of modest clothing.

Enter to win below!  Giveaway ends Monday, April 8th.

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