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Reading is something we have always enjoyed doing together as a family. I’m so thankful that my girls love to read! Taking trips to the library to grab a few new reads happens quite frequently in our home. The best part of buying books however, is getting to keep them and not be on a timeline to finish them. That is basically what my oldest said when she looked over the 3-pack of books we recently received from Thomas Nelson as part of their Tommy Mommy program.

thomas nelson book bundle august 2013
From the cover, God Bless You and Good Night had my attention.  I mean look at that adorable little baby and mommy!  This is the perfect addition to any bedtime routine.  It talks about bath time, snack time, prayer time and more.  It has adorable rhymes and equally adorable illustrations. Towards the end are two sweet owls cuddling too.  Anyone who knows me, knows this is icing on the cake 😉

Precious Moments: The Little Book of Prayers was equally adorable, starting with the cover.  My Adalynn was drawn to that one right away.  It is a book of exactly what you would imagine.  Prayers!  Prayers for little ones that can be understood fully.  We have been reading one prayer from this book daily.  It’s fun to see what they pick or what I randomly land on to read.

My 7 year old has read Everybody Can Help Somebody two times already in the last week. She said she is really enjoying this one!  This book tells an eye opening story of how everyone can help someone.  It is so beautifully written.  I enjoyed reading it on my own when the girls went to sleep.  Lili seems to really be pulling the lessons from this one.  Here is a synopsis, since they can do a better job explaining this one:

Little Denver grew up very poor, and he didn’t get to go to school. As time passed, Denver decided to hop a train to the big city for a different life. But that life was difficult, and Denver spent many years as a homeless man. But God showed His love through two people who were very different from Denver. 

Based on Same Kind of Different As Me, the emotional tale of Denver Moore’s life story, this unique children’s book includes Denver’s original art. Parents and children alike will be moved by this powerful story and will never forget the unexpected and life-changing things that can happen when we help somebody.

“Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.

God bless you and good night :: $9.99
precious moments: the little book of prayers :: $9.99
everybody can help somebody :: $14.99

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  • Lagean (Gena)
    September 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

    When Cody was little I spoke with him a lot about how to treat people and help people, especially those with disabilities. I’ve also always tried to lead by example: how to treat others, compassion, manners, donating to organizations…. He is a wonderful, kindhearted adult!

  • Sue Hull
    September 7, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I always told my daughter to treat others the way she wanted to be treated and to always respect her elders. We’re Christians so I always tell her to help out the less fortunate when she can.She’s grown and has a baby on the way so I’m hoping what I instilled in her she also teaches her child. Thank you 🙂

  • Ben G
    September 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Sharing with those less fortunate

  • Deborah Mireles
    September 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    JUst like I did with my grandmother, my grandaughter and I say her prayers before bed, shes only 2 but is really good at remembering to do it and will remind me if she thinks that I’ve forgotten!

  • Michelle Tucker
    September 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I encourage the kids in my life to help others, mostly by example. I truly believe that it’s the best way to show them.

  • trixx
    September 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I encourage my daughter to help others by giving her a piggy bank that has compartments for Save, Spend and Donate! Once the Donate part is full, we pick a charity to send the money to!

  • Lisa L
    September 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The most precious moments in my family are early mornings when the kids jump into our bed for snuggles

  • Jill Myrick
    September 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    We do a lot of community work with my children such as helping at the homeless shelter.
    We also always say our prayers before going to bed of a night.


  • Karen Propes
    September 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    We always talk with her about doing things to help others, she has always been a helpful child, she loves helping others at daycare. They send notes home about the caring helpful things she does. We’re lucky.

  • susan smoaks
    September 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I encourage our kids by example. I try to be the person that I want them to grow up to be. We say prayers before bed and we pray for others.

  • Shannon Baas
    September 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    We help others by giving away things the kids have outgrown.

  • Darlene Owen
    September 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My children say the Lords Prayer every night at bedtime.

  • kemberley crosswhite
    September 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I love our night night routine 🙂 I get free kisses and hugs and snuggles 🙂

  • Carmen Van Deursen
    September 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    My son donates his toys and clothing after his outgrown them.

  • Shannon R
    September 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    After we read 2 stories, we have goodnight kisses and hugs, with my 2 yr old it’s usually atleast 2 or 3 : ) Along with atleast one of her “friends”. Then it’s Good night, I love you, I’ll see you in the morning. Which my 3 yr old loves to repeat back. And now I get a Sweet dreams mommy : ) They are so sweet when they lay down. Each one of them is slightly different in the way they respond. I love it.

  • Kimberly DeVries
    September 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    We have a fourteen month old and haven’t developed nighttime sayings, but our most precious moments are at dinner time when we are all tiger, or just after bath time when we have a routine- daddy takes our son out of the bath and they snuggle while I get pjs ready, then they hug and we nurse and off to dreamland!

  • Susan Smith
    September 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    We lead by example and talk about helping others. I love bedtime, we cuddle, read talk and say our prayers

  • Jennifer Clay
    September 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I am always telling my girls to always help people, especially when they see people in need. That sometimes a simple kind word will make a huge difference in a persons life.

  • pamela james
    September 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Showing by example is the best way.

  • Teresa Thompson
    September 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I show them thru example. We love helping others.

  • Diana Hatch
    September 7, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I think the best way to teach your kids is by example!

  • Pamela Halligan
    September 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I encourage my kids to help others by showing them how to and setting a good example.

  • Pamela Halligan
    September 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I encourage my kids to help others by showing them how to and setting a good example. We pray every night before bed.

  • Terra Heck
    September 7, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I always say “Good night, sleep tight. Remember who loves you.” to all my kids before bed. Thanks.

  • Meghan Finley
    September 7, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I try to lead by example

  • Samantha Daleo
    September 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I remember once being in line at a pharmacy with my daughter, when she was around 3 or so. In front of us was a man with only one leg. My daughter, understandably so, got scared and worried and pointed to him. Thankfully, God gave me the right words to use as I calmly asked her how boring this world would be if we were all the same…if we all had 2 legs, 2 arms, the same hair, the same size…etc…since that day she has always had a special concern and love for those that are different from her.

  • Jessica Wyatt
    September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    My little boy is only 16 months, so it’s hard to encourage him to help others just yet (although he does share really well!). But I try and remind myself that every moment is precious. Children really do grow up so quickly! Before you know it, he won’t be falling asleep in my arms anymore…. 🙁

  • Shannon F
    September 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    We talk about praying for others all the time. When we cant physically help others, I tell my kids to just pray for them. We always say prayers before bed– we pray for all of our loved ones and usually all of our loved ones’ animals too! ha

  • Kerrie Mayans
    September 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I always tell my son, “nighty night, don’t let the bed bugs bite” and turn off his light and he say “Later gator” to me as I shut the door.

  • Laura
    September 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love our bedtime routine. We read a story, get our son into bed, say our prayers, then kiss his lovey and him goodnight. It’s so sweet to see him cuddle his stuffed animal!

  • Donna Marie
    September 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Each child is different. I sing my little guy to sleep and rock him. Then I lay down with ym little girl and we chat about her day quietly and about the next day and then we snuggle until she falls asleep. THe older two we talk about their day and read a couple of chapters out of a book.

  • Nancy
    September 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    We love to volunteer or donate things as a family to help others.

  • Julie Goetz
    September 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    My daughter and I do eskimo kisses. It is our precious time.

  • Marci
    September 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    We talk about how to treat other people And how they like to be treated. My children are very kind and courteous to everyone!

  • April Yedinak
    September 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always say, “Nighty, night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite. I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”

    I would answer with, “and a kiss, kiss!” Then, we would hug and kiss goodnight.

    It is a tradition I have kept going with my own children.

  • Linda Petteys
    September 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I have grandchildren now and the precious moments with little ones are back. What a wonderful feeling to have a two year old tell you “I love you Grammy” or a one year old pucker up to give you a kiss just because. I loved raising my children and I have many precious memories of that time but how nice to be able to enjoy it a second time.

  • itzybellababy
    August 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    *How do you encourage your kids to help others?
    We are a little young for that just yet.
    *Do you have any special bedtime sayings between you & your kids?
    Just that we love her.
    *What are the most precious moments you have in your family?
    All of them. I treasure every second!

  • Shannon Stubbs
    August 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    When I tuck my almost 3 year old in for nap or bed, we blow kisses to each other from the door. Then I tell her I love her until she says it back {it’s a game}. Then, she will call me Shannon, laugh, and then tell me to be careful, don’t fall, or some other words of wisdom before I go downstairs. It is the sweetest thing.

  • Julia
    August 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    We will have our first kid next year. But my favorite families to babysit for are the ones who have their kids read a book each night before bed. I think that is a great routine and I plan on doing that with my kid.

  • Sindy Murray
    August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

    We pray most of the times and cuddle!!

  • Jennifer T.
    August 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I try to emphasize how good it feels to help out someone else. My kids are 5 and 2 and it’s still hard for them to “see” anything beyond their own version of something or their own needs. But we are aware and try to encourage caring for others. Our bedtime good night has always been “Goodnight Sweet Pea” because that’s what we’ve called my daughter since she was little. The most precious moments are when my kids actually tell each other they love each other, kiss or hug, and share. That always makes a mama proud.

  • Tara
    August 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I love snuggling with my boys right before they fall asleep.

  • Marissa Cesar
    August 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I hope my 5 year old sees the examples his dad and I try to set. Saying prayers at bedtime and always talking about our day (the ups and downs) – i hope to encourage him to become a better him.

  • Samantha C.
    August 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I definitely try to lead by example!

  • Emi
    August 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

    How do you encourage your kids to help others? Hopefully they are watching me when I help others but at age 3 they are a little too young to do anything themselves
    Do you have any special bedtime sayings between you & your kids? we read books
    What are the most precious moments you have in your family? we travel together including visiting their former daycare provider that moved out of the area

  • Amanda Alvarado
    August 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    My dd has seen the bullying commercials on TV and every time, she always comments on how mean they are and how she’s not going to be mean like that. We end up talking about other types of bullying other than the obvious that they show on TV. Our routine at bedtime is saying prayers and then lots of kisses and hugs.

  • Lisa E
    August 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We read a book, and say a prayer for our families

  • apple blossom
    August 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    our special family time is setting around reading God’s word, discussing what we read and prayer every night

  • Patricia
    August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Teaching by example.

  • Nicole S
    August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    My little one is still very small but we read books every night before bed and have a family snuggle before she falls asleep. We’ve been working on her saying “I love you”. My grandmother and I had I love you more competitions before bed every night I slept at her house and I would love to pass the tradition onto my own kids.

  • amy pugmire
    August 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    we always say prayers to be kind to help others and I try to talk to her about it a few times a week before school

  • Laurie
    August 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Reading to my boys is definitely a precious part of our day.

  • ColleenMarie
    August 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    You have to lead by example!

  • Addison Kat
    August 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Bedtime rituals are important to my kids. We say our prayers and read books. Even when we aren’t home to tuck our kids in, the babysitter informs us that my kids will say their prayers (to the best of their 4 year old abilities) and “pretend” to read stories to each other. They even tell each other, “I love you stinky butt” which is their silly names for each other.

  • Natalie F
    August 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Let’s talk. Tell me… *How do you encourage your kids to help others? *Do you have any special bedtime sayings between you & your kids? *What are the most precious moments you have in your family?

    Good questions.
    1) How do you encourage your kids to help others? – I wonder if I’m doing this enough. I try to lead by example, or when we someone that needs help, suggesting he help if he can. He is quite young.

    2) We always pray at bed time. And I remind him “no matter what, just remember, mommy, Daddy, and Jesus love you.”

    3) My most precious moment to date is when my newborn little girl was sick and my son (3) said “Jesus, take care of my baby sister.” It was one of the first times he prayed without being encouraged or prompted so it was pretty amazing for me to see that we are managing to nurture faith. And it was encouragement to continue to do so.

  • Dominika
    August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I encourage my little one by being a good example.

  • Belinda Parker
    August 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love bed times with my kids. We always say our prayers and pray for all our family, friends and other people in the world.