Drawing is Magic

The author/illustrator of Drawing is Magic was kind enough to feature our oldest on his tumblr here.

We love his sketchbook and other artwork. You can buy the book here.

Mr. Nobody

I’ve printed this and I’m hanging it up in our home this week. Perhaps you’d like to do the same. Do you have Mr. Nobody at your house?

Mr. Nobody


I know a funny little man,
    As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief that is done
    In everybody’s house!
There’s no one ever sees his face,
    And yet we all agree
That every plate we break was cracked
    By Mr. Nobody.
’Tis he who always tears out books,
    Who leaves the door ajar,
He pulls the buttons from our shirts,
    And scatters pins afar;
That squeaking door will always squeak,
    For prithee, don’t you see,
We leave the oiling to be done
    By Mr. Nobody.
He puts damp wood upon the fire
   That kettles cannot boil;
His are the feet that bring in mud,
   And all the carpets soil.
The papers always are mislaid;
   Who had them last, but he?
There’s no one tosses them about
   But Mr. Nobody.
The finger marks upon the door
    By none of us are made;
We never leave the blinds unclosed,
    To let the curtains fade.
The ink we never spill;   the boots
    That lying round you see
Are not our boots,—they all belong
    To Mr. Nobody.

A Good Book Giveaway

When we attended T4G 2014 last spring, I noticed that the book rooms were more international than the previous discoverconference. There were publishers from other countries and continents — a good sign that the American church is getting its head up and looking around for like-minded Christians across the globe.

One company I’ve always appreciated is The Good Book company, out of Surrey, England. In the last six months, we’ve begun ordering their resources for our kids. They issue quarterly devotional magazines for various age groups. You can see more here. Our older boys use the “Discover” magazine; our youngest uses the XTB series.

While we want a personal devotional time to be borne from a place of joy and desire for wisdom, we want to also instill good habits in the kids while they’re young. In our home, that means we pull them out of bed early and encourage them to dig in.

If you’d like to find out more about these resources, today you’re in luck! I’m giving away one issue of the XTB magazine (designed for kids 7-11). The freebie is Issue One: The Book of Beginnings, with selections from Genesis, Matthew, and Acts.

Click here to go to rafflecopter and fill in your chance to win! The contest runs until Friday evening.

Allies in Imagination

I have benefited greatly from this website, and I’m glad to see it summed up so well.

This Is Story Warren – Allies in Imagination from Laidley Media on Vimeo.

(I am a total nerd, because I teared right up when he said, “they heard…the horns of Rohan.”  What a moment.)

Story Warren

You can find Story Warren on facebook here.