We are excited to share that three more of our books are now available in Kindle format. You don’t have to have a Kindle to be able to read these since you can download the Kindle app on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or other device.Â See this link for the app.
Sweet Journey—This is a dynamic, ladies’ Bible study for any Christian wife, mother, or daughter who wants the unmistakeable joy that develops from the sweet journey of a closer walk with the Lord.
Preparing Sons–As I proofed the Kindle book, I was struck by how practical Preparing Sons is. Dad shares how to raise sons who can provide for a family, and he step by step leads you through doing this.
Friday morning, the girls came back to our house, and Anna had everything ready for the baking to begin.
We made dessert, molten lava cakes, ahead of time, and put them in the fridge to bake later.
Wouldn’t you love to know what she was thinking?
Bethany is a great help with salad!
The main course was lasagna. Anna had already cooked the meat and simmered it in the sauce, in addition to cooking the the noodles. Abby helped Anna layer it.
We transformed the playroom into a restaurant dining room. However it wasn’t without some excitement.
Yes, the table tipped over, causing one of the glass candle holders to break. The mishaps that happen in the Moody books are really “Not All Fiction.” After the aunts safely took care of cleanup, preparations continued.
Bethany decorated the menu.
Chef Anna fed the waitresses before their customers came. They ate macaroni and cheese, goldfish, and pears. It made for very happy waitresses.
In fancy restaurants, you have to wait to be seated.
Praying before theÂ restaurantÂ opened.
It was so sweet. From outside the door, when waitress Abigail was in the restaurant waiting on her customers, we heard Nathan say that before the meal they were going to pray. He asked her ifÂ there was anything they could pray for her concerning? Never ever underestimate or de-value the power of prayer. Even if your waiter or waitress says they don’t have anything for you to pray about, it will still mean so much to them. When my mom, sisters, and I were out for lunch before my birthday, we asked the sweet girl who served us how we could pray for her. Her eyes filled with tears. She was so touched.
In the kitchen, Chef (Aunt) Anna prepared the salads, so the waitresses could bring them in.
Ever wonder what your chef and waitresses do when they aren’t serving you? Think again. When was the last time you toured a restaurant kitchen (smile)?
The service was incredible!
You did so well, Anna!
Tina up from her nap and happy.
Melanie said she thought it was the most special dinner she ever had! Nathan loved it too.Â What a joy it was to help the little girls make it a delightful evening for their parents.
“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” –Psalms 35:8
Through the years of writing Moody books, I have discovered not only how much children love playing “Moodys” but also their delight in doing some of the things in real life that they have read that the Moody children do. Since one of my writing goals is to give children positive role models, this brings great delight to my heart.
My niece, Abigail, is a faithful Moody fan since her daddy reads to her from a Moody book most evenings. They usually read each book twice before moving to the next book.
Last week, the Lord gave us aunties an idea of something to do with our nieces. The idea was precipitated from an event in Book #4 and several notes I have received from Moody readers telling me they had done this same activity after reading it in the Moody book.
The plan? The little girls would be like the Moodys and be a “restaurant” for their parents serving them a special anniversary dinner.
We reserved Abigail and Bethany for Thursday afternoon with permission to use Nathan and Melanie’s van. In addition, Nathan and Melanie knew Friday evening was set aside for something special.
After reading the Moody chapter to the little girls and explaining what would happen, we were ready to begin our adventure. Aunt Anna reviewed the shopping list, and we loaded into the van.
Shopping was awesome with the girls. We let them pick out balloons.
Waiting while the balloons were filled.
The girls were so good as we walked through the store, picking out items we would need for the anniversary dinner. We made quite an entourage.
Goldfish were a necessary ingredient, for after all, you have to keep the waitresses happy! Oh, and sliced pears. Bethie informed us, “I like pears,” as she walked by them.
Part 3 coming soon!
“That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.” Philippians 1:26
… “Emily, I don’t know what brought this to mind, but our anniversary is fast approaching. Do you have any ideas for how you’d like to celebrate?”
Mom shook her head. “Dinner out would be hard with the twins.”
Max glanced at Mollie and Mitch and then back at Dad and Mom. “We’ve been discussing an idea,” Max said. “Would you mind if I told you?”
“Go ahead, Max.”
“We thought we could make a really special dinner for you. It’d be like your own little restaurant here at home. Grandma even said she would watch the twins that evening.”
Dad saw the pleasure in Mom’s eyes. “I like your idea” Dad agreed. “I’ll give you money to buy whatever you need for the meal. Maybe Grandpa can take you grocery shopping.”
By four, the dessert was finished and chilling in the refrigerator. Max and Mitch continued to work on the lasagna. Dad called and told the children he’d be home soon. He asked if he should come in the front door to avoid seeing anything. “Yes, that would probably be good,” Max said. “Although you’ll be able to smell what we’re preparing!” Six was the time set for the big dinner.
They lingered at the table, reminiscing over the last few years. When they were done, they walked into the kitchen. Dad and Mom hugged each child. Mom had tears running down her face. “Thank you so much. Dad and I decided this has been our best anniversary. I can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed it!”
Thursday afternoon, I read Chapter 19 aloud to my precious nieces. They listened quietly and attentively. I emphasized words as I read. Abby was thinking, but she couldn’t figure out what it all meant to her, until the end, when I explained.
Part 2 of this series coming soon!
“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” Psalms 119:35