December 9th or 16th?

Yesterday afternoon I was writing Christmas Comes to Sunflower. As I consulted my calendar and thought about my writing deadlines, I realized I had made a mistake. I can’t tell you why or how or where my mind was. The project is supposed to be four-weeks long, but when I counted up from November 11th to December 16th, it is five weeks. Hmmm. So, I’ve changed the end date to December 9th to match our four-week project.

With that said, if you’d like an extra “grace” week to polish verses or finish them up, you’re welcome to it. The eBook will be ready December 9th, so the sooner those verses are done, the sooner you get to read the special story.

I’m very excited about the storyline the Lord has given. Anytime between December 9-16th, please remember to go back to this link and fill out a few details to share that you’ve completed the verses.

You all have blessed me because this project has gone above and beyond what I imagined it to be. Families continue to sign up, and I’m in awe of the Lord’s working!

Back to writing! 🙂

Joyfully His,


Thou art my portion, O LORD:
I have said that I would keep thy words.”
Psalms 119:57

Week 1: Christmas Comes to Sunflower Scripture Project

Hooray! It’s Week 1, and today is our official start day. I’m praising the Lord for this special opportunity to hide more of His Word in our hearts. Thank you for your enthusiasm! I’m praying for you all.

This week’s Scripture memory hints. Don’t procrastinate and leave your verse (s) until next Monday. Start today, and schedule time in each day to work on your verses. I’ve found it important to find a quiet place to memorize. If I don’t, I can spend much time reading and re-reading the verses, only to find I’m not retaining it. For me, the key is a quiet place.

I’m memorizing 1 Timothy 6 and Psalms 34:1-13.

So, time to jump in! For those who haven’t signed up and wish to, you may still do so.

Joyfully His,


“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:
so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”
Psalms 119:27

Of Cousins (Plus a Few Extra) and Leaves

My idea was to get a cousins picture Sunday. I thought it’d be really cute to have them all dressed in denim. After church, and before lunch, we grabbed rakes, and went for a leaf photo. What ensued was a great amount of laughing and snapping pictures. Enjoy ;).

I’m excited about jumping into the Scripture project on Monday. I’ll have another post to kick it off then. Your response has been a blessing to my heart! God’s Word is precious.

Joyfully His,





I grabbed a quick family picture for Christopher.
I grabbed a quick family picture for Christopher.

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:16

Christmas Comes to Sunflower Scripture Project

This month is a very special month because it marks the ten year anniversary of Summer with the Moodys being published. We praise the Lord for His mercy, grace, and guidance in this journey of writing. It’s truly exciting to see Him work!

The Basics:

With that said, we’re anxious to tell you about this special Christmas project: a Scripture memorization project! The goal? To hide God’s Word in your heart.

The four-week project begins Monday, November 11th, and ends Monday, December 9th. This project isn’t just for children; we’d love adults to participate too! We have exactly a week to spread the word and get as many Moody readers (and non-Moody readers!) as possible on board.

If you complete the challenge, you’ll receive (via e-mail) a mini eBook of several chapters called Christmas Comes to Sunflower. 

It’s December, and the Moodys are looking forward to celebrating Christ’s birth. However, an unexpected encounter with Marge Pair brings a new adventure their way. So, grab that cup of hot cocoa, sit near the fire, and be ready for this special Christmas edition called, Christmas Comes to Sunflower.


The Rules:

The rules are very simple. You may pick whichever verses of Scripture you want to memorize, just make sure you memorize the suggested number of verses for your age.

Ages 4 to 7: 1 verse per week; 4 total
Ages 8 to 10: 2 verses per week; 8 total
Ages 11 to 13: 3 verses per week; 12 total
Ages 15+: 4 verses per week; 16 total

The verses do not have to be consecutive. For example, if you’re ten years old, you could decide to memorize three verses from Colossians and five from Psalms. At the end of the project, the participant will recite his verses to one of his parents. It does not have to be word perfect ;). If a child is already memorizing a certain number of verses each week, those verses can count toward their number they need to memorize in the project, if so desired. Also, if you get behind with memorizing, that’s fine. You just need to be able to say your total number of verses by December 9th. If you can memorize more than the suggested number, wow, way to go! That’s awesome.

How to Participate

In order to participate, we ask each family to sign up at this link.

Final Details

Throughout the project, I’ll be posting some memorization hints. If you’d like to share your own ideas for me to encourage others with, feel free to e-mail me via the Contact Us form.

Just so you know, I’m in on this project too (besides writing the story!). When the project kicks off next Monday, I’ll post what passage of Scripture I’m going to memorize.

Our theme verse is Psalms 119:97: “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.”

So, jump on board! I think some moms may be doing extra memorizing as you help your non-readers ;).

Joyfully His,


I delight to meet Moody readers. Their enthusiasm for the books is so sweet!

“And I will delight myself in thy commandments,
which I have loved.”
Psalms 119:47

Creating A Little Suspense About a Monday Announcement

To kick off a celebration of the Moody Family Series’ ten year anniversary, the Lord gave an awesome idea. What’s the idea? I’ll give you a hint with a portion of the title: “Christmas Comes to Sunflower.”

Hang on. We’ll be announcing the, ummm, well, just watch for our announcement Monday morning. We can’t wait!

Joyfully His,


“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”
Psalms 119:103