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Anna Marie Hosts a Surprise Party!!

Surprises are a wonderful, and Anna Marie knows just how to pull off a surprise celebration. She decided to have a surprise Moody Book party for Sarah. I have to add a little sis-in-law promotion. Anna Marie is super sweet, and she knows just how to make someone feel special. 

Here is the list of events as they unfolded.

Mary and I were playing with the kiddos on Friday morning at Gigi’s house when Anna Marie popped over to discuss the party food. We came up with a long list of foods that were in the Moody books (mostly desserts) and started weeding them down. We ended up deciding to keep it simple—homemade pizza and sugar cookies—because there was so much to fit into one evening besides eating. 

Hmm… wonder if someone was sampling a cookie.


Plans were coming together. The day before the party, we had Aunties’ playtime at Anna Marie’s house so Sarah wouldn’t come visit us. Mary let each of the girls take turns helping her make the cookies while I played with the littles outside. We then finished with a walk, staying away from our house because we didn’t want any little girls to announce that we had been making cookies.


Anna Marie busily worked on creating a sign and other projects while the rest of us felt a bit helpless, because we couldn’t do too much without Sarah knowing.

Abigail and Bethany frosted all the cookies and put sprinkles on top.

Tuesday, party day, rolled around, and things were finally coming together. Joseph and Elissa asked Sarah for some last minute help before dinner in order to allow us to finish the party preparations. Otherwise Sarah would wonder where we were all going. Yay! We could finally talk again as we raced over to Anna Marie’s.

Everyone was bursting at the seams with excitement.

Christopher called Joseph to see if Joseph would ask Sarah to drop a tool off at Christopher’s on her way home.


Sarah texted us to let us know that she would be a little late for dinner.


Christopher was out front “working” when she pulled in. 


She gave him the tool, and Christopher asked if she could go inside for a minute because Anna Marie wanted to show her something.


Everyone had gathered at the end of the front hallway. As she walked through the door, we all said, “Surprise” and then told her we were celebrating the completing of her Moody book series. 

Anna Marie’s surprise worked.




After dinner, the little ones went outside for a Moody I-J-N (In Jesus’ Name) project, picking up sticks at a widow’s house (aka Gigi’s house).DSC_3011We had Bible time and read 1 Corinthians 13, just like the Moodys did in one of their books.


We then played a Moody trivia game that I had written. It had everyone thinking hard and laughing hysterically as they tried to answer questions like, “Who was Mr. Adams?” Abby was the only one to get that one right.


Even Abby, Bethany, and Tina played.DSC_3024Meanwhile, Andrew occupied himself by trying to turn summersaults. 

Nathan got 1st place, Sarah 2nd place, and Abby 3rd place. Nathan has been reading the Moody books to his family in the evenings so they got almost all the questions right—even more than Sarah!

We closed out the evening with one of the games the Moodys enjoyed playing—rhythm.


Anna Marie did an amazing job of planning and coming up with a festive Moody-themed party! We all had a blast together that night.

DSC_3046Congrats to you, Sarah, on a job well done!

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation,
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12

Christian Children’s Books

Almost two weeks ago, Dad and I picked up the new Moody books, along with some other books we reprinted. It is wonderful to finally have Exciting Times and Christmas Comes to Sunflower in hand.

For those who may not know, the Moody Family books are geared toward a 7-13 year old reading comprehension level, but if the books are used as a read aloud, children as young as 3 or 4 understand.

I received a sweet e-mail from a mom yesterday, and then a note on a MOTH registration today.

“I was just going to send you an e-mail to let you know how much my daughter has enjoyed the Moody books. I bought the first one two years ago. My 7 year old daughter loved it, so I bought the rest of the series. She has read the first 8 three times!! She talks about the Moodys like they are friends of hers. “Max did this,” or “Mollie said that.” She has started cooking, cleaning, and wanting to serve people. She gives your books all the credit! I got on your website to get an e-mail address when I saw your new book. I was so excited. Please keep writing! It’s so hard to find wholesome Christian books for my children to read. We will keep buying them if you keep writing! 🙂
We have made the chocolate chip cookies and the fiesta casserole. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing them.” –Leigh

“We LOVE the Moody books! My 3 year old likes to pretend she is Maddie. The Moodys are a beautiful, fictional family that we strive to be like! They even started us having family devotions.” –April

IMG_4551This is the press they printed the Exciting Times covers on.


Anna has done a great job packing orders and sending them out to homes around the world.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

Exciting Times with the Moodys

Exciting Times with the Moodys
Book 9 in the Moody Family Series

After months of writing, editing, praying, revising and re-writing, my dream has become a reality, and you can order Exciting Times with the Moodys

Read the book description here.

Don’t miss my post below announcing a special Christmas Moody story also available.

With orders of $35 or more, you’ll receive free economy shipping in the United States. My parents’ new book, Buying a House Debt-Free, would make an amazing Christmas gift to any family raising a son.




“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God,
the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy
with them that love him and keep his commandments
to a thousand generations.”
Deuteronomy 7:9

Christmas Comes to Sunflower

Christmas Comes to Sunflower
A Heart Warming Short Story of Christmas
with the Moody Family


With this special story, you’ll find yourself identifying with the characters and longing to fulfill Joey’s wish for Christmas. Christmas Comes to Sunflower is set in the same timeframe as Winter Days and can be read together, per a special Reading Guide in the bookSo grab a copy, a cup of hot chocolate, and curl up next to the fire and enjoy this delightful Christmas story!



“But whoso hath this world’s good,
and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him,
how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
1 John 3:17

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