Scripture Snacks Kids “Fun Size, Vol. 1″ To Release July 31, 2015

SHAE SHOC RECORDS PREPARES TO UNVEIL FIRST CHILDREN’S ALBUM, Fun Size, Vol. 1 BY SCRIPTURE SNACK KIDS
TO DEBUT JULY 31, 2015

Daughters to Critically Acclaimed Artist Beckah Shae, Grace & Joy Put Bible Verses in the Form of Song To Help Kids Memorize Scripture

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NEWS SOURCE: Sundari PR

Nashville, Tenn. (July 14, 2015) –This summer, Shae Shoc Records will release its first children’s album by Scripture Snack Kids titled Fun Size, Vol. 1 on July 31, 2015. Aimed to help kids memorize Bible scripture, the 20-track album features the vocal talents of Grace (6) & Joy (8), daughters to Dove Award Nominee Beckah Shae and famed producer Jack Shocklee.

Stemming from Shae Shoc Records’ previous Scripture Snack albums, which featured Beckah, the proud parents wanted to ignite their daughters’ gifts, while helping other kids their age grow in their relationship with God.

Scripture Snacks fills the gap by memorizing scriptures in the form of a song. Fun Size, Vol. 1 by Scripture Snacks Kids is an a cappella album, consisting of kids vocals along with critically acclaimed singer Beckah Shae and producer Jack Shocklee’s (tobyMac, Group 1 Crew, Montell Jordan) spin on pop driven melodies and low bass vocal percussion.  With 10 tracks breaking down various scriptures from “The Ten Commandments” to “Fruits of the Spirit”, the project also includes instrumental karaoke tracks to each song to put listeners memorization skills to the test.

“Our great privilege as parents is to encourage them to walk in truth and to leave a legacy of faith,” shares Beckah. “We wanted to teach our children that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and we know that it is necessary in the growing of their faith to hear the Word of God, to not just hide it in their hearts but to share it with the world!”

Fun Size, Vol. 1 will be available on iTunes ®, Amazon and other digital platforms and in select Christian retailers throughout the nation.

For additional information on Scripture Snacks Kids, please visit scripturesnack.com.
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Never Say No: 7 IDEAS FOR PARENTS (Leaders of Kids)

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Never Say No

7 IDEAS FOR PARENTS (Leaders of Kids)

BY MARK AND JAN FOREMAN, parents of Jon and Tim Foreman and authors of new book Never say No: Raising Big Picture Kids

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At a local cafe with a half dozen young leaders, Mark Foreman was recently asked, “Give us one nugget of parenting advice before you go.” “Okay,” he responded, “Try out this one: Never say no.” The room erupted with laughter, as the dad looking for help reacted, “You are kidding right? That’s all I ever say–and my son needs one thousand more no’s.”

 

“No I’m not kidding,” Mark quietly responded. “Never say no to all the dreams and creative ideas your children have. Never say no to the realization you can become different than your mom or dad. Especially never say no to their requests to join them, like playing dress up with your little girl or going surfing with your teenager when the weather’s cold and windy. If you say no too often they’ll stop asking.”

 

A week later that concerned dad tracked Mark down to say he had taken that advice and his home life had dramatically turned around. He said, “My son is suddenly easy to get along with just because I started saying yes to some things he wanted to do together. I’m not kidding,” he said with a big grin, “the change is dramatic.” As he walked away, he turned and pointed to Mark saying, “It’s hard, but never say no!”

 

No is a commanding word. It can be a denial, rejection, an expression of fear or an unintended statement of worth. But a thousand no’s can be dwarfed by the power of one yes. No is a brake while yes is an accelerator pedal. We say yes to the stuff and people we value. Here are 7 ways parents can say yes to their kids.

 

1)         Yes to a Greater Story: Help kids see past themselves, connecting them to God’s big picture of redemption. Beyond the obvious but small goals of safety, health, happiness, even success, we are raising children with this surpassing privilege: to reflect God’s loving face to others.

 

2)         Yes to being an Example: Children are hard-wired to copy us; this is both good news and bad. The power of our lives is the most immediate way to shape our kids. Raising children includes raising ourselves to become who we want to be.

 

3)         Say Yes to Time: Children spell love T-I-M-E. It’s the currency of all relationships. Large deposits left early in lives will reap generous rewards later. It reverses Harry Chapin’s song, Cat’s In the Cradle.

 

4)         Say Yes to Delight: Children see themselves through their parent’s eyes, discovering their worth by reading our faces. Beyond loving our kids, it’s equally vital to really like them, enjoying who they uniquely are. Children who bask in these smiles of appreciation will pay it forward to genuinely enjoying others and being comfortable in their own skin.

 

5)         Say Yes to Mess: All children are Michelangelo’s looking for a canvas. They come equipped with curiosity and innovation as part of the image of God package. This creativity grows best when we stretch their imaginations in a batteries-not-included environment, allowing them to explore and experiment.

 

6)         Say Yes to Being Naturally Supernatural: Help kids find God in ordinary moments. The Shema in Deut. 6:4-8 tells parents to look for God-clues throughout the day. We can communicate more theology in a family dance party or telling stories around a campfire than sitting stiffly for an hour.

 

7)         Say Yes to Letting Go: Maturity happens in baby steps: from crawling to walking, training wheels to two wheels, dating to marriage. Three ingredients that work together are essential for this process: increased freedom, risk, and responsibility. As we lean into this gradual increase of our kids’ freedom and (gasp) risk, we will hopefully see a corresponding growth in their response-ability. It’s helpful to remember our destination: raising kids who say yes to God’s extraordinary plans for their lives.

 

Every parent, child and family is a fascinating original, experiencing God’s fingerprints in unique ways. So one final yes is to grace. As we imperfectly guide young humans to find their place in God’s epic, we all need buckets of God’s unearned love. Raising children is the most humbling and exhilarating privilege on earth. Here’s to saying yes!

 

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Duck Commander Cruise’s “Kids Cruise Free” February Promotion Offers Third and Fourth Guests Free Cabin Fare

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Duck Commander Cruise’s “Kids Cruise Free” February Promotion Offers Third and Fourth Guests Free Cabin Fare

Musicians Ricky Skaggs and Lee Greenwood join cruise lineup

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SOURCE: The M Collective

Nashville, Tenn. (February 17, 2015) — Come October, fans will get the chance to set sail on the Duck Commander Cruise to the Bahamas with their favorite stars from Duck Dynasty, and with a “Kids Cruise Free” promotion this month, February may be the perfect time to book the trip.

The promotion gives two passengers of any age free cabin fare when they book a shared room with two paying customers. This could save guests up to $1,000 per room with the third and fourth passengers only paying taxes, gratuities and port fees. The promotion ends February 28. Click here for more information.

The cruise will feature Robertson family members such as Phil, Si, Miss Kay, Jep, Jessica, Alan and Lisa as well as Justin Martin and John Godwin. This trip will provide guests with the unique opportunity to hear exclusive “behind-the-scenes” stories from the cast while enjoying a relaxing PREMIER cruise aboard a Carnival Victory ship. 

GRAMMY®-winner Ricky Skaggs and “God Bless The USA” writer Lee Greenwood were recently announced as entertainment for the cruise, along with Comedian Heath Arthur. 

The Duck Commander Cruise will depart from Miami and sail to Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas while giving guests the chance to interact and play a variety of games with the “Duck Dynasty” cast. Events include Miss Kay’s cooking show, Phil preaching, games with Si, marriage classes with Al and Lisa, and more.

Booking for the cruise is now open, and the “Kids Cruise Free” promotion runs through the end of February. To reserve your spot aboard the Duck Commander Cruise or to learn more, visit duckcommandercruise.com.

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About The Robertsons
It would be hard to find more humble beginnings than you’ll see in the early days of The Duck Commander. From teaching his little sons how to dip homemade duck calls into a 5-gallon bucket of polyurethane to getting shown the door in a sporting goods store in Stuttgart, Arkansas – the capital of duck hunting – Phil Robertson’s story is an American story. It’s a story of one family, blessed with friends and fellow believers who took the initiative to trust their patriarch’s instincts about what people want in a duck call. Today, the Robertson family members star in the popular A&E series, “Duck Dynasty,” and they sell their duck calls worldwide. Still based in West Monroe, Louisiana, the family also travels the world, telling their story of being superbly blessed by the Almighty in their quest to share their enjoyment of an outdoor life.


About PREMIER Vacation and Events

PREMIER Vacation and Events has been responsible for producing unique, family-friendly vacations for over eleven years. They have an incredible repertoire of events, including the K-LOVE Cruise, Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise, Music Boat, Girls Getaway, Illuminate Vacation, and the Duck Commander Cruise. From branded events to corporate getaways, PREMIER is leading the industry in innovative vacation events.

Heritage Builders to Publish “Dozi the Alligator” Children’s Series from Award-Winning Cartoonist Daniel Boris

Heritage Builders to Publish “Dozi the Alligator” Children’s Series from Award-Winning Cartoonist Daniel Boris

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SOURCE: Nashville PR
(CLOVIS, California)
— Heritage Builders Publishing has announced that it will publish the “Dozi the Alligator” children’s series by award-winning cartoonist Daniel Boris. The first book in the series, “Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family,” will be released on March 15, 2015.

This entertaining children’s book series revolves around an irrepressible alligator named Dozi. Early volumes take young readers through the adventures of how a little gator from the wilds of the American south comes to live with a family in a big city. Each volume expands on the fun and very unlikely friendship between Dozi and a boy named Byron.

In “Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family,” the lovable little alligator observes wondrous colorful lights over a distant Florida amusement park, and his curiosity gets the best of him. He heads off to discover the strange and fascinating new world of humans. While hiding inside the popular theme park, Dozi makes the decision to stow away with an unsuspecting family. During the long, overnight drive back home to the city, Dozi befriends 9-year-old Byron Hoxwinder. When the family arrives at their home, only Byron knows that they have brought Dozi home with them.

Educators around the country are already falling in love with Dozi:

“Children will delight in the melodic rhythm of this story as the adorable main character stretches their imagination and touches their hearts. A refreshing, charming tale with enduring appeal for all ages.”
– Melissa DiGennaro King, Ph.D. in Education, Charlottesville, VA

“This is awesome! I love the rhyming, as it will definitely capture the attention of younger kids and love the language to keep the older kids engaged as well!”
-Kristen Kinney-Haines, EdD, Learning Specialist, Washington, DC

“I absolutely love Dozi! I read thousands of books and really believe Dozi the Alligator is a winner! Great rhythm, use of figurative language, humor and suspense and wonderful picture support!”
– Marla Conn, Reading/Literacy Specialist and Education Consultant, St. Louis, MO

About the Author:
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Daniel Boris is an accomplished visual artist with more than 20 years of experience in design, illustration, and animation. Daniel is also a syndicated cartoonist, and his comic strip “Hoxwinder Hall” is seen in newspapers across the United States and Canada. In 2010, “Hoxwinder Hall” was chosen as a top 5 finalist by a distinguished panel of judges and the voting public in the Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Cartoonist” contest. His artwork currently appears in numerous books and publications, including the 2013 Eisner and Harvey award-nominated book, “Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s” (Andrews McMeel Publishing). He currently resides in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, two children, and a mutt named Stetson. For more information about Daniel Boris, visit http://danielboris.wix.com/danielboris and http://danielboris.blogspot.com/.

About the Illustrator:
Nicola Sammarco is an artist and studied animation at the Nemo NT Academy for Digital Arts in Florence, Italy, and is also a comic artist, illustrator and 2D animator. Nicola resides in Taranto, Puglia, Italy, where she works for the Walt Disney Company Italy as a layout artist.

About Heritage Builders Publishing:
Heritage Builders Publishing was launched in 2009 with a mission of publishing Christian books geared to help the family. Heritage Builders’ current titles include the Serendipity series from best-selling Children’s book author Stephen Cosgrove, “The Legend of George Jones” from Charlene and Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery, Grammy winner Rick Hall’s autobiography, “The Man from Muscle Shoals,” “Grandpa Pitched for the Cubs” by Liberty University co-founder Dr. Elmer Towns, and the best-selling “Family Nights Tool Chest,” first introduced by Focus on the Family in the late 1990’s. For more information about Heritage Builders Publishing, visit www.heritagebuilders.com.

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Heritage Builders Publishing to Help Kids Deal with Bullies, Body Functions and More with the “Embarrassing to the Max” Book Series

Heritage Builders Publishing to Help Kids Deal with Bullies, Body Functions and More with the “Embarrassing to the Max” Book Series

Award-winning illustrator Scott Nelson’’s “My Tummy Disaster” to be released May 15th
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SOURCE: Nashville PR
(CLOVIS, California)
— Heritage Builders Publishing has announced that it will publish the “Embarrassing to the Max” children’s series by award-winning illustrator Scott Nelson. The first book in the series, “Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family,” will be released on March 15, 2015.

Everyone has to deal with embarrassing moments at some point in their lives. To children though these moments may shape how they’re perceived for years to come. From bullying situations to lack of confidence, the ramifications of a bad day at school, on the field or even in the home can have profound consequences.

The Embarrassing to the Max series showcases awkward body function stories and tries to help young readers see that subjects such as pants wetting, nose picking and throwing up happen to everyone at some point in their lives.

In “My Tummy Disaster,” our main hero loses his breakfast as the class chorus sings “My Country Tis of Thee.” Will concealing the mess with a Tuba be enough or will the “Crazy Barfing Kid” now need to skip school forever? The readers will be surprised when they see who the class actually roots for.

This book, the first of a multi-volume series, uses humor to show kids how to avoid feeling shame and humiliation for natural acts that happen to all of us some time or another. The self-confidence gained is a natural defense against verbal bullying.

“My Tummy Disaster” addresses embarrassing moments and bullying through humor, creating a valuable learning experience for young readers and their parents alike.

About the Author & Illustrator:
Scott Nelson has been a full-time freelance illustrator, cartoonist and author since 1987 working with notable greeting card companies such as American Greeting, Hallmark and Golden Books for Children. Along with coaching soccer teams and teaching art in the public school system, he’s illustrated nine books and won the Mom’s Choice Award in 2006. He lives in Milbury, MA.

About Heritage Builders Publishing:
Heritage Builders Publishing was launched in 2009 with a mission of publishing Christian books geared to help the family. Heritage Builders’ current titles include the Serendipity series from best-selling Children’s book author Stephen Cosgrove, “The Legend of George Jones” from Charlene and Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery, Grammy winner Rick Hall’s autobiography, “The Man from Muscle Shoals,” “Grandpa Pitched for the Cubs” by Liberty University co-founder Dr. Elmer Towns, and the best-selling “Family Nights Tool Chest,” first introduced by Focus on the Family in the late 1990’s. For more information about Heritage Builders Publishing, visit www.heritagebuilders.com.

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Yancy Releases Promotional Video for “Little Praise Party: Taste and See” – Available on CD and DVD February 10th

Yancy Releases Promotional Video for Little Praise Party: Taste and See – Available on CD and DVD February 10th

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Video features testimonies from parents, pastors and recording artist Jaci Velasquez

NEWS: Nashville PR

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — In anticipation of the February 10th release of Little Praise Party: Taste and See, Yancy has released a new promotional video, including testimonies from parents, pastors and recording artist Jaci Velasquez. View the video here: http://youtu.be/aJ4iiG1LRRk.

“Little Praise Party started as a collection of songs for my local church to use,” says Yancy. “It’s been amazing to see how God has used those songs in churches and homes around the world.”

Taste and See, the fourth release in the popular worship music series for young children, will be available on CD and DVD, featuring 15 easy-to-sing songs (plus two bonus tracks exclusively available at iTunes). The Little Praise Party series is available online and in Christian bookstores everywhere via Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. For church and classroom use, there is also a Church DVD available that includes all 15 songs plus the soundtracks, mp4 files and a group viewing license.

“Hearing children sing God’s praises never gets old,” says Yancy. “And it gives me chills hearing their sweet little voices sing their love to the Lord. Music is a powerful thing. It’s an important tool that we have to use in our homes and churches to plant Biblical truth in the hearts of kids. It’s the very reason we started making Little Praise Party music.”

Yancy’s Little Praise Party series engages kids from the very start with non-stop sing-along fun for the entire family. In addition to CDs, each project in the series has a companion DVD filled with exciting animation with on-screen lyrics to help visualize the words and stories portrayed within the songs. The popular Little Praise Party app, available in both iOS & Android formats, features new videos each month in English and Spanish.

“I introduced my kids to Little Praise Party, from Yancy, and it’s really adorable listening to them sing their songs,” said recording artist Jaci Velasquez. “As a mom, my hope and my prayer is that everything that I’m putting into my kids is positive and good and encouraging and hopeful. Because whatever goes in, comes out.”

“We need to begin the process of passing on our faith and Christian values to our children at an early age,” says Yancy. “We really can’t start too soon. My heart and prayer is that this generation would Taste and See that the Lord is good.”

For more than a decade, Yancy has been making music for Christian music fans of all ages. As a songwriter, she has penned songs with Third Day frontman Mac Powell, wrote the Jaci Velasquez hit “Something Beautiful” and Avalon’s chart-topping “I Don’t Want To Go.” As an artist, Yancy has released radio-friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, while sharing the stage with Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Plumb and many more. Yancy also pens a monthly column for KidzMatter Magazine, and has written and produced the music and videos for Standard Publishing’s Vacation Bible School curriculum since 2012, reaching over 1,000,000 kids each year.

For more information, visit www.yancynotnancy.com.

Pre-Order Little Praise Party: Taste and See at iTunes: http://syntax.cr/1zUynZF

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NYT Best-Selling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones New Picture Book “Bunny’s First Spring” Available Today, Jan. 15

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SALLY LLOYD-JONES CELEBRATES SPRING WITH NEW PICTURE BOOK
“BUNNY’S FIRST SPRING” AVAILABLE TODAY

The award-winning author’s new picture book is available now at
retailers nationwide and online.

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Los Angeles, Calif. (January 15, 2014) – Winter can seem dark, gray and bleak, but Spring is a symbol of God’s promises of life renewed. Bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, with help from illustrator David McPhail, celebrates Spring as a season of rebirth in the delightful picture book Bunny’s First Spring, available now.
When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  But, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more.

 

Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth.

 

Lloyd-Jones concludes Bunny’s First Spring with words of inspiration: “God has written the promise of new life not just in books alone—but in every leaf in Springtime” (from Martin Luther).

 

Bunny’s First Spring is available now in hardcover for $15.99 at retailers nationwide and online.

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About the Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner and ALA notable, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. She has written many picture books for children, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.

About the Illustrator: David McPhail has been drawing (like most kids), since he was two. He’s still at it! David has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children.

 

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

 

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing to Release Duck Commander Devotions for Kids February 10, 2015

HarperCollins Christian Publishing to Release Duck Commander Devotions for Kids February 10, 2015

Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard Issue First Children’s Devotional Book under the Duck Commander Brand

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Nashville, Tenn. (January 7, 2015) —– The mother and daughter team of Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard is releasing a new children’s book February 10, 2015, through Tommy Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is the first children’s devotional release under the Duck Commander brand, and the project features selected Scripture passages, anecdotal stories from the Robertson family members, prayers, and a Duck Commander In Action section. These motivational messages contain wit, humor and outdoor activities to help young believers grow stronger in their faith and are based on the core values of the Robertson family that have resonated with Americans across the country through A&E’s Duck Dynasty and the Robertsons’ Duck Commander® franchise.
“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to share our faith with families across the country through our new Duck Commander children’s devotionals,” says Korie Robertson. “I hope this first book, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, will be a fun tool for kids and parents to explore and develop their beliefs together.”
“Having been involved in educational ministry for many years, I’ve seen the impact that building an early faith foundation can have on our kids,” adds Chrys Howard. “Korie and I are so excited to continue to take part in that ministry by sharing faith lessons in Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.”
Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is beautifully illustrated by Holli Conger and gives vibrancy to the biblically based messages delivered by Robertson and Howard. Their down-home approach to these core truths will be very relatable to children, and the familiarity of both ladies will provide a comfort level to parents and their youngsters. As seen on A&E’s Duck Dynasty, the Robertson clan is very well-known for its dedication to family and faith and have led the program to become one of the highest-rated shows on television.
For more information about Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and upcoming Duck Commander–themed contests in conjunction with the book, please visit online at http://www.thomasnelson.com
About Korie Robertson
Korie Robertson is a New York Times best-selling author, the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. A mother of five, Korie balances family life and her role at Duck Commander with several ventures of her own, including her retail store Duck & Dressing, overseeing licensing for the family’s brands and philanthropic work with a children’s home in the Dominican Republic, Help One Now and adoption and foster care advocacy in Louisiana. Her writing credits include Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty. Follow online @bosshogswife or http://www.duckcommander.com
About Chrys Howard
Chrys Howard, the mother of Duck Dynasty’s, Korie Robertson, claims she really did have a life before Duck Dynasty; sometimes it’s just hard to remember what it was. She holds a degree in elementary education and spent 10 years teaching children with learning differences. After teaching, she joined the family-owned business, Howard Publishing, where she served as senior editor and creative director. She has authored a number of books, including the best-selling Hugs for Daughters and Motivationals for Moms, and she co-authored the New York Times bestseller Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Cookbook, Everything’s Better with a Beard, D is for Duck Calls and The Faith Commander church curriculum. Chrys has spent more than 30 years working with Christian youth camps; speaking to women’s groups; teaching Bible classes to children, teens, and young adults; and traveling overseas for mission efforts. She is married to John Howard, has three grown children and 13 adorable grandchildren and lives next door to Korie and Willie in West Monroe, Louisiana.
About Tommy Nelson
Tommy Nelson, the children’s division of Thomas Nelson, a HarperCollins company, publishes a wide variety of high quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible. Tommy Nelson products are designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while pointing them to a personal relationship with God. For more information, visit http://www.tommynelson.com.

We’re still here!

We’re still here! If anyone still follows LJF, you’ll notice a look change. I’ve moved the site to wordpress.com to be easier for updating and such. Hopefully you’ll actually hear more from us now. (Don’t get your hopes up though ;) )

It’s been a crazy year. Will is now 4, and while things were nutty during the infancy months, things seem even more hectic now that the boy continues to grow as a preschooler!

Christmas was a blast. It was the first year he’s asked for specific toys — and in this case, it was the Bewilderbeast from How To Train Your Dragon 2 — and even though he exhibited the human nature of “More! More! More!” Christmas morning, we’re working on the gratitude thing ;)

Amy and I each took Will out at different times to have him help us pick out items for him to give us. Sadly, on Christmas morning, all he did was want to open anything with his name on it. And with a look of delirium in his eye, he just couldn’t understand the idea that a present that says “From Will” wasn’t actually FOR him… even if he’d helped pick it out for us. (Next year, I’ll have him be a part of wrapping it and maybe we’ll use exclusive paper for his gifts to us). I ended up opening all of the gifts he and Amy picked out for me quietly while he harassed his little cousin. Oh well… next year perhaps!

Onward to 2015! I shall leave you with an image of Will’s prize toy of the Christmas 2014 season… the Bewilderbeast (and mini Toothless). It’s pretty sweet, I must add. It reminds me of the big Inhumanoids beasts we had as kids — or the original Rancor! (Which I was blessed to have owned. ha). :)

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