Book Drawing!!!! “365 Ways to Love Your Child:Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories” by Julie Lavender

If you’re looking for a new way to say “I love you” to your child, you’ll find 365 suggestions in 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories for memory-making moments that will warm your child’s heart.

I’m so excited to offer Julie’s book in a book drawing! The drawing ends Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 2020. Read below for how to enter the drawing.

UPDATE: Some people are having trouble making a comment go through. If you are having difficulty, email me at and I will put your name into the drawing. I’m sorry for the difficulty.

Little Moments Add Up to Big Memories

by Julie Lavender @Jlavenderwrites

Let’s face it – parenting can be the toughest job on the planet, but it is certainly the most rewarding one! Be sure to make the most of every opportunity to make memories with your kids. You won’t regret later that you sometimes went to bed with a sinkful of dirty dishes, but you may wish you’d spent more time outside playing with your children or reading that book “just one more time.”

The moments don’t have to be monumental to be momentous! You know what my kids remember most about a couple of our vacations? Jumping from one bed to the other bed in the hotel room! And not only did Mommy and Daddy encourage and take part in the fun, but we also piled pillows on the floor and stood between the beds to make sure no one got hurt.

Little moments add up to big memories! Encourage them, create them, be part of them every day. TWEET THAT!

Big moments in a family are fun, too and should be celebrated with great fanfare!

In other words, nothing is too big or too small when it comes to expressing love to our children. Love your children with great gusto. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime, and you’ll give them a glimpse of how big the love of their heavenly Father is!

And on those days when you think you’ve barely had time to breathe, let along make “lasting memories,” then give yourself grace and realize that you’ll have another opportunity the next day. Parenting is hard – you’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work.

When You’re Outside:

* Give your child a plastic watering can with “I love you” written on it with a permanent marker. Water the plants and flowers and trees together.

* Wake your child during a late-night meteor shower. Take them outside to lie on a blanket on the ground and watch for falling stars. Tell your child, “You are my shining star!” and “You are out of this world!”

When You’re at Home:

* Surprise your sweetie with a warm towel following bath time. Throw their towel in the dryer briefly to fluff and warm it for a wintertime surprise!

* Make a practice of honking three times when you leave the house to “honk” the words I love you to your child if it won’t disturb the neighbors.

When You’re in the Kitchen:

* Make homemade biscuits and form each one into letters to spell out your child’s name.

* Treat your child to a lemonade or favorite fruit drink in a disposable cup. Write a love note on the cup and draw hearts with a pen.

When You’re Running Errands:

* Toss pennies in a fountain and make wishes, but with this caveat: you make wishes for your child and your child makes wishes for you. Take turns sharing the wishes aloud and tossing pennies.

* Play an imaginary game of hide-and-seek while running errands. Let our child think of a hiding spot inside the house. Because it’s a pretend game, the location can be anywhere and any size. Ask them questions that can be answered yes or no and try to guess the hiding spot. You take a turn next and let your child guess your hiding spot.

Thank you, Julie, for those fabulous ideas. Here’s more about this fabulous book:

If you’re looking for a new way to say “I love you” to your child, you’ll find 365 suggestions in 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories for memory-making moments that will warm your child’s heart. 365 Ways to Love Your Child offers creative suggestions for activities, gestures, and expressions of love to show your child how much you treasure them. With simple ideas and heartwarming tokens of affection, 365 Ways encourages you to spend quality time with your child every day to create a treasury of warm memories to savor throughout childhood and beyond.

With each expression of your love, your child gets a glimpse of the unfathomable love of our heavenly Father. Along the parenting journey, help your child recognize God’s love through your own devotion, attentiveness, and verbal affirmations. Find time each day to transform a little moment into a precious memory. You’ll be so glad you did!

Two Links for buying Julie’s book:

365 Ways to Love your Child

Just think! You might win this book (or feel free to buy it right away at the above links). To enter, make a comment on my blog post. I will draw the winner on Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 2020. Only US addresses can win.

UPDATE: Jen is the winner of Julie’s book. Congratulations, Jen!

Here’s more about Julie Lavender:

One of Julie’s favorite colors as a child was purple, so she loved taking on the last name “Lavender” when she married. Julie Lavender is the author of the newly-released parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories (Revell). She is a journalist, author, newspaper stringer, and former homeschooling mom of twenty-five years with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Julie contributes to Guideposts Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul and wrote curriculum for more than two dozen teacher resources for Group Publishing, Incorporated. Her work appears in magazines like Clubhouse, Today’s Christian Woman, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, Refresh,, Southern Writers, MTL Online Magazine, Book Fun, Mature Living, Country Woman, ParentLife, and Taste of Home. Julie is wife to David, mom to four, mom-in-law to one, and grandmommy to a precious grandson.

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