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Holiday Spirit

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Leaders of Littles, As I'm sure you are aware, there are less than three weeks until Christmas break!    For some of us, that seems like an eternity.   But what if you thought about it this way: there are less than three weeks to show your learners Christ-like love before they go on break.   To share with them the true meaning of Christmas.  To get them in touch with that Holiday Spirit.  You know, the unseen spirit.  The one hidden behind, between and amongst the gift giving, baking, decorating, merry making, and heavily expectant busyness.  We've thought up some ways to invite that holiday spirit in and wish to share them with you.  However and whomever you lead, these activities foster the holiday spirit in the heart of both leaders and learners alike. Bless a Learner a Day Consider writing a learner’s name per day on a calendar (like the one above ) and find a way to intentionally bless them on their name day.  It doesn’t need to be a gift.  It doesn’t

Mission Born: Space Twins - Chapter Five

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Readers, The fifth chapter of the Mr.'s NaNoWriMo challenge is now ready for your enjoyment.  Due to the fact that NaNoWriMo ended, the project demanded a name.  Behold Mission Born: Space Twins.   If this is your first introduction to the Space Twins  you might wish to start at the beginning.  Links to all previous chapters magically appear here: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 But you, you're ready to pick up where you left off?  Scroll on down!  We're happy to have you, and as always, welcome any feedback.  Enjoy!                 Walter woke up, realizing he had passed out from the prolonged use of faster-than-translight travel.  The Orcs were sitting in ragtag crew chairs, which had been bolted into the floors.  They sat there looking very somber.  Jenkins saw that Walter had awoken.  “Child, you will come with us.  You will learn what your people have done, and when they come, you will either fight with us or stand on our outer walls

December - An Idea for Every Day Calendar

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You know what, Leaders?  Yesterday I could not believe that December was right around the corner, but today I find myself singing Christmas songs and not believing it is still November.  Maybe it has something to do with the two feet of snow outside?  Maybe?  Now, I just can't help thinking of December! And good timing too, because you are looking for some December ideas.  We have them for you, Leaders.   Mix traditional with unusual and produce a December to remember with your littles this season.  Ready to click and print, pin, post, paste or paperclip now?  Say no more!  Simply click below. To download calendar with active links, click here . Place it near where you plan and consider ways to enjoy every day this December.  Remember, if you're looking for more ideas, visit our Pinterest board .  Feel free to suggest some too!  Then, come back to Wolfe Stew near the end of December.  January ideas are sure to headline our menu boards by then. Craving more de

NaNoWriMo Chapter 4

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Readers and Leaders, Just as you are thankful that Chapter 4 is here, we are thankful you are here reading and enjoying the Mr.'s story.  If you are new to Jess and Walter, you'll likely want to start at the beginning.  Here's the links to all previous chapters. Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 If  Jess and Walter are old friends and you're ready to continue on the adventure, keep reading below.  We're glad you're here!  And, as always, we would love to hear any feedback you'd like to share.  Please just comment below or email us at mr@wolfestew.com.   Now, let's get back to Wally...                 Walter came to a section of the ship where he knew there would be a large amount of enemy forces.   Sneaking into a side maintenance closet, he searched for the hatch into the maintenance corridors that ran through the ship.   When he found it, he brought a small multi-tool from one of the shelves in the closet and used it to unscrew the

Give Thanks

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Did you know that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday?  It is.  And it breaks my heart a little that for most people it seems to be just a blip on the radar.  An endcap amongst aisles of red and green.  A checkpoint on the way to Christmas.  Indeed, I even saw this calendar on Instagram that blocked out all of November and December except for three days around Thanksgiving and labeled it Christmas.  Besides me, everyone else who commented was excited about it.  "That's me!" they proclaimed while my spirit died a little sadly sighing, "That's not me!" and "Why?!"  Why do we race through Thanksgiving to get to Christmas?  We should intentionally give this holiday more energy, focus and love. Why do I like Thanksgiving?  It's so simple and pure.  It's a humble holiday, and thus easy to skip over.  It doesn't demand presents, roses, candy or competition; it asks for self-examination.  It's easy to skip over.  Soul-sear

A Stone in the Wall

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Fellow stones, welcome!   I’m glad you’re here today.   You, showing up, is the first step to fortifying our wall.   Last week, I wrote about how we’re never really alone , even when it feels like we are, because God is always with us.   And He is.   There’s no question about it.   But you see, from the very beginning of creation, God knew that we would need others like us for this journey through life: The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18 So, He created companionship for us. He wanted to be our everything. He wanted to be more than enough for us, but we craved more. So in His endless grace, He provided us with the desires of our heart; He made more like us. To be helpmates for one another. To support, enrich, bless, encourage, challenge and coexist with each other. And, if you think about it, much of our lives is devoted to the others in it. What we think. How we feel. The motivation behin