Archives for May 2013

Amanda Hampton: Developing a Heart of Gratitude

Meet Amanda Hampton, the newest member of the team.  Chasing Fireflies Podcast Icon

Her focus in the coming months will be to inspire parents to be intentional about developing a heart of gratitude in their children.  Listen as Amanda discusses with Fireflies’ host, Gil Moegerle, her journey as she strives to encourage her five children to live a life of gratitude.

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We invite you to follow Amanda on as she creates and shares unique opportunities for children to say “thank you”.

Check out Amanda’s Fireflies’ post HERE.
Amanda Layne Hampton


Our Gratitude Wall: "eucharisteo"

A Blank Wall + “Eucharisteo” = Encouraging Hearts of Gratitude in our Home
Walk with me back a couple of months. We had just remodeled our kitchen and I had a large blank wall in our breakfast area that needed decorating. One morning as I was reading Ann Voskamp’s, One Thousand Gifts, I had a vision of painting it with chalkboard paint and writing at the top, “Today, I am grateful for…”. I felt this incredible pull to teach my children how to live a grateful life. I could sense God showing me that this would not only be an amazing experience for our family, but would also be a witness to everyone who enters our home.

I called my husband and he immediately affirmed the idea. Next, I called our handyman who was able to quickly start the project. Not feeling confident in my ability to write the words the way I saw them in my mind, I thought of a neighbor friend who is an artist. She was able to come the day after we painted and create the wall heading, adding her special touch.
Tears filled my eyes as I looked at the finished project. It was even more beautiful than I had envisioned. My three year old was standing near me and I realized I needed to explain what we were looking at. He seemed to understand. So I asked him what he could say, “thank you, God” for and he said, “shoes and socks.” My heart melted and I knew this was the beginning of helping my family turn our focus on living our days with gratefulness to God.

Matthew says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Would you join me in discovering ways to implement the practice of giving thanks into the lives of our children? Our children are like little sponges…soaking in our words, our tone, and our body language. You know, as well as I, that they are reflections of us. Let’s help them be a reflection of Him as they begin to name what they are thankful for. I am looking forward to linking arms with you as together we inspire our children to express their gratitude to God!

Lord let our hearts be filled with gratitude for You so that we may spill over into the hearts and lives of our children.

We are so excited about our newest Fireflies’ Team Member, Amanda Hampton.

Moments : Brave and Strong

I love putting truth all over my house.Written on the mirror in my kid’s bathroom are the words, “Let your light shine before men.” In my hallway, above a collection of pictures I have the words, “Family is believing in one another.” In our home, we have “Family Rules,” scriptures and cute quotes scattered about. 

Some of you may remember back in February I posted about the two most important things my husband and I wanted to instill in our children; that they would know their significance, and, that they would be free. Ever since that post, I’ve thought I need to get those words above my kid’s bedroom doors (or somewhere we see them daily) so I remember to pray that over them and work towards that goal. 

Just a couple weeks ago, my four year old added two more words to that list.When she was faced with a situation she was worried about, instead of getting upset (she’s known around these parts for her dramatic ways), she started whispering to herself, “I’m brave and I’m strong, I’m brave and I’m strong,” until whatever she was concerned about had passed. So when she stubbed her toe and broke her toenail past the quick, as I went to cut off the broken part I braced myself for a battle. To my amazement, instead of crying and not letting me near it, she let me take care of it, while reassuring herself she was “brave and strong.” 
So today I am happy to share with you the finished sign that I’m putting up. To download a free 8 x 10 printable version of this sign CLICK HERE

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.

Lanise Santala


Podcast: About “Tell me a Story” Box

Gil and Deni discuss the importance of providing oral language experiences for young children, and explain the Fireflies’ “Tell Me a Story” Box.

Listen as Deni and 5-year-old Davis share a “Tell Me a Story” legacy moment.  Chasing Fireflies Podcast Icon

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to see the TMAS prompts.

The Chasing Fireflies Podcasts expand on thoughts and ideas expressed on The Fireflies Blog. [] In each episode, we will deepen the discussion of why we decided to create a blog to support young families and what beliefs inspired us to want to

create family legacy moments that encourage children to communicate with confidence and view the world with a sense of wonder.”