Making Everday Moments Extraordinary
In their book “Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions,” co-authors Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer set out to help readers to not only make holidays special, but to make everyday moments extraordinary. After all, “Everyday moments are the ones that are treasured in the hearts of those we love,” they claim.
Throughout “Everyday Confetti” Ehman and Whitwer seek to spark creativity and provide ideas for planning and implementing holiday and holy day celebrations with loved ones. But the authors don’t stop there. They hope to toss some confetti into everyday life, too.
According to the authors, simple moments of celebration communicate value to our loved ones and create a sense of belonging. Everyday moments are “a celebration of life, of each other, and most importantly, of God’s goodness,” say Ehman and Whitwer.
In the book, the authors cover all the major holidays as expected, but they also give great advice for finding those every day moments that can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. You’ll find advice for making the most of family dinners, ways to honor special achievements with the “family honor plate,” and ways to celebrate spiritual milestones. There are also ideas for staying connected with family—like sending lunchbox notes with your children or making sure your college student feels loved. Then there are ideas for all the major holidays as well as several minor ones.
Honestly, this book sold me before I ever picked it up. The cover is bright and appealing, and admittedly, I’m always looking for new ways of creating family traditions and meaningful memories.
“Everyday Confetti” delivers. It is what it says it is—a guide to celebrating holidays and special occasions. I found loads of great ideas for simplifying holiday celebrations so I can spend more time enjoying my family. I’ve already copied several recipes onto cards to try in the near future.
I’ve also identified a few traditions I plan to begin over the next year: celebrating our name days, creating a Book of Remembrance, a stones of Jordan memorial, and starting a journal for each child where I record their personality at each particular age.
As for holidays, I can’t wait to host a New Year’s Day Open House and challenge ourselves to live out 1 Corinthians 13 in a Valentine’s Day countdown. Easter’s coming soon, and I plan to try the folded hand prayer pretzels and resurrection rolls. During the summer I think we’ll try a mystery day. Thanksgiving will see us begin a gratitude journal, and sometime over the next few months we’ll have a family meeting to discuss which Christmas traditions mean the most, which ones we can do without, and which ones we might add. That way we can simplify our Christmas celebrations and keep Christ as the center.
All I can say is this: Thank you, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer for gathering so many wonderful resources in one place and for encouraging families to keep Christ as the center of our holidays and traditions while making every day moments ordinary. This is one that will be an ongoing resource in our household.
*Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
About the Authors
karen ehmanKaren Ehman is a national speaker, an online devotion writer, an author for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and a contributor at TheBetterMom.com. Her latest book and Bible study is Let. It. Go. She has been a guest on Focus on the Family, Moody Mid-day Connection, and The 700 Club. She and her husband, Todd, live in Michigan with their three children. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.
glynnis whitwerGlynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 Ministries online devotional. She is the author of several books, including I Used to Be So Organized. Glynnis and her husband, Tod, live in Arizona with their five children. She blogs regularly at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
Published 11 months ago by Laura Langley