6 Best Web Sites for e-Cards
Want to say thank you? nice to meet you? thinking of you? get
well? or just share a laugh? These are our favorite sites to find
great e-greeting cards.
• Dayspring.com (Dazzling Christian-themed e-cards)
• Hallmark.com (Great e-cards for any situation)
• Crosswalk.com (Inspirational e-cards that'll bring a smile or
• Americangreetings.com (Huge selection of top quality
• Bluemountain.com (A paid site, but beautiful e-cards)
• 123greetings.com (More great e-cards)
3 Best Places to Lunch With a Mother of a
Think easy cleanup and interest areas for the little ones if you
really want to have a meaningful
conversation with these young moms.
• Any place with an indoor playland or enclosed play area.
• Park with playground equipment.
• Preschool classroom -- takeout or delivery.
7 Easiest Parties for Grown-Ups
Party! Party! Everyone loves a party, but who likes the work? Try
these ideas that make having a party as much fun for you as it is
for your guests.
• Chocolate Boutique (An extravagant, delicious party celebrating
chocolate and God's love [www.group.com])
• Sports Night and Pizza
• BYOB (Bring Your Own Beef) Barbeque
• Build a Pizza (Everyone brings their favorite topping -- can
work with ice cream, too, except then it's Build a Sundae)
• Grammy Awards (Get together to watch the sap and provide
commentary on everything from dresses to acceptance speeches)
• Party at the Park (Everyone brings a dish and outdoor game --
you don't have to clean the house!)
• Scavenger Hunt (Yes, we're grown-ups, but these are always great
fun, no matter what the age!)
12 Things to Do Before Placing Volunteers
Time for commitment? You've built friendships -- way to go! Now do
the detail work that ensures the right placement of every single
person on your team.
• Have people fill out an application.
• Conduct a background check.
• Learn about their SHAPE: Spiritual gifts, what they have a
Heart for, what their Aptitudes/skills are, their Personality type
(introvert, extrovert) and what Experiences they've had. This makes
a much better fit.
• Introduce them to their future team leader -- a new friend,
• Watch them in action before placing them in a specific
• Ask them: If they had $20 to spend on themselves, how would they
spend it? Great way to find out future gifts you can give for
• Ask what their love language is -- this also helps with
• Ask where else they're involved -- at church or in the community
-- help them complement their commitments, not add more stress to
• Introduce them to other people on the team.
• Give them tools to be their best.
• Give them a job description.
• Pray for them.
Christine Yount Jones is the executive editor for Children's