Whole Parenting Family

Bible + Nell + Advent + You


I have never completed anything I’ve started for Advent. Books I’ve bought. Journals I’ve bought. Projects I’ve meant to do with the kids.

Why? What’s the common thread? I certainly have enough time. I know I do. Everyone has time for things they are determined to do. (I know I could be scrubbing my bathroom floors instead of sewing, but I’m not. #guiltyguilty)

It boils down to seeing the benefit. Maybe I’ve been late to mature spiritually, more of a “pragmatist” than a “spiritualist.” Meaning, I’d rather do something I can see tangible results from that doesn’t involve me sitting and pondering. I have a lot of growing to do spiritually. I know the benefits and I want the graces that come with spending time in prayer!!

We’ve all seen the studies about the mental health benefits of prayer or meditation. It’s neurologically proven to a-right the brain and improve your systemic health and balance.

Because maybe some of you are like me, and need to be encouraged and dragged and prodded.

Laura & Nancy & I wrote this Waiting in the Word Advent Scripture study for mamas of little kids. We wrote essays on themes, we picked Bible verses that are short & sweet to contemplate each day, and we even designed (we meaning Nancy!!) a bookmark for your Bible so you could easily grapple with that big ole book. There’s a journal you can print off if you’re a journaler, and if you’re a community leader, there’s a guide for doing the study en masse (and a discount for groups).

Here’s the Monday surprise:

Nancy designed 30 printable & colorable Jesse Tree ornaments for you & your littles to do together. AND she’s giving it away to mamas who purchase the Study today only!!

My kids are going to color this. I am actually going to print it off and we will color it, dang it. And she included verses for each day. So I might actually read them aloud to the coloring kids. This is a big new world, people.


And I will be talking every day in our Facebook group for Waiting in the Word so that you can’t get out doing it. Or at least you can’t escape thinking about it even if you can’t physically do it.



  1. Alicia Copley on November 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This looks great, Nell! I’ve got a quick question for you about it. Do you think this would be a good fit for a mom who loves the contemplative/lectio divina scripture approach but not journaling? As much as I try, I fall flat every time I need to journal anything. (My son turns 2 tomorrow and his baby book is empty…)

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Yes. I NEVER journal and won’t probably be doing that part 🙂

  2. Rachel on November 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for the Advent study! I’m really looking forward to it. I thought I ordered on the day with the Jesse Tree printables, but I think I got my days mixed up 🙂 Is there a way to purchase the Jesse Tree ornaments separately? I wasn’t sure how to contact. Thanks!

    • Natural Mama Nell on November 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Yes! I emailed Nancy your email address and she will get back to you!

  3. Jenny on November 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Hi. I bought the product and look forward to starting today. How do I join the FB group?