Timely (& free) kids’ coloring book from ANM: “A Home for Artyom”

*this is a sponsored post*

Recently, I had the opportunity to check out some wonderful family/kid products from ANM (Advancing Native Missions). This is from their ANM Kids on Mission division. Let me tell you more (and keep your eyes out for an awesome free family devotional in my next post)!

About ANM’s Kids on Mission Coloring Book

Like me, perhaps you and your loved ones have been praying for the people of Ukraine lately. Because the Ukrainians have been so deeply on my own heart and in my prayers, I was very excited to be able to tell you about this coloring book for kids that is based on a true story about a real person!

Created by ANM, the coloring book “A Home for Artyom” tells the true story of a child from Ukraine who gets to learn about Jesus, and the love that He has for everyone! Artyom is a boy who lives in an orphanage in Ukraine. When he is transferred to a new orphanage, he feels self-conscious and embarrassed because of the red bumps that break out on on his skin. He is lonely and ashamed of this, and he withdraws from the other kids.

One day, a man named Alex comes to the orphanage and tells the children about God’s love for them, and about God’s Son, Jesus. The children even learn that Jesus would never, ever leave them! Alex continued to come and share. But he also learned that when the kids turned 16, they would “age out” of the orphanage.

Before the coloring book is over, Artyom and the other kids will hear more about Jesus, visit families in their homes, attend summer camp and move to Light Houses (started by Alex) where they can learn more about Jesus, pursue higher education, and prepare for their own futures. Artyom will even join God’s family by believing in Jesus as his Savior! (Kids will even get to learn more about Artyom’s future!)

My thoughts about “A Home for Artyom”

I loved the story and pictures, which are told in language that even smaller kids will understand. The story focuses a lot on Artyom’s feelings and situation; but it also shows how one man, who’d experienced the loss of his parent, understood how kids without parents can feel. Because of that, Alex devoted his life and time to share the gospel with children in orphanages; and then, to provide a way for the aged-out teens to pursue education, adoption, and Jesus.

Although this coloring book/storybook is written for children, it has some significant truths in it about kids who live in orphanages. And how they, just like all of us, need to know that they are LOVED. It was a sweet and precious way to help our own children learn about kids in other nations; and a beautiful way that parents can engage with kids in coloring and then, to pray. It’s a gentle introduction as well to one way that missions can happen.

The coloring book is easy to print at home (although you could also print it at an office supply store). The front and back cover print in color and all the other pages are black & white coloring pages. After printing, I stapled ours with 3 staples on the left side (so that it could open like a book) and then covered the staples with washi tape. (You don’t have to do that; I just liked the way it looked and wanted the staples to be covered. Masking or painter’s tape could accomplish the same purpose.) Ours is colored with crayons, but kids could also use markers or colored pencils.

How to get your own free coloring book “A Home for Artyom”

To download your own free copy, click below on “Free Coloring Book.” That will take you to the Advancing Native Missions Catalog page. Scroll down until you see a red rectangle with the “A Home for Artyom” coloring book inside it. You’ll need to enter your email, then you’ll be able to download the coloring book.

Free Coloring Book

About ANM (Advancing Native Missions)

Since 1992, ANM has sent Christian workers to those who haven’t learned about Jesus, God, or the Bible. The key difference about ANM is that they equip these workers to go to unreached areas of their own nations! So rather than a missionary from a foreign country (like America, for example) going to share the gospel, these individuals get to hear the gospel from their own people. You can find out more about ANM at the ANM/About page.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post.

Bountiful Living Link Up ~ February 2016

What has bountiful living looked like for you over the past month?

Bountiful Final Banner

February is generally a wonderful month for us.  We have family birthdays, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day.  Our homeschool coop is off and running for the spring.  We usually get in a playdate or two.

Sadly, this year, February also brought us the loss of a loved one, very unexpectedly.

But I do want to share with you a Bible passage that has been comforting to me over the last couple of weeks.  Normally, I read in the NIV, the NAS, or occasionally The Message.  But I love the way the King James Version presents this  Ephesians 3:14-21:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

God is good.  And He is with us, in all that we do.  🙂

What has been happening in your household this month?  Kemi from Homemaking Organized and I would love for you to link up and share your stories!  The link up is below, so please join us!

Free Printable

Also—I do have a fun free printable that I’d like so share with you!  After several months of freezing weather, we’ve suddenly had a gorgeous swath of warm weather.  So, I’ve made some fun springtime gift tags for you.  Just click finchnwren printable Springtime Gift Cards to print!

Springtime Gift Cards

Be sure to visit Kemi at Homemaking Organized…she has a lovely gardening printable for you today!

Enjoy!  –Wren


Happy Presidents’ Day! Free Games, Goodies and Printables

Presidents' Day goodies

Happy Presidents’ Day!

I wanted to share some fun educational goodies with you today, as you study Presidents’ Day with your kiddos!

Just click on Presidents’ Day Goodies, and you’ll find a Presidents’ Word Search, a Presidents’ Matching Game (full of famous and not-so-famous quotes by our nation’s leaders), and recipe links to Famous First Ladies’ Desserts.  So today, you can exercise your minds and your cooking abilities!

Thankful we do live in the United States of America.

Enjoy!  –Wren

Garden Wrap-Up 2015…..Garden Party Linky

Wow!  I can’t believe the gardening season is almost at an end!

Garden Party COur summer was slightly odd, weather-wise.  Lots of rain.  Days that didn’t get as hot as we’re used to.  So…while that was incredible for the environment (and fire danger) in general, it did affect our garden in some unusual ways.  Here’s my wrap-up for the year!


The end of the peas

The end of the peas

Sugar Snap Peas

Peas are so hardy and strong.  I almost think they’d thrive no matter what!  I planted ours in early May (late April?) and then continued to plant them about every three weeks, so we had a nice long production of them.

Mostly, this year, we ate them in salads or out of hand.  They are so good, sweet and crunchy!  And, they actually improve the soil they’re grown in, which is a fabulous bonus, since most plants take more nutrients from the soil than they put in.

Verdict for next year?  Definitely, we’ll plant them again!


Our carrots

Our carrots


I did have a love-hate relationship with my carrots.  I picked a seed type that I thought would be great for a raised-bed garden.  And size-wise, they were; they were between 4″-6″ fully grown.

My problem was getting them to the fully-grown stage!  I had the worst time figuring out when they were ready for picking, and the ones I picked were skinny, tiny and definitely not ready.  One day I decided I was DONE with them and planned to pull them all out so that the yellow squash could have more room.  To my shock they were perfectly-sized and ready for eating!

Everybody loved them….but I’ll have to think this thru.

Verdict for next year?  Jury’s still out.


End-of-season zucchini

End-of-season zucchini

Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Love, love, love squash.  This summer, however, I didn’t get as much as I’d hoped for.  Was it the weather?  A seed problem?  The location where I planted them?  Maybe all of the above…or maybe not.  I did get a few nice zucchini.  But I did not get one. single. yellow. squash.  I had some nice blossoms. And even some fruit began to form.  But they never got beyond 4″ before they shriveled up and died.

Verdict?  Plant again, go back to the seed brands I used in previous years, and find a new spot for the yellow squash.



The end of the beets

The end of the beets


Again, a love-hate relationship.  I told a friend that I don’t know if it’s in my destiny (ha ha) to plant below-ground veggies!  I did get some.  And I’ll have one last harvest, I think, this weekend or next week some time.  I need to try some different recipes though.  Maybe I can get some from Finch’s husband.  He is a gourmet cook and he had a bumper crop of beets this year.  So he MUST have some amazing recipes!

Verdict?  I’m thinking, I’m thinking….



I do adore cukes.  And I loved the flavor of the type we planted this year.  But they were too delicate.  The plants up and shriveled after they’d produced one cuke.  It was amazing!  But only ONE???

Verdict:  Try a new seed variety next year….and replant this one, but be sure it can be pampered.





And last but not least?  Yes.  The true reason I garden….tomatoes.  Any shape, any size, any type….I love them!

We were blessed with a good crop of tomatoes.  We planted Ispulins, Italian Gold, Tiny Tims, Grushovkas, Italian Roma, Pink rounds, and Brandywine.  They were all lovely and fantastic with different flavor types.

Verdict?  DEFINTELY plant next year!  But plant more cherry toms.


Garden Review Printable 2Finchnwren’s Garden Review….a free printable for you!

I wanted a way to make some notes on our 2015 garden.  So, I made a printable spreadsheet so that I can record pertinent info—planting, seed types, etc., and notes on each plant.  And, I wanted to share it with you!

Just click here on Printable for Garden Review, and you’ll be able to print or save it for your own use, absolutely free!

It has been a lovely garden year.  I can’t wait to begin planning for next year, can you?

And be sure to visit Kemi at Homemaking Organized—she has a beautiful free printable for you too!
Enjoy—and thanks for joining in with us!  :)Wren