TWO NEW SONGS
TWO NEW SONGS

These two songs are so close! Whitney (@whitstratty) has been busy making the most beautiful videos, and Masa (@masa.fukuda) is finishing the mix and the sheet music. It takes a lot of help to make this happen!!!

If you count the children who are singing and the parents who brought them to the studio (twice) and the film shoot, there have been about 22 people involved in getting just the first song out there. More on the second one. 

#nowondertheyaresolate

See you on Saturday! 

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TO BE HIS CHILD
TO BE HIS CHILD

Here's what you should know about "To Be His Child":

1. I'm making a video, and I need really short video clips and high-quality pictures of children doing good things (being a friend, reading, hiking, going to church, doing things with family, etc.). I would love if you'd send me some! The deadline is this coming Wednesday, January 24th. Send them to shawna(at)shawnaedwardsmusic(dot)com. (Pictures and video need to be oriented landscape, not portrait.)

2. I know it may seem late. But here's the story: I wasn't actually going to write a song for the theme this year, because nothing could ever take the place of "I am a Child of God." But I just couldn't get it out of my mind,

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DO YOU HAVE ROOM?
DO YOU HAVE ROOM?

Help us light the world with this song -- and receive a free music download!

1. Share one of the videos (or both) with as many people as you feel comfortable sharing with. 

2. Then comment below on how you're making room for Him, or how you've seen others do it. We want to start a conversation that inspires people to get involved.

3. Then we'll send you - free - either April Meservy's recording of the song or the solo sheet music. Please designate which you'd rather get, and be sure to submit your email correctly. Please allow 48 hours to receive the music. 

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CHRISTMAS AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE
CHRISTMAS AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE

I'll never forget the Christmas of 2010. Terrible weather, an emergency landing, lots of prayers...and Christmas Eve dinner at the Waffle House. 

In the end, it was the simplest Christmas we ever had. But it didn't start out that way...

We planned a big surprise that year. John and I and Gary and Nate were going to fly to Indianapolis, where our oldest son lived with his family. We would land in Indianapolis, buy food for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, and surprise the family by caroling to them just as it got dark. I couldn't wait.

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5 DOS AND DON'TS FOR SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS
5 DOS AND DON'TS FOR SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS

Oh Christmas. I love it so much. But every year at this time, I have to recommit to simplifying it, because as you know, it can quickly get out of control…and then instead of celebrating Christmas, we merely try to get through it. 

Here are five of my favorite tips for keeping Christmas simple: 

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HOW TO TEACH 'THANKFUL'
HOW TO TEACH 'THANKFUL'

This is how to teach the Thankful song without visual aids, melody maps or any other complicated learning tool. 

*I will say up front I’m not a fan of complicated visual aids or melody maps. I think they just steal your precious time and usually distract the children more than help them. 

To help the children learn the melody of any song, do these four simple things:

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THANKFUL SONG
THANKFUL SONG

I don't know if you've ever searched for a good children's song about giving thanks, but I have. I found songs about turkeys (#1 topic), other food items (a close second), pilgrims, and even scarecrows. And last but not least, a few about being thankful. ("When you're thankful and you know it" to start with...) 

So I decided to write one.

 

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AND CHILDREN DON'T KEEP
AND CHILDREN DON'T KEEP

My list of music projects is a little overwhelming right now. But then on days like today, when I sit down and play with my grandkids, I remember what's really important. Yes, I will get to the music. And it can always wait til tomorrow. But moments like these can't wait, because grandchildren grow up and people move away and things change, and the time we have with our loved ones is the important project of all. 

#foreverfamilies #grandmacrush #craftday

Photo Credit: @kimlloydphotos

 

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WARM & SAFE
WARM & SAFE

Sometimes the world can make us want to keep our children home forever, where we know they're safe. But when tragedy is forced on us, it is comforting to see that there are always countless helpers and heroes. Focus on doing good in your corner. Raise helpers. Be heroes together.

#prayforvegas #morethanenough #morethanenoughseries #shawnaedwardsmusic

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CHOOSE HIM AGAIN STORIES
CHOOSE HIM AGAIN STORIES

It's been so fun for me to hear about your experiences singing "Choose Him Again," and see the videos you've posted. This makes me so happy, and I would love to see and hear more of those -- when you get a minute. 

I hope the kids are internalizing this message: We chose to follow Jesus Christ in heaven, before coming to earth. Now that we’re here, we will choose Him again. Children can be the greatest examples of how to do that.


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YOU'RE DOING ENOUGH
YOU'RE DOING ENOUGH

"The greatest love we give is within our homes," and our simple acts of showing that love mean more than we know. There are so many ways a Monday can make you busy, but don't forget to slow down for the moments that really matter.

#morethanenough #morethanenoughseries #shawnaedwardsmusic #robertdhales #motherhoodinspiration

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COMING SOON...
COMING SOON...

This is one of our new designs -- We have wanted to make a way for families to see these messages, as well as sing them.

#lovethisone 

I'll be sharing them every few days this month...and they'll be available for pre-sale near the end of September. More details to come... so check back with us!

P.S. Let me know what you think -- we're in the process of choosing the final designs now.  

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