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 just finished writing one. And when I say 'just' I mean just barely. In fact, we recorded it with some very talented children from the One Voice Children's Choir yesterday, and I literally finished writing the words to the 2nd verse while they were recording the first. Yikes!

*Thanks, Elise May Peterson, for this beautiful design. :) @emaypeterson

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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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NEW SONGS & OTHER STUFF TO COME
NEW SONGS & OTHER STUFF TO COME

This is my project board. And I have to say I'm more excited about this list of projects than any I've ever had.  

Since I don't have time right now to right a long blog post about it (and you probably don't have time to read it), here’s the really quick version

I have a new song coming out. ("Thankful") And a new rendition of an old song. (A really cool one!) And a new venture all together – which I’m over the moon about. And I think you will be, too…as soon as you see it. Click on 'read more' for a sneak peak ;) 

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PRAYERS FOR JANEL
PRAYERS FOR JANEL

I’ve received a lot of messages about “More Than Enough.” Every one of them has identified with the feeling of not doing enough, not being enough. But this is the message I can’t get off my mind: 

From Janel: 

“In the last 2 weeks, I was made aware that it is getting closer to my life’s end. I am planning my own funeral now.” 

I wish I had some profound words of comfort for Janel. She didn’t give a lot of details, but she gave enough for me to know she’s way too young to die. I can’t imagine what she and her family must be going through. 

And that's why I'm asking you to pray for her. Find out more...

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THE MIRACLE - ALL THE WAY FROM MUMBAI, INDIA
THE MIRACLE - ALL THE WAY FROM MUMBAI, INDIA

I’ve seen many children’s groups sing “The Miracle” before (and I love them all) – but this one is special. This group is from Mumbai, India. And their video made me cry. 

If you’ve been on my website before, you’ll know that I wrote “The Miracle” in a car on my way to Chicago, and you’ll know that I wrote it for my primary (a children’s group in my local church congregation). You’ll also know that I have no expectations for my music. But through just writing what I feel and what I believe, sometimes the most incredible things happen. And this video is an incredible thing. Click here to watch it. 

 

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THE 'MORE THAN ENOUGH' STORY
THE 'MORE THAN ENOUGH' STORY

I've only ever collaborated on a couple of songs. But I wrote "More Than Enough" with my daughter, Rebecca, and I loved every minute of it. (Including our 5 hour phone conversation late one night. From 10:00 pm to 3:00 am. Yikes!

Rebecca isn't the only family member who had something to do with this song. My own mother is also part of the story. This is a song influenced by three generations of women who all had occasion to feel the same way...that they weren't doing enough. 

Read more about the story here, along with why I chose the specific lyrics I did, and why I didn't use the word, "Mother" in the song...

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    HOW TO TEACH
    HOW TO TEACH "MORE THAN ENOUGH"

    Masa Fukuda, Director of the One Voice Children's Choir, and my all-time producer. Thank you, Masa -- you're a genius. :) 

    Okay, to start with, I know what you're thinking. "How am I going to teach 3 verses?!" Which might be code for, "What in the world was she thinking?!" 

    Well, I was thinking that I just HAD to have that 3rd verse, because it's the most beautiful, and because the song kind of 'grows up,' just like a child does. And I'm also thinking about several easy ways to teach it. Yes. Easy. 

    Here are a few ideas for you, and then a detailed description of how to teach the song quickly -- with NO visual aids:

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