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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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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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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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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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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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