A Heartfelt Thank You

by jessicaturner on October 24, 2014

God Made Light Children's Book

The past 72 hours since launching God Made Light have been so incredibly exciting and I wanted to take a minute to say thank you.

Thank you for buying books.

Thank you for sharing about #GodMadeLight on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for emails and comments of support.

Thank you for saying yes, our children need to know that they are light.

God Made Light is currently ranked #3 in multiple Christian children’s book categories, which is a bit surreal for a little self-published book.

God Made Light RankingsOne of my favorite parts of the week has been seeing so many families Instagramming pictures of their kids loving the book, it’s art and lyrical story.

Kids reading God Made LightPhotos by Natalie Grant, VeepVeep, VeraSweeney, AliaJoy, AngieSmith19, LisaLeonard, CrystalStine and BeckyHigginsLLC.

If you have a photo of your child/family reading God Made Light or using the products, please Instagram them and tag them #GodMadeLight. We would love to see them and read how they are impacting your family.

I loved what my friend Vera Sweeney (whose oldest son was in the hospital this week) wrote last night:

I cried while reading #godmadelight to my kids today. Because they were all home. Because it’s such an important message that needs to be heard by our youth. And because it was written by a dear friend. I cannot say how proud I am of @jessicanturner and her husband. This book is just beautiful. (And once in a while when the playing is done, look up in the sky and thank God for the sun.) thank you for writing this and thank you for sharing it with the world. Truly.

And this Amazon review from Amy Mascott

As a Reading Specialist and mom of three young children (10, 9, and 7 years old), I most highly recommend this book for any and all families who want a rich home library filled with books designed to shape the minds and spirits of our little ones.

I love everything about this book. I love the illustrations which are alive and awake with energy and radiance and the rhythmic, lyrical language. I love the message that God’s light radiates in so many things, including the reader, and I love the note cards and other related products which also carry the message that God made light…”

God Made Light is a book we all need in our family libraries. I hope that, if you haven’t, you will purchase one for the children in your life – your own kids, grandkids, families friends, etc. We know you will be blessed.

Again, thank you so much for your support. The gratitude and love I feel for The Mom Creative community is deep.

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Introducing the God Made Light Collection

by jessicaturner on October 22, 2014

God Made Light childrens book
Yesterday it was a joy to introduce you to our new children’s book, God Made Light. This incredibly beautiful book has been three years in the making and to take the leap into self-publishing has been a hard, exciting journey.

One of the ways that made pursuing self-publishing less scary was all the people who came along side of us and encouraged us in how much they loved the book.

People like Ann Voskamp:

“Matthew Paul Turner, takes the same zinging words and keen eye he’s esteemed for, and turns it towards a romping, memorable children’s story. With his signature fun sensibility and surprising poignancy, he writes words that one can see… and feel. As the mother of six, I’m thrilled to read a fresh voice: Max Lucado meet Dr. Seuss.”

and Angie Smith:

“Matthew’s phenomenal storytelling and clever writing style in God Made Light is captivating. This is a book I will gift at every baby shower because of its cadence and depth. It isn’t often that a children’s book is able to bridge the gap between interesting to listen to and importance of message, and this does exactly that.”

But also companies like DaySpring. As many of you know, I love DaySpring. I write for their site (in)courage, co-host their book club and offer many exclusive sales from them here on The Mom Creative. It is a wonderful company that creates quality products, so when the product development team said, let’s dream about a God Made Light product line, Matthew and I had to pinch ourselves.

God Made Light PuzzleWe brainstormed ideas, poured over illustrations and prayed over what products would bless families the most. We finally agreed on three products that bring God Made Light to life in additional fresh ways beyond the book – a giant 2′x3′ floor puzzle, a nightlight and lunchbox notes.

Just like every word and sketch, each of the three products in the God Made Light line are intentional, fun, colorful, and useful tools that not only highlight the various concepts of “light,” but remind us that we are light. They are wonderful products to come along and support the message of the book with your children. And with Christmas around the corner, they make great gifts!

GodMadeLightProductsHere’s a little more about the God Made Light product line:

Encouragement notes: This product is most personal to Matthew and me, because we’re big believers in putting notes of love and encouragement in our kids’ lunches. Matthew typically does lunches in our home and every day he takes the time to write a special note for each of them. Borrowing from the imagery of God Made Light, these notes feature Bible verses and/or rhymes (that Matthew wrote exclusively for this product) that remind children they are loved, they are light, and that God’s light is always shining on them.

A nightlight: One of the parts in the book that has resonated with a lot of families is about the fear of dark: “And if you’re ever afraid in the darkness of night, remember the shadows are no match for God’s light.” (See this sweet post from Natalie Grant about her daughter and how the book has helped her with this fear.) Including a nightlight in the product line was a natural fit. It’s beautiful and something we have in the kids’ bathroom. I think I love seeing it shine at night as much as they do.

A floor puzzle: Using one of the most wonderous pieces of artwork straight from God Made Light, this beautiful 2′x3′ floor puzzle is a favorite of Elias’s and Adeline’s. They love the big colorful pieces and the various rays of light make it just enough of a challenge to make it a challenge. The pieces are sturdy and the color is incredibly vibrant. We have A LOT of floor puzzles and without question, this puzzle ranks at the top in terms of quality.

God Made Light PuzzleSo if you are wanting a little extra to go along with God Made Light, I would encourage you to check out the God Made Light product line from DaySpring.

COUPON: Through November 3, you can get free shipping on DaySpring God Made Light orders of $34.99 or more with the code SHIPLIGHT.

Our kids love these products and I know your kids will too.

Thank you to DaySpring for believing in God Made Light and to each of you supporting this wild dream!

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A Lesson Our Children Need

October 21, 2014

Today when you turn on the news, images of violence, hopelessness and despair assault our senses. Parenting is a challenge, as we work to combat these negative messages by teaching our children biblical truths. One of the foundational truths I want my children to know is that they are lights and have the power to […]

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$20 Credit for Minted Christmas Cards + $25 Credit for New Customers

October 20, 2014

With Christmas just over two months away, it is already time to think about Christmas cards. Each year, I shared the best deals I find on the Internet to help you save on your Christmas cards. Minted is probably my favorite card company. I have been using them for two years and am always blown […]

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DIY Pumpkin Snack Jars + Yummy Trail Mix Recipe

October 17, 2014

Since being introduced to Aladdin plastic mason jars earlier this year, I have found so many uses for them, but these pumpkin snack jars might be my family’s new favorite! When Aladdin contacted me about doing a sponsored Halloween post, this idea instantly popped in my head. It is easy to execute and your kids […]

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Decorating with Noisy Decorations Kids Love

October 14, 2014

This weekend my Aunt Sandy was in town, and we went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday. Though it rained for much of our time at the patch, it really got me in the spirit of decorating for Halloween. With being in my third trimester, I am doing my best to keep things simple, but […]

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Giveaway: Win a BIG Box of Books

October 13, 2014

With fall officially upon us, I thought it would be fun to send someone a box of good books to enjoy! These are all duplicate books (affiliate links) that Matthew and/or I have been sent, and I am delighted to bless one of you with them. (Some of these books are “ARCs” or advance reading […]

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Wow and Other Unwanted Pregnancy Comments

October 9, 2014

Me with 2 pregnant friends & colleagues who just had their babies last month Last week, I cried almost every day because of comments made about my pregnant belly. Because I’m petite (5’0″) and this is my third pregnancy, I popped even earlier than with my other two children. At nearly 27 weeks, my belly […]

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Star Wars Party with Jedi Training Academy

October 8, 2014

For Elias’s 6th birthday, we threw him a Star Wars party to celebrate. Despite it raining that morning (and us having to move the party back a few hours) and the yard being too wet for an obstacle course, we were able to modify plans and the kids had an absolute blast. Below are all […]

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Stop, Drop and Roll: Fire Safety for Families

October 6, 2014

About two months ago, Adeline came home from school and emphatically told me, “if you are on fire, you STOP, DROP and ROOOLLLL.” At just three, Adeline often amazes me with how much she retains, but this lesson was an especially important one. That lesson at school gave us the opportunity to talk more about […]

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