Good morning, everybody! First up, have you read my Project Elephant post yet? Because I will take as many fellow passengers on that crazy train as I can get on board!
Today marks the end of our first week of school, but the beginning of my homeschooling journey this year (I homeschool my boys on Mondays and Fridays; the other three days are spent at a tiny Christian private school where Ezra and Simon make up 7% of the student population). Yesterday, I took a trip to our local Christian bookstore for a few last minute school supplies (aka: distractions for the almost-3-year-old who insists that she’s starting “schwool” too). And then, Della, the twins, and I ran errands in “town” all. day. long. The twins and their car seats were filthy from a constant supply of
bribes snacks. Della teetered on the brink of a meltdown every time we entered a new store, and she spotted yet another brightly packaged doo-dad she couldn’t have (“I carry it, Mama, okay? I take it home wiff me. Pweeeeeease?” Ugh. Heart of stone, right here, people).
But, ultimately, we survived. And here’s a large part of the reason why:
That would be Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday by Yancy Not Nancy. It’s a cd chock full of happy, sing-along kids’ worship that works as an awesome distraction and mood-lifter for tired toddlers and fussy babies. (Not to mention frazzled mamas).
I met Yancy at Declare, where she led us in a mini-worship session one evening. I’ve led worship myself in some capacity since I was 15-years-old, so, as much as I’d love to just be able to lose myself in the words, I often find myself fighting to turn off the portion of my brain that’s (over)analyzing the technical aspects of what’s going on. Hooray, then, that Yancy’s voice is so smooth and spot-on-key that I briefly thought she might be lip-synching (she wasn’t)! I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy her peppy brand of kid rock, all the while thinking, “Della would love this.” HOORAY again that she was nice enough to send a Little Praise Party cd home with me for the munchkins.
We pretty much haven’t taken Happy Day Everyday out of my van’s cd player since we got home, and just as I suspected, my little Della-Lou is a huge fan. But the boys and the twins are right behind her, and it’s an absolute blast to see the three oldest clapping and waving and air-guitaring to their fave: “Hosanna Rock.” Even better is hearing Della singing, “Evybody pwaise da Woooord, evybody pwaise da Wooord” as she putters around playing with her dolls.
Happy Day Everyday is full of singable, upbeat songs with God-honoring lyrics like: “Everybody praise the Lord” (in case you needed a translation), “Jesus died for you and me, but on day 3, Jesus rose again. Jesus is alive,” “Love, love, love one another and be kind,” and “Go into all the world.” There are even several fun holiday songs (the boys practically shout when they sing: “Happy, Happy, MERRY CHRISTMAS!”).
So, why the Yancy Not Nancy plug? Well, we love our Happy Day Everyday cd so much that I asked if she would give one away to you guys too.
And guess what? She said yes! Not only that, but she’s including a fun Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday DVD so your kids can sing/dance along with the fun animated videos that accompany her songs.
Yancy’s music ministry isn’t just limited to kid-friendly songs, and her kid-friendliness is not just limited to music. She also has a slew of preschool resources beyond the worship cds that you can tap into to entertain and teach your kiddos about Jesus. There’s even a Little Praise Party APP in there where you can watch all of her preschool videos!
So, let’s get to this giveaway, shall we?
Just fill out the easy Rafflecopter giveaway form below, and if you win, have fun watching your kids bee bop to great, God-centered music that won’t make you want to bang your head against the car window after five minutes (I find myself humming several of the songs as I do laundry and dishes throughout the day).
And now, it’s time for you to PAR-TAY!
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