How Now, Mooo Cow? (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)

Hey, diddle diddle. The cat and the fiddle. 
The cow jumped onto the roof.

I interrupt this blog for a special commercial about cows:

Focus on the Family published my article, How Now, Mooo Cow? in their Clubhouse Jr Magazine!

Whoo Hoo! 

Why did I write about cows?

I fell in love with them when Larry and I lived on the edge of a cow pasture.

There’s much more to these bovine beauties than just big, dark eyes and a fresh glass of milk. 

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine let me share some fun cow curiosities with their readers.

Hope you enjoy it!

Fun Facts about cows for kids! in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine.

Fun Facts about cows for kids! in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine.

Thank you, Focus on the Family and Clubhouse Jr. magazine for allowing me to publish my story in your great magazine. Check out their websites and subscribe to their magazines today!

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Fun Friday ~ Kick Off Your Weekend with a Funny Video: Run Dog! Rap!

Click to watch the funny video "Run Dog! Rap" by Melissa Yeomans via

Sometimes I just feel like laughing.

Adorable little boys running with big shaggy dogs make me laugh, so I thought I’d share a laugh with you for Fun Friday.

If you’ve watched even a few seconds of the news, you know we in South Carolina have been living through an historic 1,000 year flood. With all the tragedy that it’s brought, I thought we could all use a good, simple laugh.

There’s no deep spiritual theology in this video. In fact, there’s no theology at all, except that listening to this little boy rap and laugh will make your heart joyful, especially when coupled with his shaggy dog whose fur is flying in every direction. 

A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22

My friend Kim told me about Run Dog! Rap earlier this week. She was laughing the whole time she talked about it. I wanted a good laugh, so I watched it.

The instant the dog and boy took off running, I couldn’t stop smiling and chuckling, but the real gem is the very last image! Wait for it.

Run Dog! Rap!

Spread the love and laughter. Share this video with your kids and those who are kids at heart. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend.

If you want more of Melissa Yeomans and her book Run Dog! Run! — and you know you do — check out her website:

Melissa’s son Isaac narrates the book Run Dog! Run (and this video.) He’s brilliant! I’m guessing he’s not very shy. There’s a preview of the book on her website.

I’ve never met Melissa, but I like her — and her son and their dog.

Have a Fun Friday!

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“The Right Size” ~ A Children’s Story for Anyone Who’s Ever Wondered if They Were Enough

The Right Size by Jean Wilund (A story for Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine written for anyone who's ever wondered if they were enough) via

My story “The Right Size” got published in Focus on the Family’s January 2015 issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine.

I’m just now moving out of the shocked phase and into dance mode.

I’m grateful to the staff at Focus on the Family, and especially Senior Associate Editor Joanna Echols, for allowing me the privilege of having my story published in their great magazine, and for letting me post the story here on my blog.

What If . . .

I was inspired to write the story The Right Size by my daughter, Brittany.

She’s fallen in love with ceramics and has a gift for it.

One day I imagined her sitting at the potter’s wheel shaping her next creation when Romans 9:20-21 came to my mind:

“On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”

It struck me how easily we assume what would be “for honorable use” and what would be for “common use.”

I thought:

What if the least likely to be honorable
turned out to actually be the most? 

I hope you’ll enjoy my story The Right Size and the beautiful illustrations by Sergio DeGiorgi. It’s exciting for me to see the characters come to life through his drawings. 

The Right Size pg 1 by Jean Wilund - Clubhouse Jr Magazine
The Right Size pg 2 by Jean Wilund (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)

You were created just right!

“Who am I to . . . ?”

Before I submitted this story to Focus on the Family, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Who am I to . . . ?” but it’s not the mirror any of us should be paying attention to — it’s the Potter.

God is the perfect Potter. We can trust in Him.

I didn’t think I could get published in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr., but it turns out, the Potter made me the right size for the job after all. 


Clubhouse Jr. Magazine

Working with Joanna and Clubhouse Jr. magazine was a pure pleasure, and I pray for more opportunities to come.

Speaking of the magazine, if you’re a parent and haven’t already subscribed to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, you need to do it.

In this world overrun by technology, there’s nothing like opening your mailbox to find a paper magazine waiting for you, and then snuggling on the sofa with your children to read the stories together.

(Warm chocolate chip cookies would perfect the experience. Just sayin.’)

Clubhouse Jr. Magazine has graciously allowed me to reprint the story here in my blog since the story is only available to subscribers of the magazine — which is just another reason why you want to subscribe. Think of all the stories, articles, and puzzles you’re child is missing out on every month by not subscribing.


If you enjoyed this story, please pass it on. Sharing is caring. 

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Imagine your child’s excitement when they see that they’re able to encourage other kids around the world to know and love God by submitting their own devotions or stories to Devokids.

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Big Book of History for Kids

What a wonderful, fun resource for kids!

Big Book of History
by New Leaf Publishing Group available at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore:

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Read this excerpt from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore on the Big Book of History:

Learning Just Became BIG FUN!

Families, schools, and churches can unfold 15 feet of the most interesting history of the world. This easy to follow, color-coded, multi-stream timeline teaches six thousand years of world history to children ages seven through thirteen. These exciting facts and so much more wait inside:

      Who were the first emperors of China and Rome
      What discovery unlocked the secrets of a forgotten language
      How modern robotics had its roots in the tea dolls of Japan
      Where Christians faced death for the entertainment of thousands
      Why the languages of Greek and Hebrew were used to write the Bible
      How the Age of Discovery meant wealth some, and the destruction of civilization for others

Understanding how the past has shaped our future will inspire young learners to make history for themselves!

“The colorful illustrations and photographs help bring history to life…” – April Estrom (ElCloud Homeschool)

“This was definitely one of the best timelines I have seen. Fantastic for homeschools, churches, and libraries. The entire timeline runs on a biblical perspective.” – Melanie Ski (Year of Jubilee Reviews)

“This non-evolutionary chart will make history come alive while keeping God at the center where He belongs!” – Wanda Meyers (Down LeftyLaine)

“This is a homeschoolers dream.” – Edie Carter (Carter Chaos)

This version is casebound with a hard cover appropriate for viewing as a book that can be turned page by page. This version will also stretch out the entire 15 feet.

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Click on this link to order or for more information:

Big Book of History