I had a GREAT time today at a childrens pastors conference in San Diego!

No, I am not a childrens pastor, but I wanted to stop by the Harvest House booth and greet my publishing family!  And I’m so glad I did because I got to buy some great books from Harvest House. 

One of them is called “A Special Fish for Jonah” by Andy McGuire.  This book is HILARIOUS!  It’s about choosing just the right fish to swallow Jonah.  A great fresh perspective on a familiar kids story that will have you laughing out loud.  You will feel young when you read this book!

I couldn’t help but notice that everyone at the conference looked very young.  I think working with kids just makes you have to be young.

People were dressed young.  They were smiling.  They were playing with balls, flying monkeys, and showing the latest DVDs of Bible characters.

So if you don’t have kids or grandkids to hang out with, maybe you can volunteer at your church to work with kids if you enjoy them.

Being around kids makes you act and feel like a kid again!

Another highlight of the day was meeting Jana Alayra – an amazing worship leader and songwriter for kids.  Here’s Jana signing her latest CD, “Totally Transformed” for Ethan, Noelle and Lucy.  I love Lucy’s face here, peering at the signature. 

Our family saw Jana Alayra in concert a few years ago when we only had Ethan.  He loved it and now all our kids love “Dig Down Deep” and “Jump into the Light” – a few of Jana’s fun songs.

Jana is a forever young kind of person…see, maybe it is  hanging around all those kids!

Arlene Pellicane

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