The Nilsen Family

Pastor Kai Nilsen, Mary Ylvisaker Nilsen, Pastor Roy Nilsen, Pastor Per Nilsen

Pastor Solveig Nilsen-Goodin, Pastor Erika Nilsen, Linnea Nilsen-Capshaw


New: 3rd Edition


In 1998, Mary Ylvisaker Nilsen of Zion Publishing broached an idea to her family, a family who, over the years, had discovered the power of blessing rituals. Within a year, For Everything A Season: 75 Blessings for Daily Life was in print, ready to begin enriching the lives of individuals and families. Six years later the then Youth and Family Institute bought the copyright, produced the second edition, and distributed it to thousands of families and congregations across the country. In 2014, Zion Publishing re-acquired the copyright and produced this edition: For Everything A Season: 75 Blessings for Life’s Milestones. Our hope and prayer is that this tool will help you discover the profound joy and hope in this God who can bring calm in the midst of chaos, turn our mourning into dancing, and transform our everyday interactions in time and place into holy moments of timeless grace. 


“To tend the journey of faith from pre-birth to the grave and to pass on the faith from generation to generation, families need tools that will help them look for God in all of life’s milestones—from sending a child off to kindergarten to sending that child off with a new driver’s license, from rejoicing over a birth to caring for the dying, from celebrating national holidays to observing Christian holy days.

     For Everything A Season, conceived and written from the heart of the Nilsen family, wonderfully helps families connect with God during 75 different milestone moments.”  

Rev. Dr. David W. Anderson,

Milestones Ministry, LLC


“As a parent and a leader in the church, I am continually looking for tools to help both my family and other families take the moments of our daily lives and connect them with our spiritual journey. For Everything A Season is an answer to prayer for those who join me in this search. The Nilsen family has crafted 75 blessing rituals for transforming ordinary events into sacred time. This resource is a must for pastors, lay leaders and parents of all ages.”

Dr. Terri Elton,  Associate Professor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary


The introduction provides complete easy instructions on how to make the best use of these milestone blessings.


The blessings include:


Seasons of the Day:                        3 Blessings

Seasons of the Year:                     13 Blessings

Seasons of our Lives                     25 Blessings

Seasons of Our Relationships   17 Blessings

Seasons of the Christian Life     11 Blessings

Seasons of the Church Year         6 Blessings


Whether you are alone, with your family, or with a gathering of friends, these blessing rituals will heighten your sense of the sacredness of all of your ordinary and extraordinary moments.

For Everything A Season

75 Blessings for Life's Milestones

by

The Nilsen Family

3rd Edition


ISBN: 13: 978-1505411980

Illustrated by Kristi Ylvisaker

96 pages

8 ½ x 8 ½ 

$12.95 plus shipping

Receive bulk order discounts of up to 55% 

by  contacting the publisher directly

marynilsen@zionpublishing.org