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How Many Steps?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Parents, have you ever noticed there is no hurrying kids. No matter how much you try to make their legs move faster, if they don’t feel like being in a rush, they are on cruise control. One day we were trying to get out the door for an appointment at the orthodontist for my older daughter Faith. But Grace, who was five at the time, could not be rushed. I tried to simplify things and give Grace specific instructions for getting ready. “Listen closely,” I told Grace. “Because I am going to give you instructions with lots of steps.” I proceeded to tell her to go to the potty, brush her teeth, put her pajamas in the dirty clothes basket, and to dress in the clothes I had placed on her bed. Grace gave me the thumbs up and said, “No problem!” Then she walked out of the door towards the bathroom, only I noticed she was taking one slow step at a time. I watched her a moment before realizing she was counting every step she took. She paused before stepping into the bathroom and looked back at me. “How many steps is all this going to take me?” I died laughing. When I told her I was going to give her directions...

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Sprinkling Sunshine this Summer

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. School is finished for the year, and here we are with a gaggle of children to occupy. I love summer because it usually consists of lazy days playing outside, extra snuggle time in the mornings, and an overall more relaxed scheduled. However, by about week three I’m beginning to feel the pressure of finding new and exciting activities to keep the chaos at bay. This year, I’ve decided I not only want to keep my children occupied and out of trouble with creative and fun projects, but I want to sprinkle a little sunshine in our community as well. I want to engage my children in acts that will leave a lasting impression on our neighborhood, restore faith in humanity, and remind others there is always sunshine if you just look. If we all spent some time this summer sprinkling sunshine, I believe the ripple effect would last far longer than the high temperatures. Below are three ideas that you can also incorporate into your lazy summer days. Three activities from super simple to more complex that will occupy your children’s minds and days, but more importantly that will fill your children’s hearts. Sprinkle a little sunshine this summer with these activities:...

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Through Little Eyes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes. Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a...

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Are You Going to Answer?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Honey are you going to answer him?” “What are you talking about?” I asked my husband. “No one asked me anything.” “Elijah just asked you a question and you completely ignored him.” “I didn’t hear him say a word.” Did he really ask me something? How did I not hear him? “I’m so sorry sweetheart, Mommy has a lot on her mind.” Have you ever been surrounded by a room full of people and yet you felt alone? That’s...

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I Did It by Myself!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I did it!!” My grandson exclaimed. He lifted big blue eyes to mine. They glowed with surprise and wonder at his new accomplishment. He leaned back on the wooden floor, and a huge smile lit his face. He shoved one leg straight in front of my face, his shoe inches from my nose. Maneuvering the correct shoe onto the right foot was a great achievement for a three-year-old, but an even bigger victory was the tug of war that...

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Raising a Generation Dangerous in Prayer

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 0 comments

What do you think of when you hear a train whistle? Did you know that it’s a thrilling sound that can change the world? When we moved our teen and toddler from Houston to a very small country community, the house was in ghastly condition, requiring extensive cleaning and repairs. With our belongings held hostage by boxes, we worked hard to establish basic creature comforts such as toilets that flushed, running water, and other critical needs. The girls stayed...

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Finding Religion in Summer Reading

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Did you know that school-aged children run the risk of losing critical reading skills during the summer vacation months? Research* shows that children who aren’t reading at home or in the community during a school break will fall behind. Sadly, children from low income homes suffer the greatest loss of skills, due in large part to less access to books. So, what’s a parent to do about this risk and is there a way to wrap “the Good Book”...

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