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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My grandson Micah, age 22 months, loves to play copycat. The other day, for example, he watched his four older siblings position their kid-size plastic lawn chairs within inches of their backyard sprinkler. Then they sat on their chairs, squirming and squealing with delight each time the water sprayed them. Not to be outdone, Micah picked up his chair—which nearly equaled his size—and half-carried half-wrestled it to the same place. He plopped it down, climbed aboard, and mimicked everything they did and said. Micah copycats his mom and dad, too. If they put ketchup on their hotdog, he insists on the same. If they drink from a water bottle, he wants to drink from a water bottle, too. If they fold their hands and bow their heads to say grace, he does the same. Watching Micah play copycat makes...

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I’ve always wanted to be one of those diligent super-moms. You know the ones. The moms who have a meal planned out for every night of the week and then actually follow through and make it. The moms who have laundry not only washed and dried, but actually taken out of the dryer, folded, AND put away. The moms who have no dishes in the sink and no questionable smells emanating from the trash can. The moms who also manage to work outside of the home, volunteer, and maintain other relationships with both grace and flare. The moms who get things done and even look cute and together while doing it. Just for the record, I don’t actually know any mom who is like this. But I’m notorious for trying to be this fictitious mom. If I could just...

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Gauging God’s Goodness

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. You’ve heard the old adage, “Spring showers bring May flowers.” This month, we’re going to celebrate God’s many blessings that rain down by making a rain gauge and using the gauge as a trigger for praise! What you’ll need: A clear plastic water bottle A marker Tape measure Sheet of paper and pen, pencil, or crayon Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy buying their water bottle, drinking it, and watching mom...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Moms, sometimes in the midst of our busy days, we fail to see the importance of what we do and how God values moms. But of all the ways that He could have sent His Son to earth–He chose a mother. That’s how much God thinks of you and your role of mom! What you are doing in the everyday moments with your children will matter for eternity. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you from all of us at Just 18 Summers! Join us at for our parenting blog each Monday-Friday and for info about the Just 18...

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Free Coloring Page for Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Here’s a lovely coloring page designed by the talented Diana Assad for your children to color for Mother’s Day. Give it to Mom with your love and then hang the picture on the refrigerator so your family can memorize the...

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