Pages Navigation Menu

Don't forget to make some memories!

Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Posted by on Aug 16, 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. With children returning to school this month we’re reminded of the importance of having a good education, and much of this happens through books. Today, we’re going to learn about a very special Book. In fact, it’s the only Book that is actually alive! That’s right! So grab your supplies and let’s all become “Good Book” Worms. What you’ll need: Construction or card stock paper (preferred due to its weight) – two different colors or patterns...

Read More

This Won’t Last Forever

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

While I was pregnant with my daughter, some friends threw me a shower. Everyone wrote random messages on diapers so that my husband and I could have some laughs in the midst of the unpleasant work of cleaning tiny bums. The diaper messages have included things like “Oops, I did it again!” or “Hey, at least I’m cute,” or, my personal favorite, “This one’s for Daddy.” The other day I carried my eight-week old daughter to her room to be changed yet again. I’d forgotten that she was wearing one of these “diapers with a message,” and when I unsnapped her onesie the words, “This won’t last forever” stared up at me. This won’t last forever. I knew the words were meant to be a light-hearted fist-bump, a way of saying Don’t worry, you won’t have to change diapers...

Read More

Starry Nights

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

“God made the Big Dipper and Orion. He created the Pleiades and the southern stars.” – Job 9:9 “He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. His faithful love continues forever.” – Psalm 136:9 Choose a clear night to stay up late enough to watch the night sky. Lie on blankets and look up. Use an app (like Skyview) or chart to identify constellations. God made the stars and knows them by name (Isaiah 40:26 and Psalm 147:4-5). Stars are massive balls of hot electrically charged gas held together by gravity. The sun is also a big star. It’s the closest star to earth. As light from a star travels through the atmosphere they appear to twinkle. Stars actually have different colors, from reddish to blue, depending on the temperature on the surface of the star....

Read More

The Momhood Final Exam

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

This is our 18th summer. College move-in day is only weeks away. We will unpack totes, loft a bed, plug in a mini fridge, and convert an 11 x 16 space into our daughter’s new home-away- from-home. Once we are certain she has her room key, her phone charger, and a brave smile, we will leave her. Alone in a dorm room. Surrounded by strangers. Is she ready for this? Am I ready for this? Suddenly the just in “Just 18 Summers” flashes in neon, casting light and shadow on the days behind us. The early years are precious memories, the tween years are their own brand of unforgettable, and the teen years are almost gone. This can’t be the end yet. I know all the answers now. I know which mistakes not to make. Can I call a...

Read More

10 Ways to Love Your Children

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

When your children look into your eyes, do they know that you love them? Do you smile more at them than you do at strangers? Do your children know deep in their hearts that you care about them? How often do you tell them that you love them? In the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says: Love endures long and is patient and kind; love is never envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride.); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly, Love (God’s love in us) does not insists on its own rights or its own way, for it is not touchy or fretful or resentful. and endures everything. Love never fails. (The Message Bible) It blesses me...

Read More

The Perfect Cure for Fear

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Our neighbors offered to drive you home while we stay for choir,” my mom explained. “Just me and Laura? No babysitter?” my eight-year-old-self whined. “You’ll be fine,” Mom assured. “Your sister will take care of you.” Her confidence did nothing to assuage my fear-prone psyche. Afraid to be home alone—or home alone with my sister—I cringed as Laura strode confidently through the front door. Without hesitation, she set about taking care of things while I started watching the clock. My battle against fear didn’t end there. I required multiple night lights, nightly prayers, and as little time alone at home as possible as I grew. Even into my early twenties. But it was then, as a young married woman, that I went forward for prayer after church. There at the altar, a woman said, “You have too much fear...

Read More
Leaderboard Ad