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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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Words That Matter

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. _Ephesians 4:29 ESV One of my favorite things to incorporate into my decorating plans are inspirational words stamped on boards, tea towels, magnets and the like. Well-used words have the power to inspire, challenge, and encourage people.  And because people matter to me, I want to use words well. Children remember our words for years after we have spoken them. I’m guessing most of you can remember a time when someone didn’t use their words well. The impact still lingers in the deep recesses of your heart, still, today? I understand, friend.  I have a few painful memories tucked away, too. But I love that we are given...

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Philip and the Ethiopian Object Storytelling & Crossword Puzzle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

(based on Acts 8:25-40) Supplies: Large bag or basket with the following items: Angel Road map Crown and coins Toy wagon Paper Dove Running shoe/sneaker Small Bible Toy sheet Cross Heart Water Party Hat (write rejoice on hat) Philip was an early believer in the church. Using these objects will help tell what happened with Philip and the Ethiopian. Explain that for every story part, there’s an object to hold up. Enjoy this and then make up your own Bible story object lessons. The early church chose Philip to be a deacon. After that Philip’s life took off in new directions. Philip became a great preacher, amazing even his friend, Simon, with signs and miracles that took place wherever Philip went. Many people listened to Philip and believed in Jesus. Wow! Now it was Philip’s turn to be amazed....

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