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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Adding Some Coastal Touches

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The forward progress of the year hasn’t slowed, and if anything it feels accelerated! The lazy days of summer are progressively giving way to the return of routine, school and football. As we return to a more regulated schedule, you may find yourself longing for the days of relaxing in the sun at the beach, mountainside by the lake, or exploring new ground at a special vacation spot. Adding some coastal touches is a great way to add a few reminders of your favorite spots this summer. Coastal accents can be added easily as an accent to your main décor and can be found in the form of lamps, wall art, and more. The really fun thing about coastal is that it doesn’t have to be very traditional looking either. If you are looking for something a little more...

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All Things Become New

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Sometimes, I get this crazy, creative urge to paint a piece of furniture. If you are a natural wood lover, you might cringe at the thought. It’s amazing how a coat of paint can totally transform an old, drab, random piece of furniture into a seemingly brand-new thing of beauty. There is such a precious parallel between a freshly painted piece of furniture and a freshly transformed life in Christ. As we come to Jesus, just as we are, with scratches, scars, and dings from our past sin, He covers us with His love—transforming our old, drab, randomness into something fresh and beautiful. What a great way to teach our children about the changing power God’s Son brings to a life in need of a fresh covering: Read God’s Word Together: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is...

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