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Bringing Hygge Home!

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

The concept of Hygge is on the forefront of the latest trends in Home Furnishings. The problem is that it’s incredibly hard to explain! The Danish word pronounced “hue-guh” references a feeling or moment of feeling cozy and special. There’s not a direct translation of the word into English, but the closest word to convey its meaning is cozy. Bringing the feeling of happiness to our homes and living comfortably is the idea of Hygge. As fall approaches, hygge is once again important. We are rapidly approaching shorter days and crisper nights. The feel of fall can be found in warmth by the fire, hot chocolate and warm wooly socks. A cozy blanket and fluffy pillow can transform a small area into an inviting nook ready for reading, snuggling or watching cartoons on Saturday morning with the kids. My...

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The Power of Respect

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Cheers and screaming rocked the gymnasium where my friend sat with other parents at her daughter’s high school basketball game. The game was close and tension filled the stands. A timeout was called and music poured from the rafters, causing more than one high school student to dance to the thunderous beat. After the game, a woman from the visiting team approached a home coach to express concern over a few of the teens’ dancing moves. The home coach graciously shook the woman’s hand and agreed to talk to the offending students. But as the visitor walked away, my friend was shocked at what happened next. And it rocked the stands more than cheers and music ever could. The coach—who had promised to address the visitor’s discomfort—turned to his players and began ridiculing the woman. He used unflattering slurs...

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Splashing Through Summer

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

There is something about water play that elicits joy and makes memories. My own children will play until their fingers are wrinkled and their hair is dripping. As summer continues and the heat index climbs, it takes more creativity to get children outside. Water is the answer. Help beat the heat while keeping them entertained with these fun and easy outside water activities. Water Balloons – Everyone loves water balloons (except for the picking-up-the-pieces part). Encourage patience and fine motor skills by allowing your children to help fill the balloons. Once full, you have the possibility for hours of fun. Water Balloon Targets – With sidewalk chalk, draw targets on the ground and assign them different values. Take turns throwing balloons at the target and count the total after each toss. This is also a super sneaky way to...

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Combatting Bullying with the Bible

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

With the advent of a new school year, many parents cannot help but worry about the challenges their children may face. Unfortunately, children can be unkind to one another, displaying bullying behaviors. As parents, teachers, and friends, we always want to protect young ones from the isolating and painful emotions that result from bullying. We talk, listen, wipe tears, and often suggest that children speak to teachers or principals and/or just walk away from the bullies. But sometimes even our best advice isn’t enough to address the heart’s deepest pain. In times like these, the Bible can serve as a great source of comfort and direction for hurting children. Bullying is ultimately about feelings of rejection. When one child mocks or harms another child, the result is a sadness that says, “I’m not wanted. I’m not special. I’m not...

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This Won’t Last Forever

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

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 | 2 comments

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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