Pages Navigation Menu

Don't forget to make some memories!

A Hero for Everyday Evil

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I wish there was a war, so I could do something big—like Anne Frank or Alexander Hamilton.” My eleven-year-old paused from his self-imposed evening journaling. “That’s why I’m writing this. One day, when I’m important, people will know about my childhood.” He had that childish look in his eyes—that look of potential, when anything imagined really is possible. I sent up a silent, millisecond prayer. How could I bring him into reality and encourage him at the same time? I looked him in the eye. “You’re already important. You’ve already changed lives, and you don’t need a war for that to be true.” His look shifted slightly from potential to expectant. Oh, what should I say next? I stalled. “Umm… There’s your dad and me. You certainly changed our lives.” He smiled. “Well, yeah. I’m your child.” “There are...

Read More

Winter Health-Care Tips

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

This time of the year with the unpredictability of winter, many families can experience some unpleasant body changes. The cold weather may bring chapped lips, dry skin, and cold or flu with symptoms ranging from runny noses, coughs, body aches, and fever. We must be diligent to take steps to protect ourselves and others. Here are some great recommendations for your family to use during this season: Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water. Cover your mouths when coughing. Sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue. Throw used tissues in the garbage immediately. Change pillow cases and sheets frequently. Spray rooms and door handles with disinfectant spray. Keep children with symptoms home from school and public places for at least 24 hours after a fever (adhere to school/work policies). Hydrate throughout the day...

Read More

The Church Challenge: Helping Your Children Find Value in Church

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

For many parents, Sunday mornings are a time of great struggle. Younger children fight, adolescents cop an attitude, and older teens refuse to get out of bed for church. In short, Sunday mornings become less about godly inspiration and more about family meltdowns. As a parent, it can be tempting to avoid this challenge by determining that church attendance can slide and be replaced by a Sunday sleep-in or “Sunday Fun Day” experience. But there’s one little problem with this solution. While it may avoid tension and meltdowns, and provides expanded family time, it ultimately breaks the heart of God. The church is people, and Jesus died for all people, including our infants, children, adolescents, senior adult friends, and family. Jesus gave up His precious, sinless life so that the church could fully be the church and unite together...

Read More

Raising Compassionate Children

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As introductions were made, I smiled and extended my hand. The preteen before me offered a limp grasp but his gaze never connected with mine. His cellphone buzzed and his indifference to meeting me was complete. The boy’s mother attempted to power through the awkward moment. Her cheeks pinked as she laughed. “Kids. What can you do?” Believe me, I didn’t stand in judgement. I’d stood in her sweaty shoes and watched one of my children exude rudeness like a cloud of smelly fumes. And like my friend, I was embarrassed and frustrated with my offspring. As parents who want to raise compassionate, caring children, is there anything we can do? (Short of threatening their precious little existence, of course.) How can we encourage our children to see others with the eyes and heart of Christ? Here are three...

Read More

The Very Odd Day

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I’m battling mom-guilt,” my daughter-in-law shared while cradling my two-month-old grandson. “Don’t!” I commanded. “You’ve got a lot of mom years ahead and lingering guilt only makes the job harder than it already is. Just thank God that you’ve recognized the problem and move on.” Then I reminded her of my recent debacle. Due to the effects of my neuromuscular disease, I knew my legs would become weak after having a nuclear stress, so my dad drove me across town. As expected, after four long hours, attendants pushed me to the door in a wheelchair. Tired, hungry, and in desperate need of coffee, I forgot about my purse. Thirty minutes later, my cell phone rang. “Is this Susan Davis?” “Yes,” I replied. “This is Ann from nuclear medicine. I think your purse is still in a locker down here....

Read More

My Child Is Not a Reflection of Me

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I’ll never forget the day my toddler daughter was having a temper tantrum on the grocery store floor. An older woman slowly walked by looking at my daughter and then me. I knew what she was thinking, “Bad child. Bad mom.” I felt horrified. I thought, “Why can’t I control this child? I’m a pitiful mom.” A few years later, I was in that same grocery store and my toddler son walked along, holding onto the side of the cart never straying to grab something. An older woman slowly walked by looking at my son and then me. I knew what she was thinking, “Good child. Good mom.” But I didn’t feel proud. I thought, “Now I know the truth. My child is not a reflection of me!” I learned that truth after responding to a strong-willed little girl...

Read More
Leaderboard Ad