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A Fresh Start in a New Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I find myself spending time reflecting this time of year. Moments to step back and take stock of the time that has past, the good and the bad, and to plan for the new year to come. We’ve just experienced Thanksgiving and been cognizant of the things we are thankful for and spent time celebrating our family and friends—and then Christmas came by in full swing. So it’s appropriate to start thinking now of a New Year and a...

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Embrace the Challenge of Keeping Up

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My son woke me at 6am on the day of his birthday. “I’m nine!” he excitedly whispered in my face and I wanted to tell him to go back to bed. I wanted to tell him that not because it was obnoxiously early (although it was!), but because I did not want him to be nine. I did not want him to even be the eight-year-old I put to bed the night before. I wanted my baby back. I...

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy New Year to all of you! We wish you and your family a blessed and wonderful 2018. And Happy Birthday to all of us at Just 18 Summers. We’re celebrating 4 YEARS of posts to encourage and inspire you on the parenting journey! We look forward to many years ahead with all of you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my amazing staff of writers for all they do to make our site possible. They...

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How the Vikings Failed to Destroy a Treasure

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 1 comment

The Vikings had no mercy. In the year 806, Viking invaders descended on the Island of Iona, just off the coast of Scotland, and they slaughtered 68 monks. That’s why the area became known as the Bay of Martyrs. However, those raids are the reason Ireland now has one of the most famous Bibles in all of history—the Book of Kells. After the raid on Iona, the monks fled to Kells in Ireland, where they established a new monastery....

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Kids with Purpose

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It didn’t take long after my first son was born to realize that my husband and I would be responsible for teaching him (and our next two sons) many important life lessons. Add to that our goal of raising our children for the Lord, and we knew we’d have to be intentional about instilling purpose in their lives. So here are some things we learned that might be helpful for you… Teach your children to listen—for your voice and...

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Christmas Eyes

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep,” Jesus said in John 10:11; (NASB). Sheep follow each other. Wanting to be one is crazy I thought as my son ran around the house singing his Sunday School song at the top of his lungs. The song baaaa-baaa-ed its wanna-be-sheep-desire. Rather than soft wool, a black cape flew from his shoulders. I sighed. I just want to follow Jesus, but I am such...

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A Christmas Resolution

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“Can we sleep in front of the Christmas tree, Mama?” Their twinkling eyes reveal the anticipation in their hearts this Christmas Eve night. They gather blankets and pillows and snuggle down under the glow of the tree. Just before bed, my husband turns off the lights and the house settles into shadowy silence. It was a good season, but how did Christmas Day come so quickly? When I was a child, the month seemed like a year and the...

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