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Make Memories Marking the Middle of the Year

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

With the setting of the sun on July 1, half of the year 2018 has passed. Have you made six month’s worth of family memories? Begin the second half of the year with intentional plans to make the most of every minute with those you love. Fill July with water adventures, fresh vegetable samplings, picnics in the park, walking adventures, or barefoot treks through the green grass. Try some of the wacky, but real, celebrations below or create unique family ones to make every day a holiday in the month of July. Don’t Step on a Bee Day – Ouch! Don’t step on a bee today, but do ‘bee’ on the lookout for them as they work hard to buzz and fly and pollinate their way through the summer. Read the book by Patricia Polacco, The Bee Tree. Then...

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Does God Hear Me?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

“Mama, I was afraid I was going to have bad dreams last night so I prayed to God.” My then five-year-old had my attention. I stopped folding laundry and turned to face her. “Before I asked Him to give me good dreams, I said, ‘God could you please help us sell our house? And could you please help Mary Ann to get better?’ And then I told Him, ‘And God, would You please let me have good dreams because sometimes I don’t feel like You even hear me.’” Grace went on to tell God she wanted to dream about living in Candyland or living in a unicorn land where you could ride a unicorn every day. I listened with tears in my eyes. I was touched she thought to pray for the sale of our home; she knew it...

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Berry Good Fun

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is time for various berries to ripen. Have fun picking if you have a farm that allows picking or or if you have wild berries near your home. Otherwise visit a farmer’s market and look for fresh grown berries. They’ll be juicy and colorful. Use the berries for many treats: Wash and eat them raw. You can dip raw fruits in whipped cream, caramel, or chocolate Make a berry shortcake Slice up some berries and use them to top ice cream or cake Make a berry pie Make a fruit salad Make berry turnovers Make berry slushies by mixing ice and squished berries Make a berry salsa to dress up chicken Make berry skewers Make berry dessert sandwiches by placing sliced berries between two slices of pound cake or wafer cookies Cut fruit shapes with cookie cutters and...

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Superpowers, Heroes and Wrinkles

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1; ESV. My grandson screeches around the room, his dark blue cape flies like a flag behind him. “Quick,” he says in a flutter of little feet and hands, “on the couch.” Because of course everyone knows that it takes a couch to make one safe from the wicked beings invading our world. “Get your feet out of the water!” We scrunch together, our knees folded to our chests, and wait until the unseen evil passes. He pauses long enough for me to capture his little being and squeeze. No time to waste, he wiggles free from my arms and is off again, playing...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July to all of you from all of us at Just 18 Summers. Make some memories today with your family, enjoy some watermelon, and don’t forget to tell your children the story of why we celebrate on the 4th of...

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Lessons from Houdini

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Houdini’s out again!” Addi pointed out the window. All the other children ran to see. “Yep,” said Jeff. “There she is!” Houdini is our escape-artist, our chicken escape artist. She flies to the top of the small coop, jumps over to the fence rail, then flies to the ground. She never ventures far and the odd thing is that she never seems to mind going back into the chicken yard. Houdini loves Bud, however, and the minute he comes out the back door, Houdini runs as fast as she can up the hill to the house and falls in step with him. In the beginning Bud had to take bread and create a crumb path back to the coops. But it didn’t take long for Houdini to follow Bud just about anywhere he is working in the yard. Houdini...

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