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Plan Park Pleasures

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

This summer add fun at parks to your list of activities. Check out local and state parks and look up facts about National Parks. If there’s a national park near you plan a trip to explore it. Be sure to use sunscreen or protection from bugs if needed. Play at the park. Bring balls or games, enjoy playgrounds, and explore nature trails Hold a park cleanup day. Bring garbage bags and gloves and pick up trash. Take photos surrounded by natural beauty Take part in recreation offered at the park Volunteer if that’s available (check with park rangers) Bring a bird or plant guide and see what you can identify Play hide and seek Bring snacks or a picnic meal and enjoy eating outdoors Before heading out, let everyone fill a zip bag with trail mix. Put out fixings...

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Follow Close Behind

Posted by on Jul 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

We were a bunch of giggly pre-teen girls, each one clinging to the person behind and before, like a string of pearls making sure not to lose one from the strand. We followed close, bumping and tripping, always near someone to grab and hold on to on the dark path. A delicious terror made the night one I remember. The farm can be cave-black without city lights or neighbors nearby. It was one of those nights. The stars and moon were covered by a thick layer of clouds. Fueled by ghost stories and far too much sugar, it was a perfect scene for scaring ourselves silly. It pushed a group of us through knee high weeds sure with each step we’d step on a snake or find an ax murderer. “Wait, don’t go so fast,” someone hissed. “I can’t...

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See for Yourself that Summer is Here!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Luke 21:30 NIV Summer is a bit closer than near, with temperatures and other indicators announcing summer’s arrival subtly or abruptly, according to your location on the map. What’s your favorite family memory of the summer thus far? Hopefully, you’ve found unique ways to make family memories during the early days of summer and repeated some family favorite ones from previous summers, also. Create lots of outdoor memories this month to celebrate the season. Go for early morning walks before it gets toasty; drink lemonade while sitting on the front porch, and play in the sprinkler or even a mud puddle or two in the front yard. Add some of the zany holidays below to make family memories that you’ll treasure long into the...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July to all of you from all of us at Just 18 Summers! Have fun, make some memories, and don’t forget to take lots of photos. Join us at for our parenting blog each Monday-Friday and for info about the Just 18...

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Welcome Spring!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 ESV Splashes of color dot the periphery of forests, woods, and neighborhoods, indicating that spring is upon us. (A layer of yellow pollen in the deep south signifies that time of year, too!) Watch for new colors every day and fresh, new signs of spring, too. Enjoy the beauty of spring with lots of family walks and outdoor time and create some unique family holidays to accompany the silly ones below. Make it an awesome April for those you love! World Wish Day – Make wishes all month long – silly ones, like, cookies for breakfast and serious ones, like, an end to poverty and sickness. Look...

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Not Alone

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

I sighed as I walked into our living room and saw the mountain of clean clothes and towels covering the couch. Ten loads of laundry reminded me I wouldn’t be going to bed anytime soon. How do five people make so much laundry in such a short time? As I stared at the work ahead of me, my husband entered the room. Sensing my discouragement, he said, “Guess what? I’m with you and I’m going to help you. You don’t have to fold all of that alone.” I smiled. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so overwhelmed. Life is always better when a friend can help shoulder our burdens. We can give that kind of encouragement to our kids, too, by assuring them: I’m with My youngest daughter is quite the introvert, so new situations can be very unsettling for...

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