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Prepare for Advent-ure

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  As Christmas draws near there’s more than gift lists to prepare. We need to prepare our hearts. One way is with an advent wreath. Advent begins December 3rd, so prepare ahead by making plans to focus on Jesus during December. It can be fun to light an advent wreath each day. Each candle has a name and meaning that inspire us to act on the word.   Week 1 – Hope Read about the hope of Jesus coming in prophecies: Isaiah 9:7 the prophecy of the savior to come from the line of David Micah 5:2 the prophecy of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem Isaiah 7:14 the prophecy of the virgin birth Hosea 11:1 the prophecy of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus Isaiah 61:1 and Isaiah 35:4-6 the prophecies that Jesus would perform miracles Bring hope...

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The Five Magic Words

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have no idea how many times I heard this question growing up; “What’s the magic word?” Even as I write this I hear my mother’s voice. Those who teach manners call them the “five magic words,” although some of them are more than one word. What are they? Excuse me. Thank you. You’re welcome. Please. Sorry. Why are they called magic? Because of their potential power. The magic words are an easy way to create positive communication and goodwill—and it’s important for us to instill this in our children. “Excuse me” or “pardon me” are polite ways to smooth over the intrusion of your life into another’s. Sometimes, there is a need to interrupt a conversation. Sometimes we need to make our way through a blocked area. Sometimes we accidentally interrupt or inadvertently step into someone’s way. All...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Just 18 Summers to all of you! Enjoy your time with family–and don’t forget to take lots of pictures and make lots of...

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Pumpkin-Spice Legacy

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. Things I love: Pumpkins, s’mores, boots, scarves, colorful leaves, the smells of bonfires, and oversized sweatshirts. Things I hate: The 3,643 holiday season events and activities that turn me into an overwhelmed and overly zealous basket case. Is it just me, or does it seem as if there’s a tad bit of pressure to do all the things? After all, if you don’t enjoy a pumpkin-spice-something while wearing cute wedge boots and carving a pumpkin while roasting a marshmallow…did fall even happen? And if you don’t create a DIY advent calendar while wearing a tacky Christmas sweater and bake holiday cookies from scratch while making salt dough footprint ornaments with your children…do you even have a soul? These are the questions that haunt me. In all seriousness, I’m guilty...

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One in a Million

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Our fourth baby was conceived in the shallow end of our neighborhood pool. In our hearts, that is. Halfway around the world, she was not yet a twinkle in her birth mother’s eye. That was all subject to God’s perfect timing—and I believe, His plan since the beginning of time. It was a sweltering summer day. My three daughters and I joined neighbors for an afternoon in the cool of the pool. As the kids played, we parents chatted as we lounged on the steps in the shallow water. The conversation that ensued was one that changed the life of our family forever. One of our friends was in seminary, preparing for a commitment to long-term service on the mission field in China. He discussed a book that he was reading about the culture. He told us many interesting...

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Praying for My Child and the Busyness of the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I really struggled with the title for this post. At first I wanted to use the word choices, but it’s really too broad for how I’m currently praying for my sons as we head into the busiest season of the year. Don’t get me wrong—I always want to them to make wise choices and pray for that daily. But during this season, I want them to learn how to choose wisely in regard to over-commitment and busyness. They don’t have a very good role model in me. And that worries me. I’m not modeling the behavior I want them to follow. I’m too easily distracted by the joy of gathering together and going and doing that I don’t make wise decisions. I want them to learn how to savor an afternoon of play and time giggling with friends. Most...

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