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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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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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Sprinkling Sunshine this Summer

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

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. School is finished for the year, and here we are with a gaggle of children to occupy. I love summer because it usually consists of lazy days playing outside, extra snuggle time in the mornings, and an overall more relaxed scheduled. However, by about week three I’m beginning to feel the pressure of finding new and exciting activities to keep the chaos at bay. This year, I’ve decided I not only want to keep my children occupied and out of trouble with creative and fun projects, but I want to sprinkle a little sunshine in our community as well. I want to engage my children in acts that will leave a lasting impression on our neighborhood, restore faith in humanity, and remind others there is always sunshine...

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Through Little Eyes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes. Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a lot to teach us—if we’ll take the time to learn. Their fresh, innocent way of viewing the world reminds us to enjoy the little moments. And what seems ordinary to us becomes spectacular from a child’s perspective. On a family trip to the county fair, my husband and I pointed to the flashy sights around us, but our almost two-year-old...

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Are You Going to Answer?

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

“Honey are you going to answer him?” “What are you talking about?” I asked my husband. “No one asked me anything.” “Elijah just asked you a question and you completely ignored him.” “I didn’t hear him say a word.” Did he really ask me something? How did I not hear him? “I’m so sorry sweetheart, Mommy has a lot on her mind.” Have you ever been surrounded by a room full of people and yet you felt alone? That’s a rotten feeling, but perhaps a worse feeling is talking to someone you love and realizing they aren’t listening to a word you’re saying. My husband and I have learned the hard way not to have serious talks late at night. Most days, if something was on my mind not only would it take all day to muster the courage...

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Finding Religion in Summer Reading

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Did you know that school-aged children run the risk of losing critical reading skills during the summer vacation months? Research* shows that children who aren’t reading at home or in the community during a school break will fall behind. Sadly, children from low income homes suffer the greatest loss of skills, due in large part to less access to books. So, what’s a parent to do about this risk and is there a way to wrap “the Good Book” (the Bible) into the reading solution? The answer is pretty simple. Read consistently to and with your children with books that you have at home. For those families near you that don’t have access to books, look for ways to get books into their homes. Let’s consider how we might do this. First, find time every day or at least...

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