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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Just 18 Summers. Enjoy some fun family time. Celebrate our country. Take some photos. Make some memories. And thank God for the blessing of being an...

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God’s Not Done with You Yet

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently spent the weekend at a women’s retreat and the theme was “Under Construction.” It was a powerful message reminding us of God’s work in us and in our lives. He never stops working. We’re never too far gone that He sees fit to simply discard us. God’s not done with us yet.God will never be done with us. This message resonated in the deepest part of my being and I felt an overwhelming peace with it. What a beautiful realization that my troubles of today don’t have to be troubles of tomorrow because God’s still working. What I am today doesn’t have to be what I am tomorrow because God’s still working. I want nothing more than for my children to embrace this same message. I want them to understand without a doubt that God stands solidly...

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Life’s a Picnic in July

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4 KJV July 2nd marks the halfway point of the year, and July 15th is the halfway point of the summer. How are those days shaping up for your family? Have you enjoyed half of the summertime fun you’d planned? Never fear – you still have plenty of time to enjoy fun in the sun for summer 2019. Be intentional to squeeze in lots of family activities. Try out some of the zany, but actual, holidays listed below or create unique family ones. National Picnic Month – How many picnics can you fit into the month of July? Picnic in the front yard one day and in the back yard another day. Sit on the porch floor for another picnic and at...

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Intentional Parenting

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra played against slugger Hank Aaron in the 1957 World Series. An on-plate exchange occurred between the two when Aaron prepared to bat. Berra chided, “Henry, you need to hold the bat so you can read the label. You’re gonna break that bat. You’ve got to be able to read the label.” Aaron remained silent, but he knocked the ball out of the park on his next hit. After running the bases and touching home plate, he responded to Berra, “I didn’t come up here to read.” In a word, Aaron exuded intentionality. Merriam-Webster defines intentionality as “done by design.” It speaks of the quality of being purposeful and deliberate. Christian parenting remains one of the most effective means of accomplishing the Great Commission. We can embrace the task with gusto – using the time...

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Just Breathe

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

My mother had to recently talk me off the mom ledge. I had an incident with my six-month-old foster daughter where she was vomiting nonstop. She hadn’t held down fluids in approximately five hours, her diapers were nearly dry, and I was beginning to enter panic mode. The problem arose when I couldn’t find an after-hours number for her pediatrician. At my wit’s end, I found myself searching Google while on the phone with my mother. Between nearly hysterical explanations, my mother simply said, “Angela, just breathe.” I needed that gentle reminder as my mind was reeling and I couldn’t see through the tears that flooded my eyes. I needed that gentle reminder that God still held me in His hands and I simply needed to breathe. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with life. It’s easy to lose...

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Make it a Joyous June with Family and Summer Celebrations

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

June is here. Yay for summertime! Though the official season of summer doesn’t start until the twenty-first of the month, once that calendar flips over to June, it certainly feels like summer has arrived. Be intentional with family activities this summer to make the most of time outdoors, soaking in as much vitamin D as possible, and spend quality time together enjoying the long days of summer. Create unique, silly holidays to celebrate on your own and add the wacky (but real) holidays below to the festivities to make it a joyous June with the ones you love. Pineapple Day – Gather the family in the kitchen and make up a batch of Pretty Pineapple Salad, a scrumptious, chilled salad for some of those especially steamy summer evenings. Pour a twenty-ounce can of crushed pineapple into a saucepan and...

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