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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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Making Memories with the Family is a Breeze in the Month of March

Posted by on Mar 1, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

…He brings forth the wind from His treasuries. Psalm 135:7 (NASB)  Another month just blew onto the calendar. March sometimes enters the scene as a lion, roaring with wind from God’s treasuries. And the saying goes, it will leave as a lamb. The reverse is also true, according to many farmers’ almanacs. If March begins with gentle breezes, then the month will end with ferocious ones. Celebrate windy days and calm ones, too, with the family throughout the month of March. To add other festivities to the calendar, plan to celebrate the silly holidays below and create a few unique family ones, also. Crochet Week – What hobbies do you practice in your family? Does someone crochet or knit? Do you have a stamp collector? Coin collector? Encourage each family member’s hobbies and take an active interest is what...

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Enjoy the Month of Love

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Enjoy the month of love with the loved ones God gave you Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 NLT Why is the shortest month of the year the one that celebrates everything love and hugs and kisses? Perhaps that just means we’ll need to work extra hard to squeeze in lots of adoring accolades, endearing embraces, and memory-making moments. Clothe yourselves with love as part of your daily ensemble during the month of February, and hopefully, the habit will spill over into the next month and the one after that, too. Celebrate the love of family by taking part in the holidays and silly festivities below, and perhaps create a few unique family ones, too. Sweater Day –  Have everyone dress in warm sweaters and go for a walk...

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Have Some Fun and Make Some Memories

Posted by on Dec 8, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) Fresh off the heels of the month of gratitude comes another month to be grateful and to give praise to the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and newborn babe laid in a manger. Find much to celebrate during the month of Jesus’ birth. Tell the story over and over again. Read it from His Word, and sing hymns proclaiming His birthday. In addition to much fanfare about a baby born in Bethlehem this month, incorporate some of these unusual, but actual, holidays in your family festivities. National Pear Month – Work together in the kitchen to prepare...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Wishing you and your family a blessed and healthy Thanksgiving. Take lots of photos and make some memories! From all of us at Just 18...

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A Thanksgiving “What If…”

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

What if God limited Himself to pouring out His blessings upon us according to the thankfulness in our hearts and flowing from our lips? What if the prayers He answered were based on our gratitude from past responses to our requests? Thank you notes seem to have blown away with the winds of the years that fly by. I sometimes fear that to be the case spiritually for me—that I haven’t thanked God often enough for what He’s done for me. Can you relate?  We get so caught up in the whirlwind of life, even in the midst of a pandemic that has pulled out all the stops in trying to get us to slow the pace. To hunker down. To focus on the things that matter—like family. Like what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t...

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