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Faith Over Family in 2019

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As we enter 2019, perhaps you and family are already thinking ahead to new adventures and challenges. Maybe you’re looking to buy your first home, change jobs, expand the family, buy a car, or meet the grandparents at Disney World for spring break fun. A new year holds the promise and potential for change, and some of these changes will be great, while others could be flat out horrible. In fact, as much as I hate to say it, 2019 has the potential to hold sadness, heartache, brokenness, and difficulty. (Ouch! Did I really say that? Ouch again! I don’t like that idea.) But let’s face it . . . we live in an imperfect, sinful world, meaning life is often heartbreaking and capable of destroying our joy. Because we are not all-knowing, like our daddy God, we unfortunately...

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Seize The Moment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

We welcomed our fifth child in October, and from that moment, we hit the ground running. The night she came, it was chaos and excitement, and what I’ve since realized is we have not stopped since. I do my best to fit in time with God for myself, and for my children, but I’ll be transparent with you—I’m not very good at it. I find that my God time, and the time I spend with my children in God time, is often pushed to the side. I need to focus on making it a priority as opposed to allowing it to be pushed aside. So as I’m entering into this new year, I’ve decided that I want to seize the moments in my day that will allow me to talk about God, talk to God, and to be with...

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It’s a Brand New Year – Start the Memory-Making!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Can you believe that another new year is upon us? Three hundred and sixty-five days to make oodles and oodles of family memories to cherish. Be intentional this year about spending quality time together. Read books aloud, dance in the den, build blanket forts, make homemade modeling dough, fly paper airplanes, and share hugs and kisses all year long. Let your family know just how special you think they are by finding something to celebrate in each day. And most importantly—put the Lord God first in everything you do. “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11 CSB). May God bless your 2019 calendar year with special days and memorable activities. Make every day a holiday with those you love—try some of the silly (but actual) holidays below to make January special and create...

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Happy New Year!

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

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at Just 18 Summers! We wish you and your family a blessed 2019. And Happy Birthday to us! January 1 marks five full years of posts for us. As we begin our sixth year, we just want you to know how grateful we are to have you hanging out with us. I also want to take this opportunity to thank my staff for all the amazing posts, and my ministry partner and assistant Jessica Chenoweth for so faithfully being my blessing from God. Much love to all, Michelle...

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An Intentional Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The season of magic and joy is upon us. Lights twinkle, focus on giving, Christmas tunes blare, and our day-planners fill. Advertisers pull and coax, with promises of the best deals ever. Our lives become a blur of parties, programs, and angel-clad performances. What’s not to love? If we’re not careful, Christmas—true Christmas—can become lost in a swirl of chaos. Worship and wonder over the Greatest Gift can take a backseat to endless activity. So, here’s a challenge to keep it simple, with a few ideas to create family memories our precious ones will remember far longer than that got-to-have-it-now coolest-toy-in-the-world. Make your family Christmas story about The Story.  My favorite memories are of our little ones acting out Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Our family productions were the epitome of simplicity, but oh, the sweetness of toddler...

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Throw Off Laziness

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“NO, I will NEVER do what you want me to do. Never. NEVEEEEEERRR!!!” His footsteps pounded down the hall, followed by the sharp slam of his bedroom door. Ah, you’re probably thinking, the teenage years. Those are tough. Nope. He’s three. THREE. I stared down the hall after my Drama King. Wow. So many little rebellion issues to address. Probably a great opportunity for a teachable moment. Grace. The gospel. All that. But in that moment, I had zero desire to deal with any of it. No one has ever called me lazy. Honestly, I don’t think anyone is brave enough. I keep my children fed, clothed, and alive—no small feat, in and of itself. Laundry gets (sort of) done, dishes get (sort of) washed, and bathrooms get cleaned regularly. (Okay, that last one was a lie, but it...

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