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Turkey Tales

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The temperatures have dipped, and the nights are getting darker, which can only mean one thing – we’re inching closer to Thanksgiving and to the end of fall. November is recognized as the month of thanks, largely because of that 4th Thursday of the month turkey focused celebration. As you go about your preparations, inviting relatives to dinner, purchasing cranberries and turkeys, and placing the required cornucopia in the middle of the kitchen table, I want you to think about celebrating “Turkey Tales” with your children. A tale is a true or fictionalized story that is often entertaining and imaginative. A good tale captures our attention, makes us long to hear more, and at times elicits a demand for a repeat performance. Storytelling challenges our most creative and insightful talents, begging us to use our words carefully and with...

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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had asked her to send me the list she’s put together. When I received the text message the next day, I smiled at this glimpse into her walk with the Lord and realized what a priceless gift she’s given me through her own quietly cultivated heart for Christ. I’ve experienced the impact of her love for Him – both as a...

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In Everything, Give Thanks

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The month of gratitude is upon us. Treat each day as a gift and give thanks to God accordingly. Practice an attitude of thanksgiving every day throughout the month of November with the family. Give thanks for little blessings, huge miracles, and everything in-between. Encourage a grateful heart for the next thirty days, until it becomes such a habit that you can’t help but express thanksgiving on a daily basis. Make every day a holiday and enjoy November with all five senses – from tasty turkey, to wafts of pumpkin pie, to the sounds of Macy’s parade announcers, to autumn leaf sightings, to cold fingertips and noses in the wee early morning hours. Try these silly, but real, calendar celebrations to make incredible memories with the loves of your life and add some unique family ones to your festivities,...

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Be a Yes Mom

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My birthday was hijacked nine years ago when my son was born. I joke about it to this day, but am only partially kidding as I now spend the majority of my birthday doing what he wants to do. It’s not that I actually mind, but I do have to put my foot down at times like when he wants McDonald’s for every meal. This year, however, I decided to be a yes mom. I wanted to say yes to as much as possible and watch a day play out uninhibited by my restrictions. It’s a trickier endeavor than you would think! I like structure, organization, and plans, but being a yes mom required me to be at my son’s whim. How did it go, you ask? The highlights were as follows: We had birthday cake for breakfast. We...

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When My Children Shake Me

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Are you sorry for snapping at me?” I squeezed my eyes shut and took a deep breath. Shame washed over me as I replayed the outburst in my head. How was it possible that one three-year-old could make my blood boil so easily? I looked at my son, staring at me with his impossibly blue eyes. Waiting for an answer. Inner-Mary readied her list of reasons why her harsh reaction was justified: You’ve been pushing me all day. You’ve screamed and cried and made unreasonable demands. You’ve disobeyed me, ignored me, and taken me for granted. Can you really blame me for lashing out?? In that moment, a mental image of a water bottle rushed to mind. I once heard author and speaker Paul Tripp share the following example: If I take the top off my water bottle and...

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Loving Others at Lunch Time

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

Lunch time in the school cafeteria can be both a positive and negative experience for children. On the one hand, it is lunch, and food often makes us happy, but it’s also social time with friends. It’s exciting to see our buddies after a long morning of learning, but what happens when our children don’t have friends, or when the other children make them sit alone because they’re just not cool enough. Let’s face it, lunch time can be really hard for children who feel like they don’t fit in. If we’re not careful, the school cafeteria can become a dreaded place for the child who doesn’t know how to fit in or whose lunch isn’t as delicious as the child next to them. The traditional school mashed potatoes aren’t as pretty as the carefully iced sugar cookies that...

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