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Date Night—Celebrating Love and Marriage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“I want to go with you!” Our three-year-old latched on to my husband’s leg and turned her pretty blue-green gaze his way. My sweetheart lifted our daughter to his eye level and gave her a kiss. He spoke with a blend of love and firmness, “Tomorrow is Saturday and we’ll have plenty of time to play. But tonight, I have a date with my bride.” After multiple hugs all around, our youngest joined her siblings and the sitter while my husband and I slipped out for the much-anticipated evening. Time alone as a married couple has myriad benefits. We are able to focus on each other without constant interruptions, we grow closer as we enjoy shared interests, and we are prioritizing our relationship and investing in our marriage. But date night perks don’t stop there. The example we provide...

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Back to School Blessings Box

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Have you ever heard of a “Blessing Box?” I’m sure you have. A blessing box is often a container of some sort filled with groceries or other necessary items for families or individuals in need. But have you ever thought of a blessing box as a place to focus prayers for your children? Dictionary.com defines “blessing,” as “God’s favor or protection,” so when we ask God for his blessing, we are asking Him to show divine protection and support. As our children head back to school for a new year of laughter, lessons, and cafeteria lunches, they need God’s blessings. They need his protection and strength while facing the rigors of academic study, peer pressure, and even bullying situations. Additionally, our children need the hand of God on their daily decisions, including deciding when to study, how to study,...

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Make Memories Marking the Middle of the Year

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

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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