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Are You Speaking Your Child’s Love Language?

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

I often look at my five children and revel at how different they are. I realize in my case we would expect that because they’re all adopted, but even between the biological siblings there are night and day differences. Between me and my own biological brother, there are night and day differences. I suppose this is no surprise as I’m well aware God made us each unique, but I still find it fascinating to dive into the inner workings and thoughts of my little people. Several months ago we did a study of Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages in our Sunday School class and it was amazing to fit each of my children into a language. To identify how they most feel loved and cherished, and then to actively work to speak to them in that language. If you’ve...

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Sunday Morning Chaos

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 3 comments

As the alarm clock cracks the silence of the morning’s rest, I reluctantly sling the cool quilt off my person to shock myself awake. It’s Sunday morning once again. The children are running around the house in their pajamas—or lack thereof—ignoring my every command. The sweet drag of coffee from my favorite breakfast chalice will hopefully excavate the strength to wrestle my children into their Sunday’s best found on our last escapade to Kohl’s. That adventure of playing peek-a-boo under the dressing room doors still lingers as I begin to cut the tags off with extreme precision using my Gerber pocketknife. Once the children are dressed, the next task is finding socks that match or at least are clean. Rushing to the car, the awkwardness of their steps reveal the shoes are on the wrong feet. How does this...

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“And the Greatest of These ….”

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

Share lots of love and great times with family throughout February! “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). The month containing a holiday dedicated to expressing our deepest feelings is upon us. We tend to think of February as “the month of love,” but surprisingly, February is the shortest month of the year. Shouldn’t we have chosen a month with thirty-one days to draw hearts and pen love notes and exchange gifts of chocolate and trinkets? Better yet, Jesus would have us sharing love every day of the year. He spoke that very command in John 13:34: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Practice loving one another each day of February, through words and thoughts and actions, so that it becomes a habit.  And then let it carry...

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

Life has gripped many with fear—often even our children—causing people to act insane, and to exhibit characteristics such as being angry, rude, bitter or even violent. Sin is having a cancerous effect on our society, destroying everything in its path, leaving many families with no confidence or hope for tomorrow. That makes it extra special when we have people in our lives who are loving and kind, who put others before themselves. We should encourage them and go out of our way to show them appreciation and validation—and this is a wonderful opportunity to talk with our children about good and bad character traits and how they affect our homes and our world. I was reminiscing recently about people who have impacted my life. Many shared a smiling face or had a positive word to share for me or...

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Writing About Our Wiggles

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard that reading and writing are critical to your child’s overall academic and personal development. Most schools, teachers, principals, and pediatricians know that strong literacy leads to greater life success. Consequently, you’ve been encouraged across the years to read, read, and read some more with your child, starting with in-home read alouds. But reading alone isn’t enough to grow highly competent, literate children. Instead, we need to partner reading with writing and grow our children’s ability to see themselves as good, creative producers of text. Think of “reading” and “writing” like an interstate—lanes go both ways, but both are necessary to get you to and from a destination safely. Similarly, reading and writing may highlight different skills or abilities, but they work together to build a stronger thinker and learner. So, how do...

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Let the Games Begin!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Games aren’t just for fun. Yes, they are fun, and there’s just nothing like a good old family game night with everyone gathered around the table for laughs, relaxation, togetherness, and a little healthy competition. In our fast-paced society, time is a precious commodity, and there’s no better way to spend it than with your family. So let the games begin. The selection is vast. Head to your local stores and just check out all that is available. There are games for all ages—from toddlers to grownups—and for all interests—from pretty princesses to space invaders.  Whether it’s board games or card games or games involving passing pigs, there’s something out there for everyone. Remember the games that you played as a kid? Well, many of them are still out there. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry O, Battleship, UNO, Monopoly, and so much more. Dust...

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