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Mama’s Red Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 5 comments

My mom’s favorite color is red. I don’t mean pale pink, wine, or orange. Nope, I mean fire engine or the American Red Cross kind of red. Consequently, the kitchen in my childhood home had red counter tops. It was the first thing people noticed upon walking into the home, but not in a tacky way. My mom had a great sense of style, so she successfully merged her red counter tops with a very classy kitchen design, to the point that people regularly fell in love with Linda’s red kitchen! Although that kitchen looks radically different today, with a much softer, muted pallet, I still walk into mama’s kitchen and see the red that disappeared more than twenty years ago. The bold color made an impression on me, as the color always seemed to shout, “Stand out! Be...

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Laughter in the Laundry

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

I recently opened my washing machine to discover the load I just washed also contained a $10.00 bill, a pen, and a leftover ticket stub. Obviously, I washed more than clothes. I was literally “laundering money!” Has your laundry ever produced the same results? You open the door to discover that your children’s and husband’s pockets contained items from their busy week; pencils, crayons, stickers and sticky notes, business cards, quarters, and maybe even an expired pizza coupon! It’s almost like Christmas every time you open the washer because you discover treasures you had no intention of washing, while losing a matching sock or two in the process. (By the way, does anybody know why one sock always tends to disappear in the dryer?) I’m not sure why, but laundry stresses me out. Finding unexpected “gifts” in the machine...

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You’re Not Lucky

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Do your children sometimes talk about being lucky? Perhaps that is mentioned more when March arrives and everything turns green. With the change of hue and the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, the word “luck” is often uttered over and over. Four leaf clovers and other tokens are spotted on the shelves of stores and people sometimes search for luck in unlikely places. It’s hard to believe, but none of it matters. You’re not lucky. Your good fortune doesn’t come from luck, nor ever will. It comes from God. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” When we begin to recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from God—not from luck—we begin to have a deeper appreciation for the gifts we...

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March On Boldly…

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

Happy March! When the calendar flips to March, springtime is around the corner. March on boldly with your family into a new season, just as the Israelites marched into a new season of their lives, as mentioned in Exodus 14:8. However, make sure your family’s “wanderings” this month are with purpose – spend quality time together creating memories to last a lifetime, with God at the center of every activity. Incorporate the holidays below into the month of March and make up some special family ones, too. National Pig Day – Work together in the kitchen to make a new version of this tried-and-true recipe for Pigs in a Blanket. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and invert a small bowl in the center of the paper as a guide for placement of...

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Parent/Teacher Conference Time…They Say My Child Needs to be Retained!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It’s Parent/Teacher Conference time. You are aware that your child is having some difficulties in school—with handwriting, or reading, or listening, or staying on task. The teacher mentions that you might want to consider the possibility of retention. (You automatically get a bad feeling. Retention just sounds bad, doesn’t it? The thought of retention seems to bring on a flurry of negative thoughts from parents. Does that mean my child failed? Does that mean I failed? What will this do to my child’s self-image? Will he be emotionally scarred? What will his friends think? What will my parents think? What will the neighbors think? Where did we go wrong? My first challenge to you would be to stop the negative thoughts swirling in your head. Remain calm. And listen. Retention is not always a negative thing (as in the...

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Start Small

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

For the past year or so we have been working on teaching our children how to pray. I’ll confess it has had its ups and its downs. Just when I think we hit a milestone and one child is beginning to feel confident in prayer, something changes, and that same child is now silent. I never want to force spiritual disciplines on my children. However, I want to foster an environment where practicing them is taught, modeled, and encouraged. Reading a Bible story each night is something we easily do. Prayer, however, has been more of a challenge. So, how do we move forward with hopes of our children learning to love the act of prayer? We are starting small. Small, simple prayers. Each night at dinner, we rotate who prays. It can be as simple as “Thank You,...

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