Pop and LaLa Summer Camp

Josh and Becca allowed us to have our three California grandsons in our home for two weeks this summer!!!  Grant is 6, Hudson is 4, and Ethan is 19 months.  I thought I would just give you a peek into Pop and LaLa Summer Camp 2015.

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Sand castle ice cream

IMG_8836Snow cones



food art


Fun with pillows


a sukot (tent) with Pop



fun with flour


city boys milking a goat at The Whitaker Farm


shopping at Piggly Wiggly to help feed the hungry



Fun with cousins


Bible stories with Pop


Did Daniel have this much fun in the lion’s den?

For about 15 days and nights there were water balloon battles, sock wars, giggles, loud noise, constant activity, lots of peanut butter sandwiches, many messes which resulted in many baths, fly-a-way popcorn, making of cotton candy and popsicles, story times, toys strewn everywhere, Bible stories, questions, snuggles, hugs, and hearing and saying ‘I love you’ multiple times – just to name a few of the many things that went on at Pop and LaLa Summer Camp.  

In the midst of all that fun and activity, we had the opportunity to speak into those three little boys’ lives – the joy of talking to them and singing to them about Jesus, of sharing Bible stories with them, answering their questions, and praying with them each night.

As grandparents we need to take advantage of every opportunity we have with our grandchildren.  It is God’s plan for us:

  “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen God doing for you. May his miracles have a deep and permanent effect upon your lives! Tell your children and your grandchildren about the glorious miracles he did. Deuteronomy 4:9






Cheap Summer Fun Ideas

Summer Fun

(1982 -Josh and Jer playing in the dirt with their Dad)

It seems that God has always had us in ‘tight times’ so we were always motivated to make the most of our situation and enjoy the simple things.

Here are some things we have done that are free or very inexpensive.

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Inexpensive Beauty Secret for Moms on Father’s Day

After all, this is how holy women who had confidence in God expressed their beauty in the past.
They placed themselves under their husbands’ authority as Sarah did.
Sarah obeyed Abraham and spoke to him respectfully.
You became Sarah’s daughters by not letting anything make you afraid to do good.
1 Peter 3:5-6

Everyone profits when the father is honored:

  • the father receives the respect
  • the child will experience a full life (Deut. 5:16 Honor your father and your mother. . . that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you)  
  • and according to the above verse, the wife looks beautiful:

So, moms, let’s concentrate on this inexpensive way of improving our appearance as we respect and honor our husbands on Father’s Day and everyday.  It will look good on us :-)  Of course, we aren’t doing it just for that reason, but we certainly won’t mind if it is one of the benefits of giving our husbands the due respect they need and deserve.

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Welcoming a New Baby into the Family

Henry Loving Violet

Henry is loving Violet!

This past week our 2 1/2 year old grandson became a big brother!!!  Jon and Mallory have done a good job preparing Henry for his little sister’s arrival during the months of waiting.   Henry absolutely loves ‘his baby’!!!

It is very important to assure the older child that he is just as special as the baby.   A good Bible verse to use is “I will praise God for I am wonderfully made” – Psalm 139:14.  This link has suggested activities to reinforce how wonderfully made he and the baby are.

I know how tiring those first few days are after having had a baby, but please try to be intentional with time together with the older child.

– read books about new babies
– look at pictures of him as a baby
– let him diaper a teddy bear
– give him special jobs to do
– be lavish with praise and hugs

There are a number of books and videos about a new baby.  Here are some suggestions:

The New Baby by Mercer Mayer

The New Baby by Ruth and Harold Shane (an oldie but goodie)

Big Brother Daniel (DVD)

Big Brother Daniel (book)

The New Baby By Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers has an excellent song about when a new baby comes.

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