2016 Pop and LaLa Summer Camp

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Little did we know last year that we were starting a yearly tradition, but along about January of this year the grandkids started asking when was Pop and LaLa Summer Camp this year – they were excited to do it again – and so were we!  Then all of our grown children decided they didn’t want to miss the fun and they planned to come for a few days of the camp also.  So — we had the entire Daws family eating, swimming, playing, and watching movies together for awhile.  It was heaven!!! And some of the grandchildren got to stay 5 weeks!  We had one week with all 5 grandchildren and most of the time we had all 4 grandsons!!

Here’s some pics from out time together:

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our stairwell is full – our cup runs over with blessings

Sand Castle Ice Cream

the dogs and frogs got lots of attention


cousin bonding

water balloon battles

boating and fishing

snack crafts

In the midst of all the fun, we wanted to make sure we spent time helping their parents equip these little ones to live in such a wicked and perverse generation.  We chose as the theme of the camp “The Whole Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11-17)

We helped them make each piece of the armor which they enjoyed dressing up in and pretending to fight the Enemy.  We explained what each piece represented and how important it is to be fully dressed and ready to stand against the tricks of the devil.

We are so thankful for the time we had with all 5 of our grandchildren and the opportunity to obey Deuteronomy 4:9  “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.”

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Never miss an opportunity to spend time with your grandchildren.  Bond with them during a water balloon battle or a sock war or a sandcastle ice cream.  In the midst of the mess you can have the privilege of sharing with them what God has done in your life and help equip them to put on the whole armor of God.

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Violet expressed how we all felt about the last day of summer camp

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Celebrating July 4th with Family

Hope you are enjoying a family 4th as we are at our house.  We have all 14 of the Daws family members together this weekend!!!  In the midst of all the fun, fireworks, and food, let’s all take time as families to pray for our country.

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While we may not agree with everything happening in our country right now, we still need to celebrate with our children the fact God has allowed us to live in a free country and that many brave soldiers have fought physical and spiritual battles to ensure we have freedom.

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Happy Father’s Day

I am very thankful for my loving Dad who led me in the Way I should go.  I am also grateful for my Godly husband training our children and setting the example for our sons to be great fathers!!

In the last three weeks I’ve been on a mission trip to New Mexico, moved to another house, taught Vacation Bible School, and now getting ready for Pop and LaLa’s Summer Camp, so please forgive me for just reposting some previous Father’s Day posts:

http://www.trainupthechild.org/2012/06/13/beauty-treatment-for-moms-on-fathers-day/

http://www.trainupthechild.org/2011/06/14/making-glad-dads/

http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/06/14/remember-your-fathers/

http://www.trainupthechild.org/2008/06/09/fathers-day/

Tell Your Children about Memorial Day

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 God made a decree many years ago that we set up memorials to help our children know about the things that happened in the past:

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We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, “What do these stones mean to you?”                  Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a permanent memorial among the people of Israel.”

 

During this Memorial Day weekend be sure to talk to your children about the reason for the celebration. Help them know it is more than just grilling out or going to the beach.

Memorial Day originally began in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. In more recent years our government passed a resolution that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May as an occasion to remember and honor the men and women who died in all wars.

Talk about the picture below with your children.  Tell them that brave men fought and died so we could have freedom.

Home of the free because of the brave

The Far-Reaching Affects of Godly Moms

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 2 Timothy 1:5

and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

On this Mother’s Day I want to honor the two moms that have had a profound impact on our family – my own mom and the mom of my husband.

Billy’s mom had an intense love for the Word. Billy remembers her always pouring over the Scriptures. She was even my Sunday School teacher as a child.

One of my best memories of my mom is that she always prayed with me at night when she tucked me in. We prayed together for years for my dad to be saved until God miraculously answered and we saw Dad eventually become the men’s Bible teacher in our church!

Our being blessed with such Godly moms has had a profound impact on our family. Those of you who know my husband know what an intense love for the Word he has and how God has gifted him as a Bible teacher. His mom’s love for God has definitely been passed down to him.

My mom’s faithfully praying with me produced my desire for prayer and influenced me to have pray each night with our children and now our grandchildren.

And now we get to observe our moms’ legacy continue on in our adult children as they share the Word and pray with their children each night.

Our family has been extremely blessed by our mothers.  If you did not have a mother like ours, let go of your hope of a better past and purpose to be the mom who has a far-reaching affect on your family for many years into the future.

Here are some previous Train Up the Child Mother’s Day blog posts:

Scriptures to Encourage Moms

Be a Joyful Mom – Even If the Job is Hard (And it Is)

Learn from Mothers in the Bible and in History

God Wants You to Have a Happy Mother’s Day

What Makes a Happy Mother

A Prayer for Mothers