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.

Related Posts:
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/09/30/when-a-new-baby-comes-to-your-house/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/10/05/a-brother-is-born-to-help-in-time-of-need/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2010/10/07/more-of-a-brother-is-born-to-help-in-time-of-need/
http://www.trainupthechild.org/2014/01/09/brothers/

 

Don’t abuse your husband; your children are watching!

parents-fighting-in-front-of-children

. . . let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Children, . . .
“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),
Ephesians 5:33 – 6:2

This article, Woman Realizes She’s Been Accidentally Abusing Her Husband | The Federalist Papers really was convicting to me.  I am guilty of majoring on the few things that my husband doesn’t do ‘my way’ instead of praising the plethora of good things he does.  I am so sorry, Billy!!

“The bottom line in all this is that I chose this man as my partner. He’s not my servant. He’s not my employee. He’s not my child. I didn’t think he was stupid when I married him – otherwise I wouldn’t have. He doesn’t need to be reprimanded by me because I don’t like the way he does some things.”

Please read the article and then take it a step further to realize the way we treat our husband will affect the way our children treat their father!!!  How will they learn to respect their dad if they see us disrespecting him?

Ephesians 5:33 tells us to respect our husband and then the next chapter tells the children to honor their parents so they may receive the promise — (Honor your father and your mother . . .  that it may go well with you . . .Deuteronomy 5:16)  We have to set the example of honoring their dad that it may go well with them!!

Therefore, moms, one of the best things we can do for our children is to exemplify love and respect for their father!!!