Enjoy Fall With Your Family


Daniel 2:21
And He changes the times and the seasons;

Celebrate each season, emphasizing God’s hand in it all.  Autumn is such a fun time to enjoy God’s beautiful world with your children.

Go to a pumpkin farm.

Go for a hike in the woods.

Decorate the house with pumpkins, colorful leaves, etc.

Enjoy sitting around a fire outside on these cooler nights and just relaxing as a family.

Go outside and play in the leaves (then work together as a family to rake up the leaves):
—build a leaf fort
—bury each other in leaves
—walk on the dry leaves and hear them crunch
—see who can find the most perfect, colorful leaf. 

As you enjoy God’s handiwork at this time of year, be sure to lead your children to thank Him for His beautiful world.

And don’t forget to sing!!!


Labor Day

(Teach your children the reason for the holiday being celebrated – that it is not just a day out of school or a time for a picnic. There is a story behind each of our holidays.)

Labor Day logo - Various cartoon workers

Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women (whether they get paid for their work or not). It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894. Read the history of this holiday here so you will be equipped to tell your children what the day is about as you go about your celebration.

Use some of these suggestions to emphasize the importance of work to your children:

  1. Read the story of Nehemiah in your Bible or read and listen to it here. Then tell it in your own words or try to find it in a children’s Bible and read it to your children. The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed and Nehemiah led the people to rebuild them. They had a mind to work. (So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height,for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah. 4:6)
  2. Build a wall together out of pillows and talk about having a mind to work and working together.
  3. Think of ways your children can ‘work’. Find suggestions here for age appropriate chores.
  4. Memorize as a family Col. 3:23 ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,’ Talk about doing your best at whatever you do and doing it cheerfully.
  5. Thank God for the work that Dad does and the work that Mom does.
  6. Play charades acting out different jobs.
  7. Lead your children (by example) to appreciate those who have a mind to work. Say ‘thank you’ to those yall encounter doing their work – waitress, teacher, trash collector, doctor, policeman, etc. Especially notice those who are doing their work heartily!


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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