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.)

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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!

 

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