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Leave Room to Imagine

June 2014

I think back many years to the end of the school year and how I much I looked forward to the summer months. One thing that sticks out is that the days were not real structured or full of activity. There was plenty of time to imagine and create my own kind of fun on our eighteen acres. Books were read, rocks collected, trees climbed, Kool-aid with neighbors, fish rescued, and pictures drawn, just to name a few. Often my siblings were a part of the fun, too, but not always. Please don't let the gift of imagination be lost. This month's challenge to all of you is that deliberate time will be set aside for your children to experience imagination.  

Proverbs 20:4 NIV May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

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Plan Now for Summer

May 2014

The month of May has me thinking of summer's long-awaited return. Warmer days give most of us a case of Cabin Fever. We're ready to get outdoors and into the sun and fun. Summer opportunities for boys and girls abound but some classes might fill up fast. There are zoo camps, science camps, park activities, church camps, library programs, swim lessons, family vacations and so much more to think about.

What will your summer include? Sometime soon take a couple of hours to talk things through. Do a little investigative research up front so details of classes aren't fuzzy. The internet and community newspapers are a great resource. Try to tune in to at least one special interest from each family member. Make sure the budget is understood up front so money issues don't hurry in to steal the joy. This practical step sets the tone for the "requests" before they are made. Planning ahead lessens stress and gives children (and adults) a great summer to look forward to.

Psalms 147:1 NIV Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

 

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