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Worth the Effort

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A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

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Safety Patrol

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One day she is a normal citizen and the next day.....

SHE IS A FOURTH-GRADE SAFETY PATROL!!!

My 9 year old daughter is so pleased with her new status in the elementary school.  This special title (AND BADGE) is exclusively for "upper class men." It comes with a clipboard.  Yes. A clipboard!

What is this clipboard for?

To take names of children who are talking too loudly, or running, or misbehaving in the hallways.

I always thought that was tattling and now my daughter was being told that this act was a great privilege.

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Love

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Every morning when I send my kids off to school I say a prayer with them .  We pray for God to protect them throughout their day and they often ask for help with their spelling tests or a good lunch option in the cafeteria.  ;-) But I always end the prayer this way, "God, help us show your love to those around us today."

Do you know what that looks like?

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Plugging in

What do you do to "re-charge" your battery? Do you read a book, take a nap, go for a walk, hang out with friends, eat a big bowl of ice cream, write in a journal, plan a party?

I know for each person it is so different.  If you are an introvert you probably feel drained after time with a big crowd of people and you need to re-charge with some alone time following an event like a family reunion or social gathering.  If you are an extrovert being with a large crowd actually charges your battery and pumps you up for life ahead.

Regardless of the preference and personality type, we all need to be re-charged.  We need to plug in.

My husband and I are in the process of building a home.  It has been a really fun process choosing each and every aspect of our home. Yet there have been a few decisions that we had never before considered.

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The Grass is Rarely Greener

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A few years ago I read a great book series by Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock. The Seasons Series follows the lives of four women who live on the same cul-de-sac of a neighborhood suburb.

One of the books begins as a mom is cleaning and putting away the decorations following her youngest child's wedding reception in her home the night before.  She is reflecting on the fun events of the weekend but also mourning the emptiness of her home and the fact that all of her "babies" are now grown and gone creating families of their own.

She looks out the window to see her neighbor.  Her neighbor is frantically

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Boots are Made for Walking

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My father-in-law is a Chaplain in the Air National Guard.  He is currently deployed to Manas, Krygystan where he is serving at the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Chapel.  This Transit Center ministers to many permanent party staff and also to hundreds of service men and women as they come and go from their deployments to home.

In addition to providing chapel services and counseling, the chaplain also tries to make life easier for these men and women by offering them things they might need, like a razor or a cell phone to call home.  My father-in-law has shared that many times people who come into the chapel just want someone to talk to, someone who will listen to their problems and be a friend.

Recently, an Army private came into the chapel sharing his problem.  He couldn't go home because the boots he needed to wear were already packed and loaded.  He had on his mountain boots and now needed his tan boots.  (This may seem irrelevant to those of you who have never experienced military life, but let me assure you, this is an important issue.) He would not be able to wear his mountain boots for his flight home and his E-2 salary would not afford the major purchase of buying new tan boots.  He was at a loss so he came to the chaplain for some encouragement and wisdom.

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Hop in the Saddle

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My oldest, 9-year-old Elizabeth, has always loved horses.  She even chose to have a horse-themed birthday party when she turned 6 years old.

Despite her love for horses, she has never actually ridden a full-size horse.  Well, this summer Adam and I decided she was old enough to handle the responsibility and danger associated with this sport so we signed her up for a week long horse camp at our local equestrian center.  Her Granny and Aunt Erica hooked her up with some sweet cowgirl boots and trendy new bedazzled t-shirt.

As we drove to camp on the first morning I asked if she was nervous.

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It Takes a Village

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We've all heard the African Proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."  As a mother I recognize the truth in this statement as my children have benefitted greatly from the direction, discipline, encouragement and wisdom of many different people in our "village".

I think this proverb has special meaning for families served by Inheritance of Hope.  One of the goals of our Legacy Retreats is to create a solid "village" for these families...a network of support and understanding to help these parents raise their children with a focus on leaving a lasting legacy.

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Kid's Night Out!

After the morning sessions, the families headed back into the parks...

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Morning Ambush

(written by Children's Counselor, Meg Hill)

This morning the kids' counseling sessions included many awesome activities, one of which I can't share with you because it is TOP SECRET!  But I will tell you that our topic today was how to deal with anger and sad feelings.  One way that we (the counselors) help kids understand healthy ways to deal with frustration is to talk about volcanoes.  Two ways things that we want to avoid are volcano explosion (like when angry people take their anger out on others) or volcano implosion (like when people are depressed).  The way to best way to get anger out is by letting steam off and venting to prevent volcano problems.

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