Memory Verse Monday – Week 3

Hi, friends!

So excited about this awesome verse this week and I promise we will post a video tomorrow so you can see the hand motions. I think having little cues helps a LOT with remembering these verses week after week.

“Let no unkind words come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up.”

Ephesians 4:29
This one is pretty self-explanatory and if your kids are anything like mine, you won’t have any trouble finding opportune times to teach about speaking kind words. Some translations use the word “wholesome” instead of kind but we decided on kind since that’s the word we already talk about on a daily basis. 
Hope y’all have a great week!
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Memory Verse Monday – Week 2

Hey y’all!

I hope you had a fun with your littles learning last week’s verse. We will be working on ours from the beach this week!

Here’s our verse:

“Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

The motions we do along with this one are to show your muscles, hands on your heart, point out, then point up. You can probably see where each motion will take place in the verse.

One of the things we have found to be helpful in memorizing scripture is leaving reminders of the verse around the house and in the car. These can be really simple note cards so don’t try to make them too fancy. Just get them up!

Another thing that’s helped us be consistent with talking about our verses is always saying them the same times during the day. We do ours in the morning and at night. We like to go thru all the verses before bed time so it takes a while but it’s so worth it.

Hope you have a great week!

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Memory Verse Monday!

Hi, friends!

I am so so so so SO excited to be starting this new series here on the ol’ bloggity blog. We have been working with Reese on memorizing scripture each week for about six months now and Matt and I have been blown away by how much she can soak in! But it really just makes sense…

Why do our kids have the ability to recognize and recite the theme song of every Disney channel Jr. show? Two words. Consistent. Repetition. Add in a little enthusiasm for actually wanting to know the words and voila!

But these words that we are teaching them are so much more than words. Their are hundreds of places in God’s word that talk about the power of scripture, but this is my favorite:

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire.” Isaiah 55:11

I don’t know about you but I’m all about God accomplishing what He desires in the lives of my children. So I’m sold out and on a mission to teach them to know and meditate on His word.

Since we started this venture a few months ago, I have had a few moms ask me how to do it and where to start. The Bible has lots of great stuff to say but I have been feeling the Lord leading us to very specific types of scripture to begin with.

We are focusing on verses that contain premises, promises, and premises WITH promises. That’s a tongue twister but here’s an example:

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4


This verse contains a premise followed by a promise.
Most of the verses will be aimed at specific behaviors that we are already trying to teach our children to walk in, but many of the verses will be about who God is and what He says about our children. 

I’m a firm believer that community support makes SO many things better. It’s my dream that this series will take the guess work out of teaching your kids the word and will give you the direction you need to begin a new chapter in the life of your family.

Here we go! Our verse for the week of 5/4/15 is

“My delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law I meditate day and night.” Psalm 1 :2

Short Devotion Guide: What does it mean to delight in something? Remember back to Christmas morning? What was your very favorite toy you got? Did it make you really happy? Delight is another word for “happy”. When we delight in something. it means we are just sooooooo excited about it. Now the next part of this verse says something about the law of the Lord. That’s just a fancy way to say our Bible! We want to know what’s in our Bible so we can get excited about it! God says so many wonderful things especially for us so that’s why all day long we want to think about His word. Being reminded of how special we are to God will help us to have the right attitude about whatever is going on around us. 
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your words! Help me to delight in them and think about them day and night. I love you!
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Eating Soup for Lunch… and other ways I’m teaching food it’s not the boss of me

It’s not fun admitting that I’ve struggled with food choices in my life. I have a desire to be healthy and fit but I also just really love to eat. I love the whole experience that surrounds food. Not to mention, the food itself.

But the most powerful thing I learned while doing the Whole 30 is the idea that food is fuel for your body. I have always known this to be true but creating habits that reflect this mindset is a different story. It’s so important that I’m putting the best fuel in my body so I can be a good steward of this “earthly tent” I’m occupying (were you even ready for that super deep spiritual reference?).

So today as I was eating soup for lunch, all I kept thinking about was how I wished I wasn’t eating soup.

I’m ok with soup. Sometimes I love it. Especially if it’s cold and rainy outside and I’m snuggled up under a blanket drinking it from a great big mug. There I go with the experience thing again. I’m telling you, it’s no joke!

Today was sunny and beautiful outside. A little warm and SO not a soup day. But out of all the options in the fridge, it was the best one.

So now that I’m looking back and lunch has been had, I’m realizing the power of being disciplined in the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always disciplined in the moment. Last night I had an almond flour muffin at 10 pm just because it was there.

I’ve still got a ways to go.

But I’m just constantly amazed at how much little choices we make on a daily, almost hourly, basis make the difference in the long run.

So if you’re eating soup for lunch or any other food that’s not causing you to salivate and lose your mind over it’s utter deliciousness, I’m with ya!

One step at a time I’m teaching food who is in charge. So take that number five from chick fil a with a sweet tea and a side of sauce… also known as “What I kind of wish I was eating for lunch”.

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Family Date Night Ideas

I feel like Reese is just now finally to the age where she can get excited about things that we plan as a family, which is super exciting for me and Matt!

We love hanging out just the four of us and keeping this time protected, intentional, and special is what it’s all about.

I know it’s easy to go through your day to day existence and feel like you get in a rut so I thought I’d share some of our family date ideas with you!

 *Family Picnic*

This can just as easily be done in the backyard as it can at an actual picnic spot. Don’t over think it. Just take your dinner outside and eat it there. Invest in a picnic blanket (we use my quilt from my college dorm) and have it handy. Something about changing up your dinner location is just fun. Stay at home mommas, do this with your littles during the day. They will think it’s the coolest thing ever.

*Ice Cream Social*

We just got the most uhhhhhh-mazing kitchen appliance from Costco! It’s called the Yo-nanna. It basically turns any frozen fruit into soft serve ice cream. If you don’t have something like that, let your kids pick a favorite topping that they get from the store and add it to vanilla ice cream or yogurt after supper. Let them be as creative as they want to be. Make a mess. Laugh at their combo ideas. Just let it be fun.

*Family Game Night*

Our kids are too little to play board games but we do like to play other games we make up for them. I can still remember as a kid asking my dad every single night if we could play hide and seek. He was a good sport because I think we played it a lot. Find something your kids like and offer to play it with them.

These are not groundbreaking ideas. They’re just a jumping off point. But the goal in all of this is for we as the parents to get our kids hyped up and excited about the ideas we have. If we show them that we are pumped about it, more than likely they will be, too! Unless you have a teenager. I got nothin for you there. Even if it’s just one night out of the week that you plan to be fun and abnormal, that will be a huge highlight for your kids. You might even end up loving it, too!

After Reese was born, Matt and I started what we called Friday Family Fun Night. Born out of a need that we had to have something at the end of the week to look forward to, our little tradition began, and it’s still going strong! There’s nothing fancy about what we do. It’s literally just going to walk at the park, taking a quick walk thru Trader Joes to test out the samples, and then we go get Moe’s to pick up dinner. Since the girls our still little, they go down when we get home and Matt and I watch Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank while we eat our dinner. I know, we are cool. Reese loves chomping down on chips on the way home and thinks it’s just the best thing ever.

I think sometimes because we don’t have what we would consider awesome ideas or activities to do with our families, we just let ourselves do nothing. Just start somewhere and be willing to think outside the box. These are the years that our kids will remember for the rest of their lives. I want mine to remember some serious fun!

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