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Planning A Purposeful Summer

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

Every May I find myself with a familiar pit in my stomach.

Instead of feeling the freedom of summer approaching – lazy mornings, later nights, poolside popsicles, fireflies and campsite chats – I FEEL PANIC.

Like… I HAVE BOYS TYPE OF PANIC

Give us about three days of idealistic summer bliss and after that it turns to six big brown eyes staring at me — “What are we doing today? Can I play media? I am so bored. We have to go run errands again? Can I watch a show? I’m hungry. Can we go somewhere? Mom? Mom? Mom? MOM! Can I play media?”

You too?

So in effort to avoid mass mayhem and mama meltdown, I spend thoughtful energy praying over and creating a plan that will nurture my motherhood mission for the next two months.


Today I just wanted to share more about step one – devising my plan of action and KNOWING MY MISSION.

Have you thought about this?

We have the blessing of  24/7 access to our kids lives for the next eight or more weeks.  What an opportunity to engage and invest!  I really want us to see summer JUST LIKE THIS…  An opportunity. Not an imposition.

So lets pray first about this…What do you want to accomplish with them?  When they go back to school in August, what do you want them to say about their summer?  How do you want them to remember their time spent? And I am not just talking about their calendar. I am thinking more about their character.

Late May, I went to work writing a little job description for myself (insert proud grin!).

My job description is to LOVE AND LIVE FOR GOD. TEACH MY BOYS TO DO THE SAME BY LEADING BY EXAMPLE AND MAKING AN IMPACT IN THEIR WORLD.

Their job description is to Luke 10:27.

That’s it.



The greatest privilege as a mom is to introduce Christ to our children!!!!  To lead their hearts to Him in all things… When their feelings have been hurt by a friend. Or when they are overjoyed about honor roll.  Or when they are mad at their sibling…..  always directing them to the Cross for rejoicing or help.

And summer is a crash course in that.  24/7 Shepherding their little hearts to their God.

So before I go into Steps 2, 3 and 4 of Planning a Purposeful Summer, ask yourself this….

WHAT IS YOUR MOM MISSION THIS SUMMER?

WHAT IS THEIR “JOB DESCRIPTION” AS A CHILD?


Write it down. Pray it out. Come up with a scripture.  Feel free to share too!

This is the most important piece!  Start here and the rest will frame around!


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Becky Crenshaw
https://beckycrenshaw.com

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Note from the Editor…

Note from the Editor…

Thank you for picking up the Knoxville Kids’ Directory. As a mom of three busy boys, I know the value of information that makes your life easier. I hope this directory does just that! In this issue you’ll find lots of great summer camp ideas. Summer is such a fun time for kids to start new adventures.

I encourage you to do fun activities with your kids, but also take the time to slow down and enjoy the little, everyday moments. Also included in every issue is our Calendar of Events and our Dine on a Dime section, listing restaurants that offer free or discounted kids meals.

I love living in Knoxville and have a passion for encouraging and helping busy moms. I know from experience that the days are long, but the years are short. Enjoy every moment with your precious kids and remember to laugh along the way. Thanks again for supporting the Knoxville Kids’ Directory and please feel free to let us know how we can better serve you.

Kelly Moss

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Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Picture Frame



Step 1:
After laying down newspaper or paper towels, paint the picture frame with black chalkboard paint using a small brush. Let first coat dry and apply a second coat. Allow frame to dry overnight.

Steps 2 and 3
Make varying lines on the surface of the picture frame using the chalk marker. Next, with a damp rag or paper towel, wipe over the surface of the frame to remove the layer of chalk. Repeat this process twice. This seals the frame with the "chalk" to protect the surface for continued use.

Step 4:
Use your ruler and pencil to outline your words. Be sure to have fun experimenting with different designs or doodles! If you don't like it, don't worry, just erase it and try again! Once you are happy with your lettering, move on to the next step!

Step 5:
Go over your design and lettering with the white paint maker. Be sure to use this marker only on the words you want to stay on the frame permanently.



Steps 6 and 7:
Add thumbprints to make a heart! Here we created an "O" to embellish the word "YOU", however, you could add hearts any where on the frame!

Steps 8-10:
Lastly, add what you love most about your sweetheart using the chalk marker. The best part is you can change it every day to say something new! When you are ready to erase, just use a damp cloth to wipe it clean and voila!

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Focusing on the Why

Focusing on the Why

Working on my to-do list and trying to motivate myself to actually get up and do it. Today is my first day home all week and I have so much to do. But I am so weary due to a busy week and lots of gray skies. I'm reading a good book that is calling my name and my pajamas were so comfy. Some days it's so easy to be productive and get through the list and sometimes it's like trying to move in quicksand. It's days like today that I really have to focus on my WHY. Why do I really need to do what's on my list? Why do I need to go to the store? My family needs a healthy good supper, sitting down for a meal is a priority, I don't have time again to go until Friday afternoon. Why do I need to clean? I want my house to be a relaxing and inviting place for my family to enjoy and a place for them to find refuge from a busy day. A messy or dirty home would not be that. Also, no other time to do it for a few days. I need to exercise? Why? Because it lifts my spirits, it gives me more energy and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. It also keeps me healthier and helps me fit into my clothes. I need to spend one-on-one time with TJ without screens or technology. He needs his momma. He needs that time to feel needed and loved. He is going to school next year and that time won't always be there. What is your why for the things you want or need to do? Remembering your why's is what is going to keep you moving forward and to give your best! Instead of focusing on tasks today focus on the why behind them! #mywhy #thegiftofblooming #newyearnewbeginning #isaiah4319 #sotired


Thanks!
Heather Wright

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Fun Snow Day Activities.

Fun Snow Day Activities.

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