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Summer Plans!

Summer has arrived, Kelly is here to help you plan a successful summer! Check out her interview on Channel 10:

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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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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

Heather Wright

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Create Your Own Thanksgiving Chalkboard! 

Create Your Own Thanksgiving Chalkboard! 

This is a fun easy project, to do with the kids, that is sure to add a personal touch to your fall decor. 

• Clipboard 
• Black Chalkboard Paint 
• White Paint Marker
• Brushes 
• Orange, Brown and Green Paint 

Cost is under $10 
Clipboards can be found in a two- pack at Walmart so you will have enough supplies to make two chalkboards. These make a great gift so why not make two!

Step 1:
After laying down newspaper or paper towels, paint board with black chalkboard paint using a small brush. Be sure to get the sides. Let first cost dry and apply a second coat. 

Step 2:
Using a pencil write whatever saying you like. 
Here we used, "We are thankful". You could also write "give thanks", or "today we are thankful for". Once you are satisfied with your wording trace over the pencil lines using your white paint marker. 

Step 3:
Time to add the pumpkins! Using a small amount of orange paint, help your child dip their knuckles in the paint and stamp it on to the board. Next, help your child use their fingers to make a stem and leaves with the green and brown paint. 

Step 4:
You're done! Just add a favorite picture, a cute note, even a Bible verse!
This is a great way to talk to your children about being thankful. Use chalk to add something to your list each day. What a great conversation piece for the Thanksgiving day table!

Love this idea but not up for a DIY project? No problem! My Four Bears has you covered. Available on Etsy!

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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.


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!).


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….



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!

Becky Crenshaw

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