10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

We sat down at the parent-teacher conference and expected to hear about our child’s progress since the last meeting. We are used to hearing that our child is helpful and kind, a good student, and a joy in class. What we didn’t expect to hear was how much the teacher loves hearing about all the family things we do. The teacher raved about our child explaining birthday traditions, visits from extended family, and chore systems.

What? That’s what it’s impressive about our family?

The teacher explained that many students these days don’t have such strong connections with their families. Everyone is so busy with their own schedules that time as a family unit gets ignored. And if they do get time together? It’s not really all that together. They exist in the same physical space but the connection aspect is missing.

Even a simple idea like choosing a birthday meal was foreign to some kids. These traditions that our family took for granted as normal life were creating bonds between us that will keep our relationships strong.

Now don’t think we have it all together. Heck, there are days I wonder if anyone likes anyone in this house! But then I step back and see one kid pat another on the back for doing a good job, or offer to help someone with a difficult task, and I realize that maybe we aren’t screwing everything up. My prayer is that the foundations we are laying down now with these intentional acts will continue to build on one another so our family can stick together in any storm that may come our way.

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YouTube Live, sleepovers, and Thanksgiving - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

YouTube Live, sleepovers, and Thanksgiving - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

The kids and Micah had Wednesday-Friday off from work and we really soaked up the vacation time. We rarely changed out of pjs, did a lot of snacking, and played lots of games. Micah's parents arrived Wednesday night and stayed until mid morning on Saturday. We ate sooo much food for Thanksgiving. We did a small amount of Christmas shopping on Black Friday and plan on doing a bit more online for Cyber Monday. (Have you checked out the sales and deals page?)

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This parenting gig is no joke - but there is help

This parenting gig is no joke - but there is help

Raising kids can be crazy hard, can I get an Amen? No instruction manuals, no way to know if you are screwing it up royally until years down the road, and even when you feel like you are doing it right there are SOOO many people "out there" telling you it's wrong or that it's not good enough. 

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Family BBQ, fireworks, and fresh pasta - 6 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Family BBQ, fireworks, and fresh pasta - 6 places I found joy in the chaos this week

What a fun and weird week! Having a holiday in the middle really throws off the normal groove. Micah was home for the 4th which allowed us to have a really fun day with the kids. We took them to Despicable Me 3 at the theater then out to lunch for pizza. And of course fireworks that night! I was off my game on Wednesday though because of the day off. We still managed to get some things done around the house and have some great fun!

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