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“And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your children ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What [mean] ye by these stones ” Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:5-7 KJV

One of our favorite books when our children were growing up was “The Day Daddy Stayed Home” by Ethel and Leonard KesslerIt was because our daughter saw it come to life one snowy day. Daddy was home and it was snowing. So she ran out with her book saying, “Snowing, snowing, snowing, Papa stays home!” She called Dan Papa then so she substituted her name for him, but it was clear that our toddler had put together the books premise and the fact that it was snowing and her Papa was home.

That was many years ago, but on Presidents day this year Papa was home and it was really snowing. Our girls were still in bed and the thought came to me that it would be so much fun to resurrect that book and that memory. Thankfully it was right where I thought it was and I took it to Dan and suggested he go read it to them.

My son was up and is a camera buff so I said, “Dad’s making a memory, better grab your camera.” So off he went and we captured the memory of Dan reading that special book to them again.

Don’t memories do a momma’s heart good?

This reminded me of another photo opp. In January 2005 we were visiting Dan’s parents in Arizona. His father found a photo of our kids from our visit there in 1993, taken at one of our favorite parks. It brought back such good memories and we decided to go back and try to find the same spot and take another photo of our children there. Here are the results:

©Write the Vision

And so, another memory was made for this momma to share with her family.

Like Joshua and the children of Israel, we tend to forget, so we need reminders of the God times.

Finding Joy in the Journey,
Phyllis

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Do You Dare to Ask Your Children How They Think You Are Doing as Parents? Part 3 Tags: Christian walk decisions Family purposeful planning Scripture

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This is part three of a three part series. If you haven’t read part one you can do that here and part two is here.

I guess we must have felt quite daring last year during our planning time since we asked our children to tell us what they thought we were doing right and what we were doing wrong as parents.

Their answers might surprise you, they certainly surprised, and pleased us.

They said,

- We’ve always been supportive of their different passions (art, businesses, writing, etc.)

- They appreciate the time we spend together as family and the emphasis on family dinners together

- We gave them an appreciation for good music and literature

- They all three really appreciate our annual planning times

- We taught them the importance of reciprocating in conversations

- We taught them the importance of not only going to church, but engaging with people and becoming a part of the body of Christ

- We showed them wisdom in spending – when to splurge and when to save and hold back

- Dad always listens to them talk about things, even when he doesn’t have a particular interest in them

They did have some suggestions for ways we could do some things better and we’ve taken them to heart and worked toward that this year. We were glad to receive their report that we have improved.

For more information on our planning times check out our Purposeful Planning materials here. Remember, it’s always free to military families.

Finding Joy in the Journey,

Phyllis

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Get Ready to Watch Those Children Grow! Part 2 Tags: Christian walk decisions Family God's Faithfulness purposeful planning

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“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision,” said Helen Keller.

This is part two of a three part series. If you haven’t read part one you can do that here.

Sometimes our children hear from the Lord before we do – especially when they are young adults who have been raised to love and serve the Lord. As they grow-up you find yourself working harder to keep up with them, even in hearing from the Lord.

This can obviously be a blessing, but it did take us by surprise this year.

Emily, our oldest, and I had had several discussions over the years about how beneficial these planning times could be for individuals. We were seeking a way to write something for young adults that would help them to do their own personal planning while still being a part of the family unit and participating in plans for the family as well as themselves.

We felt it was a rather tenuous line and didn’t want to push them out to where they were just planning as individuals without remaining part of the family unit as long as they were unmarried and living at home.

We take the better part of one day to first pray and discuss one child, then get together with her/him and discuss where/what we see in their life, listen to them and pray for them. Much to our surprise we discovered that our two daughters were in the midst of their own planning time with the Lord. They were both evaluating every area of their lives, working on adjusting their schedules to what they thought the Lord was saying to them, and basically doing what Emily and I had discussed for several years.

It’s been a delight to see them walk out the plans they made during those days. They’ve made some well thought out changes to their schedules and are working together to accomplish more than I’ve ever seen them accomplish.  It’s been a delight to watch them blossom into lovely young ladies who are using these single years to serve the Lord.

For more information on our planning times check out our Purposeful Planning materials here. Remember, it’s always free to military families.

Finding Joy in the Journey,

Phyllis

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