Thursday, October 16, 2014

A great resource to share!

When I first heard about this product, my interest was piqued.  Even though we have been at this parenting gig for over 20 years, there is still much to learn.  Each child is different and thus we have unique struggles with each of them.  I do believe too that the teen years are so very important (and hard).  Its a sweet time when we can enjoy more in-depth conversations and also a time when its so crucial reach their hearts.

The Family Toolbox with Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN is a program for both parents and teens.  There are 8 lessons which each contain 2 important principles.  First the parents spend time watching a segment designed for them which is about 10 minutes.  Then there is a second video which you watch with your teens.  Its a short 1-2 minute dramatization of a scene that may be happening in your own home or perhaps with actions and attitudes that look familiar.

After watching the video, there are questions for you to answer together in order to discuss what you have seen and how you think that things might be improved.  There are Bible verses incorporated in the lesson as well to help guide you into making wise choices.

You end with a prayer and encouragement to work on something together as a family.

What I like about this program:

*The focus is on their heart.  This is where true and meaningful change takes place rather than just on external behavior.

*The sessions are short so that you can easily find time in your week to incorporate the lessons.

*The videos give you an opportunity to look at the behavior of others and discuss how things might have been handled better or differently.  I find this to be a great method because it does not put you or your children on the defensive as sometimes happens when you are talking about an incident in your own family.

*Practical suggestions that you can implement right away.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to try this out with our family.  These are lessons that we need to help us through some of the challenges we are currently facing.  What a blessing to be able to have this resource to help us to improve our family.

Be sure to join us at the Official Facebook Party on Thursday Oct 16 at 8pm ET.  
There will be additional information as well as prizes!

You can purchase the Family Toolbox as well as read more about it at the Biblical Parenting site.  

Family Toolbox disclaimer

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Graduation Celebration!

We hosted a Graduation Celebration on July 11 for Rebecca and her friend Hanna.  Since it was mid-summer, we decided to host it indoors.  This gave us many more options for decorating which was fun (though we also tried to keep it simple as well).  Rebecca and Hanna each picked their favorite colors (blue and green) and we went with that as our decorating theme.

Blue and green for tablecloths, balloons, centerpieces and more.  Can you see what the centerpieces are made from?  Just a little peek at the sweetness that these sweet gals bring to our lives (not to mention that they both really love candy!).

We went early in the day to set-up.  It was fun decorating and so nice to have it done when we arrived later.

Anyone know what this is from?  (Sign above)

Since this was a graduation for two, we worked to make it personal and meaningful for each of them.

Each of the girls had a table with things representing them on it.  (FIAR friends - do you see some familiar books there?)

The dessert table was also chosen by them.  It was so much fun putting this together.  We went to a Goodwill store and found a variety of glass containers to use to display things.  It was well received by children and adults alike.

We were joined by family and friends to celebrate these two very special young ladies.  What fun to be with so many people we love!

 We missed those unable to be there, but are thankful for those who were!
 I also was blessed by two precious friends who took my cameras and took photos during the party so that I could focus on just being there and enjoying the evening and not looking at it through the lens of a camera.  Thank you Elizabeth and Kathy!  The pictures are wonderful!
We enjoyed some time socializing before the event began.

It was fun to introduce family and friends to each other.  
The best picture of Roger and I with Rebecca.  I wish we had gotten a photo of our whole family, but I didn't remember.  We have shots of all of us there though!  :D  

 One of Rebecca's roommates was able to be there!  What fun it is getting to know Carolyn.  Its such a sweet thing that God orchestrated and I'm excited for both of them.  While looking at Rebecca's table, they both discovered something that they had in common - besides a love of many of the same books.  They both had Madeline birthday parties when they were younger.

 It was wonderful to have my mom, niece, sister and brother-in-law here!

 Thankful for family and just wish that all of them could have been here with us.
 It was sweet to see so many friends.
 Eliana enjoyed the evening too.  Can't really tell it from this photo and she was fading fast as the night progressed.  We had a program which was a time to encourage and bless both Rebecca and Hanna as well as their friends and family.
 Brandon Hudson, one of our student pastors spoke and encouraged all of us.

 Each parent spoke to their graduate personally.  Then each graduate spoke as well.
And the diploma was conferred.  
 An emotional moment for all of us.  
 Christopher ended the program by praying over both of them.  I enjoy seeing my oldest comfortable in his faith and in this role.  Watching him grow in his faith has been one of the sweetest parts of seeing him spread his wings.
 Love the sweet expression here.  :)  Good friends are a blessing indeed!
Time to eat!  We catered food from Backyard Bistro.  It was yummy and I highly recommend.

 The table full of temptations was now able to be sampled too.  

 Rebecca and Christopher
 Emily and Rebecca
Sweet cousins!

Emily, Wade and Elizabeth
Well done lovely ladies and CONGRATULATIONS!

After 18 years, its  hard to believe that you are finished.  I've loved being your mom and teacher for all of these years.  I'm thrilled for you and the opportunities that await you at Liberty.  I pray that your faith would grow deeper and stronger as you seek God there.  I love you with all my heart and am so very thankful to be your mom!

More coming in future posts as we are getting ready for the transition to college.  Thank you for the many of you who have and are praying for us.  This is a life-changing event for all of us.  I am so very excited for Rebecca and am also going to miss you like crazy!  Rebecca, your life has had a huge impact in so many ways and I know that will continue - in new and different ways.

This summer has flown by.  In just 9 short days we will be dropping her off at college.  Can't believe that time is almost here.  Treasure each moment and rejoice in all that has happened.  Reminding myself of that daily.  Reminding myself that God has her in His hands.  


And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ, having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  Phillipians 1: 9-11

Monday, July 21, 2014

4th of July

I enjoy the 4th of July.  Its fun to celebrate our country and to be reminded of the privilege we have in our freedoms.  Its a time to celebrate all that is good about being an American and a reminder to continue to fight for those freedoms.  

A cute patriotic hairstyle.

We went to Apex in the morning to enjoy the festivities there.  Lots of games including huge slides.
One of them with water in it!  Perfect for a hot day.  Thankfully, the weather has been much milder this year and it was not nearly as hot as it might have been.
Even so we took some breaks in the shade.
Fun family photos.

We met friends there and enjoyed hanging out with them!

One of the local churches has had need games there.  This year it was angry birds.
Fun idea!
We went home and had lunch and packed a picnic.  Eliana's hairstyle was improved upon.  Isn't it cute?
Next, we met friends at the Koka Booth amphitheatre.  They got there early and secured a great spot for all of us.  It was a beautiful afternoon.  There were some games there and we wandered around a bit, but mostly hung out in our "spot".  We played games.  Eliana joined in on Uno.  A reminder to me to try more games and things with her.  I was surprised that she wanted to play and she did a great job.  I just need to offer more opportunities for her to try!
We had a great spread of food to snack on and for a meal.  Love the patriotic eggs.   :)
It was a fun picnic spot and we enjoyed music from the Cary Town Band while we ate.
Lots of patriotic tunes.  Cheers!
These were a huge hit.
Daniel loved piling on the icing.
The NC symphony also played and they were great!  There were soooo many people here!  None of my photos can really capture the crowds.
Christopher and Emily got back from camp and joined us later in the evening.  Quick game of catch-phrase here.
The evening ended with fireworks.  They were beautiful.
And loud.  Eliana spent the entire time with her face buried in Roger's chest.  :(
I took a lot of photos as the bright lights made my eyes water.  Not sure what's up with that.
Delightful day with family and friends!  I couldn't have asked for more.  Thankful for so much and for this time to celebrate.  I hope you had a great time celebrating too!