September Fun

Annual Labor Day Hot Air Balloon Festival…

Our school has an annual carnival every September and this was our first year to attend.  Tug of war, Plinko, and lots of other fun games!  

Our last Sky Sox game for the season…

Packing lunch for school the next day…

Watching a Broncos game…

Winning a Broncos game…

A genuine hug between brother and sister.  I can’t remember what prompted it but I quickly grabbed my phone and made them do it again.  

Quiet Time with Kids

This past summer we started something new – we tried individual quiet time with Jesus all together in one room. 

Over the past years I’ve learned to just dive in to my own quiet time even with others around, if need be.  I had to – there were so few moments to myself.  So, I’ve learned to just tune out the wrestling or piano practice or football going on in the front room and focus on what I’m studying or reading.  But I longed to teach the kids about this too.  To guide them through what “quiet time” with Jesus could look like – anything!  

We gathered their bibles, devotional books for kids, notebooks, pens and colored pencils, white board and markers, etc.  I explained that this time could be anything they wanted it to be – even just sitting quietly, praying, or listening to music that would guide their thoughts.  

The first time we did this together it felt a bit forced – “mom is making us sit and read our bibles” kind of thing.  I set a timer for a short time – only 15 minutes – and after a few minutes each settled in to what they were doing.  

As we continued through the summer, the time became more relaxed.  I’m not sure James and Anna always wanted to do this, but they never complained about it.  And, we didn’t do this every day – maybe once a week or so.  My goal wasn’t to force them into wanting to meet with Jesus, but rather to guide them and gently suggest that this time could be sweet and relaxed.  

It was fun watching them gravitate towards different things – James usually opted to read the Jesus Calling devotional for kids or read a section in scripture.  Anna would read a shorter devotional for young kids, look up the verse and then write it out or draw.  

Now that we’re into the school year again I’ve been brainstorming how to continue this.  I think Friday afternoons might work since the kids only have half days on Fridays.  That afternoon is already more relaxed – we’re usually home, have rest time, and a chunk of free time to slow.  Hopefully the kids will welcome the idea again.  If not, we’ll press on, trusting that God’s Word will make its way into their hearts.  

Isaiah 55:11
…”so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Lord, I ask you to guide me in these efforts.  Help me to convey the love and desire I have for these meetings with you to my kids.  Help me to be relaxed about it, not forcing them but lovingly guiding them into this time.  Would you do a mighty work in their hearts and create a desire for this in them?  We trust you in these times together, Lord!

How have you taught your children in this area?  I’d welcome any ideas!  

Kenny’s Lights

I meant to post about this months ago!  

In March, Kenny helped our church install new lights in the sanctuary.  He’s been suggesting they update the lighting there for years and this was the year to do it!  He was asked to put together a bid which was approved, then he helped install them and set up the new board.  He did a fabulous job.  I was so proud of him! There is now capability to light the stage really well and see everyone there, as well as use color!  

The new lights were finished just in time for the big Easter production and they added so much to the drama of the show.  

James sat in the booth for this show and as always, loved being in on the action.  

A few months later, Kenny designed and ran the lights for the church’s production of Oliver.  James wanted to be there again to help set up.  In a few years, Kenny will have another lighting crew member!  

I’m still very grateful for the opportunities Kenny has to design, hang, and run lights.  It really is a passion for him – something he really enjoys, and is a wonderful outlet to not only unwind from his normal day-to-day work, but also to use the gifts the Lord has blessed him with.  One day I’d love to see him act on stage again.  I think the kids need to see what other talents daddy has!