Oh, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity. Psalm 133:1
Well, Crenshaw Wacky Fun Day #1 is in the bag! And OH! Do I have a precious day to share! If you are not on this Summer Sanity board, then JUMP ON! The Lord is blessing…
Mid trip yesterday, I was overwhelmed with emotion – with THANKFULNESS to the Lord for how he was blessing our family. Blessing our pursuit of Him and of unity. As I rode in the van, rejoicing in the quiet of the moment, the Lord impressed this verse on my heart, Psalm 133:1. Yes, Lord Jesus. Our Wacky Fun day was good and so so pleasant. Our family lived in unity yesterday. Hallelujah. I firmly believe that the unity we shared was a direct pouring of His Holy Spirit by product of PRAYING over our summer. Oh absolutely. Let me share.
The giving of the law. Seriously, the presentation of the Crenshaw Family House Rules was a little shy of Mt. Sinai. If I had stone tablets I would have used them. 🙂 We called the kids in and made quite the production of it all. I seriously thought of God calling Moses to the mountain to present the Law. God did not say, “Hey, when you go back down there…will you mention these ten little suggestions to my people?” Nope. It was quite the production. It was a turning point for the people of Israel. They finally had boundaries and a tangible way they knew they could please God. SO TRUE FOR OUR BOYS. Little loves, they want so badly to please. Most kids do. They also THRIVE with boundaries. All kids do. So, I encourage you to make a production. We were very joyful and excited about each rule. We talked through each one and gave examples. It wasn’t a heavy presentation, at all. And it has been SO encouraging to see how they have responded. I believe it is the Word of God, not necessarily the rules, that has moved in them. THE WORD IS ALIVE AND POWERFUL.
By the way, I am super encouraged by all of the emails and posts you all have sent about using similar rules for your family! Mmm. God is so good.
In the book, Sanity in the Summertime, Dillow and Arp explain a few things to do to make your Children’s day a little more manageable and exciting for the kids. So, as promised, I’m going by the book to see what works, what’s unnecessary and what is a home run!!
Take along bags: Arp encouraged her children to make a bag for themselves each summer. Their own take along bag. Each child was responsible to put whatever they wanted in it to bring along for the ride. I let the boys pick out canvas bags at Hobby Lobby and they chose their own iron on letter. Once, the letter was applied, they used fabric markers to draw their own creations. They were so into this.
Now onto –Destination Wacky Fun Day! Our original plan was to go to the zoo, as requested on our brainstorm list, but it was a yucky, rainy morning. So, we decided to pull out our Summer Reading Coupon book from last summer to see if there were any options for us. We decided on Bounce House (inflatables), an indoor picnic and the Library!
One of the objectives I listed for my family this summer was to create a deeper sense of team. I have two older boys that put themselves in constant competition with each other. (I need to blog about this one day). So my wise friend, Stacey, encouraged me to instill in them a team mentality. Do you know how many times we say “Crenshaw Team” let’s go! Or “alright, Team Crenshaw!” Or “Listen!! We are on the same team!” We say it a LOT. So in “good ol’ team fashion” we huddled up, explained what all we were going to do, made a huge deal out of every detail and went in for the 1-2-3 Crenshaw! (The boys, of course, argued over whose hand was going to be the anchor – nice)
This is Luke’s, “these people are crazy” face.
With the coupon covering the cost of our Bounce House, a packed picnic and a free trip to the library…this Wacky Fun Day cost us the price of gas to get there.
Sanity in the Summertimealso includes recipes to put in the crock pot the morning of your Children’s Day, so you won’t have to worry about cooking dinner when you get home. These women thought of everything! I will try a recipe next round. Last night was Grant’s kindergarten graduation so he got to choose our menu. We ended up at Chick-fil-a! My personal fav!
Just me-and-mom time, is just that – a block of one-on-one time with each child in your family, doing something that is special to them. Doing something that meets an emotional need in them.
I’m ready to get back to blogging, as usual. The Lord has done SOME AMAZING things this past week. He is constantly blowing my mind. I mean it. I can’t wait to process.
God is at workand desires for us to have quality time with our family. God set the stage for UNITY before creation. He wrote the Book on it…literally. Unity is ours to enjoy with Him and our family, as well.