A Meaningful Memorial Day

I had to laugh when my 5 year old found a rogue black seed in his watermelon the other night and he had to ask what it was! With the proliferation of seedless watermelon, we have a whole generation of kids who've never experienced the messy fun of watermelon seed spitting contests!

Although I know I sounded like my parents, I took the trip down memory lane and told the boys about my childhood church's Memorial Day picnic, which, of course, included watermelon (along with three-legged races, water balloon tosses and Kentucky Fried Chicken-endorsed by the Colonel himself).

The next question that came from the curious one was, "What were you remembering?" Which led right into a mini-lesson on what Memorial Day is about. And this year, I actually had something to tell him because I wrote this article last year. Check it out if you're looking for a way to bring some meaning to the holiday weekend. And have a safe, blessed weekend.

Just Take 'Yes' for an Answer--Internet Cafe

For a long time, I wanted to name our firstborn son 'Gideon.' (I think it will be the new 'Jacob.') But, if I were the psychoanalyzing type, there's probably a deeper reason behind my attachment to the name.

I don't know about you, but if I'm honest about it, I think I may be more like Gideon than any other person in the Bible. It's not about putting God to the test as much as it is wanting to make sure I heard Him correctly.

Recently though, I had the opportunity to break that pattern a little and I learned a lesson about taking 'yes' for an answer. I'm privileged to be sharing it over at Internet Cafe Devotions.

Stop by and let us know if you've ever had trouble accepting a 'yes' from God.

Midlife Mom Blog List

If you're a midlife mom (or know someone who is), take a look at this list of "40 Awesome Blogs for Midlife Moms" on www.nursingschools.net. It's a privilege to be included with the likes of Antique Mommy (a longtime favorite of mine) and Motherhood Later than Sooner, a site with multiple writers that covers many perspectives and experiences of midlife mommyhood. (A recent post tells how to make up creative stories to tell your kids at bedtime).

So, if you're looking for some new blogs to check out, click on the link above. The Nursingschools.net blog has a lot of other interesting information as well, featuring articles like '15 Fascinating Scientific Facts about Siblings,' and '50 Tiny Changes You Should Make During Stress Awareness Month.'

I appreciate being included in the listing of Midlife Mom blogs, as well as finding this interesting new resource. Take a minute to check it out!

Creative Urges--5 Minutes for Faith

How do you express your creativity?

Do you paint or draw? Sing or sew? Dance or decorate? I used to think I wasn't creative--until I got a new perspective...I'm sharing more about it at 5 Minutes for Faith. I'd love if you'd stop by and let us know what you do when your creative juices are flowing!
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