Having A Thankful Heart

Daily Truth: “Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”  Psalms 100:4

It’s that time of year again in which we focus on having a thankful heart.  Obviously, it is something that we should be working on all year, but it is a good time to focus on being thankful for many reasons.

1.  We are getting closer to the Christmas season in which often our “wanters” get out of wack!

2.  It helps us to refocus on what is important.

3.  It helps us to realize how blessed we are.

4.  It helps us to see other people’s needs and get the focus off of ourselves.

As mom’s we really need to work on being thankful on a daily basis.  Especially on those days when we feel like we are drowning under the needs of our children!

The Bible commands us to be thankful.  I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Every thing is a BIG word that covers a lot of ground.  You can substitute any situation for the word “every thing” and the command still works.

“In doing 5 loads of laundry give thanks.”

“In changing another dirty diaper give thanks.”

“In hearing some undesirable news give thanks.”

It’s obviously not easy to be thankful in all things and it is something that I have to work on daily!

We also need to teach our children to be thankful and not to focus on themselves.

So, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I have a couple of ideas you can use that would be visible reminders to our children just how much they have to be thankful for.

A Thankfulness Chain

When I taught school, I sometimes did this with my students for answered prayer.  Here is how it works.

1.  Take 8 1/2 x 11 construction paper and cut it into 1 inch strips.  You will need ALOT of construction paper based on the size of your family.

2.  Have the children write, draw, or tell you something they are thankful for and put it on the strip of paper.

3.  Bring the ends of the strip together and staple the ends.

4.  Insert another strip through the first circle and staple the ends together.

5.  Keep repeating this process to make a chain

6.  Hang the chain from the ceiling

You can then use the chain to decorate your Christmas tree.

We have been using the following idea in our family.

Picture Frame

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1.  Take a large picture frame.  Nail small nails in the back of the frame.

2.  Use small gauge wire and string the wire between the nails.

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3.  Take 4×6 cards and cut them into thirds.  (I used colored ones)

4.  Have your child write, draw, or tell you something they are thankful for and put it on the paper.

5.  Take a clothes pin and hang the cards from the wire.

photo 1 (6)We do the “Thankful” cards each night during family devotions.  I put all the supplies in a jar and after we read the Bible the kids draw what they are thankful for.  Then we go around the table and tell what we are thankful for.  Only rule – no repeats!

My 3rd child drew what he wanted for Christmas on the card the first night.  We had to reteach the activity and then he got it.

There are many more ideas you can use.  These are just two.

As we go into the holiday season let us remember to have a thankful heart for EVERY THING!

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”                  I Chronicles 16:34

Until next week,



How to Read With Your Child: Eight Steps

Daily Truth:   “… And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the LORD.”  2 Kings 23:3

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We all want our children to develop a love for the written word.  It has been said, “The love of reading is made on the lap of a parent.”

  1. As soon as possible begin reading to your child.  Holding your child while reading builds a secure attachment and associates this feeling with enjoyment of books. Board books and board books with textures or sounds are good so the very young child can eventually pick up on their own and not tear the pages. Early childhood books that teach concepts as colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and animals are great to begin with as they increase vocabulary by teaching about the child’s world.  Also, include books that teach about God’s love to your child at the very formative time. Some suggestions are:  If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart by Lord, Guess How Much I Love You by McBratney, The Blessings Jar by Coble, God Keeps You Safe by Medlock, Jesus Is... a Debby Anderson board book pack of three books.
  2. Before opening the book briefly talk about the cover of the book. Engage the child with the illustration on the cover.  Ask a question associated with the cover that makes the child start thinking about the book.
  3. Read with expression.  Make up a voice to match the personality of the main character.
  4. If there is a repetitive  line in the book read it with emphasize and have the child join in as you read that particular phrase.
  5. Talk about the illustrations in the book.
  6. While reading anywhere at any time is wonderful also make a special time a place.   Maybe before bed, so plan some extra time for reading before it is time to tuck everyone in bed.
  7.  Read together every day.
  8. Be willing to read the same book again and again.  We all have favorites.

Reading changes everything!  King Josiah, the king in 2 Kings of the Bible, became king when he was eight years old.  In the eighteenth year of his reign  workers found the book of the law in the temple where it had been hidden away for many years.   Josiah  had the Book of the Covenant (which were scrolls that later became part of the Bible) read to all the people.  King Josiah and the people then knew what God expected from them.  King Josiah then knew how to better care for the people entrusted to him once God’s Word was read.

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Reading God’s Word with your children will change their lives.  When children are very young, read Bibles written for preschoolers and follow the above eight steps.


Bible stories that are excellent for young children are:  Read-Aloud Bible Story Books 


What are some of your favorite books to read with your child?

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson

Pumpkin Delight: Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

Daily Truth: “To everything there is a season.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

As I promised last week, this week I am going to post some pumpkin recipes that are easy and you can do with your kiddos.

I am not a great cook, nor do I always enjoy it.  My sister – on the other- hand can make anything taste AMAZING!  Needless to say, the easier, the shorter, the quicker, the better and these recipes meet that criteria!

I have found that one of the ways to encourage my kids to eat dinner is to have them help prepare the meal.  Now, I don’t do this every time.  My sanity won’t allow it.  But every once in awhile, they do help and enjoy helping in the preparation of a meal.

This was the case with Pumpkin Chili.  My youngest son was so proud of the fact that he “made” dinner “all by himself”  that he ate 2 helpings of the chili.  Now you have to understand, he is my most difficult eater.  Under normal circumstances, Pumpkin Chili would have been a dinner time  – ummm – issue shall we say.

So here is the recipe,

Pumpkin Chili

1 cup chopped onion 

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper

1 clove minced garlic

1 can of black beans drained and rinsed ( You can also use 1 lb of turkey meat.  Just brown it before putting it in the crock pot.)

1 can (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 1/2 TBLS chili powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 c shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream ( I used plain Fage Greek yogurt)

Throw everything into the crock pot except the cheese and sour cream.  Mix.  Cover and set on low.  Cook 4-5 hours.  Serve topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream.


I served this with a tortilla chips and corn. Another note, I like my soups a little thicker.  Just add about 2 cups of noodles the last hour of cooking. This is an easy recipe to double and freeze for another meal.

The other night we had homemade pizza.  I had gotten pumpkin pasta sauce from the Fresh Market and wanted to try it.  So, I made a small pizza for me with the pumpkin pasta sauce, topped it with shredded fresh spinach, chopped mushrooms, goat cheese, and basil.  Super yum!!


Since I was on this pumpkin kick I had to try this pumpkin bar recipe I found.  This is incredibly easy and much healthier for your family than the “normal” version.


OK. So, the picture doesn’t do it justice,  But believe me, you’ve GOT TO TRY THESE!!!

Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars

1/2 c pumpkin puree

1/2 c maple flavored almond butter (Regular almond butter works as well)

1/3 c honey

2 eggs

2 tsp pumpkin spice

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease an 8×8 pan.  Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Transfer into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly brown and center is firm.  Cool.  Cut.

To add extra yumminess to this recipe, top with a maple glaze.

Maple Glaze

3/4 c almonds (pecans work too)

1/4 c maple syrup

2 TBLS coconut oil

1/4 c water

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth or creamy.

Verdict:  The kids inhaled these.  Their only complaint was that they were so small! (I cut them into 16 servings – call me stingy!)

To finish my pumpkin food yumminess I had to try this Pumpkin Granola recipe.  Another fantabulous (fantastic + fabulous) recipe.  This was super yummy on top of warm homemade apple sauce!


Pumpkin Granola

1/4 c uncooked Quinoa (find this near the rice section in your grocery store)

1 1/2 c rolled oats

1/4 c ground flaxseed

1/4 c sunflower seeds (or any type of seed)

1/4 c walnuts (pecans or almonds work too)

1/2 c dried cranberries (or raisins)

1/4 c REAL maple syrup (or honey)

1/4 c pumpkin puree

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Spread quinoa and oats on parchment lined baking sheet.  Toast for 10 minutes, stirring once.  Remove oats from oven.  Pour in a bowl and add flaxseed, sunflower seed, walnuts, and cranberries.

Reduce oven to 300 F.

In another bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and stir until well mixed.  Pour over oats and combine well.  Spread back onto baking sheet and bake another 20 minutes.


These are just a few ideas to cook up with your kids.  As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season.”

Have you ever read through Ecclesiastes 3?  I encourage you to do so.  Solomon pretty much sums up every possible phase of life we go through.  When you take the time to ponder Ecclesiastes 3, you are reminded of the depth of life we live as well as it’s brevity.

So, enjoy this season with your little pumpkins.

Now I must brace myself before 8 hands “help” me with dinner!

Until next Wednesday,




Encourage: Giving Strength to Our Kids

Daily Truth: “But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him.”  Deuteronomy 3:28

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Who doesn’t need someone to come along side them every once in a while and encourage them in the work that they are doing?

We all do.  But what does “encourage” mean?

Encourage is defined as “giving support, confidence, or hope to someone.”

Ok. So here’s a scenario.

It has been one of those “no” days.  A day in which the kids were having trouble obeying.  You know what I mean – a no “encourage” day.

Then you hear the kiddos say, “Let’s play mommy”.

Fearful of how that will transpire, based off of my performance thus far, a “stop” is quickly put to that game.

Now let’s take another scenario.

Moses has just been told he won’t be able to go into the Promise Land because he didn’t follow God’s directions explicitly (that could be a whole other topic – but I digress).

So, God tells Moses to go up to Mount Pisgah and look all around.  Everything Moses sees will be inherited by the Israelites under Joshua’s leadership.  Then God says to go and encourage Joshua and to strengthen him. (Deuteronomy 3:27-29)

I would say Moses had had a pretty rough day up to that point.  All those years leading the Israelites, listening to their complaining about EVERYTHING, having to deal with their disobedience, and putting up with all their whining and griping and because Moses got angry and struck a rock, God told him he wouldn’t be able to go into the Promised Land.

Yep.  That makes for a pretty rough day.

Then God basically says to Moses, “Get out of yourself and encourage this young man, who you have been training in My ways, to have the strength to lead My people into the Promised Land.  After all, it is a little scary and overwhelming and you know it”.

So, how can we as mom’s encourage our little guys who we have been training in His ways, even when we don’t always feel like it.

Here are some ideas.  Not all are original to me.

1.  Have a “yes” day.  Everything a child asks that day, say “yes”.

“Can we have ice cream for breakfast?”


“Can I watch a movie?”


The key to this (I am told – I am a little nervous about trying this one) is not to tell the kids it’s a “yes” day.  Let me know how it works out for you.

2.  Mail them cards.

When my eldest went to camp last summer, I wrote her a card for everyday she was gone, labeled them, and put them in her suitcase.  I was so proud of myself. After all, how many other mothers would do that?

She thanked me for the cards when she got back but asked, “Do you think next year you could mail them to me at camp instead?”  (A verse about “pride goeth before a fall” comes to mind.)

3. Slip cards into their backpacks.

Hallmark has a selection of cards just to encourage your kids.  They aren’t hard to find or make them yourself.

4.  Put notes in their lunchboxes.

photo 3 (4)My kids LOVE this and they keep them for a long time.

The neat thing about these is that they don’t have to be elaborate.  If you are like me, creative words and pithy sayings don’t come readily to me.  So, I get a little help.

Life Way Christian Book Store had a notepad of the Snoopy characters with words to encourage.  Just rip one out and stick it in their lunchboxes.

Hallmark had a book called “If You Love ’em, Bug ’em”.  These are in the shape of a ladybug with fun bug sayings like, “It really bugs me we can’t be together – have a great day.”

(P.S. got some similar notes for my hubs – but they’re a little more…. ummm …..flirtatious).

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5.  Stick a fun surprise in their lunchbox.

(My kids are so going to love their “Encourage”  chocolate bar surprise tomorrow.)

6.  Of course nothing beats hugs and words like, “I’m proud of you kiddo.”

My dad used to always say that.  Those would be the words I would need to encourage me and give me strength to finish my task.

So go out and be mom’s that encourage their kids.  After all, life can be a little overwhelming – even for a 4 year old!

Until next week,







Labor Day: The Fruits of Our Labor

Daily Truth:  “You shall eat the fruit(s) of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:2


Fruits of Our LaborWe planted two apple trees in our backyard when our children were young.  The Red Delicious apple tree did not do very well but the Golden Delicious apple tree has provided fruit for twenty years.  Our children are now in their early twenties and we are still enjoying the fruit from this tree.

When our children were young they would help pick apples from our trees.  We would all then wash and peel them with our corer and peeler.

Applesauce, apple pies, apple crisp, apple butter and even dehydrated apples were made in those late summer days. Bees would be attracted to the screen outside the kitchen window as the aroma of cooking apples would waft out the window.

Growing apples or picking fruit from an orchard and then helping to cook the fruit brings Psalm 128:2 to life.  Children realize that the labor or work from their hands brings blessings as they enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Teachable moments are around us each day.  Use God’s World and daily life experiences to teach God’s Word.

Take Psalm 128:2 to the next level for your child by discussing how dad and mom labor for the family.  What “fruits” do they provide for the family?  With older children guide the conversation away from the literal “fruit” to abstract “fruit”.  Discuss what jobs they could do around the home to bless one another.

And now back to the literal “fruit” for recipes to cook with your children and make for your family.

Apple Recipes

Apple Pie

7 cups sliced apples

1 cup sugar

3 T. flour

1 t. (plus) cinnamon

½ t. nutmeg

1 ½ T. vinegar

Mix all ingredients in bowl before putting in pie crust.  Taste to see if it needs more sugar as some apples are very tart.  Put into pie crust and dot with butter before placing the top pie crust.  Seal and crimp the pie crusts together.  To glaze top crust mix some sugar with a little milk and spread over crust before adding the vent cuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Apple Butter

5 pints of chunky applesauce

½ cup red hots

4 cups sugar

¼ t. cloves

½ cup cider vinegar

Cook on low in Crock Pot for 12 to 14 hours or until thickened as desired.  Cool and place in freezer containers or may be canned at this point.

Enjoy the “fruits” of your labor.

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment.

Cathy Jo Johnson







The Heavens Beckon Our Attention: God’s Glory

Daily Truth:  “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God

The heavens do declare the glory of God.  And, the firmament does show His handiwork.

We serve an amazing God!  The stars are so numerous that we cannot count them.  The sun is at just the right distance to provide heat and light to sustain us and not destroy us.  God’s glory and majesty can be seen every day and night.

It is no coincidence that the sun, moon, and stars are hung above us.  We must look up to see them.  Written in Isaiah 55:9 God tells us,  “The heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

Looking up at the heavens we can see this heaven yet in Revelation 21:1 John tells us, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…..”.  Gazing up at the night sky can prompt questions of the new heaven.  What does it take so we can see this “new heaven”?  It takes the realization that Christ, God’s Son, died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)  God’s Word also tells us in Acts16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

On the next clear night go outside, away from the city lights, with a blanket and your family.  Lie there and look up.  Can you too declare the glory of God?  God is so good to give us just a peek into the beauty of our eternal home and a glimpse into His full glory.

Some resources for you and your child to find more about the heavens include:

“Creation Astronomy” by Dr. Jason Lisle, “Kids Answers” by Answers in Genesis,  Answers in Genesis Kid Videos:  Habitable Planet and Distant Starlight , to see amazing photos from space see the Hubble website, and  a great app for an iPhone is “Night Sky”.  This app will help you to identify constellations while gazing at the stars.

Until the next “Truth” telling moment,

Cathy Jo

This article first appeared on “Truths for Tots” blog

“The World Itself Could Not Contain the Books”

Daily Truth:  “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  John 21:25

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Did you know there were 1,052,803  books published in 2009 and approximately 3,000,000 books published in 2011? (These statistics are from Bowkers, the company in the U.S., that issue ISBN numbers.)  Google actually counted the number of books in existence and as of August 5, 2010 there were 129,864,880 books in print.  Yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.

All the things that Jesus did if written in books would fill the earth. That is a huge statement.  How big is the earth you ask?  The circumference at the equator is 24,901 miles. (One of those facts remembered from grade school.)  And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth.

Are you getting the picture?  It is mind boggling to think of how much Jesus did in three years. His compassion was great!  His love was deep!  He could not but help those around him.

When we teach our children about Jesus feeding the 5,000, turning water into wine, meeting the woman at the well, healing the sick, blind, deaf and lame, and raising the dead we are just telling about a few of Jesus’s miracles and teachings. Remember, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Do not lose the enthusiasum and wonder of a child.  Get amazed at what the Lord Jesus Christ did!  Share that love, compassion and amazment with the children in your life.

We do not need to wonder what was not included in the Bible because God has included just the right teachings and miracles for us to know and learn. Matthew 5:18 tells us that “no jot or tittle shall in no way pass from the law, until all be fulfilled.”  Everything written in the Bible is for a purpose.  How good it is that God inspired holy men of God to write about Himself and His Son, Jesus Christ, all in one book, the Bible.  Can you imagine needing to read thousands of books to understand the character of God, His plan of salvation, Jesus’s miracles, how to live with one another, and all the other many things God teaches us through His Word?  God is so good to us.

And yet, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” of all that Jesus did while on earth. How wonderful it is to think about Jesus’s great compassion for the people around him.  Not only in the time he walked this earth but the eternal home He is preparing for those who believe in Him. Jesus gave His life for us that we may live with Him in eternity.  His compassion was and is too great to fathom.  It is also too great to record in volumes of books.  Truly amazing!

Share this concept with a young child, especially a visual learner.  Try going to your city library and pointing out all the books and then discussing that all that Jesus did while on earth could not even be held in that library.  Check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Books and Libraries to get another visual on large collections of books.

Also, check out Truths for Tots Pinterest board on Children’s Books that Point to Jesus.

Remember, “And there are also many things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one,  the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo


Summer and Kids: The Season Begins, What are Your Plans?

Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons and for days, and years:

 Summer and Kids

For most of us summer begins on Memorial Day.  The school year is either completed or almost finished by the end of May.  But, the first day of summer and longest day of the year,  in the northern hemisphere is June 21 this year.  (It will be the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere.)  It all has to do with the tilt of the earth.

Activity:  To help children to understand this concept of longest day and first day of summer;  have a child hold a globe  and another child or adult holding a turned on flashlight, which represents the sun, pointed at the globe.  The northern hemisphere  should be slightly titled towards the flashlight.  This position of the earth and sun (flashlight) illustrates the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere.  Have the child holding the globe move around the sun (flashlight) as if the earth was orbiting the sun. The child will get a clearer picture of how the sun is at the earth’s closest point in the northern hemisphere on the first day of summer.  This point is called the summer solstice.  For more information about this click here.

Our amazing God makes everything so perfect!  The earth, sun, stars, and seasons are just a few of the wonderful things God created for us and His Glory. Nothing is by chance.  Creation was all set in motion by God just speaking!  Teach the above verse to your children.  Show that the word “season” is a word that God used in making the world for us.  As you do activities this summer actively thank God for this wonderful summer season.

Summer provides extra time for family activities.  Please check out Truths for Tots Activity Calendar for daily activities.  There are also many activities on Truths for Tots Pinterest Summer Board.

Make a list  of “summer fun activities and projects” with your children. Post list on the refrigerator,  write on slips of paper to be drawn daily, or make two different kinds of list.  One list could be those activities which will need take more planning and the others that can be done spontaneously.  What ever you decide is best for your family, make sure that each child contributes and all children understand that each idea is as special as the one who suggested the activity.

You may want to work in activities that would be helpful to another person such as pulling weeds for an elderly neighbor, baking cookies and taking to a shut in, or having a lemonade stand where proceeds go to a worthy cause. Take the extra time of summer to encourage someone.  Your children will learn what fun it is to be a blessing to someone.

Make this season a wonderful time of family fun!

God gave us the seasons, enjoy your summer:)

Until the next “Truth” telling moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson






Liberty and Flag Day, What’s it all About?

Daily Truth:  Jesus said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He sent me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight the blind, To set at liberty to those who are oppressed.”

Luke 4:18


United States FlagFlag Day is about celebrating liberty and remembrance.   Liberty is defined as” freedom from control, interference or physical restraint”. Jesus spoke of liberty.  He came to “make you free” (John 8:32).

Flag Day represents a day in which we honor our country by honoring our country’s flag.  The American Flag symbolizes liberty to all.

  • How did Flag Day begin?  The flag of the United States of America was born out of a Revolution in 1977.  It has remained the same except the addition of a star for each state added to the United States.
  • What do the colors and symbols represent? The  50 stars represent the states of the United States.  The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies.  The red is said to represent valor, the white to represent liberty, and the blue to represent justice and loyalty.
  •  Who made the first American flag?  Reportedly, Betsy Ross sewed the first flag by hand in 1776.
  • Why June 14?  That was the day in 1877 the the adoption of the American flag took place by the Second Continental Constitution.   President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation in 1916 that made June 14 Flag Day.  Flag Day is not a federal or state holiday except in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • What are the American Flag’s rules and regulations?  Visit US History.org for details. 

The Flag Goes By

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;
But more than the flag is passing by:

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State;
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;

Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong
To ward her people from foreign wrong;
Pride and glory and honor, – all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

~ Henry Holcomb Bennett

Happy Flag Day to you!

Until the next “Truth” telling moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson

Still Enjoying the Joys of My Heart

Daily Truth: “God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 5:20b

So, my joys made their “Summer-To-Do” list and I thought I would share it with you.


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1.  Holiday World

2.  The beach

3.  Riley Park

4.  Holiday Park

5.  The Smithsonian (In progress)

6. Washington D.C. (In progress)

7.  Children’s Museum

8.  Swimphoto (7)

9.  Zoo

10.  Splash Park

11. Friends over

12.  Krispy Kreme

13.  McDonalds

14.  Waterballoon Fight

15.  Play in the rainphoto (12)

16.  Go to Sonic

17.  Candy Store

18.  Cupcake Shop

19.  Ginter Park

20.  Imax

21.  Sky Zone

22.  Mini Golf

23.  Library

24.  Make snow cones


25.  Ice Cream for lunch

26.  Make ice cream

27.  Camping in the back yard

28.  Catch lightning bugs

29.  Glo in the dark sticks

30.  Hide and seek in the dark (multiple times already!)

31.  Flash light tag

32.  Make S’mores

33.  Make cookies

34.  Make sand castles

35.  Make green eggs and ham

36.  Boys night at Aunt Sarah’s

37.  Girls night at Aunt Sarah’s

38.  Date with Grandma

39.  Play in the sprinkler

40.  Play on the slip and slide

41.  Playdough

42.  Sidewalk chalk

43.  Bubbles

photo (10)44.  Bike rides

45.  Walks (although after walking around D.C. for the day, I doubt that this is still on their wish list).

46.  Movie night (complete with sleeping bags and popcorn)

47. Picnic in the park

Sophia wanted to add Disney World, but that wasn’t going to be possible…obviously.

As you can see, there are a mix of things they have planned.  Some of the wishes have to do with trips already planned for the summer.  Others are just…well…wishes and we will get to as many as we can.

We have a busy summer ahead of us.  As my Sam said after we made the list, “That’s it for today”.

Until Next Monday.