Back to School and On Our Knees


School and Prayer Blog

Daily Truth:  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans 8:31

School buses in the neighborhood means that school is back in full swing.  Morning alarms are set for the new schedule.  New books to study, new friends to meet, new teachers to greet, and children with a variety of emotions.

Some children look forward to the routine, meeting new friends, seeing old friends, learning new things, eating a school lunch or opening and eating a packed lunch. Other children want to keep playing outside, have no interest in a schedule particularly one that includes homework.   Children approach the back to school time of year with a variety of emotions.

Preschool age or college age the child prepares for school in their own way.

Our youngest son made sure that his electronics were in order with the most current technology before he left for college.   No need for thinking about clothing or toiletries it was all about the electronics.  As I reflect on my daughter as she got ready for college she wanted to coordinate the dorm room decorating with her roommate.  It was all about the design, color, and organization of the room.  Our oldest son made sure that he had new strings on his guitar. I can still see him sitting on his bed tuning his guitar after restringing the instrument with clothing in piles at his feet a day before he left for his freshman year of college.

God has made each child with likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.   As parents we need to watch with wisdom as our children grow.  Sometimes a cheerleader is needed while at other times a listening ear and discerning spirit is required.  It is good to know that our heavenly Father knows what we all need, parents included.

I think one reason God gives us children that are so different from one another and ourselves is so we will have to cling to Him for guidance.  If not we can become prideful if all is going well (those rare moments are cherished) or we can become overwhelmed with inadequacy (which is often the case).

There are many books that are helpful in guiding us as we pray for our children. Shepherding the Child’s Heart and Praying the Scriptures for Your Children are two of my favorites.

The main thing about parenting is to remain on your knees.  Parenting is a wonderful journey even though not always easy but, when we enlist our Heavenly Father to lead the way the journey is sweeter.  We are can only see what is in front of us but God’s perspective is infinite and perfect.

No matter the age of your children you will always be their parent.  Roles change but it is good to know that God is always for us and that we can talk with Him in prayer and study His Word that so richly leads us to truth.

Children, families, parents, backgrounds, environments, are all different yet God is the same and wants us to love and trust Him.  With God on our side who can be against us?

This school year will present new challenges but we are not alone.  I have a provided a “PRAYER” chart for parents and a prayer organizer to encourage you as you lift your child in prayer this year. PRAYER for parents as you raise your children

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson


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Never Forget, Remember the Past

Daily Truth:  “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship You.”  Psalm 22:27


Today we remember and think about those who lost their lives and their families in the events of 9/11.  We all know where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news.  It is a day forever etched into our minds.

I was teaching preschool as adults came into our rooms to tell us in a hushed tone what was happening.  The director came in to each class and took our place in teaching  so we could watch the news for a brief moment.  It was difficult to describe the gravity of the situation but pictures spoke vividly of the tragedy, loss of life, and astonishment that anyone could cause so much devastation.

Upon entering back into my classroom knowing that this world, specifically the United States of America, had drastically changed many thoughts were rushing through my mind.  I was asking myself  so many questions. Were we safe? How could this happen?  Is my family safe?  What about all the people in those buildings?  How will the rescue workers do their jobs?  Will there be another attack?

Once back teaching my class of preschoolers I tried to push back the events just witnessed streamed by the media.  As an adult, parent, grandparent, or teacher you want to protect and shelter young minds from the hate and evil in the world when it rears its ugly head. Yet, we have a responsibility to teach about the past.  Events that affect us first hand are different then those that have been told to us.  We must engage and teach in an age appropriate way the things we have learned and most importantly how God saw us through those difficult times.

As adults we need to thoughtfully teach children, the next generation, about the events of the past.  Children do not need all the details but to point out that there are things in this world that are sad and wrong is important.  God does this with us, His children, in giving us memorials of various kinds so we will stop and think before making the same mistake or giving us memorials to remind us of His great love, mercy, and power.

Did you know that the word “remember” is found 163 times in the NKJV of the Bible? The first time “remember” is found is in the very first book of the Bible, Genesis 9:15 “I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”  As a reminder to us God placed a rainbow in the sky as a symbol to remind us of His promise.

The writer of Psalm 78 reminds us of lessons we should learn from history.  Adults need to teach about the past because much is learned from mistakes.  Psalm 78 is called the “Psalm of Forgetfulness”.  Psalm 78:42 says, “They did not remember His power:  The day when He redeemed them from the enemy.”

May we never forget what we have been through, too ashamed, or grieved to in someway share so others may benefit and grow.  God allows things for His purpose and His glory.  It is up to us to cling to those rays of hope and God’s Sovereignty  and share memories with our children so they too can build a bridge of trust to God and ultimately His Son, Jesus Christ.

God asked the Israelites many times in the Old Testament to build memorials in remembrance of specific events.  We too then should build memorials of some kind in remembrance of things that occur in our families’ lives.  Photos on the wall, photos in a photo book, mementos in a specific spot in your home, stories where God’s protection of family members can be written down are just a few ways to share with our children God’s love and mercy.

God, in His Word, gives us visual reminders (rainbow, monuments), auditory reminders (writing things down to be read to others) and  kinesthetic reminders (monuments, and other things we can touch) to help us remember what He wants us to learn.  We too should think of various ways in which we can help our children remember events of the past.

What events have occurred in your family that need to be remembered so your family will never forget God’s goodness and protection?

The families of 9/11 wanted a memorial to honor and remember their loved ones. These families created a memorial before anything was built.  We need  reminders so we and the generations to follow will never forget.   We are a forgetting people. In what ways will you remember  9/11 with your children?

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson








Praying Obedience for Our Children

Daily Truth:  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”
 Ephesians 6:1



Praying obedience.

Wow!  That is a huge undertaking.  I think obedience is the behavior we struggle with the most as parents.

We want our children to be able to obey immediately and sweetly.

However, sometimes our pride gets in the way.

Let’s be honest we all love it when our children demonstrate proper obedience and it makes us look good as moms.

Yet, that’s not the obedience we need or want.

We want obedience that comes from the heart.

Two examples from scripture of obedience come to mind.

The first is Samuel (I Samuel 3).

Hannah brought Samuel to the temple to serve and live in the temple when he was a very young boy as part of promise she made to the Lord.

Eli was not known for his tremendous parenting skills.

Can you imagine how hard that must have been for Hannah to leave Samuel with Eli?

I can only imagine that she prayed daily for Samuel’s obedience to God’s commands and not follow the path of Eli’s sons.

Is it no wonder then that Samuel immediately answered Eli when he thought Eli called him in the middle of the night.

Eli eventually realized that it was God calling Samuel and told Samuel how to respond.

Samuel immediately responded, “Speak, for the servant heareth”.

God then used Samuel in an amazing way in the lives of His people.

Then there’s the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. (John 6)

I think this is one of my favorite stories of God using a child especially in the area of obedience.

Here the Lord has been teaching a crowd of over 5,000 men not to mention women and children.

It’s lunch time and there is no way to feed all these people.

The disciples display their great lack of faith in God being able to provide.

Then here comes this boy with only five loaves of bread and two fish and willingly gives his lunch to God to use.

Insert pause – I have a hard time imagining my boys being willing to do this.  They think of the next meal before they even finish the one they are working on.  Although, one of them willingly gave me one of their Cadbury eggs the other day.  So maybe……

Can you imagine the boy’s utter amazement when his little lunch multiplies to feed all those people and then have 12 baskets of food left over?!?

In both of these cases, I have to speculate that there was a mother praying for the willing obedience of their son.

So, why should we pray for our children’s obedience.

1.  Confidence.  The Bible says that honoring our parents is the fist commandment with promise.  (Ephesians 6:1-3)  Our children will have confidence knowing that when they demonstrate proper obedience they are obeying God’s command.

2.  God blesses obedience (Proverbs 1:8-9).  I am not talking about material blessing.  Rather, spiritual blessing and isn’t that what we want for our children.

There are so many verse dealing with obedience, especially in the book of Proverbs.

Take the time this week to find some of those verse and start praying these scriptures for your children,

Remember, we want obedience to penetrate into their hearts and not just to be an action to please us.

Until next week,



A Simplified Life Brings Rest to the Soul

Daily Truth:   “Thus says, the LORD:   ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.'”

Jeremiah 6:16

Rest Area

How many times have you been traveling and look on a map or use an app to see when the next “Rest Area” is located?  Your children need a place to run off some energy while you just need to stretch and regroup for the miles ahead.  We all need times of refreshing and regrouping.  January is the month of new beginnings.  I have said to my husband that this is the Year of Jubilee.  You know, forget about those things that need to be forgotten.  Make life simpler, move on, and prepare for the future.

To simplify is my mantra this year.  For several years I have told myself if I don’t want to move it, dust it, or wash it don’t get it.  So this is the year to simplify.  ( I must admit I am taking a break from cleaning out drawers to post this blog.)

This new year’s thought all began when I met Nancy Sleeth at a Christian Writers Conference and read her book Almost Amish, one woman’s quest for a slower, simpler, more sustainable life.  It is a thought provoking book, with Scripture illustrations, that provides ideas and a plan to make life simpler and restful both physically and spiritually.

Nancy tells us, “It’s time to simplify our lives-to slow down, make faith and family the focal point, and recapture the lost art of simple living.  And what group has kept simplicity, family, and faith at the center of all they say and do better than Amish?”

Almost Amish book

“Building on the core principles of Amish life, Nancy Sleeth explains how making conscious choices to limit (and sometimes eliminate) technology’s hold on our lives and get back to the basics and help us lead calmer more focused, (restful) less harried live, resulting in stronger, deeper relationships with our friends, families, and God.”

The chapter about “Community” is very refreshing.  “According to an Amish proverb, face-to-face contact with a friend is ‘like the rainbow that is always there for you after the storm.'”  Texting and emailing are nice tools but there is nothing like actually meeting with a friend.

To simplify also gives more time and attention to the world God created.  “When Mary mistook Jesus for the gardener, it was no mistake:  Jesus is the new Adam, and the garden is God’s eternal classroom.”

C.S. Lewis advises in Mere Christianity that “Going back can sometimes be the quickest way forward.”   Going back is good yet I do enjoy electricity, grocery stores, and my iPhone.  If I do not have to go back to Laura in Little House on the Prairie but can manage to embrace some of the things taught in Almost Amish I am ready, especially when I look around at the unnecessary and unused accumulated items . Giving to others,  helping others, and freeing space and time to better serve family and God is a life pleasing to God.  Going back to clean, purge, and evaluate needs will help in going forward.

Nancy Sleeth, in her book Almost Amish,  helps us to realize by taking little steps a simpler life is attainable and sustainable. “Through the choices we make may vary, it is a journey that we can take together-and above all, with God.”

Happy New and Simpler Year!

Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,

Cathy Jo Johnson

Pumpkins: Decorating Fun

“God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”  I Timothy 6:17


Pumpkins.  They are another one of my “favorites” of the season.

For some, the start of fall begins when Starbucks starts selling their PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte).  I mean, it’s all over Facebook!

For me, I LOVE the Pumpkin flavored coffee from Fresh Market.  Drinking it black is the way to go.

Pumpkin everything is out.  There are cookies, bread, vinaigrettes,  pies, and the list goes on.

There is a man that sets up a tent almost year round in front of a local bakery.  I wait for him to put out his pumpkins before I buy any.

He has a wide variety of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.  There are the little gourd pumpkins, pie ones, huge ones, and Cinderella pumpkins (named because they look like her coach). My all time favorite are the ghost pumpkins – so named because they are white!

Every fall, after school one day, I take the kids and we pick out pumpkins.  Granted, picking pumpkins off of a sheet of asphalt is not quite the same as going to a pumpkin patch and traipsing through the mud in search of the perfect pumpkin, but it works.

Last Friday was Grandparents Day at school.  So, the kids each picked out a pumpkin and items (with direction from mom – needed pics for the blog) to decorate their them.  Below are the results.  No carving was required.

Here are the supplies (all found at a local craft shop):

1.  Pie pumpkins (not so big and the decor can be removed to bake the pumpkins)

2.  Ribbon

3.  Tag

4.  Decorating supplies of your choice.

5.  Glue gun (to be used by you!)

P1070222My oldest is my “tape” girl – duct tape to be specific.  However, I wanted the pumpkin to look a little sophisticated.  She used craft tape.

My second daughter loves all things pretty.  So, she picked out P1070215 (1)these metal flower stickers.  Easy enough to use but needed a little help from the glue gun to stay on.


P1070220My oldest son loves to hammer things.  Although the brads did not need hammering, they pushed in very nicely to the pumpkins and stayed in.  There are all sorts of decorative brads to chose from.

My youngest son is my “crazy” boy.  So the eyeballs were a perfect pick for him.  However,

P1070219 these were not the sticker ones (I found this out when I got home).  So, a little help from the glue gun was needed.  He showed me where he wanted them on the pumpkins and I glued them on.

 I used a black beaded sticker on my ghost pumpkin.  Super easy and it looks sophisticated.IMG_20130927_184703

The final step was to tie ribbon around the stem with a tag attached to the ribbon.

Other decorating items you can use on pumpkins are sharpies, paint, stencils, rub-ons, duct tape, nylons (black patterned ones) – basically anything you can get creative with.

Below are examples of rub-ons that I have used.



To top the day off, we had Crock Pot Pumpkin Chili.  Super easy.  It’s one of those “toss, turn on crock pot, and go” recipes. But that will have to wait until next week.

This week, enjoy pumpkin decorating with your kids.





Fear Not: Turning Fear into Faith

Daily Truth: “Fear not, for I am with you.”  Isaiah 41:10

scared child

Fear can be a paralyzing emotion.  Different things or events cause people fear to fear different things.

My boys fear storms at night. So, the lights stay on.

My middle daughter feared sleeping in her room at night because the dark blue walls made her think monsters were in the room.  (Her walls are now a lovely shade of a pale green).

My oldest daughter fears getting on a school bus.

At times, I fear running by myself.  I think it’s because I have read to many Reader’s Digest “Drama in Real Life”!  So, I take my pepper spray, use a little wisdom, and plug in the music.

Fear is such a powerful emotion and can be a very controlling emotion if we allow it.

We were having our family devotions the other day out of the Heroes and Villains book that we have been enjoying this summer. The scripture was on Peter denying (24)

Yes, denying Christ was a horrible thing for him to do.

Yet, what was the basis of him denying Christ?

Let’s see.  One of his friends betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, his other friends scattered, and he had watched at a distance the events in the home of the high priest.  Peter also was fully aware of the cruelty of the Romans.

So, what was the underlying issue that caused Peter to deny Christ?  Fear.

Yet, despite Peter’s fear leading to his denial of Christ, God used him above and beyond what Peter could have even imagined at the Day of Pentecost!

Fear caused David to lie and commit murder. Yet, God would later call him a “Man after His own heart”.

Fear caused Jacob to run from Esau rather than admit his deception. Yet, God would have Jesus come through Jacob’s line.

Fear can be dibilitating.  Yet, fear can also cause us to be victorious.

Fear caused Esther to pray and fast and then go before the King to ask for the salvation of her people.

Fear caused Shadrach, Meshach, and Obednego to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar and be thrown into the fiery furnace.

Fear caused Daniel to continue praying three times a day to God and then be cast into the lion’s den.

What was the difference?  They allowed their fear to become a demonstration of their faith. They had faith that their God was bigger than their fear.

So, back to the devotional.

“Kids, do you think Peter was afraid that night?


“Do you think God could have helped him overcome that fear if Peter had asked?”


Turning to my oldest, “So, can God help you over come your fears such as getting on the bus this Thursday to go play in a volleyball game?”

Silence.  Then, “I really don’t want to get on that bus, mom.”

“I know.  But don’t you think your God is bigger than your fear?”


“Don’t you think the devil is using the emotion and lie of fear to cause you not to have faith that God will help you on that bus?”


“How about turning that fear into faith.  It will be a step of faith for every parent to send their child on that bus this Thursday.  It will also be a step of faith for everyone of your teammates and friends to get on that bus.”

So, how can we combat fear in our lives and help our children combat fear in their lives?

1.  Prayer.  Pray with your children.  Pray for their specific fear know matter what it is.  Pray with them that God would give them the strength to overcome that fear.

2.  Scripture.  It has been said that there are over 365 “Fear Not” verses in the Bible – one for each day of the year.  Give them scripture that deals with fear to help them conquer those fears.  At night, my oldest listens to the Psalms being read  from the Bible Gateway app.

3.  Music.  Good Christian music is so calming as well as relaxing classical music. We often play music for the kids to settle down.  When I was delivering my oldest, we brought a CD player and some soft classical music.  All the nurses wanted to stay in our room because it was so relaxing.

Here are two of our favorite “fear” verses.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”  Psalms 56:3

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10 (Actually, you really need to read the whole chapter.)

So, Thursday afternoon, I will be taking a step of faith with so many other parents as our children take their own step of faith getting onto the buses to go to games, turning our fear into faith.

Until next Monday,





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






Father’s Day: Giving Honor to a Great Dad

Daily Truth: “Honor your father…which is the first commandment with promise.”  Ephesians 6:2


Honor your father is such a passe’ phrase in this day. How are most father’s portrayed? Well, let me give you an idea…lazy, sitting in front of the TV, remote in one hand,              demanding, self absorbed, and ignorant of all that goes on around them.  Basically, a space filler.

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However, that is far from the description of my father.  My father was a godly man who made it clear what his priorities were: God, family, and work.

Mom was queen in the house and my siblings and we never doubted their love and commitment for each other.

We never saw dad just sit.  He was always on the go, whether it was fixing something in the house or spending time with his family.

We always knew we were loved and that he was proud of us.  He was always there for us, willing to here our concerns, and praying for us.

He was man enough to stand up for his family and humble enough to serve others.  Tears were a sign of strength in our dad.

photo (13)He LOVED his grand kids.  He was always so excited to see them and when we would part he would gather us together and pray for each grandchild by name.

When I was younger, I wanted to marry someone just like my dad.  You know what?  I did!  My husband portrays all those same characteristics to  my kids as my dad did to me.

This Father’s Day is going to be a very difficult for me.  You see, my dad passed away unexpectedly this past September and this will be my first Father’s Day fatherless.

My husband is in Panama on a mission trip this Father’s Day.  So, my kids are missing their dad as well as their grandfather.

You know, it’s too late for me to tell my dad just how much I loved him or how thankful I am for all that did for our family. I miss his hugs, his advice, and his booming voice saying, “Proud of you kiddo”.  Yet, I can still honor him by my life and by showing honor to my husband.

970561_10151680210983489_1980582183_nI want my kids to know that their dad is king in our house.

I want them to know that he is loved and that they will never doubt our commitment to each other.

I want them to know that his strength is often displayed in his quietness and tears.

I want them to know what his priorities are: God, family, work.

I want them to know that he is proud of them and prays for them daily.

I want them to know that he is man enough to stand up for his family but is humble enough to serve others.

I want my boys to view their dad as their hero and my girls to view their dad as their first (14)

I want my girls to want to marry someone just like their dad.

I want my kids to get excited to see their dad when he comes home from work.

I want to be second to my husband.

Did dad have his shortcomings? Yes, but those aren’t remembered.

Does my husband have his shortcomings? Yes.  But I made a vow that I would do my best to NEVER be critical of my husband to my kids, family, or friends. I haven’t always succeeded, but I have done and am doing my best to be his greatest cheerleader.

So take the time to teach your kids to honor their father.  It was so important to God, that He made it the first commandment with a promise….”our days may be long upon the earth.” (Deuteronomy 5:16)

Until Next Monday,



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 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.