2015 went by faster than 2014 for us. How about you? We had some ups and downs. I flew to Hawaii in April for my cousin Mike’s memorial service. Then in May we went to Michigan for our nephew’s wedding. In June we traveled up to Washington D.C. for Mike’s amazing funeral service at Arlington. Then in October we traveled to Kentucky for Jim’s, my husband’s, 99 year old aunt’s funeral. With all of the traveling we were able to see a lot of family and friends.
None of us know what the New Year will bring for sure, but God has a plan for each of us. Jim had some renovation things he wants to do, as well as playing more golf this year. I will continue writing. My first book in “Bible Characters Through the Ages” should be out in January. This is the latest version of the cover, and I believe the final.The publisher has the first three stories in the series. I have already started on the next three. This is so much fun and exciting to write stories for God’s little ones, and I’m learning and growing in my faith as I write.
Here are some ideas to help you stay close as a family as we begin 2016.
I found a website Entertainment How Stuff Works that has a lot of fun ideas to do together as a family. So often our schedules take us in many different directions. Our oldest daughter, April, Has a large wipe board that has their schedule on it. Their outside activities are all listed. She also has days and evenings blocked for family time. This is an awesome way for everyone in the family to stay focused on what needs to be done as well as a set time to be a family.
Some of the fun ideas on the Entertainment How Stuff Works site are:
- Family Movies Night: have a theme and watch a few movies together.
- Game Night: There are many games that are fun for the whole family.
- Craft Night: Find something that will be fun and challenging for everyone.
- Dress Up Night: Have everyone get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant.
- Cooking Night: Have the kids pick a menu and then have them help to make it.
In each of these ideas share the decision making with each member of the family.
When you have the Dress Up Night, this is a good opportunity to teach the kids the proper dedicate for using the silverware and the order to use it. The art of social manners is slipping away. I see too many people when we are out that have atrocious table manners. Please help your kids to be very polite and have great table manners.
Give me some of your ideas for family fun.
May God Bless you in 2016.
Happy New Year!!!