Holidays/Events

Celebrating the 4th of July

We usually celebrate the 4th of July by having hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and then letting off a few fireworks with family, but this year was quite a bit different. We decided to take the kids for a drive to have a picnic and then to Dairy Queen for ice cream the day before, which turned out great! A lot of people were out either fishing, camping, or just visiting for the day.

Then of course we had to hit the gift shops. One is called The Trading Post and they have this awesome rock chimney with a huge rock shaped like West Virginia!

I picked up a bag of horehound candy and a sweet fall sign before we left!

On the 4th we ended up heading the other direction, hubby wanted to pick up some fishing lures but all his stores were closed for the holiday so we ended up doing some grocery shopping instead! I know not fun right but at least it wasn’t crowded, I think maybe two other people came in to shop while we were there… too bad it can’t be that way every time!
Either way we had a good but extremely simple Independence Day. I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Holidays/Events

Staycation: Yay or Nay

The idea of vacationing at home is a fairly new trend that has come about in the last year or so but is it really a great idea or just simply people trying to make themselves feel better for not being able to afford a real vacation? I think the idea could be good and bad… if you are the creative type then you could probably pull it off with ease, but for others like myself maybe not so much.

The whole staying home idea seems great to me, I love the thought of making home equal to how we love vacations. I mean why not love our everyday spaces the same as we do when we are away? The biggest problem for me is getting everyone else on board. I jotted a few thoughts down on paper and passed it to my 10-year-old son who went down the list saying things like no, that’s stupid and boring. and of course, he hates the no screen time rule. I mean what could a 10-year-old possibly do without technology for a WHOLE week!!!

 

Real life activities are viewed by kids as boring, how sad. yet really it boils down to what we’ve allowed and that is the real problem. Kids become used to being “babysat” by technology so they come to love and feel comforted by it. but can this be turned around? Can we thrive again with a little of both without a major meltdown when technology is taken away? I would like to think so just don’t attempt talking them into it, they have to experience other things to realize the difference and that other things too can be fun.

How do you feel about staying home vs packing up for a trip?

If you have tried this please share how it went…¬†

  1. How long was your staycation?
  2. What all did you do?
  3. Did you have any rules? 
  4. If you have kids did they enjoy themselves?
  5. Would you do it again? 

I will be posting my list as soon as it’s finished, and hopefully, figure out some way to get the family at least okay with the whole idea, I say try it once and if it isn’t for your family you don’t ever have to do it again. but at least you tried something new.

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Bible Study, Holidays/Events

Easter Perspective: Jesus or Eggs

With¬†a bit of research online, you can find that there are many people who do not believe that we should celebrate Easter. You will read words like Pagan and traditions of men, and if you think about it you will begin to wonder yourself which came first, the observance/celebration of Christ’s resurrection? Those colorful eggs/fluffy bunnies, lots of candy? or did false god worshipers really start it all only to¬†later have Christians throw in Christ to make it acceptable to celebrate? Don’t get me wrong I do not believe that God is sending people to Hell for hiding colorful eggs for their children but it does make you wonder how those things came about.

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Growing up I never really knew the Christian meaning of Easter, we didn’t attend church because of my mothers upbringing with Jehovah’s Witnesses, it took her a long time to get away from all of that but I’m so glad she did it! Needless to say Easter for us was mostly about the baskets and candy and those colorful eggs. I may have heard some other things, I really don’t remember too much else. but I don’t agree with extremes in either direction. While we do need to make sure our kids know about the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the importance. Getting all dressed up and making our kids go to church because it’s Easter is just not right, especially when most of these people only attend this day and make sure they look their best and then probably won’t be seen until around Christmas which is also¬†about the only time people want to help the poor (go figure). It’s a sad truth in America, they even make TV commercials that back it up.

What I want Christians who read this to understand is that we are the church and that it isn’t any building but is in the heart. The bible says For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20¬†KJV Nothing here suggests of a building or specific location but anywhere at all. It is not about who looks the best dressed or who didn’t miss church this week or last. or even assuming¬†the one who doesn’t go at all isn’t saved. Assumptions get people into trouble all the time!

If you do decide to go to church this Easter, my prayer is that you will go for all the right reasons. To learn and share the love of Christ and to remember what he did for us all. As for other religions. There are so many different kinds but always remember that no matter how many man made beliefs there may be we should always believe what the Bible says first because the word of God is always true.

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“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4¬†KJV

 

Jesus is Risen. Happy Easter,

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