Summer Birthdays

Group of adorable kids looking at birthday cake with candles, cute boy blowing on them

Group of adorable kids looking at birthday cake with candles, cute boy blowing on them

Summer Birthday Fun

I have several friends who have birthdays in June. I myself am a June baby. When I was a child, for my birthday, I remember going to the lake, swimming with friends, throwing water balloons, and having a BBQ complete with a homemade vanilla cake! I always felt bad for my best friend, though, because her birthday was in January. Her birthdays tended to be disappointing for her because the weather was usually cold and dreary and because her mom and dad generally did not have any extra money left over for birthday gifts so soon after the Christmas season. Of course, as she grew older, she came to realize that her parents had already given her the best gift of all, the gift of faith.

Still, most kids absolutely love to celebrate their birthdays, and summer birthdays can be extra fun. Here are some exciting party ideas to help you celebrate your child’s special day, the day the Lord allowed them to become a part of their earthly family and hopefully their spiritual family as well!

DIY Colored Powder

Kids love to run through colored powder and throw it up in the air. Follow the link below to learn how you can make safe colored powder at home. Just make sure that the colored powder doesn’t somehow end up in your pool!

http://abeautifulmess.com/2014/07/homemade-non-toxic-colored-powder.html

Bonfire Birthday

A bonfire birthday party is a great way to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family. For older kids, consider turning the bonfire party into a camping party. Be sure to get the s’mores and hot dogs ready!

A Cool Pool Party on a Hot Day!

Water-themed pool parties are a lot of fun, especially on a hot day! Just grab your swimsuit and water toys. For extra fun, turn the pool party into a luau-themed birthday celebration, complete with grass skirts, tropical fruit, and maybe even a tropical-themed cake!

We All Scream for Ice Cream

On a hot summer day, everyone loves ice cream, cool pops, and snow cones! Beat the heat with a frozen-treat party. Kids love to make their own snow cones and ice cream sundaes!

Whatever choice you make, don’t forget to end the day with prayer. Be sure to encourage your child to give thanks to the Lord for their fun-filled day!

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Priorities and the Case of the Missing Posts

speeding_cars_by_quintonvmI’ve missed my last two posting days. They whisked by me like a speeding car on the freeway without a rearview glance. I apologized to my fellow bloggers for not posting the first time. But this time I decided to blog about it instead, and schedule it to post on my next blogging day so I don’t miss it a third time.

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I Have Two Daddies: An Earthly Daddy and a Heavenly Daddy

I Have Two Daddies by Lynn Calvin AuthorHouse 2008

I Have Two Daddies
by Lynn Calvin
AuthorHouse 2008

Have Two Daddies: An Earthly Daddy and a Heavenly Daddy is a multi-award-winning children’s book written by Lynn Calvin and illustrated by Maria Rask, published by Author House, 2008.

Calvin tackles the difficult abstract subject of the unseen heavenly Father by comparing him to a loving earthly father. I love her concrete examples of her earthly father’s love expressed by going to work so that he can provide her with all her needs like food, clothing, shelter. But better yet, she illustrates how he shows her love by also giving her his time and sharing about God, her heavenly Father.  Continue reading

Author Visits

IMG_2340 smallWhen my first children’s book was published in 1993, I was active in the local schools doing author visits. Since my book was a collection of children’s poetry, offering poetry workshops was a perfect fit. Not only did I enjoy working with students to inspire and teach them about poetry, it was also a great way to market my self-published book. It only took a year to sell my first printing of 5000 copies (those were the days before print-on-demand), and with the money recouped from my investment, I was able to go back to the printers for another batch of books.  Continue reading