I grew up in a small cabin built by none other than my parents themselves. They had help here and there, but Dad drew up the blueprint, we moved hundreds of miles away, and they got to work. The home has yet to match the blueprint, but that's no surprise considering that a work of art is never fully finished—just as our lives will never fully finish.

 

I can remember using kerosene lamps for light, washing and drying clothes outside, hand-pumping water, carrying loads of firewood in from the snow, and chinking between each hand-raised log.

 

Change was slow and beautiful and paced. And then, one day, it wasn't.

 

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About Shelby Hughes

2017 Shelby L. Hughes | Greensburg, PA | shelbyhugheswriter@gmail.com

Ideas In June

 

 

As we go through seasons of change, I think it's important to make sure that we are focusing on family. I hope you find these monthly posts helpful as you live life fully with those in your home. At the bottom of each post, you will find a Pinterest board with several ideas for the month. Take one or two or more (if you are ambitious) and spend quality time with your family.

 

June means three things. 

 

1. Summer break has begun. 

I've included several Pins with fun activities for kids this year. However, I just listened to a podcast by singer-songwriter Christy Nockels, and she reminds all parents that allowing your kids to be bored at times is perfectly normal and good. You can listen to her reasoning on this episode

 

2. Father's Day is coming up.

It's never easy to figure out what to make or buy for Dad's, but the key is making them feel appreciated. Kids will find their own way to express their appreciation for Dad, even if they are little. I remember my sister making breakfast, my brother doing chores that weren't his without being asked, and me making cards and crafts. We each had something specific that we did each year to show our appreciation. If you have kids who are older, sit back and let them surprise you with what they come up with. Both Father's and Mother's Day are great opportunities to let your kids work together toward a goal and build sibling relationships at the same time. 

 

3. July Fourth is right around the corner. 

The Fourth of July is pretty laid back in our family. We sometimes go on a picnic or take a drive during the day, and then we spend time together as a family at home. We set off small fireworks and have a campfire and then watch the big fireworks from the front porch of our home. I usually have a couple festive activities sprinkled throughout the day to keep things exciting for our toddler, and those ideas typically involve food. I will definitely use a star-shaped cookie cutter on our watermelon this year thanks to Pinterest. Do you have any Fourth of July family traditions? I'd love to hear in the comments section of this blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

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