Growing up my mom was the master of our family schedule. Looking back, I have no idea how she balanced four kids’ daily itinerary’s while still finding time to go to the bathroom and do really anything else! We lived in a small mountain town that was around 45 minutes from our daily activities. I have some of the best memories from those car treks in the mountains and the conversations that my mom initiated. At AsburyKids we know that you are doing your best to make the most of your family rhythm and take advantage of those precious minutes with your kiddo. We encourage you to continue to embrace all of the little moments that you can get! I have attached a short video that might have some new tips/encouragement for your car time!
Just a few Sundays ago, we had one of my favorite Sundays of the year, Kindergarten Bibles and Blessings. It’s such an adorable tradition, and I love watching all of those 5-year old’s be "oh so proud" of their Bibles. But, now what?! We gifted them (plus all of our other AsburyKids) with the most powerful and impactful book ever in existence – one that most adults don’t even understand.
How can you be a good friend to people you do not know this year at school?
It’s been a while since your kids have engaged with new friends, this is a great reminder for everyone that people are going to need extra grace and love these first few weeks of school. Perhaps pretend you’re a new friend and practice asking nice questions!
- Have a talent show with your family. And FaceTime in some guest judges, of course! Grandparents, older cousins, out-of-town friends, and even your pals at AsburyKids would make great judges!
- Have a Disney themed dinner. Everyone MUST dress up! Choose a single movie to theme your dinner around or invite the whole family to surprise you with their costume choice. Put on some Disney music and dine on some spaghetti or even a little “grey stuff”!
- Host your own cooking show. Use Facebook Live or even Youtube to strut your stuff as the next famous chef. Try a brand new recipe or share some of your family’s favorites as part of a weekly series. Don’t forget the aprons!
- Create a water obstacle course. All you’ll need are some buckets, sprinklers, and kiddie pool or two. Take some inspiration from those AWESOME playgrounds at Gathering Place Tulsa and create your own version in your back yard.
- Give mom the day off. Open your own spa, team up with your siblings to make a family dinner, take over a few chores, or host a special in-home date night for your parents. Or, all of the above!
- Go on a real picnic. Choose an exciting locale like the zoo (now accepting reservations), Gathering Place, or even your grandparents’ front yard. Work together to select a menu, pack a basket, and have a memorable outdoor feast!
- Attend Asbury’s Family Challenge VBS! Coming July 21-24, join us for an all-new VBS format that will take your family on an awesome DIY adventure. Stay on the lookout for more information!
I don’t know that anyone of us on the AsburyKids team were truly prepared for what it would look like for church to become a virtual experience. When we heard the news that Asbury was going online, the team rallied and decided that no matter what, we wouldn’t let anything stop us from helping others follow Jesus.
So, I recently jumped on the self-care train of 2020 and decided one random Tuesday night to treat myself and put on one of those little sock masks for my dry feet. After about an hour into this “exfoliating process,” my boredom led me to read through some of the product reviews. I discovered quickly that I had engaged in a process that... um, I was simply not ready for or remotely desired. Ladies, I had accidentally put on an intense SEVEN DAY deep PEELING foot mask.
Our entire AsburyKids team is loving every phone call, Facebook message, and FaceTime with our AsburyKids! Of course we all miss being able to gather on Sundays, but one of our kiddos wanted to remind us that we don’t have be sad, because everyone gets to come to “couch church”, a term coined by one of our best little friends, Dexter Smith! Every single day the Smith family participates in AsburyKid activities and can’t wait to watch church on Sundays. While this is far from normal, we are so encouraged that even our little guys understand that we’re here for each other! See you at “Couch Church” on Sunday!
For some kids, indoor recess is simply a disappointment as their freedom to run and play has been stripped away all at a weathers prerogative… For one 1st grade AsburyKid indoor recess has always been a source of anxiety from the unknown, paired with the noise and chaos to follow.