Dear mom of a new Kindergartener,
All my friends can attest to the fact that I LOVE movies. I love the art, the experience, the community built around watching them. I love it all! Movies have a way of ensnaring all of our senses and evoking deep feelings without us even having to leave our seat. I love movies because I love stories. Movies have the ability to bring you into a story like almost no other medium. Everybody has a story. Who we are, where we’ve been, what we’ve done, every one of us has a unique experience that makes us who we are. The Bible is the story of God’s work from creation to the end of time, but I also think it is like a really cool movie. There’s danger, war, love, sacrifice, joy, triumph, and everything in between.
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!
There’s a heated debate raging out there right now. Well, there’s many of them, but I’m talking about two phrases you’ve probably heard being thrown around. “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter.” (If you haven’t heard either of those, open literally any social media platform and read for about thirty seconds… you’ll find one or the other.) I’m not here to tell you what you should be saying around the dinner table, that’s between you and Jesus, but I do hope to bring up a couple questions about what our kids are learning about the world we live in.
More times a week than I can count, my kids have come up to me saying “can you play with us mommy?” And too many times than I care to admit I have said, “not right now sweetie, in just a little bit.” Sometimes that was true. I was doing laundry, cooking dinner, or working from home. But many times, I have caught myself saying that when I really could put off my adulting things to dive into their little worlds.
- 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’m so excited to let you all know that on May 15, 2020, I officially tied the knot with Ms. Lelia Stracener! Because of our current global situation, we chose to reschedule our wedding ceremony later in the year, but that didn’t stop us from getting hitched! We had a small ceremony with only our families present, and it was such a sweet time of worship and celebration. I’m a married man!
Hello AsburyKids and Parents! My name is Whitley Miles. I am a senior youth and family ministries major at Oral Roberts University and I am so excited to be joining the AsburyKids team in the Kindergarten and 1st grade room in fall 2020! You might recognize me from Miss Mason’s classroom where I have been on staff since October of 2019.
Hi AsburyKids families! I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! At my house, the new normal has slowly creeped into our lives. We are wearing our masks now without thinking about it. The kids don’t throw too much of a fit when asking if they can go to (Parent: insert your favorite kid activity where full of germs) and the answer is “not today, because, you know, virus.” We have had our fair share of meltdowns, sibling rivalry, snuggles, movie nights, and distance learning. It feels like we have already done all of our normal “summer things,” but still facing two and half months until school hopefully resumes in August.