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A really good time with Dad.

Well, I went camping and decided it was not a good idea to take Andy.  Boy, am I glad! There was a big anthill not far from our camp site.  My friend, Fred, doesn’t like insects at all.  He freaked out and made a real mess of the anthill.  Ants went crazy, and some of them got into Fred’s socks and bit him.  I’m sure glad Andy didn’t have to witness this!  It would have stressed him out!

The camping trip was really great.  Dad and I spent a lot of time together doing stuff we like to do.   We hiked, swam in the lake (but it was cold), and at night ate s’mores that we made over the campfire.  There was a good speaker that told stories and applied the stories to us kids.  For once someone talked to us as kids and not as adults.  After breakfast, he told us about how God is interested in the big things and the tiny things.   I thought of Andy!   I’m going to tell Andy all about what Dad and I did together, but not about what Fred did to the anthill.




Turn your Life experience into Adventure Stories!

Your life may seem mundane to you but to your child your life stories can be unforgettable memories for your child.  Your stories can teach and transform the thinking of your child.  Keep the story simple.  Make the situation an adventure. Close the story with a lesson learned.  The Adventures of Andy Ant started as adventures to help my oldest daughter learn a life lesson.  You may not feel you have anything to share but a simple experience can turn into a transforming lesson for your child.

Overnight camping!


This coming weekend I get to go on an overnight camp-out with other boys and their dads from our church.  We’re going to set up tents by a lake and cook our food on an open fire.  Andy’s begging me to go along, but I’m not sure how the other boys would react if they knew an ant had joined the camping overnight.  I’ve seen some boys squash ants for no reason at all, and I know Andy wouldn’t like that!  Andy said his Uncle Andrew could go camping with him.  I will have to think about this.  Many people don’t like ants.  They don’t realize how much you can learn from the littlest of things.



It is time for community involvement!

Look for opportunities to do something with your child that results in helping others.  If your child is old enough to be in school you can find meaningful ways to do things together that result in others being touched.


Be creative but be intentional so that your child’s experiences are teaching moments. There are many needs to be met and each experience can teach something different.  Help clean up a park, volunteer to work in a soup kitchen, serve a meal to senior citizens, attend a civic meeting, visit an animal shelter, volunteer time to help an elderly person by washing windows, pulling weeds, cleaning out a storage shed, etc.  The goal is to work with your child to meet a need.


Mom’s not feeling well….


I heard Mom tell Dad this morning at breakfast that she still didn’t feel well.  I think she’s in pain.  I wonder what’s going on. She had a doctor’s appointment last week but I don’t know what she learned.   She’s been sleeping more lately.  When I came home from school the other day, she was sleeping on the couch and never heard Andy and me come in.  Even when it’s not time to be in bed, she’s sleeping.  I asked my brother what was wrong with Mom, and he just said that her doctor was concerned about her.  This gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.  I wonder what’s going on with her.