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Devotional Journal for Kids {SALE}

How to Manage Your Mouth for Kids {eBook}


Are you looking for a little bit of book work for your kids to do over the summer so they don’t forget everything they’ve ever known about writing actual words to form sentences?

Or maybe you just want a little something for them to do each day to keep them busy and using their brains?

Or maybe you need a low maintenance, independent Bible study for them to do over the summer?

I’ve gotcha covered! I’m offering “How To Manage Your Mouth – FOR KIDS, A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge” to ONLY THE FIRST 100 takers for $1.97!

THAT’S UNDER $2 for a 30 day devotional guide! You can easily have them do 5 lessons a week for 6 weeks.

I wrote this eBook for my own children, and it is intended for ages 7-13. It has space for daily journaling with a scripture and explanation for each day on controlling the tongue.

Click here and USE CODE “Under2″ at check out for the discount.

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Nothing More Than a Neighbor

When I first came to know them in their eighties, I thought it was humorous of God to place us here so near them in proximity. An aging couple with no children and a bustling family with an over abundance of children. Because of a financial need, they had put for sale, and we had bought, a small section of property pretty well in the center of the land he was born on, which his parents and grandparents had farmed before him.

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They welcomed us and we grew fond of one another. Our family helping here and there when needed with the farm chores that were beginning to be too much for them to handle alone, and they encircling us into their tiny family, which I imagine they never imagined would include children at this stage of life.

For the past few months I had been noticing he was slowing down, gradually becoming thinner, more and more frail. That didn’t stop him from his daily chores, but I worried over him extra.

I began to imagine, in a sort of nightmarish daydream, what I would do if I saw him collapse while out feeding the donkeys or goats. In my mind, I would see myself running to him and cradling his head in my lap while comforting him and calling for his wife.

I reminded the children often that they should go over to visit and talk because one of these days, maybe sooner than later, we wouldn’t have him with us any longer. I kept an eye out for him each day.

He stopped by to visit last week. I saw again how his arms and legs were thinner than the last time we had talked. We stayed there chatting together in the light breeze with the sunlight dancing through the leaves over our heads. We talked about the rain and the news and his knowledge of Morse code. After a moment of silence, we both knew we had run out of trivial things to say. A bird broke our unease with her short, sweet song and we looked at each other, that rare look right in the eyes of another that is looking the same way at you, and we both smiled.

I could feel the thin, thin veil between now and eternity was wearing away before us, like your grandmother’s flour sack dish cloth so worn and threadbare that the shadows of the trees can be seen through it when held up to the window. All at once I felt my eyes turn moist and there was an aching in my throat. I wanted to throw my arms around his neck and hug him tight and tell him I loved him.

At the last second, I kept myself from it for fear that he would think it an odd thing to do. After all, I was nothing more than a neighbor and this was no special occasion. At least that either of us knew.

Eight days later, as I was finishing up the preparations for dinner, I answered a phone call to hear his wife telling me in a trembling voice that she thought he had suffered a heart attack.

I dropped the spoon I was holding, threw on my boots in a flash, and flew through the rain and mud to their back door. I asked where he was and she motioned to the bedroom. When I got to him he was slumped over, like a rag doll form of himself. I knelt down beside him and gently shook him and called his name. I could feel his warmth, but he never responded.

911 had been called and they began CPR when they arrived. There was a flurry of activity and questions and tears. His wife went over the days events and sobbed about becoming angry with him for refusing to eat. She wondered what she would do about making important decisions. He made all the important decisions. He always knew what to do.

The paramedics soon told us there was nothing more they could do. He was gone. More tears. The funeral home was called. The sheriff came to take a statement.

Through tears I asked if I could say goodbye before he was taken away. The paramedics stood aside respectfully and I knelt down once more. This time I did what I had regretted not doing a few days before. I smoothed his hair with my hand and kissed his barely warm forehead. I said, “I love you, Mr. Reed.”

Now she is the only living member of her family left. Can you imagine it? Being all alone in this world with no one to watch out for you in your last days? One of the children has asked, “What will happen if she has a heart attack and there is no one to see and to call us?”

And so we make some excuse to go over each day. “We made too much spaghetti. Would you like to have this dish of the excess?” “We saw it was feeding time and wondered if you needed help,” “Have you seen any snakes in your yard lately?” “What about this rain? How long do you think it will go on?” “We’re making a run to the feed store. Do you need anything?”

I feel a great responsibility for her now, since she has no one. We must be there for her, to check on her, to care about her needs, to know when the thin, thin veil between time now and time eternal has been pierced.

She has no family, but she has us, here in the center of the land they worked together. We aren’t family, but we are something far more than neighbors.

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New SpongeBob Attraction at Moody Gardens

I was so excited to be among the first to preview the brand new SpongeBob attraction at Moody Gardens!

Sponge Bob Moody Gardens

It is completely interactive, allowing audience participation. One of my girls was chosen to navigate the submarine by sitting in a special seat and pushing buttons. Patrick the Starfish even used her name during the video. I’m not sure how the technology works, but it was amazing to watch the movie and hear her name!

Moody Gardens CEO John Zendt

The president and CEO of Moody Gardens, John Zendt, gave us a special introduction to the attraction and welcomed us with gift bags including a stuffed Patrick the Starfish and a telescope, among other toys.

Sponge Bob Moody Gardens

The grounds and hotel at Moody Gardens are GORGEOUS, and we had so much fun during our stay!

If you plan on visiting Moody Gardens before June 30, 2015, use code MGBLOG06 for a discount.

Your discount includes $5 off the price of a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass (actual price: $59.95, discounted price: $54.95) *Please note that this discount code expires on June 30, 2015, and is limited to up to 6 one-day passes for one transaction*

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Moody Gardens Coupon Code

Moody Gardens


I’m so excited that our whole family has been invited to visit Moody Gardens in Galveston next week! We have never been, so we are all looking forward to exploring everything there is to see. They are especially pumped about the zip line course!

I’ll be leaving the rest of the family to look around the aquarium pyramid while I get a special sneak preview of the brand new Sponge Bob SubPants Adventure with our newly turned 5 year old.

Check back here and my Smockity Facebook page for photo updates of all the fun!

If you plan on visiting Moody Gardens before June 30, 2015, use code MGBLOG06 for a discount.

Your discount includes $5 off the price of a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass (actual price: $59.95, discounted price: $54.95) *Please note that this discount code expires on June 30, 2015, and is limited to up to 6 one-day passes for one transaction*

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Meeting the Duggars

THSC Conference Summit Workers


Last weekend I manned a booth for The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit at the Texas Home School Coalition Convention. I had a ball with all my Summit friends, and we talked to SO MANY women who nodded in agreement when we told them there was a real need in the homeschool community for a ministry dedicated to encouraging and refreshing homeschool moms so they could go home and do the same for their families.

Those moms were so excited to hear that the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit is exactly that! We are just a bunch of homeschool moms who want to help each other finish well the race we have started. Find out more about how and where you can attend The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit here.

While I was there, I was fan girling over the fact that the Duggars were just walking around chatting with people just like the rest of us homeschoolers! They were so approachable and friendly.

So naturally I chatted it up with them whenever I got the chance. My kids wanted proof of this, of course, so I had to get some selfies, right? It was for the children.

Jim Bob Duggar

Meeting Jana Duggar

Here I am with Jana,

Jinger Duggar

and Jinger. They are all so tiny!

Meeting Jessa Duggar

Here are Jessa and Ben.

Meeting Michelle Duggar


And here I am with Michelle. She is just so nice! She gave a talk with Jim Bob and they were both very honest and encouraging about how they deal with behavior issues that come up with their children, how they deal with negative comments about family size, and so much more.

It was such a fun weekend!



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Schlitterbahn, HERE WE COME!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

We are super excited to be able to visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in Galveston this month! We have never been before, but we have heard about their 37 rides and the famous indoor park.

Schlitterbahn is designed to have something for every age – inland surfing on the boogie bahn is very doable with a lesson or two, splash zones are designed to be safe for the littlest guests. And with free life jackets and kids tubes even cautious moms can feel safe.

Have you been to Schlitterbahn before? What tips do you have for having a blast with the family at a waterpark?

I am offering 2 free tickets to be used in the month of June to a commenter on this post!

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