The Final Countdown {Last Summer Days}

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Does anybody else look at the last week of August the same way 
that they do the last week of December? Or is that just me? 
I’m not sure if it is because of the timing of my birthday so near Summer’s end 
or that September is the time for routines to return.
 Oh, glorious routine! How I long for the structured days ahead. 
The return of My Girl to school and Sunday School to start back up. 
My Moms In Prayer group meetings every 
Thursday and the joy of praying shoulder to shoulder with those moms who come. 
For me balancing a new work schedule will be wonderful, at last.
 Already I have a number of requests also for Personal Training 
which means the balancing act could be challenging. 
Praising God for that- he knows what’s best for me!
The days ahead are looking bright.
I get the same feeling I did as a schoolgirl anticipating the first day of school!
I could easily be overwhelmed the same way I get at the start of a New Year.
I’m thinking of My Girl going into 7th grade.
I am excited with anticipation for the most wonderful time of the year in my opinion.
The Fall and Winter with holidays, family times and the pristine beauty of the seasons.
New goals and experiences.
Hopes and dreams that He may nurture or revive.
Some that may be released, left behind.
What are you looking forward to in the days ahead?
Here’s a few of the things I am looking forward to:

A family Barbecue
I am looking forward to our Pastor teaching through the book of Acts.
Teaching Sunday School.
The return of routine. Hallelujah! 
Fall leaves.
Snow (don’t hate me).
The End of Summer Festival (on the beach)
Shorter days and longer books.
Bundled up beach walks.
Catching up on crafts and projects at home.
Organizing my new Planner  (The Detailer) 
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For I know the plans I have for you,” 
declares the Lord, 
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
 you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson {Book Review}

If there is one name synonymous with Christian family values, parental advice and influence, that name would be Dr. James Dobson. With titles which are mentioned in churches, mom’s groups and Christian circles everywhere, one anticipates a title such as Bringing up Girls to be loaded with the plethora of helpful information and wisdom that has made Mr. Dobson famous. The front cover of the book states “Practical advice and encouragement for those shaping the next generation of women”. This would have to be the long awaited companion to Bringing Up Boys, from the man who has fathered his own daughter and son, hosted his own talk show and brings his background in clinical psychology and practical faith to all he shares.
On one hand I really did not love this book overall. I think that a lot of it was information overload, and it felt like I was back in one of my Early Childhood Education classes for a bit. We know these are perilous times for girls and children in general. But as a parent, a mom to be specific, I am looking for practical encouragement and advice without an overload of research to back it up. It’s not that I do not want any, it  can be discouraging as opposed to encouraging. I think it’s hard to avoid the reality that the days are frighteningly evil and getting worse. 
On the other hand, Dr. Dobson delivered a thorough perspective and viewpoint of raising girls in this conflicted culture. I would suggest reading through the chapters that really speak to you, as opposed to reading right through. It is a book I would refer to again and again so I certainly am glad it’s in my current library and would say that if you have profited from Dr. Dobsons prior books you will appreciate this resource for your Christian library!
There were a couple of parts of the book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 
Chapter 10 is one of my favorites. It is a list compiled by another author and titled “Fathers To Daughters”.
Parents are whisked from childhood right through the teen years in this list of suggestions, wisdom and tips for cherishing each moment and gaining a clear perspective in light of the bigger picture. This was encouraging and challenging. Tender and painful! 
I also loved a part where the good Doctor gives his perspective of the monthly cycle and I will just say it is the most perfectly profound perspective I have ever read. That alone is worth the read in Chapter 18 which covers Puberty and Adolescence. 
Last but not least the question and answers are really one thing that he does well. He was not as detailed at times but reiterated from other instances he has addressed some of the topics in his previous books. 
All in all I think if you have a daughter (s), and respect Dr. Dobson’s 
wisdom and insight you will not be disappointed.
I warn you though, it’s not all sugar and lollipops.
But you knew that anyway. 
I received this book for the purpose of review. 
All opinions expressed are my own.
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