Moms Of Teens Summer Happenings Update

Here’s what I am up to and you are welcome to join me:

(Okay, I should clarify…it’s what I am up to bible study-wise. Personally I have a busy next 2 weeks and I can’t take you all with me but I can keep up with this in my free time. My Bro-Trip traveling son is due home from his 4,000 mile adventure trip at 6pm tonight!!! Next week, Katie goes to camp and Jack and I fly to DC for his college orientation. Then we come home for 1 day of laundry and repacking and then off on our family beach vacation!)

I started reading the bible one chapter/week day almost a year ago
with the Women Living Well website. You can join at anytime. I love the fellowship Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 3.41.48 PMand accountability every morning on Facebook but you can participate on the website if you are not a facebooker. The book of Proverbs began this week, consider giving it a try.

I have signed up for the Lifeway Seamless online summer study. (Angie Smith covers the entire Bible and the way Jesus is stitched in to every story, from Genesis to Revelation. This is a great study for both new believers and those who have been in Sunday school their entire lives to understand the Bible as one complete story.)

Katie is going to do the teen girl version that runs parallel (at least she is interested not sure if she is totally committed) If you want to do it as well, we can participate online together. It works great for summer schedules.

It starts today. But it is not too late to sign-up. Here is the email I got today:

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Welcome! We are excited about studying the complete story of Scripture with you this summer! We can’t wait to hear what God teaches you through His Word and the words of Angie in Seamless.

Here’s how this will work: Each week, you’ll come here and watch the video with Angie Smith. The videos are about 5-10 minutes long and have some fresh insight from Angie. She will lead us through the Seamless study week by week. Once you watch the video, we have some questions for you to answer in your group or in the comments section of the post (or in both!). We want this to be available to those who are studying together and those going solo. Some of the questions ask you to get to know your fellow Bible study participants and we hope the interactions you have will be both challenging and encouraging. Each week at the end of the video, Angie will let you know the homework assignment for the next week. You can do the homework in the Seamless Bible Study Book. We highly recommend you getting a copy for this study, since that is where most of the studying will take place! You can get a copy at your local LifeWay Store, by clicking here, or get an ebook version here. That’s it! The study will be seven weeks long (including this little introduction week).

If you can’t participate right now, or if you miss a week, don’t worry. We will leave these posts up for you to do when you’re ready! You can find all the older ones using our Online Bible Studies tab at the top of the blog. Just click on it and then the Seamless study.

A note about the Bible study videos: Seamless is a video-based Bible study, so there are videos available for purchase at your LifeWay Store and online (for groups or individual use) and also through the purchase of a Leader Kit. These videos are not the same as the free videos available here on the blog. The videos for purchase are longer (around 15 minutes each) and dive deeper into the topic of each session. They are the videos that go with the viewer guides in the Bible study book. We recommend them if you want to hear more of Angie’s teaching and learn even more about the seamless thread uniting all of God’s Word.

Are you ready?

To sign up for the study, fill out the form on the website:

When I get back from my trips, I am excited to participate in these great classes at Hope:imageimage

I posted this to facebook but I’ll list it here for y’all as well:

Hope Student Ministries has regular weekly summer activities for our teens started this week!
We hosted the Sr. High LOL (Ladies out to lunch) this week and it was great. I love getting to know the interns and leaders.

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Here are the rest of the options:
Mondays Basketball • 1:00-4:30 pm, “LOL” (Ladies Out To Lunch) • 11:00 am-2:30 pm
Tuesdays Binghampton Art Garden • 3:00-6:00 pm
Wednesdays “GELOW” (Guys Eating Lunch On Wednesday)11:00 am-2:00 pm,
All Ladies Movie Day • 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays Frisbee Friday • 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuesdays “TLC” (Tannin’, Layin’, Chillin’ – Girls Only) 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Wednesdays Guys’ Outdoors • 2:00-5:00 pm,
All Ladies’ Movie Day • 1:00-3:00 pm
Thursdays “STUF” (Service Thursday Until Four)
Fridays “Fly” (Friday Lunch Ya’ll – Guys Only) • 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Our sweet Jr High Girls Director, Brittney Pruitt, shared the post below with us. I love these conversation starters. (And Katie is pretty tired of me asking “have you seen any porn on the internet this week?”) I will say that driving home from VBS everyday last week was awesome for conversation.
August 29, 2014 by liZ

On Wednesday I posted 25 ways to ask your kids “How was school today?” without asking them “How was school today?” and the questions came from a list that I made to ask my own children who are in elementary school.

But all of those questions are geared toward elementary school aged kids….and I started to think…if I think it’s hard for me to get school stories from my 10 year old boy now what is it going to be like 5 years from now?!?

And then I remembered that I know what its going to be like. I taught either junior high or high school for almost a decade and I get that communication with that age group is an art. BUT when you get dialogue, engaged dialogue with a teen it’s never disappointing, it’s guaranteed to be interesting, sometimes it can be very enlightening, and it’s ALWAYS worth the work. ALWAYS.

So tonight my husband (who also teaches high school) and I sat down and made a list of 25 ways to ask your teens “How Was School Today?” without asking them “How Was School Today?”…in an effort to get some sort of engaged, interesting dialog…even if it only lasts in that brief time in between them texting friends…

25 Ways to ask your teen how was school today

#1. Where in the school do you hang out the most? (Like a particular hall, classroom, parking lot, etc.) Where in the school do you never hang out?

#2. What would your school be better with? What would your school be better without?

#3. If you were a teacher what class would you teach? What class would be the worst to teach? Why?

#4. What was the coolest (saddest, funniest, scariest) thing that you saw today.

#5. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#6. If your day at school today was a movie what movie would it be?

#7. Besides walking to their next classes, what else do people do in the halls in between classes?

#8. Who do you think you could be nicer to?

#9. What is your easiest class? What is your hardest class? OR What class are your learning the most in? What class are you learning the least in?

#10. If they played music in the halls at school what would everyone want them to play over the loudspeaker?

#11. If you could read minds what teachers mind would you read? What classmates mind would you read? Whose mind would you NOT want to read?

#12. If today had a theme song what would it be?

#13. Which class has your favorite group of students in it? Which class has the worst group of students?

#14. What do you think you should do more of at school? What do you think you should do less of?

#15. What are the top 3 (or 5) things that you hear people say in the halls?

#16. What do you think the most important part of school is?

#17. Tell me one question that you had today…even if it wasn’t answered….actually, especially if it wasn’t answered…

#18. What class has the most cute boys/girls in it?

#19. If an alien space ship landed at your school who would you like them to beam aboard and take back to their home planet?

#20. Who did you help today? Who helped you today?

#21. If you could be invisible for the day at school what would you do?

#22. What part of the day do you look forward to? What part of the day do you dread?

#23. What would you change about school lunch?

#24. What classmate is most likely to be arrested, made president, become a millionaire, be in movies, let loose a flock of wild chickens in the library, etc.

#25. If you had to go to only one class every day which class would it be?

#26. Tell me one thing you read at school today.

#27. If your day at school was an emoticon which one would it be?

#28. What do you think your teachers talked about in the faculty room today after school?


Ok, so I know there were a few more than 25…but with teenagers…we all need all the help we can get! 🙂

Good luck with those teens and happy conversing! (And for a printable version of this list you can click here: 28 Ways To Ask Your Teen So How Was Your Day Printable



I don’t have teenagers of my own but I’ve worked with my fair share of them….and one thing that I’ve found is that when you want them to open up just sitting them down and asking questions isn’t really effective. BUT, if you….say….trap them in the car…and talk to them while you are driving…and they don’t have to make eye contact… they are more willing to offer up more information or ask more questions.

This also happens while you are working with them on things like making dinner, folding laundry, rearranging furniture, etc. You can casually talk and ask questions without making them feel like you are grilling them.

When I taught school sometimes I would make up work project jobs to do with students that I was worried about just so that we could have some heart to hearts while scrubbing desks or cleaning out closets. It sounds lame, but I’m telling you, it works. got a facelift this week. Check it out. 

I have some personal reflections to blog about on out Comparison Trap study and a few other things God has been doing in my heart but for today I want to publish this update. Time to make some Bayou shrimp for my adventure teen’s return!




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