Have the Best School Year Ever

School starts here in about a week. I know many of you don't start back until September, but it's never too early to start getting ready.

I don't know how the school year begins at your house, but at our house it's a mad whirlwind. Not only does the school year start again, but hockey and soccer kick into full swing. We go from the relaxation of summer to the madhouse craziness of the school year. This year we add another school into the mix as my older daughter starts middle school. All of the familiar routine is gone. We have to create a new one.

The first month of the school year always seems to be rough as we struggle to fit our schedules together and get back into the swing of things. We usually see lots of tears and have plenty of disagreements before things smooth out. As I ponder the start of this school year, though, I'd like for things to be different.

I came to the realization that I spend a lot of time preparing for summer around here. Christmas and other major holidays get the same treatment. Birthdays are an event. But back-to-school gets lost in the shuffle. I spend very little time intentionally getting ready for it. Oh, I buy the school supplies and pack the lunches, but I don't spend time getting ready for it spiritually or emotionally. I don't give it the same attention I give to other big events in the year. And that may be why we spend that first month of school in such disarray.

So, I'm hoping that for the next two weeks, you'll join me on a journey to get ready for school -- physically, spiritually and emotionally. Whether you homeschool or send your kids off to school, the school year deserves just as much preparation as Christmas or summertime. And it deserves it. Our kids spend more time going to school than they do anything else. That event deserves to be covered in prayer and planning.

Here's the lineup for the next two weeks:

Aug. 7 -- Starting with Prayer

Aug. 8 -- Setting the Priorities

Aug. 9 -- Setting the Schedule

Aug. 10 -- Getting a Grip on Morning

Aug. 11 -- Making the Most of Car Time

Aug. 13 -- Making Dinner a Priority

Aug. 14 -- A Healthy Lunchbox

Aug. 15 -- Organizing All That Paper

Aug. 16 -- Finding Time for Family

Aug. 17 -- Making It Work for the Long-term

I'm really excited about this series, and to kick it all off, we're having a giveaway today. You can win a $10 gift card to Walmart to help with all those school supply purchases. Check out the ways to enter at the end of this post.

Tell your friends, and let's work together to have the best school year ever.

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