When You Have No Idea What You Are Doing…
Every time I sit down to write, no words come. None. No ideas. No wisdom. No encouragement. Nothing. Why?
Reflections on Life in the Time of Corona - Sue Beddingfield
We'll always remember where we were the moment we realized life, as we know it, was shutting down due to Covid-19. Much like remembering where we were when we heard a plane crashed into the World Trade Center in NYC. Or catastrophic tornadoes hit.
TikTok and Quarantine - Tasha Wrona
Sky Ranch SkyMom Special SHOUT OUT!
Amidst all that is going on in our world we reached out to our Sky Ranch families and asked them to share a little "happy" with our SkyMom community!
Please enjoy this special SHOUT OUT from Tasha Wrona of Carrollton, Texas. She would love to share these TikTok thoughts:
Heartbeat of Your Home - Terrie Chevaillier
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instruction with kindness.
It’s Friday (today). But Sunday’s Coming! - Tori Miller
It’s Friday (today). But Sunday’s Coming!
19 things to be GRATEFUL for during this crazy time - Christy Hedgecock
It's s so easy to think of all the things we can’t do, but let’s focus on some good.
Stronger Than a Mask: Protection from Unseen Enemies - Elizabeth Elliot
Just a few weeks ago, it would’ve been strange to walk into a grocery store and see people wearing latex gloves as they push their carts and face masks as they traverse the aisles.
Family Camp at home - Tamara Willmann
One week a year I get to spend uninterrupted time with my family at Sky Ranch Family Camp. This is my favorite week of the year.
You Can’t Close The Church!
I am really good at worrying—actually, I excel at it.
Parenting with Confidence (When We Don’t Have all the Answers…)
Well, we’re 3 months into 2020 and we’ve entered uncharted waters, at least for our generation. And during these unscripted times of life, it’s important for us, the parents to be confident.
“Mom. Can we do this every year?” - Leah Spina
“Mom. Can we do this every year?”
Let us not become weary in doing good - Kelly Pyke
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9
Quiche for your Family
QUICHE FOR YOUR FAMILY
For one 9” pie plate
Bake at 350°
That will only last a little while - Sarah Fincher
As a new mom I was completely discouraged at how often I’d hear, “That will only last a little while.”
A discipline that I practice often is praying Scripture.
The Mirror Effect
When I have the opportunity to talk with moms of daughters, I gingerly tip toe around a thing I call THE MIRROR EFFECT.
Sky Ranch Million Dollar Spaghetti
Here is another famous Sky Ranch Recipe!
7 Reasons to Choose Sky Ranch
When our children struggle - Lisa Clark
I have been made aware recently of many preteens/teens who struggle with depression and anxiety. I’m so thankful for summer for many reasons, but mostly so that our kids can relax and unwind. There is way too much pressure on them to overachieve and be better than the rest.
4 Ways to Know Your Child is Ready for Camp
4 Ways to Know Your Child is Ready for Camp
Ok, really 5 ways, one of them is you
Letter from Tori
Sky Ranch Cinnamon Rolls
Oh, yummy cinnamon rolls on a cold January morning sounds scrumptious!
He Sees, He Knows & He Cares - Erika Smith
I love reading stories in the Bible and seeing how God uses those same stories to show me how my life is not too different.
A transparent post in Two Christmas Pictures... - Lisa Tyson
Christmas Memories - Lisa Clark
Christmas memories…they warm our hearts as we remember all the magical moments throughout the year
The Secret Place
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Obeying God - Lauren Johnston
Why is obedience so hard? From an early age, something within us seems to cry out, “I’m not doing it your way. I want it my way!” My precious four-year-old and two-year-old boys are evidence of this on the daily.
Mother Son Weekend - Tori Miller
I had the incredible blessing of attending and serving alongside Sky Ranch staff and counselors this past weekend at Mother Son Weekend.
Around The Table - Lisa Hughes Tyson
Cooking is not my thing. When I make a meal for my family, I am known to use every bowl and mixing spoon in my kitchen.
How to Trust God When Your Babies Get Sick - Cali McCormac
When I was a child, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I got sick. I hardly ever missed school and my parents never had to take sick days. All in all we were a pretty healthy crew.
Don't miss out on finding glimpses of JOY... - Whitney Baer
Before I had Judah, when I wanted to have “me” time, I would give myself a manicure and pedicure. I would pull out my hat box that is filled with nail polish, cuticle treatments and spend around 2 hours just engrossed in thought and self-care.
Are you looking for a quick and easy meal to have on hand to cook on a busy weekday week? Well, let me give you a "Tori Tip"...this beef and broccoli from Trader Joes was fantastic!
RESTING IN HIM - Candice Myers
As it generally does for moms with school aged children, summer ended like the last yards of swimming the English Channel, only for us to have to take a big giant breath and dive back in to do it all again. Impossible. It sometimes feels impossible.
The Power of Ordinary Motherhood
What you are doing MATTERS
By Leah Spina
I don’t think you get it, Mom. I don’t think you get it at all.
Do not be anxious - Lisa Clark
I want to encourage the worried moms today. Do you tend to lean toward being a worrier?
Why SKY - Jennifer Ertle
After 2 summers that were consumed with 4 surgeries on my arm and were beyond hard on me physically and mentally, we dedicated this summer to joy and new experiences.
Why SKY - Blake Walker
The best part of Sky Ranch family camp is not the activities, mountains, food, or cabins, it’s always the counselors....
Why SKY - Carolyn Ingrum
Caden and Cole had the awesome opportunity of attending Sky Ranch Launch Camp this week at a local church in our area.
Why SKY - Kelly Love
The dust has settled and the experiences have set in from my two boys first time at summer camp - and I felt compelled to send you a heartfelt note to say thank you.
Why SKY - Deborah Walsh Dobbs, M.A.
7th grade was my daughter Faith's first year in middle school, and it was a rough one.
The BACK TO SCHOOL word of the day is GRACE - Lisa Tyson
It seems like there are two types of “Back to School Moms.”
Follow the Leader - Terrie Chevaillier
"And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ."
1 Corinthians 11:1
Community allows us to connect relationally, encourage one another, and share in common interests with each other.
Thoughts From Our Week In The Mountains - Liz Andino
Olive said this was the best week ever and I have to agree.
Defined By Our Scars - Lisa Tyson
One of my favorite preachers of the gospel is a man by the name of Louie Giglio. I first heard him speak as the camp speaker while I was in high school.
Refreshing Quinoa Salad Recipe
Have you been looking for a fresh, light, a little tangy, filling, and flavorful salad?
Why SKY - Kimmy Winter
Our family had a heavy year with several health scares which ultimately resulted in open heart surgery this Spring for my healthy barely 40 year old husband.
Parents Night Out - Hannah Onley
Family Camp "Kids Night" or better known as "Parents Night Out"...
Why SKY - The Hammack Family
We had an amazing week at Sky Ranch Ute Trail Family Camp.
Sky Ranch Horn Creek Family Camp Broccoli Salad Recipe
This recipe was a hit at Sky Ranch Horn Creek Family Camp ~ Western Night! We all enjoyed this yummy side dish as we ate outside on picnic tables together enjoying the cooler Colorado summer temperature after a day FULL of activities.
Why SKY - Heather Lee
I have always loved the quote, “Your life as a Christian should make a nonbeliever question their disbelief in God.”
Why SKY - JaLisa Boyd
Thank you again Sky Ranch for creating a life changing environment where kids want to come have fun and hear the word of God.
The Dress and the Days Between
A dear friend’s daughter recently got married. There is something surreal about watching someone you have prayed for since before they were born get married! As I looked at our daughter sitting next to my husband, it made my heart stop just a little bit.
Why Family Camp?
Do you ever go on a family summer vacation and dread the conversations that begin with…
Why SKY - Jennifer Bownds
Today marks the first of lasts for us. The last time we will drop McKinley off at Sky Ranch as a camper. I think I need to go ahead and buy stock in Kleenex for this upcoming year.
Why SKY - Terri Flannagan
He went to camp for the first time last week at @skyranchcamps - and I cried like a baby when I hugged him after 6 nights away.
No need to Mom so hard - Terrie Chevaillier
NO NEED TO MOM SO HARD!
You will receive the strength you need when you stay calm and trust in me. Isaiah 30:15
Why SKY - Allison Meck
WOW, where do I began? Let’s start back in the Fall/Winter when I talked to Murphy Jo about going to camp!
Lisa Hughes Tyson
I was grocery shopping yesterday and I saw a young mom with three children in tow. One in the baby seat of the basket, one sitting with groceries, and one walking along beside.
Why SKY - Britney Camp
Our son, Bobby, had a truly amazing week at Sky Ranch Camp in Van this Summer. This will be his 5th year as a Sky Ranch camper.
A summer to remember - Lisa Clark
Make the Summer of 2019 One to Remember!!!
So here’s a question for you to ponder…How many summers do you have left with your kiddos at home? I’ll give you a minute…
Why SKY - Beth Anderson
Jake is excited to get his Sky Ranch letter in the mail. 6 years ago I dreamed of my boys going to Sky Ranch summer camp.
The Lord will go before your children - Terrie Chevaillier
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Psalm 139:5 (NLT)
Packing Tips for Summer Camp - Hillary Kouba
Trunks work the best since they are living out of it for the week but make sure it’s the correct dimensions (not too tall, 32”x18”x14”).
Summer Prep 101 - How to decorate your car
Show your Sky Pride...by telling everyone on the road how excited your campers are to be coming to Sky Ranch for an incredible week of fun and faith.
Why SKY - Toni Threadgill
Sky Ranch is far more than a super fun place to hang out. While it is unbelievable how amazing the facilities are, I was so surprised to learn that isn’t the best part.
How to be a SkyMoms Hostess
We have exciting plans for our SkyMoms Ministry this upcoming season and we would love for you to be a part of it! We are currently looking for SkyMoms to partner with us as hostesses for our luncheons throughout the metroplex.
The best is yet to come - Candice Myers
Retailers have cleared the shelves of Easter related products. The white patent dress shoes that were shiny and new just a short time ago now have black scuff marks on the side and the soles.
Why SKY - Tamara Willmann
I want to be a great wife and mom. But I often get caught up in other things, especially during the school year, and find myself overcommitted, stretched too thin, and always at a loss for time. By the end of the school year, I have nothing left to give. Sky Ranch Ute Trail Family Camp is always my light at the end of the tunnel.
Defeated No More - Lainie Montgomery
Defeated. Moms, you know the feeling: The plan for a homecooked dinner that turns into another crazy, eat-on-the-run meal; the intentional family devotional time that turns into a sibling wrestling match; the unwanted comparison game that leaves you feeling discontent and unsatisfied; the heartbreak of a broken relationship you don’t know how to fix; the words and tones you wish you could unwind.
Lainie Montgomery - Celebrating the Biggest Win
We all love to celebrate a good win. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, games and achievements. One of the things that my husband and I committed to do when our children were young was creating family traditions around our celebrations.
What Sky Ranch is doing with Telemedicine
Sky Ranch takes your child’s well-being seriously. In addition to staffing Health Care Professionals at the Health Center in Van, TX during summer camp, Sky Ranch also provides Telemedicine!
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”
Last year I was brainstorming for a new and creative way to celebrate Christ in Christmas. Gifts seem to be a major component in the Christmas celebration, don’t they?
The TRUE REASON for the Season!
Let’s together, celebrate the reason for each season! My prayer for your family is that every Christmas be filled with His presence and joy as you share the love of our Savior.
Getting Wisdom is the WISEST thing you can do!
Hello! I’m Stacy. I’m excited to share with you a series of excerpts from the 2017 Sky Ranch Summer Devotional I’ve written called Boom Town, Sifting for Truth.
A Heart Full Of Thanks
It’s the THANKFUL month! We normally think more about what we’re thankful for in November because, well, we’re supposed to. But truly thanksgiving is a heart issue that we should practice year-round.
If Satan Loves To Isolate, Then God Is In Community
Are you in community? It’s an IN word right now, isn’t it? It just rolls off your tongue...
Sometimes Community Means Making The First Move
Something a bit unusual happened to me today. I received an invitation to coffee from a new mom at our school.
Do You Need To Kick-Start Your Community?
October is the beginning of the holiday season. Pumpkins, lattes, gatherings ‘round the fire…aaaahhhhhh. It seriously is MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
An Alternative To The "Life Isn't Fair" Lecture
I often describe our children as characters from Winnie The Pooh. We have two Tiggers and one Eyore.
To Moms Who Can't Wait For This Season To Pass
A mother's thoughts...
What Is The Secret To Contentment?
Two years ago, our family took a sabbatical from extra-curricular activities. Yes. You heard that right.
Is It Possible To Be Content In 2017?
a state of happiness and satisfaction.
When The Interruptions Are Our Ministry
I’m often the last one to the party. I don’t know if it’s because my eyes are moving faster than my brain has the capacity to process. Or if I’m so overwhelmed with the pace of life that I’m hesitant to add new things to my plate.
Five Tips To Help Families Ease Into School
School has been back in session for 36 hours. Although I was resistant to the return of structure and routine, I can already see how it will serve our family well.
A Prayer For Moms These Last Summer Days
I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach. Not the kind I used to get before performing on stage. For some strange reason, I enjoyed those.
Do We Need Fresh Perspective Regarding Disobedience?
Yesterday was Family Mission Day at our church. My husband and I took the day off so we could serve alongside our children at Bonton Farms
The Mess Will Always Be There But Our Kids Will Not
“No nickel tours of the upstairs of our house tonight,” I yelled from the landing at the top of the stairs down to the bottom of the stairs where my husband was fervently sweeping the entry way.
Are We On The Road To Building Strong Family Identity?
There’s a long stretch of straight and narrow highway between Dumas, Texas and the New Mexico border. We’ve driven it at least ten times as a family on our way to and from annual summer vacations in Colorado.
Eight Tips To Save Your Sanity On Family Road Trips
I remember our first road trip with picture-perfect clarity.
Three kids. Eight hours.
Do Our Words Speak Life To Our Children?
At the end of the day during his first week of kindergarten, Little Bit threw his arms around my thighs, burying his face in my belly. Through twinkling eyes and a beaming smile, he said, “I have a surprise for you!”
Why Our Kids Should Be Put To Work On Summer Break
My sister recently had this conversation with her five-year-old:
“Mom, what's after college?”
“When you work and maybe get married and have kids.”
“I have to get a job???!”
Now, I lay me down to sleep…
Bedtime. The time we set aside for chats, prayers and plans.
Five Tips To Help Moms Thrive While Kids Are At Camp
I don’t know about you, but dropping kids off at camp stirred up mixed emotions for me. Certainly, I was bursting with excitement. But I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit the twinge of anxiety I felt, kissing them goodbye and placing them in someone else’s care.
When Silence Makes Us Long For Noise
I remember it with picture-perfect detail. It was almost 13 years ago at 3:30 in the afternoon. I can see myself standing bare feet in our kitchen, hair amuck, pajamas still on. One hand resting on the bar, the other on my hip as I stared at the clock. I knew it was coming.
Dear Moms: You Are Not A Cruise Director
I’d been waiting for this day for a long time. The day after, Little Bit, our youngest son, completed kindergarten.
Why We Must Give Our Kids The Freedom To Strike Out
Confession. For much of my life, I’ve struggled with fears of rejection and failure. Whether these fears are part of my DNA or whether they rose from an unfortunate incident involving an unkind neighbor when I tried to sell him cookies in grade school, I’m not real sure.
Have You Invited Your Kids Into A Story That Matters?
What does it take to be a great parent? This was the question that had my husband and me on the edge of our seats at Parent Night five years ago. I would have guessed a handful of things, but I never would have guessed this: “Know and embrace your child’s ‘now,’” our headmaster said.
6 Tools Instead Of 13 Reasons Why
My Facebook news feed is flooded with conversation about a controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Until our Middle School Guidance Counselor wrote a blog post about it.
How Family Camp Helped My Son Conquer His Fears
When we arrived at Family Camp in 2014, it took exactly three minutes for our kids to kick off their shoes. They’re not much for footwear and would go bare-feet to church if allowed.
The Best Lesson We Can Teach Our Kids At The End Of The School Year
The time from Easter to the end of the school year is always a struggle for me. After Easter, I’m ready for school to be over and for summer to start.
Feeling Inadequate? You're Not Alone.
It was one of those Saturdays. You know the kind where you try to fit 36 hours of activities into a 24-hour window? That’s the kind.
He Knows Your Heart
When you don’t know the answer, do you search for it online before you ask a person? You can get all kinds of answers online. Often they are right, but sometimes they are wrong or distorted.
Jesus is the Perfect Sacrifice
Taking on the duties of another in kindness is a form of sacrifice. God sent Jesus to be a perfect sacrifice for your sins. Scripture says, “But our High Priest (Jesus) offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Hebrews 10:12 NLT.
Jesus is The Good Shepherd
Sheep and people need a leader. We like to follow. Jesus is sent to lead you the right way and He leads by Shepherding. Read Psalm 23:1–6.
Mastering Sin by Lisa Clark
Have you ever had a conversation with your children about obedience? Hahaha Of course you have!!! Maybe DAILY??? We’re raising sinners!
Jesus is the Prophet
God sent Jesus into the crowd of mankind and told us to watch for Him. God described Him as a prophet. A prophet speaks God’s message to the people of God.
Thoughts For My Girls - Angie Tingle
The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack was playing in the background as the menagerie of Christmas decorations was being marched down the stairs by the children.
Jesus is a special gift for you. God sent Jesus to redeem you by being a sacrifice to take away your sins and give you peace with God, the Father. Read 1 John 4:9–10. Scripture shares that God loves you!
Jesus was 100% Man
Admit it, sometimes the commercials get you and there are a few tears! We are emotional and once the tears start, it can be hard to stop them. Or maybe you find yourself laughing out loud at one.
Christ in Christmas by Lisa Clark
LET'S REMEMBER WHOSE BIRTHDAY WE'RE CELEBRATING! We have to be intentional to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas or the worldly stuff finds it’s way into our homes.
Jesus As A Boy
Just like you listen to others and become wiser, as Jesus grew into a boy, He learned wisdom from others and grew in wisdom.
Jesus as a Baby
God always has a plan. God created mankind and He knows exactly what humanity will do. Mankind needs God, but is rebellious and won’t listen to Him.
The Overflowing Cup by Terrie Chevaillier
You have a cup that you walk around with. So do your friends. I have a cup. It’s an invisible cup that we hold out each day. No one can see it and you don’t really know you are holding it out and walking around with it.
Teaching Humility by Lisa Clark
"Mom, what's HUMILITY? I keep hearing that word!" The best way for parents to teach humility is to model it.
God and All People
The Bible explains God’s plan for a relationship with all people. God knows of Adam and Eve’s sin before they commit the act; God has a plan.
It’s going around and I guess if I have bumped into, you have as well. It’s been around forever but it seems to be kind of an epidemic of sorts. Perfect!
Adam and Eve and Jesus
God’s relationship with Adam and Eve illustrates mankind’s struggle with sin. Rebelling against God is sin, and sin has consequences. In Genesis 3, Satan deceives Adam and Eve with his lies.
A Mother Daughter Weekend and God's Plan Through Sky Ranch
Hi friends, my name is Sydney Woychesin. I have gone to Sky Ranch summer camp for 6 years now, and have loved every second of it! Sky Ranch and I have a lot of history.
GARBAGE IN - GARBAGE OUT
Have you ever heard these 4 words? If you were born in the 60s and went to college in the 80s, then chances are, you’ve heard the term. If not, well…I could be your grandmother, I guess.
Walking Alone - Lisa Clark
I remember finding one of our daughters crying in her room one day. She wasn’t a crier so this was hard.
Go to the Throne, not the Phone - Lisa Clark
Is prayer your first line of defense or your afterthought? I would encourage you today, moms, to start making prayer a priority as you raise your children.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis- The Gift of God
You receive gifts in your relationship with God. He loves you so much that He tells you the truth about the penalty of sin, and He provides a free way to escape the punishment of sin if you accept Him.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God Hears You
The relationship God has with the Israelites in the Old Testament illustrates the compassion of God. God listens.
Man's Best Friend - Terrie Chevaillier
Let me just start by making it very clear that I love our dog Starsky. He brings so much joy and fun to our family.
When You Know They Know - Angie Tingle
Our children return from college for their spring break. They enter home to sleep, be fed, and be heard.
The Dating Game - Lisa Clark
If your children aren’t of dating age yet, they will be soon. Do you have a plan? I guess that’s the main takeaway here.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Just
The justice of God is another characteristic that defines Him. Justice, in these passages, means God’s fair judgment. God is a just judge.
Life Pillars - Angie Tingle
Something that I wish I had started at a young age is to pay attention to Life Pillars!
Why Obey? - Lisa Clark
“Because I said so.” Have you ever said these 4 words? Bet you have. Me, too. Guilty.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Righteous
Another characteristic of God that does not change is His righteousness. God always does the right thing. God does not lie; He is always truthful.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Holy
This post focuses on the character of God. Certain words describe Him well and “holiness” is one of those words. The “Holiness of God” means that God is set apart.
Waiting on Something Good? - Terrie Chevaillier
Are you waiting on something right now for yourself or one of your children? If so, take comfort and heart in this verse.
5 Creative and Affordable Valentine's Date Ideas - Natalie Reed
Yep, it’s Valentine’s Day. The holiday created by Hallmark and Hershey’s designed to pressure people into spending too much money, in order to create a special and memorable Valentine’s date.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Omniscient
God is unique because He is omniscient, which means that God knows the past, present and future at the same time.
Grateful - John Morgan
Have you ever had your world turned upside down?
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget - Natalie Reed
Most people assume it’s virtually impossible to save money AND eat healthy.
All In Devotional by Stacy Davis - God is Omnipotent
As you journey through the topic of God’s uniqueness, notice how scripture shares that God is all-powerful or omnipotent. God is powerful.
Thoughts are Things - Lisa Clark
Have you ever heard the saying, “Thoughts are things”? I heard it recently and I really thought about it, no pun intended.
Family Traditions - Tori Miller and Angie Tingle
This Christmas our family was blessed to spend some time at Sky Ranch Ute Trail in the beautiful snow covered mountains of Colorado.