Wow! Can you believe how quickly the summer is passing by? We hope you take advantage of the final few weeks of your summer break to enjoy some intimate time with your family. Sometimes life distracts us from what is most important to us. I believe this is one of Satan's tools to destroy the family. The more time we spend with our family the stronger the relationship that is built. This creates a solid foundation for your family when turbulent times do arise.

Here are some things that the Nelson's are doing to spend some time together over the next few weeks...
     * Swimming and Picnics at Indian Boundary and at Fort Loudon State Park (my kids favorite places)
     * Camping out over the weekend
     * Having movie nights with buttered popcorn and drinks
     * Playing with our pony
     * Reading and creating bedtime stories together

Here's the thing, you really don't have to spend a ton of money to enjoy each other's company. Be creative and have some fun. I look forward to see you soon.

Randy Nelson,
Board President 
Thanks to Katie Speaking for all of the support she gives to Cross Creek!  Check out this interview with our own Stephanie Nelson on Katie's website
I am excited about this new blog feature. Jonah, Stephanie and I will be posting some of our thoughts regardng education, family life, spirituality, and leadership.  In addition, we will use this space to share with you school news, links to educational resources, community events, and other great information.  

Randy Nelson
Board President
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