Monday, November 22, 2010

The Ackman Family Blueprint

So, last Friday I told you about our family Blueprint we created. Here it is...

Ackman Family Blueprint {40 Days of Doing Good and Changing Our Lives}

1. The foundation of our family is Jesus Christ
2. We will pray daily, as a family, on our knees
3. We will DO the hard things
4. We will always tell the truth...even to ourselves
5. Each week we will do ONE nice thing for each family member {no matter what}
6. Accept that we can't have everything we want. We have all we need right now
7. We will give of our time and talents to others as well as tithe 10% to our Church
8. We will be kind towards one another...watching our language and tone of voice
9. We will treat our bodies with love and what we eat, exercise, etc.
10. We will truly enjoy the Season, taking time to play games, watch movies and just spend quality time together

Our 40 Days begins today and ends on December 31st.

We are looking forward to this Challenge and hope we will ways that will affect us the rest of our lives. I will keep you posted!!!!

This week just happens to be my very favorite week of the entire year! Thanksgiving week...I am soooo excited!!:) Lots of good, fun things going on...but lots of work, too. Mostly cleaning, cooking and preparing for company. Tonight we are having 4 friends over for a homemade spaghetti dinner. Looking forward to sharing with Denise, Megan and the Missionaries.

Tomorrow is the Ackman Family Thanksgiving. On the menu? 2 homemade soups, rolls, a veggie tray and dessert. Wednesday is our annual Game Day. The kids and I will spend the afternoon playing Monopoly and eating popcorn. Thursday Mom and Roger will be here along with the Missionaries from our church {we feed them at least once a week!}...Friday is Black Friday shopping with a friend and Saturday will probably be ART Day!!! So many good things to look forward to!!!

With all of this going on I thought the best word for our 52 Words 52 Weeks Challenge would be....


a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.

any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.

Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.-- Brad Henry  

And truly...what I think about when I think of family is not only my own family but those people that I choose to call family. My church family, my blog get the idea.
This week I am focusing my family. Spending time with them, serving them and loving them. I am so grateful for my family during this Thanksgiving week!!

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker 

 Tell me, what would YOUR Family Blueprint say?


  1. you guys are just adorable and melt my heart!

  2. Lovely! I am totally in love with the fact that your blueprint has Jesus right where He belongs...right in the center of it all (I'm a Jesus girl, you know)! I envy that you get an ART DAY!! But at the same time I an extreeeeemely happy for you! Perhaps you will give us a peek at what you work on?

  3. Les, you are so wonderful, and I am amazed and grateful at how you inspire so many parts of my life (my creative side, my home, my family). I really applaud you and the rest of the Ackman gang as you focus on the next 40 days and this wonderful blueprint. What a great idea! I think I need to adapt something like this in our home. Thanks, dear friend, for the inspiration. I hope your Thanksgiving is as special as you are! I am thankful for you.

  4. Another great post as usual. Your words and your quotes are always so inspirational. Your Blueprint is a wonderful concept. Best wishes to you and your family for this special holiday week =)

  5. Leslie,
    First of all I love the idea of the blueprint for your family! Perfect. It is so in line with bringing Jesus firmly into the season. And that your family came up with the idea. Tremendous.

    And second I got my package in the mail today! Thank you so much for the *stuff* it was a warm moment on a very cold day! You rock!

    Take care!

  6. Great post Leslie! I may just steal your 40-Day plan and use it too! Thank you for the encouragement! Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving : )


  7. Leslie...always a pleasure to read your words. Thank you for all the great quotes!

    P.S. Check out my blog...for an award I gave you!! :D


I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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