How can you say you hate winter when it is this beautiful?
Sorry I’m sending this again, the link didn’t take before. So let’s try it again.
I love this letter! It is a great reminder of the things we should be teaching our boys and girls. Our girls should read this too so they know how a boy should treat them.
When I was younger I said I would have my boys opening doors for me at the age of 2. I have to say I haven’t accomplished that yet, but now that the little dude is 7 I should start working with him on it. Every girl loves a boy with manners!
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My mother suffered from serious depression during much of my childhood. I don’t remember her ever getting me up for school, making me breakfast or packing my lunch. I did all of that myself starting in the 1st grade. I was given an alarm clock, poured a bowl of Cheerios for myself every morning alone, and made my own lunch everyday.
I don’t tell you this so you will feel sorry for me, I turned out ok. But I tell you to explain how I turned out OK.
My mother and I had a conversation recently about these years when I was young and taking care of myself. There is still much pain over the subject that we are slowly working through. But at some point in the conversation she said to me, “I knew I wasn’t being a mother to you. And when I couldn’t do things for you or be there for you – I could pray. And that is what I did. When I couldn’t do it myself, I asked Him to fill in the gaps for you.”
And I can sit here today and tell you that He did just that. He filled in the gaps. He pursued me, gave me strength, discernment and wisdom. He was with me and had a great purpose in mind for my life. I had to go through some hard stuff along the way, but He was with me in every painful step.
This fall has been a difficult one. We are over scheduled and I hate that. I can’t spend time with the kids as much as I would like, we are always rushing and I feel like I am not being the mom I want to be. So I take hope in prayer. Because of my story, I have buckets of faith that when I am weak as a mother, God is strong. He will fill the gaps and protect my children, give them strength and bring people into their lives who fill them as well.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
On the days that we just don’t have it to give or when we make mistakes in mothering our little ones, He is made perfect in our weakness. It’s not fashionable to boast about such days but maybe we should – at least to ourselves and close friends!
Thank you Lord!
This question was asked of my 1st grader’s class. “How are you going to change the world?”
And my son’s answer was, “I’m going to be a football player.”
My reaction, “How is THAT going to change the world?”
And then came his beautiful explanation.
“Well when I’m a football player I’m going to help up all of the players when they get knocked down.”
Well, shut my mouth.
WOW. Wouldn’t that change THE WORLD if we ALL just helped up those who got knocked down around us? We don’t have to pick them up, or hold them up. We don’t have to stand around for years supporting them up. But if we just help them up. Just a friendly gesture, a good sportsman like move, an encouraging statement. It would go so far.
That’s how I want to change the world too.
Thank you little man. I love your wise words.
We were introduced to this tradition when the kids were really young. And we LOVE it. We make up some cute little baskets of goodies to share with our friends and neighbors and then…
Drop it. Knock. RUN.
We used to get caught all the time, but now, we are able to make the get away without anyone seeing us. Usually. Unless someone falls down (which does happen). Or one of the smalls has a change of heart and starts to go back to the door. So many things can go wrong when five little kids are trying to be sneaky! It really is difficult for us to pull this off. But we are getting better.
And sometimes I think the kids hope to get caught!
But half of the fun is in putting the cute little packages together. We usually buy some treats and a cute container. Then we type the letter and stick it in. This is the one we have been using for a few years now:
There used to be some rules that went with it about putting the sheet on your door so people knew you had already been boo’ed and then boo’ing two or more people in the next week. blah blah blah..
But we scrapped all that. Who doesn’t want to be boo’ed more than once? And it isn’t a chain letter. Spread it if you want and don’t if this isn’t your year! We don’t need any more pressure as moms, do we?
For some fun inspiration, here are some ideas for boo baskets that we are considering this year:
I think this last one is my favorite, I’m just not sure I will be able to pull it off. Some years it is just so much easier to go through the dollar isle at Target and pick up a simple little container, throw some candy in it and voila.
So if this is your type of thing and it totally energizes you to do it, then by all means pass it on! Either way, I hope you are all boo’ed this year!
About a week ago I wrote a post about “Who God Says I Am“. And in that post I said I had a fun exercise to do with that info. Well, here it is.
Some, no, many days I need a good dose of who God says I am to combat what the world says I am, or I say I am, or what I think others think I am. Right? Do you ever do that too? Well, I have a terrible habit of letting those negative messages sink in and run my life instead of letting God’s message dictate my attitude and mindset. After looking up what the Bible said about me I came up with a personal monologue that I wrote down and keep somewhere that I can easily access it when I am needing a little dose of God thinking.
I took several of these things I found that really resonate with me (and combat some of my typical negative recordings) and put them together in a short paragraph. Really simple. But so impactful. Throw one of these together for yourself and see what difference it makes for you.
So the next time I start getting down on myself with the lies that fill my head I will say:
“I am God’s child and I belong to Him. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not condemned for the wrong I do because I am saved by grace. I am never alone. I am a co-heir with Christ. I have a heavenly calling. I am a temple of God and His Spirit dwells in me. I am God’s workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned for me. I am chosen and called by God. I have wisdom from God. I am the light of the world. I am a victor. My labor is not in vain. I can never be separated from God’s love. I am strong. I am forgiven. I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved.”
Yeah, take that!
I may even play the “Rocky” theme song as I read it.
Now you write yours…and please share it, I would love to see what you cone up with.
I pray that my kids will experience God in a real way everyday. I pray that as they encounter God in their lives their faith will grow and they will see who He is for themselves. Not just what their Sunday School teacher says, not just what their parents say, or worse, what their friends say. But that they themselves KNOW that God is real.
I pray these things, but I don’t always get to be there when it happens for a child.
But the other day, I did have the opportunity to see God at work. Number 1 and I have had many, many conversations about appropriate books and inappropriate books for her age lately. And I have come down on the “too protective” side according to her (and some of her friends). Maybe so. But I made the decisions (with some help from http://www.commonsensemedia.com) to help guard her heart and mind UNTIL she is ready to deal with such topics.
This isn’t about how over-protective, or permissive I am as a parent, It’s about how number 1 saw God in our conversation that day.
As I explained to her why I didn’t feel those books were appropriate to read yet and why it mattered, I quoted:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
She looked at me and said, “you just read that off my paper.”
No, I hadn’t.
But sure enough, there it was written right in front of her and as I quoted it, she looked down and saw it for herself. When I told her that in fact I had not seen that written there I looked at her and said, “God just spoke to you. You, my sweet girl, just had a moment with God. Believe that.” And in her reaction I know that she knew it too.
Thank you LORD!
This has to be the cutest idea ever. I had two kids do this craft in preschool and all the parents were nuts about it. The only problem is that you can’t keep it since it is all organic material, but the pictures of them will last forever.
Each child received a small pumpkin and they had all sorts of food, ribbon and material to decorate with but mostly food. Each child got to pick out what they wanted to use for eyes, a nose, mouth, ears and hair if they wanted. Then the teacher attached them to the pumpkin for the children with corsage pins.
This is a great idea to do at home and then use as your halloween table decoration!
Pumpkins are so much fun! I have tried so many things with them to make them fancier than the typical orange pumpkin sitting on the table. Several years ago I saw this on Martha Stewart’s website and I decided to try it.
To date it is my favorite pumpkin idea ever. The last two years I painted my pumpkins white, which I still like, but the glitter pumpkin is fabulous.
This year, I think I will combine the two. Some white some all glittery and I think I will look for a silvery glitter. Last time I used an orangish-gold color.
It was really easy and fun to make these glitter pumpkins.
You will need: pumpkin any size, spray glue, fine glitter.
1. Put down newspaper or a box top. Something that can catch the glitter that falls off.
2. Spray a small area of the pumpkin with the spray glue. Be sure not to spray too long in one area so you get drips. Those will show up as clumps of glitter. You want to get the glue on as evenly as possible.
3. Sprinkle on the glitter. Lots of it will fall off, but you can reuse it.
4. Repeat until the entire pumpkin is done.
The glitter comes in many different colors at your local craft store. I used the super fine variety which I thought gave it a very classy look.
Have fun, and please comment with your pumpkin ideas!