Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
We had our niece and nephew over tonight. We went on a hike, ate hotdogs and smores on a camp fire, told stories in the dark, and caught lightening bugs.
But actually, I didn't catch the lightening bugs. The kids did, while I sat quietly by the fire, occasionally emitting an approving, "Ahhh!" or "Wow!"
And as I watched them running around, giggling in the dark after the little specks of light, and then tucked them in the tent with dad and left them to go sleep in the house w/ the youngest, I realized that I had grown up.
And I don't remember that happening...
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I was recently asked by a young family, "What do you do with younger children when you're homeschooling your Kindergartner?" This was my reply:
I made this list and keep it handy on a note card in the kitchen for when I’m “stumped.” I'll also give you some websites with ideas.
- Flash Cards
- Play dough
- Water Play
- Little People Toys
- Zoo Animals
- Kitchen toys
- Read Books
- Scavenger Hunt
- I Spy
- Board/Card Games
- Duck Duck Goose
- Mother May I
- Ring Around the Rosy
- Musical Chairs
- Hot Potato
- Sheet Tent in Family Room
In reality, if you’re home schooling, Kindergarten and Preschool only take about 30 minutes 3 days/week, and your child will be well ahead of his peers. When Abby was 5 & Katie & Nate were 3 & 1, I did it usually either first thing in the morning after breakfast or at the very beginning of Nap time, after the other two were sleeping or resting.
I'm not an expert, that's for sure, but so far it's working! We'll see soon how 1st Grade goes!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
"Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs!!!"
I've been working in Vacation Bible School all week. What a blast! The kids are amazing. I could go on and on, about their memory for scripture, their hearts for their friends, their openness and love of others, their excitement and enthusiasm about God... but I specifically want to address the topic of Worship. "Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs." These kids have that nailed!
Singing, praising, jumping, waving hands in the air. I don't think I'll ever be able to sing "Trading My Sorrows" again without wanting to jump and dance! How liberating to be able to praise the Lord in freedom with our whole bodies! From my vantage point, I'm watching the looks on these children's faces, and the joy is simply radiating! How beautiful it is to praise the Lord! How I so badly wanted all the parents in there too!
I know that after this week, I will never be the same. Thank you God, for giving me the opportunity to serve You in this amazing way!
"Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord!"
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Who decided it would be a good idea to put the ideal of sleeping through the night in the heads of new parents? Everyone asks, "Is he sleeping through the night?" "How much is he sleeping?" "Are you getting any sleep?" Like it's a badge of honor or something to have a child who sleeps through the night.
Soapbox about infant training completely aside, my point is that I don't think that's an ideal that will ever be reached! My children are 6, 4, & 2. At least a few times a week, someone is either coughing, peeing in bed, having a bad dream, sick, etc... when does sleeping through the night ever become a constant reality again with children in the house? I can only imagine the nights I'll be up late waiting on older children to come home, or working on science fair projects, or helping to study for a test...
Sleep... endless, 8-10 hours every night. That ridiculous "rule" keeps most of us living as though we're missing out on something. But who said that is what we need, anyway? Science? Well, life says differently.
How much is mental? We need caffeine. We need Vitamin B12. We need a nap. I'm guilty of all three. I'm in the same boat. But I think I'd like to start thinking differently. Being content with what sleep God gives, enjoying the day as it plays out, and not lamenting the life I will live when I, as a parent, one day "sleep through the night."
And on that note, I'm off to get a "good night's sleep."
I have laryngitis - again. I had it just over a month ago. Usually I may get it once/season, but twice in one summer? Ugh. It's especially frustrating for one who likes to talk as much as I do.
It's Vacation Bible School this week at our church too. The good part is that others who are on my team are doing amazing and taking charge and going for it! I guess if I had my voice, they wouldn't have this opportunity, because I'd be doing it. Not that it is the reason I lost my voice, but probably a good side-effect...
Anyway, so I've been sitting a lot in silence but my brain is going 24-7. It's amazing how that works, isn't it? It will make me think differently of quiet people - are their brains as noisy as mine? For those quiet people out there reading - I'd love to know.
What causes some to be so quiet and others, like me, to talk so much? I don't realize how much I talk until I can't. Car rides with my family when I can't talk are like a tomb. Dinner table conversation fizzles. So maybe I'm the only one with this need to gab? Maybe others are comfortable enjoying the passing landscape in peace and I interrupt with my endless chatter?
Good questions to ask - maybe when I have my voice back I'll ask all these questions, and continue to do my role in the universe of filling the space between the words.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
I was reading yesterday about the 4th of July to my 6 year old. She was really interested in the battle, the King, etc. And when I got to the end, I explained, "And so we celebrate our freedom on the 4th of July." She shouted out excitedly, "So we won????" I started cracking up! I guess I never got that excited about history before! I might need to work on that! But yes, we won!!!
Later, she was helping us do fireworks and lighting them with daddy. At one point, he held it in his hand and waved it around as it was lit. She declared, "What are you trying to do? Burn yourself or something?" Ha ha!