Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, of being loved in spite of yourself.” ~ Victor Hugo
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This morning I ran across this information in a newsletter I get and printed it out. I also wanted to share it with you. It is a great list to use when praying for our children... and their friends.
Praying for Our Teens
What to Pray for Your Teens :
* A heart which personally and fully understands, embraces, and shares the gospel
* Reverence for God, and a passion to please and serve him
* Continual filling, anointing, and equipping of the Holy Spirit
* God-honoring family relationships filled with respect, affection, compassion and cooperation
* Protection and strength to face moral temptation and cultural pressure
* Repentance and humble acceptance of correction
* Guidance for decisions about high school options, as well as future college and career
* Maturity to make the right decisions for the right reasons
* Wise priorities for using time
* Preparation for marriage and parenting – pray for their future spouses, too!
* Ask your teens how you can pray for them!
What to Pray for Ourselves as Parents
* Unity in and commitment to your marriage – or if you are a single parent, basic harmony with the other parent (and any step-parent) in raising your teen
* A warm and trusting relationship with your teen, characterized by healthy and open communication
* Forgiveness and release from bitterness, whether conscious or subconscious
* Confidence and boldness to lead, even when a teen attempts to manipulate or rebel
* Wisdom to know which battles are worth fighting, and when to let your teen make decisions (and face the consequences)
* That you will be an example of godliness, wisdom, grace, and good humor
Monday, February 22, 2010
Within 2 minutes I had two little children in bed with me. We cuddled and I was hoping they’d rest a bit longer. The wiggles and squirms indicated otherwise. Then I had a brilliant idea… "Let’s play I Spy.”, I said. (This game works well in stores while shopping and on car rides.) However, I very quickly realized this is not such a brillant idea as you need to have your eyes open to play this game.
During the game though my 5 year old son was spying & naming things of a certain color when he guesses ........... “that time machine” ? .....What?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
“He who refreshes another, He himself will be refreshed.”
I was thrilled that both my Secret Sister ....and the Sister that was encouraging me both sat at my table. (..and my Secret Sister didn't know it was me- she said sweet things about me and I got to really surprise her. She is a veteran homeschool mom whose children are grown up and living for the Lord!)
Our speaker did a wonderful job, she mentioned my mom which touched my heart and the message is one I will remember. She spoke about relationships and went into Martha and Mary and how we can have Martha attitudes or Mary attitudes. Life can be very busy, esp. when homeschooling 5 children. Marthas are busy-bodies (which can be alright) if we have a “Mary” heart and first be before the Lord and give our schedules to Him! Not busying ourselves too much that we forget to have fellowship with the Lord!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Recently I had a little surprise- something simple yet something I want to remember.Sunday was Valentine's Day but my husband was out of town at a conference. We had already celebrated. He planned with my oldest daughter to surprise me Friday evening prior to Valentine's day and they truly did surprise me only letting me know 30 minutes before hand that we were going out. My oldest daughter was going to take care of everything on the homefront. It was a wonderful time with my Valentine, my sweetheart for life!
Anyway, then on Valentine's day we (my five children and I) came home from church and I did feel a little down because we usually spend Sundays together as a family. I didn't think it showed though to me children as I was busy preparing our lesson plans for the upcoming week, etc. It was getting close to suppertime and I asked my oldest daughter if she would wash some potatoes and prepare them to microwave for baked potatoes. Then I was busy again and time slipped away from me. When I rushed out to the kitchen to prepare supper for my children, I found this at the table (all prepared by my creative oldest daughter) who also had the potatoes cooked with toppings all pulled together and a vegetable cooking too.
To those out there that have low expectations of teenagers, I beg to differ. If you don't value them or expect much from them, then they won't feel encouraged to do much!
As my children grow up and get closer to adulthood, I have mixed emotions. I don't look forward to the time when they leave home as I feel blessed to have them in our home. I do however, feel happy when I see that all the lessons, devotions, prayers, etc pay off into them doing things on their own that our thoughtful of others and creative.
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Little Blots of Faith. You can glue them around lollipops or pencils!
that you also love one another." John 13:34
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The morning after the first storm, I woke up and looked out an upstairs window- it seemed like a different world. It reminded me of Narnia when they stepped through the wardrobe and into the Winter Wonderland. It was that same feeling...like we went to bed in one world and woke up in a diffferent one. Quite amazing!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Moms for Modesty Mission Statement:
As a Mom for Modesty I believe in common-sense modesty for girls and young women.
I believe in refraining from sexualizing our girls and young women.
I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by permitting my daughter(s) to dress in an immodest manner.
I believe that true beauty comes from within and I strive to teach my daughter(s) this truth.
I will loyally shop at retailers that provide girls' and young womens clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.
If you agree with this and want to see more about this issue or join in, visit Moms for Modesty!
Many retailers, marketing and PR firms review mommy blogs for trends and opinions. If we speak as one we may be able to effect change, get better fashion trends, teach our children and encourage each other!
I am also a homeschooling mom. We are currently making a lapbook on modesty and doing a Bible study in our home. My children are all good about modesty as I do think I have incorporated that into them. I think we are going to learn a lot though too through our study. Our lapbook kit is from The Knowledge Box. We are using this as a starting point but adding a lot to it.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~ Romans 12:2
Monday, February 8, 2010
I am a blessed mother to 5 wonderful children here on Earth as well as one child in Heaven that I look forward to meeting someday. I am sure you’ll all agree with me that with raising five children in stages from teenager down to preschooler (and all the stages that also lie in-between), I have a lot to keep track of! I have a teenage daughter, a pre-teen daughter, a 10 year old son as well as a kindergartener son, then also a preschool daughter. Since I am at the computer quite often with homeschooling, I am hoping I can keep up-to-date here. I know too that this blog can then be printed so I can have a hands-on journal to save! If you are curious about this, check out this link
…and so begins my on-line blogging journal.