When we choose to graciously overlook our children's messes and accidents, we are teaching them to be patient and forgiving with the mistakes of others. When we react sensitively, thoughtfully, and patiently to them, we are helping to instill these qualities in their lives. As they benefit from our unconditional love, they learn to extend it to others as well. As they watch us extend hospitality, care for others, and pray for them, they learn to make service a part of life. And as they observe us searching Scripture, spending time with the Lord, and making faith-based decisions, they learn these things as well. Modeling loving service to our children gives them something to emulate in their own lives.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.
words by Alexander Means
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Tracey reminds us to pray for our children.
- Kate helped me to remember that, while it is good to develop new friends, I also need to make time for the ones who would "help me move a body."
- Missy has a good post about the importance of placing correct, child-appropriate expectations on our children.
- Dawn has a great reminder that, as mothers, we don't have time to be grouchy.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ten years ago today, I married the most wonderful man in the entire world. No, I am not exaggerating. Just as our children are the most beautiful in the world, so is my husband the BEST! Let me list just a few of the ways:
- He is hardworking in order to provide for our family.
- He makes me laugh.
- He is a great father.
- He loves me in spite of my moods and fickleness.
- He is dependable.
- He is trustworthy.
- He is kind.
- He is compassionate.
- He's awfully handsome.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today is Daniel's third birthday. It feels like this sweet, little (no, BIG) boy was just an itty, bitty baby yesterday. You blink, and they grow up. *Sigh* Here are just a few of the reasons that we love Daniel:
- He has a sweet spirit. He will do almost anything to make someone happy. Sometimes, he will leave his playing to come find me just to check on me.
- He loves to help. When I ask him to do something like throw away one of Rachel's diapers, he says, "I will!" and runs to do it.
- He's our comedian. He doesn't "get" the concept of a joke yet, but he loves saying and doing funny things trying to get us to laugh. Once he understands jokes, I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot of them.
- He's just so cute!
- No more pacifier. He is only allowed to have it in his room, anyway, but now it will be gone.
- No more riding in the buggy. I'm tired of picking him up to put him in there, and it's just a good time to stop this.
- Time for chores, specifically, clearing his place at the table.
- Playing with Play-Doh.
- Getting his own pair of scissors.
Friday, February 11, 2011
One of my goals for this year is to read two books a month. Hmmm. Maybe I underestimated myself. Then again, I started a couple of these books in late December, and here it is almost the middle of February, which is a time span of almost two months. How did I find find the time to read so many books? Ten minutes here, five minutes there....
- I really enjoyed reading Confederate Corsair: The Life of Lt. Charles W. "Savez" Read by Robert A. Jones because I enjoy reading history. This book tells the story of Read and his escapades during the War of Northern Aggression. I was amazed at how one man (and his ship) could strike such fear into maritime commerce; as a matter of fact, the United States did not recover from Read's 20-day looting spree as a Confederate captain until World War I. I hadn't read a book about naval warfare, so I learned a lot.
- The Faith of Ronald Reagan by Mary Brown chronicles the life story of Reagan from his humble (re: poor) beginnings all the way to being the most powerful man in the world. The best part of this book is its focus on Reagan's faith which I did not realize was as strong as it was. (Read my full review here.)
- The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is a strange story. Mercy Land works for the local newspaper editor "Doc," and one night a book appears mysteriously, i.e. supernaturally, on Doc's desk. This book has the ability to show the entire life of the people within its pages. They decide the book has appeared in order for Doc to make right a wrong he committed many years ago, and John Quincy is brought into the story. Of course, John is not who he appears to be. (Read my full review here.)
- I made time to read Toilet Training without Tantrums from Parent or Child by John Rosemond because it was that time for my son. This book, well, it does what it says. I enjoyed reading the history of potty training, how our grandparents had their children (our parents) trained before they turned two; now we think it's unusual for a child to use the toilet independently at that age. (He's doing GREAT by the way.)
- I started reading Bright Against the Storm by Ari Heinze and got three-quarters of the way through when something came up and took my book away. It's Christian fantasy, and I really wanted to like it, but when I got the book back, I just wasn't motivated to finish it. Anyway, it tells the story of a newly made knight who goes on a quest for his king, hoping to save their country from war.
- Harriet Tubman by Rebecca Price Janney is a nice, short read about this amazing woman who was born into slavery. After she escaped from slavery, she returned to the South many times, rescuing other slaves. During the War of Northern Aggression, she worked for the Union Army as a scout and in hospitals. After the war, Tubman continued to work for her people, helping them become educated and better able to support themselves.
- I also reviewed God Gave us the World by Lisa T. Bergren and Laura J. Bryant which is a nice children's book.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
If we have no sense of responsibility for the condition of humanity at this moment, then there is only one thing to say -- if we are Christians at all we are very poor ones. If we are only concerned about ourselves and our own happiness, and if the moral condition of society and the tragedy of the whole world does not grieve us, if we are not disturbed at the way in which men blaspheme the name of God and all the arrogance of sin -- well, what can be said about us?
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
God Gave us the World by Lisa T. Bergren and Laura J. Bryant is a sweet little book about a polar bear "Little Cub" who visits the bear museum with her family. While there, she learns about the different kinds of bears that God created. She also learns about the different parts of the world where these bears live. As she learns about diversity, she learns to appreciate these differences.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
- I read John Rosemond's book Toilet Training without Tantums by Parent or Child.
- I realized that accidents were inevitable. Instead of worrying about preventing them, I prepared for their clean-up. This preparation relieved so much of my stress.
- I bought two potties: one for the living room where we spend most of our time downstairs, and one for his room upstairs.
- I prepared Daniel by telling him that we were going to start on Monday.
- I bought a bag of m&m's.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Over the past month, several progressive activist blogs have waged an ugly war against Chick-fil-A. The company's alleged atrocity: One of its independent outlets in Pennsylvania donated some sandwiches and brownies to a marriage seminar run by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which happens to oppose same-sex marriage.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
When I saw the opportunity to review this book, I seized it. I had been considering reading a biography about Ronald Reagan, so this opportunity seemed fortuitous. The Faith of Ronald Reagan by Mary Brown chronicles the life story of Reagan from his humble (re: poor) beginnings all the way to being the most powerful man in the world. The best part of this book is its focus on Reagan's faith which I did not realize was as strong as it was.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- Homeschooling. While I'm not working on reading with Sarah Beth four days a week, we are still working on it. She's only four, so really there's no hurry.
- Potty training. Daniel and I started on that yesterday. Why didn't I start this sooner? Then we would be done with it! Yesterday morning started out difficult, but he started to catch on later in the day.
- Walking. Rachel is nowhere near walking, and I am grateful for that.
- Being a better wife. I'm working on that.
- A hobby for John and me. Shooting? We're going to try that soon.
- We've been doing well memorizing Scripture...at least for us. Sarah Beth can say the first two verses of Psalm 23 (good luck getting her to prove it, though), and Daniel can fill in the blanks.
- Reading. I'm doing well on that one. (Here's my reading list for the year, if you're interested.)
- Hospitality. We have not had a single person over this month, but it's not for lack of trying. Things just come up; you know how it is. Hopefully, this month will be better.
- Baby blankets. I have one out of my projected six done.
- Exercise. Still too cold. Rats!
- Cleaning. I think I'm getting a handle on this.