On My Mind Today

I was surrounded by young kids (all mine, of course) a couple days ago. They were climbing on me, crowding me, asking me repeated questions, with one request piling on another before I had a chance to respond even to the first one. This wasn’t how I imagined parenting to be. Some days I’m a walking sermon on child spacing. In the middle of this, my husband called. He was sitting in a call room (Click here to read more or leave a comment... Read More

August 15 – James 3:17

James 3:17 Amp But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to ] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned — free from doubts, wavering and insincerity. I had planned on this verse following the July 23 “if any of you is deficient in wisdom” verse, but I forgot! I use... Read More

August 13 – Mom's aside

I learned something when I was at a new friend’s house one day. Her young daughter was sucking on a pacifier, and, when she was done, she put it up on the counter — which she was so young she could hardly reach. Wow. That was a well-disciplined….mom. Because that’s who has to be disciplined in order to train those habits in children. At first the training has to be a constant, every-time thing. You have to be really engaged... Read More

August 12 – Mom's aside

I believe a child learns to say no to himself (SELF-control) when parents have the courage (courage, because, at the time, it’s easier to give in) to say no. When the “no” is given with wise and fair reasons, it gives him guidelines for himself, although I don’t believe EVERY “no” requires a spoken reason from the parent. When whining and crying and pleading produce a “yes,” then you are only training... Read More

Summer Evening Reverie

Summer evenings make some of the most nostalgic memories. We’ve been soaking up the evening play time, when the heat has relented a little, bedtime is still an hour or two away, and the light starts looking magical. The kids love it… At least, I think they do. Sometimes I wonder about the littlest. But they all seem to enjoy themselves, in their own ways… even with no specifically planned activities. Like sharing a summertime drink... Read More

August 3 – Hebrews 12:5-8

Because a very big percentage of what the Bible has to say about the parent-to-child relationship is about training and discipline, I want to cover it — but it is with some fear and trepidation! I’ll try to just cover what the Bible says, and, when I interject my own opinion, I’ll tell you! Hebrews 12:5-13 is a good section on discipline — mostly how God disciplines us, but it also says a lot about parent to child, too. My... Read More

Welcome, Baby Gerber!

Annie and Drew’s baby was born late Wednesday afternoon! They’ve taken dozens of fantastic pictures already. I’m sure they’ll post them after they’re settled in. Some are up on facebook now. My husband and kids and I visited late Wednesday evening and tried to get some pictures in the dim hospital light. My new nephew is a perfect, sweet, healthy baby, and Annie is so peaceful and happy. I couldn’t get enough... Read More

Flower Headbands and a Savvy Vet

I made my last shopping trip in New Mexico a couple days ago! While we were picking up shampoo, the girls spotted some headbands with enormous flowers on them. They were $7 each, and they were the kind that poke you behind the ears. Instead, we decided to make our own silk flower headbands. I let the girls pick some soft crocheted hair bands, plus whichever silk flowers they liked… hence the overwhelmingly preschool girl colors in this post!... Read More

Turning One

My baby boy – the child who will always be my “baby,” the youngest of our crew – is turning one. The baby who arrived the minute my doctor could get there… (Click here to read more or leave a comment on Turning One)  Read More

The Things Kids Say: Bible Memory Verses

Scroll to the bottom of this post to view the list of verses, or printable PDF of the verses we’re using (plus how they fit with our school topics), click here. If you do use these, please double-check the verses for accuracy, in the Bible version you like to use. Some of the verses are only partial; older children could memorize the entire Bible verse. Also, several verses are repeated through the year. I’d rather they really understand... Read More

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