6.28.2013

The Essence of Motherhood

I took the kids to see the free movie this week.


 I was struck by one simple yet profound statement:

"Day after day it takes a committed mom to teach him 
how to live in the jungle." 


I thought, "Yes!  That is the essence of motherhood!"




Day after day...

...we love

...we teach

...we cry

...we pray

...we play

...we learn

...we try

... and we try again

...we clean

...we nourish

...we read

...we watch

...we listen

...we correct

...we change and make changes...

Just to do it all again

and again

and again.

All so we can teach them how to live in the jungle.  


6.26.2013

Book of the Week

image from barnesandnoble.com

Want a very fun way to teach your kids about compound words?

Read this book!

It's a hoot.

6.25.2013

Please Take My Children To Work Day

June 25th...  So it's been a couple weeks into summer now.  How's it going?  So far so good here, now that our first of summer vacation is over.  We're almost done cleaning out all the areas of the home I wanted to get to, also; it just makes me want to keep on going to other parts of the house!  I love getting rid of stuff...



...but not my kids!





So, the title of this day to celebrate made me think of the comments I hear as summer begins. 

"What am I going to do with my children?"

"It's only been a day and they're already driving each other crazy."

"I'm going to go crazy with all the kids home."  

"The kids are already bored.  I don't know what to do with them."  

Do these phrases sound familiar?  Maybe you've said them yourself!  Believe me, there are days in my life when it would be nice to spend the time doing whatever I want in peace and quiet.  But that's not reality and that's not what we signed up for when we decided to be mothers, right? 

Honestly, I don't know how to respond to the comments above.  Maybe it's because I'm just so used to having my kids around all the time that I can't really sympathize with the sentiments.  But if we read those thoughts again, I wonder what kind of message they are telling our children (because I'm sure they hear it at least one of the times we say it).  

On the other hand, how would our kids feel if we said, "Wow!  I cannot wait until summer!  I am so excited to spend more time with you and for you to get to know one another again after being gone most of the time doing other things!"  Do you think the summer days would go more smoothly if the kids start to hear that from us?  Then, to hear them say the same to their siblings?  I just wonder.....

image from nonprints.com

For me, Summer is that magical time to do the things I always say I wish I had more time to do!  It's a time to relax, put away the never ending to do list, and just BE....one day at a time.  It's only 9 weeks long!  

Think of it this way:  we have 9 weeks to get our kids prepared for yet another year of "the world" when they go back to school.  Imagine what a strengthening time Summer can be for these precious children of ours.  9 weeks worth of time to be with FAMILY, their #1 support system!

So, please don't take my kids to work today!  I want them here.  I want to explore the world with them by playing games, going hiking and reading great books with them.  I want to remember what the days of summer were like for me when I was a child and try to imagine myself a kid again.  That's what I want for the remaining part of my summer.  :-) 

6.21.2013

Involving Kids and Scriptures in Problem Solving


image from mormonwoman.org
I had a "Good job, Mom" moment yesterday (these things do occur every once in awhile).

Having just gotten home from a trip the night before we were all cranky, tired and yet needed to get  the house clean.  One child in particular was ready to make the work time anything but happy.  So, a lot of grumbling took place (including from me, unfortunately).

Once the cleaning was done, rather than letting the previous contention go or giving a nice long lecture (both of which I'm prone to do), I decided to brainstorm with the kids.  I asked them what reasons they had for being angry and upset about cleaning. Their responses:

A) The worry that it's going to take too long and there will be no play time

B) Comparing ourselves to other people.  For example, "I'm doing all the work and they're doing nothing" and "I'm doing the harder job."

Then I asked them, "What can we do to combat these thoughts?  The next time we clean as a family, what thoughts or ideas can we use to replace these negative thoughts?"

Solutions for Negative Thought A: 
This is nothing compared to other people or places (i.e. countries in Africa)

Working rarely takes so long that we don't have playtime

Even if it does take too long, it's just one day!

There might be compensation.  :-) 

This is an opportunity to serve. 

With that final thought, I was prompted to share this quote from Elder Ballard (quoting President Joseph F. Smith), "There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home and every effort made to sanctify and preserve it's influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for it's establishment.... There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution and which promotes and preserves family life."

Solutions to Negative Thought B: 
Mom and Dad really do the most work  (they said this, not me!)

We can sing, "Don't Worry, Be Happy." 

The faster I work the more time I'll have to play (emphasis on I not we). 

This prompted another thought to teach from the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.  The kids were familiar with this story so I asked them to recount it for me.  I then asked, "How does this apply to cleaning as a family?"  We compared those who began working in the first hour as the first couple kids, then the 2nd, etc.  The kids decided that no matter how much each person works, we all still get the same reward.

"And what are the rewards for cleaning as a family?"
We get a clean home where we can feel the Spirit, we strengthen our relationships with one another, and we get time to play. 

This method worked so much better than any lecture I could have given!  Now, when we start to squabble I can simply remind them of the principles that were taught and discussed.  Maybe this is what it means to "teach correct principles, and then let them govern themselves."  Maybe I can be better at receiving the divine direction to lead my children in coming to solutions on their own or together as a family!  I think this is the essence of the Come Follow Me curriculum now being implemented by the Church...to teach the youth how to govern themselves, how to be agents unto themselves, and to act rather than being acted upon.   Honestly, this way of teaching is so much more liberating as the responsibility of acting is placed more on their shoulders than on mine.  Hopefully this will stick.  Hopefully I will listen to inspiration to teach this way more often!

6.19.2013

Lord of the Flies (spoiler alerts)

Oh my goodness!  I so hate it when I read an amazing book and have nobody with whom I can talk about it!!  I just read Lord of the Flies for the first time and I loved every minute of it.  I know, it's one of those love it or hate it type of books, very controversial (thus the strong desire to discuss it in depth!), but I'm on the loved it side of the line.



First of all, I like books that are different than the norm, books that take a little more brain power to develop and write.  This was that kind of book for me.  I had envisioned a very depressing ending, too, and so was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't.

After reading this book I mostly came away with a lot of questions.

What would you do stranded on an island with a bunch of kids (the number is never known, which is intriguing in and of itself), no grown ups and nobody in charge?

What would you do for food?

What would be the most important thing to you out there in the middle of nowhere?

Do we underestimate the feelings of safety and security grownups bring to children?  I hadn't though of this quite the way I do now.  Kids put a lot of trust in the adults in their lives and can be devastated when we lose that trust.  Their whole world can become distorted, confusing and scary.

In Lord of the Flies there was one boy, Piggy, who was chubby and wore glasses.  It was his glasses that provided flame to their fires, his ideas were sound and clear.  But nobody listened to him because of his physical traits.

Do we sometimes determine who we look up to or follow simply based on appearance?  This one could go both ways.  Most people follow smooth talkers, nice looking, or those of whom they are afraid.  What kind of a leader am I?  Are my children following me because of fear or because they have respect for the decisions I make?

"The greatest ideas are simplest."

Would I follow the abusive leader for fear of being killed and just to get meat?  Or would I run and let myself be hunted like Ralph did?

Would it have been better for Ralph to allow Jack to be the leader and just follow him? Would that have calmed Jack so things wouldn't have gotten to their worst point?

Was the end battle a cause of a power struggle (were they both right) or was there really a right and a wrong in this situation?

When a book causes me to search inward, asking questions I almost don't know how to answer, that is when I know I've found a classic!!

6.18.2013

All Things Made Beautiful

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time" (Eccl. 3:11)


I just witnessed a miracle. 

This weekend our family was in Portland to attend and celebrate a sealing.  My husband's niece was sealed to her husband and their baby on Saturday.  When I walked into the temple Friday night and saw her, I was flabbergasted.  What a transformation!  I have never seen such beauty.  This girl has always been cute, but this weekend she was simply radiating in light. 

Individually, these two people who were sealed have been through a lot. They are full of what I'd call, "life experiences."  About two years ago they were married and began their journey back home.  As I stood on the second floor of the Celestial room in the temple and looked down at my husband's family beneath me, I was overcome with the thought, "I just witnessed a miracle."


"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God...Behold I say unto you, Nay;  neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men (Mosiah 7:27, 29).


The gospel has a transforming power.  One of my favorite things is to watch the repentant change and be made beautiful.  How is this done?  It is through Christ and faith in Him.  And we each have the opportunity to have this same transformation, no matter how dark our path before.  


That which is of God is light;  and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light;  and that light groweth brighter and brighter unitl the perfect day (D&C 50:24).


Each of us has access to that light...every day.  As we access that light through prayer and righteous living, our very countenances change.  As our light gets brighter, we then can stand as witnesses like a light on a hill.  This weekend also showed me that the Lord's door is always open, we just need to step inside.  

6.14.2013

My Health

I thought I'd posted about my health issues.  But I guess I was rather vague and never fully explained what was going on with me and my diet.  Part of that reason is because I think I was still trying to figure out what was happening to me (I still am) and part of it was because I got busy!  :-) So, this post is mostly in response to Jillaire's comment/question from a few posts ago  (but anyone who chooses to may read along as well!).

It all really starts two years ago when I had my blood infection with D's birth.  The doctors were testing me for all sorts of things, including autoimmune diseases, and were surprised to find no real rhyme or reason for the infection to go septic.  To boost my immune system I felt like I needed to change my diet....but was too stubborn to do so.

Recently, March to be exact, I ended up in the ER with what appeared to be just a back spasm.  This was after seeing a chiropractor for the few months prior to the episode.  I was then referred to a neurologist, an orthopedic doctor, and finally physical therapy.  No results.  MRI looked perfect.  Nothing was wrong.  But I was still in a lot of pain.

Technically, I've been in pain for about ten years...with new target areas being added as time's gone on.  I just didn't do anything about it because of a previous back injury and assuming all was related to that.  So, to make a long story short....The "official" diagnosis has been Myofascial Syndrome, which is basically just a fancy name for chronic muscle pain.

Again, after the incident in March, I was prompted to change my health habits.  The easy first step for me was to cut out all sugar and white flour.  I sometimes will eat white rice and when served dinner at another person's home I won't decline their food if it doesn't fit my criteria.  But, for the most part, at home I stay away from sugar and white flour (processed foods).

The second step I'm just tapping into is to take supplements.  I'm currently taking magnesium and  B-complex vitamins which has helped for the chronic fatigue that comes along with this syndrome. I'm still working on finding the "perfect solution" for the pain.  But, for the most part, I'm back to functioning at my "normal" level.  :-)

Ultimately, what I've learned is that many people experience health issues due to inflammation in the body (I like this website for information & dietary suggestions).  How inflammation manifests itself may be different in each individual, but it's something to look into if you're experiencing any aches, pains, or chronic anything.  My situation is nothing fatal.  It's just something I need to learn to manage with better diet and regular exercise.  Following the Lord's law of health with more diligence.

"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;  And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.  And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen."   - - Doctrine & Covenants 89:18-21 - - 

6.13.2013

Supporting our Men


My handsome Man!
I know, I've talked about fathers, marriage and men a little much lately, but we had another fabulous Relief Society lesson again.  Two weeks in a row!  We were having a beautiful discussion on how women can support their husbands in the priesthood.  There were just comments made and quotes read that changed my perspective a little bit.

I have never been one to question why women don't hold the priesthood.  I have been blessed with great faith that Heavenly Father knows what He is doing and figured He's in charge.  I know it's a question many women do have both in the past and also more recently.  I feel the adversary is bringing about more questions in our minds leading us to doubt our place as women in the Church.

In our culture, we have a phrase we like to say, "The men hold the priesthood, but it is for everyone."  What does that really mean?  It's almost like we say it just to appease those who do struggle with this question.  But in my studies this week and during the lesson I realized just how true that statement really is.  We each have access to the power of God.  We even define the priesthood as the authority to act in God's name.  Do we not all have that power?  Yes, men are ordained with the authority to perform the ordinances, but do women not have the ability to access God's power in our lives as well through prayer and personal revelation?

Elder Ballard stated that just as a man and woman are needed for procreation, so are man and woman needed for the priesthood to have full power in our lives.  Women are a necessary link to their husbands being able to use their priesthood authority!   This is where I had a spark come into my mind.

Oftentimes it is the woman or the child asking their husband/father/priesthood holder for a blessing.  In the Worldwide Leadership Training on Priesthood in the home, I appreciated the statement fathers don't need to wait to be approached to give a blessing.  Outside the home it is appropriate to be asked first, but inside the home it is within their stewardship to offer a blessing when they see the need.

During the lesson I had a huge epiphany.  Oftentimes I'm paying attention to when I need a blessing.  What if I, as the wife, were more aware of the needs of my husband so that when I saw him struggling I could ask him for a blessing so he could receive that spiritual power through the giving of it?  Is that one way I can support my husband, a way I can help him to unlock the power of the priesthood in his own life?

Another sister commented, too, that we women tend to "run the show" when it comes to the home (and we see in modern television just how dumb dads are made out to be).  So, sometimes supporting them in their role is as simple as letting them lead.  For example, saying, "Dinner's ready."  That's it.  Let him call the family to the dinner table.  I know.  Simple, right?

The lesson was just so stirring, I wanted to rush home and start supporting my husband more than I already do and in ways I wouldn't have even considered before.  I guess this is another "letting go" lesson for me from the Lord.


God has freely given His power to those who accept and honor His priesthood, which leads to the promised blessings of immortality and eternal life.
 - - Elder Russell M. Ballard - - 

6.12.2013

Smiling Ethan

It's Birthday Time again at our house before we take a summer breather!

E is SIX!!! 
This is always a big age for me because it's closer to being a big kid than a toddler.  

 This kid has been smiles from the beginning.  
Huge dimples add to his precious photogenic face.  

"Oh!  I just love writing my letters!" - - his most recent exclamation about his  learning


He has been our first "real boy."  When I had just two kids, a boy and then a girl, I heard so much about how rough and busy boys are and how much easier girls are to raise (when younger).  I would laugh and say, "Not in our family!"   Since having E around I totally know what they were talking about!

Even last week we had to go to instant care for a cut above his left eye....he already has a scar over his right eye.

Last summer I looked out the window just in time to see him with our Little Tykes slide on our deck, his arms stretched out ready to jump for the branch of our walnut tree several feet away.

And you know those garden stake, the long green metal ones?  Well, he decided to take one of those things with him on that same Little Tykes slide.  The stake caught on a rock and grazed the side of E's chin.  One inch to the left and he'd have impaled himself.

E is not really the fearless type, so to speak, but he does have that boyish curiosity constantly stirring in his brain.  He is fun and just a pure joy to have around!

Happy Birthday, E!

6.11.2013

Hathaway Homeschooling Highlights

We've been looking back at all the years of homeschooling and remembering our favorite studies and activities we've done (and at the same time, me giving myself a pat on the back for the little successes we've had).  :-)

Here are our top TEN  (in no particular order).

1. DISSECTION


This was probably my favorite.  Our best science year by far!  This year we got together with a couple of other families each month to dissect a different specimen.  We dissected worms, snakes, squid, a heart, a brain, an eye, starfish, turtles, frogs, and ended with rats! I think my favorite one was the snake because I was surprised the insides were more similar to humans than I'd expected.

2. To Be A Princess

The year JW went to public school I created a special history unit just for the girls.  They wanted to learn about "real life princesses."  So, I searched and found the perfect book!  Each month we read about a different "real" princess and then created our own "Princess Diaries" where we documented all we'd learned.

3. Civil War "Quilt"
Last year we studied the different American wars for history.  For the Civil War we created our own quilt.  Each week we would study a few different topics surrounding the Civil War and decorate a scrapbook page (12x12) based on what we'd learned.  Each of the kids also read a book centered around that time period.  As their book report, they each created a page to add to the quilt.  Then we tied the corners with embroidery string and hung the "quilt" up on our wall.  I'm so bummed I never took a picture, but it was fun!

4. The Great Wheel
I just highlighted this recently, so don't need to go into details, but this was one of my favorites!

5. Around the World
When we studied Japan we had our good  florist friend
come teach us about flower arranging .
Way back when I just had little guys at home we took a country from each continent to study each month.  We studied the animals that lived there, the language that was spoken, the flag of that country and other random facts we could think of.  This was a fun one for younger kids and kept me somewhat focused for the year.  :-)

6. Cemetery School
This was an annual event at our house  (I'm sure it will continue to be a tradition despite the schedule change).  Around Halloween time we loved going to the cemetery for school.  I'd create packets for the kids to accomplish using the tombstones.  They had to find a name that started with every letter of the alphabet, use subtraction to figure out how old the people were when they died, and get some tombstone rubbings.  This last year I sent them on a scavenger hunt to find the youngest and the oldest, a soldier, a married couple, and others.

7. Park Week
Another staple at our house (and will continue to be). The third or fourth week of April is National Park week.  We chose to celebrate this week each year by just visiting local p
arks in our community each day.  Five kids.  Five days.  Five parks.  Simple.  This is something the kids look forward to every year.

8.  Deserts Around the World
One year we joined in on one of the public school's activities.  It was a project share kind of a thing.  We chose to make a paper mache globe out of a punching balloon, locating the major deserts in the world.  We studied the different deserts and the properties of a desert to create our background board.  This was a very fun all family project I really enjoyed.

9.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
I didn't love reading children's books until I started homeschooling.  What I love to do most with them is unit studies.  My favorite was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  With this we created our own large-sized story book with each page highlighting a different project.  One page had a money math theme. Each child had a certain amount of money to "spend" while looking through the grocery ads.  With that money they would choose their menu.  Another page highlighted compound words.  On another page we cut out random phrases from newpapers and put them together to create our own news article (it involved President Obama and Santa Clause somehow!).  It was fabulously fun!

10.  READING
I know this is not one event and I know you don't have to homeschool to read with your children, but honestly this has been the best thing for me with homeschooling.  The amount of reading I've been able to do with my children.  My favorite experience being finishing Where the Red Fern Grows while on a family trip to the beach.  It was rainy & cold, so we opted to spend the afternoon reading.  I couldn't even get to the end of the book without sobbing, even before the sad events happened!  Almost the whole family was in tears by the end.  Just  tender moment I will always cherish.  That and Book Blitz Month every January when we try to read 100 books in one month! 
This may be my favorite picture ever!


So many good times.

And I know these memories will continue to grow, but it's always fun to look back at the good things you did!  I'm glad I documented some of the activities otherwise I'd wonder what we did these past eight years!  I'm just having a nostalgic week as we wrap up this chapter in our lives and prepare for the year to come.

6.10.2013

Celebrating Fathers

The Father of My Children
Father's Day is coming up...in case you forgot or didn't know.  :-)

Do you think Mother's Day gets more attention than Father's Day?  Sometimes I feel we make a huge deal about Mother's Day and then Father's Day just kind of comes and goes.  What do you do to make Father's Day special for your husband and/or father?

This year we're going to be with my hubby's family for a marriage sealing. This might make it trickier for giving my hubby all the honors that day.  Still, I think I got him the perfect gifts this year.

Which brings up another question.  It is so hard to pick out gifts for my husband.  Do you have a hard time, too?  Usually he wants some electronic doo-hickey that I cannot purchase for him because he has particular details or he can find better deals than me on that sort of stuff.  I could get him a gift card, but then that limits where he can buy the things he wants.  So, anyway, it's usually difficult for me and I feel like I don't always please him with my choices.  But this year I think it will be good.

Anyway . . .

I was just having a conversation last night about how many shows out today make men and boys out to be stupid, silly, unmotivated, irresponsible, and unintelligent.  Girls and women are all-powerful, smart, the responsible party in the couple, and more.

Newsflash
GUYS NEED TO BE OUR KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR!  

Husbands and fathers have an inner need to provide for their family.  It's not just a silly tradition, I think they are born with this desire.  Thus, they like the war movies and the superhero movies because they want to be that guy!  Just as ladies tend to gravitate toward the relationship movies (a.k.a chick flicks)...because those movies tend to fulfill our nurturing tendencies.   I'm not saying we need to helpless so our guys do everything for us.  Just as we mothers/wives feel underappreciated sometimes ( a lot), these men in our lives feel the same.

My mom once taught me, "Give your husband the three As:  Affection, Appreciation and Applause."  When we do that it comes back to us tenfold.

So, this weekend, let's do just that.  Let's build them up and give them the honors they deserve!  Actually, let's do this even beyond this weekend and try to be better wives who simply love their husbands!

6.06.2013

Being Chaste in Marriage

We just had a great Relief Society lesson a couple of weeks ago.  The lesson was based on Elder David A. Bednar's talk from the most recent General Conference entitled, "We Believe in Being Chaste." 

A thought struck me vividly while reading and again during the discussion. Usually when we talk about being chaste we talk to the youth...or even more frequently, about the youth.  And to make it worse, not about our youth but those out there in the world preaching and participating in horrifying activities with regards to this sacred principle.  But, when sitting in a classroom at church it's so easy to point the fingers at those who are "out there" doing "those things."  Right?

So the thought that hit me was how does this apply to the married man or woman who is being faithful to their spouse?  What does it mean for me, already married and faithful, to be chaste?  Elder Bednar isn't talking primarily about "those out there," he's speaking to all of us, and specifically about the husband/wife relationship.  So, what am I to learn from this talk?

Here's what I loved and learned from this talk.

"Our physical bodies make possible a breadth, a depth, and an intensity of experience that simply could not be obtained in our premortal existence.  Thus our relationships with other people...are amplified through our physical bodies. In the school of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity (italics added)." 

I guess I'd always imagined feelings were more from the spiritually minded side of our dual beings.  I guess I'd equated emotions to spirit.  But, if our physical bodies amplify our relationships, can you imagine what the intimate relations here on earth can then do for us and our marriages...good or bad? Elder Bednar actually equates our happiness in mortality to how we feel about this one sacred principle.

"How we feel about and use that supernal power will determine in large measure our happiness in morality and our destiny in eternity." 

Again, he refers to our feelings.  What are my feelings toward this part of my relationship with my husband?  Do I see it as something sacred and a blessing in my life?  And I'm not only referring to the bedroom here.  What are my feelings in general toward this sacred relationship?  Do I truly love, honor, appreciate and acknowledge my husband in my life?  Do I put other things before him?  Do I see him as "another one of my kids?"  Am I truly helping to create an equal partnership? 

This is, at least for me, what it means to be chaste within a "happy marriage."

Elder Bednar continues, "...[intimate relations] are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife."  

I'm sure I joined many of the other "happily married couples" out there who  tuned out during this talk when they heard the topic, assuming once again it was "for them."  How wrong I was.  How true this is.  How beautiful is the marriage relationship. 

"Marriage is a gift from God to us;  the quality of our marriages is a gift from us to Him."  
- - Elder L. Whitney Clayton, CR April 2013 - -

6.05.2013

Hawaiian Shakes

Did I post already that I figured out how to make ice cream?  It's genius!  Whipping cream, frozen strawberries and a little bit of vanilla makes the best soft serve ice cream (we use our Vitamix).

The other night, in an attempt to make a different flavor, we ended up with some delicious shakes instead.

Hawaiian Shakes
2 c. whipping cream
3-4c. ice
2 small bananas
1 can pineapple tidbits
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend and serve.

The perfect summer treat!!

6.04.2013

Questions! Questions! Questions!

Since making the decision to place my kids in public school next year I have heard the same two questions consistently.


1) All of them?

That's easy.  Yes.  Although, B will probably just go to 6th grade part-time and E will go to 1/2 day kindergarten.  So, I won't have quite as much time on my hands as people think!  :-)

2) Why?

This one's a little bit trickier to answer because there really is no one reason.

I can tell you it is NOT because I'm tired of homeschooling or tired of my children.  On the contrary.  I don't think we've had a better year!  Many of my children have made great strides this year and relationships have flourished.  This makes the decision both harder and easier to handle.  I don't think I could accept the answer if I felt there were things amiss.

The short answer is:  The Lord is telling me it's time.  Time to place them in the world in which they are growing up.  Time to loosen my grip on them.  Time to be open for other possibilities the Lord has in store for me and my family.



Of course, looking back I see how the Lord has been preparing me for this decision.  Relationships are stronger now (as I mentioned already).  The homeschooling group I've been a part of has had a shift in purpose making it easy for me to leave them behind.  Lesson plan ideas have stopped flowing.  Certain aspects of the school district I wasn't pleased with in the past have changed or are in the process of changing.

Sure, there are things I'm not too excited about.  For instance, only having my kids around for a few hours each day, Common Core (another post for another time), helping my kids with homework rather than learning with them, etc.  But for the most part I see this as just one big experiment and experience.  I'm anxious to see what the Lord plans to do with this, what new lessons He has for us to learn.  I guess it's time for the next piano piece.

6.03.2013

Bathroom Reading

I've already posted once about how much I love my bathroom.  I love using the bathroom as a place for idle minds to be truly edified.  So, I was thrilled when I learned that June is National Bathroom Reading Month!

Of course, the book in our bathroom that gets the most comments is THE bathroom book:  What's Your Poo Telling You?   Get it for your husband's for Father's Day, they'll love it!  My son will be acquiring the sequel, "What's My Pee Telling Me" for his father this year.  Can't wait for the reaction! 

Okay, onto a more serious note....

Several months ago I remember hearing my daughter quoting a scripture that is currently in our bathroom, "Seek ye out of the best books...seek learning, even by study and also by faith."  A lightbulb went on that I needed to switch out the scripture periodically.  However, busy life means a lot of fleeting thoughts with not the same amount of action.

So, this month, join me.  Let's put up a different scripture in our bathrooms each week.  Don't mention it to the kids, just do it.  Let's see what happens! 

And, another token thought.... For seminary there have been chosen 100 scriptures to master.  Of all the verses that could have been chosen, have you ever wondered how significant these 100 must be?!  It's a good place to start.

Happy Bathroom Reading Month!  
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