May 24

Summer Plans

2010 at 3:41 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Motherhood | Parenting Young Children

kristinSchool is almost out and it’s time to make summer plans—swimming and biking, eating dinner on the back porch, and berry picking (I guess Janelle has already gone to the Strawberry patch).

But here’s an idea for you—in addition to the fun activities, do one thing this summer that you’ll be really glad you did come Fall.

Last summer, when we knew we were going to homeschool our oldest son Jack (at least for first grade), I ordered curriculum and got advice from other moms. But I also needed to prepare someone else—my (then) two year old Tori.

If I was going to teach Jack, I needed more than five minutes of peace at one time. And I didn’t want Tori to sit in front of the TV all morning! So, throughout the summer I eased Tori into a new daily rhythm.

Each day she had “kitchen time” and “puzzle time” and “coloring time.” She also had lots of breaks where she and Jack ate their snack and played together. I gradually increased these times from a few minutes to 30-45 minute blocks.

The strategy paid off and our transition into homeschooling—though not without its challenges—was smoother than I had expected.

Whether your kids (or you) are going to school this fall, or if you are homeschooling or teaching a class, think about one thing you can do in June that you’ll be glad you did come September.

May 21

Friday Funnies

2010 at 3:14 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

Our friend Trillia sent us this cute video.

“These people were always finding water all over their pool deck and furniture, every time they came home, after being away for a few hours. They thought the neighbourhood kids were watching for them to leave, and using the pool. However, they could never catch them doing it. So, they set up their video cam and left. This is what they found out…”

See ya Monday!

Nicole for the girltalkers

May 19

A Special Announcement

2010 at 3:03 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

kristinSo….our little family is going to get a little bigger come early November. We are eagerly looking forward to the birth of our fourth child. My kiddos are split on preference of boy or girl. For me, well, I’m just
praying for a healthy baby.

The other day I asked Liam what he was hoping the baby would be.

“BOY” he said confidently (which is how he says everything!).

“Would you love the baby if she was a girl?” I asked him.

“If she’s cute,” he replied.

“Do I love you based on how cute you are or because you are my son?” I asked him reprovingly.

He got the point.

Cute or not so cute—and really, only mothers think they are cute when they are first born—we are looking forward to loving our little one and making him or her a part of our family. Most of all, we can’t wait to tell our new addition about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May 18

The Same God

2010 at 2:30 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Spiritual Growth

God’s sovereignty directs every moment of my life, for my good and His glory. It’s true. I know it. But oh, how quickly I forget it. I need to hear it again. I need to be reminded of it every day. Sometimes I need to speak this truth to myself many times a day!

So, here is another reminder—for me, and maybe you too!

“This, then, is of faith, that everything, the very least, or what seems to us great, every change of the seasons, everything which touches us in mind, body, or estate, whether brought about through this outward senseless nature, or by the will of man, good or bad, is overruled to each of us by the all-holy and all-loving will of God. Whatever befalls us, however it befalls us, we must receive as the will of God. If it befalls us through man’s negligence, or ill-will, or anger, still it is, in even the least circumstance, to us the will of God. For if the least thing could happen to us without God’s permission, it would be something out of God’s control. God’s providence or His love would not be what they are. Almighty God Himself would not be the same God; not the God whom we believe, adore, and love.” (E.B. Pusey, 1800-1882)

(HT: Elisabeth Elliot via Janis Shank)