About a dozen or so families from our church and community get together once a year during Memorial Day weekend to have a large group backyard camp out. Our friends have graciously organized this memory making tradition for several years … Continue reading
Yesterday we took a little day trip to Longwood Gardens with another homeschool mom and her two kids. It was a great start to the day as we piled in our van with lunches and drinks in tow without any … Continue reading
Teachable moments. It’s when an ideal environment lends itself to the discussion or learning of a particular topic. In much of my life I’ve thought about teachable moments when adults impart their wisdom to those who are younger (younger by … Continue reading
I find it increasingly difficult to set aside some alone time with each one of our children. I don’t know if it’s because they are getting older or if it’s because we have 4 kids AND they’re getting older. But, … Continue reading
I love to interview the kids on occasion. I start with about 20 questions and try to take the first response that comes to their minds (it’s funnier, but if you prefer a more thought out response you could give … Continue reading
I can think of a dozen things I feel (or have felt) guilty about when I start analyzing my parenting skills. I spend too much time cleaning, not enough time playing, too much time fixating on rules and etiquette, not … Continue reading
We were gone for two weeks and I longed for quality family time. I actually ached for it. If you ask my husband, he’d probably tell you that I was practically depressed just before our trip. If you ask me, … Continue reading
A Balloon Shower?! Yes, we showered our oldest today with balloons for a her good morning birthday greeting! It looked like this last night. We cut up four trash bags and taped them to the outside of the door (make … Continue reading
Our 8 year old is just 3 weeks away from turning 9! That means half of her time with us, under our roof, is just about over as we know it. Time has flown by these past 9 years and … Continue reading
This morning as we were on our way to Farm Camp, and after a quick car prayer for a good camp day, Lainee told me that she could hear Jesus speak to her. We’ve talked about this on occasion and so I probed further into her statement. She mentioned how she just feels Him speaking to her “inside herself”. She then shared that Satan also talks to her.
Of course, hating that Satan is already grabbing my child in a way that she can verbalize an awareness I tried to probe once more hoping to see where this deep thought was going. But before I could say anything she said “I hear One saying “yes” and the other saying “no”… “yes”, “no”, “yes”, “no”, “yes”, “no”. Mommy if God has all the power in the universe why doesn’t he just kill Satan?”
While driving down Kirkwood Highway I tried to think how I could cover this topic in a kid friendly way and at the same time not show how impressed I was that her little 5 year old mind has such depth (I’d like to have that conversation later). So I mentioned how God tells us (in the bible) that we will have until Jesus comes back to earth to choose to love God. That if He forced us to love Him it wouldn’t really be love. I ventured down the road of saying how I want Lainee to love me as her mother but not because I force her to love me.
She had a light bulb moment it seemed as she interrupted and said that God must be the only grown up in the whole world because we are His kids. His kids should choose to love Him and all the good things… not the bad things. Then she compared her Nana and Pops to God and me to, well, me and connected the fact that I am a grown up but still a child to my parents. So– we are the same with God. We can be of different ages but we’re always a kid and he always wants us to chose to love him as our Dad.
Amen to faith like a child!