With only a little prompting, Pumpkin (our four-year-old) can recite last week’s verse! She, my hubby and I are doing our own verse memorization challenge to go along with the Good Morning Girls Colossians study. Even if you aren’t doing the study, we’d like to invite you to join in our own little challenge and store up some of God’s Word in your heart! We are choosing verses and parts of verses that aren’t too long for young children, so involve your kiddos, too. Here’s the verse for this week…
Check out the post for week one for tips to make memorization easier for kids (and grown-ups, too)! Feel free to use your favorite Bible translation. You’ll also be able to find this picture on my Facebook page, if you’d like to share it.
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Whether or not you are joining Good Morning Girls in their study on Colossians, I’d love to have you join our family in memorizing some verses from Colossians! I have been inspired by the Scripture Memory Challenge at Intentional By Grace. Our eldest daughter (4 1/2) loves learning the verses and I know that these little pieces of God’s Word tucked away in her heart will be a blessing to her for the rest of her life! In fact, the first verse she learned was Psalms 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
For the Colossians study, I’ve decided to choose a short verse or a smaller chunk of a longer verse to memorize each week with our four-year-old (her blogging name is “Pumpkin”). Only the first verse is directed specifically towards children. The rest are for all of us. [...]
Over a week ago, I wrote about what God is teaching me about being a patient mama. I’ve learned more since then and I also got a good question from a friend, so I decided to do a follow-up post. Here are my thoughts, but I’d like to say again that this is just what God is teaching me. I’m so very far from “there”, but I’m happy to share my journey with you. The question was “Do you choose to be patient because you love, or are you already patient because you love?” Such a great question!
I honestly think it’s a little of both. Feelings can be wonderful and there are certainly days that I feel patient because I love them. So, yes, sometimes I am already patient because I love them. Then there are days when I still love my girls to pieces, but [...]
Today’s guest post is by Nishoni Harvey- be sure to read her bio at the end of the post!
“Sweetheart, what do you think about using cloth diapers on Sierra?”
Surprise briefly flickered across my husband’s features before he settled into a thoughtful reverie. He sat silently for a few minutes, pondering this request, before finally looking up to meet my questioning gaze. “Cloth diapers, huh? Why do you want to do that?”
“Well…” I had done my research and had my answers ready to rattle off, “They are a lot cheaper in the long run. Children who use them tend to potty train faster. They are healthier for her since they don’t have all the chemicals in them that paper diapers do, and did you know paper diapers have been linked to asthma?! And since we both have asthma and Sierra is at risk for it… Well, it [...]
Kate, from Modern Alternative Mama, is guest posting today to tell us the how-to’s of cloth diapering! Be sure to pop on over and visit Kate for a ton of other wonderful posts on natural living!
Have you thought about trying cloth diapers, but you’re intimidated by all the different types and methods out there? It is overwhelming at first! I first seriously thought about cloth diapering just a few weeks before my first was born (prior to that, I had heard about it, but thought it was gross and weird!). Then I realized I could sew my own and save a ton of money, so I thought I’d give it a go. My husband was skeptical, but willing to try it with me.
Lo and behold, we love it! Four and a half years and three kids later (that is – we have three, and are expecting a fourth!), [...]
Just after my post about parenting with patience went live, I was nursing the baby and heard my four-year-old shriek. I jumped up and ran to the bathroom. There she stood, crying, while the entire roll of toilet paper floated in the toilet… the used toilet! Ugh. “Love is patient.” Many, many things like that happened this week and I was actually surprised at how often I had the opportunity to use my “love is patient” reminder.
Do you remember what I said last week about loving watching my four-year-old share with her baby sister? Well, this week I got to watch our nine-month-old learn how to “share” back!!! Adorable! It is a little hard to figure out when she’s just “showing” us something, rather than “sharing” (we often show her things, such as material at the craft store, that we let her touch but don’t actually give to her). [...]
Before I say another word, let me first say that this is not a post where I’m trying to teach you something. It isn’t like a recipe or craft post where I have learned how to do something and I’m giving instructions. This is more like a journal entry that I’m sharing with you. I do hope it will be an encouragement to those who read it, but I’m writing about these things because I need to learn them.
I was thinking about Titus 2:4, where the older women are told to teach the younger women. The second thing on the list is about mamas with their children. It doesn’t say, “teach them how to discipline their children” or “how to teach their children”, is says, “teach them how to love their children”. That word for “love” is referring to maternal love and means “to be fond of one’s [...]
Read part one here.
Nothing we tried persuaded that baby to make her appearance. We tried every “natural” labor-inducing technique in the books! The doctors even “stripped the membranes” three times. I was feeling a lot of stress and pressure because I would only be allowed to use the natural birth center if I was less than 42 weeks. After that, you get booted into the regular maternity ward where you have to be hooked up to an IV, can’t eat, have no labor/birth tub and it’s loud in there! Where are you, baby girl?!
It was Friday night and I was 1 1/2 weeks past the due date. We went to bed at 10:30 with no sign of labor. At 11PM, I woke up with a killer lower back ache. I rubbed my back and repositioned my body pillow. Much better! My back felt fine and I drifted back [...]
During my two pregnancies, I was so surprised by the number of negative comments I received. The comments I heard the most towards the end of each pregnancy were, “You must be miserable!” and “Aren’t you sick/tired of being pregnant?!” Umm… no. I didn’t have what you would call “easy” pregnancies, but I was thrilled to be carrying my precious babies! God designed our bodies in such an amazing way! It is so beautiful, the way that we are made to be able to carry and nurture another little person! Rather than trying to convince me that I was miserable, I would have appreciated to hear some encouragement…
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My girls have been waking at the crack of dawn, lately. Ladies, I am NOT a morning person! Something had to be done. As many of you know, I’m also not crazy about my little sweeties being exposed to unnecessary chemicals. Whatever store-bought blackout curtains and shades are made of, they stink to high heaven. My guess is that those fumes are less than wholesome, so…
I made my own blackout curtains! Before you say “I can’t sew!”, don’t panic. All you need to do is sew two straight lines. Promise!(Don’t worry, that curtain doesn’t stay up there during the day. )
Why Make Your Own Blackout Curtains? No stinky fumes! It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s pretty cheap. These can be taken down for daytime. S.L.E.E.P. (need I say more?) What You’ll Need: Black fleece at least 12 inches wider and 10 inches taller/longer than the window Suspension rod [...]