Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Last night at church Kaitlyn and Micah's Victory Kids class had a talent show. Jim and I stayed to support our kids instead of going to our Victory Group and Christiana and Josiah left their classes to come support them as well. I love that our family supports and encourages each other. Kaitlyn and Micah both did an excellent job. We were SO proud of them, words just can't express our true heart's expression. There were no winners in the talent show, so not to hurt anyone's feelings, so after church we took our kids out for ice cream. We were going to go to Baskin Robbins because they had 31cent scoop day , but when we got there the line was out the door. So we decided to go to McDonald's instead. As you can tell from the pictures, no one was disappointed.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Each of my older children takes a half an hour break from their school to help watch the little guys so I can focus working with the school age kids. Well, Kaitlyn, loves to play dress-up with the boys during her time. Sometimes it's Davy Crockett, sometimes they are cowboys. On this occasion she decided to play Indian with them. I couldn't help but to get a picture of her and Joshua. Notice that Joshua is wearing a breechcloth (over his diaper, of course) and not a cloth diaper.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Every year for my children's birthday I usually make them a cake. They get to choose if they want an ice cream cake, cheese cake or regular cake and what design they may want on it. Well, Sunday, my three year old came up to me and told me he wanted me on his cake. It took me a while to understand what he was talking about because he caught me off guard. His birthday isn't even until July. But with his adorable blue eyes he came right up to me and stated that he wanted a birthday cake with me on it. What an honor to get such a request. Most kids want their favorite super-hero or TV character, but my son wants me :) My heart was so blessed and of course I gave him a big hug, it was precious, a moment I hope I never forget.
Monday, April 26, 2010
This weekend we were able to get our garden planted. I was so excited because the weather forecast was rain. When I woke up Saturday morning I noticed that the rain had subsided for a while. I fixed breakfast for everyone then headed off to the store for the plants and seeds. Once I got home we gathered our supplies and headed up the hill to the garden. There we planted corn, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, yellow squash, zucchini squash, salad cucumbers as well as pickling cucumbers, green beans, green pepper plants and tomato plants.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The other day I blogged about the Bible being Matthew's favorite book and about how we should encourage our children to love and use the Word. I just thought that I would post about the fact that we really do let our children start early. Joshua also loves getting hold of a Bible and flipping through the pages. If I were to take it from him and tell him that he is not allowed to mess with it, then I am giving him the impression that the Bible is something he is not suppose to touch. However, if we give him a little New Testament that is just his size that he can hold and look through while we look at ours, then he thinks he is a big boy and it encourages his love for the book. Now some of you may think this is trivial but trust me, it makes a difference. So, if you have small children go get a cheap New Testament that they can carry around as their own and let them turn the pages and such. Let them love that little book and when they are older and ready then you can get them something more age appropriate.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I am so excited to have a garden this year. Our landlord cleared an area for me to have a garden and even plowed 15 rows for me. This is awesome because I have never had a landlord so helpful. Usually I have to do all the clearing and prepping and plowing. So a great big thank you goes out to my landlord for all the work he has put in to helping me have a garden this year.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I've started taking our kids to the Home Depot Kids Workshop that takes place the first Saturday of each month. This month they made Butterfly Houses. When we got home the kids wanted to decorate them, so finally after having them a few days we got out all the supplies and let them go at it. They had a blast. They also did a little research on what would help draw butterflies to their houses and are now anxiously awaiting the butterflies.
Monday, April 12, 2010
A friend from church gave me these clothes and I can't tell you how much I'm blessed to have them. You see, with five boys we go through boy clothes rather quickly. I try to pass stuff down from one child to the next, but many times it's wore out before the next child gets to use them.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The If/Then Chart changed all that. Steve and Teri sat down, discussed, and prayed about consequences. They added behavior their children needed help with that wasn't on the chart, and they chose their own verses for some of the sections. Because they had a wide age range of children, for a while they had younger children consequences and older children consequences. Before Teri laminated her chart and started using dry erase markers to fill in the consequences, she wrote the consequences on small sticky notes so she could change them if necessary.
When a child misbehaved, Teri took the child to the chart, read the problem, verse, and consequence. It was all laid out for her, which helped her be consistent and not be angry with the children when they needed correction. She loved using the If/Then Chart.
I do have to confess that I've been waiting to have my chart laminated so I haven't used it to it's fullest extent. I just take the kids over to it, read over the scripture verse that coincides with their behavior and we talk, then I give them a consequence for their wrong behavior. Since I haven't written on my chart or used sticky notes, I haven't always been consistent. I guess after this post I will have to change and get mine laminated and ready to be used like it should.
I am so thankful to have the chart. It has been a great help (the times I've used it). You can order yours from the Titus 2 website for $6. Go to www.titus2.com then type "If-Then chart" in the search box. Hope you find it as helpful as I have.