The middle one told me about recess one day, how they play soccer between a few trees and on uneven ground. Kids are good like that, making fields in the midst of a mess. A stadium from a few sticks and woodchips.
They run their little hearts out from start to finish, sucking the marrow out of each precious second of a too-short recess in a too-long day.
He also told me about the teams. They’re unfair. You see, kids–even young ones–have leaders and followers. And this particular group of leaders (like playgrounds the world over, I’m sure) divide the teams. Into unfair ones, mostly. The talented kids band together. The lesser ones form a team by default.
We’ve dealt with this issue all year with the older boy and football at recess. They do the same thing even as they get older, wiser. They do not divide into what is reasonable or fair. The strong clasp hands with the strong. The weaker ones feel happy just to be included. Our older boy deals with this from the perspective of the disadvantaged team. They always lose. Always. There’s no chance for a different outcome.
With the middle boy, it’s a different story. He’s on the stacked team. The leaders put him there. When I talked to him about it, how it wasn’t a fairly matched game, he agreed. “But they don’t listen to me, Mom.”
I shook my head and struggled. There are some playground lessons you have to let them figure out on their own. But there are others,others, that seem to scream with a lesson. Grab this moment, it yells, and teach. Continue reading
I hope you’re enjoying our Simple Christmas posts and ideas!
We started with the idea of having a “Simple Christmas”, gave suggestions on how to “Overcome the Blues” during this season, and now…..
some wonderful, real, simple, and doable suggestions on how to enjoy this “Simple Christmas”!
- Make a Jesse tree. Use a free program like A Holy Experience or a wonderful one that is very inexpensive is Truth in the Tinsel. Everyday you read a short passage from the bible, decorate an ornament, and put it up on your Jesse tree. It’s the perfect way to keep focused on Christmas and have a fun family tradition every night on the holidays.
- Create a fun way to study the genealogy of Jesus. The story of Jesus didn’t start when He was born, it started many, many, many years ago. Check out this cute way of learning where it all began and the legacy that is weaved throughout the history of Jesus.
- 24 Christmas Books. Wrap 24 Christmas books (or start where you are) and unwrap one every day to read to your family. Wanna keep it frugal, like I do? Borrow them from the library or find them at a thrift store. Here’s a great list to go with. What a wonderful, simple tradition!
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When I started eating paleo I started on my own after encouragement from a friend. A few months later I slowly started the process of bringing the rest of my family in. Thankfully for us, this has not been a “pulling my hair out” experience, but it hasn’t been the easiest either. I mean really, if I’m tempted when I see an advertisement for a caramel frapuccino from McDonalds, imagine when my kids see the same advertisement for the pink smile chicken nuggets! Life throws temptations at us all day so my job as a mom is to make tasty, new, fun foods for all of us to enjoy and be excited to eat. It’s a constant job of exploring books and recipe sites, investigating ingredient lists, hunting out new ideas, and trying to keep up with my kids ever-changing tastebuds.
Enter: Eat Like A Dinosaur
Matt and Stacy from Paleo Parents were so sweet to send us a copy of their new cookbook. I can’t say enough WONDERFUL things about this amazing book. My usual “exploration” was narrowed to one book and I didn’t need to go anywhere else. I loved the food, the hubs loved the food, and the kids loved the food. Nothing was difficult to make, the kids were able to help me with most meals, and most importantly, everything was great for our bodies. Thank you Paleo Parents for caring for my family through your book.
I made a short video about Jeremiah’s journey with type 1 diabetes and our efforts to get him a diabetic alert dog. I pray daily for our sweet boy to thrive while living with diabetes and, of course, to be cured. Above all I pray for Jeremiah’s faith in the Lord, for his courageous spirit to never be moved, and for him to always truly LIVE.
I like food as much as the next guy. Actually, let me rephrase that. I like food MORE than the next guy. I love salty, crunchy, fried, greasy, smothered, carb-wrapped food. One of my most favoritist foods? (Yes, I made up a word) Jack in the Box tacos! I know, I know….but I do!
And… I can eat a lot of them. Do I? No. Why not, you ask? Because it makes me feel like crap.
Before I switched to eating paleo almost every time I ate I felt bad afterwards. My stomach would be a whole lot bigger than it was before I ate, my back would hurt, and I would have major bowel issues immediately following my meal. It wasn’t pretty. But…. I thought that was normal. I thought this must be how everyone lives, it’s just one of those things no one talks about. And, because this was an every day occurrence it wasn’t something I couldn’t handle. How things have changed!
After going paleo for a couple of months I decided to “eat what everyone else is eating”. Donuts. Haha! The joke was on me. Partly because I already had an issue with grains and dairy, and partly because I had not had eaten them in a while, my stomach BLEW UP! It’s almost funny now…but not really. Continue reading