Friday, May 28, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thanks for coming, Mom and Dad. Love you!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I recently finished the book, and wanted to share some of my favorite quotes with you.
*The tag line alone is inspirational: "Following Christ's example in reaching the hearts of our children." May it be so, Lord!
*"This commandment [to love God and our neighbors] sums up the first gift we can give to our children--the desire and ability to understand and receive the grace of God and to give it to the rest of the world."
*"As I look to the hearts of my own children and seek to teach them about the grace of God, I realize my love and service to them must come before any of my great words, my teaching and training."
*"As mothers and fathers, it is so easy to get distracted by the details of our lives. We have so much to do! We must feed our children well and take care of their health. We must oversee their education and their training to make sure they will be able to take care of themselves and live in a civilized society. We train them in righteousness so they may understand how God wants them to live. We try to relate to them in mature ways and help them learn to have healthy relationships.
*"'The Holy Spirit is in your life to give you His strength in these situations so that you can reflect His supernatural responses to life's demands. It's natural to let life irritate you and to get angry. It is supernatural to be patient and loving and gracious. That's really the secret to the Christian life--to learn to yield our lives and our emotions and our actions moment by moment to Him.'" How often I choose the "natural" choice, though I want so much to yield my selfish tendencies!
*As I've mentioned my discouragement in training Nathan, I appreciated Clarkson's reminder that "we must persevere in hope, even when we don't seem to be going anywhere."
*"Giving our children the gift of service is not really a matter of teaching them what to do. It's more a matter of helping them look at other people through Jesus' eyes and respond as He did. It really is that simple--though it's often not easy."
*And in closing, "This is the true ministry of motherhood--to usher my children into the living presence of God, to nurture in them a heart for Jesus and the Great Commission He has called each of us to fulfill."
Has anyone else read this book? If you could use some inspiration as a mother, it will both challenge and encourage you!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Here are my pros and cons about Super Sounds Soccer, which comes with a goal, target and ball.
+Goalposts are sturdy. We live on a windy corner, and Eric and I were both impressed that the small goal stayed standing during strong gusts.
+The goal is a nice size--large enough to have a good shot, but compact for storage and carrying around.
+Nathan likes that the target makes a sound whenever the ball goes into the net. (Though, unfortunately, he is quite distraught at every miss!)
+The target is moveable and can accomodate two players if you want to keep score. It also has two levels if the child wants to aim at the target itself instead of the entire net.
-Eric said the instructions for putting the goal together were poorly written.
-Due to the aforementioned windy corner, the target makes its cheering sounds even when we aren't shooting the ball.
Eric and I thought the retail price seemed a little high, until I compared it to similar products. You can obviously create a makeshift goal for much less, or even free, but if you're in the market for something more official, this is a good starter set.
Top photo: He shoots! Bottom photo: He scores!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
*If anyone is interested, I have a promotion code for $15 off of a $75 Lands' End order through May 31. Just e-mail me, and I'll send you the info. First come, first served.
*Thanks to The Millennial Housewife for honoring me with the Sunshine Award. If you live in IA, check out her blog, as she dishes up great deals in our state!
*As an update to my dental hygiene post, I wanted to let you know that I called around and made an appointment. Shockingly, the first available time at my chosen office is in September, but they put my name on the cancellation list in case. I've started (and pretty well kept) a flossing habit 2-3 times a week. While my kids are taking a bath is an easy time for me to remember to do it, and I'm starting small so I'll stick with it! Eric also scheduled a check-up, so I was glad my little post impacted someone else, as well! Anyone else have any updates in this regard?
Monday, May 3, 2010
I've done book giveaways for my first two blogiversarys, and this year I thought I'd spice it up a bit. I'm going to let you choose the prize. The catch? It has to be something I've reviewed or recommended on my blog over the last three years. That gives you tons of choices, from amazing books to some of my favorite kitchen gadgets. (The item should be $15 or less from an on-line store like Amazon, and this giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canadian addresses.)
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling what you would choose if your name is selected. I'll leave the comments open until Wednesday, May 5 at 2:00 CST. Thanks for reading!