Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Habits: Trying to be Soft Noodles

We were talking about Meditation - our spiritual disciple that we are focusing on this month.  The kids really liked the example about how meditating on the things of God softens our hearts like pasta in boiling water.

We are memorizing:  May me meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.  Psalm 104:34.

Would you like to join us this year as we focus on Habits of a Child's Heart?  Each month we will focus on a different spiritual discipline using the book Habits of a Child's Heart:  Raising your kids with the Spiritual Disciplines by Valerie Hess and Marti Watson Garlett.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Loom Knitting Crazy

My daughter wanted to learn how to loom knit.  We already had the looms that we picked up at a thrift store a couple of years ago.  So we watched a you tube and got started.  Lila made several hats lickity split.  She can be very focused.  But now her interested have turned to drawing.  And yes, she has a sketch book FULL of her drawings!  She is very good!
But I am totally loom knit crazy.  I've always liked to crochet especially blankets - full sized blankets and they can take awhile.  Needless to say, I haven't had time to do that in a while.  But these hats - I can make a hat a day.  There's something about it that is relaxing to me.  I can pick out lots of fun yarn so every hat is a little different.  I can hardly stop.  I not very creative so I just keep doing the same hat in different yarn or size over and over while I'm watching a show or talking to my kids or riding in the car.  Crazy.  But fun for me for now.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Habits of a Child's Heart

Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines  -     By: Valerie E. Hess, Marti Watson Garlett

I'm reposting this because I am trying this again this year.  We just got too distracted last year ...

I wanted to share a book, Habits of a Child's Heart:  Raising your kids with the Spiritual Disciplines.   I've used it years ago with my older kids, and I am planning on using it again this year.  It has twelve chapters which makes it perfect to focus on one habit a month as a family.  The book also has practice and teaching suggestions for different ages of children.

Chapters include:  Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service, Confession, Worship, Guidance, and Celebration.

So, this month we will focus on Meditation.  I will meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.  I will delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.  Psalm 119:15-16.

An example to share about meditating in God's Word is using tea.  Brew tea with your children and talk about "how we are the hot water and the Word of God is the tea bag.  The longer the tea soaks in us, the more we become stained with the likeness of God."  Then use a tea bag as a book mark in your Bible for the rest of the month.  Of course, I love tea and my kids know this, so this is a perfect way to share this discipline with my children.

This seems like a great way to start the new year! 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Twinkle and Twilight

Our cats when they were kittens!
We had to leave our cats behind when we moved.  We miss them, but they are with a wonderful family and well loved!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Home Front

HomeFront January 2015

I love reading Home Front magazine every month.  Our church gives it out monthly, but I also get it on the computer.  Each month is a different theme with devotions, kids in the kitchen, worship time ideas, taking action ideas, storytelling, family craft, grandparenting articles, marriage articles, etc.  I wanted to share so that you could enjoy it too.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tea Tuesday - Herbal Tea Playdough

This was so fun.  We made playdough with Summer Berries herbal tea.  The tea smelled so good and the color from the tea was beautiful.  We are going to make some orange spice playdough and who knows what else. 
We used a recipe that I pinned on my Tea Pinterest board.
Herbal Tea Playdouh

Friday, January 9, 2015

That Reminds Me

found at Amazon
That Reminds Me by Jean Brown Eittreim is a great little book filled with 200 story-starters for passing on your faith.  I have pulled it out at dinner times, holidays, vacations, visits with grandparents, bedtime or tea time.  Sometimes all we need are some prompts to help us share what is important or has shaped our faith.  I could only find it for Kindle on Amazon right now, but that works - especially if you have Kindle on your phone like I do.