This week I heard and read a lot of things that I have been thinking about. I decided today I would publish some of those random thoughts, ideas, and quotes.
Some of these items are from my journal that I re-read this week and some are new items.
***”Dear Jesus, I love you God and love all in the world, except those who are bad,” Ian said in a prayer. I wrote this in my journal since it was one I wanted to remember.
He is at the age of learning the difference between right and wrong and there is no compromise or in between for him. I told him that we still should love the bad people too, since that is something that God tells us to do. They need love too, I told him.
***Another prayer of his that touched me was — “Dear Jesus, please don’t take me up to Heaven for a long time.” This prayer made me cry, to be honest. The fact that he is thinking about Heaven and leaving the earth already is amazing to me. Also, it is amazing that he already can believe that there is a Heaven. Jesus did say to have faith like a child and Ian certainly has that faith.
I wrote it down since it was such a beautiful prayer. Little did I know the next day, there would be a death in the family. As they say, from the mouths of babes. He is such a sensitive little soul.
***At some point in the Super Bowl, there was a boy doing an activity who represented children who have taken a pledge to get one hour of activity per day. At first this struck me as a great idea. However, the more I thought about it, the more I though oh brother and how sad that things have changed so much.
We have truly changed in this country when a child has to plan to be active. I remember growing up this was never an issue. Since television was limited and we didn’t have our own phones, iPods, iPads or even computers, we had lots of time to play both inside and outside. We didn’t know any differently and often had to be dragged in at dark from playing outside. I remember Mom yelling at us to come in for dinner. “But, we aren’t finished playing yet, Mom.” But she insisted.
It is sad that we no longer can safely have our kids play outside on their own but instead have to be constantly watching them. The innocence has gone, I guess and that is very telling. In my family, I have noticed how much happier and better Ian can sleep at night when has been active during the day. He loves to run outside around our neighborhood and also play at the playground. I do my best to let him be active each day. After all, I need it too!
***Here are some house rules that I saw a while ago and re-read again this week. They are ideas of truly what I want to have in my family. We try each day to live like this:
- In this house, we do second chances
- We do grace
- We do mistakes
- We do real
- We do I’m sorry’s
- We do loud really well
- We do hugs
- We do love
- We do family
Isn’t this cool? I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow up in a house like that? Teaching and showing Ian that we do love him, we do say we are sorry when we make a mistake, and that it’s okay to make mistakes is very important!
We also have been teaching him that as part of a family, there are jobs for him and all of us to do and others to think about. He is a great help in the kitchen and with laundry. He’ll tell me, “Mommy, I want to cook with you.” I say, “Okay Ian.” Even though it’s often a messier kitchen, I so think it’s worth it.
***Books A Million posted a picture on their Facebook page this week about the birth date of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote a series of books that I loved as a young teenager — starting with “Little House on the Prairie.” This series was a fascinating look at her growing up years.
I especially remember how excited Laura and Mary were one Christmas at getting a doll, an apple, and a peppermint stick. That was all they received and they were thrilled and over the moon with excitement. It was a good reminder that having a few gifts of real value are much better than a load of stuff that you don’t really appreciate or even remember a few weeks after you receive them.
This Christmas my motto was “It’s not the presents, but the presence.” We in my family took this to heart. It was great to spend a lot of hours together and visit, have a few gifts for the children to open, and raise money and help some needy and worthy causes. You know what? We all enjoyed it, including Ian who was thrilled with the items he did get!
*****What are some of your words of inspiration, thought, or appreciation from the week? I’d love to hear from you and I am sure the other readers would like to as well! Have a great weekend and God Bless!!!*****