Thursday, January 28, 2010

Creating An "I Love You" Journal

We love our children deeply, but do our children know how deep our love is for them? Why not create an "I love you" journal to let them know just how much you cherish them.

Here's how to get started:
Get a lovely little journal, perhaps this adorable "Mommy Journal", and each day write down one thing that you love about them. I also like to include a prayer of thanks for that special something.

Here are some examples of what I have written in my boys journals...

Noah-the-Pooh, I love that you are curious and that you ask me a million questions. Thank you Lord for making Noah-the-Pooh curious of the world you created for him.

Jack-Jack, I love your sparkling eyes that you bat at me. Thank you Father for giving jack-Jack beautiful eyes that make me happy,

Carlitos, I love how you caress my face as I nurse you. Thank you Jesus for making Carlitos so cuddly and loving.

Try to do it as often as you can, even if that means just once a month. When you've filled the journal, wrap it in a pretty ribbon and give it to your little one to cherish for a lifetime.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yes, Even Chores Create Wonderful Memories

Noah-the-Pooh and I have been reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls (yes the same Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie). It is such a lovely book and Noah-the-Pooh is just loving every minute of it.

One of the things that I found interesting was how Laura Ingalls cherished the memories of everyday chores.

She describes in detail how much she enjoyed helping Ma make butter. I'm sure at the time Ma didn't think that her homemade butterpats with strawberry imprints were going to be one of Laura's cherished memories, but they were.

And when Pa was making bullets and cleaning his rifle oh so carefully, he sure wasn't thinking how this everyday chore was shaping his daughter's childhood, and later, her womanhood. But it did.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, especially since I've been slacking on making sure the boys chores are done. Reading this book gave me a new perspecive on chores. Doing chores keeps the house clean and teaches life skills, as well as teaching character and creating lovely childhood memories.

Check out this blog called TeachingGoodThings were you can get a free 7 day course on how to teach your little guys and dolls practical (and fun!) skills that they are sure to cherish.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sing Me A Lullaby Mama

I love singing and rocking my little rascals to sleep. Unfortunately, I found myself doing it less and less as my eldest rascal got older. But one special moment that Noah-the-Pooh and I shared last year reminded me that my rascals are never too old to hear their mama sing them a sweet lullaby.

Last year Noah-the-Pooh and I dove into out first year of homeschool. Rather than overwhelming ourselves with all sorts of subjects, we simply started with literature, a subject that we were both comfortable with. To our delight, our first lessons in literature would consist of learning new lullabies. We sang "Over The Rainbow", "Away In A Manger", and "Brahms Lullaby".

But the most precious moment came when we were learning "Baby Of Mine". He sat on my lap and I rocked him as I sang the lullaby to him. By the time I was done, Noah-the-Pooh was fast asleep! My 6 year old baby, rocked to sleep with a gentle lullaby.

Here are some lullaby collections that my little rascals enjoy :
Traditional Lullabies - classic lullabies
Rock Music Renditions of Lullabies - we love U2 from this collection.
Country and Folk Music Renditions of Lullabies - check out Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline!
Jazz Lullabies - with Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and June Christy!
Lullabies & Peaceful Worship - has beautiful prayers too!
Daddy's Lullabies- Now daddy can have sweet lullaby memories too!

This clip makes me cry whenever I see it *sniffle*.

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