Friday, July 27, 2012

A Proverbs 31 Daughter Part 2

This week's verses are Proverbs 31:12-14:

Connection: Our focus for these verses was "she works with eager hands". There were many opportunities all week for me to praise Holly when she was working without arguing or complaining.
Some of the teachable moments were: when she was folding her laundry, when she was helping me put stickers on a school project, when she was making cupcakes on her own.

Questions for Understanding: These are some questions to ask to promote thought about this subject with your daughter.   What does eager mean?  What is the opposite of eager? Can you think of a time when you were working with eager hands? Can you tell me a time when you weren't working with eager hands?  This is also a great time to share with your daughter some examples from your life of eagerness and lack of eagerness!  Like when you're doing your 50th load of laundry of the week -are you eager? LOL

Here's Holly reciting this week's verses-yes, I learned them too. But I'm on a makeup strike since it's my last week of no work and I don't want to do that to you! :) {Forgive, the sounds of the Olympics in the background!}

See you next week!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

School Supply Strike

We have some unwritten rules about school supplies around here.  They look something like this:

And guess who made these commandments?  THE MOM.  That would be me.  My kids wouldn't know any better to make these rules.  My husband would hand the kids a carpenter pencil and steno pad to take to school if it were up to him.   I have no one to blame for this but myself.   

I have fond memories of the new shoes, backpacks and "cute" new school supplies, and I guess I've wanted my children to have those same fond memories.  (pretty good excuse, don'tchathink?)

I'm currently reading the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.  

Here's what it's about:

This book is changing me-BIG TIME.  I want to turn off may cable, go feed the poor, throw away 90% of my wardrobe, get rid of my iPhone...ummm, well, let's not go that far.  But you get the picture. 

And unfortunately, school supplies are an innocent bystander caught in the whirlwind of my convicted heart.  So here's what I'm doing about it:

1.  I went school shopping WITHOUT my children.  No peer (or kid) pressure.  Just me and the list and sale items.  Like what I got or lump it.  Or buy your own with your own money.  TAKE.THAT.
2.  I kept all of their supplies that were returned from last year.  I inventoried everything and crossed of the things that I could from the current list.  This meant blacking out their "number" from last year with a Sharpie.  This means I tore out the only 5 pages that were used in the composition book.  This means I'm sending in a ton of notebook paper that's not packaged out of an old notebook.
3.  They are going to reuse their Jansport backpacks from last year.  I washed them in the washing machine and they're as good as new-Oh, yes I did...
4.  I am not buying my children new shoes. They both received brand spankin' new shoes from Nana late in the school year last year.  And they are nice, and they still fit with room to grow.
5.  We're gathering items from around the house.  We have a GAZILLION dry erase markers and pencils around this place and gosh darnit they're going to get used, finally.
6.  I will make sure my kids have a 1 week supply of uniforms.  My kids don't need 3 weeks worth of uniforms.  We have this dandy thing called a washing machine and I do laundry like every week. Do the math.

So should I feel like the worst parent ever because my kids backpacks won't have that new backpack smell? Should I let mommy guilt set in because I'm not creating "new memories" for my kids?  
NO STINKIN' WAY! In fact it should be just the opposite.  I think I should get the Mom Of The Year Award.  I should receive the Nobel Peace Prize or something.  
I wrote the rules, I can change them.  

I want to raise kids who appreciate what they have and learn to be good stewards of all that God has provided.  I don't want them to live in excess, like so many of us do.  

So this whole school supply mutiny, is just one small step for momkind-
Are you brave enough to take it?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

A Proverbs 31 Daughter

I have been studying Proverbs 31 over at {and I've been loving every minute of the study! If you haven't already, check it out here! }

As I've been studying this passage, God put my daughter on my heart.  I love being a mom of a daughter.  I love the ministry I have right here in my home with my children.  So as I pondered Proverbs 31 and my daughter I thought, "Wouldn't it be easier to be that Proverbs 31 woman if we had learned about her at a younger age?"  Thus, this series "A Proverbs 31 Daughter".  My 8 year old daughter and I are memorizing this passage together and learning about what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman!   I've always been a firm believer in making sure that we understand what we're memorizing.  The goal of memorization is not just to be able to regurgitate words. As we memorize, I will focus on one attribute of the verse(s) that will be meaningful to my daughter as an 8 year old.  Then, each week, I'll share our progress in our memorization, as well as the lessons we learn as we focus on sections of the passage.

This week's verses are 10-11.

Connection:  Our lesson for these verses is that a wife of noble character is hard to find, like the ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz.  The wicked witch wanted those ruby red slippers from Dorothy because they were rare.    
Questions for Understanding:  
What does noble mean?  Noble means extraordinary.  The Proverbs 31 woman can only be noble if she trusts God.

What can you trust God for? Possible answers may be food, taking care of my family, taking care of me- solicit that we should trust God for everything! 

Why is your birthday special? (solicit answers like "it only comes once a year", "it doesn't happen often") Use these responses as a springboard to talk about that the Prov. 31 woman is special because she is hard to find and she's not someone you meet everyday.  

{Tip: As you discuss these verses with your daughter-keep it short and sweet.  A good measure to keep your daughter's attention is keep your discussion to about 1 minute per year of her age.  My talks with Holly won't be any longer than 8 minutes.  Any longer and you'll lose their interest. And make sure you let her talk-don't dominate as if you are lecturing her!}

See you next time as we dive into verses 12,13, & 14!

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