Month: November 2013

Baking for the Children’s Justice Center

Baking for the Children’s Justice Center

Last weekend Eliza and 4 of her darling friends spent about 6 hours making, baking, and delivering bread as part of their service project for their English class. They chose to raise money for the Children’s Justice Center by baking pulla, French bread, pumpkin chocolate…

RWM: We’ll make sponge cake

RWM: We’ll make sponge cake

For some months I’ve been nibbling on a book, listening to it page by page while I drive, exercise, or work. I’d like to “read” it all in one chunk, but since I like doing so many other things as well, I am digesting it…

3T: Inspire your children

3T: Inspire your children

tidy basketYou never know how you might inspire your children, or how your example will affect them.

A week ago I was up late, distressed over something, so I went to fold the two loads of clean laundry in the mud room.

My daughter’s clothes was there, so I decided to fold them for her. (The children normally fold their own clothes.) The next morning I told her they were folded and asked her to get the piles and put them away in her room.

She did. Then she brought me her PJs and asked me if I would do my “magic folding” of her PJs. I said OK, and showed her how to do “magic folding,” as she put it. Then she brought me her baskets from her armoire to show me how she had neatly arranged her clothing in her baskets.

The reason this was so surprising to me was that she has shown ZERO interest in having neatly folded clothing before. OR neatly arranged baskets. Period.

So this represented a curious departure from her previous attitude and behavior.

I had to consider why this, why today?

I remembered a phrase from a priesthood blessing I received years ago. I was told that if I would inspire my children, they would follow.

There are two interesting things about this: 1. I never know exactly what it is that will inspire a child; and 2. As I have focused on serving my family with more love and without complaint, and as I have really tried to make home a place my children feel safe and loved and special (which includes praising more and finding fault less), my children have responded in kind (no pun intended). They have been more willing to serve without being asked. They have been more considerate. They have expressed more gratitude.

I know that it helps that my children are the ages that they are, but still, I feel so grateful for this return on my investment! We have had some really awesome moments!

So I will keep on trying to inspire my children by trying to be a little more Christlike everyday. It is WORTH IT: not just because of how my children respond, but because of how we all feel towards each other. Our relationships are better.

I won’t fold my daughter’s laundry every week, but maybe by helping her out when I can, she will continue to appreciate the beauty of order and a love for a job well done.

Who knows?

Happy Inspiring,

Liz 🙂

Mmmm/FF: Cinnamon Kettle Corn

Mmmm/FF: Cinnamon Kettle Corn

Friday night the wind was blowing a gale, so we invited some friends over, made cinnamon kettle corn and hot chocolate, and watched a movie. Homemade cinnamon kettle corn is so delicious and a fast, healthy dessert option, especially when it’s cold outside! We have an…

Conversion Stories

Conversion Stories

Before you serve a mission for our church, you are encouraged to know the conversion stories of your family members. What a great invitation! Conversion stories strengthen me because they remind me of how brave my ancestors were. That reminds me that if they can…

FF: Brave by Vocal Point

FF: Brave by Vocal Point

This is one my daughters’ favorite songs right now, and I think that Vocal Point does a great rendition. We’re big a cappella fans around here. Liza and her friends have some amazing voices together, and we’ve been enjoying hearing them as they work together on a class service project this week, mixing music while planning how to bake and raise money for a community need.

I walked in after running a child to swim yesterday to see the tennis racquets out and air band goin’ on.

Love it.

(I love the bass voice in this video! Talk about how low can you go…)

And now we’ve made it to Friday. Thank heaven. Time for some more singing!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving Break,

Liz 🙂

 

 

 

FF: Christmas Gift Rotation

FF: Christmas Gift Rotation

Christmas gift preparations begin in earnest around Thanksgiving at our home. The children are already asking for the Christmas Giving Rotation Charts to know who they are giving to this year. So I dug it out and posted it here, so now I can always remember where…

Psst! Play!

Psst! Play!

I dropped by choir at our school today only to find my mom (one of the directors) sporting treble clef glasses. What a riot! This reminded me of a book I listened to this summer, FISH! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, which…

Thanksgiving Day Parade and Inspiring Creativity

Thanksgiving Day Parade and Inspiring Creativity

Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet.

I love children’s biographical books: true stories about real people’s lives give us insight into how history is shaped by people who were once children, and how their childhood affected what they accomplished as adults.

Tony Sarg loved discovering how things move. This led to his learning how to make marionettes, which led to his creating the first hot air balloon characters we see today in parades such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Balloons Over Broadway 2

This book has wonderful illustrations using a variety of media. It’s a great way to help a child see that by exploring all the good things s/he wants to learn about can lead to developing his or her abilities to enjoy creating and doing good for others.

And it’s another great example of how immigrants have made up the history of our country in so many, many ways!

Happy Inspiring,

Liz 🙂

3T: “I’m so grateful to be your mother.”

3T: “I’m so grateful to be your mother.”

Words are so powerful. Not too many years ago, I heard a woman say that her mother would tell her something like, “How did I ever get so lucky to be your mother?” I decided I wanted to tell my children that. So when I…