Month: February 2016

Children need sunlight

Children need sunlight

These bulbs just love the sunshine and warmth! Reminds me of what children need to flourish, too: “Children need sunlight. They need happiness. They need love and nurture. They need kindness and refreshment and affection. Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can…

Happier Cellist

Happier Cellist

Listening to 30 minutes of one song on repeat could drive you crazy–unless you are doing focused practice and get to listen to other music of your choice for the other required listening time. This is what we are trying right now, and I think…

Books written for specific children

Books written for specific children

I have noticed that some of the best children's books ever written were written as a gift for a specific child. #thelionwitchandthewardrobe #cslewis #childrensliterature #childrensbooksrecommendations #nonministrarisedministrare

I have noticed that some of the best children’s books ever written were written as a gift for a specific child. #thelionwitchandthewardrobe #cslewis #childrensliterature #childrensbooksrecommendations #nonministrarisedministrare

Stepping through the Wardrobe with some earphones

Stepping through the Wardrobe with some earphones

I love listening to a good book on my phone if I’m doing laundry, trying to get back to sleep at night, or helping a child relax and fall sleep at bedtime. I loved hearing to whom the book was dedicated. #audible #audiobooks #bookrecommendations #cslewis…

Nurturing seeds of divinity

Nurturing seeds of divinity

There is so much we nurture as mothers: when we show a child how to sort their laundry or carry down their laundry basket or how to treat a stain and then help them until they can do it for themselves, we help them learn…

30-Minute Family Council miracle

30-Minute Family Council miracle

It's a red letter day at our house: we started and ended family council in just barely over 30 minutes (the timer on Lane's phone went off towards the end of my closing prayer)! How we accomplished this: Lane and I prayed about it and talked quite a bit about the agenda beforehand. We prepared a typed agenda with the specific number of minutes we could spend on each of our three topics: 1) family business and planning; 2) problem solving; and 3) goals. We covered quite a few topics from Saturday work, scooping poop, spring break and clothing expenditures in the family budget. Hooray! I'm especially excited to be able to use technology to engage everyone so we can move towards being an ever better team. I really did feel like our prayers were answered! #familypower #familyunity #familycouncil #Sundays #solvingproblemstogether #togetherwecandoanything #loveourfamily #agendashelp

It’s a red letter day at our house: we started and ended family council in just barely over 30 minutes (the timer on Lane’s phone went off towards the end of my closing prayer)! How we accomplished this: Lane and I prayed about it and talked quite a bit about the agenda beforehand. We prepared a typed agenda with the specific number of minutes we could spend on each of our three topics: 1) family business and planning; 2) problem solving; and 3) goals. We covered quite a few topics from Saturday work, scooping poop, spring break and clothing expenditures in the family budget. Hooray! I’m especially excited to be able to use technology to engage everyone so we can move towards being an ever better team. I really did feel like our prayers were answered!

#familypower #familyunity #familycouncil #Sundays #solvingproblemstogether #togetherwecandoanything #loveourfamily #agendashelp

P.S. We gave each person a 3×5 card and pencil to write down any questions or concerns that we didn’t have time to address during the 30-minutes that we could address later.

P.S. This hasn’t been sustainable yet. We don’t always have time to plan this detailed in advance of family council, and we also have to take time to discuss things more. Ah, best laid plans. We keep on trying!

Seven Brides and Brothers

Seven Brides and Brothers

Friday night movie: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It’s such a classic! We laughed and laughed and joined in on some of the songs. Rebecca could quote the lines after being in the musical at school. Such amazing dancing and some fabulous corny musical moments.…

Leaky ceilings (from leaking bathroom floors)

Leaky ceilings (from leaking bathroom floors)

And then this happened. #leakingceiling #duringdinnerprep #laughable #justlife #couldbeworse  

Boots and Crutches

Boots and Crutches

Both sons in walking boots and on crutches. What are the odds? #tornligaments #brothers #makingmemories

Both sons in walking boots and on crutches. What are the odds?

#tornligaments #brothers #makingmemories

Lunch with Mom

Lunch with Mom

The great thing about having a child home from school who is recovering from (non-stomach flu) illness is being together. #lunchwithmom #sickdays #homelunches