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Archive for October, 2011

Dilemma – Child proofing

So, is it even acceptable to lock your kids in their room? Tragic; My kids 4 and 2 years old have taken it upon them to get out of bed when we are still sleeping, get downstairs… Push the chair to the door, unlock the door chains and take off on their bike! I was super terrified at 7 am to find a house with no kids. I didn’t even know what to do on Saturday morning when my husband said ‘the kids are gone’… I thought “Oh No, where?” all the crazy stuff started going thro my head, I was crying- understatement… I was wailing! We are blessed we lived in a street where we know all our neighbors plus the neighbors on the other streets, so instead of the police & Social Services coming to our doors it was the ever nice, caring neighbors. I thought I was not to prepare for sneaking out until teenage year yet – sigh!

I really wondered what happened to the old good days when or he came into my room and told me good morning and gives me kisses?

Anyway, that evening we were having a few fun friends over for dinner and someone suggested locking them in their room. Lock them in till they are ready to abide by the rules of the house” It made sense… what if they go downstairs and start a fire etc — Its sounds cruel… Does it? But thinking about it’s no different than if he were in a crib and couldn’t get out. If there was a fire the child would not know what to do, right?  I have also thought of a baby monitor but this lil engineer with tear it apart! I know In a perfect world, all mom’s should pounce up energetic and ready to go at 5am before the kiddos get up, but the reality of life isn’t that way. Some mornings you we all just need that extra three minutes… :)-

Any other advice parent out there ? Anybody with a sneaking toddler?

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Marriage Conference 2011

I really can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to attend the Family Life marriage conference two weeks ago ‘a weekend to remember’ with my husband in Lone tree, CO.  We laughed together, learned together and Loved! The speakers (Bryan Loritts and Tim & Noreen Muehlholff) were so knowledgeable and super entertaining! At first the thought of leaving the kids overnight anywhere was overwhelming but at 7:30 am on Saturday it was weird (like nice weird) not to hear somebody scream my name across walls “mommy!!!” – What a nice way to get away, spend time with my husband and hear what plans God has for our family~ this husband of mine is truly my gift from God.  

I loved it that there was a variety of couples in the crowd; – couples who’ve  been married for over 40 years Hoot! Then there was the newlywed and pre-weds Hoot!  I loved the woman to woman session. I almost teared up, Noreen is such a sweet and down to earth wife! Also, all the topics were on point… why marriages fail, unlocking the mystery of marriage, marriage after dark, leaving a legacy etc….Well, long, long time ago I used to think marriage conferences were for people with marital issues But as we attended our 2nd conference in 6 years of marriage this past weekend, we met attendees just like us who use it as an opportunity to keep  focus and develop a Godly marriage & Godly parenting. Also learn more about God’s design for our family! In addition, we saw the true value of constantly investing in our marriage no matter how long we are together.. The weekend was totally worth the investment!

We both agree that we owe that to our three children.

Oh, also I just added lots of books under my to read list ~ Top of the list the are,;

Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel and God’s Design for Sex Series by Stan Jones, Brenna Jones

Marriage, I want to get this… Love & respect: the love she most desires, the respect he desperately needs [Book]

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Thanks Becoming a Strong Woman of God!

“There are lots of things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.” C.S. Lewis

Love ~ Fall Season..

It’s the fall season! I just “FALL in love with the FALL season…. I don’t know, is it because of the trees turning into colorful shades of yellow, gold, orange and red OR the cool and crisp weather, Maybe the comfort food and Hot chocolate, OR maybe the thought of Christmas around the corner? I don’t take it for granted… Winter, spring, summer and fall, yes, I kind of love them all. I grew up in part of the world that did not have seasons, well we only had 3 seasons: rainy, cool and hot in Kenya… my husband would disagree and say there are 2 kinds of seasons in Nairobi, very hot and hotter.Anyway, whatever the reason I am in love with fall — all I know is I love it!

#1. Sweets and hot drinks like chai or hot chocolate just taste better –recipe from Frugal girls.. on my list…

#2. Watching the changing colors of the leaves.

Fall colors Reflected fall colors on North Fork of Tred Avon River, near Easton MD. Chesapeake Bay,Choptank,tributary,season

#3. CROCK POT and Soups ~ Between all of our busy schedules, shortcuts, planning & organizations an CROCK POT meals are key in my house!

#4. The thought that I can wear a sweatshirt and flip flops together, I love!.

#5.  All of the fun fall festivals

#6. .…pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin – Bread, soups and muffins, rolls, and bread

#7. Christmas _ just around the corner

#8. New TV seasons and school is starting up

#9. coats, boots, tights, scarves, you name it.

#10. Thanksgiving with family

Signs Your Child May Be Gifted?

So today I got this list of 20 signs your child is gifted … We are parents who are not stuck in labels. We refuse to…! I sometimes hear parents say “my kid is so smart for a kid of her age… or she/he is one of those smart kids than most kids” Really  and this child is just 1-2 -3-4-5 years old…  They haven’t even started school to be tested against kids their age? …  how would we know a 1-2 -3-4-5 years old is smarter than most kids? Aren’t the ‘smart/gifted’ ones usually the top 10% for their age level? So I assume the only way to truly know if your child is ‘gifted/smarter’ is if you are able to compare their abilities with other children. Ohh, look at this, sometimes this kid is a 1st child or even an only child so who are you comparing him/her to– well maybe a couple or 3-4-5  of his/her friends who are just happy and enjoying the innocence of their childhood? Don’t get me wrong off course when you child is in upper grades you could label them as ‘smart/gifted’ or whatever.. it might make sense at this point to throw in those words…

Anyway, I think I just come from a different school of parenting style …what is important at the early stages to us is are our children happy or how gifted are they in helping, caring for other people’s feeling, gifted in obeying their God and the elders?… and in the meantime encourage them in their God given and learned gifts- not just THE labels.

I think, too much pressure is placed on children these days to be smarter than someone else’s child. I am just happy to help develop my children’s learning, creativeness.

Here is the link from Circle of mom… so GO figure! Most kids I have come in contact with are genius if this is all it takes to be a gifted!!

What do you think? Anybody with a child with a special gift like gift of ‘love’ Gift of Respect….

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” -Einstein

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