Thursday, April 1, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Word to the Why's

I had a great morning at MOPS this morning! I love the girls at my table. I feel like our table has really bonded this year. But then we've kinda been through a lot together this year.

But this morning we had a speaker come in and talk about parenting and discipline strategies and give us some of the basic principles behind "Parenting with Love & Logic". She had some great suggestions for eliminating power struggles, and I even got to have my own question answered about how to get my 3 year old out of the habit of constantly asking why.

Her suggestion was to tell D that I only want him to ask "why" when he really does want to know something and to only ask me once. I can keep a little notebook with me and write down his question to answer later when I have time to get into it. If he only asks once he gets a skittle or m&m or whatever and if he asks again, Mommy gets a skittle. Later in the day we can have a meeting of the minds and follow up on his questions.

I think it validates his inquiries and offers motivation for him not to flippantly pester me on & on with "why". It will definiely take some offort on my part though, and follow-through on the written questions. I'm willing to try it.

What do you think? How have you dealt with the never-ending "why"?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I laugh in your general direction

I came across this in my latest issue of Parents magazine. You might be a paranoid overprotective nutcase of a parent if . . .

Actual quote from the ad: "Falling on a hard surface while learning to walk can be traumatic for both toddler and parent. Thudguard protective helmet helps to protect your child by reducing the impact of falls or collisions and lessening the chance of head injury."

But what I want to know is this: Who will protect your child from unreasonable fears and phobias and pay for the years of therapy it will take get over them?

Josh & I were ROFL. :)

What we've been listening to

I've been trying to bring myself to purchase more kid music for D & Linky, but most of the kid stuff out there is SOOOOO ANNOYING! This, however is familiar and fun without being obnoxious. The songs are arranged in a really up-beat way that is fun for everyone to listen to. I'll be buying more Go Fish music in the near future!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I know it's silly, but I'm excited!

I just ordered new shoes for Lincoln (probably the only new shoes he'll get until he's 15), and I'm super excited because I think they're so cute! And I got a decent deal on them (paid less than I could have), and the store owner offered to deliver them to me! What?!? She was so nice! Costco may have some competition for all time best customer service.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What can we do for the children of Haiti?

We've all given a few dollars to the red cross at the grocery store checkout. We have prayed earnestly with our families around the dinner table. It seems like there is little we can do to impact the lives of children suffering in Haiti after the earthquake. But there is something we can all do. There has been much cooperation between countries and ministries in Haiti working together to help people who have been injured and displaced, but now it appears that there is a problem. I have linked to a post from the blog of God's Littlest Angels, the orphanage in Haiti that Josh & I are praying for, giving to, and feel God has led us to be personally involved with.

The children of Haiti need our prayers, but they also need us to advocate for them. Could you take a few minutes out of your day and call your Congressmen and let them know about this situation? It's a small thing you can do that could make a big difference in the lives of children in Haiti.

Here's a link to a site where you can easily find contact information for your representatives and senators.

Here's a quick synopsis of the problem:

1. There are orphanages like God’s Littlest Angels who are waiting and able to take care of the wounded and displaced children and UNICEF isn’t allowing them to. The Dutch, Haitian, US and Canadian governments worked very hard at getting the orphaned children who already had forever families waiting for them out of the country and home to their families. Why? 2 reasons – 1) To keep those kids safe but also 2) to create space in the orphanages to care for the children who are suffering because of this earthquake.

2. UNICEF appears to feel that it’s better for these displaced children to stay in tent cities in the badly damaged areas in Port rather than in orphanages that have food, water, medical care, a decent structure and paid professional caregivers waiting to give them love, attention and care. Ask the media and the governmental offices, what’s the sense in that?

3. We at God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage know that adoptions are closed for the time being. We are prepared to and plan on devoting significant resources to helping reunite those who have living family members with their family members. God’s Littlest Angels has and will dedicate the resources that it takes to make sure the kids are well cared for and that all governmental rules are followed in all countries involved.

4. We need UNICEF and the US and Canadian Governments to change this policy immediately and get these children out of tent cities and into adequate facilities like GLA. Not next week, not Friday, TODAY.

It is not an overstatement to say that some of the children in these tent cities are at a much greater risk of disease and infections, some of which could be fatal, due to the careless, thoughtless and selfish behaviors of the people at UNICEF and that needs to change NOW.

Thank you for spreading the word and pressuring those who need to make changes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Putting Our Money Where Our Heart Is

We were on our way to drop D off at Awana Cubbies this evening, and for some reason I felt prompted to tell Josh about something that has been on my mind and heart all day today. Without any sort of introduction I just blurted out, "I think it would be awesome if we could adopt a child who has been orphaned in this earthquake in Haiti."

Cue crickets chirping.

"You mean right now?" Josh asked.

"Well . . . yeah. What do you think?"

"I'm open to it."

We went to dinner after we dropped D off and continued to discuss the idea. Then after we put the boys to bed tonight we had Fox News on, and would you believe Greta was interviewing an American missionary who works at an orphanage in Haiti? The orphanage is God's Littlest Angels, and thankfully no one at the orphanage was injured or killed in the earthquake. They are several miles from Port-au-Prince which was the center of the quake and has been devastated by the quake and continuing aftershocks.

The Board Members of God's Littlest Angels here in the States have set up a fundraiser for earthquake relief for the orphanage but also for aid to the people of Port-au-Prince and and the surrounding area. Their goal is to have 1000 people from all over the world each raise $1000 of donations. We have decided we want to be one of the families that helps to raise $1000. Would you be willing to help us reach that goal? We have donated $100 and are hoping 9 or more of our friends who read this will do the same.

We would also love for you to pray with us about the possibility of God placing one of these beautiful children in our family. It might just be the emotions of the moment, but I don't really think it is.