I finally finished off our New Year letter using Shutterfly and it was super easy!

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Christmas 2012

This year I am giving the kids coupons as Christmas gifts.  I might have time between now and then to make them personalized and printed off but if I don’t I have found these sites to be my back up plan!

I also found this site that is so full of ideas!  I need to spend some serious time looking over all of the ideas.

I have been writing a 31 days of honesty series on my joyful living website and “stuff” has been a topic that keeps coming up . . . I’m hoping to simplify this Christmas.

Be Blessed.

October Adoration Meditation

I am blessed.  When I handed my life over to God and told him that I would do his will and serve him–no matter what . . . joyfully . . . I had no idea that I would be given the opportunity to write for kids about God.  I really thought it was just changing diapers and breakfast, lunch, dinner . . . but God has so much more for us.

This month I was given the opportunity to write about St. Therese.  Her feast day is October 1.  If I had it to write over I would have added that God does small things for us each day–I missed that the first time around but I’ll make sure I get the word out to as many kids as I meet on Monday.

Children’s Adoration Meditation

October 12, 2012

Child-like Faith in God

When you were three years old what did you want to be?  Well, about 130 years ago there was a three year old girl who dreamed of becoming a nun.  Her name was Therese. This little girl lived a very simple life and she devoted it to God. Therese did not give up on her dream to become a nun–at 16 she became a Carmelite nun and she took the name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus.  Her very name reflects her faithful child-like devotion.

Sister Therese had a favorite bible verse Matthew 18:3: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Her goal in life was to remain as a child in the eyes of God.  She wanted to mature, grow in wisdom, and learn new things but she wanted to “keep it simple”.  Child-like is NOT childish silliness.

Sister Therese’s realized that God did not have a big huge plan for her life–God wanted her to do each and everything in “the little way”.  God wanted her to do her best at every little thing.  God wants us to follow “the little way,” too!

Easy?  To do everything with love.  To do our best each and every day. Let’s try it.

Make a list either on paper or in your mind of all the ways that have done your best today.  Just for one-day think about everything you do . . . here are some things for you to think about how you can make some “little changes” . . .

  • are we keeping it simple?
  • are we trying to do your best on your homework?
  • are we feeding the dog, cat, bird, fish in a way that would please God?
  • are our words gentle, loving, kind and respectful?
  • do we look at someone and think we are better?
  • do we laugh at others?
  • do we look away rather than being helpful?
  • do we pray throughout the day?  without someone telling us . . .
  • do we have an honest desire to be with Jesus?
  • are we simple in our wants/needs–do we really need the latest toy or the fanciest clothes?
  • are we respectful to our parents, teachers, friends?
  • do we tackle our chores without complaining or arguing?
  • do we show gratitude for our blessings?
  • do we show God our faithfulness?  how do we show Him we really believe in His plan for our life?

God wants each and everyone of us to “be our own best, in our own little way”.  God wants us to have our own child-like faith.

If you aren’t sure what your own “little way” is–then ask–God will show you.

Scribe Tribe Week 1

Scribe Tribe is an after school writing group.  I want to instill in the kids the fun of writing “God Stuff”.  Our first week was creating a gratitude journal and then the expectation is that the kids will write 3 things each week that they are grateful for.  I love the idea from Ann @ A Holy Experience.

This week we will talk about St. Theresa–her feast day is Monday, October 1st.  She was a writer so that fits in with our theme.  We will talk about adoration and the meditations–Gretchen O’Connor and I trade-off writing them–I want to emphasize that writing can be important even when you are an adult.  We will be writing prayers this week.

Next week we will talk about St. Francis–his feast day is on Thursday October 4th.  I may do a St. Francis craft.

My intention is to update this joyful learning website with information about Scribe Tribe–I will send out an email reminding the kids to bring journal to class.  I want to offer this curriculum to any parent/teacher that wishes to use it.

Be Blessed.

Homeschool Linkup #4

In my life this week . . . taking time to reflect on how important life really is.

In our homeschool this week…we researched turtles a little more and the girls figured out what kind of an indoor winter garden we need to plant–so they have “fresh” food for the winter.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… what works for one kid may (probably won’t) work for another!

I am inspired by… Sarah.

My favorite thing this week was… taking an afternoon off to sit under the electric blanket and read and be read to!  I love when the kids read to me.

What’s working/not working for us… staying up late.

Questions/thoughts I have… wondering if I’ll get this sweater finished before next summer.

Things I’m working on…  my first 2 classes at the school went well 🙂

I’m reading… a new Kindle book–Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places by Angie Kauffman.

I’m cooking…meals for the freezer.

I’m grateful for… life.

I’m praying for… Chris–a Mom of 3 who died on Saturday night.  I pray that her family has peace and understanding.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…  our St. Francis dolls!

I’m linking up with Mother’s Journal