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Lessons from Houdini

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Houdini’s out again!” Addi pointed out the window. All the other children ran to see. “Yep,” said Jeff. “There she is!” Houdini is our escape-artist, our chicken escape artist. She flies to the top of the small coop, jumps over to the fence rail, then flies to the ground. She never ventures far and the odd thing is that she never seems to mind going back into the chicken yard. Houdini loves Bud, however, and the minute he comes out the back door, Houdini runs as fast as she can up the hill to the house and falls in step with him. In the beginning Bud had to take bread and create a crumb path back to the coops. But it didn’t take long for Houdini to follow Bud just about anywhere he is working in the yard. Houdini...

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Fire Building and Children

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Recently my husband and I went on a mini vacation. Being a good Trail Life leader, he was spending his time learning new fire-building techniques from an online video. Being a good wife, I sat down on the couch beside him and watched. As I watched, I realized just how much fire building is like raising children. First we have to get the spot ready. Hopefully, before we ever have children we have prepared our home with a foundation of love and faith. The success of the fire depends on the type of foundation that is laid. The video suggested two strong logs as the basis for your fire building. Mom and Dad are those strong logs which hold everything else up. Once children come into the home, you begin building upon that foundation. Fires must be built so...

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Are You a Rooster Parent?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

There was a tremendous commotion in the chicken yard. I looked out the window to see a lone goose about ten feet away from the coop fence. He was just searching for bugs and basically minding his own business. But the chickens were not happy about the goose’s presence. The hens went under the coops or either in the coop to the roosts. Once they were settled, the roosters each assumed a post nearby. In the door of each of the two hen houses sat a rooster. His body filled the open space and the hens remained safely tucked inside. How many times as a parent do we try to be the “rooster” for our children? We see some kind of perceived danger and immediately want to position ourselves between our children and that danger. But is that really...

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Good Choices

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Sunday morning my husband received a text from our son. Dad, can you come get Lisabeth? She doesn’t want to go into her Sunday School class. Because our Sunday schedules are different, we occasionally leave church just as our son’s family is coming in. Once or twice we have taken Lisabeth home with us. However, this particular day, we were staying for our Sunday School class. Sure, I’ll be glad to come get her. She can stay in our class with us, my husband texted. My husband left and went down to the children’s area of the church to pick up Lisabeth. When he got there, Lisabeth was in her class playing happily with her friends. “What happened?” my husband asked. “I thought she didn’t want to go into her class.” “She didn’t,” my son said with a grin....

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Bears

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Sh!” Baylor turned to me as we went up the steps. “Be quiet so the bears won’t hear us.” The bears? Baylor and I had just left my office and were heading up toward the sanctuary. “Are there bears in the church?” I asked. “Sh! They might hear us. Walk softly.” Although I wasn’t convinced it was necessary for me to crouch behind this three-year-old and be on the lookout for bears, I complied. As we came to the curtained area where cameras were hidden on Sunday, I asked, “Should I look behind the curtain for bears?” Finger still to her lips, she shook her head and motioned for me to follow her. We continued on high alert for bears until we reached our destination—the church history room. Relieved that we didn’t see any bears and feeling safe to...

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Sharing with the Chickens

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

My husband often takes the children with him to the chicken coop. They love to come back into the house with their baskets full of freshly laid eggs. Recently he took three-year-old Elisabeth with him. When he can back into the house he was alone. “Where is Elisabeth?” I asked. “She’s out there with the chickens.” “What? You left our three-year-old outside in the chicken coop? Some of those chickens are as big as she is!” “Just look out the window,” he said. I walked to the kitchen sink and looked out the window. There was Elisabeth sitting on top of one of the coops. All the chickens were gathered around her as if she were the queen. “What’s she doing?” I asked. Hubby grinned. “Well, she took a cup full of sandwich cookies with her. She didn’t want...

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