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Nonverbal Lessons

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Recently our city had an outdoor fair at a park downtown. It was a beautiful, sunshiny day so we decided to take the children. When we walked in the entrance to the park, one organization was handing out kites. Another was handing out helicopter spinners. Another provided sidewalk chalk. The park was the perfect setting. The children had looked at the helicopter spinners and didn’t quite know what to do with them. Helicopter spinners are straight sticks attached to what looks like a helicopter blade at the top. These were made out of blue plastic. Wooden sticks are sometimes used as well. Only Jeff knew what to do with the unusual sticks. He adeptly put the stick between his hands and began to roll it back and forth. At the right moment, he let it go and it soared...

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Hide and Seek?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 1 comment

Not too long ago we added on to our house. The addition was built in the side yard so the process began with new foundations being poured. Once they were set, it was fun to see progress each day. One day after the studs were erected, one of my grandchildren came running in the house. “Hey, Rose, let’s play hide and seek in the new house.” I looked out the window. “In the new house?” “Yes, come on, it will be fun.” So we went out to the new construction. The children decided who was “it” and the game began. I looked at those studs. Most were 2” x 4.” I looked at those skinny little boards. I’m not sure what my dimensions were at the time but I wasn’t sure how I was going to find any space...

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Don’t Bypass God

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

I waited in the game room at church for Grace to come out of her Wednesday evening activities. Her weekday school teacher, Miss Wanda, was in the same room and she and I chatted while we passed the time until Grace and her class were dismissed. It wasn’t long until we heard the children coming down the hall. The adults turned toward the door. I smiled when I saw Grace come around the corner. “Hey, Grace!” I said as I opened my arms. Grace rushed past me straight over to Miss Wanda. “Miss Wanda!” Grace, and all the children, love Miss Wanda. Grace threw her arms around Wanda and smiled straight up into her eyes. She turned around, looked at me and said, “Oh, hi, Rose.” “Hi, Grace. How was your class?” “Good. Did you see Miss Wanda is...

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Follow the Light

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our chickens love to run free in the yard. Occasionally one decides to rebel and not join the others when they go back into the chicken yard at dark. Such was the case with Jewel. Jewel sat on the top fence rail seemingly confused about which way to go. From the outside looking in, it seemed that all she had to do was leap off and fly right back into the chicken coop. But it seemed the thought of going either way had paralyzed her. My husband went out to close the coop doors and Jewel still sat on the fence. She looked behind her and in front of her trying to decide what to do. Her body language shouted fear and indecision. Hubby gently lifted her from the fence and put her inside the chicken yard and Jewel...

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Overflowing Praise

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Five-year-old Baylor sat on the kitchen counter. As she stirred the cookie dough she sang. The song never seemed to end and her demeanor was one of pure joy. I didn’t recognize the song but the words were precious words of praise. I wish I had had my hands on the camera record button instead of in cookie dough. Several days later I asked her, “Baylor, would you please sing the song you were singing the other day? I’d like to record it so I can listen over and over again.” “What song?” “The one you sang when you were sitting on the counter the other day. It was about praising Jesus.” “Oh, that’s not a song. I was just making up the words while I was singing. It is not really a song.” Baylor had spent our entire...

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What is in the Mirror?

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

“Can we make a video of us?” Two-year-old Baylor came into my office and walked up to my office chair. “Sure. What do you want to talk about?” I pulled her up in my lap. “Just talk,” she said. We turned on the camera and started talking. For a minute we exchanged pleasantries, made funny faces, and conversed about various things. Time came to view our work. I pushed play and Baylor watched intently. She laughed at every antic. “Oh,” she said raising her arm to the top of her head, “I have a bow.” Evidently she hadn’t looked in the mirror that morning after she was dressed. She had no idea she was wearing a bow in her hair even though it was midday. “You look very pretty,” I said. “I love your pretty curls and especially your...

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