I know I probably shouldn't admit this... but I really enjoy staying home from church with a newborn. Don't get me wrong, I love going to church and miss attending the meetings but it is also really sweet to have a few hours where all my attention can be devoted to my new little boy. I love snuggling up on the couch with him to read my scriptures and listen to music knowing that there isn't anyone who needs my time more. We've had some really sweet moments together the last couple of Sundays. I know that they can't last forever ( we did go to Sacrament meeting last week) but I am sure going to miss these mommy-baby dates when they are over!
I enjoyed this video of Shannon from The Redheaded Hostess teaching about how she does her scripture journals. It was fun to get to hear how she got started and what she has learned over the years from keeping a scripture journal. I loved how she stressed the need for women to keep a record of their spiritual insights for their children and grandchildren. Imagine how incredible it would be if women like Sarah, Deborah, Nephi's Wife, or Mary the Mother of God had kept scripture journals and recorded what they had learned. That would be a real treasure.
Shannon gives some really good tips about getting started with scripture journaling and I can't encourage you enough to start doing this if you aren't already.
Also, here is how I use my scripture journal.
We are doing a "homemade" Christmas this year. Last year we were so focused on presents, presents, presents that we lost focus of what Christmas is all about. As my husband likes to say we were "grinchy" and it really wasn't a very good Christmas. So this year we thought we'd try to keep things simpler. But I am a bit stumped about what to give grandparents for Christmas. I'd like it to be something that the kids can make but I don't want it to be hard or expensive. Any ideas for easy, inexpensive gifts that kids can make for their grandparents that they will actually use?
I appreciated everyone's comments in my "Teaching Children about Sexual Intimacy" post. My hope was to get people talking and I'm glad that you did! I just wanted to share a link that Alea shared in her comment. It is from the blog Be One and is called "Miss Rain's Moment of Truth". In it the author shares (with her daughter's permission) the conversation they had when she first taught her about intimacy. It is fantastic. She gives so many good ideas for how to approach your children and how to talk to them about sex. I especially loved what she said at the end:
In the end, we all went to bed that night with humble and happy hearts. I had truly been inspired in my words. We have followed up with her a time or two since then to see if her little mind has formulated more questions or concerns, and truly she is at peace. This conversation has since led to the explanation of menstrual cycles and, she is equipped. It is empowering to send her to school, or anywhere knowing that the spirit has confirmed truth to her tiny, tender heart. It was one of the greatest conversations we have shared. One I look forward to in the future with her siblings.
Rick Shatz- President and CEO of the National coalition for the protection of children and families said this in reference to teaching our kids about sex, "Decide what the right age is- subtract three years- and you're only one year late, and that isn't a joke. This is the reality of where we are in the world today." If the "right age" seems to be 12, 13, or 14... then his statement and the next statement as well, rings true: John R. Sealy, Md.- assistant clinical professor of psychology- UCLA said, "It is important to have dialogue about sex with your children. Much younger than teen, certainly by 8 or 9."
Everyone will have a different experience as it is unique to each child. Arming them with powerful information and peace is the ultimate goal to fight the temptations that come in life. Namely promiscuity, pornography, infidelity, self abuse, and others. I am grateful to have Miss Rain's permission to share our great day to any bloggers who choose to read or want to learn. She hopes all of your kids "feel happy too."
I send my best to every parent - everywhere. Do all you can. Read the whole post.
Just in case you haven't noticed by now grammar and spelling are NOT my strong points. In fact, lets just be honest--- I STINK at them. Once in High School I was entered in the proofreading competition at a journalism conference. I had to read through 20 or 30 pages of text and correct the grammar, style, punctuation, and spelling. I thought that I had done a fairly good job but when I got my entry back I found that I had failed miserably. In fact I got the worst score my journalism teacher had ever seen in his 20 years of teaching. He kindly told me that even though I was a fantastic writer I was by far the worst copy editor he'd ever had on his newspaper staff! I haven't gotten much better since then.
I am a little self conscious of the fact that many of my blog posts have typos and spelling mistakes. The problem is that I often don't notice them at all. I will read through my post to proofread it and my mind will automatically fill in the missing words, skip over the repeated words, and ignore the misspelled words. The same is true of other people's writing. I NEVER notice misspellings or typos. So either other people don't ever make mistakes (possible) or my mind is just really good at seeing only what I want to see. My husband says that this is reflective of my personality-- that I am really good at seeing past people's mistakes and faults and look more on their heart. I'd like to think that this is true. It is sure sounds a lot better than just being a space cadet!
I guess what I am trying to get at is please forgive my typos and my misspellings. I try my hardest, but most of the time my posts are written during nap time or with a child crawling all over my lap. I wish I had more time to make sure they were polished and perfect but I don't. So please be patient with me and try to see past my mistakes... because I make a lot of them.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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