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Happy Birthday to Bug!

Three years ago today, I was nowhere near prepared for the dramatic change that was about to take place in my life.  My life became her life.  She was born and everything changed.  She brings so much joy to us all, and I love her VERY much!  The past three years I’ve been learning a lot, and God has chipped away a lot of selfishness from me through caring for her.  I am so glad she’s here.  I can’t imagine life without her!!

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Hello, World!

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One Year

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Two Years

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Three Years Old!

 

I love you, Little Bug!  You are growing up so fast!  Let’s have lots more fun over the next year!  May God pursue you and keep you for the rest of your life.

Love,

Mommy

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What ‘ave Dey Got? (A Lot of Sand??)

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Did we go to the beach?

No, although I would really like to at some point, and had my hopes up for TGC13 in April, alas!

Home Pre-K is in full swing with both kids.  This “semester” I am opting for less structured, more open ended, less stress, and unfortunately more mess activities.  Playing to learn so to speak.  This is home-made play sand, which was a huge success.  On her own, she started singing what she called the sand song, “…the foolish man built his house upon the sand…”  We buried things and found them, learned the words “gritty” and well, “sand,” made towers and castles and covered their toes.  It was a blast.  I love that brother can join in.  I love that it’s a lot less stress on me to just lead her natural play instincts and curiosity into learning.  I think I had too high expectations and designed a kindergarten level curriculum last time.  Oh well, I’ll just wait a few years and keep it around.

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Future preacher?

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He loves it. Can you tell?

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Teamwork

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Interested face.

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Excited face.

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Assisted mess-making.

Moldable play-sand:

I followed Learn with Play at Home’s moon-sand recipe, which is an 8/1 ratio of flour/oil, replacing the flour with ground up rice (left over baby rice cereal from when Bug was a baby, simultaneous cabinet purging.)  It turns out more gritty, but holds form well, and feels pretty much like moist real sand.

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Let it Snow…

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Bug had prayed for two weeks that God would send her snow.  Her first prayer went like this:

“Dear God,

Thank you for the snow.

Jesus Name, Amen.”

Followed by opening her eyes and loudly whispering, “It’s coming!”

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I find that she is often better at praying and trusting than I am.  Every time the clouds moved, she said that God was bringing her snow in them.

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So, here’s our family tradition for when the snow finally showed up.  We bring it inside on a platter and let her build tiny snowmen, touch it, mold it, add sprinkles and food dye to it, whatever she wants.  And this year, Brother got to join in on the fun!

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You gotta taste a little… 🙂

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I’m Gonna Teach You to Fly…

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On my final November day of thankfulness, I made you come all the way to my blog to find out.  But, since you weren’t lazy.  You get to see this.  🙂  We’re expecting again.  Mid July 2013.  Please be praying for us all.  We are very thankful.

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Get a Little Mud on the Tires

Camping!

Oh how I wish we had actually stayed the night.  We went up for the day where the family was staying in Roan Mountain.  As soon as I set foot on the ground I was overwhelmed by bittersweet memories of  former camping trips there, especially one.    This time was wonderful.  It was so thrilling to see my kids enjoying grass and dirt.  It really makes me want to give them a backyard somehow.

Highlights included Bug dancing with some old timey redneck group called the Roan Mountain Moonshiners, a trip to the playground where Gus tried to eat rocks, and splashing with our new rainbow boots in the creek.  Oh, and I’ll stand by my earlier statement.  Not much beats snuggling a baby by a campfire.

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ABC, Easy as 123…

First week of Preschool in the Gibson Home
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A few months ago I felt deliriously inspired to begin homeschool preparations.  I studiously developed a plan of action for teaching Bug along with my own curriculum which I dreamed would one day be published.  Haha.

After about two weeks of that, the sense of it not being anywhere near my projected date of Aug 6 for the first day of school weighing heavily upon me, I, the procrastinator, set it aside for later.  Later showed up around Friday, Aug 3 to be defeated by a pool party on Saturday and church as usual on Sunday.

However, the pressure created by procrastination has historically been my greatest motivator for some seriously A+ work.  The first week of pre-K was no exception.  Like it or not, I will probably always be queen of the last minute.

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I structured it to be an hour each day on Monday Wednesday and Friday.  I decided the theme would be God is holy, because I wanted a good foundation of His character from which to spring forth.  How do you explain “holy” to a two year old?  I don’t know.  It actually had me contemplating God’s holiness a lot for several weeks, which was wonderful.  🙂  I came to the conclusion that it was a really difficult concept to grasp, but I was going to teach it to her as being uniquely and completely pure.  There is only one God.  He is sufficient for Himself on His own.  He is perfect and pure.  That fit nicely into one concept each day.  How would you explain it to your child?

I have made Mondays math days, Wednesdays language days, and Fridays science days.  That way, I don’t leave anything out.  Because we all know I could just as easily do three days of language.  Other days are available for field trips and fun visits.  I’m trying to do a memory verse each day, to highlight that this stuff comes from the Bible and not Mommy’s brain alone.   How is your homeschool structured?

 

Week One:  Theme- God is Holy

Day One:  Academic Focus- Mathematics / Aspect of Holiness- Unique

Memory Verse for day one:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

(Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV)

I hope you get the idea.  There’s only one God.  He is the only one who is holy.  So we combined that and learned about the number one.  She memorized the verse and was able to say it alone by Wednesday.  We did get into a momentary debate where she was trying to say that God was two years old like she is.  She says that about everyone.  Love her heart.

Activities involved:

  • Open up the school box and learn what scissors and glue are and how they work.
  • Pre-writing practice.  Stay within the outline of the number one and the letters O, N, and E.
  • Cut them out and paste them to pink paper.  Use it as memory verse poster.
  • You only have one ______!  (Nose.  Mommy.  Daddy.  God.  Mouth.  Etc…)
  • There is only one you!

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Verse:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
(Revelation 22:13 ESV)

Perfect line up for ABCs in my opinion.  Though I did struggle with whether to teach the verse to her as “Alpha and Omega” or “A and Z.”  I wasn’t sure which one would confuse her less.  Jury is still out.  Any opinions from people who actually know what they are doing?  She did well with another verse and had it down by Friday.  Though, she likes the Deuteronomy verse more.

Activities:

  • Recite ABCs
  • What’s the first letter of the ABCs?
  • What’s the last letter of the ABCs?
  • God says He is the A!
  • God says He is the Z!
  • Discuss concept of “whole” / “complete”  *
  • Pre-writing practice with outlines of A and Z.
  • Practice signing A and Z.
  • Make poster with her work (scissors/ glue) and use to learn verse.

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Day Three: Academic Focus- Science / Aspect of Holiness- Purity.

Verse:

“This God—his way is perfect;”

(Psalm 18:30 ESV)

Preschool didn’t happen until after Daddy came home on Friday, because there was a fiasco of gigantic proportions during would be school time, as we tried to meet him at the library to take him to lunch. However, I guess that counts as a field trip to the library.

So, Daddy helped!

He explained the concept of purity to her as meaning that something is completely clean. We learned the verse, but not as enthusiastically as the others. I wonder if that’s going to be a Friday thing. I hope not. Maybe it was just that we were running late into the day. Then, we did a mini-experiment. Clear glass with clean water= pure. One drop of food coloring=not anymore. I hope you get the idea. It has further implications for later, when she is capable of understanding that just one sin spreads through your life and “taints” you. We are all tainted. God is the only one who is holy. I praise Him for that, and for His loving mercy in saving my soul.

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Chick Fil A

Three reasons I will be attending Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.

Breakfast:  Their Valet Service

This is just one of the many things I appreciate.  There’s already delicious food, a play area, and clean seating all in one location.  Why on earth would I not want to go with my kids?  However, taking two children, the oldest of whom is two, and sometimes three or four children if I am babysitting, is rather difficult.  Leave it to the caring staff and management of Chick-fil-A to come to my rescue.  It’s called Valet Service.  I can drive up, order and pay for everyone’s meal at the window, park my big red family van, and walk into the restaurant.  Awaiting me is a table already laid out with everyone’s food and the appropriate amount of high chairs.  Did I mention if it’s raining they’ve been known to meet me with an umbrella?  Their service is undeniably superb.

Lunch:  Their Kind Staff

Yes.  I assume they are trained to be polite.  I also assume they comb through their potential employees with a politeness aptitude check of some sort.  The employees at my three local Chick-Fil-A locations are the sweetest, most helpful, and most service oriented individuals I have come across in a fast food setting.  I have never once walked in and surprised two of them making out behind the counter (Backyard Burgers) or had my order taken by a young man trying to hide his trip under a ball cap while staring at the breasts of the customer behind me (McDonald’s).

I have:

  • been greeted with a door held open for my double stroller.
  • been remembered at the drive through. (Hey!  How are you doing?  I thought that was you with the #1 no-pickle and a Cherry Coke.  Oh! You had your baby! How wonderful!…)
  • had my order cheerfully fixed from pickle to no-pickle.
  • brought my kids to princess night/ pirate night/ cow appreciation day, complete with staff dressed up and appropriately in character.
  • been helped to my car with an umbrella in the rain.
  • had fresh fries brought out to my table (not by request) because the worker thought my original batch had cooled too much by the time it reached me.

Dinner: The Reason Behind It All

If you haven’t read Dan Cathy’s original statement, please feel free to do so in an excerpt below.  Also, read the secondary report of the interviewer who published the content here: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38314

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.

“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38271

The upper management personally cares about Christian values.  That’s all Cathy claimed to be guilty of.  He denied being a Christian corporation.   He personally claimed to be a Christian individual.  (Not in this excerpt.  Go read the whole article.)  He said nothing whatsoever against homosexual people.  He welcomes all people to his restaurant.  He credits God with his profit and success, and thanks God that he lives in America where he has the freedom to run his business with good values.  He mentioned his financial success funding orphanages, marriage retreats, and college scholarships.  He cares about families.  He is thankful that he is married to his first wife.  It is out of his belief and gratitude that he runs his business in such a wonderful manner and generously gives out of his financial gain to others.

They are not only good at what they do, they have a reason behind it which drives them toward excellence.   

So, there you have it.  The three main reasons I will be joining in on Chick-Fil-A appreciation day on August 1, 2012.  Don’t go anywhere Chick-Fil-A.  I’m glad you are here.

What are yours?  Post them as your status if you’d like so I can read them.  🙂

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