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Being crafty...

I like finding $1 deals! Bought 3 turtle necks- sizes L-XL at $1 each. Such nice fabric and lots of possibilities. Made a couple hats for starters. I just used the neck part for the hat.

I have visions of cozy pants and maybe a few baby tops- if I can ever figure out how in the world to do this. Tops have always eluded me... well that's not true... I think I lack the patience to stick with it. But with only a few dollars invested in this fabric... I think I can do a bit of experimenting until I get it. I'm not a good pattern reader... but that is probably where I really need to start. Do it by the pattern first and then veer off and make up my own.

I've started up another set of magnetic ABC's... but as you can see, this is where they are ending up- anywhere but the fridge :) ... so A, B, & C is probably all that he's going to get for the moment.

And I've managed to get a few quilting projects started... but won't post pictures until those gifts are gifted. But it is good that I've FINALLY started on them. :)


Keeping this blog updated is quite a task these days. I've been taking pictures like crazy, thinking of things to write about, but just not finding the time to write them down and upload pictures. So today, I'm for-going my nap (which would be nice since the little man was up before the sun today) to get some pictures and updates written.

We are in the middle of teething!!! Molars galore! This past month 3 have popped up. Not sure if that is the culprit of early mornings or what. And we are almost weaned. The last one to go is the evening bed-time feed. This is going to be hard.

{ Can you see how peaceful he is after that last feeding? It makes bed time so nice!}

Technically this week was my goal to be done... but it's so hard!! Which makes me think of something else that I've realized. Parenting your child isn't so much about exercising discipline in your child's life, but in your own. It's easy to let little things slide. It takes a lot of discipline on my part to keep up the schedule, to keep the rules/guidelines, to keep saying no - especially when he's seeing just how far he can go. Anywho, random realization.

Books are still one of his favorite things... it's fun to catch moments like this where he is reading on his own.

I'll post more pictures another day... crafts... :)

Practicing love...

{So I started this post on Valentines Day... and never got it finished. :) }

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.... 8 Love never fails.... {ref link}

I've been reflecting upon what it means to love someone- what that looks like, how I can do that. And in that process thoughts and memories of missed opportunities and outright denials- choosing to be rude, selfish, & hateful- have come to mind. I'm not proud of those moments. I wish I hadn't. I wish someone would have said something... I would hope that I would have listened... though- honestly probably not. A lot of growth has occured these past 30yrs.
A place I failed miserably growing up was within my own family. It seems like family can be some of the hardest people to choose to be loving towards. It can be hard... to say nice things, to do helpful things, to think of your mom or dad, brother or sister first. To forgive outright and trust again. To not be disgruntle, to be truthful and obedient. If someone were to watch you in your home environment, what would they see? Even in public... how do you respond to a family member's request or just how you treat them in general? Are you practicing love? Or is it selfishness, and rudeness? Do you take the time to listen or be with them? Or do you brush them aside? What thoughts are going through your mind? What words are coming out of your mouth?

I guess the point of this post is to remind you--- Don't forget family... they are where you practice either love or selfishness the most... where habits are formed... good and bad... work on building good habits in your family...

These are the two I get to practice loving each day...

Who is it that God has placed in your life to practice loving? Practice- trial and error, a process. Not a means to an end... a life long journey.
Happy Valentines Day...

For Small Hands...

There is a website that I'm very much enjoying. For Small Hands. It is a Montessori learning store... so all these tools and items are kids size.
How fun are these?

I wish I was gardening this year- cause even last year Elijah was all over my tools. How fun could this be? I've got my eyes on other fun items on this website...

He did get plastic ones for Christmas, so we'll use those until they break. I suppose we can still go out into the garden and dig around for the fun of it. We'll see how it goes...

I'm pretty sure I'm getting the broom, just going to make sure there isn't something in a store around here that is comparable first. Then we can sweep at the same time (well ideally... he likes to have all coveted items at once).
And there is so much more on that site that would be fun in the future (real tools!, other games), but he's a bit too young just yet.
I need to be more intentional about the day... teaching him things. I have been reading up on the Montessori method and the ideas they have. Having him help with chores, show him daily life are going to be the most interesting things. Plus I need to work on talking aloud about the things I'm doing. It's so easy to "go into myself" and have internal dialogues and forget that he can and will learn from my speech- especially since I'm the only one around most of the day. Today he helped me wipe the counter and I put a chair next to the sink so he could climb up and watch me wash dishes. He mostly put his hand in the water to eat the bubbles. :) I think the next thing is going to starting to help me pick up toys before we go up for bath time. I've tried before and it usually becomes a race- how many toys can I pick up before he takes them all out again. :) However, I was encouraged today to see him put his puzzles and container of blocks back on the shelf when he was done. That lasted for 2 minutes and he dumped them all out again. But little by little right?
And the next thing I would like to get are some step stools for the toilet and washing hands in the bathroom. Partly for him to learn how to do this more independently, and partly for me so that I don't have to lift him cause that is not getting any easier. :)
If you're curious and have time, the Montessori website I'm reading up on is here-> Montessori Homeschooling

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