Sunday, June 19, 2011

Taming the TV

So, its really media (tv, computer & games) that I have been working on taming, not just TV, but "Taming the TV" has a nice ring to it. Don't you think?
Anyway... My five year old would watch tv and play video games all the time if I let him. Well, maybe not ALL the time (he does love his legos), but you get the idea. So I am trying out something new to keep his media time in check.
Every day he gets two tickets. Nothing special. I just did a search for "ticket clip art" and found one that I liked and printed off a few. He has the choice to redeem his tickets in a couple of ways. Each ticket can be turned in individually for 30min of either tv or computer time. Or he can turn both tickets in together to get one movie.
It is working so far. Nate has actually gotten into it. And since its something tangible he understands that when the tickets are gone he cannot keep asking for more tv/computer time. As is everything about parenting its a work in progress, but for now its working for us and not against us so that is good! ;-)

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Monday, June 13, 2011


I read a powerful quote the other day. Its so simple yet it impacted me in a big way. It is a Roman proverb that goes like this: "When you lose your sails, row.".

I don't know why but this simple phrase seriously stuck with me. Its so true in all of life, in particular I was struck by how it applies to marriage. Sometimes things are going great, we have the wind in our sails moving us forward. And other times things are rocky, there is turbulence. Should we jump ship? Should we hide in the galley hoping to avoid dealing with what is going on? No! We put in the hard work of rowing and pushing forward even though things are hard. We persevere even when we want to give up.

Life isn't easy, marriage isn't easy. But when hard times come we have the choice to give up or press on. And while sometimes I am tempted to abandon hope, ultimately I choose instead to cling to hope. Because that is what He wants us to do and that is what I hope to teach my children to do as well.

Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Made it all by myself! ;-)

Last fall I was just starting to sew and I thought a pillow case dress would be a good place to start. There are tons of tutorials online. Honestly I can hardly remember which one I ended up using. Anyway, I ended up a little bit off with my proportions and it was too short to be a dress so its sat in Christine's closet until now and it makes a lovely summer top for my lovely little girl!

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