Friday, March 23, 2012

Ki 10 Months.

My baby boy is 10 months old!!! AHH! That is so close to 1! :(

Here is what he is up to these days:
  • He is crusin everywhere!
  • He loves walking with his walking toy
  • He has taken 6 steps without assistance
  • He is now eating veggies by himself!
  • He loves pancakes!
  • He has 6 teeth and another coming in. 
  • He is getting much more of a personality and being much more defiant. 
  • He loves his big sister alot!
  • He loves playing peek-a-boo.
  • He is so funny.
  • He likes pointing to other peoples noses and mouths.
  • He still only says mama when he is upset.
  • He loves playing with doors and cabinets.
  • He is very observant and meticulous (like his daddy).
  • He dances.
  • He loves his squeaky sandals! He bounces in them to make them squeak.
  • He still sucks his thumb and loves his blue minkey blanket.
  • He is still such a sweet boy even though he is much more active as he gets older!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Revolutionary Parenting Review 2

I will finish my thoughts on Revolutionary Parenting in this post. It is not as long as I thought it would be at all! 

In chapter 3, Barna discusses going against the social norms when it comes to parenting. GT and I talk about this often. How does our parenting look different then the majority of the world? What are teaching/doing/ro-modeling that reflects Christ and not just what society deems acceptable or "good" parenting?

I am a firm believer that the few years before our children enter into formal education are the most important. I dont want to do things a certain way just because thats what my parents did, thats what my friend does, that what society does, thats what this article said to do, thats what my pastor said to do, etc... Those are all GREAT resources to learn from and to gather information, but I want to do what Jesus tells me to do. How do I know what He tells me to do? The Bible! His word has all the answers. And when it doesnt seem black and white, I have prayer and the Holy Spirit to guide us as a family into the will of God. 

One of the sections in chapter 3 is "God Wins First Place". To me, that says it all. God is first place in all of our decisions. One of the statistics found in Chapter 3 states, "Nationwide, fewer than one out of every ten born-again families read the Bible together during a typical week or pray together during a typical week, excluding meal times." This breaks my heart. It convicted me. GT does a devotion with Audrie every night and we pray often, but we werent reading the Bible as a family unit.

So we started to. Sunday night we have family worship time. Right now, this is what it looks like for us: I put a blanket on the living room floor, we all sit on it (criss cross applesauce style). We each pick a favorite song (about Jesus of course) and take turns singing. Then we do a faith talk (which include scripture) provided by our church. You can find those here. We pray then play. So less than 10 minutes right now because Audrie is 2. During the week, GT and I try to find ways to bring the topic up again. I ask Audrie all the time, how many Gods are there? She replies 1, I ask her what does that make God? She says special and so on... For us, we had to have a set time to be intentional on reading Gods word as a family. 

I know that it isnt a one-size fits all kind of deal. I am sure family worship time will look different in years to come. This is where we are right now. I encourage you to find some time in your week for your family to come together and read Gods word and pray together.