Oct 22 2014

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A kid activity that teaches about how our words impact others.

We have been working through two devotional books with the girls lately.  One of them goes through the Bible in a year and the other one is more of an hands on activity with a lesson called Object Talks for Any Day by Verna L. Kokmeyer.  The kids like both of them, however, we only do the Object Talks devotional on days when we have a little more time because they require preparation, an activity, lesson, and conversation about the lesson taught.

This particular lesson was about our words and watching what we say to others. This was a great lesson for the beginning of the school year as well as a great reminder for all of us (both kids and parents) that our words have an impact on those around us.

Objects:  A plate and tube of toothpaste.

Applicable Bible Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

Activity:

  1. Ask for a volunteer.
  2. Have the volunteer squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube onto the plate.
  3. Ask for another volunteer.
  4. Have them try and put all the toothpaste from the plate back into the toothpaste tube.

Lesson to Talk About:  Like the toothpaste our words can come out pretty quickly and easily, however, once our words are out we cannot take them back.  We have all said something to someone and instantly or later realized it probably wasn’t the best thing to say.  Our words can have a powerful impact on those around us.  They can make people laugh, cry, hurt others feelings, and much more.  Plus when we speak poorly to or about others it makes us look bad as well.  It is important that we allow our thoughts and words to be good, encouraging, wholesome, and kind to those we encounter.  What we fill our hearts and minds with will often come out our mouth and reveal what we are truly thinking.  Much like the impossible task of getting toothpaste back into the tube we cannot take back the words we say to others.  The toothpaste in this example was contained to the plate, however, our words can make a big mess and cause hurt to others for a very long time.

We all could spend a little more time focusing our hearts, minds, and thoughts on good things.  Life is short and we want to spend our time being an encouragement and blessing to those around us.  May we seek God’s wisdom regarding our thoughts and our speech.

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We used a sample of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste I received in the mail for this activity. A sample size is big enough to get the point across!

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Brina squeezing out all the toothpaste onto the plate!  Like the toothpaste, it’s amazing how quickly our words can come out of our mouths.

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The toothpaste is out!

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Karlie attempting the impossible task of putting all the toothpaste back into the tube!  Once our words our spoken we cannot take them back.

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She tried a lot of different ways to get the toothpaste back into the tube – fingers, toothpaste cap, toothpick, and more yet it was a messy and impossible to get it all of the toothpaste back into the tube.  The girls like these type of devotional lessons because they are interactive, have a creative and visual way to teach the lesson, and they tend to be more memorable for them.  All of us could probably use a reminder regarding our words and the impact they have on others.

 

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Oct 21 2014

Easy Breakfast and Breakfast Note

On this particular morning I was already up early and decided to do a little extra surprise for breakfast.  Although, this doesn’t happen every morning in our house because some days it takes everything I have just to get through the necessary steps to get everyone out the door for work and school.    Each girl got two  blueberry pancakes,  two sausages cut into half, and fresh grapes and strawberries for their main breakfast.  They also got their normal milk, juice, and multivitamins.  The girls are always excited to see something different at the breakfast table.  Seriously, sometimes the silly and simple things like the Easy Breakfast Clowns are all it takes to brighten their day.  It never hurts when you get the day off to a good start!

Tip:  I like to make up a large batch of blueberry pancakes whenever we have them and freeze a bunch for future breakfasts.  It is easy to pull out a few frozen pancakes and have breakfast ready in a few minutes (plus there’s less of a mess).

We are pretty consistent with our week day breakfast menu.  For each day of the work and school week Monday to Friday we have the same main menu item from week to week the only thing that changes is the “extra item” we add each day such as an egg, sausage, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, bacon, smoothies, or other items that we have in the kitchen.  During the school week the girls always have their main breakfast, at least one side (usually fruit, sausage, egg, etc…), vitamins, milk (one has non-dairy milk due to allergies), and small glass of juice.  When I am ambitious, awake, and my creative juices are flowing I will add a little extra silliness to make breakfast more enjoyable for the kids.

Here is what our breakfast menu looks like this week (the items in parenthesis are examples of the extra items we will add and change from week to week):

  • Monday – English Muffins (Egg)
  • Tuesday – Toast (Cottage Cheese)
  • Wednesday – Cereal (Smoothie)
  • Thursday – Pancakes, Poptarts, or Oatmeal (Fresh Fruit)
  • Friday – Bagel (Bacon)
  • Saturday – Family Brunch (a lot of times we make Saturday breakfast together and it is whatever sounds good that morning or a new dish we want to try out.  It is not always planned in advance and could be an egg or breakfast casserole, omelets, hashbrowns, waffles, pancakes, etc… this is our big family meal of the day since Saturdays are often spent with extended family, friends, or doing other afternoon and evening activities)  Since we make more complicated breakfasts on Saturdays it is usually between 8 to 10 before we sit down to eat therefore they have become our Family Brunch.
  • Sunday – Make Your Own Breakfast (everyone makes their own breakfast before church which is usually something easy like cereal, toast, poptarts, oatmeal, smoothie, etc….)

We first started doing a different main breakfast item everyday a few years ago because I have one child who if she eats the same thing too many times in a row she stops eating.  Adding a little variety from day to day was enough to keep her motivated to eat breakfast.  It wasn’t until several months later when the girls pointed it out that I realized that we do the same main item on the same day every week.  “Mom, Tuesday is Toast Day…..”  So now it has become our rotating breakfast menu which helps keep us on track because we know exactly what we need to prepare for the next breakfast.  Plus the girls are sometimes still waking up when they come to breakfast and the morning menu helps them figure out the day of the week as well as prepares them for the upcoming activities they have that day.

There are times I will mix it up (just for fun) or Jake will get up first and make breakfast!  The girls don’t hesitate to let him know if he makes a main food item on the wrong day….ha!  Our breakfasts are not fancy, but it gets us up and started for the day.  What do you make for your family breakfasts?

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Oct 20 2014

Last week I was able to some items crossed off my list, but not as many as I hoped due to a painful pinched nerve.  This week will be a little different because I will not be spending the week with my immediate family.  I know I will miss them terribly, but I hope to be able to help out extended family and be a blessing to the people I will be spending time with this week.  Hopefully I will be able to keep up with everyone and get a lot accomplished throughout the week.  You will notice my weekly goals will be altered a little too since I will not be available to help with the normal activities around my immediate family.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell (Book #1 of the Thoroughbred Series) to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  4. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  5. Attend After School Activities
  6. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  7. Ride Bikes with the kids - it didn’t get done with my pinched nerve
  8. Go for a Walk with the Kids - a couple of days it was all I could do to get through the day
  9. Attend School Board Meeting
  10. Give Jake a haircut
  11. Make Toffee per girls requests
  12. Cook up Ground Hamburger and Freeze for future meals
  13. Make and freeze Spinach Cubes for Smoothies

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day - I did not do a good job of drinking my water while traveling this past weekend
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week - it didn’t happen
  4. Pedicure – my toenails could use a fresh coat of polish

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Freezer Meals Prepped for future meal
  4. Clean out & Organize Refrigerator / Freezer - had to let this one go with a the stuff going on this week
  5. Clean House including all 3 bathrooms, dusting, floors, and bedrooms - only basic cleaning was done
  6. Put Fall/Winter Clothes in Closets and dressers and put Spring/Summer Clothes in the Attic - put away in closets but the still haven’t gotten the clothes back in the attic
  7. Refill kids vitamin container
  8. Refill Baggie Drawer and Lunch Box Container
  9. Pool taken down and put away - pools drained, but not put away

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (new microwave, refrigerator, and other debt) – working on it
  3. Pay October Bills
  4. Recent Receipts Basket Cleaned Out, Organized, & Receipts Filed
  5. File Paperwork
  6. Earn some Creative Cash
  7. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget - didn’t even make it to the grocery store with my pinched nerve

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Mail at least one note to Jake and the girls
  2. Speak to my husband and kids at least once a day
  3. Send at least one Text, Picture, Instant Message, or Email a day to let them know I am thinking about them
  4. Have Hangout chat with the entire family at least once this week
  5. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  6. Spend time with extended family

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Keep up with my laundry
  2. Update Evernote with any home / yard / pets activities for Jake and the girls

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (microwave and refrigerator)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Oct 20 2014

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Brina figured out a creative way to swing!

Sometimes it is nice to get outside for a few moments.  A little extra fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun will do you good.  We have driven past McPherson Park near downtown Greenville many times over the years, but one day I finally made a point to actually stop when the girls were with me.  They have a small playground, a miniature golf course (bring your own clubs and balls), tennis courts, and pretty walking trails.  It was nice to get out and play for a little bit.   The girls want to come back sometime and play miniature golf!

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Karlie relaxing, chatting, and swinging!

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Oct 17 2014

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Current Free Kellogg's Family Rewards Points

 

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