Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Godly Mothers Have Never Been More Crucial -- #FCBlogger

{This post is sponsored by Family Christian. All opinions are honest and my own.}

It's not often that a non-fiction book grabs my attention. I gravitate toward story and the truths gleaned through others' experiences. Some of the parts of the Bible that speak most to me are the parables that Jesus told.

But when I had the opportunity to review Marina Slayton's nonfiction book Be the Best Mom You Can Be, I knew it would most likely be a keeper.


I have often thought of writing a book on mothering, what I've learned in my fifteen years and through six children. Something that could be offered through the blog. But Marina Slayton beat me to it. With just a couple of minor differences in opinion, this is the book I would write.

She addresses so many topics relevant to mothering in today's dangerous world along with generous allotments of encouragement and helpfulness. Here are a few chapter titles and subdivisions with a couple of quotes.

Love Is the Foundation {YES!!}
"Children are born with an innate ability to look for love in the right place: their parents. But if we reject our own children, what will they do as teens and adults? They will seek love in all the wrong places. Kids are not fooled. They can discern when the people who are supposed to love them most do not."

A United Family: Building Belonging
"How do we as parents give our children the strength they need to put love and wisdom into practice? The truth is that the sense of belonging that comes from a strong family will be a fountain of strength for each of our children for their entire lives."

Breaking Generational Curses: Wholeness Is Possible
"By giving in to a curse like favoritism, we are also depriving our children of one of the most important relationships of their lives: the sustaining friendship of their siblings. There is no one like your brother or sister with whom to share memories, laugh about old stories, and smile over past experiences. These qualities make brothers and sisters potentially the best friends anyone could ever have."

The Dangers of the Electronic World
"Kids need to learn how to spend the day productively apart from electronics, and they should be steered to satisfying activities and entertainment."

Many times I said out loud, "Amen, sister!" Then, I looked around to see if anyone had heard me.
J

Like I said, I love story. I think this book could have benefitted from a few more personal stories or examples, either the author's or someone else's. But the stories that were included were gasp-worthy and convicting.

If you want some solid direction and encouragement in your mothering, this is the book for you.












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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The One With End-of-Year Field Trips ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! J



Are you busy, friend? It’s that time of year to wrap up so many activities, the biggest one being school, and head into a bunch of other activities, for some of us that being more school. J

We like to end our year with travel and field trips which make it a little difficult to keep up with the blog. {My apologies for my absence!}

Tuesday was National Museum Day! In honor of that event, our local art museum was free. {A savings of $86 for our family of eight for those of you who are curious.} My husband and I had been years and years ago, before children, but it has changed quite a bit since then. Now, we must get back to see the rest of it, including the surrounding grounds and historic buildings.



The special exhibit was filled with classic cars. This little bus has seats that swivel to face a small table in the middle. Perhaps this should be our next vehicle? One problem -- all the cars are worth a minimum of $1.2 million!



I adore the peaceful serenity of an art gallery. Don't those light blue walls just calm frazzled nerves?



This incredible stained glass window was given in memory of President Benjamin Harrison by his wife. It reads, "Awake thou that sleepest. Christ shall arise from the dead and give thee light."



I told my husband he needs to wear his hair like this unidentified French gentleman painted by Rigaud. J



Even the museum grounds were fun and artsy!


Thursday, we returned to a favorite ~ The Creation Museum. It never disappoints, and we even heard Ken Ham speak!






Friday, we’re heading a couple of hours out of state to my hometown. The county bar association is holding a memorial service for all their lawyers who have passed away in the last several years. That includes my father.

It will be bitter sweet…sadness for my dad but an opportunity to show my hometown to my children and talk again with the lawyers who knew my father. And I can't help it...this law school graduate is looking forward to being inside a courtroom. {It’s also going to be a bit of a research trip. I think the town would be an excellent setting for another novel. J}


Have a terrific weekend!







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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mom, Incorporated

{Mother's Day flowers may still be blooming, but we're back to the daily routine. I'm reviving this post from May 1, 2013, as an encouragement to keep up the good work.}

Sometimes I look at my little household and imagine it to be a small business. My product is a fully-grown and functioning Christ-follower, ready to go forth in God's will, although the production takes several years. J

What if we moms were incorporated?



How would our business structure look? With our husbands as CEO, we moms would be the vice-presidents in charge of several different departments.

Accounts Payable – Depending on the involvement of our CEOs, this could include everything from the mortgage payment to a half-gallon of ice cream. In our corporation, I am responsible for all accounts payable because the CEO has delegated that to me. J

Accounts Receivable – We might check on the CEO’s direct deposit or dig the paystub out of the hamper. Sometimes funds are transferred between accounts. Perhaps we deposit whatever money we make with home or online business like Lilla Rose.

Information Technology – We moms monitor and maintain our family’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, perhaps even a blog.

Continuing Education/Training – If our products conduct their training outside the home, we make sure they have homework done, oversee special projects, and chauffeur to activities. If we conduct the education in-house, we oversee curriculum choices and the day-to-day implementation. We also conduct training exercises of all sorts, including cooking, cleaning, manners, basic courtesy, and emergency preparedness, just to name a few.

Efficiency Expert – This includes the physical organization of the corporation as well as the daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.

Manufacturing – Our involvement in this department varies. To date, I have rotated through this department for six nine-month intervals. If you have acquired your initial product elsewhere, your time in this department could be considerably longer, perhaps even involving an extensive overseas business trip.

Marketing/Public Relations – Are our products presentable when exiting the facility? Do smiles and behavior encourage others to think well of our corporation? This department can be fraught with trials, and perseverance is key to the Vice President’s success.

Materials Acquisition – Our corporations have various and ongoing needs, from cotton swabs to pancake syrup to dress socks. Of course, cost effectiveness is crucial in our acquisition, and comparison bids may be necessary to secure the best deal.

Research & Development – Is new furniture needed? Is a different training plan necessary for a more productive output or more efficiency? Which foods and activities at the holiday get-together will be best received by the attendees?

Transportation – The CEO is heavily involved in this department including purchases and repairs of the fleet, but the vice-president often spends considerable amounts of time ferrying the products between the different departments.

Take heart and be of good cheer, moms! The corporation couldn’t function without you.









In which of these departments do you spend the most time? Can you add any?


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