Friday, August 19, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Team

Join us this week over at Kate's blog as we join together of the word prompt TEAM.

3, 2, 1 Go

It's hard you know.
To be part of a team.

A team requires working with other people.
I hated team sports as a  child.
Trying to figure out where I fit in best.
Learning quickly that I would always be chosen last or next to last.

I could never figure them out well, and
It seems I am raising a lad with those same lack of skills.
Give us an individual sport and it works much better.
Competing against oneself.

But I have learned as I watched my lad,
that even individual sports have a team component.
The striving to be like others.
The working together to show you have learned a new skill.

I see that and then I look at my own life.
And I see the times when I am part of a team.
When I help at things like Co-op days.
When I have whole families over so my son can play with others.

It's hard sometimes when you'd rather not.
When it's easy just to be an introvert.
and not be part of a team,
But it's a learning growing calling thing.

The Lord calls us to be more than we are.
He promises us his everlasting support.
He promises that he won't ask us to do something,
that won't end up being an okay thing for us to.

Consider this.
The Lord God calls us to be family.
To be a part of a working unit.
A body.   A team.

The strong with the weak.
Weak becoming strong as they
are supported and aided.
A body.  A Team.

That's what we are part of...
even as we remain individuals set on
meeting a standard.
The Team helps.


This post is part of the Five Minute Friday challenge.  Can I write, without fretting over editing and what not, just write for five minutes on a word provided?   It's a great community and for the most part we support each other, which is a good thing is it not?   It's what makes a community a community indeed.  :)   Why not come join us?   The linky is usually open over the weekend.... so it's not too late.  Come on, join in the fun won't you?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Raising Boys with Purpose

I have a son. He's my joy and delight. And I don't know about you, but having a plan, a long term view, an end vision of what I hope to instill in him is part of how I raise him. I want to raise a boy who knows how to think, to reason, to work, to care for those around him, to be called after God's own heart. That's what I want in my son when he's grown up and not needing his mother so much. BUT how do I plan for that? What types of things should I be considering? To that end, I read two books. Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young, and Raising Boys by Design by Gregory L Jantz and Michael Gurian.
The approach is this, how do you use God's word and God's principles to raise up your boys to be men?

 Raising Real Men by the Young's is a book with a ton of personal examples from life, showing how a principle could be put into action.

14 chapters, divided into two parts.   Talking about the joys and the challenges of raising boys, and the way we need to talk to them, shape them, work with who they are.   Boys are meant to be leaders in their households, to hold down a job, to learn to how cherish their loved ones and to rely on the strength of God.

When talking about how to deal with temptation, we were told of the fist principle.

Dealing with temptation
1. Leave the situation
2. Pray, ask the Lord's forgiveness and help
3. Read your bible
4. Sing praises or Hymns to God
5. Go to your authority and ask for help

These are five ways to make a fist to knock away temptation.

Doesn't that sound so doable?   Easy lessons to teach your son and to apply to your own life!

At 255 pages it is not an overly long book, the text is easy to read and quite personable.   
Recommended reading.  :)

Raising boys by Design.
This is a more scholarly type book, with the science behind how men and boys think explained.     12 chapters, divided into two sections.

The first section is mostly the brain stuff.   The science behind the workings of the male brain and body. In this section you will find chapters such as "what a boy learns from mom", "what a boy learns from dad" "how boys develop differently than girls" etc.

The second section deals with helping boys develop good heroes, to do their best in work and school, to the building of character and self-discipline.    We also learn the importance of marking off stages in a lad's life... giving them good markers to show that they are maturing and not a young child any more.  To the importance of giving a vision of what a strong Christian man looks like.

I appreciated this section "Making Faith Work for Boys"
1. faith must be individual, not merely institutional
2. faith must be flexible
3. faith must be interactive
4. faith must be relevant
5. faith must be muscular
6. faith must include room for questions
7. faith must include room for doubt
8. faith must be active
9. faith must be intergenerational
10. faith must cost something
11. faith must be relational.

It's a meaty book with a less personal touch, but a very good book none-the-less.   It has good examples and stories of how to help a boy become a man scattered throughout it's pages.

I Love the combination of these two books.

The end result they have is the same, the turning of boys into men called after God's own heart.
The approach is different, but the result the same.  They compliment each other very nicely.

I am so pleased that I chose to read them and be able to take the truths contained within it's pages to help me in the raising of my son.  

I hope that you will find them useful to you as well.  :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Great Canadian Sale coming soon

Looks what is coming out way! A sale of Canada based products written by Canadian people! How cool is that!!!!! It runs from August 3-8 (ending on my birthday how great it that eh?) Anyways, history, geography, science, language and more. Tons of stuff for your schooling needs!

ALL Canadian Learning Sale!

To learn about this marvellous sale, made just for us Canadians BY Canadians.  GO HERE.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Caring for Your Pet Bunny Ebook

Available for $5.

Teaches you the basics of caring well for your pet rabbit.
Worksheets as well as information.
Pictures and text written to elementary age level.

16 pages

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Missy Franklin Story, Swimming with Faith

Missy Franklin, from Canadian roots, swimmer extraordinaire and person of faith, this is a review of the book "Swimming with Faith".   Written by Natalie Davis Miller, we are walked through Missy's life from an active five year old swimming, to the college-age swimmer that she is now.

Book Synopsis:
One of the most talented swimmers in the world today, Missy Franklin has been swimming since she was fie years old and hasn't stopped.   From local summer swim leagues all the way to the Olympics, Missy proven over and over that hard work and dedication can make dreams become reality.   But through all of the adventures and challenges that are a part of this determined athlete's life, Missy has remained true to her heart and faith -- making sure that God, family and friends stay top priorities even in the face of the fame and glory that come with achieving goals like Olympic gold and world records in her beloved swimming.

My Thoughts:
This book is geared toward children, who want to know more about Missy Franklin, world-class swimmer, with Canadian roots swimming for the USA.   It's a book about a  girl and her desire to be the best swimmer that she can, and how her faith in God sustains her.

Filled with pictures of Missy's like, like her beloved dog
As well as images of her reactions when receiving a medal at the Olympics.

I appreciated the real touch of humanity showed (like being a fan of Justin Beiber).    They were fans of each other.

They even showed an image of why Missy is such a good swimmer.  Physical strength and bigger feet and hands, excellent turns and pushes.
For youth, who are very much into swimming and want to read about someone who pushed through hard times, and made goals and met them, and continues to do so.    Through it all she acknowledges the Lord God as being a very relevant and needed part of her life.

It's very much a "fan" type book.   Filled with everything about Missy that you could think of.  I learned a lot about the world of swimming and the dedication needed to excel in it.

I read this book on behalf of BookLookBloggers.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What does it mean to Create, a #fmfparty post

The word prompt for five minute Friday this past week was create.

  • : to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist
  • : to cause (a particular situation) to exist
  • : to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination 
Think about that for a moment, to create is to cause something new to be made.   One can create a poem, a piece of art, a new start in life in someone struggling, a business, a lesson plan, a play, and more. 

Have you ever paused to consider where that act of creation comes from?

The Bible tells us that in the VERY VERY BEGINNING God.. God created the heavens and the earth and everything that dwells within it.  (Genesis 1 and 2).  In the process of creation, God created us as the pinnacle of his creation.

When he made us, he made us in his likeness.  Think about what that means for a minute.

Take my boy for instance.  EVERYONE who sees him says "you look like your father"  (and he does).  BUT he has my sensitivity and love of animals, and he likes to garden (GO FIGURE).   So as much as my boy looks like he is made in the image of his father, he's also made in the image of his mother...  Two different aspects, one external image.

When God made us in his image, he didn't just go for looks, he also went for WHO HE IS.

Our God is a supremely creative (just look at the world around us), and he is WAY more than we are.  He is. he's God, not man.

We get our creativity from him. 

So as you go out and create, remember what spawned that creativity, that ability you have to create a child, a piece of art, a business... remember where it really comes from.   The one that created you in the first place.  

Go well.. create!   :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review and Giveaway: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Today I have a sweet hardcover book to tell you about.   It's called All Things Bright and Beautiful.   Written by Cecil Frances Alexander and Illustrated by Katy Hudson.   It's a pretty, well illustrated book that I think your young children would enjoy.

About the book:
First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of “all things bright and beautiful.”

About the artist:
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England, and started her career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls. Her parents quickly encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck, and after earning a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator. Katy works at a desk in a studio within Old London Library and likes to tap dance in her spare time.

My Thoughts:
Beautifully illustrated, this is simply a lovely book filled with bright colourful images the illustrate the first verse of this hymn wonderfully.  

Just look at all the things you can point out to your children, or questions you can ask about what they see, flower petals they can count.

Each page is fully illustrated, with easy to read text if you want to read to a group of children.  You can almost imagine a fish jumping in the river to delight the children.

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